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We can do anything that we wanna do!-Blue's Clues Nailr Art Tribute



                                    

Hello Friends,

Let's start the work week right and pay tribute to the awesome show geared toward preschoolers, Blue's Clues. Blue's Clues is an American show that combines real-life action and animation to provide an educational program. The show debuted on Nick Jr. which was an early morning to mid-afternoon scheduling block designed for preschool-aged children on the network Nickelodeon. The shows first episode ran on September 8, 1996.

                      
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The show was hosted by Steve Burns who would greet the audience in the theme song and invite them to assist him in finding clues to help solve mysteries. The clues were left by his blue spotted puppy, named Blue who would leave blue paw prints on items pertaining to the mystery on the day.

Steven carried a "Handy Dandy Notebook" and a green crayon to draw the clues that Blue left so that he could reference them later in order to solve the riddle.

                                    

The show had plenty of sing-along moments such as "Mail Time" "We Just Got a Letter" and of course "Blue's Clues". The show also had a host of characters that helped with finding clues like Shovel & Pail orMr. Salt & Mrs. Pepper with baby Paprika

                  
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The show was critically acclaimed and of Nick Jr.'s most successful shows. Steve Burns remained the host of Blues Clues until 2006 when he turned over his hosting duties to Donovan Patton who played Steve's brother, "Joe".

I was well beyond Preschool when the show debuted but I enjoyed watching the show along with my baby brother. I was sad to see Steve go. I graduated High School when he left and it was the end of an era in more ways than one. The nostalgia fairies must have heard me when Nick Jr. decided to bring back Blues Clues! To pay tribute to this amazing show and to give credit to the OG Steve, I created a set of Blue's Clues nails!

I had the hardest time with creating the art for Blue herself. I couldn't get her mouth down so I focused on painted her eyes. I also tried my best to replicate that darling orange wallpaper but the color is pretty close. I also sprinkled a few paw print clues (hint hint).


 Let me know if you want to see any more Nick Jr. Tributes in the future!

            

Part of Your World-The Little Mermaid Nail Art Tribute



Happy Friday!

Summer is here! I know I'm melting like a Sundae with this heat but as a mind, over matter situation, I picked another water-based Disney Classic. This Friday, I am paying tribute to the 1989 Disney film, The Little Mermaid.
                                                       
The Little Mermaid is a film about a 16-year-old mermaid princess named Ariel who is fascinated by the surface world and human life.
You want thing-a-ma-bobs? I got twenty.
On one of Ariel's excursions to the surface, she encounters a handsome Prince who tossed overboard from his ship during a storm. Ariel saved his life and brought the unconscious Prince Eric to shore. Ariel begins to sing to him but she returned back to the ocean before Eric opened his eyes.

                                              
This encounter leaves Eric with a vow to find the girl with the amazing voice and leaves Ariel with the vow to trade her fin for a pair of legs in order to pursue Eric.

A disagreement with her father leads Ariel to visit Ursula, the Sea Witch. Ursula makes a deal with Ariel that gave her three days to make Eric fall in love with her and give her true love's kiss.
                       
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 In exchange for receiving a pair of legs, Ariel must give Ursula her voice. Ursula warns that if Ariel fails in her mission, Ariel would need to return to the ocean and then belong to the Sea Witch.

The Little Mermaid was an important Disney film because it was the first film to kick off the Disney Renaissance since at that point Disney last animated film was 1959's Sleeping Beauty. The Little Mermaid also set the bar high with musical production because the songs in the film were Broadway quality and original. These infectious songs would come to be a trademark in the films that succeed this gem. The film inspired two sequels and a TV series.
                       
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This film is responsible for my pretending that every bathtub and pool that I occupied was the ocean. Yes, I attempted that Mermaid hair flip, yes I  called forks "Dingle Hoppers", and I have randomly broke into "Sha la la la lahs- Kiss de Gul" many times.

The film will celebrate it's the 30th anniversary in November this year but I just couldn't wait to pay tribute to it with a manicure. Beat the heat and take a look!
                                   


              

Ohana means Family-Lilo & Stitch Nail Art Tribute

                                                        
Aloha Friends,

Welcome to another Disney inspired Nail Art Tribute! I beginning to think I have found my niche with illustrating Disney classics on my nails. I have so much fun representing some of my favorite characters. Today's set pays tribute to Disney's 2002 hit, Lilo & Stitch.

Stitch began his journey as "Experiment 626", a product of an extraterrestrial scientist named Jamba who created him merely to cause chaos. Stitch and Jamba were en route to exile on another planet but Stitch escaped to Planet Earth. Stitch crash lands in Hawaii where he was run over, mistaken for dead, and then taken to an animal shelter.
                         
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At the Animal shelter, he meets Lilo and her older sister, Nani. Lilo is an orphan struggling with anger management after the death of her parents. Lilo is left in the care of her sister, Nani who lets Lilo adopt a dog to help her cope with her loneliness. Lilo works to tame the rambunctious Alien (who Lilo insists is a dog) and teaches him the meaning of family.

I really appreciated the animation of this film because the backgrounds were watercolor much like earlier Disney shorts and the film, Snow White.

                                            
I thought the film did a beautiful job of illustrating the complicated and loving relationship between the two sisters with Nani having to take on a more parental role to her little sister.

                   
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I also loved how there was something real about Lilo, she had her bad days, she was sassy and imaginative instead of being a one-dimensional character.


Lilo & Stitch inspired sequels, games, and a TV series that ran from 2003-2006. That series had a really catchy theme song!


Celebrate Summer and this awesome franchise by taking a look at the nails below. Let me know what other Disney classics that you would like to see as nail art.
Nail Polish Used: "Hot Blooded" by LA Colors, "Kashmere" by Sinful Colors, "Sea Jewels" KY by Ruby Kisses, "Pitch Black Darkness" RK by Ruby Kisses, "High Voltage" by LA Colors, "Wonder Mint" By Sinful Colors.

                

Let's Go Crazy - A Nail Art Tirbute to Purple Rain

                                   


Happy Friday Retro Babes,

In honor of the Purple One's birthday, today's tribute is to Purple Rain. Purple Rain is a 1984 film starring Prince as the protagonist named "Kid" who is a struggling musician who has a tumultuous relationship with his band as well as a dysfunctional home life.
 Kid battles with himself as well as a rival house band, lead by Morris for supremacy at a popular Minneapolis night club. In the midst of attempting to play music that will capture his audience, Kid also tries to nurture his budding relationship with an aspiring singer, Apollonia.

                 
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Kid finally has a breakthrough when he breaks the generational curse and writes a song that was wildly popular with the club goers.  Purple Rain serves as a vehicle for Prince to showcase his talent as well as to provide a visual representation of the soundtrack that is a partner of the film.

                                       
The film performed over $70.2 million at the box office, it won an Oscar for  Best Original Song Score.


The soundtrack was filled with so many gems such as  "When Doves Cry", "I Would Die 4 U", "Take Me With U", and "The Beautiful Ones". Each time I encounter as new Prince fan who wants a good representation who Prince was as an artist, I like to direct them to the Purple Rain album which was when he really hit his stride. Common elements in his work were present in this collection such as his use of the LM-1 drum machine, the screamy guitar solos, funky synthesizers, and religious imagery.

The soundtrack broke so many barriers in that Prince became the second Black artist to be featured on MTV which marked a change in what Rock music was.
 

The film pushed the envelopes because of it's risqué scenes and explicit singles. Prince's song, "Darling Nikki" inspired Tipper Gore to co-found Parents Music Resource Center in 1985 after she encountered her daughter singing along to the raunchy lyrics.

                         
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The PMRC is responsible for the Parental Advisory Stickers that were emblazoned on Purple Rain and most of my other favorite albums.

I wanted to pay tribute to the iconic album cover by featuring my interpretation of Prince's Purple studded trench coat and crispy ruffled white shirt. The other nails feature the floral scenes against the white background.  So "Lets go Crazy" "Darling Nikki" and take a look at this labor of love. Let me know your favorite song from the soundtrack in the comments below!

                                                                                       


Nail Polish Used
“Nuclear Energy” Purple by LA Colors “Kashmere” White by LA Colors “Pitch Black Darkness” Black by RK by Ruby Kisses “Pink Fusion”-Hot pink by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails “Lemonade”-Yellow by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish “Hot Blooded” Red by LA Colors “Emerald” by Celva

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...Baby One More Time-Britney Spears Nail Art Tribute



Hello Friends,


Welcome to another trip down memory lane with today's nail tribute. The subject: Britney Spears.
My first time watching Britney entertain was when she was on the revival of The Mickey Mouse Club which ran form 1992-1996. She would release her debut single, "...Baby One More Time" in 1999 which debuted number one on the Billboard charts.

                     
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Since then, Britney Spears has gone on to become one of the top-selling Pop sensations of all time. Britney is known for her elaborate dance routines, glittery mid-diff baring outfits, and unique singing voice.
                     
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Britney is a living legend. I credit her and Janet Jackson as the reasons why I thought that when I hit puberty that I would magically get abs. I have fond memories of running home from school in order to get to the TV so that I wouldn't miss a single second of MTV's Total Request Live where Britney's videos dominated the countdown.


I wanted to make sure that I stayed in the fangirl mindset while I mapped out the nail art. I got a bit distracted as I doubled checked if I still knew Britney's choreography (I do!) but I was able to pick out my favorite iconic Britney looks. I narrowed it down to the following looks: 2001 VMA's "Slave 4 U" performance ensemble, ..."Baby One More Time"  schoolgirl outfit, "Toxic" flight attendant uniform, and "Oops, I Did It Again".

Enjoy the references and the video below!

A big influence from my childhood.

            







Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger- A Good Burger Nail Art Tribute.

It's Friday, Y’all! We made it!

 I know that I love all my nail babies the same but this seems my favorite set to date. In honor of the upcoming "All That" reboot, say ”Hello” to today's nail tribute that honors the beloved skit and film Good Burger.
"I'm a Dude, He's a Dude, She's a Dude, cause we're all Dudes-HEY!"
The Nickelodeon production was released to theaters on July 25, 1997, which starred the iconic comedy duo Kenan & Kel.

 Kenan & Kel were my favorite part of the SNICK lineup. I have good memories of watching their antics and impeccable comedic timing. The film is a spin-off of a popular skit on the youth comedy sketch show, All That.
The stand-alone film retained Kel as the quirky cashier, ”Ed” of the burger restaurant with Kenan featured as a new character named ”Dexter” who is begrudgingly employed at Good Burger for the Summer to raise the funds to repair a the car he wrecked while trying to avoid hitting Ed as he crossed the street.
                                               










Good Burger is in danger of closing due to the opening of a trendy restaurant called ”Mondo Burger”. Although Mondo Burger uses genetically modified ingredients in their food, Good Burger struggles to maintain its business until Ed creates a secret sauce that quickly boosts sales.
Hilarity ensues as the duo attempt to keep the recipe secret from Mondo Burger who would stop at nothing to defeat their competition.

This movie had cameos from 90’s icons like Sinbad, Carmen Electra, and Marques Houston.  The lovely, Shar Jackson of Moesha fame was part of the cast. There were appearances of All That cast members such Lori Beth Denburg reprising her role as ”Connie Muldoon” a frequent customer of the establishment and Josh Server as Fizz. Let's also not forget about
Carmen Electra, Sinbad, and Marques Houston.
There was a funky dance scene lead by George Clinton to the Funkadelic’s 1978 classic "(Not Just) Knee Deep" which will have you dancing along with the cast.

We were treated to iconic lines such as:
                    
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Last but not least we have the ultimate 90’s Ska remix to Ed’s work song, "We're All Dudes”.

I could continue to wax nostalgia but alas, we have nails to get to. Please enjoy the video below and let me know if you plan on watching the "All That" reboot.


                  

Nail Polish Used:

Kenan & Kel
"Kashmere" by Sinful Colors
"Wonder Mint " by Sinful Colors

Good Burger
"Over Easy" by Sinful Colors
"Lemonade" by RK by Ruby Kisses
"Orange You Jealous" by RK by Ruby Kisses
"Hot Blooded" by LA Colors

Good Fries
"Lemonade" by RK by Ruby Kisses
"Pitch Black Darkness" by RK by Ruby Kisses
"Kashmere" by Sinful Colors

"Hakuna Matata"- Lion King Nail Art Tribute

Hello Friends,

Welcome to a nail art tribute to the 1994 Disney classic, The Lion King. The Lion King is an animated film about a young lion cub named Simba who resides in the pride lands of Africa with his family.
                    
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Simba is destined to become King of his pride but interference from his Father's Brother, Scar changes the course of Simba's destiny. Scar murders his Brother, convinces his nephew that he was responsible for his Father's demise, and enlists the help of his henchmen to chase Simba out of the area so that he may assume the role of Kinng.
This scene haunted my dreams as a child.
While running away from home, Simba comes into contact with a Meerkat and a Warthog named Timon and Puma who then take the young cub under their wing to raise him into adulthood.
                  
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By chance, Simba reunites with his childhood confidant, Nala in the wild.
With the help of Nala and a Baboon shaman, Simba gains that courage to return to Pride Rock. After a battle ensues, Simba is able to take his place as King and restores the pride lands back to prosperity.
                                
The Animators of the film spent time studying real animals as references for the characters. The film had over 500 animators, technicians, and artists contribute to its creation. It was the highest grossing film in 1994 as well as being the best selling videotape of 1995 once the film left theaters.







The Lion King produced sequels, a couple tv spin-offs, merchandise, and Broadway show. 90's babies and Disney fanatics will be treated to a CGI/live action reboot of the original Summer of 2019 and I just can't wait... to see it.





Take a look at my interpretation of the Hakuna Matata scene and hum the song while you watch the video on its creation.
Let me know if the comments below if you think of a Disney Tribute for decades past that you would like to see me recreate.
             

Nail Polish Used:

"Sea Jewels" (Blue)RK by Ruby Kisses
"Kashmere" (White) by Sinful Colors
"Lemonade"(Yellow) by Kiss
"Hot blooded" (Red)by LA Colors
"Wonder Mint" (Mint) by Sinful Colors
"Pitch Black Darkness" (Black) by RK by Ruby Kisses
"Over Easy" "Brown) by Sinful Colors
"Orange You Jealous" (Orange) by RK by Ruby Kisses

You've Got a Friend in Me -Toy Story Nail Art Tribute

                                                    
The happiest Friday to you, friends!

I hope that everyone is having a glorious day.  Let us go back in time to 1995. On November  22, 1995, Toy Story was released by Pixar to theaters. Toy Story was one of the first American Computer-Animated feature-length films and the first film for Pixar.

Toy Story is about a group of toys owned by a little boy named Andy. The toys come to life when humans are no in the room. The toys are lead by Woody, the cowboy doll, who is Andy's favorite toy. Woody's main objective is to get his fellow toys prepared for the impending move that Andy's family will make to a new house.
                                 
The pecking order is disturbed by the arrival of a new toy, an astronaut action figure named Buzz Lightyear that Andy received as a birthday present.

Buzz becomes popular amongst his peers in Andy's room and it is not long before he becomes Andy's favorite toy. Woody is wounded by this turn of events but finds a bit of humor in that Buzz has not come to the realization that he is a toy and not "Thee" Buzz Lightyear.

                       
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The two remain at odds until they wind up in the clutches of Sid, the sadistic boy that lives next door. Buzz & Wood team up to escape their doom and reunite with their friends in time to move to the new house.
                       

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Toy Story featured the iconic voices of Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear who have built up a hilarious dynamic throughout the entire franchise. We were also treated to the musical stylings of Randy Newman for the film's soundtrack.

This movie was my brother's favorite movie growing up, I remember him sneaking up on his toys to see if he could catch them coming to life.

I thought a manicure paying tribute to this beloved franchise is just the right amount of whimsy to bring to this ending of the week as well as a way to prepare for the upcoming installment to the series.

I chose to represent Woody, Buzz, a Piza Planet reason (for obvious reasons), the wallpaper in Andy's room, and the bottom of Woody's boot that was affectionately branded by Andy.

I've got a video for you all below of the process behind the nails. Let me know if there are any Disney or Pixar favorites that you would like to see represented next?

To infinity & beyond!
  
         

Nail Polish Used:

Woody

"Kashmere" by Sinful Colors
"Hot Blooded" by LA Colors
"Pitch Black Darkness" by RK by Ruby Kisses


Woody's Boot

"OverEasy" by Sinful Colors
"Pitch Black Darkness" by RK by Ruby Kisses


Buzz

"Kashmere" by Sinful Colors
"Purple Passion" by LA Colors
"Hot Blooded" by LA Colors
"Sea Jewels" by RK by Ruby Kisses
"Wonder Mint" by Sinful Colors


Pizza Planet Alien

"Wonder Mint" by Sinful Colors
"Mint" LA Colors
"Kashmere" by Sinful Colors
"Pitch Black Darkness" by RK by Ruby Kisses

Andy's wallpaper

"Wonder Mint" by Sinful Colors
"Kashmere" by Sinful Colors




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