Manolo the Columnist

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


Dear Manolo,

I’m going to my mother-in-law’s for Christmas, and I know that I’ll be receiving the gift of clothing I don’t want. Last year’s present was a holiday sweater with snowmen and reindeer. As a reward for my good and uncomplaining behavior I plan on giving myself something special later. What would you suggest?

Anita

Manolo says, this is one of the eternal questions, how to deal with unwanted and unattractive gifts from those we love and/or must tolerate?

Oh, how many times has the Manolo heard stories of gifts gone awry, of presents that can only be purchased at the Quick Stop late on the afternoon of December 24th, such as the loganberry scented candles in toadstool-shaped holders, and the toxic yellow hat and scarf sets, and the Britney-Spears-themed perfumes which smell of wild musk and cantaloupe rind.

One must accept these offerings in the spirit of love and/or desperation in which they were given, with the graciousness and good humor that honors this season of joy.

Of the course, there is nothing preventing you from going out later and getting yourself exactly what you really wanted, and pretending it is from your beloved, such as these beautiful sandals, the Hardcandy from Stuart Weitzman.

Hardcandy by Stuart Weitzman   Manolo Likes!  Click!

6 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Ron Mwangaguhunga December 21, 2007 at 12:27 pm #

    Feliz Navidad.

  2. JK December 21, 2007 at 2:47 pm #

    Those would make up for years and years of christmas sweaters.

  3. Chaser December 21, 2007 at 7:11 pm #

    If you wore them WITH the Christmas sweater, everybody would be so bedazzled by the shoes nobody would notice your icky sweater. You win twice!

  4. Theodora December 21, 2007 at 7:44 pm #

    “One must accept these offerings in the spirit of love and/or desperation in which they were given, with the graciousness and good humor that honors this season of joy.”

    Oh, Manolo, I *love* you!

  5. Kartik December 21, 2007 at 10:08 pm #

    Hi Shoeblog

    That slipper in silver was looking very pleasing to the eye! Good posts, looking forward to seeing more such posts

    Regards

    Kartik
    Fashion Evangelist
    http://www.fashion-networks.com
    our fashion blog is at http://www.fashionnetworking.blogspot.com

  6. Kartik December 21, 2007 at 10:11 pm #

    Hi Shoe Blog

    I am a beginner in fashion and my new found interest has made me reach ur blog. I must say very consistent high quality posts. I liked that silver shoe…. it was awesome!