Thursday, September 7, 2017

Trend Talk: How to Wear White Shoes After Labor Day

White is the New Black

Serial Mom no white shoes after Labor Day

Remember when white shoes after labor day were a serious "don't" for fashionable folks? Well, those days are officially gone—at least for now. White shoes are actually a fall 2017 must among the style set. For everyone else, white shoes can be tough enough to pull off during the spring and summer, let alone fall and winter. Fret not if you find the trend a bit challenging. We've got a few tips to help you step confidently into this trend. The first step is actually accepting that white shoes can look great during the chilly seasons and realizing that they should look pretty different from the ones you'd wear May-August.

Wear white shoes after Labor Day

A few things to keep in mind as you start assembling your lewks:
  • Keep the silhouette simple
  • Wear with season-right (and on-trend) outfits—a frilly mini may look like you're still trying to hold onto summer.
  • A black outsole helps keep things season-right and adds a bit of monochromatic edge
  • Don't be afraid to experiment with brightly colored pairings
Here are a few styles and silhouettes we suggest:

The Mule:

Topshop white mules for white shoe trend
Topshop "Juicy" v-cut mules
Whether high or low-heeled, mules are EVERYWHERE this season. And for good reason. They're versatile, easy-on and can be worn throughout at least 3/4 of the year. We love the high v-cut vamp of Topshop's "Juicy" mules. Plus, the mid-height, tapered heel makes them approachably sexy. Whether you wear it with frayed wide-leg jeans, pencil skirts or stirrup leggings, you'll nail the look.  Get them HERE.

The Block-heel Pump

White shoe trend- mid-heel pumps
SMOKE with white sculpted-heel pumps by O.WHEN

Squared toes and marbled, sculpted block heels give these "SMOKE with white" pumps from O.WHEN a modern, architectural feel. These are perfect for those who work in creative offices. Think sleek maxi skirts or trousers... and a red lip that'll leave a nice print on your glass at happy hour. Get them HERE.

The Stiletto Pump

white shoe trend Katy Perry stiletto pumps
Katy Perry "Cecilia" stiletto pumps

Katy Perry's Cecilia pumps are oozing with sparkly fun. The v-cut vamp gives us 90s feels, and the glittery accent makes them perfect for a night out. Hello, LBD or ripped jeans, meet your new party partners. Available via Amazon Prime.

White Jeffrey Campbell Strattford block-heel ankle boots
Jeffrey Campbell "Stratford" Stacked-Heel Bootie

What's autumn if not ankle boot season? That said, a crisp white iteration is the perfect addition to your collection this season. It'll freshen up a sweater and jeans or add a crisp note to a turtleneck and trumpet skirt. Get this block-heel pair of Jeffrey Campbell "Stratford" booties at Shopbop.

Steve Madden Vivacious slouch boots
Steve Madden "Vivacious" slouch boots

Remember that glistening jeweled slouch boot that stopped the world as it strode down YSL's Fall 2017 runway? Well, the silhouette has clearly inspired other brands (luckily for those of us who can't spend 5 figures on shoes). Steven Madden interpreted the cone-heel style in a white boot aptly named "Vivacious", and we must say it's high on our want list. Imagine strutting down the street in a chunky sweater and wrap skirt that exposes just a little thigh... HAWT! Or what about when it's time to hit the club and you go full-on 80s in a denim mini... LIT! Get it HERE.

Will you be trying the white shoe trend this fall? Need help finding a specific silhouette? Let us know. Our Shoe Sleuth is happy to help!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Perfect Pairing: Jeffrey Campbell Mules + Ciroc French Vanilla Cocktails

Shine On!

Between the recent solar eclipse and the astrological shift from Leo to Virgo, just about everyone is feeling the need to get their shine on. We're totally here for it... glow all the way up, no matter your astrological sign. And if you're headed out tonight (or in the near future), your mission—should you choose to accept it—is to step fiercely and sip sparkly.


Courtesy Photo

We've still got our focus on the fiery sun, so we love this Peggy Bundy-meets-Barbie-meets-2017 Minuit Mule by Jeffrey Campbell  (available HERE) in all its orange glory. The slide silhouette, translucent toe strap and metallic footbed lend a 70s disco princess feel. Meanwhile a sculpted lucite column heel brings this sandal into the now. These shoes were made to stand out, just like you.


Courtesy Photo

CÎROC recently launched its French Vanilla ultra-premium vodka and is celebrating it with the creation of a new cocktail— the CÎROC-STAR MARTINI a riff on the "Porn Star" cocktail (those slides up there kinda give those vibes, too, but in a good way. Don't they?). It's a tangy, vibrant drink, with a little passionfruit, the smooth essence of vanilla and an effervescent shot of champagne to add a sparkling finish. Want to make it at home? Here's the recipe:

35ml CÎROC French Vanilla
15ml Passionfruit Syrup
10ml Rhubarb Aperitif
25ml White Peach Puree
5ml Lemon Juice
50ml Champagne (on the side)
Martini glass/ straight up / shake and fine strain
Garnished with half a passionfruit floated in the drink.
Add all ingredients except for the champagne to a Boston tin with ice, shake and fine strain into a large martini glass. Serve champagne in a separate shot glass.

As always, we must insist that you indulge responsibly and legally. Also, we'd love to know your thoughts on these shoes and this drink. If you have shoes you'd like paired with a cocktail, we're at your service!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quick Sips: 3 Cocktails for National Rum Day

On the Rum

Happy National Rum Day! While it's easy enough to toast with a typical rum & coke at happy hour today, why not do something a little different? Today IS a celebration of one of the world's favorite cane spirits, after all. We have a few suggestions below, but before you start sipping, check out a few fun rum facts we previously posted. Now, the drinks:

Morgan Mule Gelatin Shots

Captain Morgan Gelatin Mule Shots

8.5 oz. ginger ale
1.5 oz. fresh lime juice
2 envelops of lime gelatin (approx. 5.5 teaspoons) - If you don't eat pork, there are gelatins out there without it. You just may have to search a bit.

Naked on the Beach

Naked Turtle Rum Naked on the Beach Cocktail

3 oz. Cranberry Juice
3 oz Freshly Squeeze Orange Juice
1 Peach muddled
Fresh Cherries for Garnish

Saville Premium Rumtini

Saville Premium Rumtini Ready-to-Drink Rum cocktail

It's a pre-mixed cocktail made with premium rum and tropical fruits. Just add ice and with fresh fruit.

We hope you enjoy National Rum Day. We insist that you do so legally and responsibly. XO

*Captain Morgan Rum is a product sponsor and occasionally sends Shoes N Booze complimentary bottles.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Booze Review: Viva XXXII Reposado Tequila

Sunshine in a Bottle

Fun fact: tequila is one of the fastest-growing spirit categories in the United States. Here at SNB, we can't get enough of the stuff—especially reposado served neat on a warm day. Consequently, we were excited when woman-owned tequila brand, VIVA XXXII sent us a bottle of their newly released liquid for review.

VIVA XXXIII was founded by Yvonne Niami to bring a luxury sipping tequila to the marketplace at an attainable price. With that goal in mind, the bottle design was kept simple and features a triangle pattern that references the founder's Mexican heritage in a modern way. There's also a philanthropic angle. 10% of net proceeds are donated to animal abuse prevention causes including the ASPCA and SPCALA.

Now for our thoughts on the actual tequila (the reposado is estate grown and rested for 6 months in new American Oak barrels and retails for $45):
VIVA 32 Tequila
VIVA XXXII Reposado Tequia - Photo Credit- Chris T. Ramos 

On the Nose:

Bright, sightly spicy, clean, notes of oak. Generally pleasant.

On the Tongue:

Incredibly smooth with a nice amount of spice but virtually no burn. The flavor coats the tongue for a long-lasting finish and full flavor experience. We noticed herbaceous, or slightly grassy notes, in addition to those of oak and maybe even a little caramel.  It's a bit brighter than some other reposado tequilas we've tried.

Overall Thoughts:

We thoroughly enjoyed this tequila solo, and for a fun twist we tried it with chili-coated mango chunks (delish!). It's a great value for the price and a good entry for tequila novices. The bottle makes a great piece to upcycle after the liquid is gone, too. So we like it as a hostess gift for dinner parties. Oh, and it's heavenly in bloody Marias.

Have you tried this brand before? If not, are there other questions we can answer for you about the flavor? We can talk about this stuff all day! Also, stay tuned for "Perfect Pairings" featuring VIVA XXXII cocktails soon. If you have shoes you'd like paired with a cocktail, let us know!

*Special thank you to our photo sponsor, Chris T. Ramos Photography!