My friend Mariko always has the coolest manicures. From dots to stripes, Givenchy dogs to Stella McCartney resort inspired florals (seen here!). Her nails, quite simply, kick ass.

I’ve spent many minutes browsing her photos on Instagram and fantasizing about a fancy gel manicure for myself…



However, I am a little nervous about gel manicures. I know, I know, how can a self proclaimed nail polish junkie not have tried this yet?? I have a few reasons behind my apprehension…

1. I am a little ADD when it comes to nail polish. I want to paint them again every other day. So committing to a gel manicure makes me a little panicked…

2. With my part-time hand modeling career really taking off, will a gel manicure ruin my nails and my modeling reputation?

3. Will I get addicted to the gel? Once you go gel, you never go back–do people say that? What will happen to my vast nail polish collection and in return, my bank account?

I think it’s time I give it a go. I’m giving it a fashion week test run (especially since its the one time I can’t be at home changing my nail polish). So stay tuned, super cool fancy gel nails coming your way!