Nail parlors as inviting as a Starbucks? Seems like an impossibility, but Julep founder Jane Park envisioned nail salons as bonding places for women, much like golf courses are for men, and made it a reality. In 2007, she opened the first Julep nail parlor in Seattle and today runs a brand that specializes in nails but also offers skincare, beauty, and hair products that are sold at Sephora and online. Building a social media community has been key to the brand’s success and now includes thousands and thousands of members. Here Jane shares her story with Beauty in the Bag.
Tell us a bit about your background. How did you get started in the beauty business?
I was a
Nails have opened up the world for Roxanne Valinoti. The education manager for CND (Creative Nail Design) has traveled the globe to establish training standards, courses, and, of course, create new nail trends. Her journeys have taken her to Dubai, Tokyo, New Zealand, and beyond, and she has helped make nails a fashion show essential by collaborating with designers such as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Herve Leger, Behnaz Sarafpour, Jason Wu, Carolina Herrera, and Baby Phat. In addition, her work can be seen in magazines such as Self, Redbook and Glamour, and on the digits of celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Kim Cattrall, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Angelina Jolie. Here, she shares her story
New York City is full of hidden gems – a fabulous neighborhood bistro, a go-to boutique, an off-the-beaten-track champagne bar. Now, the Le Parker Meridien hotel joins the list with its new Underground space – 20,000 square feet of beauty, health and wellness shops and facilities.
Described as a “one-stop shop for the best in fitness and beauty basics,” the just opened space contains a blowout salon, a gym, a spa, a nail salon and a café. It is conceived as a destination not only for hotel guests, but also busy New Yorkers looking for convenient access to several services at once.
The new spa, aptly called Moonshine, really works the underground motif with speakeasy themed d