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Getaway Trends 2014 | Styling Ankle Strap Sandals with Pastels & Metallics Pt. 2

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

At DNA Footwear, we’ve been crazy about ankle strap sandals for a few weeks now.
Can you really blame us? We can hardly help it now that we have a parade of chic, strapped & cuffed new arrivals coming in for Spring. While it’s still too cold in New York City to pound the pavement in summery ankle strap sandals, a lush, tropical island is the perfect setting for sporting this coveted spring trend. Combined with creamy metallics, fresh florals, and magical mint, the only accessory ankle strap sandals truly need are sun kissed skin and a balmy breeze.

As promised in our previous post on styling ankle strap sandals with pastels and metallics, our Secret Garden set draws it’s inspiration from an earthier approach to incorporating pastels into our Spring ensembles.
Reminiscing of a garden by the sea, we brought together powdery turquoise with grounding peach florals and tan.

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Secret Garden by L S.Granados for dnafootwear-com

 

To play up the boho-chic vibe we chose DV by Dolce Vitawoven pointy toe Geno ankle strap sandal in Honey Leather. The sleek, color blocked Abby split wedge espadrille in Mint by French Connection plays nice for day or night, pairing perfectly with the floral purse & shorts, just as well as with the mint leather pencil skirt and strapless swimsuit.
Muted metallics bring the look together: a shimmering understated cream camisole glams up the floral short and heightens the appeal of the front slit leather skirt; the coppery, wide brim straw hat adds intrigue, playing up your mystique with glamorous functionality–shading you from the sun as well as prying eyes mesmerized by your entrancing glow.

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


Happy Travels, Glamazons!

xox, L S.Granados 

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

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

Little Black Dress to Impress: Your Guide to High Heels, Pumps & Booties

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Made famous by Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn, the ubiquitous Little Black Dress is synonymous with timeless taste and effortless elegance.

Well loved for its versatility and slimming sensibility, the Little Black Dress is easily embellished with festive accessories, statement pieces and heart stopping high heels, making it a holiday season must for style mavens from all walks of life.

Inspired by the parade of party lovin’ pumps and stunning stilettos designed by a few of our favorite brands like Chinese Laundry, French Connection, Jessica Simpson, Sam Edelman, & BCBGeneration, we’ve put together holiday style guides on Pinterest & Polyvore  for dressing up your Little Black Dress!

Guide to styling your little black dress

By L.S. Granados

 

Flattering Flats

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

What woman wouldn’t want to be fashionably comfortable this summer?  Exactly, we all do! This is why we are going back to basics with creatively chic strappy flat sandals.  Whether they are gladiator inspired like our super fresh Ivory Red Cayman Hi Flat Sandal by Jeffrey Campbell or simple and trendy like Damiani’s Leopard Flat Sandal; prints or re-inventive embellishment is KEY to creating a stylish summer look.

2589S2 Flat Sandal - Leopard Ryan Flat Casual Sandal - Platinum Natural
Rival Flat Sandal - Black Suede Cayman-Hi Flat Sandal - Ivory Red

Like most of Jeffrey Campbell’s inventions, the unique take on his Black Suede Rival Flat Sandal is an artistic design we don’t often see but it truly expresses undeniable elegance.  The sandal’s black suede layer would enhance any ensemble and give you that sophisticated classy appeal we all long to have. Juicy Couture also presents another glamorous style choice with its Ryan Flat. The Platinum Ryan Flat Casual Sandal is gloriously glitzy and the platinum leather straps will have you dazzling the streets for days on end. Be expressive and showcase your distinctive flair in any of these great fashionable finds!

By Christine Suero

 

Peacock Princess

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Though it’s not a new trend, the Peacock print, has been making appearances all across the different fashion segments since last year. From scarves, dresses and tops to jewelry, cellphone accessories and shoes. The bold plumage pattern has even found it way into home décor though on a more subtle tone. From bold to delicate, the peacock print is a great way to make a statement.

Nira High Wedge Pump - Black Multi Nita Platform Shoe - Black Multi
Nelly Ballet Flat - Black Multi Slim Thematic Flip Flop - Navy

Pump up any casual or tone-on-tone looks and wardrobe pieces with a bold peacock print shoe. Whether you love an adorable ballet flat, sexy heel or stacked wedge, the eye-catching pattern of this print will keep a kick in your step. Three styles that are a must have are the Nelly Ballet Flat, Nita Platform and Nira High Wedge – all from fun-loving footwear brand, Penny Loves Kenny. For those of you who want to match (peacock is huge in swimwear this season) or accent your beach style, check out the Havaianas Slim Thematic Flip Flop.

By Dynelle Skinner

 

Spiked and Dangerously Fashionable

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

What do you get when a hot and edgy shoe brand mixes with some tough, in your face embellishments? You get a gaggle of warrior princesses of course; which makes Jeffrey Campbell the King. With a collection of shoes that feature one of the hottest shoe trends – Spikes,  Jeffrey Campbell  has created an army of very fashionable yet dangerously footed women. From boots to sneakers, flats and wedges, these metal heavy footwear styles will definitely make the statement – “Don’t mess with this fashionable chick”

Judas Spike T-Strap Sandal - Black Nude Gold
Puffer Flat Studded Sandal - Black
Audrey Spike High Heel Wedge - Black SilverSpike High Heel Ankle Bootie - Black Silver Teramo Spike High Wedge Sneaker - Black Silver

Some of Jeffrey Campbell’s hot weaponry heels include the Spike High Heel Ankle Bootie, the Teramo Spike High Wedge Sneaker, the Puffer Flat Studded Sandal, the Audrey Spike High Heel Wedge, and the Judas Spike T-Strap Sandal and many more. Whichever style you choose, no one will mistake your feminine charm for weakness.

By Dynelle Skinner

 

Sales To Die For

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Featuring Select Styles in Sixty Seven by Mustang and All styles by Report Signature

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72689 High Peep-Toe Wedge - Bogota Ice 72994 Platform Sandal - Vachetta Camel Sixtyseven

Feeling Corky…

Of course you are!  Be empowered and enjoy the summer in any of our Sixty Seven by Mustang platform wedges. If you are looking for a more comfortable classic look then the Vachetta Platform Sandal is just the shoe for you. The thick one strap smooth leather is adorned with two oversized gold buckles giving you the perfect amount of spunk and class. Sixty Seven by Mustang’s Platform Sandal also presents another comfort choice giving all your looks that overall delicate touch! However, if you are more of a bold fashionista then Sixty Seven Mustang’s   5” no nonsense high peep toe wedge is definitely more your stilo. These sexy nudes will have your friends and onlookers oh so jealous.  Have I mentioned yet that all these styles are now selling at 30% OFF- surely an offer you cannot resist!

For all you hardcore gals we know that Sixty Seven Mustang’s wooden heels may cater more to your strong fashion sense. The Vachetta Orange High Heel BEUTS are for those willing and ready to make a statement. The soft orange earth tone leather studded to the light wood platform gives you all the edge you’ll ever need! Its sister Vachetta Camel High Heel pair is another summer staple for sure. You can pair these natural tone pumps with cropped denim jeans for a casual night out on the town or dress them up for the ultimate seriously hot summer business look.

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Wood you dare to own a pair…

Like Sixty Seven by Mustang we must bring attention to all Report Signature’s styles that are also selling at 30% off! We’d like to continue or wooden heel love fest by paying homage to the mother of all woods- the Sigsbee2 High Heel Open Toe Platform. This car stopping head turning vivacious red platformed clog will have all onlookers taking double takes. Report Signature’s Bruner High Heel Platform surely does not trail far behind. You have not lived without having walked in these gotta have killer heels.

By Christine Suero

 

Brand Focus – BOUTIQUE 9

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

With a variety of styles to accentuate any look in your wardrobe, Boutique 9 has become a go-to brand for several fashionistas. Making available several of today’s hottest trends under one roof, this shoe brand will appeal not only to your inner style maven but also to the budget savvy shopper in you. Check out what’s new from this fashionable and youthful brand.

Berthe Casual Sandal Georgetta High Wedge
Geniffer High Heel Sandal - Orange Nickeya Casual High Heel - Green Multi

Fans of the bold color block trend will love the Nickeya Casual High Heel Pump, which also features sexy cutouts and a striking stiletto heel. For those of you who love the neutral trend, the clog silhouette and the wedge, you will fall head over heels for the Georgetta High Wedge, which also features braiding, another hot trend. Love a 70’s platform? The Geniffer High Heel Sandal will hit all the right notes. They also feature the hot braiding trend. If your style is more bohemian, you’ll be right at ease with the Berthe Casual Sandal, but this bohemian beauty is not your typical classic; cool metal can be found at the toe caps and on the tassel.

By Dynelle Skinner