Review & Inspiration: Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of The Elves and the Shoemaker

Posted April 26, 2013 by Nessa @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of The Elves and the Shoemaker by Camilla Morton
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Manolo Blahnik and the tale of The Elves & The Shoemaker

Series: Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir Series
Author: Camilla Morton
Publish Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of pages: 112
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Source: Bought
Book Description:
About the Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir Series

Each book in this inspired series by fashion writer Camilla Morton inventively reimagines one of our favorite “Once Upon a Time” stories, blending it with the real-life story of a famed fashion designer. Lushly illustrated by the designers themselves, these tales illuminate each iconic individual’s creative magic while celebrating his unique life and career. The result is an intriguing combination of whimsy and memoir.

In this contemporary twist on the tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker, Manolo BlahnIk’s delightful drawings evoke the past, envision the future, and, of course, evidence the indelible footprint he’s made on fashion history. His illustrations take us from the banana plantations of his childhood to his current reign at the top of high-fashion footwear design, while playfully hinting at all the adventures he’s had and friends he’s met along the way.

There are two things that I hold close to my heart. It is the gift of reading and the ability to express myself artistically. The way that expression is cultivated is through clothing. I know that may seem vain and probably stupid. I am the type of person who is not exceptionally good at one particular thing. I have to try really hard to be successful at anything that I do, but I have always had a flair for clothes. My tastes were always a little unorthodox and I have been victim of the “OMG what is she wearing” stares. I like to think if I made you look at me twice and think about what you just saw, my duty has been done. I literally wear my emotions on my sleeve. You can just tell by how I’m dressed, how I am feeling that day. I was out and about on the web one day and stumbled upon a book called Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker by Camilla Morton. I read Manolo Blahnik and it had my attention already, but when I saw that it was a memoir mixed in with a fairytale, I knew it had to be mine. The book is also illustrated by Sir Blahnik himself. For those of you who are not familiar with Manolo, he is a very renowned fashion designer. He makes some of the most fabulous shoes in the world, and I only hope that one day I will be able to own a pair of his masterpieces. If you ever kept up with Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City you know exactly what I’m talking about. This story is done so well and the art work alone will have you in awe. The book is very short and would also greatly serve as a bedtime story for the kids. After reading this short book I’ve come to appreciate the works of Mr. Blahnik that much more, and it teaches the value of hard work, honesty, and staying true to yourself. On top of the wonderful shoes you see and the beautiful colors, it also has a great moral, what more can you ask for?

I have come to realize this post is a little off from a typical review, but I’m going to continue to roll with it since I’ve hit a spot of inspiration. I’d like to encourage all of you lovely ladies out there to venture out and get out of that comfort zone when it comes to your outer shell. Wear what is you and make sure you always feel comfortable in your own skin. I know there are times you look in that closet and see something that you would love to wear but have that tiny bit of fear on how it will come off. Don’t listen to that little voice telling you to avoid it. If that is how you feel that day then darling, put it on and own it. Hold that head high and say “yes world I’m wearing stripes and polka dots, what are you going to do about it?” As long as you are staying true to yourself and know who you are, then go for it. I know they say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but when you look in the mirror who do you see? The trends come and go and it will continue on season after season, but I always keep those articles of clothing that even though they are “out of style” I continue to wear over and over again because they are ME. If you take this challenge I would love to see what everyone has come up with so take a snap shot of yourself, and email them over to me at nessaatbookishthingsandmoredotcom. I want to be able to show the world not only are you beautiful and smart on the inside, you can rock the outside. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Today you are you. That is Truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you.” On that note I give this book 5 out of 5. Keep reading and stay true to yourselves you bookish babes!

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About Nessa @ Bookish Things

It’s always hard to do an “about me.” I’m not really good at talking about myself so here it goes… I love to read. The only other thing I love as much as reading is fashion. Reading got me through some of the darkest days of my life, and even now it helps me after those stressful days at the office. On top of being an avid reader, I am a student, wife, a mother of two boys (ages 7 and 4), and a full time employee. My plate is definitely full, but I love every minute of my life. Maybe not always the countless hours at the office, but I am definitely blessed. I agreed to help Katrina with her blog, and boy I didn’t realize how much work it truly is! I am honored to be a part of it. I read a lot of contemporary novels, but Katrina has opened me up to the world of YA. I have to say I am hooked! I bow to all the wonderful authors of this genre. The worlds they put together is amazing. I am a fine arts junkie. I love art, movies, theater, and music. Anything that you can do to express yourself, to show your creativeness and uniqueness, I’m normally a fan of. I am an activist of being true to yourself and always marching to the beat of your own drum. I feel it is important to know who you are, and never apologize for being yourself. I love to laugh so I haunt comedy clubs frequently. I am also a homebody. This sister likes your downtime! You can usually find me snuggled in my bed with a good book, watching a movie or my seasons of Buffy. The show never gets old people!!!! That’s about all there is to know about me, so keep reading you bookish babes!

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