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I went shopping at Zara a few weeks ago and picked up some amazing mint denim and a pair of crochet shorts, but after a few days of deliberation I decided that they were unnecessary and returned them back to the store. I mean who needs crochet shorts when the weather is only 17c and raining every other day? :/

A part of me still thinks about the shorts and I find myself green with envy when I see other girls wearing their mint denim, which led to inspiration for this mani post!

I love this New Bohemian mint shade from Colour Club. I’ve worn it once, all on its own without any bells and whistles, and loved how fresh it looked. It’s the perfect shade of blue / green for me as my skin color is quite tanned and I find pastels hard to wear.

The opacity is not the greatest, but all you need is a few good coats or a white bottom coat to help. The line stickers are from the Richmond Night Market last year and I can’t believe I never thought of using them before! They are so easy to apply and the adhesive is super strong. All I needed was two coats of Seche Vite and this mani has lasted me all week.

Pastels and crochet textures are so trendy right now. What’s your favorite look?

xo,
e.

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HOLY CRAP I can’t believe it’s been 6 weeks since I’ve posted. I had some really amazing birthday nails, but I didn’t have the time to post them up. Hopefully I still have the photos somewhere on some wireless device.

My boyfriend and I went to a friend’s wedding in Toronto last week and we decided to make a mini trip out of it and stay for 5 days. I was planning on doing something fun to represent the bride and groom as they’re some of our closest friends, but as per usual, I ran out of time and decided to go for a boring pink.

I was suddenly inspired tonight and opted for a random pattern mani with shades of purples (including pink and grey) and came up with what you see here.

Nothing too fancy, just some random patters and splash of glitter. :)

Whats your favorite color to theme with right now?

xo,
e.

Is it really that time again already? I’m talking ’bout PLAYOFFS!

Wednesday was the first game of the first round against the LA Kings and without a doubt I had to my nails to show my support. It was a last minute realization on the Tuesday evening so I quickly Googled “Canucks nails” and I found this image as inspiration (click here).

I quickly gathered my polish supplies, which consisted of Sally Hansens’ Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Blue It and Insta-Dri Whirlwind White. Luckily I also have my Sephora OPI nail design pens in a green and a white because they really helped with the details. And as for polishing tools all I used was a dotter and a very small brush.

And here you go, the final results! I was thinking of putting Luongo and Keser’s numbers on my thumbs because they’re my favorite, but 33 and 22 looked way better and the Sedins are the core of the Canucks so it’s only fair that I pay tribute to these awesome Swedes.

Left hand:

Right hand:

It took a lot of focus and patience to complete this mani and I have to say thanks to my boyfriend for excusing my turrets-like f-bombs when I messed up (which was a lot!) and putting up with the strong polish odour.

I leave you all with this: THE SHUFFLENUCK.

(You can see more of this amazingness here.)

HAPPY EASTER!

Easter is easily one of my favorite holidays and for the following reasons:

1. It happens in April, when the weather gets warmer.
2. We are guaranteed a holiday on Friday, which means after work drinks on Thursday and no work hangovers the next day.
3. Chocolates, chocolates, chocolates.
4. Family dinner(s).
5. And lastly, there is an abundance of inspiration for an Easter mani!

I gave the tribal nail thing a try a few months back, but I did such a crap job on it everyone thought I was practicing painting easter eggs on my nails in November. So this time around I totally took my time to prep my brushes, polishes, and design beforehand so they are legitimate tribal Easter eggs. I found the tutorial on YouTube and hopped right to it. Pun intended :)

I started this mani pretty late at night so I decided to keep the design consistent on each finger and started with Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Jade Jump, which is a great opaque minty jade shade. The reset of the design was created using Nail Art striper brushes in a light grey, black, and pastel pink. And of course I used my handy dotting tool to create the white dots with Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Whirlwind White.

I did all my lines first, going from cuticle to the tip then filled in the rest of the space with the vertical or dotting designs. I have to admit, I screwed up pretty bad on my left, which is my photo hand, so I had to redo and on some fingers, I even re-did them three times. :(

Well, here they are, and I absolutely loved them. They’re not as in-your-face as some other designs, which I think is perfect for Easter. I also received a lot of compliments over the weekend, including a bartender at a club, which totally made my day.

How do you normally spend your Easter?

xo,
e.

Oh hello! The weather in Vancouver has continued to stay cold, wet, and windy, which means spring is still not here. But because I have such an amazingly positive attitude I decided to do some spring time nails and brighten up my days with a splash of floral.

I find that the vintage rose design can look super pretty like old porcelain china or very “abstract”. I’ve given it a try in between polish changes in the past, but have never actually fully committed to it for this exact reason. This is definitely one of those mani’s when I’ll tell everyone to look far away, not up close :).

I started off with Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri Jade Jump then made 3 or 4 dots of Insta-Dri’s Pink Blink. The pink is the center of the rose and helps create contrast with the vintage petals, which I created with my favorite China Glaze China Rouge.

With a very small and thin brush I painted three loose and light red petals around my pink dots and smudged some of the red into the pink to help blend the colors. Once the flowers dried, I used my bright green Art Club striper to paint on short little petals. And just like that, spring has sprung on my nails!

What are some of your favorite colors for this upcoming spring season?

xo,
e.

PS: I was in Seattle for work this week and during some after work bevvies, I noticed that the petals of my nails glowed in the dark! Here is a not so great iPhone pic. I love nail polish surprises!

Holy moly did Valentine’s Day creep up on us or what? I can’t believe we’re already half way through February. Wasn’t it just NYE like two days ago? Well either way, V-Day is here and that means a holiday themed mani!

This one was a bit hard for me because I’m not the type to get super excited over V-Day so there wasn’t a lot of inspiration bubbling in my head. I’ve learned in the past that the higher the expectations, the higher the disappointment when it comes to this “holiday”, but that’s not to say that my bf and I don’t do nice things for each other. He may not be a Ryan Gosling from The Notebook, but I have to say that he does try more than I give him credit for. For example, instead of making a lasagne, he bought me a lasagne from Costco after hearing that I was craving for it lol. :) Anyway, Valentine’s is also hard for us to plan because we’re always so busy with our own lives!

I rummaged through my polish bins and found this super cute pink by Sally Hansen Insta-Dri called Fuchsia Flare and remembered about the awesome silver hearts I bought from the Japanese dollar store a few months ago. After sticking them on my ring finger, I dotted a heart around the bundle of love. Voila, my Valentine’s Day nails! Simple, but cute. Just like my perspective on the pseudo holiday :)

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

xo,
e.

I’m a total bandwagon jumper, I’ll be the first to admit it :) I honestly didn’t even know who made it into this Superbowl until a few days ago. My bf, on the other hand, is a hardcore football fan so I dedicate this mani to him.

On Friday I asked my football-loving-Facebook friends if I should go for the Patriots or Giants and the majority voted for the Giants. Thank goodness because I did my homework and the Patriots logo is much more complicated.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

NEW YORK GIANTS

I woke up this morning and realized that I only had a few hours to get my nails done or I’d miss all the hype. AND GET THIS: I didn’t own a single bottle of blue nail polish! I quickly jumped into my car, went to Shoppers Drug Mart and found me a bottle of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Blue It, which is the perfect blue to match the Giants logo. AND it was only $3.00, bonus! For the red I used my favorite China Glaze China Rouge and my white is a Sephora by OPI nail design pen.

It took me a while to decide on the design I wanted to create today. I didn’t want to do anything complicated because I had a lunch date at 1pm, which only have me 2 hours to do my nails (including drying time!). I started off with the blue base, added the white tip, painted the red line, then drew the NY logo with my pen on my ring finger. It looked great, but I didn’t have the time to do NY on every nail so I used my dotter tool and painted three dots on the rest of the nails. BOOM, Superbowl mani done in 45 minutes :)

Who are you cheering for and what is your favorite Superbowl snack?

xo,
e.