About Me


Hi, I'm Jacquie! I am a 20-something newlywed born and raised in New York, currently living in Northern Virginia with my husband. I work for a company that helps small businesses with their social media and online visibility.

I graduated college with a degree in psychology (with minors in biology and anthropology) in 2011. After I graduated I worked at the Bronx Zoo, as well as a doggy daycare, and I had to lose my rainbow hair, and wear a uniform to both jobs. Self-expression is so important to me and I found that my life was really lacking in that department.

In November of 2011 I started this blog as a way to document the one form of self-expression I had left: nail art. Over the years I reclaimed my passion for makeup and style, and decided to give my blog a peek into that world as well.

Why Claws Up? I have been a huge fan of Lady Gaga, or a Little Monster, for years. She is always telling her fans to express who they really are, and to put our "paws up." Since this blog began as a nail blog, I changed "paws" to "claws", and Claws Up was born!

Come explore my little corner of the blogging world!

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