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The Nail Boutique in Brooklyn Offers Luxury for Less

The Nail BoutiqueSearching for a fab nail shop that won’t hurt your pocketbook? Look no further. The Nail Boutique, an upscale nail salon in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, brings the uptown-luxury style you’d find in Manhattan, but without the jaw-dropping price points.

Step one foot inside this extravagant boutique and you’ll feel like you’ve entered a decked-out nail palace. With a posh waiting area (brown-leather couch, decorative accent pillows) and a blinged-out chandelier in the middle of the salon floor, you’ll quickly discover this isn’t your average nail spot. Upon entering, the receptionist greets you, hangs up your jacket, and offers a complimentary glass of wine (merlot to be exact)—Hollywood style.
the nail boutique nail productsGrowing tired of the traditional in-and-out experience of most nail salons, owner Sabrina Carson opened shop in September with the vision of running a luxury boutique on a budget where every client is meant to feel like royalty. “I treat my clients the way I would want to be treated if I were getting pampered,” says Carson, 31. “We’re a business but we still cater to you.”

Carson also says sometimes guests get intimidated walking in because they think they can't afford it. But in an attempt to ensure that anyone, no matter their pocket size, is afforded its luxury services, The Nail Boutique offers high-quality work for less; from the basic Boutique manicure ($10) and acrylic tips ($25) to a mani-pedi combo ($30). If you’re feeling fancy, the salon has more lavish options like the Beverly Hills and Madison Ave. pedicures—all named after prominent shopping areas—with prices ranging from $35 to $55.

All pedicures consist of champagne, grape, or mango-tangerine anti-agent scrubs, while nail polish selections include YSL and Dior to organic brands. The shop also offers body waxing, massages, and lashes—but the royal treatment isn’t just for the ladies. Carson says the salon is popular among its male clientele also looking to get their sexy on.
nail boutique nail polishOther boutique features include a high-chair honey onyx nail bar, a pedicure station assembled in front of exposed bricks, and flat-screens designed for the customer’s convenience.

More recently, business has boomed for The Nail Boutique after it was featured on VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop, where Yandy Smith launched her jewelry line, Everything Girls Love, in its basement which has a bar-massage area and outside patio intended for outdoor pampering in the spring and summer.

On Saturdays, the boutique’s busiest day of the week, clients are treated to a glass of red sangria. It’s become so popular clients are encouraged to make appointments beforehand. Carson says she’s pleased with the boutique’s response so far and is determined to keep business afloat with the customer always in mind.

“Many businesses start off good but then the customer service sucks,” she says. “We spoil you here—that’s the key to our success.” -Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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