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Introducing ManiMe’s Summer Nostalgia Collection

Every summer has a story - what’s yours? The Summer Nostalgia Collection features 12 gel manis and 4 gel pedis from 6 incredible professional nail artists. Each design is an ode to nostalgic memories of summers' past.

By: ManiMe
Jul 22 2021

Revisit a magical trove of summertime memories to set the vibe this season. The Summer Nostalgia collection features 12 manis and 4 pedis inspired by the happy memories of summers' past from 6 ManiMe nail artists. Each nail art design is an ode to nostalgic activities of long summer days and nights. 

Every summer has a story - what’s yours? Read on to learn more about each of our fabulous nail artists and see amazing nail art designs.  

Shop the Summer Nostalgia Collection now and don’t forget to share your favorite summer memories with us on social @manime.co

Mia Rubie (@superflynails)

About Mia: Nail artist and salon owner, Mia Rubie, is a San Francisco native who has a serious passion for nails. She draws inspiration from bold color schemes, abstract designs, fashion, and the art found in the colorful city she lives in.

Her designs 

  • Sprinkle Sundae mani and pedi: As a kid, nothing was better than a trip to the ice cream parlor. And let’s be honest: Even as an adult, ice cream is still the best summertime treat, which is why this sprinkle-filled, semi-sheer mani is a seasonal favorite.
  • Paint the Town mani and pedi: Vivid brushstrokes and striking gold foil combine to create a design that’s truly museum-worthy. This modern palette features an assortment of head-turning shades — from neon yellow to dreamy cerulean — so it can easily complement any party look.


Chelsea King (@chelseaqueen)

About Chelsea: Chelsea's passion for nails led her from a nail art enthusiast to an agency-represented manicurist. She's highly sought after for her creative designs and ability to make nails the ultimate accessory.

Her designs 

  • Beach Waves mani and pedi: If you can’t get to the beach, bring the beach to you. With a calming, gradient-like palette of turquoise and sand, this mani instantly transports you to sunny days and ocean waves.
  • Beverly Hills mani: A high-fashion nail moment can really make a statement. Equal parts fun and feminine, this design brings together two of our standard summery prints (stripes and palm leaves!) for a sophisticated look that’s ideal for afternoon tea or weekend brunch.

Rebecca Ludwig (@moonchild.nails)

About Rebecca: Going on her fourth year as a nail artist, Rebecca is now an educator for NailPro Magazine and a highly-regarded nail artist. She works out of a private suite where she makes her clients’ nail goals come to life. She specializes in all forms of hand-painted nail design and ALWAYS has an iced coffee by side.

Her designs 

  • Watermelon Rush mani: Watermelon is practically the official fruit of summer, so it deserves a little mani love! With bright green and perky pink elements — plus raised gel water droplets — this design is sweet, fresh, and a true conversation starter.
  • L8r g8r mani: Animal print is everywhere this season. You’ll be totally on-trend with this forest green, croc-inspired design that features an extra row of gold foil for a hint of glamour.

Cassandre Marie (@cassmariebeauty)

About Cassandra: Seattle-based nail artist and photographer with experience working backstage, on-set, and in-studio. In love with bold colors and matte finishes.

Her designs 

  • Summer Rain mani: Rainy days don’t have to bring you down. With a pastel gray base, matte black accents, and a pop of glittery gold, this understated design works like a neutral and will pair flawlessly with your summertime wardrobe.
  • City Sun Rays mani: Subtle or glam? With this super chic mani, you don’t have to choose. The light pink base features a sheer finish while the bold navy accent offers up all the gloss. Glistening gold foil adds a glamorous finishing touch.


Canishiea J.Sams (@nailsbycanishiea)

About Canishiea: Nail artist and owner of “NailsbyCanishiea.” Canishiea specializes in one-of-a-kind, modern, hand-painted nail art and natural nail care. Canishiea is known for her abstract nail art, specifically free-form shapes and lines; unique color palettes; and her passion for nail health.

Her designs 

  • Neon Summer mani: The ‘80s are in full swing with this patchwork of vibrant neon hues that will definitely get the party started. A playful palm leaf print adds a touch of tropical relaxation, making it the perfect mani for poolside lounging.
  • Daycation mani: Think Miami Vice but for your nails. This ultra colorful abstract print is giving us serious South Beach vibes — all that’s missing is a frozen mojito topped off with a tiny umbrella.

Queenie Nguyen (@nailartbyqueenie)

About Queenie: Queenie Nguyen is a celebrity and editorial manicurist based in Los Angeles. Known for her clean, yet elevated nail art aesthetic and natural approach to nail care, Queenie has become one of the most sought-after nail artists in LA.

Her designs 

  • Good Vibes Only mani: You know how the best summer days aren’t even planned? With a mesmerizing mix of crystal stones and soft lilac and peach hues, this mani captures the essence of spontaneity that makes the season so memorable.
  • Feelin’ Wavy mani and pedi: Psychedelic energy never looked so good. A groovy swirl of retro-inspired shades has us daydreaming about all things ‘70s, from beaded curtains to lava lamps.