I'm not much of a college football fan. I went to a college that didn't have a football team (What up, George Mason?!), and I liked it that way. It's not that I don't like football, but I'm just more of an NFL kinda girl. Let's go SAINTS! WHO DAT?! :-) My hubby, on the other hand, LOVES college football and is a HUGE Alabama fan. Last year for the Alabama/Penn State game, I did a nifty manicure to support his love of the Tide. The two teams played again this past Saturday, and since his boys won the last matchup (thanks to my manicure, of course!), he asked me to recreate the look for this year's game. Yes, sir!
I started with my most favorite red, Essie Limited Addiction. I love this red so much! I was super excited to wear it again. (You can see my previous photos and review here.) I used two kind of thin coats, but I realized as soon as I went to take these photos that I should've done a third. D'oh! It's still just a beautiful red.
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I wore this by itself to work on Friday, and then spiced things up when I got home. I removed the polish from my ring fingers, and threw on one coat of Wet 'n Wild Black Creme. I stamped the houndstooth pattern from Konad plate m63 on top using Konad's Special Polish in white. (I'm the worst EVER at Konading, so instead of watching me fumble through how to do it, I'll direct you to a fantastic tutorial here from Lacquerized.) Aaaand ta-da! Bear Bryant-worthy nails!
I really wasn't joking about being horrible at stamping. I switched hands on you for this photo, because this one turned out a bit better than the other hand. Konading isn't terribly difficult, but it's harder for me, because my nails are so curvy that I have a hard time getting even pressure over the entire nail, so I end up with bald patches like the one at the top of my nail. I think girls with flatter nails will have an easier time, and of course, practice makes perfect. :-)
But, never fear! If you don't own any Konad supplies, or it's a little too intimidating, Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips has a black and white houndstooth pattern! I think next year I'll give these a try instead.
This must be my lucky manicure, because Alabama pulled out a 27-11 win over Penn State on Saturday! For my amazing hubby (and any other Bama fans out there)...