Book Rainbow Beauties

It’s Wednesday, which means we’re halfway to Friday! To make the rest of the week a little bit easier, I decided book rainbows were totally necessary. Please enjoy some photos of my various book rainbows and ombre books… because hump day!

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Happy Reading!

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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!

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!

Read The Rainbow

I love rainbows because… rainbows. They’re perfect and bright and fun and beautiful. And when they’re in the form of a book rainbow? Don’t even try to find something prettier!

So I put my commitment pants on, and for an entire week on Instagram, I posted photos of my most photogenic books lined up in all their ombre glory!

Book Rainbow // Novels and Nail Polish

{Pink & Red} For pink being my favorite color, I really don’t own enough blush books. But in the end, I really love the way this photo came out. Reached turned out to be the perfect transition between pink and red, which makes me so happy!

{Orange} Not sure if you can tell, but I REALLY struggled with finding enough orange books. So a couple guys – Brown, Zusak and Larsson – ditched their equally present other colors and made an appearance in this photo. Thank God for HP7!

Orange Ombre Books // Novels and Nail Polish

{Yellow} I was most surprised to find that out of all the photos I needed to take, I had enough books for this shot. I definitely assumed I’d end up with an orange/yellow combo, but I did it! Success!

Yellow & Gold Ombre Books // Novels and Nail Polish

{Green} This may be one of my absolute favorites of the group. I love the transition from teal to yellow-green, and all of the gorgeous shades in the middle!

Green Ombre Books // Novels and Nail Polish

{Blue} Similarly to the photo above, the color palette of my blues makes me want to walk around as the heart eyes emoji!

Blue Ombre Books // Novels and Nail Polish

{Purple} It’s almost scientifically proven that there’s no way not to love purple, especially when it looks like this.

Purple Ombre Books // Novels and Nail Polish

{Black} Black books are the LBD of literature. They’re effortlessly classic and gorgeous. And they all look fab together!

Black Books // Novels and Nail Polish

{Grey} I’ve had the same thought on almost every photo, but I seriously adore almost all of the books in this shot! So much YA love all in one place.

Grey Ombre Books // Novels and Nail Polish

{White} Clean and bright and perfect!

White Ombre Books // Novels and Nail Polish

Now if only my actual book shelves looked like this… Happy Rainbow Reading!

Fani Mani {Fangirl Inspired Manicures}

Fangirl Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail PolishRainbow Rowell is a contemporary lit goddess! I probably say this more often than I would like to admit, but we love RR around here… case & point my Landline and Attachments cover-inspired manis!

Fangirl was my first Rainbow Rowell book, and has been one of my favorite contemporaries since that moment. What is there not to love about cute boys, nerdy girls, fan fiction and a Harry Potter inspired book within a book (side note – who is STOKED for Carry On??)! So when I found out about the new special edition versions, I seriously had to talk myself out of buying all THREE. I settled on the salmon cover from Target, and I’m very pleased!

Now comes the fun part!

Fangirl Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

Fangirl Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

I put a ton of pressure on myself not to mess these guys up because I’m so in love with both the story and the covers. That’s probably what took me so long to actually do them after reading the book – but now I’m ready. Let’s start with the original!

Fangirl Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

Mint and Fangirl – you can’t have one without the other. I don’t think I can count the number of times I’ve taken a pic for Instagram of mint/pastel/rainbow books and Fangirl is ALWAYS in there!

To get the iconic minty color, I used two coats Essie Fashion Playground. A couple of details that stood out to me on this cover were the thought and speech bubbles, as well as the adorable Levi illustration. I played with minimalist versions of the bubbles and plaid pattern of his shirt for the accent nail.

Fangirl Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

Fangirl Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail PolishAnd on the other hand (pun totally intended!), the Collector’s Edition Fangirl!

Fangirl Cover Inspired Manicure // Novels and Nail Polish

When I first sat down to paint this mani, I had trouble finding the perfect way to interpret the cover differently than the previous design. I didn’t want to take the easy route of same design, different colors. And it’s actually really funny the random places inspiration hits. I was walking out of Ulta after buying the teal I needed for the cover and BOOM, I knew what I wanted to do! Color blocked stripes that are inspired by the block letters of the title.

I got the perfect salmon with two coats of Julep Alicia, and painted a diagonal color block accent nail with China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise and Zoya Selene. From the start, I’ve never been into actual people on my nails, but Cath and Levi are highlighted so much more on the special edition cover. To pull from them, I painted Cath’s top knot and a heart on my middle finger using the Julep Plie Wand, which is seriously a lifesaver when it comes to painting detail!

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Tiny Target Haul

When I dream, it looks like the Target Dollar Spot.

What’s sad is I’m not even kidding! You walk in, needing only toilet paper or shampoo, and you walk out the proud owner of a desk organizer, gold arrow pushpins and 8 packs of tissue paper you obviously need. Or at least, that’s what your brain high on Target air wants you to believe!

Target Haul // Novels and Nail PolishThis past weekend, I fell down the Dollar Spot rabbit hole, and four beautiful notepads and pen packs later, I emerged in the book section, staring straight at the Target Exclusive Special Edition Fangirl. But try as you might, you definitely can’t tell me that those pretty pencils and chic notepads don’t match perfectly with my brand new shelf candy! I’m weak when it comes to the newest pen duo or Thank You note design, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So what are you waiting for?? Get out there and fall madly in love with the Dollar Spot’s office stationery! 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!