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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Booze News: Moet & Amazon Bow Bottles and Bubbles

Meet your New Bottle Girl



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The holidays have basically arrived, and many of us are planning on hosting or attending a holiday party or two. Either way, that tends to mean we'll be buying a few bottles of bubbly. Moët Hennessy and Amazon have teamed up to make selecting (and learning cool facts about) Champagne easier than ever. If you have Alexa, you basically just have to ask her for pairing suggestions, correct pronunciations (of only Moët Hennessy products) and other tips. You can even request a special Champagne-centric playlist. The Alexa skill is actually free, but the bottles of bubbly—not so much. Still... oh, what fun it is to learn, right?


Moët Chandon's Bottles and Bubbles on Alexa

So, are you ready to learn why ice rosè is different from other types? It's time to claim your rightful place as the queen of Champagne (at least in your social circle). Oh, and don't forget to check out our Champagne primer featuring our bubbliest friend, Blaine Ashley, founder of NY Champagne Week and Bull de Reve Champagne. 

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Celebrity Shoe Spotting: Hailee Steinfield in Zvelle

Point-Perfect




Hailee Steinfield in Zvelle Mei Booties


Perfect Pitch 3 star, Hailee Steinfield was recently spotted on the red carpet at 106.1 KISS FM's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 in a pair of seriously sexy lace-up booties with pointed toes a 4-inch stiletto heels. We're not usually fans of black suede shoes in the Shoes N Booze office because of how quickly they fade. However, these Mei booties by Zvelle are triple-dyed to ensure deep, long-life color. They also  have a zipper on the inner ankle, so you don't have to worry about risking your manicure in the name of shoe love, and a gold zipper pull adds a luxe touch. 

Suede Lace-up Stiletto Bootie as seen on Hailee Steinfield

You can snag a pair for yourself in black or eggplant here for $525. If you'd prefer to keep things a little more low-key, they also come in a mid-heel for $515. And if you like the style but want to keep a little more cash reserved for the folks on your "nice" list, here are a few less expensive ways to get the look:

Wondering what to drink when you rock your new lace-up booties for a night out?

Black and Gold Martini


Try a Black and Gold Martini (from our friends at The Spruce). It's got a seductive edge, but it's also pretty sweet with plenty of kick. That's basically the vibe of those boots, right? Whether you're pre-gaming before girls' night out or planning on ordering at the bar, here's the recipe:

Ingredients:
Method:
  1. Pour the Blavod into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Top with Goldschlager.
If you want to learn how to make your own black vodka, Colleen Graham of The Spruce has a suggestion here.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Shoe News: Too Faced to Release Shoes

Beauty and the Feet


Too Faced "Better than Sex" pumps / Courtesy Image


The jury is still out on whether beautiful shoes really are better than sex. Nonetheless, tongue-in-cheek makeup brand, Too Faced has let us all know its stance with a new limited-edition stiletto pump inspired by one of its best-selling mascaras.  Designed by cofounder and creative director, Jerrrod Blandino, the "Better than Sex" shoe features a d'orsay-look silhouette with clear side panels, pink glitter at the toe and heel and winking lashes at the back of the heel. Oh, and the soles actually say "Better than Sex" (so wearing them in the boudoir may either make your lover rise to the challenge or feel a bit stepped-on, depending on his or her level of confidence). The shoe was created in collaboration with Italian vegan shoe brand Mink Shoes and will be available as of October 19th on TooFaced.com as well as at the New York Better than Sex pop-up for $225.

Will you be snagging a pair of these shagadelic pumps? If you love the idea of d'Orsay pumps but want to keep the price under $100, here are a couple of options that also come in sparkly colors...




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Quick Sips: What to Drink on National Vodka Day

Let's Be Clear


Pinnacle Vodka Citrus Fizz cocktail for National Vodka Day
Pinnacle Vodka Citrus Fizz/ Courtesy Image


Do you know what today is? Nope, it's not our anniversary. It's National Vodka Day! That means you should take a shot of the clear spirit with every meal today. Kidding. However, you may want to consider a bloody mary at lunch (if you can be trusted to go back to work after). You could also wait until happy hour and have a martini or some other delicious cocktail. Vodka is so versatile that your options are endless. Typically, it's distilled from Potatoes, wheat or another grain. However, it can also be made from grapes and other fruits. Like we said... versatile. It's produced in more flavors than virtually any other spirit, too. With so many options, it's hard to know what to order at happy hour or buy at the liquor store. Today, we say keep it simple. Afterall, it's only wednesday.

Opt for an easy drink with few ingredients, like Pinnacle Vodka's Citrus Fizz. Here's the recipe so you know what to ask for at the bar (or pick up from the store to try your hand at making it yourself).

Citrus Fizz
  • 1 part Pinnacle® Original Vodka
  • 2 parts Club Soda
  • Garnish with Raspberries
  • Garnish with Lemon Wheel

Preparation: Mix ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with raspberries and a lemon wheel.

Oh, and here are some cute accoutremont for your home bar: