Getting your nails done is a completely different experience when you’re a mama. What was once a mani/pedi to maintain your style is now a welcome solace from the kiddos or a fun meet-up with your bestie. Whatever the reason, we’re always down for a good polish change, and have to admit, we’re a little jealous of our LA cohorts who have access to do this at the gorgeous boutique salon, Olive & June. Created by Sarah Gibson Tuttle, a former equity sales trader, the concept came to fruition in just 11 months where she now has a loyal celeb and customer base. With three locations (Beverly Hills, Pasadena and Santa Monica) and an online store, we were so excited to chat with this mama who pulled a major pivot from finance to beauty. Read on…
You founded Olive & June with the idea that getting a manicure and pedicure should be downright lovely. We couldn’t agree more! How long was it from when you first had the idea to when you opened the doors to your Beverly Hills shop?
Just under a year. It seems wild to think that it went from idea to opening day in just 11 months.
Do you remember the first time you thought, “we’re going to be a success”? What was happening?
I remember the week that Drew Barrymore hosted a Flower Beauty party at Olive & June (about two months in) and I couldn’t have been happier that someone with such fantastic taste in beauty wanted to host an event with us. It was surreal!
You currently have three locations (Beverly Hills, Pasadena and Santa Monica). Do you have expansion plans? Are your stores franchised or do you own them all?
Absolutely! We own our salons and would love to expand our footprint when the time is right.
You have a huge following on Instagram. Do you manage the account yourself? What do you think has been the secret to it’s growth?
We do! Our secret is how much love and energy we put into it. We really care about every post so much!
You recently launched the perfect post-pedicure sandal dubbed, the “Saturday Sandal.” Genius! Do you have other product ideas in the works? Anything you can share?
Olive you! So glad you love it. We do but can’t share just yet. Good things are coming soon!
The biggest challenge is growing and learning every day.
What has been your biggest challenge in running your business? What have you loved the most?
I could answer this question for days! The biggest challenge is growing and learning everyday. But that’s also the thing I love the most about Olive & June. I am a completely different person than when we started and I’m forever grateful.
You worked in finance in New York for ten years before moving out West and pivoting your career. What is the biggest difference between living on the East vs West Coast?
Life on the west coast is way more laid-back, which is perfect for me because it really balances out my Type A mindset. Also, NY thinks nail art is a trend that they phase in and out of and LA thinks it’s fun all the time.
Olive & June was named after your Great Grandmother and Grandmother. What life lessons did they impart on you? As a wife? Business owner? Mother?
Work hard, love hard, and be kind.
What tips do you have for taking the best care of your nails?
Daily cuticle oil, weekly/bi weekly manis and scrubs are your secret weapon.
What is currently your favorite nail color and brand? What do you think will be the big color this Fall?
Dark blue! Light blues trended all summer and we’re slowly moving darker.
What are your go-to beauty products?
Some people recommend giving your nails a “break,” especially from pedicures over the winter months. What are your thoughts on this?
If you take a break from polish or gel and use oil and scrub consistently, you’ll likely see that your nails and cuticles look healthier from less wear and exposure to polish, removers, etc and more TLC.
We recently worked out with you at Plate Fit in LA! Is fitness a priority for you? How do you fit it into your busy schedule? Do you have other healthy habits you try to incorporate?
What is your favorite thing to do with your daughter in LA?
Ballet class at Sophie Dance. It’s truly the best hour of our week. Sophie is an amazing mother and teacher – major mom goals.
3 pearls of wisdom
Smile a lot.
Be kind but firm.
Let them watch Frozen.