Ivy Kirzhner, one of our shoe muses, is having her first ever sample sale in NYC starting tomorrow (you may remember that time we shared our favorites from her Fall 16 collection). The sale will take place at the brand's showroom and flagship location at 750 Greenwich Street, West Village. Shoes will sell for $50- $120. Also, bags from Emm Kuo will be available for $300. Payment must be made by credit card, and all sales will be final (don't say we didnt warn you).
Because Everything's Better with Bubbly
The 4th Annual New York Champagne Week kicks off November 7th (& ends November 13th), and to get you ready for all its sparkling glory, we asked it's founder, Blaine Ashley for some fun facts about everyone's favorite effervescent elixir for yesterday's #TIPsyTuesday posts. If you missed them on our Instagram, twitter and Facebook, keep scrolling down after you've checked out Blaine's picks for five must-attend events (We'll be attending the press events, but we may try and sneak into one of these. Hope to see you there!):
Champagne Piaff NYC Launch PartyDate:
Let’s get Fizzacle
Back That Glass UpDate:
The St. Germain Champagne Garden Brunch
Getting Grower with It
Guess what... most of those mimosas you sip at brunch are actually made with procecco or some other sparkling wine, NOT champagne.
As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Cheers to happy accidents!
Pop bottles with care, folks! Those corks can really fly.
We guess well never know how many licks it takes to get to the center or a Tootsie Roll Pop OR how many bubbles it takes to get to the bottom of a bottle of champagne... We'll keep er researching, though.
Our bubbly buddy, Blaine even filled us in on the inspiration behind the name of her newly-released champagne, Bulle de Rêve.
Now that you're all informed and stuff... go be great (responsibly)!
Because the Real Great Pumpkin Contains Booze...
Today is National Pumpkin Day (yes, really), and now that you know, be sure to sip accordingly at happy hour. There are definitely a variety of options in the beer category, like pumpkin shandy and pumpkin beer. However, if you're looking for something with a bit more kick try a drink spiked with Captain Morgan Jack-O-Blast. Since it's only Wednesday-- and this weekend will likely be a cocktail-heavy one-- we think you should steer clear of full-blown cocktails until at least tomorrow. That said, for tonight, we suggest the Jack-O' Lager, whether your taking the edge off at home or at your favorite bar. Here's how it's made:
• 1 oz. Jack-O’Blast shot
• 4 oz. Lager
Drop shot of Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast in a glass of lager beer and enjoy.
Now that you're a little relaxed, what are your Halloween plans? Need last-minute shoe or cocktail suggestions? Stay tuned!
*Captain Morgan is a content partner of Shoes N Booze and occasionally sends complimentary samples of products, such as Jack-O-Blast.
Sip, Sip, Sashay!!!
Shoes N Booze has partnered with Brown Girls Bar Crawl for another installment of #SNBXBGBC in Downtown Jersey City. This Saturday from 3-7 PM, we'll bring our collective flyness to some of my favorite hometown hangouts, where we'll enjoy drink specials and tasty appetizers. Park & Sixth and Roman Nose will kick off the crawl again (both say they have new drink options for us to try), and we're adding two new stops to the crawl: Raval and The Bistro. Oh, I've been told that men are welcome this time, so feel free to bring a fella.
Tickets available HERE.
The Italian holiday Ferragosto celebrates the harvest season and summer in general. Though introduced by the emperor Augustus in 18 BC, it also coincides with the Catholic feast of Assumption of Mary, so for many it has religious significance as well as cultural. Since it occurs in mid-August (seeing a pattern with that root word yet?), which is the summer vacation period in Italy, celebrations can last from one day to a couple of weeks. The festivities begin on August 15th. In Italy, there will be picnics, fireworks, religious observances and– most importantly for this crowd– the sharing of delicious food and great wine.
If you're in the New York area, you can also join the celebration at iTrulli, where there will be a special Ferragosto-inspired lunch menu designed to feature foods traditionally enjoyed and shared during the festivities. Think panzerotti, octupus, caprese salad, meatballs, etc. Plus, the Marzovilla Family, makers of Barone Fini Wines, are partnering with the restaurant to offer a curated selection of wines to pair with your meal. As an extension of good will, 100% of the proceeds from each glass of Barone Fini purchased will directly benefit the Food Bank for New York City.
We attended a preview of the lunch last week, and it was DELICIOUS! While there, in addition to learning about the celebration of Ferragosto, we also learned quite a bit about north Italian wines, especially those from Barone Fini. The family behind the brand has been making wine since 1497 and has become an authority on the process of creating exceptional Pinot Grigio and Merlot. Our editor couldn't help but swoon as a fellow Leo and 15th-generation family member Giovanni Bonmartini-Fini guided attendees through the tasting. Of course, the experience inspired a few #TIPsyTuesday posts. If you didn't catch them on our Instagram, Facebook or twitter, here they are:
Looks like we all need to pay a little attention to labels. Granted, there are some amazing Pinot Grigio wines from various places, but we'd like to think the best of the best would come from its home country.
Be mindful when you're wine shopping. Many times, the higher the classification, the higher the price (because the assumption is that the wine is better). However, often, there are I.G.T. wines with quality levels at or above those of D.O.C. wines, especially in certain grape varietals.
*Bonus Fact: Because part of northern Italy was once actually part of Austria, white wines from that region, especially in the Alto Adige area, will have flavors similar to German or Austrian wines.
Now that you've gotten a little primer on Italian wines, do you feel more comfortable in the wine shop? Do you have questions we can pass on to Giovanni?