Hippie Mani w/ Ithaca’s Flower Power IPA feat. Maggie
Nails: My first traveling NailsandAles! I went up to the Upper West Side last Saturday to paint my friend Maggie’s nails. She had this beer picked out for months (gotta love that)! We decided to try out the water marble technique, which I have never done before but thought it would be perfect for that 60’s look we were trying to accomplish.
First, you need to tape around the nail so you won’t have to spend a ton of time on clean-up later:
Our first “dip” was a bit of a fail:
The colors we used weren’t right here. They were also really light, so we did a base color of China Glaze’s Peachy Keen to help make the pattern pop a little more. The yellow and green were too similar and we also didn’t dip the finger in the proper area to get a good pattern. Placement is everything. So, we added an orange to the dip and thought a bit more about where we were placing the nail:
Pretty! Also, here’s an action shot:
It was really nice having other people there to take photos. (Thanks Alan!) Also-side note- I know that my next step has to be shooting video as pictures of these steps don’t really show people how to do them. I’m workin’ on it people, so just hold your horses! (but also be prepared for gratuitous action shots of my cat).
Moving on. Let’s talk about some tips here. You can Google “marble water nail art” to watch some videos on this technique but here’s what we found out:
* move fast. Before you start dropping paint in the water, make sure all the tops are unscrewed on the paint you’re going to use. You want to drop the paint really quickly because once this paint starts to dry, it’s difficult to draw a design into it.
* we used room temperature bottled water here and while I’ve heard you have to change it out after every nail, I was able to use the same water for at least 3 nails with no problem. Don’t waste water, people.
* I painted Maggie’s nails with a peach color before dipping them, just to get a more vibrant pattern, as the paint color thins out significantly after you drop it into the water. Darker shades definitely work better here.
* once you’ve “drawn” your design in the paint, choose your favorite spot to dip the nail. Don’t go dipping all willy-nilly, you don’t want to have to re-do anything.
Here’s the final outcome:
Love this look! There are so many things you can do to make this your own and every nail is going to look different. I used a dotting tool to paint a flower on the middle fingers and we were done!
Ale: The name and the label of this beer don’t really match the flavor. You look at this label and think “Hmm, it’s going to be fruity and sweet in flavor and maybe light and girly.” (ewwww, “girly”!) But then you take a sip and holy shit, it’s a really amazing and flavorful IPA.
As I have said before, IPAs are my fave so maybe I’m biased, but this IPA was just wonderful. Flower Power is Maggie’s favorite beer and I can see why. The color is this lovely golden amber and it pours with a light head and medium carbonation. The nose is very flowery, which I assume helped to give it its name, but the taste does not have that same flowery note. Perfect blend of hops and light citrus. Maggie noted that she actually isn’t an IPA drinker but she likes this beer because it tastes OF hops, but not LIKE hops and it almost had a wheat beer flavor coming through. As someone who loves the smell and taste of hops, Flower Power satisfied me. Maggie’s right, it’s not too strong, but it’s definitely there. An IPA that hop-haters and hop-lovers can both enjoy? We are one step closer to world peace, people (annnnd this post has come full circle). Flower Power gets a 9 out of 10 nails. And is Toby-approved: