Friday, 24 August 2012

Friday Friends - Jo from Northern Nails

Hi Goddesses

It's back !! It's back !!  I'm sorry, Friday Friends took a little unscheduled break due to the sale they call Blog :)  It kept me so busy when I first posted it, that it wasn't til I fell into bed that night that I sat bolt upright and screamed "bollocks!".  Well, whispered.

So, who do we have today?  Well, today we have the lovely Jo, a UK blogger who is part of of the British Nail Blogger group.  She's also the woman who bullied me into the Superheroes and Villains Challenge :)

Take it away Jo .....


What is your name and what is your blog –
Hi all I’m Joanne but everyone just calls me Jo and I’m  from Northern Nails, I live in the North West of the UK in the coastal resort of  Blackpool,  I have plenty  of ways you can follow my nail addiction  collection  ;)
Twitter @NorthernNails

What can we expect to see on your blog / How would you describe your style / your blog’s style
I am a bit of a this and that girl/lady, I do whatever my mood dictates, my favourite manicures are dotticures as they take the least time, I also love to dabble with the stamping plates , I usually paint my nails then a few days later jazz them up to give them longevity. I don’t really have a style, being a young, energetic, busy 41 year old I love to experiment with my manicures.

Why did you decide to start the blog –
When I turned 40, you could say I had somewhat of a midlife crisis, I didn’t go out and buy a new car or plastic surgery, I decided I had been a tomboyish person for long enough now I was going to be a lady!!!!! and I started to buy makeup and watch videos on how to apply it it! Yep at 40!  I only rarely wore makeup when I went out which was maybe once or twice a year! I also started to grow out my nails and discovered I had a love and a somewhat talent for nail art. So I started the blog to catalogue my ever growing polish collection and the manicures that I did , then slowly but surely they came, the lovely ladies who actually read my blog and comment on my manicures, I feel very privileged that people like them ::D

How many followers do you have / how many visitors do you get a day / if you have an established blog, how have you “built” your following
The amount of readers I have has never bothered me as long as those that do happen upon my bit of the net enjoy what I do! I think I have about 250 at the moment and I suppose if you do things for honest reasons people will come along and read.

What do you do in the real world, and how do you fit blogging in with your lifestyle ?
I am a Post Office assistant in the real world and in my part time, normally while on holidays, I am a Geologist! , yes I love my rocks I am an original Rock Chick! I normally find time to do my nails at weekends, also maybe once or twice during the week when I finish early!

What is the favourite post you have done
This was my favourite post, it was for Mother’s day and a Stamping Sunday manicure

What is your most popular ever post 
The post that had the most views was My Barry M half Moons Manicure , it was the first time I have tried it and although I wasn’t particularly happy with it everyone else was and  even the people at Barry M!

Which blogger do you most admire / who do you follow / who are your go to bloggers
I have a lot of blogs that I follow and admire far too many to list,  most of them if not all are on my blog roll!
These blogs I just love to read and look at the pretty Pictures : D
Marta @ ChitChatNails
Rie @ Nails and Noms
Sammy @ Nailasaurus
Esther @ FabFingerTips

When blog posts go wrong –  
I am not ashamed of any of my manicures although I do look back at when I started to blog and maybe cringe a little at the state of my nails , as I have since taught myself how to care for them and have a weekly routine, but I do have manicures that I think I could have done better! But it is always good to post all manicure attempts whether they are hits or misses or how else do we learn!
This manicure is my favourite glitter and its green to boot! But as you can see all my nails are different lengths! I may redo all these Nerdlacquer ones again as they deserve much better shaped nails!

Pick a further 3 manis of your choice from your blog 
This one is special to me as it was my first nail art mani and it was a dotticure! It was also for a great cause that we have in the UK

The next one is a favourite because it was my first ever Guest Post and for a very talented Nail Blogger too!

 And finally this one was for my beloved Simba whom we lost very recently!

Finally your stash – talk about your favourite brands, colours, must have tools, your “number” etc
My favourite brand is Barry M , they are great for all sorts of nail art and the foils are awesome stampers, I also love China Glaze, I think it’s the bottles and the brush size that appeals to me and also the unique names they come up with! I wouldn’t be without my dotticure pens they are invaluable to me!

My favourite nail polish Colours are Purple, Greens and Blues, but I am known to go weak at the knees for a good flakie and holo :D

Oh and one last thing – what tip would you share with someone who is thinking about starting a blog ?
I don’t have any advice as I consider myself a newbie still, but only do for enjoyment not for any fringe benefits you think you may get or you could well be disappointed!

Let’s Get Personal
What’s your earliest polish memory
This is easy last October when I bought my first Barry M lol

Fave film
Anything with Ewan McGregor in!  :D But my all-time favourite film is Interview with a vampire! Which doesn’t have him in but he would have been great in it!

Fave type of music
Rock anything by Aerosmith and Matchbox Twenty!

How old are you lol
41 years young! 21 in my head still :D

Are you a cat or dog person
Actually both , I love both my boys (cats ) and my girl ( dog)

Fave book
I love the House of Night series . I like reading supernatural books the most

If you won £5million on the lottery, what would you do
I would sit on it for a while and accumulate some interest then go on a worldwide tour to visit some of the fabulous ladies I have met since starting my blog!

What inspires you
Lots of different things inspire me! As I have a love of all things to do with the earth I find this planet we call home inspires  me the most!

Share a quote that means a lot to you
There are five things in life you cannot recover: A stone...after it's thrown. A word...after it is said. An Occasion...after it's missed. The time...after it's gone. A person...after they die. Life is short. Break the rules. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret anything that made you smile. Enjoy life!!

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