Nail-ed it or maybe not. Are you a victim of nailism in Toronto?

Perfect Nail Spa on Bloor St. West.  (Torontonowhere)

Perfect Nail Spa on Bloor St. West. (Torontonowhere)

In Toronto it’s not what you do, where you live, or who your friends are. It’s what colour did you get? Where did you get them done? And who does you manicure?

Nails. It’s all about nails! Fingerails, toenails, colours, shellac or gel, square or round, long or short. Nails are the new status symbol. Now don’t get me wrong, nail art has been around for centuries. Some believe it dates back to 5000 BC in India when women would dye their fingertips with henna. The hot pink nails of the 80’s were far from in hiding. But, in my opinion, nails were an accent and now they are the main event.

But when did the little beds at the end of your fingertips become the hottest accessory? Ranking over purses, jewelry and god forbid…shoes. It’s no longer about Marc Jacobs, Chanel, or Michael Kors. It’s Essie, O.P.I and Shellac. However, even top designers like Marc Jacobs are now into nail fashion.

Uhoh. Shameful in Toronto.

Uhoh. Shameful in Toronto.

In Ottawa, you painted your own nails if you had the time. And people seemed more forgiving of an odd chip or bump given that a professional manicure started at around $35 a pop.  But now living in Toronto you can get a manicure anywhere from $10 to $50 +.  At $10 there is no excuse to be rocking chipped or stained messes. As I’ve learned from the shaming glares brought on by some of my closest friends ( you know who you are 😉 ). I find myself sitting on my hands, wearing gloves our hiding under the covers avoiding a night out if I haven’t had time for a touch up! AHHHHHH!

Fashion magazines like Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle Magazine now do features on the runways’ hottest nail trends and latest season colours. Can you believe it?  It’s hard enough to keep my hair, makeup and clothes up to date, but now my NAILS CAN BE OUT OF STYLE TOO!

And don’t you dare get lazy with your nails. Apparently there is no excuse. One search on Pinterest and you have enough ideas to last you through the year. Search #nails on Twitter and you have a whole new catalogue. And don’t forget the ever classic “nail-fies” (u know instead of selfies) popping up on the regular on your Facebook feed.

So what colour am I wearing? Russian Navy by O.P.I
Where did I get it done?  My favorite place Perfect Nail Spa at 2242 Bloor St. West
Who does my manicures? I really like Jenny

Here’s a super fun nail tutorial from Youtube which is far beyond my talent.

C’est tout for now!

6 thoughts on “Nail-ed it or maybe not. Are you a victim of nailism in Toronto?

  1. Good stuff Holly! I love having my nails done too.. I was actually going to make that the theme of my entire blog but I didn’t think I’d have enough content so it’s just one of my posts.. haha.. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Tracy. See it’s a whole Toronto thing. I know this whole blogging experience has really shown how much work is behind a blog! Kudos to all those amazing bloggers out there.

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