You Need A Manicure

So, I realized something a little disturbing the other day. I judge your nails. I know!!!! It’s terrible. When I say “your”, I mean everyone’s. It’s not that I actively think bad about women who don’t have a manicure.  Truthfully, I don’t. I do make assumptions about women who have nice manicures though. I assume they take care of themselves. I assume they have their stuff together.



To be fair, this wasn’t always me. I work in the store. I rip open boxes every day and my nails don’t always look good. But when I’m out and I see women at the grocery store, or the gym or anywhere really, I find myself looking at their nails. They can be wearing sweats and a t-shirt and have their hair in a pony-tail, but if they have a great manicure with perfectly polished nails I make assumptions that I don’t make if their nails aren’t polished.

This was something I didn’t even know I did until my hairdresser told me she does the same thing! She said she can’t help it. She looks at your nails too. So now I have a bottle of nail polish on my desk. I cut my nails, I file them short and I paint them constantly. I get a manicure once a week. Once they chip, I remove the polish and paint them myself. I eat hair and nail gummies now just to make sure they always look healthy. I’m obsessed.



By the way, my nails look good all the time now, but I don’t always have my stuff together so my whole premise is totally flawed. But it hasn’t changed the fact that I am still looking at your nails. If I am, others are too. They’re making the same ridiculous assumptions. Keep a bottle of polish close so it reminds you to take a quick look at your nails. If you want people to think you have your stuff together even if you don’t…just get a manicure.


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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

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Alexandria, VA 22314



  1. Avatar Janet says:

    Interesting. I think those women don’t have anything more important to do with their time. Or elect to do their nails instead of those things.

  2. Avatar Mary says:

    Usually enjoy reading the articles on this site, but this one while honest, is completely tone deaf. I’d love a weekly manicure, who wouldn’t, but lack the time and frankly the financial means to make that a reality. Feel free to judge me all you want, I know I’m more than just a set of polished tips.

  3. Avatar AJ says:

    Sorry, but this article missed the mark entirely. I too was hoping for local recommendations, not someone admitting to being shallow without a silver lining or moral to the story.

  4. Avatar Christine says:

    I figure if I’m spending time looking at the beauty magazines, and staying on top of what new products the beauty industry is introducing, then an article like this is really just a fun reminder that there may be things that I don’t really think about as important enough to make time for, but could make all the difference in how I’m perceived. If that’s not your thing, no big deal, but for those of us that do want that, this was a wake up call to figure out how to make time for a trip to the nail salon or how to do it ourselves. Maybe I’m the only one that thinks this article was the impetus to concentrate on an area I’ve been ignoring lately but, maybe not. Besides, for the most part, when something is important enough to us women, we figure out how to get it done.

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