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Going into this month, I thought I would re-create the inscription on the Ring of Power from Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately, RA got in the way so I racked my brain for another idea. I still wanted to do Lord of the Rings but I needed a RA-friendly nail art to go with it.

Distressed nails are one of the perfect RA-friendly nail art techniques! But, what part of Lord of the Rings would the distressed vibe represent? …Fangorn Forest!

The Forest of Fangorn is completely overrun by trees, moss, roots, branches and magic. The forest houses some of the oldest magic of that world. Many who venture into this forest rarely find their way out.

But, I wanted to touch on the magical element as well so I did a accent water-marble. The fireside stories of Fangorn hint at an angry, dark past but it has a whimsical side as well.


I kind of really love this. I have a feeling I totally over thought this manicure’s significance but I was inspired, I guess!

I hope you like it, too!


31DC2014 - September 24: Inspired by a Book | The Rite of Aging…EarlyI used 2 coats of Sephora by OPI Metro Chic as my base.

The other polishes I used:

  • Sephora by OPI It’s Totally Karma, 212-Sephora
  • Milani Dark Coffee
  • Revlon Gel Envy High Stakes

All these polishes marbled beautifully, including “212-” which is a glitter-y brown!

I sealed the marble with my favorite INM Northern Lights (Silver).


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


Check out the other manicures below!