Shoes and Booze

12 11 2009

The Bailey's pop-up shoe shop (picture via Racked)

What could be better than a shop filled with designer shoes, chocolate, and Bailey’s Irish Cream? I’m stumped. Bailey’s is sponsoring a pop-up shop in Soho with heels and boots by designers like Sergio Rossi, Farylrobin, and Barbara Bui for only $75. The proceeds benefit the nonprofit Clothes Off Your Back, which hosts charity auctions showcasing celebrity attire.

The store is filled with smooth suede couches and red-ribboned bottles of Bailey’s as decor. Open 11am-7pm through tomorrow, the pop-up is located at 421 West Broadway, and is an excellent way to get discount designer shoes while helping out a good cause.


Off-beat ways to Celebrate Columbus Day

12 10 2009
Christopher Columbus Statue in Central Park

Christopher Columbus Statue in Central Park

Over a million spectators are expected to attend the 65th Annual Culumbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue (from 44th to 79th streets) today from 11:30am-3pm. This year, Home Depot Co-founder Kenneth G. Langone will be leading the crowd as grand marshall. If you don’t feel like fighting the crowds, or parades simply aren’t your thing, I have a few other ideas for ways to celebrate the  Italian founder of our country.

Besides celebrating the man Christopher Columbus, today is also a celebration of the Italian culture and all that it has to offer. What better way to celebrate than splurging on some Italian shoes? For the best stiletto selection, head down to Soho to Sergio Rossi. Much of their Fall collection includes styles with beading, metallic details, and also classic suede. The shop also has men’s styles, with high-quality leather loafers and moccasins.

After shoe shopping, you are bound to need some sustenance. Try the new dessert hot spot of the Lower East Side, “Stuffed Artisan Cannolis.” While you may be used to the classic cream-filled treat, this shop offers a variety of flavors, including Pumpkin Pie, French Toast, Root Beer Float, Birthday Cake, and Peaches and Cream. For only $2/cannoli, you can save some money after your designer shoe splurge.

Did you know that Central Park has its own ode to Christiopher Columbus? The Chrisopher Columbus statue rests on a carved granite pedestal and was designed by architect Napoleon Le Brun, and was last refurbished in 1993. Take a walk through the greenery today and visit the statue to pay your respects. Just make sure to change your shoes first.



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