28 July 2017

Friday Triad: inspired by Cat's Claws

Hi everyone,

it's the last Friday of the month so it's time for our Triad manicure again. This month Juanita picked a lovely manicure by Cat's Claws and she told us she hoped there wouldn't be too much anxiety over her choice. Of course I had to tease her a little (what colors? what finishes? what birds?) but to be honest last month life had decided to step on the accelerator so I was glad to sit down and have some nice, uncomplicated nail time. This is the result:

Yep, those are inspired by the original. You may wonder how I reached this point starting from the original, so let me give you a sneak peek in my brain (please ignore the clutter everywhere, I have some cleaning to do... some day ;) The things that stood out when looking at the picture were: shimmery blue, metallic silver, birds, stamping. Birds have feathers so that was a quick click and the final piece fell into place when I discovered a pretty pale blue, speckled polish amongst my blues: inspiration complete, commence painting :)

I started out by painting all my nails with Cirque Colors Acid Wash, a pale blue creme that is stuffed with small and slightly bigger blue and gray flakies. It was a bit streaky after the first coat but another one took care of that. After a coat of Seche Vite to help it all dry a bit faster, I stamped a feather on my middle and ring finger from B. Loves Plates B.08 Feather Fever using essie No Place Like Chrome (metallic silver) and after that using Colour Alike B.a Holy Night (shimmery blue). I finished everything with another coat of Seche Vite and that was all.

The usual line up:
Cirque Colors Acid Wash, Colour Alike B.a Holy Night, essie No Place Like Chrome

I know it's a very simple manicure but I love the minimalistic look of it. Also, it reminded me that I don't always have to bend over backwards wrestling with complicated techniques to wear something beautiful on my nails (thanks Juanita for making me remember that :) I'm really curious to see what Michelle and Juanita were inspired to do. If you want to check out their nails, just click their name and you're off to their site.

P.S. I wonder if either of the other ladies did black and white unicorns for this one, you know, animals and two contrasting colors... it actually does tie in with the original ;) 

Cirque Colors Acid Wash was bought from Pretty Polish.
Colour Alike B.a Holy Night was bought from Hypnotic Polish.


  1. Dammit!! I knew I should've waited to read your post before doing my nails. UNICORNS!!!!!!!! Ugh. You are just too creative.

    See I love your interpretations and I LOOOOOOVE the result. I really love this. Once again I am left feeling like I should wait to see what you guys do before I do it. Why do i always feel so under pressure to 'perform' and then never do? :D :D :D :D

    Absolutely love this. And I agree, it's nice to remember it doesn't have to be crazy to be beautiful. Simple is beautiful too.

    1. Thanks Michelle!

      Not true, you know you did great as well! Hehe, next time I can tie in unicorns somehow, I'll let you know way before the next Triad date :)

  2. Oh wow. You totally nailed this too! Like I mentioned on Michelle's post I feel this was more about the base. And your base is stunning.

    And yes simple is beautiful too and I'm happy to have reminded you of that.

    1. Thanks Juanita! I agree, I felt the focal point of the inspiration was the base so I'm really happy you like my pick. I considered doing a different manicure that looked more like the original but haven't gotten around to it for lack of time. Now I'm glad I didn't :)

  3. I am seriously IN LOVE. What a beautiful combination, it is one off the prettiest manicures I've seen lately. I don't think it looks simple at all, its so perfect and delicate. Your polish choices are once again incredible. You've such a skill with colours! Hope life slows down a little for you. Being busy is great but everyone needs recharge time! <3

    1. Thanks Ithi! I'm actually blushing now. I'm not sure it's a skill, I just pick colors and designs I like to look at and it makes me happy you like to look at it too :)