halloween mani ~ it's the great pumpkin charlie brown

I'm super super proud of these ones!
I was wracking my brain trying to come up with an idea for Halloween nails that I haven't done in the past. Then my mom commented "Holly Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" on the photo of me sitting on that gigantic pumpkin and I thought "Yes! Of Course! I'll paint 'It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown' nails. Genius!!!"

So thanks ma!
My favorites are Snoopy on the pumpkin and the Linus nail.  Lucy as a witch gave me the most trouble and I'm still not completely satisfied with it, but there's only so much fixin' you can do before it's just time to move on.
I'm usually not one to toot my own horn, but these turned out so good! So TOOOT TOOOOOOOT!
 Happy Halloween Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


halloween mani {week one}

It's Halloween Nails time!!!

Here's week one,
Skeletons and Cobwebs, spooky spooky spooky!!!
This past weekend we went to a pumpkin patch, it's probably my favorite part of living in the mid-west.  We've gone for the past three years and each year we pick a different location.

It's always a bit of a drive (all the good ones are at least an hour away) but it's totally worth it.  This year we went to Bengston's, I was a little disappointed when I realized they didn't have an actual pumpkin patch (last year we went to Siegel's where you take a hayride out to a pumpkin field and the pumpkins are still attached to the ground!) but they did have pig races, a Fun Slide and camel rides… so I guess that made up for it.
 I even climbed up on a pumpkin that weighed 1692.5 pounds!!! (with a little help from The Man)
(Doesn't this look like a stock photo?)
Sorry for the picture overload, I really like these ones :)





polka dots and roses mani


I know it's October and it's time for Halloween nails, but I'm not quite ready to admit defeat and give in to these cold blustery fall days.  So here are some yellow polka dots and roses!
Have a great weekend everyone!
The Man and I are going pumpkin patching on Saturday and I can't wait!
Corn mazes, Hayrides, and Apple cider donuts! Bucket loads of Midwest fun!


doodle day

Today's doodle is a pencil/pixlr combo:
This doodle is based off a photo from Keiko Lynn's instagram.  She is one of my favorite people to doodle (see here and here).  She has a blog with great make up tutorials and outfit posts, and I just love her style.

When I use pixlr I save my doodle as I go (since it's online if the site crashes everything you've done is gone), so I decided to put together a little gif....



squiggle mani

This weeks mani was inspired by the Memphis Group.  Specifically Ettore Sottsass' lively squiggle pattern (most commonly seen on laminate which is still in production at Abet Laminati).
I know you've seen it....
Was I right? I feel like this style and pattern are having a bit of a comeback right now too.  Not so much in furniture (like it was in the 70's and 80's), but in art prints and patterns on clothing.
I'm totally on board for the comeback.
We're heading to Cincinnati this weekend to visit some friends,
so, have a great weekend everyone!!


farewell summer mani

It was nice while it lasted, but come Monday it's officially fall (or winter if you're in Chicago, because Spring and Fall do not exist here).

Though I never got the chance to swimsuit up this summer, I'm still going to miss the possibility of running around outside in socially acceptable underwear.  So to honor these last few official days of summer I went with a swimming pool theme.

Round one went like this:
I loved the pool textured background (it's a really simple technique using plastic wrap). But the floaties, inner-tubes and noodles needed a little something extra...
So I outlined all the pool toys in black. It looks so much better don't you think? All the floaties are in neon so they don't come out very well in pictures.  Just imagine the orange orangier, the yellow yellowier, and the pool blues contrastier.
Farewell Summer, you were unpredictable as always.  Thanks for the sunburns and ice cream trucks and the horrid music festivals that cover our city in bare bellied tweens. You will be missed.




doodle day

I don't know about you guys, but this cold weather (here in Chicago it's been in the 40's and 50's) is giving me terrifying flashback of last winter.  It's only September and I already want to make a blanket cave and huddle down for the winter.

today's doodle is a combo of post-it drawing, highlighter, and pixlr:

mani day

Good Tuesday to you!

This week I painted lips all over my nails....until I got to my second hand.  By that time I was getting tired so I sped up the process and went dot crazy:
It's a little random, and I definitely think it would look better if every nail was covered in the multi-colored little lips, but hey, you live and you learn!



mani monday ~ labor day/chicago dog nails

Happy Labor Day!
We had a wonderful relaxing three day weekend.
Today we drove up to the Skokie Lagoons and rented a tandem kayak for a little while.
It was absolutely gorgeous.  We saw tons of blue herons, ducks and even a few turtles!!

I kept it simple for my Labor Day nails…

White, white, white and a Chicago Dog to symbolize the BBQ we should have had :)
And now I must tend to dinner  (we're having ribeye, kale salad and homemade brownie ice cream sandwiches for desert! - YUM)

Enjoy your day of rest everyone!



doodle day

TGIF Y'All!!

Here's a post-it note doodle to kick off your weekend:


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