Raise your hand if you miss your childhood pen pal with whom you’ve long since lost contact. It’s been at least 15 years since the Belarusian girl my grandparents taught English to sent me a cream-colored linen suit her mother had made for me. Opening that package was the most exciting event of my life that summer. I’m smiling just thinking about it. Maybe the heat got to us, but in the spirit of nostalgia and long distance friendship, my pal Samantha Wilson (you might recognize her) and I had a great idea. You should try it: We each picked out some nail colors for the other person and sent them off through the postman. This is kind of the adult, beauty-product version of a friendship bracelet. Below are the sweet love notes we included about these particular shades of polish. Friendship is a gift.
Dear my sweet, angelic Anna,
I’m writing you from many miles away but can still visualize our first days of friendship (two young, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed interns at Glossier) many moons ago. When I think of you, I think of iced lattes, a mischievous smirk and calm, effortless sophistication. Your new nail wardrobe as a collection reflects the juxtaposition of your delicate, Bambi-like softness mixed with your fiery, untamed Scorpio soul.
I’ll start with the most obvious of my choices for you: the Chanel red—Rouge Puissant. It’s that juicy, cool-toned cherry hue that cannot be tied down to a specific season. It’s timeless! Universal! If this red is…