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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Booze News: Let Smirnoff Seltzer Upgrade Ya

Can We Get a Window Seat?

Smirnoff Spiked Seltzer Raspberry Rose
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We clearly have holiday travel on the brain. We recently suggested shoes that make the TSA line more bearable, and now we're giving you the scoop on how middle-seat fliers can potentially get their seats upgraded by Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer.

The brand recently announced that from today until December 14th it's "bringing fun to the un-fun" by spending up to $50,000 on upgrades for adult travelers with a middle seat ticket on a U. S. direct, non-stop flight taking place between December 17, 2018 and January 31, 2019. To enter, hopeful travelers just have to share their seat assignments (securely) via SmirnoffSeltzerUpgrade.com. A panel of judges will then decide which entrants are most deserving of seat upgrades of $3,125 or less. 

“The holidays are the best. Traveling for the holidays though…the worst,” said Krista Kiisk, Brand Director, Smirnoff Seltzer. “We believe that there is an opportunity for fun in any moment, whether it’s finding delicious flavor in a drink that contains zero sugar or embracing the chaos of holiday travel. Smirnoff Seltzer’s holiday campaign and commitment to spend up to $50,000 to rescue as many people as possible from the misery of the middle seat is helping people find that fun.”

So, do your travel plans deserve a #funofakind upgrade? Click below.

Smirnoff Sparkling Spiked Seltzer Seat Upgrade details.

*Remeber to enjoy responsibly. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Shoes Clues: The Best Styles for Stress-free Travel

Stay Fly on the Fly


'Tis the season to be trippin' (literally for many,  mentally for some), and many of us will be hitting the road for the various holidays between now and the end of the year. Whether you're heading home or escaping it, one thing is certain- you do NOT need any extra stress while traveling. And we do NOT need to see ONE MORE PERSON holding up the security line at the airport because they're fumbling with boots or shoelaces. Also, who else is over seeing socks + pool slides worn as fashion? There are a few who can still make it look good, but we'd like everyone else to give it a rest. OK. Rant over. Now for our suggested style solutions. Think comfort, convenience AND cute/cool factor.

Amusing Mules


United Nude Lev Mia Furry Mules with Wedge Heel

Just when we thought furry mules were starting to look a little tired, United Nude introduced one in a commanding shade of blue with a contrasting low, architectural heel (buy HERE). Mules get double points because they're not only airport-approved, but also great for those attending gatherings at shoes-off houses. No time (or desire) for a pre-trip pedicure? Here's your chance to experiment with fun socks.


Slip-on Sneakers


Melissa Slip-on Sneakers

Slip-on sneakers are a go-to for us. They're comfortable, versatile and high on our convenience scale. This PVC pair from Melissa has the look of a lace-up flatform with the ease of a slip-on, plus the added bonus of being rain-friendly. Buy HERE.



Smoking Slippers that Shine


Katy Perry Turner Jeweled Smoking Slipper

There's something about smoking slippers... they exude casual elegance. They say the wearer has class but also a sense of humor- especially if they're bejeweled. Katy Perry Collection's Turner is a dazzling option, especially if you're heading straight from your travels to the dinner table. Buy HERE.


Easy-On-And-Off Oxfords


Nine West Walkable Metallic Flats

The original smart shoe, the oxford has long represented sartorial intelligence and utility. This "Walkable" style from Nine West continues that tradition with a pointed cap toe and studs where laces would normally go. Inner elastic inserts mean you can slip them off and back on in a snap. It's available in a number of colors, but this high-shine pewter is our favorite. (Snag a pair HERE. We hear they're on sale.)


Tricked-Out Chelsea Boots


Azalea Wang Studded Flat Chelsea Boots


Chelsea boots have been around for ages, but they stepped to the forefront of fashion a few years ago and have managed not to fade back to the fringes. The "Hold On" boot from Azalea Wang upgrades the standard style with studs and rhinestones. The elastic gores on the sides make them easy to remove and then put back on with only one hand (though reviews say they have a narrow fit, so consider going a half size above your norm). Snag them at Akira.


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Trend Talk: The Snakeskin Booties Our Editors Want RN

Snake your Booties


We're smitten with all the snakeprint shoes out this season, especially the black and white (or cream) ones. What was once an affinity became more of an obsession when we gave you guys the scoop on   block-heel ankle boots Kristin Cavallari wore this summer. Now there are SO many more options. and they run the gamut from low to high and stiletto to block heeled--not to mention the embellishments. Here are a mere few of the pairs we're currently craving:

Just Bead It

Steve Madden beaded snake print boot

A quintessential silhouette-- the pointed-toe, stiletto-heeled bootie-- now with an extra does of cool, thanks to metal beads along the sole. This "Worthy" ankle boot from Steve Madden (available via Amazon for $139.95)  complements ripped vintage jeans, a folkloric maxi dress or something sleek and metallic. The key is to play around with prints and proportions.

Have a Moment of Transparency


Snake booties with mesh toes from Nasty Gal

It's a boot. Or is it a sandal? It almost looks like both (although, we advise you not to call it a "Shandalboot," lest you cause a scandal by stealing Tracee Ellis Ross's term for her favorite Stella Hues boots). However, this "Snake Away" bootie from Nasty Gal ($70) is actually an ankle boot with a mesh front. Rock this style barefoot, or go wild with sparkly socks (and please show us if you do).

Find a Unique Angle


Snake print and perspex wedge bootie by Ego Shoes

One thing is clear- the perspex trend in footwear is still holding strong. If you're not into maintaining your pedicure when it's chilly out, but you still want to dip your toe into the trend, consider this "Turnaround" bootie from Ego Shoes ($56.99). It's clear wedge gives it the illusion of a gravity-defying feat.

Try a Dab of Ranch


Western looks are everywhere at the moment, and we love this high-heel "Homage" to urban cowgirls everywhere from Jeffrey Campbell ($185). With a pointed toe, slanted block heel and elasticized gore for slipping on and off, it's a lotta bit country and a little bit rock and roll. But really, it makes us want to jam to "Pony" by Ginuwine.

Strap Up



Qupid belted flat snake print ankle boots

When the day calls for flats, we fancy this buckled bootie by Qupid (Available via ASOS for $51). Small studs accent the straps for extra edge. Wear these now with kick-flare trousers and a turtle neck, then bring them back out for the grunge takeover that's headed our way.




Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Booze News: Only 100 Bottles Exist of Johnnie Walker's Rare Whisky

Tastes Like Money



John Walker Master's Edition whisky decanter and box
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Johnnie Walker is getting gussied up for the holidays with a rare luxury liquid and an artful decanter and box set to house it. The triple-matured John Walker Master's Edition was crafted from six rare whiskies, each aged for a minimum of fifty years and drawn from distilleries that existed during the lifetime of founder John Walker. Only one hundred of bottles of this exclusive expression exist. Speaking of bottles, this hand-selected spirit is presented in individually numbered double-cased black crystal decanters by Baccarat. Those artful creations are then packaged in cabinets made by N.E.J. Stevensen, Cabinet Makers by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.
According to tbe brand (you didn't REALLY think we'd get to sample this one, did you?), John Walker Master's Edition presents notes of black currant and citrus, which give way to rich dark chocolate and then finishes with cooling menthol and subtle smokiness. If you're looking to purchase this cask-strenght (86.6 proof) elixir, expect to spend at least $25,000.