11 November 2012

Remembrance Day Poppies

Today is Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day in the US, and even simply Poppy Day for the flowers traditionally worn in Commonwealth nations on the 11th of November to commemorate and honour the fallen soldiers of WWI, WWII, and other military conflicts around the world.

This morning, as a small tribute, I decided to wear poppies on my fingertips.

Poppy nail art for Remembrance Day

Poppy nail art for Remembrance Day

I decided that I wanted to keep these relatively simple. The white is Orly Au Champagne, which was a huge lemming slain and even more beautiful in person than I expected--the sparkling white shimmer is downright effervescent! I laid down a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls underneath it just to economize its use, and I think they blended very well...though if OPI doesn't add MBSW to its core line, I'm going to have to start stretching that one too because I'm already on my second bottle.

Remembrance Day poppy nails

The poppies themselves were done very simply with a dotting tool. Using Revlon Fire (from their Top Speed line) and my "small" tool, I made four red dots in a circle/box, then a fifth in the center to fill in the flower before dotting each center again with Revlon Colorstay Stiletto (black). The couple of larger poppies used the same tool; I just gathered a little more polish on the tip in order to make slightly larger dots.  Simple and easy.

Remembrance Day poppy nails

Though no longer a public holiday in Hong Kong since it left the British Commonwealth in 1997, Remembrance Day is still commemorated each year in Central at The Cenotaph, a monument which honours Hong Kong's members of the Royal Navy, British Army, and Royal Air Force who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars, as well as the victims of the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong in WWII. That so many of us live in relative peace and freedom today is the direct result of the sacrifices made by so many around the world, and it is imperative that those freedoms never be taken for granted, nor the sacrifices ever forgotten.

36 comments:

  1. This is absolutely beautiful, Elizabeth. It's a perfect and simple way to pay tribute to Remembrance Day and everything the poppy stands for.

    And Orly Au Champagne is gorgeous, on to my lemming list is goes!

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    1. Thank you so very much, Jenn. And I really think you'll love Au Champagne--it dries do a very pretty semi-satin finish, but that shimmer does gorgeous things under a glossy top coat too.

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  2. Gorgeous as usual =) I really like how the flower placement looks so natural too.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sharra! I specifically tried to pay attention to that, so I really do appreciate it. :)

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  3. This is stunning ELizabeth! I am definitely going to copy this, I hope that is ok <3

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    1. Please, copy away, Tara! I'd love to see yours. Thank you very much!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Maria! They're nothing on your amazing flower talent, but I appreciate it all the same. ^_^

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  5. This is gorgeous and so perfect x

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  6. Well done!!! This is so cute and classy. I totally love it! Perfect for veterans day!

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    1. Thank you very much, Jenni Lee! I was honestly concerned about striking the right balance of cute and respectful with this design, but I think it worked out okay. :)

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  7. This is such a gorgeous tribute and the poppies are so adorable!

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  8. Nice - I never thought to use underwear for Au Champagne - I wish what Orly would pull that one back and put it into their classic wall shades -it's like none other that I have and I adore it. I so miss in the USA the VFW (Vets of Foreign Wars) selling paper poppy pins for the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day that used to be know as Armistice Day when I was growing up. In the US they changed the name to Veterans Day in ??? - gosh I need to look that up. It was ~ 15 yrs ago I stopped seeing the selling of poppy pins in the weeks leading up to Vets Day and I so miss them - I always bought several and worm them on all my clothing for the weeks leading up to today.

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    1. I would love to see Au Champagne become a core polish for Orly--it really is so soft and pretty! I don't remember when they changed the holiday names either, but I think it's been a couple of decades.

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  9. Love this! I think the white is really pretty and contrasts with the red nicely.

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  10. Lovely mani :) wish I had done mine on a white background...

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    1. Thank you very much! I like yours on green as well, just like a field of flowers :D

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  11. This is such a lovely manicure! I love it. Following you now!

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    1. Thanks very much, Natalia--for both! =)

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  12. So cute and delicate! I really like it :)

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  13. I love how clean and minimalist this is- very striking, and just perfect for Remembrance Day!

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    1. That's very kind of you--thank you so much!

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