Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Nail Color Blocking

Last week I was having trouble picking out an outfit for Thursday.  I always pick my clothes the night beforehand because I am too tired in the morning to make choices.  I was debating trying the orange and pink color blocking trend that was really popular last spring and summer, and remained popular into this past autumn.  Observe:

In particular, I have been seeing #4 (from H&M) everywhere for the past year or so.  I took a chance and wore a poofy red/orange skirt with a bright pink top (as opposed to the more bubblegum pink tones shown above).  Regrettably I don't have any photos, but I will tell you that I was complimented all day long.  By women, by men, and most notably, by a four-year-old boy who excitedly ran up to me while I was eating my lunch  at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and said very sweetly, "You look like a pwincess."  Clearly this retina-searing color blocking combination yielded good results.  So the next logical step was doing it to my nails.  

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.  As soon as I was finished doing this I was in love with it.  The pink has less of a blue tone to it in real life, though.  This is two coats of Wet n Wild Candy Apple Twist for the orangey-red, and two coats of Color Club In Bloom for the pink.

Left hand.

Right hand.

I just love how this looks.  You see tipwear in the photos because I have had my nails this way since last Saturday night.  They're holding up pretty well.  For those of you who are hesitant to try the pink/orange trend in clothing, a manicure like this might be a good trial to see how you like the color combination.  Accessorizing my outfit was fun, too.  I figured I could either keep it simple or use an accent color, and I wound up wearing what can only be described as cascades of turquoise jewelry.  While my boyfriend and I were having dinner that night he looked across the table at me and said, "Are you...are those three necklaces you're wearing?"  Yes.  Yes, there were three.  And they looked fabulous :)  

In conclusion:
Pink and orange:  yes.
Pink and orange nail polish:  YES.
And do I love clothes?:  Y.E.S.

If you guys are interested in seeing the outfit I can recreate it and try to get some pictures taken.  Just let me know.  Any adventures in color blocking to share?  Any ideas?  I'd love to hear them.


  1. Yes I love seeing pictures of your outfits! I could never pick my clothes out the night before. Don't you ever wake up thinking I'm not in the mood for that? I'm very mood oriented in clothes and music and nail polish. I have to feel it at that moment you know? I think it's cute that a little boy said that! My clothes are boring all earth tones a lot of brown and green. So yes please recreate your outfit for me. And your cascade of turquoise.

    1. I usually wake up in the mood of HOLY SHIT IT'S MORNING AND I'M LATE. So I grab what I've decided on the night before and put it on. There are some mornings where I make last-minute changes, but mostly I stick to my plan.

      It was the cutest thing ever when the little boy said that! He also kept staring at me while I was eating, which was weird. His parents really need to take him to Disneyland or something.

  2. I oughta try that sometime! I regularly wear red and purple together ... so this could work ... I think. (Also awesome: yellow-green sweater, fuschia skirt with blue striped shirt and orange nails. BAM.)

    Definitely take pictures!

    1. I'll try to take pictures sometime. This is where having a tripod would come in handy...

    2. Ha, maybe. We only see each other a couple times a week.

    3. This is such a fabulous idea. And perfect for those of us who are nail art challenged!

  3. I've recently become really obsessed with ombre/colorblocked/using-a-different-color-on-every-nail nails. I figure so much of my polish goes unused and forcing myself to find color compliments helps me actually work my way through my collection. I normally can't stand orange anything (except for actual oranges...yum) but this! This color combo is to die for. I'm searching through my stash as soon as I get home to recreate this.

    I'd love to see the outfit as well!

    1. That's actually a really great way to wear polishes you might normally not. Like I would probably never wear this pink on its own.

  4. This looks so great! I love the color blocking trend.

  5. I love seeing the colour blocking trend, but am usually too comfortable in mostly-black/neutral wardrobe staples to bust out all-over colour.

    And please do share pictures of your outfit! I love when you do, it's one of my favourite things about your blog.

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