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Terrific Toes: Flaunt Them, Fake Them, or Fix Them

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I dread Summer. Not because it's bathing suit season, not because I'm afraid of eating too much at the many outdoor get-togethers I will attend. No, I dread summer because I have to bare my feet.

Ever since I was a young girl I have unfortunately been the victim of ingrown and short, nearly non-existent toenails. I'm not really sure who to blame for my toe misfortune, but I definitely wish I had gorgeous feet and perfectly paintable toenails.

I have never fully enjoyed a pedicure because I have always been ashamed of my toenails and thought the technician would laugh at me. I feel like I can only go get a pedicure after weeks of preparation. Isn't that odd? Preparing feet for a pedicure--it just doesnt make sense.

This year I decided to embrace my not-so-perfect feet and enjoy the summer. I despise wearing closed-toe shoes in the summer and thought it was high time I let my tootsies breath. If you find yourself in the same boat as me, be ashamed of your toes no longer! There are three easy things you can do to take full advantage of summer sandal season:

    Flaunt Them

So you don't have perfect toenails, who cares? Take some time to give yourself an at home pedicure or mini-spa treatment. Clean up the skin on your feet and toes with a pumice stone, get some cuticle softener (at drugstores everywhere), gently push back your cuticles carefully, and apply some foot moisturizer. Once you've prepped your feet you can pick out a fun shade of nail polish and get started. The trend this summer is to use ocean-inspired colors like blues, greens, and turquoise shades. Pick something that suits you, or pick a shade you'd normally not use like yellow, orange, or bright pink--there is no wrong shade! Be sure to apply a basecoat to ensure the polish goes on smoothly (pick a basecoat that doubles as a topcoat to prevent chipping and prolong the life of the pedicure). After letting the polish dry take a look at your handy work and admire your fabulous feet!

    Fake Them

Did you know that you can buy fake toenails as easily as fake fingernails? I was made aware of them while on vacation in North Caroline.

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