Ready or not, cold weather is coming—and the holidays aren’t far behind. Sure, fall’s cozy sweaters feel great now, but it won’t be long until we’re in need of a far-flung balmy escape, preferably on a beach with no cell service. If migrating south isn’t in the cards for you anytime soon, however, we’re happy to report that we have a solution: When we spotted these kitschy, surfboard-shaped nail files on manicurist Madeline Poole’s Instagram feed, we wasted no time in asking her where we could buy them. Turns out, they’re a bona fide Hawaiian export: “I work with backstage photographer Mark Leibovitz all through Fashion Week, so we spend a lot of time together,” Poole explains. “He was in Hawaii and went to the ABC Store, which I guess is like a Hawaiian version of Duane Reade with lots of local beauty products. And he found these and sent them to me!”
A quick investigation of the company’s website, which boasts the slogan “The Store With Aloha,” turned up similar files that cost less than a poolside drink. (Note to self: They’d also make great stocking stuffers.) “I will probably never use them because I want to save them forever,” Poole says. “But they’re actually really good nail files—the grit is perfect for shaping.”
As for the manicures Poole would (hypothetically) craft with her souvenirs, she’s feeling a “squoval” shape (“round with a bit of a flat tip”) and a palette of unconventional colors: “I haven’t really been giving in to your typical fall nail shades,” she says. “Instead, I’ve been wearing white, deep turquoise, raspberry, and emerald green.” Or take Poole’s lead and match your nails to the cool, watery hues of the Pacific—because even if you don’t make it to a real ocean this winter, a surf-inspired mani will do wonders for brightening up your wardrobe.
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