Anna Bond Florals

The Inspiration

Anna Bond is the creator of some unbelievably beautiful florals that have been inspiring nail artists for years. Her creations can be seen on almost anything a print adorns, as she is the co-founder for Rifle Paper Co. I've been following her work for years, and today's nail art was inspired by this design recently shared on her Instagram. I happily spent a few hours just freestyling each finger based on that design, and here's the result!

Anna Bond Florals by Nailed It @
Freehand Anna Bond Florals

The Color Palette

As you can imagine, this look called on a lot of different colors. After rifling through lots of Melmer drawers, I wound up with these colors for my Anna Bond floral look:

OPI: Alpine Snow, Black Onyx, Never a Dulles Moment
Misa: Shoot the Chute
Zoya: Wyatt, Danielle, Sawyer, Sage/Satin (this was the base), Sonja, Arbor, Presley, Laurel, Kieko

Of course, everything is freehand.

Thank you for inspiring me Mrs. Bond!

I Heart Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so I got a head start on design ideas last night in my premier Instagram live video! It was fun, and with the help of a few lovely viewers, I freestyled all 5 fingers with a heart-theme. (Thank you in particular to @terranceburger and @zeeohee, who helped me come up with the thumb design and the name for it.) To make it a little more fun, I invited viewers to join me for a beer. I enjoyed a Liquid Paradise IPA from a Colorado brewery, New Belgium. I also played music from the Spotify "Creamy" playlist for the first half, but due to Copyright issues, I was asked to turn it off if I wanted to continue live streaming.

The full live feed (broken up into two design videos and one "apologies-to-Instagram-for-playing-music" video) will only be available until around 8:00 MST tonight), but for those of you without Instagram, here's the final look!

heart valentine's day nail art by Nailed It @

heart cat emoji valentine's day nail art by Nailed It @

I used only 3 colors for the look, including Baylor (nail & bone), Love is in My Cards, and My Vampire is Buff (both from OPI). 

I'd love to do a live video again sometime. Any ideas or requests you'd like to see? 

Rev Your Engines

You know me as a nail artist. Some of you know me as a nail tech. Some of you are friends, and some of you are family, and know me as such. None of you know me as a race car driver though. And after speeding a kart around a track at 40 MPH last night at Unser, none of you will. I came in last...but gracefully, and with style, thanks to this racing look I did beforehand.

Checker and stripe nail art

There are actually 5 colors used here, but the unsung hero that is Sharktooth (Jessica Cosmetics) is the white beneath the red and yellow to pop them. That beautiful blue is Sia, and the yellow is Darcy, both from Zoya. The fiery red is Flame-boyant (China Glaze) and the black is Black Onyx (OPI). 

Bubble Up

Happy New Year everyone!'s weird to say. I started this blog 8 YEARS AGO! 8 years ago, I thought what other girls were doing, sharing their nail pictures and playing around with graphic art in blog form, was so cool, that I gave it a shot. I figured, "Why not? I like nail polish too!" It was humble beginnings (check out this early post), and it wasn't really for anyone but me. If someone else read it, cool! If not, it was a good excuse to stay busy after work. Then, it exploded. Posts were shared, tutorials were shared, magazines picked me up, and before I knew it, I was switching career paths to pursue what I thought would be a silly hobby. And here we are, 8 years later.

I didn't make any resolutions this year, but I did get a little bit of an idea I'd like to try to keep up with. While shopping for a new planner, I came across a journal with 300 drawing prompts. Just half pages with words at the top to inspire you to draw. After having so much fun with Inktober, I tossed the book into my basket with the resolve to do some from time to time. No commitment, just some inspiration.

Then I did today's design. Which wasn't inspired by the journal at all.

It was actually an idea taken from this Born Pretty stamping plate. I just simplified it with some basic colors (Act Your Beige! and Black Onyx from OPI).

Soft pink easy nail art - Nailed It @
Bubble Up!
It's like champagne bubbling up from the bottom of a glass. So many more years!

Inktober - Double

If you're a West Coast kid, you'll get what I did for "double," day 29 of Inktober. Google it...I even got the layers right. And the sesame-seed-less bun...hungry yet?

Every single color used is from OPI (except a little bit of Give Peach a Chance from Sephora by OPI to get the secret sauce just right). Here's what that includes:

  • Alpine Snow
  • My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Act Your Beige
  • A Great Opera-tunity
  • Inside the Isabelletway
  • A-Piers to be Tan
  • Get in the Expresso Lane
  • The "It" Color
  • Never a Dulles Moment
  • Meet My "Decorator"
  • You Are So Outta Lime!
  • Jade is the New Black

Inktober - Gift

I've got 4 more days of Inktober to catch up on, so let me "gift" you with day 28. Since it's not Halloween-time anymore, here's a little sneak peek into a holiday look you could try for winter!

Over a base of Marshmallow (essie), I created some wrapping paper with Toast It Up! (China Glaze) and Snap Happy (essie). I was going to do all of my nails as presents, but I liked the bow accent on just one, so I added the dots to spice it up a little.

Inktober - Thunder

When you think of "thunder" (our prompt for day 27), your mind probably goes to lightning immediately. Mine does too. BUT...I wanted to do something that wasn't just about lightning, so here are my thunder clouds rolling in on my nails for Inktober day 27.

This was a two-color design, both from essie: Bikini So Teeny and Licorice. The thunder clouds are better from far off, but they're not so horrible up close. I just smudged the lines with acetone to give them a more "distant" feeling, and added one lightning bolt for effect.