NOV
2006
17

Manolo the Columnist

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

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been invited to Thanksgiving dinner at my new boyfriend’s home in Richmond. The problem is that I’m a New York girl, and from the way he talks it sounds like his family is still waiting for the South to rise again. Please help.

Rachel

Manolo says, to the Manolo this it sounds like the set up for the dreadful romantic comedy.

You know the sort; the boyfriend’s stern-but-essentially-sweet father is known to all as “Daddy Frank”, and the mother is the sassy-but-wise southern lady enacted by the Sally Fields. Add in the fat boyhood friend named Bubba, the pining old flame Ashley Sue, and the usual assortment of the wacky-but-loveable relatives, played with stereotypical broadness by the well-known character actors, and you have all of the elements of the perfect Matthew McConuaghey/Jennifer Anniston flop.

Happily, life is not so predictable, and the Southerners, like everyone else, are much more complex and interesting than the usual stereotypes allow.

So the Manolo would tell you to relax and be yourself, although, he would also tell you to somewhat moderate the edgy, New York hipster all-black with something more lady-like, perhaps like this playful Mary Jane style wedge from the Cordani, which would look good with either the pants or the skirt.

Sherry by Cordani    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Prada Leopard for the Fall

Prada Mini Leopard Clog  Manolo Loves!  Click!

Manolo says, this shoe, the mini leopard clog from the Prada, the Manolo absolutely loves. It is the very definition of the super fantastic!

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the latest column of the Manolo it is now available at the website of the Express of the Washington Post.

The topic, it is the tribulations of the congressional aide.

Dear Manolo,

I’m an aide to a member of the House of Representatives and my job requires that I do lots of walking up and down the corridors of the Capitol. As you would imagine, I’m not very well paid, but I still need professional looking shoes. Please help me.

Miranda

Manolo says, the Manolo he can think of few jobs more demanding and less appreciated than to be the assistant to the congressperson.

It is like being the governess for the very head-strong and naughty young child, whom you must continually retrieve from one potentially dangerous or embarrassing situation after the next.

You are in charge of so many important things, such as arranging all of the play-dates with the lobbyists, and insuring that the committee homework gets done on time. You must endure the silly temper tantrums graciously and make certain that the self-esteem of your congresschild is properly cultivated.

You must do all of this, and yet, you are under appreciated, under paid and may be discharged at any moment, on the merest whim.

This is why the Manolo thinks you owe it to yourself to have he beautiful and comfortable shoes, because if you do not reward you, who will?

Here is most fun and attractive new wedge-heel kiltie from the Stuart Weitzman, the shoe which will look very smart this fall as you go about your important duties.

Magnitude by Stuart Weitzman     Manolo Likes!  Click!

JUN
2006
30

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the latest column of the Manolo, it is available for the downloading at the website of the Express of the Washington Post.

The topic it is the wedding on the Vermont lawn.

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been invited to a friend’s wedding in Vermont. The ceremony and the reception will be outdoors, on a lawn and I’ve been advised it will be “semi-formal”. Please help me.

Brittany

Manolo says, what could be more possibly romantic and New Englandy than the outdoors wedding in the Vermont. Such natural beauty, such interesting peoples!

Indeed, one imagines the reception with the hairy Birkenstock-wearing guests clomping over to the cheddar cheese fountain, their dogs next to them wearing the semi-formal bandanas, and mira! There is the bride! Is she not stunning in her couture L.L. Bean gown?

Of the course, all is not perfect in this Northeastern paradise, especially if the Brittany she must herself traipse over the typical Vermont “lawn”, the word which in other places might better be translated as “the pasture”, or perhaps, “the swamp”.

Thus the shoe of the Brittany must have the stylish wedge heel, so as to prevent the sinking. And it must also be somewhat sturdy, as maybe later there may even be the “barn dance” featuring the Phish cover band.

Here, then is the Tassel from the Cynthia Rowley, the handsome suede wedge in the light green that will look good no matter what the Green Mountains bring.

Illude by Cynthia Rowley    Manolo Likes!  Click!

MAY
2006
26

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the latest column of the Manolo it is now available for the downloading from the website of the Express of the Washington Post.

It is the Day of Memorializing! Celebrate!

Dear Manolo,

Memorial Day is almost here. Can you pick me out a white shoe in honor of this annual fashion milestone.

Sofia

Manolo says, at the last! The summer it is officially here! Let the suffering begin!

It is not the secret that the summer in the District of the Columbia, it can be unpleasant. The humidity and the heat they are oppressive, and the mosquitos they are as thick and as importuning as the candidates asking for the contributions.

It is this latter fact which always makes the Manolo give thanks to the person who invented the electronic zapper of the bugs. This clever device it kills the pests while the electric blue sparks provide us with hours of joyful entertainment.

If only the zapper it could be produced in the extra-strength congressperson size, then this city of Washington, truly it would be the Garden of Eden.

Of the course, the Manolo he has his own ways of surviving the unpleasantness of summers in this climate, most of which involve leaving, and/or never returning. However, there is the other possiblity, which it is to put on the cooling cotton clothing and the white summery shoes and stride out into the wilting world with the attitude of good cheer.

This it is why the Manolo is so very fond of the resort shoes of the Lilly Pulitzer, because they are the epitome of the summer cool. This one, called the Juicy, it is exactly what the weather demands.

The Juicy by the Lilly Pulitzer    Manolo Likes!  Click!

APR
2006
21

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo says, the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available.

Today, the Manolo speaks of growing older

Dear Manolo

I am turning 30 in August, and I want to celebrate in a most fabulous way. I thought perhaps the perfect festive birthday shoe would serve as inspiration for the whole event. [ I should also mention that I am still but a poor working girl.]

Rebecca

Thirty year of the age? It is indeed the time for celebration!

How the Manolo fondly rememebers the festivities which surrounded his own passage into the fourth decade of his life. There was much weeping and the rending of the clothes, as the Manolo, Peter Pan like, attempted to cling to the last green-colored scraps of his fading, be-tighted youth.

But, youth, like all good things must come to the end, and we must all proceed inexorably into the next stage of life, where the clothes will be less colorful and the pirate enemies more dangerous.

Happily, we will always have the shoes to accompany us on our arduous journey to the grave.

Thus the Manolo he cannot but approve of any plan that features the beautiful shoes.

And because the Rebecca, she will be celebrating the full summer flower of life in the most appropriate month of August, the Manolo he would recommend the flowered Caprice wedges from the Nicole Miller.

Not only are they perfect for the August hot birthday party, but they are also available in the rainbow of colors, and are on the deep discount sale at the Zappos, 40% off the usual price!

Caprice by Nicole Miller    Manolo Likes!  Click!

APR
2006
14

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo say, the most recent column of the Manolo for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading.

Today, the Manolo receives the request from the young reader.

Dear Manolo,

I was wondering if you could help me pick out a pair of wedges. It’s kind of complicated because I am only 12 years old, soon to be 13. I am also mostly broke. I would love for you to reccomend to me a pair of springy summer wedges that I can afford and are not too expensive.

Sincerely, a Young Admirer,

Margo

Ayyyyyyy! This sort of the letter is is so very gratifying!

It demonstrates that the Manolo’s insidious scheme to implant the love of the super fantastic shoes into the hearts of younger generation, it is succeeding. Soon, legions of the pre-teens will be following the advice of the humble shoeblogger, stalking through the local malls looking for the boutiques of the Jimmy Choo and the Marc Jacobs.

Of the course, the Manolo he also loves this letter because it is so simple and innocent, and because it does not contain the laundry list of the various ailments and malformations of the feets.

Yes, it is true, even the Manolo experiences the compassion fatigue.

Sometimes he wearys of hearing about the bunions and the hammer toes and the questions that begin “does Christian Louboutin make shoes for my size 17 feet, which by the way, are also exceedingly flat and excessively wide?”

There is so much suffering in the world, and the Manolo can do so little to alleviate it.

But, look! It is now spring! And the young Margo needs the new shoes!

So, here is cute and affordable pair of the espadrille wedges from the Somethin’ Else by Skechers. Are they not, just like the letter from the Margo, adorable?

Gizmo from Somethin' Else by Skechers     Manolo Likes!  Click!

APR
2006
07

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo say, the most recent column of the Manolo for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading.

It is in the City of the Washington, time for the festival of the Cherry Blossoms

Dear Manolo,

It’s time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, can you reccommend something appropriate?

Eve

Three of the four seasons of the Washington, they must be endured rather than enjoyed. The winter, it is drab and too often cold. The fall may be pleasant physically, but every other autumn brings with it the spiritual torture of the political campaigns. And summer, ayyyyyyy! Summer, it is in Washington the sticky hot death, with the side orders of the mosquitos.

But spring in the District it is the glorious season of light, and renewal, and happiness. It is the season of the cherry blossoms!

And so to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year, you must to the wind throw the inhibitions, and wear the super fantastically fun shoes, shoes of frivolousness and happiness, shoes that are girlish and colorful, and make you want to dance on the sidewalks.

Thus the Manolo he would recommend to you the 263627 from the Kenzo, as being suitable for the celebrations of the spring. The Takada Kenzo, he is Japanese, like the Cherry Blossom trees, and these shoes they have the cherry color, and the little flower detail, and they are the wedges, which as the many reader friends of the Manolo know, are indeed the most vernal of all the shoes.

263627 From Kenzo     Manolo Likes!  Click!

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo say, the most recent column of the Manolo for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading.

Again with the wedges!

Dear Manolo,

I’ve been visiting your blog this week and I’ve noticed that you’ve been featuring lots of beautiful, but very expensive wedges. Can you recommend something for the impoverished working girl?

Erika

Manolo says, as the readers of the Manolo’s humble shoe blog know the Manolo has been completely entranced by the most fabulous wedges of this season, and indeed if the super fantastic girl she has $400 of the American dollars to spend the possibilities they are endless.

Sadly, however, not all of the Manolo’s readers are so flush, and with them the Manolo cannot but sympathize, for the Manolo, he knows what it is like to be poor, so poor that you must fashion your own super fantastic glittery wedge-heeled shoes out of the shards of disco balls and broken dreams you have recovered from the dumpster behind the Studio 54.

And so the Manolo has found for his many reader friends this beautiful high-heel wedge from the Franco Sarto selling for under $100 of the American dollars. He is especially fond of the pewter metallic finish, although it is also available in the bronze, the black, and something called the “tobacco waxy calf”.

Crete by Franco Sarto   Manolo Likes!  Click!

Here, as the bonus for the readers for the Manolo’s blog, is another attractive and affordable wedge from the Franco Sarto.

Disbark by Franco Sarto    Manolo Likes!  Click!

MAR
2006
28

More Wedges!

Manolo says, the Manolo continues to be obsessed with the wedges. Here are yet two more from the Cynthia Rowley.
The Trader from Cynthia Rowley     Manolo Likes!  Click! The Theron by Cynthia Rowley   Manolo Likes!  Click!
On the left is the Trader which has the tweed covered wedge heel and the most attractive suede uppers. On the right is the Theron which has the wonderfully odd painted cork heels. Are they both not indeed super fantastic?

MAR
2006
24

Manolo the Columnist

Manolo say, the most recent column of the Manolo for the Express of the Washington Post it is now available for the downloading.

Today’s topic? What else? Wedges!

Dear Manolo,

My sister, the Imelda Marcos of our family, has informed me that wedges are in. Can you show me a wedge worth buying? I’m dubious.

Ainsley

Manolo says, once again the vagaries and whims of fashion have caused the rift between the members of the family.

Manolo presumes that when Grogga the Cavelady tried on her new off-the-shoulder sabertooth tiger robe, her sister Ooga announced that the saber tooth was “so last eon”. After which ensued the spirited family disagreement, contested vigorously with the clubs and the mammoth femurs.

Sadly, variations of this scene have been repeated down through the ages. And so, once again, what falls to the Manolo is the unpleasant duty of informing one of his many friends that her know-it-all family member is correct. Wedges are indeed most in this year.

Likewise the Manolo is sorry to inform his friend that he agrees fully with this trend toward the be-wedged shoes of chunkiness. Indeed, the best of the new wedges can be fun and flirty and something even the most fashionably primordial cavelady and her sister both might enjoy wearing.

Thus the Manolo holds aloft the Ten from the Cynthia Rowley as the example of the wedge that is very much worth the buying. Indeed, it could provide the wearer with the wonderfully wedgeful spring.

Ten by Cynthia Rowley    Manolo Likes!  Click!

Viva Las Vegas!

Manolo says, the Manolo he has finally recovered enough from his most recent adventures in the City of Sin with the Posse Manolo to at last give the report to his many internet friends.Wynn

For the Manolo the highlights of the trip they were the new Wynn hotel, with the dinner at the Boulud Brasserie at the Wynn’s magnificent Lake of Dreams.

All the Manolo can say about the Wynn is that it is worth the expense. Trust the Manolo, if like the Manolo you are the lover of oppulence, and the demander of obsequious service, you will enjoy the Wynn.

As for the dining, it is not the secret that the Manolo he has long been the devoted admirer of the Daniel Boulud, and so naturally he had the high expectations for his meal. He was not disappointed. But beyond the cuisine, the settings of the restaurant at the Wynn’s Lake of Dreams were beyond what could possibly be described. The Manolo he is accustomed to the phoney-baloney, animatronic, Disneyesque attractions of the Vegas, but he was stunned by the unconventional beauty of this man-made feature. It must be seen to be believed, especially at night.

Of course, for the Manolo no trip to the Las Vegas would complete without the trip to the Forum at the Caesar’s Palace.

It is at the Forum Shops where where the Manolo contracted his current madness for the wedges.

The reasons for this they are many and manifest. Look, for the example, at this magnificent, over-the-top wedge from the Giuseppe Zanotti, which the Manolo discovered at the Zanotti store in the Caesar’s Forum.
E6167 Wedge from Giuseppe Zanotti    Manolo Likes!  Click!
Very Vegas, no?

Naturally, the Manolo convinced one the members of his Posse Manolo to purchase these shoes, which were then worn to dinner at the the Joel Rubochon in the MGM that very evening. (The second of two superb meals the Manolo consumed while on his mini-vacation.)

Also found at the Zanotti store were these beautiful wedges.
E6487 Wedge from Giuseppe Zanotti    Manolo Likes!  Click!
And so one may see how the Manolo could become obsessed with the wedges for the spring, what with the so many beautiful wedges available now from the designers.

Thus, the Manolo would judge this trip to the Las Vegas to be the complete, exhausting, and most satisfying success.