I’m very excited to share this look with you – it’s my first post using my new camera! I hope you enjoy my cleaner, crisper, and generally better photos! I know it’s only spring time, but I’m getting ready for summer. I think that spring and summer colors are my favorites – I love pastels for spring, and bright, deep saturated colors for summer. I guess I don’t generally vary my nail art by season very much. I really prefer to design what I feel. And mostly what I feel is flowers and sunshine (!). I realized that I’ve been painting a lot of roses, mostly antique style, so I thought it would be fun to learn a new flower design. I recently looked through my honeymoon pictures (we went to Hawaii), and I loved seeing the gorgeous hibiscus flowers there – this is a very stylized version of the flowers I saw on the Big Island.
Today is the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is very important to me. No, I’ve never run a full marathon – but still, there’s just something about the marathon that I love. I love standing on the sidelines, a few miles away from the finish line, cheering on the runners as they make their way to the end of the race. I love it when the wheel chair athletes speed by, and then when the first of the elite runners round the bend, and finally as all the qualified and charity runners pass. I always get a little sunburned, and I always get a little hoarse, from cheering for so long! A few years ago, I even got to run alongside my dear friend for a few miles, when she ran in memory of my mom (among others). Last year, I did a similar BAA inspired nail look. Before I could post my marathon nail art, two bombs went off at the finish line. Though I was down the course, away from the explosions, I was really shaken. For several weeks, I couldn’t stop thinking about the bombs, and the perversion of the spirit of the race I so love. I wrote this reflection last year.
Today is my last post for April’s Digital Dozen theme of texture! I have really enjoyed participating with the girls of the Digital Dozen. They are all so lovely, and getting to know them just in this short time has been really wonderful. I’m so looking forward to next month’s theme, and I can’t wait to get to work on five more fun nail art looks. Thanks for having me, everybody! Hope I did you proud!
I’m back with day4 of my Digit-al Dozen posts for April! I can’t believe this week is almost over – I’ve had so much fun playing with texture. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have been exploring how to create the look of depth and texture without using textured polish. While the textured polish trend is certainly fun, you can really create some interesting effects without it! Quite a while ago, I discovered how to use my fan brush to create interesting layers. For this challenge, I played with methods to make the layers look even more textured.
Today is day 3 of my Digit-al Dozen posts for April! I’ve been really interested in how to create the look of depth and texture without using textured polish – in fact, I often think about the texture of a nail art look, even if I’m using solely traditional polish. I’ve also been loving charms lately, and I thought that the difference between the 3D textured gems and charms and the flat, shiny polish would be quite contrasting! I think charms are so fun, and a great way to spice up a mani.
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I’m so glad I have the Digital Dozen to push me to try new things. I have tried to do textured gradients a brazillion times, at least. But each time, the texture never really sets up, and it just looks gloopy and sloppy. But I didn’t give up, and like the little engine that could, I just kept going, because I knew I could make a gorgeous textured gradient. And, you know, gradients are kind of my thing. I am just so excited that I finally got this to work!
Welp. This is pretty much the highlight of my blogging career. I’ve been invited to participate in the amazingness that is the Digit-al Dozen! In case you don’t know the Digit-al Dozen, we are a group of nail art bloggers who find inspiration around a theme and do 5 days worth of variations and posts, during the second week of each month. I am so ridiculously honored and excited to be a part of this amazing and talented group of nail enthusiasts, and I hope my first attempt does them all proud. This month’s theme is texture; I sure love me some textured polish, but I found this challenge to be… challenging!
Last week was Spring Break – party time! It was nice to have a little break, so I could work on some more content and create more nail art looks, and of course to have more time to spend around the house and with my husband! I had a really great experience doing accent nails at a wonderful all natural makeup store in Denver, and this week I learned some more lessons while practicing my manicure and pedicure skills.
I really had the little mermaid stuck in my head after my last under water post! So much so that I decided to just go there, girlfriend, and do some mermaid nails! Plus, I’ve been offering mermaid accent nails at events, and they seem to be a very popular choice. I can see why – after all, they’re quite whimsical. Though, if you don’t like mermaids, you could just think of these as fish scales – no human bodies attached! Personally, I like to think of them as mermaids.