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Lake Nails – Peach and Blue

When I knew I was going on the houseboat at Bullards Bar I knew I had to do a mani/pedi in relaxing on the lake, barefoot all day err day type of way.  I knew I didn’t want neons or brights because being surrounded by such natural beauty I needed something more muted and relaxed but still fun, because IT IS summer vacation!

Enter in my color blocked fingers and shimmering blue toes!

Peach and Blue Color Blocking

Peach and Blue Color Blocking

 

Shimmery Blue Pedi

Shimmery Blue Pedi

These are from lounging on the houseboat deck in the shade scouting out the amazing morning glass-like lake enjoying my chai.  Yes it was as amazing as it sounds.  I totally was going to colorblock my whole hand but preparing and packing got the best of me so I settled for an accent nail.  This was the quick and easy way to get a mani with some interest.  In retrospect I should of tapped off my nail lower creating a half and half color blocking.

Essie A Crewed Interest and Smooth Sailing

Essie A Crewed Interest and Smooth Sailing

For my relaxed muted nails in peach and blue I used Essie’s A Crewed Interest and Smooth Sailing.  Its not surprise I’ve been wearing the crap out of the peach cream A Crewed Interest since it was released this spring.  Smooth Sailing, while beautiful in the bottle with its periwinkle blue with silver/purple micro shimmer I’ve never worn it (summer 11 release).  I thought this occasion was perfect for me to bust it out!  Plus with a name like Smooth Sailing its a match made for a houseboat vacation.  I usually think blues and greens look gaudy on my long nails which is why I kept the blue on my toes and just accented it.

 

I loved this pairing for the lake, I thought it had that vacation fun aspect while channeling all things lake-like with muted hues.  Plus it started out my week o’ nautical on the right pedicured foot!  (ps. sorry if my toes/feet aren’t so cute, just focus on the color!)

 

Resort Sea Water Nails with Essie

So my all time, hands down, absolute favorite Essie collection is the resort 2010 collection.  Small and only 4 shades, but I constantly reach for them when spring and summer come around.  I just took off Playa Del Platinum from the collection, the greige shade that wears clean.  I’ve already highlighted Turquoise & Caicos here and here!  So I was inspired by the pretty sea water shades of this collection.  It was rainy and gray here on Monday, and it was a Monday… so I wanted something that transported me to a resort state of mind.  Enter in Essie:

Sea Water Nails

Sea Water Nails

My hand looks really red, but regardless I used Essie Turquoise & Caicos with my accent nail in Lapis of Luxury.  I used Essie’s Shine Of The Times Luxeffects topcoat on my ring and as a french tips.  As always I used Essie’s Good To Go Topcoat and All In One Base.  Using Shine Of The Times over these hues really makes them glimmer and shimmer like sea water reflecting the morning sun.

The Lineup:  All In One Base, Turquoise & Caicos, Lapis of Luxury, Good To Go

The Lineup: All In One Base, Turquoise & Caicos, Lapis of Luxury, Good To Go

I’m typically shy away from greens and blues because I think they look kinda gaudy on my long nails but for some reason this collection’s sea worthy hues don’t look so bad!  I think its because they’re soft, jelly like and just plain old pretty.  I look down and smile at my finger tips and isn’t that what it’s all about anyway, whatever makes you happy.

Before topcoat and luxeffect

Before topcoat and luxeffect

These colors are great alone and dry with a shine even before topcoat.  If you don’t own these shades I HIGHLY recommend them.  Plus with names like Turquoise and Caicos and Lapis of Luxury how can you not be instantly transported to those beautiful islands at a luxury resort sipping a beverage with a little umbrella in it, staring at beautiful blue and green waters… yes this is where my mind wants to be, even if it is only reality on my nails.

Essie Color Coordination with Spring Pastels

Every once and a while I get it together and match.  Usually when I’m painting my nails I pick my mani look completely separate of my pedi look, but this week I was inspired by a spring color pallet for perfectly coordinating pastels!  I’ve been TOTALLY digging pastels this spring ESPECIALLY mint green!!!  (I’m dying for some mint pants and/or jean shorts).  I’ve been eyeing all the beautiful color pallets other ladies have been putting together, especially on Pinterest.  So when deciding on my mani/pedi colors I decided to go with a beautiful spring pastel pallet coordinating my fingers and toes and I liked it!

Spring Pastel Pallet all by Essie

Spring Pastel Pallet all by Essie

I decided to go with a mint green and a lilac accented with flakie.  For the mint green I choose Essie’s Absolutely Shore from the summer 2011 Brazilliant collection and my ultimate favorite pastel purple, Essie’s Nice is Nice from their spring 2011 French Affair collection.

Pastel Pallet Mani and Cross Your Fingers Ring

Pastel Pallet Mani and Cross Your Fingers Ring

For my mani I used the Absolutely Shore with an accent nail in the Nice is Nice with the flakie gradient in Essie’s Luxeffects in Shine Of The Times.  The ring is a new mark. release dropping 5/18 at my eBoutique.  I really liked the weathered gold and aztec appeal with my spring mani, extremely on trend 🙂

As a true accent nail was created for, the accent nail color is what I put on my toes!  Perfectly coordinated!  Then I topped it off with a single topcoat of the flakie Shine of the Times.  It was one pretty pallet perfectly coordinating on my digits!  It was really hard to show how killer the flakie looked over the pastel shade so here’s a bunch of more pics!

Close up of the accent nail and flakie gradient

Close up of the accent nail and flakie gradient

In the shade, see how it glimmers!?!

In the shade, see how it glimmers!?!

My perfectly coordinating Essie Nice is Nice pedi

My perfectly coordinating Essie Nice is Nice pedi

pedi sparkles too!
pedi sparkles too!

mark. Tall Order Sandals highlight a pedi

mark. Tall Order Sandals highlight a pedi

Ok my feet look weird and I felt weird taking pics of my feet but I have to share how much I LOVE this combination!  I look down and it just makes me happy and sunny with such a fun spring pallet!

And how much do you love those sandals!  They’re SO comfortable and go with everything.  The sturdy heel makes them so easy to walk in and wear all day.  I’m typically a 5 and these are a 6 and they are huge even with inserts, but that’s the problem I’m used to.  These sandals are only available in full sizes and run a little big so I say half sizes order down.  You can snag yourself a pair of the Tall Order Sandals for $38 at my eBoutique or through me (aliciah.mentorassistant at gmail dot com).  One of my FAVORITE mark. products fo sho!

So  how do you like the look?  Do your mani’s and pedi’s usually match?  Or ever do an accent nail that matches with your pedi (like its supposed to haha)?