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Picks on Paper - Fun Nail Trends Wednesday, August 17, 2011 ~ 10:18 a.m.

As a little girl, I have fond memories of my mom taking me with her to the nail salon, where I would pick out my favorite pink nail polish, and get my fingers and toes painted in one of the big girl chairs alongside all of the other fancy ladies. This is most likely where my obsession over my nails first began. When I was in high school, my friends would playfully make fun of me for always having those french tipped acrylic nails on that used to be so popular. Then in college, I decided to simplify things a bit and stuck with the standard mani-pedi. Ha, even now, while living on a semi-strict budget, I set aside some money to go get my nails done at least once a month. I'll admit it - some women love shoes, I love nails! I think a girl's greatest asset, her best "accessory" are her hands. It's often one of the first things that I notice on a woman - a great manicure, some cute bangles and a dramatic cocktail ring or two? In my mind, there's hardly anything more fabulous than that!

Today is all about making over those hands of yours. Ombre painted and glitter nail polish are two new and popular ways to decorate your nails that I've been seeing a WHOLE lot lately. I've actually been seeing so many DIY tutorials for nails, that I thought I'd pull together some of my favorite nail looks for this week's Picks on Paper! While not all of them will be right for the wedding day, per say, some would be perfect for a bachelorette party, and one of my favorites for all you engaged ladies out there is the idea of painting the ring finger a different color than the rest of the nails. It's a great way to show off that pretty new ring on your finger!

Picks on Paper - Fun Nail Trends

How to DIY
Mint green "Mermaid Nails" tutorial
Gold glitter tipped nails tutorial
Gray nails with glittered tips tutorial
Solid Glitter Nail Accent tutorial
Marbled nails tutorial

Nail trends and DIY tutorials
Nail trends and DIY tutorials
Gold glitter nails DIY Hands with cocktail rings Pink nails with silver glitter Ombre nails Gray glitter manicure tutorial DIY Nude colored nail polish by OPI Gold glitter manicure Cocktail rings Over the top accessories Cocktail rings Gold tipped manicure with glitter Pink ombre glitter nails Pink nail polish Dark nails Hand on hip

Cocktail Rings

Covetable Cocktail Rings
Marc by Marc Jacobs Admiral Marquis Ring
House of Harlow 1970 Key Cocktail Ring
Half Finger Lace Ring
Kate Spade Emerald Cut Ring
Ariella Mixed Stackable Rings

Bangles and bracelet jewelry

Anything-But-Bashful Bangles
Kitson Crystal Friendship Bracelet
Lauren by Ralph Lauren La Plage Double-Strand Link Bangle
Rebecca Minkoff Mini Sling Cuff
ASOS Multi Pack of Tortoise Shell and Metal Angular Bangles
ABS by Allen Schwartz Linked In Chain Bangle
ASOS Skinny Bow Arm Cuff

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Paper Moss (New England)

Aug 17, 2011 10:40 AM

This is making me want to shop!!! Ok, and get a manicure! :)

Kismet (India)

Aug 17, 2011 10:45 AM

I couldnt pay attention to the nails because I was drooling all over the rings!!!!! Yummy!

Naomi (San Diego)

Aug 17, 2011 1:44 PM

Oh the nails the rings...but my fave color of all times is Opi Mademoiselle. Gorgeous!

Sandra @ The White Library (CT)

Aug 17, 2011 3:37 PM

Loving all the sparkles, one my my clients did this (as did I) and it's so much fun.

Alicia@CharityWedding (Arizona)

Aug 17, 2011 3:53 PM

I love fun rings and fun nail polish so this is a win for me!

Danielle {Our Prairie Wedding} (Canada)

Aug 17, 2011 5:59 PM

Great post! I love the glittery tips!

Elizabeth {Bridal Musings} (United Kingdom)

Aug 18, 2011 12:06 AM

Wow! So much eye candy! Love these ideas!!!

Alison @ The Knotty Bride (New York)

Aug 18, 2011 6:53 AM

Love this post! How INCREDIBLY creative and effortful! So pretty and inspiring :) xx

Jessica [Shimmer+Silk] (Boston, MA)

Aug 22, 2011 8:02 AM

Ahhh! I love everything in this post, I can't even handle it!! I want those ombre Chanel nails :)