So, Essie School of Hard Rocks. Let's go.
Three coats with SV.
This polish is gorgeous in the bottle, but to be honest, I didn't know if I was going to like it on the nail all that much. Crazy, right? Not really, since dusty, greyed-out colors and I don't always play well together. I went from being in love with it to hating it because I thought it was giving me lobster hands. In the end, I realized it was my office lighting that was making it look bad -- every time I was all, "WHOA, I love this," I wasn't at work. So I'll be hanging on to School of Hard Rocks for a while.
Essie's creme polishes usually have perfect formulas and application, which was the case for this one. Dry time was good with SV, and I wore this for four? five? days with minimal tip wear and one tiny chip on my right index finger (do you see a pattern with this finger? Seriously.).
School of Hard Rocks was from Essie's Winter 2011 Cocktail Bling collection -- at least, I think that was its name. Anyway, this (and the rest of its collection mates) are readily available. The last time I checked, they were in the Essie core line at Ulta and they're super easy to find online, too.
This particular color might not bring the holidays immediately to mind. I'd venture to say that neither would the "Rocky" movies, but hear me out, yo.
The holidays always have had a place in the "Rocky" series. There was Rocky's first date with Adrian on Thanksgiving in the first movie as well as his iconic fight with Apollo Creed on New Year's Day, the Creed rematch the following Thanksgiving in "Rocky II," the totally awkward Balboa family Christmas in "Rocky V" (which was a bit of a mess, but OH MY GOD, Rocky is the best/worst at dad jokes) ...
... and, of course, the Christmas Day fight with Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV."
God, there is so much to love about "Rocky IV." I LOVE the "Rocky" movies, but there is no shying away from the fact they just got more and more ridiculous as they went on. I'm pretty sure it reached that pinnacle in this movie, which you can see in this list of reasons I love it:
- the return of "Eye of the Tiger" playing during the opening sequence
- the robot Rocky and Adrian give Paulie for his birthday (omgwtf). Paulie is not one of my favorite characters. He's ... a jerk., which is putting it nicely. But to Rocky, he's family.
- you can get drunk real quick if you drink every time Creed calls Rocky "Stallion"
- Rocky's adeptness at dad jokes
- Rocky's arrival in Russia and growing that hilarious facial hair while training for the fight
- the totally blatant USA vs. SOVIET UNION propaganda and comparisons
- Brigitte Nielsen, pre-Flava Flav
- Dolph Lundgren's hair
- Dolph Lundgren's, what, 4 lines in English?, including "If he dies, he dies" and "I must break you." AND THOSE ARE HALF HIS LINES. (In English. I think he has, like, two more in Russian.)
- the hilarious '80s songs featured throughout the movie, oh.my.god.
- James Brown singing "Living in America"
(Does anyone else my age see Carl Weathers and NOT think, "Baby, you've got a stew going"?)
Basically, yeah. This movie is GREAT.
Another reason the series generally makes me think of the holidays is because "Rocky Balboa," the conclusion of the Rocky saga, was released in December 2006, just five days before Christmas. That year, I was a junior in college and I'd just finished taking a screenwriting class (you guys, did you know that "Die Hard" and "Rocky" are referenced in every other screenwriting book? Ever?), but I figured I'd wait to see "Rocky Balboa" when I got home for break. Once I got home, I never made it to the theater for some reason. I totally regret this now, because if my fellow audience members loved the series as much as I do, then I am willing to bet that there would have been cheering in the theater. When I finally watched "Rocky Balboa" by myself a few months later, no lie, I got goosebumps. The movie was a beautiful call back to the first one, and that fight ... well, I knew how it went, but seeing something is always different than knowing how it ends. I know they shot an alternate ending, but I actually prefer the one that ended up in the final cut because it brought the series full circle. I actually ugly cried the last time I watched "Rocky Balboa" because of a scene in which he's throwing some Real Talk at his son, and I might have overidentified with it. Merp. But I love the Rocky character. And I can't wait to visit the Rocky steps when I visit Philly. (Hi, I'm a dork.) Supposedly there's talk of a new movie in the franchise that would center on Apollo Creed's grandson, who might be played by my bb Michael B. Jordan. We'll see how that goes, but based on that, I like it already.
It's a little weird knowing how much MORE I could write about the "Rocky" movies, but at least I got the holiday aspect covered. And if I'd REALLY been thinking ahead, I would have scheduled this post for December 26 ... a boxing movie on Boxing Day? Oh, man. That's some dad joke-worthy stuff right there, yo.