Manolo for the Big Girl Fashion, Lifestyle, and Humor for the Plus Sized Woman.

June 12, 2008

A Word About Flats and Money, before we return to The Clothes

Oh, dear, dear Plumcake.

She once said, of some Stuart Weitzman pumps I had recommended, that they would make the wearer look like a Russian prostitute.

On second thought, I secretly wondered whether she might be correct. But I did not say so because she may have gone out to celebrate my surrender with a toast, and we all know what happens when Plumcake has a “nip.”

But there! She has the stylish taste and the amusing sarcasm, so we love her and make sure to surreptitiously take away her car keys.

But! But! Back to the subject at hand: The beautiful clothes and shoes. Francesca must say: The only people, in Francesca’s opinion, who should wear “ballet” shoes are the ballet dancers. This is Francesca’s two cents; you can take it or leave it, of course.

When shopping for flats, Francesca enjoys perusing the wares of  Taryn Rose.

We have hear the very nice “Vivi” sandals

and the sweet saddle-inspired “Burda”

It is true that these shoes are beyond the budget of many of our readers. Plumcake and Francesca are of the same mind that it is best to save one’s money and buy the best-quality shoe that one can possibly afford, and then to take excellent care of the shoes and get many years of use from them. Still, $400 or $200 or $130 may be but a wistful dream for many, many of the wonderful women who come here every day. And that is alright.

You are superfantastic whether you can afford expensive shoes or not.

Francesca (and Plumcake, too, deep in her wooden heart) hope that what our readers take from our little blog experience is a smile, and fashion confidence,  and the few moments taken from one’s day to look at beautiful things. We know that you are doing the very best you can, with the budget you have, to make your outside look every bit as beautiful as your inside. And that is what makes you superfantastic!


  1. While the Ashe Mischief cannot afford the expensive very often (she is a poor recent grad school graduate), she likes to think that the expensive can lead to inspiration. It can give you ideas for traits and styles you like, and inspire you to find less expensive versions that have similar qualities (or for clothes, she likes to see them and think, “I can make that!” and do what she can to make it so).

    Comment by Ashe Mischief — June 12, 2008 @ 11:34 am

  2. Thanks for this Francesca. And I do indeed enjoy taking a few minutes from my day to look at beautiful things, whether I can afford them or not.

    Those vivi sandals are gorgeous!

    Comment by Becky — June 12, 2008 @ 1:12 pm

  3. As someone who wishes she had a room full of marble pedestals and lighted glass shelves on which to display her shoes (no matter what they cost), the Gemdiva (who likes a bargain as much, if not more than the next gal) heartily concurs with Francesca and Plumcake. Shoes are to be appreciated and admired for the beauty they bring to the world, even if you cannot own them. I personally love a good Renoir, but must settle for a knockoff on my wall, due to tiresome financial restrictions. That being said, this site is an oasis of beauty, inspiration and humor in an otherwise drab world. Keep up the good work ladies!

    Comment by gemdiva — June 12, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

  4. I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes, but your passive-aggressive digs at Plumcake make me really uncomfortable. You have different styles and different audiences. Some will prefer one or the other, and that’s ok. I come here for clothes and fashion tips and entertainment. Seeing fueds made visible is not entertaining.

    Comment by Enough Already — June 12, 2008 @ 11:41 pm

  5. Wow, is there a valid reason why “The Francesca” is poking at Plumcake? Seems unnecessary, gratuitously nasty, and tiresome to me.

    Presumably Francesca has her own fans and Plumcake has hers. Why would anyone try to divide and conquer? That never works. Is there some sort of backstory that peeps are missing?

    Comment by sheeesh — June 13, 2008 @ 12:13 am

  6. Actually if you read the past blogs, Francesca is trying to placate the horribly rude and judgemental pieces of work that had to get so up in arms this week. Plumcake was unjustly attacked by people that want cheap couture (is that like calling bombs peace keepers?) Plumcake had to defend herself and did so with aplomb and humor (unfortunately, the humor backfired because those it was directed toward did not have the gray matter to absorb any concepts at all). The Francesca is not attacking The Plumcake. She is trying to avoid the same senseless attacks that The P had to endure this week.

    Comment by Jennie — June 13, 2008 @ 12:35 am

  7. The Francesca has overstepped the bounds of blog sharing: Please do not harsh on your co-blogger in print – or in bits and bytes – where we can read it. It is not entertaining, it is not informative, and it does not reflect well on the Francesca. If you disagree with a point made by your co-blogger, it’s best to suck it up lest your co-blogger be tempted sink to your level and harsh you back for your inexplicable love of the convertible “dress”. At the very least, address your disagreements directly and without a sickmaking attempt at coyness, for you do not possess the subtlety with which to carry that off. Shame on you.

    Comment by Friv — June 13, 2008 @ 12:45 am

  8. That’s not at all how it reads to me, Jennie, and clearly to others as well.

    Comment by Enough Already — June 13, 2008 @ 1:00 am

  9. Jennie is correct. In fact, I asked Plumcake to read the post before it went up, to make sure it was OK with her.

    Love to all!

    Comment by Francesca — June 13, 2008 @ 4:45 am

  10. The Francesca is The Tone-Deaf then, because no. Did she approve it before you posted?


    -m. mcconaughey

    Comment by sheeesh — June 13, 2008 @ 10:19 pm

  11. I, for one, would like to encourage a full-on Plumcake vs. Francesca smackdown. Bitterness, rancour, dissing of the favorite shoes, I want it all! Big girl on big girl action!

    Comment by Janey — June 14, 2008 @ 12:39 am

  12. I think I need a pair of saddlesque shoes.

    Comment by Jalilifer — June 14, 2008 @ 7:46 pm

  13. I think everyone needs the treat of their choice, and a nap. Naps are *always* good.

    Comment by rabrab — June 15, 2008 @ 1:06 am

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