This was the first time that we had visited a beauty show in the USA and it was also the first time we had been an exhibitor. It was a lot of work for Bob to organize the booth and make sure everything arrived from Sweden. He was quite nervous about it all, but everything went well and we didn't have any big problems.
We arrived on June 4th, two days before the show opened so that we had time to make any last minute arrangements. Like many other nail techs we rented a condo (apartment) in the Hilton Grand Vacations holiday village. The condo was very big with it's own small kitchen, two bathrooms (one with jacuzzi!) and overall it was very nice. There were restaurants in the village and a swimming pool.
On Saturday night (June 6) we went to a BBQ evening that was arranged by the Beauty Tech nail forum (www.beautytech.com). We had a lovely time meeting old friends and meeting nail techs from all over the US, and other countries. Here's some photo's from the evening:
Here are some photo's Bob took before the show opened. You can see our little booth and under the TV a picture frame that contains some of my nail designs. I like to use picture frames for these as it makes a good impression. The nail tips are mounted on a black velvet cloth. All of the visitors to our booth were interested to see these and get some ideas for their own nail art!
On Sunday and Monday I was an Educator at the show. Each presentation was 1 hour and I showed different nail art techniques. We were told to expect 10 to 15 people to each education, so we were very surprised and delighted that on the first day more than 50 people came! In total more than 90 people came to both classes and I met some wonderful people.
Thanks to everyone who met us at the BBQ evening, visited our booth and came to my classes! It was lovely to meet you all.