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!

Bookworm Tour {Disneyland Resort}

Who doesn’t love Disneyland?? It’s the Happiest Place on Earth! Last week, I celebrated my two aunts’ birthdays with a two day trip to the Disneyland Resort, and it was completely magical! Of course, it wasn’t just a trip to Disneyland, but an opportunity for Novels and Nail Polish to look at the parks as a bookworm!

Disneyland Bookworm Tour // Novels and Nail Polish

That’s where vlogging came in. It was my first attempt at this sort of thing, and it was stressful and fun all at once! I even shot some footage for another video that I think you guys will love… coming soon!

When I finish up editing the YouTube video, I’ll link to it here – it’s here! Until then, enjoy some sneak peeks at how this bookworm does Disneyland.

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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!

Rock the Polka Dots {Minnie Mouse Nail Art}

Her classic polka dot look has been continually reimagined by the fashion industry through the decades and continues to drive trends today. – Soo Koo, Disney Consumer Products VP Product Development

Minnie Mouse Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

Minnie Mouse is totally classic. From her bloomers and polka dot dress to her sweet pillbox hat, she has looked fabulous for the past eighty years! In honor of National Polka Dot Day, an event will be held in Downtown LA, featuring products and fashion inspired by this adorable mouse.

I decided to get in on the fun, and show off how I #RocktheDots!

Minnie Mouse Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

I grabbed a couple classic Minnie Mouse colors to get started – white, black, red and pink. In true Novels and Nail Polish fashion, I designed a fun multi-mani with stripes, polka dots and scalloped accents. My trusty dotting tool was perfect for the polka dots, and I created the scallops by paining thick, vertical lines at varying heights and rounding off the top with a detail brush.

Quick tip – when painting a dotticure with multiple colors, test out the order on a piece of paper so you know what color pattern you want for the final product!

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How will you Rock the Dots? If you do a Minnie Mouse mani, share the link below so I can check it out! Happy Reading!