How did you choose your nail look?
I really loved the symmetry of the “Make Amends” design from the Spring-Summer '22 Lookbook. It felt very yin and yang, balancing forces. It’s a nice, gentle reminder that highs will always follow the lows, and everything will find its natural balance. As a business owner, it’s an important thing to remember.
In one word, how does your mani make you feel?
Any funny, nostalgic nail moments? Or your earliest nail memory?
I had this one purple-green iridescent nail polish as a kid that I loved! That very 90s color palette wormed its way into every homemade art project I did for years. I love that color can be such an important part of our lives in that way. I haven’t thought about that polish in decades!
Tell us a bit about Ries and what inspired you to start the brand?
Ries makes the only refillable, reusable travel-size bottle designed for beauty. After years working for brands like Vogue and Allure, I found the experience of traveling with and packing toiletries to be inconvenient at best, and at worst, incredibly wasteful.
Ries is all about the freedom to take care — of yourself and the environment. It's the thoughtful way to be on the move with your beauty routine.
Anything new or exciting in the works for Ries that you want everyone to know?
We’re launching at Sephora! We’re the first refillable beauty travel bottle to ever launch at Sephora, and I couldn’t be more excited.
What are your proudest moments, personal and/or professional?
The entire trajectory of quitting my corporate job to start my own business has made me proud. It’s so much hard work, and I love every moment of it.
What are your holy grail beauty products?
Three of your go-to spots in NYC?
Claud, Prospect Park, and every NYC bike lane.
Your favorite Paintbox products?
Like Wild is the perfect green. And monthly nail art appointments with Chasity are a must!