More Men Should Dress Like This

Mick Jagger, Fashion Icon

After stumbling across this mouth watering photo of a young Mick Jagger, l realized just how lucky I am to be a young single girl living in Brooklyn. I am fortunate enough to be in the presence of many fine young males who tap into elegant Muses like Mr. Jagger for their everyday style inspirations. However, being the insatiable young thing that I am, I want more!

Gentlemen, it all has to start with the shoes. The weather is warming slightly, the pavement is rarely wet so there are no excuses. Slip into a fresh pair of oxfords and allow the style to fill your being from bottom to top. Let’s take a look at some examples, shall we?

These sleek Oxford Derby Shoes from Mark Mcnairy are sure to usher in a title wave of feminine attention

Perhaps you are a dirty fellow trying to keep it clean. Try these elegant Walk Over Derby Oxfords in White.

You can even step it up a few extra notches with these luxurious Calfskin Saddle Oxfords from Alden.

I can see it now… walking down the street to the flea market on a warm Spring day, drifting amidst a sea of dapper gentlemen, The Stones “Sympathy for the Devil” playing in my head. Make my dream a reality! Don’t make me beg.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Brian Atwood Maniac Patent Peather Pump

Manolo says, may the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields.

And may your St. Patrick’s Day be as fun and as happy-making as the these patent leather pumps from the Brian Atwood!


The Sexiest Man Alive

Russell Crowe just ate the sexiest man alive

Feast your eyes on this hunk o' beefcake, ladies!

Manolo says, appears to have gotten the whole lot sexier.


Spring/Summer 2011 Below $200

N.B. In today’s episode of the guest blogging, the Manolo’s sharp-as-the-tack, shoe-loving friend Shuzluva provides to us the invaluable service: trendy shoes at the reasonable price.

Spring is about to beat down my front door, and I don’t have a single pair of shoes to greet the sunshine.

Okay, that’s not exactly true, but here is the truth: I haven’t purchased any shoes for the spring/summer 2011 season. I’ve seen plenty of things I love on the runway and in department stores but pricing is prohibitive if I don’t want to live on Ramen noodles. For the sake of my sanity and my health, I’ve taken some time to identify shape and color trends I love and find lower cost alternatives (read: $200 and under) that not only reflect the trends but are fabulous too.

Shapes: Clogs, Kitten Heels and Wedges

The high-heel clog is a spring shape I love, and if you missed it last year it’s back again. Clogs are an easy shape to wear and they make legs look great. These BCBG Broma clogs in Red Berry ($77.00 at are are sexy and adorable at the same time. They’ve got a peep toe to show off that fabulous pedicure, a super-high heel, stud details and a flower. And the color will set off all of your spring neutrals and whites.

BCBGeneration Broma Clogs

After a long hiatus, kitten heels have returned. While I haven’t seen an overwhelming response to this demure style of shoe, it’s perfect for work yet still looks casual and weather appropriate when you step out of an air-conditioned office. The Pipa from AK Anne Klein ($69 at is a lovely example of the trend and one I’d like to have in my closet.

Pipa Peach Floral Kitten Heel from Anne Klein

The wedge is another style that was big last year and is going to be big again this year. The wedge with an espadrille look was a runway favorite, and Tory Burch’s “Contrast” ($165 at has caught my fancy. The Earth Khaki color mixes a great greenish-brown with black, making it easy to wear with so many things (and my wardrobe has plenty of black). The rope covered wedge is gorgeous and a super contrast to the black.

Tory Burch Contrast Espadrilles

Colors: Neutrals, Metallics and Color Blocking

Go on any shoe website and I guarantee you the first thing you will see in a banner is “NEW NEUTRALS” or something similar. Neutral shoes provide the perfect balance for a loud floral dress or ground a black skirt without being heavy. There is so much neutral to choose from out there that I had a hard time picking one shoe. I finally settled on the gorgeous Withey from Aldo in bone ($80 at The shoes have a patent finish, a must this season, an open toe and a high covered heel. Neutral? Yes. Boring? Absolutely not.

Aldo Withey

The metallic shoe is another ubquitous look this season. A sexy metallic braided shootie-style sandal? A necessity! Vince Camuto’s Adita sandal in new gold ($129 at has a shootie shape with an open toe and heel. The vamp is covered in braid and the heel is stacked. Another way to describe these shoes? Hot.

Adit New Gold from Vince Camuto

The spring runways were awash in color…color blocking, that is. The Nine West Stylin ($89 at an excellent example of a color blocked shoe. The pops of color along with the thick heel and easy platform make this a great casual shoe.

Nine West Stylin

I’m off to shop for some new shoes!

Whose Shoe Wednesday…the Answer!

Manolo asked, whose shoes?

Vann White Shoes

Manolo answers, it is the Vanna White!

Congratulations to the Manolo’s internet friend The Comfort Shoe Lady, for being the first to identify this week’s celebrity personage of note.