The first Christmas party on our calendar is coming right up and I’m more than a little excited to get all dressed up. With a full schedule and a toddler in the mix, the moments of luxurious pampering and glamorous nights out are few and far between these days. For me, there’s one surefire way to feel all gussied up, no matter how big or small the occasion: paint my nails. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to hit the nearest spa for a manicure, but time is in even shorter supply than ever, so it was a DIY manicure or nothing.
I caught sight of this gorgeous manicure that Bri Emery of designlovefest posted about a month ago and fell in love with it. I’ve seen a ton of gorgeous manicures (check out the Instagram feed of Bliss Lau — not only is her jewelry exquisite, but her nails. Just WOW.) but I’m not so ambitious as to attempt anything too intricate by myself. After all, I’d be responsible for trying it left-handed. Not promising for a positive outcome on that one.
With the Christmas right around the corner, I wanted to make an attempt at Bri’s modern manicure, with a Christmas spin. From a previous trip to my favorite beauty shop, I had both white polish and a dark evergreen color (which unfortunately reads as black in these photos), which I felt was in the Christmas spirit without going blatantly holly jolly. The result? A DIY manicure that’s modern, simple and sooooo easy to do at home.
By the way, can I tell you how awkward it is to photograph your own hands? Lay them flat on the table and you’ve got meaty slabs. Curl your fingers at all and you’ve got claws. So. Many. Bad. Hand. Photos.