How to stand out on your own with the simplest of accessories.
I get asked about my nails on a daily basis; so let me take a moment to pause and share my “Manna Mantra” about everything nails. In the past several years, nail art has been all the rage. I have certainly chosen to partake in this fun journey of no holds barred creativity when it comes to expression via my nails.
Given that I only do gel nails for the practical purpose of the two- to three-week longevity, it has taken me just as long to find the nail technician love of my life, Cutie Phil, to find someone with the talent to meet my ever-changing nail art creations. I call it MNAPS (Multiple Nail Art Personality Syndrome). Much to my dismay, only months after I found Cutie Phil did I read that nail art was out! I almost fell over at that instant. I pondered this for a few days and my conclusions were: 1) I will NOT break-up with Cutie Phil because it took me three years to find my Nail Husband, and 2) I will express my Kelly Clarkson’s “Miss Independence” and will single-handedly—no pun intended—bring back nail art.
Only days after this life-changing revelation did the Nail Gods speak to me in the form of a major on-air TV deal, which specifically stated, “No nail art can be on air.” My liberation was now my devastation—and even worse—how do I break this to Cutie Phil? It was days before my shoot and with my tail between my legs, I decided honesty was the best policy—and spilled the beans to Cutie Phil. After some crocodile tears and the best hug ever, we decided on a beautiful pink from OPI, and surprisingly, I loved it. I had not seen just one color grace my nails in years. Much to my dismay, I loved how elegant and tasteful the color was.
I was off to my shoot, and everything—including my nails—went without a hitch. After all of this, the biggest lesson I learned was that I (or you) cab create your own trends! It doesn’t matter what everyone thinks is “in” as long as you own and rock whatever look you feel is a true representation of your personality. Needless to say, I was back to my nail art in a heartbeat, but from this experience, learned to appreciate the beauty in even the most simple of gel mani’s. Now, you can create your own nail destiny.
Think. Do. Be. Beautiful.