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You leave a trail of glitter everywhere you go and there is something undeniably magical about you. You tell your story by the things you do and the choices you make. There is nothing typical about your signature walk or the music of your laughter. You are cute, clever and connected and no matter where you find yourself, you always do you. Soar to new heights, bursting with emotions and fueled by the power of your dreams… and your puppy best friend will show you the way to infinite love. Let Magic surround you…


@workplaypolish Giveaway ENTIRE @OfficialPureIce Holiday Collection!


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Yes, you read that right. Pure Ice is proud to announce the launch of their Holiday 2012 collection, a combination of new, limited-edition shades created exclusively for the holiday season, as well as some Pure Ice colors you already know and love. Thanks to Pure Ice…one winner will get them 31 of them!!

Visit the Pure Ice website to see a list of all the polishes in the Holiday Collection. I have a second set of all 31 polishes…just waiting patiently in The Mani Cave to be swatched and reviewed . I’ve challenged myself to post all 31 swatches next week. So check back daily to get a closer look at the prize!

You want to win, right? Click on the link below to visit the Rafflecopter entry form. You can earn up to 12 entries before December 28, 2012.  You must like both thework/play/polish and Pure Ice facebook pages to qualify. The winner will be chosen among qualifying entries on or about December 28, 2012. Official contest rules are listed at the end of this post.


 Official Rules

By entering this sweepstakes, you are agreeing to the Official Rules.

  • Giveaway begins today (14 December 2012) and ends on 28 December 2012.
  • Entries are collected via Rafflecopter. Up to 12 entries available per person.
  • To qualify, entrant must LIKE both work / play /polish and Pure Ice facebook pages.
  • Prize includes 36 Pure Ice Polishes from the Holiday 2012 Collection; retail value $70.92 USD.
  • 30 of the polishes were provided by Pure Ice. Six polishes were purchased by work / play / polish.
  • The number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning.
  • A winner will be chosen randomly from all eligible entries on or about 28 December 2012.
  • work / play / polish is not responsible for technical failures or typographical errors which impact entry.
  • Winner will be notified by email. If potential winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • Prize will be shipped within the Continental US ONLY. If you live outside of the US, you may enter provided you have a Continental US address that can receive the prize on your behalf.

Pets and the Holidays with @AVMAvets

Just in time for the excitement of the holiday season, the wonderful Dr. Doug Aspros, from the Bond Animal Hospital, has offered us some valuable advice when caring for our precious pets.

If we have a holiday party, should we let our pet be with the guests or not?

Mixing guests and pets often doesn’t work out very well advises Dr. Aspros, instead he suggests that closing off your pets in a bedroom or, another protected area, might be the better solution. Owners know their own pets, so the solution will have to suit the needs of your particular pet. However, it is important to keep in mind that just because you are happy to see your friends, doesn’t mean your pets might not feel the same way. Changes from routine such as new people and loud noises can cause great anxiety for your pets. For some pets, the stress from these routine deviations can cause soiling, chewing, scratching, or even the potential to harm guests. Dr. Aspros also stresses that it is important to remember that pets are allergic to a lot of the foods we serve during the holidays. Often your guest will be unaware of these hidden dangers and could potentially feed your pet something poisonous to them. The best bet is to keep them stashed away
somewhere safe!

What should we do if our pet eats something they shouldn’t?

Dr. Aspros suggests that the first thing to do, if you have a concern about your pet eating something they should not have, is to serve them a healthy meal. Even if they are not showing any symptoms of illness, a big meal will likely help anything inappropriate pass.

If an object is accidentally swallowed, compelling your pet to vomit can help remove the item. Serving them a few tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide or placing a bit of salt in the back of their throat will induce vomiting.

Dr. Aspros always recommends that you call your own vet and see what they suggest given the particular circumstances. If your vet is closed over the holidays, call a 24 hour vet clinic or emergency clinic if the situation is serious.

What are your thoughts on travelling with pets over the holidays?

Although dogs generally like car travel, cats are usually not big fans. Dr. Aspros recommends leaving your cat at home whenever possible, as a car ride can prove to be incredibly stressful. If you are required to travel with kitty, then be sure that they are in a proper carrier and secured to the floor.

Dogs are a bit different story; Dr. Aspros proposes that if your dog enjoys car rides then there is no harm in bringing them along! Be sure to properly secure your dog in the car by anchoring them to a seatbelt instead of letting them move around. There are plenty of products on the market today that allow you to attach you dog to a passenger seatbelt or to the floor of an SUV or hatchback. If not properly secured, in the unfortunate case of an accident, a pet can become a dangerous projectile.

Can I give a pet as a gift?

This is a big no, no. Although it seems like a wonderful gift, Dr. Aspros suggests that
holidays are not really the right time to be giving a pet. There are too many other
distractions during this time, so the new companion will be competing with lots of other

Dr. Aspros stresses that a pet is a long-term commitment. One that is emotional,
psychological and physical. It is important that the owner themselves plays a part in this
choice, and gifting makes that a challenge.

Where can we find more information?

Dr. Aspros suggests the following sites for additional information about keeping your pet
happy and safe, no matter the season.

Happy holidays everyone!

*Guest post written by Roslyn Small


Entertaining Tips from Nadia G and @VanGoghVodka

Christmas is over and Hanukkah ends tonight, but fortunately, the holidays aren’t ever yet!

The grand finale, New Year’s Eve, has yet to come.  Like many people, you may still be undecided about your New Year’s plans.  You may even be entertaining the idea of hosting your own last minute NYE bash.  Personally, I feel an intimate gathering or even a rockin’ house party is ten times better than any club or mega event.

So, if you’re thinking about entertaining this year, we have some tips for you from Nadia G of Cooking Channel’s Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen and Van Gogh Vodka.

Nadia G and Van Gogh Vodka

Get yourself out of the kitchen. “The hostess should enjoy her holiday party every bit as much as the guests,” says Nadia. “The best way to get yourself out of the kitchen is to prepare foods ahead that will taste great at room temperature.” By letting guests serve themselves, everyone can eat on their own time giving the hostess time to kick back and relax with her own cocktail and spend quality time with friends.

Let the guests be their own bartenders. Nadia G recommends a vodka punch like her Pomagrenade Punch or a DIY mixers bar: stock a table with bowls of bite sized fresh fruit and herbs that have been soaking in liquor and simple syrup. Serve these gourmet mixers with chilled bottles of unflavored- and flavored-vodkas, carbonated water, rum and white wine. Guests will have a blast mixing and matching cocktails and experimenting with new combinations!

Pomagrenade Punch

Give them something sweet – and don’t forget the coffee. Nadia’s Chocolate Balls made with butterscotch chips, peanuts and crushed pretzels are easy to whip up and major crowd pleasers. Topping off the evening with coffee is always a good idea; have regular and decaf on hand for guests to choose from at the end of the night.

Send the guests home with something you’ve created in your kitchen. “Everyone loves my Homemade Hot Cocoa mix. I add a little cayenne and some cinnamon to step it up,” says Nadia. “Gifted in a glass jar or a tin with a bright ribbon, it’s my personal way to say Happy Holidays at the end of the night.”

And of course the most important part of a party is the music; as Nadia says, music can make or break a party. If the host or hostess doesn’t have any musical taste, get a friend to make a playlist for the party.

Here’s one more idea to help make your party a hit.


1 1/2 oz Van Gogh BLUE Triple Wheat Vodka
1/4 cup fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice
1 heaping tablespoon minced fresh coriander
1 teaspoon maple syrup

Directions: In a shaker combine all ingredients above. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into martini glass rimmed with maple flakes, drop in 2 coriander leaves, and garnish glass with pink grapefruit rind twist.

For more  recipes, get your hands on Nadia G’s cookbook: Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen: Cookin’ for Trouble

xoxo, Olisa


On the SIXTH day of Christmas…@ThompsonFerrier

Giving a Thompson Ferrier candle, from his newly launched line, is like giving a dose of luxury–for under $50!

I had the pleasure of taking home a candle in Kashmiri Spice ($48), which emitted a comforting aroma of spicy chai, vanilla, ginger root, nutmeg, cinnamon bark and black tea, which lingers long after the wick is extinguished. The hand-poured candle comes in a luxurious, gold pouch.


The line feature candles in a variety of shapes and fragrances (from $15-68)

xoxo, Olisa


$100 Veet Giveaway

The holidays are a great time of year, but make no mistake, the cold weather is no excuse to be hairy!  That’s why, thanks to our friends at Veet, we are giving away $100 worth of Veet products to keep you soft and smooth, from upper lip to lower leg!

As promised, this is the contest exclusively for our Canadian readers.


  • Veet Ready-to-Use Wax Strips for Face – The best way to get rid of those hairy patches that just seem to appear out of nowhere
  • Veet Ready-to-Use Wax Strips for Face & Bikini – The best way to get rid of those hairy patches that just seem to appear out of nowhere
  • Veet EasyGrip Ready-to-Use Wax strips – For legs and body, the inspired ergonomic design means the strips are ideal for both seasoned waxers and first time “wax virgins”
  • Veet Hydro’Restor Cream – Works in as little as three minutes to deliver smoothness that lasts up to twice as long as shaving
  • Veet High Precision Facial Wax – Veet guides you through a 4-step process to perfect brows
  • A pink stocking
  • A basket to hold the items


  • Leave us a comment in the section below, completing this sentence:
  • “Removing unwanted hair with Veet is as easy as _____________”

Get extra entry points for the following:

  • 1 point: Like us on our Facebook Page
  • 2 points: Post a message on our Facebook Page, completing the sentence: “Removing unwanted hair with Veet is as easy as _____________”
  • 3 points: Post a message Facebook Page, completing the sentence: “Removing unwanted hair with Veet is as easy as _____________” AND tag at least one of your friends in the post

Contest ends on Saturday, December 17 at midnight. The person with the most entry points wins! Winner will be announced on Monday, December 19. The contest is only open to readers in Canada.

For more info about Veet, visit:

Good luck!

xoxo, Olisa

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