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Spring 2012 Fashion Trend: Color Block with Brights Nail Design

While searching for some inspiration for a nail design on fashion websites, I noted a particular theme this season. Color blocking seems like it will never go out of style, but this year, it looks like brights are the go-to colors. I observed color-blocking on the runway last year this time and while the colors were bold and eye-catching, they weren’t nearly this bright.

Check out this lemon yellow Nanette Lepore dress. Now check out the model on her way off the runway in that bright coral dress with neon yellow accessories!!! LOVE!

From what I’ve been able to pick up, when color-blocking this spring, the key is to keep things bold and graphic kind of like these Guiseppe Zanotti patent sandals from Net-a-Porter.

For this manicure, I used several colors: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue (blue), Orly Passion Fruit (pink), OPI Did It On ‘Em (yellow-green), Julep Helena (purple), Julep Leah (green), Orly Liquid Vinyl (black) and China Glaze Pelican Gray (gray). I also used a white Kiss Nail Art striper for the white lines.

If you’d like more inspiration and tips for color-blocking brights this spring: check out this slideshow (Bright Neon Clothing) and this slideshow (Color Block Pieces) from Refinery 29.com. I’ve also seen some really cute neon accessories at Target this season. I might have to go ahead and pick something up. 🙂

Hope you like ’em!

Peach Rings Update

Last night, a friend — and nail art fan — commented that I should use glitter to mimic the sugar on the peach rings and I thought that was a BRILLIANT idea. I did some experimenting on my right hand and after testing out a few methods, I decided on a very thin coat of Orly Tiara on top of yesterday’s mani. I wanted to post these pics last night but I had a feeling that sunlight would show it off better and I was right. 😀 I think the glitter mimics the sugar pretty well and it also adds quite a bit of shine to the overall look.

LOVE IT!

Sadly I didn’t have any peach rings for props in this photo because I ate them yesterday as soon as I was done taking pictures….

Peach Rings

Well the weather is getting warmer so it’s time to break out some brights for summer! Yesterday on Twitter, the trending topic #childhoodmemories really reminded me about all of fun and simple things that made me happy as a child. Now I’m not a huge fan of candy but I have a few favorites and one is Peach Rings.

Who remembers these?! Better yet, who still eats these?! I haven’t had Peach Rings in years but they still taste the same all these years later. For this mani, I applied a base coat then 2 coats of Orly Lemonade. Next, I applied a very sheer coat of Wet n’ Wild Fast Dry 9.0.2.1.Orange then waited until it was dry to sponge a bit more orange on about 2/3 of each nail. After that, I applied a sheer coat of China Glaze Cherry Pie on 1/3 of my nail over the 9.0.2.1.Orange and sponged more on that third once was dry. Lastly, I applied a top coat and Voila! A Peach Rings-inspired nail art design!

This manicure looks sooooo pretty in the sun, folks. I hope you enjoy!

It’s the clllaaaawwww! With a Peach Ring!!