Abstract Trees

Fall is my favorite nail polish season. I just love the colors every single year. Recently, I picked up some all of China Glaze’s The Great Outdoors collection. Obviously, I had to try them immediately, and came up with this look inspired by a pattern I saw somewhere online and now can’t find. My original idea was to do arrows, but I think these look more like pine trees (which is pretty fitting for a collection called The Great Outdoors).

abstract trees

I started with a base of S’More Fun, which is this really cool chartreuse color. It’s the most summery polish in the collection, and one of my favorite colors. I have a lot of colors like this, but I think this one might be my new favorite – it looks pretty good on my skin tone. The “trees” are painted with Take a Hike, which is a gorgeous, dusty pine green. It reminds me of a less-blue version of something like Essie School of Hard Rocks. I love wearing greens like this!abstract trees

So far, I am loving this collection! There are some lovely cremes, a few duochromes, a glitter, and a couple of lovely shimmer polishes. I also love that this year, the OPI, Essie, and China Glaze fall collections are totally different (I feel a bit better about buying all of them). My OPIs are still in the mail, but I don’t see any dupes at all, which is awesome! I am really excited about these colors, which means you’ll probably be seeing them a lot. abstract treesI really love these even though they turned out completely different than I’d imagined. Let me know in the comments which fall polishes you’d like to see next!

Roses, Roses, and More Roses

I loved these little rose nail studs, but it took me forever to come up with a nail design I liked. These were inspired by Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and I think they turned out amazing! (Side note: who else is ridiculously excited for the Emma Watson live action Beauty and the Beast movie?)


I started out with a base of Color Club Macaroon Swoon, which is a really buttery pale yellow. Then I stamped the rose design using Bundle Monster plate H16 (from the holiday collection) and (I think) SpaRitual Copper. I can’t remember the exact stamping color, but Copper’s still on my desk, so it’s the most likely suspect. The roses are from Born Pretty Store. I’ve never used any 3D nail decorations before (other than most flat studs and rhinestones), but these roses were really easy to use. Obviously, you can’t seal them with a topcoat, but they felt surprisingly secure with just a coat of Seche Vite. You can probably use nail glue on top of dry polish for an even longer lasting hold. I do have to say that they stuck up off the nail a bit more than I would prefer, but I thought they looked pretty cool anyway.


The nail studs can be purchased here from Born Pretty Store and are available in a bunch of different colors. I think the peach ones are really pretty, and the red and black ones would be great for some pretty vampy/gothic nail art! I’ve been ordering from Born Pretty Store since before I started this blog (over three years!) and they are still one of my go-to places to buy nail art supplies.

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Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.

When Life Gives You Lemons

These were another attempt at using acrylic paint for my nail art.  Honestly, I just wanted to see if the yellow acrylic paint was more opaque than yellow nail polish.  It was a bit easier to use, but I’m not quite sold yet.


I used OPI Lost My Bikini in Molokini as the base, and used acrylic paint for the lemons.  I’ve been wanted to do some more fruit nail art for a while and finally got around to it.  I did initially try to do actual lemons (rather than lemon slices), but I couldn’t get them to look right.  Oh well.


We had a pretty serious heat wave in southern California a week or so ago (when I painted these), and, while I hate the heat, it had me craving some summery nails.  I like how these turned out – they definitely put me in the mood for some more fruity nail art.

Sugar in a Sundress

Today I’ve got another Pretty and Polished polish for you!  This one is called Sugar in a Sundress.  It’s a pale yellow with medium blue and dark cobalt blue glitter.  I honestly didn’t think I’d like this as much as I do.  I absolutely love the glitter colors, and the yellow is really nice and delicate and doesn’t clash with my skin tone.

sugar in a sundress

I was planning on layering this one, but I ended up really liking how it looked with just two coats on its own.  The formula was really nice, but it did pull a bit at the cuticle, so just make sure your first coat is dry before you go for a second.  If you’re looking to layer, I think Color Club Macaroon Swoon would be the perfect base color.

sugar in a sundress

It doesn’t look like this one is currently available (sorry!), but you can buy Pretty and Polished on their website or Etsy shop.  I’ve mentioned before that Pretty and Polished was one of my very first indie polishes back when I started blogging (check out my first P&P post from three years ago – Valentino – here!).  If you haven’t tried this brand yet, I’d definitely recommend it!

Geometric Yellow & Blue

I’ve been kind of unmotivated lately when it comes to nail art, even though I have more free time now to actually do it.  I wanted to try something a little bit different, and while it didn’t turn out as crisp as I envisioned, I still really like these.

yellow squares

The base is OPI Ink, which is a bit more purple in person.  I must have come close to buying it about a hundred times, and when I finally did, I wish I’d done it sooner.  I’ve always passed up shimmery or metallic polishes in favor of cremes, but I’ve been getting really into shimmers, especially dark ones, lately.  I painted the design with Color Club Je Ne Sais Quoi.

yellow squares

I’m thinking about doing another 31-day challenge soon, because I really liked doing it when I first started this blog, and I think it would be fun to really see what a difference three years make.  I know my nail art skills have really improved since then!

I also recently opened up my Etsy shop, selling hand painted nail sets.  Click here to check it out!


Modcloth – Handsome Prints Dress

I am a huge fan of Modcloth, so I was super excited when I got an email from them asking me to do some nail art inspired by one of their summer dresses!  It literally took me an entire week to decide which one to use – they have a ton of cute ones, but I finally decided on their Handsome Prints Dress.  I love that it incorporates a bunch of different patterns, and I thought the unique color combo would make for some great nail art.

handsome prints

I decided to do a different pattern on each nail to show some of the patterns on the dress (this isn’t even half of them).  The colors I used are: OPI Angel with a Leadfoot, OPI Black Onyx, Sephora by OPI Hippo to be Square, and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Butterscotch.  I honestly would never have put these colors together on my own, but now I am completely obsessed with this combination!

handsome prints

I really love how these turned out.  I may just have to buy the dress now!

handsome prints

Check out Modcloth’s great selection of dresses here – new ones are added every day, and a lot of them come in plus sizes, too!  You can check out other Modcloth-inspired nail art in the nails section of their blog.  And keep an eye out for some nail art inspired by my new Modcloth quilt – I am completely in love with it!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!  Which Modcloth dress is your favorite?

Neon Tribal

Most of the time, the polishes I use in my nail art are the ones on my desk – which pretty much means they’re my go-to black and white (Sinful Colors) and my most recent purchases.  I got both of these polishes last week at the Sally’s buy two get one sale, and thought they would look great together as a summery tribal design.

neon tribal

I used China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin and Rose Among Thorns (which is a cool dark pink neon).  The white is Sally Hansen White On.


I feel like florals and triangles are becoming my default nail designs.  But that’s totally ok, because I love them!

Yellow and Blue

Getting real creative with the post titles over here – can you tell?

I really liked my last skittle mani, so I tried it again.  Only with fewer colors.  I definitely like this better.  Having seen approximately a million skittle (or kitchen sink – whatever you want to call them) manis over the past few years, I’ve learned that I like skittle manis that pick either an animal print or a floral and mix it in with geometric patterns.  I love how they look together (and not just on my nails).

yellow and blue 

Here I used a base of Sally Hansen Ion and then painted the designs using OPI Don’t Talk Bach to Me and OPI Incognito in Sausalito (I can’t believe I almost passed on that one).

yellow and blue

Have you tried skittle manis?  Any tricks, or pattern combinations that you like?

Vintage Dots and Stripes

Lately I’ve been obsessed with combining polka dots and stripes, especially on my nails.  I love that it is simple and interesting.  I wanted to use some of my new polishes (I’ve had a rather large haul for the month of July), and ended up with this vintage-y color scheme.  I love it!

vintage dots and stripes

The yellow is OPI Fiercely Fiona, which came out over two years ago, but I finally found it on Amazon a couple of weeks ago.  My OPI Shrek collection is nearly complete – I’m only missing What’s With the Cattitude? – which is saying something since I started collecting them over a year after they pretty much completely sold out.  The white is OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and the green is Julep Dianne.

vintage dots and stripes

I think these are some pretty cute summer nails.  After I did them, I actually found a hair bow on Etsy that was almost identical, but was dumb and didn’t save the link (or buy it right then and there).  I hope you haven’t been getting tired of the polka dots, because I’m definitely not!  So you will be seeing them again very soon (maybe with something more interesting than stripes) – unless I get a lot of anti-polka dot hate mail 😉


Yellow Polka Dots

Nothing says summer quite as much as yellow polka dots, so I decided to paint some on my nails.  I’m still a little bit uncomfortable wearing yellow nail polish (it looks great on people with darker skin tones – but I’m not one of them), and this softened it a bit.  It helps that polka dots are crazy simple.

yellow polka dots

I used Orly Lemonade and Glowstick.

yellow polka dots

What’s your take on yellow polish?  Love it, hate it, or can you only use it in nail art?

P.S. Yes, I got a new watermark.  I get impatient and have a thing for fonts.  So it’ll probably be changing once in a while.