Miss Ladyfinger Interview – The Exquisite Runway Nail Designer
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Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come from?
I grew up in the Northern suburbs of Chicago, but actually lived on a houseboat for a portion of my childhood. There is a small town in Indiana called Michiana, where if you stand in the middle of this little street, half of you is in Michigan and half of you is in Indiana. And they’re actually in different time zones! Anyway, our boat was docked in the harbor there on Lake Michigan. It was a really fun experience.
Where are you located?
I’m located in New York City.
When did you first realise you wanted to work in the fashion industry?
Since I can remember I have always loved fashion. When I was in elementary school, I would plan out all of my outfits and write them down in a style journal. Although, I never really knew about the industry until I took my first Fashion Design course when I was a sophomore during a summer program at UCLA. That was just the beginning for me. The following summer I took more courses at FIT and took my first internship when I was seventeen with Elite Model Management.
Every summer until I was 22, I came to New York City to take internships in different areas of the fashion industry.
I designed for Alvin Valley, assisted stylists on photoshoots, worked in the fashion closet at W Magazine and designed for Oscar de la Renta. I graduated from Syracuse University with a major in Fashion Design and minor in Fashion Communications. Right after college I moved straight back to New York and was hired by Macy’s to do trend research and development.
How did the name ‘Miss Ladyfinger’ come about?
When I decided I wanted to start a nail blog, I knew the name had to be perfect. My favorite show, “Friends”, was on TV at the time… specifically the episode where Rachel tries to make an English truffle and accidentally makes a layer of ladyfingers. The minute I heard it I knew it was The One.
What expectations did you have when you first started blogging?
The blogging world was really intimidating to me at first. There are tons of fashion blogs (even nail blogs) and I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to say. It wasn’t until I figured out how to merge my love of fashion with my passion for nail polish that I found a niche. Now I have a voice and it’s really an amazing feeling.
I have always been obsessed with nail polish. I actually think the last time I sat down to get a manicure was freshmen year of High School. I have always changed my nail polish at least three times a week and built up a hefty collection of polishes.
Miss Ladyfinger originally started out as a nail blog where I’d swatch colors, but it wasn’t until six months later when I was inspired by all the shows I was seeing at New York Fashion Week that I went home and tried to replicate a print. That was my first attempt at nail art and I’ve been self-taught ever since!
You’re a “favorite nail blogger” of the BirchBox team and have collaborated with popular companies like Opening Ceremony, TeenVogue, Beauty High, & Stylelist to name a few. What do you enjoy most about these collaborations?
To be able to work with them at all! I’m so grateful for the opportunities. Each one has such a valued voice in the fashion and beauty industries that it’s been an amazing experience to collaborate with brands that I read and shop with all the time.
Have any advice for anyone looking into starting their own nail blog?
You have to be passionate, patient, and consistent. Create art that reflects who you are and be true to your aesthetic.
How do you use the Internet in conjunction with your nail business?
Many people are far removed from the fashion industry and don’t know how to access fashion trends until they’re in stores months later. I am fortunate enough to be based in NYC and be part of the industry. I have the ability to leave a fashion show and instantly translate what I see on the runways into instantly accessible nail art that readers too can have instantly.
Can you give us a breakdown of your stash?
At this point, my stash consists of around 300-350 polishes and covers almost every surface of my apartment. I’m still testing out ways to organize it all, but I can promise that they are all color coordinated and organized by type, i.e. glitters, metallics, and base/top coats (the Monica Gellar in me).
What do you love most about your work?
Painting my nails has always been really therapeutic for me. Some people might think that dedicating 1-2 hours to painting nails at least three times a week might be excessive, but it actually calms me after a stressful day.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Time travel– for sure. I just keep thinking about The Time Traveler’s Wife, one of my favorite books.
It would be so cool to hang out with my future family or my parents thirty years ago, you know? If for no other reason than to make fun of their hair-dos.
Thanks to Miss Ladyfinger for answering our questions and sharing a little more about what she does. To learn more about her and her work be sure to visit their website Miss Ladyfinger.
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