Vintage Stripes and Flowers

I’m back!  Sorry I’ve been gone for so long, it’s been a crazy month.  I went on a mini road trip over the holidays, bought a new car, and quit my job.  Throw in grad school, and I haven’t had all that much time for nails.  And honestly, I wasn’t that motivated to do nail art.  But I’ve been feeling great lately, so I’m going to try and start posting more.

stripes and floral

These were inspired by vintage floral patterns, and I really love the thick stripes as an accent.  I used OPI You’re So Vain-illa as the background, with OPI Black Onyx for the stripes and OPI Coca Cola Red, OPI Christmas Gone Plaid, and Cult Cosmetics Chateau Marmont for the flowers.

stripes and floral

I absolutely love how these turned out!  I actually already did a very similar design that I will be posting soon.

I hope you all had an excellent holiday season!  I had a great start to 2015 and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year (which includes a lot more time for nail art)!

Fossil Flowers

After I did some nail art inspired by my iPhone case, I thought I’d make an attempt at some nail art inspired my my iPad case.  It’s from Fossil, maybe about a year ago, and I really love it.  It protects my iPad better than any other case I’ve liked, and it’s really pretty.

fossil flowers

I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Mint Sprint, OPI Black Onyx, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, Essie Bahama Mama, and China Glaze Desert Sun.

fossil flowers

I absolutely love how these turned out, and I might try these flowers again in a different color combo.

fossil flowers

I’m a huge fan of the quirky, vintage prints on Fossil’s canvas bags and tech cases. They change every season, and I love pretty much all of them.  It’s almost a good thing I can’t justify spending that much on their stuff because I’d never be able to decide.  This one was on sale, so that helped my decision making a bit.

I Tried a Skittle…

This is my attempt at a skittle mani.  I may have used too many colors, but I think it turned out ok.  I’m not completely sold on the color combo, but it is definitely something a little different for me.  Also – believe it or not – this is my first leopard print!  I can’t believe I’ve never done one before.

skittle

I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White, OPI Black Onyx, OPI Jade is the New Black, China Glaze Fade into Hue, and Sephora by OPI Hippo to be Square.

skittle

I think I need a little more practice with skittles – and maybe to try one with two or three colors instead of five – but this isn’t bad for my first shot.  I do think the leopard print turned out surprisingly well – I wasn’t expecting my first try to actually resemble leopard spots.  What do you think?

Mint & Navy

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season.  I’ve been kind of uninspired lately when it comes to nail art, so I thought I’d do a classic design in one of my favorite color combos.  Honestly, it’s not my favorite nail art ever, but I like how it turned out.

mint & navy

I started with a base of China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On and then freehanded the half moons and tips with OPI Incognito in Sausalito, which is turning out to be a favorite of mine.  I wore it by itself for four days, which is kind of unheard of for me.

mint & navy

If you have any nail art suggestions, I would love to hear them!  I’m trying to ease my way back into blogging after a long break, and hopefully I’ll be posting much more often – I just ordered a ton of new polishes, so I need an excuse to use them 🙂

Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a wonderful 2014!

Baby Union Jack

If you’ve been following this blog for any significant period of time, you already know that, despite being an American, I am a complete anglophile (aka lover of all things British).  I studied British History and Literature in college, and I absolutely loved it.  I pulled an all-nighter to watch the royal wedding, so obviously I followed the royal baby news.  I have to admit, I was totally betting it would be a girl, but Britain has a new baby prince!  I’ve done Union Jack nails a few times already (here, here and here), and I love them, so I decided to celebrate by recreating them.

blue union jack

I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and then used butter LONDON Royal Navy and Sprog (which is British slang for “child” – I had to use it).  They’re not my best (these are still my faves!), but I think they’re cute!

blue union jack

Are you celebrating Baby Cambridge with your nails, too?  Or do you not follow news of the monarchy?

Initially

I have a thing with typography, so I wanted to experiment with it a bit on my nails.  Leave it to me to attempt the hardest version first.  I can barely paint normal writing, so naturally I decided on some old English initials.  Still, I think they turned out pretty well.

initials

I used Nails Inc. Porchester Square on my index and middle nails, and then OPI Vant to Bite My Neck? on the other three fingers and to paint on the letters.  And in case you haven’t guessed, those are my initials.

initials

Hope you like them!  I will definitely be doing some more typography nails, just maybe ones a little less complicated.  I have some chalkboard writing nails in mind….

Red, White, & Blue Bunting

I LOVE these!  I am still obsessed with bunting nails, and even though this is the third time I’ve done them, I am not in the least bit sick of doing them (which is really saying something, because I get tired of things pretty quickly).  I love them so much, you guys get an extra picture today!

red, white, & blue bunting

I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (if you don’t have this, hunt it down now – it is amazing).  Then I painted on the little bunting flags with Nails Inc. Baker Street (another polish you all need – seriously), China Glaze Adventure Red-y, Essie Rock the Boat, and Essie Snap Happy.

red, white, & blue bunting

They’re not perfect, but I really love them.  I would be totally happy with these on my nails for the entire summer (ok, I’d maybe last a month week, but you get the point).  I will for sure be recreating these to wear tomorrow.

red, white, & blue bunting

Send me links to your patriotic manis in the comments below!

And to all my American readers – Happy Independence Day! (Even though America became an independent country on July 2nd – not the 4th – and we celebrate on the wrong day.)

To everyone else – happy Wednesday!

Nautical or Nice

There is nothing I love more in the summertime than nautical elements and florals (it just occurred to me to combine them – duh!).  I’ve done tons of florals on this blog, but I had never done nautical nails, so I decided to give it a shot.  They’re very simple, but that’s one of the things I love about nautical patterns.

nautical nails

I started with a base of Orly Glowstick, which is a white with a subtle bright blue shimmer (which you can’t see in the pictures, so don’t bother squinting).  I painted the stripes on with Orly In The Navy, which didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped (mostly because it stained my fingers during cleanup), but it was sitting on my desk and the name was just too perfect.  Sidenote: I suck at freehanding horizontal stripes.  These took me forever because I was too lazy to use tape.  And the anchor was painted on with Essie Good as Gold.

nautical nails

I think these are kind of cool.  I’ve definitely been leaning towards simple graphic designs lately.

Stay tuned for next week’s posts, which will all have a patriotic theme in honor of Independence Day on July 4th!  Or you can stay away if you don’t want to listen to my history nerd rant on how the US became an independent country on July 2nd (not the 4th)…. Your choice 🙂

Summertime Geometric

I’m back with new posts this week (even though this one is a day late)!  I kind of borrowed several elements from (who else?) Candice from Mr. Candiipants, but I switched it up a bit.  It’s kind of tribal, but much simpler.  I kind of love it.

summer geometric

I started with Sinful Colors Hazard, which is definitely bright coral, and not neon orange as the name implies.  I’ll admit I’m a bit of a nail polish snob (I just haven’t had many good experiences with “cheap” polish), but the formula of Hazard is one of the best I have ever tried!  Seriously, it’s better than a lot of my high-end polishes.  The designs were hand painted with Sephora by OPI Give Peach a Chance, which just might have made it into my top ten.  Maybe.  I picked it up last week in the nail polish sale on the Sephora website.  SOPI polishes are kind of hit or miss for me, but I couldn’t pass them up for $4.50.

summer geometric

In case you missed that announcement, I’m planning on posting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from now on, with (I hope) special bonus posts on holidays and such.  I already have two posts planned this week, and next week I will be doing some patriotic nail art, so keep an eye out for that!  And feel free to give me suggestions!

As always, let me know what you think, and please contact me if you’d like to submit a guest post!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone (and happy Sunday to my non-Easter-celebrating readers)!  I wanted to do something easter egg-esque this year, and thought it was a great opportunity to do an obnoxiously springy pastel mani.  Hope you like it!

easter egg nails

I used China Glaze Lemon Fizz, OPI Do You Lilac it?, Essie Boxer Shorts, Essie Mint Candy Apple, and Essie Where’s my Chauffeur?.  I tried to paint patterns reminiscent of old-school easter eggs.  I really like how it turned out!  I think my favorite nails are the index and pinkie.

easter egg nails

This whole color combo has me really excited for more spring nails.  I’ve been really busy with work (and computer problems) lately, but I have some great posts and even some tutorials planned.  And I will try to get back into monthly hauls and maybe favorites in April!