Apparently, J.Crew Goddess Jenna Lyons Isn't Perfect...

April 12, 2011 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

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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