Workin' It: A Guide to Nails in the Workplace

At SOAK we get lots of questions about what nails are appropriate to wear for various occasions. The one question we get a lot is what to wear for work. Many clients work in industries (medical for example) where nail polish is not allowed, but these clients still want to have beautiful nails. Other clients simply want to know what is and is not appropriate in the workplace. Let’s break this down…

Find out what the actual rules are at your job: Most professions that don’t allow nail polish on site are concerned about chipping nail polish. This makes perfect sense in the medical and dental field. However, the nail industry has made vast progress in nail polish technology (sounds so fancy;-). The new gel polishes paint on like polish, but are cured under a light and dry as hard as stone. Shellac by CND is one that is chip resistant for roughly two weeks. You might consider asking your boss about approving gel polish as opposed to outlawing nail polish all together.

Keep it classy:

Unless you work in an industry where piercings, tattoos and letting your creative flag fly are encouraged, you probably want to keep your nail polish subtle. There are so many ways to do this and still have fun with nail art. Step one is to tell your nail artist/technician that you want something understated but classy. Nudes are always great. Ask for a variation of a French Manicure (Fishnet, Ombre or the super-hot American Manicure). You could also add some subtle glitter to a nude polish. Pinterest is a great place to get inspired for your work nails. Bring a picture with you to your salon.

Go naked:

If all else fails, just because you can’t have polish on your nails doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fabulous natural nails. Go get that manicure! And ask for a high shine buff. Natural nails are beautiful when they are clean, cuticles are healthy and shaped just how you like them. Most salons will sell scented cuticle oil or a cuticle butter stick you can routinely apply when you feel that urge to pick (full disclosure, this is my bad habit) or gnaw.

Bottom line, there are so many ways to keep your nails looking great for work. Pick what fits you and your job. I can assure you, chipped nail polish screams lack of attention to detail. This is the last image you want to project in the workplace. Take care of beautiful you. SOAK love today and every day!

Laquer Life

(this article originally appeared in Reno Tahoe Tonight Magazine in 2017)

Reno Girl Spends Summer in New York....

This summer my daughter auditioned for and was accepted to a Broadway summer intensive program, which allowed us to live in New York for an extended period. I currently reside in Reno, but have lived in Chicago and San Francisco in the past.

Here are my thoughts on living in New York and other big cities in comparison to our beloved “Biggest Little City.”

Culture: We have great entertainment, support it!

Reno has people working hard to create great cultural experiences – we need to support them. My family and I saw four Broadway shows this summer in New York that were astounding.
However, I would argue a great performance on a perfect summer night at Bartley Ranch is just as
magical, because Reno has some serious talent. I would check out The Sierra School of Performing Arts’ production of The Sound of Music this August at Bartley. Also, don't forget the Off Beat Music Festival November 2-4, 2017 ( Amazing bands from around the country. Go Reno!

Food: We may not have hundreds of choices, but what we do have is quality.

OK, we don't have a hundred restaurants to choose from in one category...let’s say Italian for
example, but we have a solid handful. Tim Magee (Chef-owner) at Calafuria on Center Street, in my humble opinion, is crushing it as far as quality Italian food goes. His homemade pasta holds its
own – period. Do yourself a favor and try it and the many other small restaurants in Reno/Tahoe.

People: We have seriously cool people in Reno/Tahoe/Chicago/San Francisco/New York/ #USA

Just as we are not the stereotype portrayed in Reno 911, I found people in New York to be friendly and helpful. People look out for each other. They are direct but kind. There is a sense of protection. Reno is like this too I think. People are kind and look out for one another. One way to look out for others is to volunteer, and there are a lot of places to volunteer in Reno. Spend some time volunteering to keep Reno awesome. It feels great! Check out

Style: Wear what you want, when you want, and how you want.

This I love about New York: people wear whatever they want. The fashion is fabulous, funky and
unique. Casual is cool and flats make sense. I adore that women in New York wear dresses and converse. Our Reno/Tahoe vibe is so similar and supportive of this type of thinking. People
look pulled together, but not stiff. Speaking of looking pulled together, everyone seems to have
their nails done here (my obvious obsession). The Paintbox in New York (Soho’s it place for
manicures), does a great job with nail art. I had to try it, but you know what? The nail artists at
SOAK, and in many salons around Reno, provide equally awesome nail art at half the cost. Go nail
artists! Go Reno fashion!

Bottom line:

if you live in Reno/Tahoe, you are – in my opinion – among the luckiest. Seek out and support our
small businesses and our cultural events, breathe that fresh mountain air and know – you did it! You found a magical place to live with all the offerings of a big city, in a small package. You too are part of the magic. Congrats!

Valentine's Day Do's & Don'ts

Dear Reno,

This Valentine’s Day, we have a few Do’s and Don’ts for you.

DO remember love is for everyone.

You don’t have to be in a romantic relationship to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Show love to all those you care about. Heard of the latest rage "Galentine’s Day"? Perhaps you have a best gal pal, or two, that you’d like to treat. Or maybe you have a sister or coworker who always has your back? And if all those close to you are already feeling the love, consider someone who you may not be close with. Is there someone who needs a little attention? Warm up their February with your heart.


DON'T buy your Valentine the following…

Any item that makes your life easier (i.e. a new router for the family computer). Also steer clear of items that promote your interested but no theirs (i.e. ski passes when they hate the snow). And definitely don’t buy any type of “do-better” gift (i.e. a gym membership or self-help book).

DO consider something other than roses

As gorgeous as roses are, they live a short life once cut and put into a vase. This Valentine’s Day, consider an alternative: an hour of relaxation and resulting beautiful nails. Our February seasonal pedicure, “Pink Champagne,” makes the perfect V-Day gift — we even serve rosé with it! And when you purchase a gift card, we wrap it in a cute tin with chocolate kisses. It’s such a fun, special way to gift an experience.

DON'T head to big box stores if your love loves chocolate.

Not only is our local chocolate SO MUCH BETTER than that commercialized stuff, you can also feel good about supporting local stores. We are big fans of Sugar Love Chocolates and Dorinda’s Chocolates.

DO support local business.

Always go small before you go big. Your local shops and boutiques will work hard to attain your business and will appreciate it much more than those box stores.

Happy Valentine’s Day!