Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Starbucks-Inspired Chalk Art Nails

I don't know about anyone else, but going to Starbucks is one of my favorite things about this time of year. I'm sure that probably sounds silly, but just I love the decorations, the festive treats, and of course the coffee—it's all so great for me.

I especially like that Starbucks picks a theme for their decor every holiday season and uses it all around their stores. I'm not even going to touch the cup controversy that happened this year, but the holiday chalk art that's on lots of the signs, pastry bags, and even the window art was particularly inspiring to me in its simplicity, so when it came time to do my first holiday nail design of the season, that's the look I decided to recreate.

(And, to be clear, this isn't a sponsored post or advertisement in in any way—I just really liked this design!)

As far as nail art goes, this was actually pretty basic to put together: start with two coats of China Glaze Don't Honk Your Thorn, add some top coat, and then freehand the design with white acrylic paint and a small nail art brush. I finished it off by dotting on the red berries with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Red my Lips and a dotting tool (and one more layer of topcoat).

The tricky part of this one for me (and this is usually the case) was making each nail look different enough to capture the random/rustic feel of the overall design. (And also, doing my right hand. Wow but the ol' freehand skills are really not great with my non-dominant hand.) I had to sit and think carefully for a few minutes between each nail to ensure that I didn't end up painting a big leaf on the center of every one. As it is, I still kind of fell into the trap of doing almost the same red berries every time...

Another great thing about this design is that I think it would look lovely on just about any background color: green, gold, slate grey, etc. Easily matched with your holiday ensemble of choice!

I hope all your holiday preparations and festivities are off to a fantastic start this year, whether you're hooked on Starbucks like me or not. :) Thanks for looking!


  1. Very cute and pretty outcome. I love Starbucks anytime in the year:) The problem is that we have just one in our town and that is super far from my home and work, so usually I choose to buy coffee from other places.

  2. Very cute. Glad to see you blogging again. I miss it!!


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