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Mr. Henry on the Tiger Mother

Manolo says, our friend, Mr. Henry jumps out of the frying pan

When the Tiger Mother starts chewing her cubs, the larger question is why doesn’t the father of the house step in to restore sanity? What sort of father today cedes all child-rearing authority to his wife?

Fat Foot Week

Manolo says, all week long, our friend, Miss Plumcake, is discussing the trevails of having the big lady-feets and the troubles of finding the shoes to fit them.

Yet, like a baby in a tumble dryer, I can only ignore your cries for so long. You want wide width shoes, you’re gettin’ em. All week long.

French Toasting

Manolo says, our friend, Erik, has posted his special secret recipe for the french toast.

The Manolosphere Week in Review

Manolo says, here are the few of the best things from the previous week in the Manolosphere.

From Manolo for the Men

The Comb-Over

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From Manolo for the Big Girl

While yes, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed, being too hip for the room is a pit into which even the most seasons fashionista –and I’m including myself– can occasionally fall.

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From Manolo for the Brides

I love love love handpainted bridal shoes – especially custom jobs that fit in with the wedding theme or have some special significance to the bride and the person she’s marrying.

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From Manolo for the Home

Why this new obsession? Turns out, our bedroom renovation is done, and now it’s time for me to paint and decorate, and I’m considering all kinds of interesting ceiling stuff. Today, I happened to spot some sweet decorated ceiling fans that prove that your ceiling fan doesn’t have to be boring.

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From Crafty Manolo

But when smocking started out, it was worn as much by adults as by children, specifically by adult male laborers. More fanciful stitch work on finer fabrics would be worn by wealthy people on their linens, as in this detail of a sixteenth century painting by Ambrosius Holbein…

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From Ayyyy!

Sharon Stone, circa 1944

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From Green Manolo

I also think, however, that this is where things get complicated for a lot of people who might support environmental stewardship as the responsibility of all people if it didn’t start to get overwhelming when you start expanding the scale of it all. Maybe it’s a tad intimidating – like it’s not enough that I recycle and compost and buy Fair Trade goods, now I have to vote for the right politicians and lobby for certain regulations and figure out how to support green energy when I can’t afford to switch to an electric car or install solar panels on my roof? That’s commitment right there, and I think commitment is difficult for a lot of people.

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From Teeny Manolo

But what strikes me about the article is the strident nature of Ms. Chua’s superiority. And in a sense, I suppose she is correct in saying her parenting style has produced results. Her daughter has apparently played piano at Carnegie Hall, which is a wonderful accomplishment. My son, on the other hand, has played the tambourine (badly) for an audience comprised solely of his baby sister. So I suppose she is at least one up on me there.

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From Manolo Jewelry

I know, a Canadian complaining about winter is like the guy who goes to the same restaurant every day but always complains about the food. However, taking my business elsewhere isn’t really an option.

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From Manolo Beauty

This could be the best beauty product EVER!

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From Manolo Food

Are you alone and different from me and stuck with a mouldering or pickled lump of brownish carbs, fats, and assorted undigestables, covered in some unnamed and unnameable sticky substance, the whole Shoggoth-like agglomeration wrapped in hideously toxic-looking red or green “festive” plastic?

From What you have there, my friend, is a fruitcake.

Green Manolo

Manolo says, the Manolo reminds you that there is much good information and entertainment to be had at the Green Manolo.

Manolospheric Gift Guides

Manolo recites…

In the interwebs did the Manolo
Helpful gift guides decree
Where the Manolosphere ran
Through websites measureless to man
Down to the shopping sea.

Look! Holiday gift guides from…

Green Manolo

Crafty Manolo

Manolo Jewelry

Teeny Manolo

Manolo for the Brides

Manolo for the Home

More to come soon, including the Manolo’s own Super Fantastic Holiday Gift Guide!

The Manolo Week in Review

Manolo says, here is the best of the week from the Manolosphere.

From Manolo for the Home

In addition to being an obsessive reader, I’m also an obsessive book hoarder. As in, I have hundreds of books I will probably never read again, but I can’t bring myself to give them away or sell them or recycle them.

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From Manolo for the Big Girl

There are few things I love more than a good potluck, because a good potluck is a blood sport in the South, and your covered-dish event can’t be considered a true success until someone cries, with extra points if someone gets tomato aspic –with homemade mayonnaise, of course– tossed at their head in a fit of pique.

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From Crafty Manolo

It’s part graffiti, part Monty Python’s Hell’s Grannies, and all whimsical fun. What is it?

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From Manolo Jewelry

Having one or two special, sparkly, lovely pieces stashed away for emergency events can make the difference between feeling confident and feeling invisible.

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From Manolo for the Beauty

I would never have thought that someone as fair-skinned as she is could get away with wearing white and not look washed out, but she doesn’t look that way in the least.

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From Manolo for the Brides

November 10 was a big day for fantasy writer Neil Gaiman.

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From Manolo for the Men

“How good is your eye for famous men?”

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From Manolo’s Food Blog

Then Andy would go off to Chock Full O’ Nuts and order a cream cheese and nut sandwich on date-nut bread just like he always did, and which is, if you think about it, quite respectable and delicious as long as you steer clear of cheap Chinese walnuts.

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From Teeny Manolo

I liked this book so much that I bought it twice.

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From Green Manolo

Advertised as a green option, reusable shopping bags can be a good alternative to paper or plastic, provided that you actually remember to bring them into the store every time you shop.

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From Ayyyy!

Elsewhere on the red carpet we spy the increasingly dessicated Clémence Poésy, shown here wearing a lovely black lace gown accented with Jane Fonda’s old neck…

The New Blogs of the Manolo

Manolo says, the Manolo politely reminds you that this month, the Manolosphere has grown by four blogs, and that there is much entertainment and information to be had at these new sites…

Manolo Jewelry

Manolo for the Beauty

Crafty Manolo

Green Manolo

The Manolo Week in Review

Manolo says, here is the best of the week from the Manolosphere.

From Ayyyy!

It’s made of vintage Sari materials, primarily silk of course, but also including gold threads. And while on the one hand, lovely fabrics, nice idea, unfortunately, none of these strapless, bubble-skirted 80′s throwbacks have anything like the authentic allure of a real sari…

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From Crafty Manolo

I love the flowing lines typically seen, the texture with the slightly raised bits, the long history of the technique. If I were any good at embroidery, this would be the one I think I would do most.

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From Green Manolo

If you’re not sure where your eco threshold is, imagine how green you’d have to before your joie de vivre would all but disappear in the face of your ever-expanding environmental consciousness.

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From Manolo Jewelry

Now I’m not saying that one of my sister’s friends stole my beloved, cherished daughter’ s pride ring. And I’m not saying that I took umbrage at being accused of just misplacing it, when I KNOW I had done no such thing. And I’m ALSO not saying that I’m still bitter about it, twenty-three years later.

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From Manolo for the Beauty

On all of those men, though, it seemed like the makeup was a definite affectation, a persona.

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From Manolo for the Big Girl

It’s Tuesday, the sky is blue, the Scotch is plentiful and all is right in the world so it’s time to find out What Miss Plumcake is…

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From Manolo’s Food Blog

This is weirdly brilliant, in the way turducken is weirdly brilliant.

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From Manolo for the Brides

With all of the other things the poor bride-to-be has to think about while walking around on her wedding day – stand up straight! smile! where’s your train?! is your bodice slipping?! bra sweat!! MINTS!!! – why add one more worry for her to stress over?

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From Manolo for the Men

…one woman who had both figure and face – and a sultry sound.

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From Teeny Manolo

He was much too young for all of the extremely awesome book release parties that occurred for almost the entire series, and he should get to experience at least some of the hysteria that comes with an important pop culture moment, don’t you think?

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Green Manolo

Manolo says, please allow the Manolo to introduce to you the newest addition to the Manolosphere, Green Manolo.

Edited by our good friend Christa Terry (a.k.a Never teh Bride) of the Manolo for the Brides and the Manolo for the Home, the Green Manolo is the blog all about the super fantastic sustainable lifestyle!

And now, you must go visit the Green Manolo

Manolo Jewelry

Manolo says, please allow the Manolo to present to you the latest addition to the Manolosphere: Manolo Jewelry!

Edited by our good friend, and the long-time commenter at the blogs of the Manolo, La Petite Accadienne, who will be certain to provide you with much jewelry-based entertainment.

Manolo Jewelry!

The Manolo Week in Review

Manolo says, here is the best of the week from the Manolosphere.

From Manolo for the Men

Does this constitute news? Guys looking for a roll in the hay valuing wiggle more than wink?

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From Manolo for the Brides

No matter where you turn, someone is making fun of something that somewhere, a bride-to-be is probably thinking of doing. And since we’re all doing everything on the Internet, there’s a pretty good chance that said bride-to-be will encounter someone putting her ideas down.

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From Manolo for the Big Girl

Not that I haven’t had my share of serious struggles, and yes, at a certain point I willed myself into becoming Full Time Fabulous –an effort which takes continual work– but let’s not kid ourselves: It’s a lot easier to crank the fabulosity up to 11 when you’re already rocking a baseline 10.

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From Teeny Manolo

Forget your teen journal, where you scribbled away late at night before bedtime. Some of the worst writing ever is to be found in children’s books.

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From Manolo’s Food Blog

Congratulations and commiserations to the people of New York State, who now have this gibbering 70′s throwback as their common-law First Lady.

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From Manolo for the Home

Sure, we talked a lot about redoing the upstairs ourselves, but when we started reading about drywall lift rentals, our zest for DIYing the second floor went right out the window.

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From Crafty Manolo

Sure, the Lady of Shallot up there is half sick of shadows, and apparently her tapestry work. I feel her. I do. I’ve tried crafts that didn’t float my boat at all. Me and embroidery? Not a happy match. I can’t make a French knot. It’s embarrassing. Knitting and crochet are closer for me, but I’m not good at keeping the right tension in the yarn.

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From Manolo for the Beauty

I happen to sort of like the silver hair, which is shiny and pretty, but I’ll be damned if someone at the playground is going to think I am my daughter’s grandmother. Because, you know, there is no way someone with gray hair could possibly procreate, right?

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From Ayyyy!

Who’s that girl?

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