Simple Autumn Mani

Fall manicure idea 2014

“Take it Outside” by Essie is most definitely my go-to nail polish this Fall. Even though I already featured it on the blog before, I really wanted to share this updated matte & accent nail version.

nicole by opi matte top coat

It feels so weird having short nails again, but I had no choice but to cut them short after I broke one :( . Fortunately my nails grow crazy quick and I’m sure they’ll be back to their “regular” length in no time.

I’ve been crazy about a matte finish lately, especially when it comes to lipstick and nails :) . It’s such a small change but I feel that it makes a huge difference in how my nails look.  At the moment I’m using a matte top coat by Nicole by O.P.I.. It was the only one that I could find at the time and I think that it works pretty good.  Because my nails are so short and a little sad at the moment I also wanted to add an accent nail to switch things up a bit. I used a few coats of Essie’s “Set in Stones” polish for that. I’m not not too crazy about glittery polishes and I already know that it will be a pain to remove (as all glitter polishes are), but it looks so pretty, I just couldn’t help it!

Funny thing about accent nails… few months a go Mark’s friend was staying with us for a few days and as they were both chatting I was sitting on the floor in my living room painting my nails. All of the sudden he goes “Hey Paula, what’s the deal with girls painting one of their nails a different color? Is this like a thing to do now? I don’t get it, what’s the point?” I just looked at him and started laughing because I honestly didn’t have an answer as to “why” we do it.  I said “I dunno… I guess because it looks cute? :D ” It’s girl logic, so I wouldn’t expect him to understand (even though he really wanted to, maybe even thought that there’s some sort of sorcery behind all of this ;) ).

autumn mani 2014


  • Gorgeous combination! I’ve been loving a matte finish at the moment x

    Angela | The Sunday Chapter

  • ur nails r beautiful, never tried matte polish or top coat…

  • Haha, men don’t understand anything about women ;) We sometimes like weird things. I do love the nail polish on your nails, it’s such a pretty color :)

    • Hehe :D:D:D Thanks so much Melissa!

  • I love the whole ‘different colour nails’ but to a certain extent! You’ve done it beautifully, the accent nail looking gorgeous! Love the effect the matte top coat has – it’s perfect! <3
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  • Loving the sparkling nails! Gorgeous!

    xx Cissy
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  • I love the look of that nail polish with the matt coat over the top! I think your nails look a lovely length and shape. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog about my cakes :) xx

  • I also got a matte top coat recently and can’t wait to try it! Obviously it’s looking amazing!!

  • i love this combination! it looks awesome :)

  • I looove this Paula! “Take it Outside” Is just so, so stylish and autumnal and “Set in Stones” really is the perfect accompaniment for the overall finish. I’m not a fan of glittery polishes either, but this adds just the right touch of glitz and glamour that kills but is as far away from overkill as poss :P Perfection! It’s so gorgeous I can’t stop looking haha, love, love, love! I can imagine this would be out of this world for christmas, a nice change from the obvious festive red. I like that this colour suits autumn so well yet isn’t too obvious or try hard. It strikes the most gorgeous note! <3

    Aww, I really adore the story about Mark's friend! What a sweetheart, asking that! Too cute :D And straight up, before I read what you'd said about your nails being shorter I was just thinking what gorgeous condition and shape they are in! Rocking the nails as always Queen! :) ;)

    Sophie | soinspo xo

    • Thanks so much Sophie! I’ve been obsessed with “Take it Outside” haha this almost never happens to me with nail polishes :)

      Ahh thanks so much! They’re really brittle at the moment and I’m not sure why, but I have to say that having shorter nails is very, very comfortable hehe :) Especially when typing!

  • oh I love matte nail polishes!♥ beautiful pictures!:)

  • That combo looks so lovely!

    I have also been loving matte nails recently, I don’t know why but matte nails reminds me of Autumn.