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31DC2014 Day 14: Flowers
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31DC2014 Day 13: Flicker Bird
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31DC2014 and Digital Dozen Second Anniversary: Sapphire Stripes
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31DC2014 and Digital Dozen Anniversary: Antique Tea Cups
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31DC2014 and Digital Dozen Anniversary: Star Sapphires
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31DC2014 and Digital Dozen Anniversary: Rainbow Ikat
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31DC2014 and Digital Dozen Anniversary: Metallic Scissors
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Digital Dozen Second Anniversary Giveaway – 51 Prizes!
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31DC2014 Day 7: Black and White
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31DC2014 Day 6: Striped Gradient

31DC2014 Day 14: Flowers

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The Dalai Lama's Nails | 31DC2014 French Floral nail art

We’ve got a bit of a quick post today – since… I’m buying a house this weekend! We’re closing tomorrow, but there’s still a few things I need to do to get ready! Excitement! Today’s prompt for the 31 Day Challenge is flowers – and something compelled me to do this double tipped French mani with a few overlapping flowers. I’m not sure what it was, to be honest. I don’t think this is quite my style, but I’ll own it for today.

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31DC2014 Day 13: Flicker Bird

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The Dalai Lama's Nails | 31DC2014 Flicker Bird Nail Art

It seems it has become an annual tradition – last year, I wanted to do some animal print nail art that was outside of the ordinary leopard print (don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good leopard print. I just wanted to try something different) but I couldn’t think of anything. I put it to facebook, and my friend Charley came up with the idea of a blue ringed octopus. I couldn’t find that list, so I put out another plea! This year’s winner is Laura, who suggested a flicker bird! I looked up images of flicker birds and learned that they are common in Colorado! Plus, their feathers sometimes make a natural looking chevron, which I think is stylish and nice for fall. Today’s look is a very chic take on a Colorado flicker bird!

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31DC2014 and Digital Dozen Second Anniversary: Sapphire Stripes

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The Dalai Lama's Nails | 31DC2014 Digital Dozen Sapphire Stripes

Phewwwww! I’ve made it to the last day of the combined prompts for the 31 Day Challenge and the Digital Dozen second year anniversary week! I do think that having two prompts to fulfill has pushed my creative boundaries – but I’m glad I can go back to just worrying about the 31 Day Challenge again! And… oh, only a few weeks left! Oh dear. Today’s prompt for the 31 Day Challenge is stripes, and at the Digital Dozen we had our pick of sapphires or things that come in pairs. So, I’ve gone with really sparkly blue sapphire stripes! I think my creative juices were all used up during the rest of this week – although they are simple, I still love how these stripes came out.

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31DC2014 and Digital Dozen Anniversary: Antique Tea Cups

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My grandmother collected the most amazing tea cups and saucers – she had a few sets to serve tea in, but she also had individual antique tea cups and matching saucers. They were wonderful, and had so many different color schemes and patterns. Most of them had some antique style roses or other floral motifs, some had a gold rim, and many featured polka dots! Since today’s prompts are polka dots (for the 31 Day Challenge) and China Patterns (for the Digital Dozen’s second anniversary – a modern anniversary gift is china), I thought I could create a lovely tea cup manicure inspired by the real cups my Nana collected.
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31DC2014 and Digital Dozen Anniversary: Star Sapphires

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I love gems. All kinds, really – sparkly! I was excited for today’s prompts: gradient for the 31 Day Challenge and sapphires for the Digital Dozen. Sapphires are the birthstone for September, and the Digital Dozen was born in September two years ago! Sapphires hold a special place in my heart (more on that below…) – I love all kinds of sapphires, but think that star sapphires are particularly beautiful. Star sapphires are sapphires that have certain inclusions (other minerals) that make the gem stone look like it has a six rayed star shape.
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31DC2014 and Digital Dozen Anniversary: Rainbow Ikat

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It’s Day 2 of Digital Dozen week and Day 9 of the 31 Day Challenge – which means my multi-prompt for today is rainbows + cotton. Cotton is apparently a traditional gift for second anniversaries. I think it’s kind of a weird one… but who am I to argue with the sages who decided such gift giving traditions? I may have taken the easiest route possible and chosen a cotton print that came in a rainbow pattern, and settled on a rainbow ikat (for the life of me, I could not think of another way to combine these two prompts!). I must say, I love this print! Though it does kind of remind me of meteorologic charts… like, of earth quakes!

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31DC2014 and Digital Dozen Anniversary: Metallic Scissors

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The Dalai Lama's Nails | 31DC2014 Digital Dozen Metallic Scissors

They say restriction breeds creativity, right? Well, this week’s nail art is going to be REALLY creative! I’m balancing both the prompts of the 31 Day Challenge and Digital Dozen week! For the Digital Dozen, we are celebrating the two year anniversary of the group – remember to enter our amazing giveaway with over 51 prizes! The theme this week is all related to things that come in pairs and second year anniversary symbolism. Today’s prompt is things that comes in pairs (my choice). In order to meet the 31 Day Challenge prompt, I decided to do something metallic that comes in pairs: scissors! Plus, it’s a shout out to all those hairdressers out there.

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Digital Dozen Second Anniversary Giveaway – 51 Prizes!

Welcome to the Digital Dozen 2nd anniversary MEGA giveaway!!

It’s been 2 years since the Digital Dozen first got together. Over time, some talented ladies have come and gone, and the group has expanded – but one thing remains constant. Our love of nail polish and art!
We are hosting a MASSIVE giveaway featuring 51 prizes. WHAT! A huge thank you to all of our amazing sponsors for such generous prizes. Now, to the nitty gritty:

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31DC2014 Day 7: Black and White

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The Dalai Lama's Nails | 31DC2014 Black and White Ruffian Nail Art

“One does want a hint of color” (quick, name the movie! It’s one of my favorites!). Even though today’s prompt is black and white, I decided to add a little hint of color. So, I suppose we actually have black and white and pink. It’s still very graphic, and I’m loving the stark simplicity of this nail art look. Plus, the party nails add a little wow factor! There’s reason to celebrate, too – it’s one week into the 31 Day Challenge, and I haven’t missed a day yet! I’ll pat myself on the back for that.

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31DC2014 Day 6: Striped Gradient

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The Dalai Lama's Nails | 31DC2014 Purple Striped Gradient Nail Art

It’s no secret that I love a good gradient. I do gradients all the time! And I’m excited to do one in a few days for the 31 Day Challenge. I think mostly it comes down to a love of exploring color. When I was in high school, I would often wear entire outfits all in one color – my photography teacher would always comment on my monochromatic outfits! As much as I love gradients, I wanted to try something different, especially since there’s a gradient day very soon. So, today’s look is a striped gradient!

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