It's been far too long since I've created a new manicure for the site and I finally had the time this weekend to sit down & have some fun with my polish again. I was inspired by the print of this sweater & wanted to recreate a leopard pattern using neutral tones. The great thing about leopard print is that it isn't an exact science like stripes or polka dots. The more irregular you do it, the more authentic it looks.

For this month's manicure, I decided to do fun polka-dotted nails. I've done this before with a turquoise base & white dots, but wanted to try shades in a similar color family this time. If you don't want to buy the nail art pen, you could use a polish you already own and dip the end of a toothpick into it to create small dots.

I'll be completely honest - I had every intention of doing a 4th of July manicure, but after a dozen failed attempts at creating the perfect stars & stripes...I decided to forgo holiday-themed nails in favor of a style you can wear year-round.

For October, I wanted to use polishes in fall colors and do something that is fun & easy. While I've featured a spotted manicure before (here), this time I decided to try two different colored dots and make them large enough that they actually stand up off the nail, giving it a nice texture.

Now that September is finally here, I'm officially putting away my bright polishes and focusing on richer hues for the coming season. This manicure was inspired by my these gorgeous Tory Burch Flats. If you like this design, you could use any two colors you wanted...although I learned through a little trial & error that creme formulas work best.

Since I have now completed a full year's worth of Nail Color of the Month posts (see them all here), I've decided to move onto something new. Now instead of choosing one polish color to feature at the beginning of each month, I will be sharing a full manicure with you!

My love for stripes has been well documented here on for June, I decided to do a manicure inspired by this adorable Kate Spade tote. Not only are the stripes fun, but the colors are undeniably feminine & summery! In an effort to save time, I did just one wide stripe instead of multiple ones (it's easier & quicker). 

Since August is technically the last summer month (even though it's still quite warm here in NY)...I can't help but start thinking about the transition into fall. So, I decided to share with you an ombré manicure that will work for both this season and the next, thanks to the combination of light and dark hues.