Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Not-naked toes

"There's only one thing worse than chipped toenail polish, and that is NO toenail polish!!"

These words of wisdom are oft repeated by a very good friend at this time of year... striking fear into the hearts of those of us who, at their peril, do not heed her advice and may well be called upon to account for the offending nakedness of their toenails in a social setting... !

We all have our own preferences.  Some ladies are faithful to one colour all summer long, something classic like coral pink, or a sparkly Christmassy crimson.  Some rotate between a select few "fashionable" colours, chosen to co-ordinate with their summer wardrobes.  One of us is very very fickle and changes colours once a week.  All summer long her toenails will stand testament to many and varied fleeting love affairs with a whole rainbow of crazy colours.
Ahem, that last one would be me.  I'm such a nail polish tart  ;)
I absolutely adore this new colour!  My Mum bought this one in Melbourne during our recent trip away.  Gorgeous, no?  It is not white, or pink, not even pale pink, not grey or even beige, but a sort of combination of all of the above.  A non-colour really.  Like the colour of nothing.  
Quiet.  Peaceful.
And so perfect for my mood at the mo'.  The pre-Christmas period is the craziest, most hectic time of the year, and painting ten little spots of a peaceful and quiet non-colour on the toenails is like ten tiny pearly pools of zen calm in my life right now.
Cassie and I bought different colours, and now I am kicking myself I did not get this one too at the same time, since I have fallen in love with it.  Drats.  It was much admired by my friends this morning too.
Double drats.
If I cannot find this polish locally I will have to invite Mum up, avec nail polish, for another stay!
So, let's talk colour... what is your hue of choice for the summer tootsies...? and do you play favourites; or like me, are you a woman of whimsy?

Nail varnish: Buttercream, by Kester Black
Sandals; Misano, from Marie-Claire
Disclosure, in case you are wondering: this is not an endorsement, and this was not a freebie; we saw and purchased our nail polishes at a craft fair, of all places! and paid full price.

24 comments:

  1. Really! A spam beat me to be the first comment here? *sigh*
    I love those pale colours on the toe nails, but me too, change the colour almost every week. Same goes to perfumes and lip colours. Not a very faithful woman, I know. That non-colour is great and I would be needing ten little spots of calm and quiet for the next two weeks!

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  2. What a great summer colour. I'm like you, I change my polish once a week in summer and often to co-ordinate with a specific outfit. I have a collection of fluoro colours that I'll wear over christmas because I think they look great with tanned feet.

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  3. You have a beautiful tan! and lovely toes too.

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  4. I've been avoiding the whole nail colour issue for my tootsies but now summer is here and so I have to face the decision so that I can wear my haviannas with pride.
    I think a frosted pink or a green will be my colour for Christmas this year.
    However I need a great tan on my tootsie before I scare the general public:)

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  5. I change the colour of my toenails regularly but have been favouring orange lately.

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  6. Me thinks those nice brown legs of yours are a fine compliment to any colour nail varnish! Sadly my white legs require a splash of bright colour on my toes to offset their whiteness!

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  7. I'm rocking bright metallic blue at the moment. It goes with almost everything at this time of year.

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  8. mostly all the time, Nail Inc's Berry - a very dark blood red, though boyfriend is baffled why I still wear it in winter! Sometimes a gold or coral.

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  9. I paint mine a Christmasy red. But not many people will see it because it's been thirty below zero outside.

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    1. Anon: at least YOU know they are there; cheerful, if hidden :)

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  10. Someone please explain what is wrong with naked toe nails. I really hate using nail polish. Am I really backwards if I don't wear nail polish on toe nails? Does it really look so offensive? I had a friend tell me I needed to paint my toe nails on an evening out, I didn't, was that wrong. Should I conform? Just wondering.

    Hope you don't mind the question carolyn, I am genuinely wondering.

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    1. Your not the only one! I don't like the feeling of nail polish on my nails, and see nothing wrong with clean and well manicured polish-free toes!
      Steph

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    2. Ronniie; of course there is nothing wrong with unpainted toenails! and I am sure your friend was just offering what she hoped would be a helpful suggestion. Likewise, the joke about naked toenails within my group of friends is just that; a silly joke! and whilst we, her friends, get it; my friend would never embarrass another person about their unpainted toenails.
      Anyway; fashion- and beauty-wise; personal choice is the "in" thing nowadays and anything goes :)
      I sure hope anyone did not find this post offensive; it was intended to be light-hearted.

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  11. As it's -22 degrees C outside with windchill my toes won't be seeing the light of day for a bit (up north here in the wilds of Alberta). I'm a dedicated toenail painter myself. I switch among colours I like.....right now it's teal or lime green or this cool silver I have.....Adds a pop to my day, even when all I'm doing is putting on wool socks and wearing winter boots!
    Thanks for this Carolyn, added to my day.

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    1. Ohmigosh, -22C?! keep those tootsies snug and warm!

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  12. I'm with you Carolyn. My daughter and I are crazy about different colours. She is into tealy blues at the moment (like about 5 different ones) and my latest love is green. I noticed it matched the shallots as I put the in the fridge on the weekend!! The staff at work are a bit bemused though. And no comments from the kids (high school teacher) which is MOST unusual.

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    1. Blue and green are gorgeous colours for the toes, and they make you feel somehow cooler too, don't they? In BOTH senses of the word!

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  13. Thanks Carolyn for your helpful comments, they indeed make me feel better about my "naked nails".
    I did not find your post offensive, I took it in the light it was intended. It was another interesting well written post, as usual.

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  14. I tend to go with corals as it goes with most of my wardrobe but recently used a fire engine red I got as a freebie. I love it!! I have also worn bright green and blue.

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  15. Ha! I did work experience with the lass, Anna, behind this brand. This was when I was studying fashion at TAFE last year and she was working (perhaps still) as a patternmaker.

    She was GREAT, such a fantastic lass, so I'm pleased to hear you give her product such a good review.

    And I never paint my nails - toes or fingers.

    Sam

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  16. Nail polish is one area that I go bananas, too. Greens and corals are my favorites but I always like finding that perfect not-color, too. And then sometimes I just need all-out red.

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  17. I am a guy that is like the opposite of a Tomboy with a very strong feminine side. I get pedicures every two weeks and usually wear fire engine red polish on my toenails and women's sandals. When people see my red toenails, they know that I have a very strong feminine side and that I'm not afraid to express it. I try different colors but always go back to my fire engine red because it is classic, sassy, feminine, and looks great with my fair skin, Whenever I'm having a bad day, it really cheers me up to look down and see pretty red toenails peeking out of my sandals. I am also a nail polish tart like Carolyn.

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  18. To refine my comment, I am an anonymous MAN and eager toe kisser! So far I've heard nothing but appreciation. Do you ladies not know how attractive, sensual, erotic and arousing pretty feet and toes are? That's with or without polish. I promise you if you have pretty feet it's the FIRST thing a man will notice. Some call this a fetish. It's as much of a fetish as pretty eyes, hair and smile! If you'll send me directions I'll be there this morning with my little buddy.

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