Leopard Print Nails? So On It

In blog years, I was but a peewee sized-fetus until The New York Times profiled me, and now? I am a fetus with legs so I can walk and wear shoes adorned by little Spanish men. 

You must be wondering how this relates to leopard print nails. It doesn’t, really.

But…about six months ago I tweeted to my humble and a half following (half because I follow myself from my birth-given name’s account:) “I hope someone asks me what my favorite color is so I can answer leopard print.” Lots of people retweeted me, so I learned my lesson: Not leopard? Not interested. I then went off and paired my leopard print vest with my leopard print tights and my leopard print blouse with my leopard print shorts. All to match my leopard print soul. This in turn induced fascination onto me’fingernails. 

A few weeks ago, The Cherry Blossom Girl posted a DIY about her dyslexic french manicure. Sure, you can call the manicure what it really is: a half moon, but isn’t it more fun to describe fashion trends using adjectives like dyslexic? Her results were glorious. 

She used loose-leaf paper hole adhesives to create the half moon effect and aptly paired shimmering green with shimmering nude. And sure, half moons in green skies are cool, but do you know what’s cooler?
Leopard print nails. Leoponails! Duh. Image via Move Slightly
 Oh, hey girlfriend.
Just last week, the crazy culotte behind Move Slightly, my own friend and perhaps the reason I’ve become so fascinated by top knots, Elizabeth Monson, posted a short bit about her leopard nails. 
I remember a time when I was fighting the urge to eat for the sake of a Jewish fast day while she mourned the lack of chicken in her tarragon chicken salad. She wore sleeveless oxford shirts and top knots when I was still riding the hot pant train, hair stringily looking to find meaning. Just kidding, I never boarded that train. But I came close. So close. Look how far we’ve come.
It’s a pretty good fashion week accessory and requires little care once applied. Elizabeth usedSally Hansen’s salon effect to perfect the ‘cure and had her cool beans man friend, Mark, photo-document the printed nail party, which I imagine, was butt-loads of fun for him.
What do you flamingos think about buying a floral nail kit and pasting that shit onto every other nail while leaving the others leopard print? We’ll be print mixing before having even gotten dressed. That’s a test of true man repelling, eh? Something to look into. More detailed instructions here. 
AND OMFG PART II: Vintage Vendredi makes a comeback next Friday and it includes bright colored suede. Loads of it.
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  • Wow that must be so hard to do… What if you mess up the whole thing? Absolutely gorgeous!


  • Love it! It's so gorgeous! 😀

  • Loveee these!!!!

    velvet cupcakes

  • Genuinely amazing, however, how on earth do you do your right hand?! My left hand is USELESS at art in comparison to my right haha! x

  • "all to match my leopard print soul"… I think i may have died inside a little from laughing so hard

    <3 Sarah

  • Uhm, I LOVE the leopard nails!

  • Can't believe I only discovered this blog yesterday. So hilarious. Love, love, love your writing.

  • those nails are breathtaking!!!!!! 🙂


  • glad to know i have a leopard print soul sister 🙂


  • Now i know what I'll be doing this weekend!


  • These are so much fun. In high school I was the ish at nail art, busting out toothpicks to push rhinestones and decals on. Now I'm lucky if I can keep the polish off my fingers.

  • Ally

    Thanks for the Sally Hansen link. Without it, I wouldn't have discovered that my nails are "squoval".

    Now if I can only figure out how to do Le Petit Bateau sailor stripe nails. I have a sailor stripe soul.

  • YES YES I DID THESE 2 WEEKS AGO!!! SOOO FREAKING EASY AND THEY LAST FOR EXACTLY 10 days! but make sure you give yourself enough time to take it all off! it took forever to scrub away. sooo worth it!

  • i saw these somewhere, and the very first thing i thought was "i wonder if i could apply them to my skin and make myself a giant heart-shaped leopard print tattoo…" what do we think? yes? (please say yes!)

  • Ally

    I had to come back to direct your attention to these MP gems at Asos:

    Printed strappy jumpsuit with matching cape!

    Jersey palazzo pants!

  • Bre

    I had these in my hand on Sunday at CVS and I put them back. I'm such an idiot. I won't make that mistake again! Think I'll try the lace ones…

  • Dude. I love it.
    I can't imagine actually doing this myself, though.
    I am so now talented enough for that.


  • So cool!

  • Love the nails, are they painted one or foils? Thinking of getting the leopard foils on my toes for summer, apparently they last 8 weeks..x


  • Hey bella,
    just discovered your blog. What can I say, great stuff!I need to catch up here a bit. And as for animal print nails…I'm more a "red nails" girl. Sticking to the basics:))))
    "fashionably tasteful.have a bite"

  • How in the heck did you do those? Is it an overlay? Looks great!!!


  • Anonymous

    Love the leopard nails-I used to do a camo nail to bring in the military style.

  • You've got to do the leopard and floral nails because then you would coordinate perfectly with this D&G; Leopard and Floral Dress! DO IT!


  • Love these! I actually did my nails in the Houndstooth pattern last week. I'll be uploading pictures to my blog shortly. They're super easy to apply too!

  • ray

    whats the MR do at the BEACH!?!?!?!?


  • Hola!!! Recently discovered your blog and it´s the first time a fashion blog makes me laugh out loud. Loved it!!!
    Magui from Argentina http://www.lovemyropero.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Crazy coincidence! I did the leopard print nails 2 or 3 weeks ago and they were amazing! People were stopping me in the hall at work to look at them. I have never received so many compliments on my nails before. I did the sparkly sequins last week and they were cool too (but trickier to apply). It really isn't that hard, and they last for over a week (which is way longer than polish typically lasts on me).

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  • I actually did that nail tutorial by the Cherry Blossom Girl today and I love it! Not sure if this kind of nails are man repelling or not…

  • Oooh how i love printed nails! I actually just posted a vid of a make up artist on YouTube that does amazing tutorials. I just finished painting my nails purple sparkle plaid. Next time I will do one hand plaid one hand stripes just to repel the mens extra!



  • Love the nails, though not sure about their efficacy as man repellent? I think my husband would quite like these… could be a problem.

  • I tried those Sally Hansen things this week and they didn't last ten minutes!

  • Leopard print? Ugh. They're so pretty I can't breathe! Gasping.

  • i did the leopard nails a couple of months ago, but they didn't turn out this pretty! I'll have to try again using this picture as a guide.

  • I did my own Leopard nails (by hand!) check them out?


  • I did a pretty cute half-n-half manicure inspired by the reverse (dyslexic) french trend. See here:


  • thoose are stickerss….awk

  • These nails are gorgeous! But, not at all man-repelling! Most men would be repelled if you insist on painting HIS nails.

    For me, I was sure that I could wear nail color as a woman repellant, but it didn't work. In fact, it backfired – I was MORE popular with nail color than without… but I like the color too much to stop wearing it.

  • Gorgeous! Loveee these!!!!

  • iheartart

    <3 the third pic!

  • a tad bit tacky…I’m Arab and I managed to feel it was a little bit over the top.

    (note: arabs normally like ‘over-the-top) 😛

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