Fashion-able: Haute Holiday Nails

When we’re getting ready for holiday parties, it’s all in the details. We love our manis and having a nicely groomed set of nails can add a little extra to any holiday look. Here are some of our favourites:

Minx it up

Minx nails are a great addition to any nail routine. Even throwing in one nail with a creative pattern can make everything – disco. Below are some of our faves: Rockin’ around the Christmas tree, Winter wonderland, Dashing through the snow and Lighting the menorah.

Peek-a-boo Lace
If you’re feeling crafty, a great DIY is lace nails. Eye-catching and elegant, we’re excited to try this look out before our next party. Our friends at Sweetspot posted a handy how-to, and video tutorial, on how to create this look at home.

Sparkle, sparkle
When in doubt, go for some standout sparkle. Either worn on their own or over a base colour, a great sparkle polish will add a little shine to any ensemble. Easy to apply, but beware, hard to remove – go to the pros for a polish change.
OPI’s Getting’ Miss Piggy With It over OPI’s Meep-meep-meep.
Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow with China Glaze Hi-Tek.
Joe Fresh’s Gunmetal.
Metallics
Silver, gold and copper are our go-to shades. Metallic nail polishes look great as a solid or if you’re more creatively-inclined, as a half-moon addition to a matte colour.

OPI’s Rinse Charming.
Deborah Lippmann’s Theme and Filthy Rick by Quo by Orly.
What are some of your holiday mani favourites? Show us some twitpics! @rockitpromo

Yum, yum: Hot chocolate

While we personally recommend layers of cashmere, there is another way to stay warm this winter. Pair your Vince sweaters with hot chocolate, and you’ll stay fashionably hot in even the coldest of Canadian winters. From Dark Horse Espresso to Cloud Espresso Bar and Aroma Espresso Bar, here are some of the city’s best cups of cocoa.
Dedicated to improving Toronto’s coffee scene one latte at a time. With its third location, Dark Horse Espresso is changing the way Queen Street does hot chocolate. Prepared with cocoa powder-based syrup made in-house, the hot chocolate from this super popular Queen Street coffee joint is skillfully blended. Heavy on the milk side, with just the right amount of slightly sweet cocoa, this Dark Horse Espresso specialty drink strikes the perfect balance of milk to chocolate.


Cloud Espresso Bar
Just steps away from the new Oliver Spencer store, Cloud Espresso Bar is churning out fresh pressed paninis and cups of creamy hot chocolate. A hot spot for the creative crowd, former Bonjour Brioche chef, Vladimir Martinez, is the culinary brains behind this inspired menu. You can order with skim or one per cent milk, but any way you have it, Cloud Espresso Bar’s hot chocolate is the stuff of foodie dreams.
From one of our favourite lunch spots in the city comes one of the sweetest hot chocolates in town. Aroma Espresso Bar is famous for its Israeli salads, exotic fruit juices and mint lemonade, but it’s their hot chocolate that keeps us coming back for more. 
In true DIY fashion, drinkers will mix together their own bowl of steaming hot milk with bars of chocolate. Calling all die-hard chocolate lovers – this is one serious cup of choco made just for you.
Pile on those layers and drink up. Where’s your favourite ho-cho spot? Tweet us @rockitpromo!