To be perfectly honest with you, I never thought this day would come. Megs and I have been obsessing over nail polish for months (seriously, I’ve amassed about 200 polishes since spring), and we’ve been trying to find a good way to somehow connect it back to handbags so that we could share our obsession with you guys. Thanks to Essie, we’ve finally found a link!

Essie’s Fall 2011 nail polish collection is called Carry On, and all six shades are based on the color palette commonly found in midcentury handbag design. It’s a little Mad Men, a little contemporary, and a whole lot of fun.

I grabbed three of these colors as soon as I saw them for sale: “Power Clutch,” which is a dark grey that’s much darker in person than in this press photo; “Carry On,” a deep red-undertoned purple-wine color; and “Very Structured,” which is kind of a rusty orange-tan. I’ve tried the first two and they’re both absolutely beautiful; I’d recommend the grey in particular.

As far as the handbag connection goes, I think Essie did an excellent job choosing colors that fit the accessories of the era. In fact, I’d be thrilled to death if more companies would make grey and aubergine bags, they’re two of my favorite cold-weather fashion shades.

So, since it’s Friday and it’s the end of summer and we’re probably all feeling a little loose and distracted right now, let’s talk about this: Have you caught the nail bug lately?

You can buy the polishes at your local Ulta. Or if you’re NYC, Ricky’s has their displays out for the collection!

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  • Ras

    I have caught the nail bug.. I just recently bought all of the Essie nail polishes in the fall collection.

  • Nicole

    I have for sure caught the Nail trend!! I cannot go a week without changing my color. My new love is Essie’s “Waltz”. Am also loving the nail pens that allow you to do fun prints, quotes, etc.

  • PhotoGirl

    Nail obsessed is more like it. I probably change my polish 2 or 3x/week.

    In this economy, nail polish may well be the last affordable accessory.

  • Bella

    I’m currently obsessed with Sally Hansen nail effects. Not sure what to do if they ever stop making them!

    • Cathy Fitz

      I too am obsessed with Sally Hansen Nail Effects. But I do love these colors!

  • Vanessa

    I’ve and the nail bug for years now! I need my mani every week, pedi every other week like I need coffee every morning. Ive always preferred Essie over every brand but lately I’ve been really into Chanel especially black pearl and piedmont. And I just bought two OPI falls colors, London bridge is falling brown which is also a burnt orange color, and cuckoo for this color a dark green teal. Yay!

  • 19yearslater

    Essie is my favorite brand for nail polish, this is so exciting that they’re doing this collection to relate to handbag love!

  • Lala

    I love Essie Polish. It’s the only polish that I use on my nails. I think this collection is great. In between sampling use of these shades, I still use my favorite Essie polish “WICKED”

  • Flaw

    I have caught it, although I can´t get any of these in Argentina. But I just sort of finished (still have to clean around the edges) doing my nails for today white, a metallic,shiny silver tone, a gunmental, taupe-ish color, and black, I´m digging it so far.

  • ellenbakes

    I’m not quite up to 200 bottles yet, but I have caught the nail polish bug (slightly). I’ve never used Essi polishes; their new handbag inspired polishes are pretty. I’m a fan of Ginger+Liz these days (

  • Purse Mommy

    Totally caught the bug. Essie is sold in Target so it’s “buy something for them(family) buy a polish for me” Everyone’s happy