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Get Great Affordable Shoes this Fall at Naturalizer!

Oct 6, 2011 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Cheap Thrills, Fab Footwear, Fashion

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to Naturalizer to check out their Fall shoes for this season. I had never been into Naturalizer before, hard to believe I know but it's true. I just had never really heard anything about the brand. I just couldn't believe how affordable and cute the styles were. And the best part about not shopping at Saks or Bloomies is that the shoes here are actually comfortable. I know have I turned old now that I'm in my 30s that I care about comfort? No, I'm just a New Yorker who has to huff it down into the subway until I make enough money for a personal chauffeur! Until then…

Honestly though I was really impressed by the fact that the shoes were spot on with many of the trends and incorporated serious comfort at prices that are really affordable ($60-$189). Now yes, I'm not gonna lie there were some shoes that you may expect from a brand boasting uber-comfy shoes but there were also many diamonds in the rough!!

As you can see above the brand even is embracing faux-shearling trims and cuffed boots. Love, love love these shoes!! I would have gotten them the day I was in the store but they hadn't arrived in stock yet! 

As you can see there were many lady-like styles that were both comfortable and stylish. The shoes could take you from a walk to work in the morning to going out with your friends pain-free! The brand rep explained to me the N5 comfort zones: 1) Extra cushioning, 2) Breathability, 3) Balanced from heel to toe so the ball of your foot doesn't bear the brunt of your weight, 4) Flexible soles, 5) Lightweight materials.

They had some really adorable Mary-Janes and lots of shoes with cute detailed bows! I'm telling you it's worth a trip inside, ladies. I really was impressed with what they had to offer. 

Here is me attempting to show off my fabulous new boots that Naturalizer gave me!

And here is a pic that the wonderful shoe salesman took for me. These boots are so comfy and really look almost identical to my Cynthia Vincent pair I got last season for $475! They even have a really cute bow on the back. 

Learn more about Naturalizer by visiting Naturalizer.com and become a fan on Facebook.

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*I received a free pair of boots for coming into the press event but as always Smartypanties opinions are always authentic.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzards!!! And the Best Damn Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Oct 6, 2011 Author: Katie Lara | Filed under: Food and Cocktails!, Organic

Right around my time of the month I got a serious insane craving for sugar! I decided to try out a vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe from Oh She Glows! They were so absolutely glorioussssssss. Granted they're pretty packed with sugar so I wouldn't call them a health food, but when you want a cookie they're much better for you than hitting up a bakery where they use dairy and eggs. But I couldn't stop just with the cookies so I made a vegan cookie dough blizzard with banana ice cream!

I adapted this recipe as I said above from OSG.
Makes about 12-14 cookies

Ingredients:

7 tbsp Earth Balance (Coconut Oil Version is my fave or use a soy-free one)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cane sugar (or use white)
1 flax egg: (1 tbsp ground flaxed mixed with 3 tbsp water)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder ( use this instead of baking soda, which made my didn't make the cookies rise)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup spelt flour
1/4 tsp molasses (optional-but the molasses makes the cookies chewy)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix together the flax egg and set aside.

2. With an electric mixer or in a stand mixer, beat the Earth Balance until fluffy. Fold in the brown sugar and cane sugar. Then beat in the flax egg.

3. Beat in the rest of the ingredients and fold in the chocolate chips.

4. Place the dough on the cookie sheets. Make sure to leave ample room im between cookies since they really spread out. Bake for 10-12 minutes but watch closely. Allow to cool before eating!
 

 

Then to make the banana ice cream just throw in as many frozen bananas as you want to the food processor and add just a splash of non-dairy milk (my favorite is coconut milk).

The first time I made these I put the dough in the food processor and mixed it in very quickly but it diluted the cookie dough-ness too much so I recommend just putting it on top in your bowl and then mix in by hand. 

Alternatively you could also make the cookies and then crush them up on top of the banana ice cream or of course eat them yourself. 

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