Until Rio…

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Union Jack Lips

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Well?

That was fun, wasn’t it?!

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So happy everything went so well in London tonight!

Cheers to all the athletes, all the competing countries

and let’s not forget  those who worked diligently to keep everyone safe and things running smoothly-God knows it must be an Olympian task.

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Congratulations to the U.S. for securing the most medals!

As for the closing ceremonies, I must say the blinged out taxi cabs did tickle my fancy

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Spice Girls seem to be holding up quite well.

It was nice to see Annie Lennox again, though didn’t love the dress and George Michael can still sing live- it’s been awhile!

Hey- just me, or did the Eric Idle bit go on a bit L O N G ??

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A perfect 70 degree evening in London- how lucky is that?!

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I love that they matched the stadium to Alexander McQueen’s iconic Britannia clutch  :)

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While we’re on bag chat,

 coveting this cute Charlotte Olympia perspex charmer

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especially love the clasp!

available on Net A Porter.com

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Penhaligon LondonSlim Paley Photo

A salute to Britannia in the Penhaligon windows in Paris

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I was a little disappointed with the “Fashion” segment of the show weren’t you?

It was a bit of a nothing really and poor Ryan Seacrest didn’t know who any of the models were besides Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell

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Couldn’t someone have texted him for goodness sake?!

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Still, a fine time appeared to be had by all, including Kate and her brother-in-law

Where the heck was hubby??

Me too!

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We’ll just have to order the newest tome from Taschen for our London fix.

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It’s groovy baby, yah.

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By Kyle Bean & Victoria Ling

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Make yourselves a nice hot Horlicks and

Sleep tight Loves.

xox

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25 thoughts on “Until Rio…

  1. I agree with you, Slim. The fashion section of the closing ceremonies was very disappointing! Overall, I think that it was wonderful!

  2. Prince William was on duty, he is a full time Search and Rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force, stationed at RAF Valley, Angelsey.

  3. Would have thought Ryan Seacrest would have had assistants to give him the info. Ah ,McQueen what a tragedy that was.

    It’s not goodbye to London we’ve got the paralympics to go yet

  4. Loved watching the BBC(from France) great coverage…but maybe a few more shots of the American Teams would have been in order. The Closing was “fun” … a little too long…maybe? The stadium photos were spectacular!!!
    All-in-all …. a Great Show!

  5. Only just caught the second-half of the men’s marathon but loved seeing the streets of London. Makes me want to go back and live there again! (Although not poor, like last time.)

    Especially loved seeing the beautiful black London streetlamps with Chanel’s interlocking Cs on them (supposedly a gesture of love from the Duke of Westminster).

    Ah London… Still makes me sentimental…

    janelle mcculloch | library of design

  6. Oh, it seems very quiet here this morning without the Olympics on in the background! I think that I enjoyed these Games more than any other–there was just so much joy in them and excitement too. My expectations were a little too high for the closing ceremonies (I had read that the Rolling Stones and Adele were on the list to perform–ah, rumors) but still had a blast dancing around my living room!

    Can’t wait for Rio…

  7. It was one of the best Olympia Games. The closing ceremony was disappointing and in my opinion missed some of the great British legends, such as The Rolling Stones and more live performers, such as David Bowie, Sarah Brightman, Cliff Richards. The Canadian CTC reporting was dull and they did not know the names of the performers nor the models. Like you said, in this day of instant communication, why not text?

    I love seeing and hearing the National Anthems from the lesser known smaller countries.

    Helen xx

  8. I have to say this Olympics was a favorite, maybe because London is a favorite. Yes, the Eric Idle bit did seem to lag but all it all the evening was entertaining and I will miss the updates each morning, noon and night on who won what.
    Karen

  9. okay – those lips were such a great lead in – I want the lips……..but Slim you outdid yourself with your Britannia finds ………..and patriotic reporting……….for me the most stirring story was the patriotism that was palpable – each athlete arrived with pride and the ultimate ambition and will in their hearts, to do their best for their country. The pride of country and then the country’s pride in their athletes………whatever the country, was contagious and moving.

  10. It has been too long since I have been to London and it has been one of my favorite cities to visit! Love seeing your take on all of the Britannia Bling!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena
    2012 Artists Series featuring Harrison Howard

  11. Slim, Your posts are so entertaining and I look forward to every one. But tomb/tome? Maybe jet lag/late nights? I had to read it a couple of times to realize…Ha!

    • ha ha! Well, I could blame it on my dastardly spell check, but it’s probably more a case of writing my posts too late at night! :(

  12. They should’ve had a “walk-off” by the Brazilian super models and the British ones with David Bowie as one of the judges.

  13. I’m gonna miss ye Olympics. Loved, loved the changeable Union Jack stadium floor for the closing night but I am with Helen T…where were our British favs and wtf was the “fashion” deal? Just like a fashion show, they walked on and walked off…Our cable went out so we didn’t see about 1/4 of the show…no Spice Girls or whatever else we missed…and oh, where was Queen’s ‘We are the Champions’?!… or was that while we were de-cabled, too?

  14. Probably a minority of one but did not enjoy the closing ceremony–got really bored. I think had someone known what was going on and had narrated it possibly would have been more enjoyable. Unlike you, the only part i liked somewhat was Eric Idle even though I couldn’t understand most of the lyrics etc. A flop in my book……..but really sad that the Olympics themselves are over. Thought the closing could have centered more on the athletes. Ah well, a critic I shall never be……thanks for the nice post however–it was better than the closing!

  15. Love the bags! I thought the closing was a bit long and NBC cut out The Who and The Kinks and a tribute to the subway bombing victims of 2005 to play their horrible pilot of some animal show. Apparently after an hour of that they cut back to the ending, but no one knew it. Idiots running the show there. I thought the fashion show was a little weird. I loved all the music. I think they should have focused more on the athletes. Maybe a tribute to the past medalists…?

    I just love how they always close saying, “We call on the youth of the world to assemble again in four years..” That always brings it back to what it’s all about, the athletes.

    Kim

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