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The Friday Fierceness: Blogger All-Stars | Manolo for the Big Girl

The Friday Fierceness: Blogger All-Stars

OMG Y’ALL, there are literally TENS OF ONES OF SNOWFLAKES blowing around Austin today, and of course my beloved city is freaking out and people are asking me if they can get a ride home because I drive a Volvo and they drive fair-trade biodegradable shade-picked food processors that are held together with nothing but smugness and Ron Paul stickers.

What. Ever.

I love Texas, but have you ever dipped a poodle in warm Vaseline and let him loose on linoleum? That is what most Texans are like when the snow falls. We had schools that started late just because IT MIGHT POSSIBLY SNOW UP TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE. Now, I’m from Virginia and while we don’t get a LOT of snow as compared to those Northern places like Utaho and Maineissota we got enough to know that with snow –as with so many other things– if it’s not seven inches, it’s not keeping me in bed.

On that theme –and as a gentle acknowledgment that many of the big girls who read MftBG are the type who can pee standing up– today’s Friday Fierceness will be about some of the fiercest creatures this side of Helen Lawson’s wig.

Thombeau at Château Thombeau.

Hearts broke all over the world when Thombeau departed Planet Fabulon, taking a several month “Fabbatical” before emerging phoenix-like at Château Thombeau. You’ve probably noticed by now that Manolo for the Big Girl has readers who are big girls of both genders, and the Château is one-stop shopping for all things wild and wonderful. It’s moderately safe for work, although those houseboys do tend to get out of hand.

TJB at Stirred, Straight Up, with a Twist.

“It helps to remember that it is permanently 1962 (give or take a decade); and that the problems of the real world can be solved with a touch of glamour and a dash of style.” Less haute couture, more delicious retro-pulp, I simply cannot and will not sleep without checking what b-movie marvels TJB has found for us that day. If Thombeau is Galliano, TJB is Gaultier. You just can’t pick a favorite. Generally work-safe with the occasional black-boxed vintage pin-up.

Muscato at Café Muscato

The genteel musings of an “exile on an alien shore, trying to find solace in sun, sea, and the occasional drop of Champagne.” This is work safe and an alternately homey/glammy diary of life on a sleepy chic little sultanate.

Mistress MJ at The Infomaniac

Not even CLOSE to being work safe, but Mistress MJ is a goddess in striped tights. Don’t miss Filthy Fridays!

Tom Sutpen at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats.

If you ever wanted to learn how to be cool and well-versed in 20th century culture (pop and otherwise) you’d do well to lock yourself in a room for a month and pore over The Gunslinger’s back catalog. Work safe –except for the Art of the Centerfold feature– and an education unto itself.

11 Responses to “The Friday Fierceness: Blogger All-Stars”

  1. Olivia December 4, 2009 at 8:20 pm #

    Plumcake, you literally had me laughing out loud.

  2. Cat December 4, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

    Hahahahaha! I moved to Austin from Canada, so I totally agree that Texans are hilarious when it snows (or even when it is allegedly, possibly, maybe going to snow a little bit). I was out doing my weekly grocery shopping today around noon and HEB was packed with people stocking up as though they were going to be snowed in for a week. When I was on my way home, the snow did indeed begin to fall. Sort of. I wasn’t even positive at first that it was actually snowing, because the flakes were so tiny. A few flakes hit my windshield and melted instantly. The so-called “snow” lasted until I was done carrying the groceries inside. What a disappointment.

  3. Thombeau December 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    Hey, sweetie, thanks for the shout-out! And what great company to be in! YAY!!

    xoxox

  4. MJ December 5, 2009 at 12:30 am #

    Oh my, what a lovely surprise! Thank you!

    Mistress MJ holds her fellow all-stars in high esteem.

    A special toast to the one-and-only Thombeau who led me down the yellow brick road (backwards and in heels!) to discover the other fab bloggers mentioned here.

    By the way…

    If I’m a fan of the Manolo blogs, does that make me a Fanolo?

  5. TJB December 5, 2009 at 2:44 am #

    Oh, super! What a nice surprise to see this! And to be under Thombeau – well, now I’m the envy of so many. Thank you for the shout out, and for including me among such other fabulous denizens of the blogosphere.

  6. La Petite Acadienne December 5, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    Thank you, Plummy, for opening our eyes to some of the other fabulous bloggers out there. And you’re right about Mistress MJ not being work-safe, but damn if it’s not the most entertaining site I’ve seen in years!

  7. eowyn_2 December 5, 2009 at 7:48 pm #

    “…but have you ever dipped a poodle in warm Vaseline and let him loose on linoleum?”

    No, but now I’m going to have to try. Once I get the coffee off my keyboard, that is.

  8. Lisa December 6, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    I do not understand why, exactly, but seeing the “Returned to Fabulon” feature always made me feel much better when one of my favorite personalities died. Perhaps death is less scary for me if it’s framed as a return to ultimate fabulousness, with feathers and sequins.

    The houseboys routinely get into trouble around here, too.

  9. enygma December 8, 2009 at 1:23 am #

    Virginia must have changed from when you used to live there. I taught in Maryland a couple of years back and whenever 1/4 of an inch of snow fell in either state, schools pretty much shut down. I’m from the Midwest and I’ve never had a snow day. The first time this happened, I went to work and found myself pretty much alone.

  10. Leigh December 8, 2009 at 1:04 pm #

    Well, not ALL Texans. Up here in the Panhandle, we’re a little more used to it. Of course, we’re also used to winds that blow away anything smaller than a Volkswagen, if it’s not tied down. I do agree about the rush to the supermarkets, though. What’s up with that? Even given the possibilities of a blizzard (not an unlikely scenario here), we might–might–be snowed in a day or two. The worst I’ve ever seen was four days, and that was only once. But people rush out and buy weeks worth of food.

  11. Jennie December 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm #

    There is a law, I think, here in the Carolinas that requires all people in the state to buy milk and bread if the word snow is mentioned. People that are lactose and/or gluten intolerate are required to buy. There is a forecast for a wintery mix on Saturday so the mad stampede is about to begin. I have to go buy my milk and bread…