Inspired Instas {6}

A funny thing happened this past week on Instagram. For the first time, I experienced people stealing my pictures/ideas! On one hand, I am flattered that people like my photos and manicures that much, but it mainly disappoints me that a simple fix of tagging me in the photo would totally avoid this problem. Thankfully, there haven’t been A TON of occurrences for me, because I know some people have to deal with that a lot. I just wish people had the respect to always give credit where it is due!

Enough of my soapbox though, back to the prettiness! I think I’ve finally found a general Insta theme that I really love. From the beginning, I tended to use the same handful of filters: Valencia, Walden and Nashville. Recently, I tend to gravitate toward Nashville in almost every photo and I’m really happy with the way my photos look!

Motivational Monday: I love to doodle pretty words and quotes from time to time, and one morning, I felt I needed a little extra oomph to get me through the work day. This quote, plus the pretty peony on my desk, made the day fly by!

Quote and flower

WIWT: A great outfit + great book can have an incredible effect on your day and self-confidence! We had a mini fashion shoot in my office this day, and it was too fun.

WIWT

Naked Bookstack: There is so much beauty in pretty dust covers, but there is equal amount of beauty in a naked book! Some covers just shine when naked, and these three were perfect together!

Naked Book Stack

TATBILB Cover Inspired Manicure: This is one of my favorite book manicures I’ve done to date! It conveys the feeling of both the dust jacket and naked cover, while being simple enough to stand as chic manicure without the cover for explanation!

TATBILB Manicure

Welcome Fall: Autumn is back! I love boot and sweater weather! Bring on the changing leaves and chilly nights.

Happy Fall

NailKale Manicure: The kale trend has been hot for the last couple of years, but the closest I’ll get to the nasty green stuff is on my nails in the form of Nails Inc. NailKale! Its application is wonderful and has great staying power! Can’t wait to purchase more colors from the line.

NailKale Manicure

fREADom: Last week celebrated Banned Book Week. I grabbed a couple of my favorite banned books and made this pretty stack!

Banned Book Stack

Fall Sky: The past weekend was gorgeous here in Southern California. There was a slight chill in the breeze and the sky was bright blue! I had to take advantage of it while reading We Were Liars (which was incredible and will have its own cover-inspired manicure soon).

Book and Sky

Fangirling: Some of my favorite posts to create AND some of the most popular on my Instagram have been quote posts. I love finding my favorite quote and telling a story through it.

Fangirl Quote

National Coffee Day: Yesterday was National Coffee Day, and unfortunately I wasn’t feeling too hot. But that was improved a bit by a good book and a pretty mug.

National Coffee Day

Happy Reading!

Inspired Instas {5}

It’s been a while since I’ve done an Inspired Insta post, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been active on Instagram. In fact, I would love to take this moment to thank everyone who has followed me over the last month because… I REACHED 500 FOLLOWERS! It stuns and humbles me everyday that people love the things I am passionate about and find pretty!

Now that I’ve gotten my gushing out of the way, lets get to some of Novels and Nail Polish’s most popular Instas this past month!

R is for Rainbow Rowell: It is no secret that I love everything Rainbow Rowell! My name convinently ends in an “R,” which gave me the perfect prop for this photo! It features one of the pretty letters that spell out my name on my bookshelf!

R is for Rainbow Rowell

Kate Spade Goodies: I am obsessed with a few things: books, bows and gold. Luckily for me (but not for my wallet), Kate Spade is all about those things too! So in love with my bow push pins and pretty notebook/2015 calendar!

Kate Spade Office Accessories

5 Shades of Grey Ombre Mani: While I didn’t love the books, I love the inspiration I found from the 50 Shades Trilogy!

50 Shade of Grey Nail Polish

A Great and Terrible Beauty Polishes: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy has been one of my favorite series since the end of high school. I was so happy to find the perfect colors in my Julep collection to match the gorgeous covers!

A Great and Terrible Beauty Nail Polish

Gone Reading: Labor Day this year was a time for relaxing and enjoying my family’s company! BRB, I’ve gone reading!

Gone Reading

Fight On: I am a proud USC Trojan! It is my Alma Mater, and I love dressing my nails up for Gameday!

USC Inspired Nail Art

To All The Boys: I’ve been seeing this pretty book all over the internet, and it is just as cute as it is gorgeous to look at!

To All The Boys I've Loved Before Quote

Pastel Book Rainbow: Who doesn’t love a good book rainbow? I know I do! I also found out that I don’t have any pastel pink books. I gotta work on changing that!

Pastel Book Rainbow

Gone With The Wind: If you’ve paid attention at all, you probably have realized that Gone with the Wind is my favorite classic of all time. There is just something so compelling about the details and characters. And pretty much the most famous quote in life… EVER comes from it!

Gone With The Wind Quote

Happy Reading!

Inspired Instas {4}

My lovely cousin Mallery turned me onto the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout this past week, and I’ve been reading them NONSTOP! I conveniently downloaded the first one, Obsidian, for free a couple weeks ago, but I finally started it. Even though there is a very close scene by scene parallel to the Twilight series, the main character, Kat, has WAY more personality than Bella! In the past 7 days, I’ve read the first three and am a quarter of the way through the fourth book, Origins. Unfortunately (or fortunately… however you look at it!), I have them only as e-books. While it makes my purse much lighter, it is going to make cover-inspired manicures very difficult. But hey, maybe I’ll end up featuring my first e-book mani!

Bookish Backs: I love my copy of Disney A to Z by Dave Smith. I already know a ton about everything Disney, but during those rare moments when I find myself at a loss, this book always has the answers! And it doesn’t hurt that it has a great cover, so I needed to feature it for the #bookishbacks tag on Instagram.

Bookish Back

Stolen Inspired Mani: I was worried my manicure would be too simple for Stolen because of its minimalistic cover, but I really like how it turned out with the rose gold glitter!

Stolen Inspired Mani

All The Essies: I used this photo for my Happy Weekend post a couple days ago, but let me let you guys in on a little secret! I don’t actually own these pretty polishes. I had a mini photo shoot in Target’s home decor section the other night with my best friend!

Essie Nail Polish

Sunday Brights: Bright colors and warm weather truly go hand in hand, so Sunday was the perfect day to liven up my wardrobe with bright whites and pink. Throw in my  Penguin Threads edition of Little Women, and I was good to go!

OOTD

Happy Reading!

Indulge Your Inner Stalker

First things first, I want to wish everyone a very happy weekend!

Happy Weekend

Second, for all my fellow bookworms out there… Happy National Book Lovers Day! Have an unexpected journey today!

National Book Lovers DayNow, about the title of this post. If you haven’t seen, I created a Facebook Page for Novels and Nail Polish! If you enjoy seeing pretty book and nail polish pictures & learing about fun book/nail polish-related news, head over there and like the page!

Also, stalking is allowed, if not encouraged, on all social media platforms:

Bloglovin’

Pinterest

Instagram

Twitter

Tumblr

Goodreads

What is your favorite social media platform? Happy Reading!

 

 

Inspired Instas {3}

This past week was very exciting in my personal life… I got promoted at work! So I definitely spent the week on Cloud 9! Other than that, it was a pretty normal week filled with work, reading and a very special birthday.

Catching Fire Nail Polish: I was so excited to find the whole Cover Girl Catching Fire line of nail polishes at Target a couple of months ago! The entire collection really embodies the Girl On Fire.
Catching Fire Nail Polish

Hogwarts Textbooks: It’s no secret the Harry Potter series is one of my all time favorites! That means I love anything and everything that goes with it, including these companion books. I can NOT wait for the movie to come out in 2016!

Hogwarts Textbooks

Happy Birthday Harry: July 31st marks two very special birthdays, Harry Potter & his lovely creator, JK Rowling! So much of my love for reading and my childhood were shaped by this series, and I can’t thank Ms. Rowling enough.

Happy Birthday Harry

Bows and Books: The Bows and Books tag on Instagram is one of my favorites, so I did another one! Thankfully, I have enough bows to keep doing more!

Books and Bows Narnia

Sneak Peek of Stolen Inspired Mani: I just finished up Stolen by Lucy Christopher, and I am very excited to share my review and cover-inspired manicure of this book! So happy my butterfly jewelry tray matched the book so well!

Sneak Peek Stolen

Summer Sunday: Sunday was such a joy! I relaxed with my sister and best friend in the pool and started Emily Giffin’s new book, The One & Only! Summer is moving way too fast, so we have to savor these gorgeous days while we have ’em.

Summer Sunday

Have a wonderful week! Happy Reading!

Inspired Instas {2}

Last week, I started a new series here on N&NP called Inspired Instas, where I talk about some of the inspiration behind my Instagram posts of the past week! This week was filled with cyborgs, Grisha and pretty things!

Rose Gold Accessories: I’m obsessed with rose gold, so I was very excited to realize my purse AND my book had rose gold details!

Rose gold accessories

Trilogies I Love: I love Dystopian YA Fiction, and over the years I’ve fallen in love with these trilogies!

Trilogies

Landline Mani: One of my most popular cover-inspired manicures, and the publisher, St. Martins Press, even re-posted my picture! So happy! 🙂

Landline Inspired Manicure

Glass Slipper: After meeting Marissa Meyer this week, I was in the mood to start re-reading The Lunar Chronicles. And my glass slipper is too perfect next to a book about Cinderella!

Glass Slipper

Have a great week! Happy reading!