Drake's "Trophies" Inspired Nails

What says "TROPHIES!" more than gold on gold on gold? (An actual trophy, probably, but my my nail art skills aren't quite there yet).

 If my bathtub was clean, I would take Drake's advice and pop some champagne in it, "just because." 

Until then, I'll be dancing away at my computer, figuring out how to use a walkie talkie to get a beverage. 

Experiments in Nail Tape, or Chin Up Nails

I would christen these nails my bad news nails. Like, hurry-up,-you-are-turning-26-years-old-and-you-have-23-days-to-get-that-wisdom-tooth-out-if-you-don't-want-to-empty-your-bank-account nails. 

I can have tools like a dentist too! (LOL).

They could also be my we-are-out-of-that-new-book-you-want nails or even there-are-bed-bugs-on-the-N-train nails. But the truth is that no matter how grumpy of a name I want to give these nails, it's impossible to stay grumpy when you have crazy neon colors on your fingers and the cashier at Key Foods is asking for your nail art inspiration.

More things that make staying grumpy impossible: a productive day spent brainstorming international demons for a work project, homemade miso/avocado salad for lunch, and splitting a bottle of wine while watching Maid in Manhattan (the second JLo romcom I have seen this week, for the record.). 

Also, perfect? This homemade sewing kit, created by my coworker Rhoda.  Mrs. Honaker, my high school Home Ec/English teacher, would have been very impressed.

Dippin Dot Nails, or How To Salvage Your Polka-Dot Nails When You Can't Stop Watching East Los High

After my first nail art success with tape, I was sure that my next nails would involve an elaborate pattern of crisscrossing lines. Then I started watching East Los High on Hulu (one day I will do a HUGE post on why this show is amazing), and I immediately gave up on any fancy designs that would take my eyes away from the screen for even ONE second.

These nails are what happen when you are so riveted by TEEN PREGNANCY! CHEATING! STRIPPING! DRUGS! KISSING! DEATH! that none of your polka-dots have any consistency in pattern or size. It turns out if you add enough of anything, the clutter will take on a distinct, aesthetically pleasing pattern. (This is also an effective book plotting strategy, but does not work for home design, unless you are into hoarder chic.)

Seriously though, everyone go watch East Los High. If you don't, then it's like Vanessa says:

4th of July Nails

Yesterday was the 4th of July, which is usually my second favorite holiday. This 4th of July was (tragically) special because one of my best friends bought a one way ticket to California. We celebrated her last full day in NYC by doing a greatest hits of Park Slope, including a mini nail session for me in Prospect Park.  I wish I could say my handiwork would have been better if I had been at a desk instead of a picnic blanket, but that would be a lie. 

My "secret" to nail designs is having a mechanical pencil handy (pun intended!) to dip into drops of nail polish. My fingers are not coordinated enough to handle most nail tools, because the handles are way too thin. Next time, my plan is to reverse the color scheme and get better at stars, so I can rock some Wonder Woman nails