How Much Do I Tip for That?: A Beauty Investigation

During a recent trip to Houston, I got a manicure and pedicure because it was spring in the south but the dead of winter in New York City and my toes were not ready for public consumption. As a woman who affords herself few mani-pedi’s, I’m never sure what to tip so I texted two girlfriends and asked. But when I gave… » 4/06/15 2:30pm 4/06/15 2:30pm

Do Not Be Ashamed of Your Nasty-Ass Feet

It's summertime ladies, so the magazines and lifestyle sections are going to have a slew of reminders about making sure your feet are up to code. You know: Exfoliated. Moisturized. Pedicured. Properly covered. Like a reminder to adjust the clock or check your smoke detectors, apparently you need a media-wide nudge to… » 7/09/13 4:00pm 7/09/13 4:00pm

Are You Annoying The Hell Out Of Your Pedicurist?

Sometimes I worry that my nail person hates me. Seeing as I get about five pedicures a year and don't have a salon to which I am loyal (meaning I don't even really have a "nail person"), I'm not sure exactly why I devote any time to being concerned about this. Regardless, I often spend the first 15 or 20 minutes of a… » 8/26/11 4:30pm 8/26/11 4:30pm

Why Let A Girl Play When She Can Be Made Over Like JonBenet?

I had my first-ever manicure at age 19, using a gift certificate given to me by the woman I had been interning for that summer as a thank you for my work. The whole process made me feel nervous and uncomfortable: some stranger pouring over my hands, studying them, holding them, painting them. I had made it all the way… » 2/28/08 4:00pm 2/28/08 4:00pm