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Today, we vet in favor of Treat-ing ourselves again


In collaboration with Treat Collection.

Have I spent ample time thinking about the day that I would finally want to look more feminine? Sure. Did I believe that day would come this quickly and furthermore ignite my wanting to wear nail polish again? Absolutely not.

Here’s what happened yesterday: Amelia has been hell bent on producing a story about printed socks. This might come in the wake of the recent though perhaps unsurprising revelation that men do menswear better than women do.

We’ve chalked it up to a number of variables that cannot be eradicated. For one thing, our hips don’t lie whereas mens’ do (because they’re slim regardless of waist size). For another, men are unimpressed by appearing over-styled. They also don’t brand-applaud or shame one another, and all those elements allow for the fundamental tools of good style to penetrate the surface layer that is the human body and shine, baby. Shine.

But where socks are concerned, it’s a moot point: when you think well-dressed women, you rarely consider the socks. We planned to make the case for them today using photos of me outfitted like me, which is to say like a man who looks like a cross between my dad and Michael Jackson. When we scrapped the story, I was left in a flannel shirt from Uniqlo plus high waist raw denim jeans, a double breasted blazer, wedge loafers and, of course, the socks.

Due to the nature of my short hair coupled with my ascot I felt more masculine than usual. And frankly, being confused for a boy is thrilling at first, but by the time you grow ready to assume your own gender it gets a little tired. I yearned for an unwitting sense of femininity and without the relief of red lipstick (point of contention, don’t want to talk about it), I had to get creative.

This is where the nail polish comes in.

I’ve recently taken an interest in a relatively new polish brand called Treat. This is partially because their clear polish is first-rate and they offer a generously wide range of nude colors for ladies like me, who don’t often festoon their nail beds in color, but also because it’s toxin free which is completely in line with my new, anti-Cancer, pro-running lifestyle.

Now, you may not know this about me but I have not worn nail polish in years. This is chiefly because I wear so many rings, and that combined with auspicious nail color seems too much like the accessory equivalent of Charlotte York. It is also incredibly UN-FRENCH TO WEAR NAIL POLISH and really now, why would I put the final nail in my own coffin of continental discovery?

But last summer, Daria Werbowy’s Fall/Winter Céline ads replete with red long nails perplexed me in the same way that Birkenstocks do. My stance said no but my heart said yes which is probably why yesterday, in my own puny effort to look more like a girl (earth to Leandra! Try a dress), I painted my nails red using Treat’s Summer Time. (I am projecting).

Now, when I look down at my keyboard and watch my fingers press keys, I feel like Janice of Friends fame and I’m okay with that. Maybe ultimately this is not about becoming more feminine but rather recognizing that I will never be French — and that that’s okay. Or, you know, maybe I just like red nail polish again. Whatever.

Part 1 of 1 in collaboration with Treat Collection.

Wearing a Studio Nicholson blazer, Uniqlo flannel shirt, Topshop muscle tee, Patrik Ervell jeans, J. Crew socks, Celine loafers and a Bochic ring.

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  • maud.schellekens

    Cool post!

    XOXO Maud


  • Buying nail polish is one of our guilty pleasures… This brand is amazing!

  • lavinia

    i need a first rate clear coat. I mean, the Essie top coat doesnt cut it and i have things to do like tie laces, send out fabrics and cook (sure it may be instant oatmeal but still)

    Red nail polish is forever the best.

    i agree.

    i write fashion columns.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I actually have the treat topcoat on right now (just by itself) and it stayed all weekend and still looks good. — normally i find they peel immediately!

  • CDJ

    did you really paint those yourself? i am impressed.

  • Kandeel

    recreating this outfit because my brother happens to own a flannel just like yours :)) and I’m 100% sure you got that shirt from uniqlo mens

  • Aubrey Green

    I don’t paint my nails, but I love they way it looks on other people.

  • Diva Hot Couture

    I love the range of colour! Would love to try them out!

  • Brie

    go ahead with the sock post, i wrote on here a long time ago i was obsessed with socks, all types. i do not have a foot fetish of any sort, i just like my feet to be warm and i like them to look cool. i know this is a “treat” day but i’ll look forward to a sock post Amelia. BTW red nails …are pretty meh IMO. try a maroon or dark purple ( OPI we’ll always have paris) for this season of frozen-balls. goes with all sorts of ring combinations.

  • maryclare

    LOVE! I’m a bonafide tomboy at heart but my nails always remain red giving a nod to the fact that I’m still a woman 😉

  • monkeyshines
  • I LOVE red nails! I used to buy new nail polishes all the time. Now I just stick to Dior 999 & MJ 142 (fluorescent beige). Definitely feeling frenchy (& surfboard when guys compliment on it ha)

  • Isida

    Sounds a bit like me, I’ve only just ventured into red nail varnish and red lipstick!

  • Whitney McCabe

    Fan of nude nails all through college and the first few years in my career, but like you, I wanted a splash of easy femininity! I was just recently introduced to the gel-manicure, and I was all, “I CAN WALK OUTTA HERE WITH DRY NAILS?!?!? SIGN ME UP!” Then, I found a red that began to love, and it no longer reminds me of my mom’s pointy-Texas-nails. For some reason, the short, red nail is quickly becoming my “thing.” And I’m lovin’ it.

  • It took me 38 years to wear all colours of nail polish (including red) and it made me feel very feminine! Same things for heels…
    That red mani is gorgeous, and dear, those rings are beyond beautiful!

    Mafalda ❤

  • My New Year’s resolution was to wear lady nails so up until last week I was wearing red polish and letting my nails grow. Now they are short again and sans polish.

    I’ve always loved rail polish though. So classic. Reminds me of Lana Turner.

  • Vanessa Reyes

    Out of the gazillion polishes I have (guilty pleasure) Chinoise from Rescue Beauty Lounge is my fave and go to color…Love the red mani and your rings are awesome!!

  • isaobeso

    I have nothing against nail polish. In fact, I love nail polish. But lately I feel that need of having just lon, polished natural nails with just a base coat to protect them (I work with my hands and chemicals). On the other hand, I am not so sure about printed socks. But depending on the weather and/or the situation, they can look really cool and it doesn’t matter how feminin of masculin it is, right?

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  • ellen

    I’m definitely in the same boat, seeking lipsticks and nail polishes to amp up the femininity in an otherwise fairly androgynous style, but the toxins have got me pretty freaked out. This book is a pretty cool resource if you’re living the anti-cancer lifestyle, lots of great info on which toxins to avoid and how to get all the scary stuff out of your man-repelling bod-ays!

  • Saakshi Kaushik

    Um HULLO. The only thing I’ve been (un)decorating manailz with is OPI MAN REPELLER. Obv man.

  • red nail polish just makes me happy when I’m in a bad mood.

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  • Quinn Halman

    Not to kiss ass here, but due to my school’s strict uniform code the girls aren’t allowed to wear coloured nail polish. Hence, I am always rocking my Man Repeller OPI neutral colour. But my toes are a whole different story

  • Malena

    Love the grey coat you’re wearing, super sophisticated!

  • I always love red nails and dark nails. Two classics I always go back to over and over again.

    P.S. Your accessories are always so amazing!!

  • I think the red nails look amazing on you and you should always wear some red. Like a chanel suit, never goes out of style. I am obsessed with red nails lately and I put a post up last week with Essie Forever Yummy. Check it out if you have time.

  • looksharpsconnie

    Never thought I’d see the day.

    Rings & Paint?

    Everything I know is false

  • Andy

    Leandra where are your bracelets/cuffs from?

  • Laura

    Why on earth did you spill it out everywhere?! Otherwise, beautiful 🙂

  • Isabella

    I’m in love with those Celine loafers

  • Maria

    I’m sure you know this already… But I must say you have beautiful hands… It’s easy to pull off anything… As for mine they look like mine workers hands… Not so sure i can do any color on my nails…

  • Nailpolish, like lipstick, makes you look like a lady in no time. Great choice of color to, my favorite. xo hanneke

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  • Tahlia Sanders

    After years of trialling various shades of the nail polish spectrum, I always come crawling back to red. It’s universally flattering and manages to make anyone, wearing any look, appear sophisticated.

    Welcome back onto the red nail polish bandwagon, Leandra!

  • salome

    grandpa’s style?

  • Aly

    This post is hilarious. As someone who doesn’t wear much makeup and is a huge fan of Birkenstocks, I have to say I have always loved a good red manicure. Especially during a long dreary NYC winter, a fun manicure is a great way to treat yourself!