Thursday, May 31, 2012

Seychelles Mystic Trend Movie.

Our new MYSTIC trend video, featuring our STICK TO YOUR GUNS flats, TIME WILL TELL heels, HEAT OF THE MOMENT cut out heels and IT DON'T MEAN A THING wedges, is hitting the airwaves today and we'd love to know what you think?

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Music Wednesday - James Vincent McMorrow.

Hats off to RW, our favorite indie musician source, for finding/discovering yet another artist to know and become obsessed with. 

James Vincent McMorrow is an Irish singer songwriter who wrote and created his newest album, EARLY IN THE MORNING by secluding himself in a beach dwelling on the Irish coast until he had what he deemed the right type of release. Easily compared to the likes of Bon Iver and Ray LaMontagne; James is set to take the US by storm. 

So take a listen and let us know what you think? Who are some of your new favorites??

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Style.

Graphic Shift

We love our new SWEET PEA mid heels in yellow and couldn't wait to share this look with you. 

Perfect for an evening out or even a fun Summer wedding; this look will also mix and match well with other items in your closet. 

What do you think? Where would you wear this look to?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Our week on Instagram

Happy Friday! We're very excited about the three day weekend, aren't you? Here's a look at what we were up to around the office this week.

Behind the scenes at our Footwear News photoshoot • Shoe sketches inside the design studio • Theory boots featured in the Melie Bianco Spring lookbook • View from our office • Seychelles looking summery in the window of WiNK in Soho • Cute sidebun and sunnies from Anthropologie • Freesia flats are just the thing for warm weather • Shopping at our favorite LA vintage spot

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Music Wednesday - FATHER JOHN MISTY

According to KCRW and a bunch of our indie music industry experts, FATHER JOHN MISTY is the new artist to get to know. 

Joshua Tillman, former drummer of Fleet Foxes, stepped out from behind the instrument early this year to launch his solo project and fans and critics alike are so glad he did. 

Check him out and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Grapefruit Macaroons - DIY

We were perusing through Pinterest and stumbled upon these amazing pictures by Lulu's Sweet Secrets, of macaroons. (which happen to be one of our favorite delicacies) We immediately decided if not now, when to trying to bake them for ourselves. It's a weekend project and we will definitely let you know how it goes. 

Any tried and true dessert recipes you care to share??


courtesy of Lulu's Sweet Secrets

Ingredients for the shells
(from the book Miette)
(makes eighteen 1-inch sandwich cookies)

1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 ounces) whole almonds - I used blanched almonds
2 1/4 cups (10 ounces) powdered sugar
3 large egg whites
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon finely grated grapefruit zest


Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a 1 1/2-inch bottle cap as a template, draw 1-inch circles in rows on the paper, about 1 inch apart. You should have room for eighteen circles on each sheet.

Place half of the almonds and half of the powdered sugar in a food processor. Process for 30 seconds, until the almonds are finely ground. Pour the mixture into a separate bowl, and repeat the process with the remaining almonds and powdered sugar. Sift  or strain through a sieve to remove any lumps. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the egg whites and cream of tartar and whisk on high speed until very stiff peaks form, 3 to 4 minutes.

Using a rubber spatula, gently fold about one-third of the almond mixture into the egg whites. Fold in the remaining mixture in two more additions, just until the ingredients are completely combined.

Fit a pastry bag with a medium (1/2- or 5/8-inch) round tip and fill the bag with the meringue. Pull up the cuff and twist it to seal and tighten the meringue down into the cone. Purge the bag of air bubbles by squeezing the bag. Keep the bag tightly twisted so that meringue doesn't come back up on your hands. Using the template as a guide, pipe 1-inch circles, 1/2 to 3/4 inch high, onto the baking sheets. Set the room temperature for 2 hours. this allows the macaroons to develop their distinctive crust and a "foot"or base on the bottom.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Bake the macaroons until set but not browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks and let the macaroons cool completely on the pans. When they are cool, use your fingers to carefully lift half of the cookies from the parchment and turn them upside down. Using a pastry bag fitted a medium (1/2- or 5/8-inch) round tip and filled with either the grapefruit butter cream, squeeze a nickle-size dollop of filling onto each of the upside-down cookies, and then top with the remaining macaroons to complete the sandwich cookies.

Store the macaroons, refrigerated, in airtight containers for up to 2 weeks. Serve at room temperature.

Grapefruit Butter cream

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
2 teaspoon grated grapefruit zest

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, sugar and milk until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla, grapefruit juice and zest. Stir until well combined and smooth.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Office Style.

Office Style featuring four of our new shoes for Spring/Summer!!

Kitty's wearing our HOW DO YOU DO wedges in Mustard Polka Dot. 

Elaine's rocking our TIME WILL TELL heels in Black. 

Adrienne's wearing our SOPHISTICATED LADY cut out wedge heels in Black. 

Jess strolling in our MUM sandals in Floral. 

What do you think? Which one is your favorite??

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Eating in New York

I just took a trip out to New York for work, and as usual I was ecstatic to return to my former residence and my favorite city. As previously mentioned, one of my favorite things to do is to go out and eat, so I had to share my go-to list* with all of you!

1. Shake Shack - I cannot rave enough about this place. Go to Madison Square Park for the full experience, but if you want to get straight to the food they've opened up a number of other locations around town where you won't have to wait an hour. Their burgers use fresh quality ingredients and is really the best tasting burger. (Yes, I think it's better than In N Out!) Make sure to get a concrete as well, it's a mix of their frozen custard and seasonal toppings. If I could eat here every day, I would!

2. Minetta Tavern - Make a reservation or get there early and sit at the bar. Order a Tom Collins and the Bone Marrow and you're off to a great start to your night! One of my favorite and tastiest restaurants around town!

3. Momofuku Milk Bar - Three words: Blueberry & Cream Cookie! You really can't go wrong with anything at the Milk Bar. I like Momofuku as much as the next person, but the Milk Bar is what I dream about back home in California. If anyone wants to mail me a box of Blueberry & Cream and Cornflake cookies, I'd be so grateful!

4. Baohaus - I just can't get enough of their baos! The Chairman Bao stays true to the Taiwanese classic, and the others are so playful and inventive, and most importantly delicious! I always make a point to stop by their shop when I'm in town.

5. Laudree - A little taste of Paris available in New York! You can't get a better tasting macaron out there. My only regret is not having time to make it up the to the Upper East Side during my last trip to get a box! Pistachio is my personal favorite flavor.

Where are your must eat places in New York?

*This isn't my best culinary eats list, but my frequent eats list.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

In the Mood for Nude.


At the moment, fashion is all about color - Pop, neon, stripes, patterns and bold prints. Why not balance all of it out with a little hint of nude so one shoe = so many outfit possibilities.

We sifted through our new SPRING SUMMER '12 styles and picked out some favorites. They could be for the everyday or amazing choices to pair with a wedding dress. Whatever the reason; go bold AND go neutral.

Seychelles Dream Closet Vol. 4: Hannah Metz

Hannah Metz is everyone's girl crush. When you first meet her, it's hard not to be intimidated by her talent, beauty and creativity, but she soon reveals her goofy side, and the intimidation slips away as she keeps you laughing for hours. Hannah is one half of The Loved One, a company she started with her partner Elvia Lahman. The two ladies run a vintage shop in Padasena and also design a line of original, vintage-inspired lingerie. We visited Hannah in the Brooklyn apartment she shares with her husband, artist Landon Metz, and their two cats. Take a peek at Hannah's favorite vintage finds and get her insider tips on vintage shopping.

Monday, May 14, 2012

femme du jour: Tina Chow

This week we're enamored with the style of the one and only Tina Chow. Tina Chow was a model and style icon during the 1980s. A member of the NYC elite, she was close friends with Andy Warhol, Manolo Blahnik and Jean Michel Basquiat. Tina was born Bettina Louise Lutz, daughter of a German father and Japanese mother. In 1972, she married Michael Chow, owner of the Mr. Chow restaurant chain. She and Michael were among NYC's biggest celebrities, andwhere she rubbed elbows with many artists and creatives. Tragically, Tina died in 1992 at the age of 41. Tina's grace and completely original look continue to inspire us.

New music for your Monday

If you're like us, Fiona Apple played a seminal role in your teenage years. How many nights spent lying on the bedroom floor listening to Tidal on repeat and wallowing in our very first heartache. It's been a long 7 years since Fiona's last album came out, and just when we were giving up hope, rumors started circulating that she was recording new songs, and then she was the talk of the festival at this years SXSW. Her new album, The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, is being released June 19, but in the meantime we can listen to the first single, "Every Single Night," right here.

Friday, May 11, 2012

A week with Seychelles on Instagram

Did you know we have an Instagram account? That means you can follow us up-to-the-minute for a sneak peek at all of our daily happenings. Here's a few of the highlights, but you can see everything that's going on right here on Instagram.

Scenes from our NYC visit • Getting ready to hit the town • "Blue Skies" heels are the perfect city heel • The view from our LA office • Working on a video with Hannah Metz • Fabric shopping Downtown LA • The Seychelles Shoe Closet is now open in Ivana Helsinki's Elizabeth Street shop • Dreaming of pastries at Bottega Louie, one of our favorite Downtown LA eateries

Get There - Seychelles Shoe Closet at Ivana Helsinki NYC Shop.

The new Ivana Helsinki NYC Concept store, filled with beautiful dresses and soulful knits, has opened its space in trendy NoLita to include a Seychelles shoe closet filled with our most popular in season styles. 

Located at 251 Elizabeth Street (between Prince and Houston) New York, NY 10012, it’s our first ever retail location! 

Open Mon through Sat 11am to 7pm and Sunday from 12 pm – 6pm; it’s a must stop for anyone interested in statement styling!

Can't wait to hear what you think!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bike Chic.


In honor of Bike to Work day, we styled out a look featuring our BY THE BOOK flats. 
Comfort chic meets sophisticated lady and definitely appropriate for a spin or afternoon ride. 

What do you think? How far have you travelled on your bike, any adventures to share?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

DIY - Palette Ideas

So many ideas, so little time... These are amazing and definitely worth a try.

Check out French By Design's blog for more ideas and how to's.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Best Of - Met Gala

In no particular order, here are some of our favorites from the 2012 Met Gala in honor of the newly launched "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations," exhibit. 

What do you think? Which looks were your favorite? 

Want more? Click here for an insider's perspective on the evening from the one and only Coco Rocha.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Music Friday - Diane Birch

Another great songstress to send you off on a fabulous weekend adventure. Diane Birch, is as interesting as her songs. Channeling old world glamour, with nuances of hit makers from decades long gone, she's original and a very refreshing addition to today's music scene.

Here's an excerpt of her bio -

"Singer-songwriter Diane Birch took half her lifetime, and traveled across the globe, to get to America, where she literally found her voice and made her remarkable debut, Bible Belt. Though only in her mid-twenties, Birch likes to think of herself as an “old soul,” and indeed there is a startling maturity in her singing and a veteran’s self-assurance in her writing. Hook-driven songs like “Fools” and “Valentino” offer more than just instant gratification: they’re like your new best friends – you’ll want to get together with them as frequently as possible. Birch mixes piano-playing virtuosity with easy-going soul, and she can strike an uplifting groove on even the most melancholy tune. Her work bears hints of Laura Nyro (when she was hanging out with LaBelle) and early 70’s Karen Carpenter (when she was ruling the charts), while effortlessly incorporating New Orleans second-line rhythms, gospel fervor, doo-wop harmonies, country-blues guitar and classic AM radio-style melodies."

Listen to Bible Belt one time through and you're hooked. Let us know what you think?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Special Gift for Mother's Day

We love when Mother's Day rolls around because it's a chance for us to celebrate the awesome women who have influenced us in so many ways. This year, we're celebrating by giving one lucky Seychelles fan a FREE PAIR OF SHOES! See below for all the details. We can't wait to see what awesome wardrobe gems you ladies have inherited from your mamas. Happy Mother's Day!

Click here to see the rest of our Mother's Day heirlooms.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spotlight on: MAMASHEASHEA jewelry

Sifting through some of our favorite blogs, we stumbled upon MamaSheaShea Dispatches from Graceland jewelry and completely fell in love. The right accessory can make an outfit and literally each and every piece of hers is "own" worthy. 

Check out her shop on Etsy and let us know which piece is your favorite. We're still trying to decide...


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