I started my business during the start of covid 19 pandemic, I was 16 and bored and needed some extra money. . After salons closed, I made fake nail press-ons for my girlfriends and school girls. I charged $10 bucks for twenty nails, and my mother drove me around while I delivered them to mailboxes.
after a few months of this, a posted a video that went viral. 5 am on Sunday, November 22nd, I had 23,000 followers, the video had 130,000 likes, and it had 980,000 views. In my Instagram and TikTok bio, I linked a google form to sell nails. It was not an automated process. I called up my girlfriends, they came over and we wrote everything in notebooks by hand!
There were hundreds of people interested in buying nails and no website to buy from. we started messaging these people on messages, Instagram, Snapchat, or however they preferred to be contacted. My dining room wall was covered with post-it notes of orders as I worked for a month straight. During that time, I signed online for my classes remotely as a result of the pandemic. I painted nails from around 9 a.m. to 2 a.m that night. Many nights I spent working in the dark house while my family slept, except by the night of my lamp. By the first week of December, I had sent nails to every state in America at least twice, including Hawaii and Alaska. My friends would come over after classes ended, or at lunch period when there was enough time to drive to my house and log on to school. I would throw my friend Anna $50 and tell her to pick up some pizzas for dinner on her way over as she was the only one with a license. We were juniors in high school, we didn’t have a clue what we were doing and as the owner, I had no idea what to do, but we made it work and that made every single day enticing.
My business boomed, literally overnight and I am so thankful to say that I have only gone up since then. In February I had befriended a young woman known as Thegodmutha on TikTok who also stared In families of the mafia, Staten island on MTV and she even wore my nails on the Wendy Williams show! When May rolled around, I was shipping to Canada, I started doing local craft and vendor shows in Pittsburgh in the summer.
In August, two weeks before my senior year of high school started I had signed a lease for my own section of a boutique in Lawrenceville called Boheme Pittsburgh, it is the cutest place with a whole bunch of creators and sellers from our own little corner of Pittsburgh and I'm so honored to be in with all of these incredible, colorful and funky creators.
I have been so thankful for the growth I have experienced over the past twoish years. I am so excited to see was 2022 will bring!
read more & notable accomplishments
In March of 2022 my work has been displayed for the Museum lab of Pittsburgh "how you wear it" fashion exhibit. I am honoured to be the youngest creator in the exhibit.
this exhibit will be displayed until January of 2023.