Black Pearl

Black Pearl Fingers

Years ago, somewhere in between dressing like an overgrown skater skid crossed with a Spice Girl (the mid to late ’90s were a very confusing time fashion-wise) and then adopting the style I have now, which is actually no style at all, I was running around town in what I liked to call Business Goth – basically business casual clothes in all your favourite shades of black, ebony and onyx.  But always with a devastatingly nasty pair of shoes, because one does want a hint of colour (and a whole lot of shit-kicking height.)  Pearls helped up the sparkle factor as well, especially this tragically fake, multi-tiered necklace I bought on clearance from Claire’s and wore until the clasp broke and its hundreds of tiny plastic spheres rained down onto my hardwood floors. These nails look a lot like that necklace.

I’m still finding those beads, by the way.

Chanel-lo!

Chanel Hand

I think I’m about to commit an act of high fashion blasphemy here, but Chanel really isn’t my (quilted) bag.  I love all the black leather and pearls and that iconic quilting, of course, but if a giant pile of couture was to suddenly find its well-appointed way to my doorstep, I’d prefer if it was Elie Saab or Naeem Khan or Roland Mouret.  Because in this scenario I have my choice of all four!

But I do love the stark black-and-whiteness of Chanel, and Karl Lagerfeld is a stuffy, curmudgeonly delight, so when the opportunity presented itself for some Chanel-inspired nail art, I jumped all over it.  Pearls and black velvet ribbons and those little interlocking Cs factor in heavily here, as does my second attempt at that iconic Chanel quilting.  I initially tried to achieve the quilted effect by laying down striping tape in a diamond-type design over a matte base.  I was going to paint over the tape with a high gloss top coat, and when I removed the tape, the little diamonds were going to look puffy and plush and gorgeous.

That of course DID NOT HAPPEN!  I just wound up ripping every bit of the polish off my nails when I removed the tape, albeit in a somewhat attractive waffle pattern.  So lessons learned – striping tape and matte topcoat do not make for compatible bedfellows.  So in lieu of my original plan, I took a second run at the quilted look, this time simply painting the matte topcoat over top of a glossy black creme in a not-too-shaky diamond pattern.  Not perfect and not what I had intended, but it’ll do!

Chanel Fingers

Ring-a-Ding-Ding-Ding! (OMD3)

Ring a Ding Hand

“If you liked it then you should have drawn a ring on it!” That’s totally how that song goes, right?

I LOVE this manicure, way more than I thought I was going to when I set out to create an entry for day 20’s theme of jewels in the Oh Mon Dieu Nail Art Challenge. A while back I purchased a number of gemstone-type nail embellishments, including these oval opals, that I had yet to use; it suddenly seemed like the right time to put a ring on it, or at least paint one on my actual ring finger as an accent nail.

Ring a Ding Fingers

For this manicure, I painted my nails with three coats of Daydream, a minty-turquoise holographic lacquer from Enchanted Polish. That it’s the highly covetable robin’s egg blue of a Tiffany jewelry box is actually something of a happy coincidence – I actually chose it because it’s a recent addition to my collection and I had yet to swatch it. Once dry, I sealed in my Daydream-y base with one coat of Seche Vite. Then, with the topcoat on my ring finger still slightly tacky, I lightly dropped one of the opal gems onto the surface of my nail, gently nudging it into place with a toothpick. After allowing that to dry for 10 or so minutes, I then dotted on a gemstone-encircling frame and two horizontal bands with OPI’s My Signature is “DC”. Annnndddddd that’s pretty much it! Really easy, but amazingly effective, thematically appropriate and beyond pretty. And if that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is. 😉

Ring a Ding Bottle