I remember a girlfriend of mine having a girls’ night a while back. Quite a while back. I’m guessing 15 years ago.
She was kind enough to set up self-manicure stations for us around her dining room table.
It was kind of her, but I was ungrateful . . . complaining about how all of the polish was “sparkly” and there was no way I could wear them to work. I was quite snotty about it, saying none of the options were going to work for me.
I was a Regional Manager and dressed very conservatively. I followed all of the rules of a professional. Whose rules? I really can’t answer that. Some rules I had established in my mind that said sparkly fingernail polish was not acceptable.
In the last five to ten years, as you know, anything goes with fingernail polish. When blue and green polish became the norm, I was pretty uncomfortable with it. Being a child of the 80’s, it brought back memories of the punk rock era. It didn’t seem like something adults should be doing.
When I saw one of our local celebrities, who generally dresses conservatively and is in her fifties, wearing blue fingernail polish, I knew it was just my hang-up. Still, I couldn’t bring myself to wear anything but pink, red, shades of beige, and when I was feeling really daring, grey.
Last Saturday, my son was invited to his friend’s house for most of the day. It was a good opportunity for my daughter and me to have a girls’ day. The only time I’ve had a manicure was in preparation for my wedding. I thought it would be fun for us to go get our nails done together. It was fun, and not very expensive at all. We may have to make it a regular thing.
I told my daughter we would get matching fingernail polish and she could choose. She chose super sparkly green. Sorry – couldn’t do it. She ended up choosing purple, which was still too bold for me, but I went along with it.
Long story short, I didn’t sit under the dryer long enough, and I ruined the polish on my pinky putting my seat belt on. Doh! I ended up putting magenta on that nail. Now I was really daring!
I did get a lot of attention related to my fingernails. Generally, positive. But, being an introvert, perhaps the increased attention is part of the reason I stick with my old-fashioned shades.
I can get away with a little more daring in my current job, because it’s a casual environment. What this whole purple polish experience has revealed to me is that I can be pretty uptight about some things that really don’t matter.