DEC
2010
04

What NASA Found at the Bottom of Lake Mono

Darling, I must say, your arsenic-based flagellum are smashing!

Manolo shouts, Work It, Strain GFAJ-1!

P.S. Yegor Zaitsev!

P.P.S. Smorzhoplivanie!

Web Snob Friday

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

Stiletto Jungle reports that the very popular and very sold out Kate Spade Halle Wedge is back in stock.

Was Taylor Momsen fired from Gossip Girl? Allie is Wired reports on the rumor.

Bag Snob dubs this bag a great gift because of its abnormal fabulous color and great shape.

Beauty Snob doesn’t even know how she lived without this for so long! So, are you ready to glow?

Coquette loves to cozy up in her Kensie chubby fur belted cardigan.

KRISTOPHER DUKES is using Jimmyjane FORM 3, Waterproof Rechargeable Vibrator.

The expert editors at SHEfinds compiled a list of the 21 Gifts that WILL Sell Out–get ’em before they’re gone.

Second City Style makes lists of fashionable wishes in Second City Style’s 12 Days of Christmas (Shopping) ’10.

Shopping and Info found the best John Varvatos boots for men for the holidays.

Still have gifts to buy? Check out StyleBakery‘s huge holiday gift guide.

The Beauty Stop snags beauty gifts under $20.

The Shoe Goddess loves Fergie’s choice of the Ruthie Davis “Spikette” Pump!

DEC
2010
03

Manolo’s Super Fantastic Gifts for the Men!

Manolo says, and now, please allow the Manolo to recommend the few gifts for the menfolk in your life…

The Kindle

Above you see the Kindle electronic reader gizmo thingy from the Amazon. Frankly, the Manolo has had no personal experience with the Kindle thingy-gizmo, but, nonetheless, he is devoutly hoping that Santy Claus will bring him one, because it is cool, and he likes to read, and his shoulders hurt from carrying around the sack full of reference books and G.A Henty novels.

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Gucci Mens Boot

This chukka-ish men’s boot from the Gucci, it is swanky and yet perfectly masculine, and green!

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Red and Sky Blue Gresham Spot Woven Men's Tie

“What is this, ties?” you are perhaps saying, “Please, Manolo, do not insult us with your weak gift-fu.”

But wait, says the Manolo, at the Personally Thomas Pink you can customize your man’s tie, picking out the exact colors schemes that match his peculiar ruddy-pasty-swarthy-freckled complexion. This is the perfect gift, for not only do you have the pleasure of selecting the colors, but he will now have the tie that makes him look his best!

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Allen Cardigan from Jack Spade
The cardigan, it has never really gone out of style for certain pipe-smoking, den-dwelling, model-ship-in-the-bottle segments of the population, but now, it is back, baby, with the vengeance, and here is the Allen from Jack Spade.

What, your man will not wear the sweaters? Show him this picture above, and tell him it will make him look like one of the young Beach Boys, before the crazy and gurus.

DEC
2010
03

Holiday Shoes 2010: Oscar de la Renta Cyrstal Snakeskin Slingbacks

Manolo says, sparkly, twinkly super fantastic shoes for the most super fantastic time of the year!

Manolo the Columnist: Tartan Round-Toed Pump from Bettye Muller

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

Dear Manolo:

I love print shoes, particularly Bettye Muller pumps. But they tend to cost a lot ($300 a pair, gosh), and are hard to match up with my outfits. Can you suggest a lower-priced print pump that’ll work with some holiday outfits —maybe a little black dress, some black tuxedo pants or even jeans? I don’t want any hoochie mama stuff, either – classy is best.

Zelda

Manolo says, it is always this way, when Non-Specific Winter Holiday Period of Festivities Formerly Known as Christmas rolls around, one wishes to find the clothing that properly expresses the joy that is inherent in the season.

Unfortunately, for most Americans this means getting the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sweater and red velour sweatpants out of the storage closets and onto the carcass without leaving the comfort of their mobility scooters.

But not for the Manolo’s true friends, who follow the older tradition of festive seasonal clothing, which for the men requires brocaded waistcoats, colorful mufflers, and top hats festooned with sprigs of holly. (The sort of outfits that would melt the Scroogeish heart of any district manager during your annual efficiency review.)

And for the ladies, the Manolo loves to see them dressed up in opulent patterns and the rich embroidery, the tasteful warm clothing that brings good cheer to all. Even the Mothers of Hoochie strutting by in their red-and-green, skin-tight pleather mini-dresses will stop when they see you, reconsider their outfits, and go home and put on something decent.

Look here is the Bettye Muller Round-Toe Tartan Pump on sale at Neiman Marcus for only $214!

Ayyy! It is the Holiday Miracle!

Bettye Muller Tartan Round Toe Pump

DEC
2010
02

The Perfect Gift for the Shoe Lover

New Shoes Book by Manolo Blahnik

Manolo says, what more needs to be said? It is the brand new book of drawings from our Maestro Manolo Blahnik, with commentary by Suzy Menkes.

DEC
2010
02

Holiday Shoes 2010: Giada from Kate Spade

Giada from Kate Spade New York

Manolo says, the Holidays of the 2010, they have arrived!

And you will need, as everyone does, the red-colored, velveteen, platform shoes with the sparkly dots… and you have looked everywhere for them, the low and the high, but you could not find them… but then, just as you had given up… ¡mira!… there they are, the Giada from Kate Spade!

And, now, all you need is the dress to go with them.

Whose Shoes Wednesday… The Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Uma Thurman Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Uma Thurman!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend Patricia, who was the first to correctly identify this week’s long-toed personage of note.

The Manolo must now say that he is quite impressed by what one internet friend has called Uma’s “clarity of style.”

Uma has long, elegant feets, which she accentuates with the simple sandals, and she has very long legs, which allow her to wear tall boots when it is cold. Her selection of shoes is well edited and somewhat limited, but very good, overall.

The Manolo is also impressed by her posing for the cameras. She stands tall and erect, and points her toes, and yet usually seems relaxed.

Often you will see the Uma standing like Degas’ Little Dancer, in the fourth position, hands behind the back. And never will you see her in the most characteristic pose of the modern Hollywood starlet, with the toes pointed inward in childish attitude of mock modesty.

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Gift Guides for the Holidays!

Manolo says, the Manolo’s friends have been producing the gift guides to help ease the burden of finding the perfect gift…

Here are the few…

10 Easy Holiday Gifts for the Home

Green Gifts For Everyone on the List

Deals for Crafty People on Your List

Manly Gifts for Manly Men

La Petite Acadienne’s Fantasy Chrismakwanzikah

La Petite Acadienne’s Reality-Based Chrismakwanzikah

Classic Toy Recommendations for 2010

New Toy Recommendations for 2010

Eight Holiday Gifts for the Bride and Groom

At the Manolo for the Big Girl, our friend Miss Plumcake is entertaining us with ‘Tis the Season… the Advent-long series of gift guides for every type of person.

‘Tis The Season for the Classicist

‘Tis The Season for the Preppy Girl

‘Tis The Season for the Glamazon

‘Tis The Season for the Misunderstood Genius

Finally, allow the Manolo to call your attention to his internet friends at Bing, who have engaged the Brooke Burke, of television’s Dancing With The Stars, to produce the gift guides for the whole family which are certainly with your time to browse.

DEC
2010
01

Creeping Cloginization

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends has asked the Manolo the question.

Dear Manolo,

I work in Los Angeles in the part of TV no one sees, post-production. It’s where editing, sound, captions and graphics are put together to make the actual programs on the magic box. To say it’s a VERY casual environment would be an understatement. Jeans and sneakers are the order of the day and one can even see flip-flops at the office. I have recently fallen deeply in love with Dansko closed-back clogs and they are now the only shoe I want to wear ever. I am of a petite stature and they add a little height while still being easy to run around in and come in many cool patterns.Dansko Professional Tooled Clog

I am a woman of a certain age (54, if you must know) and am afraid that this cloginization means I am becoming frumpy, but I do have to say that I get LOTS of compliments on my shoes. Such as these: Dansko Professional Tooled Clogs which I am wearing with dark jeans and a white tuxedo shirt today. Am I fooling myself?

Your blog is brilliant, witty and charming, by the way, and I say this not to try to get you to answer, but to thank you for all the reading pleasure you give.

Robin

Ayyyy! Perhaps the effusive praise is befogging the Manolo’s powers of judgment, but these Dansko clogs are not entirely repulsive, although the pattern is not exactly to the Manolo’s taste.

On the one of the hands, the clog has the long and honorable tradition of service as the durable European peasant feetwear.

On the other of the hands, the clog is the peasant shoe for the peasants who work in the muck and the mud of the rural barnyard, where the ability to scrape the noxious effluvia from the shoes is of the highest priority…. Which, now that the Manolo considers it, may perhaps make it the perfect shoe for those who work in Hollywood.

On the third of the hands, for the briefest of moments, late last year, the clogs were considered especially stylish.

On the fourth of the hands, unless you are the 15-year-old Belorussian super model, you will not look stylish in the clogs, no matter what your slovenly co-workers and the Teen Vogue are saying.

On the fifth of the hands, “Rock on, Comfort Shoe Lady”.

On the sixth of the hands, “What do you mean, ‘Comfort Shoe Lady?”

On the seventh of the hands, “Nothing, nothing, just that you look so comfortable.”

On the eighth of the hands, “Is there something wrong with that?”

On the ninth of the hands, “No, no. Nothing wrong, nothing at all, Comfort Shoe Lady.” *snicker*

On the tenth of the hands, “I don’t care what you think. They make my feet feel good.”

On the eleventh of the hands, “Rock on, Comfort Shoe Lady.”

On the twelfth of the hands, perhaps you may consider upgrading to the Clergerie clogs, because then, when you are called the Comfort Shoe Lady, you may reply, “But they’re French, from Paris!!!”

Brixit Clog from Robert Clergerie

Whose Shoes Wednesday

Manolo asks, whose shoes?