A Manicure

My one vice in life is my nails.

I don’t smoke, I can’t have dairy or alcohol, and I’ve curbed my shopping habit to nearly being non-existant. I am, however, a firm believe in the Donna Meagle/Tom Haverford way of life, and the Treat-Yo-Self mentality.

My treat, once a fortnight, is a wander down the high street to a nail design salon, where a lovely lady files, trims and paints my nails. I’ve been getting gel/shellac nails done every two weeks for a little while now. It could last for longer, usually the paint is still in tact, but by two weeks I’m in need of a trim as typing quickly becomes tricky with long talons.

I feel better with nice nails. It may seem frivolous or shallow to some, but my mood can be lifted by pretty polish on my fingers. After repeated manicures, my nails are the strongest and longest they’ve ever been. My cuticles are neat and the skin around my fingers I used to pick at when nervous is soft and smooth, and tidy. Every time I look at my hands, I feel better. I spend my days typing and smile when I catch a flash of shiny red, purple or pink reflecting in the light. I can wake up in the morning with messy hair and bags under my eyes but feel ready for the day with smart nails.

Regular trips to the salon isn’t the cheapest thing in the world, but it’s my little treat to myself, and a time I can dedicate purely to self care. The gel treatment takes time to set, where I sit calmly with my hands occupied, unable to look at my phone or worry about what’s going on in the rest of the world, which even if only for half an hour, is time much needed and well spent. It serves as a little reminder to look after myself too, looking down to see well kept, neat nails makes me more likely to take time to look after other things. Whether that’s remembering to take all my makeup off in the evenings, or deciding to style my hair rather than throwing it in a messy bun, I generally feel more together after a manicure!

It’s a simple joy but one I love. How do you like to treat yourself?

  • I love having nice nails, it totally makes me happy and makes everything else look so much better. Totally agree with you 🙂

    Emma | Reverie de Paris

  • Treating yourself every once in a while is definitely something that’s worth doing. Whenever I’m having a bad week or I’ve just done too much I just love having that down time and the time to spend doing something that makes me feel better in myself. Love your nail colour Carrie, definitely perfect for Spring!

    Kayleigh | anenthusiasmfor.blogspot.co.uk

  • I totally get how nice it is to treat yourself to something, espeically if things like alcohol and dairy are off the menu… that can mean losing out on lots of day to day treats!

    I’ve never had a manicure (!!!), but your post has really made me want one! I’d love perfectly shaped red nails to wake up with in the morning…




  • Rebecca

    This has made me want to get my nails done so badly, I’ve only ever had it done a few times by someone else but it would make the perfect treat as like you said you can’t reach for things so you just have to sit for a little while.

  • I spent my whole train ride trying to find somewhere near work to get my nails done because of this post. No luck, so I will need to get up early and go somewhere in Brighton tomorrow I guess!

  • If manicures make you happy, then you should do them! I love the small things that make our lives brighter. Of course, the big things are great, but think about all the small things you can do to feel joyful! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • I read this post and then look at my severely bitten and disgusting nails 🙁 I have periods where I’m really good but then I just go straight back to my bad, life-long habit of chewing and picking the skin around my nails. Ugh! I have never gotten gel but a friend of mine told me to get it done. When I’ve gotten manicures in the past I just end up picking the polish off 🙁 I agree with you though, when my nails have been in good shape I have felt so much better about everything and it weirdly gives me this motivation to keep myself in good shape and keep up with other good habits.

  • I’m the same, I love my nails and although I don’t go to any salons or anything. I always paint them on a Sunday evening and I immediately feel so much more fresh and ready for the week, I completely get where you’re coming from!


  • Áine Danger Gumery

    Having a regular manicure sounds rather wonderful and your nails are looking fabulous. I do enjoy giving myself a fresh manicure and when I do look after my nails, they do become stronger – I just need to get better at looking after them. It is nice to sit and spend that time just focusing on my nails and chilling out. I sometimes even sneak in reading a book as I wait for each coat to dry 🙂

    Honestly Aine

  • I had acrylics done once and loved having them on, but they totally ruined my nails when I decided to have them taken off. I really must try having gel’s done, because I’ve only heard good things. Having nice nails/hands instantly makes me feel better too!

    Lucy | Forever September