Wednesday, November 10, 2010

N is for Nail Polish

Hello my Dear Readers! I hope you're having a Fabulous Wednesday! Today I am sharing another excerpt from the book The One Hundred by Nina Garcia..."A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own." It shares the A-Z staples each woman should have in her wardrobe, and today we are continuing on with the letter N. :)

N is for Nail Polish:

Ms. Garcia writes:

"Nail polish should go to extremes. Always. Go for either the vamp red or a light, light pink. Maybe black satin if you feel like being goth or punk rock. But do not dip into a middle-ground palette. Corals and fuchsias are just asking for trouble. If you can't decide, go for a clear nail. It will make you look put together and finish off your look in a refined way."

The Four Big Fashion Nail Polishes Are:

* The Red: Chanel Vamp (called Rouge Noir in Europe). This shade has never failed me.

* The Light, Light Pink: Essie Ballet Slippers. Light, easy, feminine, classic.

* The Black: Chanel Black Satin. Hardcore. In a good way.

* The Clear: OPI Designer Series Topcoat. Shows you're ready to take on anything. No fuss, no muss.

Fashion 101: Polish

"Nail polish was invented 5,000 years ago by the Ming Dynasty. Chinese royalty wore colored nail polish according to the colors of the current dynasty (gold and silver during the Chou, red and black during the Ming, etc). Egyptians also stained their nails with the reddish brown henna plant and used polish as signifiers of rank. Queen Nefertiti wore a ruby red and Cleopatra wore a rust red (such stylish queens!), but the lower-ranked women were permitted to use only very pale colors. Obviously, polish used today doesn't signify royalty or rank, but is a matter of taste and appropriateness—so select wisely, as people do notice. I know I do."

(All the information above is from the book)

Do you agree with Ms. Garcia? Do you wear nail polish on a regular basis? If so, what color? Is there a certain brand that you recommend? Please do share! :)

Have a beautiful and blessed day! :)



  1. And one more additionNovember 10, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Don't forget Deborah Lippmann-THE BEST nail polish, IMO. She's the nail stylist to the stars, runway shows and most magazine editorials/covers. She has her own line/website and they are also sold at, Nordstroms etc. Pricey but so totally worth it. Esp. if you must do them yourself;) It's easy on, lasts longer than a week and the colors are great!
    Probably many that wouldn't agree with Nina about the corals and fuchsias--but it is so personal and these colors can look nice on the right nails/person.

  2. I love nail polish but I work in a pretty conservative office and a lot of colors just don't fly in a place like that. I have been getting the shellac manicure in a French for the last few months and I love them. I go two weeks without a chip or mark, they look perfect the whole time.

  3. My love affair with nail polish began when I was 7 and bought my first bottle. I remember it well. I have been painting my nails on a regular basis since and am also great with adding decals and designer looks to my nails as is done in salons. I do it myself and have so much fun! I own more bottles of nailpolish than I can count--seriously it would take a while as they are in 3 small totes and a couple of other large cosmetic bags. I keep it fresh with nail polish thinner. A girlfriend and I had a nailpolish swap and traded colors that we had that did not work for us. I buy anything from cheap Wet and Wild to OPI and everything in between. I often find it is not the brand but a particular color that seems to last longer and how you prep your nails/basecoat.

  4. Just had my nails painted after having french for a long time. Love it!

  5. I generally follow Nina's rules, dark on toes and light pink on nails. I usually the OPI Bubble Bath for the pale pink because it looks nice with my skintone. The dark color varies but I do like OPI and Essie the best. Top coat is always Seche Vite.

  6. Her comment about not dipping into the middle ground colors is totally off base and just plain silly. It all depends on skin tone and knowing what looks good on yourself. I look awful in washed out pastels and don't like the look of dark nails as chips show so easily. I knew there was always something a bit "off" about her!

    I have read all her books recently and have noticed how she contradicts herself on occasion as well.

  7. I wear nothing on my fingernails, just cut very short and buffed to a shine. I get regular pedicures and having been re-painting in an essie coral color for about the last year.

    I think colors of nail polish go in and out very quickly and her "rules" are obv. from a couple of years ago at least. Afterall, this is one area where you can be super trendy without much investment or commitment of any kind.

  8. I've used Essie and Bobbi Brown but my favourite is still NoMiss.

  9. I can't bear wearing nail polish, and I rarely wear it on my toes either, I prefer short and buffed paws and claws on myself - but admire colour on others.

  10. I love nailpolish. I rarely go without. I let my nails breathe for a day--two at most--and the next round of polish goes on. I adore all my little bottles lined up in a basket in my bathroom:)I have about 50 colors that I chose from. I noticed Ulta is having a great deal on OPI for a week. I buy all kinds though and look for sales at Walgreens as well as dept. stores and beauty supply stores.

  11. Hi ladies! Thank you all so much for stopping by! It's so interesting to hear everyone's take on this subject. Count me in as one who doesn't wear a lot of nail polish...usually only on my toes, and then it's Chanel Ballerina which is a pink/nude tone. I also don't agree with Ms.Garcia about the corals and fuchsias, especially in the summer when you may have a bit of tan. I think they look extra pretty then. When it comes to nail polish I really think it's all about personal preference myself. :)

    Thanks again for stopping by! Have a fabulous Friday! :)

  12. I love nail polish. Lately it has been my affordable indulgence and my collection has really grown. I used to be an OPI snob, but lately I've found that many drug store brands are excellent. I've also been working on practicing my application, which makes a huge difference.

    I heard someone once say that people who love nailpolish are really people who just love color. I fall right in with that!

    Frankly, I don't value Ms. Garcia's opinon on most things. I think one's choice of color should be governed mainly by skin tone and lifestyle. This year I was more excited for dark, vampy polishes than I was for fall clothes.

    I have been pushing the envelope a bit for my age and profession. Right now I'm sporting Sonia Kashuk's Taunting Teal, a dark blue black. The young girls in the office have been oohing and ahing over it. My mom thinks it's hideous.

    I do have a fondness for the "greige" colors. They are the way to go for a modern, yet neutral look. Such as: Chanel Particulere, OPI You Don't Know Jacques, Orly Prints Charming, Sally Hansen Commander in Chic or Concrete, Revlon Gray Suede and my new favorite, Rimmel Steel Gray.

  13. i love nail polish...and don't agree with Nina on this one...i love color...very light colors are fine but usually wash me out.

  14. Generation Kvetch and Milly: Thank you both so much for taking the time to stop by and comment! I really appreciate it! :)