Sunday, July 21, 2013

Nail Arts Bloggers Unite

I don't know her personally. I just saw her face on my Facebook newsfeed last week when a friend posted about the sad news. Ayana Grace, my daughter who is a nail arts lover, asked me today something about blog link ups and as we exchanged thoughts about the topic, she opened a blog post that features about how bloggers unite in tribute to this very popular girl who has become a You Tube makeup guru sensation and CoverGirl's Honorary Model.
Photo from Google
Talia Joy Castellano is her name. And just today, I read that this beautiful and talented girl from Orlando, Florida, who has fought with cancer since she was 7 years old, passed away at age 13 last week, July 16, 2013.
 "...diagnosed with stage-four neuroblastoma when she was just 7 years old,
 started using makeup 'as a wig' shortly after she found out she was sick. 
In July 2011, she began filming makeup tutorials in her bedroom — 
short, how-to videos for the glam, colorful looks she invented. 
Within months, she had hundreds of thousands of subscribers 
and millions of views on her more than 150 YouTube clips."

Both make-up and nail arts lovers around the world grieve at this inspirational and talented girl's demise that Nicole of Nail Polish Wars announced in Facebook a blog link up she initiated in honor of Talia Joy. In this tribute, bloggers unite to express their love and sympathy for Talia Joy and her family by posting about mint manis to remember her by using the last mint mani photo she uploaded in Instagram.

I'm not really into nail arts (my daughter, Ayana, is!) but I've been pinning some nail arts photos and blogs into my Beauty Pinterest Board. When I saw all the mint manis that were linked up so far, I suddenly felt this strong urge to break away from my usual crafts and food features to make a post on this.

Here's a snap shot of the links in one of the sites I visited. 
Photo snipped from Life in Lacquer
Here are some of the sites I visited that joined the link up tribute for Talia Joy.
Mint Manis for Talia Joy by Love for Lacquer
In Loving Memory: Mint Manies for Talia Joy by The Shades of U  
Mint Manis for Talia Joy by Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom 
Roses for Talia Joy Castellano by Le Lacquer hook up
Mint Manicure for Talia Joy by Life in Lacquer
Mint Mani for Talia Joy by From Polish, with Love
 Mint Manis for Talia Joy by We are the Wicked
 Nail Trail: Mint Mani for Talia by My Beauty Junction
  Mint Dotticure in Memory of Talia by My Polish Stash

These sites are all worth-visiting but oh, there are still A LOT MORE to visit! When you do visit any of these sites, just click on the box featuring the photo of the featured nail arts or the name of the post underneath the photo.

Sabine @ My Polish Stash
Browsing and reading about Talia Joy led me to TV Week's article featuring the video clip below on how Talia Joy answered Ellen Degeneres, when during the show, she was asked how she managed to stay positive in the face of cancer:
"...the young girl gave a bubbly reply:  'When people ask me that, 
I’m [like], what do you want me to do, be depressed?' she said. 
'A little fishy told me, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming,"
referring to the catch phrase of DeGeneres' ... inspiring fish Dory 
from the Disney-Pixar film 'Finding Nemo.' "

Video from TV Week

Be inspired by the life of Talia Joy. We will surely remember her each time we watch Finding Nemo!  Hope you enjoyed your weekend, friends!
Linking to:

Life on Lakeshore Drive
Weekend Bloggy Reading


  1. Hey there! Thanks so much for the shout out. I wish Talia could see our manis for her - though something tells me she can, and is smiling. Hugs to you and your daughter x


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