There was once a time when I thought that a few coats of nailpolish was no big deal and should not be given much thought. Sure, having some shade of red on your nails looks alright, but why bother? It's just going to chip anyways, right? This changed a few months ago when I was invited to a nail painting party at a girlfriend's house, where we ate dinner, gabbed, drank wine, and got super creative with our painting skills (we all went to art school together, so it's nice to see our degrees at work). There was something so delightful about taking a few hours out of my hectic schedule to just relax and do a little thing for myself. Now, every sunday night it's just me, my nails, and an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I couldn't be happier.
If you can afford it, take a couple of hours to just sit and enjoy the process of layering lacquer. It's a simple task that gives you a break from the hectic lives we all lead. And now, with fall coming there are all sorts of new nail trends to play with!
Barely There Color
Left to right: Polish by Essie, Dior, and OPI for Sephora
Nude polishes have been trendy for ages. They're perfect for any season and can add a subtle polish to your look. This season though, try venturing away from the light pinkish neutrals and play with grays, mochas, and khakis. And if you're feeling a bit glitzier, try layering a metallic glitter top coat over your neutrals. I'm particularily fond of Traffic Stopper Copper by Opi for Sephora.
Don't Toss Those Neons!
Nails by Sophy Robson
Neon half moons by yours truly.
This summer neons were HUGE. You could barely open a blog without seeing a neon green satchel or an almost painful to look at orange belt. But just because summer is on it's way house, you shouldn't have to trash your statement making hues. This fall, try using neon colors as an accent in your manicure. Pair it with a nice neutral and you've got a look that's both playful and sophisticated.
Red Red Nails
From left to right: nailpolish by Deborah Lippmann, MAC, and Essie
Ok so maybe I was trashing red nails earlier, but it's impossible to avoid the fact that red nails are classics for a reason. There's something so powerful about a woman who can rock a deep red nail. While candy apple reds are sweet and fun, vampy vintage reds are perfect for a fall season of climbing the corporate ladder or sipping martinis with your girlfriends.
Whatever you end up doing, remember, you can always start over! Take some time for yourself, relax, and try something that intimidates you, because who knows, you might fall in love with your digits all over again!
Amalia Nicholson is a plus-size blogger, fashion enthusiast and advocate of beauty at every size. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where runs her personal style blog, Double Vision.