Apologies for my Absence

I’m sorry I’ve been away, and been away without an explanation.

This wasn’t a planned hiatus (which is why I didn’t write a post announcing the interruption in blogging). It was a convergence of several life events — most importantly, the terminal illness of my grandfather.

I wasn’t expecting to take time off, it just… happened. I apologize for not writing during that time. I held off because I couldn’t say with certainty when I’d be back. Life is not at all like the movies, and though the outcome is certain, the timing is anything but. My sincere thanks for the kind emails, tweets, and Facebook messages during my absence.

Though I plan to continue swatching, I have also taken on other work commitments, so (regretfully) I won’t be able to continue posting five days a week. I’m not sure what the new schedule will be, but I’ll let you know.

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81 Responses to “Apologies for my Absence”

  • beth says:

    Welcome back! I am very happy you will be posting again from time to time. Even in your sabbatical, I found myself on your blog all the time because of your incredible swatches. Nobody does them better than you.

    Hello from Atlanta, and, again, thrilled you’re back!

  • Nazih says:

    So glad you are back! :)

  • Nora says:

    I am happy that you are back, but most importantly, that you took time off to take care of important matters in your life. You dont ‘owe’ anybody an explanation :) I hope you are doing better now. I also hope that your new job will be exciting and rewarding. I wish you all the best, Karla.

  • Cathy says:

    Hey Karla :) Thanks so much for checking in. I know I’ve missed you terribly and am certain many others have too. You are the BEST swatcher on the web, you know! But I’m also very, very sorry to hear about your grandfather’s illness; I have been through it in my family as well and it’s just so hard. {HUGS} to you and your family. Take all the time you need and don’t feel that you have to apologize for it. That said, I think it’s wonderful that you took the time to post an explanation here, and I look forward to seeing you again, at whatever pace works best for you. All the best to you Karla, and may I add, THANK YOU for everything :) XO Cathy

  • shoshana says:

    Oh sweetie, it’s just so nice to see you back! I think, for the most part, people were genuinely concerned. I am so sorry to hear about your grandfather. Life certainly is not like the movies indeed! Very happy you are back, that you have some new business opportunities, and will be happy and very grateful for any swatches you should ever post…regardless of frequency. All my thoughts and good wishes for all that you do! <3

  • Kristina says:

    Dear Karla,

    It’s good to see your update. We all missed you and worried about you. I’m saddened to hear that your unplanned hiatus was due to a sad occasion and not some new fun opportunity… I hope your grandfather is doing all right, or if he’s passed, that you are making your peace with it. Take your time and take care of YOU, first and foremost – no one is going to be angry with you for not updating regularly! *hugs*


  • Kristin says:

    I really have missed you! All of a sudden one day a couple/ or several months back I realized I wasn’t getting updates from you about all the great new products! I’m glad to hear that things are going better and I hope they continue to do so. I even went and checked your blog page to make sure i hadn’t messed any of my subscriptions up.
    Do what you can, that’s he best you can do And those who have a problem with that are just plain foolish.
    Thank you for all the hard work you have done and will continue to do! I live in Memphis, and I am completely new to blogging,but if you ever need help or want to tag team so different brands or products I would love to help. I really do enjoy your bloc. Thank you for what you do!

  • fran opperisano says:

    You have been soooooo very missed!! So sorry to hear about your grandfather. I have always looked forward to your posts, so however much you decide to do will be greatly appreciated. Welcome back!!

  • Chiara says:

    Welcome back!I missed you <3

  • Swathi Narumanchi says:

    We are just glad that you are back Karla, we missed you !

    Sorry about your grampa !

    Take care ! xxxx

  • Gail says:

    So glad to see a post from you – you never know what life has in store and I’m glad that you could be with your Grandfather while he was ill – I lost my Dad 4 years ago and I left to fly home and told my job of 30 years – I’ll be back but I don’t know when – I was only gone for 2 weeks as he never got better – my heart goes out to you & welcome back – Sure have missed you♥

  • Maymee says:

    So sorry to hear about your grandfather. My thoughts are with you.

    I am very happy to see you return to blogging, and eagerly look forward to your future posts.

  • Kate says:

    I am so glad you’re back, dearest Karla!

    Looking forward to any new posts you make :* Thought your archive has been deadly enough, quite frankly :)

  • shino says:

    finat again!!

    We miss u!!lly you were here!! hope you are doing well and wishing u all the best!!

    it will be a great loss to all of us if you never do the swatch post again!!

    We miss u!!

  • shino says:

    sorry for the above weird-comment

    finally you were here!!

    I hope you are doing well and wishing u all the best!!

    It would be a great loss to all of us if you never do the swatch post again!!

    We miss u!!

  • Cathy Blanton says:

    Welcome Back Karla!

    We eagerly look foward to your posts (no matter how frequent or infrequent). I love your blog and your enthusiasm for makeup!

    So sorry about your grandfather. I’m sending love and e-hugs to you.

  • Beth says:

    Hi Karla, So nice to see that you will begin posting again.
    You have been missed. Beth

  • Beth Maiorana says:

    Sooooo glad to finally hear from you!!! But I am terribly sorry to hear about your beloved grandfather. However trite, I do hope that you and your family are bearing up through such a hellish time, Karla. That said, please know how you have been missed (really threw me for a LOOP) and how ecstatic this is to get word that sooner or later, you’ll be back to us. God bless, you all are in my thoughts and prayers, and you’ll be received with “open arms” when possible … xoxo Beth in Pgh ;-)

  • saturninus says:

    Karla we couldn’t be happier. We can’t tell you how much you were missed.

  • Oh Karla, I’m so sorry to hear the reasons of your absence. You were missed very much, but we assumed you were busy with your new job. I’m sorry you had to go through such tough times.

    All the best,
    Mariella xx

  • jeannine says:

    Hi! You do not need to apologize! I have been wondering about you, I’m very sorry about your grandfather. Take care of yourself.

  • SusanG says:

    I’m so sorry about your grandfather. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    I’m glad to know that you’re okay. Welcome back — in whatever capacity you can manage.

  • I’m sooo glad you’re back!!! xoxo

  • stef b says:

    so glad you’re back! you have the best swatches BY FAR!!!!!

  • Carleen says:

    I’m glad you are OK! So sorry to hear about your Grandfather though. :(

  • Aprill says:

    I’m just glad you are ok. I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather. prayers love and light to you and your family.

  • Kelly says:

    I’m so so sorry to hear about your grandfather. I lost my dad in a slightly similar way and I know how everything fades when your family needs you in that situation. I’m glad you’re ok and I’m glad your back. Even if it’s not five days a week. :-) xoxo

  • Adele says:

    I am so sorry to hear that. You have been missed.

  • Martha says:

    Hi Karla! Shopping just hasn’t been the same without you :) I am so sorry to hear about your Grandfather’s illness.

  • Elle says:

    Dear Karla,

    It is so kind of you to share. I hoped that you were somehow well and feeling loved and supported by life and all you encounter. I am very sorry for your grandfathers illness. I do charity work with terminal cancer patients and it is heartbreaking on many levels but can deliver some indelible experiences for those who have time to be there with their loved ones. Words cannot carry the well wishes in my heart for you and yours. Espavo dear Karla.

  • Eleanor says:

    That’s the way life is some times. Glad you got through it and are back. You do the best swatches ever. It really helps me out. I was wondering, would it be possible to include an ingredients list in the future? I have a lot of allergies to cosmetic ingredients, and being able to read them befor I go to the store would save me some pain and frustration, and a lot of time. I’ loking forward to your next review.

  • jbrobeck says:

    Karla so glad to see your update! Although I am very sorry to hear about your grandfather. We will take you whenever we can get you – twice a week or twice a month!

  • Holly says:

    So glad to have you back!
    My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Take your time getting back into things. Any posts, no matter how frequent, are appreciated.

  • So sosososos happy that this message popped up and so happy you’ll be back *hugs* I am so glad you’re okay and you were very much missed as a person and a swatcher!

    I’m sorry to hear of your grandfather. It’s so hard to deal with that and absolutely top priority *big hugs*

  • lindsay says:

    Welcome back Karla!!!

    I’m so sorry that you have been going through difficult times. I definitely do not envy that. Sending you love and positive thoughts!

    However, I’m so glad to learn of your return to swatching/blogging! It’s a wild understatement to say that what you provide to us is invaluable!!! Come back at whatever pace or frequency is good for you. This should be fun and not feel like work!

    God bless you and yours:)

  • derby41 says:

    Sorry to hear about your problems. I have been there and totally understand. Life issues must take precedence no matter how much you don’t want them to. Hope you are doing better!

  • AlexandraRC says:

    Sweetie, I am sending good vibes to you as I type. Take care *hugs*

  • Mimi says:

    welcome back! I’ve missed you!

  • AstroD says:

    Sending much love and strength. Glad to hear you will be back soon Karla and I look forward to your postings! You’re still one of the best beauty bloggers around!

  • Sarah says:

    I’m so glad you’re fine, but so sorry to hear of your personal sadness. Family is clearly the priority, good wishes and prayers to you and yours.

  • Hanna says:

    Wow! I’m just so glad you’re ok!! I’ve missed your posts and swatches like crazy! Even if you can’t post 5 days a week, I’ll take whatever I can get; you have the best swatches out there, by far! <3

  • Rachel says:

    So sorry to hear about your grandfather, Karla. I think we all appreciate all the time you’ve put into your blog from the beginning. Best wishes to you and your family. xxx

  • Ami says:

    Absolute best wishes to you and yours.
    I, for one, will take whatever I get and be so very grateful. Yours are far and away the best, most consistent, and highest quality swatches on the web.
    Hope good things head your way.

  • tee says:

    Glad to know you are back!

    Prayers for your grandfather, your family and you…

  • Lyse says:

    So glad you are back. Missed you and your lovely swatches.

  • Sheri F says:

    Real life sometimes requires a bit of a time out. Sorry to hear about your grandfather, but so glad you are back! Love, love, love the blog!

  • Zazie says:

    I’m so very sorry for your grandfather. I missed your wonderful swatches, the colors and excitement you shared daily have always been a treat.
    I send you and your family a warm hug.
    Thank you for coming back!

  • ChicScience says:

    I am so glad you are OK. Sorry to hear about your Grandfather.
    The blogging community is not the same without you. Welcome back :)

  • Brenda says:

    I’m so glad you are ok!
    All the best!

  • Virginia says:

    Glad to hear you’re ok, and sorry to hear about your grandfather. You’re where you need to be; no explanation needed! Take good care :)

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