Black Tie | #MonthlyMani November

November 19, 2014

Hello, friends!  It is the 3rd Wednesday of the month, which can only mean one thing: it’s #MonthlyMani time!  Our theme this month is “Black Tie” and I am excited to see what all of my fellow #MonthlyMani gals have come up with!  I, for one, decided to go for a fairly minimal, classic design with a fun twist – lilac!


This lilac color is probably my newest favorite shade that adds a fun, unique touch to my daily routine, and the black bow detail was a natural choice given the Black Tie theme.  I also wanted a hint of sparkle so I added teeny silver glitter to my middle finger.  I had a hard time with photos this week, though.  Is it just me or is it really hard taking pictures of your own hands without making them look totally weird??


As you can see, I used the polish “I Lilac You” by Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure for the main color in my manicure.  I used “Chinatown” by N.Y.C. for the bow detail and a simple silver glitter from Forever 21 that I received as part of a gift set.  The bow was surprisingly easy to paint, I just started with a dot in the center of my nail and added a small triangle on either side, all with my ball point dotting tool.


Don’t forget to check out my fellow #MonthlyMani ladies to see their fabulous and festive “Black Tie” manicures!

Piniel from Pins-Place
Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali
Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty

As always, thanks for reading!  Love & bow ties, Kristi :)

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  • sistasfromcali

    Adorable nails! cute bow!

    November 19, 2014 at 9:26 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you!! :)

      November 19, 2014 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Beth

    Too cute!!

    November 19, 2014 at 10:27 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks!! :)

      November 19, 2014 at 10:51 am Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    LOVE! I’m impressed you can paint the bows on~!! And no, it’s just not you! My nail pics always look odd- lol- yours, on the other hand, look amazing~!

    November 19, 2014 at 10:46 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you!! I think it’s just one of those weird personal things where everyone thinks they’re hands look weird but everyone else thinks they just look like hands haha! ;)

      November 19, 2014 at 10:52 am Reply
  • marlenameow

    I totally know what you mean. I had a little pep talk with myself last night: “Marlena, your knuckles are not weird. Stop being self conscious about something so random!” haha But I love the bow look, and I am totally trying it out!

    November 19, 2014 at 11:01 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Hahaha omg I go through the same routine every time I post pictures of my nails! Except mine is more along the lines of “Kristi, you do not have giant man hands, stop being paranoid!” Hahaha so glad it’s not just me! ;)
      Give the bow a try! The triangles took a little practice, but once I got that down it’s so easy! :)

      November 19, 2014 at 1:10 pm Reply
  • pinsplace

    This turned out really well!

    November 19, 2014 at 2:04 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks, Piniel!! :)

      November 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm Reply
  • Erika ~ Erika's Style Diary

    Your nails are so pretty! I love that you did that little bow tie – adorable! I agree that it is so hard to take good nail pics! I struggle with this every time, haha. I had an idea to try for better pics, but didn’t get the chance to do it this time. Hopefully next month! :)

    November 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you!! It sounds like everyone has a hard time taking nail photos haha! Bit I can’t wait to see what your idea is for better pictures!! :)

      November 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm Reply
  • Justine Smith (@justismith)

    Love how your nails turned out! The lavender was a smart choice; it works perfectly, especially with the bow! The sparkles are a sweet touch too!!

    November 19, 2014 at 3:49 pm Reply
  • Nout @ SandpaperKissesBlog

    I hate taking pictures of my hands – I feel like my fingers always look super chubby, lol! Yours look great – I love the bow! !

    November 19, 2014 at 6:08 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Haha okay, it’s official, no one likes taking pictures of their own hands! Thanks!! :)

      November 19, 2014 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • SweetCandyDreamer

    Cute nails :)

    November 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you!! :)

      November 19, 2014 at 10:28 pm Reply
  • Adorablest

    I really Lilac :) One day I might join the fun, but my nails and hands are usually in a disastrous state because of what I do for a job. This design is totally cute – Love the bow!

    November 19, 2014 at 11:26 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Hee hee thank you! :)
      You are welcome to join any time, the more the merrier!! And I promise no one will mind the state of your hands because apparently everyone dislikes the way their hands look in photos – just read the comments haha! ;)

      November 20, 2014 at 6:24 am Reply
  • buttonsandbirdcages

    Kristi, this is SO adorable! Love the lilac – such a fun shade that I totally wouldnt have thought to use for the theme. Cant wait to join back in next month!

    November 20, 2014 at 6:38 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks, Miche!! I love this lilac color, and the fact that it’s so pale worked perfectly for this theme for me since I rarely ever go completely without color! :)
      Can’t wait to have you back!! ;)

      November 20, 2014 at 6:41 am Reply
  • Lynne

    This is so gorgeous!

    November 21, 2014 at 9:02 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks, Lynne!! :)

      November 21, 2014 at 10:03 am Reply
  • Emily

    I love the mani. Really cute! I’m gonna have to try this soon! (:

    November 24, 2014 at 9:54 am Reply
    • Kristi

      Thank you!! I took it really slowly at first when painting the triangles, but once I got it, it was easy! You should totally give it a try! :)

      November 24, 2014 at 12:38 pm Reply
      • Emily

        I think I will. I’ve been looking for new nail ideas to do! I’ll let you know if I do. (:

        November 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm Reply
        • Kristi

          Awesome, I’d love to see it!! :)

          November 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm Reply
    • Kristi

      Thanks, Signe!! :)

      November 27, 2014 at 7:57 am Reply

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