Archive - June, 2011

Blahnik Tonic for the Blahs

Manolo says, the Manolo, who has been dumped in the downs these past few weeks, has decided he must self-medicate, and what better way than with the invigorating shoes from the Maestro Manolo Blahnik?

For those suffering from the low energy, the Cerreto Buckle Snakeskin d’Orsay Pumps from the Maestro Manolo Blahnik is perhaps restorative of vigor….

Cerreto Buckle Snakeskin d'Orsay Pumps

And if, like the Manolo, you are experiencing the surfeit of black bile, which to the person of normally sanguine temperament is quite distressing, then perhaps the Arsenia Metallic Leather Peep-Toe Pumps will put your humours back into balance.

Arsenia Metallic Leather Peep-Toe Pumps

Simple but effective cures from that most honored of physicians, Manolo Blahnik.

Apologies

Manolo says, many apologies from the Manolo for desultory posting over the past few weeks. There has been much happening in the life of the Manolo, and there is yet more to occur in the coming weeks. Happily, although it is not all good, neither is it all bad. It is all just very distracting.

And now, the Manolo will attempt to return to the more regular posting schedule.

Alexandre Birman Python Gladiator Sandals for the Tuesday

Manolo says, it is Tuesday and you are back at your desk doing that thing, you know, that thing with the work, and you are thinking to yourself… “You know what this place needs…more GLAM!”

That is what has been bothering your for these past many weeks, the utter and complete drabness of your workplace. In fact, when it comes down right to it, the beige-on-beige-on-white decorating scheme of the modern office is sapping you of your vital essences.

What is required here is more mirrored tiles, more stainless steel, more gilded surfaces, maybe even the disco ball in the break room!

But first, lest us start with your feets…

Alexandre Birman Gold Gladiator Sandals

The gold, python gladiator platform sandals from the Alexandre Birman… Perfect!

Sunday Reading

Manolo says, if you are looking for something to read this fine summer Sunday, the Manolo suggests you take the look at the Manolo for the Food blog, which has strangely turned into the amusing group blog while the Manolo has been otherwise engaged.

Manolo the Columnist: Gigi from Sam Edelman

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

Dear Manolo,

I love most of your shoe recommendations, unfortunately, I can’t afford many of them, as I’m just a poor office drone. Can you suggest some inexpensive flat sandals I could wear on the weekends this summer?

Patricia

Manolo says, as is usually his custom, the Manolo recommends that the poor girls save their monies and purchase the best quality of super fantastic feetwear that they can afford, for such investments are repaid many times over in comfort, beauty and the satisfaction of wearing.

But, the Manolo also sympathizes with the poor working girls, who must work hard to pay the rent on the tiny, ninth-floor-walk-up, studio apartment in the grungy bohemian part of town, where all of the boys wear the too-skinny-jeans and ride the fixed-gear bicycles.

Indeed, the Manolo, himself, knows what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must fashion your own super fantastic flat sandals out of the Pabst Blue Ribbon cans and pieces of oversized hipster eyeglasses you have found in the dumpster behind that ironically iconic (iconically ironic?) dive bar.

And so the Manolo would recommend to you the Gigi from the Sam Edelman as being the simple but good-looking, moderately priced flat sandal for your summer wearing needs. It is available in fifteen different colors and materials, from “spicy orange” to “silver boa”, although the Manolo is partial to the “natural cork” finish. For the less adventurous, “saddle and black” would be the good choice.

Gigi from Sam Edelman

Giuseppe Zanotti Ankle-Wrap Peep-Toe Booty for the Thursday

Giuseppe Zanotti Ankle-Wrap Peep-Toe Bootie

Manolo says, here is yet another of the recent Giuseppe Zanotti shoes which has befuddled the Manolo.

On the one of the hands, it is strikingly original, this combination of khaki and leather, and the Manolo could think of many items of clothing with which this shoe could be profitably paired by the super fantastic girl.

And yet, on the other of the hands, perhaps this combination and look is too much Beau Geste, like the puttees worn by the Legionnaires. Maybe it is too costumey, no?

And now the Manolo asks, would you wear it?

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Dita von Teese Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Dita von Teese!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, the Devine Miss K, who was the first to correctly identify this week’s celebrity burlesque artist of note.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

FN Shoe Star, Episode 20

Manolo says, if, like the Manolo, you are the fan of the FN Shoe Star, than this final episode, in which the contestants are reunited, will perhaps amuse.

Also, this afternoon beginning at 7pm East Time, the Manolo will be taking part in the “Twitter Party”, in which the FN Shoe Star bloggers will be discussing the just completed season in witticisms of 140 characters or less. The Manolo has been informed that there will even be the prize given away. Please feel free to join the Manolo at twitter feed at the designated time..

Nicholas Kirkwood Platform Silk Peep Toes for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are back at your desk, and ayyyyy! Look at all of the work that must be cleared away before you can go on the two week of the vacation.

Hurry! You must get to it before the big day arrives and you depart for two week of sun in the fun!

Of the course, you must also be certain to leave undone the few semi-important items which only you can do, so that your bosses and co-workers will realize that they cannot get along with out you. (Be sure also to hide at least one very important client file somewhere unlikely.) After all, the last thing you would want is for someone to realize the painful truth, that your position at the XYZ Corp could be filled by the well-trained orangutan.

But, do not worry. It is not your fault. Various studies over the last decade have proven that 87% of all private sector positions (and 98% of government jobs) could be done entirely by analog computers, greater apes and border collies.

“But, Manolo,” you are saying, “What about the robots?”

“Ha,” replies the Manolo, “what can the robot do that the Australian shepherd or the bonobo cannot?”

No, it is clear, the future belongs to the monkeys and the canids.

In the meantime, while you are waiting for our new animal overlords to take charge, here are the beautiful shoes…

Nicholas Kirkwood Platform Silk Peep Toe Pumps

Nicholas Kirkwood Platform Silk Peep-Toe Pumps.

Beautiful shoes, truly, they are what separate us from the beasts of the field!

Manolo the Columnist: Whirl from Stuart Weitzman

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

Dear Manolo,

At the end of July I’m going to a big deal wedding in Atlanta. I’ve already picked out my dress, a muted floral with a generally light peach tone, but now I need a pair of shoes to go with. What do you suggest?

Moncia

Manolo says, ayyyy! Hotlanta in July! Fiddle-dee-dee and thank goodness for the invention of the air conditioning!

And now the Manolo must admit that despite his many visits to the Atlanta he does not fully understand this city. On the one of the hands, Atlanta seems as Southern as Southern can be, at every turn celebrating it’s historic Southern heritage with as much enthusiasm as any place in America. Indeed, it is difficult to escape from the club of Gone-With-the Wind Southerness with which the city attempts to beat the unsuspecting visitor over the head.

And yet, on the other of the hands, whenever the Manolo visits Atlanta he seems to encounter only the transplanted Yankees and their progeny.

“We moved here from Boston in ’92, y’all” said the lady in Lennox Square Mall, “My brotha came down in ’94.”

And yet, on the third of the hands, Atlanta is indisputably the world-class city of entertainment and business, the home of Coca-Cola, CNN, and Elton John.

It is all so confusing.

Look! Here is the Whirl from the Stuart Weitzman, the strappy sandal in the oyster color that will allow your dress to shine in the Hotlanta sun.

Whirl from Stuart Weitzman

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Meredith Vieira Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Meredith Vieira!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend, the amoly10, who was the first to correctly identify this week’s celebrity personage of note.

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