OPI – It’s Sheer Luck!… I PASSED THE BAR EXAM!

As some of you may know, I’ve been on hiatus because I was studying for the bar exam. What you don’t know is that I was utterly and totally convinced that I failed the exam. The testing occurs over the course of two days. The first day, the Florida portion of the exam, beat me down and ultimately broke me. I walked out of the testing center, did the walk of shame back to my hotel room, thought about how I would be staying there again in February to retake the exam and I cried. Yes, it really was that bad. The questions were just absurd and completely unexpected. I could have memorized the study materials word for word and I still wouldn’t have known the correct answers with absolute certainty. The second day consisted of the MBE (the national portion), it was hard but very fair. My hope was that I would score high enough on the MBE to make up for my major failure on the Florida portion. The problem is… you have to wait almost 2 months for the scores to be released. I was hanging over the edge of a cliff over these scores.

Then, finally, the scores came in the mail. Not only did I pass, but to my complete disbelief, I actually scored very well on both portions.

What does all this have to do with nail polish? Well, sometimes life throws some pretty perplexing stuff my way and when it does I take the opportunity to find a color that expresses how I feel.

OPI - It's Sheer Luck

The name says it all. OPI It’s Sheer Luck is a ultra light pink toned off-white with a frost finish. This is 3 coats. This color was originally from the Las Vegas Collection (Spring/Summer 2003) but I believe it became part of the main Soft Shades Collection all of which are available on an on going basis.


107 Responses to “OPI – It’s Sheer Luck!… I PASSED THE BAR EXAM!”

  1. awesomevegan Says:

    Congrats!!! The polish is perfect for the occasion. :)

  2. Juliana Says:

    Congratulations! So nice to have you back!

  3. kelliegonzo Says:

    congratulations!! very awesome :)

  4. Jennifer A. Says:

    Congratulations! I’ve missed your posts, but I’m so excited for you, that’s amazing and you totally deserve it!

  5. Lucy Says:

    I’m so excited for you. I was praying that you would pass! I knew you could do it. You just needed to have more faith in yourself. You passed this exam and now you can do anything! Your manicure is beautiful but it wasn’t sheer luck. It was damned hard work and you did it. I’m so excited that I’m the first online to congratulate you. What’s next for you after you come down off the moon?

  6. diana Says:

    Many congratulations to you! That’s such great news! You came through this demanding time, have the credentials to show for it and your nails look fabulous. You go, lady!

  7. Michelyne Says:

    Congratulations Steph! I don’t tend to comment much, but I myself am gearing up to do my Honours thesis next year and sh*tting myself about the THOUGHT of it. Well done, and good luck in your future career!

  8. Tammy Says:

    Congrats! I don’t think it was all luck, though. You studied hard so the scores were well deserved. Great nail color too!

  9. Jen Says:

    Many congratulations! All of your dedication and hard work paid off!!

  10. augusta Says:

    congrats on passing the bar!

  11. Claudia Says:

    I am so happy to hear that you passed your exam!!! now you can breath a sight of relief, although I am sure more stress is coming around the bend =P We can enjoy this. Way to go Lawyer!!!

  12. BV Says:

    DUDE- congratulations!! Perfect colour too!!

  13. Christiana Says:

    First time commenting, just want to say a huge congrats to you!! I’m sure it’s not luck, you worked hard and you deserve every bit of that!! :-)

  14. Colette Says:

    Congratulations! That’s got to be a HUGE load off your mind =)

  15. CremeBavaroise Says:

    Congrats! These are great news and it’s good to read you again. Nice manicure, too, but I’m quite sure it wasn’t so much “sheer luck” that you passed your exam *gg*.

  16. Ataline Says:

    Congratulations! That’s fantastic – I’m sure it’s a load off your mind. All the best for the future (which I hope is going to contain a lot of nail polish swatching…:))

  17. Aaren Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! God your results come out early. I’ve been practicing in VA for 3 years and our Summer exam isn’t out for another 2-3 weeks. Congrats again to you, and good luck in your career! =D

  18. Laura Says:

    Congratulations! I know how hard the bar exam is, exactly how you felt afterward, and how much relief you feel now. Congratulations!!!!

  19. Patricia Says:

    Congratulations! Now go out and celebrate! You deserve it! (I’m new to your blog and absolutely LOVE it! Best nail blog I’ve seen by far!! ;D)

  20. midwestgrrl Says:

    Congratulations! It wasn’t luck, it was skill!

  21. Feline Says:

    Congratulations Steph! Enjoy your victory! :)

  22. e.e. Says:


  23. ibiscaraib Says:

    Congrats! I guess you can breathe that sigh of relief and start enjoying the fruits of your labor.

  24. nakedcity Says:

    Congratulations, Steph! I know how you felt, I’m sitting for my State of California Interpreters exam next week and…who knows…does any company make “Sheer Panic”? Anyways, so glad to have you back, counsel.

  25. Irene Says:

    Congratulations!!! I think it was more than sheer luck and you did brilliantly!

  26. m Says:

    congrats!!! in CA we are still waiting until November 20.

  27. Toma Says:

    Congratulations! Wishing you much luck in your career!

  28. Liz Says:

    CONGRATS!!!!!! That is AWESOME!!!!!

  29. emma Says:

    Well done Steph – hate the lacquer, love the story. Glad the waiting is over and such good news.

  30. JenStewart Says:

    Yah!! Congratulations, Steph! Your hard work and diligence paid off!!

  31. Mickelle Says:

    Congrats on passing the bar! The wait sounds almost unbearable, but I am so glad you came out on top! I’m excited for you and hope we get to see some new super-cool swatches soon :)

  32. Hannah Says:


    Also, I missed this blog so much.

  33. Marsha Smith Says:

    Steph: Well Congratulations! Of course you passed! And of course you did well. Those questions were to separate the *women from the girls* in the courtroom and it looks like you’re gonna do just fine. If you ever have the time to do posting for this blog, we’ll certainly be grateful, cause you really did a good job and we’ve missed you!

    Congratulations again! xoxo Marsha

  34. Marie Says:

    My sincere congratulations to you and your success :)

  35. ashley Says:

    Congrats on passing!!

  36. Siobhan Says:

    Congratulations, ES! We all had complete faith in you!

  37. amber Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YAY!!! *HAPPY DANCE*

  38. DanaCerise Says:

    Hi Steph-
    Congratulations! I hope you have a big party planned! **jumping up and down**

  39. Molly Says:

    Wow, congrats, Stephanie! That’s amazing. :) Perfect polish.

  40. Darlene Says:

    Congratulations! I am sure a great weight has been lifted now that you know you passed! :)

  41. Ariadne Elise Says:

    Congratulations!!! Having gone thru the bar exam myself I know just how amazing you feel right now. Enjoy it and celebrate it with your loved ones. :-)

    Thank you for your blog– it has rekindled my love affair with nail polish. In my law school days I wore every gorgeous, unconventional color I wanted- and freaked out my professors. ;-) So thank you, thank you, thank you!

  42. Jesse Says:

    Congrats! You are lucky to hear so soon! I’m waiting until November to hear if I passed.

  43. Denny Says:

    This is wonderful news. I’m very happy for you and I am so glad to have you back! Your blog was the first one that I came across about 1 year ago and I’m glad that life hasn’t held you back where you’ve just ended blogging. Thanks for sharing your love of polish. Congratulations again.

  44. MoLo Says:

    congrats Steph :D

  45. Dream Mom Says:

    Yay for passing the bar! Congratulations!

    Now then,I am new to your blog but I must tell you that it’s not “sheer luck” that you passed it. It’s called hard work. And many times when you think that you did poorly on a test, even something as big as the bar exam, it’s actually a good sign because you knew enough to know what you didn’t know, if that makes sense.

    Anyway, I am so excited for you. I love your blog and hope you have more time to feed my addiction to beautiful nails. I am ordering some polish after seeing it here.

    Now, go out and celebrate!

  46. Kasey Says:


  47. melli Says:

    Congratulations!!! I think many of us were waiting for this news, and we are all so glad it turned out well. Sheer luck has nothing to do with it, it was your hard work that did it. I think a break from the blog was a good idea, and we are glad to have you back. All the best as you start your new career, with fabulous nails to boot!

  48. Kristen Says:

    Yay! Now… I was thinking about you today when I bought this…
    I have weddings the next three weekends in a row, so no trying it out till the end of October for me, but maybe in the meantime you could give it a spin with your new-found world-conquerness and all…..

  49. kia Says:

    congrats!!! you’re awesome! keep up the great work!

  50. skgoh Says:

    Congratulations! You’re awesome, and so is your blog.

  51. Catrina Says:

    Congratulations! I am very happy for you! :) I also love your blog, this is the blog that got me really into nail polish.

  52. siennax Says:

    CONGRATS!!!! You didn’t need luck either–you’re awesome!!

  53. Rosario Says:

    WOOHOO! Congratulations!

  54. Jake Says:

    Stephanie, YOU ROCK! You obviously did your best, and that is all anyone can ask. We’re all glad that you passed, as I’m sure is a great relief to you as well!

    Awesome color too, and your example is as perfect as usual – what we have come to expect from you.

    Way to go, Steph! \o/

  55. Teresa Says:

    I’m so happy for you!!! Congratulations!!!

  56. Mango Says:

    OMG CONGRATS!!! was this the color you wore at the bar exam? if not, what color was it? i think it deserves recognition(:

  57. K_rita Says:

    Yayyyy! Great for you! You passed! (We knew you would!) Now relax and treat yourself to something- like a massage! Yay! Congratulations!

  58. Deborah (SoPolished) Says:

    Congrats….I knew you’d pass!

  59. Chandni Says:

    Congrats!! Though it’s not luck – just awesome you :P

  60. Rose Says:

    Ah, bless you girl!
    congratulations on passing the exam – you’ll be the best manicured woman in a courtroom across the country!! your hard work paid off, now it’s time to go on a mega-haul and ultra-swatch-a-thon to celebrate!

  61. Lavendela Says:

    Congratulations and all the best to you!!!

  62. Kelly Says:

    Congrats, your hard work finally paid off, yay!!!!

  63. Lackoholic Says:

    Congratulations!!! +Hope everything is going well at your new job!

  64. ggs Says:

    That’s great news! And look how many of your readers are de-lurking to comment ;) Congratulations. You worked hard!!! Great job ;)

  65. kay Says:

    Congratulations! I’m very happy for you, You deserved it after such hard work. You are amazing!!

  66. Shyla Says:


  67. la chica Says:

    newbie here. congrats. nice color. love the OPI shades of lilac.

  68. Jess Says:

    Congratulations! Love your blog, can’t wait for you to start posting again! (:

  69. HO Says:

    Congratulations! You’re awesome, and so is your blog.

  70. Duffi Says:

    OF COURSE YOU PASSED. And with flying colors, too. Sister, I’m so so so proud of you! And happy for you! And a little teary. And thrilled!! Oh, YAY Empress!! CONGRATULATIONS! I hope you’ve celebrated beautifully! thousands of hugs and kisses from your Duffi

  71. Judy Says:

    Congratulations on passing the exam!

  72. Cynthia Says:


  73. thisizkim Says:

    COngRaTs STEPH!!! OMG! I am soooooo proud of you! You worked so hard and your hard work paid off. Congrats to you!! woooohooo! I am just so happy for you ^_^.

  74. Okami Says:

    Congratulations!! :)

  75. Agatha Says:

    I LUV your nails and this colour is so cute!!!!

    And CONGRATULATIONS for the exam!!!


  76. Aksaiyo Says:

    Congratulations!! I hope you celebrate with a huge haul of polish! :P

  77. Anon Says:

    Hi, I found a eBay seller who is using your nail photos: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Essie-nail-polish-Damsel-in-a-Dress-Rock-Star-Skinny_W0QQitemZ250511482352QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_Nail_Care?hash=item3a53a5ddf0&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14

    I just wanted to let you know because I wasn’t sure if you knew about it.

  78. Pinky Says:

    OMG Steph CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am so happy for you!!
    NY and NJ are waiting till late November and it is killing me…I just want to know already!!! ARGH!
    Once again, Congrats! You totally deserve it!

  79. Brookiebaby0506 Says:

    wow, I’m like 3 weeks late on this, but CONGRATS!! I have some neighbors that will soon be taking the bar exam and they will no doubt come away feeling the same way you did.

    Congrats though, and I hope you get settled and start posting again, YOU ARE MISSED!!

  80. christina Says:

    congratulations to you! your post made me so happy i almost cried for you!
    i have just had 4 exams this week all in a row and even 2 on the same day… i have been under so much stress trying to get good grades so i can hopefully go to med school! you inspired me! especially since i care about school and im into makeup/nails/beauty! we can have both :)

  81. Alison Says:

    Congratulations on passing your bar exams! It’s lovely to have you back, I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing the swatches on your beautiful nails.

  82. Serene Says:

    I am a student so i know how it feels.
    Good job there! *two thumbs up*

  83. mhaellix Says:

    I’ve been lurking for a while now but I just had to say “Congratulations!” I love reading stories like this!

  84. Victoria Says:

    Congrats to passing your bar exam! My boyfried is a Patent Attorney- so I know that those months of waiting for the exam can be hell.
    I hope you’ll find the time to continue your blog now!

  85. shelpen Says:

    We want you blog! We want you blog! We want you blog!
    Ple-e-e-a-a-ase! %)

  86. Tanith Says:

    I bought this color after seing your phot ! very nice!
    I tagged you on my blog

  87. beana Says:


  88. Bartek Says:

    Hi, so first of all I would like to say that I’m a guy. I started to polish my nails about a year and half ago… at first I tried it only on weekends, then more and more often, until finally I started to wear it non-stop. I wear clear coats on my fingers and dark colors on my toes (Black, Blue, Dark Blue, Purple, Dark Green). Anyway I was wondering if this is normal for a guy to do, and no I’m not gay. Well you see ladies it kind of grew on me, I didn’t really intend for this to happen this way, I guess I got addicted to applying and wearing polish somehow? but how? I know that sounds absurd. Please help.

  89. DanaCerise Says:

    Hi Bartek,
    There is nothing wrong with a guy who paints his nails. I think it’s cool. Nail polish is addictive! You go with your bad self.

    In any event, I hope we know if this blog is defunct or not soon. I enjoy Polish Addict’s swatches and posts. But if I know she has moved on, I can stop checking!

  90. Bartek Says:

    Thanks Dana makes me feel better ;) I guess I just refuse to conform to society’s so called “Norms”, and so be it. I get the odd look from some guys, and even some women. No one has really said anything to me directly though, which is good. Some are taken back at first I guess, but you can get used to it. I like open minded individuals Dana. Anyway when I first started doing this I didn’t think I would like it, it actually did feel weird to me too at first… but I started to do it more and more often and just sort of got used to it… later on I couldn’t stand my nails without color on them, they just looked too boring. And I enjoy the smooth feeling of the polish on your nails too and the feel of it on your nails. However I do think any type of reds/pinks, really are not for guys, that actually does look quite gay even to me ( and I have about 20 bottles now). I still don’t wear dark colors on my fingers, just stick to the clear coats mainly… however I do experiment with putting a tinge of color into my clear coats (haha so I cheat) but not to make it too obvious that it’s there… right now I’m wearing Sally Hansens New Lengths Whipped Creme, which is very suttle with one coat, a bit more visible with 2 coats… but to get bottle color you need 3-4 i find so I do like this polish very much as I can have the best of both worlds, its almost clear you can see the nail even with 2-3 coats but is clearly visibly cream colored at the same time. And yes nail polish is very addictive only psychologically obviously.

  91. shannon Says:

    nail polish is my new habit – to replace my make up one.. Just stopped in and saw your post- CONGRATS!!!! love you site! YOu can do BOTH!!

  92. Jessi Says:

    I agree with DanaCerise! I would like to know if you are going to continue with this blog so I know whether to keep checking or not!

  93. Emalyn Says:

    Congratulations! I love your blog btw! (:

  94. Laura Hofmann Says:

    Hello Dear,
    Congratulations on the bar exam. I know exactly what you went through. I´m from Brazil and went to the exactly same thing as you did. So even though we are from different countries we are colegues!

  95. Asilymene Says:

    Congrats! Love the polish :D

  96. Sica Says:

    Heeeey, your blog is amazing! I’m a huge O.P.I fan, unfortunately it’s almost impossible to find them here in Brazil. =///

    Have a great week.

  97. Elo Says:

    Congrats ! I’m a law student too here in Switzerland. I was thinking today than after I will have passed the bar exam I won’t be able to wear crazy polish…but now that I’ve seen your blog, it seems like I was wrong hehe ! Thx

  98. NailGalore Says:

    Congratulations! I knw exactly hw u feel. I went thru the same thing after sitting for my Forensic exams. Congrats again.. N the colour! WOW! fits both of us perfectly:-)

  99. BlushDiva Says:

    I love OPI so much! I allready ordered some of the swiss collection.

  100. Kellie Says:

    it’s like a year later, but CONGRATS!

  101. Millie Says:

    Congrats! :D A bit late but hey, if you ever need a Paralegal – I’ll be done in 1½ years! ;)

  102. tyummy Says:

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  103. beachgal Says:

    That is amazing news! Major congrats! I know the blood, sweat and tears that went into it – sheer nerves waiting for the results too. I did the whole Clinical Laboratory Scientist thing – then that was not enough, finished my PhD and went to med school. We just thought the MCATS and the LSATS were hard until we hit the bar & our licensing for board cert in X, Y, Z areas of specialization. I only did 2. 2 residencies were enough for me thanks. You have everything to celebrate now – you will have to post sometime what area of law you think you want to go into – or is it right now one that just hires you and pays well???? Hugs! This is great news!

  104. Victoria Says:

    Congratulations! (Current 2L taking a break from outlining here :D)

  105. nailcare Says:

    Nice color, nice polish, nice nails.

  106. Ross Says:

    Congrats, it looks so nice!!!

  107. Elizabeth Says:

    Congrats Steph! Do you have a job yet? After all your hard work it seems to me that your passing the test was more than “sheer luck”. :) Good to see you back. I always enjoy coming here. :)

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