The Nail Files: Gotta Be Gatsby

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Inspiration for this week's mani (aside from the book and movie):

What I used:

My take:

I posted pictures of both hands because I did different feature fingers. It's kind of hard to see in these pics but I actually did a gradient from silver to gold before adding the tape and covering them with Black Expressionism. Also, nobody told me how hard it would be to get a sharp triangle edge, and I was so disappointed when I removed the tape to see that it wasn't crisp. Boo.

Luckily, instead of deciding to redo everything (which wasn't at all appealing) I got out my gemstones and stuck them wherever there was a problem. And you know what? I think that it turned out great! I even put a daisy of stones on one finger to be even MORE Gatsby-ish. But, as cool as this looks, I don't think that it'll be one that I do again. The taping took forever, and after all of that effort, the edges still weren't clean. *shakes fist* However, maybe there's an easier way to do it, but until I know what that is, I'm going to stick to more freehand designs. I'm open to any hints you guys have, though!

Have a great weekend, everyone, and thanks to Tara and Vicki for hosting!


  1. Gorgeous! The first picture really captures that Art Deco feel.

  2. Love these... You are so creative with your nail art! I love how you added the bling.

  3. I LOVE the rhinestone detail! Such a good idea!


  4. I can't believe the nail tape didn't leave crisp edges! Booooo!

    Your quick thinking saved the day, and awesome idea with the metallic gradient :)

    Thanks for sharing with us.


  5. I think this mani looks awesome...great save! :)

  6. The black with metallic is amazing. I just love the art deco feeling of the design!!!!! Stop being so awesome please k thanx.

  7. I love it, as always! Hope you are having a lovely weekend! xo Amber

  8. This is so pretty! You did such a great job!

  9. Love this! I definitely will have to try!

  10. Love love love. I love your take on it!


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