Your name: Leslie
Blog name: work / play / polish (http://workplaypolish.com)
Favorite polish brand/color/finish: Hands down, my favorite is Zoya. I love their buttery formula, small brushes and range of modern colors. Something about Zoya…they are always current, never dated. My favorite finishes are creams and very fine glitters. I haven’t jumped on the indie glitter bandwagon – but I’m dipping my toe in the water.
Why did you start your blog: I’ve always loved doing my nails. In fact, during college I went to cosmetology school and got my managing manicurist license. After college, I entered the office-bound workforce and forgot about my nails. Then my daughter asked me about it and I was hooked once again. I got my license renewed and started the blog completely for fun. I wanted a place where you could find fun nails, but also looks that you could wear to the office.
What do you think is your specialty mani: I’m really into dots lately. Perfect dots. Big. Small. You name it. I don’t know if that’s my specialty…but I’m certainly doing my share.
Where do you look for inspiration?: Everywhere. It’s ridiculous. I have a 30 minute commute to and from work. During that time, I’m looking at road signs and car finishes. At work I’m inspired by a stack of post-it notes or a box of pencils. And of course, I’m inspired by all of the established bloggers out there who do beautiful work.
What’s one mani you have yet to attempt? Water marble. It just seems like sooooo much work. I’m afraid it won’t work. I’ll try it eventually.
One nail trend you are not on board with: Claw shaped nails. Sorry. Can’t do it. Plus, it seems like an occupation hazard! I’m a square girl – in many ways!
Do you have a nail care routine? I don’t do any routine consistently. I try to keep my cuticles pushed back and moisturized and file sharp edges or snags immediately. I keep my nails polished ALL the time. It’s the best advice I can give anyone trying to grow long nails.
What you hope readers take away from your blog: That nails can be a hobby. Some people scrapbook, some people bake or decorate or garden. Me? I do my nails. It’s my creative outlet and no one should be ashamed of it! It’s a great stress reliever and the journey (hunting for a rare polish or cataloging your stash) can be just as important as a well-manicured hand.