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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,

I’m in love. Well, moderately infatuated really, but the object of my desire has no idea I like him. I’m planning on telling him soon, but I am scared (and am too young to purchase liquid courage), and I need help. I feel that shoes that are cute, flirty, and comfortable in case I need to run away and cry in a bathroom after possible rejection could be the answer. Can you point me in the right direction?


Manolo says, as the immortal, if somewhat tone deaf, Tab Hunter sang in his 1957 smash hit, “They say for every boy and girl, there’s just one love in this whole world, and I know I’ve found mine…Young Love. First Love.”

Frankly, the Manolo prefers the 1959 Connie Francis version of this song, as the lyrics, “just one kiss from your sweet lips, will tell me that your love is real,” are immensely more poignant when sung by the female, thus capturing as they do the exact difficulty of being the romantic young woman in modern world.

On the one of the hands, the modern young women of feeling is now sometimes required to tell that big lunk with the baseball cap on backwards exactly how she feels. And yet, on the other of the hands, the result may be disappointment, or, to quote Connie Francis again, “Stupid Cupid, you’re a real mean guy.”

Look, here are the Demara from BCBGirls, the strappy platform sandal in the lovely rose color.

Demara by BCBGirls    Manolo Likes!   Click!

3 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Terry May 29, 2009 at 3:53 pm #

    Amazing how the 50’s classic love songs have a timeless application to the romantic in all of us. Have no fear Elizabeth as those BCBGs will serve you well regardless of the outcome. Rather than crawling into the bathroom, those sexy sandals will surely help you attract “the right one” even if this guy isn’t it.

  2. Jennie May 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm #

    Also has an awesome heel with which to nail his instep if he is the insensitive dolt.

  3. class factotum May 30, 2009 at 8:42 am #

    Maybe you could start by wearing these fabulous shoes and dropping a handkerchief in front of him rather than making a bold statement. Let him think he is chasing you, even though you won’t be able to run very far or very fast in those fabulous shoes. In the tradition of great horror movies, make sure to skip upstairs as you look coyly over your shoulder, batting your eyelashes and squealing demurely. Retro, I know, but retro works.

    Boys today might dress like louts in their bagging jeans and backward hats, but they are still hunters at heart and if they see something they want, they will let nothing stop them, even shyness, especially if they have been given the appropriate signal.