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20 Manicures Worthy of a Spring Wedding

If you’re walking down the aisle in these upcoming Spring and Summer months, then there’s no doubt that you already have a ton of wedding-related decisions to make in the near future. The cake, the venue, the flowers–with all these things to think about, the wedding-planning process can inevitably feel overwhelming.

And as your big day approaches closer, no doubt deciding on the style of your wedding manicure is at the bottom of your to-do list. Luckily, we’ve scanned Instagram to come up with the trendiest, prettiest, and most delicate Spring and Summer-time manicure styles fit for wedding season. Take a look at the beautiful options below!

1. The Embroidered Look

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London-based nail studio Dry By London calls this dainty look “Embroidery”. Described as a “romantic white-gold freehand pattern”, this design gets it inspiration from classic embroidered bridal veils.

2. Porcelain Pink Peonies


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If you want a nail look that matches your bouquet, opt for a manicurist who specializes in delicate hand-painted designs, like the one above. But make sure you vet your nail tech in advance to verify that they can pull of a more complex design. Some nail techs prefer to stick with solids.

3. Minimalist Yellow Tulips

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Another floral look, this nail design is perfect for a bride who has a springtime wedding but would like a little more color on her nail bed.

4. Red is the new white

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This look is for the bride-to-be who just isn’t a fan of the traditional bridal nudey-pink nail color. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing wrong with rocking a red nail for your wedding day. Especially a minimal-yet-glam look like the one above. In fact, red and white are an extremely elegant color pairing.

5. Love Letters


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What better way to celebrate the union of two lives than by commemorating it on your nail-bed? Another look by the Dry By London salon, they call this look “Love Letters”, and its low-key look that even the least-experienced nail tech could pull off.

6. The Quirky Floral Mani

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This nail look is perfect for the bride who wants her manicure to reflect her quirky personality. There’s no reason to shy away from a busier nail design. It’s your wedding, after all.

7. Mexican Embroidery

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New York-based nail artist Betina Goldstein says this look is inspired by “hand embroidered Mexican dresses”. This is the perfect way to give a subtle nod to your cultural history on your special day.

8. The Nod to Nature


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If you’re getting married in the springtime, then this might be the perfect manicure for your wedding day. Springtime is the time of growth and renewal–what better way to reflect the optimism of the day than by celebrating it on your hands?

9. Crazy for Daisies

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Another Spring-inspired manicure, this look would be especially perfect for a bride who has this sunny flower in her bridal bouquet. It’s romantic, light, and fun.

10. Crystal Pyramids

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This look was created by manicurist to the stars (including Gina Rodriguez), Karen Gutierrez. If you’re looking for a little more glitz and glam for your manicure, a rhinestone-encrusted look like this one might be the perfect minimal, classy design.

11. Ombré with Half-Moons


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If you’re feeling the ombré french-tip look but you want to kick it up a notch, try adding white half-moons to the base. The look is still sleek and simple, but the half-moon adds a bit more glamour to an otherwise minimalist look.

12. Cute-icles

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If you’re a bride who gravitates towards the trendy, opt for a nail design that incorporates cuticle-striping. Unlike the outdated french-tip look, cuticle-striping (especially a duo chrome look like the one above), a design concentrated at the base of the nail looks young, hip, and fresh.

13. Japanese Cherry Blossoms

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The blooming of Japanese cherry blossoms is strongly associated with the coming of spring and is a time for celebration in Japan. The flower symbolizes the circle of life and the passage of time–in other words, a perfect symbol for a day celebrating the permanent union of two lives.

14. Simple Stripe


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This nail art is perfect for the bride who believes less is more when it comes to her wedding look. This design is simple, but its purveys all of the elegance and refinement that a bride aims to channel on her big day.

15. Mini Dotted Flower Clusters

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Who wouldn’t want a replica of tiny bouquets painted on your fingertips? Use this design to duplicate your official flowers and in conjunction with your wedding’s color palette.

16. Tropical Island

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If your wedding is deeper into the summer, why not opt for a cute and classy tropical look on your nails? Even better if you’re headed to a beach getaway for your honeymoon.

17. Another Gold Band


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Keep it simple with a nude base color and a soft gold band painted around the middle of your nail bed. The effect is elegant and timeless.

18. Pressed Gold Leaf


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Gold leaf manicures are the perfect design for a wedding. While metallic nail polish can come off as a bit too New Years Eve-y for a bridal look, metallic leaf gives off a more austere, regal vibe. Metallic leaf is a fragile and relatively-complicated nail art supply so, again, make sure your nail tech is well-qualified.

19. White Lace

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Nothing says “bridal look” more than lace does. Mimic the pattern of your gown and veil by having your nail tech (or better yet–your “nail artist”) hand-paint a lace-like design on your nail beds.

20. Clean and Bright

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This look is perfect for the bride who isn’t huge on nail polish or manicures. This design mostly features your nail’s natural color, but has a little bit of fun by adding some wedding-white stripes to the nail bed. Not only is it pretty and minimal, but it will have you in and out of the nail salon in under 30 minutes–that way, you can spend more of your precious time focusing on last-minute wedding details.

In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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In A World Where Everything Is Catered To White People, Selena Quintanilla Has Long Been The Splash Of Color My Latina Soul Needed

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Long before shops the likes of Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 began to bank on her image to sell $54 shirts to non-Latinx hipsters, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an icon and legend for young Latinas living across the globe. Ask a Latina and no doubt she has some sort of connection the Tejano singer whether its coordinating sons to “Baila Esta Cumbia” with her primas or playing her VHS biopic on repeat until the tape ran thin. The queen of Latinx music will always be an influential personality in Latino culture in the United States. Her music and the tragic circumstances of her death made her a pop culture phenomenon that escaped the niche Hispanic market. After her death, Hollywood studios furiously vied for the rights to adapt her incredible rags-to-riches story to the big screen. Selena is a fundamental Latino icon even 23 years after her death in 1995, at the tender age of 23.

Next time someone asks you at a party why you tear up listening to the late great Selena, be sure to serve them with these facts:

1. She brought Tejano music to mainstream America and proved women are capable of anything.

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Before Selena Mexican-American music was considered an eccentricity and was definitely not played in non-Hispanic clubs and radio stations.  Speaking about the experience of being a Latinx signer, Selena once said “Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl. My dad had a lot of problems while trying to set up shows for us or presentations because there are a lot of men who don’t think that women can get the attention of the public. But . . . wrong!” No doubt the Texas-born singer changed these harsh attitude during her life and after her untimely death.

2. She valued family

Selena might have gained worldwide notoriety in her own right, but long before she was just Selena she had a career as part of the Quintanilla family group Selena y Los Dinos, where her two older siblings also made pompas shake. Like the rest of us, familia was always important to Selena and she never forgot her origins and the role that her family had in her success. Speaking about the struggles she was grateful for enduring with her family, Selena said “We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table. And we’ve been doing it ever since. No regrets either.”

3. She was proud of her heritage

Singing in Spanish when you’re not fluent can be a pretty challenging act in itself if you want to break into the mainstream, and Selena was unapologetic about her efforts to do so. “I feel very proud to be Mexican,” Selena once said in an interview about her culture. “I didn’t have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but . . . it’s never too late to get in touch with your roots.” Many singers and actors of Latino origin change their names for a more English-sounding or a more neutral one. But not our Selena. She didn’t look for a fancy name and good on her: Selena is such a powerful, defining name that shines on any billboard.

4. She knew that not all women are straight-sized and many have curves

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say, but it has long been dictated by mass media which has, in so many cases, severely distorted our perceptions of women’s bodies. Selena was proud of her curves. Eso mija, eres una fregona.  “I’m very real, very sincere, and honest, and that’s how I’ll always be,” the star once said in an interview. 

5. She had a unique style

Amidst the customary images and selling points of whitewashed media and the current political turmoils of today, it can be hard for a Latina to feel confident in her identity. Selena did so with aplomb. Her wardrobe choices were interesting and daring in equal measure, which is probably one of the reasons behind her success as a pop culture brand.  She was criticized by more conservative audiences for “revealing too much”. We say al carajo con sus juicios.  Still, the Tejano singer stayed strong her opinions about her self, saying once, “Always believe that the impossible is always possible.”

6. Because she showed that Latinas can be captains of their fate as well as the fiercest activists.

“What I don’t like are arrogant people. We’re all equal. I don’t like it when a person assumes to be better,” Quintanilla once stated in an interview.  Her posthumous campaign with cosmetics giant MAC demonstrated that Latino women in particular and women of color, in general, could and should carry campaigns. She was beautiful and the world needed to see that.

7. She was active in her community “All I need to do is try and do the best that I can do”

As a minority, solidarity is key for the Latino community in the United States, particularly today. Selena embodied community values and never forgot her fellow Mexican-Americans. Certainly an example we should all follow. She grew up in Texas, where migratory patterns and backwards thinking about race make various segments of the Hispanic population feel vulnerable. Power to the people!

8. She urged children to stay en la escuela (don’t drop out, escuincles!)

“Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.” Selena knew how important education is for minorities in the United States, and that hard work and academic development are the only way for the community to strive. She constantly visited schools and urged young chamacos not to drop out. Respect.

9. Because she was an independent self-made woman “If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away”

She was young but life taught her that all you have is yourself. We can’t believe she was just 23 when she died. Truly wise beyond her years.

Read: Mariah Carey Got Real About Being Biracial And Her Words Will Undoubtedly Have Afro-Latinas Feeling So Seen

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Puerto Rican Model With Down Syndrome Stuns At New York Fashion Week

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Puerto Rican Model With Down Syndrome Stuns At New York Fashion Week

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The world of fashion is notoriously a parade of homogeneity. While certain brands make valiant attempts to diversify the faces and designs that represent their lines, it’s true that there is a world of progress to be made. Which leads us to our praise and worship for Sofía Jirau.

Sofia Jirau is a 22-year-old Puerto Rican model with Down Syndrome.

She is, to say the least, a true jefa whose recent appearance on the runway at a New York Fashion Week show is undoubtedly a game-changer. While walking the runway this past week, the model lived out her dream of not only modeling in New York but also shaking up its fashion scene.

“When I was little, I looked myself in the mirror and said, ‘I’m going to be a model and a businesswoman,’” Jirau told People in a recent interview.

And just look at her now.

Jirau got her start back in 2019 when she signed with INprende, an agency that works to represent models and faces like Sofia. Since making her deal, Jirau has gone on to model for designers like Kelvin Giovannie and Marisa Santiago. 
“I was born for this and I want to show the world that I have everything a model needs to shine,” Jirau wrote in a post about her NYFW debut on Instagram.

Here’s to hoping for more of this!