Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: Vintage Mani

I love vintage, especially when it comes to clothes. Whenever I go home to visit my folks, I try to make it over to my favorite little vintage shop to see what new treasures may be hiding there. I bought a vintage Lanvin dress there on my last trip--score!

While I love vintage clothes, I know considerably less about vintage nail trends. Our Twinsie Tuesday theme this week was to recreate a vintage manicure, like one we might have found in an old photo or ad. So I did a bit of browsing on Google for some ideas and came across this super cute Cutex ad.

I like this ad a lot and I figure you really can't go wrong with red. As much as us polish addicts him and haw sometimes over the abundance of red nail polish out there, it's a polish color that has stood the test of time and is always in style--no matter what year!

I also drew some inspiration from the original celebrity nail diva, actress Rita Hayworth. One of her trademarks was her long red nails. Check out this close-up of her mani in the 1941 film "Blood and Sand." Gorgeous, right?

I know what you're thinking: "Chelsea, this all sounds like a long-winded attempt to cover up that you didn't want to try any nail art or design." To which my answer is yes, you're absolutely right. ;) But let me try my best to distract you with my tomato red nails! Check out Zoya Tamsen!

Obviously my nails are nowhere near as long and glamorous as Rita's. I had to cut them down to nubbins after I got a nasty break on my middle finger. But I think at least Tamsen is a perfect tomato red, much like the one in the Cutex ad. It has a great formula that covers in two coats. Tamsen is one of my favorite reds I've tried in a long time!

I can't wait to see what my (much more creative) Twinsies came up with for their vintage manis!

Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Collegiate Nail
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jamie at Polish, Please!
Jenn at All That Is Gorgeous
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite!
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth


  1. Perfect tomato red is right--it's beautiful, Chelsea! :D

  2. I love the closeup of Rita's long red daggers ;) Love your color choice too!

  3. This is a gorgeous red! It is definitely on my wish list!

  4. Beautiful red! I can see myself wearing this one.

  5. Wow!! Red seems to be the ongoing theme. Love it!

  6. I love the still photo from the movie paired with the vintage ad! Awesome!

  7. Love this post! I think your nails look great at that length. :)

    And I don't think Tamsen would look good on me, so I picked up Sooki instead. Still a winner.

  8. What a beautiful red manicure!!! :D

  9. Pretty red! Love that tomato ad, haha!


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