I love manicures. It’s not the massaging – I’ve been known to skip that step to save time – or the moisturizing — I have plenty of hand cream at home– it’s the allure of perfectly polished nails. Getting a manicure is an instant update and no matter what kind of day I’m having (from bad hair days to bad face days, oh my), a sparkling lacquer makes it all better.
And what better to pair a fresh mani with than a chunky cocktail ring? The ring doesn’t have to be “real” – most of mine aren’t — but it does have to be big, bold and real-ly stunning. And, of course, it has to complement my polish of choice. If it doesn’t, well then, a new manicure is on the horizon…
Nail Colors and Cocktail Rings
The $2,030 Manicure
The other day, a shimmering “Lincoln Park at Midnight” mani nearly cost me $2,030. I’d been admiring a David Yurman Amethyst cocktail ring ($1,995) for weeks when I started thinking about how gorgeous the deep purpley-black of my $35 LPAM mani would look paired with that ring. Nails still wet and glistening, I walked over to the DY boutique, instructed the saleswoman to carefully slip the ring on my finger (without wrecking my polish, natch) and mulled over the idea of spending 2k on a ring to match my manicure. Oh, the power of OPI! Thankfully, I resisted — surely the Red Cross needed my money more than Mr. Yurman — and paired said manicure with a “vintage” ring: a Lucky Brand Skull & Crossbones ring I picked up a few years back. While I love the color of this polish, be forewarned, this mani is high maintenance, as are all uber-dark polishes; they tend to chip easily and need frequent touch-ups.
OPI's Lincoln Park at Midnight and Lucky Brand Skull & Crossbones Ring
At a recent PrettyCity staff get together we went on a shop crawl — one of the many perks of working with all women– including a trip to M Boutique on Southport in Chicago where I splurged on earrings, necklaces and cocktail rings. Included in my finds were this ring and bracelet in black and gunmetal grey; I paired it with Chanel’s Coromandel #473 – a true red that is undeniably sexy and goes on gorgeous with just one coat. (The martini is, of course, optional… but highly recommended.)
Ring and Bracelet from M Boutique Chicago paired with Chanel Lacquer
Fast forward to an innocent trip to Target – yes, I’ll buy jewelry anywhere – where I picked up a couple of ornate cocktail rings, for less than $20 each, that I frankly adore. I also love combining polishes and I got just the right shade of pink from several coats of Dashing Diva’s “Drama Queen” topped with a coat of Vinyl by Deborah Lippmann in “Beautifully Obvious.” That amazing shine you see is thanks to the Vinyl which also extends the life of the polish underneath considerably.
Dashion Diva "Drama Queen" and Deborah Lippmann Vinyl in "Beautifully Obvious"
Target Ring and Tory Burch Distressed Metallic Logo Clutch
The Right Hand Ring
My husband recently became a jewelry connoisseur, which is a thing no sane woman would complain about. Collaborating with designer Ellie Thompson, he’s taken to custom ordering pieces with me in mind. (Yes, I know– I’m never winning the lottery. Too damn lucky in love.) This ring was my Christmas gift this year; I love that it’s so unique, and so very different from what I would select for myself. (For starters, it’s not available at Target.) I found it difficult to pick a polish that suits this stunner, so I mixed Dashing Diva’s “Soho Gallery” with their “East River View” to create a color that almost looks like an extension of my skin; I think it’s the perfect nude canvas to show off my husband’s good taste.
Dashing Diva Polish + Ellie Thompson Ring
Perfectly Nude Mani
Haute New Hues
One of my favorites, the classic French Manicure, has been bashed lately by those who claim it’s passé. (I disagree 100%, the key is to keep nails quite short and make sure tips are cream rather than stark white.) At any rate, I am fascinated with the not-so-classic polishes gaining popularity — think blue, yellow, even green — but not convinced that I can pull off the look. And since I couldn’t bare to waste a trip to the salon on a hue I might hate, I opted for a DIY mani in order to give an unconventional color a spin. Today, I’m trying out China Glaze “Up All Night.” An unbelievably appropriate shade for a woman who spends so much time in the pursuit of beauty, she doesn’t get much beauty sleep…
Would you wear Yellow, Green or Blue? If not, what’s your favorite new hue?
China Glaze "Up All Night" and Tweezerman FileMate