Monday, September 24, 2012

31 Day Challenge - Day 24: Inspired by a Book

Hey guys!

Today's prompt is to create a nail design inspired by a book. I've known all along which book I was going to use as inspiration for today - it's Oh The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. For me, this is one of the most significant and poignant books that I've ever read.

The book is a popular gift for graduates (whether high school or college/university) and it's actually the last book published by Dr. Seuss before his death.

The story is not your typical "you can do or be anything" type. Instead, it reminds the reader that life has its challenges and that everything doesn't always go as planned. It's realistic, and as a recent university graduate myself, it's so very relatable.

Here's just a few of my favourite quotes from the book:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”

“So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)"

“When you're in a slump, you're not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself, is not easily done.”

"I'm sorry to say so, but sadly it's true, that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you."

The base colour here is Wet 'n' Wild French White. The colourful stripes/blocks were done using a number of polishes, so I'll just list them for you.

China Glaze Gaga for Green
China Glaze Papaya Punch
OPI Planks a Lot
OPI Sparrow Me the Drama
Orly Spark
Zoya Robyn

Finally, the outlines in black were done with the It's So Easy Stripe Rite Paint in Black.

The messages in this story are timeless, and I can definitely see this book being a gift I give to my own children some day.

Hope you all liked today's design! See you tomorrow with some inspired by fashion nails!


  1. I LOVE Dr.Seuss its defiantly something to do with the colours! Gorgeous mani!

    Jazz x

  2. Very cute and colourful! I love the message in this book, it's probably something everyone can relate to.

  3. This is such an amazing book and has such a sentimental meaning to me. My 12th grade English teacher read this to our class on the Senior's Last Day. We walked into the class room and she had moved all the desks out of the way. Had the whole class sit on a circle in the floor and handed out juice and cookies to us. She then told us she was going to send us out of school the first way we came in, in kindergarten :-) She had this book and read it to us and there was not a dry eye in the room! Hard to believe that was 8 years ago but it's one of the best and fondest memories I have of high school. Love the mani too :-)

  4. Awesome mani! I love those colours :)

  5. I absolutley love these, I have to try them out!

  6. Love the nails and love the inspiration!

  7. What a great nail design--and a great inspiration! My daughter is graduating from HS this year and I plan on giving her that book *sniffle*

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