SUMMER-FRESH WATERMELON NAILS

A fruity kiddie mani, or a mani for the young at heart.
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Marley's Watermelon Crackle mani_Avon

Oh watermelon, it's so good to see you again! (Bought my first ripe half-watermelon of the season just yesterday. Did anyone else?)

And in the spirit of warm breezes and bright sunshine, how about this adorable mini mani on my sister's best friend's 10-year-old daughter, Marley?

Marley's watermelon crackled mani close-up

This is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in 430 Grass Slipper ($7.99 at NailPolishCanada.com) topped with Avon Mosaic Effects Top Coat in Gleaming Emerald ($3.99 at avon.ca). And, according to Marley's mom, Pamela, even sans additional top coat, it's quite the enduring finish: chip free after six days despite Marley's weekly nine hours in a heavily chlorinated pool (for synchro-swimming purposes).

As for watermelon, it was the talk of the season last year for its surprising health and beauty benefits. Follow the link for a beyond-delish recipe for watermelon + ricotta salad, courtesy of mid-town Toronto's Lil' Baci Taverna.

Props to Mother Nature for this long-awaited happy weather and inspiration.

Too cute or what?