Some people like to look back and encapsulate the past year with an event, an object, or even a song or film that has a special meaning to them. I had a rough 2011, so I would feel badly if I subjected you to what normally amounts to gratuitous dreck. (But let the record show that my pick for album of the year is Ron Sexsmith's "Long Player Late Bloomer.")
However, as crazy as it might sound, this particular polish is a reminder of everything I've gone through this year ... the bad and the good and the utterly ridiculous.
Three coats with Essie Good to Go.
This shade is the perfect medium red shimmer for me (Zoya Isla, OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress and even OPI Royal Rajah Ruby are too dark and too brown on my coloring). It's perfectly formulated as well -- a little on the thin side, but VERY easy to work with. I have no problems with brushstrokes on this one ... just polish carefully.
When I first became aware of Knees Up, it was a butter LONDON 2009 holiday exclusive. It resurfaced last winter as part of another holiday exclusive release -- I want to say with Perfect Prezzie -- and I got my bottle from the butter LONDON site along with the Dark Side four-pack in their Friends & Family sale last November. As a result, you might be able to imagine my slight dismay when Knees Up was released yet AGAIN this year as part of the fall collection along with No More Waity, Katie.
I honestly don't think this color is totally unique. I haven't done a comparison yet, but I believe OPI An Affair in Red Square is a dupe! So if you're looking to buy Knees Up but don't want to pony up the $14 and have to order it online or travel ridiculous distances to get it, I highly recommend the OPI. I'll have to do a comparative swatch one of these days. (Remind me!)
According to British slang (and the butter LONDON dictionary), "knees up" is slang for "a drunken party" that may or may not involve dancing. Though I did drink a fair amount on NYE '10, there was none of that for me last night, only a quiet evening in front of the fire with s'mores at my friend Krysi's house. It was a pretty peaceful way to end the year, which is what I needed.
For me, one great thing about 2011 was starting this blog. However you found it, thank you for indulging me. It really does mean a lot! I hope you continue to follow along during 2012 -- best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful year! May our lemmings be plentiful and attainable. ;)