Inspired by Nashville: Rayna James and Her Black Nail Polish

If you follow me on Twitter you will know by now that I’m completely obsessed with Nashville. The show soundtracks are basically the only music I listen to any more, and at one point Spotify even barred me from playing ‘Telescope’ because I’d reached some kind of hidden limit. Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) is my favourite, but I also have major love for ‘the Reigning Queen of Country’, Rayna James (Connie Britton).

Rayna James Black Nail VarnishConnie Britton as Rayna James – spot the black nail polish

Whilst Juliette has the catchiest songs – Telescope, Boys and Buses, Used etc, etc – Rayna wins in the style stakes. First of all she has The Hair; then there’s her impressive collection of skinny jeans and leather jackets. Plus she really knows how to rock a dark nail polish.

Avril Lavigne put me off black nail varnish years ago, but I’ve slowly been coming around to the idea again, as Rayna makes it look so chic. I wore Burberry’s ‘Poppy Black’ shade over Halloween and enjoyed the slick, glossiness. It was even mistaken for a professional manicure multiple times – and that definitely has more to do with the polish itself than my at-home application.

Black Nail PolishSHOP: Burberry ‘Poppy Black’ | Barry M ‘Espresso’ | Topshop ‘Cloak and Dagger’

However, I don’t think I’ve fully converted to the dark side. Although I enjoy pretending to be Rayna James (southern accent and all, y’all) black nails are very, well… black. I think Mavala’s dark ‘Amethyst’ shade, from the Sublime Collection, is a less dramatic, entry-level polish. Think of it as a shade for Raynas in the making!

Are you a fan of Nashville and/or black nail polish? Is it a shade you’ll be wearing this Autumn/Winter? And keep reading for my ultimate Nashville playlist – if you’re not already a fan of the soundtrack you’re missing out. BIG TIME…

P.S can we also quickly talk about how hot Deacon is? Forget Ryan Gosling, it’s all about Deacon Claybourne

Deacon Nashville

  • Completely obsessed with Nashville – and all things Nashville related too. Particularly the range of stylish leather jackets toted by Juliette Barnes. Do you know when Season 2 is being released in England? Am suffering from withdrawal symptoms…

    • cocos_tea_party

      I imagine January at the earliest. I wish More4 wouldn’t make us wait so long!

  • I freaking love Nashville and this post! I must say I’m a Gunnar fan!

    • cocos_tea_party

      I’m not so keen on Gunner. Shocker – I actually prefer Avery!

      • I really didn’t like Avery in Season 1 but I’m really warming up to him now! I love their little bromance haha!

  • I love black nail polish and always have a bottle at home but lately i have noticed that my nails never look as shiny as they tend to on people on tv, just the other day i was watching the show zoe ball presents about strictly and all i kept eyeing up were her nails, they were so shiny! I even have one by essie which isn’t shiny, it’s shiny for like a minute after i apply and then dull 🙁

    tempted to start watching nashville though, need a good boxset to get into. X

    • cocos_tea_party

      Oh you SO need the box set! It’s addictive – you’ll get through it so quickly!

  • Aly

    I was laughing so hard as I read this; you sound just like me! I LOVE Nashville & I’m born and raised in NYC. I didn’t realize the show was on in the UK too. Don’t even get me started on Rayna’s hair. OBSESSED. I thought I was the only one who noticed her perfectly glossy black manicures too, although personally I prefer super dark plums & greens. And Deacon. I freakin’ love him! I don’t quite know why but I think he’s so hot. He’s giving my other two husbands Don Draper (not Jon Hamm) & Idris Elba a serious run for the money!

  • Devin

    I’m so glad someone else loves Nashville! I’m afraid it will be cancelled as it just never seems to bring in viewers. but until then you should check out my blog where i discuss all things Nashville!