Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy (belated) 4th Birthday/Anniversary to the Files!

On August 10, 2010, I decided to click "Publish" on my very first NikkisNailFiles post. The design was this one (still a favorite of mine and one that I will wear every now and then). Since then I have enjoyed all the fantastic readers and people who have stopped by the Files to say hello or to simply check out a specific design. I can't wait to see where this blog goes from here and what designs are in store. For all the photos of over 4 years of nail designs, check out my "The Real Files" tab under the header. I can't believe it's been 4 years. Other Blogversary posts are this and this (no clue why I didn't do nails for it!)

For today's post I have a gorgeous Pinterest-inspired chevron and teal aquamarine blue-ish color design. For this look I used China Glaze Highlighter of My Summer, KleanColor Silver Pearl, Orly White Out, and Kiss Brush On Nail Art Paint in Black.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

31 Week Nail Art Challenge courtesy of Nail Art Novice

I found this challenge over on Nail Art Novice while perusing my nail blogs back in March. I knew I wanted to give it a try so I saved it away on my computer. Because I'm severely lacking in creativity and motivation at the moment I figured this would be a semi-easy way to make sure I update my blog at least once a week, regardless of how busy I get. You guys all know how lax I get with my blog sometimes (yes I only posted twice in both June AND July -- I was busy??). 
So, to start this thing off, we have Week 1: Red Nails. I wanted to do something more festive than just look-at-my-nails-that-are-red so I decided to opt for an adorable design done by my blogger pal Ghila! She posted these on "Kisses Day" in Italy and ever since then I thought they were so cute and wanted to recreate them.

Here are my nails for Week 1 of the 31 Week Nail Art Challenge: Red
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Tad Tribal

We're off and running. Half a week of classes down and I think this semester is right on par with being extremely busy and fast-paced like all the other semesters of law school. In any event, I wanted to upload this photo of nails I did earlier in the week (yes this is NOT how my nails are done right this second) because I absolutely loved them. They were a recreation a design that I originally found on Pinterest. I don't know the name or website or any of that jazz to link back to the original (so if you know it please pass it along to me so I can add it!), but these nails were super fun and colorful and a little bit tribal. I really enjoyed the summer yellow that brightened up my nails and made the sunny day even more sunny!
Thanks for looking!

For this look, I used: Orly Snow White (as a base to make the yellow pop), China Glaze Shower Together, Finger Paints I Pink I Can, Orly Hook Up, and Orly Liquid Vinyl.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My Last "First Day": Back to School!

Well, here it is again folks. You know that thing that releases its clutches on students between the months of June and August?? Yeah, I'm talking about school. I start my last (as in final!!) year of school TOMORROW and I can't even believe my educational journey is only 9 months from its conclusion. I've attended five different schools, studied four different major courses of study (chemistry, psychology, Spanish, and law), been awarded thousands in student loans and scholarships, and it's all coming down to this one single degree: a Juris Doctor. That's right, this time next year I will hopefully have a law degree on my wall, a license to practice law in the states I choose, and a nicely paying job that will make all of the effort worth it. Keep your fingers crossed, I think this year will be a difficult one with the job search and the impending Bar Exam next July. Because this is my last Back to School post I will (hopefully) ever do...I decided to go with my favorite blue polishes and then have a different design on each finger:
And in case you love 80s movies as much as I do...enjoy this little tidbit of Grease 2 which is perfectly on point for the occasion (minus the fact that they are talking about high school and I'm past that and then some):
"Whoa whoa, I've gotta go back to school"

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 11, 2014

American Red Cross Mani

So last week was my last week at the firm for the summer. I was asked back over the school year though so that's a good sign and hopefully they will have a spot for a new associate that I can fill after graduation! Anyway, on top of the last week being super super super busy I totally failed at blogging. On Thursday all of the law clerks and I donated blood to American Red Cross and my nails just happened to be red so it was absolutely perfect. I didn't really plan on doing a nail design for a blood donation but's all good.
Also, as you guys know Andrew left for Colorado :( on August 2nd. I can't believe it's only been a week. This was a selfie I took of us right before he had to leave in order to make it through security in time for his flight. I'm looking forward to my trip out to Colorado that's planned for the end of August!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Steph's Wedding: Say Yes to the Dress!

As you know from my previous posts here, here, here, here, here, and here, my older sister Stephanie is engaged to be married in September 2015. As a continuation in the Steph's Wedding Series, today my mom, my sister, my sister's bridesmaid Kelly, and I went to look at potential bridal gowns at Sposabella. Ok, number one, check out this selection of gowns:

Seriously, how are you not going to find the perfect wedding gown in this room?! It was an entire large room full of all type of white bridal gowns. Anyway, Steph tried on a bunch of beautiful gowns in various styles and she looked gorgeous in each and every one of them. She may have settled on her perfect dress but she didn't decide yet so we all wait to see if she will say "YES!" to the dress. There was a ton of sparkles, lace, and even some fancy belts so I figured I should incorporate all of those into a nail design for the occasion:
For this look I used Zoya Snow White as a base for my index, ring, and pinky fingers. China Glaze Sunset Sail was the base polish on my middle finger. I then used Sinful Colors Tokyo Pearl on all but my middle finger and followed that with Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond. I made the middle finger look like a dress with pearls with Zoya Snow White. On the ring finger I used Bright Ideas Silver Streak and some rhinestones from Born Pretty (which I reviewed here) to make a fancy belt!

Looks like there's 444 days til the Wedding Day!
Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Something is missing...oh right my boyfriend.

Did you know: In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang are used to describe how apparently opposite or contrary forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interdependent and give rise to each other? 

Well, wikipedia it and you will see I'm right! Now why did yin and yang inspire the current mani on my digits?? To get back to the title of the's because I'm missing something: my boyfriend. Yeah, he's not quite missing yet but he'll be missing starting NEXT WEEK. As I blogged about before, Andrew dearest is moving to Colorado for SIX months(!). No joke.. I mean don't get me wrong, moving temporarily for work is awesome and will be quite the adventure but...six months to somewhere that's a four hour plane ride away??? My eyes just watered typing this. Good grief, I have to pull myself together. He'll be back in no time! I thought the yin and yang would be a good design because although we are seemingly opposites (he's brainy and quiet and awesome) and I'm whatever the heck I am (crazy, kooky, and a little odd) but we are so perfect together. Needless to say, I'll miss him. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mani Monday: Fighting Phils!

Pardon me while I bust out some serious American "take me out to the ballgame" but...I went to a Phillies game yesterday with some folks from work! Naturally, a nail design was order! I had to keep it semi-work profesh because otherwise I probably would have gotten a few looks from the senior partners (and CEO!) and I wouldn't want that. I went with red but then a baseball on my ring finger. You guys may remember that I'm not a huge sports fan (I like odd sports like gymnastics....and nascar, lol) but I really did enjoy watching the game and chatting with my work people outside of the office. It was nice to see everyone relax a little bit.
Because it was a work event we had one of the "private boxes" that allowed us to have our own food, drinks, seating, and bathroom. It was so enjoyable to not have to wait in long lines for either food or the bathroom. I really had a great time and it turned out my sister and her fiance were at the game too! Matt earned Salesman of the Month (yay!) at his job and so they were in a box too! We ended up not being on the same level but we met up after the game. Overall it was a really LONG game but a really GOOD night :)
In case you watched the game (or care)...the Phillies lost :(

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Last post babies, this post baby trees.

Hello all,
As you already know from my last post, there are three new babies in people's lives around me. To keep with this trend of little things I have something else to show you! While Andrew and I were at Longwood Gardens (google it) last weekend we saw the most adorable little bonsai trees. Seriously...some were older then my grandparents (like the one from 1909!). Anyway, Andrew knew I liked the bonsai trees and when we saw them for sale in the store he bought me one! Yep, proud owner of a "Mini Jade Tree" which, if you don't know, is a South African tree (I knew nothing about it) that might flower in autumn. By sheer luck we found out it's one of the easiest bonsais to care for. Andrew even made sure to equip me with the appropriate bonsai trimmers. So sweet! Check out my little bonsai:

Yes yes I know this wasn't nail related.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Holy Babies!

Finally, a second to sit down, paint some nails, and catch up with the blog world! Hi everyone, I hope you're all doing well and keeping your nails painted. I've been putting this design off because there were two people I knew who were expecting their first child and I had to wait until the second kid was born in order to do this manicure and celebrate both of them (edit: there are three people now because my best law school buddy's sister just announced she's preggo too). The first little bundle of joy was my sister's future sister-in-law's (and her husband's) adorable little baby boy named Jaxon (born on May 6th). The second bundle of joy is my boyfriend's brother's (and his sister-in-law's) little princess named Lily who was due June 19th but hasn't quite made her grand entrance into the world yet. In any event, I just couldn't wait any longer to do this design! Andrew and I went to pick up some "Welcome to the world baby Lily" presents today so my mind was thinking babies and I decided to get the design out of the way while I had some time.

Fun tip about Nikki: Babies freak me out. Buying little clothes that wouldn't even fit around my knee was odd and Andrew wasn't making it any better as he stood in the store's aisle looking around visibly thinking "ew babies." Clearly the two of us are destined to be a set of fantastic parents right?? Haha. That's a world away! Anyway, some of the items we got were so cute! Cute little whale shorts, a turquoise onesie with some shorts, and a few Burt's Bees organic cotton clothes because Andrew's brother and sister-in-law are particular about Lily's stuff. I may not be anticipating having a kid any time soon but is it bad that I'm super excited for when my sister has one? Babies freak me out but I will totally spoil my little niece or nephew when I have one!! Oh yeah, I almost forgot Andrew is going to be "Uncle Andrew" to odd! Here are the designs. I was celebrating both a little boy and a little girl so I needed to do pink AND blue with baby feet.

Andrew also bought Lily/Lilly her namesake flower. I thought that was adorable.

Thanks for looking!
....ick babies.