a pint of polish

If there’s one thing my entire family takes pride in, it’s our unique ability to discover new life in old things.  And we’re not just playing around; In my family antiquing is an olympic sport.  Everyone from my grandma, to my aunts, mother, cousins, sister- even my 23-year-old brother- knows the value of a well-restored antique.  Ever heard the saying “They just don’t make ’em the way they used to?”  Well it’s true.  Rediscovered old pieces add a special flare to your home that (in my opinion) simply cannot be replicated by something new.  When I spotted this antique measuring jar last weekend at my favorite indoor flea market, Rhode Island Antiques, I knew I had to have it.  Although my original thinking way to fill the jar with fresh summer flowers, I become inspired by this photo:and decided to try out the glass vase as colorful display of my nail polish collection.  Sure, it may not be this antique’s conventional use, but I think a little usage re-assignment brings new life to an otherwise outdated piece.

Candy Nails

I absolutely love getting a manicure.  Every time I leave the nail salon, my hands feel undeniably pampered, soft and fresh, and carefully coated nails can brighten even the saddest of days.  But I often find myself staring at the tower of polishes, hopelessly unable to decide on a color.  Turns out I’m not the only one with this dilemma- enter the ombré nail.  Bright, chic, unique.  Aaaaand you don’t have to settle on one shade!  I think I’m sold…can’t wait to try this out!

Mirror, Mirror

Mirrored, metallic nails are popping up everywhere and I’m loving it!  A long time fan of metallic nail polish (I’m rocking OPI’s Glitzerland as we speak), I am thrilled to know there is now a way to turn my nails into teeny little mini-mirrors.  Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the simplicity of choosing Ballet Slippers and the chicness of Wicked, but I think The Jetsons, Snow White’s evil stepmother and the Tinman from The Wizard of Oz would all approve of the new reflective laquer.

Soooo friends what do you think?  Love it?  Hate it?  Think it looks like the start of tin foil gloves?  Do tell!

 (And by the way yes, I am aware of the fact that my super convincing argument in favor of the extremely shiny nail trend includes only fictional characters……..what’s that?  You mean you’re not convinced that mirrored nails are the best thing since waterproof mascara?!  If the tinman had a heart it would be breaking right now.)