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

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.

The Big Question: How Do You Beat the Heat?

Across the US of A, temperatures are rising to a potentially lethal level. That means many of us could use a hand coming up with ways to keep cool to keep safe.

When the mercury rises way too high, one of my personal favorite ways to stop steaming is to take a brief (Hey, it’s California! We’re always low on water!) tepid shower. That’s right, tepid, not cold. It actually cools me more and makes it a little easier to adjust back to the Hades-like horrors.

I also like to dab a cool, wet washcloth over my pulse points. All those places people recommend you dab perfume for the greatest potency? Yeah, those are the spots for a touch of cool water.

Keep well hydrated, and wear as many natural fibers as possible, because they breathe better than synthetics. I do my best to get my hair off my neck. I make sure to eat something salty now and again, because sweating makes you lose salt, which can make you sick. If you find that salt tastes sweet to you, you have reached a dangerous point and need to eat something salty now.

How about all of you? Any great tips for staying frosty when the sidewalk is hot enough to fry an egg?

And please, those of you in the sweaty zones? Stay safe.

Flat Month: Stowaway in Style

The Born “Stowaway” skimmer in a red linen print.