Reinvention: In With The New

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Happy New Year!

I took some time off, more than I anticipated, to take care of my health and the newest member of our family, but I was not idle. In an attempt to nurture my creative side without using too much mental or physical energy, I took up nail art. I owned a nail and skin salon in another life and I have admired the artistry behind nail art for a very long time, long before it was popular.

I loaded up my  Pinterest board, purchased dotting pens, nail art brushes, and striping tape to add to my never-ending collection of nail polish on the hopes that I could actually emulate some of the creations I admired. Not as easy as it looks. I wish Nail’d It!, a nail art competition show on the Oxygen network was showing before I started so I would have had more realistic expectations. But I did enjoy seeing one of my favorite nail bloggers, Sara Waite from Chalkboard Nails demonstrate nail art techniques.

See some of my nail art, my very bad nail art, but nail art nonetheless in the gallery.

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I know nothing about photography or any of the nuances that make for good visual nail art. I can’t even paint a straight line yet, but I am going to to practice and share my attempts with you. I also take part in a monthly nail art challenge. The Lacquer Legion has a monthly nail are challenge for novice and  pro alike. It’s interesting to see how some of the participants interpreted the concept. I would be lying if I said that newbie nail art is often acknowledged, but I look at it as something to aspire to. One day, my work will be worth mentioning too. Please share your nail art and I will post it here and join me in the Lacquer Legions nail art challenge. If you hear of any other nail art challenges, let me know so I can post them here.

If you are into nail art, please share your work and I will post it here then join me in the Lacquer Legions nail art challenge. If you hear of any other nail art challenges, let me know so I can post them here.

I am not one for resolutions, but I believe in reinvention and I have reinvented myself MANY times out of necessity and boredom. StylEnigma is going through a reinvention out of necessity and boredom as well, will always be a work in progress. Look forward to a new site design, an event calendar, more social media interaction, and fashion, health, and beauty media from around the world.

Have you ever reinvented yourself and why?

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StylEnigma

I created StylEnigma in 2014 to celebrate the beauty of individuality and creative personal expression/presentation. I love the idea of being a canvas and expressing myself by transforming into the embodiment of my mood - to the mood I want to be in. I am fascinated by different standards of beauty and style and fashion incorporates instinctively incorporates both. I use writing as a form of continued education. I've never been into cliques or trends because I've always believed that personal style supersedes trends, I've never been a follower or stressed about being liked, and what I'm thinking usually escapes my lips before I can stop it. I love dark colors like black and midnight blue. I own so much black clothing it looks like I'm in a perpetual state of mourning - and I probably am. I love nail art. In fact, I started this blog because of a Nailasaurus nail art post, and before that, I owned a nail and skincare salon, so there will be a LOT of nail art. As a lupus patient who has been riding this global crisis solo, I have acquired a vicious plant habit and currently have approximately 95, including propagations. I frequently critique nonsense, ponder the human condition, dodge the bullets and jump over the obstacles placed before me all while learning how to make ADHD work for me because at the moment, it isn't. I am also learning how to create alternative forms of content and maintain my sanity because life frequently tests it. This will be fun. Let's do this!

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