In Jedem Klaren Bach

Manolo says, if you were to compile the list of things that make the Manolo exceedingly happy… Fritz Wunderlich singing Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin would be very near the top.

One of the great tenor voices, so filled with robust vitality, singing one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

And Wilhelm Müller’s poem is heartfelt simplicity itself.

Ich hört ein Bächlein rauschen
Wohl aus dem Felsenquell,
Hinab zum Tale rauschen
So frisch und wunderhell.

Ich weiß nicht, wie mir wurde,
Nicht, wer den Rat mir gab,
Ich mußte auch hinunter
Mit meinem Wanderstab.

Hinunter und immer weiter
Und immer dem Bache nach,
Und immer frischer rauschte
Und immer heller der Bach.

Ist das denn meine Straße?
O Bächlein, sprich, wohin?
Du hast mit deinem Rauschen
Mir ganz berauscht den Sinn.

Was sag ich denn vom Rauschen?
Das kann kein Rauschen sein:
Es singen wohl die Nixen
Tief unten ihren Reihn.

Laß singen, Gesell, laß rauschen
Und wandre fröhlich nach!
Es gehn ja Mühlenräder
In jedem klaren Bach.

And Schubert’s music is so good here, that it is even enough to make the Manolo look fondly on…



The Web Snob

Manolo says, here is the best blogging of this week from the Manolo’s Web Snob friends…

Stiletto Jungle shops the Met Costume Institute-inspired Gap American Woman Tees.

Did Kim Kardashian get plastic surgery? Allie is Wired has the details.

Bag Snob has the perfect summer messenger bag!

Ever think of taking a bath in champagne? Beauty Snob has a close second.

Coquette thinks it’s always best to invest in a LBD but Donna Karan’s new Infinity Dress is like having so many dresses in one!

After testing them out this week, Fashion Pulse Daily refuses to leave home without wearingKushyfoot

The Jet Set Girls chose the best Sex and the City trips for you and your girlfriends to enjoy the SATC 2 release.

KRISTOPHER DUKES is wanting, wearing, hating vintage Hermes Herbags.

Second City Style wonder what the heck she was thinking! The week that was of awful celebrity fashions.

Shopping and Info is getting this disc necklace in rose gold from Ippolita for Mother’s Day. ranks the Top 10 Sunless Tanners to give you a natural-looking summer glow

The Beauty Stop is loving Bare Escentuals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen for summer.

Graduating from College or High School soon? The Fashion Bomb finds 50 + stylish graduation dresses under $150.

If you’re still looking for Mother’s Day gifts, The Shoe Goddess has compiled a list of our favorite gifts that are sure to please any mom!


Manolo the Columnist: Better Than Gold from Lilly Pulitzer

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

Dear Manolo,

My husband has concocted what he thinks is the perfect Mother’s Day scheme, a plan that involves packing me off to a fancy brunch with his mother and his best friend’s wife and mother, while he and his pal stay at home “taking care of the kids” and watching baseball on television. While I admit that the thought of a champagne brunch with friends and no kids is appealing, doesn’t my being sent away with his mother constitute some sort of shirking of my husband’s Mother’s Day responsibility? Please suggest some shoes that will make this go down easier.


Manolo says, while this scheme, which involves at least three of the four major Mother’s Day food groups (Canadian bacon, hollandaise sauce, and mimosas, the fourth being Russell Stovers chocolate) is indeed most bold, it sadly does not fulfill the most basic of the Mother’s Day brunching requirements, that the child be present for the consumption of the aforesaid foodstuffs.

Everyone knows that it is not the Mother’s Day if you do not get to watch your mother eat!

Feeding her is how you pay her back for all of those years she shoveled homemade food onto your plate, by sitting there quietly while she eats eggs benedict and country potatoes, getting buzzed on the second-rate champagne, and recounting for everyone at the table the story of how she suffered through 17 hours of labor while giving birth to you.

Look! It is the Better Than Gold from Lilly Pulitzer, the wedge sandal that both you and your husband’s mother will love.

Better Than Gold from Lilly Pulitzer