Saturday, August 7, 2010

Happy Birthday To Me!

My Birthday barely started and it is already great! I don't have much time to post since I have to get ready to go to my company picnic that starts in an hour and a half and I have yet to eat breakfast, shower or get ready. Talk about some pressure!


So here is a super fast post. My family has a tradition of decorating the dining room with streamers for each others birthday's, so I woke up to this:

My kids made me some amazing home made cards, I got my Alex & Ani Bracelets and a gift certificate to a local spa. Wow - how special do I feel? Well OK so I bought the bracelets myself, but I had to wait to have them until today. 

 


My birthday theme is black and white. We are making all our friends coming to my birthday dinner wear black and white, so I needed black and white nails. I have been dying to try lace nails - so what a perfect excuse!

I went to Joanne's Fabrics and looked at all my lace options. I wanted something that had a small enough design that would be noticeable on my nails, so I selected a piece of lace ribbon. the total cost was $1.00 and I have enough lace left over for another manicure. Not bad!


Some directions I found said to use glue. No way was that happening. I followed some instructions that say to use clear top coat. I did learn if you are using a quick dry top coat, to put the top coat on right before you are going to lay the lace over, otherwise it dries to quick. If you paint your nails the same day, you can't press and maneuver the lace over your nails or you risk ruining the polish below. So I painted my nails last night and then did the lace this morning. Since it is a black and white theme, I decided to use Butter London Billy No Mates for my base. It is a very very light grey that looks almost white.

I started by cutting all the lace into the shape of my nails before getting started.

I then put a clear coat of polish and applied the lace and using my fingers, I pressed and moved it into place. I then put another clear coat and continued pressing and then one more clear coat for a nice shiny smooth top. Here are my end results.





I am so loving this manicure! I can't wait to wear it with my outfit tonight. I'll do some outfit posts on Monday. So what do you think of this manicure? 

I hope you all have a great weekend!

30 comments:

  1. I really like these mani's, though I'd probably utterly fail at it!

    Happy Birthday!

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  2. great job! very elegant :) Hope you have a great birthday!

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  3. lovely decor, Happy Brithday! its also my bfs b-day too =D

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  4. augurissimi... molto carina la nail art ^_^

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  5. it looks awesome :O

    happy birthday :D

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  6. Happy birthday girl!!! The mani is awesome :)

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  7. Happy birthday!! You're mani looks awesome!:)

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  8. Have a great birthday!!!! Sounds like it's going to be fun. Gorgeous bday mani :)

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  9. Happy Birthday!!! I absolutely LOVE your mani!

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  10. This is one of the better ones that I have seen. Happy Birthday!

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  11. i have honestly thought these were kind of ugly.. until now! you have shown me the light and inspired me!

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  12. Happy Birthday Maria!!! I hope you have a fantastic day. I can't WAIT to see this with your outfit - this is really, really cool! How does the texture feel? You did a great job with this!

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  13. Your lace nails are gorgeous. Happy Birthday! I hope enjoy your day!

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  14. Wow, this is so beautiful! I have to try doing lace nails, too.
    Happy Birthday! :)

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  15. Such a beautiful mani! Thanks for the instructions, I'm going to give it a try.

    Happy Birthday! Wishing you a coming year filled with happiness.

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  16. Happy birthday!My birthday is monday:). Love the lace nails!

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  17. Beautiful!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- See you tonight!!!

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  18. Your nails look amazing. I love this look!

    Have a great birthday!

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  19. This looks so pretty and chic! I've been wanting to try lace nails for a while, but I haven't been able to find good lace...oh well, I'll keep looking. :) Oh, and I really like your new header.

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  20. Que buena idea!!!!


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  21. Happy B-day! Great birthday manicure!

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  22. Thank you everyone for the lovely birthday wishes! It was a great day!

    @Nicole, I can definitely feel the lace, but it feels hard. I think I put enough clear coat over the top that it is almost smooth. If I did a few more coats, I think I wouldn't even be able to feel it. Everyone thought I had Minx on last night.

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  23. I am so glad you had a wonderful bday! I adore that mani, it's perfect!!!

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  24. Omg this is amazing!!! I love it and I wanna try it!!! Happy Birthday!!

    www.jenileesbeautyblog.blogspot.com

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  25. Love your lace nails soo much! I wish I could get my hands on some lace to try this out! :) and Happpppy birthday!!!! ♥

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  26. happy birthday doll! you look smashing in that outfit! and i DIED when i saw the lace nails!! AWESOME!

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  27. Glad you had a great birthday! I LOVE the lace nails! It's something that's been on my list of things to try for so long now. I just need to go to Joanne's!

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  28. Happy belated birthday! I LOVE the mani!

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  29. This is soooo awesome! I would love to do a lace mani. Thanks for the instructions! How did you cut the lace to the shape of your nails, may I ask?

    and of course....HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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