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Life Update!


So, first of all, my apologies to anyone who's been popping by in hope of new content in the past couple of weeks! I've been a bit awol as I'm sure you can tell, and needed a bit of a break from life really, I guess.
All in all though things are good, and I have good news and bad news for you!

First of all, the bad news, I'm going to be away for 3 weeks from mid-July, so posts will definitely not be regular and may not even be there at all. So that's your warning. Second of all on the negative front is that I don't plan to do any nail art, unless it's quick/easy or just decals/wraps. I've lost my mojo somewhere (if you find it, do feel free to send it back!).

Now to cheer you all up from that, let's have some good news! I'm planning to post plenty of swatches (aiming for 3 a week) on the run up to going away, and also maybe scheduling some posts for you for while I'm away. I've also made up a nail polish book for myself, which I will hopefully show you very soon. While I'm away I hope to add in some travel posts too, and will be more active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Your best bet of catching me is probably Twitter! :)
Finally, I've just bought a lovely new Kindle and that (hopefully) means books, books and more books. I might even throw in some TV show picks for you all.

Other than all that, I've been tidying up since moving back home and having a catch-up with friends and people, and have started (attempting) to learn Spanish... Hola! I've also been planning to update the site's design since like forever but I keep getting frustrated with it. Soon though, I promise!

Anyway, I hope all of you are doing well too, and I can't wait to update you nail-wise this week, and hopefully with a nice new layout.

Sorry again for going poof on you all for a bit!


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