Sunday, August 23, 2009

My single most important lacquer


Normally I avoid superlatives – it’s only a matter of time before they get debunked, anyway.  But this time I’m going whole-hog and using not only superlatives, but also the word “important” in association with nail polish.

First I want to reiterate something I know I’ve seen others say before; the nail polish blogging community is filled with some of the nicest people there are out there.  But I learned the truth of that even before I became a blogger myself, and I was just drifting about the Ethernet as a reader.

There are two people, specifically, that jump immediately to my mind.  One of them is Wixbetty, but as she deserves her own post, I’ll go into more details later.  The other is the incomparable Jen of NeverTooMuchGlitter fame.

As you may recall, I have alluded once or twice to some tough times I’ve been going through.  Well, a few months ago I first started a correspondence with her about some really nice nail art designs that she creates and sells on her Etsy web store.  Shortly thereafter, I was in desperate need of her frankening skills for another reason.

Between the two of us, we agreed that I’d write a post of my experiences, and she’s posted that today.  Please either go check out this post, or at least check out her blog in general (the link is above), because not only is she one of the best people out there, her frankens are amazing and her writing is really sharp.  She finds inspirations from the most unique sources, and every once in a while you can find some jaw-dropping over-the-top Japanese nails featured there.  I love to look at them and try and figure out how people go through one hour of life with those claws (and their detritus) attached.

In closing, I’d like to put up a clip from one of the movies that most helped me through this tough time.  Whenever I had moments of pain and doubt, I remembered that just because something isn’t true doesn’t mean you can’t believe it, and that True Love never dies.



If you have not seen Secondhand Lions, do yourself a favor and find it.  It didn’t get too much attention when it first came out, but it is a phenomenal film.

Thanks for reading.



  1. Nivipa, thanks so much for sharing your story - it touched me so much. I'm not a writer, so I definitely cannot explain my feelings any more than that, but I'll be looking for this polish. It disappeared on me - I spied a lone one at ULTA and by the time I came back to get it, it was gone.
    I love Secondhand Lions. It's one of my favorite movies. That's a great speech.

  2. your story moved me. I hope to find BL the next time I'm out.

  3. It was an honor to make a franken and share your story! I think it was very brave to put that out there, and I'm proud I could play a tiny role in that. :)

  4. I just read the post on Never Too Much Glitter. Your story was very touching and I'm so sorry for your loss. I think it's great that you can honor your mother through nail polish, something you enjoy so much. Now when I wear BL, I will be thinking of you and your mother.

  5. Nicole - Thank you so much! As I said, it became very hard for me to find not all that long after it was introduced. Finally I had to resort to special-ordering it! And isn't SL amazing! Robert Duvall *nails* that speech!

    Kae - thank y6ou so much. I *wrote* it and it brought tears to my eyes re-reading it!

    nevertoomuchglitter - I'm more grateful than I can ever say. . . .

    beautyjudy - Thank you so much. I feel sure that she'd think me a little odd, but I'm sure she "gets it," just the same :)

  6. It is a very nice and good post. Keep up the good work.

  7. It was an honor for me to be able to read your story. Thank you for sharing that deeply personal tribute to your Mother. Doing something you love in the name of the person you love is a high honor. I think it touched everyone who read that post. I was very close to my Mother and I still miss her so much. Your story brought tears to my eyes and is doing so again. Cancer is a horrendous disease. My Mother had breast cancer off and on for five years till she passed away. She died from heart failure. The chemotherapy ruined her heart. The doctors told her that it might damage her but what else can you do. God Bless you and your family.

  8. Gel - Thank you.

    Lucy - Thank you so much. I am sorry for the loss of your mother. You are right, sometimes we are faced with awful choices, and we can only do the best we can do. May God bless you and yours as well.