WAIT!

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Vignette in Ralph Lauren, NYC by Slim Paley

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Hold on!

It simply can’t be Labour Day Weekend yet!

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To accompany your stroll

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Slim Paley photo

Poolside at The Coral Casino, Montecito, California.

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The weather in Santa Barbara is so GORGEOUS right now.

Hot.

Blue skies.

Nary a breeze.

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Eat your heart out down there in the S. of F. :)

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Fernanda Cameron for SIS magazine

Iriving & Fine top

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 I’ve hardly been to the beach

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There are still so many summer books to read (like, ALL of them :( )

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So many blue & white stripes yet to wear…

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Armani 2012

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Salvatore Ferragamo resort 2012

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Armani 2012

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photos to take…

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Footwear to consider…

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Accessories to splurge on

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Blue Rope Chairs from the “Melt Down” Series by Tom Price, U.K.  VIA

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Jean Paul Gaultier

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Slim Paley photo

and rooms to “phooff” up…

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Raoul Textiles

Slim Paley

The “Raoul Textiles” shop, Santa Barbara, CA

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Not to mention all the summer cocktails I was going to concoct…

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I’m just not READY.

I’m going to be like the party guest that won’t leave,

still banging on about summer & watermelons while every one else has moved on to pumpkins & cashmere

But isn’t that the beauty of writing my very own blog?

NO BOSS :)

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Cheers & Have a fabulous Holiday Weekend!

xoxo

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Cheerio to the Olympics

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt

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Our family is really going to miss watching the Olympics together.

How about you??

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We viewed the opening night ceremonies under the stars in Greece.

Slim Paley photo

It was all good… after we found the English speaking channel.

Hard to follow intense hospital bed choreography without some sort of explanation.

Just sayin.

Caught the second week, though somewhat spottily, late nights in our hotel room at Le Bristol in Paris, albeit with a decidedly British perspective, courtesy of BBC 3.

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As  fans of Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe from the last summer Olympics, we enjoyed watching him as a commentator on the British coverage this year.

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Ian Thorpe and some other hunky British swimmer commentator.

Oh wait,

I might be wandering off track…

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At this point, I must cop to being a bit of a cheater when it came time to pick a team to root for.

As a newly minted American citizen

it was very easy to step up and root for all the charismatic Yanks

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Michael Phelps paving his very own yellow brick road.

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A little music for your viewing pleasure…

Click below


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Phelps

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Decathlon gold medal winner Ashton Eaton

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6′ 4″ Destinee Hooker

and the U.S. Women’s volleyball team had me on the edge of my seat (OK, my bed) and almost convinced I should start working out more.

But then I grabbed another chocolate croissant and got real.

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Are these women unbelievable??

Kerri & Misty

All I remember from playing high school volleyball are the blood blisters I’d get on the inside of my wrists if the ball so much as touched me.

Good thing it rarely happened.

Oh…the traumatic memories of never getting picked…

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Don’t even know what he did, but damn, those are some guns.

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And what’s not to love about a face like this?!

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Gabby Douglas

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Lolo Jones

fought through unfair press to finish 4th.

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However when the Brits were dong well, my old U.K. heritage kicked in with, well, Olympic speed.

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The Union Jack is in my blood, after all :)

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British Women’s Rowers rejoice.

I think of all the miserable, cold and rainy mornings they get up so early to practice for this moment

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It makes me want to mix up a Pimms and  go out for a good curry to celebrate.

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As for Oh Canada, another place I like to call home

I found myself quietly jumping up and down whenever we they got close to any medaling

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Rosie MacLennan wins Canada’s first (and only??) Gold medal for women’s trampoline.

Sadly, it was rather a poor showing for the Maple Leafers

but

they will be kicking derrieres and taking names in the next Winter Olympics people, so watch out eh?

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And then,

there were those athletes who it didn’t matter where they were from, you just wanted them to win

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Oscar Pistorius from South Africa

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One of my favourite moments

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The Jamaican sweep of the men’s 200m led by Usain Bolt

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David Rudisha of Africa breaks the World record for the men’s 800m

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Go Oscar

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Synchronised swimmers

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What was your favourite moment of the 2012 Olympics?!

Have they inspired you to get up and jangle the molecules a little more?

I’m thinking of rubbing some chalk onto my legs and ordering a fresh wheatgrass juice at “Blenders in the Grass” tomorrow

 to have people mistake me for an athlete.

It could happen.

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OK, maybe not.

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Will you watching the closing ceremonies Saturday?

We’ll be watching in the comfort of our home once again.

omg is my husband happy to have his own remote back in his hand.

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See you there!

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oh, and you can thank Anouchka and her comment for this late addition photo;

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Hugo Parisi

:)

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FAN-TASTIQUE

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Fans

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Wow. It’s the first day of August already people!

Time to get out your fans of all descriptions.

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Boldini Lady with Fan

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Lady with Fan John Singer Sargent

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I’ve been traveling a lot and I’m here to report that more than a few spots around the globe are sweltering!

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Are you quite comfortable swishing a fan or do you find it too much of an affectation?

I brought a couple of mine to Greece.

Just, you know, because.

I’m a 19th century gal after all.

We were in the company of a lovely Spanish couple.

After watching both of them using their fans…well, let’s just say, I’ve never felt more ungainly.

It’s all in the wrist apparently…

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How about the parasol?

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Are you cool with it, or do you feel like an elderly Asian woman?!

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Parasols, Amanwella, Sri Lanka

Our parasols on the drive at The Amanwella, Sri Lanka

I’m torn, but no doubt about it, they were a requirement here.

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.Duvelleroy fan

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watermelon

My fan at breakfast in Greece

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The King & I

A still from “The King & I”.

 Can you imagine wearing those dresses in the suffocating heat of summer in Siam?!

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Fan by Duvelleroy

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The language of fans

(where’s  “Are you going to eat that last french fry??”)

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Gustav Klimt

Diego Docini

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Louis Vuitton Eventail chinoiserie fan $2,515

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Lulu Guinness Fan clutch

THE place to find both beautiful and fun fans- DUVELLEROY

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Gone With the Wind

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Cab Calloway; The Lady with the Fan video 

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I’ll be home very soon.

Until then, stay cool!

xox

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ZING!

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Don’t get me wrong.

It’s not that I don’t love the whole GREY/BEIGE/GREIGE  thaing that’s swept through the global design community and settled upon us like a tasteful, gunmetal scrim…

but right now, with it being summer and all, I’m feeling much more of a

ZING!!!

in my heart.

I want to bring all this lovely colour and light into my home for these long summer dayz…

How about you?

Come, let’s listen to cool new music and get  some  Zingy  inspiration together!

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“Golden Light” by TwinShadow


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“Aurora” crystal via http://www.theresienthal.de

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.Theresienthal crystal

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Melodious Cacophony 

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..Anyone can throw together a bright & charming splash of summer flowers in a simple mason jar

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The Moroccan sensibility is perfect for creating a colourful yet chic ambience

Have you seen Maryam Montague’s new book;

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It’s full of fun ideas, and you may also read her blog HERE

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A modern take on the traditional Suzani pattern

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C’est Moi!

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.Often simple is best!

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Kallianthi Fabrics

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Roche Bobois  (Also having a sale right now)

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Art by Kathe Fraga- explore HERE

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via Remodelista

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Love this tunic!.

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Dior Summer 2012.

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Slim Paley Instagram photo

My new Pottery Barn (on sale now!) cushions make me and my porch very happy

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Sherbet colours

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…and then the Jewelry Fairy came and put a Tamara Comolli  bracelet under all our pillows!

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Tanja Lippert

Exuberent! Exhuberant  Exhuberent  #@$%^%^&#

FULL OF JOY!!

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Have a Zingy Weekend

xoxo

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Happy Summer!!

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It’s HERE!

HAPPY SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!

Music for your stroll;

 


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Get out in the garden

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Be Exuberant 

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.Perfect your Marguerita making skills

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.Make home-made gourmet popsicles

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Get to the beach

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.Entertain outdoors as much as possible

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WHATever

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Read your face off

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.Wear hats & sunscreen

Always.

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Eat fresh & healthy

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Buy a cute suit

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Indulge in a little fantasy

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Embrace summery details

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Never be too old to build a fort

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Pack a gourmet picnic and go to the Drive-Inn

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Make home-made vice-cream

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Cherish chubby toes

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Break bread with good friends

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Headfirst

xoxo

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(non-Slim Paley photos  via Pinterest, except my son’s toes (photo Christopher Briskoe)