With Christmas just days away, I was in the mood for a happy, festive manicure this week. What better choice than Chanel’s classic red creme, Dragon. I know this colour is the “perfect red” for countless women, and as it is for me. It was one of the first Chanel polishes I picked up once I started “collecting”, and it was one of the polishes that made me a devoted fan. The application is a smooth, one-coat dream, and the colour is rich and saturated.
In the holiday spirit, I decided to jazz up my Dragon mani by adding an accent nail using one of Essie’s special top coats, Shine of the Times, from its current Luxeffects collection. A multi-colour “flakie” that glistens with red, orange, gold and green flashes, it’s a fun, easy way to try for a more adventurous manicure. The only caution: I found the top coat to be fairly thick, so the application was a bit tricky to avoid a gloopy mess on the nail.
And just in time for those holiday family get-togethers, what better outfit than a sweater dress? Comfy (important when you’re as fond of the holiday all-you-can-eat buffet as I am) and cozy (this is Edmonton after all), my Nanette Lepore dress is a cute and practical pick.
Speaking of dresses … for any fashion-lovers out there, 100 Unforgettable Dresses, is a must-read … and see – the photographs are the best part. An early Christmas present to myself, it provided hours of happy and stylish distraction, along with the occasional lesson in fashion design history. The book is very up-to-date, and includes an homage to the Duchess of Cambridge’s Sarah Burton-designed wedding dress; only 3 other wedding dresses are included, two of them predictable picks (Princess Grace, Princess Diana) and one less expected (Linda Christian). The rest of the book covers everything from the star-making (the “safety clip” dress that put Elizabeth Hurley on the Hollywood map) to the notorious (JLo’s barely-there Grammy dress) to the trend-setting (Coco Chanel’s LBD) to the simply stunning (pretty much anything worn by Cate Blanchett). A great holiday read and a nice coffee table book; it was $25 on Amazon – not a bad deal either!