Best of Seattle: Julep Downtown

I have troll feet. It is an inescapable fact. Mangled, broken, sausage toes cling like barnacles to the ends of my wide, scaly feet. You may also remember that my hands ain’t much to look at, either. For obvious reasons, I try not to wear sandals unless absolutely necessary.  So it should come as no surprise that when sandals are absolutely necessary, I enjoy the occasional mani/pedi to beat my extremities into submission. Last month was no exception, as I was preparing for a week-long triple-date* beach vacation in Hilton Head. With high expectations, I scheduled an appointment for a pedicure and gel manicure at Julep’s salon on 5th.  Continue reading


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Welcome to my blog!

Nouveau Nikki is primarily beauty-focused, with product reviews, tutorials, and general beauty musings. However, my cogitations on lifestyle, fashion, fitness, technology, music, politics, food, observational humor, et al. may bleed into some published content.  It’s sort of a package deal.

For all you Francophiles out there, yes, realize that “Nouvelle Nikki” would be more grammatically appropriate, but (a.) I didn’t want to cause any confusion with Nikki Nouvelle, who is apparently a makeup artist with a credit on a smooth jazz album, (b.) des produits cosmétiques are masculine, so, if you think of me as a cosmetic tool for use in your own beauty aspirations, “Nouveau” works, and (c.) the domain was available.

I’m a 20-something Chicago native and recent transplant to Seattle. I live in Ballard with my boyfriend and small collection of neuroses.

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