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January 24, 2015

Drinking + cocktailing

Picture this—you walk into a trendy-chic bar downtown. You grab a menu, and can’t help but be intrigued by the fun mix of organic drink garnishes, and a list of ingredients you can hardly pronounce. For years, bartenders have been taking little pieces of gourmet flair and adding them to specialty drink menus. Now, it’s the chef’s turn to take a little something from the bar!

Cocktail-infused baking has been around for quite some time, though many have yet to catch onto this style of cooking. Chef’s have been adding wines and spirits to dishes for years; and even some classic favorites have a little extra in them. Think about your heavy-handed Aunt pouring Sherry into the pasta sauce. It just makes sense! When you think about it, mixology is a lot like baking; bringing out subtle flavoring while keeping the tastes cohesive. That’s why these two pair so well together.

The combination of liquor and baked goods hasn’t reached commercial success quite yet, but we’d like to think a renaissance of tipsy treats will be fast approaching! Whip out your pretty pink apron and pumps, and whip up some treats for your next adult-only party! This one is sure to lift your spirits!

January 23, 2015

Our girl’s have really been bringing the shoefie game this week! We spotted these trendsetters posing ’round town in their ShoeDazzle-kicks. Now, we know you have your selfie-game down pack, but check out how these style experts snap a shoe-flick for “the Gram”. Hashtag—shoefie!

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Lefashnmonster struts around town in her Aaliyah boots, while Lihnnwinn stops to let them admire her Noriko booties.

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Iamfashionlaine has just the right pop of color with her Sheffy and Emry sneakers, and Tayehansberry gives us the ultimate classic-chic style in the Pixie booties.

 

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The weather is starting to heat up in L.A., but that doesn’t mean we can’t hold onto our winter wonderland! We found this cold-weather-chic recipe that you’re going to want to sip slow! This Spiked Hot Cocoa is so necessary for a cozy night-in. So, grab your favorite sweater, the newest rom-com, and your Desiree platforms. You’re in for a real treat!

What you’ll need (makes 2 servings):

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons of Dutch-processed cocoa powder (Unsweetened)
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • Mini marshmallows for garnish
  • Chocolate syrup for serving

Instructions:

  • In a medium saucepan—combine milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon and nutmeg over medium heat.
  • Heat about 2-3 minutes until heated through.
  • Remove from heat, and stir in Kahlua.
  • Serve immediately with marshmallows and chocolate syrup.
  • Enjoy!
January 21, 2015

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As fahionista’s, we’re always searching for the new, hottest trends that are grazing fashion covers and blog sites everywhere. We won’t get caught dead wearing white after Labor Day or peep-toe pumps in winter. But what about the classic trends like pastels and florals that seem to be missed? Or my all-time favorite—neutrals! These are almost always the perfect go-to for a trendy night out, depending on the season.

Personally, I wear neutrals year-long because it grants such a luxe and simple look. Not to mention the fact that you can rock these swatches any season—day or night. But it can be difficult to remain neutral in such a bold world where everyone is fighting to stand out.  I am here to tell you, you can still own a room in your chic shades!

The greatest thing about neutral colors is they all pair very nicely together. I usually like to mix and match the warmer colors like tan and camel with the off-whites and cream colors. With camel being such a big color this season, you can almost find it in every variation. You usually can get a little cray with your lip color or opt for a printed neutral bag to bring a new flare to your neutrals. Trust me, you’ll never have a dull moment again! Here’s a little outfit inspiration for your next night out.

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Diina

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Tavia

 

Home Decor Blog post

 

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for a new you (whatever that really means)! In addition to making over your closet and beauty repertoire, you might want to think about revamping your abode.

Now don’t get us wrong; we do love a good damask print every now and then, and openly coo for beautiful crystal chandeliers, but 2015 seems to be about loving all things black white with minimalist and sleek influences. Therefore, instead of glamming up your decor via an abundance of girlish touches, try paring things down and opting for a more modern-chic aesthetic.

Need some help getting started? Well, after gawking at the above image from CB2′s latest catalog, swap floral patterns for anything Mojave-inspired. And then trade Lucite and crystal for metal and wood. Finally, top it all off with sophisticated artsy tomes and ceramic trinkets. Think less boudoir and more study, and you’ll be there in no time. Plus, check out the key pieces we’ve suggested for you and don’t forget to have some fun! Happy decorating.

Grida Studio Half Moon Pillow

4040 Locust Washed Arrow Rug

Storsele Chair

Nate Berkus™ Etched Ceramic Pedestal Bowl

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Can’t wait for the weekend? Need some help getting getting through the week? Then allow us to share with you this fabulous playlist of some of our office favorites! We went around asking everyone what they’ve been listening to lately, and so here are the songs that have been fueling our work week. Let’s get pumped up!

January 16, 2015

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Congrats, you survived a “werk” week! Cheers to working hard and playing hard through a long week. Here are some of our favorite snapshots to inspire your New Year, new style resolutions.

1. Kikiwongo strikes a fierce pose in her Nayeli pumps.

2. Flordemariafashion keeps it simple in her bedazzled Roxane flats.

3. Elizabethkeene shows us how to sparkle in the Joanie pumps.

4. Cryskay gives us classic-chic with her Sleek pumps.

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New Move

Twenty-fifteen is off to a dazzling start for ShoeDazzle! We’ve just moved into our new campus with sister brands Fabletics, FabKids, and JustFab. Thanks to the loyalty of our customers, we are growing, and needed a space to inspire us and accommodate all of our new employees! Since this could not be possible without our amazing customers, we wanted to give you a tour inside our new office space.

When you walk through the doors, you’re immediately welcomed by crisp white lines, art, and sparkle! The first floor is dedicated to the life of the shoe, Operations, Supply chain, and of course Merchandising. The space boasts 5 in-house studios for filming, photography, & events. The massive sample closet next to the studio is enough to give any woman a shoe-gasm. The second floor is buzzing with teams like Marketing, Technology, Human Resources, and Executives. We work in an open floor plan, where employees can choose to work at their desk or grab a seat on a comfy couch. Now that’s luxury!

We love our new space, and can’t wait to share more behind the scenes sneak peaks with you!

Photo Credit: © Evan Patrick Kelly

Black and blue manhatten

It’s National Hat Day and we’re celebrating with a little “spirit”! We mixed up an old-fashioned ManHATten with a little twist…all pun intended! It only takes a New-York-minute to make this treat.  So, whether you like a classic fedora or a sassy floppy hat…throw it on with your new Keely pumps and take a sip. This one’s going to be a good one!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 oz. Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth
  • 1/4 oz. Blackberry Syrup
  • 1/4 oz. Caledonia Spirits Eldberry Cordial
  • 2 dashes Urban Moonshine Maple Bitters
  • Organic blackberries & blueberries for garnish

Instructions:

  • Combine Rye, Dry Vermouth, Blackberry Syrup, Elderberry Cordial, and Bitters with ice.
  • Stir.
  • Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with blackberries and blueberries.
  • Enjoy!

 

Nat'l pet Day

It’s National Dress Your Pet Day, and we finally have an excuse to dress up our furry friends! There are so many different options, that it can be quite overwhelming. We’ve collected a few of our favorites to help inspire you!

Movie-themed costumes are the perfect chance for photo ops. Instagram, anyone?! Get creative and make your own DIY outfit like a crocheted scarf and pipe-cleaner glasses for Harry Potter, or go for the easier, store-bought option like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

Meow! If the pet in your life is a fancy feline, dress them up in some of your favorite costume jewelry. Layers of ladylike pearls offer an elegant look or you can opt for a more glamorous style with a bedazzled bib necklace.

If you’re feeling extra creative, it’s oh-so fun to match with your pet. Julianne Hough totes pulled off this day in the park with her pups all dressed in similar vests. A polo shirt or a dress also make adorable options. Hashtag-twinning!

We hope National Dress Your Pet Day is filled with plenty of wagging tails, precious purrs and fabulous outfits!