One of the benefits of stepping away from the "big" blogging scene has been the opportunity to spend a little bit more time getting to know my fellow bloggers. Before, I knew quite a few folks and interacted with them on Twitter - for instance, the lovely lady I'm featuring today, Kimberly from Libby's Pink Vanity. I feel like I've gotten to know her a bit better since I've had so much more time than I used to when I had Magic Maid. She makes me want to move to Florida to hang out with her - Kimberly is just, well she's super cool! Look at the photo below of her and her hubby. Gorgeous, I love love love her smile so much.
When I first started Nightly Nails, she was one of my very first commenters and one of the most constant. I'm always finding new (to me) and awesome blogs because of her. She's smart, savvy, funny and a constant source of knowledge - and she always finds the best stuff shopping!
1. How long have you been blogging?
It was 1 year this last May.
2. What inspired you to start blogging? How did you come up with the name of your blog?
I have been a nail-biter over 40 years. =O I have tried everything to stop except the thing that worked. I was trying again and had gone 3 weeks, the longest in history. I goggled on nail products or polish, I don't remember which, and found nail blogs. It was immensely rewarding to read all these nail and makeup blogs. I thought this would be a great hobby and a cool way to meet new people. I work for myself so I don't have office camaraderie, so it's great for me to connect with like-minded people.
Libby's Pink Vanity is named after my ragdoll cat, Libby. Libby's full name is Precious Princess Libby.
And as a princess, she loves to be brushed and fussed over, but then she turns around and belches. Best of both worlds: feminine and brash. I envision her sitting at a girly, pink vanity putting on tons of pink lipstick and huge false eyelashes.
3. What is your favorite color? Is it your favorite polish color, as well?
Since starting the blog and making pink my home site color, I choose pink over a lot of other colors now. It wasn't always like that. I never thought of myself as 'girly' but my friends and family say I am. I wear pink makeup, clothes, polish, lots and lots of other things like never before. It is a polish color I love. However, my favorite color to wear is a blackened, deep red. Totally vamp-ified.
4. Is there a polish color you won't wear?
Since I started blogging, I have stepped out of my small comfort zone quite a bit. I can't think of any color I wouldn't wear. I even try out some that I know won't look good on me just to see and to share it on the blog. I'm fairly game to try any color.
5. Do a lot of people offline notice your polish/nail art? What kinds of comments do you get?
I do! I would get comments before, however, only once in a while. Now, I get them almost every day. I do work in different places daily so I don't see the same folks each day. Usually, they mention the color of the polish that I'm wearing that attracts their attention. Often people will just say I have nice nails. It's quite an ego boost to get noticed for something I love creating.
6. What are some of your favorite blogs? (Doesn't necessarily have to be polish related!)
I have many I love to follow. Here are just a few (because I don't think you want to see my entire blogroll!)
7. What other hobbies and interests do you have outside of polish and blogging?
I workout to exercise DVDs. I have over 200 DVDs; a library of different workouts and collections. This month alone, I have worked out every day but one. I usually workout 5 to 6 days a week. I have been doing this 9 years, as a lifestyle; right after I got married. In April, I started running again, and it has been over 2 decades since I last ran. So far, I'm liking it.
I'm a fanatic for scary movies. That's something I usually enjoy just by myself. No one around me likes horror movies. Well, it makes me braver!
8. Tell us a bit more about yourself. Any tidbits you'd like to share!
I used to be a nail tech, end of the '80's, and worked at the spa in the Stouffer's Resort here in Orlando. Discount nail salons came along that same year and took that all out.
I started out as a makeup artist for a 'Glamour Shots' type of photography company that traveled from state to state. I got the opportunity to become a photographer and sales in the second company I worked for. It was popular at the time and I made mad money. So I can say I made a living at being a makeup artist and a photographer as well.
I have a masters degree as a transpersonal hypnotherapist and worked in Washington DC for an addiction therapy business. I also have a doctorate in naturopath sciences. That's someone who deals with health issues without drugs, like herbs, vitamins, food, etc.
9. What is the one beauty item you cannot live without - you won't go out of the house without using or wearing it?
That has to be a moisturizer for dry skin that has at least a 20 SPF. I put that on every day, even if I'm not leaving the house.
10. What is the craziest/most interesting thing you've ever done?
I entered a radio drawing to win a Thanksgiving turkey. I was listening to my radio at work before everyone got in. They called me! I had to gobble to win the turkey. They had me do it twice. Hey, it was for free food! I had a lot of people stopping by my office to tell me they heard me on the radio on their drive to work. I refused to do a turkey call for them. It was humiliating enough to know that so many people in this large office complex heard me that morning on the radio.
I am LOVING this photo Kimberly chose for one of her favorite manicures - this is so pretty! It makes me want to give it a try, even though I'm a huge fail at nail art. I love the color combination and it was a clever way to use a crackle.
You know, I am learning so many interesting things reading everyone's answers to my questionnaire. Isn't it amazing the people we meet while blogging about nail polish? I'm so grateful to have made some wonderful friends like Kimberly!