The Jungle Book Nail Art for Disney Style

So I’ve fallen into another little blogging slump lately because I’m a bridesmaid in THREE weddings this summer! That means pretty much all of my weekends are booked for the next couple months, which is when I normally get most of my posts written. So bear with me as I try to get into a new routine.

In the meantime, check out my Jungle Book nail art tutorial that I did at work for Disney Style! I’m pretty much obsessed with the tropical palm leaf trend, so I never wanted to take this manicure off!

Happy Reading!

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Green & Gold {St. Patrick’s Day 2016}

Happy St. Patrick’s Day people! In my world, this day really comes down to green & gold nail art and taking pictures with green things… So here’s a fun photo of just that!

St. Patrick's Day Nail Art // Novels and Nail PolishI went with a simple color-blocked design for these nails, with a couple polka dot accents. St. Patrick’s Day is one holiday where I’m not a huge fan of literal manicures, so every year it’s my mission to find new, CUTE ways to celebrate this holiday. I’m pretty sure this is my favorite one yet!

Happy Reading!

Zootopia Nails for Disney Style

I’m not sure how many of you know, but I started my absolute dream job doing social media for Disney Style, Disney’s official lifestyle blog. I get to spend my days on Facebook and Instagram, writing about Winnie the Pooh accessories and nail polish inspired by the Princesses. So of course, Disney nail art comes with the territory.

This week, I had the opportunity to help out with a brand new nail art tutorial inspired by one of the biggest movies in theaters right now – Zootopia! Check out the tutorial I filmed for Disney Style, and make sure you follow along/subscribe for even more super fun Disney lifestyle and fashion goodies!

I hope you enjoyed this Zootopia nail art tutorial! Happy Reading!

Children’s Book Week

Hop on Pop Cover Inspired Manicure // Children's Book Manicures // Novels and Nail PolishIn honor of Read Across America Day this past week, I decided to return to my childhood and paint a couple of children’s book cover-inspired manicures! If you’re not a teacher or don’t have children in elementary school, you might not be familiar with this little holiday, so here’s the gist. March 2nd celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday, so kids dress up as the Cat in the Hat and all that jazz. It also happens to take place the day before World Book Day, which worked out well!

Last year, I joined up with Julep to create a Dr. Seuss manicure for Read Across America Day. This year, the wonderful folks at Albert Whitman sent me some adorable picture books, which were perfect to create a series of children’s book cover nail art. So join me on a trip back in time to all of our childhoods!

Read Across America Day Children's Book Manicures // Novels and Nail Polish

Hop on Pop, Dr. Seuss

Hop on Pop // Read Across America Day Children's Book Manicures // Novels and Nail Polish

I’ve always loved Hop on Pop! It’s one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books, so I decided to take the bright colors and minimal cover art, and use them as color block nail art inspiration! I played with the idea of the green grass across the tips of my nails, and did fun geometric shapes in orange, like the text across the top.

Hop on Pop // Read Across America Day Children's Book Manicures // Novels and Nail Polish

I Will Fight Monsters for You, Santi Balmes & Lyona

I Will Fight Monsters for You // Read Across America Day Children's Book Manicures // Novels and Nail Polish

This book is too sweet! The illustrations are so lovely, and I really enjoyed the pastel pink and blue color palette. It made for a very nice minimalist manicure, which allowed me to focus on creating detailed recreations of the center imagery!

I Will Fight Monsters for You // Read Across America Day Children's Book Manicures // Novels and Nail Polish

Rapunzel, Sarah Gibb

Rapunzel // Read Across America Day Children's Book Manicures // Novels and Nail Polish

This one was really fun for me. I did a little mix of the prior two approaches – some literal and some inspired. For Rapunzel’s pink dress, I used the triangular shape it creates as a geometric accent nail. For the rest of the manicure, I played up the TONS of flowers on the cover, and included a little reference to her long, blonde hair on my pinkie.

Rapunzel // Read Across America Day Children's Book Manicures // Novels and Nail Polish

Is there a children’s book you’d like me to do in the future? Let me know! Happy Reading!

Broken Hearts, Fences & Nails To Mend

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend cover inspired manicure // Novels and Nail PolishWho doesn’t love a great author that pens a side series under a pseudonym? I definitely do! That’s why after reading (and LOVING!) Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, I needed to grab all her other books, including this series that she wrote as Katie Finn. Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend is a cute, contemporary YA romance that has a ton of sass! I will say that a lot of the conflict in this book was hard for me to believe, and I was about to lose hope on reading further into the series until I got to the end. I’m not sure if I’m really bad at predicting what happens in books, or if this twist was just very well executed, but solely based on the final chapter of this book, I will be reading the sequel!

I’m sure you all know that I do a lot book buying based on covers and what inspires me, so I will admit that the fact this book is pink was a HUGE reason I purchased it. I don’t have many pink books, so to beef up my rainbow bookshelf, I had to add this novel to my collection!

Now let’s jump into my minimalist cover-inspired mani!

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend cover inspired manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

There are really only three colors on this book cover: pink, red and white. That made things super easy, as the past few cover-inspired manicures I’ve done had a TON of different colors! I used Alpine Snow & Guy Meets Gal-Veston by OPI and Hubris & Ravenous  by wHet Nails.

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend cover inspired manicure // Novels and Nail PolishSince I really wasn’t inspired by the white text on the cover, this mani turned out to be both really simple and very minimalistic. I started with a dotting tool and the wHet Nails darker red for the lollipop and broken pieces. I then used my thin striping brush to paint out the white stick. Once that was dry, I used the jelly OPI red to get the candy-like sheer look that let the white stick show through. A final dot of pink to get the lollipop’s broken detail, and it’s complete!

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend cover inspired manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend cover inspired manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

Have you read any of the books in this series? What did you think of them? Happy Reading!

Vintage Vibes

Sometimes a color palette just appears in you head and you have to run with it. Case and point, this retro-chic pastel color combo I’m currently in love with. The colors are all soft and feminine, and together, they feel like they’re from another place.

Vintage Vibes Inspiration Board // Novels and Nail Polish

Inspiration collages like the one above have always been one of my favorite types of images on the internet. It’s definitely a goal of mine to put these together for more of my manicures!

Vintage Vibes Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish To achieve this fun, retro look, I combined some of my favorite pastel polishes from Julep, Mint and Essie. With the help of a little striping tape and matte top coat, the finished product came to life, and it was exactly what I hoped for!

Do you love pastels as much as I apparently do? Happy Reading!

hairpin image via brit & co.

If Fall Was A Manicure

… It would be THIS ONE!

Fall Manicure

Fall and winter don’t necessarily show up in Southern California. Because of that, we have to get our fix of the seasons in a different way. For me, that mainly consists of clothing and nail polish! That’s what inspired this fun wine and gold chevron manicure, using Julep Fazia and Cynthia.

Fall Manicure

I love these two colors together, and I’m so thrilled with the way these bad boys turned out! It is 100% one of my favorite designs I’ve done, and other folks really seemed to like them too. In fact, my mani was even FEATURED on the Julep Blog AND is the article’s thumbnail image! This is definitely one of THE COOLEST things I’ve experienced so far in my adventures running Novels and Nail Polish. Thanks to everyone that has supported me so far in this endeavor, because I’m having a blast and it’s all because of you guys!

Do you have a go-to color combo for fall manicures? Happy Reading!