Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Nails Inspired By Spring Blooms

It's hard for me to believe that it's been nearly a year since I posted a "Nails Inspired By (Fill In the Blank)" post. I had high hopes for this series following my first installment (Inspired By Summer Carnival Candy) with ideas ranging nearly as wide as those for my Inspired By Literature series. After a particularly long weekend of spring cleaning (I thought there wasn't any more ... I was wrong) my husband treated me to two beautiful dahlias and one bright red begonia. While gazing upon these beauties this afternoon I immediately started to think of comparable polish colors I own. Thus after one year I have another collection of polishes, but this time they are inspired by late spring blooms.

Though the general trend during the spring months moves toward pastels, I find myself that much more inspired by the natural world surrounding me. Pastel shades are nice, but what are they to the realistic and vibrant hue of a robin's egg, or the unfalteringly cheerful yellow of a freshly blossomed daffodil? It is these shades that I find myself layering on my tips and toes as the spring graduates into early summer. 

Inspired by a vibrant pink dahlia, the first selection of polishes evokes nearly every hue at the outer extremity of the petals and the brassy green of the leaves, too!

(Left to right): Essie Van D'Go, Mavala Bronze Green, Essie Topless & Barefoot, Essie Pink-A-Boo

Inspired by a pale blue based pink dahlia, the second selection of polishes reflects my desire to paint my nails every shade of pale purple under the sun during the late spring and early summer months.

(Left to right): Essie Splash of Grenadine, Mavala Touch of Provence, Essie Fiji, Essie Play Date

For the moment I cannot get enough of Essie's Splash of Grenadine, the perfect marriage of vibrant pink and purple. However, the electric red begonia gracing my front steps is giving the dahlias a run for their money ... so the next shade on my fickle tips may well be Essie's cheerful Hip-Anema. 

What spring flower shades have inspired your manicures this season?