01 January 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: New Year's

Happy 2013, everyone! Today's Twinsie Tuesday theme is, appropriately, New Year's, so I decided to go with a family tradition. When I was growing up, every New Year's Day, Grandmama would have a big pot of black eyed peas on the stove. They're what you're supposed to eat in the Southeastern US for luck on New Year's, along with greens (collard, turnip, mustard) or cabbage. Husband and I used to hit Piccadilly Cafeteria every January 1st to continue the tradition. Well, here in Hong Kong, I get my cabbage fix at the Shanghainese place around the corner, but since black eyed peas are in short supply, I decided to sport them this year on my nails.

New Year's Day nails cabbage and black eyed peas

The background is a cabbage-y, sponged blend of Essie Navigate Her, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, and China Glaze Re-fresh Mint, and then I dotted the black eyed peas with OPI Tickle My France-y, a hand-mixed darker brown, and Orly Decades of Dysfunction. The little keychain I'm holding is from the Taiwan National Museum, representing The Jadeite Cabbage, which isn't particularly New Year's related; I just think it's cute. Also, cabbage.

New Year's Day nails cabbage and black eyed peas

I hope everyone had a great, fun, safe New Year's Eve and is off to a great 2013! For more New Year's nails, please swing by the other Twinsie Tuesday blogs, as I am about to do in 3...2...1...


Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Collegiate Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jamie at Polish, Please!
Jenn at All That is Gorgeous...
Jenna at I'm Still Thinking...
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth

35 comments:

  1. Aww, I love your black eyed peas mani!!

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  2. SO completely perfect. Only you could make legumes so sexy ;-)

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    1. Aw! Thank you, Maribeth!! Of course, that's what I was going for... ;)

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  3. Very fun, outside-the-box New Year's mani!

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  4. It's so interesting to read about various traditions, what should be eaten or done on January 1st! My mother used to tell me that the first day of the year I should do a little bit of everything: a little bit of cleaning, washing, kitching ecc... so if I do it on the first day of the year (something like at least 5 minutes of each thing to do...) these works will not be difficult to me all the other days of the year... I always answered her that these things I'll have to do anyway throughout the year, so why do them ALSO the first day of the year? :-) But, you know what? Now, when I'm far away from my mother, every January 1st I remember this story and I really do a little bit of cleaning, washing ecc... and while I do these things I laugh and I think about my mother :-)

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    1. And here in Italy, on New Year's Eve you're supposed to eat lentils, they should bring you luck! :-)
      Beautiful manicure, very original! :-)

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    2. Thank you so much, Tanja, and what a great tradition! It's such a sweet memory, and I *like* that idea! I'm absolutely going to adopt it. (^_^)

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  5. Happy New Year! Love refresh mint! I love collard greens, but peas... not so much. I wish I did they are so good for you!

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    1. Thank you, Jenni!! I actually didn't think I liked collard greens much, but then I tried some last week--in Tokyo of all places--and loved them. It's probably all about how you cook 'em. Same with black-eyed peas, actually. I've always liked them, but the right cook gives them soooo much more flavour. ;)

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  6. Happy New Year Elizabeth! Loved hearing your cute tradition :) Very cool nail art!

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  7. This is such a fun take on the New Year's theme!! Thanks for sharing your tradition!!

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  8. Oh Elizabeth, this is SO CUTE!!!! :'D
    I love it!!!

    I wish you all the best in 2013!! <3

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    1. Aw, thank you, Ash! And happy 2013 to you, too!!

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  9. Happy 2013! Your mani is so cute- the sponged base is very pretty too :D

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    1. Thanks very much, Brittney! I was at first going to try an actual cabbage nail art base, but I'm glad I decided to stick with the sponging instead. Happy New Year to you too! :D

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  10. Ehehehehe!! These are so cute!!!!!

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  11. here in Chile you're supposed to eat lentils at midnight of the new year :D
    or 12 grapes (for good luck for evert month)

    really cute nail art! I love reading about people's tradition, so different and yet so similar :)

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    1. Interesting, Estivalia! Tanja (Raggio di Luna) was just saying that lentils are a tradition in Italy as well! I love the idea of the 12 grapes too. You're so right--different but really similar as well! :D

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  12. My family would eat cabbage and corned beef on New Years day. I love Black eye peas.

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    1. Ooh, corned beef would be perfect with cabbage & black eyed peas! I'm so hungry now... ;o)

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  13. Love those beans! And it's green...I love green! Just lovely!

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  14. I LOVE your black eyed peas! Me and Mandy cooked collards, pork chops, black eyed peas, rice, and candied yams this year for New Years. Such a fun tradition!

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    1. Thank you, Brandi! And aw, man, that sounds amazing! I may just have to find myself in SC next New Year's--is it too early to place an order now? ^_^

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    1. Thank you--and Happy New Year to you too! :D

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