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Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

My husband has informed me that we will be going to his company’s holiday party this year, and that I should “dress up”. I’m thinking a new pair of shoes will ease my psychic pain. Please help.


Manolo says, it is time again for the annual corporate holiday party, when we all gather in the office park near the airport, at the Marriott Towne Centre Suburban Chain Hotel Function Room.

Look! They have decorated!

There is the magnificent Christmas tree that the ladies from marketing have decked with the leftover corporate logo key chains. See how they sparkle in the light cast from the menorah Morty in accounting has brought from home.

Ayyyyy! They have even included the festive wiccan pentacle out of consideration for the stout girl who wears the black nail polish, what is her name?

No, no. The new name.

That is it! Astreal Ravenscroft!

Truly the spirit of the solstice season is upon us!

Of the course, you would be wise to dress up in your holiday finest, as one of the traditions will be when your spouse forces you to meet the boss’s boss, the exalted semi-divine personage who’s very gaze, legend has it, can scald interns to death.

When the moment of meeting arrives, these black suede shoes with the gold trim from the DKNY, they will make you appear statuesque and stylish, the perfect companion for the rising corporate star.

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32 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. blackbird December 15, 2006 at 7:30 am #

    Thank god for YOU, Manolo…
    someone must do this work, especially at THIS time of year.

  2. Susanna December 15, 2006 at 9:40 am #

    “…evn included the festive wiccan pentacle out of consideration for the stout girl who wears the black nail polish…”

    Manolo has no doubt attended a painful Holiday Office Party or two in his day.

    Happy RamaHannuKwaanzMas!

  3. Elvira December 15, 2006 at 12:02 pm #

    And a Happy WinterHolidayofChoice to you, too!

    Beautiful shoes, btw.

  4. verna December 15, 2006 at 12:56 pm #

    almost I wish I’d gone to one of these, but not quite.. you make them sound rather amusing!

  5. e December 15, 2006 at 2:07 pm #

    Top form, Manolo, TOP FORM.

  6. localgirl December 15, 2006 at 3:49 pm #

    Yummy shoes! The sure cure for psychic pain if I ever saw it!

  7. m December 15, 2006 at 4:48 pm #

    and here i was, about to send this link to a nice little pagan blog i read… but then you had to mention the nail polish and the silly name.

    ah but the shoes are nice. i can take a joke for that.


  8. me December 15, 2006 at 9:36 pm #

    So….I take it that the letter writer is a woman of a certain age?
    Sorry Manolo. I’m not one of the sycophants who coo over every shoe suggestion you make. Usually, you’re pretty good but lately, you’ve been slipping and suggesting shoes that look as if they were meant for the more mature ladies. I certainly can’t picture any from my cohort wearing them.

  9. Phyllis December 15, 2006 at 10:13 pm #

    In addition to the Marriott Towne Centre Suburban hotel itself and there is the Marriott/Sodexho food service that afflicts every Marriott property. I get heartburn just thinking about it.

  10. la petite chou chou December 16, 2006 at 12:05 am #

    I’ve never been the fan of black and gold together. I don’t know why and I guess if I’m going to be honest with myself, I hate it.

  11. mrs. dalloway December 16, 2006 at 2:50 am #

    Is there no middle ground between the cooing on the one side and the withering comments of “me” on the other, whose gaze could surely melt the ground underneath her own mother’s feet?

    Perhaps she would not dream of scalding the young intern, but woe betide the “more mature” lady who perhaps reminds “me” and her “cohort” that not everybody remains the same age or shape for the entirety of existence.

  12. mrs. dalloway December 16, 2006 at 2:53 am #

    Besides, I like the “zipper” detail.

  13. SAHMmy December 16, 2006 at 11:38 am #

    Many thanks Mrs. Dalloway, for that needed to be said.

  14. me December 16, 2006 at 3:10 pm #

    Stooping to personally insulting an individual who is stating her opinion and not kowtowing to everything that the “maestro” says is beautiful is truly a sign of the magnificent intellect! Brava to you, Mrs. Dalloway. I am truly hurt and now, I must go apologize to my mother for doing a poor job raising me. *sob*

    If you go back and re-read what the Manolo wrote, you will note that he mentions that the shoes are appropriate for the “rising corporate star.” True, the letter writer never actually mentions her real age, but to me, a person who is on the rise in a corporation tends to be somewhat closer to my age and not nearing the middle age. I will have to travel far and wide before I see any of my peers wearing shoes that look like that. But then again, I guess the person who disagrees with the Manolo is an aberration on this site. Silly me, for thinking that I’m allowed to voice my opinion without having humorless women making personal attacks.

  15. DMCollins December 16, 2006 at 3:37 pm #

    Actually, me, Manolo wrote that the shoes would make the wearer the perfect “companion” for the rising corporate star. If you were the spouse of such a promising young man, you would know that etiquette requires that you present the image of an attractive, tastefully dressed, yet not-too-frivolous lady, as opposed to the floozy who is likely to start dancing on the tables after her eighth dip in the punch bowl. In other words, your role is to complement your spouse, not be the star of the show or draw undue attention to yourself.

    It’s also worth noting, me, that your first comment could have been reasonably construed as an insult by just about any woman over 30 or so. Indeed, the tone of your comment was, unfortunately, rather nasty — calling Manolo’s fans “sycophants” and suggesting that the Manolo is serving as a public utility whose obligation is to satisfy the needs of all readers — and could have been more tastefully stated in a number of ways, such as:

    – I think that the style is a little too mature for my tastes. Have you any suggestions for the wife or partner of a corporate up and comer who is in her early 20s?

    – The strap across the in-step disrupts the leg line, and would create a frumpy look, I’m afraid.

    – The fabric seems a little old-fashioned. This would not be the shoe for me.

    – Any suggestions for what to wear at the office Christmas party if it were held, say, at the Delano on South Beach?

  16. me December 16, 2006 at 4:43 pm #

    DMCollins, I agree with the latter comments regarding my posting behavior. I’m afraid that I had a bad week and I felt a bit facetious, in a negative way. And I’m not being sarcastic now since the Internet is not a great medium for conveying tone. Anyway, to anyone else who was offended, my apologies. Except for Mrs. Dalloway who really did not have to bring my mother into this. Now that’s pretty low.
    As regards to the shoe itself, I still think it’s very ugly and I believe that a woman can wear sexy shoes without looking like a floozy and I know there are shoes out there that fits the bill. I’ve seen them. Now if the Manolo can find a pair of kick ass heels that are both tasteful and sexy, I would be the first to applaud.

  17. Cat December 16, 2006 at 4:53 pm #

    “me,” I would point out that perhaps it is you who is “slipping” by implying that Manolo’s suggestions have merit only if, in your opinion, the shoes would be worn by someone your own age. You will have to pardon the Manolo if he chooses not to make his blog revolve entirely around the needs of you and your “cohorts,” and you will have to pardon the many women “of a certain age” who might take offense at the notion that the Manolo is “slipping” by recommending shoes “for the more mature ladies.” Your first comment, far from simply stating an opinion, was a catty insult to both the Manolo and his “more mature” readers.

  18. Cat December 16, 2006 at 4:57 pm #

    “Anyway, to anyone else who was offended, my apologies.”

    “me,” you posted this while I was in the midst of composing my previous comment, so I offer my apologies, as well, if it appeared that I was berating you after you’d already offered an apology.

  19. GomezAddams December 16, 2006 at 5:41 pm #

    I love this site. Decorum and civility rule. And when there are lapses, everything is handled cordially.

    Too bad the readers of political sites do not have the social skills of the Manoloistas.

  20. DMCollins December 16, 2006 at 7:09 pm #


    I think that all credit is due to the Manolo, who does a superfantastic job of setting the tone, here. Lord knows I’ve jumped into flame wars on other blogs, with both feet well-shod, of course.

  21. mrs. dalloway December 17, 2006 at 12:12 am #

    I am sorry that “me” felt personally attacked.

    The word “humorless” was not used by mrs. dalloway, although she admits to using the word “mother.”

    She did not mean to lower the tone of the comments section by doing so.

  22. Anonymous December 17, 2006 at 12:57 am #

    Methinks me thinks too much of me.

  23. mrs. dalloway December 17, 2006 at 2:31 am #


    Mrs. Dalloway belatedly thinks her own last remark will be misconstrued as a devolution to playground epithets. She was intending only a defense of the ilk of mothers.

    Lest anything else be inferred by the gentle readers of the Manolo, let her offer, in the spirit of olive branches and holiday spirits, the confession that she herself, in long ago college years, was the wearer of army boots.

  24. Dani December 17, 2006 at 10:52 am #

    I guess I am somewhere betweent the “cohort” and “a certain age.” I think the shoes the Manolo has recommended are fashionable, flashy enough for the holidays- but not overly so, and not so trendy they will never grace one’s feet after this winter.

    Wearing anything sexier than these lovely shoes, I’d be worrying someone would come up to me and ask “How much?”

  25. Livia December 17, 2006 at 3:44 pm #

    Gorgeous shoes. If the younger ladies wish to stick to their high-heel flip-flops, they are welcome to do so.

  26. desertwind December 17, 2006 at 8:53 pm #

    Ladies! Ladies! Ladies, ladies, ladies!

    (sorry; that was Bertie trying to make peace between Mrs. Bingo and The Old School Chum. Couldn’t resist, you know.)

  27. roz December 18, 2006 at 6:49 pm #

    What an awesome description of a holiday party. I didn’t know you were there – you should have introduced yourself!!!

  28. la petite chou chou December 18, 2006 at 7:55 pm #

    This is why I let comments sliiiiide right off….

  29. La Petite Acadienne December 18, 2006 at 11:28 pm #

    I loved the description of the holiday party — you definitely used les mots juste.

    Those shoes aren’t to my particular taste, but I certainly cannot complain, as you’ve given us so many other examples of lovely holiday shoes to drool over.

  30. gidget bananas December 20, 2006 at 6:37 pm #

    Those shoes look like something that could be worn by the superfantastic Ginger Rogers while dancing with the equally superfantastic Fred Astaire. If preferring the style of the Ginger Rogers to the style of, say, the Lindsay Lohan marks me as the lady of maturity, I am more than happy to be one.

  31. La Lopez December 24, 2006 at 3:42 am #

    Pretty-ful shoeseses, but too mature for someone my age (16).

    And let us once again applaud the skill of the Manolo, who is quite possibly the only person able to find a shoe that is sparkly and understated and super-fantastic.

    Also, is it not utterly super-fantastic that no matter how old or young or middle-aged we are, there is a super-fantastic shoe out there for us?

    Merry Christmas, footwear-istas!!!!

  32. TheGirl December 27, 2006 at 10:45 pm #

    I’m a 26 year-old designer who loves a saucy shoe, and I personally love these shoes. So Manolo, thanks for posting for the vanilla AND chocolate lovers. These shoes are great, and I can easily picture them with a hot little black dress, doing me well at a corporate function or otherwise.

    And it stands to mention that I have not always agreed with Manolo’s choices, either.

    Well done.