Sometimes I feel like I missed my calling as an artist. I have always made lots of art and I love crafting like it’s nobody’s business. The thrill of deciding on a new project, experimenting and trying to figure it out, and working on it can feel addictive. In high school I went through a lot of crafting phases, and I remember staying up to watch Saturday Night Live while I tried to finish various projects (beading was big for me, and crochet).
Sometimes I get sucked into the consumerism that often seems to come with blogging. It makes sense – if you want to monetize your blog, you gotta hustle and sell! But that’s not why I started blogging; my interest came from a place of fun. I fell into a hobby and I wanted to share it. That’s what I want to get back to, but I’m not exactly sure how to do it without sounding sales-pitchy.
A lot of life has happened since I stopped blogging nearly two years ago.
I stopped blogging because I got tired. The nail polish and beauty blog world started to feel very small and over crowded. It seemed that I would never going to be THE BEST, and that was discouraging (which is silly. Just because I’m not the best doesn’t mean a thing isn’t worth doing, you know?). Blogging as a business is really difficult. I really hated the feeling of competing for product reviews and then writing in sleazy-marketing voice. It was annoying that when I had other things to say and write about, I had to first polish my nails and somehow weave in a related story.
I felt like I lost my authentic voice. I felt like I kind of forgot that I started this whole thing because it was a fun hobby.
Hi friends. It’s been a little while… ok, it’s been nearly two years. Just wanted to let you know that I’m updating ye olde blogge. It was brought to my attention that I accidentally emailed my subscribers A LOT yesterday. I’m so sorry about that. I hope you’ll stick around, because I’ve got some big plans.
When the Digital Dozen celebrated its members in the challenge where we recreated each other’s nail art, I saw and pinned a look by Lady Maid Nails that I thought was just too freaking cool. I really loved the stamp she used – it’s herringbone, but the lines aren’t as even and deathly straight as most herringbone patterns. Plus, she paired it with this cool distressed look underneath. I wanted to make this look fall-y, and so I opted for a solid background. But looking at her original version makes me wish I kept the distressed background, too!
Earlier this year, Peachy Polish did a whole mess of nail art inspired by fashion worn at the Emmy Awards. I do not know how she does it – she cranks out these GORGEOUS looks, and so quickly! I pinned several of her fashion inspired looks, and decided to do my spin on Peachy Polish’s look, which was in turn inspired by Tituss Burgess’s floral bowtie. I mean, how’s that for Pinspiration?! It seems like the perfect fall floral combination – which I love!
I absolutely loved her original post, but decided that I should probably add some studs. When in doubt… add stuff!
You guys. Ashley Nell Tipton won Project Runway. First of all, I should say that I am obsessed with Project Runway. Now that we got that out of the way – OMG. It’s freaking awesome that she won. She’s a plus size designer – which means that she’s designing FOR ME. It is so exciting that somebody who designs for people who look like me has won national media recognition. I can’t even tell you how excited I am. I will be the first in line to buy anything she produces.
I can’t believe Halloween is here! Whoa, where has the time gone? I have no idea. I’m not a huge costume person, but I LOVE opening the door for all the neighborhood kids. Especially the little kids – they are so cute and little! And they have silly costumes, and it’s so fun. I’m like the mom in Freaks and Geeks – anyone know what I’m talking about?
I don’t often post about just one polish – art usually requires a ton of different polishes! Today is a very special polish, and I am so honored to show it to you. ALIQUID Lacquer has created a limited edition polish called See Spot Run. $5 from every bottle sold will be donated to the ASPCA! My precious doggy is a rescue dog, and I feel very close to this cause (I’ll show you a picture of her – keep reading!).