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Manolo’s Friday Miscellany

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

I accept the size and shape people are and I believe it’s important to drive that shape and make it fabulous. Deal with the here and now. Don’t buy clothes thinking, ‘I’m going to lose 20 pounds.’

When the world becomes a place where a kid can’t parade around in silly glasses, then that’s a world I don’t want to live in anymore.

It seems real life wedding crashers are motivated by money.

Cause I Drinks a Bit

Manolo says, “Knew a man, Bojangles
And he danced for you
In worn-out shoes
With silver hair, a ragged shirt
And baggy pants, the old soft shoe”

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I will be starting my new job as a children’s librarian next month, and my question is, how do you remain super fantastic while dealing with grubby little hands, gluesticks, crayons, and puppet shows?


Manolo says, back in the day, the stereotype of the librarian was of the humorless crone with the hair-trigger “Shsssssss”.

After that, it was the secretly hot librarian lady, the one who (from the lofty perch of her library ladder) removed her cat-eye glasses and let her auburn hair cascade down, forcing you to shout ,“Why Miss Yamamoto, you’re beautiful!”

Now, the librarians compete with each other to be the hippest young “information specialist” in the main branch, the one with the dreadlocks, the radical politics, and the uncanny ability to access arcane databases on remote servers in Tajikistan.

Through out this, though, it was the children’s librarian who remained the unwavering constant, the always cheerful, always helpful director of enthusiasms, soother of emotions, reader of Seuss, ever ready with the scotch tape and the antiseptic wipes.

Truly, this is the noblest of professions!

The Manolo recommends the Ollie by Helle, the wedge-heel mary-jane that is comfortable and fun.

Ollie by Helle   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Donna Karan Strappy Sandals for the Thursday

Strappy Sandals from Donna Karan   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here for your long holiday weekend, is the beautiful pair of the strappy sandals from the Donna Karan. Supposedly this color is known as “Smog Oxide”.

Do not ask the Manolo.

He does not write the official descriptions, he merely reports them.

Still, this is the very pretty shoe, and one which is also worth the wearing in the more comprehensible color of “Copper Oxide”.

California Black Tie Report

Manolo says, the Manolo’s internet friend who originally asked the question about the meaning of the “California Black Tie”, has given us the report.

Hello all –

In response to Plumcake’s request for a report on the art gala and the “California Black Tie,” I present to you a list of what I witnessed.

cocktail dresses
Hawaiian shirts and khakis
shirtsleeves and tie
the monochrome suit-and-tie look
vintage dresses
guayabera shirts
floor-length beaded dresses
jeans and sweatshirts
fairy costumes
batik print
68 variations on “the little black dress”
leopard-print coat and tattoos
t-shirts with flowing hippie skirts
Doc Martens
plastic augmentation of various sorts
tans of various sorts

I should note that one of my party actually called the foundation to ask what “California Black Tie” meant, and THEY did not know. “It was written by one of our marketing people. We’re getting a lot of calls asking what it means!” When pressed, they clarified “cocktail attire.”

And that…is the story of California Black Tie!

Thank you all for your help with this! I am proud to have been part of this sartorial moment in history.

Fabulous regards,

Monica E.

In the other words, it is the come-as-you-are party with pretensions.

Whose Shoes Wedensday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?


Manolo answers, it is the Anna Wintour!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend the Cristina, who was the first to recognize the owner of these shoes.

Readings from the Book of Hasselhoff

Manolo says, occasional readings from Don’t Hassel the Hoff. Today, page 114.

Late that afternoon it was still raining as 15,000 people in Barbours and wellington boots gathered in the deer park to watch the concert. At the last minute, the rain stopped and bright sunshine streamed down. I went on stage and said, “Earlier today I prayed to Diana, “Could you do this one last thing and part the skies?” And she did. It was the most amazing thing she did today. Thank you, Diana — this one’s for you.’

The Word of the Hoff!

Manolo’s Wednesday Miscellany

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

Even though I am slightly traumatized by this picture, I want George to know that I totally blame his parents.

As mentioned before cap toe shoes are a going to be a big hit this fall. But, plaid cap toe shoes are going to be even bigger.

If you really want to get in touch with your soul, look at your soles.

BCBGirls Flats for the Foot Surgery

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends has asked the Manolo the question.

Dear Manolo,

I just had foot surgery, and i am going to have it on my other foot soon, i need a cute pair of flats that are comfortable, stylish, and most importantly wont break my bank account!


Ayyyyy! You have the Manolo’s wishes for the speediest of recoveries!

As for the shoes, the Manolo has been pleased by the latest flats from the BCBGirls. Here are two which may serve your purposes.

Pollye from BCBGirls   Manolo Likes!  Click!Lonnie by BCBGirls     Manolo Likes!  Click!

Even with the bandages on your bunions, you would still look good in these. And since they are selling for under $100 of the American dollars, your pocketbook would also not be in pain.

Whose Shoes Wednesday


Manolo asks, whose shoes?

The Return of the Death Grip of Super Masculinity

Manolo says, it is back! The patented, kung fu neck grip of manly love!

Manolo’s Monday Miscellany

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

Every marriage fifty years ago, we are led to believe, was nothing but a loveless travesty, maintained for public perception only, secretly crushing the will to live of both partners. In short, it’s all great fun…

Germaine Greer Wants YOUR Teddy!

Fankly, I think these shoes might attract the wrong type of attention and cause more harm than good but then again, I’m not in the industry so what do I know.

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