Hooray for $5 Rosé!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
Meet your New Bottle Girl
The holidays have basically arrived, and many of us are planning on hosting or attending a holiday party or two. Either way, that tends to mean we'll be buying a few bottles of bubbly. Moët Hennessy and Amazon have teamed up to make selecting (and learning cool facts about) Champagne easier than ever. If you have Alexa, you basically just have to ask her for pairing suggestions, correct pronunciations (of only Moët Hennessy products) and other tips. You can even request a special Champagne-centric playlist. The Alexa skill is actually free, but the bottles of bubbly—not so much. Still... oh, what fun it is to learn, right?
So, are you ready to learn why ice rosè is different from other types? It's time to claim your rightful place as the queen of Champagne (at least in your social circle). Oh, and don't forget to check out our Champagne primer featuring our bubbliest friend, Blaine Ashley, founder of NY Champagne Week and Bull de Reve Champagne.
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Perfect Pitch 3 star, Hailee Steinfield was recently spotted on the red carpet at 106.1 KISS FM's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 in a pair of seriously sexy lace-up booties with pointed toes a 4-inch stiletto heels. We're not usually fans of black suede shoes in the Shoes N Booze office because of how quickly they fade. However, these Mei booties by Zvelle are triple-dyed to ensure deep, long-life color. They also have a zipper on the inner ankle, so you don't have to worry about risking your manicure in the name of shoe love, and a gold zipper pull adds a luxe touch.
You can snag a pair for yourself in black or eggplant here for $525. If you'd prefer to keep things a little more low-key, they also come in a mid-heel for $515. And if you like the style but want to keep a little more cash reserved for the folks on your "nice" list, here are a few less expensive ways to get the look:
Wondering what to drink when you rock your new lace-up booties for a night out?
Try a Black and Gold Martini (from our friends at The Spruce). It's got a seductive edge, but it's also pretty sweet with plenty of kick. That's basically the vibe of those boots, right? Whether you're pre-gaming before girls' night out or planning on ordering at the bar, here's the recipe:
If you want to learn how to make your own black vodka, Colleen Graham of The Spruce has a suggestion here.
Beauty and the Feet
The jury is still out on whether beautiful shoes really are better than sex. Nonetheless, tongue-in-cheek makeup brand, Too Faced has let us all know its stance with a new limited-edition stiletto pump inspired by one of its best-selling mascaras. Designed by cofounder and creative director, Jerrrod Blandino, the "Better than Sex" shoe features a d'orsay-look silhouette with clear side panels, pink glitter at the toe and heel and winking lashes at the back of the heel. Oh, and the soles actually say "Better than Sex" (so wearing them in the boudoir may either make your lover rise to the challenge or feel a bit stepped-on, depending on his or her level of confidence). The shoe was created in collaboration with Italian vegan shoe brand Mink Shoes and will be available as of October 19th on TooFaced.com as well as at the New York Better than Sex pop-up for $225.
Will you be snagging a pair of these shagadelic pumps? If you love the idea of d'Orsay pumps but want to keep the price under $100, here are a couple of options that also come in sparkly colors...