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:
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 .
No ban breaking for this girl!