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Designer Spotlight: Vanessa Mooney X DV by Dolce Vita

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Coveted globally by taste-makers and celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens, Megan Fox, Emma Roberts and Lily Allen,  the eclectic, hand-made designs  by acclaimed jewellery designer and Hollywood-rebel, Vanessa Mooney, celebrate the free spirited, unexpected beauty of the boho-chic aesthetic that delights the eyes of passerby and wearers alike.

The LA based designer’s often intricate necklaces, bracelets, rings and pretty things inspire us to let go of tomorrow and soulfully embrace the sensuality and fullness of today with fingers and toes, ankles and wrists, and now thanks to her collaboration with DV by Dolce Vita, you can draw that inspiration up from the soles.

Here, at DNA Footwear, we are so pleased to carry two of our favorite styles of shoes from the Vanessa Mooney X DV by Dolce Vita Spring 2014 capsule collection: Avina and Atara. The Avina is a leather thong sandal, with gold belly dancing charms and leather sole; the Atara–a double leather ankle strap gladiator sandal with silver pyramid and smooth spiked studs also, crafted with a leather sole.

The casual versatility of the Avina thong sandal, easily rises to the occasion of dressier style elements. Celebrating that versatility, we orchestrated a truce between the femininity of dreamy florals and punk mysticism by pairing the jade green colored Avina with a sleek, flowery pencil skirt and a tank top emblazoned with a sugar skull. A pale pink bomber jacket keeps the chill away and the cool in play–as pastel hues and bomber jackets are hot trends for Spring 2014.

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(The Avina thong sandal is also available in Black)

 

The rocker-chic-goddess aesthetic of the Atara gladiator sandal has inspired us to pair the tough, edgy sandal with the simple sweetness of a few key accessories and an unassuming cross strap, lace sundress. To brighten up the look with an air of playful sophistication, we paired these basic elements with a funky, mood-boosting, orange floral blazer that complements Atara‘s fierce design; blue accents and statement pieces bring the look effortlessly together.

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Orange you glad you’re feeling blue by L S.Granados for dnafootwear-com
(The Atara ankle strap sandal is also available in Bone & Gold).

Inspire your heart, and sole, with the fiercely feminine bohemian flair that comes with slipping on a pair of Vanessa Mooney shoes from the DV by Dolce Vita capsule collection. Live, Love, Laugh, Be Free!

Happy Shopping, Fashionistas,
–L S.Granados

Valentine’s Day 2014 | A Love Letter From Your New Shoes

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
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 If your new favorite shoes were to write your feet a love letter, they’d quote the hopeless romantic Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, and tell you how much they’ve always loved your feet–that they’re so happy you finally found them and slipped your perfectly pedicured toes inside them. The reunion between sole mates is a joyful event!

Thankfully, you needn’t walk upon the wind or the water–or even to the store–to arrange a much anticipated rendezvous between your feet and the perfect pair of sexy sole mates–just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Slip on something a little more sensual, and peruse our fabulous selection of dressy high heels or evening sandals.

Is your Valentine’s Day a bit more intimate and low key? Dress up a beautiful bootie or any of the many casual heels available at DNA Footwear.

If your love sweeps you away to celebrate where the sun shines bright all day and sets real late, pack a flattering pair of ankle strap sandals or flats–after all, the ankle strap flat is a top getaway trend for spring!

Whether you’re excited for the festivities or having trouble getting in the mood, visit us on Pinterest and check out our holiday fashion and accessories mood board.


Happy Valentine’s Day, Glamazons!

xox, L S.Granados

 

 

Set features the pointed toe Laney stiletto high heel ankle strap pump by Joe’s Footwear in Black White Suede & Grey Suede
(also available in Black Suede at DNA Footwear)

Getaway Trends 2014 | Styling Ankle Strap Sandals with Pastels & Metallics Pt. 1

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Grey winter days got you feeling blue? Pack your pastels, metallics & ankle strap sandals–then get away, at least for a weekend.
Okay, maybe a week…or even two!

 

There’s no need to wait for April to start sporting the Spring 2014 trends you find most appealing.
Get away, instead, and head somewhere sunny where your peach colored chiffon and blush blouses may flutter in the breeze; where rose gold and quiet corals dare to brighten sandy, nude neutrals. Buckle up those ankle strap sandals, and take your soles for a ride, but skip the heavy metal–light metallics do it right.

Escaping on a whim is easy if you pack light and keep your selections easy to mix and match–meaning when it comes to trying getaway trends, three is a magic number. No need to go overboard.
Our Blushing Beauty set is the perfect example of how to do this when styling ankle strap sandals with pastels and metallics: 3 of the top trends for Spring 2014.

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Blushing Beauty by L S.Granados for dnafootwear-com

 

You want to start building your getaway outfits with a flat shoe and a high heel.

A chic flat is essential because you can dress up your casual looks with ease, then pair them with your party dress when your toes can’t handle compromising style nor comfort.
In this set, we opted for the the pointed toe, Encino ankle strap sandal by Chinese Laundry in Soft Blush. (Also available in Black Blue Ink). We especially love Encino for its double ankle strap detail. This textured pointy toe flat features a thick ankle cuff, as well as a delicate ankle strap below that adds an extra touch of intrigue.

Of course, you’ll need a high heel for glamming up your dressier looks for a night on the town, or at the see-and-be-seen poolside brunch.
For this getaway guide to packing light, we went with the Lickety Split high wedge, ankle strap sandal by BC Footwear in Metallic Rose Gold Leather (Also available in Black Suede).

After you’ve picked your getaway sole mates, the rest is easy: pick a soothing pastel color that has your name written all over it and go with it.
Pick a blouse or two in similar shades that can be interchanged with shorts or a skirt that pairs just as well with your swim suit, too. Including one or two statements pieces with pretty prints or fun florals makes it easy to keep your other items basic enough to mix and match.

Caveat: No need to be matchy matchy with colors (check out our previous post on styling pastels)–just keep colors in the same family, and go for the color block technique.

In our next post, we will show you how to style this same trend, with an earthier twist–buckling up another set of ankle strap sandals (a high heel and a flat) while keeping up with the other Spring 2014 trends we’re currently crazy about: pastels and metallics!

Check out our Color Block mood board on Pinterest for more pastel inspiration.

Happy Travels!
xox, L S.Granados

#ActiveDNA #OOTD | Sweat It Out In Style with Asics Onitsuka Tiger Sneakers

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The weekend workout is a challenge to fit in. Not because we don’t have time, but because it’s easy to get lazy after brunch–hehe!
After a week of staying active regularly for the #ActiveDNA challenge, I have found I have more motivation to wake earlier for a pre-brunch sweat sesh on a Saturday or Sunday when I’ve got a chic sporty outfit lined up the day before.
That’s why tomorrow, I will get up early and dress up in my fab sports gear, grab some lemon water and feast on fruits for breakfast, first thing.
That way, I’ll have the inspiration and the energy to take a brisk walk to my pre-brunch yoga class.

What do you think of tomorrow’s #ootd featuring the Ultimate 81 sneakers in Raspberry Blue by Asics Onitsuka Tiger?

Eat, Train, Love and Look Good Doing it!

Sweat it out in style!
xo, L S.Granados

Getaway Trends 2014 | Styling the Pastel Trend

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Winter days got you feeling grey?
Slather on the sunscreen and dig up your swimsuits, sunny days made for stunner shades are a trip to the tropics away!

When packing for your tropical escape, break out the mints, light pinks and powdered blues–nothing soothes the sole quite like stylish shoes in pastel hues.

Inspired by the surreal softness of the pastel color palette, designers like Jason Wu, Burberry & Prabal Gurung lit up their Spring 2014 runways with versatile applications of under-saturated hues, kicking off the pastel trend.

Taking a cue from these fashion gurus, we’ve curated a pastel inspired getaway guide to packing light, so it’s easy to go from day to nightTo recreate what we imagine a pastel breeze could be, we chose minty green to complement peachy corals and pastel pinks.

 

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We picked up a chiffon printed short in a dreamy green and pink floral, then paired them with coral elements and mint green accessories. The Gigi Flat T-Strap Sandal in Light Green by Sam Edelman pulls the casual outfit together and complements the blush party dress, once you’re ready to slip your soles out of the chic & strappy pointy toe Zahara high heel sandal by BCBGeneration. Of course, the sleek Zahara ankle strap stiletto sandal, shown in Warm Sand (also available in Black) pairs phenomenally well with the shorts and crop top, bringing a casual ensemble way up a notch, effortlessly.  

Mixing and matching is the key to easy breezy, on trend styling. For more fashion advice on styling with pastels, check back in to the DNA Footwear blog for the next post in our getaway series about ankle strap flats

In the meantime, peruse our COLOR BLOCK mood board on Pinterest to feast your eyes on colorful worlds of lovely pastel.

 Happy travels, fashionistas!
xo, L S.Granados

The #ActiveDNA Challenge | Getting Started & Staying Motivated to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution

Friday, January 10th, 2014

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  Though the journey to implement your new year’s resolution to be fit is not easy,
the rewards of staying active are super motivating.

 

The #ActiveDNA challenge is a gratifying exercise that will help you make fitness a part of your lifestyle.
Though, that is a gift on its own, sharing photos and videos of your journey via Instagram, with friends and other participants will afford you the opportunity to motivate yourself and others, in addition to a chance to claim the grand prize–a pair of sneakers by Asics Onitsuka Tiger.

Today, I am sharing what has helped me get started with DNA Footwear‘s #ActiveDNA Challenge.
I do so in hopes that it will help you realize your new year’s resolution to stay active and win a fun pair of Asics Onitsuka Tiger sneakers that are sure to keep up with your fitness journey beyond this month, through the rest of the year. Let’s get started!

1. Embrace your self as you are.
It is important that you peacefully align yourself with who you are at this moment, accepting yourself fully. Allow yourself to feel excitement and anticipation about the changes you will make to transform into  the version of you that you aspire to work hard to be.

2. Determine the intention for your changes.
Setting an intention helps you keep your eyes on the prize. If your burning desire is to become more limber and improve your flexibility, that will be the motivating force to rise from the comfort of your bed so that you make time to stretch for 15 minutes before starting your day. 

3. Remember, you have as many hours in a day as Beyonce–staying active is as easy as going about your day.
We don’t have time; we make time for the things most important to each of us. Evaluate your priorities and how they currently line up with your new year’s resolution to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle. Are you doing small things, every day, that support the realization of your fitness goals? For example, did you know that stepping out of the elevator and taking the stairs will decrease your risk of heart disease by 62%? Let’s get to steppin’!
Other easy activities that help you stay active include, skipping the subway and 
walking more; stretching with your pets; doing a few sets of jumping jacks, crunches and push ups while watching your favorite shows–believe it or not, watching TV this way burns calories at a rate of 72+ calories/hour depending on how intensely you go about your sets.

The following every day activities help you burn some extra calories: 

  • 30 minutes of polishing your tables and knickknacks waxes off  80 calories
  • 30 minutes of ironing your clothes will smooth out 36 calories; 
  • give your apartment a new paint job, and 3 hours later you’ve got yourself a great looking place and 1026 homeless calories;
  • tend to drop off your laundry every week? give your cleaners a break, this week, and  fold your own laundry to rack up a negative 72 calories for every half hour your spend folding;
  • volunteer 4 hours of down time to clean up around your neighborhood and trash 1800 calories
  • mop your floors for 30 minutes and ring out 153 calories
  • play poker (or any card game)3 hours in, we can’t guarantee you’ll win cash money, but you will surely lose 351 calories; 
  • shovel snow for 30 minutes and melt 202.5 calories; 
  • vacuum your rugs for 20 minutes and you’ve sucked 28 calories out of your system;
  • catch some Zzz’s–8 hours of sleep will permanently put 360 calories to bed.
  • fun fact: rumor has it that 30 minutes of locking lips for a steamy make out session melts more than your heart; swap 36 calories for a french kiss (;

Now, that you’re buzzing around, going about your day in the spirit of good health, ask yourself: are you making the time to let your inner beauty shine on the outside while you do all of that? 

4. Make looking good a part of your routine.
It’s no surprise that looking good makes you feel good, and I guarantee you will have that much more energy and confidence when taking on the challenge to stay active, when you make time for beauty and self care. Maybe that means eating more fruits and veggies, or going to bed an hour earlier. That might even include, dressing up in ways that makes your feel good about yourself.

Quite possibly the most helpful thing I have done so far besides eating better and going to bed earlier, is picking up a swag pair of sneakers  that I can’t wait to wake up and put on every morning.
For me, the Unisex Mexico 66 sneakers  in Silver Blue by Asics Onitsuka Tiger, are doing the trick.
What do you think of my morning workout ensemble for day 2 of the #ActiveDNA challenge?

 

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As mentioned in our previous post, by participating regularly throughout the month of January, you are instantly eligible to be rewarded for your commitment to staying active with a pair of Stance socks. Remember to tag us @dnafootwear on your Instagram posts with #ActiveDNA.

Be happy, be healthy & stay active!

Love,
L S.Granados

New Year’s Resolution 2014: Stay Active Challenge with #DNAFootwear

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

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Year after year, perhaps the top New Year’s resolution is getting fit and staying active.

While many of the sweaty, fat burning activities you don’t necessarily enjoy will ensure you the results you want to see, faster, the real challenge is keeping up a healthy lifestyle for the rest of the year–or at least, the end of Summer!
Let DNA Footwear reward you for your efforts by participating in our Stay Active Challenge Giveaway , during the month of January!
Read on to learn our easy breezy philosophy for consistently looking good, feeling great, and staying active.

For many of us, this isn’t the first (or the last) time that fitness takes the cake as a top new years resolution. Though it may be true that “pain is weakness leaving the body,” breaking a sweat, a few times a week, needn’t be so …intense! Instead, make your every day movements count by consciously engaging your muscles while you go about your daily activities. Check out this post, for 15 calorie burning, every day activities you can try.

For example, climbing the stairs? Tighten your glutes and shift your weight, lifting from the butt. Skip elevators and escalators altogether and you’re on your way to being Miss New Booty! Rolling around a heavy basket at the market? Pick it up, and get your biceps burning, strengthening and sculpting your arms every time you shop. As you channel your inner Popeye, remember to pick up some fresh kale, baby spinach or your fave greens for extra strength and good health!

Follow us on Instagram to show us how you stay active and be rewarded!
Post images & videos of you and your friends making every move count–especially if you’re seriously breaking a sweat at yoga, dance class, or the gym, etc–and tag @dnafootwear with #ActiveDNA
Enter as many times as you like for the whole month of January!
The most viral photo/ video  will be awarded the Grand Prize of a pair of Asics Onitsuka Tiger sneakers on February 3, 2014.

Of course, commitment to staying active is also rewarded! A free pair of Stance socks will be awarded to the two members  staying most active during the month of January.

Need a few more ideas and a super dose of motivation? Check out our Fitter & Better Together Pinterest board and be inspired to be a better you, every day!

 

Love,
L S.Granados

Celebrity Style: Jessica Alba Loves the Moto Rain Boot

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Rainy days have you feeling drab and grey?
Channel your inner biker babe and ride out the storm in a fashion forward motorcycle rain boot.
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This fashion forward, motorcycle inspired silhouette is a welcome update to the traditional welly cut rain boot, affording fashionable women every where the opportunity to wear their favorite outfits without compromising effortless style and keeping feet warm and dry.

One of our favorite celebrity fashionistas, Jessica Alba, was spotted wearing the Seattle moto rain boot by Dav, available at DNA Footwear. Replicating the stylish star mom’s casual ensemble is as easy as throwing on a comfy shirt, a cozy cardigan and your favorite jeans. Jessica has personally paired her black pants and Dav Seattle moto rain boots with a Paige Denim Kadie shirt in Amour Plaid and an Isabel Marant for H&M Knit Cardigan.

Looking to sport the moto rain boot trend with a subtler edge and less metal hardware?  Check out the rugged Dav Moto Solid rain boot, boasting the same chic cut as the Seattle, minus the studded straps.

Sperry Top Sider carries a similar cut of rain boot, called the Falcon, available in Black and Olive. For those of you looking to take a walk on the wild side, the Sperry Top Sider Falcon is also available in a fun, animal print with studded buckle straps. All available colorways for the Falcon moto rain boot pictured, left.

Happy shopping, rainy day style mavens!

Love,
L S.Granados

PERFECT STOCKING STUFFERS: Leather Shoe Care Kits by Wolverine, Red Wing, and UGG Australia

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

1000 miles worth of walks and wet, winter weather leave our loved-for-so-long leather boots and shoes wishing we would love them better. Luxury leather experts,  Red Wing, Wolverine 1000  Mile and UGG Australia agree! So, this holiday season, they have boxed up the best of their leather care products, into deluxe shoe care kits that make the perfect gift for the leather lovers on your stocking stuffer list. Included, in these gift sets are shoe polishes, brushes, oils and conditioners–all meant to freshen up leathers  with a  polished, supple finish.

Happy Holidays!

by L.S. Granados

12 Days of Christmas First Annual Holiday Giveaway

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

As the temperature drops and cold settles in, the cool winter winds give us the chills–of course, in a very good way!

We, at DNA Footwear, are excited to share the warmth, and get that fuzzy feeling going that the holiday season brings by gifting you a heartfelt invitation to win a cozy and fashionable prize a day, during our first, annual 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Giveaway!

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Like us on Facebook for access to the contest rules and the calendar of prizes to sign up for every day. Then, check in with our Twitter feed, daily, to see if you won that day! Giveaways include stylish hats, scarves and gloves in comfy knits by Goorin Bros. and Bickley + Mitchell–plus, buttery soft socks by Stance for happy feet in prints that sizzle. Included on this wish list, are prized leather goods to make us swoon: inspirational bracelets and beautiful belts crafted lovingly by Bed|Stu. Next on this “must have” list is the Red Wing leather care kit, to keep your leathers looking fresh, so you, of course, always look your best. Kicking off the last three days are rainy day essentials: a DNA Footwear branded umbrella, and shearling Hunter insoles, followed by the ultimate wet weather staple–a surprise grand prize.

Remember to  spread the holiday cheer and love among  your family and friends, for a chance to win the grand prize, on Christmas Day. Refer all of those on your naughty and nice lists by sharing the holiday sweepstakes, daily–the more you share, the higher the odds that you are sure to win!

For more holiday inspiration, visit us on Pinterest for stocking stuffer ideas, creative tips for DIY uplifting gifting, and a glam gal’s party ready mood board so you can plan your show stopping look in the trendiest colors of the season. Hosting a holiday soirée? Take a look at our Food & Drink board to learn how to make decadent cocktails and indulgent treats to transform the atmosphere of your gathering into a feast for the eyes, heart, tummy and soul.

 

With Love,

 L S.Granados