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Friday, December 16, 2011

After quite a few Minx manicures, I told celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival that I was ready to get back to nail art. She suggested glitter for the holiday season. We’re calling this look “Winter Solstice.”

My nails.

The bottom layer is Star Burst by Gelish. Tracylee added turquoise, blue and purple glitter, as well as a few nail jewels. She liked the effect so much that she went home and gave herself the same manicure.

TracyLee's nails.

We picked the turquoise glitter to match the Minx on my toes. (Don’t know what Minx is? Click here to read all about it.) If you have a foot aversion, look away now!

Minx pedicure.

I met Tracylee due to a non-New Year’s resolution. For the past few years, before the end of the year, I think of something I’d like to handle better in the future. Instead of waiting for New Year’s to put my plan into action, I do it immediately. Basically, I wind up with November resolutions. In November 2010, I decided to get my nail situation under control because I’m always modeling rings for my jewelry line and poorly groomed nails were distracting from my work. (This was driven home to me by my outspoken friend Barbaralee, who admired a new ring design and then said, “Now you need a manicure.” And, yes, I require all my friends to have “lee” as part of their names.) I started seeing Tracylee that month, and I’ve been seeing her ever since. Her great technique and nail art helped me stick to the plan. In addition to making me look more respectable, Tracylee has been doing some very big things. Recently, Dior hired her for a gig at Art Basel, and she wound up in the Wall Street Journal! You can follow Tracylee’s adventures on Twitter via @LuxebyTracyLee.

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19 Responses to ““Winter Solstice” Manicure by Tracylee Percival”

  1. stacy says:

    Winter solstice! lol. Love it.

  2. sulky kitten says:

    I’ve just been prowling & pawing around your hilarious blog…your jewellery is amazing, so much to covet!

  3. Christine says:

    Love it! I want a “Northern Lights” manicure. The turquoise is great too.


  4. tina m says:

    That is nice!~ Here in the south, we add Jean to everyone’s name!

  5. Sally says:

    Northern lights on your nails! Love it.

  6. Lara says:

    I love it! I’ve been a little scared to mess with my nail glitter but I may give it a shot this weekend! Looks soooo good!

  7. K-Line says:

    Oooh, like outer space on your nails!

  8. Susan Tiner says:

    Very cool looking mani and pedi and happy news of Tracylee’s star in the ascendant.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Tracylee does beautiful work. I love the manicure! The toes are cute, too.

  10. Megan Mae says:

    Perfect holiday manicure. I think it’s great that you implement your resolutions immediately. People tend to drop resolutions with arbitrary guidelines. Go, Wendy!

  11. Kristin says:

    That mani is gorgeous! I want one!

  12. Love the idea of November resolutions and the vibrant ‘Solstice’ colors!

  13. Tess says:

    They look amazing! x

  14. Silvergirl says:

    one of my favorite mani’s so far

  15. I Love, love, love your manicure. It makes me want to do interesting things with my nails. The turquoise is wonderful, too! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day.

  16. So pretty! I love the sparkles.

  17. I very much like the “non-New Year’s resolution” concept! It can be applied every day. I tell myself that I am looking for little pearls in daily life. Lining them up. Yesterday that was a nice moment with the hubs sipping coffee and chatting at a cosy café, after a walk out in the feisty Quebec winter.

  18. Julia says:

    It looks great! I was thinking of getting myself a manicure with snowmen and snow flakes for the holidays.

  19. thank you all! appreciate your kind words *blush xx