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 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:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Booze News: Applebees' Dollaritas—Margaritas for a Dollar

Holla for a Dolla

Applebees Ddllarita Margarita
Applebees Dollarita/ Courtesy Photo
Starting today, you can get margaritas for a dollar (AKA "Dollaritas") throughout the month of October at Applebees restaurants as part of the chain's national celebration of Applebee's Neighborhood Appreciation Month. You don't have to wait until happy hour, either. At participating locations, you can get your drink on for $1 any time of day (as long as it's legal to sell alcohol at that hour). Oh, please tip your bartender at least a dollar per drink. He or she is still doing the same amount of work and providing the same level of service as he or she would if you were paying regular price.Than brings your price up to two bucks per drink... still NBD. All the cash you don't spend at happy hour can go to your shoe fund. Yay!

Speaking of shoes, we suggest flats when consuming dollar-priced drinks (though we also STRONGLY suggest drinking plenty of water between each one and imbibing responsibly). Here are few fun, purse-friendly styles:

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!