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July 20, 2012
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Tales of the Cocktail turns 10 this year!  It’s been a minute since I did a New Orleans manicure (shame on me!) and I definitely need to keep practicing letters, so this was a perfect challenge.  And I stress the challenge here: honestly, I think trying to replicate fonts in miniature is probably the most difficult thing I run up against in nail art; the big hope is that with a lot of practice it’ll get easier.

So what’s Tales of the Cocktail anyway?  Held July 25-29 in the French Quarter, Tales of the Cocktail is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the most respected minds on mixology for five days of cocktails, cuisine and culture. The Times-Picayune has a great article with a gallery of fun photos from last year if you want to dig in more — I’m super excited to attend this year.  I mean, just look at this photo:

tales of the cocktail new orleans

The base on this mani was almost too pretty to cover up.  I started with two coats of NYX Fierce Purple, a really lovely dusty deep lilac color, then covered that with a coat of Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light to add a bit of depth/sparkle (that isn’t really resonating in the photos because, you know, it’s dumping rain again and everything is just gloomy and dark no matter how many lights I throw on).  With that all dry, I went in (for HOURS, I can’t even tell you how much I worked this one over) to add some of the characters from the Tales of the Cocktail logo on the nails, plus the logo itself on the middle finger.  Did I mention that part was challenging?  Practice makes perfect, kid.

Tales of the Cocktail Nails

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light

Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail New Orleans

New Orleans events

6 Responses

  1. Wendy says:

    Blown away! These are just incredible. Great job!

  2. the nerd says:

    Thank you friend! :D Here’s hoping all this rain clears out before next week, I’m officially over it at this point. Though I guess with enough cocktails, who cares about rain?!

  3. Angelica says:

    You have inspired me to create my own website, too! I’ve been working with my nails for a couple of years now, but I never thought of having my own website. Thanks for the idea! Maybe check it out sometime? I’m on Google+ too, follow me if you want? I followed you :)


    Nail♥Eontology (my website):

  4. This event looks like a lot of fun – and the nails match it perfectly. I cramp up if I have to do exact copying of anything – be it letters or other peoples nail art LOL – it has to come from within to keep my hand on track
    I admire you so much for being able to do cartoons and other stuff!!

  5. Meg says:

    I love this – it reminds me a lot of the art of Shag. Definitely a win.

  6. Katherine says:

    I wanna go!!!!!

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