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Be Super Fantastic | Manolo's Shoe Blog - Part 9
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The Belly

The forced smiles?

The almost-underaged girl with the protruding belly in the white dress?

The smirking man in the formalwear who is just not into her?

Manolo says, it’s the shotgun wedding!

Ha! The Manolo he jokes.

Many of the internet friends of the Manolo they have taken the mild umbrage at the Manolo because he has poked the gentle fun at the belly-displaying ways of the Kelly Clarkson.

And so, by way of the response, the Manolo he has decided to post this picture of the normally willowy Katie Holmes to make the point about the bellies and the fashion. That even the tall, thin, beautiful womens they must be careful of their fashion choices, for the belly it has the way of popping out.

The Kelly Clarkson and the Katie Holmes, they have made the similar mistakes. They are the small-bosomed womens who have chosen the outfits that diminish the breasts and accentuate the bellies. The Kelly she has compounded this mistake by further calling the attention to the belly with the cropped t-shirt and the ridiculous jewelry of the belly button.

There is nothing wrong with the shape of either the Kelly or the Katie. There is, however, something wrong with the clothes.

Shoes for the Affair of the Black Tie

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends has asked the Manolo the question

I am chairman of a black tie charity ball to be held in a few weeks…I love the charity, but I’m not the black tie type and have trouble putting together a look, beyond a pair of 501’s, white t-shirt, and tretorns.

I will be wearing a beautiful (albeit a few seasons old) couture Jill Sander evening gown, (bought after a drunken lunch in SF) black silk sheath w/ boatneck, 3/4 sleeves, gorgeous fit…(reminds me of Jackie Kennedy)…I do have a nice pair of Weitzman silk pumps, but they look too staid with such a conservative dress… could you recommend a pair of evening sandals or pumps that could “sex up” this dress? The dress is really fitted, and pretty hot, even with the sleeves and covered bosom.

Manolo says, this it is exactly the sort of the question that the Manolo he can really sink the teeth into. Picking the beautiful shoes for the fancy party, it is perhaps one of his most favorite things to do in the whole world.

Here are three of the choices that the Manolo thinks would add the sparkle to the simple, but stunning sheath dress by the Jil Sander.
Claudia Ciuti  Otis     Manolo Adores!  Click!

This gorgeous shoe by the Claudia Ciuti it has been christened with the ridiculous name of “Otis”, like the town drunk in the Mayberry RFD. However, despite this, this shoe it is in the humble opinion of the Manolo the perfect thing for the party of the black tie.

Charles David Crystal   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Here is the simple but most beautiful shoe from the Charles David. The ring of the crystals on the strap will add the needed sparkle to the black ensemble.

Donna Karan Alexis   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Finally, the Manolo he must recommend this stunning shoe from the Donna Karan. Notice how the addition of the simple ankle strap “sexes” this shoe up. Not only is it most beautiful, but it is now on the sale, it is still not “cheap” but it is 50% off of the usual price.

The Manolo he is most certain that his friend she will indeed be the belle of the charity ball!

Dia del Madre

Manolo says, the Manolo he reminds you that your mother, your darling sainted mother, she is waiting by the phone for you to call and express your gratitude for giving you the sacred gift of the life.

Does she not deserve also, at the least, the flowers, and maybe the box of the fancy lad chocolates?

What? Are you not grateful?

Yes, you will show up on the Sunday afternoon to take her to the Steakhouse of the Outback for the pseudo-Australian meat-fest and deep-fried onion, but is this the blooming thing that she would really want?

Is not your affection, expressed with the simple, traditional gift and your most heart-felt love preferable?

The Manolo he reminds you, you are not the Eminem, you love your mother, be nice to her on this the most special day (after your birthday) on the motherly calendar.

Shoes For The Girl With The Wide Feets

Manolo says, over the past several weeks the Manolo has received many, many, many letters like the following from his internet friends.

I appreciate your advice for women with the tiny feets, but I have the complete opposite problem.

What about the woman with the wide feet, the big feet, the feet with high arches? What can she do? Is she doomed to terribly unhappy shoes from Hush Puppies or Naturalizer or Easy Spirit?

Manolo says, the wide feets they are indeed the problem for the girls who wish to look super fantastic. However, the Manolo he can make the few recommendations.

If the girl she is possessed of the ordinarily wide feets–the sizes the C, the D, or the W–there are many shoes available at the Zappos that meet the requirements of both the size and the super fantasticness.

For the example this beautiful black boot from the Stuart Weitzman, which the Manolo he has recommended it in the past, it is available in the size W up to the 11.5.

Stuart Weitzman - Trophy (Black Calf)   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Likewise, this sophisticated pump from the Bruno Magli, which the Manolo he has also recommended it in the past, it too is available in the W up to the size 11. (It is even on the sale, reduced 44% from the original price.)

Bruno Magli - Macrobio (Dark Brown Calf)  Manolo Likes!

If you wish to see more of the shoes that are in the wider (or the longer) sizes, the Zappos, they have the search engine that can accomodate this.

Much more difficult to find, however, than the sizes the C, the D, or the W, are the sizes the E, the EE, and the WW. Here the options they are reduced. The search of the Zappos, and the search of the sites specifically for the wide feets, like the DesignerShoes.com, show that the selections they leave much to be desired.

However, there is one brand of the shoe that has the selection in the widest of the wide sizes, these they are the shoes of Magdesian Brothers. These shoes, they are the moderately priced shoes for the big-feeted girls who will not give up completely on the stylishness.

Here are two pairs that are available in the WW up to the size 14, and that the Manolo he could live with.

Magdesians - Anna (Black Peau/Black Patent) - Women's

This shoe, it has the round-toed, retro styling and the chunky heel that are very much of the moment.

Magdesians - Alpha-r (Black Peau)

This simple black mule, it will create the illusion of the more slender foot.

Sadly, most of the other shoes from the Magdesians, they will make you look like the Mrs. Doubtfire.

Manolo says, of the course, the best and most super fantastic of all the solutions to the problems of the too large, and the too small feets is to have the shoes custom made. Nothing compares to this in the terms of the fit and the beauty of the finished product.

The Wisdom of the Manolo

Manolo says, beacause many of the Manolo’s internet friends they are the recent first-time visitors, the Manolo he would like to say that the wit and the wisdom of the Manolo they are available for the purchase on the t-shirts and the mugs.

Perhaps, one of these, they would be to your taste.

Please, Lord, let the poncho die.

Help rid the world of this pernicious evil.

Celebrate the gift of the Hasselhoff!

The entire collection, it may be viewed at this place.

The Super Fantastic Reader

Manolo says, occasionally the Manolo he get the letters like the following.

Ah, Manolo, how I love your blog with it’s unerring advice for the stylish and it’s gentle and unmistakeable disdain for the truly unworthy. You bring a smile to the most difficult day. I even read your advice for the Super Fantastic girl because your tone is enthusiastic and your words are often wise, but alas, I will never be Super Fantastic myself. As a school teacher in a poor district, cursed with thin hair and thick ankles, I may do much good in the world but I will never adorn it. Would you be so kind as to consider these two requests? Firstly, can you recommend a practical shoe – or shoe style – for those of use with the strong sturdy legs so good for hiking or breaking up a fight between two teenaged boys but not so good for showing off the stylish shoes? Secondly, if you think of it, could you find a phrase for people who are drawn to the Super Fantastic, who read the newletter and surf the Manolo on ebay, but only in the spirit of fantasy?

Manolo says, this person she is the lovely, honest human, however she does not fully understand the process of attaining the super fantasticness. She believes that because she is poor, and not possessed of the elegant ankle, that she will somehow be denied super fantasticness.

Nothing could it be further from the truth!

Manolo asks, are you not reading the blogs of the Manolo?

Then certainly you are either already super fantastic, or soon to be super fantastic.

This it is one of the secrets of the world of the Manolo: all you must do is read. Then, as the lessons of the Manolo they percolate down through the brain, you gradually become more super fantastic.

If you are the regular reader of the Manolo’s blogs you gradually begin to make the correct fashion choices, and over the time your wardrobe and your person they become more super fantastic. It is involuntary, and almost inevitable.

Of the course, the process it is greatly speeded up if you take the active role. For the example, the Manolo would recommend to his dispirited friend that she cease to focus on her trivial flaws and consider her many and manifest virtues.

If one has the unfortunate “log leg” without the ankle, then one must do what the Hillary Clinton does and wear the elegant pantsuits. If one is poor, one must be doubly sure to buy the durable high quality goods when they are on the sale, and then maintain them in good condition. The rules are simple, easily learned, and easily followed.

Manolo says, like so many things, the super fantasticness it is mostly the matter of the attitude.

The Day of San Valentino

Manolo says, the Manolo he takes this opportunity, as the service to the public, to remind his many men friends that the Day of the San Valentino it approaches, and that the man who in his life has the woman, would be unwise to forget this.

This is why the Manolo he would tell you to buy the fine chocolates from the France and the red flowers, the good wine, maybe the jeweled trinket, and perhaps the mid-winter trip to Paris, with the great promptness, so as to avoid the disaster that is the Day of San Valentino forgotten.

Here, however, is the word of the warning about certain catagories of the gifts, most of the importantly, the perfume. Under no of the circumstances should the man buy for the woman the perfume of cheapness. This, it is worse than the buying of no gift at all.

The women, they know that the perfume it is the very personal thing, and so it is important to buy the perfume of the highest quality, one with that is subtle rather than strong. Which is why the Manolo he can do no other than recommend to you this:

Chanel No. 5 Eau De Parfum

Manolo says, yes, the Manolo he has the “issues” with the House of The Chanel and it’s current evil head designer, however, this it does not erase the fact that the Coco, she was the genius. And the Chanel No 5 is the most classic perfume, one that is subtle, sophisticated, and suitable for most of the womens.

Here is the tip to the men friends of the Manolo: don’t be the skate of cheap on the Day of San Valentino, buy the big bottle.

The Wearing of the Stockings

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends has asked the Manolo the question.

Dear Manolo, My super fantastic daughter shared your site with me and it is indeed a delight to read. I admire the Nicole Miller shoes you have pointed out, but being a lady of a certain age, I must ask a question about the wearing of the stockings? Ladies of style always did, except in summer, but this rule no longer seems true. It looks to me as if all the super fantastic glamour girls wear bare legs and strappy sandals at all times. But in January and with the elegant open-toe shoe (and legs that might benefit from a little gleam of the hosiery) are stockings still acceptable? What does the the wise and gentle Manolo think of this dilemma for the woman of a certain age?

Manolo says, it is indeed true, we live in greatly reduced times. When the Manolo he was the boy, the lady she was not dressed until the stockings they covered her legs.

And now? Now the trend toward the bareleggedness it has run the amok, so that even in the winter the Manolo he sees the womens showing their bare legs, with the shaving cuts, and the bruises, and the veins of the vericosa.

Manolo says, unless you are the 15-year-old super model girl, most of the womens they will look better with the right stockings.

Yes, during the summer it is frequently too hot to wear the stocking, but in the winter, if you are the fully-grown woman, then the stockings not only are they warm, but they hide the imperfections that the time it has given you.

And if you wear the beautiful Nicole Miller shoe the Manolo he has recommended, then the sheerest nude stockings with the so-called sandal-feets, they will look perfectly fine.

Deluxe

Manolo Loves the Chocolate!  Click!

Manolo says, it is difficult to get more deluxe than the wooden chocolate vault.

The Super Fantastic (From the Archives of the Manolo)

Manolo says, of the recently many of the Manolo’s newer internet friends they have been asking the Manolo, “Manolo, sometimes, the shoe you select I do not like, and so what makes this shoe the super fantastic?”

So, the Manolo he has dug back into his archives and brought out this post from many months ago, to explain what makes something the super fantastic.

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Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s many internet friends has written the e-mail to the Manolo asking the question.

I must ask a question: what are your requirements for a shoe that measures high enough on your superfantastic scale to be featured on your blog? What do you look for? A certain style? A specific look? What makes a superfantastic shoe superfantastic?

Manolo says, this question, it is a very good question, but a very difficult question for the Manolo to answer.

Manolo says, sometimes the shoe it jumps out at the Manolo and says, “I am the perfect shoe!”

For the example, the Manolo, he absolultely loves this shoe by the Yves Saint Laurent.

YSL Rive Guache Suede Pump

It is, this shoe, the perfect black suede pump; the platonic ideal of the pump. The workmanship is the top level, the material is beautiful, and there is no doubt in the mind of the Manolo that this is a shoe every girl, she should own.

So, it is a very logical that this is super fantastic.

Yet the other times, Manolo says, this question it is difficult because the Manolo he cannot explain sometimes why he thinks a particular shoe it is super fantatstic. For the example, this shoe by the Donald J. Pliner.

Donald J Pliner - Ursola-Haircalf    Manolo Likes!   Click!

Manolo says, this shoe is wonderful!

On the one of the hands it is in a classic although somewhat of the stodgy form, the mocassin toe loafer. Yet, on the other of the hands, the material, it is the calf hair, in the black and white, like the funky cowboy chaps, and it has the red rubber-esque soles

Alone, says the Manolo, these things they would not make for the super fantastic shoe, but somehow, when the Donald Pliner put them together they became more than the sum of their parts! And so, it is difficult for the Manolo to explain with the logic why it is super fantastic, because there is the shoe magic at work.

Manolo has said before there is a place where the fashion it lies, and that place it is on the line between the classic and the trashy. The fashion, the real fashion, it is a balancing of the various, seemingly contradictory elements.

Sometimes the Manolo he can explain why something, it is super fantastic, other times, the Manolo can only feel the super fantasticness in the vibrating of his very being.

Fat and Super Fantastic

Manolo says, a couple of the weeks ago, the Manolo he made the gentle fun of the Kirstie Alley, not for the fatness of her body, but for the crime of being unkempt, and un-super fantastic.

At the time, the Manolo he noted that it was possible for the woman to be both fat and super fantastic, but that the Kirstie, who has the natural beauty, she has not achieved this.

Of the course, these comments by the Manolo they generated many emails asking the Manolo to explain how the girls they can be both fat and super fantastic at one and the same time.

Manolo says, it is possible for the girl to be both fat and super fantastic, but it is not easy, nor is it inexpensive.

In the fact, it is hard work for the fat girl to be super fantastic, and if you are the fat girl (or for that matter the fat man) the Manolo he would tell you to try to lose the weight.

Of the course, if you are fat you know this, it is not the news to you. And the Manolo he will not lie to you, the losing of the weight, it is the work of the hardest sort. Trust the Manolo, this he knows very well. It is the sad fact that the Manolo he was not blessed with the elegant shape of the body, and so he, like many of the peoples, must fight the war against the fatness. The war he himself loses as much as he wins.

As you know the Manolo he favors the honest answers, which is why the Manolo he will tell you that there are no secrets for the losing of the weight. You eat less and exercise more, and the weight it comes off. Of the course, knowing this does not make the process easy. It is still the painfully difficult, painfully long process, and there are none of the shortcuts.

But, if you are truly committed to the hard work to lose the weight, the Manolo he recommends to you this book. The Manolo himself, he has used it to great advantage…periodically.

Now, after having said that, the Manolo he understands the nature of the humans, he understands that being fat it is the fact of the life. And so, if you find yourself in the condition of fatness, you must deal with it the best you can.

Manolo says, the secret to being fat and super fantastic at the same time is attitude and grooming.

Much of the battle it is simply in knowing that you are indeed super fantastic. The girls who hate themelves, they can never be super fantastic, even if they are naturally beautiful and have much of the money. (viz. Spears, Brittney)

Do you doubt your ability to achieve the super fantasticness?

Manolo says, are you not reading the Blog of the Manolo? If so trust the Manolo, if you are not yet super fantastic, you will be soon. It is the attitude that is of the prime importance.

Now, if you are committed to the way of the super fantastic, you will focus with the intensity on the grooming. If you are deficient in the slimness of body, you must be perfectly groomed. You cannot be sloppy or give into the temptation to be unkempt in public.

You must invest much money in the hair, and the nails, and the skin care, and the clothes and the shoes. All of this, it applies also to the slim girl, but doubly so for the fat girl, as she is working from the position of the disadvantage.

The Manolo he cannot emphasize the importance of the good hair. Good hair and good skin they are the foundation of the beauty.

It is the imperative that you find the best stylist and the best colorist you can. Yes, the good stylists and the good colorists they are very expensive. And the $200 haircut, it seems like the extravagance, but the hair, you must wear it everyday.

As for the colorists, the Manolo he commends to you the Louis Licari, and those who work for him. Your hair it must look natural. You must avoid the harsh colors and the bad jobs of the dying or bleaching, or the stripy highlights.

As for the skin, you must pamper yourself. In the general, avoid too much of the caffine and the hot showers and the spicy foods and the booze. Go to the facialists once the month. The Manolo he loves Eastern European women at the Mario Badescu in New York. They know the skin.

Do not be afraid to ask the super fantastic women of your acquaintance for the recommendations to the good stylists and skin specialists.

Finally, for the clothes. Manolo says, if you are the fat girl, under no of the circumstances should you wear the baggy clothes.

Nothing says un-super un-fantastic as fast as the fat girl in the baggy clothes. Your clothes must be stylish, of the best quality, and they must fit. The Manolo he cannot emphasize enough the necessity of the proper fit. At the same time, do not wear the clothes that are too tight. Fit, it is everything.

Manolo says, both super fantastic and fat is hard, expensive work.

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