This double-layer Minx manicure by celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival (yes, I call her “celebrity manicurist” to her face) is named “Leaf Me Alone.” It’s a transparent layer of Minx adorned with silver leaves applied over an opaque gold layer. (What’s Minx? Click here and here for more information.)
In the photo above, I’m holding a glittery card at my gorgeous friend Tina’s gold-themed birthday party last Saturday. The quote that I’m partially covering on the front of the card is from Jane Austen’s novel Emma: “One cannot have too large a party.” The photographer blames the blurriness of the photo on her excessive consumption of Champagne. What can I say? It was a good party. Manicure photos weren’t a top priority.
If you want some gold and silver leaf action of your own and you’re in the New York area, you can holla at Tracylee through her Twitter, @LuxebyTracylee. Or you can buy one of my oak leaf necklaces. I have them in 18K gold; 18K gold with a diamond set in platinum; and silver. The plain gold one is available at Broken English Jewelry in Santa Monica, Calif., so if you live around there, you can go try it on.
When I show this piece to people, I always point out that the back of the leaf pendant is just as detailed as the front.
The oak leaf was made using the lost-wax casting technique, so it’s very detailed, dimensional and tactile. It wasn’t stamped out of a piece of flat metal at a factory.
Lately I feel no post is complete without a musical component, so here is rapper Tech N9ne performing “Leave Me Alone.”