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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,

This next week is graduating from the 8th grade graduation at a very exclusive private school, paid for in large part by my ex-husband, who will naturally be there at the graduation with his new bride, a woman 18-years his junior. As much as I would like to avoid the social awkwardness, I know that my son needs me to be there. Please suggest something to make me feel confident.


Manolo says, outside of fantastical nightmares in which you are forced to take the final exam in quantum physics (“But, I majored in English!”) while wearing nothing but your bunny slippers, encountering the ex and his cheerleader-cum-bride is the most intensely awkward and uncomfortable situation imaginable.

On the one of the hands you wish to crawl under the floorboards and die. On the other of the hands, you wish to cause someone else to die and stash the corpses under the floorboards. And yet, on the third of the hands, you know that you must put aside your desire to drive your mini-van over his new sports car, with lout and bimbo trapped inside, so that your son can fully enjoy his big day without incident.

Thus, the only proper way to conduct oneself is to be aloof and above it all, and what better way to be above it all than with the Platswoon from Stuart Weitzman? The Manolo likes this patent camel finish for the spring time event.

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10 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist”

  1. Evie June 19, 2009 at 12:49 pm #

    Eve, you have my sympathies! I commend your choice to kill with class and confidence, and resist the urge to one-up the other woman in something totally inappropriate for the occasion.

  2. Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 7:00 pm #

    I love the neutral shoe. Gives you miles of leg while still being very classy. (Katie Holmes is actually pretty good at working the nude shoe.)

  3. Dianne June 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    Am I the only one who thinks referring to a woman who marries a man and just happens to be 18 years younger as a “Cheerleader-cum-bride” is offensive???

    Talk about ageism and generalizations – and cheap ones at that. Maybe she actually likes/loves the ex-husband and they are a nice couple?!?!?!

    And going to a graduation to ‘one-up’ the ‘other woman’ isn’t much better. Eve is better off looking good to look good for herself, and to be there for her son, who I’m sure she is justifiably proud of – and that her ex-husband cares about education that he provides well for the boy’s education!

  4. Jocelyn June 21, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    Dianne, EVE is the one who mentioned social awkwardness and the fact there’s an 18-year age difference. Also, are you familiar at all with humor?

  5. Jenzilla June 21, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    Perhaps they are a nice couple, but there is ALWAYS awkwardness in dealing with the ex’s new spouse, even under the best of circumstances. Taking it all humorously is a good way to approach it. And no one encouraged one-upping, Manolo suggested rising above that, and Evie was commending her on resisting that urge.

  6. klee June 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    LOVE the shoe:chic, modern, will give miles of leg, and will go with everything….

  7. Lori June 23, 2009 at 4:10 pm #

    Dianne, if I may say so, nobody but you referred to the new wife as the “other woman.”

  8. Victor June 24, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    *Very* sharp shoe–subdued yet lovely, which is the definition of “classy shoe.” Like it or not, Eve can’t help but one-up her ex’s new bride in this shoe.

    And my re-occuring nightmare is it’s finals week and I realize I have a final for a class that I went to once or twice then completely forgot about. Further, I may or may not be dressed.

  9. klee June 24, 2009 at 6:09 pm #

    p.s. to Dianne: Yes, you are the only one

  10. Nariya June 26, 2009 at 12:40 am #

    Hot, hot, hot! Well chosen, Manolo. I’m a dark-skinned girl myself though; I wonder if they’d look as good on me? I imagine them on a woman whose skin color is closer to that of the shoe. :(