Thursday, January 26, 2012

Almost There Thursday: Cole Haan Lucinda Air Oxfords

 

Brogue-en Heels

 

Cole Haan Lucinda Oxford ShoesNBooze

 

Pssst! Don’t tell the boss, but the week is pretty much over. Even if your boss just happens to be the person you see in the mirror, I’m guessing you’ve had it up to here (picture my hand at eye level) with his or her crap this week. You made it over the hump, but if that’s not enough to turn up the corners of your mouth, wear a pair of shoes that make your eyes AND your toes happy. The Lucinda Air by Cole Haan, with its unexpected color combination, sharp brogue detailing and Nike Air technology should do the trick. They say you understand the value of practical things like work and rules, but you’re also well aware of your freedom to add your own spin. The 3.5 inch heel, coupled with the Nike Air-enhanced footbed will also be a nice break from your usual 5 inch stilettos.

 

 

Tullamore Dew Brogue ShoesNBooze

Since your shoes’ style has Irish roots, your drink for the evening should follow suit (pun intended). When you clink glasses with your mates this evening, let yours contain a Brogue. This simple mixture of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Irish Mist Liqueur will knock the edge off more quickly than a boxer’s jab, and if you drink it too quickly you may feel like you’ve gotten a punch to the chest. However, sipping it will reveal a smooth, smoky flavor that’s slightly sweetened with honey but still respectable enough to get you cool points from the guys. However slowly you drink, still try not to drink to many. I’d hate to hear that you ended up in a bar fight because someone called you drunk.

Recipe (via Bar None Drinks):

1 1/2 oz. Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

3/4 oz. Irish Mist

Serve in a rocks glass over ice.

 

*Please drink responsibly

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shoe News: Melissa Shoes’ SoHo Shop

 

The Brazilians Are Coming!

 

Melissa Temptation DegradeBrazilian shoe brand, Melissa, has become pretty popular in the US with it’s surprisingly chic rubber shoes and designer collaborations (Jason Wu, Vivienne Westwood, Gareth Pugh, to name a few). It only makes sense, then, that it’s digging its proverbial heels in with a brick and mortar location here in the States. Opening on February 8 at 102 Green Street in SoHo, the store will have the same super-artsy gallery feel as the flagship location in Sao Paolo. The opening will feature an installation by Eli Sudbrack (same guy who designed Lady Gaga’s holiday workshop at Barney’s New York). Shoppers, rev your engines. It’s time to buy some rubber! Technorati Tags: ,,,,,,,,,,
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*Source- WWD

Monday, January 23, 2012

No Mess Monday- Chinese New Year: Philip Simon Kevoik Boots

 

Dragon Your Feet

Philip Simon Kevoik ShoesNBooze

 

According to the Chinese calendar, today begins the Year of the Dragon (Year of the Water Dragon, according to Wikipedia). It’s considered the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac, so I’m hoping the Mega Millions gods and the Shoe Fairy look favorably upon me (and all of you). If you’re celebrating on the East Coast, you’re probably dealing with some wet weather. A pair of rubber-toed, platform, lug soled booties in theme-appropriate red, like these Philip Simon Kevoik Boots (available at amazon.com for $116.76) are an on-trend choice. With their sturdy canvas upper, shearling lining, 4.75 inch heel and .75 inch platform, they say you’re both prepped for the weather and ready to party.

 

Camus Lucky Dragon

Once the parade is over, and you hit the bar for celebratory cocktails, enjoy a Lucky Dragon or two. Made with CAMUS Elegance VSOP Cognac, Grand Marnier and ginger liqueur, it’s a smooth, slightly sweet-but-spiced way to warm up and wind down.

Recipe:

2oz CAMUS Elegance VSOP Cognac

.5oz Grand Marnier

.25oz ginger liqueur

Combine all ingredients with ice and stir. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist.

 

Remember to enjoy this drink responsibly. Have to many too quickly, and you’ll change your luck for the worse.

*FYI, I’m an Amazon/ Endless affiliate, so if you click & buy these boots, I get a little change Smile

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Booze News: PAMA Liqueur Looking for Home “Bar Star”

 

Do Try it at Home

 

PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur BottleAnyone reading this probably enjoys a good cocktail or five, but how skilled are you at making them? Do you find yourself creating custom cocktails for social gatherings? Are you the one your friends turn to for what to drink when? If so, break out your shaker, jigger and creativity. You’ll need them to win the PAMA Liqueur “Best Home Bar Star” contest.

 

Starting today, submit recipes and pictures of your best cocktail creation featuring PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur to be considered for a grand prize of a trip for two to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June 2012 with $2,000 spending money and the opportunity for your recipe to be presented in front of thousands of attendees at the Grand Tasting Tent. The winning recipe will also be featured on PAMA’s website. Don’t have your recipe and garnish perfected yet? Don’t fret, pet. You have until February 29 2012 at 11:59 EST to get it together.

Your masterpiece will be judged by a panel of professionals and- if you make it far enough- Facebook folks on the following:

  • Originality/creativity
  • Unique use of PAMA
  • Ingredient combination
  • Appropriateness of the cocktail name

If you’re among the four runners-up, you’ll get a one-year subscription to Food & Wine magazine and a PAMA gift bag. Visit www.PAMALiqueur.com/HomeBarStar for full details. I’d love to see your work, so please comment here if you enter so I can check it out. Oh, and if you win the grand prize, please take me with you to Aspen! Good luck and cheers!

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No Mess Monday: In honor of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement

 

These Shoes Walked Way More Than A Mile

 

Civil Rights Movement Shoes JTW

The shoes pictured above epitomize the thought of “No Mess.” They belonged to a civil rights activist named Juanita T. Williams and carried her the 54 miles from Selma to Montgomery, AL in demand of equal voting rights for African Americans in March 1965. She and the twenty-five thousand other protestors who walked with her were tired of having their Constitutional rights denied and refused to willingly accept it any longer. Posted here in honor or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contribution to the Civil Rights Movement and the advancement of human rights in general, they represent an amount of bravery and strength I can’t even imagine. They are a symbol of the struggle that made it possible for me to live the life that I live. I look at these shoes, with the lifts worn off the heel and the insole almost detached, and I see a beauty that surpasses any heels I’ve ever seen.

 

*Williams’s shoes have been on display since 1975, along with other items from the Selma march, in the National Museum of American History. Image via Smithsonian Institution Press.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Booze Clues: 4 Golden Globes- Inspired Cocktails to Try

 

A Toast to the Best

The Hollywood Foreign Press is celebrating the best of the best (at least in their opinion) on the big and small screen at the Golden Globes tonight. I know, you’re more concerned with who wins on the red carpet, and I’m totally consumed with the shoes. Still I think we can all agree that a good drink goes well with the festivities. Here are a couple of Golden Globes inspired cocktails you may want to sip while crossing your fingers for your favorite stars.

 

Herradura Velvet Rope

The Velvet Rope

Ingredients:

· 2 oz Herradura Reposado

· ¾ oz Fresh squeezed lemon Juice

· ½ oz Simple syrup

· ½ oz egg white

· ½ oz Red Wine – Zinfandel works best here

Place Herradura Reposado, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white into an empty shaker. Close shaker and shake with no ice, this technique is known as dry shaking and it emulsifies the egg leaving the drink light and fluffy. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled coupe/cocktail glass. Float the red wine over the foam.

 

Take Me Out To The Moneyball-gameWild Turkey Take Me out to the Moneyball Game

1 oz. Frangelico

2 oz. Wild Turkey 101

1 oz. Amaretto

.25 oz. squeezed lemon juice

1 pinch salt

4 oz. soda water

Handful of Cracker Jack, finely crushed

Rub half a lemon around the rim of a glass and place into crushed Cracker Jack to coat the rim. Combine Wild Turkey, Frangelico, Amaretto, lemon juice and salt in a shaker. Mix and strain into a glass with rocks and top with soda water.

 

Russian standard Musical Mule

Musical Mule

1.5 oz. Russian Standard Vodka

1 lime wedge

5 oz. Regatta ginger beer

Build cocktail over ice in a Russian Standard Copper Mug Add 1.5 oz of Russian Standard Vodka. Squeeze a wedge of lime
Top with 5 oz of Regatta ginger beer

 

Bridesmaid MargaritaCamus Bridesmaids Margarita

2 oz. CAMUS VS Elegance
1 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix
1 oz. Grand Marnier

Combine all in a shaker with ice; strain into a small rocks glass with salted rim. Garnish with a lime wedge

 

 

*all photos courtesy of their respective brands

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Fun Friday: Jimmy Choo Mira Sandal

 

Flora & Fauna

 

Jimmy Choo Mira

Winter’s chill has finally set in for most of us (to my chagrin), and though some are actually able to escape for resort season, others of us can only fantasize about warmer temps. Why not get a jump on spring with a blooming pair of shoes, like the Mira sandal from Jimmy Choo’s Spring 2012 collection ($2695 available for preorder at JimmyChoo.com). It’s corsaged ankle strap, leopard print vamp and 5.7 inch orange pin heel make it a walking party. Though you may not be able to wear it outside yet, There’s nothing wrong with a red carpet-themed house party, where everyone dresses like they’re in Southern California (and tries to guess who will win what on Sunday at the Golden Globes). You’ve never shyed away from all-eyes-on-you shin digs before… why not create your own?

 

Lucid supernatural Sip

In keeping with the Golden Globes theme, consider serving a cocktail inspired by one of the nominees, like the Lucid Supernatural Sip (the muse for which was FX’s American Horror Story, a nom for Best Television Series in the Drama category). Made with LUCID Absinthe, white crème de cocao, cocnut milk and black sambuca, it’s a creamy, sweet-but-tongue-tingling treat that’ll have you and your guests feeling festive. Keep in mind, though, that LUCID is 124 proof (62% alcohol by volume), so this drink is stronger than it may taste.

Recipe:

1 part LUCID®

1 part White Creme de Cocao

1 part Coconut Milk

Drizzle of Black Sambucca

Combine LUCID, White Creme de Cocao and Coconut Milk in a shaker filled with ice. Shake till Frothy and strain into a short rocks glass over ice. Drizzle Black Sambucca down the side of the glass until it floats on the bottom and diffuses through the cocktail.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Heel Deals: Bally Shoes on Sale

 

High Heels, Lowered Prices

I love finding shoes on sale. Unfortunately, I can’t always buy them. Still, that doesn’t mean I can’t share the steals. Maybe the good karma points will influence the Shoe Fairy to pay me a visit, or a few of you will chip in on a “just because” pair or two. Either way, let’s swoon together…

 

Bally Beara Bootie ShoesNBooze

I’ve been eyeing these “Beara” booties by Bally since I spotted them in ads on the pages of my favorite fashion glossies this Fall. Originally $995, they’re down to $697.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bally Moura Booties ShoesNBooze

Edgy, funky and fierce, Bally’sMoura” booties are the perfect partner for navigating the concrete jungle. And now, if you’ve got $1197, they can be yours. Stop with that look. It’s better than the original price of $1995.

 

 

 

Most of the shoes I spotted were 30%- 40% off. Considering we might have differing tastes in shoes, maybe you should click over and look around. I’m actually excited to see what Spring will Bring. How about you?

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