Today is Benjamin Franklin’s birthday!  Ok, yes, it’s a little weird that I know (and semi-celebrate) this.  But I once shocked a Harvard professor by being his only student to know this little tidbit (I didn’t actually go to Harvard, just took a couple of classes from Harvard professors), and that makes it kind of worth it in my book.  And, I don’t know if this helps or hurts me, but this isn’t the only historical birthday I observe.  I don’t throw a party or anything, I just have them on my calendar.  Because that’s totally normal, right?

Anyway… I was thinking about it earlier this week when I glanced at my calendar and thought it would be pretty cool to do some Ben Franklin nails.  I had almost talked myself into recreating his original sketch of bifocals, or painting a different one of his inventions on each nail, but then it hit me: lightning.


Almost every kid in America learns in elementary school that Franklin discovered electricity with his kite and key (not entirely accurate, but whatever).  And since I’ve never done lightning before, and I was feeling a little too lazy for bifocal nails (they’re still on my list, don’t worry!), these happened.  And I love them!


I started off with a base of China Glaze Queen B, and then sponged on China Glaze Grape Pop and Spontaneous (with a q-tip because I couldn’t find my sponges – don’t do it!).  And then painted on the lightning with a nail art brush I cut down to like five bristles and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.

I’ll be wearing these and reading this tonight, because it is amazing.

Let me know, do you like my über nerdy posts?  Because I would love to do more!


Russian China

I while ago, I went to see this exhibit at Bower’s Museum.  Ok, I really went to see the Treasures of the Medici exhibit, completely unaware that they were featuring the Tsar’s Cabinet.  I was completely fascinated by the intricate designs (including several authentic Faberge eggs!), and they stuck with me.

russian china

There was one set of china that particularly stuck in my mind.  They were white plates trimmed in gold, with cobalt blue flowers around the edges, so that’s what I tried to replicate in this manicure.  I think it turned out pretty well, even though any nail art I could ever do would never hold a candle to the art in that exhibit.  I’m still in awe over the detail that was put into these objects.  Seriously, just type in the Tsar’s Cabinet into Google images.

russian china

I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Essie Good as Gold, and Nina Ultra Pro Cobalt (which sadly doesn’t photograph accurately – it’s most like the darker spots – but trust me, it’s gorgeous – you need it).

Hope you all liked these as much as I do!  I still have a few other designs in mind from the other artifacts in the exhibit, so hopefully I will get those done eventually (perhaps a museum inspired series?).  Thanks for reading!

Election Day

Not only is today Election Day in the US, it’s a Presidential Election day!

So today I have another new Pretty & Polished polish called… Election Day!  I couldn’t not wear it, right?

Election Day is an awesome mix of red squares, blue hexes, white stars and “stripes” (which are really bar glitters), holographic silver bars, and tiny red and white glitter.  I wanted something subtle, so I layered one coat of Election Day over OPI Don’t Pretzel my Buttons.  Love how it turned out!

And here’s a shot of my never-before-seen right thumb, so you can see one of the two stars I managed to get out of the bottle (the other’s on my left index finger, but it’s kind of hard to see).

This is the second time I will be voting for President, and I really love being able to participate in the government.  If you’re eligible to vote in the US, GO VOTE!

Think your vote doesn’t count?  It does.  Hitler was elected as head of the Nazi Party by one vote.  Idaho, Oregon, California, Texas and Washington became states because of one vote (each).   Because of one vote, the official language of the US is English, not German.  JFK won the election by one vote per precinct in just 10 precincts.  One vote saved Andrew Johnson from impeachment.  Andrew Jackson was elected by one vote.  Thomas Jefferson was elected over Aaron Burr by just one vote.  In 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes became the 3rd president to be elected by one vote.  And one vote gave women the right to vote.

So after you finish looking at this awesome nail polish, go help decide who will be the next President of the United States.  If only because it gives you license to complain later 🙂

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.”
― Larry J. Sabato, Pendulum Swing