Happy New Year! It’s crazy to think that it’s been eight years since I started All Lacquered Up. Eight years! It was a time when 3-Free was barely a thing. When I discovered a basically unknown brand at a Seattle airport kiosk called butter LONDON.
When I was the only nail blogger. When all of my nail polish fit in one cabinet as compared to needing its own room. So many amazing things have happened since then, so many changes. But one thing remains the same, my love of nail polish and desire to share it with you.
The traditional 8th anniversary gift is bronze and the modern gift is lace so I decided to combine the two in a bronze & gold lace nail art look. Take a trip down memory lane with me and enjoy my tribute manicure.
A Brief Look Back
When I was just one of the nail polish fanatics on the Makeup Alley Nail Board, I was turned on to Blogdorf Goodman. One of the godmother’s of beauty blogging, Annie’s love of fragrance and color and whimsical writing style drew me in.
It is through her that I discovered other OG beauty bloggers, Kristen from Beauty Addict and Erika from Makeup Bag. I never would have thought that, less than a year later, I would be meeting them on my very first beauty tour of New York.
A year later, a serendipitous meeting with Celebrity Manicurist Elle turned into a dream come true when we created the Fall 2009 Barielle All Lacquered Up collection. Elle has become a great friend and mentor and I’m proud to say that our creations are still part of the Barielle lineup with Falling Star being one of their best sellers.
When I first started writing about the nails seen at New York Fashion Week, I never dreamed I’d get the chance to cover the action from backstage, let alone attend the shows. I’ve had the privilege of reporting from the Bryant Park and Lincoln Center tents for 10 seasons and even had the thrill of sitting front row at Tracy Reese. A total “pinch me” moment, even if they misspelled my blog name.
Over the years, I’ve been so lucky to meet my beauty idols at fashion shows, trade shows and blogging conferences. Getting to interview them, learn about their journeys and grow alongside them has been incredible. I’m fortunate to even call some of them friends.
But some of the best relationships I’ve made are with my fellow bloggers. Blogging can be lonely, especially when you work from home all day. Cats and SiriusXM can only do so much to keep me from going bonkers. Having an online community of like-minded people to bounce ideas off of, vent to and share successes with has made this experience even better.
Bronze Lace Nail Art
To celebrate this milestone, I decided on a bronze and gold lace nail art design. I’m not a skilled freehand nail artist but combining fishnet and scalloped lace techniques involved minimal effort and gave the overall effect I wanted.
Get The Look
- Start with a base of Zoya Channing. I used two coats.
- Use a gold nail polish and nail art brush or a gold striper polish. I used Art Club Fine Gold. ($1.39, Amazon.com)
- Draw a thick diagonal line, starting at the middle of the nail, towards the opposite tip.
- Paint thinner, perpendicular lines towards the free edge of the nail
- Add 2-3 additional diagonal lines spaced evenly between the first line and free edge
- Layer dots of gold polish along the thick diagonal line
- Use a smaller dotting tool to add dots of bronze inside the gold scallops you created.
- Finish with a glossy top coat.
Finally, I want to send great big hugs to all of you. Your comments, emails and tweets over the years have made such an impact on my life. I feel like I know you and you know me and I appreciate each and every one of you for coming back to read my musings and join in on my adventures. ALU would be nothing without your love and support. MWAH!!!
If you have a favorite post or memory from over the years, Maybe a favorite collection, color or post I’ve written. I’d love to go all Flashback Friday with you.Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Zoya and Art Club. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.