We are gathered here today for two reasons, ReBeLs—our love of colors and the way we cherish those glorious hues that kiss our nails. They are our daily companions and every time we look at them, it alters our mood.
The reason I want to take on another Fan Collection is because I’m grateful for our mutual passion, love, and support. For me, this is quite a project to partake once again. I personally review every single submission, and I ponder and agonize over every single email I receive. However, if I can make a few of your dream colors come true, it’s worth those numerous sleepless nights. So…I’m going to pretend that the last Fan Collection post was a dreadful dream—let’s start over—shall we? Here are some pointers that will help you with your submission.
When: July 16th …
Starting at 12PM EST, you will have 48 hours to submit your inspiration board to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not send submissions to my other email addresses or social networks. There will be no extensions—so please meet the deadline. You have more than a month to prepare your research. Start your inspiration board as soon as possible (see my GOMM video or befriend Pinterest or something similar to guide you). I will have to disqualify any emails and submissions without images—unfortunately, I can’t make any exceptions on this point.
Communication is the key to this project. I can be a speedy-insouciant-color-mixer, if—and only if—we speak the same language. Humbly, I only speak and understand the love-languages of RBL. ie: I understand the opaqueness of Underwear or the shimmers of Poco a Poco or the texture of Bikini Bottom. I have no knowledge of other brands, nor am I interested in producing a dupe that eBay is selling for huge sums of money. Please go easy on your technical jargon—it makes my head spin (ie: hexagonal .2mm glitters mixed with iridescent green flakies). Let’s purify and untangle the code of your dream color—the RBL way. If you do become the winner, and if you’re Internet-shy, please reconsider submitting, for I’d like to post a “meet the winners” interview and let all the social networks have their playtime with you. Also, during our back-and-forth color dance, it’s imperative that you have email access and the ability to respond in a timely manner.
Be An Original:
Wow me and move me to the point that my hands are itching to mix your colors. You’ve known my work so far; let me dream with you for the possible life of your dream color. I’m a visual person; a paragraph of description is more than efficient. This excerpt from last year’s post will help you understand the process more:
“These loving, passionate, and sometimes nutty submissions have been by far the most exciting, exasperating, strenuous, and grueling project so far in my career. What shocked me the most? 30% of our fans were inspired by sunsets and snowstorms from all over the world, 26% of our fans wanted the sunrise from all different situations and places, 17% of our fans were into peacock feathers and 16% of our fans jump with joy regarding all things bugs, butterflies and flowers. Then, of course, there were the 5% of the technically impossible Goliaths. Wait—let’s not forget the inspirations from pets and children—adorable, I might add. And for the halo situation requests, it is really expensive to produce and, as you know, we’re already scrutinized about our prices.”—Taken from last year’s blog post announcing the finalists…dated Feb 15th, 2011
I’m a fair-minded person—how can I choose one submission from a group with the same subject or inspiration? That would become a photography contest. Also, I’m the biggest sap in the world—the words memorandum and in memory of will bring me to tears and it will not be fair to let my emotions be the judge of this contest. And if something does not exist—there may be some reason for this. I have my own nail polish Goliath, which is a black polish with black glitter that resembles an oil slick—I’m still working on it, but it has been a decade and I haven’t managed to create it yet. I also received many characters from books last year; if you choose a favorite character, please convey him or her with visuals. I’m an avid reader, but I will not have the time to read those books while going through my mountain of emails.
I know that I broke many hearts from the first Fan Collection. Sorrowfully, not everyone can be a winner. But, if we all share my insane logic for doing this again, and if this contest progresses drama-free, then we will be able to repeat this event every year—imagine the numbers of dream makers that we can all support together? Right now I can’t divulge how many winners, finalists, or if there will even be a vote this time. I will leave that up to your sportsmanship.
Love, Peace and Nail Polishes,