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DIY embellished nails, old Forever 21 fingerless gloves; below: Erykah Badu for Tom Ford’s White Patchouli, nails by Sophy Robson

So I took a stab at someone else’s DIY for change — and not just “someone,” it’s actually a DIY for Elle UK from nail queen Sophy Robson (who probably had a quite literal hand in your favorite campaign this season). She also did the nails in one of my favorite campaign’s ever - Erykah Badu for Tom Ford. These glitter embellished nails screamed “hey, I can do that!” and so I did.

I simplified the DIY a little further by using just glitter polishes in different sizes (found them all for $1 at Sally’s) instead of loose glitter (less messy) and I skipped the rhinestones, but plan to add some later. Elle UK says the look is “perfect for parties” but I think that’s way too obvious. I’ve been rocking these nails with my grungier attire for a dose of contradiction. Sean’s reaction to the nails was “but isn’t glitter kind of tacky?” which usually counts as a success in my book. Check out the DIY instructions at Elle UK and more of Sophy’s work here. What do you think?

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Wintermint gum courtesy of Orbit, Banana Bo-banna nails courtesy Surf & City, Made Her Think talon ring

I have been after a bright yellow polish for a while and was really happy when Surf & City sent over this one. It’s perfectly mustard colored and makes me happy as I type. Maybe my signature summer nail color?

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Wearing Essie’s new Funky Limelight from the 2009 Neon collection, but I found a random drugstore knockoff by some brand called Color Club that is just as good at half the price.

Secret I learned from my nail lady that I will pass down to you: use white polish as a base and the color will seriously POP.

I always find myself partaking in nail polish color trends more than any others. It’s an easy way to experiment with color without looking too trend-whore. My newly neon nails have easily glammed up my entire wardrobe, not to mention they could stop traffic.

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