Monday, January 7, 2013
Since last summer, I’ve been very open-minded to the beauty and fashion suggestions from all the experts in my life. I figure I trust their taste and I work in a creative industry, so why not go a little wild? Shave a lock of hair off? Count me in. Frizzy ’70s curls and pink eyeshadow? Sign me up. Chartreuse mini skirt, knee-high boots and ’60s/’70s print top? Of course! So when celebrity manicurist Tracylee Percival asked me if I was ready for major nails, I said, “Hell, yeah.”
Tracylee — the brand ambassador for Sally Hansen nail products — has been jazzing up my stubby nails since 2010. But when she’s not slumming it with me, she’s doing nails for glossy magazine shoots and celebrities including Mariah Carey, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj. Tracylee was the one who introduced me to gorgeous “Impossible” singer Shontelle Layne, who wound up wearing Wendy Brandes jewelry with her fierce Tracylee manicure.
I’ve always joked to Tracylee that some day I’d try the dagger-like nails favored by the likes of Lady Gaga and Rihanna, so when she told me the time had come to give it a whirl, I immediately acquiesced. She then asked me to email her some images as inspiration for the nail art, and I sent photos of the interior of the 13th-century Gothic chapel Saint-Chapelle in Paris.
I sent some other medieval and medieval-inspired images as well.
Here’s the result!
These are gel nails, and Tracylee assures me I’ll get used to them quickly, just like Peter Griffin got used to his acrylic nails in Family Guy.
More photos soon! Right now I need to scratch FitzRoy the cat with my new claws. Get ready for a taste of your own medicine, cat!
UPDATED TO ADD: I added my manicure to Not Dead Yet Style’s Visible Monday post, of course. I encourage all the Visible ladies to check out my birth-year necklaces while you’re visiting my blog — flaunt your age, wimmins!