Monday, December 26, 2011


After 9 months of obsessively following nail blogs and finally taking care of my nails (after 10 years of biting & chewing & peeling & picking), my husband is encouraging me to take my own nails onto the internet. So here I am! A short introduction is in order...

I'm Laura! I graduated from the University of Kansas with a piano performance degree in 2011. Now I'm teaching piano to elementary-middle-high school students, accompanying at the university, and starting a photography business!
I bit my nails from the time middle school until the last year or two. I got engaged, which meant lots of pictures of me and my fingers, & I got really self conscious about it. As a pianist, I had to keep my nails short, but I made a real effort to stop. It got better, but I didn't really succeed until after graduation when I stopped playing all the time. My nails are slowly regaining strength, but they're still very prone to breaking. It seems like they always break all the way down at the quick, too, and negate all of the hard work I've put in. But it's a battle I am slowly winning.

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This is me and my husband on our wedding day, about 10 minutes after saying we do! We have been together for 5 1/2 years, and we finally committed ourselves to each other on July 31, 2011. Yes, 7/31 is Harry Potter's birthday. Yes, that was part of why we chose that date. We are pretty awesome. He was also a music student in college, but he is waayyy too into computers (in fact, he just recently got certified as an Apple technician), so I tolerate his tech obsession and he tolerates my polish obsession. I just don't let him count how many bottles I have...

Here is the very first polish I took pictures of! This is after a few weeks of working my butt off to try and get my fingers into a semi-respectable state, and my application was awful... This is Essie Turquoise & Caicos.
This is a much more recent manicure! My nails need a little shaping here, but it's a long way from that first picture up there. This is a layering nightmare... it's Orly Mirror Mirror, then China Glaze Frosty, then Essie Waltz. A couple days later, I added OPI Crown Me Already!, and it was pretty much pure awesome.

And here we go!

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