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East/West: Nikki Pelusi Blahusch & Marco Pelusi

Maggie Mulhern | July 10, 2011 | 6:19 PM

The Pelusi family has been in the professional beauty business for what seems like forever. Siblings Marco and Nikki, living on separate coasts, cultivated an early love for the business. “As a child, I remember everyone around the dinner table talking about the family hair care business,” reminisces Marco.

Now, smack in the heart of West Hollywood, Marco operates The Marco Pelusi Studio and has also established his own product line. Nikki resides in her hometown of Pittsburgh, where she serves as product education director for Philip Pelusi. Here, the two share their favorite things and memorable experiences.


East/West: Nikki Pelusi Blahusch & Marco PelusiNikki Pelusi Blahusch

Favorite beverage: Simi Cabernet Sauvignon

Guilty pleasure: Watching reruns of 1970s Columbo episodes

Favorite get-a-away: anywhere with my husband!

Favorite product: Philip Pelusi Illusion Anti-Aging Color Treatment

Favorite tool: Philip Pelusi Shaper Brush

Favorite restaurant: Union Square Café, New York City

Favorite color: Aubergine, because it looks great on almost everyone.

On my iPod: Jazz icon Chet Baker

Favorite store to buy clothing: Barneys and Filene’s Basement

Favorite magazine: WWD

After work I love to: Make jewelry sculptures (ask me about them!)

Best movie I ever saw: The Wizard of Oz

Biggest inspiration: Claude Monet, because of his brilliant use of color.

Biggest tip: Your look should evolve with age.

Can’t wait to: Go to Italy again.

Favorite family memory: My grandmother teaching me how to manicure my nails when I was a little girl.



East/West: Nikki Pelusi Blahusch & Marco PelusiMarco Pelusi

Favorite beverage: Toss-up between Perrier and Starbuck’s Iced Americanos.

Guilty pleasure: Just about anything with sugar in it, unfortunately.

Favorite get-a-aways: Palm Springs and Vegas

Favorite product: My leave-in conditioner (Marco Color Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner)

Favorite tool: Foils

Favorite restaurant: Il Piccolino on Robertson in Los Angeles

Favorite color: Chocolate brown because it can be worn with jeans, a brown belt, shoes, jackets, everything. It goes with black.

On my iPod: ’80s music and Jamiroquai

Favorite store to buy clothing: I am addicted to True Religion jeans.

Favorite magazine: Details

After work I love to: Relax as much as possible.

Best movie I ever saw: What Lies Beneath with Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford.

Biggest inspiration: People who are tenacious and strong-willed with major follow-through.

Biggest tip: $200

Can’t wait to: Get to Europe again, specifically Milan.

Favorite family memory: Recording ourselves conducting fake television interviews.


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