(Di)vision Street Wear

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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.)

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Metallic Wreaths

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Glitter placement takes centre stage in this pretty pastel manicure.  For the blissfully unaware, glitter placement is a fancy nail art term for fishing around in a bottle of polish until you find THE perfect assortment of glitter, which you then painstakingly apply to your nails in a manner not intended for anyone with places to go or things to do – you’ll never get there and you’ll never do them, because you’ll still be at home fighting to get one tiny speck of holographic glitter off the end of a tacky, lacquer-covered toothpick and onto your nails.  Frustrating!  But sometimes you’ve got plans in mind for that megawatt glitter bomb – here KB Shimmer’s Toast-ess With the Mostest – that don’t involve just brushing it onto your nails, like arranging all of those lovely rose-gold circles into a charming metallic wreath, perfect for adding a bit of sparkle and shine to your beauty-ful holiday decorating.

Pink Poinsettias

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I’ve had a poinsettia now for three, maybe four years.  It’s a deeply misshapen thing, taller than it is wide, and hasn’t produced a single blossom since all but five leaves fell off it the first Christmas I brought it home.  You’d never know that it started off existence as a plump little mini, because these days it’s tall, thin and spindly – it’s the Jack Skellington of Christmas plants!  I won’t go so far as to say it’s unkillable, though – the beautiful summer’s day I very optimistically placed him outdoors, feeling quite pleased with myself that he was getting so much lovely sun, very nearly did him in, and he’s been an indoor kitty ever since.  It’s kind of sad!  But these poinsettia nails are not sad, and make me happy because pink poinsettias are the best!

Such Charming Trees!

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Look at me, making great use out of the assortment of holiday-themed nail charms my husband sensibly gave me before the big day, because blogging. 🙂 He is so wise sometimes!  And so was I for pairing these charms with KB Shimmer’s All Decked Out, a once-a-Christmas polish that I like more in theory than in practice.  It’s weirdly muddy (it’s the dark green moss jelly; it dulls the rainbow glitter) and benefits greatly from a bit of added shimmer.

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Starbucks Festivus Cup!

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Combining two great flavours of Whimsies in one with this manicure featuring Whimsical Ideas by Pam’s Festivus glitter topper over Starbucks Holiday Cup, a pitch perfect recreation of the colour of last year’s “controversial” Plain Red Cup.  I think these two polishes go together beautifully, to say nothing of their mutual minimalism – plain metal pole, plain red cup…it just fits!

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