Midweek Manicure // Spring Thinking

As I was photographing my flowery, Springy nails last week, this was happening on the porch:

Snowy Porch

But, I’m happy to say that I think Spring is on its way now.

Purple Flowers Mani

I used:

  • Base Coat
  • Ulta – Snow White
  • Essie – Sand Tropez
  • Jafra – Raspberry
  • China Glaze – Tart-y for the Party
  • China Glaze – Re-fresh Mint
  • Tiny Round Silver Nail Studs from The Nail Room
  • Dotting Tool
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Top Coat

After a base coat on all nails, I painted two nails Snow White, and the rest Sand Tropez. I chose to add little purple flowers on the ring finger and thumb nail of each hand.

How to Paint Flowers

To create the flowers, I dropped a bit of Snow White, Raspberry and Tart-y for the Party on a piece of aluminum foil. I then used a dotting tool to swirl the colors together and then dotted the swirled colors on my nail in various places to make the flower pattern. Sometimes, I’d add a bit more of each color to each dot to make it more or less white, or more or less purple, depending. You can find various tutorials on youtube for this.

Floral Nails Detail

I then used a smaller dotting tool (you could also use a toothpick) to add little green “leaves” coming out from either side of each flower-dot. After it was all dry, I affixed a tiny silver stud to my index fingernail on each hand with a bit of topcoat, then added a coat of topcoat on all nails, and was finished!

Let’s not talk about how awful my cuticles are right now. Actually, maybe we should talk about it. I struggle. If anyone has any recommendations for cuticle repair, I’d love to hear them!


DIY, Inspiration

Inspiration Sunday // 3 DIYs

Pretty lazy weekend. D isn’t feeling too good lately, I hope I don’t catch whatever he’s got!

Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes

Felt Flowers

Printable Valentines Wrapping Paper

1.// Delicious looking Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes from Baked by Rachel. 2.// Felt Flowers Tutorial (and a bunch of uses for them!) from Pretty Petals. 3.// Printable Valentines Day Wrapping Paper from Minieco.



To the Florist!

Last week was tuxedos, this morning, D and I are going to a consultation with a florist.  I’m excited and kind of nervous at the same time. Excited because it’s wedding-related stuff and that’s always fun, but nervous because I’m not sure what to expect in terms of how much all this might cost.

I’ve decided that I’ll really only want a florist to handle bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids and some nice arrangements for the altar at the church. Otherwise, I plan to handle a lot of the other stuff – namely boutonnieres and center pieces – myself. My idea is just to buy some flowers wholesale and DIY those things. So, hopefully we’ll be saving some money there.

In preparation for the appointment this morning, I’ve been pouring over Pinterest for flower arrangement ideas – colors, types of flowers and design. Here are some of the images I’ll be bringing with me to show the florist:


As you can see, I already have a pretty good idea when it comes to color scheme, and I would really like to include some English Roses.  I also like a free-form, asymmetric look. I like the trend of adding succulents to bouquets, but I’m not sure it’s really Fall Wedding appropriate. What do you think? I’d love to hear your opinions! :)

From left to right: Top row – 1. Style Me Pretty. 2. Style Me Pretty.  3.   Middle row – 1. Style Me Pretty. 2. Wedding Chicks. 3. Wedding Chicks. Bottom row – 1. Project Wedding. 2. Apple Brides. 3. Sullivan Owen.