Friday, April 20, 2012

Fun Friday: Sergio Rossi Lady Jane Pumps

 

Candy Caps

 

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Who doesn’t love Friday? Even if you have the best job in the world, things seem to look even brighter at the end of the week, and you’re the type to spread your joy. If you’re happy and you know it, then your shoes will surely show it, especially in a pair of fluorescent pumps like these Lady Jane cap toe pumps by Sergio Rossi (available at Luisa via Roma). Their color blocked candy colors and 4 inch metallic leather stiletto heel are totally festive. Their pointy cap toe also makes them demure (not to mention pointy toes AND cap toes are a HUGE trend this season).

 

Hornitos Tequila Agavoni

Fridays and tequila are a perfect match. Tonight at happy hour, try a tequila cocktail that’s as fun and exciting as your shoes, like a Hornitos Agavoni. It’s similar to a negroni but features tequila instead of gin. Be forewarned, it has a bitter bite to it, but if you enjoy a cocktail with a complex flavor and a lot of kick, this is for you.

Recipe:

3/4 part Hornitos plata tequila
3/4 part sweet vermouth
3/4 part Campari
2 dashes orange bitters
Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice and add ingredients. Stir briefly to mix and chill, and garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Very few people can have very many of these, but just in case, remember not to overdo it. Stumbling in your stilettos is not a Shoes N Booze approved activity.

 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Shoe Preview: Coye Nokes Fall 2012

 

When It’s Good to Play Coye…

Coye Nokes designs classic styles, often with a twist, with the modern girl on the move in mind. It’s all about the details for the New York native. As a result, her shoes often come with unexpected material combinations, treatments or embellishments. The Fall 2012 collection, inspired by baroque fashion and knights’ armor, continues the tradition. I stopped by the showroom recently. Here are my favorite styles.

 

Coye Nokes Bryant Pumps

The leather and suede detailing at the front of the Bryant pump makes them an easy transition from work (or WERK) to play. They’ll work with a suit or other professional look as easily as they will with jeans.

 

Coye Nokes Georgina pony hair Pump

I’m a fan of pony hair, and from what I hear wine hues are going to be a must for fall 2012. Add a lizard embossed metal “armor” embellishment to the front, and this Georgina pump is the perfect compliment for a pencil skirt, no?

 

Coye Nokes Darcy laser pony hair Pump

At first glance, the Darcy pump looks like a metallic lace overlay on suede. However, it’s actually laser cut pony hair! This pump works amazingly with formal looks, but I could also see in the office or at a lounge.

 

Coye Nokes Victoria Sandal

Feathers played a large part in the collection, whether they were used to embellish the shoes, or they inspired the print of the shoes, as with this Victoria T-strap sandal. From one angle, they look like a sleek black velvet sandal, but in the light, their gold feather print comes to life.

These styles will be available as of August, along with cute, comfy flats and super chic boots and booties. Shoe Fairy, I hope you were reading!

 

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Celebrity Shoe Spotting: Ashley Judd in Alexandre Birman

 

Ashley Judd in Alexandre Birman ShoesNBooze

Ashley Judd, a newly recognized image issues activist, wore a pair of metallic strappy Alexandre Birman sandals to a recent screening of her new series Missing (photo via Just Jared). Though she’s been on a press tour for the series, she’s been getting more attention lately for a post on her blog entitled “The Conversation”, where she discusses the way women’s appearances are (often harmfully) discussed and verbally dissected. I think she looks pretty good in this picture, and how can you not love a classy metallic strappy sandal. She wore a gold snakeskin version of Alexandre Birman’s Mia sandal (pictured below in gold leather).

Alexandre Birman Mia Sandal worn by Ashley Judd

 

Want the look? Try these:

 

Guess Metallic Tokenique sandal ShoesNBooze

Badgley Mischka Wallis Platform Sandal $245, Touch Ups Jaydin Sandal $29.50, Guess Tokenique Strappy Sandal $99

 

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Shoes N Booze Event Alert: New York Shop Crawl

 

NYC Shopping Crawl ShoesNBooze

I’m cohosting a thrift and vintage shop craw this Saturday in New York with two other amazing bloggers, Kitty Bradshaw and SheSoMajor. It’s Shoes N Booze’s first official event, so I’m extremely excited! We’ll be hitting the Angel Street Thrift Shop, Couture du Jour, Housing Works Chelsea, the Film Biz and Recycling Prop Shop, Salvation Army and Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market. Hoping to see you there! Click the flyer for more information and to RSVP.

 

 

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Monday, April 2, 2012

No Mess Monday: ASOS Starlight Platform Loafers

 

Berry Blue Monday

ASOS Starlight Platform Loafers in Blue with Tassels

Monday is no day for loafing around. It’s the day when most of us get back to business. While your mood may be all work and no play today, don’t be a dull girl. A pair of loafer inspired pumps in a bold color, like these Starlight Platform Loafers from ASOS is the perfect mix of work and whimsy. The menswear inspired loafer styling and tassel detail make them a great match for suits during the day. The bright blue hue, snake embossing, chunky 5 inch heel and 1 inch platform mean they’ll also work with more casual looks, like jeans and this season’s work shorts trend. All in all, they say you know how to dance at the crossroads between work and play. Oh, and they’re on sale for $85.05, down from $170.10.

 

Midnight Blue Margarita

You can’t sip a “chick” drink in shoes that say you can hang with the boys, but that doesn’t mean you have to order your liquor straight up or with a boring mixer like they often do. Try a Midnight Blue Margarita (recipe from www.diy-cocktails.com, image by Jackson Stakeman). The tequila makes it strong enough to take the day’s edge off, but the blue curacao and blueberry syrup will lessen the bite.

Recipe:

1.5 ounces Don Julio Tequila Blanco
.5 ounces blue curacao
.75 ounces blueberry syrup*
.5 ounces meyer lemon juice

Shake ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, then serve in a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with blueberries speared on a cocktail toothpick.

*Blueberry syrup

.5 cups water
.5 cups sugar
.5 cups blueberries

Bring ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Let the mixture cool, then strain out blueberries.

**The goal here is to forget your troubles for a bit but remember that you still have to work tomorrow morning. That said, drink responsibly.

 

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