The Nail Files: Getting Whirled Away

The Nail Files Link Up

Last week, I was at the Writer's Digest Conference (East), which was so much fun that I still haven't quite recovered. As I knew I'd be meeting fellow writers, and agents, I thought very carefully about how I'd paint my nails (obviously). After careful consideration, I came up with what I believed to be a fantastic combo. Not too much, but enough pizazz to make me happy.

And then, the WORST THING OF ALL TIME HAPPENED! When I collected my bag from the first of two flights needed to get to NYC, three nails chipped. 


I was HORRIFIED (and super pissed at the Julep Polymer Top Coat--never again) but since I'd been smart enough to pack a little bit or remover, I knew that I could redo the three nails once I got to the hotel. But, when I opened my bag, I saw that a different bottle of top coat--my fave, China Glaze Patent Leather--had broken and the clear polish had coated all of the other bottles in the bag! In a panic, I took the other bottles out, which is when I realized that ALL of my nails had been covered in not-evenly-brushed topcoat!

So now I had NO topcoat and just enough remover to take off my polish. Since I had packed neon polishes, and they NEEDED a top coat, I had no choice but to go to NYC with naked nails.

Naked Nails, people! It was a DISASTER!!

Anyway, I got through the conference without anyone noticing that I was in the nude, so-to-speak, and returned home on Monday. Obviously, I painted them on Tuesday so everything's all right with the world now. 

I did take a picture of the Mani That Was Never Seen, though, and here it is:

I know, right? It's so cute!

Since I first used Whirled Away, I've become somewhat obsessed, so I gave it yet another whirl (whomp, whomp...haha!).

Here's what I came up with:

And here's what I used for both:

Flying Dragon and Celtic Sun for the first, and La Vida Loca and Skinny Dip for the second. Both used Whirled Away for the accent nails.

It's kind of funny because I thought that Flying Dragon and La Vida Loca were almost the same pink, but they go on much differently. And even though I never got to show off my cute mani in NYC, at least I'm sharing it with the world now!

Happy Friday, everyone!

And thanks to Tara and Vicki for hosting!


  1. Sorry to hear about your nail disaster! I cry for you!

    Love Whirled Away - need that in my collection ASAP.

    The combos you picked really pop - so pretty!

  2. Oh my goodness, brings me back to the day I had nail disaster, too! You created a very great nail art, too bad three nails chipped.

  3. They turned out amazing! I love julep polish but I did not like that top coat and only used it twice!

  4. I have flying dragon, I think, and mine doesn't' look like that. I like yours better!

  5. Hi Jennie, i'm bloghoppin on the Nail Files link up. What a shame about the chipping and then bottle breakage :( I do love the mani tho...A LOT :)

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

    <3 Kali

    Kali Now Living

  6. Naked nails???? I'd freak. haha. Those look great.

  7. well they look great in pictures if that counts for anything!

  8. I'm sorry, all I saw was that you went to NYC naked...?

    Seriously though, what a mishap! Those were some cute nails!

  9. SO sorry to hear about your nail disaster! It looks like you recovered well, however! I love that blue color Skinny Dip, I may have to snag that up! Where is Orly normally sold? I haven't seen it anywhere yet. Maybe Sephora or Ulta? I need to make a trip! Stopping by from The Nail Files Linkup!

    Sending you sunshine,

  10. Aw sorry about your mani :( I actually liked Julep's top coat. Hope you had fun in NYC! I kinda wish I went to the conference hehe

  11. THE HORROR!!!!!! naked nails are the worst!

  12. Omg naked nails...the horror :D
    Love the combination of colors, so bold I love it for spring
    New follower via the nail files
    I have a nail blog, would you like to follow each other?

  13. Ahh! What a disaster! But I'm loving the blue & pink! And I love the accents/designs you use!


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