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July 1, 2013

On conceding to nail art and in doing so, really, really enjoying it.

Question: when it gets so muggy outside that in the first fifteen seconds you find yourself walking down a street, you feel your palms growing thicker, wetter and beginning to emanate microscopic black balls of dirt (is anyone at all with me on this one?), what’s the first thing you want to take off?

Personally, even before my unseasonal plaid shirts and ripped jeans or sufficiently inappropriate wool-blend blazers, I wonder why I even bother with jewelry, and rings specifically. I know, I know, this seems highly hypocritical–I’m practically a slave to the rings I wear but frankly, I think I start conceding more and more with every uncomfortable step through moist-land to the fact that–I can’t believe I’m saying this–comfort is probably not a state of mind.

I hereby submit a new rule: If I can’t shower with the jewelry in question, I probably just shouldn’t wear it, right?

Right!

And this is why after falling into a black hole I didn’t know existed, choc full of Korean nail art magazines (there were some pretty ambitious Spring Break nails–James Franco thumbs seem very right now), I think a pretty good substitute for the large baubles that typically permeate my/our fingers is a healthy dose of nail art. I’ve harbored an inexplicable, strange aversion toward the combination of nail polish and rings for a fairly long time but now that we’ve taken the latter out of the equation and the nail art hyper-craze has settled down just a bit, I think it’s high-time to assume commitment. If not because it’s fun to use my nails as an additional canvas for prints than definitely because it stimulates a little bit of primordial creativity.

In the slideshow above, you’ll notice my pathetic attempt to dress my own nails using Sally Hansen‘s Fuzzy Coat. After failing kind of miserably–actually, I thought they looked great until Naomi the nail artist stepped in–I was shown how its done using a variety of Hansen’s Sugar Coat polish. The colors dry on in this sandy texture. If that’s not your bag, using the Fuzzy Coat (it kind of looks like the ubiquitous Proenza Schouler tweed skirts,) as a topcoat will smooth it over. See and now when I play the How-Many-Prints-Can-I-Get-Together game, I have an additional five to account for. Are you going to try your hand at it too?

Clutches by Edie Parker, Flavia Carvalho Pinto. Striped suit by Paul and Joe.

OCk67J on Make A Gif, Animated Gifs

If you do, I definitely suggest creating a gesticulative emoji .gif after you’re done.

Part 2 of 3 in collaboration with Sally Hansen. See Spring Nail Training here.

 

  • Alice

    I love the .gif at the end and all your hand signs. #love. :P :P

    xx
    Alice
    aldasworld.blogspot.com

  • EmerJa

    Nice gif and love your nail art! :) And yes, when the weather is this way, I also feel uncomfortable with rings! :P

    http://www.emerjadesign.com

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    Morning!

    I haven’t painted my finger nails in a matter of 2 years or so, but the fuzzy coat polish looks simply divine and playful. And as I scrolled through the slideshow, I nearly jumped for joy when I saw your suit! If Fran Lebowitz wore color, it would be in that suit.

    • Leandra Medine

      here’s hoping

  • http://the-glossy.com/ Natacha

    Nail art… just up my alley. Love the new Sally Hansen polishes!
    http://the-glossy.com

  • http://www.farandwildjewelry.com/ abigail lind

    love the nail art but i will never not be a slave to my rings. forget the either or, rock them both on those summer sausage fingers for a look that really kicks swamp ass.

    abigail
    http://www.farandwildjewelry.com

  • http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/ Mafalda

    I’m like you when it come to comfort, especially with children! So I wear gold jewels, and I recently discovered vermeil jewelry (gold plated silver), which I can shower with.

    As for nail polish, we have the Queen of nail art in France. Her blog is called Pschiiit and she’s amazing. I managed to do really cool and classy nail arts thanks to her great tutorials (check here site: http://pshiiit.com/). The pictures she takes are pure art.

    http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/

    • Kate Barnett

      i LOVE that blog. she’s amazing.

  • Elisa Taviti

    How amazing is your gif!

    Whit love, Elisa
    My Fantabulous World

  • Stephany Abreu

    Beautiful nail art! I’ve never really used Sally Hansen but I might just give it a go

    http://alongthemoon.com

  • http://www.fashionsnag.com/ Fashion Snag

    I wanna try these!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  • Oliver Lips

    Boy oh boy, that suit is great! Perfect for your nail-art! ;)

    http://www.lips2lagerfeld.com
    http://www.lips2lagerfeld.com

  • Reptilia

    They look really good! Love the black an white prints!

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

  • Ines_Cruz

    how cool! I love the gif!!

    http://www.chezagnes.blogspot.com

  • http://www.prizmah.blogspot.com/ Prizmah Fashion Blog

    Lovely colours!! :)

    I’m following you now via Bloglovin – hope you like my blog too and you’ll follow back <3

    XOXO Sandl

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  • http://thecornerapartment.com/ Elizabeth @ TheCornerApartment

    Love the all black and white hand. And of course, your jacket!

    Elizabeth

  • Ru B

    I love nail art but I’m too lazy to do much.
    So instead I settle for blueish charcoal nail paint and tons of glitter/shimmer coat on top of it. Makes it look like I have got them done at a salon or something and gives it a metallic sort of look(?!?)
    Love your nail art!

    -Ru
    http://glitterandblush.blogspot.in/

  • StyleGodis

    Love this!! <3

    xx

    StyleGodis.com

  • meld

    I like the fuzzy too! Hope I can do as good of a job as you. I do have one of those stamping kits, which I love. Will have to try this soon.

    Melissa @ Sale-Rack.com| Designer clothing sales!

    • Leandra Medine

      Do share the outcome!

  • brunetteletters

    the craziest I will go on my nails is red haha…love your gif too!
    http://brunettelettersblog.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.quirkitout.blogspot.com/ Putri Soe

    OH-MG THESE NAILS ARE A MUST-DO FOR SUMMER.

  • jaclyn

    your suit is everything!! I love it!!!

    check my blog: http://stylevolver.blogspot.com

  • Pilar Garcia

    Que bonitos ,los quiero todos!!
    Un beso.
    Pilar
    http://www.a-louise.com

  • http://www.minecraftgames.co/ Minecraft Games

    The colors are very attractive.

  • Prince Repeller

    That gif is awesome! Yay to nail art!

    xoxo prince repeller
    http://princerepeller.blogspot.com/

  • Fashionably Sparkly

    I love the nail art! and I need to try those nail polishes! fuzzy coat? it looks interesting! ^^

  • Remotely Fashion

    WOW! That is some amazing nail art. I love the idea of having one monochrome hand and one colorful hand.
    http://remotelyfashion.blogspot.com

  • http://eileentheooer.blogspot.com/ Eileen

    Love all the nail looks! Just bought “Peach Fuzz” today! Juicy!

    • Leandra Medine

      Show us how it looks!@#$$#!

  • Sarina Fleur

    I’m really enjoying your new found love of .gif’s! Is that the right terminology? I don’t know. But yes, when your fingers start to go green as sweat drips from the gap between your rings and your fingers it definitely is high time to stop with the hand jewellery. Although I’ve never considered nail art as an alternative to make the hands look all beautiful and stuffs. Thanks for that little pop of inspiration!
    http://www.walkingtalkingclotheshorse.blogspot.com

  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    Definitely want to try the chevron and polka dots. Professionally done tho. I tried to save money by doing my own nails and toes..it was not a good move.

    https://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/

  • anna

    scandinavians think jews have a very strange face, especially the nose is very bad-looking,kinda scythe-like they say, . They call it ” Ful nasa”. the word “ful” is pronounced like the english word “fuel”. i kind of feel sorry for them, but maybe its the testosterone.. i´ve heard it increases the tissues inside the nose, especially bone mass.

    It´s intresting to note that the hebrew work “nasa” can mean both “to marry” and “to lift” and “to desire” among many other verbs..

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