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WhatIWore: One of my resolutions for 2014 is to do something creative and constructive every day. Whether it’s sewing, knitting, cooking, drawing or an art project (like nail art!) - I’m happiest when I’m creating. I used to make a habit of taking care of my nails but in 2013 I resorted to gel manis or salon visits - a treat I very much enjoy- but I’d like to get back to doing my own manicures for a while.

To kick things off, I’ve created a manicure inspired by the first seconds of the new year when the ball drops and the gold and silver confetti is unleashed. A little glitter goes a lot way in a manicure, but you’ve got to start with a pretty base color. i like darker shades like black, navy or a deep burgundy like I’m wearing here (Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Wine Not).

I applied two base coats of Wine Not and then added the gold and silver glitter to the base of my nail (or you could do the tips like this). Festive but pretty enough to wear to your first day back to the office in 2014!

Wanna get your next bottle of nail polish for free? Our friends at Kotex are offering a free bottle of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish with your next purchase of 3 U by Kotex products at Target.  Offer available in all Target stores 12/29/13-2/22/14. You’ve gotta buy them anyway, so you might as well get a free bottle of polish! How will you do your nails in 2014?

Heads Up! This post was brought to you by Kotex. Thank you for supporting the brands that make What I Wore possible.

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30 Dec 2013

Chalkboard Nails for What I Wore: Spring Floral, Nail Art, whatiwore.tumblr.com

WhatIWore: I’m so excited to share another collaboration with Sarah from Chalkboard Nails, using one of my favorite spring skirts as inspiration. This beautiful manicure speaks for itself, so I’ll let Sarah take it away! 

This Target skirt just might be one of the prettiest skirts ever. While I am so in love with it, I have to admit I was a little intimidated by the thought of turning it into nail art. I decided to interpret this outfit a little more loosely than the other outfit-inspired nail art that I’ve done, and I couldn’t be happier with the results (thank goodness my plan worked!).

My first thought for the nail art was to invert the design elements in the skirt. The sponged gradient background was inspired by the colors of the flowers, and I used: Nicole by OPI - Alex By the Books (mint green), Illamasqua - Jo’Mina (purple), Illamasqua - Cameo (blue), and Nicole by OPI - Naturally (pink). Next, I freehanded a symmetrical floral pattern over the top in black using my favorite nail art brush. Of course, you can’t forget to finish with topcoat for seal and shine!

There are so many ways to customize this design. Changing the colors of the gradient and the floral will create looks capable of fitting in anywhere. You could even make it more office appropriate by doing a nude to light pink gradient and painting the floral in white!

Chalkboard Nails for What I Wore: Spring Floral, Nail Art, whatiwore.tumblr.com

Chalkboard Nails for What I Wore: Spring Floral, Nail Art, whatiwore.tumblr.com

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Chalkboard Nails for What I Wore, Ikat Manicure, Nail Art Tutorial, whatiwore.tumblr.com, chalkboardnails.com

Chalkboard Nails for What I Wore, Ikat Manicure, Nail Art Tutorial, whatiwore.tumblr.com, chalkboardnails.com

WhatIWore: I’m a huge fan of Sarah from Chalkboard Nails and we’ve recently partnered up to take inspiration from past What I Wore looks and make them into amazing manicures. When Sarah sent these photos over my jaw dropped! I love her work and can’t wait to show you more inspired nail art in our four part collaboration! 

Here’s Sarah’s description
 
There are two key elements in Jessica’s look: the yellow and the patterned blouse. I wanted to make sure that I represented both of them in the manicure! I began by painting three of my nails with Finger Paints - Lemon Sour (pale yellow) and the other two with OPI - My Vampire Is Buff (cream). 
 
Next, I used a small nail art brush and Julep - Taylor (blue) to paint the larger ikat patterns on the nails. After painting the full nail patterns, I added some smaller ikat accents on the yellow nails to tie them all together. If you’re intimidated by nail art designs that use brushes - don’t be! It’s not as scary as you think, I promise! This is an especially good design to practice with because it’s just quick, uneven brushstrokes. Give it a try and I think you’ll surprise yourself.

To see our last collaboration click here or more of Sarah’s amazing work on her nail art blog, Chalkboard Nails

Chalkboard Nails for What I Wore, Ikat Manicure, Nail Art Tutorial, whatiwore.tumblr.com, chalkboardnails.com

Chalkboard Nails for What I Wore, Ikat Manicure, Nail Art Tutorial, whatiwore.tumblr.com, chalkboardnails.com



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