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Oh My Goodness, Where are MY Toes?
Sustainable Style: An Apricot Hill Woman Just Knows

Saturday afternoon my friend Nancy and I headed to the Nail Spa for pedicures.  She’s been busy settling into her new home and I had a rare no-golf Saturday.  It was a much-needed respite and overdue appointment for both of us.

Upon arrival, after a warm greeting from Donna and Cindy, we stopped to select our polish.  Although I had brought my favorite, standard dark shimmering pink O.P.I. polish “That’s Berry Daring” with me, I, of course, stopped to peruse the selection with the idea of “trying something new.”  Nancy stopped to inventory the selections and immediately selected “Dutch Tulip” as she has for at least eight years.

Knowing that I had a back-up, I gravitated to a metallic platinum beige with a hint of creamy pink that, on a Range Rover or Lexus would look spectacular, but for my toenails may be bold.  In a moment of sheer madness I told Donna I’d take the plunge and give it a try. With trepidation and disbelief Donna dutifully applied the paint.  Once completed my toes were beautiful; undeniably shimmering like a sleek Lexus coupe barreling down the Pacific Coast Highway from Malibu to Santa Monica.  I did it!  I ventured into a new style dimension. I was not just “on trend,” I was “trendy.”

Fifteen minutes later I arrived home. I looked down to recognize the blue and pink grosgrain ribbon Eliza B. flip-flops as mine leaving me to wonder from where did those toes come?  At that moment I knew it was time to mitigate the disaster…knowing I wasn’t physically and mentally prepared to live with platinum toenails.  Brilliantly, if I do say so myself, I applied a coat of pale raspberry pink polish and top coat immediately changing the complexion of the polish to a wonderfully rich sparkly pink.  My toes were back without incident or further concern.

The experience was important on a couple of levels as it reaffirmed my belief that a true Apricot Hill woman understands and appreciates that classic values and sustainable style will guide her through life.  You have to believe in yourself.  It’s okay to have flair and live it up on occasion but you’re not seven and this isn’t dress-up in Mom’s closet.  It’s real. Respect your personal style and style compass; be true, live sustainably; wear pink polish.

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