Swinging into spring: Zoya pastel perfection

Zoya fingertips
Hello, lovely Posse folks! I hope that everyone who celebrates it has had a happy Easter, or if not, a beautiful, peaceful Sunday and Monday, welcoming April. Another reason to be happy: Winter is pretty much done (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, fingers crossed), and it’s looking like high time to give your fingertips some springtime love. A pretty shade by Zoya called Julie was just the ticket for me again this year.

A pretty, elegant lavender/lilac with a wee bit of sparkle looks great on long or short nails, even my notoriously unkempt digits. In fact, I found myself wishing I could dip an Easter egg into it and admire its gorgeousness on a larger scale than simply fingertips.

But although I’m loving this on my fingers, I’m thinking not so much on my tootsies. I don’t know about you, but shy, retiring, wallflower-ish hues need not apply. I’ve gotta have some punch-impact-pow on my toes, because I have to get a pedicure (bad back won’t allow me the luxury of DIY). And if I’m spending the $$$ on a nail technician, I want to get decent bang for my buck.

If I had good friends who lived closer, I’d consider arranging a polish party so we could do each other’s hands and feet. Wouldn’t that be fun? But although several nice friends and co-workers live nearby, I wouldn’t feel comfortable suggesting or doing this with them. I think maybe it needs to be with true-blue friends you’ve known for a good while, who’ve seen you at your best and worst, and won’t get freaked out by doing a pedicure on your toes. And heaven knows, I have some funky-doodle toes, ha! Does anyone else feel like that or am I just being squeamish?

I’ve also been poking around various nail polish sites and as always, I’m drawn to the Zoya line. They have such great neutrals and some mighty fine showstopping colors, and everything else in between. Zoya has its new spring 2018 Thrive line with several pretty, Easter-happy colors — can’t wait to try Leisel and Darby. Also, I really like the Essie line (currently admiring their Blue-tiful Horizon polish), and OPI too. Especially OPI’s Web site tool that allows you to customize a set of nails to your specs to see how the color might actually look on you, before you buy it.

So what about you? How are you putting spring at your fingertips? Do you coordinate your fingertips and toes? Any great shades you’re already rocking or planning to wear soon?

11 Comments

  1. Love Zoya almost exclusively. Have you tried the Pixie Dust finish? Wears like iron!

  2. I’m an OPI devotee. Today I put on OPI Polly Want a Lacquer which is a pale lilac. It’s almost like Do You Lilac It but a little lighter. I’m planning on putting This Isn’t Greenland sometime next week.

  3. Hey Ann,
    I don’t wear nail polish on my hands but the tootsies are always done. We go to the pedicure shop en masse and this fortnight I’m sporting a super magenta/mauve that looks like a colour taken from a 1970s cosmopolitan cover. It’s not too far from the graceful hot pink Kenzo Amour bottle.
    Portia xx

  4. Hi Ann! First, I need to get this out of the way – winter is still hanging on in the Great Lakes region, it’s 18F this morning and temperatures are predicted to be 20 degrees below normal with snow almost all week. And this is spring break for the area schools *sniffle*
    Ok pity party over! I confess that I haven’t painted my nails since December which is highly unusual but I am getting the urge for pretty spring fingertips. Julie is a lovely color. Zoya is my favorite brand too, I’m craving Leslie right now which is also a pretty lavender. Check the Zoya website this week, they have their biggest sale of the year in early April.

    • lol! you said it, sistah! It’s HOLLERIN’ cold right now. We were lucky – the snow missed us – but it’s bone chilling cold out there.

  5. What Rosarita said, as regards the weather! However, I am starting that Spring habit of taking care of my feet a bit early because I am attempting to get my own back (sacrum is wonky) on track annnnd….over Winter I developed a neuropathy in my left big toe. The nail is healthy but underneath it’s kinda icky (okay REALLY icky, with the blackish congealing of a burst blood vessel). So I would have to go with a very dark polish. I’m thinkin’…….something deeply red. Admittedly I suck at Adventurous Colors on my nails. So we’ll see.

    Send some heat up here, will you? xoxoxoxo

    • Also, Ann – if you have back issues, I urge you to go over to Nina Z’s blog http://www.yogaforhealthyaging.blogspot.com – they cover all sorts of ailments that afflict us as we twinkle into middle age (or older); I’m doing some chair exercises from Baxter Bell M.D. (Nina’s yoga practice partner), since so much of what I do is seated work – it’s really helping.

      xoxoxoxo

  6. I just discovered ilnp nail polishes. They have really cool holographic ones,metallic ones, jellies, etc. that are fun on hands and tootsies! They are relatively inexpensive too, which I love.

  7. Springtime is when I feel the urge to start polishing my toenails and getting them ready for sandal season. I do pedicures all winter long, but skip the polish since it will just be hidden away under my wool socks. 🙂 This past week, I treated myself to a pro pedicure and had my toesies painted with a deep hot pink: OPI Koala-Beary. I love the lilac nail polish you chose for your finger tips. So pretty for Easter, Ann!

  8. I like OPI and Zoya but these days I almost always reach for my indie polishes. ILNP, Cirque Colors (they have the best cremes, hands down), Colors by Llarowe, and Enchanted Polish are probably my top brands. Currently wearing ILNP Blueprint on my toes and Cirque Winter Bloom on my fingers. I’m all kindsa sparkly.

  9. Lovely color! We are still getting snow here, so no pastels yet for me. But I enjoy China Glaze polish generally. Fun colors and lasts a long time for non-gel polish.

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