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You Nailed It May 12, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Beauty, Fashion.

I had my first pedicure on my 29th birthday. (Go ahead, I know what you’re thinking, where the heck has this chick lived her entire life, under a rock?!) Instead of being unbelievably “wowed” by the experience and thinking how could I have been missing out on this my whole life, I thought, “Thank you, Lord, for letting me miss out on this!” There’s something about dipping my feet into a vat of bubbly water where many other people have dipped their feet that just doesn’t appeal to me. Then there’s the poking and cutting and filing. It just gives me the hibbie-jibbies. It’s one thing to perform these acts on yourself, but until it becomes more like voodoo and they can feel every prick and poke that they inflict, I’m just not digging it. I may have forgotten to mention that I also have very short toes and even smaller toenails. In fact, when I went for my inaugural pedicure, it was supposed to be a hot stone pedicure. One look at my tiny toes and the lady said no way were those stones gonna fit without a little discomfort! Discomfort?! I practically had my shoes on heading out the door at the sound of that word. This was a spa…I was supposed to be relaxed. She’s lucky that she could even get polish onto my little nail specks. For those of you who are pedicure fanatics, I will say that I did enjoy the leg and foot massage quite a bit!

With that neuroticism laid out in the open, don’t think for one second that I neglect my toenails. I just elect to care for them on my own…all of which is made possible and fun by my local Ulta. This brings me to why I’m posting. I love OPI polish. While it is rather pricey ($8.50 each), the wide applicator brush allows it to be applied smoothly and, undoubtedly, it lasts the longest. Ulta was having a sale this past weekend on OPI where you buy 2 and get 1 bottle free. After much deliberating, I decided on the three colors below which, in my opinion, scream summer!

from L to R: Flashbulb Fuchsia, The It Color, Cajun Shrimp
disclaimer: colors on screen do not appear as fun as they do in person

The first two colors are part of OPI’s Bright Collection. I am currently sporting the Cajun Shrimp which is part of their Classic Collection. There’s one more color that I hope to get my hands on once it hits stores, Green-Wich Village. They’re toenails people…have a little fun!



1. Adrienne - May 12, 2008

Hi Susan!

Just found your site via your post on John’s wife’s blog.

You are just *too* funny. “She’s lucky that she could even get polish onto my little nail specks…” Pedicures can be interesting. I’ve always felt some sort of weird guilt thing whenever I’ve gotten a pedicure…maybe it’s the “stranger kneeling at your feet” thing. I don’t know. What I do know is that I have zero interest in rubbing random people’s bunions, corns, or the occasional sixth toe!

Anyway, something tells me you enjoy shopping just a little, so I thought I’d mention the http://www.mightygoods.com shopping blog? Good stuff!

See ya at the office… and don’t worry… what happened to dooce won’t happen here. Your blog secrets and your Cash Cab obsession are safe with me. ;>

2. smooregasbord - May 13, 2008

Hey Adrienne!! I’m glad that you stopped by.

If I’m that neurotic over receiving a pedicure, I don’t even want to discuss the act of giving a pedicure. I’m right there with ya.

Oh, I enjoy shopping a lot! My wallet just doesn’t always agree. It’s funny that you mention the Mighty Goods shop because I love checking out her site.

I am sure that I would have *dooce* written all over me if I blogged about this office! We’ll keep those stories between the two of us!!

3. Tiffany - May 14, 2008

I have to agree with Adrienne- you are too funny! If you ever get it in yourself to get another pedicure (or manicure if that’s easier to stomach) check out Lovely Nails in DuPont Circle. It is sort of a hole in the wall, but their manicures last longer than a week (no chips! And I’m tough on my finger nails) and they’re a lot cheaper than other places.

4. smooregasbord - May 14, 2008

Thanks for the recommendation, Tiffany. I enjoy getting manicures, but they never seem to last past two days which makes it hard to justify the cost. I’m tough on my nails as well. I’ll be sure to give Lovely Nails a try the next time I get a manicure.

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