In case you had no idea, my baby sister's wedding is coming up in 3 short days. In preparation for walking down the aisle as her bride's matron and standing up for her, I went on a little pampering spree: I got a French pedicure and gel nails.
I think I've only had a pedicure once before this, and it was not memorable enough for me to recall the details of it. My wedding was the only other occasion in my life that has necessitated gel nails, and that was to mask my nail-biting problem (I'm down to one bad finger, which is a heckuva lot better than all 10).
Anyway, this pampering spree was a little excessive, since I am not the bride and quite frankly, I could have easily hidden my deformed bitten nail without the gel French manicure. I decided to do it because, well, I'm girly. I love having feminine looking nails that make a cool clickety clack sound when I type, and I enjoy watching my now-prettied hands pick things up, wash dishes, and basically do just about anything. I admire the whole aesthetic of it. I think it looks feminine on me (although the idea that it might also look a bit sleazy/cheap/slutty has not escaped me either, since I've seen some rather interesting ladies of the night or ladies of the bar with similar nails).
So now that I have my gels again, I am actually contemplating keeping them around for a while, just because they look so dang good. I know they need bi-weekly maintenance, which means that if I do keep them around, I have to be prepared to fork over some serious $ every couple of weeks. I already have a monthly (sometimes 2x/month) massage habit to pay for, plus not-so-cheap facial products; the gel nails would definitely be an added financial burden that Hubbs would essentially have to pay for (since I am still not yet employed). The upside of my pretty nails, aside from the aesthetic reason, is that it does prevent me from biting my nails, possibly helping me to get rid of my crappy habit once and for all. The down side is the cost, as well as the fact that it essentially ruins all of my nails because with gels, you either need to keep filling them in or you need to let them grow out; they don't just peel off.
Dilemma dilemma. What should I do? What would you do?
Sometimes being a girl is so expensive!