Baby It’s Cold Outside


Stills from “True Grit”

Slim Paley photo

I’m back in Sun Valley! Yay!  This means, amongst other activities (well, to be honest, not a lot of other activities :)) we’ll be catching up on all the new movies. I still haven’t seen Black Swan yet. It opened here today, but at the moment it’s 4 males and me in the house, so there’s a lotta football, ESPN and colourful swearing roaring up from the ping pong room.  First on our film agenda today was “True Grit”.   I’m not familiar with the original, starring John Wayne, but my husband says the new one has to be one of the most inventive remakes he’s ever seen. Of course all my men love the Coen Brother’s films and the little girl, 13 year old Hallee Steinfield, is really quite astounding. Jeff Bridges chews up the role of Rooster Cogburn in such a way that makes you wonder  how in the hell it took so long for him to win that Oscar.  Never would I have predicted that a film full of foul, cranky, stinky, amber-toothed drunken cowboys could have held my attention that long.

*and on a fashion note;  I wore long johns to the movie and Rooster Cogburn was wearing long johns too.

Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn

I just lerv when my clothes coordinate with my movies 🙂

On my way to True Grit

But you know what the movie really put me in the mood for? (besides whiskey, a shave and a long hot bubble bath?!)


What do I just happen to have in my closet here in S.V.? Shearling. Shearling boots, shearling hats…why, I even have a hooded, shearling poncho.  Don’t worry- I won’t be wearing them all at the same time.

Nor will I wear a tutu to Black Swan. Though I can’t promise I won’t leave the theatre with an exaggerated outward turn to my step 🙂

but I digress.

Let’s bundle up…


Photo  Marie Claire

Burberry Prorsum Shearling jacket, Just Cavalli bag, Hermes cuffs, styling; fahbulous 

Alexander McQueen

Shearling Birkin.

Shearling & Stilettos

Marni clogs



Burberry Prosurm

Marni bag


Vivienne Westwood

Martin Margiela coat, Marni gauntlets


Slim Paley photo

Our porch in Sun Valley today

Baby It’s Cold Out There!!!


Coen Brother’s True Grit Trailer (Click here)



  1. I’m not saying one word. I want you to speak instantly (or as soon as possible) when you see Black Swan.

    I haven’t seen True Grit…..but it is the next one.

    We LOVED “the King’s Speech”!

    Just tell about Black Swan…….when you see it.

    I think Santa Barbara is the only place in the whole country that has no snow!

  2. I forgot……”the Fighter” is one of my favorite movies of my life! And,; remember me? I am a decorator! Who would ever guess I would love a movie about boxing????

    I LOVED it beyond………..the “sisters” are such a trip…..the mother…….dear Lord…….the acting all of it…….it doesn’t seem like acting at all. You are in the middle of the family……..and you are there the entire movie. I say…….”Best Picture”!! I don’t get to vote…..but my friend Tamara does!

  3. CAN’T believe you posted those Marni boots!!! Almost made that purchase this year. Oh how I love them! I would also love to be in your “shearling”boots right now (no pun intended) instead of where I am. Not sure if you’ve read my blog in a while, but we are waiting for mom to take her last breath. It’s a sad time for us, but we are all ready. Thank you for your support Slim. xo and have a wonderful, wonderful time
    jealous 🙂

  4. Welcome to the valley…I tried to leave yesterday but the roads were all closed. I’m heading out now. I did see Black Swan last night….it is “dark” but her acting is amazing. Prob. not the best movie to have seen when I was so “out of sorts” not being able to get out of town.
    Thanks for your post and enjoy….it’s going to get colder so get warm and cozy inside.
    Happy New Year!

  5. “…what the movie really put me in the mood for? (besides whiskey, a shave and a long hot bubble bath?!)…”

    Thanks for the laugh! 🙂

  6. What fun!! I saw your shearling tweet last night and just had an inkling…So glad to see I was right. Haven’t seen True Grit OR Black Swan (I was not a fan of the original although my husband calls me a heretic for not loving John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn). There were so many GREAT shearling choices this year. LOVE that elegant Burberry Prorsum shot. I was almost seduced by a shearling bag in Italy a few years ago – a bit sorry now – ah hindsight!!

    • Ahh… The Bag That Gottaway…We’ve all got our war stories- Don’t even get me started!

      PS. and because I am starting off the New Year with a bold, fresh attitude?? I’m going to come out of the closet and admit my deep dark secret; NOT a fan of John Wayne’s acting. There. said it. Now my husband will probably be giving me stink eye all day.

  7. hi slim,

    it’s minus 10 here this morning and is supposed to warm up to a toasty 2. and i’m going skiing in this.

    i cannot wait to see true grit. we were supposed to go today but the roads are such a mess it’s prob not going to happen.

    love your shearling boots.


  8. Wonderful post! I HAD to keep pestering my sister (who was playing Spyder) to read to her and show her the shearling gems you uncovered. I am visiting SoCA (home) from a little island in WA and also making the movie circuit. True Grit was just as you described. Loved it. The King’s Speech is a GREAT film. Black Swan this morning. <3

  9. Slim,
    Beautiful fashion choices, as usual.
    I have been a movie going fool this season!!!
    I have seen Black Swan — get ready this will leave you raw for days, but it is SOOOOOO good!
    The King’s Speech was magnificent! Oh how I thee — Colin Firth!
    And the fighter, well you will not even recognize Christian Bale. He was amazing in his role, but they all were, really.
    Up next for me is True Grit. I’ve heard so much goodness about it too!
    Stay warm, and get to Black Swan fast— it will get you sweating!

  10. I think it’s so great that you wore long johns to see “True Grit” ~ how appropriate! Looks beautiful in Sun Valley.

  11. Seeing your gorgeous pix of Sun Valley made me so envious of your snow! And, I must admit I should be grateful, but when will I be able to wear shearling in Alabama? We are looking at a high of 70 degrees tomorrow and I have yet to wear my winter wardrobe. My sons chose “True Grit” for our traditional Christmas day movie and I dreaded it…..until I found myself tugging at my husband for his handkerchief and I knew I was hooked. I laughed, I cried and I fell in love (a little bit) with the wily Rooster Cogburn.

  12. Sun Valley looks so beautiful with all the snow.
    We have blue skies here in Vancouver and no chance for snow:(
    I haven’t seen True Grit yet, but I have seen Black Swan…i’ll let you form your own opinion.

  13. “*and on a fashion note; I wore long johns to the movie and Rooster Cogburn was wearing long johns too.” CUTEST THING YOU’VE EVER SAID 🙂 🙂

    The shearling-lambsie-wool jacket[photo above the patio fireplace] is gorgeous!!

  14. In the last four days I’ve seen: True Grit, The King’s Speech, and Black Swan.

    You know how after you see a great movie, you have crazy dreams… well the above combo
    has taken me to a whole new level… not say’n a word!!


  15. We’re hunkering down for some snow and sub-zero temps tonight and through the weekend…I’m staying indoors (except for mucking stalls and feedings in record time).
    I just wrote about indoor comforts…I guess I forgot all about long underwear!
    Love Jeff, can’t wait to see the movie. You look adorable. Enjoy S.V. and Happy
    New Year Slim! Cheers!

  16. I Can’t wait to see your remarks regarding “Black Swan”….I’ll be quiet until then! I saw it with two girlfriends and we all had the same reaction. I won’t say what that was until I hear from you!

  17. I have spent the holidays reading every one of your posts. I LOVE YOUR BLOG—BEST PICS ON THE WEB! Think it was love at first sight since you had posts about my favorite place –Sun Valley, Idaho. I grew up going there summers as well as winters. It is still the best kept secret! I still follow the daily S.V. weather—snow snow snow!

    S.P. that pic of your reflection in the window–you should be on The Sartoralist today very winter chic you look!

    I saw Black Swan–loved it but thought the end was toooooo over the top. Must say think B. Hershey –mom from Hell should win an award for her role–she is so scareee!

    Happy New Year–was curious what business your hubby was in since you seem to travel a lot!

    • Many Thanks K.T.
      That’s amazing you spent all that holiday time reading my posts- I’m so flattered!
      Yes, Sun Valley is such a special place…right now, such a VERY COLD, DRY but still special place.

      Happy New Year to you!

      PS. It is me that is the mad traveler in the family, not my husband. Luckily for me, he is fully supportive of my wanderlust 🙂

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  19. That snow looks wonderful. So do your longjohns! Wonderful post and movie suggestions. I can’t wait to hear your take on Black Swan.
    Happy New Year and blessings for you and your family. Thanks for all your wonderful posts during the year.

  20. Wonderful post as usual. Have an exciting and healthy New Year Slim.
    And kudos and appaluse for all your past blogs……. Each one better than the last (ALL GOOD)

  21. I will never get sick of your posts!!!! Seriously! Even if I have a bad day, I come here and this is like my therapy. 🙂

    I also want to wish you and your family a AMAZING 2011! What do you want for 2011? So, there you go. I wish you get everything you wish and so more beautiful and great surprises from Above! 🙂

    My husband asked me yesterday if you were my “hero” in the “design/blog world”… lol and I said a big “YES”! lol

    Have fun in the snow! We are, here in Canada. 🙂


    Luciane at

  22. so beautiful, being with you is like a dreamworld, back in Paris, cold but no snow, work problems, serious depressing —- wish I was in the white peaceful photos!!! love you miss you

  23. My husband has 2, yes 2 Shearling coats. How many do I have? Zero! I used to throw my hubs on when walking the dog in the middle of Chicago during the wintertime. There is nothing warmer, I would love to own one someday…

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