My experiments with nail art have been hit or miss thus far. And a recent experiment was such a miss, I was like – lemme just stick with bold bright nails and keep it moving. Clearly I don’t know what I’m doing with nail pens or mini paintbrushes. But last Friday, I was lucky enough to meet someone who does!

Are you ready for the coolest Monday manicure yet?


The nails you see above are the amazing work of Tacarra “Spifster” Sutton, a graphic designer turned manicurist. Check out her nail art on her Tumblr page! She’s got skills. We met last Friday at a chic Chicago rooftop event called the Beauty Bar, which was hosted by my friends from Three Peas Art. On the rooftop of a glorious high rise overlooking the skyline to the left and Lake Michigan facing me, Spifster made my nails look SHARP.

We chose a dark background color. I didn’t get the name of it – so if you’re a nail polish guru please let me know! It’s a deep navy with a lot of shine.

Then she used gold glitter and a funky, unexpected pink by Kiss Nail Art. (BTW do you see how fly HER nails are? She said she changes her nails like every three days!)

This is the end result. Each nail is different. Leopard spots on my pinky, zig zags on my thumb. And I LOVE it!!

I’m totally gonna see Spifster again. She works at the Kristol Blake Salon & Spa – so best believe I’m gonna make an appointment!


Kemi says:
August 30, 2010, 11:26 pm
Are those your natural nails? They look so healthy! I love the designs she did on your digits!
KindredSmile says:
August 31, 2010, 9:29 am
Love, love, LOVE these! And Kristol Blake is dangerously close to where I work! It's SO on!
Phyrra says:
August 31, 2010, 9:59 am
Your nails look awesome!
Mishara says:
August 31, 2010, 10:32 am
LOOOOOOOVE those nails!
Carolyn says:
August 31, 2010, 11:15 am
Wooooooo... that is real art!
designdiva says:
August 31, 2010, 11:16 am
Oh snap!!! Looks like I'm gonna take a trip downtown and get my nails done!!! Bella, is this a natural/african american salon as well as a spa?
LaNeshe says:
August 31, 2010, 12:46 pm
They look lovely!
Mel says:
September 1, 2010, 5:11 am
Your nails are fierce! And you have beautiful hands. good times!
pets says:
September 1, 2010, 8:34 am
Love the nails, hair & top!
Dasheen Magazine says:
September 1, 2010, 3:38 pm
oooh Bella. I love the colors you chose. I feel like they repping the ice gold and green vybes for real!
sandra says:
September 6, 2010, 11:21 pm
Now Afrobella you are looking so good: LUV! your hair and the nails are just gorgeous...