Summer Trend #1: Nail Art

20 Jun

Each year when summer makes it’s entrance, for the fashion and beauty world there’s always a “new” trend on the horizon. Last year the high-low skirt was a hit. Leopard print was (seemingly) everywhere. The wedge sneaker was, and is still in vogue. Yet this year the biggest trend I’m fully indulging in has nothing to do with clothing or shoes, but is just as necessary to complete a chic and polished look: colorful and polished nails. I’ve seen everything at this point thanks to pure street style encounters and through the help of Instagram. There are many different styles to choose from that may or may not cost you a pretty penny. Are you going the natural route? Acrylic? Squared acrylic or stiletto? Gel nails? Do you like brightly colored nails or are you more of a french tip girl? Do you like your polish shiny or matte? Diamonds? Bows? Tribal print? Neon?

Well, whatever you choose your nails should never be disregarded as non-issue. Whether many of us realize it or not everyone at some point notices your nails. (Unless you club for a living.) So if you’re strolling through the day with a chipped up mess or an apparent lack of nail care it won’t go unnoticed. Your colleagues, girlfriends, friends, customers, boyfriends, suitors, enemies, frenemies, barista, nosy neighbor and boss will notice.  Ladies. Even if you don’t have the time or the budget for a professional nail session do NOT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE with jacked-up fingers. A well done manicure says just as much about a woman’s hygiene as much as her hair maintenance. But I ain’t come here to preach.

I came to share some of my favorite colors and polish brands thus far. I’ve typically become a huge ESSIE fan but I also love Cover Girl and Sally Henson’s polishes as well.

This is Essie in "Mint Mojito"

This is Essie in “Mint Mojito”

Also an Essie polish: "Meet Me at Sunset"

Also an Essie polish: “Meet Me at Sunset”

Not my own design. Something I saw and thought was quite cute.

Not my own design. Something I saw and thought was quite cute.

Cover Girl's Outlast Stay Brilliant Polish in a pale blue.

Cover Girl’s Outlast Stay Brilliant Polish in a pale blue.

This one is an Essie Polish, "Miss Fancy Pants." Great color if you like neutral looks.

This one is an Essie Polish, “Miss Fancy Pants.” Great color if you like neutral looks.

I’m still playing around with different colors each week, and this is for sure one of my new favorite past times. I prefer to keep my nails simple (read: I’m not that ill yet), but switching up the color every few days gives me a chance to tap into some creativity. Do you have any polish brands and colors you love? Do tell!

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