Worker V

Worker V: 2.6 Plastic Fantastic

Oh, hey! It’s me again!

Worker V has been a busy girl, but you know what gets me through the day, the traffic, the travel, the deadlines, and the endless fatigue? When I look in the mirror and a quirky and unexpected accessory—like this plastic necklace I bought in Oz—winks back at me. Even if I’m pretending it’s Marni in my head (and it ain’t), it puts a smile on my face.

I’ll admit that in my businessy busyness, I’ve been super slack about dragging the Canon out for some shots. But one morning before I dashed off to work, this glorious sun beckoned to me from the backyard, and it did not disappoint. The flare and my sunbeam spear are totally au naturale. It’s not a whip, Antoine, but I think it will do…

Vest: Witchery • Shirt: Ann Taylor • Skirt: Ann Taylor • Boots: Gucci • Necklace: Jigsaw • Watch: Michael Kors

You can see a hint of my mani in the shot above, but it was so fun, I had to include a close-up. I was inspired by Kristina’s Half Moon Mani Tutorial, which makes creating fancy schmancy nails a cinch. I did Essie Red Nouveau over Essie Shifting Power…

Have you ever tried a DIY half-moon manicure?

The Author



V is the founding editor of GRIT & GLAMOUR, a professional content developer by day, and a die-hard Southerner. When she's not writing or trolling Instagram, she's spending time with her other loves: her Aussie husband and dog Macy.

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  1. Caitlin Ni Chathain
    December 16, 2011 at 4:54 am — Reply

    Looking HOT Vahni! The luminous spear is out of this world. And I have always wanted to have a half-moon manicure, always. Soo gonna try one this weekend.

  2. December 16, 2011 at 8:15 am — Reply

    Sooooooooooooo good to see you back in all your beautiful splendour, dear Vahni, such a long time.
    You make me happy just by posting.

  3. December 16, 2011 at 8:39 am — Reply

    That bit of light is amazing, I can’t belive it’s natural! My nails are fially long enough for painting again, so i may just try this tutorial. I can have pretty nails for Christmas hopefully, I love the necklace by the way!

    Happy Christmas to you!

  4. December 16, 2011 at 9:44 am — Reply

    Hey V!!! We missed you and your fur vests. hehe! I love the color of this one. So pretty! Love that mani, too.

    I totally know what you mean about the busy-ness of the season. Sheesh! I haven’t taken a single picture all week. Such is life…

  5. December 16, 2011 at 10:38 am — Reply

    Ha! Your sunshine spear is amazing. And so is that necklace! Love the look. Half-moon manis are my favorite, and so easy to do. It makes me feel like I’ve added a teensy bit of Dita von Teese to my look.

  6. December 16, 2011 at 11:06 am — Reply

    WOow so maybe not a concrete whip BUT above all a metaphorical ( § so delightfully surreal) gift from the sun, likely to honor your “GLAMazonittude” V (“Wink from an Expert ès Sexy / Glam forecasts”) !!! This mesmerizing scenery certainly was dedicated to be immortalized , AND I can’t help BUT vote FOR this cocktail jet black mane § bloody lipstick I (shyly) must add Dear …
    à Bientôt, Antoine

  7. December 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm — Reply

    I didn’t notice the plastic bauble. I am to mesmerized by your sheer and entire fabulousness- and that signature fuzzy vest of yours to see it. I do love that mani- gold and red are seasonal spicy goodness. Happy Holidays, dear you!

  8. December 16, 2011 at 12:27 pm — Reply

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  9. December 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    Ooooh thanks for this tip! Have been wanting to try this for a while and think I might give it a go this weekend!



  10. December 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm — Reply

    OOOOh thanks for this tip…have been wanting to try this for a while and think I might give it a go this weekend!


  11. December 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    Such a lovely necklace Vahni; it’s definitely smile inducing! The sun is shining beautifully, and I am glad it beckoned you out to share with us again. I haven’t tried to do the half moon mani once, and it was an epic fail. I think I may try it again soon though :-).

  12. December 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    I’ve done a half moon with just red and loved it but I notice that my nails are weaker with color polish even over a clear nail hardener and they’re super strong with just the clear polish on. So I haven’t done this in a while but it sure is pretty! 🙂

    ~Retro Natural

  13. December 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm — Reply

    GIRRLLLL…that necklace is amazing…Marni or NOT, it is such a fun statement piece! Love it!
    And you know I love that furry furry vest…so chic.
    The photos are gorgeous:)

  14. December 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm — Reply

    I love how the photo turned out with the lens flare and the sun shining through the trees. The manicure you did is kind of like those nail rocks foils that I;ve seen cropping in up people’s glossy boxes. They look great.

  15. December 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm — Reply

    I’m barely skilled at painting one tone on my nails, let alone two of them, so I’ll save that for the professionals. Speaking of, though, I want to do a tri-tone French tip: Orange tip, light blue base, navy blue accent. It’s for a summery outfit/tribute to Gulf Oil. It’ll be awesome!

    And speaking of awesome… I love your magic light wand! 😀 Your vest and necklace are pretty cool, too.

  16. December 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm — Reply

    I can’t wait to try the half-moon mani. The red and gold mix is great for the holidays! Beautiful as always.

  17. December 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm — Reply

    Ooohhhh… I love the necklace and the mani! I love that you always provide some inspiration lately!

  18. December 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm — Reply

    I hear you about the endless fatigue lately… Oh my you look simply gorgeous, doll! I love that second shot, it looks quite magical! Enjoy your holidays.-xo

  19. December 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm — Reply

    Thank you Antoine! 😉 RT @stilettostetico: WOop because @gritandglamour is an "Early Morning(icious) Witch"

  20. December 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm — Reply

    Hey Vahni! I love these pictures – that’s beautiful how the sun did that in the 2nd one. We miss you. I was glad to see an update on your blog. It’s so hard to find the time to keep up with my own, but the motivation you instilled hasn’t gone away yet!

    I wish I could get an awesome manicure like that. Playing piano keeps me from letting my nails grow past the skin on my fingertips. Any manicure ideas for girls like me who keep their nails short and stubby?

    (BTW is that a plugin that lets people add their twitter account in your comments? Which one is it, if you don’t mind me asking?)

    • December 29, 2011 at 9:07 pm — Reply

      Hey, Selwa, thanks doll! So glad to hear the motivation continues. May it do so well into 2012 and beyond!

      RE: the manicure…short and polished in a pale pink or nude works. And you can still throw some glitter on top! Go for it!

      And that is a plugin I’m using…I think it’s Twitterlink Comments. I’ve got a few in there, but I think that’s it. If not, let me know and I can double check.

  21. December 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm — Reply

    I’ve been missing you V. I haven’t tried Kristina’s tutorial yet…but its going to involve swipeing those paper protector thingys (I believe that is the technical term) from my mother’s home office. Since they aren’t anywhere in my home…and I can’t justify buying them for a mani. Anyway yours looks fab!

  22. December 17, 2011 at 12:20 am — Reply

    I love that light saber effect! How cool. And your nails are gorgeous.

  23. December 17, 2011 at 12:47 am — Reply

    Hi V! Glad you’re back! Love the outfit! The vest is amazing and I am and have been for a while IN LOVE w/ your Gucci boots! 🙂 The half moon manicure is awesome. Think I’ll have to try it out! 🙂

  24. December 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm — Reply

    That photo is amazing! I love your nails! very festive and perfect for this season. Those boots are gorgeous and I love the way your vest anchors the whole outfit. Gorgeous!

  25. December 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm — Reply

    You look flawless and I love your half-moon manicure!

    ps… I was really inspired by your hair dresser blog, kudos.

  26. December 17, 2011 at 11:48 pm — Reply

    SEXY LADY! The necklace, the cleave, the mani; it’s all perfection. And I share your pain of living a busy life!

  27. December 18, 2011 at 3:44 am — Reply

    Love the necklace and the nails!! I didn’t inherit the polish your nail gene. Matter of fact, my only success thus far with nails (self or professional) was this summer when I tried the soak off nail polish. Blessings to all of you that have the skills for DIY projects like this.

  28. December 18, 2011 at 8:00 am — Reply

    Beautiful necklace, you look absolutely gorgeous! And loving the mani – I have yet to try the half moon manicure, but it looks fabulous!

  29. December 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    Love this look! Your manicure is fab and your necklace is so unique.

  30. December 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm — Reply

    Oh, your necklace is perfect! So are your nails, I really like this idea!

    I haven’T commented on your great blog for ages, sorry about that! Hope you’re having a great December! 🙂

  31. December 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm — Reply

    Always good to see you in a wee bit of fur. That necklace is gorge, love the simplicity… great shot, looks like a riding crop!
    Love the half moon look and the dual colours you can play with.

    Lady, sending you early Christmas wishes and sparkles! I’ll be working through the festive days! Hope Santa’s gonna spoil you rotten!


  32. December 19, 2011 at 7:39 am — Reply

    Beautiful, V!! I love your necklace – very cool. I’m totally loving the sun beams in your picture.

  33. December 19, 2011 at 9:57 am — Reply

    So pretty! Thrilled you took a post (gorgeous sun!) and adoring those nails. I really need to work on more of these fashion and jewelry DIYs I keep reading about.

  34. December 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm — Reply

    You look amazing! So neat how the sun was captured in your photos! I need to try that half-moon mani soon!

  35. December 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm — Reply

    that necklace is gorgeous and so Marni inspired! Love it. xo

  36. December 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm — Reply

    Vahni, what more can I say?? I am DYING over this necklace with the vest!! Where do you find ‘Witchery’ pieces? I don’t think I’ve heard of that brand before… I SO envy your wardrobe!! Clothing swap someday?? haha. Also, that manicure is really cool. I’ve seen people do it some other ways but it never looked this good!

  37. December 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm — Reply

    The necklace is lovely…as is that fabulous mani!

  38. December 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm — Reply

    Check out this recent look by V- I DIE!!! Worker V: 2.6 Plastic Fantastic via @gritandglamour

  39. December 19, 2011 at 9:32 pm — Reply

    love that manicure!! it’s soo perfect for the holidays!!!

  40. December 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm — Reply

    I LOVE the necklace and your vest!!! Still on the hunt for a good faux fur vest myself, and the half moon manicure is one of my all time favorites! Just wish I had extra time to do it more often 🙂

  41. December 19, 2011 at 10:49 pm — Reply

    Loving the vest. It’s been crazy busy lately no? I feel like there are just not enough hours in the day. I have to check out that tutorial.

  42. December 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm — Reply

    I’ve done a half-moon manicure but definitely not by myself! That would be a mess! I need professional help for those things.

  43. Gianeli
    December 21, 2011 at 12:45 am — Reply

    I love this post so much!!This serves as an inspiration…

  44. Gianeli
    December 21, 2011 at 12:50 am — Reply

    Thanks for the great fashion you have here…this is an inspiration to us…

  45. December 21, 2011 at 4:40 am — Reply

    Hello – I discovered your blog thanks to Miss Papelicos – very interesting. Love your outfits & long hair – I also have long hair – do you have any posts about hairstyle ideas on the blog?

  46. December 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm — Reply

    As it is I struggle with painting my nails the regular way, so I haven’t tried any DIY tutorials. But I like your gold half moon. It’s very fun but elegant too.

    Glad to see you back! I’ve missed your posts.

  47. December 23, 2011 at 8:48 am — Reply

    Miss you, V! My fault entirely as I haven’t been good with bloggage recently.
    That’s a fab necklace and love the scarf!
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2012!
    Joy xxx

  48. December 23, 2011 at 10:13 am — Reply

    love the neck piece and the nails. They’re so festive!

    enjoy the Christmas holidays!


  49. December 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm — Reply

    Oooh the nails are lovely! Very festive! =D

  50. December 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm — Reply

    Merry Christmas, V! I hope Santa brought you many awesome things.

  51. December 26, 2011 at 8:08 am — Reply

    Great vest! Happy christmas!


  52. December 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm — Reply

    I love the vest and necklace. Half moon nails are my favorite manicure. There are endless color combos to try!

  53. December 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm — Reply

    I love the lighting in your photos. What perfect happenstance to have the “light saber” in your hand. I have not yet tried the half-moon mani but your photos sure make it a temptation! Great top too!
    Happy New Year!

  54. December 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm — Reply

    So many comments, thank you all! I’m about halfway through getting out to see all of you. I promise to finish before the end of the year!

  55. January 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm — Reply

    Omg, it looks like you’re holding a light saber in the 2nd pic (woah that sounded super nerdy, but I’ve just been watching the Big Bang Theory…hahaha). The necklace totally reminded me of Marni also- funny you say that. I’ve been oogling their pieces on Gilt, but they’re still a bit too expensive.

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