Hello, my lovelies.  First, an explanation for you:  I share internet with my through-the-wall neighbor, and during finals week the wi-fi stopped working.  As a result, I've accumulated lots of posts' worth of material over the last little while, but I haven't been online and posting for a while.  SO.  I am now lining them all up on the auto-publish, and they'll keep popping up whether I have internet or not, and I'll throw a few more posts into the queue every time I get a chance, and with any luck I'll be back online regularly before too long.

Next order of business: I've noticed a lot of hits on my blog lately for things like "prom nails" since I did my friend's nails for prom, and so I decided I'd try my hand at creating a few prom/formal looks.  I'm calling them "accessory nails" because, really, nail polish can be just as big of an accessory as the perfect shoes, bag, or necklace.  Including this post, I've got 3 so far.  Let me know what you think of the idea.
(TL;DR:  Shiny nails as inspired by/coordinated with shiny dresses.)

First up- a ruffian manicure.  If you managed to miss the craze, read All Lacquered Up's post about it and I'll wait for you to come back.  I think a Ruffian design would work well to bridge the colors of your accessories and your dress.

(Excuse the dorky expression, it was late...)
Here's the dress... I bought it before I went to San Francisco last summer because I "needed" a going-to-the-Opera dress.  

I think the flash of green at the cuticles prevents it from looking too dark and the black prevents my nails from being too matchy-matchy.

This should be pretty cheap and easy to recreate at home.  After you put down your basecoat (Sinful Colors, as usual), paint your nails with your lighter color- I used Sinful Colors San Francisco, although something more foil-y would have looked much cooler.  Once that's dry, paint the top layer, leaving a gap for the first color to show through.  I recommend using something that pretty much covers in one coat- I used Sinful Colors Black On Black, which is an awesome all-purpose black polish.  I finished it off with a coat of Seche Vite.

Do you like the Ruffian manicure look?