Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Good Golly Miss Giada
I have a terrible addiction to The Food Network. And I know there are many who share my addiction. I'm sure there is a therapist out there who could talk me blue in the face about why I like watching other people make gorgeous and complicated food in pristine kitchens and then go out to eat, but what's the point? I would rather sit on the couch and ponder what color nail polish Giada De Laurentiis is wearing and how she keeps her perfect nails so perfect.
As many of you probably already know, Giada De Laurentiis is the star of Everyday Italian on The Food Network. She makes gorgeous looking Italian recipes that are often skewed towards a lighted and Americanized palate. She films in a beautiful, light, open kitchen somewhere in California and stays impossibly perfect looking while cooking.
Because 90% of her show is focused on the lush food that she cooking, there are many close-ups of her hands. In every shot, she has the most perfectly manicured nails in a shade of baby pink.
For the longest time, all I could wonder is: what color nail polish she was using?
(The second curiosity was how in God's name she stays so thin while constantly eating. I mean, c'mon! The woman is a toothpick with a really big head. Why is nature so good to some and so mean to others?)
I have always been partial to the Essie Mademoiselle/Ador-a-ball/Ballet Slippers trifecta. I layer them, I wear them alone, I line them up on my nightstand and admire them in all their sheer elegant glory. I was convinced that it was one of these colors that adorns Giada's nails. The good money was on Ballet Slippers.
I recently attended a book signing for Giada's new book, Giada's Family Dinners, and while I was up there with my friends gushing about her fabulous Chicken Tetrazzini recipe I suddenly blurted out, "What color nail polish do you wear on the show?"
My friends were mortified, as this was obviously the dumbest question ever, but she answered immediately. "Bubble Bath by OPI." She said that everyone thinks it is a Essie color, but she prefers OPI because they hold up better during all the washing of dishes and tearing of bread and such.
I (of course) ran out and bought Bubble Bath and plan on doing a home manicure for my big trip to the Left Coast this weekend. I'm hoping it will stand up to the grueling drive to Dulles and the endless turning of pages on the airplane. And then there is all that smog! This will be quite a test run.
What do you think? Do the OPI colors stay on better than the Essie ones?