Thursday, January 8, 2015

Vicki Peters

As the Legend Passes On, My Close-Knit Nail Family and I Pay a Tribute to the One and Only Vicki Peters.

I gathered some of the movers and shakers in the industry to help me pay tribute to our legend.
Thanks to all who agreed to be a part of this small history.

I Honor and Pay this Tribute to Vicki Peters as a Friend, a Peer, a Cheerleader and a confident to me and so many of our Nail Professionals. I do not only speak for myself, but for many. A humble spirit, always willing to roll up her sleeves to help another Nail Professional, Vicki Peters left a mark in your life when she met you. To know Vicki is to know she was honest regardless if you needed honesty at that moment. I have known Vicki for over 2 decades (I am telling my age), but every time I saw or spoke to her she always taught me something new as well as connect me to some one else.

I was a newbie in the industry, confused and lost. I saw an acrylic filing system class and I thought to myself, “I am really bad at this. I should take this class.” I had no idea there was a SYSTEM to filing nails. I sat in that class for three days to learn how to lay my acrylic and how to file nails from the Legend Vicki Peters, Founder of the Peters Prospective.

I left Vegas going to DC feeling confident that I could cut my filing time by over 20 min. A year later, I saw Vicki at the Nails Magazine show (back when they had a trade show), and she still remembered me and asked about my filing and my business. My first electric file I purchased from Kupa, and I still support that Brand because of Vicki. What a dynamic force. She encouraged me to come into the industry full time. I can truly say Vicki lived the life she was destined to live. You really have lived when you deposit something in the lives of people you are not sure you will ever see again. I do not think I have ever thanked her like I should have. Yes, I thank her but not the way I should have. I told her last year I was going to teach a class on her Cruise this year. She called me every year, asking me and I said yes for 2015, not knowing that our father in heaven had a different nail appointment for her. I told her I will see her when I came to LA in January; I will instead feel her in spirit on the floors of the ISSE.

Life is short my dear friends. Celebrate the people you love now. If you feel in your spirit to call them, do just that. Celebrate now and live your best life now with those you love and admire. All that matters is today.

Janice Jordan
Minx Nails

" I only recently had the fortune of meeting Vicky Peters yet I feel like I have known her for years. She has been a true leader in the industry, when I did meet her by accident my jaw dropped and and I was in awe to finally meet the woman who had done so much. She was quick to tell me what was wrong with Minx and what I needed to do to fix things. I could feel her passion and enthusiasm. And of course she was right. My heart goes out to her friends and family. God bless you Vicki Peters."

Millie Haynam
Pro Beauty Girl

" I met Vicki Peters at a Cleveland Barnum Fashion Focus in 1994. I took a class on goal setting with her and was so inspired I stayed after to talk to her. I explained to her my situation briefly, that I was a cosmetologist that also had a passion for nails that was at the moment home with two young children and wanted to plug back into the industry. She pointed her finger at me and said “You need to be an educator”. She walked me down to the show floor and introduced me to three regional managers of nail companies and told them I would be following up with a resume. I did just that and by the fall Cleveland Nail Focus I was working as an educator for one of those companies. That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. We did the show circuit for many years together and I always looked forward to my “Vicki” time. She was a great friend, mentor and had a brilliant mind for this industry. Her wealth of knowledge never ceased to amaze me and we shared a passion for this industry. I was fortunate to be one of the many techs she took under her wing and she always had great feedback on any ideas or projects I was working on. It was through Vicki I started writing for the trade magazines and gained the confidence to write my three books. She was candid in her input and never sugar coated what I needed to hear, a refreshing confidant I could always count on. Vicki was a true trailblazer and so many of us have the opportunities we do because of the path she cut before us. I consider myself fortunate to have met her, will be forever grateful to have known her and always thankful for her mentorship. I know I have grown both personally and professionally under her wisdom, I will miss her terribly. There will never be another Vicki. She was truly one of a kind."

Holly L Schippers
Finger Nail Fixer

" Vicki Peters was a friend and mentor to many in the industry. She believed in sharing knowledge with everyone in need and was willing to help push any who would work hard. Her no nonsense brand of love for the industry helped many, including myself, find footing in the nail world and succeed. Her loss will be felt industry wide and her light will shine on in those to whom she shared her flame as they endeavor to continue "paying it forward" as well as making her proud."

Lucien Henderson
Empower Nail Art

" Vicki Peters always blessed me with her uncensored opinions and advice, often solicited and frequently not. Her words, wisdom and style changed my product, my business and myself. This is true for a great many of us, and now we can't pay her back. But that's the way it went, and maybe it is fitting. Maybe Vicki's legacy is that we honor her by paying forward, as she always did. That we continue her example of sharing and contributing, to elevate each other and our industry."

Doug Schoon
Schoon Scientific

" Vicki Peters was my very dear friend and close confidant. I will always remember her warm smile and the kind-hearted way she dealt with life in general. She was truly an amazing person and a tremendous inspiration to many, including me.
I will never forget her."

Athena Elliott
Nail Talk Radio

Nail Talk Radio

" Vicki Peters was my nail sis, confidant and FEMTOR for 18 years. I owe her so much for guiding my career and I will miss her very much. Vicki helped define and shape our industry from the time a nail tech starts school to continued education, and helping techs break out of the bottle with nail competitions. The challenge now for the nail community that mourns the passing of this great woman is to embrace Vicki’s vision, that no tech should be left behind when it comes to education. Her devotion to all nail professionals especially for students is obvious because she leaves behind a new generation of industry leaders who embrace her teachings. Long live her legend, Vicki Peters. "

Friday, December 19, 2014

Men's Day Saturday at Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge, featuring Bluffa Jo Cosmetics

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas at Maisie Dunbar Spa Lounge, featuring Bluffa Jo Cosmetics

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Fox 45 Balitmore Bluffa Jo Cosmetics Holiday Makeover Segment

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Message of Appreciation and Gratitude

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Top MBE 2014

It was such an honor to be the ONLY Beauty-related business in a group of other amazing businesses. As a Beauty Professional, I felt very proud of not only my accomplishment, but as a single Mom who did not take "no" as an option and made it against all odds. As a Mid Atlantic Region Top 100 MBE recipient, I share this to invite you to celebrate with me.

I Love The Beauty Industry.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fortune V (5) Water

Dr. Tahisha B. Brooks, OBL (Official Boss Lady) & Chairwoman of the Official BOSS Network Corporation, set out to create FORTUNE V (5) spring water as a high-class exclusive product of quality that co-exists with her established network empire for business leaders and professionals. Originally from a natural spring specific to a region of the floral Mountains where Rhododendron grows, FORTUNE V (5) water goes through a careful 8-step purification process to reach its trademark smooth, revitalizing crystal taste.

To gather more insight about Fortune V (5), you can review my interview with Dr. Tahisha B. Brooks below:

How did you decide on the name?

Dr. Brooks:

" I created FORTUNE V (5) Water from my network called The BOSS Network Corporation. I knew the importance of having a product to co-exist within your network was one of the key elements of network engagement and survivorship. I had a passion for product development and I wanted to stay focused on the exclusivity for the CEO's, Executives the FORBES and Fortune 500's of the World. Therefore, FORTUNE V (5) Water was an easy yet ideal solution to justify the 5 principles of success: 1) Knowledge 2) Power 3) Giving 4) Wisdom and 5) Investment. "

When did you get started and why water?

Dr. Brooks:

" We started the process and development of the brand April of 2013. We understand that water is a recession proof product that is essential for survival among all living beings. Our passion is to educate people on the importance of water and how it shapes our lives and our health. "

What is the difference between Fortune V and the regular Alkaline water?

Dr. Brooks:

" By educating our consumers with the knowledge of glass vs. plastic; we are following a standard of quality, excellence and safety for our consumers. We take great pride in our exclusivity. FORTUNE 5 Water will remain in high-end establishments for the exclusive customers. We are also proud to have won 1st Place in the Digital Printing Division for the 2014 28th Annual Excellence Awards through Package Printing. We are aware of other alkaline waters that are out there....however, most are still plastic. At least with glass, the content and Alkalinity is preserved and retained with a longer shelf-life. Every medical, research facility, hospital, and/or labortory utilizes glass. Glass lasts for centries and can with-stand levels of heat; that plastic could not. Our Alkaline levels are 7.6-7.9. Even though other Alkaline water levels are higher than ours, some still are served and sold in plastic bottles. We take great pride in serving our exclusive brand in glass bottles. "

What are the benefits of Fortune V?

Dr. Brooks:

" One of the many benefits of FORTUNE V (5) Water is our signature glass style bottle, as well as our larger 20oz bottle with a bar top cork for your fine dining experience. Therefore, we become an exclusive asset to the company that carries our product, event coordinators, caters, and so forth. Other benefits of FORTUNE V (5) Water is it's glass appearance. Most plastic bottles are typically made with BPA chemicals; that alter the human hormones with a mimicking estrogen that causes cancers and other serious health issues in the body. Especially, if the plastic bottles are left in an heated environment like your car or the trunk of your car. "

Where can we find it?

Dr. Brooks:

" Our product FORTUNE V (5) Alkaline Premium Water reaches Abodes of FORTUNE in exclusive high-end market places such as:

1. Country Clubs

2. Yacht Clubs

3. Hotels, Resorts, Spas

4. High-end Retail Stores/Boutiques for elite clientele (Saks 5th, Bvlgari, Gucci...etc.)

5. Weddings

6. Restaurants, Lounges

7. Private Airline Companies

8. Cruise Liners

9. Events, Grammy's, Red Carpet, Birthday Parties, Anniversary...

10. Swag Bag Gifts

11. High-End Car Dealerships (Maserati, Bentley, etc...)

and many more places of FORTUNE! We are also available for individual personal or private use as well. You may reach us at www.FORTUNE5Water.Info or (202) 710-8534 for additional information.

Let us know how the Award Winning FORTUNE 5 Water can be a part of your network or your next event. Thank you for your time. "

"You will enjoy the smooth taste of FORTUNE V and experience the heritage, wealth and the power of a 'FORTUNE.'"

FDA Table of Various Types of Bottled Water
Type Definition
Artesian Water Water from a well tapping a confined aquifer in which the water level stands at some height above the top of the aquifer.
Mineral Water Water containing not less than 250 ppm total dissolved solids that originates from a geologically and physically protected underground water source. Mineral water is characterized by constant levels and relative proportions of minerals and trace elements at the source. No minerals may be added to mineral water.
Purified Water Water that is produced by distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis or other suitable processes and that meets the definition of "purified water" in the U.S. Pharmacopeia, 23d Revision, Jan. 1, 1995. As appropriate, also may be called "demineralized water," "deionized water," "distilled water," and "reverse osmosis water."
Sparkling Bottled Water Water that, after treatment and possible replacement of carbon dioxide, contains the same amount of carbon dioxide that it had at emergence from the source.
Spring Water Water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the earth at an identified location. Spring water may be collected at the spring or through a bore hole tapping the underground formation feeding the spring, but there are additional requirements for use of a bore hole.