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February 10, 2012
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I started this mani off with a 3 coat base of ULTA Baby Doll — cute color (boy did they ever name it right) but the application wasn’t much fun; the 3 coats were so carefully applied because I clearly was getting spotty coverage, but attempts at correcting it sort of failed.  So instead of giving up/going for a 4th coat, I decided to use some acrylic paint and keep practicing my lettering *over* the problem.

The design was taken from the logo for We Live to Eat here in New Orleans, a flowy logo with big fat swirly letters and a fleur de lis fork — I just think it’s a fun design.  Plus the folks over at the Louisiana Restaurant Association are pretty great.  Here’s a little bit about WLTE from their website:

we live to eatIn New Orleans, we live to eat; it’s part of who we are. The culinary industry is a cornerstone of the city’s identity and should be embraced by locals, as they play a vital role in supporting our restaurants, the culinary talent behind them and celebrating the way of life for which New Orleans is widely known. WLTE seeks to keep all of the city’s restaurants top-of-mind with consumers while also building an emotional connection with the local food-loving community. The result—a larger number of locals dining out more often and fueling the movement through referrals and word-of-mouth to increase patronage across every type of restaurant.

If you’re living in New Orleans or just coming for a visit, check out their site for the latest on restaurant events and guides to local cuisine — and prepare to get hungry!

We Live to Eat NOLA

ULTA Baby Doll

Louisiana Restaurant Association

We Live to Eat

9 Responses

  1. mousiemomma says:

    love the lettering on these! i definitely need to try working with acrylic paint on my nails, seems like it holds details better :)

    • the nerd says:

      It really is worth it — I had the darnedest time with acrylic when I first started but once I got the knack, ohmigosh… for detailed stuff there’s just no comparison; the big problem with nail polish and detail is the consistency and tendency for polish to slip and slide and fill spaces, where acrylic will stay put exactly where you place it. It’s a learning curve, but the flipside is remarkable!

  2. Cher M says:

    Too cute and the food is the main thing I miss! Lord I get Hubig pies shipped to me cause I miss them so much!!! Great job on this look!

    • the nerd says:

      YES the food, it’s like religion! My friend works for LRA and the pictures from all the fabulous meals at the restaurants in the city make my mouth water, it’s ridiculous. ALSO, the same friend has a dog named Hubig! You’ll just have to move back and hang out with us is all. :)

  3. Ashley says:

    Wow, this is beautiful! I can’t do calligraphy on paper, let alone my nails!! lol

    • the nerd says:

      Ohmigosh calligraphy! I remember seeing my mom do it when I was a kid and got so excited to learn it I got my own kit of nubs and ink cartridges and would practice making letters FOREVER. The lowercase “a” was always my favorite. And yes, I’ve always been a nerd. :)

  4. This is really amazing looking nails! I hope one day I can do it to! Im still learning doing right…

  5. Kejal says:

    soo True…love the mani. its come out soo nice

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