Happy Halloween! Not every office is costume friendly, but you’re one smart cookie, so you know you can dress up as a nerd and still adhere to protocol. You also want to keep your chic. Lucky for you, bookworm inspirations are a big trend for Fall 2011. These Nicholas Kirkwood loafer pumps (available at Kirna Zabete for $995) put a playful spin on a serious look. The tassel and kiltie details are quite proper, and the 5 inch heel is definitely severe. Still, the pink suede with metallic leather trim is ultra femme (and tres apropos for the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month). Wear them with a plaid mid length skirt, a fitted button up shirt, suspenders, cardigan and thick rimmed glasses. Don’t forget slightly mussed hair and a pen behind your ear for good measure.
Since it’s Halloween and all, you might as well go the spooky route at happy hour. Ask your bartender for a Bleeding Heart Martini (image and recipe via happyhourmagonline.com) at happy hour. Though it has a pink tint, it’s not the fruity concoction you might expect. In fact, it’s not sweet at all, but you’re a tough cookie in addition to being a smarty, so you prefer it that way.
Bombay Sapphire Gin
Pickled baby beet placed on a cocktail skewer
Chill martini glass. Add the vermouth; swirl to coat the glass, then pour out. Add gin to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled. Garnish with a skewered pickled baby beet, and serve immediately.
*Chances are you won’t guzzle this drink. However just in case… remember that even the most intelligent girl tends to make dumb decisions after too many drinks. Be responsible.