Reed Krakoff Scoop Neck Ankle Bootie for the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday, another day on the hamster wheel.

Here is the thought: what ever happened to those lazy, crazy, hazy, dazys of summer?

You know, those long, long July days when you were twelve, riding your bike through the neighborhood with your best friend Melody and your crew of pre-teen miscreants.

Well, “miscreant” is not the right word, as not only were you the bookworm, specializing in Laura Ingalls Wilder, with the subspeciality in Lucy Maud Montgomery, but Melody would grow up to become the pastoral administrator at St. Amandus, the imposing woman in sensible shoes and navy blue, who has been known to cause young priests to shake with fear.

But things seemed so much simpler back in the day. Your mother kicked you and your siblings out of the house right after breakfast, locked the door, and shouted through the screen “Don’t come back until lunch time”. (Today, such commonsensical, summertime behavior would be considered child abuse.)

So, you went down the block, found the other children whose mothers had ejected them from their homes, and formed the pack, which, without the distraction of video games, got up to all sorts of entertaining analog hijinks, such as dress-up dolly, neighborhood hide and go seek, building hideouts from old refuse found along the creek, and because there were more boys in your hood, also such violent favorites as buck buck, and throwing rocks at each other.

But now, your children sit at home exercising their thumbs texting, texting, texting.

Look! Beautiful shoes for the fall…

Reed Krakoff Scoop Neck Ankle Boot

This is the the scoop neck ankle boot from Reed Krakoff in the very trendy oxblood color.

Shoemaker Saturday: Cheaney English Shoes

Manolo says, what is not to like about this? Traditional English craftsmanship done by people who seem to revel in the work.

Jackie Chukka Boots in tan from Cheaney English Shoes

Web Snob Friday

Manolo says, here are the few entertaining links from the Manolo’s Web Snob friends.

Stiletto Jungle counts down 10 ways to save on summer essentials, from sunscreen to mani-pedis.

Have you heard No Doubt’s new single “Settle Down” yet? Allie is Wired has it!

BagSnob chooses the Top 5 Violet Vixens and from the classic to frugal to vegan, there’s something for every snob.

BeautySnob compares the Chanel Glossimer and the Maybelline ColorSensational.

Coquette’s new beauty fav is Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Serum which gives your face a sculpted contour after just four weeks of use.

The Jet Set Girls are wearing and loving the new Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends.

Second City Style is pretty sure you know the peplum that made such a splash last spring, is back again for fall in Trend For Fall 2012: The Peplum Returns.

The Beauty Stop has fallen in love with Lollia Shea Butter Hand Creme.

Manolo the Columnist: 6614B from Belle by Sigerson Morrison

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

Dear Manolo,

The advice you gave last week to the lady who wanted sandals for the end of summer struck a note with me, in that it started me thinking about the fall and what sort of shoes I should be wearing when it arrives. Can you recommend something both casual and somewhat on-trend for when the summer ends?

Viki

Manolo says, it is only natural, that we should all be desiring the end to this interminable summer of suffering, that we should be anticipating the arrival of more tolerable weather, which will bring with it the new season of clothing.

As for the major trends of this new season, the Manolo has been delighted by the rise of the lounge loafers (a.k.a the Belgian slippers) to stylishness.

How wonderful it is to see these ultra-comfortable shoes having their moment in the fashion spotlight, especially as we have recently been in the era of the 6-inch stiletto-heeled, ultra-narrow, high-fashion torture shoes.

It is as if all the smart girls got together, placed their Birkin bags on the sacrificial fire, and cried out, “Ouch! We implore you, fashion gods, please give us something that will not mutilate our toes.”

And from their aerie on Mount Louboutin, the fashion gods looked down upon their votaries and thundered, “So shall it be written. Bring back the lounge loafers.”

And the fashion girls shouted, “Huzzah!”

Here is the 6614B from the Belle by Sigerson Morrison, the lounge loafer with the kilim carpet pattern that makes it exactly exotic enough to impress your friends.

6114B  Flat Slipper from Belle by Sigerson Morrison

Burberry Wedge Sandals for the Thursday

Burberry Wedge Sandal in BeetrootBurberry Wedge Sandal in Canvas Check

Manolo says, here is something to make your July Thursday afternoon more pleasant, the snappy wedge-heeled, espadrille sandals from the Burberry.

Manolo’s Thursday Miscellany

Manolo says, here are three things will will provide the moment’s diversion…

Crimson, oxblood, primary, and bordeaux: the color ranges from the subtle to the sensational, but Fall 2012’s best booties are all sexy and vampy.
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Here are some products that tickled my fancy, and trust me, my fancy is hard to tickle.
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P’Trique and the Fashion Girls

Manolo says, “Her life is only as fabulous as her Facebook photos make it look.”

Fractured Fairy Tales

Prince Not-So-Charming and the Frog

And you say that I am supposed to kiss it?

Manolo says, the family likeness is remarkable.

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Gwyneth Paltrow Shoes

Manolo answers, it is her Goopiness, Gwyneth Paltrow!

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

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Rue from Loeffler Randall

Rue Strappy Sandal from Loeffler Randall

Manolo says, trust the Manolo, you will eventually need something like this nude, strappy number from the Loeffler Randall, which thanks to your foresight, you may purchase today at 70% off of the regular price!.

Manolo’s Wednesday Miscellany

Manolo says, here are the few links which may perhaps provide the moment of diversion…

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The main closet, which can only be entered using a numerical keypad, is 12ft by 8ft and has eight racks, each full of shoes, going from the floor to the ceiling.

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Inspiration for your quiet place somewhere.

The Circus Comes to Town

Worst. Clowns. Ever..

Manolo says, Various Kardashians, shown L to R: Future Enquirer Fodder Disick, Kampervan Jenner, Katlady Jenner, Kanyesbeard Kardashian, and Karkrash Kardashian.