Why do I enjoy going to Jill Zarin’s Luxury LadiesLunch every year? Besides the proceeds going to thyroid cancer research (a subject that has really hit home for Jill and her longtime husband, fabric king Bobby Zarin, who Skyped in from his hospital bed to great guests), the event gives guests the opportunity to network with experts in beauty, fashion and health.
This year, two tents were set up where guests got to visit reps from their favorite brands and receive samples. I was thrilled that GrandeLash MD was there for a repeat performance. Guests walked away with products from their wonderful eyelash, brow and lip lines (yes, these products all really work but it was GrandleLash that put them on the beauty biz map seven or eight years ago). VIP guests were treated to NuFace anti-aging skin devices which are currently the rage of the anti-aging industry. There were massage chairs, makeover stations and plenty of food in the Zarin’s backyard–and even a plastic surgeon on hand with before and after photos of his latest breakthrough procedures.
The beautiful pool area featured the wonderful pressed panini sandwiches by Antico Noe. I visited and reviewed this adorable and authentic eatery on 53rd between Second and Third Avenue in Manhattan two years ago and it shocks me that Michael the manager always remembers my mother and I coming in when I see him at Jill Zarin’s event. There was a fantastic veggie and mozz panini named after Jill Zarin just for her party. On Jill’s grill were different cuts of insanely buttery and tender wagyu beef from New York Meat Prime Beef which totally blew my mind.
The only thing missing from Jill Zarin’s widely heralded yearly outing were the boat trips guests usually got to go on via the dock directly on the bay behind her modern Southampton home. Thankfully, it was cooler outside than other years.
And in case you are curious, yes, many other stars of the Real Housewives series do come to Jill Zarin’s Lux Lunch. I did see Luann sans the hubby she is divorcing after less than a year of marriage looking great as well as a few of the Atlanta Houewives crew!