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Nina Patent Platform Sandal from Jimmy Choo For the Tuesday

Manolo says, it is Tuesday, and the party is over and you are back at your desk, and already you have broken one of your Resolutions of the New Year.

No, it was not the one about avoiding the doughnuts that the IT guys bring in every morning to share with the office (part of their calculated but hopeless policy of buying the love of their co-workers). No, thus far, two days in, you have kept away from your pastry frenemy, the cream-filled bismark. (Perhaps you should celebrate with the peanutty Payday bar from the vending machine?)

No, the resolution you have broken, which in the hindsight was perhaps not the wisest to make, was the one in which you resolved to gossip less.

You made it through yesterday gossip-less, but only because your best-friend-at-the-office, Julia, had been delayed returning from vacation because of the security turmoil at the airport.

But, there she was this morning, filled with news about the co-workers and the minor celebrities, and before you knew what was happening you were deeply embroiled in discussion about the various Kardashian trollops, and–Boom!—forty-five minutes of your life, and your boss’s time, down the drain. And all you have to show for it is the head filled with talk of Kim, Kourtney, and Khaaan (or whatever her name is), and the profound guilt you are experiencing about how you have betrayed the principles embodied in that Phi Beta Kappa key you keep discretely hidden in your purse.

Sigh.

Oh well, al least you know what can make you feel better…Shoes!

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Look! It is the Nina Patent Sandal by Jimmy Choo
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Manolo the Columnist:Jimmy Choo: Logan Glittery d’Orsay Pump from Jimmy Choo

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

Dear Manolo,

I’m a single lady of a certain age, who’s been invited by a gentleman to spend New Year’s Eve in his company, dining and dancing at one of Washington, D.C.’s better venues. My companion will be wearing a tuxedo, and I shall be wearing a dark blue ball gown. What do you suggest?

Karen

Manolo says, this sounds like the wonderfully elegant and timeless way to spend the Eve of the New Year, eating the lobster thermidor, drinking the bubbly from the glass slipper, and waltzing right up until the stroke of midnight, the way it used to be done.

Yes, in most cases, the Manolo appreciates the manifest conveniences of the modern world, such as painless dentistry, and super absorbent paper towels.

However, when it comes to celebrations, fancy occasions, and holidays of note, the people of the previous generations truly knew how to throw the party. And while there are the few holdouts (such as the Manolo’s friend Karen) who still do it right, most Americans have forgotten what New Year’s Eve should be like.

We have mislaid our sense of occasion, and now show up to weddings, funerals, and christenings, (to say nothing of the New Year’s Eve’s celebrations) in clothing our predecessors would have thought unsuited for hoboes.

Thus, for one night each year, we should resolve to get dressed up like the old-timey movie stars, and party like it is 1949.

Look! Here from Jimmy Choo, is the Logan Glittery d’Orsay Pump, in the appropriately celebratory champagne color.
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Jimmy Choo Feathery Biker Sandals for the Tuesday

Jimmy Choo Feathered Biker Sandals

Manolo says, the Manolo is not certain why these magnificent Jimmy Choo shoes should be called the “biker sandals”. Perhaps it is the golden studs, which make these sufficiently tough-girlish to meet the rhetorical requirements.

However, it is the opinion of the Manolo that the better name would be the Jimmy Choo Super Fantastic Turkey Day Thanksgiving Sandals!

The Rip Off Artists

Manolo says, the Manolo has long and loudly campaigned against the phoney-baloney fake shoes (even those produced by supposedly reputable companies), but recently the brazenness of the counterfeit shoe crooks has been too much.

Thankfully, the word is getting around, and today there is the article in the New York Daily News about this very topic.

Killer Louboutin heels with that signature red sole for just $177, delivered to your door at 80% less than the $860 retail price.

Strappy Jimmy Choo sandals at $143.99, 64% less than the $395.99 value at the label’s Fifth Ave. store.
How to Spot the Fake Designer Shoe

Such are the boasts of flashy Web sites featuring red-carpet shots of J.Lo, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cameron Diaz in the wildly glamorous shoes. [...]

It seems too good to be true – and it is.

Tens of thousands of online shoppers are falling for the latest variety of fakes flooding the Internet.

Despite ultra-convincing pictures and claims that the Web sites are run directly by the designers and the footwear is individually crafted in Europe, it’s a scam.

The goods are neither handmade nor exclusive. They are mass-produced in China.

The “leather” often smells of toxic chemicals, the “hand-stitching” is replicated by sewing machine, and the sizing is inaccurate.

Return the purchase and, on top of the cost of shipping, customers are subject to a “restocking” fee of up to 20%. Little wonder most swallow the disappointment and don’t bother to send them back.

If disappointment were the only result of the fraud, it wouldn’t make headlines. Who really cares about image-obsessed fashionistas being ripped off?

On closer examination, however, this international con has a devastating and far-reaching effect.

Child labor, money laundering, prostitution and terrorist activity go hand in hand with the counterfeit trade managed by criminal gangs.

For several months now, the Manolo has been waging the war against these evil people both in his comment section (where they spam the comments with their links) and in his banner ads (where their ads are delivered to his websites by Google Adsense). With effort, he has been able to keep them at bay.

Remember, when buying the luxury good, only do business with the reputable companies, either those with whom you are already familiar, or those who have been recommended to you by people you trust.

P.S. Thanks to the Manolo’s internet friend the Susan at the always informative Counterfeit Chic.

Jimmy Choo, Good for What Ails You

Manolo says, the Manolo has been feeling the little bit under the weather, down with the small, niggling lung infection that has sapped his strength and made him wheezy.

Of the course, the best cure for such illness (aside from antibiotics) is shoes on the sale, such as these marvelous Jimmy Choo green patent sandals.

Nearly 60% off of the regular price!.

Jimmy Choo Monday

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Manolo says, here is the most desirable Jimmy Choo patent leather slingback sandal for your Monday evening enjoyment. This is the sort of classic shoe that reminds one that simple elegance is frequently better.

Jimmy Choo for the New Year

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Manolo says, it is the Eve of the New Year, and so you are allowed to wear something outrageous and over the top, such as these fabulous golden metallic python pumps from the Jimmy Choo.

What is that you are saying?

Golden shoes will not go with what you are wearing tonight?

In that case allow the Manolo to suggest to you this…

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The elegant Jimmy Choo satin slingbacks.

Jimmy Choo for the Wednesday

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Manolo says, the Manolo woke up this morning in the mood to look at some beautiful boots, and few boots could be more beautiful than these, the Onele from Jimmy Choo. Are they not are gorgeous?

The Shoe Sale at the Bluefly

Manolo says, look! The Bluefly is having the giant one-day 15% off sale on the shoes!

Now through tomorrow morning (May 9th at 6AM) all of their designer shoes are reduced the addtional 15% from their usually low prices.

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Here is the flirty little Jimmy Choo sandal which was already 32% off, and now, for the next day, it is reduced the extra 15%. Amazing!

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And here is the fun ivory-colored Prada wedge sandal with the wooden geegaws! It too was already 32% off of the retail price, also now reduced 15% for the next few hours.

Hurry!

Jimmy Choo Thursday

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Manolo says, here is something beautiful in anticipation of the holidays.

Jimmy Choo Crack Up?

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Manolo says, this inside the baseball story from the Jossip, it is the old news to the Manolo, but you may find it interesting if you like to read about the travails of the shoe industry.

Four-inch heels are kickin’ (if not flyin’ across the boardroom) over at Jimmy Choo. The shoe company famous for its stifled in-fighting is making good on its rep.

At the center of the dolled-up drama is Choo’s polished head designer, Sandra Choi (niece of the original Jimmy Choo, who ducked out of the company in 1996). Except, well, you might not know of Sandra’s efforts at all, given corporate chief Tamara Mellon claims that it is she who’s the the chief designer — and entirely responsible for the collections Choo spits out.

Sure, Tamara.

And the story it gets worse from here.

This sort of the thing it depresses the Manolo. He just loves the shoes of the Choo, not the shoe industry bickering.

Jimmy Choo For the Monday

Manolo says, here to start your week on the right note is something good from the Jimmy Choo you could wear to the office.

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Of the course, they are on the sale at the Bluefly.

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