Christmas Drinks & Festive Nails

Christmas Drinks & Festive Nails

It’s nearly Christmas time! We finished work at 2pm on Friday, raced home to get our glad rags on and headed to the Britomart Country Club to start the festivities.

We ordered our signature bottle of prosecco and excitedly talked about our plans for the Christmas break.

Nails courtesy of Monaco Nail Academy

Earlier in the week I’d popped to Monaco Nail Academy in Ellerslie to have some festive and summery themed nail design done. To all you Brits reading this, I realise that festive and summery in the same sentence doesn’t really make sense but trust me in New Zealand it makes perfect sense!

Nails courtesy of Monaco Nail Academy

The lovely managing director, Penny owns New Zealand’s only full-time, nail specific training academy and the academy prides themselves on super thorough training and incredible support throughout their students entire journey as a Nail Tech.


They do this through their student Facebook page, monthly networking nights where they arrange for students to interact with successful business women they can learn from, monthly ‘Nibbles and Nails’ nights where they get together and play with new trends and see demos for free, and business mentoring programs.

Monaco Nail Academy, Ellerslie

As I’m such a foodie and love socialising we decided to go for a food and cocktail theme and decided on ice cream and martini’s – what could be a better combination?


If you’re a creative person and have ever thought about becoming a nail technician – maybe as a hobby to do friends and families nails or in a more professional capacity, the Monaco Nail Academy seems a great, fun place to learn!

Monaco Nail Academy, Ellerslie

They don’t take appointments as they are specifically a nail training academy but they do occasionally put out a call for volunteer models so keep an eye on their Instagram page if you fancy being a model one day.

Monaco Nail Academy, Ellerslie

The nails have also stood the test of time and even withstood an hour of swimming here…

Parnell Baths, Auckland

Contact Penny at Monaco Nail Academy by emailing her at or by visiting the website.

As a special treat for my followers, if you enrol in either the Foundation Certificate in Nail Technology or the Basic Gel Technology course at and under ‘How Did You Find Us’ you put Welsh Kiwi you will get $100 off your course fees.





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