05 December 2016

Years ago - art deco manicure

Hi everyone,


I'd been thinking about a theme for the letter Y for days but the only thing I could come up with was Yellow and I was so not in the mood for yellow. So I kept on thinking and the end of the week kept coming closer and closer... and I still wasn't in the mood for yellow! When I was just about to give up on the Y my priceless husband decided to just read a list of english scrabble words that start with a y and while I knew most of them, I never heard of the word 'yesteryear'. It turns out it means 'last year' or 'not too long ago'. The cogs in my head started turning and I decided to go with 'years ago' and an art deco theme. Of course art deco is from the 1920s so it's definitely not of yesteryear, but it IS from years ago (about 90 to be exact ;)

I've always loved the straight, geometric look of art deco and, living in a house that was built between 1920 and 1930, we have some gorgeous art deco stained glass in the separating doors between our living room and our study (which is actually one of the things I love most about this place). So I searched through my plates for an image to stamp. I'd already decided I wanted to stamp with gold on a very dark color (Great Gatsby movie poster anyone?). Everything combined looks like this:

indoors, no flash

I chose the darkest brown I had, OPI Shh... It's Top Secret! to paint two thin coats on all my nails. It covers pretty good so I want to try and stamp with it one day.

When that had dried I chose a pretty gold that has a slight duochrome effect in the bottle but not on my nails: Colour Alike B.a Supernova. I stamped an image from MoYou Time Traveller Back to the 20s 05 and to my surprise the main part fitted my nails like it was custom made for this length so I decided to add nothing else and just leave my nails as they were, except of course for a coat of Seche Vite :)


The polishes I used (and you can see the duochrome effect of Supernova in this picture):
OPI Shh... It's Top Secret!, Colour Alike B.a Supernova

I like the stamp on my nails. I think it looks a little like a stylized scarab and of course in the 1920s Egyptology was a big hype so that's another connection to my theme. But I have to admit I grew tired of my dark nails quickly so this wasn't a manicure I wore for a long time.

It took me ages to type up the post though as December has started and apart from the usual holidays there are a ridiculous amount of birthdays crammed in that month, all of the "I really have to show up" kind (you know what I mean, right? Mother-in-law, husband, sister, niece, and way way more). So I had to do some shopping (read: a lot!!) in advance because of course you have to give the perfect gift, I had to visit the hairdresser to make sure I don't look like a bird's nest exploded on top of my head, and then my manager told me I had to pass an exam by December 15th so I've been studying like crazy to try and remember everything. On the other hand, I'm grateful all those celebrating people are still around for me to celebrate with them and I'm grateful for having a job that pays for all the gifts, the hairdresser and the occasional nail polish when so many people are struggling to make ends meet. So I guess I shouldn't complain too much about my *tries to find an english translation of the dutch term "luxe probleem" but can't find it*


Anyway, I managed to get this post typed up in time to add it to the InLinkz for the letter Y so it can be shown with all the other manicures, so that is one item off of my to do list ;)





Colour Alike B. a Supernova was bought from B Loves Plates

12 comments:

  1. So what you doing for Z? It's awesome that you got this far! I like your colours btw

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    1. I'm still trying to think of something... zebra? zig-zag? zircon? Or maybe I'll cheat a little and use a dutch Z-word ;)

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  2. Gorgeous manicure! Best of luck with your exam!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm still working on the exam but I think I have a pretty good chance... and if not, I hope I can take another shot at it in January :)

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  3. Lovely. That stamp really was the perfect size for your nails. I adore art deco and envy you your stained glass windows.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I love older houses as they have much more character (or at least I think so) and we were very lucky to come across this one. We also still have the original ceiling with the ornaments. I LOVE this house :)

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  4. What a great fit for the pattern, one should think it was madefor your nails hahahaha
    It is very beautiful!

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    1. Thanks hun!
      Hehe, if only... but I can still dream of a collaboration one day ;)

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  5. Ik denk dat ik vanavond even ernstig aan de nagellak moet, al is het alleen maar om mijn humeur te verbeteren. Ziet er mooi uit trouwens, jouw lakje

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    1. En? Is je bui wat opgeknapt? ;)

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  6. This is beautiful and I love how Hubby loves to get involved in the idea process! I think you captured 'Yesteryear' perfectly, it certainly looks very classic and art deco-ish! I think it turned out wonderfully, I'm kind of glad you didn't go for yellow because this is so striking!

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    1. Thanks Ithi!

      I'm very lucky to have found a guy like my husband. He's responsible for this entire nail polish addiction as he bought me my first polishes and he keeps pushing me to try new things. Yep, definitely a keeper (as my mom told me after we were dating for a month) and as a good girl I always do what my mom tells me ;)

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