CELEBRATE: Going For Gold

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I hope everyone has been enjoying a happy holiday season.

Finding some quiet time to tuck in with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate, or perhaps catching up on the latest movies? There are so many good ones this year.

As you can see I am back in Sun Valley where the evening landscape is very Seuss-ian. Whoville indeed!

 As we’re just one day away from saying au revoir to 2012, and ringing in a brand New Year I’m wondering;

Where are you and how will you celebrate?!

I send you off on this post with one of my all time favorite songs ; Strange Magic by ELO


IMG_8859A small slice of my friend’s stunning holiday table, one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen.

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Did 2012 zip past like a blur of light for you as it did for me?

890A5188Some green,gold & purples (except you can’t see the purple here so you must take me at my word) on my mantlepiece at home.

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I love this simple but dramatic idea for a New Year’s Eve table

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as well, this very chic champagne ‘bucket’ custom designed for  Ruinart champagne.

tumblr_m4s9vlnDGY1rvlgs5o1_500and if there’s one night of the year when you can really go for gold, it has to be New Year’s Eve, right?!

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Gustav Klimt

cover_xl_klimt_1211281027_id_569313BTW, if you are a fan of Gustav Klimt at all you must see this BIG,  brand new stunning edition by Taschen ($200) commemorating his 150th anniversary.

Screen Shot 2012-12-29 at 5.41.16 PMGold confetti champagne ‘flutes’  from “Indigo” via Canadian House & Home

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Screen Shot 2012-12-30 at 8.49.18 AMWhite & gold- so chic for entertaining, especially in winter.

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Bag by Kotur

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May your New Year be filled with the light of faeries

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and bodacious confection

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Several gold stunners sure to attract their fair share of miners at any New Year’s soiree’

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Karmen Pedaru

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Tom Ford

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Herve Van Der Straeten 24-karat gold plated cuff $630 via Netaporter.com

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From the Burberry campaign

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890A5074An ornament on my tree

Screen Shot 2012-12-29 at 4.30.37 PMTory Burch evening clutch

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It’s all over too soon, isn’t it?

890A5504Golden light upon the midnight snow on my front porch, Sun Valley

Wishing each and every one of you, my wonderful & faithful readers, a safe & joyful New Year’s Eve and may your 2013 be chocked full of good health, happiness & humour.

Thanks so much for all your great comments and support over the years (!!)

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Now, let’s get this party started!!

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xoxox

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

It was way past 8:00am here and not a creature was stirring, not even the proverbial mouse. Long gone are the days our boys were bursting into our bedroom well ahead of the sunrise, we still bleary-eyed from Santa antics only hours before. Pause for a moment of melancholy here.   OK. It’s over.

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By 9:30am I was on my 3rd cup of tea, had read my favourite blogs and broken into the dessert cheeses for breakfast. Hey-it’s Christmas.

When everyone was finally up and lounging around the living room opening presents at a very mature pace, I completely forgot I’d left apple cider cooking on the stove for over an hour (OK, two) in the kitchen. The house is now permeated with the scent of charred sugar. That sounds a lot better than it smells. Good-bye favourite saucepan. Though I feel lucky it brought to our attention a faulty smoke alarm. Silver Lining for sure. (BTW, have you seen that movie yet? We watched it last night and really enjoyed it)

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Hoping our roasting turkeys will soon be filling the house with a much more pleasant aroma-I’m cooking two small ones (as to have more brown meat and crispy skin!) plus a giant ham. I’m happy to say our older son is feeling quite a bit better and will be able to partake in some food & fun.

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Christmas table , slimpaley.comI’ll also take some time to be so thankful for life’s blessings, especially the good health and happiness of my family and friends. This Christmas we are all holding many families in our hearts and prayers.

890A5214Another blessing I will count-having this forum in which I get to share all manner of randomness with you lovely people. I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been to have found this creative outlet at this particular time in my life.

Well, it’s time to go flip my birds

From my home to yours;

I WISH YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, PEACE , JOY & PLENTY OF LOVE.

xoxox

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The Night Before the Night Before

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Well, we’re almost there!

In just a couple of hours it will be Christmas Eve, at least here in Southern California, where as you can see it’s been

SNOWING, SNOWING, SNOWING!

(on my gift wrapping at least)

I felt in need of a change this season so I veered away from my usual ‘au natural’ wrapping theme and decided to go for a White Christmas instead. Bushels of white cotton batten, fake snow, glitter, glue and some very sticky fingers later…

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Believe it or not, the snow stays on these presents even if you turn them upside down thanks to the Scotch Super 77 multi-purpose adhesive.

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First I lightly sprayed a corner of the gifts (wrapped in plain white kraft paper) with the glue, allowed it a minute or two to become tacky, then built up a ‘snow drift’ with the cotton batting. Then, a second light spray and the addition of the two different types of fake snowflakes I found at Michael’s and Target, mixed with white packing ‘peanuts’ that we chopped up in the food blender (am I kind of crazy? don’t answer that) . A final light spray of glue, again just on the corner, to secure a gentle sprinkling of sparkly, glitter flakes and the presents are complete. FYI, I did do this outside on a drop cloth because of the mess and fumes from the aerosol adhesive.

890A5028The silver balls work by battery, so they’re great to run down the centre of your table mixed in with fresh greenery or to hang on the front door in a wreath or garland. (also from Target)

890A5048It ‘snowed’ in our barn this year too! :)

I leaned my antique water wheel from Sri Lanka up against the wall and wrapped it in fairy lights. So cozy.

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So, that’s it for me. The wrapping is finished, the tree adorned and the dining room table is set. Both my boys are home for the holidays-YAY! (though one is sick-we’re actually hoping it’s food related and not the flu :()

Tomorrow, all going well and to plan, I’ll be back with pics of our tree and the table.

Safe Travels & Sweet Dreams my friends!

xoxo

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Casual Sparkle

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Firstly,  apologies to my legion of male readers- but this post is pretty much exclusively for the Laaydies It’s a real quickie though. I’ll be back tomorrow with a little Christmas wrapping and decor. Because, God knows, I like to leave … Continue reading

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Good Afternoon. Yes, we’re starting off the afternoon talking about vodka.

Tis The Season, after all…

Ever since  these bottles jumped out at me in a European magazine last year, I’ve had my eye out for them.

Try to convince me packaging isn’t everything

890A5264‘Unique Edition’ Absolut vodka $27.95 and Christmas decorations from Target

A twist on the candle or a bottle of wine as a hostess gift,  they’re fun at your cocktails station, especially this time of year.

You do have a cocktail station don’t you?!

 Naturally I had to get my little fluorescent shot beaker from Paris into the pic.  (filled with chartreuse, not vodka) Unfortunately the contents is looking decidedly more yellow than fluoro-green in these photos.

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194288171394143289_2letanpn_cYup, I stole this image from one of my posts last year. Can you believe I posted almost every day of December last year? Who was that masked Overachiever??!

Screen Shot 2012-11-27 at 3.37.27 PMChristian Dior

I cannot tell a lie. This was originally going to be two posts; one on fluorescents and one on opalescents but just LOOK at the time- It’s the 20th already!

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Edmundo Castillo

1mb9I’m liking this artist Matthew Brandt

“‘taste tests in color’ in which the artist silk screened picturesque american landscapes
by using a food item in place of traditional ink such as ketchup or mole sauce. in this particular ‘taste test’, the artist recreates the image of vernal falls of
yosemite national park into several multi-layered prints made permanent by food or household objects such as toothpaste, kool-aid, airhead candies,
or pharmecutical pills”

I’m presuming the silk screened are sprayed with some sort of preservative. 

137359857356879807_6pv540Kd_cSomeone else has been dipping into the ‘pharmaceuticals’

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stella-mccartney-hologram-clutchStella McCartney bag

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Screen Shot 2012-12-20 at 8.44.25 AMFestive Uggs

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tumblr_m2gsm038Z91qax0bvo1_1280I know pink hair is getting old and so am I, but I’d like some. I really would.

20120903-063019I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Serendipity (I think…I couldn’t really read that word. It might say ‘sensuality’ but I prefer serendipity) … I am vivid colours.  etc.

I am tired of reading the tiny print.

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182888434838887877_sMeuDT2A_ffluorescent hair on model of the moment Cara Delevigne at Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013

AVF-Fearless-Neon-Acrylic-Tray-Stack-6x4I love these desk organisers but I’m way beyond help in that department. My husband always looks at my desk, shakes his head and says “I can’t believe you’re a Virgo”

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c8e36096e25f11e1818012313b012024_7A graffitied rug at my hair salon in LA

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tumblr_lllhnihc5t1qg8ng8o1_400this chair even has “Absolut Love”  written on it. Freaky man.

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Sophia Webster

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record it all on this extremely desirable Leica X2 designed by Sir Paul Smith.

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I still have lots to share in the next few days so I very well might be doubling down again.

Peace Out for now

xoxo

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