Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year! (from the missing blogger, kittytokaren)


Hello PoP readers!

If you are a new-ish reader, you will have no idea who I am. If you have been around longer, you may not remember me! Hi, I'm kittytokaren, aka k2k. I love simple, elegant manicures, Essie polish, and colours most would consider 'boring'. I gravitate to nudes and darks, and generally fear colour and glitter (with a few exceptions...). I rock short nails, and am constantly looking for better ways to keep my cuticles and hands from drying out.

I disappeared these last couple years in to the vortex of cancer and academia. As I'm sure many of you will understand, it is maybe not the healthiest thing in the world to ditch ones hobbies in the face of a mountain of stress, but it happens.

Now, at the end of 2014, it all came together. I was declared (almost - pending one more check-up!) CANCER-FREE, I finally (and surprisingly...interesting story) graduated with my PhD in Genetics & Molecular Biology, and life is going to be VERY different in 2015! I'm both scared for and excited about the future.

I wanted to share my NYE manicure with all of you, to ring out the wild and wonderful year that was 2014, and to say hello to 2015. I thought of you all when I applied it - I combined an old favourite, Essie Jazz (reviewed in this post with my favourite title of all time), with a gold glitter gradient using the classic Essie Golden Nuggets (also seen here and here) and newly released Essie Rock At the Top.




I don't know what my career is going to look like, I don't know where in the world I'm going to end up, but I do know that I want to take better care of myself in 2015. That includes indulging in the hobbies that I love, like writing on PoP, interacting with all of you, and sharing the polish love! I may not keep up with new collections as much as I used to, but I want to share my manicures and my passion.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I sincerely hope that each and every one of you have an amazing 2015.

Much love xx,
k2k




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19 comments:

Vi said...

glad to see you back and well, k2k!

Lillie said...

Welcome back. I've missed you!

Anna said...

SO SO SO happy to see you back! I've missed my Essie queen =)

legueri said...

I have missed your posts! Glad you are back!

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your hard-won battle AND your gorgeous nails. I have missed your posts as well, and now I'm inspired to paint my nails this very minute.

Sending warm and happy thoughts for this new year!

Kathycwb said...

Welcome back! You're the beauty blogger that made me fall in love with Essie!

kittytokaren said...

*HUGS* to all of you!!

Unknown said...

welcome back, we missed you! and happy 2015!

Emily said...

OMG--how wonderful to see a post from you pop up on my feed! Have missed your presence on this blog TERRIBLY, and am so SO glad to hear that you are now well and healthy again. Congratulations, and welcome back, k2k! It's good to see you here again. :)

Silk Mandel said...

Welcome back!! What a gorgeous combo :)

Unknown said...

Yay! So happy you are back! I've been thinking about you a lot and checked your blog every once in a while (hope that doesn't sound creepy). I am so glad you are cancer free! And congrats on the academic success! Groetjes, Aline (austrianinchicago)

Melanie said...

I'm so glad to see you back! Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2015.

kittytokaren said...

So good to see "faces" that I recognize!!! Thanks for all the well-wishes. I almost forgot how incredible this community is.

Aline - Not creepy at all! Every once in a while I got a message either on here or on my personal makeup blog, asking where I was, etc, and it really really really touched my heart. Those little messages are the big reason that I came back! <3

Carols Twin said...

Congratulations!

Unknown said...

So happy to have you back on PoP!!!

Laikabear said...

Welcome back and glad to hear you are healthy and have your degree! :)

Laikabear said...

Welcome back and glad to hear you are healthy and have your degree! :)

Unknown said...

k2k, so happy you're back. I stopped reading PoP a while ago because I missed your posts and popped in today to see if you might have returned. Great to see you're happy and healthy :)

Sandi said...

Ack! No cancer, no cancer! Have had too many friends dealing with that the last few years, and you especially are far too young. I'm so glad to hear that you are free of it. From the position of catching up ponce I realized you were posting again, I know that things are going well, so I want to congraulate you on all fronts!

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