Finding Nemo’s deadpan starfish, Peach, provided the inspiration for these nails, which feature two smirking Peaches bobbing along in a sea of turquoise blue. These nails are pretty simple, as there’s not much to Peach visually (although let’s take a moment to appreciate the pink-to-coral thermal colour changer I used here, Polish Me Silly’s appropriately-titled Peach Me a Lesson; I thought it was particularly fitting, as certain species of starfish can change their colours as a camouflage response.) But what Peach lacks in visual fireworks she more than makes up for with her withering glances, droll delivery (courtesy of the always wonderful Allison Janney) and wackadoo maternal side, like that oddball aunt everyone has that every time you see her, maybe she’s a little drunk? That’s Peach, just in saltwater!
Here’s another set of Disney-themed nails, this time a vivid manicure inspired by everybody’s favourite Royal Blue Tang with short-term memory loss, Dory. Confession? I didn’t love Finding Nemo the first time I saw it. Maybe that had something to do with the super disturbing opening sequence in which Marlin the Clown Fish loses his entire family, but for little stubby-finned Nemo (a scene I have never not skipped over in subsequent viewings), but on the whole, it just didn’t wow me. Since then, of course, I’ve seen it approximately 997 million times, and I chalk up my renewed interest in Nemo not just to my awesome TV, which makes all animated movies look phenomenal, but to the adorable and charming story, most of which is driven by sweet and scattered Dory. She just has such a good heart, and Ellen DeGeneres imbues the character with so much warmth and charm, you sort of forget how awful it really would be to navigate the wild blue underwater yonder with her as your guide.
I’ll take a quick moment to point out my favourite part of this manicure, which is the little pink jellyfish – Squishy! – Dory attempts to snuggle with bobbing along on my thumb. Tip for next time, Dory: Never snuggle with anyone or anything that can electrocute you. That’s just common sense.