Friday, September 3, 2010

Going Nude (all week!)

...just on my nails, of course!  I've been slightly obsessing over my "teacher image" these past two weeks.  Since I'm so close in age to my college students (and younger than some), I wanted to make sure to portray that image of authority for the first few weeks.  That means I've been wearing a lot of skirts and heels (ugh) and I've been completely stuck on light-colored polishes.

The reason I stick with light polishes?  One day, when I was teaching the summer semester, I decided to paint my nails dark blue.  At the end of class, a student came up to me, not to ask about the homework but about my nails.  "Is that black nail polish?" he said, sounding disgusted.  I pulled my hands (and their offending nails) towards me.  "No, it's blue," I replied.  "Oh good.  I wouldn't want to have a teacher with black nail polish," he replied, chipper once again.

That student in mind, I decided to paint my nails OPI Pearl of Wisdom for week one and OPI Sand in My Suit for week two.  I am just desperate to paint my nails grey or dark green, but I don't want to ruin that "teacher image" I've been working on.  So I think I'll do nudes for at least another week, then consider moving into more interesting colors.

But that is not to say I don't love these light colors I've been wearing.  Sand In My Suit is a gorgeous, shimmery golden nude that matches my skin tone fairly well.  I've been wearing it all week, so there are a few chips, but because the color is so light, they barely show.

OPI Sand In My Suit

It covered great with two coats, but this one was pretty slow to dry.  Sorry about the not-so-fab nails - my middle finger nail broke at this weird diagonal, so I had to file it down.  I haven't been wearing fake nails (again with the whole "teacher image" thing), but I might this weekend.  I can't wait to paint my nails some wild colors and designs again!
(These pictures were taken by window-light.  It's grey and drizzly outside!)


And for those of you wondering where I have been, I'm so sorry I haven't been able to update all week.  Work has been exhausting.  I have never been so tired in my life.  I am really, really wishing I had decided to go back this semester for my MFA, or that I had applied for a PhD program. Teaching 5 classes and tutoring 4 separate kids is a lot, but right now, I'm ecstatic that I have a free Friday afternoon to do what I want - even if "doing what I want" means catching up on grading, replying to all the emails from students, cleaning the house, and sleep.  Which is why I'm here, blogging instead :)

What is your favorite nude or sheer polish?  Do you have a color that you turn to for work-appropriate nails?

27 comments:

Michelle said...

I love Elf Innocent. It's the perfect nude for my skin tone.

I understand wanting to portray the "teacher image" but I hope as you get more comfortable, you can have more fun with your nail polish at work. As for that student who doesn't want a teacher with black nails, forget about him. I think a lot of students either wouldn't notice the colour or might even like a teacher that is "cool" enough to paint their nails bright or dark colours.

Jamie K. said...

Awww, i think i know how you feel. Like Michelle has said, paint them wild soon!! :)

My favourite nude polish... none :( I am on the hunt... but Sand in My suit seems to be a favourite.. :)

Blushingloves said...

Such a lovely nail polish!!It looks gorgeous on you!!!Love it!
xxx

Brooke said...

Michelle, I love your comment. I'm glad you feel differently than that student (isn't it weird that it was a male student that noticed too? I never thought guys even noticed I was wearing polish). I'm thinking the week after next I'll paint my nails something fun (like purple! or green!), although you never know - I might just decide to wear fun colors next week instead :) Thanks for the confidence boost :)
PS: I'll look for Elf Innocent! Thanks!!

Jamie, thanks!! And I'm glad you feel the same way Michelle does :) would recommend Sand In My Suit - I think it's a great color. Just be patient with the dry time :)

Blushingloves, you're so sweet!! Thank you!!

Megan Harmeyer said...

I want to know why he wouldn't want a teacher who wears black nail polish! Maybe it's a guy thing? You know...now that I think of it, I think I get more comments/compliments from male patients than female. Strange. Anyway, that's a great color on you! Oh, and we miss you, but we understand.

Brooke said...

Megan, I know, isn't that strange?? It's weird to think that someone would judge you based on your nail polish. That's so interesting that you get more comments/compliments from male patients than female ones!! We should do a study on that...
And I miss you too!!! Thanks for understanding :) xox

Ansa said...

Perfect nude. I only have OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy which is sort of a nude. I need to up my nail polish nude collection.

jbrobeck said...

nudes for two weeks in a row? and only two??? what about some beautiful brooke konad? tone on tone maybe? you must love your job alot i would go crazy!!!

Skulda said...

The student PULLED your hands toward him?! Pardon my language, but WHAT A DICK!! I would have reported him to... whatever authority there is at the school.

That is beyond rude behaviour. That is way more aggresive than I would tolerate from anyone.

Lydia said...

I loved this post! I'm about to start as a teacher myself and have been wondering what colours to start with before I go a bit crazy like usual! Definitely going to get out my nudes, and may have to get OPI Sand in my suit! xx

Freshie said...

How scandelous you are! ;)

Fey said...

Oh I have the same problem! I'm a teacher too and I used to teach English in a big company to students who were, in majority, older than me!
But I just can't wear nude polish! I feel like I'm...naked, hahahah. Seriously it's too weird!
But it does look great on you! Very classy and teacher-like. =)

Becky said...

I like the colour...though I wouldn't wear it, I prefer brighter colours

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Tracy said...

I really feel like the color of our nails shouldn't matter...it's the work. That being said, I was a preschool teacher for many years and didn't think twice about my NP color until a snooty mother asked, "Is that black or really dark purple?" I wanted to say, "Does it matter?" lol but replied that it was dark purple. Now I'm a gymnastics instructor and I'm hung up on the color of my nails! I try and never wear anything resembling black....I reallyreally want to! It has opened me up to brighter colors though.
For nudes I like Sand in my Suit, Playa del Platinum, Tickle My France-y and Chinchilly.

TheBellJar said...

I am a teacher too and I can not imagine a student ever commenting negatively on my nail polish. Of course I teach 8th grade and they all love my colors, I have even worn black a few times (chanel of course). I will tone it down during parent-teacher conferences and the such but come on, why are teachers held to this crazy state of perfection??? "I wouldn't want a teacher with black nailpolish" what does that even mean?? Because I am trendy I don't have the knowledge, education or skills to be an efffective teacher?? I would have turned that around on the college student, they should know better about passing unfair judgement.

Tekoa said...

I wish I could walk up to you and say, "Man, I wish one of my teachers wore black nail polish." As a university student I think it would be neat. Ah well, Sand in My Suit is a nice polish too.

kittypolishnbags said...

If I need a sheer polish, I turn to Sinful Colors always. But yeah, work appropriate colors are usually light, neutral colors. I'm slightly lucky that I can wear Skittles to work although I try not to so as to keep the professional image.

Rakhshanda said...

Lovely nails....mie are never like that. Nice blog. Check out mine...

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Donna said...

I don't have any nudes, the closest I have are a couple of Avon Speed Dry Polishes in Sheer Chiffon or Adoring Rose. I don't really like either one. lol I would think that most pale to medium cremes would be work appropriate, well maybe not blues or greens, but a pale lavender? Or a pastel coral? I don't think that would be unprofessional.

Sandi said...

Soooo, how many tats, and piercings did this judgmental little jerk have and what gage were the holes in his head...er, ears? I don't own any nudes and I'd have worn nothing but almost blacks until the class was over. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but not the right to voice it, especially in such an insulting manner. I guarantee this punk will be in trouble for sexual harassment the minute he gets a real job. I wager he would never walk up to a male superior and make such an insulting and personal comment.

paintedbluestars said...

this is what i did for work:)
http://forloveandpolish.blogspot.com/2010/08/sometimes-you-just-want-to-blend-in.html

as you can tell i finally got around to starting my blog:)

Kelsey said...

I love this color! Its so chic and professional! If I get my pharm interview can I borrow it? haha

Kelsey said...

I love this color! Its so chic and professional! If I get my pharm interview can I borrow it? haha

å½xandra said...

About the student. What the hell... I'm like 19 years old and I don't give a damn if my teachers at high school and now at college are wearing black or red nails.
But anyway I'm not really fan of nude nails, but this is pretty..
And go wild! :D
KissKiss

å½xandra said...

And btw. What if you paint your nails with black polish? You are his teacher, not his whatever related. That seems to be a student with a sort of stereotype... Paint as you wish. Believe me, you not painting because of what he said... At his head it will make him feel whatever "powerful". He is a teenager, and remember how brain control they try to be. I can speak for what I see... I'm a tutor at my free time, and sometimes I even try nail art with the colors I know the teen girl don't link, just to make her see that respect for people starts with freedom of likes or dislikes. I bet you are a great teacher, and it wouldn't be your nail polish that it will be smack that image...
KissKiss! *

R3Beauty said...

I'm not a teacher, but I tend to stick with classic colors during the week. I do wear lighter greys, some greens & blue too like RBL Diddy Mow & 360 are great for work too and still somehow maintain a more classic look to them, but I save those for casual Friday's or right before holidays when most people are out of the office. During the weekend is when I break out my fun colors.

 
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