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Sips and Tips: Mulled Wine and a Dotted Manicure

Sips and Tips: Mulled Wine and a Dotted Manicure(Source: Dana Burke/StyleBistro)We here at StyleBistro are big proponents of enjoying the little things in life—from a tasty treat to a fresh manicure. So we decided to pair two of our favorite indulgences for a new series we're calling Sips and Tips. In these deliciously fun articles, we'll share with you a recipe for one of our favorite drinks of the moment, as well as a manicure inspired by the beverage of choice. Think of it as just another way to incorporate personal style into every aspect of your life.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we paired a perfect wine sip with a cozy yet classic matching tip. The mulled wine and gin cocktail, created by master mixologist Nick Strangeway, mixes a spirit-lovers favorite, gin, with a classic full bodied red wine. To get the cocktail just right, we called in help from Beefeater and Clos du Bois. And when it came to creating our matching mani, we hit up a local favorite nail artist, Gracie J from @theeditorialnail, to curate a cozy manicure we're calling the Dotted Mani. Get the recipe for the hearty drink as well as the DIY steps for this sophisticated mani below.

Sips and Tips: Mulled Wine and a Dotted Manicure(Source: Dana Burke/StyleBistro)The Sip: Mulled Wine and Gin
Created by Nick Strangeway, London

Ingredients:
One part Beefeater 24
Two parts Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon ($18)
One teaspoon honey
Orange slice
Lemon slice
Orange peel stuck with cloves
One cinnamon stick

Directions:
Heat all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until honey has dissolved. Pour mix into a toddy glass and drink while still warm. Recipe serves one. For greater numbers, just multiply the ingredients by the number of people you wish to serve.

The Tip: The Dotted Manicure

Sips and Tips: Mulled Wine and a Dotted Manicure(Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)Tools:
A deep wine-red nail polish like Feeling Very Cherry by Nicole By OPI or Lost on Lombard by OPI ($7)
OPI Matte Top Coat ($10)
Dotting tool ($12)
Clear top coat

Directions:
Apply your favorite base coat to prep the nail. Apply two coats of the wine red color on all the nails. Let dry and apply one coat of a matte top coat. Once the matte top coat has dried, dip your dotting tool into the clear top coat and place a series of dots on each nail. Dots don't have to be in any particular order. Let dry completely. The result is a droplet-like manicure that ripples like your favorite cocktail! 

Be sure to check StyleBistro's Instagram page for more Sips and Tips inspiration. And join in on the fun by sharing your own favorite drink and manicure combo with the hashtag #SipsandTips. Bottoms up!
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