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Apparently, J.Crew Goddess Jenna Lyons Isn’t Perfect…

Mom Jeanine
April 12, 2011


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Okay, here’s a fact: everyone and their mother loves J. Crew. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a person who had something bad to say about the brand, except that the clothes are a little on the expensive side.

The world’s love affair with J. Crew has a lot to do with Jenna Lyons. She’s the executive creative director for the brand and basically the reason why you want everything in the catalogs. For the last few years, it’s been nothing but praise for her and how far she’s taken J. Crew, but apparently she messed with the wrong right wings in a recent email blast.

That’s Jenna and her adorable son Beckett and yes his toenails are painted. Hot pink.

Now Jenna is not the first “famous” person who’s painted her son’s nails. Both of Gwen Stefani’s sons have been photographed with painted fingernails. Kingston wore orange and Zuma wore what looked to be burgundy. Maybe Gwen gets a pass because she isn’t as mainstream as Jenna and J. Crew, but some critics at are slamming her.

I will admit, I would do a double take if I saw a little boy with hot pink toenails, but it’s not really that big of a deal to me. Beckett doesn’t look older than six and kids at that age kids like everything. I do, however, think Jenna should think twice about painting little Beckett’s nails with Essie, though. Do you know how many toxic chemicals are in that stuff? Here’s a look at the first 10 ingredients:

Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Propyl Acetate, Tosylamide/Formaldehyde Resin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Ethyl Tosylamide

Do you see how many acetates are in there? No thanks. Instead, allow me to suggest Piggy Paint to Jenna and all you moms out there thinking about painting your kid’s nails. Unlike the toxic, chemical-laden nail polish available in most drugstores, Piggy Paint is free of toxic chemicals. There’s no formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate or acetone.

Jenna is taking some pretty serious heat, but we want to know: do you think Beckett’s hot pink toenails are really that offensive? Do you think he’ll be scarred for life because his mom painted his toenails and sent the pic around to the entire J. Crew email list? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Hannah
    April 12, 2011

  • Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! I don’t care that his nails are pink, but I agree; the chemicals in those things should make every parent do a double-take. Not to mention the fumes from the paint as it dries.

    There’s a GREAT app on your iPhone if you want to make shopping for chemical-free (and cruelty-free!!!) cosmetics as simple as looking for your mom in your contacts: it’s called “BNB” and it’s free!! It shows you what’s natural, what’s chemical laden, and what was made entirely cruelty free.

    It’s my go-to guide to being fashionable, sans the flame-retardant chemicals found in your blood stream after a mani-pedi. No thanks.

  • A Girl's Gotta Spa!
    April 12, 2011

  • I have 4 sons and when they were little they would ask to have their nails painted. I don’t think it’s a big deal…hot pink may catch people off guard of course.

    Will Beckett be scarred for life? I’m sure it would’ve been no big deal until the mainstream media decided to make a huge deal out of something innocent.

    I’m sure Essie was more product placement than anything else…

  • Denise Jacobsohn
    April 13, 2011

  • Painting a boy’s toes or fingers shouldn’t be anybody’s business- when I was painting my nails and my son was sitting with me he likes to be included and always wanted his nails painted. We need to stop being critical about these ‘non issues’ especially because painted nails aren’t going to hurt anyone and if they offend another person, then they need to get over their own prejudice issues. Let children be children and enjoy the simple things in life. If it doesn’t bother them or the parents, then really, time to mind your own business. From a mother of two happy boys, and yes they did have their nails painted and they are fine.

  • StacieDale
    April 13, 2011

  • I’m not a fan of nail polish at all (the smell and chemicals are yucky) but my daughter likes it and although I wouldn’t put it on my son unless he showed some interest in it, I don’t think it’s an issue at all. Are some trying to imply that she’ll make him gay if she paints his nails? I’m pretty sure that’s not how one “becomes gay”. And even if it does provide him with feminine qualities, who cares? This is a child who has many years ahead of him to decide what he does and doesn’t like. A little nail polish fun isn’t going to make or break this kid. Kids experiment with many things in different ways (especially in their pre-school years) so let him have some fun with it and move on. I’m sure in a few years, he’ll move on to something else.

  • Jamie
    April 13, 2011

  • This whole issue irritates me. Of all the things in the world for people to get their panties in a wad over…is a little boy’s painted toenails that big of a deal? And I’m not going to go out and buy special stuff just for my kids either. They’ll be bored with it after a day and want it removed anyway. I’m not too worried about my kids getting cancer from less than a half a teaspoon of nail polish on their toes for probably 24 hours.

  • Ellen McCaleb
    April 13, 2011

  • Yes, we have companies legally pedaling poisonous products along other pressing needs like homeless and illiterate children in this country, not to mention outside our borders, and homophobic nit picks take the time to comment about pink nail polish on boys toes. When will they understand that wearing pink or letting your son play with baby dolls will never turn a boy born a heterosexual into a homosexual.

    Hurrah for petrochemical free nail polish!

  • Darcy
    April 13, 2011

  • That’s a great point. I don’t think we should be concerned with only our children using these products, but adults too. Indeed some of these ingredients are toxic and listed as irritants for all people, not only children.

    I need to mention to the comment below that there is no such thing as “chemical-free”. Chemicals are natural products too and are made up of molecules. Many people throw this expression around but it is ridiculous. Water is a chemical. substance. It’s the type of chemical that is the concern.

  • ckz
    April 13, 2011

  • Really?! Judging someone for painting their sons toenails pink? Ridiculous. What has this world come to? Me thinks those people over at FOX news are all about personal liberty when it comes to guns and taxes, but personal liberty be damned if you paint your 6 year old’s toes pink. And thanks for this post on the safe polish. My daughter loves nail polish, but I always get a little queasy at the idea of her slopping those chemicals all over and breathing in the fumes. I’m gettin’ some of this!

  • Julie
    April 13, 2011

  • Seriously? Who cares if a mother paints her sons toenails at all. They might just be having fun or maybe he just wanted to spend time with her. And the notion that “social conservatives” are outraged is also ridiculous. Just because one person has an opinion doesn’t mean everyone does. I tend to be conservative on some things (not all!) but this wouldn’t even hit my radar. I hate when the media tries to politicize everything. Let him paint his toenails, better yet let him paint them with G2′s organic black-Rock-n-Roll!

  • emnhenrysmom
    April 13, 2011

  • I agree with the other comments- Who cares if he paints his toes?? The bigger issue here is how stupid Fox News is! Yet another ridiculously dumb story from this major network. And I do make sure my children eat organic, and limit their exposure to anything scary including food dyes and things they exposure to on a regular basis. The tiny amount of nail polish they may use on a rare occasion is not a big concern to me. I have bigger, more important things to worry about in this life!

  • julia
    April 13, 2011

  • Oh my gosh, it’s pathetic that people have nothing better to do than to make problems where there are none. Kids just like to emulate their parents. Looks to me like they’re having fun and spending quality time together in this picture. Too bad more parents don’t spend their energy on their children rather than looking for non-issues to bitch about!

  • Michele
    April 13, 2011

  • No, the fact that she painted her little boy’s toenails pink is not offensive at all. There are worse things that parents do to their children that Fox news should call people out on. I think its awesome that he is enjoying some silly time with his mom!!

  • Mariya
    April 13, 2011

  • I personally do not like nail polish for boys/men of ANY age, regardless of color of the nail polish – be it pink, black, etc. It’s just my personal opinion. At the same time, I don’t judge people when they do it. :)

  • Filmore Hayes
    April 13, 2011

  • This is one of those situations where in 10 years, this boy is going to say “Mom, what were you thinking? Thanks alot for making my first 15 minutes of fame about my pink toenails” No big deal, not going to scar him for life, cute color on the toes, I might have to buy it, etc. But really, What was she thinking? She’s got alot of creativity and could have done better here….

  • aloha
    April 13, 2011

  • i didn’t even notice his nails. the whole thing is pretty ridiculous. people need to get over their own issues and leave people to make their own decisions about their families. i highly doubt this will scar him in any way. he will probably think what a cool mom he had.

  • Pat Zahn
    April 13, 2011

  • O-M-G! There is no story here. Would the folks at Fox News be up-in-arms if this were a little girl playing with army men and dump trucks? It is play folks…

  • Fevi Reyes
    April 13, 2011

  • I love it!!! My son loves pink too. I admire her so much! She is doing great their is nothing wrong with that1 She is making more secure of who he is embracing his sensitivities! If your mother loves just the way you are nothing else matters. He will be very confident on telling her anything anytime no matter what it is. More power to her

  • Hannah
    April 14, 2011

  • Also, for the record, can I just say: at least she’s spending quality time with her son, and they’re enjoying each other. Can the media focus on THAT part, please? I mean, I hate those toxins, but at the core of this, she IS being a really good parent and building memories. Why can’t Fox News focus on THAT??

  • Shannon
    April 14, 2011

  • Unless the kid is eating or huffing the nail polish I really would not be too concerned about the toxicity of the stuff. The world is full of toxins and we consumers have to use our own judgement when it comes to how much of it we come in contact with and when to opt for healthier alternatives. The sad thing is people who feel the need to pass judgement on others and bellyache about turning someone homosexual, which is not possible anyway! Hey, maybe this kid knows where to find Obama’s elusive birth certificate, then fox “news” would have a real story! lol!

  • Jake Raderick
    April 16, 2011

  • Jenna and J. Crew are awesome for being open-minded enough to let this one out. Why shouldn’t people have some good clean fun? How many guys haven’t had their nails painted at one point in their life – and did they all change teams because of it?

    It’s a fact that more guys are actually wearing nail polish. BB Couture and Man Glaze market nail polish just for men in colors that look more masculine than what you typically find at the drugstore. Come to think of it, what is feminine about black nail polish anyway…?

    I hope with all this publicity this becomes a new style for guys – I like the idea! And it makes me want to shop J. Crew more often too!

  • Kindall
    October 20, 2011

  • can I ask you people a question and please don’t jump me but what is it with all the “chemical-free” I am hearing about? Didn’t we all use chemical ridden nail polish and what not? didn’t our generation and the past generations turn out perfectly ok? NOTE: I am not putting anyone down. I honestly want to know why people think this way, i really am curios that is all.

  • Emma
    October 27, 2011

  • I used to say that same thing about turning out okay. Now I have endometriosis and peripheral neuropathy, and my neurologist is telling me that I have fibromyalgia, which I’ve never really taken seriously until now. I’m active and a healthy weight and have no other reasons to have these issues. More friends of mine are getting breast and ovarian cancer… I’m not sure that we have turned out perfectly okay. But I hope that you do. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.

  • Bella Schaef er
    December 18, 2011

  • Hey folks, Will be the U.S. considerably better off sticking with Syria’s Assad?