How it all started

In May 2011, our dear Vancouver Canucks made it into the NHL Stanley Cup finals, facing the Boston Bruins. Everyday the city was erupting with excitement and every restaurant and bar in town was tuned into the game. If you didn’t watch hockey before, you certainly did now.

One evening my boyfriend and I were watching a game at home and during commercial break, I looked down at my nails and thought in major shame, “Wow, chipped polish, how classy.” I usually don’t let myself get lazy, but somehow this mani got to be 3 days too old. I quickly removed the red and thought about what to do next while going through my basket of polishes (which, at that time, only contained boring reds and pinks).

Then, it happened: the Canucks scored the final goal, ending the game and my boyfriend jumped from the couch, screaming. I thought to myself, it’s been 17 years since the Canucks made it this far into the play-offs, it’s time to show my support and the lightbulb went on.

I wanted to wear the orange, yellow, and black colors from the older Canucks jerseys, because it was the uniform they wore back in ’94, but the skate logo was far too complicated:

So I decided to go with the vintage “V” jersey, which I’ve always loved. Simple without being too understated.

And after a quick trip to the store to pick up supplies, here is the end result:

Looking back at this pic, I feel super accomplished that I was able to draw the yellow and orange lines free-hand. I didn’t know about the tape method back then. On the flip side, I’m super embarrassed about the dry cuticles and slight mess up on the index finger, but it was my first time and now I’m hooked! I used Rimmel Black Satin, Revlon Make Mine Mango, and Witchcraft Nail Art in Yellow to create this.

What’s your favorite sports team and have you paid tribute to them on your nails?


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