Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dandelion Watercolor

Hi everyone! Just a quickie post today to share some fun summery nails I did recently! For this design, I started out with a white base, and using the gradient technique,  lightly sponged on some bright summery colors.

I don't know about you, but normally whenever I plan out a manicure, it never turns out quite how I expect it to. When I originally planned out this dandelion watercolor, I first tried stamping the images in white, as you can see if you look closely at my pointer finger and pinky. I thought the white against the soft colors would give the design a hazy, dreamy, look.

However, the white didn't show up as vibrant as I hoped it would so I tried stamping over the white with black...and to my surprise, I loved it! The white stamping underneath adds a little something extra to this mani. It's almost as if you can see the summer wind blowing through the dandelion. 

Is anyone else as excited about the upcoming summer weather as I am? Ugh, I just want to break out my crop tops! Til next time,

XOXO, On Wednesdays, We Wear Polish

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability" - Sam Keen

KB Shimmer - Let's Not Coral
KB Shimmer - A Touch of Glass
Milani - White on the Spot
China Glaze - Sunshine Pop
Sally Hansen - Sun Kissed
Born Pretty Matte Top Coat
Moyou London Pro Collection 06 (XL) - Dandelion
Konad White
Konad Black

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Just a Bit of Lace - Featuring the Moyou London Bridal Collection

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Recently, I hung out with fashion blogger Ashlie from Aasshhlliiee.com for our monthly nail meet up. At the time, she was working on a blog post centered around spring fashion and different ways to incorporate lace into your wardrobe. Here’s the look we came up with to compliment some of Ashlie’s lace inspired outfits.

Feeling inspired myself, I came up with another lace design, perfect for springtime! Somehow I got it in my head that if I keep doing spring themed manicures, maybe the weather will start to warm up soon. Um, yes, I know that’s wishful thinking. But I would like to point out that this week in NYC, the temperature will hit 60 degrees, not once, but twice.

Coincidence? I think not. Clearly, I have magical nails that influence the weather. But don’t tell anyone or I’ll be forced to curse you with dry cuticles until eternity.

You see? This is what happens when I have too much coffee. Anyway….

My favorite part of this design is how simple it is. I think sometimes I try too hard to keep up with other bloggers (I get a little insecure about my designs which is why I don’t post very often) and always try to do these crazy, intricate designs. And yes, while complex, intricate designs are always fun to look at, I think I need to remember that sometimes, simplicity can be beautiful too. And I need to stop comparing myself to other people. Ugh, I’m working on it.

Buy anyway, today’s life lesson? Sometimes less is more.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
― Leonardo Davinci

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
― Hal Borland

Gosh - Silk (one coat)
Konad White
Crystals - Born Pretty Store
Moyou London Bridal Collection 07 (XL) - Butterfly Lace Pattern