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Friday, August 17, 2018

Caring Soles: Nissan's Kicks on The Street

Driven to Greatness


DJ Envy, Fat Joe and the Nissan Kicks at UP NYC
DJ Envy and Fat Joe with the Nissan Kicks at UP NYC (Courtesy Photo)

Last weekend we attended Kicks on the Street, a "pop-up with a purpose" curated by Nissan, its agency partner, Fluent 360, and BET. Held at Fat Joe's sneaker boutique, UP NYC, the event invited a specially selected group of New Yorkers to enjoy the musical delights of DJ Envy and culinary delicacies from Kimchi Grill while shopping limited-edition sneakers, accessories and sportswear. Out front, we had an opportunity to check out new Nissan Kicks, a highly customizable crossover vehicle that merges affordability with advanced technology. There were also three raffles, where the winners received a Nissan-branded backpack full of goodies and a pair of Nike Just Don Legacy 312 sneakers. Sadly, we were not among those winners.

A Kicks on the Street raffle winner with her Nike Just Don Legacy 312 sneakers
A raffle winner with her limited-edition sneakers (Courtesy Photo)

The main focus of the evening, however, was the opportunity for all attendees to participate in a charitable endeavor. Invitees were asked to bring school supplies and used sneakers for donation. Those donated sneakers will be recycled by Angel Bins, which will then donate the money from the recycled goods to the National Society of Black Engineers. (That means less old sneakers in landfills, more post-consumer materials for the construction of playgrounds and funding for an organization that helps drive innovation forward.)

Lanae Jackson and DJ Envy at UP NYC
Lanae Jackson and DJ Envy (Courtesy Photo)

"The Nissan KICKS on the Street event was designed to be a pop up with a purpose.  It was important to give back to the community, while hosting an event to celebrate the launch of the all-new Nissan KICKS.  Our corporate vision is to enrich people’s lives and one way to do that is to support non-profit organizations, like the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).  Representation matters in all areas, and the NSBE organization is playing a vital role in increasing diversity in the engineering field.  Engineering is the foundation for what is possible in design…from the hottest sneakers, to the next innovation in vehicles.  What is unique about the shoe donations we collected at the event was that the old ones will be recycled by Angel Bins and the money raised from the recycle goods will be donated to NSBE.  We are using technology, being green and giving back at the same time!" - Lanae Jackson, Multicultural Marketing Manager, Nissan North America.

We had a great time at the event, and we love the luxurious ambiance at UP NYC, from the gilded frames on the mirrors to the illuminated sneaker wall in the center of the store.

Branded sneaker wall at UP NYC
Exclusive Sneaker wall at UP NYC
























Of course, we had to do a bit of attendee shoespotting. Here are a few of our favorites:

Sparkly Nike Air Max 97 at UP NYC


Limited edition sneakers spotted at UP NYC

Shoespotting- colorful sneakers

Hey Chicago, you're up next! There will be a Kicks on the Street event in your city tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Shoe News: This Shoe Club is Disrupting the Luxury Reselling Game

Lovin' this Club



Women and Shoes for Luxury Shoe Club
Courtesy Photo from Luxury Shoe Club

We all know that keeping up with shoe trends can be an expensive feat (aural pun intended), and storing a shoe collection presents quite a challenge for those of us without Kardashian-sized closets. That's why consignment shops and online resale networks come in handy, right? But those come with their own sets of challenges, like long waits for payments, lack of convenience and general shipping hassles. Luxury Shoe Club, (www.luxuryshoeclub.comthe recently launched trading club for pre-owned designer shoes aims to solve all of these problems via its membership model, ios app and next-generation shoe trading platform.

After intensive research, Luxury Shoe Club's Chief Shoe Evangelist and co-founder, Scott Van Valkenburgh, said he realized that the key to simplifying the shoe reselling process was to create a way for women who wear the same size to trade shoes. 

But how does that work? 

Luxur Shoe Club actually works on a points system instead of actual cash, with each point equaling $1. When a user lists a pair of shoes, LSC's proprietary algorithm determines its fair market resale value and instantly pays up to 50% of that value to the listing member. The remaining amount is paid once the shoes are bought. The club offers members personalized shopping, express shipping, free shipping boxes, at-home pickup and a 7-day return policy.  

Luxury Shoe Club
Courtesy Photo from Luxury Shoe Club

Does it cost to join?

Yes. Well, it will soon. Right now (and for a limited time), in celebration of its launch, Luxury Shoe Club is waving its annual membership fee for members who list shoes within 7 days of joining. For those who miss that deadline there are three membership levels from which to choose: Intrigued ($49/ year), Passionate ($99/ year) and Obsessed ($149/ year). Membership level will dictate access to special services, including bonus Club Points, savings on purchases, discounts on shoe repair & polishing, free shipping boxes and free shipping for purchases.

One more thing... 

This sole club also has a heart. According to Luxury Shoe Club, it's a sustainable fashion company focused on driving social impact, and as such, it donates a percentage of its membership profits "to help women in need get back on their feet."

Now, if you're feeling ready to join a mighty band of designer sole sisters, Scott has one warning for you, "be careful, the LSC app is incredibly addictive!"

Friday, June 29, 2018

Celebrity Shoe Spotting: Kristin Cavallari and Sofia Richie Love These Ankle Boots

Point Blanc


Kristin Cavalarri in Alias Mae Ahara boots
via Instagram

We love white boots, and we love snake print. Apparently television personality, Kristin Cavallari is also a fan. She recently posted the above picture on her Instagram feed wearing this sick pair of pointed-toe ankle boots. Clad in an easy outfit of a white tee, cutoffs and mirrored shades, she ponders the value of coffee over tea, saying "Day 3 no coffee. Blah. Do you guys really like tea? I mean I love matcha- but this tea just kinda tastes like sh*t 😂." Fans chimed in with their opinions. Meanwhile we were just there for the shoes. (Though maybe we should inform Kristin a little Slow & Low Rock & Rye will wake that tea right up.) Sofia Richie was also spotted sporting this style earlier this month. So who made these must-have white and black python print booties? If you guessed that they're from Kristin's eponymous collection by Chinese Laundry, you're incorrect
Courtesy Photo

The shoe in question is actually the "Ahara" Snake Boot by Australian footwear brand, Alias Mae. Part of the brand's Fall '18 collection, this block-heel beauty is available for preorder here. If you need a similar style sooner, here are a few suggestions:

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Booze News: Smirnoff's Newest Sparkling Seltzer

Because Bubbles and Berries Belong Together



Picture it: you're at home getting ready for a GDO (girls' day out), and you want something light and bubbly for pre-gaming while primping. What do you reach for? A homemade vodka and soda? Your fave sparkling rosé? How about something that feels and tastes like a little of both? Smirnoff's new Raspberry Rosé Spiked Sparkling Seltzer was created to do just that.


Light, crisp and effervescent, Smirnoff Raspberry Rosé Spiked Sparkling Seltzer has 90 calories, no sugar and a 4.7 ABV. It also contains no artificial flavors. (Oh, hello, summer bawdy!) Fresh berries would make a tasty addition to your glass, or you could use it to add some bubble to your favorite fruity cocktail. How would you drink it? We're over here thinking up tons of ideas.

Oh, we don't need to tell YOU this, but we do need to say it... Please only indulge legally and responsibly.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Trend Talk: Fresh Takes on Transitional Floral Footwear

Petals for your Mettle




Anyone else feel like spring's just not that into us this year, and winter has decided we'll be together forever? Granted, we've had some beautiful days, but they've often been followed by rain, low temperatures and in some places hail or snow. Meanwhile, we're all tired pretty tired of our winter boots. What's a gal to do when Mother Nature can't seem to decide on a season? Opt for fun, versatile floral footwear, of course.

We know, floral motifs for spring aren't exactly a sartorial revolution. Nonetheless, flowers are still a refreshing sight at this point, and this year they're bold, exaggerated and often layered over other prints, like snake and stripes. Here are a few pairs we suggest to take you through the rest of the wacky-weather season.

Loafers


Sam Edelman Loraine Floral Loafer

We love the versatility of a good loafer, and this "Loraine" flat by Sam Edelman features this year's must-have horse-bit accent. (inspired by Gucci? We think so.) Add a snake-print upper covered in cartoonish florals, and you've got a work-to-weekend shoe that looks as great with a pencil skirt as it does with cut-offs and a cool tee. Available at Shopbop.

Easy Flats



Melissa Ultragirl Floral PVC flats


These misty days of spring can make shoe selection tough- there's not enough moisture for a rain boot, but you also don't want your leather or canvas shoes to get damp. That's why we love this Melissa "Ultragirl 3db" flat. A simple style in lightweight PVC, it's perfect for the office, errands or even for wearing to an event and then slipping on your heels before making your grand entrance. It's basically the polished, grown-up version of the jelly shoes we wore as children. Available (along with a huge selection of other plastic shoes we love) at shopmelissa.com.

Sneakers


Keds X Rifle Paper Co Floral High Top Sneakers


Call it a carryover habit from childhood, but we tend to refresh our sneaker collection in spring. This pair from Keds X Rifle Paper Co. gives us all the feels a a pretty bouquet with none of the allergy symptoms. Tie these on, and it'll be tough not to skip down the street, even on cloudy days. Available here.

Heels

Betsey Johnson Floral pump with perspex inserts.




Not every flower girl's job is limited to dropping petals at weddings. Some of us are adults who have to actually work in an office. While you may not want a full bouquet on your desk, you can wear one on your feet and still look sophisticated. This JADE pump from Betsey Johnson works for both the office AND after-work drinks. That checks just about all the boxes, no? Get it here.

Rain Booties


London Fog Striped Floral Rain Booties
When April's showers are more of a downpour, but it feels too warm out for a tall boot, rubber ankle booties are a must. We love the combination of nautical navy stripes and feminine pastel florals on this chelsea boot from London Fog. Available here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Booze News: $5 Rosé at Target, Yay!

Hooray for $5 Rosé!


California Roots Rosé for Target
Courtesy Image

Are you ready for rosé season? We are! (Confession: we never really stopped sipping it after summer ended. We don't care if you're judging us.) That's why we were so happy to hear the news that Target (AKA Tar-jay) is adding $5 rosé to its wine lineup this month. Beginning April 8, you'll be able to score California Roots Rosé, which is said to present notes of fresh berry and citrus, at one of 1,200 stores nationwide.

Target began offering California Roots, a cost-effective collection similar to Trader Joe's controversial "Two Buck Chuck," last August, and it quickly became a bestselling brand. While many have concerns about the flavor and origins of "super value" wines, Wine Enthusiast awarded a Best Buy score to California Roots' red blend, chardonnay and pinot grigio. Target also sells the brand's moscato and cabernet sauvignon.


Yes Way Rosé for Target
Courtesy Image


We were already excited when Yes Way Rosé hit Target shelves recently. Now we can shop buy rosé to drink at home AND a few bottles to mix in sangria, make frosé or bring to friends' barbecues. We haven't tasted the California Roots Rosé yet, but we'll be sharing our thoughts when we do. Stay tuned to our Instagram... our opinions are sure to make it there first. Oh, and do let us know when you try it.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Shoes Clues: Vday Hearts and Soles we Love

Step in the Name of Love


Is it just us, or does it feel like this winter has been particularly cold–not just in temperature, but also in spirit? Between the current political climate and the amount of vitriol easily accessible on social media and beyond, it feels like we all need a huge hug, right? (We can actually hear Dionne Warwick in our heads right now singing "What the World Needs Now is Love.") It's a good thing Valentine's Day is on it's way with all types of love vibes. While it was once a day embraced by couples and dreaded by singles, V-day has become much more than an excuse for chocolates and cheesy gestures lately (hello, galentines and self love sessions). With that in mind, we've created a guide to shoes for those who would rather wear their hearts on their feet than their sleeves. Some of them even cost less than $100! Whether your February 14th will be a sultry V-day, a supportive we-day or a sweet me-day, we've got you covered.


White pumps with hearts by Charlotte Olympia

You know we're loving the new white-shoes-whenever rule in fashion. So how could we not be smitten with these Bethany pumps by Charlotte Olympia with their red heart-accented toes? With a simple half-D'orsay silhouette and slender stiletto heels, these shoes more versatile than you think. Try them with a simple, but slinky black midi dress or add edge with jeans, a tee and a biker jacket. Available for $690 HERE.



Raise your hand if you loved those Saint Laurent pumps with heels sculpted into brand's iconic logo. Aldo's Cupidd pump gives us a similar vibe, but doesn't give us the same level of financial angst. Heading out for a wild girl's night? This fierce red shoe is for you... Seriously, you're literally walking on hearts in this pump. Imagine the witty banter this heel will inspire. Available for $100 at Aldo.


Pink heart pumps from Zara

Meeting your crew for an insta-worthy night of dinner and drinks (#sqadgoals)? The these fuschia pumps from ZARA will garner plenty of likes with their pop-up hearts. (We see cute shoe and drink pairing pictures in your near future.) They'll look lovely with a flowy dress and add a sweet kick to a pair of camouflage jeans. Available for $79.90 at ZARA.


Image of Kate Spade Olidah heart Sandal


If your plans include a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant with "bae", you may want a shoe that's a little more subdued (but still has a whimsical touch). Enter, Kate Spade's Olidah sandal. Its classic ankle-strap silhouette in supple black suede give it a demure feel. The shimmering heart at the back of the ankle say you have a playful (maybe even a bit mischievous) side. Available for $228 at Kate Spade.


Image of Katy Perry Collections XO heel slides

Lucky enough to live in warmer climes (or bold enough to rock the socks and sandals trend)? Katy Perry Collections' Hug-and-kiss-themed "The Rosemarie" sandals are for you. The blush (or millennial pink if you're into that thing) tone is full-on feminine, and the red X and O sculpted heels add a fun edge. Available for $149 at here.


Image of Dr. Martens Bentley II Heart Boot in White and Red


We know not every girl loves heels. However, we don't know how any girl could not love this Bentley II boot from Dr. Martens. A tough take on the white boot trend, with spectator styling, Dr. Martens' iconic yellow topstitching and a sweet heart on top, these are the perfect shoes for barhopping. Wanna glam them up some? Wear them with a slip dress or something frilly. Available at Amazon.com. http://amzn.to/2ErNl2Q


Perhaps you're in a playful mood. Well, this Comme des Garcons Play X Converse low-top All Star is for you. Perfect for a picnic in the park, or simply showing your inner child some love, these sweet sneakers are part of Jcrew's special Valentine's Day shop. Get them here for $125.


Image of Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Melissa Pink Pool Slides
Love Rules

Love reigns supreme, right? If you agree, you'll surely get a kick out of these pool slides from Vivienne Westwood Anglomania and Melissa. The heart, the crown, the fact that they actually say "Prince Charming" on the insole (though we know he's not a must, right?)... they're, well, charming. Available at ShopMelissa.com for $120.


Remember, we love you with all our hearts (and soles)!