3.10.14

the nail files: julep maven meetup

 photo newbutton_zps284b4cd7.jpg

**Link up with us to show off your cute manis (either done by yourself or in a salon), nail polish purchases and/or recommendations, nail polish tips--whatever nail-related thing you'd like! And please use the button and/or link back to this blog. Thanks!**

***

In addition to living life on the physical edge, last Friday, I also went to my first ever Julep Maven Meetup!

What's a Meetup, you ask?

Well, it's a place for Julep enthusiasts to get together and chat about fun pretty polishes and cool beauty products, while sipping perfectly chilled wine and munching on yummy aps.

Okay, so that may not actually be an official description but it sure was my experience! Haha!

It was in the Lobby of the swank-tastic Thompson Hotel, where even the wallpaper was awesome, as it had a black and white faux bookcase pattern and cool, vintage lightbulb dangly chandeliers. There were two glossy white tables set up, one with Julep products and the other displaying a delightful assortment of drinks and snacks. 

I had just gotten my bearings when Jane came up to introduce herself. She was so freaking nice and approachable that I just stood there and stared stupidly smiled. I'd hoped I'd get to meet her but it never even occurred to me that she'd make the first move. Not only that, but at one point, she was serving people drinks while doing a product demonstration for Julep Bare Face Cleansing Oil.

Yes, you read that right, guys and gals, the CEO of Julep was pouring wine and loving every minute. Like, genuinely. And talk about being passionate about products! She knew everything about everything, right off the top of her head. Plus, she was funny. Not only that, but she wanted to get feedback on which products Mavens loved, and things they wished Julep offered. There was even a box to leave suggestions. I've literally never felt like such a valued customer.

I know that right now, Jane kind of sounds like a robot because what CEO is genuinely happy to mingle with customers? (not any I've ever met) But I swear, she's real. Also? She wears marvellous accessories. And that says a lot about a person, in and of itself, doesn't it? No? Just for me then? Haha!


The other Julep rep was Jane's assistant, Lissa, and she was just as awesome! Enthusiastic, warm, and a seriously cool gal who just happens to be the inspiration behind one of my favourite Julep teals: the aptly-named, Lissa. When we were bonding over having first names that people think are short form for something else chatting, she mentioned the polish and it rang a bell because teals are kind of my jam and, sure enough, when I got home, I found that I did a mani with it a few months ago. Haha!

Anyway, between the spread of products, drinks, and snacks, and the two fantastic hosts, it was a super fun couple of hours. Jane and Lissa truly made an enormous effort to make sure everyone was comfortable, and also explain which products they'd brought for us to try. We got previews for November's colours, as well as the holiday collection which is to die. Seriously, people. See that glitter on the far right hand side of the six polishes up there? Its name is Tara and it almost killed me with its beauty.

This picture doesn't come close to doing it justice, but it was the best one I had. 

When that collection comes out, I'm going to be all over it...and then it's going to be all over my nails because, ohemgeeitssofreakingpretty.

Also, because this was a Julep event, I did a special Julep mani, featuring the two colours from my September box, as well as a blue I already had.





So in sum, the Meetup was pretty much the best way to end my Super Fun Friday. It was delightful to connect with other Mavens, and a serious treat to see all the new glitters while hanging with fellow nail polish enthusiasts. If there's ever a Meetup in your area GO GO GO!! (Thanks so much, Jane and Lissa!)

At the end of the event, we each got to pick a polish out of a GIANT pink box, which is when things got a bit hairy, but when the pixie dust settled, there were a few left over. I asked permission, because I'm a geek like that, and I got the go ahead to choose some to give away on the nail files! So if you win, it'll almost be like you were at the Toronto Maven Meetup with me, only better because instead of one bottle, you'll get... 

FOUR!!!

*launches glitter cannon*




So after you link up to show off your pretties, keep scrolling down to enter!

Hope you have an awesome weekend!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

FYI, this giveaway is open internationally, as long as you're aware that the polishes may take forever to arrive at destinations outside of North America. If you're cool with that, I'm cool with paying for the postage. :)





34 comments:

Lulubelle said...

That is so cool about the Maven meet-up! I haven't gotten a Julep box in several months, nice to hear the holiday collection is going to be great! I've been craving deep burgandy and crimson polishes, even though it's still warm where I live:-)

Amy Fashion Blog said...

That so cool you got to meet the CEO of Julep. I so can't wait to see what you will do with the new polish's

I'm Hosting BBCA(Blogging for breast cancer awareness). I hope you will join in. Read more about it on my blog. http://amyfashionblog52.blogspot.de/2014/09/wiww-bbca-announcement.html

So if you do any breast cancer awareness nails please come and link them up.

Amy Fashion Blog said...

I love red and dark colors for fall

aka Bailey said...

I laughed out loud at the "glitter cannon" haha. Meetups like this are just the bee's knees. So fun to hang out with wine and like-minded people, and especially cool that you got to meet the CEO. Love your mani - I almost did a gradient this week too! My favorite fall polish is Essence's Little Miss Sunrise :)

daniela said...

Thompson Hotel! Daaaamn girl! Looks like fun :)

My favourite colours for fall are like...dark reddish and maroony beige colours. Does that make sense? lol

Beth W said...

Dayum, maybe I should go! I'm totally impressed that Jane showed up in Toronto, considering it's based in Seattle. Props for a company that cares! I'm still waiting for Beth polish (not exotic enough of a name?) but maybe they'll have a Jennie next? ;)

Beth W said...

AND HEY! You're on the Julep blog! http://www.julep.com/blog/maven-meetup-recap-thank-toronto/

Toria Mason said...

Wow, that sounds like such an amazing night! And incredible that Jane was such a lovely woman! Sounds so humble! And your mani, especially that gradient with the glittery tips, gahhh so gorgeous!!

And as for my favorite autumn colors for polish, I'd say burnt oranges or vampy maroons. :)

Kimberly G said...

That's really cool. I love meeting people & they were really nice too. I'm hoping to meet up with some local bloggers soonish. I still haven't tried Julep, but I see a few colors that look really pretty that you posted.
http;//therantingsofadramaqueensmum.blogspot.com

Kimberly G said...

Oops, I read the question after I already posted. I think my fave fall polishes are either burgandy or dark purple. dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

Tessa Miller-Schweder said...

How fun! I am linking up but it will post tomorrow!

Joey said...

Girl. I've sucked at life lately. This mani is amazing, and I'm totally jealous of your whole experience <3

blew415 said...

Chocolate brown is my fav

Caryn M said...

brown, gold or orange

Melody said...

Dark red and brown.

Marta K said...

I love "wine" and dark green!! Or dark purple!

Colleen Boudreau said...

I like a deep plum color.

Niki T. said...

I'm really loving plum shades this Fall. Thank you for having the giveaway!

Elizabeth said...

I usually go for any shade of blue, but for fall, I like greens, especially darker shades.

TriGirl said...

How very cool!! I'm not entering because I love to paint my nails but a) I don't do the linkups, and b) shipping from Canada to here is a pain. I'm glad you had such a good time--that glitter looks pretty glorious!

Sara Foster said...

I love dark purples and reds for fall! And burnt oranges. And darker greens. Okay, I can't pick just one!

lilliesandsilk said...

Hello Jennie!

Your nails are so pretty and I absolutely love the colors too! Thanks for hosting the link up and have a good evening ;)


Carissa
Lillies & Silk

Lulu said...

I prefer burgundy and khanki/olive shades for fall!

dorofte alexandra said...

dark reds , purple

isa val said...

red and dark! thanks, lovely chance!!!
mail cogitoergosum8587@yahoo.it
Please contact me via email if I win! Thanks so much!

Monica B said...

I like dark colors like plums, navy and burgandy for fall!!

ilaria carraro said...

I like. Blue

Timothy D said...

My wife loves nail polish. This would be great for her. She usually goes with darker colors.
timothyj228@gmail.com

Ľubaša said...

I love brown shades for autumn...
Lubka K.

trillina palemi said...

i love blue

Amanda Lawson said...

My go to fall colour is a velvet silk like red. :) Thanks for the chance!

Dana Feldman said...

My favorite fall shade is MullHolland by Cult Cosmetics

Natasha K said...

dark purples !

T Iv. said...

red wine color