A Walk on the Beach

Walk on the Beach Naples Florida 06 - Barefoot Beach State Preserve

It has been almost a month since I left the sunshine state and I miss the warmth and sand and that was before we started off this week with a Snowpocalypse / Nor’easter here in New York City (which was really only a few inches, but let’s not talk about that). As I mentioned a few weeks ago, golf is not my thing but a beach day is right up my ally.  

My favorite day in paradise goes a little something like this,  fresh grapefruit off the tree and coffee for breakfast, a five mile bike to the beach, a day spent relaxing on a beach chair, an three mile afternoon walk down the beach and back, bike home, and a swim before dinner.  If I could do that all day every day I would be in heaven.  Taking Throwback Thursday to a whole new level here are some photos from one of these three mile strolls along the beach: 

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The majority of the walk is along a state park with great people watching with tourists from other countries and their interesting choice in beach attire. Instead of the photographing them however, I brought my DSLR along to take pictures of a few really intriguing trees at the end of the park where walkers hang seashells: 
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The shells were a great way to practice the depth and focusing fields on my new camera but who am I kidding? It was 80 degrees and sunny, I will practice any kind of photography to be outside in that weather!  Happy #tbt!

Black on Black Watches

Black on black is one of my favorite combinations but black on black on black is the ultimate winner.  This great combination which is my favorite head-to-toe look has now translated into another accessory.   If I have learned anything from looking at the last year’s statistics of Sparkles and Shoes it is that even though readers comment and email that they want to know more about my life, the posts about fashion trends and how you can get in on them are the ones that bring the most traffic and spike some of the highest engagement.  With that in mind, I am brining you another big Winter 2015 trend – black on black watches: 

Fashion Trend Black on Black Watches

All photos from Pinterest

I first noticed this trend from a handful of fashion bloggers I follow on Instagram and then saw it popping up on Pinterest.  It is not so main stream that there are full page editorials but they are coming! Of this trend, favorite watches are those with a black band and black face with a metallic pop but here are some that are minimalistic and truly black on black on black, ordered by price: 

Sparkles and Shoes Black on Black Watches

TOP ROW: 
DKNY Chain Bracelet Watch
 $155 |  Kate Spade Black Patent Saffiano Watch $195 
Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch $195 |  Marc Jacobs Watch Pelly Black Watch Bracelet $200 

BOTTOM ROW: 
Michael Kors Chronograph Mini Bradshaw Black Watch $250 |  Karl Lagerfeld Ion-Plated Watch $325
Larsson & Jennings Black Lãder Watch $335  Tory Burch The Reva Watch $360

 

What do you think of the black on black watch trend?  

No Bake Desserts

No-Bake Desserts - Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

 Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake

After the success of my cookies at my friend Tara’s annual cookie party, my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough  Truffles this year and my award-winning Peppermint Oreo balls last year, I am very interested in trying more non-bake recipes.  I spent a few hours scrolling through Pinterest and reading through cooking websites to find the highest rated and best sounding recipes and was and I was surprised with how many non-bake cheesecakes there were.

Besides cheesecake, the second most popular item was one of the trendy food items right now, chia seed pudding.  I first tried Chia Pod on a whim when I lived in Brooklyn and was hooked, but not with the $5 price tag. I love the idea of making chia seed pudding at home and might devote a whole post to that, so I will only include one in this post.  Here are an assortment of non-bake recipes that I am interested in trying out, the best no-bake desserts: 

No-Bake Desserts - Apple Cide Cheesecake

Apple Cider Cheesecake

No-Bake Desserts - Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

No-Bake Desserts - Cheesecake Recipe

Banana Cream Cheesecakes

No-Bake Desserts - Passion Fruit Coconut Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Passion Fruit Coconut Chia Seed Pudding

No-Bake Desserts - Nutella Cheesecake

Nutella Cheesecake

No-Bake Desserts - Strawberry Icebox Cake

Strawberry Icebox Cake

No-Bake Desserts - Oreo and Nutella Mini Cheesecakes

Oreo and Nutella Mini Cheesecakes

No-Bake Desserts - Snickers Pie

Snickers Pie

Peanut Butter Pie Slice

Peanut Butter Pie

No-Bake Desserts - Oreo Cheesecake Dessert Shots

Oreo Cheesecake Dessert Shots

Do you have a favorite no-bake dessert? 

Style Icon: Amber Fillerup Clark

Style Icon Amber Fillerup Clark of Barefoot Blonde - Cool Tones

Cool Tones

After two dozen Style Icons on Sparkles and Shoes I thought I would run out of amazing ladies to feature, but really, it just has opened my eyes to other styles I love and am interested in emulating.  In addition, I have heard that while celebrities are great to feature, introducing top fashion bloggers to my readers is my favorite as spreading the blogging love is always good and superb fashion is contagious! My latest style icon is another impeccable blogger, Amber Fillerup Clark of the Barefoot Blonde

This 5’10″ Utah based blogger just moved to New York City and she has so many amazing facets of her blog – she covers all things hair, beauty, fashion, and fitness but this post is just about her impeccable style. (And I might need to do a post just about her hair tutorials next).  I mean, you know she is big time when GHD sent her to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in December just to report on the amazing backstage hair!  Here are some of my favorite looks that Amber has put togeher: 

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 All Black

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 Movember

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Casual Workwear

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Tapestry

Style Icon Amber Clark of Barefoot Blonde- Bicycle Ride

Bicycle Ride

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Shades of Blue

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Win in Asos (Black Lace)

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Moto Cape

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Leopard on Leopard in Annecy

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Celfish

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Fall Colors

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 1 Jacket 2 Ways

As a complete side note, I can not believe she and I are the same age!  And no post about this blonde blogger would be complete without an adorable mention of her precious baby Atticus, how cute is he? (There were almost 100 adorable photos of this little boy that I could have chosen but this one in the green Patagonia suit just won my heart over, plus I follow her on Snapchat so I can get my daily dose of cuteness!)

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Amber Fillerup Clark has amazing style, don’t you agree?