Black & White Stripes Redux

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Poolside, the Tintagel Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

It seemed everywhere we turned in Sri Lanka, black & white stripes beckoned.

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The Tintagel Hotel

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Lobby of the Tintagel Hotel

We were so inspired!

Of course I had to answer the call.

Now as shopping meccas go, Sri Lanka’s not, well, Mecca, but I did manage to purchase a few things.

I found a great woven cotton black & white striped tablecloth and napkins (which didn’t make the post due to laundering concerns, having been packed with the black rubber coasters I bought that turned my bag into a tire factory for the rest of the trip ( picked up in our first port of call too. A lot of them.)

Well, honestly, who knew they would smell so pong-y?!

(have you read “King Leopold’s Ghost”?  A startling book about the history of the rubber trade in the Congo).

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Gazpacho & stripes.  (Note rubber charger :))

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We loved the black & white striping at The Kahanda Kanda Hotel, Galle, Sri Lanka

 apparently somebody else was also digging the combo 

and didn’t attend his “Lizards #101 Blending In” class.

 Ralph Lauren does it beautifully

Going to be pulling out my black & white shirt with the itchy collar and soaking it in Downy til it cooperates.

I even ordered these straws. Probably won’t use them with the tablecloth, but…

Never say never.

I did buy coasters made out of tires.

PS. Straws can be ordered here

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Paradise Road, The Gallery Cafe, Colombo

19th century Swedish corner bench via Balsamo Antiques NY.

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Great little pop of blue from the bedside lamps!

black stair railings

My beach house stair railings from the second floor

Love this mix in AD

.Cute idea for a tea towel bar.

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Tea towels from “Bed Bath & Beyond” $9.99

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Gourdon, France

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black & white stripes with wicker always works

photo of Miranda Kerr

been there.

Natasha Poly. Isabel Marant jeans

if memory serves I had a few of these little crocheted numbers growing up.

A far cry from last week’s Costco porno dummy suit (still sitting in my car)

Growing up,  my mom  used to say with a sigh; “Every Dog Has His Day”

( my mom’s from Dublin, she has 50 million of these expressions)

I never really liked that one because I never understood it,

 and now that I do , I still don’t like it :(

but it did come to mind when I saw these

swimsuits hand crocheted in Australia and  available on Couture Lab .

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black & white stripes

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.D Will Black & White stripes inspire you, or are you all about COLOUR for Spring & Summer?

How about combining colour & stripes and having it ALL and we’ll just thumb our noses at those “Dog Days”?!

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If you’re so inclined, you can find last year’s Black & White Stripes post  here

Stay tuned for more travel and “Springing into Summer” posts soon!

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A Slice of Life

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The month is whizzing by so fast there’s hardly time to talk! I remember this time last year I promised myself that this time this year (OK wait, did that make any sense?!) I would be finished my Christmas shopping already.  LOL.  It’s taking me 2 weeks to read 1 book at the moment and I’m still not finished.

It’s been a busy last few days in our little community. I attended the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s ‘Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film’ evening where Kirk, who is 94, presented the award to his son Michael.  As you may imagine, it made for a very moving evening. Would that we all be half as sharp and vitally alive at 94 (and writing yet another book!) as Mr. Douglas Sr.   After a serious helicopter accident, a major stroke, and two knee replacements in his 89th year, “Inspiring” doesn’t even begin to describe the force of nature that is Kirk Douglas.

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 The following night The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation honoured another very special Santa Barbarian; the divinely talented Carol Burnett.  Hilarious memories and heartfelt moments ending with a touching tribute to Carol by  Jane Lynch were shared on stage during the course of an evening that raised a great deal of funds for a truly  incredible organization.

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The next morning…over the hills to Ojai  for “Ojai Day”!

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A Morgan (year??)

Street Art, Vintage cars and Welsh cakes… who needs more than that on a spectacular Saturday morning?!

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A Buick

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Does this car make me look fat??

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And…

No rest for the weary…

Up bright and early the next morning for the Santa Barbara Cancer Center’s  19th Annual Walk/Run

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Some folks getting well earned massages after their efforts.

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Another  beautiful morning it was, and the best part; Not only did our team take the trophy for the most money raised,

but an extremely well deserving member of the team won the Grand Prize; a trip for two to Hawaii!!

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After the walk, I went over to my friend’s garden to once again pull a major raid on her Passion Fruit vines.

 I mean really, who needs Hawaii??!

I swear, I can’t stop eating them, they’re SO delicious

I keep waiting for the tummy-ache.

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A sweet little mailbox on our route.

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And so, finally, to bed…

To hopefully finish that book

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Sea World

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A little corner of my beach bulletin board

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Hey, not so fast!

 Enough already with all the talk of back to school, pumpkins and leaves turning.

 There’s still some summer left, let’s not  rush things here People.

 I, for one, will be dragged kicking and screaming from these last few weeks of partial fog, clearing by mid afternoon.

You’ll have to pry the sunscreen from my cold, pale hands.

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Who’s with me?!

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Chanel obviously is;

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To coincide with Fashion’s Night Out on September 8th, Chanel launches it’s latest polish collection;

“Le Jeans de Chanel”

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Me. Here. Now.

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I feel badly because I can’t for love or money find the credit/link for these cute soaps – if you’re the person who makes them, please write me.

*** Here it is:  SoapBaubles.com

(Thanks Andrea!)

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This is as close as I want to come to seeing turning “leaves” until October, thank you very much.

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Driftwood bowls in two sizes from W.S. Home


Don’t you think you could flip these over, drill a hole and they would make fun shades for a hanging light fixture in a beach house?

Especially with a multi filament Edison bulb.

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Pretty coloured tea lights only $2.99 at Ikea

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“Vascabarca” stone bathtub by Antonio Lupi

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more beach combing …

I found Neptune’s curtain tie-back

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Kids, look away.

I’m kind of taken with writing on walls at the moment.

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Parfait goblets from West Elm

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Hello. My name is Slim Paley.

I’m an Uggaholic.

Loving this new colour.

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Not a great photo, but I love this summer dinner (taken with my iphone and yes, that’s a crusty old oven mitt wedged beneath the cookie sheet on the table, paper napkins & ice in the wine. Don’t tell Martha)  A table covered with brown craft, or newspaper, broiled Alaskan King Crab legs, lashings of drawn butter, fresh lemon and japanese pickles.

Oh, and of course truffle salt.

Happiness.

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via Gandia Blasco

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Sunglass charm from Thomas Sabbo

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Have a great rest of the week!

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Au Revoir July

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Here we are, at the end of another wildly fleeting summer month already :(  

 Are you feeling well summerized yet?  Have you been to the beach, or the lake? Maybe even the drive-in? (I have!)  

Or perhaps you’re more of the gardening type? Have you been enjoying all the fruits of your labour?! My garden is in full-on blowsy mode at the moment. To be honest the old girl is in serious need of a new “Do”- you know like when you literally cannot wait one more SECOND to get your hair done?   But no time, no time…where does it go??

 Though I can’t complain about my roses this year.  Even if I do say so myself, they’ve been pretty dang gorgeous.  Now I’m always enamored with old fashioned roses; the delicate, breathy hues and lush crinolined layers of all the regal grande dames, but I must admit to having my head turned by this new, ridiculously loud orange fellow. His sheer brazenness just brings a smile to my face and a kick to any arrangement.  I can’t possibly think of him in feminine terms. This rose is a dude who goes by the name of “Gingersnap” (Available at Rose Story Farm in Carpinteria) .

The colour is divine with turquoise, another of my all time favourite combos

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Rug available at Richard Morant

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Speaking of tangerine (how’s that for a segue?)

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Have you ever tried Lillet?  My husband recently read Hemmingway’s “A Moveable Feast” for the first time and decided that he must try Lillet (being a favourite tipple of Ernest’s)   Aaand guess who’s now drinking the Lillet and who’s gone back to his diet coke?!

Best served very cold with an orange slice.

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A little droopy but still appealing (some of us can relate to that, right?)

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I saw these somewhere but lost the credit- if anyone knows where to buy them please let me know

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Suzani from Richard Morant

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Chair available from Shades of Light

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A big bowl of loquats and tangerines from the garden

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Citrus sorbets from another of my fav cookbooks to look at  “Frozen Desserts”

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Blu Mediterraneo by Acqua di Parma

ahhh- so light and summery

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Lily Pulitzer luncheon plates

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A summer table setting at the beach

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Another version of that delicious Louis Vuitton summer bag…I can feel the ceiling fan wafting through my hair…

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Happy August to Everyone

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Stretch each and every day as long as you can

Take time to read, relax and smell those roses :)

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WHAAT?? July Already?!

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Lunch with my friend at the beach house last week

Who do I speak to around here about getting time to slow down just a bit??  I’m turning into the Old Person who keeps saying “I can’t believe it’s (insert time, day, month) already”  Whatupwidat?

But here we are, July 2nd already and lo and behold  “June Gloom” has lifted as predictably as an old stripper still going through the motions.  OK, maybe not the prettiest analogy, but hey, it’s GORGEOUS outside and I want to get down to the beach!!  (speaking of old strippers :) )   I hope the weather is also playing well wherever you may be.  Before I head out, I wanted to share two absolutely delicious recipes that are perfect for weekends (prep ahead), or any time this summer.  The first is new and great and the second is a tried and true gazpacho from 2009, which I’d saved in my files from Food & Wine Magazine but is actually available on their website.  God I love technology. Sometimes.  FYI; This recipe is not to be confused with the Grape & Almond Gazpacho I shared back in October 2009 HERE

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Celery, Grilled Grape and Mushroom Salad



  1. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar with the lemon juice, celery seeds, mustard and half of the garlic. Gradually whisk in 1/4 cup of the olive oil and the almond oil until emulsified. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.
  2. In a mini food processor, combine the remaining garlic with the parsley, celery leaves and almonds and pulse until finely chopped. Add another 1/4 cup of the olive oil and puree to a chunky paste. Season the pesto with salt and pepper.
  3. Light a grill. Brush the mushrooms with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat, turning once, until tender and browned, about 5 minutes. In a bowl, toss the grapes with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat until the skins begin to blacken in spots, about 3 minutes; line the grill with perforated foil if the grapes will fall through. Transfer the grapes and mushrooms to a large bowl and toss with the pesto.
  4. Arrange the lettuce leaves on a platter and drizzle with half of the dressing. Spoon the mushroom-and-grape salad onto the lettuce. Toss the celery with the remaining dressing, spoon it on top and serve.
MAKE AHEAD The dressing and pesto can be refrigerated separately for up to 2 days.
PS. Note from me; What makes this recipe really divine are the grapes fit to burst with roasty-goodness and flash grilling the oyster mushrooms so they are slightly blackened and have some crunch.
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Recipe from Food & Wine Magazine, June 2011
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A vintage ice thermos and little aqua milk glasses filled with last minute grabs from the garden

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White Gazpacho

  1. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the cauliflower until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water until cool and drain well.
  1. In a blender, combine 1 1/2 cups of cold water with the cooked cauliflower, bread, pine nuts, chopped garlic, sherry vinegar, chopped shallot, 1 cup of the slivered almonds and the coarsely chopped cucumber; blend until smooth. Add the olive oil and pulse just until incorporated. If necessary, add more water to thin the gazpacho. Season the soup with salt and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the remaining 1/4 cup of slivered almonds in a pie plate and toast for about 6 minutes, until fragrant and lightly golden. Ladle the gazpacho into bowls. Garnish the soup with the toasted almonds and the finely diced cucumber and serve.
MAKE AHEAD The white gazpacho can be refrigerated overnight. NOTES One Serving 320 cal, 28 gm fat, 3.6 gm sat fat, 12 gm carb, 4.2 gm fiber.
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PS. Note from me;  This was quite garlicky so I would suggest maybe cutting back the garlic to 1 and 1/2 cloves or two SMALL cloves 
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Recipe from Food & Wine Magazine, August 2009

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Now I’d like to say this Lavender Lemon gelato is home-made, but nope, I buy it from my local ice-cream & gelato shop that whips up all their delicious flavours fresh daily.

 If you are ever in Montecito, CA, you must stop in to SCOOP .  

Say Slim sent you :)

Happy 4th of July weekend Everybody!!

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