A Cup of Fall | #MonthlyMani September

September 17, 2014

Hello, friends, it’s my favorite time of the month again, #MonthlyMani time!  Since the autumnal equinox is next week (even though it’s hotter than blazes here in Southern California, seriously 95 degrees at 9 pm?!), we decided to go with Autumnal Hues, or Fall Colors, as the theme for the fast-approaching season!


I knew right away that for this theme, I wanted to incorporate some beautiful gold glitter!  Nothing reminds me of fall more than the changing of the foliage and all of the fun, crunchy gold leaves that cover the sidewalks.  And what goes better with chilly fall breezes and red and gold leaves?  A warm, tasty cup of tea, of course!


Why, yes, that is a Downton Abbey mug!  ;)


For this manicure, I chose a dusky purple/brown/gray taupe color (yes, that’s a lot of colors, but it’s a complicated polish, okay?) that has a hint of gold shimmer to it.  I decided to accent this color and pick up on that gold shimmer with a thick gold glitter polish for the tips and my ring fingers.


The polishes: “Night Life” by Rimmel London (400; it’s an older color) // gold glitter by Forever 21 (came in a set) // Base & Top Coat by Rimmel London (100)


What is your favorite fall color??  To find out what my fellow #MonthlyMani ladies chose for their nails, be sure to check out the links below:


Piniel from Pins-Place
Justine from The Two Cent Chick
Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali
Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty
Angie from hashtagRANDOM
Tracy-Ann from Mint Statement


As always, thanks for reading!  Love & a cup of fall, Kristi :)




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  • Boho Kate

    Love your mani, it looks fantastic!

    September 17, 2014 at 10:46 am Reply
  • pinsplace

    Ooh la la, that mani is sooooooo on point and the Downtown Abbey mug is supper cute!

    September 17, 2014 at 10:52 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Hahaha thank you!! I have been loving my mani all week! ;)

      September 17, 2014 at 10:58 am Reply
  • joey and the owl

    Love the gold nails! Perfect for fall!

    September 17, 2014 at 11:03 am Reply
  • Erika ~ Erika's Style Diary

    Gorgeous mani! I love the color combo that you chose.

    My post will be up later today (I blame pregnancy brain on why it’s not up already ;)

    September 17, 2014 at 11:08 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Erika, and don’t worry, you totally get as many free passes as you want as far as I’m concerned! ;)

      September 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm Reply
  • buttonsandbirdcages

    Love this! I almost took my pictures holding a mug but decided on flowers, the photos (and the mani) turned out so cute, might have to steal your idea next month ;)

    September 17, 2014 at 11:15 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Miche! I LOVE the flowers in your photos (I saw them on your instagram feed and had a feeling they’d be popping up today)!! ;)

      September 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    Beautiful!! and I love the photos with the mug! So fall and cozy~!!

    September 17, 2014 at 12:29 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! I wish it were more fall and cozy here haha, but I’m trying to remind myself to enjoy summer while it lasts! ;)

      September 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm Reply
  • Angie (@justrandomangie)

    Love that complicated colour with the gold! I find taking a picture of just my nails is a little awkward – so I really like the cup!

    September 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you, thank you! It is totally awkward and difficult to take pictures of your own hands/nails, so I’m always trying to add “props” to hopefully make it less weird haha! ;)

      September 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm Reply
  • The Two Cent Chick (Justine)

    Love this so much! Who knew dusky purple/brown/gray taupe (just a sec, lemme take breath) and gold make such a good combo? :) This just screams fall! I’ll definitely be doing this on my nails for my next mani!

    September 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! I know, I am so in love with this combo and I love how yours turned out with the magnetic polish! :)

      September 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm Reply
  • marlenameow

    I love the combo you picked, and how you just did the French mani with the glitter on some. Lovely! And I, too, love your staging with the mug. So fun!

    September 19, 2014 at 5:00 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! The French mani with glitter turned out to be surprisingly easy to do, it might just be my new favorite! ;)

      September 19, 2014 at 6:59 am Reply
  • SistasFromCali

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    September 19, 2014 at 8:53 am Reply
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