Girls would wear theirs extra long, acrylic and square shaped with colourful tips. At a Catholic school with a strict uniform, perhaps nails were the only way to stand out. Black tips, pink tips, fluorescent yellow faded tips— this was an act of rebellion from maroon sweaters and navy blue pants.
I would only get fake nails for special occasions like semi-formals, weddings or proms. Everyone was doing it, and I began to equate french manicures with being fancy. I really didn't love them though. I didn't like sitting and waiting for them to be put on. I hated how weak my nails felt after I took them off.
I always knew what I wanted, or liked, but in high school it's hard to step outside what your friends are doing. While I still shudder at the sight of anything square tipped, I might change my stance on faux nails after seeing my office partner-in-crime Laura waltz into work with pointy ones.
I immediately fell in love, without thinking about how I would ever hold a pen again, or wash my hair, or type on a keyboard. This week she came into the office with nude claws that had tiny, white flowers painted on the tips.
While I'm not quite ready for talons, I did get inspired to do my own nails this week. My pick? Butter LONDON's, Tea Time with the Queen. It's the perfect nearly naked nude. Note: I also love that Butter LONDON doesn't add formaldehyde to any of their polishes. It makes me feel good about my manicure.
So whether you try the talon trend, or go nude, dare I ask - how do you like your nails?