Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Trend Talk: The Snakeskin Booties Our Editors Want RN

Snake your Booties

We're smitten with all the snakeprint shoes out this season, especially the black and white (or cream) ones. What was once an affinity became more of an obsession when we gave you guys the scoop on   block-heel ankle boots Kristin Cavallari wore this summer. Now there are SO many more options. and they run the gamut from low to high and stiletto to block heeled--not to mention the embellishments. Here are a mere few of the pairs we're currently craving:

Just Bead It

Steve Madden beaded snake print boot

A quintessential silhouette-- the pointed-toe, stiletto-heeled bootie-- now with an extra does of cool, thanks to metal beads along the sole. This "Worthy" ankle boot from Steve Madden (available via Amazon for $139.95)  complements ripped vintage jeans, a folkloric maxi dress or something sleek and metallic. The key is to play around with prints and proportions.

Have a Moment of Transparency

Snake booties with mesh toes from Nasty Gal

It's a boot. Or is it a sandal? It almost looks like both (although, we advise you not to call it a "Shandalboot," lest you cause a scandal by stealing Tracee Ellis Ross's term for her favorite Stella Hues boots). However, this "Snake Away" bootie from Nasty Gal ($70) is actually an ankle boot with a mesh front. Rock this style barefoot, or go wild with sparkly socks (and please show us if you do).

Find a Unique Angle

Snake print and perspex wedge bootie by Ego Shoes

One thing is clear- the perspex trend in footwear is still holding strong. If you're not into maintaining your pedicure when it's chilly out, but you still want to dip your toe into the trend, consider this "Turnaround" bootie from Ego Shoes ($56.99). It's clear wedge gives it the illusion of a gravity-defying feat.

Try a Dab of Ranch

Western looks are everywhere at the moment, and we love this high-heel "Homage" to urban cowgirls everywhere from Jeffrey Campbell ($185). With a pointed toe, slanted block heel and elasticized gore for slipping on and off, it's a lotta bit country and a little bit rock and roll. But really, it makes us want to jam to "Pony" by Ginuwine.

Strap Up

Qupid belted flat snake print ankle boots

When the day calls for flats, we fancy this buckled bootie by Qupid (Available via ASOS for $51). Small studs accent the straps for extra edge. Wear these now with kick-flare trousers and a turtle neck, then bring them back out for the grunge takeover that's headed our way.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Booze News: Only 100 Bottles Exist of Johnnie Walker's Rare Whisky

Tastes Like Money

John Walker Master's Edition whisky decanter and box
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Johnnie Walker is getting gussied up for the holidays with a rare luxury liquid and an artful decanter and box set to house it. The triple-matured John Walker Master's Edition was crafted from six rare whiskies, each aged for a minimum of fifty years and drawn from distilleries that existed during the lifetime of founder John Walker. Only one hundred of bottles of this exclusive expression exist. Speaking of bottles, this hand-selected spirit is presented in individually numbered double-cased black crystal decanters by Baccarat. Those artful creations are then packaged in cabinets made by N.E.J. Stevensen, Cabinet Makers by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.
According to tbe brand (you didn't REALLY think we'd get to sample this one, did you?), John Walker Master's Edition presents notes of black currant and citrus, which give way to rich dark chocolate and then finishes with cooling menthol and subtle smokiness. If you're looking to purchase this cask-strenght (86.6 proof) elixir, expect to spend at least $25,000.