What do you get when you combine bratwurst, sauerkraut, spaetzle, perfect fall weather, and lots of beer? Oktoberfest! The world’s largest festival, concluded this weekend in Munich, Germany.
Fortunately, the rest of the world also likes to celebrate the Bavarian way of life. Not only do we enjoy dining on traditional German delicacies, we love German beer. Many breweries now offer their own seasonal Oktoberfest beer to commemorate the arrival of fall. This rich malty lager, amber in color, usually has hints of caramel and toffee. Hops are added for bitterness, and to balance the sweetness of the barley. This style of beer is often referred to as “Marzen,” because the beer is brewed in March, stored cold through the summer, and ready to drink at the arrival in autumn.
Oktoberfest originated with the marriage of a Bavarian prince in October 1810. Citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities to celebrate the royal event. Horse races marked the close of the event, and gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest. Subsequent years added an Agricultural Show, designed to boost Bavarian agriculture. Visitors were able to quench their thirst at small beer stands, which grew to beer tents and halls. Today, the Oktoberfest attracts over six million visitors from around the world.
S&C Oktoberfest Favorites: Brooklyn Brewery, Spaten, and Sam Adams
And, what shoes are appropriate for this occasion? Many German designers seem to follow the same philosophy — premium quality, best workmanship, and comfort. That’s what you’ll find in Birkenstock and Josef Seibel’s collections.
posted by Ms. S&C
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.
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.
I’m so not ready to let go of summer (I still have a Delaware beach trip to look forward to at the end of the month). But, I’m being lured to cooler weather by the delightful coffee mugs over at Anthropologie. I’m imagining a time when I’m no longer drinking ice coffee. A time when an after dinner café includes grand marnier, bailey’s irish cream, or kahlua. Mmmmm. I can’t wait for these vessels to improve my overall experience of drinking warm beverages.
Our love affair with fantastic prints is showing no signs of letting up. Especially when we get emails from fave neighborhood boutique, The Shoe Hive, alerting us to new arrivals from Tibi’s fall collection. The bold graphic print, the patent leather heel — all I can think is — I.must.have.these.
Oh la la. More exotic prints. More colors. More fabrics. More textures. More, more, more.
These heels are Missoni, a company famous for its unique knitwear. Founded by Ottavio and Rosita Missoni in 1953, after a romance that began at the 1948 Olympics in London. Rosita was studying there and decided to take in some track and field events. Ottavio was a hurdles runner who also happened to design his team’s track uniforms. Fast forward to now – and a great selection of their patterned footwear over at Zappos. Keep a watchful eye because you can find these same multicolor pumps for less at one of my neighborhood boutiques, The Shoe Hive.
Another great thing about multicolor prints – they pretty much go with everything. Kind-of like champagne. I’m in love too.