Best Nail Artist in North Carolina!

I had the pleasure of interviewing the best nail Artist on the rise, and owner of Gloria’s Nail Bar from Siler City North Carolina the amazing Gloria Borrayo. We discuss her glorious career from the beginning to the present, and the many great opportunities the future has in store for her. Gloria got her first set of nails done when she was 14 years old in California. This is where it all began.

Tell us about your career. Where did it start? How did you discover your talent?

After the first experience, I was so intrigued to figure out how to do them myself. I started to practice doing my own nails. After high school, I went to school for nails and got my certification. It took me two months to finish the course. I didn’t really know that I was going to do nails as a career I just knew I liked doing my own nails. I always thought I would be too nervous to do other peoples nails.  I worked at 3 different locations before I finally just decided I’d work on my own.

Who were the biggest inspirations for your nail technician career? 

Mary Negron is honestly one of my biggest inspirations. She is a nail artist as well as a mentor and an international educator. She travels a lot to Nigeria and she has a salon there as well. She is such a positive person and she is so humble. Ever since I’ve followed her on all social media she’s always followed and added me back. A person like her with so much world experience acknowledges me. I am still so grateful for her positive influence in my life. She always responds to me when I have any questions. She is such a giver and travels all over the world spreading love and doing what she loves to do. Everything she does is just so genuine and I hope to be at least half as great as she is and hopefully I can have the honor of meeting her in person one day.

Wow, she is an amazing artist! I checked out her face book page and just love her work! She sounds like a great inspiration, I am glad you found her.
What do you enjoy most about your nail technician career? 

This is honestly my favorite question because the answer is simple, I love being my own boss! It’s something like no other. I set my own schedule and times for work. No one is over my head telling me what to do and telling me how to do things. I run my own salon, just me by myself. I work only by appointments so it’s easy for me to know if ill have a busy day or a short day. I usually do about 2-3 busy days In the week and the other days I will take a couple people in. (those are my slow days) but in the three busy days, I make my weeks total. I am okay with my slow days because I do not like to overwork myself. The point of my career is to work however I want so I do try to take some days to relax and have my back recuperate from my busy days. (I hunch over a lot) I also always set a goal for every week and I usually try to meet that goal. It also motivates me to work. I also enjoy that doing nails isn’t just a form of income, for me, it’s a passion because ever since I can remember I’ve loved art and creating stuff with my hands. I always refer to myself as a nail artist because I do consider my career as a form of art.

I love your response! Being your own boss is amazing. You get to balance your life with your passion. 
What are some of your personal and/or professional goals for the future?

I definitely want to become a nail instructor. I feel like the nail school I attended was okay, but it lacked creativity. Everything I know how to do I’ve taught myself. I knew how to do acrylics way before I went to school for it. Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook have been my teachers in the growth process of my career. A personal goal of mine is to become a teacher, teach a group of students to do nails the way I do them and have them work at my salon. Of course, I wouldn’t work in my older days but I’d like to leave a group of people that I’d trust to run the salon for me.

You would be an amazing instructor! Teaching monthly seminars around the US would benefit many aspiring nail artist, think about it. You would still be your own boss and now you would be helping many that are seeking the knowledge you have.
It’s always fun to ask this question; if not a Nail Tech what line of work do you think you would be in? 

I was so indecisive of what I wanted to do with my life when I graduated high school. I went to college to study criminal justice, so I think I’d probably be in the law enforcement field by now. It’s not something I EVER thought of doing. It was interesting to me but definitely was a lot of hard work. Unfortunately, I quit college but I quit to go to nail school so it wasn’t all that much of a loss. I am happy with the path I chose.

Great choice! I am happy you are following your heart.

Thank you for your time, Gloria. Any final message to the many Gloria’s  Nail Bar fans? 

My advice to anyone out there is to do something that you truly love to do and are passionate for as opposed to working a 9-5 job that you’re miserable at. There’s no better feeling than being your own boss and making your own money and not having to report yourself to anyone BUT the person staring back in the mirror. Always stay humble no matter where life takes you. Whether it’s the road to success and you become famous or you stay in your small town where you were born and raised in. Never let that change who you are and never forget where you started. I started from the bottom because it’s been a struggle since then and I am nowhere close to where I want to be yet but I can honestly say I am in a better place. Thank God!

That is great advice! Thank you again for your time and all your amazing work, I really enjoyed this fabulous time with you! 

Ways to get connected with Gloria:

Location:

(919) 799-3656
Hours 10:00AM – 6:00PM

IG: @gloriasnailbar

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gnailbar/?ref=settings

Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqnwc_RnwSiSNa2kjhG3YVA?view_as=subscriber

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Daisy CS

  • “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”     -Thomas Merton
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Singing Luna on the Rise

I had the pleasure of interviewing professional Singer, from Santa Barbara California the amazing Luna. Enjoy!

When & why did you first start singing?

I started singing in church. I’m really unsure of the age that I started singing, I might have been six. The reason why I started singing, I remember this woman she had come from another church to sing to us and I was completely just blown away by how her voice sounded and not only her voice but the feelings that she was giving me. I’m pretty sure that she was giving everybody else there. I remember just praying and begging and just asking God, “I want to be blessed with a talent like that, I want to be able to sing like her, if not at least be able to reach people with my voice and music”. I began singing around the house since I was very religious at that time, I was just singing a lot of gospel music by myself. I didn’t really want anybody else to hear me, I was always at home. One day my step-dad heard me and said that I sounded pretty good and since that compliment, I started singing at church.

Where would you most like to perform?
I haven’t really put much thought into where I would love to perform. Since I’m just starting out, I’m just seeing where the music takes me. I hope it does get to that point where music is my number one priority because I’d be extremely happy with that.
Who would you most like to open for? 
I would like to open for Lauryn Hill. I’d be really excited to open up for anybody that’s been extremely successful in the music business.
If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing? 
I’d probably be a police officer by now. I’ve always wanted to be catching bad people but also helping people. I know that being a cop isn’t just about giving people tickets and arresting people I think to be a police officer, you have to be active within your community.
 
If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
I think when I established myself in music, I would definitely want to venture out into rock because growing up I used to listen to a lot of like alternative rock metal because that genre means a lot to me.
Any final advice to your fans?
Advice? Don’t let any criticism or anything like that stop you from doing what you want to do. I’m also going to be blunt, you actually have to be serious about it. I probably wasted a lot of time just daydreaming about doing music and not really putting it into action. I feel if I would have stopped daydreaming I’d probably be where I want to be. Don’t waste any time! Start working on what you want to do. Work on your passion. Time doesn’t stop for anybody and you know in a blink of an eye, you can be 40 years old and be like f*** what the hell have I been doing?! where’d all the time go?

Ways to get connected with Luna:
Instagram: tu_diosa_Luna

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One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

Bob Marley

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Fashion & Politics

It is visually obvious that fashion is inspired by politics. For example, when you stand up or support a cause, getting a shirt or some sort of memorabilia to represent it, is a must. You want everyone to see who you support. The people that don’t know what you are representing, will ask and this is a great way to recruit more believers. We see it all the time with all the recent protest going on, everyone that displays their believes on their body through clothing get taken as a serious believer. It takes a lot of courage to visually display your beliefs on your body verse just speaking them. It has a harsher effect.

Our bodies are incredible when attracting attention. Thats why it is incredible when you are bold enough to wear or display your thoughts on it.

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Top 3 Stylist

Upon doing some research on stylist I have acquired my top 3 favorite stylists. It wasn’t easy but I managed to choose the most inspirational to me.

Brana Wolf

Brana Wolf is a contemporary tastemaker, visualizing glamour. She has an ability to rigorously edit styles to their most strongly graphic and perfected best. The images I have chosen look magical. The clothes look like they come from out of a fantasy world. I just love it!

Carine Roitfeld

Carine Roitfeld is one of my favorites. I have been following her work for the past three years. The more I read about her gets me closer to her work. She inspires me in every area of my life. I have most recently began to use her as my mentor in my work. She is an amazing artist. One of the images I have chosen is from her magazine CR. The other is of her sitting on a table with a slip ever so elegantly.

Katy England

I am extremely attracted to her work. The images I have chosen is work from her and Alexander Mcqueen. Alexander Mcqueen is one of my favorite designers. His vision and inspirations behind his works are moving. Katy England was a creative director for Mcqueen’s studio. She worked on every stage of the process, from researching and picking trimmings, to working on the shows. She is represented by Intrepid.

 

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My Favorite Stylist

Carine Roitfeld is one of my favorites. She is true to style, she maintains her reputation for shooting new faces into the spotlight. I have been following her work for the past three years. The more I read about her gets me closer to her

work. The images I have chosen are from her magazine CR. This images reflect on my taste of styling because they are simple yet elegant and moving. There is not to much clutter, in the images. The clothes seem to be alive and are the main view point of the images. This is what I want to be able to do with my porjects.


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NYFW Favorites


FALL 2017 READY-TO-WEAR

Alice + Olivia

 This collection is inspired by The Enchantress of Florence. It is filled Indian emperors and the Italian Renaissance. I love this collection because it looks peppy, with a funky spin, showing cute and colorful wares that are worn in modern-day, it’s so chick. I love the bold colors they used. The high boots with sheen nylons underneath looks amazing!

SPRING 2017 COUTURE

Valentino

The Valentiono collection was inspired by dreams and mythology. Before I had read the inspiration from the designer I felt as if I was in some ancient greek dream of a princess era. As I read the inspiration it all made sense. The designer was able to capture a moment in time. A dream, and create it into flowing pleated gowns statuesque floor-length tabards, cloaks, and Greek sandals. I love it because it looks so pure and simple
These dresses look beautiful.

SPRING 2017 COUTURE

Chanel

This is classic Channel. They always elaborate on the classic suit and make it modern. In this collection they had it myriad candy colors, mint, checkered pink, peach, lavender, yellow and a wide, contrasting belt. It was beautiful! The tan dress is my favorite. The wide belt at the waist, and the crossed crossed chest design is fabulous. I love the thickness and flow of the skirt. It looks like flower petals, so smooth.

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Sustainable Design by Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney has become firm to create pieces that will last and not pile up in a landfill and will not damage the environment. She does so by asking the question what else can be done to make a garment more sustainable.

According to the article all of the designers studios, offices and stores in the UK are powered by wind energy. Abroad, renewable energy is used to power the stores and offices. In McCartney’s collections, they have been researching to acquire new materials and use as much organic cotton as possible.

Continuing to look for new ways to be more sustainable is a goal of the company. This concept is used when manufacturing and designing the collects. The company recycles all textiles that could be used. This is one of the company’s philosophies and implements it by having recycling systems at all locations.

McCartney became one of the first of luxury goods to participate in the Natural Resource Defense Council Clean by Design Programme. This program focuses on refining efficiency to cut waste and to protect the environment.

McCartney believes that it is the duty of a designer to guide the attention in a different way and ask important questions about each piece made. For example how a piece was made, where it was made and what materials are used, these questions along with creating luxurious pieces creates sustainable fashion.

There are many more actions and proposals that Stella McCartney participates in to reduce the eco print. These are just a brief few. It is no doubt that she is setting a great example for the fashion industry. She is also helping consumers choose their products wisely.

As a consumer, which would you prefer to buy: the company that recycles and is focused on staying eco-friendly or the company that is sending product to be burned in landfills?

As a consumer, I would choose the healthier option. Now in days, many consumers are. They see green, eco-friendly or organic and it sparks an idea of helping the environment by purchasing the product. Said by many, this is not a trend that will dissipate, this is a way of life. A way to participate in helping our environment and watching what we buy to make sure we are doing our part. We have a need to help, and by choosing wisely what we purchase, we are helping the planet for our future generations.

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Visual Merchandising

Being in retail requires creativity. You must attract the attention of the consumers passing by, so that they walk in your store. Once inside, you must place your products in certain positions so that they are eager to buy it. I conducted a journal of a few stores of how they did just this. I asked myself the following questions :

  • What visually attracted you to this store?
  • What is in the store’s window display?
  • What was the window’s message to the audience?
  • Is the window display appealing?
  • Does this window represent the retail brand?

  1. Victoria’s Secret-

The visual elements that attract me to this store are the pictures the 3.99 signs! Anything that price at Victoria Secret is a steal.

The most notable aspect of the store’s window display is model holding the VS semi-annual sale bag.

The window’s overall message to the audience is that there is a big sale going on.

The display is aesthetically appealing.

This display accurately represents the Victoria Secret brand.

  1. Disney Store-

The visual elements that attract me to this store are all the happy Disney characters. My one year old laughs and gets excited at the sight of this store.

The most notable aspect of the store’s window display is costumes they have available for the children.

The window’s overall message to the audience is they are having the twice a year sale.

The display is aesthetically appealing.

This display accurately represents the Disney brand.

  1. Bath and Body Works

The visual elements that attract me to this store is that they are having the semi-annual sale! I love getting the candles half off and the body lotions for only $3.50!

The most notable aspect of the store’s window display is the big red sale sign.

The window’s overall message to the audience is they are having one of their biggest sales.

The display is aesthetically appealing.

This display accurately represents the Bath and Body Works brand.

4. Macy’s

The visual elements that attract me to this store are the beautiful summer dress on display. They look clean and fresh!

The most notable aspect of the store’s window display is the cleanliness of all the different dresses. In the summer, clutter makes people feel uneasy. Therefore a clean display makes me feel fresh and excited to walk into the store.

The window’s overall message to the audience is fresh summer dresses are here.

The display is aesthetically appealing.

This display accurately represents the Macys brand.

5. Old Navy

The visual elements that attract me to this store are the motivational message to work out.

The most notable aspect of the store’s window display is all the mannequins have work out clothes.

The window’s overall message to the audience is work out clothes is on sale just in for the beginning of summer.

The display is aesthetically appealing.

This display accurately represents the Old Navy brand.

Being in fashion has many advantages, one of them is visiting stores and studying how they display there products to attract costumers. Also called “window” shopping. I love going into stores and looking at all the beautiful products and gazing at the window displays!

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Flapper Fashions

Flapper fashions have been interpreted and re-interpreted throughout the years. A designer whose clothing more accurately reflects the flapper desire for freedom, sportiness, and practicality are those of Ralph Lauren.

In Ralph Laurens collection the flapper style is more modern. It doesn’t seem to capture the freedom or protons of the flapper. It looks more sophisticated, mysterious and delicate.

In Anna Sui’s collection the flapper style is similar to the original. It captures the sportiness and the freedom. The one difference I see from the original is, that it more than a few inches above the knee. The original was knee length with small slits at the knee.

The Gucci collection is the one that gets as close to the original flapper style. It accurately reflects the flapper for its freedom, sportiness, and practicality. It is at knee length with slits at the knee. It is a bit more glamorized but it still looks extremely original.

These images are from Ralph Lauren’s collection.

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Fashion in 1910-1929

I see many elements of 1910-1919 that resemble pieces from a more recent collection.  With only a few years apart the evolution fashion is visibly drastic. With time, collections show many signs of fashion developing with new styles, cuts and accessories.

The shoes; in 1910 I notice the models are wearing pointy shoes. Another is the hats, the hats are similar and are being worn in both current and past models. The dresses from 1919 are very similar to the dresses in the most current fashion. The long tops and the long jackets are very similar in the way of the cut, the collars and the buttons. Though they are different, the main difference is the current piece has the model wearing skinny pants.

 

 

In 1929 the evolution of fashion seemed to just evolve along the lines of the long slender silhouette.

The historical pieces with the necklines, showing the V-neck and a modern one strapped dress. The flare and fringed skirts are very similar to the ones of the 1920s. Also the long slender silhouette is the same as the ones from the 1920s.

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