I read The Color Purple (hereafter, Purple) by Alice Walker for the first time in college. Some of my classmates were amazed that I’d never read the book or seen the movie before.

I loved it.

The book, that is. However, I have a tendency to love the book more than the film version, only because more often than not, the film leaves out all of the good parts.

But I digress.

Today is the beginning of my birth month, and this month I have decided to bring two of my loves together: nail polish and literature. Each week, I am going to take a novel, play, or poem and design a manicure around it. Very similar to this awesome tumblr. And for the first Nails of Literature feature, I wanted to focus on a part of the book that is an absolute favorite of mine. Celie, the main protagonist, is sharing some thoughts:

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.”

It’s an amazing point. How often do we miss the small things constantly running after something “bigger?” There’s something to be said for slowing down and noticing the little things in front of you, because when you do, there’s a greater appreciation for the larger things when they happen. It isn’t an if. It’s a when. But you just have to have the patience to wait for it, and the eyes to recognize when it’s coming. Inspired by both the quote above and this book cover:


I introduce you to: Field of Purple.


I opted for grey and purple, as the only thing in color on the cover are the flowers. Deep grey and purple are Mona and Trina by Julep (Trina is pictured), sparkly lavender is Cameron by Julep, and the pale grey on the accent nail is Skull and Glossbones by OPI. The little pale highlight on the flowers is Lilacism by Essie.

May we all be able to notice the color purple in a field and appreciate it.

Have ideas for future books for me to create manicures for? Email me

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