One of my favorite online shops, ModCloth, contacted me with a challenge: Create nail art inspired by one of my favorite new ModCloth dresses. Never one to pass up a chance to be creative, I probably would have attempted a post regardless of the requester. The fact that I love ModCloth dresses just sweetens the deal. So fun! There are so many cute dresses on ModCloth, it was hard to choose just one. In the end, I chose the Crafting Cocktails Dress to be my inspiration. I just love the simple design of this LBD with pretty white lace at the neckline and hem. The “fit and flare” style is super flattering and the length is just perfect – short enough for a petite woman like myself without being too short, if you know what I mean. I’m not 20 anymore. I thought the nail art would be pretty rad, too. Black with a little lace is the perfect blend of sassy and sweet. I created this nail design using a satin-finish black polish to minic the fabric and used my nail stamping tools from Born Pretty to add a white lacey accent on the tips. I love the way this manicure turned out and hope you do, too! Get the how-to for this pretty nail art design inspired by ModCloth’s Crafting Cocktails Dress after the jump. Continue reading
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If you like the look of nail art but aren’t very artistically inclined, I offer you a simple solution: nail stamping. Nail stamping is an easy way to transfer designs onto your nails and it’s actually really fun to do. Even if you are artsy-craftsy, nail stamping allows for intricate and delicate patterns that just aren’t possible to create freehand. This is a great technique to use on kids, too!
I got my nail stamping tools from Born Pretty. They have lots of fun designs including florals, lace, hearts, stars, graphic patterns, and so much more. Some templates are designed to cover your entire nail, others just the tips or to add a single flourish. The plates and stamping tools are pretty inexpensive so you can try them all! The possibilities are endless…
The full step-by-step how-to for this nude and neon floral nail art is after the jump. Continue reading
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Sometimes I work really hard on a hairstyle tutorial and then the finished product just isn’t working. It’s super frustrating when that happens because I feel like I wasted valuable time. I know; #beautybloggerproblems. Yesterday I attempted a style I liked a lot on a model but it just didn’t work well with my face shape. My makeup was done and my hair was full of product so feeling somewhat defeated, I decided to just play around. This pretty style was the result; an afterthought that took only a few minutes to create. I love it. Hope you do too!
The step-by-step tutorial to create this braid crossed chignon is after the jump. Continue reading
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