Friday, November 27, 2015

31 Week Nail Art Challenge - Week 26: Inspired by a Pattern

Happy Black Friday shopping everyone! I'm hopelessly behind in the 31 Week Nail Art Challenge so I'm going to be posting more often than weekly in order to get this challenge finished. This week's prompt had me stumped though. A pattern? I mean, there are so many options! Do I do plaid because plaid is rad? Or maybe polka dot because I love them lots. Or maybe checkered, striped, or chevron?? Either way, there is no shortage of pattern possibilities. I settled on these: Ikat Nails.

What do you think? What's your favorite pattern?

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Today is Thanksgiving Day for Americans so I hope you (if you're America) get to spend time with the people are special to you today and enjoy wayyy too much food. Eh, even if it's not Thanksgiving for you, I hope you get to spend today with the people who are special to you.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Nails 2015

I love stamped nail designs. They're easy to do, they're quick, and they really look great when done correctly (or even incorrectly sometimes). For Thanksgiving tomorrow I was still thinking about my pumpkin cheesecake colored polish so I wanted to use that in my ultimate holiday design. Therefore, I used OPI Bronzed to Perfection and stamped Color Club's Kismet over it to make these gorgeous Thanksgiving 2015 nails. I think the holo really adds to it and this will look great with what I'm wearing.
I really like how they came out and how well I took the photos. Holos can be hard to capture but I think I got it quite nicely.
I tried to get a closeup that was semi out of focus to show all the different colors in the holo. Did it work?
Show me your Thanksgiving manicures if you did one -- just leave a link in the comments! Otherwise, have a great Thanksgiving with family, friends, or at least some good food!

Also there's a  blog giveaway over on Colores de Carol! Visit this link to enter!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

31 Week Nail Art Challenge - Week 25: Inspired By Fashion

Finally moving forward with the 31 Week Nail Art Challenge today. Yes, it's been a while since I started it but I am determined to finish it by the end of this year! This week is Week 25: Inspired By Fashion and I came up with these nails:
For manicure inspiration, I googled fashion trend 2016 and found this article from Harper's Bazaar, which informed me that when something shows up 3 times on a runway it's a trend. So what is a fashion trend for Spring 2016? Tie Dye, apparently.
Honestly, I don't think this is a new trend though. It seems like everyone already loves their tie dyed stuff:
We've got tie dye yoga pants from Shining Shakti, Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies Pumps,  Neff Backpack, Stance Socks, and even a Kate Spade baby bag!

Next up: Nails inspired by a pattern!
PS On TV tonight is A Charlie Brown check out my Charlie Brown nails from a couple weeks ago.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Didn't Think Outside the Box

Random nail art today, wasn't feeling much inspiration this morning but wanted to get yesterday's fail off my nails. So enjoy these blue squares on a black background? Let's just say today was not a day that I thought outside of the box.
BUT my boyfriend and I tried our hands at making a festive Thanksgiving dinner tonight! Our parents always cook actual Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day so we've never been able to try it out ourselves. Can I just say it was a screaming success. We made the works: turkey breast (it didn't make sense to roast a whole bird for just the two of us), mashed potatoes, biscuits, jellied cranberry sauce, stuffing, asparagus, and gravy. Yummmm!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nail Fail: Thanksgiving Edition

Unfortunately, every once in a while a nail design does not turn out as well as you hope for. I'm sure I am not alone in feeling this way. These nails are the first "nail fail" in a while here on The Files and I had such high hopes for it!
I think it needed a different base polish. I thought China Glaze Hybrid would be ok but it is way too shimmery. I need a tan polish with a creme or jelly finish (any suggestions anyone??). I think I would have liked that better. Back to the drawing board for Thanksgiving Day nails.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Swatch: Bronzed to Perfection

I forgot that I had this polish until I saw it in my drawer yesterday when I was looking for the perfect brown to use in a Thanksgiving design. No luck on the perfect brown (lol I was looking for the perfect brown in this post too and that was years ago!) but I was excited to see this one. It reminded me of the pumpkin cheesecake that Andrew and I made for his mother's birthday this past week. This is a beautiful pumpkin cheesecake color, is it not?

And a quick peak at the pumpkin cheesecake (before we took it out of the pan) we made for his mom. The polish truly is exactly the same color. Too bad I can't make a pumpkin cheesecake nail design.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Trendy Oh So Trendy Thin Border Nails

Just a quick post because I'm about to leave for the gym in a couple minutes but I wanted to photograph this manicure in case it gets ruined during my workout. You know those treadmills and machines fight back! Do you remember when thin border nails were THE TREND for manicures? Yes, back in 2012 or so. I never really got into it and last time I tried it I ended up turning the design into ninjas. Today I decided to give it another go:
I chose Essie Vested Interest for the base and then used Ink Nail Art Silver (NA16) to line the edges. It's like eyeliner for your nails. So what do you think? Should we leave this trend back in 2012 or give it another shot?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Peace for the World. Peace for Paris.

NOTE: This post is not going to be my typical upbeat happy post with nail pictures. It will have nail pictures but the inspration is bigger and different than my standard manicure. 

In 2001, when I was eleven years old, the September 11th terrorist attack occurred in New York. I remember the day clearly but I know that I didn't realize at the time what exactly the attack meant, couldn't appreciate the full extent of lives lost, or recognize the tragedy that swept America and the supporting world. Fast forward fourteen years and I find myself again glued to news updates reporting on yet another terrorist attack forged against a country much like my own. I am no less stunned than I was as an eleven year old in 2001. First there was a suicide bombing in Beirut. Then there was larger scale terror attack in Paris, France.
I have always been intrigued by the French ever since I selected "Chloe" as my french name in my high school French class. I dream of traveling there and experiencing the culture, visiting the landmarks I've seen over and over again, sampling the french food, and being part of something different. I've always felt that America is my country but Paris is my hometown. To see the tragedy that befell Paris, the second terrorist action in less than one year, I am immensely saddened. This time I can fully realize what the attack means, I can appreciate the extent of innocent lives stolen, and I can recognize the tragedy that is sweeping Paris. I am a supporter of Paris and I stand with America and with Paris. I support Peace for Paris, and even more I support Peace for the World. Nations upon nations have shown support for Paris, illuminating landmarks with the blue, white, and red. These include Shanghai's Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Toronto's CN Tower, New York's One World Trade Center, and Sydney's Opera House. I don't have a landmark to project the colors on but I do have my nails...and they will have to do. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day 2015

Hope everyone had a great day today. It's Veterans Day here in America so if you are an American please take a moment today to think about all the service members serving in our armed forces. My dad is a Marine and I am very proud of his military commitment and sacrifice so I painted this nail design for today:
Oorah! These were inspired by the USMC "dress blues."  See my Veterans Day manicures from 2010 and 2013.

And in case you're hungry, here's a photo of some delicious chocolate chip muffins I made today: