If the living is easy in the summertime, autumn calls for a bit more sophistication in the nail polish department. I’m pretty low-maintenance with my beauty routine, but in the fall I make a weekly effort with my manicure. And my favorite colors for the fall are as cozy as the sweaters we’re snuggling up in — a mix of dark, metallic and antique, in 3 shades of grey and gorgeous pink.

Heavy metal manicure
Deep down, I feel like a rocker chick. Sure, I live in the ‘burbs and do carpools, but that doesn’t mean I can’t rock a little bit of chrome on my tips. I’m loving the new¬†No Place Like Chrome polish¬†from nail-salon queen Essie. It screams backstage pass, no?

Jin Soon Choi Mica | Cool Mom Picks

Grey goes edgy
Let’s face it, Chanel really nailed style with their inky Vamp shade in the 90s. I still remember my first manicure with Vamp as a college undergrad, like it was yesterday. This season, celebrity manicurist Jin Soon captures that edgy cool factor with her¬†collaboration with fashion label Tibi. My favorite color is¬†Mica, an iridescent silver grey that looks super rich on the nails. Also new this season: Jin Soon introduced a cool¬†Matte Maker Top Coat, which makes your nails…you guessed it, matte. And marvelous.

Rococo Social Butterfly nail color | Cool Mom Picks

Pink that’s not too pretty¬†
I have two boys, so the thought of any color of clothing or makeup that is too garishly girly isn’t my speed. On the other hand, I do love me a nice pretty manicure in the right shade of pink. The perfect answer for fall lies in the new dusty rose shade of¬†Social Butterfly from Rococo Nail Apparel. It’s got a vintage vibe, yet goes nowhere close to the icky pink territory.¬†Melissa

Check out Jin Soon Choi, Essie and Rococo for more online nail inspiration.