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!


All The Bright Polishes

All The Bright Places Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail PolishIf you are a YA fan and haven’t heard of All the Bright Places yet, I would bet my entire library of young adult fiction (probably valued at some absurdly high amount) that you’re living under a rock! As one of the most highly anticipated books of 2015, it definitely didn’t disappoint. This gem of a novel follows the story of a boy named Finch and a girl named Violet. It’s an incredible journey of self discovery, love and loss, and it’s hard to accurately express the beauty Jennifer Niven was able to craft through written word.

Jennifer tackles some really heavy topics in this novel, but does very well not to romanticize or make light of them. I think this comes from her ability to (unfortunately) relate well to the subject matter and speak very honestly about the topic of suicide and survivors of suicide. On the real, I spent the last 50 pages bawling like a baby with my winged liquid eyeliner running down my splochy face. But I wouldn’t have it any other way! All I can say is thank you Jennifer for creating a book that will stay with me long after I put it down.

Now let’s talk mani!

Tools I Used // Julep Plie Want +
Tools I Used // Julep Plie Wand + Martha + Essie Mojito Madness + Find Me An Oasis + Mint Fancy + OPI Pamplona Purple + Ciate Big Yellow Taxi

I am stoked on life to share this manicure with all of you! It is absolutely one of my favorites (and one of my best, if I do say so myself), and I had the pleasure to show it to Jennifer herself at the Pasadena Loves YA festival last week! I’m inspired by a lot of covers, but there was something so pretty about this one. I didn’t want to paint it, I NEEDED to paint it.

All The Bright Places Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail PolishI started off with two coats of my fav light blue polish, Essie’s Find Me An Oasis, except on my ring finger, which I used Mint’s grey Fancy. My intention with that (because the colors are so similar) was so that I could use the blue as one of the Post-its on my ring finger. Throw on a quick coat of Seche Vite, and we’re good to start with the details!

All The Bright Places Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail PolishI think we should start with the squares, or Post-its, from the cover. I took a bit of artistic liberty and cut the 8 squares down to 6, because in reality my nails aren’t THAT long! I grabbed some thin nail tape and worked out the grid. To get the colors just right, I had to add a bit of white to the Ciate polish to tone it down. From there, I used the Julep Plie Wand to fill in each space, and voila! You’ve got yourself some Post-it notes.

All The Bright Places Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail PolishWhen it came to the violet, I just crossed my fingers and hoped it would come out. And what do you know, it actually looks like the violet on the book! I took the Julep Plie Wand and sketched out the general shape and then filled it in with the purple, black and yellow details. I had fun challenging myself to paint something freehand, a lot like the desk chair from my Attachments mani. It’s with these types of manicures that I find my passion most rewarding!

All The Bright Places Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail PolishHave you read All the Bright Places? Tell me what you thought! Happy Reading!

Just Take My Money {Rainbow Rowell}

Like her namesake, Rainbow Rowell lights up my bookshelf with her gorgeous books. I’m not kidding! It isn’t a true book rainbow if it doesn’t have at least one of her novels in the lineup. And the stories she creates aren’t half bad either. So let’s just cut to the chase: new Rowell beauties are coming our way this year!

First up, the Fangirl special edition

Fangirl Special Edition

PRETTY. Literally the first thing I could think when I heard about the candy-colored special editions hitting the market in May. Do I want them all? HELL YES. Will I get them all? Probably not all, but at least one! My insides get all giddy thinking about the pastel colors, embossed inner covers and fan art tucked inside. Since my birthday is next month, it’ll definitely be a treat to myself!

Next on the list, Carry On.

enhanced-19465-1429806575-15New Rainbow Rowell? Yes please! Continuing the story of Simon and Baz, Carry On tells readers all about the characters we met in Fangirl.  Buzzfeed released the cover this past week, and I’m absolutely itching to make it a mani! But we’ll have to wait to get our hands on it until October of this year. Thankfully we have our pastel pretties up above to tide us over.

Are you excited for new Rainbow Rowell? Happy Reading!

Travel Tuesday: Winter Weekend Getaways

I spent the past two weekends taking mini trips to visit people I love. First, a quick trip to Seattle with a group of sorority sisters and second, a drive up to San Francisco to visit my sister, and they were both absolutely gorgeous!

While I haven’t had much time to read or paint my nails, they still find a way to make their way into my travel adventures.


Julep beauties on my way to Seattle
Julep beauties on my way to Seattle
Wall of Julep Polishes at the Downtown Seattle Julep Parlor
Wall of Julep Polishes at the Downtown Seattle Julep Parlor
Book stacks outside of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Book stacks outside of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

San Francisco

Beautiful book from San Fran-based publishing company, Chronicle Books
Beautiful book from San Fran-based publishing company, Chronicle Books
Gorgeous day by the Golden Gate Bridge
Gorgeous day by the Golden Gate Bridge
Local San Francisco restaurant, Kitchen Story, brings the bill on a book
Local San Francisco restaurant, Kitchen Story, brings the bill on a book

Have you gone anywhere exciting yet this year? Happy Reading!

Unexpected Attachments

Attachments Cover Inspired ManicureAnother day, another dollar for Rainbow Rowell. And in her case, another dollar is another incredibly written novel! Attachments was the last of her four books out that I’ve read, and honestly, I was a little bit worried. I’d heard that it paled in comparison to some of her other books, and while the story felt a tiny bit dated in a way that Eleanor & Park didn’t, I still adored it!

Attachments follows Lincoln, an “internet security officer,” whose job is to snoop through company emails, looking for sordid and inappropriate conversations. He quickly finds himself immersed in the lives of Beth and Jennifer, and soon they’re the Three Musketeers, except they don’t know he’s involved.

This book made me smile, laugh and cry purely out of happiness. I love LOVE, and this novel found a special place in my heart that I’d thought had frozen over. And, just like her other books, the cover is perfect for a manicure!

Tools I Used // Julep Sheila + Sally + Essie Bikini So Teeny
Tools I Used // Julep Sheila & Sally + Essie Bikini So Teeny

The cover has a very vintage vibe and theme, and I had the perfect colors. Julep Sally is described as an “antique ivory,” which means it was born to be the base for this mani. Julep Sheila is a “cherry pie creme,” and is so compatible with Sally. I also wanted to bring in a bit of that pretty periwinkle that just accents the cover color palette, which is where Essie’s Bikini So Teeny comes in.

Attachments Cover Inspired Manicure

I liked the idea of color blocking with the ivory and red to bring in the design of the two-toned title. I used striping tape to get the randomized, classic feel of the blocks, and threw in a couple of blue polka dots and stripes for fun. Once all of that was dry, it was time to decide what designs I was going to paint.

Attachments Cover Inspired ManicureI knew I wanted a paperclip from the beginning, so that was an easy choice. I used the fine-tip nail art pens from my Sephora kit to paint both of the designs. The desk chair came about more on a whim. I honestly didn’t think I was going to be able to pull it off, but I did, and I’m quite proud of myself! I practiced once on a piece of paper, and then just went for it! This, plus my Landline manicure, is another reason I love Rainbow. Her covers push me to try new designs and be a better artist!

Attachments Cover Inspired ManicureHave you read Attachments? What did you think? Happy Reading!

A Divine(er) Manicure

The Diviners Cover Inspired ManicureEvie O’Neill is a modern woman. A flapper. A ditz. She would be overjoyed to know there is an entire 600 page book written about her! But she’s also something more, a Diviner. In Libba Bray’s 2012 novel, The Diviners, something sinister in the air is headed for the bustling 1920s New York City. We find out that Evie isn’t the only one with these abilities, and soon everyone is thrown into a supernatural thriller with a ghost murderer and weird cult-like religions!

While the story sounds a tad far fetched, it is SO MUCH FUN! And it’s also a little bit scary. Ok, who am I kidding. I was terrified for almost the whole thing! I’m a total wimp when it comes to anything even remotely spooky, but Bray does such an incredible job painting such a vivid picture that I honestly felt like Naughty John was in my closet at night.

I truly adored the character of the story, but there were a couple things that took some help getting past. For instance, plot lines. There are subplots, and then there are TOO MANY DIFFERENT STORY LINES. This book rode the line between the two, and it took almost the whole novel for the characters to intersect and become relevant to one another. Because of that, it sometimes felt a bit like a set up for a series as opposed to a story. But despite these things, I was wildly entertained!

Now, let’s be real. How can you NOT be inspired by this incredible cover? With that, we can talk nail polish.

Tools I Used // Julep Cleopatra + Sephora by OPI A Brush With Fate
Tools I Used // Julep Cleopatra + Sephora by OPI A Brush With Fate

Black and gold is a quintessential color combination, especially when you think of the Roaring 20s. The glittering night life and opulent lifestyle of New Yorkers is pretty well represented in this book and its cover, and I wanted to portray that class. In addition to it representing the time period, gold and black (well, really gold and any color) is my life! So this has to take one of the top spots in the Novels and Nail Polish Cover Inspired Hall of Fame.

The Diviners Cover Inspired ManicureWith the help of my ever trusty Julep Cleopatra polish (I’m not sure what I’ll do when it runs out!), I achieved the perfect almost-matte black, minus the chalkboard dust look. After letting two coats of that dry completely, I broke out my brand new nail art set from Sephora!

The Diviners Cover Inspired Manicure The subtle gold shimmer polish is A Brush With Fate from the Sephora Cinderella polish collection. I painted the flower-like magic wisp accent nail freehand with the pointed brush, but the stripes were created with striping tape. A thin coat of matte top coat, and this mani is good to go!

The Diviners Cover Inspired ManicureThe Diviners Cover Inspired ManicureHave you read The Diviners? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Happy Reading!

Making Waves in a Sea of Nail Polish

The 5th Wave Cover Inspired ManicureLights out, plague, birds. Would you have survived the first 4 waves? NOPE. I definintely wouldn’t have! The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is an intense, Sci-fi YA thriller packed with action and adventure. Of course, since it is a young adult book, you have to throw the love interest and strong familial ties in there too!

I feel like I’ve really been looking for a book like The 5th Wave recently; one that isn’t so much dystopian, but more action/science fiction. I mean, who doesn’t love a good alien takeover? I was intrigued right away, it held onto me the whole time and left me wanting more as soon as I realized I only had a couple more pages left!

I’ve just started The Infinite Sea, so a review of that will be coming later. But once I had both of these books together, my manicure inspiration hit me almost immediately, and I couldn’t wait until I finished the sequel to do it.

One thing I do want to mention before we get into the manicure is that my inspiration for this look really came from the colors of the naked books, as opposed to literal interpretation of the dust jackets! I will talk more about that below, but I wanted to throw it out there first. Now, let’s get to the polish!

Tools I Used // Essie Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low + Ciate Ladylike Luxe + Julep Black Latex
Tools I Used // Essie Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low + Ciate Ladylike Luxe + Julep Cleopatra

Lining up the two naked books next to each other, you see there’s one main color, black, and two accent colors, silver and gold. Those three colors together ARE MY EVERYTHING! That is what really got the inspiration wheels turning, even before I’d left Barnes & Noble with the book!

I rounded up three trusty colors: Julep’s Black Latex Cleopatra, Essie’s Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low from their Winter Collection and Ciate’s Ladylike Luxe. Now, Essie describes Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low as a bold molten gold, but I’m really not sold on that description. It’s definitely silver, possibly with a hint of gold, but not much more than that.

The 5th Wave Cover Inspired Manicure

One of the classiest AND easiest nail art techniques I’ve tried is the Ruffian manicure. It’s a reverse French Manicure that follows the shape of the nail bed. I’d only tried it once before, but I adore the striking look it creates if done with the correct contrasting colors.

To create the Ruffian look, start with your base coat. Try to concentrate the color closer to your cuticles, as you will be covering the rest of the nail with a second color. Once it dries completely, you have two options. The first is using tape or a stencil to create the look, and the second is doing it free hand. I chose to run with it free hand, which speeds up the process because you don’t have to wait for the full dry you need when sticking tape to your nail.

The 5th Wave Cover Inspired Manicure

If you free hand the design, start with a good amount of polish on the brush. Place it where you want to start the second layer, and gradually spread it out from the center of the nail to the edges in one smooth movement. You can always go back in with a smaller brush and touch up any rough edges, but it works best if you can do it all at once.

The 5th Wave Cover Inspired Manicure

In The 5th Wave, one overarching theme that really resonated with me was that of hopelessness. I took that fear of the unknown, as well as the clean lines of the naked covers, and created this manicure. The black represents the fear the aliens have instilled in the human race, and it is covering up the gold and silver, which is their hope for the future. On my accent nail, I drew from Cassie’s strength, which is the reason for the reversed colors, covering the desperation and letting her perseverance shine through.

The 5th Wave Cover Inspired Manicure

Have you done a Ruffian Manicure before? I’d love to hear your techniques! Happy Reading!