Mani(cure) Monday: Essie’s Fiji – a timeless classic

A close friend of mine in Chicago, Olivia, wears Essie’s Fiji always. And I always think it looks amazing on her. Super classic, feminine and crisp. I finally found it while shopping (at Bed Bath & Beyond of all places) and made sure it came home with me.



Light pink is usually a bit too demure for me, but there are times when you need a classic, whether its for work, weddings or just a pretty girly nail, Fiji wins.

Mani(cure) Monday: Metallic fall ombre

After seeing metallic ombre nails all over Pinterest, I knew I wanted to try but found myself lacking the colors. Due to a self-imposed nail polish purchasing ban, I had to improvise. I used OPIs Warm and Fozzie, Glitzerland and Kyoto Pearl with China Glaze I’m Not Lion over it. 


I used Essie No Chips Ahead as the top coat, but have quickly decided this is not a good topcoat. Sure, it doesn’t chip, but I get bubbles in my nails whenever I use it! Learning toward OPI RapidDry Topcoat as my top pick. 


I think it came out pretty solid, what about you? What’s your favorite must-try fall fashion trend?

Mani(cure) Monday: Halloween nails

As the leaves change and the air gets chillier, I’ve been thinking about Halloween costumes to no avail. Suppose I’ll just stick to holiday-themed manicures like this one!


Oh fall nails, how I love thee. Also, Sunday football is the greatest time to do nail art because each coat can dry fully before the next. This stuff takes patience people, patience. And now to figure out my halloween costume…

What are you going to be for Halloween? 

Mani(cure) Monday & Wanderlust: White Sand Beaches

After a very long hiatus from my silly hobby of painting my nails and putting them up here…I’m back! I love nail polish and traveling. Combining the two today. A manicure inspired by Caribbean white sand beaches and turquoise waters. I’ve never been, but its on the travel bucket list.

Pretty pictures of where I’d love to go:

Source: via Eliza on Pinterest

Source: via Eliza on Pinterest


The manicure that’s going to keep me dreaming about the beach all week and leading into my California vacation:



Essie: Turquoise and Caicos

OPI: Skull and Glossboness

Topcoat: Essie, No Chips Aheads

Source: via Colette on Pinterest



Manic(ure) Monday: French Manicure for Dummies


Step one: apply a sloppy but thin layer of white polish on your tips. Step 2: Admire you granite countertops while overlooking pork chops for dinner and letting the first coat of white dry completely. We’re talking 40 minutes between coats. Just enough time to make dinner, eat it, sit for a few and slap on layer n??mero dos (aka step 3).


Step 3.5: lots of drying time on this coat also. It’s actually quite nice because you can read blogs or books or watch tv and justify it because you are saving money on a home done mani!


Step 4: dip small nail brush in cap full of polish remover, dab on paper towel then begin erasing that sloppy mess you made on your tips.


Step 5: slow and steady win the French mani race. I usually end up dip, dab, swipe six-eight times per nail. It’s a fun challenge to see if you can do it faster but believe me, it’s easier to make small changes than have to reapply the white base! The in between swipes (see above) are pretty, but you’ll get that crisp line with a damp, not dripping brush. I use pure acetone as my eraser as it dries quick in case you get remover happy and it makes for the crispest lines.


Step 6: apply a clear coat over. Only one though!! If you apply it thick or more than once, it can make your lines blurry. Tomorrow night, when your drinking wine instead of giving yourself a 1.5 hour mani, you can throw on another top coat. And a ton of lotion, all that polish remover will seriously dry out the cuticles!

Step 7: be damn proud of yourself for the hard work you put in. Nothing pretty is easy and nothing fast is pretty. At least not in house for homedone manis!

Manic(ure) Monday: Spring Ombre and Colorblock Toes

After moving across the country, I’m back! And man did I need to take care of the digits. No love for three weeks is bad for the little suckers. I wanted something bright for spring and wanted to take care of a myself for a few hours. Here’s the result!


Exotic Liras, Braziliant and Ole Caliente. A couple great bright shades from Essie!


Y’all know I can’t paint in the lines, everybody needs help with that off-hand. 


A bit of oil to attempt to save my poor move-torn cuticles. Didn’t do much, but it felt great while it was on there. 


Leo thinks multicolored nails are crazy. Thoughts?


Lastly some toes to prep for the warmer months ahead. Leo mentioned that from far away I look like I have a bruised toe tip.I think I just wanted to wear some stripes for a few days. What do y’all think? Toes a good place to get crazy? 

Manic(ure) Monday: Pink Flamenco and Girl Power

On Saturday, I had a big night planned so I wanted something fun on my fingers. 


Pink Flamenco from OPIs Espana collection is a great pink with no shimmer. Perfect for some glitter accents! Because I was feeling especially girly and obnoxious, I wanted to something with personality! Miss Piggy and Nicki Minaj? Oh yea. First coat of glitter was from OPI The Muppet (color: Rainbow Connection). Second coat was OPI Nicki Minaj (color: Save Me).

Results? Obnoxious hot pink nails with multi-dimensional glitter. Just like my Saturday Night!

Also, I pinned this photo from the Pinterest iPhone app just to see how it worked and all of my Pinterest dreams came true – I had tons of repins and Loves. HOLY SHIT, I’m that girl. I kid, but seriously I was embarassingly happy about it. Don’t judge.


Off to SXSW for the week – next week’s Manic(ure) Monday will happen on Wednesday or whenever I recover. 

❤ Eliza

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Manic(ure) Monday: Go Overboard and Other Gems

On the nails – Go Overboard by Essie from the new spring collection. It is on my toes and fingers and it is totally prepping me for the spring. Saturated hues are great on the nails and look so good with a tan. (Need to work on that last part). I even managed to capture me giving it a thumbs up, totally accidental.

President’s Day meant no work for me today! I relaxed at my apartment ad loved sitting by the heater with the sun beating in through the sun porch at my apartment. Since meeting Charlie, I’ve been on a baking spree! For breakfast I ate a tasty slice of banana bread with french vanilla coffee – heaven. I thought about putting dress-up stuff away from the weekend like sparkly purses, but the sun looked too pretty hitting the sparkles! Then I tried to think of a good place for my favorite piece of furniture – vintage chest. Didn’t get very far because I just kept looking at it and loving it right where it is. I did around the design of the blog a bit, let me know what y’all think.

What is your favorite thing to do on a mid-winter day off?

❤ Eliza


Manic(ure) Monday: Love #2 Nail Polish and Books

One day before Valentine’s Day! A little pink, purple and gold plaid on the nails and a big smile on my face. I’m making cookies for Leo for Valentine’s Day, reading magazines and relaxing. That leads me to two of the things that I love a ton – nail polish and printed material (books, magazines, heck, I even love maps). I stopped in to my local nail polish supplier and picked up a few new colors for late winter and into the start of spring, but the main goal was a fun magenta base for v-day nails. You’ll note these pretty bottles sitting a top a very pretty Harry Potter book. See how I’m combining two loves into one Manic(ure) Monday?

My favorite magazines include all the fashion glossies, some women’s lifestyle, cooking and home decor with a dash of history/culture with the Smithsonian.

In the book arena, I love all things popular and have no qualms about reading enjoyable literature – romance novels, textbooks (history), biographies, young adult (Potter anyone? What about The Hunger Games?), the list goes on. If it feels like a book and smells like a book and barks like a book, I love it. I’m even liking books on my iPad, but shhhhh, don’t tell my English Lit lover of a grandma. She’d be heartbroken.

Off to eat my dad’s Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and then to bed! And yes, that’s a hint for Wednesday’s post.

Hope you lovelies have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and don’t forget to tell someone and some more ones that you love them! Everyone needs a little more love, that’s why holidays like tomorrow exist!



Manic(ure) Monday: Y’all Come Back Y’Hear?

The power of polish: having a busy week, or know that one is coming up? Find your favorite color (orange), find your favorite activity (painting my nails), and find your calm happy place (relaxing quietly at night).  

Source: via Eliza on Pinterest

Painting nails and super calm playing on my iPad (orange cover, of course).


BOOM. Mood inspired to perfection.


Source: via Eliza on Pinterest

Color is Y’all Come Back Y’Hear? From OPI’s Texas collection. It is a weird color, almost jellie orange and requires three coats. Not the easiest to apply, but super glossy once dry. Just don’t fall asleep and get sheet marks all over your nails…. which I do every other week, this one included.