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Beauty in the Movies: 200 Cigarettes

Tonight is New Year’s Eve! So in celebration of another year ending, it seems appropriate to feature one of the best (and only) New Year’s Eve movies out there, 200 cigarettes.

200 Cigarettes takes place in New York City on New Years Eve in 1981. It’s the story of how a group of people, who are invariably connected in different ways, all make their way to the same New Year’s Eve party. Among the many characters there is a hostess anxiously awaiting the arrival of her guests, two teenage girls from Ronkonkoma Long Island, a smooth cab driver, punks, yuppies, artists, art-world snobs and many more. It’s a movie that I’ve loved since it came out in 1999, it has a great soundtrack, and a fun plot line with the costumes to match. Sure, it’s silly, but that’s what I think makes it so great.

It’s nice that this is a movie about New York on New Year’s Eve but without all the ball dropping hoopla. The whole movie takes place in and around The Village far from the times square madness. It’s a great little movie about people and characters doing their own thing and living life and it features many prominent Village landmarks, some that no longer exist. It’s fun to see how these people’s lives entwine and cross in strange ways, all culminating in a party we never really get to see—because you know, the interesting part is how they get there right?

This movie features some actors who were already big names—Courtney Love, Christina Ricci, and some newcomers who would soon shoot to stardom, Kate Hudson, Casey Affleck, even Dave Chapelle. Sure, Christina Ricci’s accent is almost an insult to Long Islanders, but she’s cute and tries hard so I’ll forgive her. It’s also nice to see Courtney love at her most pulled together and displaying her own sense of goofy charm. Most of the film consists of great indie actors like Martha Plimpton and Janeane Garofalo who are always amazing, plus there are cameos by 80s music icons like Elvis Costello and David Johansen of The New York Dolls.

I love this movie because the characters are actually relate-able despite how over the top they may act. Every time I have a party I think about Martha Plimpton’s character in this film, and I feel exactly like her. Nobody shows up at the designated time, you’ve worked your butt off making way too much food that people might never eat, and by the time everyone does arrive (if they ever do) you’ve worked yourself into such a state of worrying, drinking and rationalizing that you question why you ever decided to have a party in the first place. The desperation of New Year’s Eve, the excitement of the city, and the anticipation of a party all come through in this film.

I actually hate New Year’s Eve, it’s depressing, I have post-christmas let down and since my birthday is the 30th I have post-birthday let down too. New Years is the last celebration before we descend into January and the epic cold darkness of that long winter stretch until Spring. New Year’s Eve makes you look back on the last 364 days and think about everything you’ve done and haven’t done and reflect on what you want the next year to be. It can be a time of regret, but also a time of hope, but before we make our lists of resolutions and promises for the coming year, we can agree to put it all aside, and just for December 31st, indulge one last time and celebrate another year lived.

200 Cigarettes is one of my favorite movies because it shows the timelessness of the New Years tradition, the need to be with people, loved ones or anyone, and enjoy the fact that we made it through the year and are given another chance to start again. Come January real life picks back up—it’s back to work, back to school, and it all starts over. So, just for tonight, indulge a little, pat yourself on the back for making it through the year and let those you love know you’re glad they made it through too—drink some champagne, tell someone you love them, and let all the old year’s troubles be forgotten, tomorrow is a new year and a new beginning.

Happy New Year Everyone! May 2011 bring you all happiness, love, joy and success!!

200 Cigarettes

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Tiered Strapless Dress
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Get Some Holiday Sparkle (On Your Nails)

Everyone goes crazy for glitter around the holidays (myself included) and Christmas is just a few days away, so it’s time to get some holiday spirit on those nails! I’m not usually a sparkly polish person, but it’s so festive, I just can’t resist during the holidays. Whether it’s chrome for New Year’s or red glitter to match your Santa suit, Christmas is the time to pull out all the stops in the polish department, load on the sparkles, paint on some holiday shine, and get ready to celebrate!


Here are my top five holiday polishes for 2010:

Orly, Dazzle

In my opinion, this is the best silver chrome polish out there. It’s so good in fact that it has been added to Orly’s permanent collection. It goes on smooth with streak-free solid coverage that really pops on all skin tones. It’s a perfect way to add some holiday shine without the glitter.

Sephora by OPI, It’s Bouquet With Me

Add some celebratory confetti with this pretty purple glitter polish. It takes a few coats, but the payoff is very pretty and festive. It’s a bit of a doozy to remove, so check out my tip about that down below.

OPI, Dear Santa

I keep this one in my collection and only take it out for the holidays. It’s an intense bright red with gold and crimson glitter, perfect for Christmas. It’s an easy way to add some holiday spirit to any outfit.

Milani, Gold Glitz

I couldn’t find anything about this glitter polish I bought at CVS last week, then I learned it’s part of a spring collection called “rockstar heavy” that is already available at some CVS locations. It’s an awesome glitter polish, really good coverage and very fine grain, not gloopy like other glitter polishes. The only problem is I wish I had bought all the colors!

OPI, Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous

After Amanda recommended it in October I made a point to check out this OPI color from the Swiss collection. It has quickly become one of my favorite new polishes, and it’s great for the holidays too. It’s a dark shimmery gray, with a bit of sparkle and a touch of chrome. It’s got just enough shine to appear festive while still remaining subtle enough to wear with anything.

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Just for good measure, here are some other great glittery options to try out this season:

OPI Burlesque nail polishes, $8.00

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color Strobe Light, $2.79

Sephora Only Gold For Me Top Coat, $9.00

Orly foil FX, $7.50

Milani Nail Art with Precision Brush Purple Outline, $3.99

While glitter nail polish can be really fun for the holidays (or everyday) it can also be an absolute nightmare to remove. Any polish aficionado knows that glitter is impervious to most removers, some are worse than others, but it’ something to consider before choosing a color. The easily removed chrome polishes are an equally festive option for those who can’t handle scraping glitter off their nails. For those who love to sparkle however, there seems to be no easy option for removal.


The best method I’ve found for stubborn nail glitter removal is to coat the nail in an old thick polish you have lying around and then let it dry for a few minutes. Once the polish has almost set, cover the finger in a cotton round and push down hard on your finger with your nail as you slide the cotton over the willful glitter to get the polish off. In effect you’re scraping the polish off, but the cotton acts as a buffer and protects the nail. If you have some really adamant sparkles left on your nail, you can file the stragglers off with a regular nail file or buffer. I’m sure some manicurists wouldn’t suggest that method and it might not be a great idea if you have weak nails, but if you have strong healthy nails and are on the verge of tears as you futilely dab at resistant glitter clusters, it might just save your sanity. If anyone has found a better method, I’d love to hear it!

May you all have warm, happy, healthy holidays and nails that glitter and sparkle this season!!

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