We were invited back to Robert Verdi’s Luxe Laboratory for a fabulous Sunday brunch co-hosted by his friend, the hilarious Ana Ortiz from Ugly Betty with Bud Lime Cocktails and food menu. As a New Yorker, we typically keep sweaters in our stoves, but who would have thought you could make an entire brunch menu (including bellinis and a delicious citrus salad) from a citrusy beer? We’re officially re-evaluating our cocktail options.
Robert is also the consummate host and you never leave his presence without feeling and looking prettier than you did when you walked in. Our favorite manicurist, Lulu from Creative Nail Design, was on-hand to show us some holiday nail tips to go with our holiday festive mood.
For those of us with ragged cuticles (or for those who pick at them), best tip ever: use the gentle side of your emery board to buff the edges down, then apply their CND Cuticle Eraser ($8). Honestly, our hands have never looked smoother.
In the mood for a festive nail color for your holiday outing? Metallics are the way to go, as evidenced by the number of us who left with either a golden shimmer, like their CND Glow Nail Color ($6) or their very dramatic CND Hyde In The Dark Nail Color ($6).