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Digital Dozen does Patterns on Patterns: Animal Print Camo Nail Art

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Leopard and Zebra Print Camo nail art | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Here we are at day two of this crazy challenge – seriously, patterns on patterns just makes me sigh. Oy! But gosh darn it, I will stick it out, SOLDIER. Ok, sorry, not sure where that came from. Even though this wasn’t exactly what I was going for, …

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The Digital Dozen does Fairy Tales: Stone Soup

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The Digital Dozen does Fairy Tales: Stone Soup | The Dalai Lama's Nails

They say that restriction breeds creativity – and that is definitely true, both in the story of Stone Soup, and for this week’s Digital Dozen challenge of Fairy Tales! Although I think this may be one of the hardest theme challenges I’ve ever attempted, I think… well, not …

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Digital Dozen does Thankfulness & #BusyGirlNails – Family

Digital Dozen and #BusyGirlNails - family tree | The Dalai Lama's Nails

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I have a thing for trees and leaves and all things nature. It’s seriously potent imagery, rich in symbolism – for me, trees represent my family, my roots, my community, and my support. I love changing seasons, and trees are good indicators of …

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Digital Dozen does Thankfulness: Ocean and Mountains


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I think Digital Dozen weeks are some of my favorite – I always push myself to do my best nail art. The theme for this week’s challenge is thankfulness, which is really broad and very open to creative responses. I’m excited to see what the …

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The Digital Dozen does Floral: Day 5 – Dahlias

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Textured Dahlias | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Ok, enough of that fall stuff. Back to bright colors! I wanted to end this Digital Dozen week on a bright, fun look. Who cares about seasonally appropriate, anyways? I think the idea for this nail art look came to me in a dream the other …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Digital Dozen does Summer: Day 3 – Lemon

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Oops! I had a major nail break yesterday – goodbye long, rounded nails. It’s back to the classic, short squarish nails for me. That’s ok, I think I prefer them this length, though it was fun to experiment with the …

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Jesse’s Girl Satin Finish

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The Dalai Lama's Nails: Jesse's Girl Satin Finish Nail Color
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While I was in Vegas, I had the huge fortune to meet the Jesse of Jesse’s Girl (and his girl, too!). More than that, I was treated to the Cirque Du Soleil Michael Jackson show, along with several other nail bloggers. It was …

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The Digital Dozen does Countries and Cultures: Day 3 – Grand Canyon

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The Dalai Lama's Nails: The Digital Dozen does Countries and Cultures - day 3 The Grand Canyon

From Thailand to Prague to the Grand Canyon – phew, we’ve traveled quite far in the span of three days! Today’s nail art for the Digital Dozen’s Countries and Cultures week is the Grand Canyon. Again, not a country – but a place! I guess I …

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