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31DC2014 Day 31: Triangle Confetti
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31DC2014 Day 30: Water Marble Decal
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31DC2014 Day 29: Expecto Patronum
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31DC2014 Day 28: Maritime Signal Flags
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31DC2014 Day 27: Nail Art
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31DC2014 Day 26: The 31 Day Challenge
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31DC2014 Day 25: Zoya Teardrops
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31DC2014 Day 24: The Giving Tree
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31DC2014 Day 23: Food Fight!
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31DC2014 Day 22: Firework

31DC2014 Day 31: Triangle Confetti

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It’s a party! Celebration! I can’t believe it’s the end of the 31 Day Challenge. It seriously started to feel like a way of life! And I moved in the midst of the challenge, so I am particularly proud of myself this year. I’ll have a little review/summary tomorrow and we’ll stroll down memory lane together. For day 31, I am honoring nail art by Coewless, who is unbelievably talented and has gorgeous nails. I loved her look for day 16 of the challenge – it reminds me of little triangle confetti being thrown in a party. It feels so fun and like such a celebration. Let’s start the party already!!! (Just imagine me throwing triangle confetti in the air as I said that.)

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31DC2014 Day 30: Water Marble Decal

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Pretty sure I said this during the water marble prompt – but, gosh, water marbles are hard! They’re so messy and fussy. When I saw that Fixin to Faff and Betty’s Beauty Bombs found a way to make a water marble decal, I knew I had to give it a try! I love the way water marbles look, but I just am so impatient. Plus, decals sound cool! So, was this decal method really easier than the original method? Read on to find out!

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31DC2014 Day 29: Expecto Patronum

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I almost didn’t make this day of the challenge – pheeeeeew! I can sigh a big sigh of relief! Remember when I told you that my husband and I bought a house? Well, we moved into our new home yesterday – and I love it! The only downside is that I am not at all unpacked… but that doesn’t stop the 31 Day Challenge from marching forward. Since I made this day, I am really hoping I’ll have everything all set for the remaining TWO days that are left. I’m posting from Panera today, but hopefully I’ve have the internet in time for tomorrow’s post! Anyways. Today’s prompt is to be inspired by the supernatural. I’m not super into that kind of stuff… so I went with my heart and took inspiration from Harry Potter – where else? This manicure is inspired by HP’s expecto patronum  - you can see his glowing want and the head of the stag starting to form. It’s on the whimsical side of things, that’s for sure! In case you don’t remember (ahem…), expecto patronum , or the Patronus Charm, is a defensive charm that uses energy to form a partially physical guardian.

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31DC2014 Day 28: Maritime Signal Flags

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Every summer my family goes to Maine. It’s great fun! We’ve been invited to visit our friends, who have a summer home there, every year since I was 9 or 10. They invite a wonderful group of people, and we all cram into this little house and have adventures for a long weekend. We sail, swim, play games, and of course we have wine and cheese on the porch. It’s not just vacation – it’s unwind and recharge time. It always marks the transition to fall for me. Anyways, I’ve learned a lot about maritime stuff there – charts and navigation, and most recently maritime signal flags! Don, who is one of the owners of the house, strings up these maritime signal flags and writes a secret message that we have to decode. And that’s what I’ve done for you today! Here’s the chart – have at em! Can you figure out what I wrote to you? Although each flag represents a letter and a full signal (for example, C or “charlie” means “affirmative”), I’ve just used the letters to spell out a word! Also – today is my dad’s birthday, and he LOVES all this stuff. Happy Birthday, dad!

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31DC2014 Day 27: Nail Art

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We’ve arrived at the part of the challenge where I get a bit misty-eyed. Today’s prompt for the 31 Day Challenge is to be inspired by art. At first, I browsed a lot of famous paintings online, thinking that I would try to recreate some famous masterpiece – but that seemed so inaccessible. I know I’m not Monet! As I closed out several tabs on my browser of impressionist paintings, I realized that though I am not Monet, I am my own brand of artist. I’m a nail artist! For me, nail art fills a huge artistic need in my soul. I have always been artistic and creative, and when I am not creating I feel like something is missing from my life. Nail art gives me the opportunity to experiment with shape, color, texture, and design. And the best part is that it’s so fun! It’s fashion, it’s beauty, it’s real art. My nail art today is an homage to this art form itself – it’s nail art of nail art! I am truly thankful for the role nail art plays in my life. I love it!

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31DC2014 Day 26: The 31 Day Challenge

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So, I guess this is kind of meta. Every day I look at the prompt graphic so graciously made by Chalkboard Nails, and think about how much I love the purple geometric background. I’m not even sure what that purple background is called – I feel like there must be some designery name for it, but I’m not sure! Anyways, I love how it’s just random purple triangles. Think of this as the 31 Day Challenge Purple Day take two! I love purple and I love random geometric looks (and apparently I love triangles. oh. And I love lamp, don’t forget that one). Anyways, as an ode to this challenge, which is slowly but surely winding down – I present the purple prompt background.

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31DC2014 Day 25: Zoya Teardrops

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I love negative space manicures (you probably know that by now…), and I sure do love Zoya. Imagine my delight when Zoya created fun negative space manicures for New York Fashion Week – specifically for Zimmermann (as reported by my friend, Beauty Judy). I loved the look of that mani, and thought it would be fun to try my own take on it. I added a little red outline for a pop of color, but stuck with the very same gold polish they used in the show. I love how this looks – and I think it would be an interesting and classy manicure to wear, particularly if you worked at a job that required muted colors (you could take out the red, or try it with subtler shades). I especially like that the idea of negative space in manicures and nail art has gone more main stream! I think it’s my favorite trend.

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31DC2014 Day 24: The Giving Tree

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I have been an avid reader my whole life. We always read stories before bed, and in high school I bonded with some of my best friends over books (Harry Potter, specifically). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stayed up all night reading a book, because I just had to find out what happened and couldn’t wait until morning! There are some books that stay with you for your entire life – the musty, wonderful smell of old pages, favorite quotations, and even illustrations. I can’t remember the first time I read the Giving Tree, but I do remember how the story makes me feel.

Plus, I included the Giving Tree’s apple in this nail art look because tonight is the first night of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Apples and other sweet foods are traditionally eaten – and I’d like to wish you all a wonderful year ahead, full of health, friendship, generosity, and learning.

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31DC2014 Day 23: Food Fight!

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There are some movies that seem magical (and I don’t just mean Harry Potter – har!)  - that help you connect to characters and make you believe in another reality. When Robin Williams died, there was such a huge outpouring of emotion because his talent brought viewers into whole new worlds of imagination and humor. On of my favorite Robin Williams movies (ah – there are so many favorites!) is Hook. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it! Whenever I see it on tv, I will always watch it. One of the best scenes in the movie happens when Pan finally believes and uses his imagination – the food fight scene! At first all he can see is a table with empty platters and serving utensils – and through the course of a food fight, he sees splats of gorgeously colored food everywhere! It’s such a fun scene, and it inspired my food fight manicure for today’s 31 Day Challenge prompt.  Can you see it?

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31DC2014 Day 22: Firework

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Do you ever hear a song and just have to bust out singing? Even if it’s not technically the greatest song in the world? Well – today I am singing Firework, by Katy Perry. Because I feel like a firework! I feel like I’m going to explode with excitement, and you’ll see my energy and talent burning in the night sky! Nothing’s going to keep me down.  I’ve had lots of support along the way, but I have certainly doubted myself. And now Katy Perry’s song is lifting me up, up, up! Baby I AM a firework! (I just passed my manicurist practical exam – and I am on cloud nine! I was so nervous, and I am so proud of myself for making it through! I will write a proper post later…). I’m celebrating today’s 31 Day Challenge prompt with a song that makes me feel on fire – and so I’ve done some fireworks!

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