• Xeno


    The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows – A Winter Cremes Collection


    Xeno – A soothing, yet punchy rose coral

     n. the smallest measurable unit of human connection, typically exchanged between passing strangers—a flirtatious glance, a sympathetic nod, a shared laugh about some odd coincidence—moments that are fleeting and random but still contain powerful emotional nutrients that can alleviate the symptoms of feeling alone.


    I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who submitted their gorgeous dictionary nail art swatches for sharing here. Nails by Sammie, Crutenberg, Bitty Sweens, Jedi Wife, Nail Experiments, The Polished Mitten, Housewife Nails and Stuck on Lacquer.  Please look for them on Instagram, where you'll find even more pictures of the collection.   Photos were taken under various lighting including, but not limited to direct sun, LED lamps, Ott light, natural light and natural daylight and full spectrum bulbs.

    And finally, here's a little backstory about the theme...I stumbled upon a few unique words from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows several years ago.  The definitions of Sonder and Xeno were among the first few that really stuck with me.  When it came time to create JL's first ever crème collection, I knew the colors would be rich, wintery and pretty straightforward, being crèmes.  By using these DOOS words and linking colors to a definition, it turned a simple creme collection into something more. These names that would otherwise be..well, quite obscure, the colors now have a "mood" to match.   Realizing this 'Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows' theme seems a bit morose at first, but it's not meant to be "sorrowful" at all.  I'll always think of my mom and how different my Lapyear age was from hers. And Sonder.  Sonder is such an amazing concept that we rarely stop to think about.  Although the words are not widely used, once you read them, you might also relate with the sentiment.  In case you’re interested, here is the link to John Koenig's website full of words invented for feelings and notions that we're all familiar with, but could never describe! http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/ 

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