Monday, December 22, 2008

Cutesy Tuesday: Angeleigh Anastasio Briana Pumps & Mistletoe Martinis

A Vision in Sugarplum

You've been jaunting to and from holiday soirees since Black Friday and have worn season-inspired clothing to each one. By now you must be tired of red, gold and green, so wow your crowd in something a little sweeter. Channel your inner sugar plum fairy in a pair of pink pumps like Angeleigh Anastasio's Brianas (available at . Lace-like detailing plus a magenta and silver color combination equals an almost automatic inclusion on Santa's "nice" list. Yet the 4 inch heel and sorta-sensual Swarovski fur accent add just a little bit of "naughty".

What's a Christmas party without a little mistletoe? Even if you don't have someone to smooch, a Mistletoe Martini (recipe and image courtesy of is like a sweet kiss for your taste buds. Drink enough of it, and this confectionary cocktail made of X-Rated Fusion Liqueur and Tanqueray Gin will also have you swooning. Besides, maybe it'll give you the courage to approach the handsome stranger standing in the corner for a dance (and perhaps even a little holiday peck)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Shoe News: Barbie's Louboutins

Red Bottoms for Barbie!

When you think of Barbie shoes, which designer comes to mind? The S&B team automatically thought of Giuseppe Zanotti because of his fun and imaginative style, but it seems Mattel, Inc had a different opinion. It will actually be Christian Louboutin who designs the Barbie Pantone 219 Pink shoes worn in the special runway show Mattel is staging during NY Fashion Week next February. In celebration of Barbie turning 50, they've commissioned fifty undisclosed designers to create Barbie-inspired looks, and each will be worn with Louboutin's specially designed pink shoes. We can't wait to see those shoes (or the outfits they accompany)! We also hope Betsey Johnson is one of the designers in the show.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Don't Mess With Me Monday/ Shoe News: Duck, Dubya!

Shoes & Boos

We interrupt regularly scheduled images of gorgeous shoes and divine drinks to bring you this video. During President Bush's farewell visit to Iraq, one journalist was clearly displeased with Dubya and decided to show it with his shoes.

Now, here is your normally scheduled program in its entirety.

Nail 'Em!

Got a case of the Mondays? Well, if you were the type, you could do what the guy did in Iraq. You love your shoes too much for that, though, and the heels you wear would get you locked up for wielding a deadly weapon. Still, you can fantasize about flinging your Maison Martin Margiela nail heeled booties ( for details) at your backstabbing boss. The fact that you'd wear 4 inch nail of a heel means there's something a bit rigid and intimdating, but the dark brown color and simple styling of the rest of your shoe says you're also reliable. Translation: people should tread lightly in your presence and give you space to work your magic (because you make miracles happen, right?). Oh, and the December issue of ELLE says you'll be right on trend because nuts and bolts are a hit this season.

Celebbrate your having made it through the day without empaling anyone by getting a little hammered. The best way? A rusty nail (photo courtesy of Have the bartender combine a little Drambuie (or a lot if you prefer a weaker drink) with Macallan (or other incredibly smooth) Scotch, as per the recipe. This isn't your typical girlie drink, so you'll earn points with the fellas when you drink this one. Just don't let them buy you too many, or you may get nailed in a different way at the end of the night.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Don't Mess with Me Monday: Strutt Couture Jolene Booties & Godiva Yuletinis

Stay Gold

You had a pretty slow weekend, but you're still in quite the mood today. Could it be that someone in your personal life annoyed you last night? Well, don't take it out on your underlings. Let Ponyboy be your inspiration, and prove Robert Frost's poem wrong. Remain unchanged by external factors, and embrace your resilient "youness" in a pair of gilded heels like these Jolene Booties by Strutt Couture (available at The 4.25 inch heel allows you to rise above all pettiness, and the armadillo-like styling says you've got a tough exterior. However the green symbolizes the freshness of your spirit and the gold nods to your unchanging essence. Yeah, forget what happened yesterday, and work on embracing the new challenges the week will bring. Besides, it's the holiday season, so that let all the tinsel and glad tidings bring you joy.

If you can't do it on your own, ask your bartender for a little help from a Yuletini (Conceived by James Hall from Circo in the UK and courtesy of The Liverpool Daily Post). This bit of holiday cheer without hangover fear blends Godiva dark cacao liquer with Goldschlager. It tastes like a chocolate cookie with cinnamon on top, and the gold flakes add just the right amount of festivity. This is a great Monday drink, too, because it'll take some of the edge off yet leave you with your wits for Tuesday morning.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Booze News: Happy Repeal Day!!!

We at S&B would like to propose a toast. Please raise your glasses to the wonderful folks who decided 75 years ago to repeal the 18th Ammendment, also known as the National Prohibition Act. We can't imagine what those 11 years of prohibition were like, but we're glad we didn't have to live through them. Plus, if liquor had stayed illegal, this blog wouldn't exist. So, as we sip our hot apple cider spiked with Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum, we hope you're out enjoying cocktails in celebration. If you'd like to learn more about Prohibition and Repeal Day, check out the NY Times Blog, The Moment. You can also check out