Help! Old-man hands!

07 July 2011

The trouble with being an action girl like Pedalling In Heels is you’re prone to getting the hands of an old man. Gnarled, calloused, battered, sigh. And when you insist on cycling in cool beach-worthy wedges instead of hideous cycling ‘performance wear’, your feet can get pretty beaten up too.

Fortunately, fellow blogger Grazia Daily Nail came to the rescue in the form of an amazingly long-lasting manicure from nail king David Barton at Percy & Reed on London’s Great Portland Street. The mani-pedi promises to last for 14 days but Pedalling In Heels is 21 days in and still as mirror-shiny and unchipped as day one. Amazing! It’s all down to Shellac, which goes on smooth like a polish and is hardwearing like a gel. ‘Wildfire Red’ is like a stop sign for drivers who try to cut me up at traffic lights, and the nude ‘Beau’ fingernails elongate Pedalling In Heels’ once-gnarly hands so they’re almost elegant. Oh, and we’ve started wearing fingerless gloves. If they’re good enough for Karl Lagerfeld

Cycle with Pedalling In Heels and the Grazia team at, gloves from

- Kate Faithfull-Williams


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