Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Arsenic and Old Lace

Today is day 4 of the 'Let's Do the Time Warp Challenge'. The theme for today is 'Lights, Camera, Action' and we are to choose a nostalgic movie, song or piece of litereature and transform it into a manicure worthy of the spotlight.

My inspiration is a very old movie/play called Arsenic and Old Lace. For those of you who aren't familiar with the movie it's a dark comedic murder movie in which a pair of old ladies put old bachelors out of their misery by poisoning them with elderberry wine laced with arsenic. It starred Cary Grant in the lead role of Mortimer. Here's a link to the WIKI article on it.  If you get a chance to see it do so!! It's truly an amusing story.

My manicure based on the movie has quite a nostalgic feel to me and I had to stop myself from adding any further embellishments to it. I had planned to put wine glasses, poison symbols and bottles in there too but in the end I chose not to and went with this dark but elegant look.


I started with a base of Elderberry Wine (China Glaze Short and Sassy) did a gradient with some Death (SH Black Heart) and then stamped the corners with Lace (Loreal The Perfect Trench).

The stamping hides the gradient in the above pics so here's a shot of that, click on the photo and you'll get a better view (for some reason I can't resize more than two images) I love this gradient!

I am really enjoying wearing this mani! So dark and mysterious and yet so wearable.

Thank you so much Lindsey for hosting this 'Let's Do the Time Warp Challenge!


  1. I love that movie! My Mom pretty much made me watch practically every Cary Grant movie ever made! This is gorgeous and really creative.

  2. LOVE that movie! I always thought it was hilarious. I love all of those old classics. Excellent interpretation of a classic:)

  3. Ahh i don't know the movie but your mani is the best one so far ;) I simply love the red and silverish combo


  4. OOOOooooo, I love this - never heard of the movie, but sounds good!! I think you made the right decision to not add further nail art - it would hide the gorgeous gradient!! LOVE!

  5. love love love that movie, anything with Cary Grant is a winner! Fantastic!


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