Bling (non) Ring
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?
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?
If you do, I definitely suggest creating a gesticulative emoji .gif after you’re done.