Saturday, September 24, 2011

With A Little Help From My Friends: STEPHANIE!

You know, at one point Stephanie had a picture of herself for her Twitter avatar, and to me we looked so much alike, I almost always mistook which tweet was which! I love it. Steph runs a wonderful blog called Imperfectly Painted. Steph is a total sweetheart! I absolutely LOVE reading her blog. Sometimes you find yourself glossing over posts to get to pictures, especially when you follow a lot of blogs. You do, it's just a thing that happens. I never do that with Stephanie's blog, because she's always got something interesting to read! It may be that we have a lot in common, as well.  It amazes me that so many of us bonded over nail polish, and then the more we get to know each other the more we find out we share common interests. For instance, Stephanie and I both share a love of history!

1. How long have you been blogging?

I've been blogging since April 2010.

2. What inspired you to start blogging? How did you come up with the name of your blog?

 I had been reading blogs since early 2009, and always wanted to blog, but was not sure I'd be able to keep up with it. Plus, with so many blogs out there I wasn't sure anyone would read mine. I impulsively decided to start one, because I had so many polishes I wanted to share them with others. I had the name "Imperfectly Painted" in mind for a long time. There are 2 reasons I went with this name. One, I've never been a stickler for perfectly polishes nails, and I knew with that name people wouldn't expect that from me. Two, nail polish has been a getaway from reality. I can be a perfectionist in the real world, and I wanted to keep nail polish/blogging out of that equation. Imperfectly Painted is probably the first place I felt comfortable being my true self. Thankfully, the real world and my blog world are now colliding. I'm starting to embrace imperfection in reality.

3. What is your favorite color? Is it your favorite polish color, as well?

This is an impossible question. I have so many favorites colors. Plus, a lot of the time I discover new favorite colors through nail polish I buy. My favorite colors are all colors with an exception of a few!

4. Is there a polish color you won't wear?

I wouldn't say there is a color I won't wear, but there are colors I've discovered do not suit me well, and I try to steer clear. Yellow-greens or yellow-based greens are not my favorites (i.e. Zoya Tangy). I'll also say greiges (gray-brown), muddy colors are not my favorite either.

5. Do a lot of people offline notice your polish/nail art? What kinds of comments do you get?

Sometimes. I'd love for people to notice more actually. I definitely get most comments from women. I'd say the polishes I receive the most compliments on is China Glaze Ruby Pumps,Sinful Colors Cream Pink, and Milani Fresh Teal. I also get a lot of "Are these your real nails?" and "What treatments do you use?". The latter question I find awkward, since I don't use really any treatments, and my nails are real.

6. What are some of your favorite blogs? (Doesn't necessarily have to be polish related!)

I have a lot of favorite blogs. Some of my favorites are Nouveau Cheap, Vampy Varnish, Scrangie, Let Them Have Polish, The PolishAholic, Clumps of Mascara, Beauty by Kayla Shevonne, Power Femme, Varnish Vixen, Nightly Nails, and Gotham Polish. I'm sure there are more. My favorite blogs are from people I identify with. I like their creativity, writing style, personality, swatches, their ability to challenge some of my perceptions, or etc. I also find these bloggers really care about their readers. They don't have have airs or frills about them. These are just genuinely great people with neat blogs!

7. What other hobbies and interests do you have outside of polish and blogging?

Is learning considered a hobby? I can research things for hours, just for the fun. I like to watch a lot of documentaries. I'm a big nerd. I like Star Trek, Disney, singing, writing, and traveling. I also like really trashy reality TV.

8. Tell us a bit more about yourself. Any tidbits you'd like to share!

This is kind of an offshoot of question 7.  I'm really a thoughtful and analytical person, you don't see this part of me on my blog often. I enjoy trying to figure out what makes humans tick. I like to look back through history, and analyze the choices we've made and the consequences. I enjoy reading about religion and philosophy and how our views have changed or grown from the beginning of time. I  adore art history. We can learn so much about the human psyche through art. The same goes with literature.  I also love science. I like to think about the universe, and how we fit into it all. There are so many unknowns and so much to discover. I could go on and on! Can you tell this is my passion? I'd love to teach high school World History or humanities. I want to inspire students to have passion for learning. Kids are our future, right?

9. What is the one beauty item you cannot live without - you won't go out of the house without using or wearing it?

Well, besides for nail polish, I'd say mascara.

10. What is the craziest/most interesting thing you've ever done?

I wish I had done something crazy! I'm an overly-cautious person. I need to be more of a risk taker. One of the most interesting things I've done though was get to play at Carnegie Hall in New York. My junior year of high school, my high school band was invited to perform there. That is definitely a memory I will not forget.

Okay, so that's a picture of Steph's favorite manicure, OPI DS Ruby. *swoon* Stunning! I really enjoyed reading Stephanie's answers, she's a very thoughtful person. I hope you enjoyed learning more about her as well! 


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