Confessions of a Reformed Nail Polish Addict

It’s been nearly three years since my last confession.

Where have I been for the past three years?

I started this site in law school as a form of productive procrastination. I stopped blogging when I started studying for the bar exam and when I started my first job. My life was so hectic and there were so many major changes, blogging had to take a backseat. For while, I kept doing my nails, taking pictures, and keeping up with new collections even though I wasn’t actively posting. But, slowly, I stopped taking pictures and keeping up with new colors. Eventually, I stopped doing my nails entirely.

There are a lot factors underlying that chain of events. First, I was in court every single day. And I felt it wasn’t appropriate to wear the colors I loved wearing. I was mostly wearing nudes, light pinks, etc., and I felt like most of my readers would not care to see those colors. To add another layer – I was working really long hours. I was so burnt out all the time. I never felt like sitting down, editing photos, comparing colors, and posting.

Everything was neglected, everything suffered.  My nails were/are a ragged-cuticle ridden mess. My collection went from being meticulously organized, to just a bunch of nail polish, separating from neglect, sitting in the helmers. I stopped having color recall, I started forgetting color names, collection names, brand names, forgetting actual colors, forgetting how to describe them – what words to use. Every time I tried blogging, I would feel so overwhelmed by the prospect that I would give up. At some point, my computer met with the blue screen of death and I lost all my backlogged photos, my stash spreadsheet, and everything related to my blog. Taking that as a sign, I finally decided that I wouldn’t be able to blog anymore. My lighting system came down and my camera went in my closet. That was about two years ago.

The nail polish world has changed so much since I went into a permanent hiatus. Before, there were only a handful of good blogs – now there seems to be an infinite universe of them. Each more impressive than the last! And the recently released colors and collections are SO amazing (OPI Pirates of the Caribbean, whooooat…).

Even though I consider those to be positive changes – it also contributed to my decision to stop blogging. Once my life settled down, work became less hectic, and I started having more free time – the desire to start blogging again slowly began to build up. But I felt like I had nothing to add to the conversation because of the sheer number of blogs covering everything nail polish related. On one level the abundance of nail blogs gave me great joy, especially because I wasn’t very well received when I started this site. And the extent of the production and availability of new unique colors, glitters, holos, crackles, duochromes, multichromes, etc., makes me I feel like all the bloggers finally had an effect on the market – no more collections with 6 reds and maybe 1 unique color, or so it seems. But on another level – I felt that I couldn’t compete. And by the time I was in a position to blog again – I was 9 katrillion collections behind. How could I ever catch up?

 

So, why am I recounting this tale of woe (assuming there is a “you” reading all this)?

Those were my feelings until a few weeks ago when my husband (oh yea, I’m married now too) surprised me by coming home with the OPI NYC Ballet Minis. (This is something he will surely live to regret doing). I had not purchased a bottle of nail polish for myself in well over a year. And, using My Pointe Exactly, I did my nails at home for the first time in months. My passion was totally rekindled. Suddenly, I realized, I’m practicing a different type of law now, I go to court once in a blue moon – I have more freedom with my nails. It occurred to me that I should start over.

I’m re-launching my site, this time for real. One subcategory of nail polish that does not seem to be well covered is work appropriate colors. So I think that will be my beat– as a person who is perpetually stuck in professional polish purgatory, I’m constantly on the lookout for unique colors that will be appropriate in a professional setting. Of course, there will be forays into the more adventurous too (in hopes that the site won’t be too boring for those who don’t suffer from the same polish restrictions that I do.)

With that said, I’m finally going to go through my entire collection – finally wear my hundreds of untrieds. I’m going to catalogue, organize, shake, and hopefully, through this process, begin to remember all my beloved polishes and become acquainted with everything new and exciting. The point is – I’m going to post about the colors I love and that I’m wearing and hopefully it will be worth reading. Most importantly, I’m not going to let this become an overwhelming unpaid job again – this is my hobby. I want to do it because I love it.

I’m so excited to be back! I’m kicking things off tomorrow with an oldie but goodie – stay tuned! : )

 

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114 Responses to “Confessions of a Reformed Nail Polish Addict”

  1. Duffi McDermott Says:

    Steph!!!! I am so excited to see you. {massive infinite hugs}
    I’ve been on hiatus, too, and coming back to np has been a bit overwhelming. I so look forward to having you in my life again, and to read about your new np adventures!
    You can reach me at my usual email, as above; I so hope you get in touch.
    Who is this husband, anyway?
    <3, Duffi

  2. Charlotte Says:

    Hey there and welcome back!
    I have to admit, I only found your blog a few months ago, but I loved all of your posts so much that I absolutely had to keep checking to see if you’d return. I’m so glad I finally get to experience your insight and adventures in real time!
    Also, I started my own nail blog this past January, and though it’s really small and I sometimes get discouraged by how many other people also have their own nail blogs, I keep going because I started blogging for me. I blog because I want to share my passion and because I want to find like-minded people who I can share this beautiful hobby with!
    So, good luck and you’ll have at least one reader always looking to your posts (:

  3. PolishPig Says:

    Welcome back!!
    I’ve kept you in my blog roll all these years, hoping You would be back one day. I almost didn’t believe my eyes this morning when The Polish Addict was at the top of the list! I love to see work appropriate colors, I’m an MD and even nudes are stretching the rules a little for me. Big hugs!!!

  4. Angelica B. Says:

    Welcome back!

  5. Lenkaaa Says:

    OMG, Steph you’re back!!! I’ve missed your posts so much! And I could’ve written most of your above post myself. Between the Bar, interviews, and then nightmare work I stopped doing my nails completely. (I also bit them off to the quick after not biting them for 10 years, all due to stress.) I finally started growing them out for my wedding and that was also the first time I painted them myself in like 2 years and also the first time I bought a polish in about that long. Now I am veeeery slowly getting back into polish and then OMG I saw your tweet! It’s meant to be =)
    So looking forward to your gorgeous photos and the work-appropriate posts especially. Welcome back!!!

  6. Radha Says:

    I AM SO SO SO EXCITED FOR YOUR COME BACK. Yours is one of the first blogs I read together with Scrangie back in 2010. Always wondered where you went . Welcome back!

  7. Emma Says:

    I was once a reformed addict, but have spiralled back too!! Good to have you back :-)

  8. Chaosophia Says:

    You would not believe the squeal I made when I saw that you posted something on your blog! And now I’m basically jumping up and down in my chair when I know that you’re coming back.
    Your blog was probably the one that actually got me into blogging back in 2008, and I’ve missed your posts heaps!

    Welcome back!

  9. Janis Says:

    Whoo!! Looking forward to your new posts, its been far too long! We’ve been waiting :D

  10. Kalee Says:

    YAY!!!!! I’m so happy!!!!!! Been waiting for you to come back!!! =D

  11. S.N. Says:

    I am so thrilled to see you back to blogging. Your blog is the blog that introduced me to the nail polish world, and I never forgot it, always hoping you would come back to it some day. And here you are! I am so looking forward to your posts – thank you for coming back.

  12. Scallion Says:

    Welcome back! I just read that you were back to bloggin on MUA. Your blog was among the first I discovered regarding nail polish. Very happy to see you back.

  13. Miffy Says:

    Welcome back! I followed your blog for so long and really enjoyed your updates. You were one of the ‘originals’ who whetted my polish appetite :)

    I know that life got in the way of your blog and congratulations on getting married (!) and delighted your job is going well.

    I’m looking forward to reading your blog again. Yay!

  14. ozlem Says:

    I kept your blog on my reader for so long, because yours is still one of the best nail blogs. I am so glad now that I did. I can’t wait for your next post!

  15. Nicole Says:

    Yay! So happy you’re back. You are one of the first bloggers I got into. I’ve completely lost track of how many newer nail blogs there are, but I still remember the original handful that existed when I got into polish back in 2008.

  16. emmajoy Says:

    You have no idea how happy I am to see this blog post!!! I only saw it because you’re on my Google Reader, otherwise I confess I haven’t visited your blog in ages. But you and Scrangie are two of the “culprits” who started me on my nail addiction, and I have always admired your amazing perfect nails and wonderful application. I am so glad to hear that you will be blogging again. You have been sorely missed!

  17. edie4711 Says:

    I never comment on blogs but wanted to tell you Welcome back! and I love your plans to focus on interesting, work-appropriate manis and polishes! There are a lot of us out there in that boat and I am always ISO polishes I can wear professionally but are still interesting and fun. I look forward to future posts!

  18. Sylvia Says:

    I’m so glad you’re back! Your blog was one of the first I read, and I loved your nails.
    I don’t mind reading about work appropriate colors, because I really like them.
    I’m really glad you’re back!

  19. PhotoGirl Says:

    WOO-HOO!!! Welcome back, girl! This is the best nail world news I’ve heard in years. I was just talking about you the other night; I wore your famous Obama manicure to a fundraiser and got many compliments. I wondered what had become of you and now, here you are. I’m thrilled. Although I have no polish restrictions in my professional life, I’m still very interested in what you have to say. Your blog is one of two that started my adventures in nail polish. I’ve missed you.

  20. vaga Says:

    Just found your blog from MUA, and love the idea of a work-appropriate blog. Glad you’re back, and keep up the good work!

  21. Esther Says:

    welcome back!

  22. Michelyne Says:

    You have no idea how excited I am you’re back! Your swatches started my own nail polish obsession 6 years ago, and I, like you, have since then finished university, got a real job and transitioned into (de facto) spousehood. I closed my blog down due to a lack of time but still love to sit down and do my nails twice a week. I’m also bound by the work appropriate limitations, but managed to stock up on the Zoya opaque neutrals on a recent trip to the US. Looking forward to your future posts!

  23. Robyn Says:

    Oh wow, welcome back! I’m so glad you came back!

  24. Dara Says:

    Welcome back!!! You were the first nail polish blogger I found and fell in love with so it’s great to have you back. You have been missed!

    I think covering work appropriate shades is a fantastic idea and something a lot of polish lovers can benefit from

  25. MariV Says:

    I think I just DIED! Thank you SO much for returning, Steph! You DO add something NO ONE else does: you have an amazing sense of humor and a unique writing style. You are one of the “originals”…I’m so excited that you’re back!

  26. Deborah Says:

    I am SO looking forward to work-appropriate nail posts. I’m also a lawyer (in-house) and while I’m not as restricted as someone going to court, holos and glitterbombs don’t usually fly in a corporate environment. Welcome back!

  27. Ida Says:

    I am so glad you’re back! You were one of the first blogs I started reading when I really got into polish. I will take a restart from you however which way you will do it. Looking forward to your new posts!

  28. marsha smith Says:

    Yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are the one that helped me get started 4 years ago!!! You helped me get a bottle of Mooooonnnnpoooooollllll!!! I have missed you so much and thought about you often. I’m so glad to hear that you are starting your blog back up. I’ve always thought that you and Scrangie were the top two of the pack!

    (((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))))

    Marsha

  29. Stacie Says:

    I am so incredibly tickled that you are back!! OMG. YOU are the one that started it for me, introduced me to MUA, I happened upon your blog before you’d gone and it was love at first site. I’d already had a np collection but you opened up a new world to me and will always be my number one go to girl. I am so glad you are back and I am so glad life has gone well for you! Congrats also on the marriage, sounds like a good match lol any man that comes home with OPI is a keeper =P I was on my way out the door for work but I had to stop and let you know you were missed (as you can already see) and WELCOME BACK!

  30. Alison Says:

    Welcome back! I’ve really missed your blog and I’ll look forward to your new posts.
    Congratulations on your law career and getting married he sounds like a great guy bringing home the OPI Ballet collection – they are gorgeous. I am really looking forward to finally reading a blog that caters more for my taste – I prefer the conservative, work-appropriate colours and am too always on the hunt for something a bit different in this category. My next purchase will be Chanel Frenzy which I think will fit the bill!Once again welcome back and I and everyone above eagerly awaits your next post.

  31. Jennifer K. Says:

    Welcome back!

  32. Donna Lee Says:

    I am so happy to read your post. I am a 51 yr. old attorney and my work has primarily been in the insurance industry. Very conservative. While I will wear reds and plums to work, I can’t wear the greens, blues, glitter bombs, cute nail art, etc. I have been eager to find a nail blog that has fabulous manis for those who work in a conservative industry. I am subscribing.

  33. LC Says:

    Welcome back! You mentioned that there are so many nail blogs out there that you weren’t sure if you could add anything new to the mix. In my opinion, there are a lot of BAD nail blogs out there, and yours clearly is not one of them. I, like many others, are happy to see your clear photos and flawless application. (Not to mention a lack of tacky nail art and 3-inch-thick glitters.) So, thank you.

  34. Sarah B Says:

    Welcome back!!! You were one of the first nail bloggers I ever read. I’m so excited to see your lovely nails again. Who cares what anyone else is doing … do what makes you happy!!

  35. Vickie Says:

    Welcome back! So excited to see activity here!

  36. Lacquer-Loving Lawyer Says:

    I am so happy that you are back to blogging! I am a part-time litigation attorney, and when I discovered nail polish blogs about a year ago, I loved yours, even though you had not posted in a long time. I always hoped you would start blogging again.

    About work-appropriate polish, I have some leeway, having been an attorney for 20 years and being an independent contractor and just being lucky that no one has complained about my “interesting” nail polish in the past year, but I do try to tone it down when I know I am scheduled to go to court. However, even with the most work-appropriate polish, I find that I can work in some glitter bombs and crazy stuff on Saturdays, the day before I take my polish off. I do accent nails on Saturdays to try crazy stuff on top of my week-old manicure, and sometimes I just put glitter on all my nails if I love it. It’s just one day, but it’s nice to be able to buy and wear any polish I want. I hope I didn’t just enable you to spend even more money on polish by taking you out of the work-appropriate category. ;-)

    Welcome back!

  37. Ev Says:

    I would love to see all your new posts!! I’m just graduated from college and will be starting my professional career in Accounting so this could not have come at a more perfect timing. I love doing my nails so making sure I’m wearing appropriate colors for work is very important. Thanks!

  38. Corviddreams Says:

    I stumbled across your excellent blog while you were on hiatus. I added the link to Bloglovin in hopes you would return. WB!

  39. Jessica Says:

    Yay! Glad to see you back! I am starting to appreciate more “work-appropriate” colors, so I wouldn’t mind seeing them on the blog :).

  40. Mneme Says:

    Yay! So happy to see you back, and I’m looking forward to seeing work-appropriate polishes, since I’m an engineer and don’t think that glitter would work in my office.

  41. Sally Says:

    Yours was the first nail blog I ever read while looking for a picture of OPI The It Color. I prefer blogs that go through personal collections rather than a constant stream of new collections. I’m glad your personal life has been working out and I feel so corny to be thrilled that you are back! :)

  42. Kate Says:

    YayYayYay!!! I knew I kept you in my reader for a reason! I’m so glad you’re coming back! And it seems clear that I am not the only one. Welcome back!

  43. trish Says:

    Re-adding you to my feed! Welcome back!

  44. Ann Says:

    Welcome back. I think a blog about nail polish/art that is appropriate for professionals is a great idea and no one is doing it.
    Congrats on everything.

  45. Elizabeth Says:

    Welcome back! Despite your absence, I have still been referring to your blog on a weekly basis. I’m so glad you’re here to guide us in all new collections!!

  46. ReecesPeeces Says:

    W00T! I believe this sums it up.

  47. Gotham Polish Says:

    Hi from one of those new blogs that popped up! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us! And I totally agree – do it because you love it ;)

  48. Dia Says:

    So, so glad to see you back!! Congratulations on getting hitched! You’re definitely right about there not being a lot of blogs that focus on the more conservative/”work appropriate” colors out there. Just because a polish isn’t neon or filled with glitter doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful or fun. Plus you really know how to write and keep us readers interested. I can’t wait to see your next post. Welcome back!

  49. Jennifer A. Says:

    I am so happy to have you back! You’ve always been one of my favorite nail blogs! I just want to say congratulations on all you have accomplished, and don’t get overwhelmed with blogging – take it slow and at your own pace!

  50. Lisa Says:

    Well, goodness gracious….wedding congratulations are in order!! I’m so pleased that you’re back! Having read through your archives, call me tickled pink to know I’ll now be reading contemporaneous posts!

  51. Lisa Thibault Says:

    I’m so glad to see you blogging again. Having been on the blog roller coaster myself I can understand the journey you have taken. I just recently started doing my nails and I ran across several of your older posts in my “nail explorations”. Welcome back – love your site and looking forward to seeing your new nail adventures.

  52. Julia Says:

    I’m stoked at the idea of work appropriate focus, as I just got into a full time office job again. Funnily enough this week I have been googling things like “best work appropriate nail colours” and “top 10 businesslike OPI”, etc. Awesome stuff!

  53. Cheryl Says:

    As a newly called lawyer, I’m really excited that you’re back!

  54. Johanna (Paillette) Says:

    WOW!!!!
    So glad you are back!!!! You were my number one blog for sheer drool factor!!!
    When I started collecting you were my reference guide!!!!

    Thank you and a humble welcome back!!!!!!
    Wooooohooohooo!!!!!

  55. rmcandlelght (nailsbeautiqued) Says:

    Welcome back, You were one of the first blogs that I followed before I started blogging. :D

  56. Jeanette Swatchaholic Says:

    Welcome back! It is like a dream come true to see you back. Your blog was one of the first nail polish blogs I have read and you have had (and surely will have) such a huge impact on the nail polish blogging world. You created my first lemmings together with Scrangie, Vampy Varnish and ALU and you and your gorgeous multiple lemming creating nails were one of the reason I started blogging. <3

    You are such an inspiration and I am certain that without you and your passion back then the nail polish blogging world wouldn't be the same today. I am glad to see you and your passion for nail polish back. :)

    I am also sorry you had such a stressful life in the past years. *hugs* It is fantastic to hear that you now have more time on your hands again and can enjoy the wonderful world of nail polish again. :)

    Thank you for coming back. <3

  57. mellinail Says:

    Congratulations on your marriage! I am very glad to see you back and blogging and wish you all the best in everything you do!!

  58. Rachel Says:

    Welcome back and congrats on getting married. I stumbled upon your blog about a year ago and was hoping you’d come back. While I love dark and holo nail colors, office appropriate colors are a great idea. Maybe you could get away with a funky color on your toes.

  59. Chiro Says:

    Welcome back!!
    I was one of ROM member of your blog, who was using your blog as first reference for my purchasing when I started to get obsessed to nail polish. I’m so excited that now you are back again with your amazing swatch PLUS comments…
    Just wanted to say you, Thank you for coming back!!

  60. Mara Says:

    I’m so happy you came back! and I will love to see your choices of colors… even though I can wear any color and I post a wide range of finishes, I prefer the “work appropriate”ones lol! They don’t have to be boring!

  61. Kyosuke Says:

    OH MY GAWD *_*
    My dear, sweet, kind, gentle, adorable friend coming back !
    Oh seriously, it’s just so great having such news, I’m like SOOOOOOOOOO happy now !
    I hope you still remember me ^^ Happy to see your life is good, happy to know you are now a married girls (congratulations ^^ He’s a lucky guy indeed ! :p) and I’m looking forward to more and more great news now :)

    Welcome back to your home ^^

  62. Angela Says:

    Welcome back. Just so you know, your blog was still one of the best even while you were “absent”. Fear not and do let not your heart be troubled. Jump in both hands, I am looking forward to your commentary and swatches. Once again, damn glad your husband rekindled the nail passion and blogging drive. Hang in there!
    Angela

  63. Elizabeth aka Lacquered Lizard Says:

    So So So happy to have you back! This blog was the first one I found when I started looking. The glossary of terms was so helpful! I love your writing and the pictures and all the hard work you put into it.
    I am glad you’ve found some balance in your life and that you’re returning to us with a renewed sense of what you want to do here.
    Personally, I’m really excited to see the work appropriate colors that are also unique.
    I am also glad to see that the cooties that infested your blog while you were away are gone now.
    Missed you bunches, and I don’t even know you.

  64. Fierce&Cute Says:

    OMG this is one of the sweetest posts I have ever seen in my Google Reader. I’m so happy you’re coming back! you were among the persons who inspired me to start my own beauty blog. looking forward to your new stuff!

  65. finished10dnails Says:

    Hey! Great to see you back! I look forward to your posts – work appropriate or fancy!

  66. 10th Story Nails Says:

    Your China Glaze Rodeo Diva swatches marked the first time I ever drooled over a picture of nail polish (hello, Rodeo Fanatic!)… and I’m absolutely delighted to see that you’re back in the game!

  67. Aly MaiSenzaSmalto Says:

    Welcome back :-)

  68. Sabine Says:

    Welcome back to the world of blogging! When I got into nailpolish about 2 years ago your blog was the first that popped up when I googled for blogs and I’ve always loved your nails and application. So I am happy to see more of your pretty manicures :)

  69. LauraLMHs Says:

    I am so happy you are back, the hairs on my arms went up and down, up and down, as I was reading this text. I’m happy you finally rediscovered your love for nail polishes and finally, finally, we´ll be able to see your wonderful posts again!
    XoxO from Spain.

  70. Kate Says:

    Yah! I’m new to nail polish, also a lawyer. This is just a bit of fun. Just be you and share your enjoyment:(. Looking forward to reading your posts:)

  71. Kate Says:

    And that was meant to be a :) not a :(…it’s late here sorry :p

  72. Amber Says:

    I think I literally just fell out of my chair here at my desk when I saw that this was NEW post on the blog!! You were my fist bloggy friend, and the first blog that I ever really discovered, and became obsessed with…and that was 3 computers ago!!!

    I am so very happy to have you back. I rarely see this in the bloggerphere; bloggers who leave, and then come back. It’s amazing.
    So happy to have you blogging again!

  73. Steph Says:

    *tears up a little* <3

  74. Caitlin Says:

    THE DAY HAS FINALLY COME. I HAVE BEEN WISHING FOR THIS DAY. I still look here all the time.. wishin’ and hopin’ and prayin’ you’d return!! I still leaf through your posts and come here for swatches :)
    Im so happy, welcome back!

  75. Jessi M Says:

    Oh my gosh. I can’t believe you’re back. After all these years. It’s awesome! It’s you who started me on my path of nail polish addiction over 4 years ago. Nail polish has been my longest and most rewarding hobby I’ve ever had in my life. Mostly because of the community and the friends I’ve met. So… thank you for that. And welcome back. :)

  76. Cathy Says:

    Thank you so much for returning. Like many before me have already said, your blog was one of a handful that truly got me inspired to blog myself. I know you still have so much to offer the blogging community.

  77. Tricksie Talon Says:

    I just dropped by here on a lark and here you are! Blogging again!
    I’m glad you’re back and I’m glad you’re going to be doing work appropriate colors. Just trying to get ideas for an interview mani is still really difficult, trust me, I’ve tried, and so that you are wanting to focus on “Professional Office” sorts of colors is really pretty great. Yeah, I’m one of those new bloggers, but you all were having so much fun I had to join in! And it is fun, so I hope that it is a source of enjoyment and inspiration for you now.

    Welcome back!

  78. Aksaiyo Says:

    In so glad you’re back Stephanie!! Yours was the first polish blog I started reading when, I don’t remember what I was searching for, googled and found a picture of your beautiful nails wearing Chanel Gold Fiction! I’ve since lemmed and then aquired two bottles of it.
    By the way, did you know that while you were gone, a huge supply of Clarins 230 aka unicorn pee appeared on eBay? the price fell dramatically since, they’re about $60 now. I *cough* also got myself two bottles of it too :P
    People also found “sources” for holo and color shifting (unicorn pee) pigments from car paint supply stores online. They sell them in bulk or more expensively on eBay. Just search for spectraflair and color shifting pigments. Some nice nail bloggers (MoreNailPolish) bought some in bulk to sell smaller sized jars to us. Because of that, there are a lot of independent sellers will holographic and color shifting polishes for sale :D

    Also, j was wondering if you’ve ever swatched for Zoya? I was looking at their Facebook photos and their swatch photos looked a lot like your nails?? :P

    Anyways, welcome back!!

  79. tink Says:

    steph!!!! i’ve missed you! i checked your blog from time to time to see if you updated. glad to see you back! your nails still look awesome <3

  80. Aliona Says:

    Happy to have you back!

  81. Dream Mom Says:

    Yay! Welcome back! I found your blog right around the time you stopped blogging. I looked at other blogs, but I thought your nails were the prettiest and I loved your photography. Although there are many blogs out there, there is only one you:) Don’t think that you don’t have much to offer with all of the competition. Just do what you like to do and those interested will follow. I kept you in my feeds list for a long time now:)

  82. sallie Says:

    welcome back!! unfortunately i never found your blog until after you stopped so i’m excited to see new posts from you, no matter what you decide to post on!

  83. Fitzy Says:

    Welcome back! I remember reading your blog quite a while ago and feeling so disappointed when I realized you weren’t updating anymore. :( Glad to see you getting back into the swing of things!

    PS: Thanks for adding me to your blogroll. I really appreciate it! :D

  84. kia, yummy411 Says:

    well aren’t i late to the party? we love you! welcome back!!!

  85. Sue Says:

    So glad you’re back! I still refer to many of your old swatches. :-) I agree that a blog mostly devoted to work-appropriate colors is sorely needed. Again, YAY YOU!!!

  86. kat Says:

    :)))))))))))) so happy to see you are back. this blog has always been one of favs beside scrangie and vampyvarnish. i mean, to me the three of you are the nail polish blog olymp:D and i dont care for others, dont have the time to discover more nail blogs.
    aaaah its really cool to know you are back:)
    youre pictures are so pro! and i think they are very true to the real colors! thats so important imo. i mean, if you google any nail polish you get tons of pictures and most of them look different. why do people put them online i will never understand :D

    aaah did i say i am happy you are back?:)
    i am!
    hope you are fine and hope you will enjoy doing this blog thing again.
    thank you:)

    kind regards
    kat

  87. Wedding day nails Says:

    Married?!? Congrats to the newleyweds! What color were your nails for the big day….did you try out a few different ones or did you already know which color you wanted? And did you do them yourself?! I’d love to see a special edition post about your wedding day nails! (and that new bling!). I bet there are some “brides to be” out there who would love hearing your input on the best polishes for wedding day too!

  88. ashley Says:

    yay! i just started my own blog. I’ve been looking at your swatches for the last year. i love bright colors but eventually i will be a nurse and will be in the same boat as you.

  89. Jackie (Andie4) Says:

    Steph!!!! EmpressSteph!! I randomly checked your blog when I saw a picture in Allure magazine that reminded me of your fabulous nails. I’m so excited that you will be blogging again. Congratulations on your marriage! It’s been so long, I have certainly missed you! I still admire the Tracy Reese Sally Hansen set you sent me so many years ago!
    xoxo
    jackie (andie4)

  90. Kelly Says:

    Totally excited to see you back because you and Scrangie were the reasons why I started my blog. Yahoo!

  91. Bethy Says:

    I’m so glad you’re back! I found your blog about 1.5 years ago after you had stopped posting but I still loved going back and looking at what you posted. I’m really really really happy you’re back into doing this thing, your pictures are great and your writing style is excellent. :)

  92. Megan Says:

    I am so happy you are back! Your blog was the main reason I started mine 3.5 years ago.

  93. Ashley Says:

    Yay! Welcome back!

  94. Judy Says:

    Hi! I was around before you went on hiatus. I am glad to see you back. You have such a quality blog and I look forward to your work-appropriateness!!

  95. emma Says:

    So pleased you are back – have missed your gorgoeus photos. Congratulations on your wedding, you both look beautiful.

  96. Robin Says:

    I’ve often looked to your posts for information and inspiration. You have a wonderful and unique voice, and I’m so excited that you are back! :)

  97. Sara Says:

    Wow, welcome back! As a fellow girl stuck in “professional polish purgatory”, I’m really looking forward to more swatches of office appropriate colors :)

  98. Sandi Says:

    Squeeee! Missed you. And there’s always weekends and vacations for a little polish freedom.

  99. Louanne Says:

    welcome back! i only started reading nail polish blogs in depth recently and did come across yours a couple of months back. I remember thinking that it was such a waste as it looked like a good site. glad to see it being picked up again! looking forward to work appropriate colours although i always try to push the boundaries at work :P

  100. Pam Says:

    Welcome back! Try Butter London’s All Hail The Queen – its a nude-ish taupe with subtle holographic sparkle! Work appropriate, but with a little fun. :)

  101. Natalia Says:

    I just found you site – and I just read the post – and I am crying)) But I am so happy!!! because I can relate , and because polish will save us all!

  102. Emily Says:

    I was just getting into polish in 2009, just as you were getting “out” of it. Your site has come up in Google swatch searches over the years and I’ve always wished I hadn’t missed out on the action here. I’m so pleased to witness the reformation!

  103. Kelsey Says:

    Its do great to have you back! I just so happened to check your blog today knowing you hadn’t posted since 2009 but you can imagine how surprised and STOKED I was to see that you’re blogging again. I’m glad you reconnected with you love of all things nails (relapsed? Lol). Congrats on the hubby!!

  104. Ulmiel Says:

    I’m so late to this party due to my lack of time for blogsphere but here it goes: yay, you’re back! As you’re one of my first nail polish crushes I was sad to see you quit blogging. Great to have you back!

  105. Sonya Says:

    OMG! I am so glad you’re back! You were the first nail polish blog I started following.
    -Sonya

  106. Pam Says:

    Have I ever MISSED you! Great to have you back…you have always been one of my favorite nail bloggers. Please don’t abandon us again!

  107. Vick Says:

    Your blog was the first nail blog I came across and was so sad to see you leave. It wasn’t until I went to Imperfectly Painted and realized you were back! I’m so happy! I’m a paralegal and am in court at least twice a week so i’m excited about seeing your work appropriate nail colors!

  108. Emily Says:

    Oh my, I just found out this site was back!!! This makes me so happy! I used to scour your archives when I started blogging.

    I can’t wait to see more & I’m so psyched you are back!

  109. Ocelot1 Says:

    Ok, so i attempted to send a message but unsure if it worked…so im writing again! OMG Empress!!! its so good to “see” you! Yes the polish world has changed SO SO SO much, some for the better, some for the worst. the old nail haunts are not the same, but we do have a lot more options now as compared to before…we dont have to franken our own or beg companies to release stuff… :P Alas, with change there is always drama, im sure u will see all that if u peruse the polish world blogs and sites…but whatevs! Im just really glad to see your blog back up and running; if i hadnt been searching for RBL Jane, i wouldve never seen that ur back!!! ((((lots and lots of hugs)))) and congrats on being married! :D – V (ocelot1)

  110. Ocelot1 Says:

    AND its nice to see other names i hadnt seen in awhile either in ur comments! :D hugs to them all!

  111. Carol H. Says:

    Welcome back! I almost had a heart attack when I saw you’d updated! I’m a bit ashamed to admit that for the past 3 years I kept checking your blog for updates about once a week, hoping you’d returned to blogging, but was always met by the same Essie Summer 2009 post. My heart literally jumped when I saw you were back! Your blog is still one of my favorites for two reasons: a) you have gorgeous nails and I actually shaped mine after yours *blush*, and b) like you, I’m a creme-lover, I just find it classy and somehow more sophisticated, and there still doesn’t seem to be a lot of blogs appreciating the creme finish. Mostly I see people raving about shimmers and, while they ARE nice, they just don’t do it for me. So I think you totally have your own segment in the great blogosphere. Glad to see you back *hugs* :)

  112. Ulrika Says:

    I’m delighted you’re back!! We missed you! Maybe you can bring about a change in work app polishes? ;-) “Sober as a judge” yes, but with green glittery nail polish!

  113. Liza Says:

    I just happened to check this website and holy crap this is the best day of my life! This was the first polish blog I ever followed, and I couldn’t be more excited to see you back! I don’t think your husband could regret helping you get back into something that makes you so happy. He definitely has my thanks!

  114. Cat Says:

    This is my first comment, but I started following your blog in 2008. I haven’t looked at polish blogs in many moons, but I’m having a bout of insomnia at present, so I opened google reader (so happy I didn’t delete you!), and I am SUPER STOKED to see you are back! You have the prettiest nails and the best taste. Orbis Non Sufficit is still one of my *all-time* favorites. I’m very excited to keep up with you. I’m deleting dozens of blogs at this very moment, but your blog is a keeper!

    Cheers!!

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