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.
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.
1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314