Monthly Archives: July 2011

Blog Giveaway #3!

Although San Diego’s Comicon is now done and wrapped up we’re still feeling the geek AND to top it off, National Embrace Your Geek Day is this Wednesday (we’re getting out our old Super Nintendo for the occasion)! This week our giveaway is for both men and women! We’ll be giving away a pair of men’s video game socks
and a pair of women’s striped toe socks! To enter leave a comment, if you are a winner we’ll contact you via email one week from today! Good luck and get your geek on!

Flash Friday Giveaway!

Zoo week is in full swing and to prepare you for the perfect weekend zoo trip we’re doing a Flash Friday Giveaway on our wild animal socks! These aren’t available on our website just yet so you’ll be the first to have these rockin’ socks! To enter, leave a comment on this post and we’ll contact you first thing Monday morning if you are one of our three winners! Happy Zoo Week!

Opaque Tights…a summer trend?

Lilly Allen was seen recently at the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Polo final in opaque black tights. The look is something most people wouldn’t expect, during the warm summer months. These days more and more actresses are seen wearing their opaque tights (Zooey Deschanel, Kate Moss, ect). Although many of these actresses hail from the other side of the pond we’ve been seeing it here in states as well. Next time you go to reach for your jeans, switch it up and try a pair of our micro fiber tights (on sale two for $19) with a shift dress! We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Image credit via Telegraph.UK

Blog Winners!!!

Thank you to everyone who took part in our very first K. Bell blog giveaway! We have three lucky winners from last week that have each won one of our six pair packs! Billy Jo Manzanares, Sarah Nelson, and Martha Close you are our winners. To claim your socks please send your mailing address to thesocialsock (at) kbellsocks (dot) com as well which 6 pair pack you would like from our previous post! Keep your eyes on the blog for another giveaway happening soon!!!

Carmageddon Sale!!!

The news stations have us all worried about the massive amount of traffic that is sure to come from our already busy freeway, the 405. This heavily traveled freeway will be closed starting tonight through the wee hours of Monday morning! Because we suspect that you too are dreading the stop and go, smell of exhaust, and blaring of horns you’ve also thrown in the towel to any travel plans this weekend. Settle down in your comfy Herman Miller office chair to do what makes us all feel better, shop! To ease the pain of being stuck at home this weekend we’ve got a special online offer this Saturday and Sunday only! Enjoy!

Within a Dream

We’re so excited to see the first shots coming out from an underwater shoot for The Stylist Handbook sponsored by Fathom Films and shot by Mallory Morrison! Our crochet anklet sock was featured and it looks just as good under water as it does above! Check out TSH blog to see a neat behind the scenes video too!

Blog Reader Giveaway!

We are trying something new on our blog and we want you guys to reap the benefits! We’re going to do a giveaway! To enter all you’ll need to do is leave a comment with your name (the more you comment will NOT get you more entries, so just one comment per person please. Also commenting on our Facebook wall or via our Twitter will NOT enter you, so please be sure to comment on our blog). We’ll announce our winner via our blog as well, so make sure to check back and see if it’s you!
Our six pair packs are a great value in fun colors and patters so we thought this would be a great giveaway item!
Check back Monday, July 18th to see if you are one of the lucky winners!!!

Melon Month

Summer has arrived, bringing with it warm weather and fruit galore! July is National Melon Month and we thought to help get you in the spirit we’d share some of our favorite melon recipes. Be sure to check out our graphic fruit socks to help you get in the spirit!

Watermelon and Feta Salad

6 cups watermelon, cut into 3/4” cubes (roughly half a small watermelon)
1 1/2 cups goat’s milk Greek feta, rough chopped
1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
1/4 cup basil leaves, cut chiffonade (tiny thin ribbons)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Prepare the ingredients for the salad. To mix the vinaigrette, whisk the balsamic into the olive oil until emulsified. 20 – 30 minutes before serving, toss the ingredients together and lightly dress the salad. Serve garnished with basil leaves.

Watermelon Cupcakes

Makes 2 1/2 dozen

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 dram (1 teaspoon) watermelon flavoring oil
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 – 16 ounce container (about 2 cups) sour cream
Food coloring (optional)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 dram (1 teaspoon) watermelon flavoring oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons milk
5 to 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
Food coloring (optional)

To make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line to muffin pans with cupcake liners.

Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in s small bowl; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition and scraping the bowl as needed. Stir in the watermelon flavoring. Add about a third of the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just mixed. Add half of the sour cream, beating until just mixed. Repeat this process with the remaining flour mixture and sour cream. Add color as desired.

Place two tablespoons batter into each cup of lined muffin pans and bake at for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with one or two crumbs clinging to it.

Allow to cool completely before frosting.

Honeydew and Watermelon Mousse

(adapted from this recipe, serves 4-6 people)
For the watermelon mousse:
1 cup (250ml) watermelon puree (I used approx 1/8 of a watermelon, rind removed, chopped and pulsed in food processor until smooth)
2 tsp powdered gelatine
1/8 cup cold water
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup cold pouring cream

For the honeydew mousse:
1 cup (250ml) honeydew puree (I used approx 1/4 of a ripe honeydew, rind removed, chopped and pulsed in food processor until smooth)
2 tsp powdered gelatine
1/8 cup cold water
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup cold pouring cream
Prepare the watermelon mousse first; place gelatine and cold water in a small bowl to allow the gelatine to soften. Place watermelon puree in a medium saucepan with sugar and lemon juice and heat on low until the sugar dissolves completely. Add softened gelatine to the mixture, heat and stir until the gelatine dissolves completely. Remove from the heat and chill mixture in fridge until it reaches around room temperature and is starting to thicken. Whip cream in a large mixing bowl to soft peaks. Add vanilla to watermelon mixture and then fold whipped cream until all the lumps are removed. Pour into 4-6 individual serving glasses and chill in the fridge until set, at least 45 mins.

Prepare the honeydew mousse; repeat same steps for watermelon mousse but with honeydew puree. Pour over the top of set watermelon mousse and chill until set or overnight. To serve, top with fresh watermelon and honeydew pieces.

Thank you Tastespotting for all the wonderful recipes!