Here’s another one for the pretty ‘n’ glittery mani files, this time a semi-successful pastel snowflake design atop a holographic gradient using a Glam Polish lacquer that always reminds me of round, glittery Christmas ornaments. Actually, save the base polish (lakur’s beautiful purple-grey Opal) and the bright turquoise creme on my index and pinkie fingers (A England’s Whispering Waves) I used three Glam Polish colours here, glittery, ornament-y You’re Entirely BONKERS, dusky pink Hey Mama and sea foam Ladies Choice.
I’m not sure how successful I was with the design on my two middle fingers – it looks more like coral or some sort of hanging flower than a snowflake. I suppose that’s a function of the colours I chose here – there really aren’t that many pink and blue snowflakes out there. And if there are…well, that probably can’t be good. 😉
I think this could be a refrain sung right ’round the world these days, but here in the Ottawa Valley, we have been experiencing some very odd weather as of late. Way early snow (we always get it, but it rarely sticks this fast), sub-sub-freezing temps and mini blizzards alongside the winter’s setting sun. So inspired was I by this latter event (pretty for the grand total of about 30 seconds before the endless frozen precipitation obliterated the sunset’s gorgeous pastel hues) I did some nails! Anything to cheer m’self up weather-wise, ’cause it’s only November, and we Canadians in this for the long haul.
Well, consider that check and checked, thanks to this dazzlingly festive polish, Ceramic Glaze’s Hong Kong Diva, and a couple of cheerful gingerbread men nail charms from Daily Charme.
This is the part where I usually ask where all the time has gone, and issue a plea for just a few more hours to be added to each day, just until Christmas. Except I feel like I have things pretty well in hand this year. Tomorrow we host my husband’s family for our annual holiday meal; afterwards my parents will stop by to help us clean up the leftovers and indulge in a yearly viewing of Home Alone. Next week I’ve got lunch and donut dates with my parents, and weather pending, a cool evening light show. And I have just a handful of little gifts to pick up, so I’m feeling pretty good about things! Check back with me in a couple of days, though – as things spiral towards Christmas, undoubtedly we’ll all be feeling the pinch.
Also, a macro shot, because this polish is gorgeous! Such a wonderful pick for this time of year – festive, fun and sexy.
“Aunt Bethany, does your cat by any chance like Jello?” Behold, Aunt Bethany’s Festive Jello Mold nails, with extra cat crunchies!
Fun fact: For every bang-on and deeply unsettling impression of the Grudge ghost, the Mars Attacks aliens and Gollum that my husband can fire off with the greatest of ease, I can pull off a righteous Aunt Bethany from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s all in drawing out those long “W” sounds – “Clawrk, is Ruwsty stiwill in the Nayvey?” is a particular favourite. 🙂
I’ll also point out the smudged bit on my index finger, so created when I looked down and realized I had topcoated a cat fur into my manicure. This has to be one of those life imitating art kind of moments (or art imitating life? Or would it be life imitating art imitating life? I think my brain just broke.) In any event, I think Aunt Bethany would approve of the furry addition, even if I didn’t care for the blemish. I suppose it really doesn’t matter, though, when you’re talking about a cat food-studded Jello salad!
I mentioned some posts back that I’ve really been bitten by the Christmas bug this year. And I have to say, I far prefer this kind of bug bite to the bah humbug variety that has regrettably plagued my Christmases for many years running. I have a very small family, and we’re close, but our holiday celebrations are always deeply WASP-y affairs – tasteful decorations, sumptuous feast, many viewings of Love, Actually and Home Alone in which we yell profanities at Alan Rickman and count the number of felonies committed by Kevin McAllister, respectively. And I really love those Christmases, tiny and weird though they may be (particularly the brunch and dinner parts; my mom is an ah-maze-ing cook) but they’ve become a bit predictable, and I think we’re all ready for a change.
So this year my husband and I are trying something new. As such, I’ve really had to be on the ball with my holiday preparations, and my enjoyment of the season is truly all the better for it. The tree is up! And I didn’t electrocute myself this year, not even once. My cards are written and ready to be mailed out, most of my gifts are purchased and Babes in Toyland has been watched. And then just this past weekend my parents and I enjoyed a lovely and festive night out touring beautiful old homes done up for the holidays. It’s been nice; I like actually engaging with the season instead of whining about how much I have to do until suddenly it’s Boxing Day and I realize I’ve done absolutely nothing.
And that goes for my nails as well – there’s always a mad rush in the final 10 days of the year to complete all those festive manicures I neglected through the other 21 days of December. But not this year! I’m on it, and digging on this multi-chromatic holly berry design. Very merry.
I put up our tree today! This is exclamation mark worthy because I’m never so seasonally motivated, particularly when it comes to our tree (we have history.) But we’ve got some fun things planned for later on this holiday season that require a bit of planning right now, and so that’s what I’m doing.
Also, I woke up this morning just feeling festive! So much so, I managed to convince my husband to watch Babes in Toyland, a favourite terrible Christmas movie from my childhood starring Keanu Reeves and Drew Barrymore, while I melted some Christmas Wish-scented wax (pine, peppermint and cookies) and painted my nails with this festive glitter bomb, KB Shimmer’s sELFie. This polish looks so pretty on its own, but I love it topped with this tiny bejeweled nail charm.
These sort of ultra dense, glitter-packed polishes always look fantastic in super macro close-up, and sELFie is no exception – lovely! A fun and festive mani for a fun and festive day.
Oof, showing my age with that reference to Vision Street Wear, an American skate footwear company founded in the late ’70s and popularized in the ’80s. When I was about 11 or 12, only the coolest of the cool kids wore Vision Street Wear (also Chip and Pepper, Vuarnet, Sex Wax and Independent Trucks) and it will surprise absolutely no one to learn that I had a monstrously huge slow burn of a crush on the only floppy-haired boy in school to wear his Vision tees (swoon) whilst riding an actual skateboard (commence pre-teen delirium.)
Anyhow, bit of a tangent there on the origin of this post’s title, which actually arises from The Division, my husband’s favourite video game. The title is a play on words on the Vision Street Wear name, although it’s also in reference to the design inspiration for these nails – a limited edition holiday sweater coveted by only THE most festive badasses in the game. That the sweater comes festooned in tiny cats, candy canes and snowflakes is merely icing on the fruitcake. But the bragging rights that result from simply owning the sweater? Now, THOSE live on forever! I once likened The Division to the Sims – a collector game where managing your inventory occupies more time than actual game play. But I’m starting to think it might be more like a fashion game, given the amount of time Mr. Finger Candy and his online friends spend managing their virtual wardrobes. Cher Horowitz spent less time picking out her school clothes, I swear.
But it’s a very cute sweater, and my husband is a pretty cute guy, so who was I to say no? Especially when the manicure turns out this well (a real surprise; holiday sweater designs have never been my thing.) Stay warm out there, friends (real and virtual.)