Mani Monday – Autumn Dots

I recently saw this design by All Lacquered Up and wanted to replicate it in autumn colors.


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Week 27: Autumn 27:autumn

Autumn is my favorite season. I’m lucky to live in New England, where the changing foliage is stunning and dramatic. Even on my daily commute to and from work over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed the previously green trees turning gorgeous shades of yellow, orange, red, and russet. I love the crisp bite to the morning air. Apples are my favorite fruit, caramel my favorite candy, and Halloween my favorite holiday. And the fall collections of nail polish are some of my favorite colors!

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Week 20: Trendy

Really quick: I entered a contest run by the lovely rubygloomel on WordPress. Go here and vote for your favorite design!

formul8edphrase week 20:trendy

Textured nails are THE trend for 2013, and I was dying to use my new fall colors, so I pulled together this simple design for this week’s challenge. I know I just did dots, but I like how they look and I’m getting better at putting them in straight lines each time I do them.

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Week 15: Rainbow


Such an appropriate theme for this week! And while that wasn’t our thought when we planned this challenge (rainbow is one of the themes from the 31-day challenged Becca and I used as a template), this little bit of serendipity makes me smile. Hooray for another step for equality! If only the Voter Protection Act decision had been equally on target. *sigh*

Okay, back to nails.

Enough politics, show me the rainbow!

Spots for spring

Now that I’m into manicures, I polish my nails two or three times a week, mostly to avoid grading tests. Usually I just do a simple mani of a single color, but a couple of days ago I wanted to do something more exciting.

I intended to draw cherry blossoms again, but I'm really bad at them.

I intended to draw cherry blossoms again, but I’m really bad at them.

I used Zoya Angelina, a rich, cool-toned brown, China Glaze Keep Calm Paint On, a pistachio green with a subtle shimmer, and CG Pink-e Promise, a petal pink that looks much brighter in person than in the picture. I made the dots with a dotting tool.

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