We’re Getting Close!

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We’re getting close...

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Via Splendid Market (please click here for easy recipe and more photos)

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SO LUCKY all you parents who still have little ones to dress up and go Trick or Treating!

What fun to pour forth those bulging pillowcases at the end of the chill night!

Such lovely, lovely memories.

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One year, we had a little beaver…

Who started the school parade with halfed baby marshmallow teeth stuck to his upper lip.

As you can see by the photo above, the teeth lasted all of 5 minutes before they were chewed off.

Helloooo- he was a beaver


More permanent dental work was needed for Trick or Treating later that evening…

“Clarence The Beaver” complete with “permanents” and coffee bean paws

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Nowadays, The Halloween Season takes on a different feel…

Via Content in a Cottage

 

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Martini Time!

Martini recipe via LOLA’S L.A.

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and if you’re still able to walk…

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PRADA Spring 2011

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Proenza Schouler Spring 2011

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Via Martha Stewart  (Let’s face it- The Queen of Halloween)

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Velvet pillow from Dransfield & Ross

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Candle Gourds from Pottery Barn

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Butternut Squash Lasagna- YUM!  Via YummyMummy (or in Slim’s Pickings :) )

 

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Getting cozy in Santa Barbara  (because apparently the sun is never coming out again!! Aargh)

 

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And lastly,

just in case the Butternut Squash Lasagna wasn’t quite enough to tempt you  (after all, isn’t Halloween all about giving in to temptation?!)

Pumpkin Truffles!

(recipe via YUMMY MUMMY link just above)

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.Cartoon from The New Yorker

Hey, after the last post, I had to show The Love!!

 

 

 

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Do You Ever?

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DO YOU EVER…

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Ok, so you all know how much I adore my husband and children, that goes without saying, but do you ever sort of vaguely, fleetingly, for just a mosquito‘s breath of a second, relish having a little alone time in your house for a day or two?  My husband had to go out of town this week…  You know what that means for Slim- lamb with mint jelly for dinner, cozy flannel sheets, no television (except for “Miners & Mistresses” of course :) ) and a bed that morphs into a king-size magazine kiosk- Happiness!   Only for a couple of days, mind you (unless it’s September, when the issues are thicker)

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So naturally, with my alone time and no one to talk to but myself, I started to ponder some of the really meaningful questions in Life and commenced a’ wonderin’ if it’s just ME or …

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Do you ever do things when you’re all alone like blow out the power at night, when drying your hair on the “Damn You To Hell Frizz” setting of your hair dryer, and you have all the house lights on to make it look like everyone’s home, and then go down to reset the fuse for the master bathroom, and start doing some other stuff while you’re down there…

and come back up…oh, let’s say, awhile later, to hear a strange noise and find your blow dryer skidding all over the floor like a whirling dervish?

OK, maybe these are already getting too specific.

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-Do you ever wonder if Paula Dean’s accent is totally fake?

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Do you ever wonder why Sawyer from Lost hasn’t called me yet?  Even though I think he’s moved to Santa Barbara in a desperate attempt to be closer to me? (Just ignore that little corner of wife in the photo- I do :))

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-Do you ever max up the volume listening to a song on your computer when you’re alone and then forget, and get the #$%*&  scared out of you when an email comes in?

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- Do you ever just want to pick up those tabloid magazines at the grocery  checkout so flipping badly, that you’re sure the person next in line knows…can actually hear your conscience and inner dialogue? So  you think ‘Well, now I’m busted anyway, what the hell?’  but flip through way too fast, because deep down you’re still trying to look like you’re really not even vaguely interested, but rather just killing time (oh woops- this isn’t ‘Oprah’!) and you end up not finding the article you were so desperate to read in the first place?

I like so saw you today at Von’s.

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And speaking of periodicals,

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-Do you ever think you could actually be in there with a chance as far as getting your poetry published in The New Yorker magazine, even though you’ve never written poetry?  I mean I hate to be negative, I love the articles and many of the jokes but… the poetry? reeeally??

Here, I’m working on a little “New Yorker” piece right now  I like to call;

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“ODE TO MY SHOWER CAP”

There you

lay

a cloud, fallen to the

ground

sprinkled with tiny flowers

Rachel Ashton, or…

perhaps

a Liberty print…

Who really remembers

these details?

the minutiae of life

like so many flowers

in the rain

A Garden

in my shower

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There.  I think it’s almost ready to submit.

Of course I’m totally open to suggestions, but be kind; it’s my first draft and I could, very easily, make it about Wellington boots or home made marshmallows.  Or Sawyer.

Anyone else have any New Yorker poetry submissions?!  Dare you!

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Burnished Leaves Burning Bright

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“I could feel at the time, there was no way of knowing…fallen leaves in the night…who can say where they’re blowing…”

Bryan Ferry/More Than This

One of my all time favourite songs/album



Here are a few other things causing me to swoon at the moment;

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Louis Vuitton

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Alexander McQueen Spring 2011

With Autumn officially upon us, the leaves might be falling, but in the fashion world a new star is rising; Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s assistant of 14 years presented her first collection for the label since his passing last February.  My knees buckle at the mere thought of how daunting this must have been for her but she rose, indeed soared with a beautiful collection both ethereal and strong. Cheers to her!

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Alexander McQueen Spring 2011

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McQueen

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Alberta Ferretti Spring 2011

And Alberta Ferretti’s collection is so wearable and timeless as always.  Could would love to buy almost everything, so many great pieces.

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Sun Valley

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McQueen

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John Galliano Spring 2011

Galliano’s Spring collection was FULL of fabulous colour, but this muted olive -yum! (reminds me of martinis :) )Does it look to you like the pants are leather and have a very light layer of sheer black fabric on top?  - so cool.

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Alexander McQueen

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Peekabo photo

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Asprey

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Katinka Matson

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Did you know capes are back in style?! Would you wear one? I might bring out my poncho and pretend it’s a cape. Helloooo- duh- it’s a cape :)

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Fall Coziness in Sun Valley

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Charles Burchfield painting

 

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McQueen


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Spenderella by Corinna Gordon

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Kenzo Spring 2011

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Kenzo

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Alberta Ferretti Spring 2011

 

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Botero

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Hot Skwash via LK’s Grab Bag

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McQueen

 

 

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…Sigh

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Loved the Hair & Makeup too

 

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Bravo Sarah!!

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That’s it for me for tonight. I’m off to add some rye whiskey to my apple & ginger tea!

Sweet Dreams to All

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Small Hands, Big Blog

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Follage Hand Soap

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Friday Favourites is baaaacck! Bet you thought I’d forgotten.  The truth is,  I’ve been off my shopping game. I know, I know.  I’m only telling you… I don’t really want the word out on the street. I’d hate to crash the economy completely.   It took this gift from my funny friend to snap me back to Friday Favourites again-  How hilarious are these “HAND SOAPS” she gave me?!  Gosh people are clever.

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So, Lady Luck was a no-show in Vegas, it was raining when we returned to Santa Barbara and now I have a sore throat. To add insult to injury, while I was gone, some depressed rodent decided to cease twitching his whiskers right beneath my kitchen desk window in a very, shall we say, awkward place to get to (Did I mention it was over a hundred degrees while I was away?)  But other than that, everything’s great. I’m drinking copious amounts of home-made apple & ginger tea with Agave and lemon, and steadfastly avoiding the desk-al area of the kitchen as, although everyone else thinks I’m a crazeee lady, I’m still getting a little Eau du Willard, sore throat, ginger and all. Oh It’s such fun being a Virgo.

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Disturbing photo of apples Via

Depressing article about Agave here

My Favourite Recipe for Sore Throat Tea

Slice several apples and a whole bunch of fresh ginger (as much ginger as you can stand) into 8-10 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for a little while, til apples soften.  Strain tea through a sieve into a mug and add agave syrup and a little lemon to taste. Drink as hot and strong as you can stand.

 

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OK, I shouldn’t be talking so much with a sore throat, so speaking of clever ideas…

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I’m  loving these “leaf plates” from  Japanese designer NOWNAO

(Microwave, oven and diswasher safe, just roll them up and put them away)

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Favourite “Cozy/Poor Me/ I’m Sick-Recipe”

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Lesley’s Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuits


 

From my “I’m Such A Techie” Department;

 

A little trip down Memory Lane;

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Etch-A-Sketch iPad case from Getaheadcase.com


 

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And for your iphone….

Well, I’m obviously in a nostalgic frame of mind, but how fun is this?!

AHem…I believe I see these phones in old films once in a while. Can you believe people ever used these?! (can someone please tell me how you make the winky smiley face on WordPress?)

Available here; Retro iphone base

 

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Time for all male readers to look away!

Favourite New Panties

 

 

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Quick!!  Order these AWESOMELY comfortable and ridiculously INVISIBLE little “boy shorts” that are ON SALE right now at GapBody.com.  I cannot overemphasize how great they are.  They’re virtually invisible, even under yoga pants- they have some sort of Cloaking Device or something- even the buttons don’t show.  Best of all (I told you boys to look away ) THEY DON’T RIDE UP- nada, zero, zilch. Even under jeans-you will forget you have them on.

Available in  many different colours and stripes and a few different styles. ( Note; They run slightly big)  Here’s the link:

Gap INVISIBLE boy short

(and thanks to Maison21 for the link to create my own new  Gap logo. Way to be au courant M2!  Even though you aren’t reading this part because you’re a male :) )

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Favourite New Candle


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Nuits De NoHo by Bond No.9



Not sure how apt the above description is- I don’t get ‘patchouli’ at all, but what do I know? Other than it is DIVINE and both my husband and male friend that gave me the candle both love it too!  Decadent, delicious, but sorry to say, expensive. Comes with a cute little sample of the perfume though. Check out the website- it’s great, or even better, stop by their Temple of Temptation next time you’re in NY.

And in honour of the stock market going back up over 11,000 today!

Bond No. 9′s newest (and metro-sexual fragrance);

The Wall Street Scented Candle


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BuhBye!

PS. Flu season is almost upon us- Don’t forget to wash your hands!! :)

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RIP

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Thinking Outside The Vase

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I need to take a “Cheat Day” and post an article I wrote for The Huffington Post earlier this year.  I’m playing a rather hectic game of Catch Up this week after being away for so long, and much like my luck in Vegas last weekend, I’m losing! Although some of you might have already read the article if you’ve visited my “Press Box” tab,  I never actually posted it on Slim Paley.  I’ve copied and pasted below, but it looks a little out of focus for some reason, so I’m also attaching the direct link here;

Thinking Outside The Vase
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I promise to be back once again with a good “Friday Favourites” …and here’s the novel part for me… on FRIDAY!

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