Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Help a little boy be accepted for wearing nail polish

Hey all, I got contacted by one of my readers through this blog who asked if I would support her sons Facebook page which is called Polish for Patrick. Her young son was getting bullied for wearing nail polish and the school told him he could no longer wear nail polish to school as it was disruptive.

 I have been in a long chat with his mother today and as I understand it, he's not showing up to school in girls clothes but mainly showing up wearing nail polish and getting bullied.  And the schools response is to reprimand the boy being bullied?  This is so wrong.  Why aren't they trying to instead teach the other kids that it's OK to be different from the crowd, and that Bullying is NOT acceptable.

So I want to ask my readers to visit their facebook page and show your support for this little boy.  You can like their page and post something supportive at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1417295265202499/?fref=nf and show you're support for his right to choose how he lives and expresses himself.

Once she gets enough support for this cause, the mother is considering approaching the media with the story, and to show them the outpouring of support her son has, so please take a moment to visit their page and show your support for individual expression.

Thank you,
Guy Purcella

Sunday, December 15, 2013

New pics of men with painted nails in the Members photo gallery

New Photos from my Readers

Hey, thanks to those guys who have submitted their photos of their painted nails for inclusion on the webpage.  Ross's photo is shown on the right and is another example of how good a guy can look with painted nails.  I just added new photos from several members to the Members Photo Gallery page, so be sure to stop by
and check it out.

And if you have pics of your nails that are nice and clear, and would like to see them on this blog, feel free to submit them too me.  You can email me now using the Contact Form on the right side of this page and you'll receive automatic instructions on how to submit them to me.

PS: we get over 300 views a day on my blog, so your pics will be seen by a lot of people.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Do you keep your toes painted in the winter?

Today is December 7th, 2013 and here in Colorado we have had a foot of snow on the ground for a week or so now.  On top of that we're seeing below zero temps already so it's COLD, and it's actually way below normal for us, and the snow is even a little early.  I'm sure a lot of you are seeing similar conditions with the crazy weather we're having all over the US.

But I decided to go out in the snow barefoot this morning, despite the cold, and it wasn't bad, lol.  I was only out there a few minutes, and I should mention I'm a nearly full time barefooter now, so my feet are tougher than most, although that doesn't do much against cold.  But I also have Peripheral Neuropathy in my feet which is a nerve condition that makes my feet run really hot at times, and they sting and burn, so I actually go walk in the snow on purpose, to cool them off.

And since I was out there, with a new color of polish, I decided to take a picture.  This color is called
guy barefoot in the snow with painted toes
Barefoot in the snow with painted toes
Glossy by Sally Hansen and is a VERY dark metallic red.  But it's really hard to capture the true color, especially with my cell phone so the pic doesn't show it well.  This color is one of those that's so dark it is very difficult to see the color except in the bright sunlight.  So I've decided that it's ok, but not one of my favorites since I like seeing the true color more often.

But on to the title of this post.  If you're a guy who paints his toes and lives in a cold climate like I do, there's often many months each year where you may have to wear shoes, and so you seldom even see the color yourself.  And it's often to cold indoors to go barefoot so maybe you decide to just not paint them.  I imagine a lot of guys go this route, and women too, but me personally, I paint them anyway.  Partly because with my condition I HATE closed toed shoes because they are too warm and my feet burn up in them.  So I wear sandals about 80% of the time in the winter and go barefoot indoors.  Sometimes my feet do get cold indoors, but not real often, and outdoors I really only wear shoes when the snow is too deep to wear sandals.

People look at me strange, but oh well.  I've gotten over caring what the public thinks a long time ago anyway.  But it is nice when I hear a nice compliment, but otherwise I ignore the strange looks, even though I rarely get them.

Speaking of that, I received a very nice compliment from a Man yesterday, something that rarely happens to me.  I do construction and bid a small job for a customer and later sent him an email with the bid amount.  He wrote back to say he decided to go another route, but he thought my toes were 'cute'.  He went on to say he liked them and thought I should keep rocking the fashion.  So there's a lot of guys who like my painted toes too, they are just less inclined to make a comment about them to a stranger because they are so afraid of being seen as gay for doing so.  It's not gay, and I think it's very cool that a guy is confident and open enough to compliment another guys style.  So to that customer, if you read this, thanks for the compliment.  Even as a guy, I appreciate comments like that.

Well, off to shovel some snow.  Take care, and keep warm everyone.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Finally tried a cool Light Blue on my toes

Ok, I so often post about the experiences of painting your nails as a man and things like what to expect, how to enjoy it and so on, but today, I'm just going to post about my latest nail polish.

Today I tried out a new color called 'Girls Night Out' by Jesses Girl which is a light to medium blue.  I've always gone with darker blues in the past, which I love, but decided to give this one a try.  And I love it.  But then I love SO many colors, but now this will rank among some of my favorites.  I tend to gravitate to reds, blues, darker pinks, metallic browns and sometimes dark metallic green. Colors I shy away from are ones like pastels, yellows, white, etc.

My male painted toes in medium blue called Girls Night Out by Jesses Girl
Girls Night Out by Jesses Girl

So far I've only had it on my toes for a couple of days so no long term reports on wear, but it went on fairly decent.  The first coat was pretty transparent requiring a mandatory 2nd coat.  But after 2 coats I'm happy with the coverage.

And here's another shot of this color, but with some sandals I bought at Payless shoes not to long ago.  I bought these in the womens department because I like them and felt they weren't too
feminine.  I don't worry about whether the label says they are for men or women, I worry about Do I Like Them.  If I do, and I think I could wear them in public, or in just in private, I may buy them.  I had decided that most all my mens shoes were boring and wanted one pair of pretty sandals I could wear in public without drawing to much attention and decided these fit the bill.

Anyway, hope you like the color, and let me know your thoughts on the shoes.

Till next time, keep your toes and/or fingers painted they way that makes you happy, and forget about what the rest of the world thinks because life is to short.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What about Toe Rings or Anklets with mens painted toes?

First off, I want to appologize for the long delay since my last post, but things have been very hectic this summer.  Work picked up and had me scrambling to keep up, (I'm self employed in construction) and then we had to move out of our rental house because the lease was ending and they decided to put it on the market.  But we're slowly getting back to normal again so here's my newest post.

Man with pink painted toes and a toe ring
Pink toes with a subtle toe ring on a man, me of course
OK GUYS, some of you out there are like me, and you like the color on your toes because it's fun, and there's something about looking at your toes and seeing this pretty color on them, am I right?  But for some of us, we also are fascinated by other foot accessories like toe rings, or anklets.  But is this going to far?  Are we pushing the feminine boundary to much?

I guess it depends on your point of view.  If you're trying to maintain a normal male look, without looking to feminine, then wearing all the above at the same time 'might' be pushing it a little.  I think it's not that bad so I sometimes do it myself, but mostly I only do 1-2 of those things like I'll have my painted toes and an anklet, but not toe rings, or painted toes and a toe ring, but no anklet.  Heck I even have some shoes that I bought purposely from the womens dept that I thought were pretty, but not overly feminine so that I could have a pair of shoes I could wear in public without drawing attention to the fact that they are womens. But I would never be comfortable
Man with red painted toes and anklet
One of my anklets, worn with bright red polish
wearing the shoes with all the other items listed as it pushes my comfort level to far. 

But really, it's up to you.  Personally I see nothing wrong with it, but in my experience, the more you decorate your feet, or the louder the polish color, the more likely you'll be noticed.  And the more you decorate your feet and toes, the more feminine it starts looking.  But if you like it, and it doesn't bother you knowing others might be staring, then go for it.  Or you may be in an area that's a little more freethinking and liberal and maybe no one pays any attention.

Bottom line is, do what makes you happy without making you feel uncomfortable.  Often the best way to gauge where that line is for you is to add one thing at a time, go out in public a few times, and see how it goes.  Then keep adding items until you feel you've reached your comfort level for going out in public and don't cross that line, if you don't want to feel that discomfort.  But there is Nothing wrong with guys doing these things, so have fun with it if you like it.

Who else wears toe rings or anklets?  As always, feel free to share your story if you have one related to this post.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Can Men wear nail polish on their toes or fingers and still be Masculine?

BarefootTess.com - Large Size Women's ShoesIf you're into nail polish, and you're a guy, you've probably heard comments, or just imagined you'd hear comments like 'He's such a sissy' or 'That guy must want to be a girl'.  So I want to explore this thought process.

Does wearing nail polish as a man make you more feminine, or does it make you a sissy?  I used to worry that others would think that about me too.  I was trained by society to think that any guy who deviated from the 'accepted' mens style and did something like wearing pink, or cute shoes, or nail polish, or a skirt was a sissy.  So the first few times I went out with painted toes I was basically in a panic.  I tried real hard to not let anyone see my painted toes and would go out of my way to avoid being seen.  But of course this just made me look guilty and probably drew more attention to me.  And I've covered that subject before so won't go into it to much except to say that no one really noticed, and no one said anything.

So I started wearing nail polish more and more until I met my current wife who convinced me to keep my toes painted all the time, and not worry about who sees it.  Well, now that I do that I've also analyzed the issue of whether or not I'm more feminine than guys who don't do it.  And the truth is, it takes more bravery (didn't want to say balls and offend anyone, ohh, damn, said it anyway), to go out in public defying society standards of style than it does to be a sheeple and just conform.  (sheeple is my term for people who act like sheep and follow the masses).  So in reality guys who wear polish openly, or pink, or any other non standard fashion items, are actually braver and more confident than those who don't.  And isn't that basically what being masculine is about?  There's more to it than that, but the main point is, masculinity is NOT defined by how we decorate ourselves. 

I have also realized that I'm expressing my feminine side, which I believe ALL guys have, but just won't admit it for fear of being seen as a sissy.  We're all born with both male and female genes, it's just that men have predominately male genes and women have predominantly female genes.  So it's ok to admit that you have a softer side, or you like pretty things, or that you cry during emotional movies or family situations.  It DOES NOT make us less masculine, but instead makes us more of a man, in my opinion.  And it's not just my opinion, I've read this from many Women on forums, etc.  Now we still need to be masculine and be strong, taking care of our family, protecting family, and doing the hard things men are built to do, but we can still have a softer side as well.

It's all about balance.  If you allow yourself to express that softer side of yourself, in moderation, you
Me wearing 'womens' sandals with painted toes

will be a happier person, believe me.  It is very stressful to repress our feminine side all the time.  Let it out, just in moderation.  So say you like painting your nails.  You could paint fingers and toes, and maybe even wear some sandals that are prettier than normal male bland sandals, but if you wear male
style clothes, hairstyle, etc, you can still look plenty masculine.  Balance your style and you can still be masculine with red painted toes.  But if you take it to far, you will appear feminine to others.  And if that's your intention, go for it, but for most of us we want to still be a guy, just a guy who paints his nails.  And I've found that each guy has his own definition of what is to much, so find your own balance, and if you still feel masculine, then have fun with it.

I actually believe that some of the guys who appear super masculine because they are body builders, or they hunt all the time, walk around in camo all the time, drive big honkin trucks, etc, are actually more feminine than the average guy.  But they are so afraid of that side of themselves that they compensate by appearing even more masculine with their actions.  I'm not saying that all guys who do these things are more feminine, but I believe a lot are.  And I like plenty of normal guy things like fast cars, etc, so I'm not knocking these things or suggesting guys need to take up needlepoint or something.  I'm just saying we can find balance in our lives but allowing ourselves to express our softer side while still wearing camo, or hunting, or working on cars as my friend Guy Polish Jim recently showed in his blog post at http://polished-men.blogspot.com/2013/03/polish-demolish.html.

Jim is a good example of what I'm talking about.  He's a big guy who played offensive guard in college, but he still likes keeping all his nails painted, with his finger nails being longer than average even.  And he's not afraid of buying sandals from the womens section if they appeal to him.  Now he maintains a very masculine appearance otherwise, so he's a good example of how you can keep a balance masculine look with painted nails.

I'm a bigger guy myself at 6' 2", 210 lbs, and I do construction work.  And I wear sandals when I'm working, with my painted toes showing and have Never received a negative comment.  But I usually look very masculine in my work clothes as shown on the right, so no one questions my masculinity. 

So guys, if you know you're masculine, then go ahead and paint your nails, or buy those pretty shoes you like, etc.  Just keep it in balance and don't worry about the small percentage of people who might think you are a sissy, or whatever.  I can tell you that most women appreciate a man that is confident enough to do his own thing so you may just impress more women with painted nails than without.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

What about Other fashion Freedom for Men like Kilts, etc?

I've found that men who paint their nails often have admitted to themselves that they have a feminine side, of varying degrees.  And I've come to believe that ALL men have a feminine side, it's just different for different men, and most will NEVER admit it for fear of losing their masculinity.  And to me, admitting I have a feminine side just means things like I'm not afraid to have emotions, or to show them (although I try to maintain my composure, I'm just not afraid to admit I've cried at some movies, etc).  Or to admit I like 'pretty' things or colors like pinks, soft blues, frilly skirts, pretty shoes, etc.  Does this mean I'm a girl, or girly?  I don't think so, and my wife totally doesn't think so.  She thinks I'm more of a man for admitting it and embracing that side of who I am.  When I do things like painting my toes, I do it because I love the way they look painted, not because it makes me feel like a woman.  I've even fully crossdressed several times for halloween and I have Never felt like a woman, but felt like a guy, dressed cute and sexy like a woman, having fun playing make believe.

It seems that kilts & skirts are making a comeback for men, and not just Scottish men.  Seriously, if you do some reading and research on the internet there are more and more stories coming out about men who choose to wear a kilt, or skirt instead of restrictive jeans or shorts.  So I wanted to share my take on this trend.

My take is, I LIKE IT!  I consider myself a freethinker & I've been wearing skirts around the house for years now, not to look feminine, but mostly because they are much more comfortable than pants.  Now mind you I don't mind a skirt that is pretty and maybe a little bit feminine, because like all men, I do have a bit of a feminine side and I like that part of me.  So I can admit to myself that I like some pretty things when it comes to clothing.  But overall my style tends to run on the side of masculine, with a touch of softer, prettier feminine stuff.

Pic #1, Guy in a Kilt and normal male clothing
And if you go back in history, men used to wear skirts and kilts all the time, it's just that our society has changed, like we are always doing and always will do, and skirts fell out of fashion for men, and women took them on.  Well now, more and more men are discovering the comfort and freedom of wearing a skirt, or kilt.  Heck, lets just call it a skirt, after all, they are very similar and it really doesn't matter what you call it, it's just clothing. I mean do we call men's flip flops manflops and womens femflops or something?  No, they're both the same thing, flip flop sandals.  Labeling something as men's or women's is just for sizing, and sometimes fit. For example, men don't have a need for bras, (well some do, but that's rare) so we don't need men's bras.  And women's underwear fit a little different, so we have labels there.  But women still wear men's boxers so it's no big deal if a man wears women's underwear.  Do I wear panties, well if I were to wear anything, I might, but I like the freedom of nothing.  But mostly labeling an item as womens or mens is just marketing meaning there are more women who buy skirts for example, than me, so they are sold in the womens section.  If more men got into wearing them, we would have mens skirts.  So don't let labels dictate what you wear, and instead wear what you feel like.  Sure, some narrow minded people will call you a sissy (probably behind your back as it's never happened to me) but do you really care?  I couldn't give a flying rats #ss what those narrow minded people think actually.  Life is to short to worry about it.

Now for me, I am not as comfortable pushing things too far to where I feel like I'm looking too feminine, as that's not my style.  Now, if it's yours, go for it, as we should all wear what makes us feel good.  But even if you do wear more feminine styles, it's important to balance your look and coordinate your styles.  Nothing looks worse than a guy who wears womens clothes which are way out of date, cheesy looking, or mismatched.  It just looks like you found some womens clothes in the trash and took them home to wear.  It can be done tastefully and will draw less atttention to you.

Photo 2, Guy in a kilt & womens shoes
But for me, I like a balance between my normal male look and a touch of feminine.  For example, picture #1, above right is one of me in my latest kilt, but still wearing all masculine clothing other than the kilt.  And actually, this was a skirt we bought for $12.00 at a second hand store and my wife shortened it for me to fit more like a kilt.  It just happens to have the right tartan pattern to look like a kilt.  Which further exemplifies my other point which is, a kilt is just another form of a skirt, or vice versa, depending on how you want to look at it.  So in our US society it has a bit of a feminine side to it, without appearing feminine overall, although I'm sure there will be guys who disagree.

And without getting to in depth here, in other societies a kilt is a masculine item of clothing, even though a kilt and skirt are very similar.  So it's more about societies perception than about facts.  I also like some skirts which are a little more feminine, or some shoes which I bought in the womens dept because I liked the look of them.  I mean, lets face it, mens shoes styles are Very limited and can be a bit boring, although I love my mens shoes too.  Photo 2 is an example of me in a skirt with womens shoes on, but still wearing a male shirt, baseball hat & doing construction.  I love this look and think it pushes the boundaries of being feminine, without crossing over.  Heck, I think I even had pantyhose on that day because it was like 10 degrees outside.  This is about as far as I wish to push it, so I make sure not to do to much at one time like if I wore a frilly shirt above, or makeup, etc, I feel I would cross over into the full crossdressing realm that I only do at Halloween.

But WHY Wear Kilts in the 1st place?  Actually, there are a lot of reasons.  If you think about it, kilts or skirts make more sense for mens fashion than womens.  Here's a few of those reasons-
  • We men have all our dangly bits which are all bound up and uncomfortable in pants.  In a skirt, commando style, it is MUCH more freeing.  
  • Underwear and jeans cause us to sweat a lot, which of course causes odors, and makes us retain more body heat on warm days.  So it's cooler, and healthier too. If you have any fertility problems, it's often associated with to much heat down there, so a skirt will help with that.
  • There's far less restriction with a skirt than pants or shorts.  BUT, you need to wear one that ends at your knees for this to work well.  I do wear longer skirts when I want warmth as they are actually amazingly warm when they reach lower on your legs since they sort of trap body heat underneath.  And if you put nylons on, they are even warmer. (Did you know they have several brands of pantyhose made Just For Men?  I'll discuss that another time though)
  • The feel of a skirt is nice.  It's almost like you're wearing nothing at all and that feels amazing.
There are some downsides, like most skirts don't have pockets, although some brands like the Ultimate Kilt at SportKilt.com do.  They don't provide as much protection, if you need it, but then neither do shorts, so that's not much of an issue.

I can also dress up fully at Halloween and have a lot of fun with it.  My wife and I love to do this and have even won contest doing so.  But it's not something I want to do outside of Halloween.  I mean, it's a big pain to get that dressed up and I don't feel comfortable at all, but it's loads of fun on Halloween as people love my costumes.  Here's an example of one of those costumes on the right.

Since I also have a thing for shoes, with over 100 pairs myself, about 20 pairs of which I bought in the womens dept.  But I think a lot of them aren't all that feminine, but instead are just nice looking. All 3 of these are from the womens dept, but I think they look fine on men as well as women.

So back to the Kilts, I've just started wearing them out in public a little around my home area here in Western Colorado.  But since it's still winter, (February), I haven't had a lot of opportunities to try it yet.  I did go out one day with  my wife running errands and we had lunch at Village Inn Restaurant and went into our local bank (Which is a large bank with a lot of people inside) with my kilt on as shown in the photo above with the Nascar jacket on.  And I really didn't catch anyone looking at me strangely, although it's possible someone did.  But really, why should I care?  And I've worn my kilt outside working on our cars in the driveway, with the neighbors driving by and I felt very comfortable.  So I'm looking forward to warmer weather when I can wear my kilts much more.  I may even wear some of the skirts in public which are obviously skirts but not overly feminine with flowers & such.

So I hope I've given everyone something to think about here.  I hope you realize that the restrictions we feel are placed upon our style, are not written in stone.  And you can be more freethinking than you may have imagined.  Decide what you like, and give it a try, what have you got to lose besides your discomfort or unhappiness with your current style.


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Sunday, February 17, 2013

My RED Valentines Pedicure. Yes, Men can get Red nail polish on their toes!

I read online posts from a lot of guys who either want to try wearing nail polish, (or nail varnish as they say in some parts of the world), in public, or they are wearing polish on their fingers or toes, but they feel that the color red is to feminine for men, or pushing it to much and they are Sure they will be ridiculed if they wear red.

Well, I'm here to tell you that it's true.... that you Won't be ridiculed anymore than if you wear blue, gray, etc.  And in the 5 or 6 years I've worn polish in public, I've NEVER been ridiculed by anyone, that I could hear anyway.  And even if someone did make fun of me out of earshot, or in private, SO WHAT?  The truth is, red can look great on a man, if you do it right.  And I love red so I felt it was a perfect time to get red on my male toes again for Valentines.

nail polish wheel, it's ok for men to have nail polish in public blogAnd the funny thing is, I picked out a color using our nail polish wheel based solely on what appealed to me.  I just wanted a nice slightly darker shade of red and picked it by number from a nail polish wheel like the one on the right.  And we go by number as shown, but when I grabbed the color, the name was.... Valentines, PERFECT!  So my wife & I went to a new salon we've been wanting to try, and we both got nice pedicures.

This new salon is very large with about 20-30 pedi chairs and a number of manicure stations as well.  They also provided free water or soda, had several big screen tvs going, very nice faux clouds and painting on the walls and ceilings, columns, and even a water feature with fog coming out of it.  All in all, it was very nice.

Here's a picture of the gorgeous Revlon, Valentines red I got, and I must say, it's one of my favorites.

male painted toes in red nail polish
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I've also been wearing a Kilt lately, with this red, and still don't get any negative comments, although I've only been out to a restaurant and bank so far, although I did wash my truck wearing it.  But I'll save the Kilt story for my next post, so stay tuned, and be sure to subscribe or follow my page using a link on this page, if you haven't already.  In my next post I'll tell you how I scored 2 kilts for under $20.00 with the help of my wife.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sometimes you just need Inspiration

Here's a very inspirational video I just had to share.  What does it have to do with men and painted nails, well, sometimes all of us just need some inspiration to make the kind of changes in our life that we want to.  Most of us want to make some changes in our life, but we're held back by others telling us how hard it will be, or society telling us we shouldn't be doing it, etc.

So today, I just want to share a very inspirational video that EVERYONE should watch.  I  think you'll thank me.  And maybe you've seen it before, as I had, but it's worth watching again.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Other interesting articles about Men Painting their nails

Thought I'd take a moment to share some other articles I've found about men wearing nail polish.  So here they are.

From the Blog, One Gents Ten, here's a little article:

Wes says:
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by painted fingernails and toenails, and for just as long I have been attracted to women that wear nail polish.
However, I was brought up to believe that boys don’t wear nail polish and that it is only for girls.  So I spent the first 31 years of my existence afraid to wear nail polish on my own hands.
Well no longer!
I started searching online for articles, blogs, or anything about men wearing nail polish.  I was curious if I was the only man on earth that liked nail polish.  Boy was I wrong!
I read post after post about guys that wore nail polish and how women were very supportive of it.  The women all wanted their men to take care of their hands and feet and what better way to do it than getting a manicure and a pedicure.
After finding this encouraging information, I decided to begin down that path of wearing nail polish on my own hands.
I decided to take it slow at first.  My first step was to stop biting my nails.  I went to the store and purchase Hoof Hands Stop the Bite.  This is a clear polish that is applied to the fingers and tastes horrible when bitten.  This was a great first step, because it would allow my nails to grow naturally, which was essential before I could start painting them.
Next, I went for my first pedicure.   This was a GREAT experience.  The nail salon I found catered to men, which was a huge relief and surprise to me.  I actually found that all nail salons tend to be very accepting, so guys don’t need to be scared to visit a nail salon.
During my first salon pedicure, I had my toes painted for the first time with a nice silver metallic color that matched my truck.  I went out in public wearing this polish on my feet, and no one really noticed.
I had been afraid to paint my nails for so long because I was afraid of what people would say – and it turned out that I had little or nothing to fear after all!
Shortly after getting my pedicure, I found Scott’s blog.  This blog was the push I needed.  Scott showed that it doesn’t really matter if you’re a male; nail polish is for men and women.
Since finding One Gent’s Ten, I have acquired my first manicure and painted my nails.
I’ve gone out in public many times with my nails painted, and it turns out it really is OK for a man to wear nail polish.  More men need to do so!
Since introducing my new habit to people I know, I have gotten a few ignorant comments:  “Nail polish isn’t for boys,” “Guys aren’t supposed to wear nail polish,” and the obligatory “Are you gay?”
My response to these comments is usually something to the effect of – Nail polish is just that – polish, paint, nothing more.  It enhances the look of your hands and feet, and that’s all!
I have also enjoyed many, many good comments:  “I love your nails, what color is that?” or “OOO, You toes are pretty, are they purple?” and “I think it’s great that you are willing to push society’s standards.”
That last comment is a perfect tie-in, because that is exactly my goal – to push society so that they realize that men can wear nail polish if they wish.

Continue reading this & other posts on his website at One Gents Ten

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Here's a story from the website Divine Caroline about a woman who painted her husbands toes for the first time.
Here's the first part of the story-

I was reading another post related to nail polish and men, and it reminded me of an amusing story I have to tell.
One sultry evening last summer, I was relaxing on the couch in the living room in front of the TV painting my nails. I was anxious to try a new polish that I had bought that day, a deep burgundy with subtle sparkles in it. As I painted, it ended up looking even better than it did in the bottle.
My husband came in and sat down in a chair next to me to watch a TV series that he liked. After a few minutes, I noticed that he was taking an interest as I was painting my toenails and when I looked at him, he smiled and said that he really liked the new color that I was wearing. I agreed and thanked him for the compliment, and thought “that was nice to hear.” His gaze would occasionally drift toward me as I continued painting my toes. And then, for whatever reason, I paused and spontaneously asked him if he would like me to paint his. He laughed and said dismissingly “sure, why not?” We both had a good chuckle about the idea, and then we just resumed watching the TV while my nails dried.
Over the course of the next few days though, I had this odd desire appear in my head wondering what the reaction would be if I really did paint my husband’s toenails. I have no idea why I would think of this, but the idea kept randomly popping into my head. Finally, I decided to find out by trying it.
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I think you can find many more stories, support groups, etc out there, all touting the latest trend of men wearing nail polish.  So read the stories for encouragement, then try it.  Build up to going out in public if you need, but be brave and realize 99% of your fears, are in your head only.  Once you try it and find out no one really notices, and it's ok, you'll be hooked at how nice your feet look with painted toes in public.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Body Shaving for men, the pros and cons

I've Noticed that a lot of guys who paint their nails also shave their legs, or at least their toes if they paint their toes.  I'm one of those who prefer being shaved from my nose to my toes but I know that's not for everyone.  So I thought I'd explore the reasons for both sides of the man camp if you will, and discuss why I think it's OK to shave, or not.

First off, the shaving arguments.  Since I'm one who shaves I'll tell my side, then highlight a few other reasons I've heard about for shaving.  I first started shaving my legs and arms many years ago, say around 2000 or before, because I really didn't like the way my legs looked when they were all hairy.  For me, body hair is just unattractive anywhere but on our heads.  I didn't even like pubic hair on myself or on women, so one day I decided to try trimming my leg and arm hair.  I got out a pair of electric hair clippers and put a number 1 guide on it and proceeded to cut my hair down to a very short length.  I was to afraid to cut it off completely because I thought others would think I looked to feminine, or I would look like a 'sissy' and I thought leaving a little behind would make it ok.  Well I went out among family and friends and no one even mentioned it, which I thought was surprising, but very cool.  But I usually let it grow back out and would only trim it now and then.  A few times, mostly in the winter, I would shave my legs but often thought they looked 'weird' shaved because they seemed really shiny and I just wasn't used to that look.  But eventually I started to love the look of my shaved legs and started shaving them more often.

This went on for several years then I met my current wife, Carla, and things really changed.  Turns out, she loved the look of my legs shaved, and she also hated leg and body hair so she encouraged me to shave them regularly, as well as to keep my toes painted all the time and to go out in public with both my shaved legs and painted toes showing.  At first it was a little different, but in a short amount of time it seemed more normal to have them shaved, with my painted toes showing, than not.  And I now feel that I don't look at all feminine just because I shave my legs and have never had even One single negative or positive comment about my shaving.  I was amazed that no one noticed, but no one, not even family noticed.  Now people notice my toes, but the comments are 99% positive as I've mentioned before, but I truly think nobody even realizes that I shave my body.

And now, my wife loves shaving them for me.  We are lucky to have a large bathtub that we can both fit into and she shaves me from my neck to my toes which is a very sensual experience I might add.  It relaxes me so much and I really look forward to the shaving nights, so now I get a double benefit out of having shaved legs.

Now on to some reasons to shave your body.  I'm sure there are more than what I'll list here, but these are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.  If you have others, please post them in the comments below.

Reasons To Shave your body-

  1. It looks better to many of us
  2. If feels great
  3. There's no hair to grab, pull, get caught in clothing, etc
  4. You are far less sweaty in areas where you shave.  My underarms need almost no deodorant now for example
  5. With less sweat lingering around, you have much less odor
  6. Bike riders and swimmers say there's less resistance & you can go faster, plus less road rash if you do crash
  7. If you like to wear pantyhose for warmth in the winter, they fit better with shaved legs.  (I prefer them over thermals as they are less binding and thinner, but still provide some warmth)
  8. You don't have to worry about hair being a problem during sex.  You know what I mean, so I'll leave it at that, lol.
  9. Much less hair to clog up your drains
  10. Painted toes just don't look right with hairy toes, to me anyway.  Actually I think hairy toes are very bad looking so I would prefer guys to at least shave their toes if they paint them.

Reasons for NOT shaving might include-

  1. It's far easier to not shave
  2. Some guys think they look to feminine with painted toes and shaved legs.  I disagree, but to each his own.
  3. Hmm, that's all I can think of, lol.

Well that's about it for this post.  And I appologize for not posting as much lately, but we've been moving into a new house for the last month and I've been working 7 days a week for about 2 months.

Lets hear from others on this subject.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

BB Coutures Tuxedo Night for men

I recently tried out some of the BB Couture polishes made for men from bbnailpolish.com.  Normally I don't worry too much about whether or not a polish is labeled as for men or not, but I really do like the concept as so many men are afraid to wear 'womens' nail polish.  So I applaud the folks at BB Couture for recognizing the demand for a mens line of nail polish and really wanted to give their colors a try.  So guys, you can boldly wear this color and if anyone asks you can tell them it's actually a line of polish made just for men.  I really hope that knowing there is several lines of nail polish out there that are targeting men will help to encourage more men to try nail polish.  Like I've said before, it's just color and it cleans off.  And it DOESN'T MAKE YOU FEMININE guys.  Trust me, you'll get more positive comments from the women than negative.  Women usually love guys with nail polish on.

So the BB Couture polish I have is the collection titled 'Men's Formal' which consists of 6 colors.  The color that caught my eye the most was the Tuxedo Night color for men which is the beautiful deep brownish red metallic.  Since I'm a guy who mostly paints my toes, I decided to get a pro pedicure for this one and see how it came out.

And my first impression was ..... Beautiful!  I love this color as it has a very deep metallic to it and has almost a glow to it. I love deep reds anyway and this one is really pretty.  I went on fairly evenly although if I looked close there was a little blotchiness, but who looks that closely.  From my standing viewpoint I thought it looked great.  Indoors, at night, like a lot of darker colors it looks very dark, but still has a redish look overall.  And I noticed that on the BB Couture website the color photographed darker than mine, so consider it to be somewhere between my photo and theirs, depending on the lighting.  And can guys wear reds?  ABSOFRIGGINLUTELY!  Red is just a color, and this one is a nice dark shade that is a little more masculine than a bright red if you're worried about that.  But guys can look good in bright red too.  It's all in how you present yourself and how good a job you get, so tip #1, get a pro pedi guys, it will look SO much better.

BB Couture Nail Polish for Men in Tuxedo Night
I also took along another color from that collection called "Dress Rehearsal" and had the nail tech put this on my fingers.  Now, I don't normally paint my fingers, mostly because I do construction and nail polish lasts about 1-2 days tops, but wanted to try it out so I went for it.  I have to say I think that this is also a very nice color for men.  I think there's nothing feminine about it so for you guys who are concerned about that, this might be the color for you. Now, as usual, it lasted about 2 days, then I had it so beat up I had to remove it, but I really liked it while it lasted.

So guys, head on over to the BB Couture Website and check out all the mens colors they have.  They have some very cool collection names like 'Eye Candy', Mechanics 101' or 'The Regular guy look' and that's just a few.  Then order a few and give it a try, you'll LOVE IT.

Happy painting, and until next time, be proud and live your life the way you want to, not the way the world says you have too.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Top 10 Reasons Men SHOULD wear nail polish

My TOP TEN Reasons Why Men
SHOULD Wear Nail Polish
Sometimes we hear comments from others regarding men and nail polish along the lines of 'It's just not right, men shouldn't wear nail polish' or some other narrow minded train of thought like that.  So I thought I'd post my TOP TEN Reasons why Men SHOULD wear nail polish.  So here it is.
  1. Makes our hands or feet look Much better, when done properly
  2. Makes us pay more attention to the condition of your nails, cuticles cracked skin, etc, so our hands and feet and up in much better condition.
  3. Looks better when wearing sandals than the normal grunge foot look
  4. It's a fun conversation starter.  I've had a lot of women and a few men want to talk about my painted toes, and 99% of them think it's very cool.
  5. It's fun to do.  Most guys are amazed at how much they like the look of their toes once they are painted.  And we get to take it off and change colors on a whim depending on our mood, etc.
  6. Professional pedicures feel Wonderful.  They usually give you a foot and leg massage and I often have a hard time not drifting off because I get so relaxed.
  7. Your feet, or hands, will feel much better after a pro pedicure, or a well done home one.  You'll get rid of the ingrown toe nails, cracked heels, calouses etc and your feet will thank you.
  8. Women love it.  That's right guys, the majority of women think it's very cool that men wear nail polish.  I was bidding a construction job just 2 days ago and the woman commented on how she really liked the look of my painted toes as I was leaving.  And she was somewhere around 60 years old, so it's not just younger women who like it.
  9. It shows your confidence.  Let's face it, as things stand right now, you have to be fairly confident to wear nail polish in public, so having painted nails shows others your confidence.
  10. Nail polish protects your nails from damage, breaking, hang nails, etc.
Drum Roll............ There you have it, my TOP TEN Reasons why men SHOULD wear nail polish.

My mens red toes with nail polish
My male toes painted red

So if you haven't tried it yet, here's 10 good reasons to go for it today.  Go out, pick out 2-3 colors from your local store and try it.  Or go online and order some colors if you're really shy.  Click HERE for a good online site you can order polish from.  Or try one of my other links below-

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Submit your photos & I'll post them

Had someone wonder how to submit their own photos of their painted nails so thought I'd take a few photos, for awhile.  There are other places that take as many pics as you want to post, but I'm only looking to post a few dozen or so.

So, IF you have high quality, clear photos of your painted toes or fingers and are willing to include your name with the photo and a FACE photo, I'll post them.  But you must have a quality mani or pedi and the photo must be of your male nails.  I can accept just first names if you must, be really prefer you be brave enough to give you full name as I've done.

If you just want to post pics of your painted toes alone, try my flickr group at: http://www.flickr.com/groups/menwithpaintednails/

So you can just email them to me using the email address in the upper right corner of this blog and IF they fit my requirements, I'll post them.  I think it would be good to have a few dozen photos of other guys showing their full body, or face pics along with the closeups of their painted nails, so send em to me.

Author, a male, with painted toes
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So, just to show that I'm not afraid either, here's one of me, Guy Purcella, full body, and another closer shot of my painted toes, now where's yours?

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Are you Gay or Feminine if you paint your toes as a man?

I always find this to be an interesting question or opinion by some.  There are those narrow minded people who will stereotype a man as gay if he does anything 'different'.  Remember when all men who wore ear rings were gay?  Now we think nothing of it.  It's really SO SILLY to label people based on things like how they choose to decorate themselves and painting our toes is just another form of decoration or a way of expressing our style.  Or maybe it's simply something we like.

my male painted toes with a toe ring, red polish and jeans, men
Red painted toes, a toe ring and jeans. A normal male look
Oh my god, could it be that simple?  Yes it can be.  Painting your nails does not make you anything, not gay, not weird, not perverted and not a rock star, sorry if I burst your bubble on that one, lol.  Painting your nails is no different than choosing a colored shirt, it's just color on your toes.  Now granted, if you paint your toes and wear high heels, a skirt, makeup etc, then at some point you can start looking feminine to others.  And if that's what you want, go for it, it's your life.  But my point is that too many guys worry that they will look like a pansy or be perceived as feminine for painting their toes, or fingers.  But if you just paint your nails and don't take it further, you won't look feminine.  I know a number of guys out there in cyberland who paint their toes, or finger, or both, and many are very manly otherwise.  Like Jim who is somewhere around 6'6" tall and played college football for years (hope I have your facts right Jim) and he paints his nails all the time but otherwise looks and acts like a normal guy.

So painting your nails has NOTHING to do with sexual orientation.  You can be straight, gay or bi and paint your nails, but painting them doesn't change who you are.  And if others think it does, so what.  Yeah, I'm sure many guys have walked past me in the past 4 years or so of going out in public with my painted toes showing and thought that I must be gay, or a pansy.  But I really don't care, it's my life and I'm going to live it the way I like.  Now on that note, for those of you new to my story, I've been going out with my painted toes showing for around 4 yrs or more and have NEVER had one really negative remark about my toes, from men or women, so it's much more in your head than in reality.

So many people are afraid of anyone that acts 'different' than the typical male so they are quick to judge.  But do you really want to be friends with people like this anyway?  Probably not.  Hopefully you are more open minded than those people and are learning to judge others based on their personality and not on how they dress or decorate themselves, or even if they are gay or bi.

On that note, it's time for me to go repaint my toes in a really cool light metallic blue.  And I'm straight, I do construction work and I have no fears of losing my masculinity, but I'm not afraid to have color on my toes.

Feel free to post your experiences on this subject as well.  And guys, just do it, it's fun.