My first Sunday Deliberation post will be about...nail polish! It's not directly related to fashion in the typical sense, but after years of avoiding these little paint bottles like the plague, I've come to the realization that nails can actually be a great accessory to an outfit!
If you've followed my blog for a while, then you know that I'm really a tomboy at heart and you probably wouldn't be surprised to learn that as a child and early teens I was completely anti-nail polish. If I was going to wear it, it would be clear polish and that's it. No red, and DEFINITELY NO PINK. I just couldn't get past how girly it was and it just made me feel really self-conscious. But as I got older, my style evolved. And as the more "alternative" colors were being sold (remember Revlon Streetwear?), I became more interested with this special paint. I was totally fascinated with blacks, metallics, and other dark colors because it wasn't so girly. LOL.
I would buy a bottle here and there, but not really wear it out in public. I would literally put it on, wear it around the house and then take it off. Around the age of 23, I realized that having a good pedicure was probably a smart idea when wearing open-toed shoes and I went ahead and myself a "french manicure pink" color. It was almost as if I was wearing nothing, but made my feet at least presentable to the world. For years, that's the only color I wore on my toes. Any other color and I was convinced it would draw attention to my feet, and I didn't want that! =P
Fast forward a few years and I suddenly had an epiphany: Nail polish can totally transform the "mood" of an outfit. Darks can give some edge, brights can make an outfit fun, and reds, of course, can make an ensemble totally sexy. Who knew?
After years of collecting lacquer, I'm still drawn to the darks--especially blacks and blues. But I've ventured out into the greens, and now even neons and reds (although reds tend to look brown against my skintone, which I hate). Pink, unless its a french manicure pink is still off the table. LOL. Here are a few photos of my ever-growing stash, which I know is nowhere near what other ladies have:
And a photo of the first red polishes that I've purchased in the last few months:
My most recent purchase is Mezmerized by Essie that I found at Target (artificial light followed by natural light):
My technique isn't that great and I'm incredibly impatient. I can't wait for my nails to dry and what makes it worse is the fact that I have this weird tendency to sit on my hands. Obviously, my freshly painted nails do not survive.
What do you think of nail polish? Do you wear it? Why or why not? What are your favorite colors ever?