Friday, September 23, 2016

A Little Free-hand Flair







Hi ladies,

I really really really wish I wasn't artistically challenged. If I could, I would paint tiny little murals on my nails.  I would write names, dates and fancy symbols. I would paint the world on each nail using every color known to man.  But, that's still just a dream for me.  Despite my cruel disability (called skillessness), I tried my hand at a manicure using no tape, stamps or vinyls. I think it's not so bad.  Monet, I am not.  Van Gogh, I will never become (I like my ears, both of them). But I can still use my kindergarten artistic skills to create something fun.  You Go Girl!  Hi five!

Ciao Bellas!







Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bright Colors With A Chevron Pattern

Hello friends,

A few months ago I bought chevron patterned tape just to try it out.  I'm not fond of the pattern, but the whole chevron thing is pretty popular right now. I used a few bright colors since fall is soon upon us and I want to hold onto the warm weather just a little longer.  I'm a July baby, so me + hot weather = happiness and bliss.
Ciao for now!












Monday, September 12, 2016

A Splash Of Blue For A Monday Morning

Hi Ladies,
Today is Monday, so I thought I'd post a manicure with a touch of blue. Monday blues, and all.  I did this one a while ago, and I don't remember what colors I used.  I can't even tell you if I used an MdU stamping polish (almost the only stamping polish I use).  All I can say for sure is that I polished my nails with two unknown colors and used a stamping plate (also unknown), with an unlnown blue stamping polish.  That's pretty descriptive, right (I'm being sarcastic of course).

Hopefully my next post will be a little more informative.  But, hey, it's Monday.  And it's 7:30 in the morning for me, and I'm not quite awake yet.  This was he best I could do.  Perhaps if I had my Starbucks I'd be able to say something interesting.  Next time, right?
Ciao for now.



Hi Ladies,
Today is Monday, so I thought I'd post a manicure with a touch of blue. Monday blues, and all.  I did this one a while ago, and I don't remember what colors I used.  I can't even tell you if I used an MdU stamping polish (almost the only stamping polish I use).  All I can say for sure is that I polished my nails with two unknown colors and used a stamping plate (also unknown), with an unknown blue stamping polish.  That's pretty descriptive, right (I'm being sarcastic of course).

Hopefully my next post will be a little more informative.  But, hey, it's Monday.  And it's 7:30 in the morning for me, and I'm not quite awake yet.  This was he best I could do.  Perhaps if I had my Starbucks I'd be able to say something interesting.  Next time, right?
Ciao for now.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The New Spicy Mustard Polish By Little Black Dress Nail Lacquer



Hi ladies,
Before I get started with todays manicure I'm going to ask you to do something for me. Follow @LittleBlackDressPolish on instagram. I'll wait while you do that...
Ok, you're back. I have one more thing to ask of you (last one), take a look through the Little Black Dress online store. You can find it here. Or you can use this link https://www.etsy.com/shop/littleblackdressnail. 
That took a little longer, didn't it?  Well, thank you so much. You've been great. don't forget to pass on the word!  

Ok, now that that's out of the way, let's move on to today's manicure.

I used a couple of techniques to achieve this look. First, I applied a coat of a spicy yellow mustard polish and sponged an ombre effect using a green polish.  Last, I stamped a pattern using a gold MdU polish. 
When you were looking through the Little Black Dress shop, you probably ran across this Spicy Mustard Pantone Fall 2016 polish. It's one of the popular polishes chosen by the Pantone Institute for the fall season this year. This polish is a warm yellow with flecks of "spice". A perfect color for the season. 
I'll feature more of these popular seasonal colors in future posts so keep a watch out for them. You'll find sneak peaks of pre-released polishes, and you'll be able to purchase them here before they even hit the market. How great is that!.

Till next time,
Ciao Bellas!















Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Blue Stamping Over A Deep Gold Base



Hi friends,

I enjoyed my nature walk last week. Or rather, a walk to the CVS.  There were leaves, trees, and foliage along the way, so does that count?  In any case, it did the trick.

I'll tell you what inspired this manicure. No, there's no deep philosophical meaning behind it.  I just wanted to see how blue stamped over a dark metallic color would look.  Yup, that's it. So now I know.  There is a philosophical meaning behind the beautiful little bird, though. Just kidding, I had nature on my mind, that's all.

Maybe next week I'll ponder something philosophical and post a mind blowing revelation.  I doubt it, but it could happen.

Ciao for now!



Friday, September 2, 2016

A Nature Walk In Lieu Of A Much Needed Spa Day




Hi Ladies,

September is here! And I'm excited for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.  School started a few weeks ago, and I still haven't gotten into the swing of things. I'm trying really hard to keep everything running relatively smoothly, but I seem to keep running into little hiccups along the way. Already, I could use a vacation. Better yet, a few hours in a spa or a mindful yoga class or group meditation activity.  I'm dreaming of a spa day, but my cousin (the one person who I would enjoy a spa day with the most) is unavailable.  So, I'm going to wait.  In the meantime, I'm going to find time for a nature walk to clear my head. 


This manicure was inspired by the relaxing restfulness of nature and the peaceful cleansing it brings. 

I used reverse stamping for the leaves, and a chevron patterned stamping plate on which I painted shades of green and blue for an ombre effect.  I used a clear base coat.

I'm gonna go take that walk now.
Ciao for now!












Monday, August 29, 2016

Getting A Little Personal


Hi friends,
Today's post has nothing to do with manicures or nail polish at all. In fact, if you want details about this manicure leave me a comment and I'll tell you anything you want to know.

Today I want to talk about my personal life, which I usually avoid doing online.  But, against my better judgment, I'm going to do it anyway.

I have really good friends who love me and my kids and want nothing less than the best for us. I love them too and sometimes wonder how I could make it without them. They simply want me to be happy and fulfilled. Of course, so do I. But sometimes their idea of happy and fulfilled and my idea of happy and fulfilled are not the same.

I feel content and satisfied with my life, but many of my well-meaning friends think that I can't possibly be happy until they find me a date. Ok, it's been almost 2 years since my husband passed, and they tell me it's time to get back out there and jump back into the dating pool and catch myself a fish.

But here's the thing, I'm doing great.  I don't want to jump in a pool, toss out a line and go fishing. A fish will not enhance my life. And quite frankly, my kids have already expressed their intent to kick any fish down the stairs.  I'm not making this up guys.

Well, that's not something they need to worry about.  I have them, my friends and family, and their friends too (since they're always around). Adding a fish to the pot would only make it boil over. And who wants to clean up smelly fish water?  Ok, enough with the fish analogies. Mohinder Suresh (my beta fish) wouldn't take too kindly to that).

Well-meaning friends say my boys won't be with me forever and I'll become lonely. But I have to laugh at that.  What I wouldn't give for my kids to be all grown up and living good, productive lives that don't include coming home every night to my house. Trust me, I already have plans for their rooms.

So, dear friends and loved ones, I am quite happy and fulfilled as I am. I don't have time to date anyway, and I like things just the way they are. Now, if you want to hook me up with concert tickets, great.  But if you want to hook me up with a date, I know a lovely young lady down the street that would give her right arm for one and I'll gladly give you her number. Your matchmaking efforts won't go to waste.


Please excuse (or ignore) my personal rant.  My next post will include nail polish talk. I promise.  Thanks for reading. 
Till next time,
Ciao Bellas!













Sneak Peak: Dia De Los Muertos by Morgan Taylor






Just in time for Halloween, Morgan Taylor launches their Dia de Los Muertos set.  Dia de Los Muertos translates to Day of the Dead, and is a Mexican holiday to celebrate friends and family members who have died.  The celebration is on October 31st, November 1st, and November 2nd.


Nice color choices for this cute four polish mini set. Pink, black, white and a glow in the dark top coat.  Can't ask for more than that.


Ciao for now!