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  • Art Inspires Art

    Hey there! How are you doing today?

    I've had two very long weeks at work! I have a couple really big projects going on and the work has really drained me lately. Thankfully, there are weekends! So I've been relaxing today and I had time and energy to paint a mani I've been thinking of for a few days. One of my favorite jewelry designers is Todd Reed. He's based out of Boulder, CO but has showrooms and retailers in many locations. He has this incredible style of blending the polished with the organic! 

    I've loved this cuff he created for some time, but for some reason when I saw it posted again this week it struck me differently and I was inspired to paint a manicure based on it. (Photo Cred: @toddreedjewelry on IG)

    I had fun painting this mani and I'm very happy with how it turned out! I hope you like it too. I used all Cirque Colors: Never Nude, Helios, Miami-Dade and Memento Mori. 

    If you haven't heard of Todd Reed, I suggest you look his designs up this moment! πŸ˜‹ I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

  • Silver Poinsettias

    Hello there...how are you this evening? I'm doing pretty well. I've decorated my house for my first Christmas in it, which I love! Here's my tree! πŸŽ„

    And of course I still make time for nail art! Here's one I'm very happy with! I'm excited about how the detail came out so clear. I'm not entirely sure if this image was meant to be a specific flower but it looks a lot like little poinsettias to me. 

    I enjoy Christmas manis and I tend to try and create some that aren't so obviously festive. A little covert, perhaps... What do you think? Does this pass as a version of a holiday mani?

    Thank you for stopping by! Blessings to you...

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    A England - Heathcliff

    A England - Let Me In

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 201

  • Cirque Forever...

    Hey there, how are you? I'm doing pretty well and enjoying these late summer days. Recently, Cirque Colors created a limited edition collection for a Nordstrom Pop-In shop along with Warby Parker. If you don't know Warby Parker please check them out. They give back with every purchase! I have all the swatches in a previous post so look there to see all of them.

    I love all the shades! I chose Greenwich and a couple other Cirque Colors for nail art...

    I used Greenwich, Epoch and Never Nude for this tapped, dotted mani. I really love how this turned out and I always love how multiple shades from the same creator but collections apart go so well together!

    I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Vamp

    Oh Thursday... Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday! These last few weeks at work have definitely taken a toll on me. After my long days at the office, I so look forward to a relaxing evening painting my nails. So here is one of those manis I painted to unwind and enjoy the art of polish!

    I love this peacock stamped design but I used it in a different way this time, switching up the colors.  This red holo is so gorgeous! It's a Colors by Llarowe shade called Vamp and is so dreamy! It lights up like crazy in the sun too!

    I hope you're doing well and that you have a great Friday tomorrow! Thank you so much for swinging by.😊

    Supplies:

    Colors by Llarowe - Vamp

    Cirque - Cerrillos 

    Cirque - Xochitl

    Konad - Black

    Bundle Monster Plate - 212

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Winter Blues

    Hello there! How are you today? It has been a very crazy week at work. I painted this manicure a couple days ago but just haven't had the time to post it. I used two blues, silver and black for this stamped and dotted design.

    This was kind of an unplanned design. I just received new Pueen stamping plates this week so I was trying them out and this happened! I hope you have a great Sunday night and a good start to the week tomorrow. 

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast Base Coat

    Cirque - Sky Woman

    A England - Encore Margot

    ILNP - Indie Go

    Konad - Black

    Pueen Stamping Plate - SE04A

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coa

  • Picture Polish Party

    Hey there! How are you? I apologize for the lack of posts here lately... I've had long and challenging few weeks so Instagram was as much as I've had energy for. I'm having a restful and relaxing weekend though. I hope you are too!

    I've had the gorgeous Picture polish collaboration shade, LakoDom, on my wish list for months but it's been out of stock. Last week is was back so I snatched a bottle of it and I'm sooooo glad I did! This is an amazing shade of white that leans gray and is sprinkled with silver scatter holo. It truly is "tenderness on your nails" and I'll for sure be using it a lot!

    I ended up adding to LakoDom with a few other Picture Polishes and a Bundle Monster stamping image.

    I hope you like the outcome of this unplanned mani as much as I do! You know, sometimes the unplanned manis turn out the best! Thanks so much for visiting, today. I hope you have a wonderful afternoon and see you again soon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Picture Polish - LakoDom

    Picture Polish - Bette

    Picture Polish - Paris

    Picture Polish - Midnite Meteor

    Konad - Black

    Bundle Monster Plate - 617

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Stenciled Roses

    Hey there! How are you? It's Friday again already...these last two weeks have flown by. I hope you had a great New Years celebration. My boyfriend and I went to one of our favorite places for dinner and then spent the rest of the evening at his place to watch the ball drop on TV. It was so nice and relaxing.

    I have an unexpected mani to show you today. I don't normally go for the overly floral designs but there was something about this design that really drew me to it. It's a little more on the less obvious side so I decided to use the image over a gorgeous holo from Enchanted Polish.

    I used the smallest point from the several dotting tools I have to fill in a few of the roses. I used another Enchanted Polish shade for the roses and I'm so excited about how this turned out. I just can't get over holo polishes...they're so fabulous!

    I hope you have a good evening. Thanks for always stopping by. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my miniature art with you.

    Supplies:

    Enchanted Polish - Holiday 2014

    Enchanted Polish - February 2014

    Konad - Black

    Bundle Monster Plate - 618

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Oh Louboutin...

    Happy weekend to you. How are you today? I have been a major introvert and didn't leave my place at all today. I do love people, but sometimes it's very refreshing to just chill out on my own. I was given such an amazing Christmas gift from my boyfriend and I just have to share it with you! How great is my man!?

    I just LOVE this color! It's a simple, rich navy cream but there's something special about it. It's nearly a one-coater too, but I always paint two. The inkwell-type cap is so comfortable to use, though it's a little shorter than the Rouge cap. I'm sure the Rouge is it's own design since it's THE Louboutin color.

    So, as usual, I couldn't leave it alone... I have a few pictures below of art I added to this beauty. These two pics show a taped stiletto design with a gunmetal shade (Zoya, Claudine) to mimick the bottle.

    And here I added Enchanted Polish's To Die For glitter on my ring fingers, then stamped with Bundle Monster's plate 604, Essie's No place Like Chrome and Picture Polish's Pandora for the dot accents. You just can't go wrong with navy! 

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! Thanks for hangin in there with my picture-heavy post today! 😁

  • Christmas!!

    Merry Christmas to you!! I hope you are having a wonderful day! Mine is full going from one family member's house to another but a great day! I painted this mani for today and it's another swirly, stamped and dotted mani. Here 'tis! πŸŽ„

    Well, there you have it! This is short and sweet for today. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day! Blessings to you and your family and loved ones!

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast Base Coat

    Cirque - The Devil Wears Cirque

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    A England - St. George 

    Bundle Monster Plate - 607

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Christmas Eve

    Merry Christmas Eve!! How are you today? What are you up to? Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions? Part of my family always goes to this old pizza place for dinner on Christmas Eve called Fargo's. I think it started a while back because after church we drove around trying to find a restaurant open, and it was the only one we found. So, now we go every year. Nothing too fancy but it's fun and yummy!

    Well, on to the mani! I decided on using traditional Christmas colors for this one. It's different for me but I think it's pretty.

    What do you think? I really like the result and it was simple stamping and dotting so that's nice too. I love that all of A England's holo polishes stamp so well! These two are the perfect Christmas combo too. Thank you for stopping by on this wonderful day! I hope it is wonderful for you and see you again soon!

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast Base Coat

    Cirque - Carpe Diem

    A England - St. George

    A England - Rosebower 

    Bundle Monster Plate - 314

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Christmas Eve, Eve

    Hello! Merry Christmas Eve, Eve!!πŸŽ„ My brother and I used to always say that growing up and we thought we were so clever. So now I always remember that. I think it was a way for us to extend the feeling of Christmas. I have a fun, festive, though not classically festive, mani to show you today. I'm so not normally a green person but this Tavern on the Teal is somethin' else!

    I had the silver swirl image over the teal for an evening and it just felt like it was missing something so I added the dots later that night and it's just right!

    So can you believe it's almost Christmas again?! I'm pretty excited. The month of December has had it's ups and downs for me over the years but this one is definitely up. I hope yours is too, though I do know it can be a challenging time of year for many. 

    I hope you have a wonderful day and see you soon!

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast Base Coat

    Cirque - Tavern on the Teal

    A England - Sleeping Palace

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 607

    Seche  Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Festive Continues...

    Hello! Can you believe Christmas is this week? It sure does seem to come around faster every year. It is fun to have such a great season to inspire nail art too! Here's a mixed method mani to continue the festivities using one of my favorite reds of all time.

    I stamped on two fingers and glitter faded the rest. I really love how this one turned out. I think I'm drawn to less obvious festive manis, for lack of better explanation. So in my mind this fits into that category. I hope you like it! And, I hope you have a great rest of your day. I need to run a couple last minute Christmas errands then I'll be all set! See you soon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    A England - Rosebower 

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    A England - St. George

    Bundle Monster Plate - 213

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Auntie Ems

    Happy weekend everyone!! I've been absent for a bit...sorry about that. I've had a super busy couple of weeks and this week has been full of excitement because I'm officially an aunt! My brother and sister-in-law brought an incredible baby boy into the world yesterday! I have never been a baby person but oh-my-goodness am I head over heels! His name is Abdiel. It means "Servant of God" in Hebrew. So, I know this isn't a nails pic, but here I am holding Abdiel, a blessing to our family. 

    So, night before last, as I was hoping and waiting for news of Abdiel's arrival, I did the best thing I could think of...painted my nails, of course! So here's a special mani for an incredibly special occasion.

    Well, there you have it! I hope you like this as much as I do! Even though the base color is called Midsummer Night, it really looks festive with the rose gold stamped design and glitter! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I'm hoping to spend more time with my sweet nephew.

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast base Coat

    Cirque - Midsummer Night

    Essie - Penny Talk

    Julep - Diamond Theory

    Pueen Stamping Plate - 61

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Happy 1 Year Anniversay!!

    Hello! How are you today? I am doing great! I am all about birthdays and anniversaries... Days that mark something special...and today marks one year of my nail art blog! Wow, that went fast! I have been inspired over the years by many nail polish-aholics, a.k.a. nail artists and I have been privileged to paint my art with much encouragement. Thank you for your encouragement too! Thank you for all the visits you've made to my corner of the world-wide-web to see what I imagine. I am grateful for you!

    Here are just a few of my favorites over the last year. All of these have their own posts that you can find if you'd like. And there will be more to come!

    For today's manicure, I chose a detailed stamping image and added a little something over top...

    I used a couple newer polishes of mine, Concrete Jungle for the base and Bette for the bright blue dots. I like how neutral this manicure is. I wear a lot of black and gray and blue (even though red is my favorite color) so this goes with a lot. It's probably why I was drawn to this combo in the first place. ☺️ 

    Thank you again for stopping by! Here's to the last year and more ahead! πŸŽ‰Welcome December and I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Cirque - Concrete Jungle

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Picture Polish - Bette

    Bundle Monster Plate - 404

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Dots...

    Hey there! How are you today? One of the best and craziest things about where I live is that truly, we can have all four weather seasons in one day. We didn't quite have that but yesterday went from 60 degrees at lunch time to blizzard-like blowing snow and 19 degrees when I was slowly driving home from work. Winter is definitely upon us, here in Colorado Springs and there's not much hope of warmer weather any time soon, either...

    One great thing about cold, winter nights is the opportunity to paint my nails (as if I need a reasonπŸ˜‰). I felt like something simple, with interest, so a navy holo base is a great place to start.

    I hope you're warm and cozy wherever you are this evening. These cold nights definitely remind me of what a blessing it is to have a home. Thanks for stopping by. See you soon.❄️

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast Base Coat

    Cirque - Trocadero 

    Cirque - Boudoir 

    Cirque - Sani

    Cirque - Cerrillos 

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • ILNP Party

    Hey there! Happy Sunday! I have a fun little ILNP party on my nails to show you today. I used four colors from ILNP and they all compliment each other so well. 

    I didn't really have a plan for this mani but I wanted to use this Bundle Monster image. I actually had red on first but when I stamped, the details of this image weren't very noticeable so I started over with the fabulous Iconic from ILNP. Once I was finished stamping, it just felt like something was missing so I gathered up a few other colors and a dotting tool and voila! I love the outcome!

    I hope you're having a wonderful weekend and I hope to see you again soon.

    Supplies:

    ILNP - Iconic

    ILNP - Admire Me

    ILNP - Music Box

    ILNP - 1st and 15th

    Bundle Monster Plate - 502

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • MoYou Rainbow Contest Part I

    Hello, hello! How are you? I've been a bit absent lately...sorry about that. I've had more long days at work but I decided to participate in MoYou London's Rainbow Contest on Instagram. Each day has a differnt color for the theme and a MoYou London stamping plate must be used. Here's part one of my posts. It's been a fun challenge for sure!

    Monday: Red

    I used Picture Polish's Scarlett and stamped with Sally Hansen's Rapid Dry Grease Lightening. This is an image from MoYou London's Explorer 03 plate.

    Tuesday: Orange

    I chose Enchanted Polish's May 2014 for the base, Konad White for stamping, China Glaze Papaya Punch for the dots and the MoYou Sailor 03 plate for the image.

    Wednesday: Yellow

    I wasn't so sure about the yellow day so I chose to layer A England's Morgan Le Fay over Julep's Catrina for a softer look. I used Konad White again to stamp an image from the Pro 07 stamping plate.

    Thursday: Green

    I've collected a few green polishes over the past several months which is good because Enchanted Polish's March 2014 and A England's St. George are perfect together! I used an image from the Sailor 03 plate for this one.

    I hope you like my manis inspired by the colors of the rainbow! I'll post part two this weekend! Two of my favorite colors, blue and purple, are up next! Which color is your favorite?

    Have a great evening and I hope to see you soon! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Summer Wedding Guest

    Good morning! How are you? Are you having a good weekend? I got to go to a wedding yesterday so of course I had to have the perfect outfit and my nails had to be just right! My dress was a bright  cobalt blue, I wore black peep-toe pumps and had gold and black jewelry so I thought this combo for my manicure would compliment everything perfectly!

    So there ya have it! I loved the outcome! I felt like a famous person attending an event. My dress was from my favorite boutique here in Colorado Springs called Eve's Revolution. They have the best clothes! I hope you like my mani! And I hope you have a wonderful Sunday! 

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Cirque - Never Nude

    A England. - Morgan Le Fay

    Konad - Black

    Bundle Monster Plate - 406

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Inspired by Summer

    Hi there! How are you today? So over the last three weather seasons I've painted a mani inspired by each season. This will be the fourth and final of this series and what season better to use for a finale than summer!

    This was really fun to paint though it definitely took a good amount of time. Here are the supplies for Summer.

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Colors by Llarowe - Zipper

    O.P.I. - Alpine Snow

    Essie - Cashmere Bathrobe

    O.P.I. - Amazon...Amazoff

    Essie - Mojioto Madness

    Konad - Black

    Bundle Monster Plate - 407

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

    I used the same theme in all four seasons so here they are all together.

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    Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods. I hope you have a great evening!

  • Happy Easter!

    Happy Easter to you! How do you celebrate today? I went to church and spent time with family and later I'll be with family again. It's been a great day! I've had this spring manicure on my mind for quite some time. I painted a fall and winter scene like this so now it's time for spring. The buds are finally braving our still somewhat snowy weather so I decided today was the day to break out this mani!

    I used eight polishes, a fine art brush, dotting tools and a stamp to create the design. It was really fun! I hope you like it too and I hope you have a wonderful afternoon! See you soon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Llarowe - Zipper

    Konad - Black

    O.P.I. - Alpine Snow

    O.P.I. - The Thrill of Brazil

    O.P.I. - Mod About You

    Essie - Mojito Madness

    Zoya - Eva

    Julep - Catrina

    Bundle Monster Plate - 407

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • February Nail Art Cahllenge - 23

    Happy weekend to you! How is your weekend going? I've had a great one so far shopping with my man, going to family dinner, being lazy and of course...painting my nails! Today's February Nail Art Challenge theme is "animal". Here's what I decided to paint. :)

    So what do you think? I'm pretty excited about how this turned out. I must say though that great polishes have so much to do with great nail art. If you have yet to check out Cirque or A England, I highly recommend you do. Only two more nail art themes for this month so see you soon!

    I hope you have a great rest of your Sunday! 

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Cirque - Epoch

    Cirque - Baptisia 

    A England - Encore Margot

    A England - Princess Sabra

    Essie - Naughty Nautical

    BM Plates - 015, 212, 419

    Dotting Tools

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • February Nail Art Challenge - 04

    Hey there! How are you today? I hope you're doing well and enjoying your week so far. Today is the second day to paint your nails for the February Nail Art Challenge and today's theme - Polkadots!

    I wanted to do something a little different for the theme so I thought having it all be textured would be fun. I know it's only been two manis so far for the challenge but it's fun to have a theme to go by for a change. Be sure to swing by again soon for the next theme! I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Supplies:

    Zoya - Sunshine 

    Julep - Hailee

    Essie - Blue Rhapsody

  • One For One

    My very favorite shoe company, well movement rather, is TOMS. I may be a little passionate seeing as I have two pairs of sunglasses and 22 pairs of TOMS shoes...but I truly love the cause! So, because TOMS and nail polish are passions of mine, I happen to be inspired by new pairs of shoes I get for manicure ideas! 

    I LOVE how this turned out! I'm going to have to wear these ballet flats while I have this mani! So fun. If you're new to TOMS in any way, I encourage you to check them out. I have painted two other TOMS inspired manicures so I've put those photos below too. I hope you like this as much as I do! Have a great evening!

    Supplies: 

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    A England - Bridal Veil

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 021

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

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    Supplies for the mani inspired by the Woven Women's Paisley Classics:

    O.P.I. - Dating A Royal

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 315

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

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    Supplies for the mani inspired by the Red Polka Dot Linen Ballet Flats:

    Julep - Claudette

    Dotting Tool

    Konad - White

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Inspired by Winter

    Happy Birthday to me!!! :) Yes, I'm a December baby and have overall enjoyed being one. My parents were always good about separating my birthday from Christmas and I always had lots of pretty decorations up on my day so it's been good! 

    I decided that this special day needed a special manicure too so I took the "Inspired By Autumn" mani through to winter. Here's the winter scene. 

    I'm very excited about how this turned out!! I used several polishes, stamping, sponging and a dotting tool to get the look. Quite the mixed media mani. :) I hope you enjoy the winter scene and that your December 16th is as great as I plan on mine being! Thanks so much for stopping by today.

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Llarowe - Zipper

    A England - Morgan Le Fay

    Konad - Black

    O.P.I. - Alpine Snow

    O.P.I. - Pirouette My Whistle

    Bundle Monster Plate - 407

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Inspired by Autumn

    I was inspired by the beautiful season for this nail art. I used a combination of polishes with the stamping technique on my middle and ring fingers then added dots to create "leaves" with dotting tools.

    Supplies:

    Llarowe - Zipper

    Konad Special Stamping Polish - Black

    Julep - Claudette

    Julep - Catrina

    Essie - Mojito Madness

    Cirque - Mink

    Bundle Monster Plate - 407

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat