A large part of my #FreelanceLife includes client meetings, pitches, lunches and events – showing up looking like a disheveled mess isn’t going to make a good impression – as Elizabeth Friesen pointed out in a past guest post.
Part of the professional look (for me), includes clean and well manicured hands. Seriously.. there’s nothing like pointing to data with poorly cut nails, nail polish that should have been removed weeks ago and nails of all different lengths and shapes…. Ug. Not a good thing. I might also mention, it’s been my experience that adding a touch of effort to your “Look” will absolutely give you a confidence boost – and others will likely take notice.
Me & T Studio
Me & T Studio is located in Mid-Town Toronto, right at the corner of Yonge and Heath Streets. It really wasn’t what I expected when I first walked in. It’s not your typical nail salon / spa.
Meet Shawna Rao: Critical Care Nurse turned entrepreneur, wife, mother of three, beauty maven and the “me” of “Me & T Studio. Shawna started her career as a Registered Nurse and for over 15 years has specialized in Critical Care, working in Canada and the United States. Since childhood though, Shawna has nutured a parallel passion for all things beauty-related. As her natural talents in the field evolved so did the list of devoted friends, family and followers who came to rely on her to make them (more) beautiful.
- From the Me & T website
It’s amazing that a woman who was doing so well in her career, wanted to follow her dream of entrepreneurship – and what an amazing woman she is. In the short time we had to interact with her during our blogger event at Me & T, I was so impressed with her love and passion of the industry and her shop. It totally seemed like her employees worshiped her (in a non-creepy way), and enjoyed working for / with her.
The staff were knowledgeable and conversational. Every step of every treatment was broken down for me. Any questions I had were answered. Their focus was completely and only on me! I can’t tell you how much I love that. Did I happen to mention the incredible TALENT the nail professionals at Me & T have? No? You’ll see in the photos below – their artistic talent is like nothing I’ve ever seen.
ME & T Facts:
Lash Extensions are a set price. No Surprises.
- Other salons my charge LPE (lashes per eye). Shawna attaches an extension to each adult lash for full fringe.
- Lash extensions cost $175 for a full set and $100 for a fill
- Nova Lash and Extreme Lash are the brands used
Spray tanning is customized and comfortable
- Aviva Lab Solutions is used at Me & T Studio
- Each spray tan is done in a comfortable room at the back of the office not a pop-up tent or spray booth
Me & T uses a higher standard of hygiene in all its nail services, including ceramic tubs (no spray jets) for pedicures.
- Because of Shawna Rao’s experience as a critical care nurse, you can bet she goes above and beyond the standard of hygiene in her own business.
- Me & T specializes in personalized nail art
- Each of the nail techs (Liz, Dylan and Shirley), have some individual and special talents. Liz is a jack of all trades, Dylan loves glitter and geometric patters and Shirly rocks some amazing portraits
All Manicures and Pedicures include a paraffin treatment with essential oils!! No joke. SO amazing.
I really think it’s important to at least touch upon what a spa / salon / beauty service venue looks like! I do! I hate walking into places that aren’t clean or haven’t been painted since the dinosaurs roamed the earth or better yet, could double for a sterile operating room. I love places that are beautiful, relaxing and clean. I want to feel comfortable and yes, I also want to feel spoiled. I earned it.
Me & T is beautiful! No horrible pedicure chairs, non of that kind of craziness. There are a few REAL and COMFORTABLE chairs that you sit in for your pedicure, The manicure tables are immaculate and aesthetically pleasing. Everything is well thought out and organized just so well.
I LOVE how beautiful Me & T is. Really.
Me & T offers everything from manicures and pedicures to lash enhancements, spray tanning and hair care! I’d almost say it was a one stop shop. You can check out what they offer on their services page. Also, it certainly helps that they have a candy bar… mmmmm licorice!