Close up on Kate Middleton’s nails during her tour of Ireland this week and you’ll spot it. Her nails don’t have a single coat of polish on them. Not even a clear coat from what I can tell. What gives?
Royal enthusiast Elizabeth Holmes has a theory she shared via IG Stories: “Anyone else feel like this is a subtle busy-mom-no-I-can’t-deal-with-polish rebellion?” My take: 1000 percent, yes.
Here’s why. Prior to having my son, who’s now two years old, I was a manicure addict. In fact, I went to my local nail salon twice a month. Polished nails made me feel pulled together. Confident. Whole.
But after my son was born, my twice-a-month manis became a “nice to have.” I soon found myself irritated by the length of time I had to go without use of my hands, not to mention struggling constantly to schedule an appointment time I could actually stick to (something kid-related always inevitably came up). My routine quickly changed to once a month, tops. I also started opting in on gel. Sure, it was pricier, but it lasted longer. Time=saved. But by the time my son was one and a half, manicures became a hard pass entirely. (This includes doing my nails at home. My son always seems to need something from me the minute my nails are wet.)