Tag Archives: boots

Paint it black

Black.patent.leather.  When I’m wearing it, I feel like my style rating doubles automatically.  You can be sleek and sophisticated one minute, yet urban chic another.  I’m not sure I would have sought out black patent leather riding boots if I had not seen my friend Ana with a very cool pair from Zara.  I went on a mission and found my own pair at Piperlime.  After several wears, I’m still swooning over them.  They are quite possibly my favorite purchase of the season.  They are perfect for my metro commute (before switching to heels at work).  They are waterproof.  They are warm (microfur lining).  They are comfortable.  They are perfect for skinny jeans on the weekend.  They are perfect for a football game.  Perfect.  Perfect.  Perfect. 

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S&C diversion–having it all

Gwyneth Paltrow, by the looks of it, has it all.  Gorgeous, glamorous, wealthy, married to a rock star.  She wants to add lifestyle advisor to the list, so she has recently launched GOOP, a website/newsletter/soon-to-be media empire, where she can share her collection of experiences, thoughts, and ideas about what makes life good.  Some people have big problems with this.  Google it and you’ll find a trillion hits, along with too many ridiculous comments.  I guess people think she is trying to rub our noses in her good fortune.  Cynical people.  I’m personally not offended.  I like her style and think she has good taste.  And, I like hearing about new stuff, so I signed up.

We’re assuming the name, GOOP, is a combination of Ms. Paltrow’s initials and the word good.  The website seems to be a work-in-progress, but is organized into six categories: Make, Go, Get, Do, Be, See.  We’re also assuming that each of these categories will eventually be filled with content from her newsletters?  So far, the emails have covered London hotels, restaurants, and pubs (Go), buckwheat and banana pancakes (Make), and my fave so far, an article about fashion and personal style (Get).  Here’s a snippet:

“Ah, fashion… the fun frivolity that can really cheer a girl up… The key to it is realizing what works on you personally. At some point I figured out that following trends is not always the way to go, you have to know what works on your body and have confidence (not always easy) that what is flattering is fashionable.”

Not hard to figure out what I like so much — the boots are awesome.  She even makes me want a pair of booties.

You can sign up for the newsletters online, but it doesn’t look like you can view old issues.  If anyone is interested, I’ve saved three or four, so send me a note and I’ll forward them along.

Wallet-friendly

This economic crisis is making everyone more budget conscious, including Shoes & Cocktails.  While we were totally coveting those riding boots we shared from Anthropologie, and we were pining for the Tory Burch Jackson boots, we couldn’t justify the extravagant purchases.  Gone are the days of gleeful over-spending!  But, that doesn’t mean we won’t shop at all.  We’ve exercised prudence and settled on these very cool Mossimo boots from Target, at a jaw-dropping price of $35!

Girl’s best friend

We know we’ve been heavy-handed on the shoes lately. We promise there are cocktail posts in the near future. But, the last two days in the DC area have given us the first taste of fall weather, and we just can’t resist. Much like the Anthroplogie catalog that arrived yesterday. The first eight pages feature shoes, bags, and dogs. I think I nearly toppled over. Such a hip, artistic collection of accessories. We, of course, want them all–including the jewelry, and super-cool knit tights.

Because we are all about riding boots these season, here are a few of our faves: ripe-red, steely-grey, and subtle-brown. Perfection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, because woman cannot live on shoes alone, here are her bags: more fiery-red, minty-green, and cloudy-grey. Très unique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only problem is the price tag. And finding the right drink for the hipster/biker/equestrian, and of course, dog lover.

Dry the rain

I am so coveting Tory Burch’s Winnie rain boot. Her whole fall collection is great (an interesting combo of bohemian chic and European riding wear). Made of rubber, with the brand signature in bright yellow at top — these sleek and stylish boots would sure brighten my rainy days, especially those that have me sloshing to and from the metro.