When I woke up this morning I decided I was going to take my current obsession with stripes to a whole new place: my finger tips. Why not, right?

Well, Babycakes had other thoughts, but more on that later.

So as soon as my little Ellie Bean was ready for her mid-morning nap, I hopped in the shower and then started in on my nails.

I decided to go gray because I’m in love with Essie’s Chinchilly and I thought it would be a good transition to fall.

For my stripe? Teal!… Only don’t tell Samantha because, as you can tell from the bottle, it’s hers (from Target)!


So I did two coats of gray before applying a diagonal stripe across each nail on my first hand. Of course, because it seems to be one of the Truths of Mommyhood, while the nails on hand one are still drying, the babe starts crying.

My little bean decided she wasn’t feeling this whole napping thing. So I’m left with one stripey hand to show off.

mom's attempt at a manicure

As you can see, the stripes could really use another coat since there’s some gray peeking through (and you can also see that not only did Ellie decide it was time to wake up, but she decided mommy can’t put her down).

mom manicure

That’s a pretty cute baby, if I do so myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Needless to say, my attempts at a mani are already smudged (on the one hand that got done!). But it was a good practice run.

Next time I’m going to try using a toothpick to get a much thinner stripe so that I can add more of them!

Do you have any at-home mani tips?

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.