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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Gold nails

Have you ever worn gold nail polish? It's such a pretty color for the holidays (and New Year's Eve!), and I love that even if you're wearing pajamas, this nail polish makes you feel celebratory. I'm a big fan of West End Wonderland (and if you take a bottle home, you could do family manicures on Christmas morning:) Thoughts? Would you wear it?

P.S. Navy nails and galaxy nails.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for A Cup of Jo. Styling by Kendra Smoot. Gold necklace from Madewell)

119 comments:

Chloe Moon said...

I have never worn gold nail polish! It looks so perfect with that beautiful green dress! I think that will be my next color to try out this holiday season! =)

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pink-pocket said...

Beautifull dress :)

Laura Jane van Laeren said...

I love gold nails for the festive season :) I picked up a gold glitter polish from essence that in three coats gave a beautiful opaque glitter. So pretty! (Use peel-off base coat to avoid any frustrating glitter removal!)

Magatha-May said...

I have my toes painted a sparkly gold and every time I look down I can't help but smile

Diana Mieczan said...

Aww it looks so beautiful with that green dress and I love how festive and sassy it is:) Kisses

Ana de Almeida said...

Are those your hands? Where is that ring from? I love it...

macaca grava-por-cima said...

Totally!!!

L. Alexandra said...

I always have an accent nail, but during the holiday season I make sure that accent nail is gold - more festive feeling :)

Lynn said...

I've tried it and it looks horrible against my skintone (pale with reddish undertones).

Btw, that last sponsored post that you didn't write? Seriously? Never do that again. I can see why it was closed to comments.

Chelsea MacMeekin said...

I have worn gold polish and I love it! Not always work appropriate (at least in my office environment), but super fun none-the-less!

Chelsea
Haute Child in the City

The Framed Lady said...

I love gold polish! So perfect for this time of year.

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

i bought gold sparkles polish when i lived in toledo, oh and there was a for love (forever21 accessories store!! it. was. amazing!) i bought gold and silver, each for $1, just to try them out, and i LOVE THEM! maybe now i'll upgrade for a nicer, festive polish ;)

Kristina said...

I want gold nails! NOW!!!!

Andrea said...

I love golden nail polish!! Especially around Christmas! :)
xo Andrea
Wonderful and Marvelous

jenni said...

I'm attempting gold nails for my husband's company holiday party this weekend. And false eyelashes. Eep. Good luck to me. ;)

Mallory Recor said...

It's my favorite! I have two different gold nail polishes - for when I'm feeling glittery or just a little sparkled.

Katrina said...

My favorite for gold nails (wear them all the time - makes Tuesdays celebratory :)) is actually these Sally Hansen Nail Effects stickers in Giltz Biltz - http://sallyhansen.com/products/nails/nail-color/salon-effects-real-nail-polish-strips. Super easy to apply, last a little longer than polish, and look fantastic.

Shelley said...

Mine are gold today! I used Essie's Good As Gold. LOVE!

PNew said...

Love this color! It would be amazing if you could do a post on some holiday party outfits. I can't for the life of me figure out what to wear to my company's holiday party!

Loulou said...

I have had gold nails! In fact I just took the remains of the polish off my fingers yesterday. I loved it. Mine was sparkly but one I am thinking I'd love burnished looking gold polish. Great photos.

Loulou

fancyfreeme.com said...

I love gold nails! I painted mine with OPI's Glitzerland not too long ago. Feel free to take a peek,
http://fancyfreeme.com/2012/11/09/nailed-it-gold-rush/
It definitely does feel good to have em gold, even in your PJ's! I love the sparkle in yours!!

jleestone said...

This! I was going to mention the Sally Henson strips, because they look so beautiful and are so easy to use!

lc | rebuild said...

Pretty! For a subtler work-appropriate look, I've used Essie's As Gold as it Gets, which is a clear top coat with small flecks of gold glitter. It looks great layered over a sandy or soft pink shade.

tragicsandwich said...

I used to wear a more matte gold from Essie--I wish I could remember the name, but I don't think they make it any mor!

tragicsandwich said...

"more," that is!

macaca grava-por-cima said...

actually, this post inspired me and in my lunch time I've bought 2 nail polish from H&M: a golden one and the purpurin one you can see here (http://www.macaquinhasnosotao.blogspot.pt/2012/12/girls-just-wanna-have-fun.html)

Sarah D said...

I'm not a fan of gold on my hands- it just doesn't look right for some reason. But, I've worn it on my toes and love it. Super subtle and neutral looking, until it catches the light and sparkles! :) so fun!

Anitra Sweet said...

I think gold nails on pale skin is hideous! doesn't look right! maybe if she as tanner?? love her color of her shirt though!

Jenny Rosenthal said...

I'm all about the sparkly nails. Loving the green and gold holiday combo here!

little lady said...

love! great photos. i'm planning on wearing sparkly gold nail polish to a wedding this NYE! :)

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Anna said...

Gold is so festive and fun for the holidays! Btw, I love that wineglass! Where is it from?

Kate said...

I love these nails! I just got a Sally Hansen gold glitter polish that is great for the holidays! And for $8 you can't beat it!
Kate at ummmnowwhat.blogspot.com

Jenn D said...

I really like the look of gold nail polish! We actually talk about using it as an accent nail in today's post!
Jenn
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Mina said...

Love it! I would totally do gold nails. Maybe even year round! : )

Katie O'Kelley said...

I love the Gold! AND that little ring! Beautiful!

Emily said...

I think you need to have a darker/olivier skin tone to do the gold nails. They look sort of washed out on the model.

isabug said...

Apparently I'm right on trend because I got this exact polish done over the weekend. I love it! Brings some sparkle to an otherwise drab day.

Olivilla said...

wow!! yes I had but never in gold!

I really love them! enjoy your Christmas preparations!

Amanda Carr said...

I've been wearing Essie Beyond Cozy. It's the perfect silvery gold glitter polish, but I wouldn't mind picking up some gold glitter as well!

CWYT said...

of course i'd wear it! the holidays are the only time of year when sparkles are totally appropriate, no matter what your age, even with a suit on at work.

bellefantaisie said...

They look beautiful :) x

Bethany said...

I'm with you. Her hands look dead. As a pale girl, myself, I've tried the gold look - it's no good. Gold glitter over a brown as an accent nail looks good though.

Holly said...

i am wearing silver mani and red pedi :)
feel so Xmas (though the weather in HK is so rainy and humid these days...)

bellefantaisie said...

They look beautiful :) x

Lejla said...

I love it. And I love short nails.

http://lejlatravels.blogspot.com/

Marie Matter said...

I love gold nails for holidays. Deborah Lippman has an AMAZING color this season (Cleopatra) that's black with flecks of gold glitter. I'm obsessed!

http://www.amazon.com/Deborah-Lippmann-Cleopatra-New-York/dp/B008D5A18A

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for your notes! they're kendra's hands because i bite my nails like a five-year-old! i'll ask kendra where her beautiful ring is from. i do know that you can find similar simple rings at Catbird. xoxo ps. and holly, your mani/pedi sounds beautiful!

Emily Dara said...

just the other day i brought home a bottle of shimmering gold nail polish, a bit more subtle then glitter, and I've been busy painting every lady's nails who walks into my apartment and sees the bottle!

Nina said...

Joanna, where is the stationary in the last picture from? It's adorable!

Kate said...

It's my latest obsession really..you can see it here: http://tastearea.blogspot.com/2012/10/addicted-to.html

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House Of Hemingway said...

I agree, I've been with that trend for a while. And since my skin is more in the Olive tones, I've adopted a pinkish-copper as my latest favorite!

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Martina said...

Not sure, I think it doesn't look too good on pale skin (as someone has already mentioned). I think I'll stick to burgundy this holiday season! :)

Scout and Rice said...

I'm not a fan of them on pale skin, unless maybe it was a sparkly red? But I do really love this new trend of doing sparkly tips (a-la French manicure?). It's just a little touch of glamour.

oneawkwardyear said...

So pretty! I'm wearing a green dress to a wedding on Saturday and was nervous that red polish was too Holiday cutesy, but gold is just the right mix of fancy & festive without being over the top, I think I'll try it!

Holly said...

love the gold!

ohdizzle said...

Oh, I'm notorious for my love of glitter nail polish. Gold polish is my go-to glitter when I want to be "classy". As other commenters have said, I recommend Sally Hansen's stickers! They are super easy to put on, and they look fantastic!

Justin + Liesl said...

I absolutely love it!!!! So pretty for the holidays.

xoxo
Liesl

woodsy-soiree.blogspot.com

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for your notes! kendra says her wedding ring is a simple gold band that any jeweler can make (it cost less than $75!) but you can find pretty gold bands at catbird or on etsy. here's a round-up i did a while back...http://joannagoddard.blogspot.com/2011/09/simple-wedding-rings.html

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

My skin has yellow undertones so wearing gold would probably not look good on my nails. Red is my holiday color of choice. :-)

Camilla said...

Just love so much the way you show things and inspire who come here... Your golden nails are adorable! :)

XOXO
http://www.mademoiselleparis.com.br/

Kate Uhry said...

Im with you! No matter what, gold just still seems sort of trashy to me. I know it's trendy though I think it's best for young girls.

FromBLCK said...

I normally like new ideas and colours for my nails, yet this particular gold polish looks somewhat weird, and the hands look washed out. Not a very good look, to be honest. sorry! it might depend on a skin tone, and it could perhaps look amazing on a more tanned or darker skin?

Amy G. said...

anything sparkly on the nails this time of year is always a good idea -- it's darker longer, and at night when light catches the sparkle it's like carrying around your own little set of twinkle lights!

Nata said...

Where is the lovely green dress from?

bernadette said...

I am pretty much on board with glitter nails year-round :) LOVE me some Deborah Lippmann too!!

Sara said...

The one about the movie? What was wrong with it?

Wendy said...

I love gold just not on nails, unless it's a deeper shade. Either that or you need to have an olive to dark complexion to make it work... I bet that would look gorgeous. Not so much on fair skin.

Wendy said...

I thought the post was well done and I'm looking forward to the movie!

Victoria said...

Loving the gold polish and that beautiful green dress. I've been looking for something in a pretty emerald color. Any idea where Kendra found it?

RoOHOohoO said...

I own a rainbow of nailpolish colors...but gold and yellow are two colors that I really don't like on my nails...makes them look diseased!!!

thingstocherishblog.com said...

I love wearing gold and silver/chrome nail polish. They go with everything, give you a festive look and the reflection hides the chips (or at least I have convinced myself that this is true) :)

Kelly Helms said...

I love gold and silver nails for the holidays! My favorite this season is 'Stun' by Floss Gloss. Wonderful coverage. So festive!

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anniecardi.com said...

I love gold nail polish! I wear it year-round. It's a great way to add a little sparkle to your look.

Diana Fox said...

Where are the Fox cards from?

Morgan Liti said...

I'm a HUGE fan of West End Wonderland - one of my favorite glitters! I also love using it as an accent nail with some oxblood or dark green - it looks so festive and chic. :)

Morgan
seemomogo.blogspot.com

kaitlin said...

These are lovely! It's a pity that I smashed my ring finger in a door a few months ago and still haven't grown back the nail I lost...maybe in time for New Year's?

Thriving Wives said...

I adore my gold glitter polish, and I wear it year round. I'm a big fan of metallics as a neutral so this is a must for me!

Strive to Thrive,
Nic
www.Thriving-Wives.com

Ana de Almeida said...

Thanks!

Allison said...

I love teh stationary! I would love to know where I can buy it :)

Ruby Sterland said...

These are great pictures! I have a gold nail polish, but it's more matte than glittery, do you think this will have a good effect? Maybe I should treat myself to a new nail polish? x
http://totalmodisch.blogspot.co.uk/

KateK said...

Right now, I'm rocking navy nails with a gold accent nail. :) I'm gonna do a full gold Mani closer to Christmas.

champagnefizz said...

I've been to chicken to do full gold, currently sporting turquoise with a nice little gold horizontal stripe.

jenna.kincaid said...

I'm so glad you chose the Butter color! I have bought a couple of gold nail polishes in hopes that they would look like this and was so disappointed when they didn't! I was hesitant to buy the Butter color for the same reason but now I know! Thanks, Joanna!

Allison McGregor said...

I love the gold nails!

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Vittoria said...

I love gold nail polish and I have this exact butter color, but I find it always starts to chip within 24 hours. Anyone else have this issue? Ways round it or should I just try another brand?

in dreams said...

i love gold polish! i've been asking for nars' desperado for xmas for the last two years, and i still haven't gotten it, otherwise it would be my go-to...it's the perfect gold, the one that matches what i think of when i envision gold nail polish. (though technically they're calling it a bronze? anyway...)

sumslay said...

I use a gold metallic all year long, and add the glitter for the holidays. I get loads of compliments!

isabel said...

very festive those golden nails !

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Christa said...

I have "Keep Me On My Mistletoe" Sephora by OPI. Love it! This post made me want gold nails today. I spilled the polish on my pants! Gold polish...pretty on nails...not so pretty on pants!
Be careful out there folks!

La bohème or something like it. said...

Where is the stationary from!?

tamara said...

I don't like wearing glittery nail polish, though I make an exception for lavender or pale pink nails tipped with Sephora's amazing chunky gold glitter. (Honestly, I just paint the gold on my nails when I'm browsing at Sephora!) It's a fun look : )

Chuchi said...

As a long time reader of this blog, I was very disappointed by yesterday's sponsored post. I understand that as a blogger you have a job like any other and advertising is what puts food on the table (I work in advertising myself), but admitting that you didn't even write the post makes me wonder who controls the editorial line of this blog. I would like to think it's you and not the advertisers.
As I said, I don't mind reading sponsored posts, as long there is some heart and authenticity in them.

Adriane /// The A and B Stories said...

LOVE it. I love love love your beauty posts (and ALL of your posts!)

haylie said...

The nails are beautiful, but I REALLY love the fox card! Where did that come from?

iris said...

The nail polish is beautiful, but that "Playing for Keeps" non-post is seriously distasteful. Have you seen the movie? Do you recommend it? Why does it deserve a place on your blog?

meganmpearson said...

i wore a similar color on my wedding day. i normally lean towards the darker side of the nail polish spectrum, but for that day, i wanted something festive and light that wouldn't distract from the rest of my look. i loved it!

meganmpearson said...

i wore a similar color on my wedding day. i normally lean towards the darker side of the nail polish spectrum, but for that day, i wanted something festive and light that wouldn't distract from the rest of my look. i loved it!

Anna said...

I wore sparkly gold for my sisters wedding a few weeks ago. I got tons of compliments. The best part was it being a gel manicure so it lasted two weeks!

Erica @ Acire Adventures said...

I love gold nail polish. I have this really old bottle of the perfect shade of gold nail polish and I've never been able to find the same shade again. I have to add nail polish remover to the bottle every time I want to use it so it doesn't gum-up. Hopefully I can find the same amazing shade again before I run out one of these years!

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emily said...

I painted my nails gold this summer and received a million compliments. The funniest thing is that they were from the boys (ok men) that I work with and normally they wouldn't even notice my nails if I painted them safety cone orange.

-Emily
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meet emily said...

true story. when i gave birth to my son, i put a lot of thought into what color i wanted my toenails/ fingernails to be. i figured it might be the very first thing he got a glimpse of. red seemed classic but, you know angry. pink was too girly. i tried this mango color, but it looked too... odd. so i found Butter London's glittery gold. the angels sang and the heavens opened up. so. that was that. celebratory, muted-ish and all kinds of wonderful.

Lindsay said...

Does anyone know where that Reynard card is from in the final frame? Beautiful!

Lindsay said...

Does anyone know where that Reynard card is from in the final frame? Beautiful!

Mani said...

I love gold nail polish! It's perfect for adding sparkle without being too over the top

xandra burns said...

baaaah i'm wearing gold sparkles (boots no.7) RIGHT NOW! (for two weeks in a row actually...). i bought the nail polish to match gold star tights but they go with everything, i've realised!

xandra ★

Chels said...

wearing gold nailpolish right now:) My best friend talked me into it and said it would make me happy every time I looked at it. She's right. As usual! xx

Mayette Villanueva said...

Absolutely I would, and I do! I've been loving OPI's Goldeneye from the SKyfall collection lately.

Via Mojo said...

wearing gold nailpolish is my thing..may fav color for it!

kab said...

Hi there: I truly hate to say it, but I agree with Chuchi. As a long time reader as well the completely sponsored post left me with a bad taste after reading. I too can appreciate the need to make money with CoJ as a business venture and I will continue to read along, but feel that post truly put a ding in your well-deserved and appreciated authenticity.

jamieofalltrades.org said...

Yes! I wore them last year on New Year's Eve!

Kiley Kate said...

Addicted to OPI's Glizerland around the holidays!

bM said...

I get compliments every time I wear the glitz blitz Sally Hansen strips! Love them.

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I love wearing gold on my nails all year long. It's such a good way to wear a neutral but still spice up your everyday style :) :)

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