I've been on a dark nail polish kick lately, which is actually a nice change because for a really long time, I had an almost pathological obsession with wearing Ballet Slippers (or some other such sheer pink/nude shade) on my fingers. It's partly because I like the way light colors look, but it's also because I'm lazy and vain and when dark nails chip, it looks worse and it's way harder to fix. Thus, my love of sheer shades. But this fall, there are so many cute, dark colors out there that I seem to keep gravitating to them instead. My favorite right now is Essie's Handle With Flair. It's a deep, dark red that looks good with one coat, even better with two or three. My nails look very old Hollywood with it on, like I've just stepped off the screen of a black and white movie. Très Chic! And as a bonus, it looks good on my toes too, so my fingers and toes match, which almost never happens. And it lasts for a long time without chipping, like most of the Essie polishes I've tried, which I appreciate. There's nothing worse than a polish that chips when you're practically still in the salon. My only problem with it is that when the manicure does eventually start coming off, doing it again myself is next to impossible with a shade this dark. I'm seriously manicure challenged (I don't even consider giving myself a pedicure because that's just asking for polish all over the carpet) and impatient, so with the slower drying dark colors, what I don't smear, I smudge. So wearing this makes getting a manicure every two weeks or so a necessity instead of just a fun treat. (Not that I'm complaining). Plus, the kitschy shade name means that I didn't have to think of a title for this post and my lazy self appreciates that. After all, who doesn't want to Handle With Flair?