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

September 21, 2012

Multiple Choice Time!

Filed under: Shoes — Miss Plumcake @ 2:40 pm

Well here’s a fun question.

Let’s say you have a talented, dynamic, beautiful friend who announces on Facebook she’s getting married.

Then let’s say you notice the name of the person to whom she intends to be wed is not the same name as the chinless twerp she had been dating –you know, the one who rifled through your bourbon vault without consent, because God forbid he NOT use your $250 bottle of 23 year-old Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve to mix with his Dr Pepper– and for whom she was entirely and in every way too good.

Do you

a) Express your elation that she finally dropped the drip and ask where she is registered

b) Ask who this new guy is, adding comments as to how it hardly matters because anyone, or anything –dust bunnies, parasites, that moldy lemon in the back of your fruit drawer you thought was a kiwi– is better than the amalgamation of body odor and Cheetos that was her previous paramour.

c) double, no triple, no quadruple check the new fiance’s name is not merely the old fiance who has suddenly and inexplicably decided to start going by his middle name.


On the bright side, I now have another weekend in June free, and the money I save on my half of a Kitchenaid can be diverted to buying these new Badgley Mischka’s which are on sale and won’t ever raid my liquor cabinet.

June 11, 2012

Red Letter Day for Red Shoes

Filed under: Movies,Shoes — Miss Plumcake @ 4:39 pm

Yesterday, as we all know, was the birthday of Saint Judy of Garland. Since this particular high holy day fell on a Sunday, we here at Manolo for the Big Girl are celebrating The Feast of Saint Garland (observed) today.

So…which pair of ruby slippers would YOU take over the rainbow?

Top Row from left to right

Simone from Marchez Vous

Kate Spade New York – Faylyn

Ribes 70 from Salvatore Ferragamo

Middle Row

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa – Skyscraper II

Kate Spade’s New York Brit

Hush Puppies 1958 Collection – Basis


Bottom Row

Cole Haan Air – Juliana Pump 45

Blaise from Ara

Regent from Vivienne Westwood

October 28, 2011

Fab Four: Evening Shoes Under $100

Filed under: Fab Four,Shoes — Miss Plumcake @ 10:17 am

Pour La Victoire Bridal and Evening CristellaMartinez Valero Oscar
rsvp AlliCaparros Violetta

Remember, formal and evening events really do require fabric shoes.

October 13, 2011

Fab Four: Green Shoes

Filed under: Fab Four,Shoes — Miss Plumcake @ 10:03 am

Something for everyone.

October 4, 2011

Fab Four: Purple Shoes

Filed under: Fab Four,Shoes — Miss Plumcake @ 8:55 am

click for links!

June 7, 2011

What Miss Plumcake is…

Hello my chubby compadres, how’s every little thing? Me, I’m great. Just getting used to being back in Texas –by which I mean the face of the sun– after a glorious month of actual springlike weather in DC. Well, it’s Tuesday, so it’s time to find out
What Miss Plumcake is…

(now with sales code AND a recipe!)

April 15, 2011

Your Weekly Humpletter: Neither Weekly Nor Humply, Discuss

Over at Ashley Stewart they’ve got some interesting takes on linen, including this wide legged pant (note: it’s a ramie/rayon blend, not actually linen) which, while admittedly not effortless to pull off, could be a fantastic option for the statuesque big girl when paired with a slim bateau-neck knit top and either a foulard (if you’re a scarf-type person) or just the right statementy necklace.

Also piquing my interest is this fantastic striped linen-blend dress. Classic, not boring and sharp sharp sharp. Wearable now and all through the summer, layer it over a black 3/4 sleeve knit shirt and it’ll take you straight through fall.

The Avenue is giving you $10 off for every $40 you spend using the code AV111101. The Mini-Ottoman Seamed Dress is currently my front runner for Easter Sunday but I am really fixated on this Border Print Sheath Dress.

I know it would be great on apples, but I’m going to give it a go on my pear shaped frame, because if it’s good I think it will be very good.

For our fashion-forward sweet young things Dorothy Perkins offers 25% off your entire purchase with code DPVIPD. Sure Dorothy Perkins is across the pond to most of us, but they ship to the States for just about ten bucks. This charming open-backed ivory and black number might be a bit precious for those of us whose prom and pledge days are long gone, but women of any age can carry off the Red Brushstroke Belted Dress, highly reminiscent of both Prada and YSL in recent seasons.

Remember to check the size chart to make sure you’re getting the perfect fit.

Finally, from the “They Only LOOK Murderously Painful” files provides plenty of incredible discounts on high end shoes. If you’re making your first girlish (or boyish) foray into the world of high heels, let me suggest Pour la Victoire and Stuart Weitzman.

PlV makes some of the most comfortable shoes I own, including the Atman mary jane in gray patent leather, an exceedingly hot tribute (ahem) to Yves Saint Laurent (seriously, they have the best padded footbeds in the biz) and the Femina from Stuart Weitzman. I don’t know how Stewie makes a 5″ heel feel like walking on air, but he does. It’s magic.

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