Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer Fun Challenge, Day 6: The Big Blue

Day 6 of the Summer Fun Challenge by Neverlandnailblog, we're makin' waves & getting inspiration from the ocean.

I grew up in Brasil, I was in the water 70% of every day growing up & loved every second of it! There was this little town about an hour outside of Rio called Cabo Frio (translates to "Cold Cape" but it's far from it), where we used to go camping on the weekends. Cabo Frio is known for it's white sand dunes & crystal blue water. If you ever take a trip to Brasil & you want to enjoy a day of relaxing at a beach, don't go to Copacabana or Ipanema, take a drive out to Cabo Frio & experience it's lovely scenery. Although there are many wonderful things to experience being in Rio de Janeiro as well. Take a look at these...

One of my favorite beaches, Praia das Conchas, meaning "beach of shells"

The white sand dunes at Praia das Dunas (Dune Beach). We would bring cardboard boxes & slide down the dunes.

Praia do Forte, meaning "Fort Beach" because of the little fort at the end

This is the picture I got my inspiration from, Praia das Conchas (beach of shells) is on the left, Praia do Pero (Pero beach) is on the right. Praia do Pero has some of the best waves, so it's a favorite for surfers. In contrast, Praia das Conchas is very calm & perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving.

So I'm going to take my inspiration from one of my favorite places in the world, a place filled with memories, good times & beauty...the Cabo Frio beaches in Brasil:

I'm using white for my base color, then adding blue gradients to make waves using this cloud design technique I saw on Nailside's blog, which I think also looks like waves. I think somebody here used this for their Hot hot hot design too, seen here... here is my Ocean inspired mani:


  1. that just looks like paradise!!!!!!!!!!
    I love swimming in the ocean!

    1. Isn't it just lovely?! I have so many memories there & miss it terribly.

  2. I agree with Chichicho! Extremely beautiful!!!! I especially liked Praia das Dunas.

    1. It was amazing to live near this paradise & feels odd not being there for so long. I am planning a visit during the world cup, so hopefully I can swing over there for a bit.