Friday Favourites 14 (I know it’s Saturday, just play along and I’ll buy you a drink)


Slim Paley photo

Sparkling Strawberry-Rosemary Lemonade.

serves 6

2 pints strawberries, hulled, plus garnish

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (aprox. 7 lemons)

1 cup Rosemary syrup (6 oz. simple syrup with two large rosemary sprigs brought to a rolling boil and steep)

2 cups seltzer

1) Place strawberries in juice extractor, process. Should yield 2 cups of juice.

2) Transfer to large pitcher, add remaining ingredients and stir.

Strawberry and Rosemary syrup may also be combined with vodka over rocks. Just sayin’

(recipe adapted from an old Martha Stewart magazine)

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Happy Friday Favourites Everyone!

Did anyone participate in Kevin Anderson’s “Life in a Day”  project last weekend ?  A couple of my girlfriends and I did- no joke!  The menfolk were away, which presented the perfect opportunity for a pajama party where delicious fruity cocktails were imbibed and, as is most often the case when ladies get together in the comfort of pj’s and the absence of testosterone, world changing ideas were exchanged.  Filming commenced first thing in the morning July 24th, nesty hair, puffy eyes and all. Victoria’s Secret catalogue eat your heart out.  I wish I could share it with you. Sort of.  Conversation highlights included families, parenting, the near pornographic nature of advertising lately, killer whales and gardening. We also covered the documentary’s suggested questions; What’s in your bag? What do you love? What do you fear? and What makes you laugh?? Needless to say, the answer to the last question was a resounding “MY GIRLFRIENDS!”  Unfortunately, in reviewing our videos afterwards, we agreed that we just weren’t quite brave enough to have all our unedited raw footage available on YouTube in perpetuity.  If by some bizarre chance 🙂  our footage was not selected for the  film that would be the case (Always read ‘The Terms and Conditions’!!)  Nevertheless, we had an absolute blast filming our little time capsule and how often do you ever  do something like that… when it doesn’t involve your kids??!

The following are ‘desktop shots’ NOT video, there is a little audio though 🙂

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“OMG, I get it…you’re from NY…you need TWO pods instead of one…Settle down. Are you sure this is your first coffee??!”

Audio of Coffeetawk



Believe it or not, I do have eyes- they just don’t open when I’m laughing this much in the morning. Not before 11.

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Hoping third time’s a charm…

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The ad campagin in question, although this isn’t even one of the most provocative ones. What say YOU?? Do you think they’re too much?

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Slim Paley photo

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My friend “QVC’ing” a gigantic blackberry.

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Later in the afternoon, we visited a beautiful orchard and rose garden where, as usual, the conversation turned to drunk dead guys on killer whales.

AUDIO

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This probably gives you a good idea of why we opted out of participating in ‘Life in a Day‘, but I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the project come to fruition!

Click here for “Life in A Day” regularly updating site

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At the other end of the spectrum… If you want to see some women that are just AMAZING on film, go see;


The Trailer

Loved this movie!  It’s so funny but it also really made me cry.  The acting is inspired all round (when is Julianne Moore ever less than fabulous?!) but I have to say it was Annette Bening’s performance that really sent me to the cleaner’s.  She’s so utterly fearless and real- I hope she gets nominated for an Oscar- she’s that good. In fact they both deserve to get Oscar noms. What a great movie!

(R- for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some teen drug and alcohol use)

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Still in keeping with Friday’s Female Love Fest, my older son and I went to see Joanna Newsom in concert tonight at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara.  Um…just a little talented.  WOW.  She has a clear, bright, beautiful voice, exceedingly reminiscent of Kate Bush. Like Kate, she is a pianist, writes all her own music and lyrics, and plays the hell out of the harp.  Very cool show. She said her father was in the audience and I felt so happy for him. He must have been so proud.

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PS.  Robin Pentfold, the lead singer from Fleet Foxes opened for Joanna Newsom. Quite honestly, you’d have to be a log not to get goosebumps from his voice in concert.  Long time readers of Slim Paley know what a huge fan I am of Fleet Foxes. So, all in all,  it was an inspiring evening, despite driving home lamenting the teeniness ( I say it’s a word, so curse you, Spellcheck) of my talents.  Why oh why didn’t my parents MAKE me play that harp?!

Robyn Pentfold Blue Ridge Mountains  click

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Lastly, My Old Classic Book recommendation for this week is;

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Edith Summers Kelley’s “WEEDS”

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Do you ever have those days where you feel so ridiculously sorry for yourself that something only need fall off a hangar and you’re convinced the entire universe is conspiring against you?  Or you pull in the wrong side of the pump at the gas station and you start crying? Oops- TMI?!   Have I got a book for you; Try reading “Weeds“.   Written in 1923,  Edith Summers Kelley tells the desperate story of a young woman tobacco farmer living a life, if you can call it that,  that will leave you gasping. This is neither uplifting, nor an easy read, but God is it good.  The writing is spare, unflinching and pitch perfect. And BTW, Why are there so many great Canadian women writers- what’s that about?  Apres ‘Weeds’ you’ll be hard-pressed whether to make out with your iron or fondle your dishwasher. There’ll be Disney blue birds circling your microwave.  I considered knitting a sweater from my dryer lint. (in the New Blue!)   Never again It will be awhile before you complain about all ‘the stuff’ on your list when you finish this raw slice of genius.

(Available on Amazon.  *Would make a great book club book.)

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So, That’s it for this Friday’s Favourites. Don’t you just love when they come on Saturday?! So much more special.  I’m thinking “Saturday Stuff” might not be such a bad idea…Fridays come around so quickly!

Hope you have an abundance of sunshine, music, and reading time this weekend 🙂

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Cheers!

xx Slim

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22 Comments

  1. Looks like it was a great pajama party. How did you manage to get rid of the men? As for the book selection: we all definitely need to count our blessings every moment. Thanks.

  2. I can’t wait to get that book
    Loved your post, still can’t hear the song
    From yesterday.
    I can relate to needing all that coffee, and pajama parties still rock.
    Here comes the sun

  3. Can’t wait to see that movie and now read that book!

    That ad is a bit much, but compared to American Apparel it’s nothing, at least their models look like they’re over the age of 14, i live a block away from AA and I’m subjected to their child porn sandwich board advertising every day when i walk by.

  4. i love that song and I am seeing the kids are all right today. Life in a Day…well, some people have fun in their lives and get to enjoy with girlfriends. What blessings.

  5. hi slim

    i was unable to get anything to “play.” how unfortunate. i love the picture of you. i love having a face (even though your eyes are closed) with the writing. i don’t know why. it’s the first thing i do when i start a new book. look at the back of the bookjacket to see a pic of the author. so to sum up, i didn’t hear anything but i got your drift and can’t wait to see that movie.

    ~janet

  6. We don’t have a juicer- could this be a muddle instead? Love a good muddle- includes everything from a sangria on down to a bellini– to include peaches/apricots/watermelon anything juicy… and of course the liquor choice…. rum…brandy… wine or perhaps prosecco. Guess I don’t need an answer… it’s Saturday and everything goes… perhaps I can get the adorable man to turn away from the rugby game with a good muddle and a carbonara… and of course a great Saturday night muddle/carbonara outfit.. which starts with the subtle perfume choice but sends it all the way home with sauteed garlic and a freshly grated assiago… Happy Saturday everyone.

  7. How perfect! I needed a cocktail recipe for a girls evening, a new book suggestion for my Book Club and I can’t wait to see the movie! thank you!!

  8. Oh Slim,
    So good to hear your voice and you are so BEAUTIFUL, but, we already knew that : )
    Can’t wait to see that movie too!

    • Thank you Emily 🙂
      You could only hear my wee voice just a bit- it was mostly my great friend from NY you could hear in both soundbites. She really knows how to project!!

  9. Trying to make that film must have been so much fun and a great reason to get the girlfriends together…not that you need one. Nice to see your lovely smiling face! Yeah, I hate those ads but it’s like I’m numb to them…I was so mad when my guys were in high school and wanted to buy everything from Abercrombie and their catalogs were practically porno. Imagine my horror when they asked my son to be one of the guys that stands out in front of the store with just jeans and a santa hat on at Christmas! (he declined) Thanks once again for the recipies, book and movie recommendations.

  10. I didn’t know Joanna Newsom was so young! I also love the Fleet Foxes! Some other tunes you might like:
    Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo
    Avett Brothers – Head Full of Doubt
    Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream
    Broken Bells – The Mall and the Misery
    Phoenix – all of the latest
    and of course Vampire Weekend’s latest (and the list is endless…)

    Love your posts! Inspiring!

    • Thanks Julie!
      I love Phoenix (my kids tease me because I always act like I “discovered” them) Beach House and Vampire Weekend, but I’m not familiar with the others you mentioned- I’ll be checking them all out. LOVE to find new music!

Would love to hear from you!