Second, if you're a U.S. reader, you still have a little over a week to enter my 2nd ROYGBIV Holiday Giveaway, because it's pretty awesome. (And so is this blog, on occasion.)
And now on to the main attraction ...
I was a little undecided as to what I wanted to post today, so yesterday I asked Stuff's Facebook followers to help a sister out and choose between an OPI and a NOPI. And since no one did (sad stripper.*), I texted Anna later that evening. Thanks, Anna. :)
Four coats with SV. If you're careful, three will do.
I actually took this last one outside seconds before it started raining. Boo.
You know I suck at describing colors, and tagging my posts is half the battle! Is this silver? Charcoal? Gunmetal? Whatever it is, it's gorgeous. The warm yellow gold, green and copper? red? microshimmer lends a pewter tone to the base color. Without the glitter, this would be your generic frosty metallic silver-grey. Check out Cilucia's baller macro!
This one applies sheer, but it's very buildable. You'll see a difference after two coats. Surprisingly, it's not as brushstrokey as it looks, and it dried faster than I expected. I've only had it on for an evening, so I'll try to update this post with the wear time.
Brand New Skates was part of OPI's limited edition Holiday in Toyland collection in 2008. I actually remember seeing this collection in person when my friend Krysi whisked us off to our college town's only Ulta (we now have THREE). I only had one nail polish at the time, and I cannot for the life of me remember whether I bought my first OPIs before the end of that year, or at the beginning of '09. ANYWAY, you still can find Brand New Skates for purchase online (and I imagine at dusties), but I bought this bottle off one of Jacqui's blog sales a while back. Jacqui actually has a blog sale going right now with some nifty items, so you should check that out.
I told Anna last night that she'd chosen the polish I'd be pairing with the 1994 version of "Little Women," which a couple of you last year and this year named as your favorite Christmas movie. INDEED.
The reason I picked the 1994 version is simply because it's the one I -- and presumably many of you -- grew up with. I haven't seen the 1933 Hepburn/Cukor movie in its entirety and I have no wish to look into the 1944 version (you do not flip Beth and Amy, OKAY). Although I think my staunch position on Team Bhaer is in no danger of eroding completely by the fact that WILLIAM SHATNER played him in a 1978 TV production, I can live without seeing it. YouTube is enough, thank you.
I don't think the 1994 movie is PERFECT, but it's as close as a contemporary version is going to get. My two biggest issues are the voice-over narrative (which I hate 90% of the time in any movie because it's usually pithy, or is abandoned early into a film and never picked up again), and the modernized "creative license" of the script. When I'm in a good mood, I think the screenwriter really did her Alcott research; when I'm in a foul mood, I feel like this movie is Hollywood Cliffs Notes. HOWEVER, I adored the Louisa May Alcott book as a kid, and the 1994 version does a good job of piecing together several important parts of the book to make it flow as a movie. Also, the cast is pretty wonderful -- Christian Bale, Gabriel Byrne, and Eric Stoltz, Dream Ginger. (He is so not who I ever pictured as John Brooke, but I will take it.)
I actually like the actresses playing the March sisters, particularly Beth and Amy (younger and older). I feel like Winona Ryder overdid it as Jo for about the first half of the movie, but she nailed the second half, in which Jo matures as a person and as a writer. Speaking of maturity, let's look back at this scene/chapter:
And if that vid doesn't embed, this YT user has a fantastic clip here:
This fight led to a pretty memorable ice skating scene and reconciliation. I know Little Women was Alcott's way of penning a sort of Pilgrim's Progress for girls; in fact, this chapter was included in one of my children's anthologies as the selection for "forgiveness." So, bit of a moral compass there, which is nice. I know people who don't care for Little Women because they find it too preachy, boring, or too schmaltzy. I get where they're coming from, but I'm afraid I've always loved it, and that goes for this movie, too.
Time for me to go, and time for you to tell me what you think of Brand New Skates, "Little Women," and/or Louisa May Alcott. Who is your favorite sister? Do you have a favorite movie adaptation, or do you love the musical? (I've never seen it or heard any songs from it.) Please refrain from discussing the merits/demerits of Team Laurie v. Team Bhaer today -- you'll see that post next year and we all can sound off then. ;)
Thanks for reading!
*sad stripper = my roommate's variation on "sad panda" after seeing "Magic Mike"