Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Tribute For My Mom

Hey everyone... not the most upbeat post but I am hoping that this has a positive spin. It's the anniversary of my mother's passing but this year in her memory a lot of you have offered to do manis and commemorate her with me, which is very special!

In the ten years since my mom passed, so much has happened. Growing from the 15 year old I was when I lost her to now as a 25 year old has been a tremendous difference but of course I've missed her all along the way. It's so hard when the person you love is really sick and suffering but yet you don't want to see them go either. It's also quite hard to have all the special moments in your life (my first boyfriend, turning 16, turning 18, graduating high school, turning 21, graduating college, graduating grad school, etc.) without a special person there - especially when it seems like everyone else has their mom there.  I wish I could say I was over it and fine but the truth is, it's still something I struggle with and often fight back tears when I talk about it, no matter how hard I try. She's certainly very missed in my heart, but I can feel her with me sometimes.

Anyway, enough of the sobbiness. The polish I have for you today, Tuilleries, is very special because it was inspired by my mother and created by Lex Cosmetics based off my color story. I'm not sure Lex realizes how special this polish is to me, and then when I see people swatching it, it feels so special and like we're all so connected in my mom's memory although people might not know it. It's her best seller so I know a lot of people are loving this polish out there and I hope my mom is loving that as much as I do. I hope you all love it the way I do!

For my swatch here, I layered two coats of Tuilleries over American Apparel Coney Island (which Jasmine sent me off my wishlist, thank you!). Tuilleries is a little sheer on its own (I think I wore it alone once and I had no VNL at 4-5 coats) but I absolutely ADORE it over this light pink creme. I cannot think of a better way to honor my mom.

So now for all the other lovely manis for this special day - thank you to everyone who participated or even thought about it. If you want to add one a little late, I kept the Inlinkz open until February 6th so you can add your posts until then. (If you don't own Tuilleries, please feel free to post something pink, red, related to tulips, or antique - all are things my mom loved.) It means so much to me to have all your support. If any of you want to add this code to your post, it's at the very bottom after my usual signature.

Dolores participated belatedly, but it was too late to add to inlinkz, her post can be found here. Also, here's some pictures used with permission for people who participated but didn't have a blog post to link to:
By Nicole
By Kylie
By Nicole Ghosh

By my IRL friend Julia

By Judy

By Bridgette

xoxo and thinking of you, mom,

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Therese D said...

What a lovely tribute to your mom. I couldn't imagine losing your mom at such a crucial age. I'm sure she is looking down on you with pride. Thanks for sharing.

Aneela said...

This is such a great a idea, and a beautiful way to honor your mom! I can't imagine what you've been through, you are so strong! Tuilleries is a gorgeous color, I definitely plan on purchasing it, but for now I'll try to post something pink and flowery at your link before it closes! God bless! xoxoxo

Madeline said...

Amanda, this is such a beautiful polish and you are such a beautiful person!!! <3 I'm sure your mom would be so proud of who you have become as a 25-year-old.

Marisa said...

Awww... I wish I knew about this before. I would have definitely joined in. Big hugs honey

girlsarepretty said...

Hey Amanda, I created a manicure for you and your mom and posted it on my Instagram.

Nailtopia said...

Such a beautiful polish. Your mom would have loved this, and what a wonderful person you are! <3

Amanda (Fashion Footing) said...

This is such a great polish and idea and wonderful tribute <3

Wes Rogers said...


I know that your mom would be so proud of the woman that you have become

Leann said...

Creating a polish in memory of someone is such a cool and couragous idea. Your struggle has made you stronger and I'm sure your mom is proud of everything you've accomplished :)

Amanda, Nail Polish Enthusiast said...

Thank you! I sure hope she loves it!

Amanda, Nail Polish Enthusiast said...

Thank you Wes <3

Amanda, Nail Polish Enthusiast said...

Thank you, and thanks for participating!

Amanda, Nail Polish Enthusiast said...

Great, I'll add it here!

Amanda, Nail Polish Enthusiast said...

Awwww, thanks Madeline! <3

Amanda, Nail Polish Enthusiast said...

Thank you, I think she'd have loved it! Let me see when you buy it :)

Melanie Snyder said...

beautiful polish and such a great tribute to your mom.

Colorfulbottle said...

Not that she would be proud of you, she'd be the proudest mom on the world! You are really amazing! And this polish and tribute proves even more, how awesome you are!

Emily Vasilakes said...

Wow, it's kinda crazy how similar our stories are. I lost my mom to breast cancer after she fought for 2 yrs... I was 13 at the time and am now 26. The 10-year anniversary was definitely hard for me as well, every year when it rolls around, the day is particularly difficult. And all of those "big moments" in life. I was actually the most emotional on the day my little brother graduated from high school. He was only 6 when she died. It seems to me that people don't understand how 5 or 10 or 15 yrs later, you still tear up when talking about it. Makes me mad when people say things like, "it's been __ need to stop dwelling on it & move on." A girl I know said this after her sister passed away: “When someone you love dies, you never quite get over it. You just
slowly learn how to go on without them but always keeping them tucked safely in
your heart.” SO TRUE.