SAS makes getting ready in the morning easy with all the gorgeous slip-ons they have to choose from. From the Simplify to the Metro SAS makes sure you look good, and most importantly, they make sure your feet feel fantastic.
“It’s a Matter of Fit” with Walking Cradles
I’ll let you in on a secret – one of the best parts of my job is writing descriptions about the shoes we get in at the store as I upload them to our website. I make it a point to try on almost every shoe new shoe we get in…basically, I get to test out a lot of very pretty, very comfortable shoes.
You may have seen on our Facebook recently a post about a new heel, Sophia, we received from Walking Cradles. Sophia is fantastic from heel to toe. This heel features classic design – I call it “the little black dress” of heels – pointed toe, reasonable heel height of approximately 2 inches and is crafted with smooth leather. Every woman should own a pair of pumps she can rely on when she’s just not sure what shoes to throw on. I believe Sophia could, and will, be that shoe for many of you for one reason alone: unmatched comfort paired with beautiful design.
I’ve never been particularly fond of heels. I’m not very graceful when it comes to walking in them – I resemble a baby deer taking its first steps – and I typically feel uncomfortable. Obviously, there are a few exceptions, but overall this has been my experience. I stepped into Sophia expecting the same tipping, shaky sensation that overcomes me when I put on a pair of heels. I was shocked to find out this was not the case as I trotted easily back and forth across carpet and tile flooring.
Sophia is in a league of its own. Insole padding reaches from heel to toe. With each step, you feel a reinforced padding in the heel cup. It makes for a stable, incredibly cushioned experience. The fit is true to size: I wear an 8, and the 8 fit perfectly. If you’re worried about feeling cramped in the pointed-toe style, I recommend ordering a half size up and sliding a heel pad in the back. I tried on the 8.5, and it added some extra space for my toes at the end, but I did experience slipping in the heel… a heel pad would probably take care of that problem. An added bonus with Sophia by Walking Cradles: the range of widths, sizes and colors. Comfort, stability, style, and under $100… what more could you ask for in a high heel?
Sophia makes style an easy choice.
I attempted something risky last night. Stepped outside of my comfort zone, if you will.
Well, technically, I baked. But, still.
Many who know me are aware of the fact that cooking is not my forte. I frequently skip over steps in the simplest of recipes because I get too excited about the end product and don’t thoroughly read the directions. If I’m being honest, I actually missed a step in my first attempt at the recipe I’m about to share with you all. Luckily, I’m an expert problem-solver and found a way to improvise (and it still tasted AWESOME).
Because it’s Fat Tuesday, my inner Betty Crocker stepped out and decided to Pinterest fun, Mardis Gras related recipes. I became instantly intrigued by a recipe for “mini king cakes” – mostly because it involved the least amount of ingredients and steps. I then found ANOTHER recipe for mini king cakes that involved CINNAMON ROLLS. At that moment, I was hit by a stroke of genius.
I decided to the elements I liked best about each recipe and combine them into one, inspirational dessert. I took safety precautions during the taste-testing portion of my experiment…I had my boyfriend try one. He said it tasted “damn good”, and he wouldn’t lie to me. (Seriously, he would be the first to tell me if it sucked, I promise).
I like this dessert so much, I need to share it with all of you. The recipe is easy, inexpensive and took me all of 45 minutes to complete from start to finish, including pre-heating the oven! This is a great recipe for a fun breakfast or a tasty dessert.
Because this recipe is technically my own, I took the liberty of naming it. May this be the fattest Tuesday yet.
PURPLEY/GREEN/GOLD CINNAMON THINGS
(aka MINI KING CAKES)
– 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
– 1 cup powdered sugar
– 1 tsp lemon juice (or 1/3 of a fresh lemon, squeezed)
– 2 packages cinnamon rolls
– Sprinkles (I chose yellow and green in honor of Mardis Gras)
– 1 container frosting (15.6 oz is the size I chose, and I had some leftover)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray baking sheet/pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Blend (or mix well with a spoon) cream cheese, powdered sugar & lemon juice.
3. Remove cinnamon rolls from container. Use fingers to pinch and form a hole in the center of each cinnamon roll.
4. Put cream cheese/powdered sugar/lemon juice mixture in the center of each cinnamon roll.
5. Bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Take out of oven and let cinnamon rolls cool for 5 minutes.
7. Decorate with frosting & sprinkles of your choice.
You may be wondering how I could’ve possibly messed up the first batch I made. Here’s how: I forgot to put the cream cheese/powdered sugar/lemon blend into the center of the cinnamon rolls before baking them. However, it simply prompted me to find another way to put these little wonders together! After the cinnamon rolls finished baking, I cut a circular piece of dough out of the center, placed the cream cheese mixture inside, put back the piece of dough I cut out and frosted over it to secure. Voila! Fixed. However, since the cream cheese mixture wasn’t baked, I refrigerated this batch. If your dessert sits over night, I suggest heating your purpley/green/gold cinnamon things up in the microwave for 10 seconds to make them deliciously melty and warm. Yes, melty. MINI KING CAKES FOR THE WIN.
Disclaimer: I’ve never actually made a king cake before, so I couldn’t tell you how closely my recipe or the ingredients in it mirror one. But the colors I decorated with are Mardis Gras colors. So I decided that counts.
It’s been busy in the receiving room at Mar-Lou Shoes. There’s a reason I’ve dubbed this room “box city”: In the short time I’ve been at Mar-Lou, I’ve witnessed the room where we receive all of our merchandise literally ceiling-high with shoe boxes – more than a dozen times. When box city fills up, my days revolves around taking images of new products, preparing the images for our website, writing descriptions, and uploading all of it to marloushoes.com.
While writing product descriptions this morning, I thought to myself how strange it is that all these “shoe terms” that once were so foreign to me are now a regular part of my vocabulary. It took time for me to get comfortable with and become somewhat knowledgeable about all these words I spout so frequently. Even now, I still have to look up what certain terms mean from time to time.
Everyone’s got stuff they know a lot about. Because of my line of work, shoe stuff is moving pretty high up on the list of “things I know”. (I really didn’t ever see that one coming, but I’m not complaining.) Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not some sort of shoe aficionado (yet). The list I compiled below is not your complete guide to every shoe term ever spoken or written about, however, it will detail some important, frequently used terms. These terms don’t apply to EVERY shoe ever created, but they do provide a working knowledge of basic footwear anatomy.
MAR-LOU SHOES’ ANATOMY
Material covering the entire outside of a shoe
Section of upper material that covers from a little behind the toe to just before the heel
Section of upper material that covers around the heel
Fabric covering the inside of a shoe (excluding footbed) – may help improve durability
ENTIRE part of shoe below the foot (body of shoes consists of an upper and a sole)
Layer between sole and foot (typically adds comfort, sometimes removable)
Bottom of shoe that makes contact with ground
Where the heel sits
Piece (typically of metal) that is found between the sole and the insole (shanks often hit the arch of the foot to provide extra stability)
Material that binds the upper of a shoe to the sole, comparable to a seam on clothing