My last Gelish manicure by celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival lasted two weeks to the day without a crack or chip! Amazing. When I used regular polish in my pre-Tracylee days, I couldn’t get through 48 hours without a chip. The long-lasting “Vanity Fair” purple-and-black nail design finally gave up the ghost yesterday. I couldn’t decide on a successor design, so I let Tracylee pick.
While Tracylee was carefully painting the checkerboard pattern, I reminisced again about how nail art would have been impossible to wear at any of my corporate jobs. Having crazy nails is one of the pleasures of being a jewelry designer.
In my corporate days, there was one woman who dared to have insanely long nails. She was an executive in the information technology department, surrounded by men. It was pretty shocking for her to have a manicure that would put a Mob wife’s to shame.
I was always hypnotized by her nails in meetings. They were much more interesting than anything we were meeting about. I vividly remember the day she came in with one nail tip pierced by a small hoop earring. When she left the meeting early, we all fell out of our chairs laughing. Nowadays, radical nail looks are the height of chic, but I still wouldn’t recommend wearing them in a conservative work environment. You won’t be taken seriously. Yes, my blog motto is “Wear What You Want,” but, as I said in 2009, you have to consider where you are:
“Obviously, “Wear What You Want” doesn’t apply to every situation. You shouldn’t wear a boob belt dress to a funeral. Nor should you wear a skin-tight, backless white halter dress to your first day of work as an intern at CNN.”
There’s always an exception to the rule, and the dagger-nailed woman was so brilliant she was promoted to very senior positions. Even a manicure that made people laugh out loud couldn’t hold her back!