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Manolo for the Big Girl | Archive | July, 2011
Archive - July, 2011

Sometimes You Just Have Let Yourself….

… do all those things that are frowned upon. You know, indulge yourself.

Whether it’s a bubble bath, another shot of espresso, a pair of wicked heels your calf muscles will regret loudly in the morning, an evening of Lifetime movies and Cherry Garcia, a gloriously fudgey brownie, a bottle of good wine that’s just a little bit too expensive, or the joy of really speaking your mind to someone without considering the consequences, there are things in life that really need doing.

Of course you can’t do all of them, and you can’t do them all the time. That’s why they’re indulgences and not physical necessities. Food, water, air, shelter, caffeine… these are basic necessities. Without them we literally cannot live for long. Okay, maybe caffeine is an exaggeration, but only a tiny one.

But indulgences are the things that make life feel really, really good. Any one of them  may be completely extraneous to the business of staying alive, but without them we don’t feel all that much like keeping on keeping on. That’s why along with the Red Cross bringing food and medical aid to disaster victims, there are also organizations that provide the children in those disasters with stuffed animals and groups that bring handmade quilts to people who are suffering dread long-term illnesses in hospitals. Sure, the quilts and the Teddy bears aren’t strictly needed. They just make surviving worth it.

So remember to indulge yourself in the rough times. Heck, even in the not-so-rough times, it doesn’t hurt to say yes to something every twice in a while just because it makes you smile.

Speaking of which, my friends, I’m off on a month of vacation from blogging. It’s been a couple years since I took more than a few days off, and I’m not quite sure what I’ll be doing with myself. It is, however, time to get in touch with a few things inside me.

Fear not, though. Come September, I’ll be back and tilting at windmills seven days a week. That’s kind of my indulgence. I just have the wonderful good fortune to get paid to do it.

Take care of yourselves! See you all in September.

Flats Month: The End!

Ridiculous or Sublime? Ridiculous or Key Lime? I just don’t know anymore. The aptly named Tutti Frutti leather and suede flats from Charlotte Olympia are the last flats of Flats Month and also the most expensive.

Flats Month: Loopy Chucks

Good old Converse in a Marimekko print. Cute without being cutesy. Fun for a girl or a boy! Love that fuchsia lining!

Flats Month: Give it a Swirl

Really, you have to look at all the other great fabrics the DVF “Cadence” espadrille offers…the only reason I picked this is because it reminds me of a Very Private Tattoo someone I met in Ireland –I’ve got it narrowed down to two people– had on his hip.

What Miss Plumcake is…

Reading: Babylon Revisited – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Watching: Bailar Para Vivir
Hearing: Soundtrack to Waking Life
Smelling: Bulgari Black
Loving: Scarab everything
Hating: Marc Jacobs’ Jelly Mouse Flats. We get it, you’re whimsical. Enough already
Wanting: Making It New: The Art and Style of Sara and Gerald Murphy
Buying: Double Skirted Full Slip

Flats Month: Block Party

Kors by Michael Kors “Odin” in this fantastic block print. I love it the more I stare at it.

Flat Month: Screaming Yellow


Brian Atwood “Hampton” loafers.
Available in so many great colors and patterns it’s hard to pick one…but I did.

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