Duchess deBerry | Supporting the Sisterhood – Kiwi Women in Business: The Nail Lounge
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17 Aug Supporting the Sisterhood – Kiwi Women in Business: The Nail Lounge

As a full-time burlesque performer, there are a huge number of facets to my job. I simply can’t do everything myself, so I regularly outsource some tasks/aspects to experts.

Sometimes we collaborate to create art together, sometimes I commission custom designs, and sometimes I just have a project I need help with. Wherever possible, I like to support local small businesses, and especially my fellow self-employed women. I’ve decided to write a series of blogs introducing some of the amazing Kiwi women that I work with, who help me keep my brand running. Over the next 10 weeks, I will be profiling each of them individually. I look forward to sharing them with you, darlings. I know burlesque is built on a very DIY attitude, but remember, when you support your friends, it means they can afford to live their dream jobs, too!


Debbie Walsh, nail artist
The Nail Lounge


14001827_279403499103687_756141552_oThose of you that know me well will know that I always have beautifully-manicured nails.

Confession time: I used to frequent those terrifying nail “salons” in malls. They were cheap (and when you get your nails done every two weeks, costs add up), and I never had a problem with them, because I would always see the same technician, who was used to me demanding high standards, and who delivered good results.

But I realised that it was time I put my money where my ethics were, and switched to supporting the sisterhood.

On the recommendation of my friend Leda Petit, whose hands I’ve envied for years, I began to visit Debbie at the Nail Lounge. Darlings, I don’t think I can ever go back to mall nails.

Debbie is much more than a nail technician – she’s an artist. What’s more, she genuinely cares about the work she’s doing, and it shows. Recently she did a set of candy-inspired nails for a show I was performing, and I’ve never had so many people comment on my manicure! Debbie’s done nails for most of Auckland’s top burlesque performers: Leda, Lilly Loca, and Miss Anthropy, to name a few.

14044949_279403482437022_1394851710_oBased in Queens Arcade in Auckland’s CBD, the Nail Lounge is a beautifully-appointed boutique salon. Debbie uses top-quality products to preserve nail health, and to create strong and beautiful nails. She does a range of styles, from acrylics to Shellac, and can create amazing effects and artwork. While I’m terrible at documenting the nails I choose, there are many examples of Debbie’s creations that you can view online.

Support the Sisterhood: Debbie’s new website is coming soon. In the meantime, you can see her work on Facebook and Instagram.

Come back next week to meet an internationally-published photographer who splits her time between New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Always the Tease,

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