inspired by fashion

Couture Nail Art Challenge: Inspired by Giambattista Valli

I had a great manicure idea planned for this one and then I got home and saw that just another nail art blog had done a fantastic version of the exact same manicure I was going to do! So I started searching for something new and found this pretty draped fabric dress. Surprisingly it’s my second yellow dress that I’ve used for inspiration in this challenge even though yellow is not really one of my favourite colours either on my nails or in my wardrobe.

It was also one of those manicures which I started on without really knowing where I was going with it and how it would end up. It was fun and I got quite a few compliments on it today which I didn’t expect, but I’m still not convinced yellow is my colour!


I used: Sumner Place – Nails Inc, Yellow – Sweets Sweet, Hampstead Gardens – Nails Inc, Holland Park Avenue – Nails Inc, Boot Camp – GOSH

Couture Nail Art Challenge: Inspired by Marchesa

I wasn’t going to do another challenge for a while but this one sounded really fun, so I’m going to participate in at least a few days of it. I’m a couple of days late starting but I’ll catch up.

The Ten Days of Couture Nail Art has been organised by Just Another Nail Art Blog and I love the idea of taking inspiration from some of fashion’s top designers.

The first on the list was Marchesa – after getting distracted by their fabulous bridal collection and wishing I could have a Marchesa gown for my wedding, I finally found this stunning diamant√© dress which seemed like it would translate perfectly to nail art in the form of a glitter gradient. I’ve tried a glitter gradient once before and it was a partial success, so I was keen to have another go at this technique. I like the gradient effect better over a dark base colour so I think this manicure was more striking than my previous attempt


I used: Wanna Say Hello – Essence, Electric Avenue – Nails Inc, Devonshire Street – Nails Inc

You can see the list of Couture designers that will be inspiring us here if you feel like joining in.