Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Five Monochrome Nail Art Designs

I really have a thing for black and white nail art designs. Most times when I sit down to come up with my weekly nail art design, I have to force myself to use color. However, here are five times I went black & white.

#1 Gradated Dots

I think this might be one of my favorite manis of all time. #notd

#2 Negative Space

I'm all about the negative space manicure. #notd

#3 X'd with Striping Tape

Now I remember why I don't do striping tape nail art very often, it starts peeling at the edges the very next day! #notd #manimonday #nailart

#4 Marble

Finally found time to do a little nail art! #notd #marble #nailsofinstagram #manimonday || tutorial at
See the tutorial for DIY marble nails here (no water involved!)

#5 Hand-Painted Lines

Black lines on white nails

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

For My Mom on My First Mother's Day as a Mom

As I sit here snuggling my baby girl on my first Mother's Day as a mom, I can't help but feel inspired and go old school "It's Because I Think Too Much" on you and share what's on my mind. 

I always thought I knew how much my mom did for me and how much she sacrificed to be a mom. But I don't think I truly understood the magnitude of what she did for me and my siblings until this past year as a I became a mother myself.  And now I know that when she told me she knew better, she really did. It's got to be so hard to watch the little person you created grow up, make mistakes, and do things that will hurt them despite sharing your experience and guidance. 

I sit here looking at my little girl in disbelief at how much she has already grown and how many little stages of her life will only be memories, we won't experience them again. And I know I still have so much to experience with Avery, but that just makes me think of my mom and how, after all those years trying to mold me, she had to just let me leave her care and go do my own thing. I get so choked up thinking that one day my baby could be living states away from me. Just makes me really realize how much of sacrifice being a mom truly is. 

On this Mother's Day, I have a little something to say: For everything you've done and everything you've yet to do, thank you! It means the world to me. Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Marble Print Nail Art Tutorial

A few weeks ago, I posted a photo of my DIY marble nail art on Instagram. It is easily one of my most complimented manicures. Ever.

The thing is it's really easy to do–not a drop of water involved. A little on the time intensive side (20-30 minutes), but easy! Watch the video below to see how I do it and keep scrolling to read a step-by-step.

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You'll Need:
  • A white or pale grey polish
  • A medium grey polish
  • A dark grey or black polish
  • A toothpick or bobby pin
  • Plastic wrap
  • Elmer's glue
  • A couple of nail art brushes or q-tips
  • Polish remover

Step By Step:
  1. Polish your nails with your lightest color and allow to dry. 
  2. Use your brush or q-tip to apply white glue to the skin surrounding your nail. Keep the layer on the thin side so it doesn't take as long to dry.
  3. Place a drop or two of each color of polish onto the plastic wrap, use your bobby pins or toothpick to lightly swirl the colors together. Take care not to over mix or you'll lose that tri-color swirling effect. One to three passes through the polish is sufficient as it'll mix a bit more on the next step.
  4. Either dip your nail onto the polish-covered plastic or lift the plastic to press onto your nail. Repeat for each nail, varying the color ratios.
  5. Peel off the dried glue and discard.
  6. Use a second brush or q-tip and some nail polish remover to clean up any areas not protected by the glue.
  7. Finish with your favorite top-coat.

For fun color variations, get inspired by real life marble and incorporate a small bit of gold, green, or blush polish.

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