Manolosphere: The Tumblr of the Manolo

Manolo says, the Manolo has started the new outlet for the short things that catch the attention of the Manolo: Manolosphere: The Tumblr.

P.S. The Manolo has finally updated this post with the correct linkage to the Manolo’s new tumblr.


Allaire from Liam Fahy For the Monday

Manolo says, it is Monday and you are furiously attempting to find suitable gifts for the most difficult person on your list, your mother.

What does one get for the woman whose chief entertainments seem to be working at the soup kitchen and attempting to run down pedestrians in crosswalks?

“That is a woman in a hurry,” says your husband Gary, half-admiringly, as your mother squeals tires away from your home on Saturday, “and she’s probably going to kill someone.”

But, you were not paying attention. Your mind had already begun to wrestle with the eternal problem, what to get someone who has everything, wants nothing, and is crazy.

Buying the gift for your mother-in-law, Blanche of the Biker Gang, was easy. You bought her the new e-book gadget thing and loaded it up with the collected works of Zane Grey.

“The perfect gift,” said Gary, “she can keep it in the saddle bags on her bike.”

But for your mother, the dangerous woman of seventy-something, such things would probably not be suitable. She has never been the great reader, picking up mystery novels, and then putting them down before the ending, often with the announcement that “I figured out who did it. No reason to finish.”

She is not possessed of great vanity or girlish charm, which would enable you to give her the perfume or the Hermés accessories. Indeed, for the past fifteen years the ladies at the Villa Charisma Hair Salon have been perming your mother’s hair into the short ‘do most favored by progressive nuns and prison matrons.

Nor is she especially sentimental. Yes, there are the obligatory photos of you and your siblings, and the various grandchildren on the walls of her home, but nothing like the shrines to family you have seen in the homes of many persons of your acquaintance.

It has always been easy to shop for your father, as he has the panoply of esoteric hobbies, such as marquetry, model railroadry, and antique car restorationry, which keep him out in his workshop and away from your mother for much of each day, and which have the bewildering number of accessories and publications suitable for giving as the gifts.

The problem is that the main occupations of your mother are charitable and religious.

She plays the organ at the church on Sundays, (famously adding modern flourishes to traditional hymns, such as the time she slipped the bar of Hoagy Carmichael into “The Old Rugged Cross”). Then she works at the Humane Society on Mondays, the local soup kitchen on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and with foster children who have aged out of the system on Fridays. She sends checks to anti-malaria organizations in Africa, prepares Christmas gift boxes for orphans in Honduras, and has been known to bring random crusty punks home for sauerkraut and kielbasa supper.

She drives like the maniac because she feels that time to do good is limited.

“You know what she’d like best,” says Gary, as you walk up the driveway together, “that we go down and help her serve Christmas dinner at that soup kitchen.”

He’s right, of course…

Look! Shoes!
Allaire Sandal from Liam Fahy

Here is the Allaire strappy sandal from the hot young designer Liam Fahy; the perfect momentary diversion, before you concentrate on the things that matter most.


The Manolo’s Super Fantastic Last Minute Stuffers of the Stockings

Manolo says, Christmas is about to crash upon the shore of your life like the giant rogue wave, and you have not yet completed your list. Happily, the humble shoeblogger is here to help with the few last minute stuffers for the stockings.

Timex Core Easy Reader Watch

Young Man, Aged 17 to 30: “What is this?”

You: “A Timex Core Easy Reader Wrist Watch

Young Man: “A wrist what?”

You: “A wrist watch. It’s like a man bracelet that tells you what time it is. It’s very retro.”

Young Man: “Cool. Like something one of those old time dudes, like Brando, or Sinatra, or George Clooney would wear.”

You: “Exactly, more or less.”

Young Man: “Cool, very cool.”

3rd Generation UltraHD Flip Video Camera

Teenaged Girl Fashion Blogger: “This is like the most perfect gift ever.”

You: “So it hooks right up to your laptop.”

Teenaged Girl Fashion Blogger: “Thank you so much. Now, I can do my haul videos.”

Lobster Clambake Supreme from Legal Seafood

You (via phone): “Did you guys get the gift certificate.”

Family Member Living in Omaha: “Did we ever!”

You: “So, so, you liked it?”

Family Member Living in Omaha: “Marcy said it was just like you to come up with such an unusual gift. For me, just the picture reminded me of that weekend the three of us drove from Boston to Maine to visit L.L.Bean. ”

You: “That was fun.”

Family Member Living in Omaha: “We’re really looking forward to the meal. Why don’t you fly out here and eat it with us? Don’t you have some time off in January?”

Fisher Space PenMoleskine Pocket Sketchbook

You: “Carrying a notebook is a good habit to get into.

Young Person: “You mean like a laptop?”

You: “No, I mean like a blank notebook and a good pen, you know, so you can record your observations. You said you maybe wanted to be a writer. Look, here’s mine…see, I wrote down these notes about the waiter at lunch.”

Young Person: “Oh, wow, that’s funny.”

You: “Try it for a couple of weeks.”

Young Person: “Okay, I will.”

3 Row Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Him: “Do you like it?”

Her: “OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!!” *copious ecstatic weeping*

Friday Web Snob

Manolo says, here are some links to interesting things at the blogs of the Manolo’s web snob friends.

Stiletto Jungle thinks the Vince Loop Scarf is an investment-worthy accessory.

Allie is Wired has a first look at Nicole Richie’s gorgeous wedding.

Bag Snob has a super cute clutch for New Years and will be useful for weddings and special events for years to come.

Beauty Snob has found one of the richest and most protective lip balms around.

Coquette loves the ethereal beauty of Natalie Portman on the cover of Vogue.

Fashion Pulse Daily shares top fashionable and tech picks for the holidays

KRISTOPHER DUKES is wanting Jean-Michel Frank: The Strange and Subtle Luxury of the Parisian Haute-Monde in the Art Deco Period.

SHEfinds rounds up the 28 best sales and free shipping deals this week. It’s really too cold to go outside, so take advantage!

Second City Style shows you how to Step It Up On New Year’s Eve wearing Finds on a Dime.

Shopping and Info loves a white puffer down coat with a fur hood for that après ski look in the winter. is keeping warm with faux fur jackets and accessories this winter.

The Beauty Stop suggests beauty inspired illustrations as a gift for the cosmetics lover.

The Fashion Bomb takes you shopping at TJ Maxx and Marshalls to find holiday looks for less!

If you like makeup and shoes, then The Shoe Goddess has the pump for you!


Holiday Shoes 2010: Spangly Ankle-Strap Pumps from DSquared2

Ankle Strap Pump DSquared2

Manolo says, it is the season of parties! You need party shoes!

Behold, amusing, spangly, ankle strap pumps from DSquared2 for your parties!

The Manolo’s work here is done.


Fashion That Helps You Stand Out In the Crowd

Maison Martin Margiela Giant Fur Hat

'Art always serves beauty, and beauty is the joy of possessing form, and form is the key to organic life since no living thing can exist without it.' ~ Boris Pasternak

Manolo says, and now the Manolo asks you to reimagine the movie Dr. Zhivago

P.S. The price is right for Christmas giving!


Manolo the Columnist: Flash from Kate Spade New York

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

Dear Manolo

Do you have any super fantastic holiday shoe suggestions for those of us who are very pregnant and are therefore having to stick with flats this year or risk falling into a snow bank?


Manolo dances,
All the pregnant ladies
All the pregnant ladies,

All the pregnant ladies,
All the pregnant ladies,

All the pregnant ladies,
Put your bellies up
Up in the air, you just threw up
Got the queasy stomach
Wear them flop flips, but now you bout to trip
Cuz another shoe failed you
You up on heels, but then you off
Throw them in the compactor
Cuz you cried your tears, it’s the end of the year
Can’t wear the barefeets

Cuz its Christmas and you gotta put some shoes on it
Feet are swollen and you gotta put some shoes on em.
Office party, so gotta put some shoes on it.
Feet are swollen and you gotta put some shoes on em.

Wo oh ooh oh oh ooh oh oh ooh oh oh oh

Look! Here are the super fantastic spangly flats, the Flash from the Kate Spade New York, the sort of shoes that will make you want to strut your swollen stuff.

Flash Flats from Kate Spade New York


Holiday Shoes 2010: Beverly Feldman Enchanted

Beverly Feldman Enchanted

Manolo says, just in time for the final round of holiday parties, the aptly named Enchanted from Beverly Feldman!


The Manolo Has Questions

Nicole Kidman Meets Oprah In Australia

"Not parachute pants, billionaire pants, biotches"

Manolo says, why is Nicole Kidman dressed as the sexy nurse, and why is that samurai wearing the silk parachute pants?

Whose Shoes Wednesday…The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Chelsea Handlers Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Chelsea Handler!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend LemonLament who was the first to identify this week’s personage of note.