Driving By, Minding My Own Business

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Fields of Cockscomb in Carpinteria, California

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I was driving down the highway just the other afternoon when out of the corner of my eye I glimpsed the most incredible blur of colour

Honestly, I was concentrating…

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for “Sunrise” by Simply Red, a very happy tune

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But who amongst us Slaves to Beauty wouldn’t have been tempted to stop and snap a few stems, er pics?

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you know how my mind works…

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Michele Keeler cotton towels

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Muzunga Sisters

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 Tommy Ton

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Did you know that Cockscomb flowers are also known as “Wool Flowers” or “Brain Celosia”,

suggestive of a highly coloured brain.

(via The Flower Expert)

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cute sac via Muzungu Sisters

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Felt trivet here

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The Rug Company

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And in the Victorian language of flowers, Celosias symbolized humor, warmth, and silliness

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Not such a difficult language to learn!

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Kathryn Ireland home

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Bottega Veneta SS2012

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The flower actually belongs to the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae.

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Another  fun piece from one of my favourite jewelry designers Tamara Comolli

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 via ABC Dragoo

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Peter Som SS2012

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Via here

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I didn’t really pick any.  I swear.

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That Funky Boutique on Etsy

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Big balls of fun Upstairs at Pierre LaFond, Montecito CA.

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I guess what I’m really trying to say is;

Stride boldly into your day my friends

and always look on the bright side of the highway

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Oh, wait…

Carpenteria Diem!!

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I was speaking the Language of Flowers 🙂 )

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39 Comments

  1. You are just the bomb how you put things together, and you are also at the top of my list today because you gave me my first laugh out loud outburst with the, ” But who amongst us Slaves to Beauty wouldn’t have been tempted to stop and snap a few stems, er pics?” Love the images, love the clothing, and love your magnificent sense of humor!!!

  2. Love this post Slim. The colours are stunning and such a welcome post on this dreary & drizzly day here in Vancouver! Love your funny take on just about everything! Will take your advice and stride boldly into my day!
    Kim

  3. Can I be you when I grow up! When they talk about living an authentic life, you are doing it! Thank you for these daily hits of beauty and the art of living well.

  4. Oh man. I’m sitting here in my 3rd all-black outfit of the week going gaga for everything in your post. Even the little orange hipster fridge (with the knowledge secure in the back of my mind that “Magazine Living” would make fun of that photo). At least I did manage to put on red shoes today. Thanks for (all) the great post(s)!

  5. No matter how busy my day, I always take a few moments to drink in the images on your blog and enjoy the witticisms. Thank you for sharing your extraordinary talents and your enchanting life. I meant to chip in on a blog you wrote a couple months ago about songs that stick like glue. Anytime my sister annoys me I sing the chorus of “Muskrat Love” by Captain & Tennille. Remember that gem? ~ You have a growing fan base here in La Jolla, Slim. Keep up the beautiful work. All my best to you and the family.

  6. Love the song! I am groovin’ right now!! This shot of color is so fantastic. I am wearing my poppy orange jeans today, so today’s musing on color was especially apropos for me. Thank you for the burst of color and sunshine. 🙂 Happy Wednesday to you.

  7. Slim, you’re the best! And by the way, isn’t the beginning of that song dangerously close to “I Can’t Go For That” by Hall and Oates?

  8. Thank you for the witty post, SP! I loved driving thru Carpinteria when we were kids…which signaled we were almost in much beloved Santa Barbara! Love Wendy Foster’s–so much charm on display.

  9. Carpenteria Diem!! That’s genius.

    I am driving that direction today, from LA to SF, and hope to stumble upon these fields! Any idea if the lavender fields around Santa Ynez are still in bloom? I’ve got to plan my floral adventures, stat xx!

  10. The colors are just fantastic. It never ceases to amaze me how your mind works so quickly to co-ordinate all those colors from the flowers into jewellry, into clothes into furniture even to the orange fridge. Loved it and what a wonderful way to start a day. Thanks.

  11. Just love it…I recognized some of the perfect Californian scenery on the flowers pics….Paradise place, this Montecito….Thank you for sharing your colors with us…X

  12. After 8 days and cold nights of no power in Connecticut, it warmed me to see such beautiful color and texture. I envy your talent, eye and humor!

  13. Uplifting, fun and gorgeous! So glad you haven’t consumed the all white/grey/greige blogland Kool-Aid. Love ya, Ruth

  14. Color, Color, Color!!!! Thank you for uplifting my spirits!!!

    P.S. I am glad I am not the only one who stops for the occasional stem. ( I mean pic! ) 🙂

    Kelley

  15. the gloomiest of all gloomies here in ol’ St. Louis. Thanks for the uplift…I do love, love, love cockscomb. They are often the forgotten one. Thanks for making them a major league player and hey, oh my…the big balls of fun! WOW.

  16. i never really liked cockscomb until this post. (shame. shame!)
    always thought them a bit creepy. now i think they may just be
    fun, silly and cozy. yes! cozy.
    and i think the orange ice box (you’re too young to call it that)
    is neat!
    see how i dated myself two different ways there in just one
    sentence!
    but i do love it.
    cheers sp,
    tammy j

    • We could always have a “How Quickly and Effectively Can You Date Yourself in One Sentence” contest…that could be super neat! 🙂

  17. Okay, so I wasn’t just imagining that the Simply Red song sounded like that Hall & Oates song, right?
    ps – really love the feather headpiece at the beginning of this post and those big balls of yarn
    at Pierre LaFond 🙂

  18. Had you been in my backyard today raking leaves you would have seen all these colors red,yellow,orange , green, magenta. Marveling at their beauty it made a dreaded task much nicer.Wish I would have had the foresight like you to have taken a picture of them!! Great post as always. (I’m ashamed to admit I open your emails first before any others)–we won’t tell my friends!!! Thanks

  19. Oh so beautiful! Somehow I missed this post so I’m a little late in commenting but all the color has brightened my day! And your Thanksgiving table was spectacular! Thanks for the inspiration.

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