Easter Egg Nails

Happy Easter! This year, we had the cutest gold foil eggs in our house, and I was definitely inspired by them for my Easter nails. I used a dry brush nail art technique on top of a pastel rainbow. To achieve this look, wipe off a majority of the polish from the brush on the side of the bottle, and then gently sweep across your nails in various directions. It’s a super simple technique, and I even used two different golds to add some extra dimension!

Easter Egg Nails // Novels and Nail PolishHappy Reading!

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Spring Has Sprung

Welcome back, spring – my favorite season! I don’t think I’ll ever tire of pastel books, so naturally a pretty, spring-inspired shelfie to celebrate the return of this lovely season is totally necessary! My top pics for spring nail colors are coming soon, so keep an eye out for those.

Spring pastel bookshelf // Novels and Nail PolishHappy Reading!

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!

Stephanie Perkins Book Cover Inspired Art {DIY}

Nail art & reading aren’t the only two things I do in my free time. Sometimes, I even dabble in the world of DIY artsy stuff! In 2015, I read one of the most adorable contemporary series ever – Anna and the French Kiss (et al) by Stephanie Perkins. Seriously guys, they’re THE CUTEST!

Since I basically fell head over heels for this series, I was most definitely inspired to do all the things: nails, YouTube videos, arts & crafts. So far, I’ve completed one of those projects – these super fun and simple cover-inspired prints!

Stephanie Perkins book cover-inspired DIY prints // Novels and Nail Polish

Everybody loves a good ombre, and each of these books has their own distinctive color palette. To complete this project, I used the following

  • High-quality art paper
  • Scrap paper to trace doodle
  • Sharpies – black + one color for each book (pink, orange, green)
  • Nail Polish – 3 colors for each book in varying shades

Stephanie Perkins book cover-inspired DIY prints // Novels and Nail Polish

I started off by hand-lettering each couple’s names slightly above center, so there’s a bit of extra room at the bottom for the ombre polish. Once I finished off the names, I traced the doodles from the covers (heart for Anna, star for Lola and rose for Isla) and drew them in between the names with Sharpie. To finish up, I pained the nail polish across the bottom from darkest to lightest. To make it look extra blended, make sure you overlap the two colors as it transitions. Of course, don’t worry about it looking “perfect” because that’s the fun in the messy style!

Stephanie Perkins book cover-inspired DIY prints // Novels and Nail Polish

Stephanie Perkins book cover-inspired DIY prints // Novels and Nail Polish

Stephanie Perkins book cover-inspired DIY prints // Novels and Nail Polish

Have you read this trilogy? Which is your favorite?? Happy Reading!

Mani in Bloom {Puffin in Bloom Cover Inspired Manicures}

Puffin in Bloom Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail PolishI am head over heels in love with the Puffin in Bloom collection, and have been since I originally began noticing them during my frequent visits to Barnes & Noble. Rifle Paper Co. creates stunning everything, so it’s no surprise that this collab between them and Puffin Classics was executed so perfectly!

On Black Friday, I finally made the leap and bought the box set (which comes with the most adorable matching bookmark). The covers are floral and feminine and SO inspriring, so what did I do? Painted 4 different manicures, of course!

Puffin in Bloom Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

I used a WHOLE bunch of colors, so it would be pretty impossible to name all of them. My usual favorites – Julep, OPI and Nail Inc. – definitely made an appearance.

Without further ado, here are my cover-inspired manicures that quickly rose to the top of my favorite list!

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Do you have a favorite classics edition? Happy Reading!