2012: my favorite manicures and moments

Happy New Years Eve! Well, to those in America.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season... I definitely did. Christian came and we spent the 24th with my family and the 25th with his. It was fantastic!

Overall, 2012 was a great year for me. One step closer to getting my psychology degree, getting much, much better at nail art, 1 year closer till Christian gets out of the Marine Corps, him returning from Afghanistan, our first time living together... it was great. Here's to hoping 2013 is even BETTER!

I know I haven't been posting as much as I should. Uh... last post was over 3 months ago. I'll just try not to think about that.

Here's my manicure for the new year!

OPI Casino Royale with Essie French Kiss & freehand accents

My favorite gradient nails: Color Club Take Me to Your Chateau, OPI Do You Lilac It?, Essie French Affair

Christian's and my little apartment :)

Zoya Aurora

My first galaxy nails

Favorite glitter gradient! China Glaze Refresh Mint, Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday

When my family came to visit us in Oceanside

Election gradient nails

Thanksgiving freehand nail art

More freehand!

Greige gradient

I was obsessed with french tips of different colors!

I learned how to surf this summer, even after being afraid of the ocean. Standing up was a proud moment for me!

My favorite freehand

Zoya Happi with freehand hisbiscuses

Christmas jelly - Essie Limoscene, China Glaze Party Hearty

OPI What's with the Cattitude, DL Happy Birthday, Essie Sugar Daddy

Salt and pepper jelly sandwich.

Spending Christmas with Christian :)

For the next year, do you guys have any requests of what I could post? I rarely wear makeup, but I do my nails every day and I cook/bake a lot. So, what would you like to see?

Have a great New Years! Much love to all.


  1. That pink/purple/blue gradient is PERFECT!

  2. I love ur nail posts :) i request more nail tuts hehe <3
    Have a great New Year love :)

  3. The best for you and Christian, Clara! Post whatever you feel like, I'll read it anyway! Nails, recipes (!), kitties... Love it all! xx

  4. Suas unhas são muitooo lindas!

  5. I'm in my apartment with my fiancé and holding the exact same mug while reading your post... it makes me laugh a little!
    Your freehand nail arts are really beautyful! If you could do a tuto sometimes, it would be awesome!

    1. hahaha that's awesome!!
      Thanks for the feedback :D i do love me some freehand nail art...

  6. 1. Your apartment is too precious. I have a Word's Best Boss mug too! *cheers*

    2. Yay for you and Christian!! Water you guise going to do after you graduate and he's out of the military?

    3. YOU DO YOUR NAILS EVERYDAY?! I guess when you're that good it's probably really fun! I avoid painting my nails like the plague. Help me :(

    4. I wouldn't mind food posts! And doggie posts when you get one :)

    1. 1. yay!
      2. he's going to college, and I'm gonna get licensed as an MFT
      3. yes... they chip within 12ish hours. it's so depressing... no matter how many base coats i've tried, they always chip so soon. just practice! get an OTT lamp at michaels, it really helps when i'm painting my nails because i see everything so much better.
      4. you guys WILL NOT want to see my camera when i get a dog. thousands of puppy pics o_o

  7. Happy New Year Clara! I'm so glad to see you've posted again :) I would love to see posts on nails and your baking/recipes. Perhaps some posts on how you've decorated your apartment and made it your own. Like Roxanne said, I think your readers will enjoy any subject that you write about!

  8. Wow, your nail art is amazing. Especially love the first one with the OPI Casino Royale. This makes me want to get back into doing nail art and back to my blog. Happy New Year!

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  11. I don't know how I missed this post! Such great mani's in this post, and your gradients are flawless!

  12. I just wanted to say I'm so glad to hear that things are going to so well for both of you. I haven't been reading any blogs for over a year, but thought I might be time to check in with "old friends" and Im so happy to see the changes that you both have gone thru. Its always been such a pleasure to be able to see how happy you two are and how grounded you are.
    Im absolutely loving the manicures that you posted above, now I'm going to have to check the other old posts out.
    Best of luck with everything

  13. Nail art is really awusum