Emerald Houndstooth

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you already know that I am completely obsessed with houndstooth.  I also have the habit of doing nail art with whatever is already on my desk (usually recent purchases) and that’s exactly what happened here.  Both of these polishes are from last fall/winter, but thanks to the sale section at Ulta, they’re new to me, and I love them!

emerald houndstooth

I started with a base of Zoya Evvie and then stamped the pattern using Zoya Ray and Vivid Lacquer plate 005 (which is definitely my most used stamping plate ever – and I have over 200 of them, so that’s saying a lot).

emerald houndstooth

I think this turned out so pretty!  I love dark greens in the fall and winter, and I can’t resist a good emerald shimmer (I might do a favorites post soon, if that’s something you guys are interested in).

It’s been a rough few weeks at work, but my huge project is done (yay!), so I’ll be home and posting more often.  Let me know what you’d like to see!

More Houndstooth

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you might have noticed my small love of houndstooth.  It is easily my favorite pattern right now.  I love that it is both graphic and classic, and can be done in almost any color combination.  You may also have noticed that I tend to do houndstooth accent nails because 1. most stamping plates are too small for my thumbs (sad face) and 2. I do not have the skill or patience for freehanding small patterns like this on all my nails.  Enter Vivid Lacquer and her awesome giant stamping designs:

gold houndstooth

Please ignore my shoddy stamping here, I’m honestly not that great at it, and for some reason the gold polish was not my friend (possibly because it is unusually cold out right now).  The base color is OPI Live and Let Die (who doesn’t love a one coat dark green with flakes?).  I stamped the houndstooth using Essie Good as Gold and Vivid Lacquer plate VL005.


I would 100% recommend Vivid Lacquer plates to anyone looking for awesome designs, but especially to those of you, who, like me, have wider nails.  I was pleasantly surprised by how unique the designs on the VL plates are (the plates I own include an incredible knit-stitch pattern, tetras, and some gorgeous Latin script).  I will definitely be buying more of them soon!

I will try to do a more detailed review in the next few weeks (possibly in video form..)

Vivid Lacquer plates and polishes are available on Etsy.

Mint Candy Houndstooth

I have been loving mint and navy together lately.  In my opinion, it’s the perfect winter combo: icy and dark, classic and trendy, feminine and masculine.  I love how navy tones down brighter colors like mint or coral, without the harshness of black.  Expect to see a lot of navy combos from me this winter.

Anyway, I was bored last night, and in the mood for something different, and this is what I came up with.  I love the mint, and I love the navy/silver houndstooth, but I’m not entirely sure I love this mani as a whole.  It’s growing on me, though.

The mint nails are Essie Mint Candy Apple.  For the houndstooth, I started out with a base of Essie Bobbing for Baubles (my go-to cold weather color), and then stamped the houndstooth with Essie No Place Like Chrome and Bundle Monster plate 322.

I definitely think my stamping has improved!  I just wish the BM and Mash plates I have would fit my thumbs so I could do all my nails with the same design.  If you have the same problem, I’ve discovered that Cheeky plates are much larger and still great quality (I really need to order the two new sets).

I am completely obsessed with everything houndstooth at the moment.  Obviously black and white is classic, but I’m also really liking different color combinations.  I think the metallic makes this one interesting.  If you’re not into stamping or freehand nail art, you can still get houndstooth nails with Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Check it Out – do a full mani or just an accent (I like them with glossy black or unexpected brights).