4th of july nails

Mani Monday: 4th Of July Nails

The Arsenal:  4th Of July Nails

The Arsenal: 4th Of July Nails

The countdown to the long holiday weekend has officially begun with all things red white and blue!  And what do I coin this countdown?  Week O’Nautical!  (basically a reason to wear red white and blue with a slight nautical influence to get me through the work week for the long weekend!).  I spent my Sunday Funday relaxing by the pool with the pups, reading magazines and doing my nails.  That’s the ultimate Sunday Funday in my book!  But I think I was so overwhelmed by all the inspiration on pinterest that my 4th of July nails turned out kinda basic… but red white and blue and glitter is never a bad thing!

4th Of July Nails

4th Of July Nails

I started with Avon’s Smooth Beginnings Base Coat on all my  nails.  For the blue I used Julep Monaco (last seen here).  The red is mark. Snowberry (last seen here) and the white is Essie She Said Yes.  For the red white and blue glitter with little stars in it, is Julep America.  (last seen here).  The white and red shades have a little sparkle to the formula, like a little firework on your nails!

Poolside with the Pup and Julep Monaco Toes

Poolside with the Pup and Julep Monaco Toes

I miiiiight just have to redo my 4th of July nails once my Julep Maven Box arrives this week… if you’re not signed up to Julep then do so here!  They offer perfectly curated sets each month with customizable options and top notch packaging to boot!  Plus you don’t have to buy every month, just when you want, and they’re definitely one of my absolute favorite polish brands!  With my July box coming I have a perfect-for-the-4th red and a couple of sea salt finishes that I’m dying to try out!  So maybe I’ll try to recreate one of these pins I’m currently obsessed with, like this accent nail in blue and 1 giant star… LOVING the simplicity of that one!

Pinspiration for 4th Of July Nails

Pinspiration for 4th Of July Nails

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Happy 4th Of July Nails

Celebrate our nation’s independence with your friends and family and fireworks!  I know I will be enjoying some pool action, hot dogs and smores!  All of which I’ll be doing with these red, white and blue nails!

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I used Essie’s White Out for my base, except on my pointer where I used Essie’s Midnight Cami.  For the stripes I first used Essie Snap Happy then went over it with Julep America.  Badda bing, badda bang, boom!  4th of July nails!

Essie White Out, Snap Happy and Midnight Cardi + Julep America

Essie White Out, Snap Happy and Midnight Cardi + Julep America

It’s like mini fireworks show on my nails!  Enjoy your oooh’s and ahhhh’s watching fireworks in the sky this perfect summer holiday!  Happy 4th!

PS.  If you would like to sign up for Julep for ONLY a penny click here and use code FREEMAVEN

4th of July Hangover – Nails and Week O’Nautical Nightcap

I know, its Tuesday… which means anything 4th of July vacation related is nothing more than a memory.  Well, a memory and some awesome pictures!  Since we’re (well I at least) am back to the normal grind I can take the time to reflect on the sparklers that were the 4th on a Wednesday followed by some fun and a trip to the coast.  Since my week O’Nautical kinda got interrupted by life here’s my looks from last week complied together!

4th Of July:

mani and my 'merica's

mani and my ‘merica’s

My Target find  for straight up mega patriotic shorts makes me so happy that all my America holidays will be filled with classic denim cutoff goodness!  So good they even have their own name, my ‘merica’s!  My nails looks like fun fireworks with China Glaze’s Love Marilyn an opaque glitter of red and silver.  Between my sister and I this shade has got some good use last Christmas but it works just as amazing in July!  Too bad this polish chips like a mo fo no matter what I do, so its really only good for one day, if it will even last that long!

And for fun here’s how I nightcapped my week o’nautical:

Fireworks and Friends

Fireworks and Friends

Fireworks with friends with some good ole’ America themed Budweiser tall cans and navy polka dotted corset from Tilly’s with white shorts from Guess and coral Rock Of Ages Necklace ($24)  from mark.

fireworks and 'merica's

fireworks and ‘merica’s

My 4th was kinda nautical since I spent the entire day in the pool finished off with my ‘merica’s and a red tank to set of fireworks and bbq before a night swim to end the night!  As for ending my holiday week we went camping on the coast in Dillon Beach where I tried to be nautical but it was so cold I basically lived in my North Face but at least my toes stayed nautical and festive in Essie’s Too Too Hot, the perfect summer bright red with a coral edge!

sandy pedi in essie too too hot

sandy pedi in essie too too hot

Fireworks in the coastal mist

Fireworks in the coastal mist