In The VIP Chair: Barla Barla Nails & Spa Lisbon CT

Occasionally, I will go back to a salon to see if they are still operating in the same manner as previously observed during my salon review. The last time I visited Barla Barla Nails and Spa was back in June 2015, although then it was called Diva Nails and Spa – bravo to the owner for changing the name especially as there are so many salons called Diva Nails. The service was outstanding, the salon clean and the ambience buzzing with excited activity. The staff are passionate about their jobs. They don’t just paint nails, they love working at Barla Barla. I could see why, the owner was fun, friendly and charismatic. The customers clearly loved him as well.

My dear friend Alison and I wanted to get our nails done at this salon not just because we knew they would do a great job, but also to pay tribute and honor to a special little girl who had sadly passed away a week earlier, after a four year battle with Neuroblastoma Cancer. I didn’t have the pleasure of personally knowing Evie Weir but I know her aunty and uncle and have followed along with her progress for many years. Like hundreds of others, I have been touched by her strength, courage and faith, and have prayed for a miracle for this precious life. As her inspiring Mother wrote in this beautiful blogEvie, what an honor and privilege it was to be your mummy and daddy. You changed not only our lives forever, but the lives of hundreds of people.” Her big sister summed up Evie’s miracle when she said, “Evie, you don’t have to get sick anymore.”

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Evie loved to have her nails painted, an activity that began while she was undergoing treatment in hospital. It became therapeutic for her, and every time her family sees nail polish or paints their nails they think of Evie. People across Australia started painting their nails in Evie’s honor with the hashtag: #colouryournailsforevie, and so Alison and I did the same. We took a moment to celebrate her life and be grateful for the lives we have, for our beautiful family and friends. The Weir family have shown us how to cherish every precious second with your loved ones, they have shown incredible strength, resilience, love and faith throughout their heartbreaking journey. They themselves have touched lives across the globe with their story of unending love.

Can I encourage you to carry on this special tribute and color your nails for Evie? Let it be a beautiful reminder to not take your life for granted but to cherish every moment with your loved ones.


Until next time,

Ruth Shelling

Ambience: Buzzing with excitement, the staff and owner love what they do and it comes out in the service and atmosphere of this salon.

Cleanliness of salon: Clean salon, despite being full to capacity with people at every workstation.

Polish: Manicure: I used my own Zoya’s Janice polish. Retails $10+.

Polish job & chip factor: My fingers lasted 5-days.

Color range: Vast selection of polish colors, they stock Essie, OPI, CHD, Orly & Dare to Wear.

Customer engagement: Professional, friendly and charismatic. Every customer received a beautiful hand cream as a gift. Such a nice touch.

Price range:  Manicures $15-$30, Pedicures $25-$50 (depending on your treatment).

Ruth Shelling

As the Publisher for, Ruth has 20-years of media, marketing, and sales experience. Currently, she writes the quirky and funny column In the VIP Chair with Ruth Shelling that is all about the crazy salon experiences she has throughout Manhattan and New Jersey.

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