Ms. S&C recently described her home interior vibe as grandma chic. It is a mixture of family antiques (and paintings from grandma!), coziness, and a few modern touches. (Maybe she’ll post more about this sometime.) What this post is about is 🌼 florals 🌼, and the florals that give off a more grandma vibe. Here’s a look at what’s inspired Ms. S&C lately in the floral category.
Art is where classical and modern can always co-exist. These are especially special because Ms. S&C was able to see them in real life. (And she now has a replica print of Flower Thrower, because #peacefulprotest — bomb the establishment with flowers.)
Grandma floral fashion may not be spectacular on its own, but it can certainly brighten up an outfit.
This wasn’t the first post Ms. S&C dreamed of writing after a long hiatus, but if she thought too long and too hard about coming back with something meaningful or remarkably inspirational – well, it wasn’t likely to happen. (But … how would Ms. S&C sum up the past 10 years? Well, that’s a damn good question. And one she intends to give some thought.)
Ms. S&C is back, primarily on Instagram. Give her a follow why don’t ya? ✨Ms. S&C on Instagram✨ Here’s a snapshot of what caught her eye this past week.
Seasonal prints OMG. Check out the latest RL Collection, which is just gorgeous and tragically out of my budget. Love the paisley, love the florals, love the navy and green hues. 💙💚
Appreciating Barolo wine while in NYC 🍷 Remembering New York Sours while in Portsmouth, Va 🥃 Planning for a Spring trip to Scotland and Northern England (namely The Lake District), and pairing fits with these new boots 🥾 (Keen to hear any recommendations for the UK trip!)
Yes, this is a Negroni on the edge of my bathtub. I called it #selfcaresaturday. The temps have been pretty low in the DMV and that’s no doubt affected my mood. I drew a hot bath on Saturday evening and had a nice, long soak with this warming cocktail + my favorite Lotus Love Beauty bath salts.
Love means never having to live without J.Crew’s Edie Tote.And never having to carry it without these lovely enamel bangles decorating your wrists.And, of course, love means wearing these nautical stripe peep-toe pumps.Happy Valentine’s Day from S&C!
There has been an absence of Ms. S&C lately. I guess you could say she is in Savasana. Regular readers and friends know of her love for yoga. Well, Ms. S&C went and enrolled herself in a yoga teacher training program at Yoga District. It is kind-of intense (Saturday class from 9-6:30; Sunday class from 12noon-6:30; plus homework and yoga classes during the week). But — after two weeks — she can assuredly say that it is more than kind-of awesome. It is really awesome. Wonderful, even. Totally worth it. Even though she wants to bore you with all the details here, she won’t. (But, if you happen to be interested in this journey, you can hear all about at @yoga4everything.)
Suffice to say, Ms. S&C has some added obligations these days. And time constraints. While she’ll still be tweeting it up at @shoescocktails, she can’t promise that the blog will get a lot of attention during the next few months. But S&C isn’t dead! Savasana, or Corpse pose, is about conscious relaxation to invigorate and refresh the body and mind. It is an induced calmness so you can be reborn with full potential. We’ll be back rejuvenated and full of life!
Even though Ms. S&C is trying to use this teacher training session to instill discipline in her life (bye, bye animal protein), there are some attachments that are hard to let go. She is totally digging Athleta’s yoga clothing (recent purchases below). And her TOMS are showing some wear and tear, which is why the “exclusively ours” collection at Neiman Marcus is quite tempting.
We’ll be back wiggling our fingers and toes before long. Until then, Namaste.
Ms. S&C is at a loss. She bought this super awesome lace dress from Banana Republic for a special occasion next month, but has no idea what shoes to wear with it. Black? Dark brown? Chunky heel? Sleek pump? Given the 1920’s-inspired style, maybe something vintage-y? T-strap? (The shoes on the model are not an option, by the way.)
Prepare to be inundated with Ms. S&C’s fall wish list items. We’ll start with these suede sandstorm boots from Madewell. Can’t you imagine them with cropped skinny jeans, or bootcut denim, or corduroys, or colorful tights? They’ve been referred to as “wardrobe workhouses,” and that’s right. I want to wear them with everything.
Also on the list are these perfect penny loafers. (Can you tell that someone’s Madewell catalog arrived yesterday?) Ms. S&C has been crying for the resurgence of penny loafers for years now. Picture them with tweed, camel-colored wool skirts, plaid, and argyle socks. The wannabe British schoolgirl in me squeals with delight. (But do these oxfords need the competition?)
Ms. S&C wants to know: she’s started sharing her fall fashion favorites — what are yours?
This little blog has been around for three years. (If you’re reading this, we’re honored that you are still around!)
In celebration of our blog birthday, here’s a list of our most popular posts over the past three years:
Cake and punch
This was the one where we shared the pomegranate champagne punch and Sister Mojito’s most awesome rainbow birthday cake. (We also love this blog post because it got us a mention in Washington Post’s daily “Express.”)
Song of the summer
This post was early on, but the recipe for watermelon lemonade is timeless, and especially good during these hot summer months.
One month into summer, and I’m already worried about the days slipping too quickly away. All I want to do is take long evening walks, enjoy drinks on the patio and repose by as many bodies of water as humanly possible.
Here’s a quick look at how I’m making the most of this particular summer. See if you notice a growing trend …
Two-for-a-Dollar-Mangoes The first time a pal and I decided to try our hand at a mango margarita, we spent absolutely ages trying to hack apart rock-hard, unripe mangoes. Let’s just say the results were less than stellar. Years later, an older-but-wiser Miss Mojito will put some perfectly ripe mango to much better use thanks to a stupendous mango sale at my local grocery store. I’m thinking of adapting this recipe from Food & Wine.
Strappy Statement Sandals Summertime calls for fun and frivolous footwear, and these platform sandals fit the bill. I love the peep-toe slingback styling – it’s super flattering and feminine – and the layer of cork and pop of bright color just scream “summer.”
During the fall and winter, pedicures feel a bit over-indulgent. I might have a slight guilt complex over spending good money to pamper feet that nobody’s going to see. But come summer, polished toes are practically a necessity. I just love a hue that melds orange and coral, like A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find by OPI.
If money were no object, the 4th of July holiday weekend footwear may look a little something like this:
For the picnic, or the baseball game (the Nationals have a double-header on Saturday, you know), let’s don these adorable Kate Spade sandals. That bow, the grosgrain fabric, the basketweave heel — nothing could say casual American holiday better.
For the night out, how about this classic Burberry espadrille paired with a flowy black sundress? Love the combination of red patent leather, espadrille midsol, and the check pattern.
For the wide-leg white linen pants (or the white linen anything), how about these striking Diane Von Furstenberg wedges? Yes, the height, the bold color, the multi-pattern wedge heel would contrast beautifully with white.
And what to drink this Independence Day? Well, we’ll have to get back to you on that, but these Black and Blue Mojitos and this Campari Cup are strong contenders (particularly given the amount of fresh mint we have growing over at chez S&C).
Happy fireworks, barbecues, picnics, baseball games, Declaration of Independence reading, patriotic song singing, parade going, blue-and-white sprinkled, sparkler waving holiday!
The blog dedicated to shoes, cocktails, and things related was created by Ms. Shoes & Cocktails, a Washington, DC area resident, who lives with her husband and dogs, and is surrounded by friends with good taste and a weakness for cocktails. Miss Mojito also joins Ms. S&C as a contributor. Miss M is from Richmond, VA, and lives and breathes for the delightful Cuban cocktail from which she borrows her name.