Book: How I Nailed It!
Author: Leighton Denny
Publisher: Leighton Denny
Available: Out now in Kindle format
If you enjoy this book you might like: D.V by Diana Vreeland
Summary: Building his multi-million pound empire from scratch, Leighton went from forklift truck driver to inventor of the world‘s most expensive manicure and launching his luxury clinic in one of UK’s most prestigious establishments, Harrods. His roller-coaster life from school dropout to multi award-winning entrepreneur is never short of drama, intrigue and showbiz encounters, but above all, it is an inspirational story of how one boy’s unyielding determination led straight to success!
How are your weeks going? It’s been so lovely to get some sunny weather – actually feels like summer!
As I’ve mentioned before, my biggest love after books is all things fashion and beauty, so I was very excited to receive a copy of nail artist Leighton Denny’s autobiography. He’s done manicures for Kate Moss, the Spice Girls, Dita Von Teese, Jade Jagger, Mariah Carey… the list is endless! It was so interesting to hear the backstage stories he has, although I really liked that he didn’t reveal too much – he was very respectful of the fact that this is his autobiography, not a book about what other celebrities get up to.
The whole book is very glamorous, from wanderlust-inducing holidays to meeting some of the world’s biggest celebrities. It made me feel like I should stop reading, get off the sofa and go and start my own business! (But then of course I immediately decided I would prefer to read so I didn’t move an inch hehe). This is definitely a great book to take on holiday – I got a major case of the stay-at-home-blues (yes, they’re a thing) because of all the amazing things that Leighton has done over the course of his career.
It was really interesting to read about how Leighton went about setting up his business, starting off as a mobile nail therapist to eventually owning his own global brand. I would have liked to read a bit more about what was going through his mind – there’s a lot of detail of what he had to do, for example getting more clients and picking colours etc, but it would have been great to get a bit more of his thought process, i.e why he picked certain polish colours etc.
One of my favourite things about the book is Leighton’s complete honesty with his readers. He reveals setbacks he faced, whether he was to blame or not. The start of the book is his description of a particularly low point in his life, and it was so refreshing to have someone admit that actually, the glamorous life does have its downsides.
If you’re really into beauty and nail art, you definitely want to give this a read!
What have you all been reading?