For those of you celebrating this weekend, Happy New Year! Growing up, it was just my dad, mom, sister and I, so New Year celebrations in my house were always fairly quiet. My dad was the one who loved to celebrate by decorating the house and getting all of the traditional foods. Back then, I thought it was all so cheesy, but now that it's just me and my husband I miss it. It's funny how you take those family things for granted until you start a family of your own and you realize it's time to make your own traditions. I have never grown up in a "super Asian" environment, but now I wish I knew enough to carry on traditions without feeling lost and awkward. Not speaking Chinese never bothered me until I started working as I realized how valuable speaking multiple languages really was. This year, I vow to recover a little more of my heritage and have taught myself a few commonly used Mandarin words and phrases so wish me luck!
This is the year of the Fire Rooster and to celebrate, I was inspired by these beautiful lucky money pockets, made by a Toronto company called Palettera, that have been individually gold foiled. I did my best to hand draw a Rooster on my ring finger, but if you can't see it, I understand. My husband couldn't see it and something rather phallic instead.
For my base colour, I used two coats of CND Vinylux - Hollywood and hand-painted the gold designs with Essie - Getting Groovy*. Add your favourite top coat and you are good to go!
Hope everyone's having a great weekend!