Punch Lines-FTF Blog Event 6/8

For the June Full Time Fabulous event Kristy Eléna asked us to be creative in interpreting Summer trends. Part of me feels so much is on trend right now; from lacy nudes to the brightest color-blocking to sharp minimalism or an easy bohemian style-all are pretty right on trend right now.

I love a great many of these trends, so picking one was really difficult. But then I happened on this April Vogue piece:

Punch Lines

Gasp, hand to mouth, sigh. I am deeply in love with brights for Summer and I am loving the crispy minimalism that is on the racks (ahem Zara’s)-to me bright stripes is the perfect combination of the two: bold bold color and a classic pattern. And Vogue gives a great title for it: “Punch Lines.” Definitely  a “punch” to the face with these bold color choices and lines well is obvious, we’re talking stripes :).

Karen Millen S/S ’11.

Kate Spade S/S ’11.

But by far my favorite is from Prada’s  S/S ’11.

Now friends, I am on a shopping and while I’m craving for a piece with bold stripes I didn’t want to break the ban sooooo….Voilá!

Punch Lines Mani!! 😀

Now if you’re thinking, “Woah, I can’t do this! I can’t draw a straight line!”- my answer to that is ME TOO!! As evidence in my first attempt in Punch Lines Mani in horizontal.

I found horizontal stripes to be very unforgiving. The diagonal stripes were much easier to accomplish for me. If you’re able to do Punch Lines Mani á la horizontal props to you!!

First step-blank canvas. Paint nails white. The white serves 2 purposes: 1) I like a white strip 2) the white makes all the colors more true and bright. I used h&m white, bought in March here.

Second step-Break out your colors in standard nail polish and start making your stripes!

Nail polishes are: h&m-blue; bettina nail enamel-color 194; and nk-fiesta red. After you’ve done all your stripes you’ll get something that looks like this:

Not so cute and punchy YET!

Third step-break out your fine/skinny nail art polishes and use to paint  fine lines on the edges of the stripes you’ve just made.

Muuuuch better :). Nail art used: hurricane in pink and yellow.

Last step (!)-Allow everything to dry and then put a coat of clear polish.

I swear on my life to Seche Vite. You can buy this fast dry clear polish at your local drugstore.

And then you are done! I have to say, my Punch Line Mani makes me sooooo happy :D.

No ban breaking for this girl!

Check out everyone who is participating in FTF event this month by clicking HERE. And if you’d like to participate next time around join the FTF Google Group. Cheers to Summer!



  1. Jenmarie June 8, 2011 / 11:30 am

    You gotta love color this season, especially when it involves stripes! I loved the pieces you showcased in your post and I LOVE the way you painted your nails! I feel like if I did that it would be a huge mess. Great post, dear!

  2. Kimberlee June 8, 2011 / 11:37 am

    Ooh love the “punch line” trend and how you interpreted it! Now I have to attempt this nail art :p I also swear by Seche Vite 🙂

  3. Audrey Allure June 8, 2011 / 11:48 am

    That Prada dress is everywhere! Loving those striped nails – super cute!!

  4. FASHION TALES June 8, 2011 / 12:20 pm

    Wow, lady you have done such a pro job here on your nails!! I am forever a fan of stripes & live the a
    Karen Millen looks! Bold colour welcomes a confident, free, & fun-loving fashionista as yourself! Great job with keeping your ban. 🙂 xxoo

  5. tymbre June 8, 2011 / 12:24 pm

    I am soooo doing THIS!! You have inspired me to attempt this … don’t know how the turn out will be, but we will see !

  6. Bella Q June 8, 2011 / 12:48 pm

    What a fantastic interpretation of the stripe trend. GREAT D.I.Y.

  7. Kara June 8, 2011 / 2:23 pm

    Genius! I love nail diys.. you did a great job. Love that trend too 🙂

  8. Tara Jobe June 8, 2011 / 3:28 pm

    Wow! I love your nails! Thanks for the how-to! I am going to try this out over the weekend! Also, loving the trend you picked for the event today!

  9. Ashley Rudolph June 8, 2011 / 3:45 pm

    Love that you did a nail post for this 🙂 It makes me think about Candyland!

  10. Aquí June 8, 2011 / 4:03 pm

    I love this! Its such a great take on the trend! I really like it because it doesn’t have to be perfect. It looks like the more lines you filled in the more put together it looks! This is on my list of things to do this weekend!! Love it and love you!!! 🙂

  11. Casee Marie June 8, 2011 / 4:18 pm

    AH! I love this to pieces. Pieces! You’re amazing, girly. This was such an ingenious way to rock the color-strip trend! I never would have thought it was possible to do that by hand, but you totally nailed it – pun intended, haha.

  12. ladyemmy June 8, 2011 / 4:18 pm

    I love your nails!! adorable! maybe Ill do someting like that…..hmm:)

  13. Oh to Be a Muse June 8, 2011 / 4:39 pm

    this is really cool, Jamillah. i haven’t seen anyone else do punch lines. your mani is awesome! job well done. <3

  14. Kristin June 8, 2011 / 6:11 pm

    I die over the Prada stripes and your mani is too fun lady!

  15. kirstinmarie June 8, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    This is so cool!!!!! I love how you took the inspiration and created such an awesome manicure. I’m so excited by this, I have to try it!!

  16. vanessa June 8, 2011 / 10:06 pm

    What a cool ay to try this trend, your nails look so awesome.

  17. Cyrillynn June 8, 2011 / 10:13 pm

    Your nails are awesome! What a fun mani, I think I will definitely need to try it 🙂


  18. THE-LOUDMOUTH June 8, 2011 / 11:43 pm

    Oh my gosh… your mani is INCREDIBLE! I need to do this!

    Love that Kate Spade campaign!

  19. Rocquelle June 9, 2011 / 9:48 am

    SUPER cute!! I’ve attempted horizontal stripes before, but they didn’t quite come out right, so maybe I’ll give diagonal stripes a try soon!!

  20. designedbyann June 9, 2011 / 5:49 pm

    what cool idea!! I haven’t tried multiple stripes, but many years ago I tried doing a diagonal 2 color manicure. I used clear tape to mark the line, so that way you can do straight lines!

  21. Vix June 10, 2011 / 11:49 am

    I would totally buy that Prada dress if I could! And I love your mani. I heard if you let the basecoat dry and then use little pieces of scotch tape that you can get good lines and the tape wont pull off any of your base. If you guinea pig that idea, be sure to blog it 🙂

  22. noelani June 10, 2011 / 12:56 pm

    You are so darn cute! And brilliant! I love the nails, and of course everything from that Prada collection.

  23. Anne June 11, 2011 / 8:30 pm

    NAILS are amazing. So fun!! I have ideas running through my head!!
    Hugs Friend, have a fantastic weekend!

  24. Marissa June 13, 2011 / 5:41 pm

    You’re so clever – getting around your shopping ban and all. I love the horizontal lines, but I just don’t think I would have the patience for this.

  25. Sweet June 14, 2011 / 8:47 am

    WE ALL LOVE COLORS!!!! and you did a good job in sharing this favorite trend…I’ve been trying so hard to experiment on color blocking but hopefully some day I can showcase it…


  26. Madeline Quaint June 16, 2011 / 7:11 pm

    Looks so good! I really wish I had the patience to do my nails like this, but I even mess up one simple colour. 😀

  27. Aryn June 20, 2011 / 5:09 am

    That is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial- I’ve never been able to do stripes before!

    Driftwood and Daydreams

  28. Lori's Wardrobe June 21, 2011 / 10:58 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your lovely comments. I really enjoyed the challenge and looking forward to the next one although weather with me is more like winter than the beach.
    I love the stripey nails – really capture the bright looks of the season.
    Hope your shopping ban went well?
    Lori xo

  29. bestofbklyn June 22, 2011 / 6:00 pm

    I love bright stripes, and your mani is great! I don’t think my hands can do detail work well enough to pull it off, but yours is so awesome!

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