Web Snob Links

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

Second City Style noticed the designers who built collections around dynamic sources of vintage inspiration in Putting The Retro Back In Resort.

Stiletto Jungle counts down the 5 best natural SPF moisturizers for summer.

Allie is Wired takes a look at Lady Gaga’s Pinterest-lookalike social network fan site.

StyleBakery shops for bold summer jewelry under $50

The Beauty Stop spotlights Jacky O’Shaughnessy, American Apparel’s new 61-year-old model.

Tabitha Simmons Embroidered Ankle-Strap Platform

Tabitha Simmons Embroidered Ankle-Strap Platform Sandal

Manolo says, the Manolo loves this platform sandal from the brilliant Tabitha Stevens for its playful details and bold shape. But he recognizes that it is perhaps not for everyone, thus the question: Would you wear it?

Manolo the Columnist: Gracie from Sam Edelman

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

Dear Manolo,

Gaah, the summer is already half over and I need a pair of flat sandals for the home stretch, something not too expensive, because in a few weeks I’ll have to be back in real shoes. Suggest something cool.

Meredith

Manolo says, ayyy! Old time is still a-flying, and that same summer that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying!

One minute (60 second ago) we were complaining about how super-oppressive-humid-nasty hot it was, and the next we are planning for the imminent end of the summer season and our return to the cooler weather, and shorter days of the fall. As the Manolo always counsels, if you do not like weather today, wait several months and it will be different (unless you live in the Hawaii, in which case, carry on.)

In the meantime, while we wait for the end of the Summer-mageddon 2012, featuring the unexpected delights of “The Derecho”, we will require sandals in which to walk around in, so that our toes may frolic in the open air, as they did in the Garden of Eden. (Yes, it is true, the saddest day of all, was when the teeny Maniolo learned that angels wear no shoes; they do not need them, floating about barefeeted, exactly as Adam and Eve were before they ate the apple. To which the little Manolo could only say, hooray for sin!)

Here is the Gracie from the Sam Edelman, the reasonably priced, fun sandal that will look good on your feets, and not leave you bankrupted and living under the bridge in Bethesda. The Manolo is partial to the nude leopard finish, but the shoe is also available in seven other colors, one of which will suit your fickle fancy.

Gracie from Sam Edelman in Nude Leopard

Whose Shoes Wednesday… The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Diane Keaton Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Diane Keaton!

Sadly, none of the Manolo’s internet friends was able to correctly identify this week’s lovely and stylish personage of note.

The Fun Never Stops at the Playboy Mansion

Manolo says, the twitter stylings of the Ancient Mariner of Lust, Hugh Hefner

Ovid

Ebrius, ecce, senex pando Silenus asello
Vix sedet, et pressas continet ante iubas.
Dum sequitur Bacchas, Bacchae fugiuntque petuntque
Quadrupedem ferula dum malus urget eques,
In caput aurito cecidit delapsus asello:
Clamarunt satyri ‘surge age, surge, pater.’

Things that Manolo the Manolo Laugh: Bright Nude Illusion Gown from Paula Raia

Paula Raia Bright Nude Illusion Gown

Nutley High School, Class of 2012: Voted Most Likely to Be Mob Goomah

Manolo says, to be more specific, the $5,000, orange-colored, hoochie-mama prom dress of your nightmares. Presumably, the “illusion” in the name of the dress is the reference to the belief on the part of the wearer that she is the person of stylishness.

Unobtanium: Hoss Intropia Laser Cut Ballet Slippers

Hoss Laser Cut Ballet SlipperHoss Laser Cut Ballet Slipper

Manolo says, ou sont les Hoss Laser Cut Ballet Slippers d’antan?

Some of the saddest words known to the human tongues are “sold out”, and such is the case with this utterly charming, delicately wrought flats from the Hoss Intropia, which arrived last year and somehow were missed by the Manolo. They are now, as far as the Manolo can tell, unavailable anywhere.

And, thus, we are taught the important lesson about human desire

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Rosana from Mark & James by Badgley Mischka

Rosana from Mark & James by Badgley Mischka

Manolo says here is the fun, chunky wedge sandal from Mark & James by Badgley Mischka that kicks it bargain style, on the sale, reduced 50% off of the usual price.

From the Archives of the Manolo: Metropolitan Railway Boots, 1916

N.B. Unfortunately, the interwebs at the Casa Manolo were not working for much the morning, and thus your humble shoeblogger got the late start on the day, and so, by way of entertainment, here is something good from his archives, originally posted on the January 7, 2011. Be certain to visit the original post and read the spirited discussion in the comments.

Female Conductor on the Metropolitan Railway, 1916

The Female Guard on the Metropolitan Railway in 1916

Manolo says, the Manolo loves these boots on the English railway guard lady, so feminine and flattering, indeed, the entire costume is most super fantastic!

From the site of London Transport Museum

During the First World War, the Metropolitan Railway, like other services serving the City, was effectively taken over by the government. Its trains were extensively used to transport troops from London to the Channel ports. To replace its employees who left to fight, the Met began employing women for the first time in positions such as porters, ticket inspectors, and guards.

Here is another picture of these boots and uniform on the different woman…

Female Guard on the Metropolitan Railway, During World War One

Female Guard on the Metropolitan Railway

Those boots!

And now, the modern comparison….

And here is where the century of progress has left us: women who are doing the jobs perceived as masculine are forced to cross dress in the masculine costumes, as if one cannot be both womanly and the railway conductor at the same time.

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?

Manolo’s Late Night Bargain: Cole Haan Air Carma Open-Toe Slingback

Cole Haan Air Carma Open-Toe Slingback on Sale

Manolo says, what is not to like about this? The Cole Haan Air Carma Peep-Toe Slingback, the perfect patent leather work shoe with the comfortable technology built in, selling at 60% off of the regular price!

And here is the closed-back pump version at the same great price!

Manolo’s Tuesday Miscellany

Manolo says, here are the few things which may perhaps amuse…

Contemporary figurative painting owes much to Photoshop filters. It’s kind of sad.
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A good Emergency Hostess Outfit should be easy and glamorous.
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