Monday, January 12, 2015

Zoya Lael & Julep Brooke

Happy Mani Monday! I had the best weekend, despite the bitter cold on Saturday. BF took me out for an awesome birthday dinner and I received some amazing gifts. He's a keeper ;)

We went to Scarpetta and had a fantastic meal. We arrived on time for our 6:30 reservation and 20 minutes later we were still waiting to be seated. A manager came over with two glasses of Prosecco and apologized for the wait! We finally sat down at 7:00 and ordered two appetizers; the Tuna 'Susci,' which was basically an inside out tuna roll with marinated vegetables rolled up inside, and the Braised Short Ribs of Beef with vegetable and farro risotto. The waitress brought us an extra appetizer, again apologizing for the wait to be seated. The customer service at this place is really outstanding, especially considering that we didn't even complain about waiting! For dinner we both had the famous Spaghetti and it did not disappoint. It was served steaming hot and perfectly al dente. Yum! Of course we had to order dessert (I mean duh you know I love my sweets). BF had the chocolate cake and I had the warm banana bread. Everything was absolutely delicious. Oh, and the bread basket was on point. I highly recommend that you put Scarpetta on your restaurant list.

As promised, here are some pictures of the food.

The appetizers

The amazing spaghetti


The BF really spoiled me with gifts this year! He got me the Rouge Louboutin nail polish (which I rocked over the weekend), Julep's 2014 Gem Collection, a Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. in black with gold hardware, and a beautiful opal Hamsa necklace from Israel!

 Love the packaging for this collection. You can see all of the names of the colors here.

My very special Rouge Louboutin!

Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. in black with gold hardware.

Opal Hamsa necklace on a sterling silver chain.

Onto my nails for Manicure Monday! I have been dying to put on Julep Brooke (my namesake!) that I bought from someone a while back. I used Zoya Lael, a beautiful rich purple with a creme finish. In my search for a dark purple creme, I realized that Lael is the only one I own! I guess I need to look for a few more. I topped it with Julep Brooke, a gorgeous, glittery, flakey purple topper that is everything I hoped it would be. I can't wait to try it over other colors!

If the sun comes out to play this week I'll take some pictures of this beauty in the sunlight. It is so hard to capture those flakies in artificial light! I hope everyone has a wonderful week.


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