Discover the stories that make up our Blanche World.
Jamie Yin's professional journey to started with a simple realization. When she came to Canada in 2004, Jamie noticed a gap in the Canadian Nail market. So she took her nails into her own hands. Buying over 200 bottles of nail polish, Jamie taught herself everything that she could about the techniques behind the art of Nails. She went onto train in Shanghai, Japan and at the Akzentz Nails' education center, eventually becoming one of their line Educators. Since then, Jamie has won multiple nail art awards and was recently recognized as one of Swarovski's eighty Authorized Nail Art Educators! We are so thankful that she's at Blanche Macdonald sharing her knowledge in our Nail Studio classrooms.
Though she didn't initially have much experience painting, Chiharu was determined to learn. "I started drawing when I started nails. I hadn't done hand-painting before, so I wasn't too sure, but I gave it a go." This gamble paid off in spades. Chiharu's now spending her days creating intricate hand-painted designs, inspired by her beloved anime and Disney!
Roshanak was a Quality Assurance Officer in a Petrochemical plant in Iran for over a decade before she came to Canada with her young daughter in search of a more creative life. Soon after arriving, she decided to enrol in our Nail Studio program, and ever since, every one of her dreams came true.
Tatiana Tavares is a fierce multi-hyphenate whose talents and dazzling personality are always on display in her beauty studio located in the heart of Vancouver's historic neighbourhood—Gastown! From makeup and lashes to manicures and press-on nail sets, Tatiana is truly a beauty triple threat!
Always having her own nails done, Kristine decided to learn how to do her own nails after high school. It wasn't until she started doing nails on other people that she realized she actually wanted to do nails as a career! Only a handful of years later, Kristine's at-home nail business Kaebaby Nails is booming. She's booked up five months in advance!
Fostered by her love for Japanese nail art and inspired by Nail program grad and Salon owner Keiko Matsui, Catherine set out to open her very own private luxury salon known as Sunday Beauty Boutique in Vancouver's stylish Kitsilano neighbourhood.