Project Runway 4, Episode Five

Manolo says, finally, with this episode, the old make-it-work spirit of Project Runway has returned, and the value is again placed on creativity and not the commercial prospects of the outfits.

This challenge, to take the big lady clothes from the former big ladies and make them into something new and beautiful, was ingenious, especially as it forced the designers out of their comfort zones, and into the world of real peoples.

From the beginning it was good. Witness the moment when the models were paired with the designers. As the choices were made, some of the designers (Elisa in particular) seemed truly happy to meet the model, while others (Jillian, Christian, Victorya) could only manage the most forced of smiles. Such marvelous suffering on the faces of such shallow peoples!

And then it was good bye to the Jack. Yes, the Manolo often found you annoying, but he was still sorry to see you leave in this manner, and he wishes you well. You should be given the chance to come back in the next season, Daniel Franco style.


Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Manolo answers, it is the Sharon Stone!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend Mcleodlt who was the first to identify whose shoes.

As for Sharon Stone’s personal style, it is bold, eclectic, self-confident and frequently crazy.


Build the Outfit #8, Update

The Summer Boot from Modern Vintage    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, already the Manolo’s internet friends have submitted several very good outfits in this week’s edition of the Build the Outfit Contest.

But, it is only Wednesday afternoon, which means that there are still three more days until the Manolo picks the winner on Saturday, plenty of time for you to build your own super fantastic outfit to go with these boots from Modern Vintage.

Appliance Science, Stocking Stuffers

Manolo says, the Mr. Henry has returned with another post devoted to the convenience of the last minute shopper, giving us the list of the classic stocking stuffers for the kitchen person.

Ten Great Toys for Under $25

Manolo says, what? You still have not purchased all of the gifts for the little peoples?

You are in luck, Glinda the Good has just published her list of Ten Great Toys for Under $25!


Jimmy Choo for the Wednesday

Jimmy Choo Onele Boots   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, the Manolo woke up this morning in the mood to look at some beautiful boots, and few boots could be more beautiful than these, the Onele from Jimmy Choo. Are they not are gorgeous?

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer for the Educated Shoe Lover

The Consolation of the Shoes

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Holiday Shoes 2007, III

Elizabeth by Kate Spade   Manolo Likes!  Click!Elizabeth by Kate Spade    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo says, here are the very attractive low-heeled peep-toe slingbacks from the Kate Spade, the sort of shoes that any woman, young or old, would be happy to wear to the festive holiday party.


Holiday Gift Guides

Manolo says, the Manolo reminds you that the Manolo’s hard-working blogger peoples have assembled the Holiday Shopping Guides to assist you in finding that perfect something for your beloved someone.

Miss Plumcake has gone with the Rock ‘n Roll theme with her One for Me, One for Thee style list.

If you are looking for things for the kitchen, the erudite Mr. Henry has opined on small appliances and cookware.

At the magnificent Ayyyy! blog, the Manolo’s friend Spirit Fingers has given us her gift suggestions for the men and for the womens, and the home.

Darling Francesca, from the Manolo for the Big Girl, provides us the with the gift guide to end all gift guides, with dozens of ideas for every mood and event.

Isidore Gallant at Manolo for the Men has recommend ties and cufflinks and Frenchback boxers for the fancy man in your life.

At the Manolo for the Brides, Never teh Bride’s list is all about the luxury items.

Twistie has provided us with the list full of kitchenware and cookbooks to satisfy the maker of the Christmas goodies.

The Good Glinda provides us with the list for the parents who must buy something for everyone.

And, of the course, there are always plenty of interesting things to be found at the Manolo’s Basement of the Bargains.


Build the Outfit #8 — Update

Manolo says, the Manolo’s friend Eric, of the, notes that the shoes the Manolo has chosen for the Build the Outfit contest, are convertible!

Summer Boots by Modern Vintage   Manolo Likes!  Click!

They can be worn over the knee or slouch-booted below the knee. This opens up many more possibilities for the Manolo’s internet friends who are building the outfits.