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A Few Housekeeping Notes | Manolo for the Big Girl

A Few Housekeeping Notes

I love doing these housekeeping things because they make me feel all virtuous and like a Real Person instead of someone who yells at the internet for money.

Personal Blogs:

Thanks everyone for posting your favorite blogs and personal blogs yesterday! I’m totally going to blogstalk you all now. Incidentally, the best way to get us (by which I mean me, but probably Twistie and Francesca too) to read your blog is to link back to us. That way we can see it in the “incoming links” section of our publishing platform. Don’t worry, if you’ve got a protected livejournal or blog, we can’t see it, so feel free to say what you REALLY think about who should’ve won Twistie’s Sunday Caption Madness. And if you’ve got a blogroll or whatever the kids are calling it these days, why not link us up, buttercup?

Comments:

We’ve been getting a ton of spam sneaking through our filters recently so we’re tightening the screws a bit. That means there will be more of your comments filtered incorrectly for a while, so if you post a comment (and you’re NOT trying to sell me a Russian bride/motorized scooter/prescription drugs) and it doesn’t show immediately, it just means it’s stuck in a filter and I’ll get to it soon. I go through our filter several times a day.

Features:

You’ve probably noticed some of the features, notably The Monday Hotness and The Friday Fierceness have been on hiatus for the past few weeks. Fret not. Blog features tend to get stale sooner rather than later, so I’m giving them a teensy break. The Hotnesses are all serving as houseboys at Château Gâteau and the Friday Fiercenesses are in The Betty. they’ll be back –albeit possibly in a slightly different form– probably sometime in March. Remember, if you have suggestions be sure to email them in!

Reader Emails:

Love. Them. I don’t get to respond to each one but I do my best. Just a few days ago from a reader who was usually a vodka tonic girl. She resolved to try a new cocktail a month so I suggested a dozen seasonally-appropriate classic cocktails to try. It helped her and it reminded me of a few beloved toddies I’d gone without for months (monkey gland, anyone?)

When you’re writing in with a clothing or shoe question generally I’ll need the following information:

Where you live (not a street address, but a city or state would be helpful)
Your approximate age
Your size and shape
Coloring (if it’s clothing)
Your budget
What you do want
What you DON’T want
The event, location, its approximate date and dress code

A sample email would go like this:

Hi Plumcake, you’re my favorite blogger in the history of the world and they really should make statues in your likeness although it would be difficult to etch such perfection in stone. I’ve got a wardrobe question. I’m 30 years old, 5’10, pear-shaped and generally wear a size 20. I’m looking for something to wear to a semi-formal charity dinner that’s being held in an old-fashioned grand hotel in the middle of March. I live in Austin, so the weather will probably be in the 60’s and possibly rainy. I’ve got a great neckline so I’d like to show that off, but I’d rather keep my arms covered. My budget is about $150 for the dress, and $100 for the shoes. Oh, and I hate crushed velvet.

Thanks,
Yourself

P.S. I’ve got Snow White coloring: dark hair, pale skin and blue eyes.
P.P.S. Do you mind if I give Tom Waits your phone number? He’s been secretly in love with you for years.

Well that’s all for now, campers. The houseboys are getting restless, so have a fab weekend, I know I will!

6 Responses to “A Few Housekeeping Notes”

  1. LL January 15, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    I’ve been wondering what happened to the hotness. Thanks for the heads up.

    Oh – I’m the V&T girl and I’ve had such an enraging Friday that I just may try one (or 10, if I can swing cab fare) suggestions this evening. hmph.

  2. Debs January 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    “Vintage Cocktails” is a beautiful looseleaf recipe guide to classsic cocktails, put out by Assouline Publishing. Full size, gorgeous (practically inspirational) pictures. On sale at Amazon. If I have to see the in-laws this weekend, I’m gonna make a bunch of these.

  3. Lisa January 16, 2010 at 4:06 am #

    Whyfore you no tell us about the 12 seasonally appropriate cockatils. TEASE!!!

  4. Kimks January 16, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    My husband just laughed and wanted to know…
    “Where can I get a Russian Bride, on a scooter, hopped out on prescription drugs, because, you know, we need one.”

  5. a meg January 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    Ditto on the cocktail recs, please! Share the love! I’m usually a beer and wine girl, and in warm weather I will do G&T, but if I want a cocktail midwinter, I’m always at a loss.

  6. All Women Stalker January 17, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    Wonderful changes going on there. More power to your blog!!