Fun fact: tequila is one of the fastest-growing spirit categories in the United States. Here at SNB, we can't get enough of the stuff—especially reposado served neat on a warm day. Consequently, we were excited when woman-owned tequila brand,
VIVA XXXIII was founded by Yvonne Niami
to bring a luxury sipping tequila to the marketplace at an attainable price. With that goal in mind, the bottle design was kept simple and features a triangle pattern that references the founder's Mexican heritage in a modern way. There's also a philanthropic angle. 10% of net proceeds are donated to animal abuse prevention causes including the ASPCA
Now for our thoughts on the actual tequila (the reposado is estate grown and rested for 6 months in new American Oak barrels and retails for $45):
On the Nose:
Bright, sightly spicy, clean, notes of oak. Generally pleasant.
On the Tongue:
Incredibly smooth with a nice amount of spice but virtually no burn. The flavor coats the tongue for a long-lasting finish and full flavor experience. We noticed herbaceous, or slightly grassy notes, in addition to those of oak and maybe even a little caramel. It's a bit brighter than some other reposado tequilas we've tried.
We thoroughly enjoyed this tequila solo, and for a fun twist we tried it with chili-coated mango chunks (delish!). It's a great value for the price and a good entry for tequila novices. The bottle makes a great piece to upcycle after the liquid is gone, too. So we like it as a hostess gift for dinner parties. Oh, and it's heavenly in bloody Marias.
Have you tried this brand before? If not, are there other questions we can answer for you about the flavor? We can talk about this stuff all day! Also, stay tuned for "Perfect Pairings" featuring VIVA XXXII cocktails soon. If you have shoes you'd like paired with a cocktail, let us know!
*Special thank you to our photo sponsor, Chris T. Ramos Photography
Today's National Watermelon Day, and we're celebrating with shoes and a cocktail inspired by summer's favorite fruit. If you're trying to do the same but you're not sure where to start, we've got you covered.
On Your Feet
The simplest thing would be to just wear a pair of red or red-pink shoes. However, if you want to go full-out, we suggest shoes that actually feature watermelons. This Carmen lace-up sandal
from Katy Perry Collection
is a good start. Depending on where you work, it might not be a good fit for the office (unless you get it in black). However it's definitely happy hour-approved. The tiny fruit accents (especially the watermelons) are adorable, and the stiletto heel, coupled with the trend-right ankle laces make them a sassy, sexy conversation piece wherever you go. (Also, you can likely get them for less than $100 via Amazon
If flats are more on your level, these Happy Fruity Slides by Topshop will work, especially if you're sipping al fresco. Available at Nordstrom
And if you're living la vida luxury, this sandal from Camilla Elphick will do the trick. Does anyone else envision themselves twirling the night away on the dancefloor in these? They're currently on sale at Luisa via Roma
In Your Glass
Smirnoff Sourced released a watermelon flavor just in time for today. The above-pictured Tropical Melon Bliss is sweet, refreshing and fairly easy to make at home:
1.5 oz SMIRNOFF SOURCED Watermelon
1 oz coconut water
1 oz pomegranate juice
.5 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
Combine ingredients in a glass over ice. Garnish with a watermelon wedge.
If your favorite bar doesn't have SMIRNOFF SOURCED Watermelon, you may be able to request a mixture of Smirnoff Vodka mixed with watermelon juice and the other ingredients. We're sure it'll also be pretty refreshing.
Will you be drinkin' watermelon today? Whatever you drink, please do it legally and responsibly.
*Shoes N Booze is an Amazon affiliate and receives commission from the purchase of linked products. Smirnoff is a product partner of Shoes N Booze and occasionally sends complimentary products for review.
All Fun, Half Price
We were all "ooohs and ahhhs" when Jeremy Scott sent neon colored Melissa shoes down the runway with a his Moschino collection. Classic silhouettes with styling and accents inspired by inflatable pool and bath toys, they were playfully sophisticated. They were also high on our wishlist (so we were ridiculously excited when we were gifted the mule one season and the ankle boot the following season. If you haven't already scored a pair or two, here's your chance. They're 50% off (and all less than $125)! Here are our five favorites from the sale:
For a Night Out:
To Wear Home After Said Night Out (They'll Still Match Your Lewk):
For Summer Travels (Easy Off and On in the TSA Line):
The Office (or a Day of Errands):
Rainy Days (Oh, Hey, White Shoe Trend!):
Which pair is your favorite?
Nude Loubs for All
added two more styles to it's Nudes collection today. The special capsule collection created to match multiple skin tones was launched in 2013 and included the ever-popular Pigalle Follies 100 pump, along with three other styles in five shades. The collection has since been expanded to seven shades (cheers to more inclusion!) and currently includes four styles—the new Christeriva ankle wrap sandal and Cherry block heel sandal join the Solasofia pointed flat and Degrarivierina jeweled pump on the brand's website.
Celebrities including Rihanna
, Jennifer Lopez
and various members of the Kardashian
family have been spotted in shoes from the Nudes collection. We're actually loving how Sofia & Mauro
shot the campaign for the launch to focus on the beauty of various skin tones, as complimented by the shoes. So many shoe campaigns seem to focus on models's faces or other aspects and seem to treat the shoes as an afterthought.
So, will you be asking C'Loub to send you nudes?