Archive for July, 2007

Whose Shoes Wednesday…Barbara Walters!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Manolo answers, the Barbara Walters!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, the super fantastic Deja Pseu for being the first to correctly identify the owner of these shoes.

The Help Wanted

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, with the happy arrival this week of the Manolo’s new blog, Manolo for the Big Girl, and with the quiet promise of near-future arrival the new Manolo-based celebrity blog, Ayyyy!, you will have noticed that the online world of the Manolo is in the period of expansion.

Indeed, it should be obvious to all that the Manolo is in the process of building the small network of the high-quality, writer-driven fashion and lifestyle blogs.

The Manolo hopes you will also have noticed that all of the people who blog for the Manolo are exceptionally good writers, people who have interesting things to say, and say them with humor and confidence. This is by design, as the Manolo believes it is the quality of his writers that distinguishes his network from others on the internet.

And so now the Manolo is again seeking two bloggers who have the unique and entertaining authorial voices for his next project, Teeny Manolo, the Manolo’s version of the Mommy Blog.

If you have the strong interest in children’s clothing and accessories, celebrity babies, and parenting issues, and if you have the strong writing ability, and the unusual and original perspective, please send the Manolo the email outlining for him your qualifications. Be sure to include the brief samples of your writings and/or links to your bloggings.

As the Manolo hopes to start this blog in the third week of August (just in time for the back-to-school season), please try to send your application by August 10th.

Finally, the Manolo notes that this it is the paid position. Not well paid, nor anywhere near the full time, but there is the potential to perhaps make more, and the exposure may be beneficial to the freelance writer.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
By Manolo the Shoeblogger


Manolo asks, whose shoes?

The Acidic Flip Flops of Doom!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
By Manolo the Shoeblogger


Manolo says, below is the reason why you do not purchase the cheap Chinese-made flip-flops from from the Wal-Mart.

Hi all! For those of you who don’t know, I used to work at Walmart for a short time, but quit

Before I quit though I did buy a pair of cheepie flip flops to wear over a weekend trip to the beach, Long Boat Key April 20th to be exact.

I actually got the stupid shoes in Aprill with a picture in mind then in June I wore them a few times.

Well, after wearing them my feet would be red and sort of tingly, but I figured that it was just because it was first flip flops of the year so my feet need to get used to them. Blabity blabity… Well I have now had what appears to be a chemical burn for 11 days, (As of July 3rd) I really thought it would just go away on it’s own. It is absolutely not going away very well at all…this started on

June 22nd 2007 and has just gotten worse basically. I have only worn those shoes 15 minutes here, half an hour there, hour there…and so on, NOT enough time to burn my feet like this!

Please, go now and look at what the cheap shoes can do to your feets, but first allow the Manolo to warn you that the pictures are not pleasant.

Let this be the cautionary tale about the perils of the cheap shoes.

P.S. Many thanks to the Manolo’s internet friends the Rachel and the Lucia who sent the Manolo the link.

Hollywould for the Tuesday

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Pink and Khaki Peep-Toe Ballet Flats from Hollywould     Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here for your Tuesday morning viewing pleasure is something pink, and flirty, and summery from the Hollywould.

What the Manolo Is…

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, it is Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo is…


Listening to…


“But, Manolo,” asked the friend of the Manolo, “you do not seem like the sort of person who would enjoy this giant, stupid,Transformers robot-fighting movie.”

“Yes, it is true,” answered the Manolo, “the Manolo is not the intended audience. But…there it is. He saw it. He went at the behest of some twelve-year-old friends of his, who assured him that this movie ‘rocked’.”

“So, did you at least enjoy this movie?”

“Yes. Very much so. It was loud and dumb, and more than moderately ridiculous, and yet for all of that, if one could disengage the thinking parts, it was also rousing and funny and entertaining, in its lowest common denominator way.”

“Would you say it ‘rocked’?”

“Yes, ‘rocked’. That is the best description. But then, the Manolo expected this , as he learned long ago to trust the opinions of the twelve-year old boys and girls. Thirteen-year olds, no. They are untrustworthy. But the twelve-year-olds, they know and will tell you truthfully.”

Manolo for the Big Girl!

Monday, July 23rd, 2007
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, many and profuse apologies for the paucity of the posting today. The Manolo has been working diligently this morning on several projects, projects which when they are unveiled will delight and amaze you.

But, most of all, the Manolo was preparing to show you this….

Manolo for the Big Girl

Yes, the Manolo has this day officially launched the Manolo for the Big Girl blog, where you will find “fashion, lifestyle, and humor for the plus-sized woman”.

The Manolo hopes that this will become one of your regular internet stops, for the two bloggers he has asked to help him at this blog are wonderfully entertaining and funny writers. And, best of all, they share the Manolo’s belief that anyone can achieve super fantasticness.

Go there now and be introduced to this new blog.

Manolo’s Saturday Miscellany

Saturday, July 21st, 2007
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, here are the few links which may perhaps amuse…

Sometimes you look at a shoe and you realize that it’s not just a shoe.

Forgive me Fashion for I have sinned.

Do I make you thorny?

Still More Chinese Big Shoes

Saturday, July 21st, 2007
By Manolo the Shoeblogger


Manolo says, here is the latest entry in the Manolo’s ever growing collection of the pictures of the Giant Shoes of China!

Look at the previous examples: Chinese Big Shoe 1, Chinese Big Shoe 2, Chinese Big Shoe 3, Chinese Big Shoe 4, Chinese Big Shoe 5.

The Coveted Snubbed

Friday, July 20th, 2007
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s favorite new bloggers, Jennine at The Coveted has been snubbed by the San Francisco Fashion Week.

I just tried to apply for a press pass with San Francisco Fashion Week, and was declined. I don’t know the policy for bloggers regarding Fashion Week in other cities… but I guess I missed the fine print…

SFFW does not issue passes to bloggers.


Blogs are important, they are more likely give media attention to upcoming designers, artists, photographers, stylists, etc. I know I have here at The Coveted. I may not have a degree in fashion, or journalism, nor have I served as an assistant to some established member of the fashion industry.

I do work very hard at delivering daily fashion tidbits to the bloggosphere, and I love it. The online community of fashion bloggers have been absolutely wonderful, and I personally am proud to be part of this movement.

I don’t know about SF Fashion Week. Maybe I can pay the money and promote The Coveted, and see fashion shows… But I feel a little strange about promoting it, especially San Francisco Fashion Week, come on… It’s strange to think that a city so closely linked to Silicon Valley, who heavily depends on the technology, and internet industries, would be so short sighted in seeing the impact blogs have on the fashion world.

This decision is ridiculous and counter-productive to the best interests of the designers who show their work at the San Francisco Fashion Show, for such lesser-known designers are exactly those who cannot afford to ignore the free and enthusiastic publicity the fashion blogs provide.

But beyond the free publicity, it is the fact that the best fashion commentary is now found on the internets. Indeed, outside of the tiny handful of professional critics, the Manolo rarely reads fashion commentary in the old media. He prefers instead the immediacy, passion, and individual personality of the best fashion blogs. Everything else seems stale.

Decidedly not stale, however, is The Coveted. The Jennine writes well, thinks clearly, and dresses herself in the most amusing and eclectic personal style. She is not the fashion zombie, going only and always with the latest “hot” trends, but the informed and knowledgeable fashion being who does her own thing, and in so doing epitomizes what the Manolo means by the super fantastic.

And that the San Francisco Fashion Week has snubbed her, tells the Manolo that this event is neither well-run nor well-promoted, for they are shutting out exactly the peoples they should be admitting.

P.S. The Tricia at the Bits and Bobbins also has the few choice words under the amusing and accurate heading, SF fashion week: why SF fashion will remain second-rate

Manolo’s Friday Miscellany

Friday, July 20th, 2007
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, here are the few links which may perhaps amuse…

Be sure your guests know what to expect!

As much as I’ve been going on and on about how hot short shorts are recently, there is an occasion when I don’t find them so hot.

I’ve never even seen one wedding dress that I like before, let alone four that I love.

Manolo the Columnist

Friday, July 20th, 2007
By Manolo the Shoeblogger

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

Dear Manolo,

In two weeks I’m heading to Los Angeles for a vacation: the beach, Disneyland, Hollywood, the whole thing. My husband has promised me dinner at the Ivy. What should I wear?


Manolo says, Los Angeles is the only place in the world where you will see the man in the faded board shorts, dirty t-shirt, and the flip-flops getting behind the wheel of the $180,000 Bentley automobile. In the seat next to him is the flashy and artificially enhanced young woman in the giant Dior sunglasses, the Chloe minidress, and the bling-covered Roberto Cavalli high-heeled sandals.

Do not be this couple. Do not drink the Hollywood kool-aid.

The Manolo recommends dressing up somewhat for dinner at the Ivy. This season in Los Angeles it is the slightly-above-the-knee, pretty, white dresses, fancy clutches, and flat sandals.

Here is the Xanadu by Report, the sophisticated and minimalist silver flat sandal that will not leave the paparazzi thinking you are the third Hilton sister.

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