Toasting My Career
  • October 4, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Twenty-one years ago today (as I write this on October 2), I was a terrified 22 year old sitting in a room in a Fairfield, Calif., office complex, taking my California Manicuring State Board Exam. I had

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Little Glass Marbles
  • October 2, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

You probably have some in your arsenal, or at least have seen them in pictures. They are very popular for use as flower middles on 3-D art, and sometimes as edging around a design or whatnot. What

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Keywords: salon services  
Armrest of DOOOOOOM
  • September 27, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I had my desk custom built almost 20 years ago. Since then, I’ve had a handful of jobs where I didn’t use it — it also doubles as an excellent TV stand, student desk, and sewing

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Keywords: clients  
Accent Toe?
  • September 25, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Right now my clients are loving the “accent nail” look — which they all seem to think of as “the new thing” even though it was SO the hotness back in the late ’80s/early ’90’s when

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Keywords: clients   salon services  
Yes, It’s Returnable
  • September 20, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Close to three years ago now, I got a phone call from a sweet lady in Montana...or maybe Idaho...or possibly Wyoming. Well, I got a call from a sweet lady who lived very far away from

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Keywords: clients   marketing/promotions   salon services  
A Counterfeit Conundrum
  • September 18, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Ever have someone give you a bad bill?  To the best of my knowledge, it’s only happened to me once. I was in the drive-thru at the bank, making my deposit when the teller looked up

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The Moon Is Full Over My Heart
  • September 13, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Do you have a profile on NAILS Magazine’s Nail Art Gallery? I do.  I have since shortly after they started offering them.  The nail art galleries have come a long way since their introduction and I

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Go, But Not into Debt
  • September 11, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Last year, when I broke my wrist, I conceded that I was going to benched for the season. But the “season” runs from the Sacramento show to IBS Las Vegas. (You know, I once Tweeted about

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Keywords: money   tradeshows  
Tips of Fear
  • September 9, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

The other night, lying in bed, trying to convince myself that 11 o’clock is a perfectly acceptable time to be in bed (I’m a night person. Going to bed before 1 a.m. doesn’t really jibe with

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Keywords: clients   nail tech issues  
Not Always
  • September 9, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

If I ever have the opportunity to go back in time, one of the stops I’d like to make will be the late 1800s to Marshall Field and Company to speak to Mr. Field and Gordon

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Keywords: clients  
Have File, But Can’t Travel
  • September 6, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I was going to tell you an entirely anecdotal story, then I got sidetracked, then I got irritated, so I decided to live up to the blog title and RANT instead.  Here in California — and

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Why Did You Do That?
  • August 28, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

For the most part, I think I’m pretty wise to the fact that we — as professionals — are all different. The industry is comprised of thousands of different people working within it and almost as

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Keywords: nail tech issues  
Well What the Heck Am I Supposed to Do With It Then?
  • August 27, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Once again, I find myself revisiting this. I just don’t quite understand why so many professionals have such a problem with professional products falling into the hands of non-pros?Seriously? You never did your own nails with

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Monkey See, Monkey Still No Can Do
  • August 26, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

I was recently advised to watch some YouTube videos in order to gain motorcycling skills.Yep. True story. Somehow, watching someone do something will magically make me able to do it as well.By that logic, I should

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Keywords: nail tech issues   professionalism  
The Great Coffee Compromise
  • August 16, 2013
  • Maggie Franklin

Coffee. It’s what keeps some people alive. Statistically, only 30% of Americans drink coffee. But I like to think I help even that number out, because I’m pretty sure my blood stream is 30% coffee.So, you

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