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Whether you’re feeling flirty, sexy, or carefree this Summer, there is definitely a shoe to fit your mood!  Summer footwear doesn’t have to mean boring flip flops – your Summer Sandals can be just as smokin’ hot as your stilettos with the following trends for 2010!   Ladies, turn up the heat for the dog days ahead because Summer Sandals have arrived!

Exotic Beaded Sandals

Sandals with global inspiration are the hottest trend this season!  It’s all about embellishments here; from ethnic beads, colorful stones, metallic medallions, chains, and chunky adornments.  Take a cue from Sarah Jessica Parker and the gals of Sex and the City 2, and add some glam to your Summer wardrobe with these striking sandals.  From fierce gladiators to sexy high heels and wedges, this trend definitely makes a statement!

Zigi Soho Beaded Gladiators $59.95 (DSW Shoes)

JS by Jessica Kady Sandal $59.95 (DSW Shoes)

SM Valley Wedge Sandal $59.95 (DSW Shoes)

 Romantic Details

Love is in the air this Summer with flirty romantic sandals!  Feminine touches like dainty flowers and delicate ruffles add elegance to any outfit, whether you’re pretty in pink or casual in shorts and a tee.  Hollywood stars like Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift love to dress up their basics with romantic sandals, peep toe flats, and wedges.  Top off your look with a simple flower in your hair and you’ll be sweet from head to toe!

Report Moxee Flat $44.95 (DSW Shoes)

MIX NO. 6 Ripple Gladiator $39.95 (DSW Shoes)

SM Ven Rosette Platform Wedge $49.95 (DSW Shoes)

Neutral Nudes 

Time to go Au Natural!  If you have to invest in one pair of shoes this season, I would suggest the ultra versatile Neutral Nudes!  From strappy gladiators to peep toe pumps, these shoes will go with EVERYTHING in your closet!  Celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Sienna Miller have known the secret of nude heels for years and now, you will too – find a pair of neutral nudes to match your skin tone and instantly you have longer, leaner, and sexier legs!  What could be better than that?!  

Carlos by Carlos Santana Radical Sandal $49.95 (DSW Shoes)

Audrey Brooke Tabbey Slingback $59.95 (DSW Shoes)

Blowfish Festival Wedge $49.95 (DSW Shoes)

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You don’t need to have a movie star budget to entertain like Carrie Bradshaw and the gals!  Today marks the release of the much-anticipated Sex and the City 2, and fashionable women across the country will be gathering for the ultimate girl’s night out!  With a little work and creativity, we can all throw a Sex and the City 2 inspired party, for as little as $100! 

Décor

Hosting a great party is all about atmosphere!  Even if you have a small space to work with, adding a bit of mood lighting and other décor will change the mood from frumpy to fabulous!  First, set the scene with either the original Sex and the City: The Movie ($12.99 on Amazon) DVD or the new Sex and the City 2: The Soundtrack ($11.99 on Amazon).  Can we say Liza Minnelli singing Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”!?  What could be better party music than that?

Flowers are next – it’s amazing how impressive a room can become with the addition of fresh flowers.  Stock up on one type of flower in one color – pink or purple roses, gerbera daisies and orchids are always beautiful.   Local grocery stores like Kroger and Albertsons have great deals on fresh flowers, usually 3 bunches for about $12-$15.  This way, you can create your own assortment without spending a ton of money on a florist.  Keep arrangements simple, and if you want to jazz it up, add a colorful ribbon around a square vase to give it a modern look.  Or, go simpler with single bud vases throughout the room. 

For the buffet or cocktail area, an exotic table runner ($18.49 on Overstock) or tapestry would be perfect for a Sex and the City 2 inspired soiree.  Metallic accents will also add a Middle Eastern flair, from chargers and jewels to decorative glassware.  Stores like Pier 1 and Cost Plus always have great exotic accessories for as little as $5! 

Nothing completes a room like candles.  Small, simple clear votives are best and a great bargain when purchased in bulk ($6 at Big Lots).  Like the flowers, you can coordinate themes here by wrapping each glass candle holder with the same color ribbon. 

Drink

No Sex and the City party would be complete without the perfect Cosmo!  This recipe from Prairie Organic Vodka is the perfect combination of sweet and sassy, just like Carrie Bradshaw herself! 

Carrie Cosmo

2 oz. Prairie Organic Vodka ($18.99 on Marketview Liquor)

1 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

1 oz.  Organic Cranberry Juice

Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a fresh lime. 

For another glamorous beverage option, try Nuvo Sparkling Liqueur ($19.99 on Raeder’s Wines) served over ice in an elegant champagne flute.  The bottle alone is centerpiece worthy, just gorgeous! 

It’s always a good idea to have a non-alcoholic option as well, here’s one for a delicious Virgin Cosmo:

Virgin Cosmo

1 oz. Tonic Water

1/2 oz. Citrus Juice

1/2 oz. Lime Juice

1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice

Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with strip of lemon, orange peel, or sprig of mint. 

Dine

When it comes to food, keep it simple and easy with appetizers.  Finger foods are best as there’s no need for plates or utensils, just festive cocktail napkins!  Get some help from your local deli by creating your own antipasto platter with assorted cheeses, meats, olives, grapes, and crackers.  Remember it’s all about presentation – place all items on a rustic cutting board or modern serving tray and garnish with fresh herbs or a single flower bud.  Serve a warm and savory appetizer as well – I love Pillsbury Savorings.  For just $4 at your local grocery store, guests will think you slaved for hours to roll these delicious pastries filled with cheese and spinach!  Round out your appetizers with a vegetable platter (create your own to save) and some sweet bites. 

Another money-saving tip, have each of your guests bring an appetizer – this way, all you have to do is supply the atmosphere and beverages! 

Dress

Other than cocktails, fashion is THE most important thing to make a fabulous Sex and the City party!  Have your guests wear their most glamorous pair of high heels, or dress up like their favorite SATC character.  To find out which SATC character you are and for some amazing looks for less, check out my Sex and the City 2 Fashion Roundup!

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The Carrie Diaries, $9.49

Seeing that Sex and the City 2 is hitting theaters this Thursday, I thought it would be fitting for the GAL Find of the Week to be SATC inspired!  I can’t get enough of Carrie Bradshaw, and with the release of Candace Bushnell’s new book, The Carrie Diaries ($9.49 on Amazon), fans will learn the backstory of how Carrie became so fabulous! 

Here’s what Amazon.com had to say about The Carrie DiariesWith an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

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Every woman can relate to the four amazing characters in Sex and the City, from their fab fashion sense to their eclectic views on life and love.   With the release of the sequel due out on May 27th, I’ve broken down each characters style, while also shedding some light on what we can expect in the new movie.  Which SATC character are you?  Once you’ve figured that out, I’m also sharing some amazing GAL finds to help you achieve the SATC look for less!

Carrie – The Ultimate Fashionista

Carrie is the Ultimate Fashionista!  A trendsetter at heart, Carrie rocks her look with confidence and sex appeal.  Always a lover of designer frocks and shoes, Carrie makes every look her own by mixing and matching the old with the new.  Her choices always make a statement, from her signature nameplate necklace, flower pin and Manolo Blahniks, to her exotic and glamorous spin on the Middle East in the new SATC2!  Will she fall head over heels for Aidan in Abu Dhabi, or run back to Big’s arms in the Big Apple?

Get Carrie’s movie poster look for less!  White jersey dress from XOXO, $59.  Gold aviator sunglasses from Shop4Sparkles, $36.  Gold sequined pumps from Zappos, $65. 

Miranda – Functional Fashion

Miranda is a practical woman on the go!  As a successful lawyer and mother, Miranda opts for Functional Fashion choices in her everyday life, from sleek suits and sheath dresses to comfy heels.  In the new SATC2, Miranda has an opportunity to have fun with fashion, mixing color, jewels and embellished sandals in to her repertoire.  How will Steve and Brady live without her while she’s away with the girls?

Get Miranda’s vacation look for less!  Charity dress in kiwi from Mata Traders, $59.  Gladiator flat sandals from Zappos, $55.  Beaded cuff and teardrop earrings from Afaze.com, both $8.

Samantha – Sexy & Sassy

Samantha is always Sexy & Sassy!  Her look is bold and extremely body conscious.   As a power publicist by day, Samantha always finds a way to spice up her outfit, from statement pieces to bold colorful heels.  In Abu Dhabi, we’ll see Samantha turn up the heat in form fitting dresses, bling-y blouses and dazzling jewelry!  Newly single after her split with Smith, will Samantha find new love in a foreign land?

Get Samantha’s sexy look for less!  Orange/pink paisley caftan top, $30, gold textured bangles, $8, fuchsia rectangle stone ring, $8, all from Afaze.com.  Gold Rylee heels from DSW, $39.95. 

Charlotte – Chic & Classic

Charlotte is always Chic & Classic!  A hopeless romantic, Charlotte is the epitome of Park Avenue elegance.  Charlotte’s look is refined, with feminine details and anything that makes her feel like a princess.   On a much needed vacation in the new SATC2, Charlotte lets loose with colorful tops, printed maxi dresses and exotic accessories.  Will absence make the heart grow fonder for Charlotte and her family?

Get Charlotte’s looks for less!  Audrey cherry cupcake apron from Jessie Steele, $33.  Halter print maxi dress from XOXO, $59.  Gold filigree drop earrings from Afaze.com, $6.  White beaded peacock gladiators from Shiekh Shoes, $24.

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The much anticipated sequel to the Sex and the City movie is due out in 16 days!  If you’ve seen the latest preview, it looks like the one that got away is making an appearance – yes, that’s right, Aidan is back! 

It’s interesting how differently people feel about these two characters.  Sexy boy next door vs. tall, dark and handsome.  Aidan was a true romantic and always showered Carrie with love,  while Big was Carrie’s Prince Charming, no matter how many times he did her wrong.  While many seem to be worried that Aidan could throw a wrench in the married couples works, I’m more than excited to see what plays out in the sequel.  Have we forgetten about all the times that Big broke Carrie’s heart, including the last (and final in my opinion) major flub, when he left her at the alter!?

What are your thoughts – are you routing for Aidan or Big in SATC2?

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