haute halloween II

tumblrboo!

tumblranna selezneva

ef167a2b9801f196f1746f28104d0f70

i‘ve been uncharacteristically quiet of late i know.

you might have been worried the black cat got my tongue…

well, nothing quite so macabre, but i did have shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff when i returned from ny.

ouch.

NatashaBeaute3this is a pose i will not be striking for quite some time…

i’ll be having to type with only one hand ( hence the lack of capitals) for awhile so please bear with me

bear silhouette

  i’ll be a woman of few words and let the images do the talking,

so please enjoy this potpurri of grown up halloween inspiration i’ve cobbled together for your devilish delight

Tom Ford SS2014tom ford 2014

.

Screen Shot 2012-10-29 at 5.48.36 PM

2silv-1860582_0x440

the pumpkin do

lindsey-wixson1

.

640_wood-burning-stove

16shoe-tomford-tmagSF

tom ford Isabel Marant SS/2014isabel marant 2014

kendra_spears_771329621_north_545xkendra spears. she became a princess this summer when she married the aga khan’s son. a most handsome couple.

Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton S/S2014marc jacob’s last collection for louis vuitton (spring 2014, believe it or not)

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 7.50.01 PM

Christy Turlingtonchristy turlington

1186108_529622990459443_375344706_n

090613_Tommy_Ton_S2014RTW_slide_215fashion week, via tommy ton

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 7.06.26 PM

two fierce ways to navigate the streets

90613_Tommy_Ton_S2014RTW_slide_251via tommy ton

tumblranna selezneva

sweet

trick or treating in bergdorf’s

Julien-DYs

xgivenchy-spring-summer-2014-45.jpg.pagespeed.ic.9W-hR6qpEVgivenchy spring 2014

Screen Shot 2012-11-04 at 9.47.03 AM

20ce3bcf4c9338d56d169b60ce4fdb07bacon wrapped roasted pumpkin-yum!

smores sundaes via savorysimple.com

IMG_8833

IMG_0821if there’s any time to go over to the dark side, the perfect H2O for your  halloween table

how does it taste?  like black water.

i’ve always said i’d like to host a very grown up halloween dinner as i miss our children’s annual haunts at our home so much. i’m thinking plums and greys and pomegranites, but don’t get me started.  this was decidedly not the right year, but remind me, lets say , next august so i can start planning.

anna selezneva

black and white bathrooma spidery chandelier in an oh-so-cool bathroom

tumblr_m8xi1xcrkL1qzy4blo1_1280 ditch the kinda creepy, dangerous lamp too close to the tub and replace with beautiful candles for a glorious goth soak.

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 7.52.08 PMKate & Jamie step out for a night on the town

Anthony Vaccarello Fall 2013anthony vaccarello 2013

peanuts, mr. bond??

mona6mona johannesson

Screen Shot 2012-11-24 at 9.53.11 PM

tumblr_ltsnoaxlpy1r49h24o1_1280smoky

Audrey Hepburnaudrey hepburn

Erdem

black lacelacy

McQueen

mysterious

spiky

closeencounters40thorny

img-stephenjonesjpg_211414754405.jpg_article_gallery_slideshow_v2game

grace coddington, stephen jones hatblack cat

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 9.39.22 PMcharlotte olympia clutch

arthur-elgort-vogue-2004-nov-220_b_426x639arthur elgort

happy halloween to all!!

i’ll be back soon with post shoulder surgery fashion tips, trials and what i’m reading & watching (though my concentration is a joke right now)

ps; here’s one

EmptyMansions_cover_2013.07.10

pps. i’ve recorded “the returned” which premieres halloween night on the sundance channel-it’s supposed to be really good and creepy (french with english subtitles)

xxsp

a ghost from the past; haute halloween I

~

all uncredited photos via tumblr

Byron & Bo

tempestuous sea

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more”- from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage by Lord Byron

And now, for something completely new and fun

My First Interview!

I know! I actually stopped talking and listened too.

BD & SPB.D. & S.P. in Portugal.

My dear friend Bo Derek who, at the age of 56 (and may I add, a wee slip of a thing is our Bo, as you can see!) decided she was going to compete in the “Hellespont Swim” from the shores ofTurkey to Asia.

The Hellespont (or Dardanelles, as it’s now called) is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. Every year, on the 30th of August, National Turkish Victory Day, the straits are closed to all vessels for just 90 minutes, allowing approximately 600 crazy brave humans to attempt this iconic swim.

Bo Derek

 I was so inspired by Bo’s feat that I asked if she wouldn’t mind sharing her story here with all of you dear Slim Paley readers.

So off we go!

SP; I remember when you first told me you’d decided to attempt the Hellespont Swim and I thought, well, ALL my friends can’t be sane…but truly, WHATEVER possessed you??!

BD; It’s all Slim Paley’s fault and that June 2012 post called “Swim”.  As I scrolled down thru all the gorgeous images, I remember thinking “I used to be a water person. Where did she go?”

Swim Lynn Sherr

BD; I was especially taken by the pretty blue cover of Lynn Sherr’s book “Swim-Why We Love The Water”, downloading it right then and there.  As Lynn writes so beautifully of our relationship with water and swimming, she recounts her own experience swimming the Hellespont.  Now called the Dardanelles, this stretch of water from the Black Sea to the Aegean separates Europe from Asia. Rich in history, famous for the battles of Troy and Gallipoli, Greek mythology tells us Leander used to swim across the Hellespont every night to visit his lover Hero, who would light a lamp to guide his way. (Leander drowned one night, btw)  Lord Byron was so taken by Leander’s love story that to prove the crossing was possible, became the first known person to make the swim (on his second attempt) in 1810.

So “what possessed me?” you ask. I was certainly moved by Lynn Sherr’s book and suppose I was ripe for a mid-life adventure. When my girlfriend, Shehkar, agreed to do the swim with me I was well and truly committed.

hellespont

SP; I seriously think I’d have taken one look at the extraordinarily choppy sea that day and made a dive for the nearest bar. Did you have even a moment where you thought “I just can’t do this”?

BD; Yes! In case of bad weather, as happened in 2010, (but really, what are the chances that would happen again?!) our back-up plan was to sit in a lovely Turkish cafe and drink Raki and welcome in the “strong” swimmers. In the days leading up to the 30th the weather was just gorgeous, the water still as glass. Shehk and I had a couple of practice swims, relaxed and made some new friends. Then, during our orientation on the night of the 29th, the organizers informed us the forecast for the race  was “rough” advising anyone with any doubts about their abilities to reconsider and not attempt the swim.

But…Shehkar and I decided that after a year of training, we should at least get our toes wet.

The day of the swim I woke before dawn and heard the wind before I saw it. Oh shit. No way. White caps on the water and wind whistling thru the windows of our modern hotel room. The Perfect Storm!

SP; Amazing that you both were still determined to go for it! How about once you were swimming-the distance was so much longer than expected, due to the conditions-was there any time you considered raising the white flag so to speak and be pulled to the safety of a fishing boat?

BD; At least a dozen times! What have I gotten myself into?  As we stood at the start of the race looking across to the Asian side, it looked so far away….impossible for a human to swim. But the “brochure” said “the swim is 2.7 miles-with the aid of currents, equivalent to a 1 1/2 mile swim”.  I glanced over at Shehk. We both knew we were over our heads and undertrained for that vast expanse of nasty water.

Lord Byron

SP; Lord Byron, well known to be an excellent swimmer despite suffering from a club foot, purportedly described his swim as more meaningful than anything he’d achieved, whether “political, poetical or rhetorical” Did you think about Lord Byron and all the attendant history in the crossing while you were swimming, or were you just concentrating on staying alive?! 

BD; That was the plan.  As a Slim Paley pioneer, I have, over the years acquired a new appreciation for Byron. I’d memorized the “I love nature more” bit from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and some Led Zeppelin songs, because other open water swimmers had shared they have their favorite sonnets and playlists to get them thru the tedium. Never got the chance.  Stroke, stroke, breathe.  Stroke, stroke, fuck! salt water instead of breath.  Start over. Stroke, stroke, breathe. For one hour and fifty four minutes, that’s all I remember. That and a tweet my neighbor Jimmy Connors sent me the night before the swim; “Go for it Bo. Remember your training.”  Simple, but the single mantra that kept going through my mind as I put one arm in front of the other. So much for poetry.  Honestly, I think the only reason I finished is because I didn’t think I would. This attitude allowed me to relax and take it one stroke at a time.  I thought, I’ll just keep going until I hit a wall.

SP; Lord Byron & Led Zeppelin-both ‘Mad, Bad & Dangerous to know’- I love that!

JCBo’s beau, John Corbett cheering her on

(J.C. ended up pulling 6 struggling men out of the water)

BD; All of a sudden, Corbett shows up along side me in a rescue boat, screaming, “You can do it love. You’re doing great! I’m so proud of you! Go!”

John Corbett & Bo Derek

SP; Were you aware you were staying so in synch with Shehkar or were you both shocked to find you’d finished only 5 minutes apart?

BD; We started the swim together and my plan was to come out if she did. I kept my eye on her for the first 20 minutes but then I got caught in the melee at one of the three buoys that must be passed to our right-or be disqualified. ‘Melee’? I was mowed down by the other 500 swimmers trying to starboard the buoy. Let me take a moment to make one thing clear. I am not a group activity person. Or, for that matter, a touch a stranger’s body parts person. All of a sudden I’ve got legs, arms, boobs and, er, speedos in my face!  I slammed into the orange ball and tried to set off over and over again, until I finally found a couple of big boy swimmers, rolled over on my back, wedged myself between their lengths and kicked like hell.

SP; Hmmm…a Bo Derek sandwich…I wonder if they had any idea who they were escorting!

BD; I never saw Shehk again until the end. I’m so happy we both finished for all the reasons you’d expect, but also, as Shehkar put it; “Imagine if one of us didn’t finish and for the rest of our lives we’d have to say, “Oh, I’m just so glad that she made it…I’m so happy for her”. Instead, I can say Shehk made it 5 minutes before I did, even while helping a panicked swimmer to safety.

Bo & Shehk

Bo & Shehkar moments after the race.

SP; So, let’s get real; After decades of being one of our most universally famous icons of beauty-how much pressure, if any, did you feel donning a swimsuit (and horror of horrors) a bathing cap on the world stage again?

bo derek Bo, then & now. Whatever!!

BD; Swimsuit? No problem. I’m 56 years old so expectations are set pretty low. And by the time you’ve trained for this swim, you’re more concerned about making it to the other continent than about how you look. And frankly, you look pretty good.  Not perfect. Not a “10”.  But strong-a trait I personally find very attractive in swimmers. I wore a black rash guard,for sun protection, of course. We were given a strap-on ankle device that times your effort. I fancied it gave my ensemble a bit of a navy seal look. Swim caps have a tightening/pulling effect that can work in your favor.

bathing caps

BD;But oh my! Those friggin’ swim goggles are not made for the skin of 56 year old eye area. They caused bags, bruises and even something called supra-orbital neuralgia that sends shocks of severe pain to your face. For training I usually swam with a goofy looking scuba mask, but on race day, because of the cursed conditions, I had to use proper goggles. I expect my retirement fund will come from inventing swim goggles for a certain age demographic.

In the end, our swim turned out to be 4 miles and because of the weather, we swam against or across currents the entire way.  When I made it to the finish, hobbling up the ramp with a pulled a groin muscle (just like real athlete) I wanted to curl up in a ball, cry a little and and vomit (swallowing that much saltwater makes one very sick)  but the news cameras were there, so I grabbed a stranger’s sunglasses to cover the goggle damage and babbled on to the press about how great the experience was.

SP; I know how hard you’ve trained all these months and I’ve been truly inspired by your determination and commitment. There were many men, twice your size, that didn’t see the finish line. Has completing the Hellespont swim sparked your desire to set even more challenging goals for yourself?

BD; I gave!  Shehk and I both gave.  We are one of the ‘strong swimmers’ now. Forever redefined. I hope this makes sense, but I feel like one of those women I would like to be like. I even suspect my stride has changed as I enter any pool or the sea because I swam the Hellespont.

Bo & Shehk

The Strong Swimmers celebrating their success

BD;Meanwhile, Shehk and I are both discussing a swim next year but I’d never attempt those conditions again.  Do they have a swim around the island of Capri?

SP; As a matter of fact, yes, with little stops along the course where you can buy sandals from boats!

BD; And does it matter that 40% of the swimmers, especially big, strong men twice our size and strength didn’t make the swim? Hell yes!

diana-nyad-great-swims_71176_600x450

The morning of August 31st (the day after the Hellespont Swim)  64yr. old Diana Nyad commenced her 5th bid to swim from Havana, Cuba to Florida, a distance of 110 miles (177 km).  Accompanied by a 35-person support team, without a shark cage, but protected from jellyfish by a silicone mask, full bodysuit, gloves & booties, Nyad successfully reached Key West, aprox. 53 hours after she began her epic swim.

SP; Wasn’t it just the coolest that the incomparable Diana Nyad accomplished her history making 100 mile swim only three days later? Were you and Shehk in great company or what?! BTW, are there no jellyfish in the Hellespont? I’m afraid of jellyfish in my pool for God’s sake.

BD; Yes, I did get a jellyfish sting on the face during our practice swim, but nothing race day, thanks to the gods. It was amazing that Diana took off from Cuba to make swimming history so soon after our effort and my little 4-miler made me feel I could almost identify with her suffering. When you consider that after the Hellespont, I had a victory dinner & drinks, slept well, drove 4 hours to Istanbul, had another very chic victory dinner & drinks with friends, tucked into my bed at the Pera Palace Hotel (one of the 1,000 places to see before you die) and thought-all this time…she’s still swimming.

Pera_Palace_Hotel_Jumeirah_Kubbeli_Saloon

Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul

0003-0050

Benefits of Swimming

Many, many thanks to B.D. for sharing her adventure with us.

I hope you are as inspired as I am!

SWIM Post

Bo talks with Entertainment Tonight about her swim HERE

A fun account of the 2013 swim by a male swimmer (fyi-he didn’t succeed!) HERE

Keep Calm, Go Swim

Post mentioning Byron HERE

~

“Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog” by Casper David Friedrich, 1818

Uncredited photos via Pinterest.

~

The Turning

flowers from my garden, Slimpaley.com

It’s here.

 Autumn has officially arrived.

I will acknowledge its presence and no longer be cranky with those who wished the warm weather away.

I’ve perused the gross weight of all the September issues, witnessed Halloween & Thanksgiving decor in stores for myself and weakly bleet “UNCLE”

Ya got me.

As you may have noticed, I even changed my header photo. Now if I could only figure out how to nix the turquoise banner for a more autumnal shade I’d be good.

WordPress, please heed my cry for help!

Light on the dining room wall, Slim PaleyTruly, I knew It was almost here with the subtle shift of late afternoon light in my dining room. After living in this home for over 20 years we’re like old friends that finish each other’s sentences.

“Slim” (said the house) “Stop trying to act all ‘India Hicks’ with the giant palm fronds still on the table. It’s the end of September. Get over yourself”

Like I said, Very old friends.

white roses. slimpaley.com

And while I for one will still lament the all too soon passing of our summer, I’ll readily concede there are no other seasonal contenders when it comes to the beauty of Autumn light. I could basically just run around my house with a camera from 4pm to 6pm from now through November and be a very happy glamper.

Lost in Arles via Lost in Arles blog

Then there’s the whole “leaf changing thing”

Which I guess is okay if you go in for that sort of stuff…

Another big check in the plus column?

dolce-gabbana-rtw-fw2013-runway-60_112954382617Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Hellooo Fall Fashion!

155092780889415108_7qYCIpl4_cTumblr

tumblr_mpj6xzKTO21s66gr4o1_500Tumblr

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013

Not to mention (always followed by a mention)

A bed & a book

that my flannel sheets will soon be making their eagerly awaited comeback.

Oh Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Truth be told, I could blissfully sleep in flannel all year round.

Of course I wouldn’t still be married, so there’s that…

49032504Photos via here

 I totally adore the colours of Fall

24401145How divine is this copper & rust mixed with palest cream & blush?

I’m So copying. With flowers and a make-up palette. Stay tuned.

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 7.41.40 AMphoto Sarah Maingot

Shorter days and cooler nights invite us back to long heavenly soaks in the bath.

Never a bad thing.

Fall. Slimpaley.comAnd Fall food is as comforting as all get out. Soup’s on? I’m there.

be81dd751d0fec8be52948e3190ed470Grilled onions with thyme & cream. Recipe here

Angels on Horseback

A version of “Angels on Horseback” with Medjool dates, water chestnuts & pineapple wrapped in bacon, marinated in soy sauce & pineapple juice then baked. Yum.

Howard Slatkin bar

Libationally (I say it’s a word) it’s fun to adapt your bar, like this one in Howard Slatnik’s home, to the cooler season’s more comforting requirements.

vintage books. Slimpaley.comAnd I must admit, Fall certainly does invite one to hunker down and enjoy more cozy reading time…

peter-lindbergh-edie-campbell2

So;

pretty light, gorgeous colours, long baths & flannel sheets. A good meal, a great read, cashmere & a comely cocktail…

I do believe I’ve just talked myself into being very happy that Autumn has arrived!

Check it! I could be on “Super Soul Sunday”

I have a motivational speaker lurking inside of me!

omg. That explains my inexplicable weight gain over the summer…

Phew. Just found the silver lining!

Slimpaley.com

Happy Falling Leaves To All

xxSP

~

Wild Beauty

Africa game reserve Slim PaleySlim Paley photo

While it would be a bit of a stretch to say that “Sauvage” is having a Moment right now (being that its popularity never seems to wane)

Sauvage IS Having a Moment.

leopard print interiorThere. Said it.

black & BrownFrom runway to residence

Sauvagevia French Essence

We just can’t seem to resist The Call of the Wild.

Peter Beard diaries

 Taschen is even re-issuing Peter Beard’s classic collection of his collaged African diaries, originally published in 2006

Peter Beard book

According to Tashchen, the original is now selling for $1,900 (score!)

The new edition will be priced at a more reasonable $69.99

peter beard

A Life in Full

glamping

Searching for your Peter Beard?

A python print outfit, sunglasses, a lean-to and a little bit of luck…what else does a girl really need?

Snakeskinvia Tumblr

alfredo-paredes-brad-goldfarb-new-york-apartment-07-study-lgvia Architectural Digest

A chic and cozy blend of earthy tones and textures combine to create this great sauvagey corner

tom-ford-rtw-ss2014

Croc-embossed leather hot off the presses on Tom Ford’s runway this week

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 8.29.39 AM

Burberry Prorsum

From manicures (I’ll pass on the leopard nails) down to our little hooves,

the lion’s not sleeping tonight :-)

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 5.14.48 PM

 Burberry Prorsum Men Fall 2013

givenchy-rtw-fw2013-accessories-07_150458981888Givenchy Fall 2013

chic

Even faux fur is looking awfully convincing these days

I bought the cutest fur vest-no one would ever guess is faux. Except I’ve told everyone. Which is always my issue with faux. I get so excited when it’s done well I end up pointing out to anyone within earshot that it’s fake. Good idea with fur. Not so good with floors & wall treatments.

Kendall Conrad

From Kendall Conrad‘s newest collection, this printed calfskin wrist wrap

African beads Slim PaleySlim Paley African beads

Erdem

Geometric Sauvage

Erdem

Erdem Spring 2014

tribal rugCan’t beat the tribal rug for connecting to your wilder shores.

girl with catOr, you know, casually strolling with a wild animal. In chiffon.

burberry-prorsum-rtw-fw2013-details-010_170956347139Burberry Prorsum Fall 2013

burberry-prorsum-rtw-fw2013-details-022_171006381523Burberry RTW Fall 2013

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 8.14.19 AMDiane Von Furstenberg Spring 2014

018c2f2a1cd826a48b222d1d828beb2bmore glamping on the wild side

Cara Delevigne

Cara Delevigne. This year’s Wild Child.

Zebra print wallpaperA sauvage statement in black & white

_BUR0477.683x1024

Burberry’s Ladies Who Lunch Gone Wild

street fashion zebra print pants

Wish I could find these zebra print pants. I’d live in them.

_BUR0541.683x1024

Burberry

Kendall Conrad‘s new “Siberian Tiger” Pacha bag. Sigh.

zebra rug

A cool interpretation of Sauvage at home.

Karlie Kloss

6 and a half feet of Zebra. Karlie Kloss at Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2014

tom-ford-rtw-ss2014

Tom Ford Spring 2014

Beautiful makeup too.

 Louboutin

Christian Louboutin

I know I’ll be dusting off my “vintage” zebra print Marni coat, and happily carrying my newish leopard print laptop case.

See you in the main tent for cocktails!

(FYI; Peter doesn’t like it if you’re late-you’ll miss the sunset :-))

xox SP

~

*Please note: The Kendall Conrad items are custom, handprinted, ethically raised calf skins from Italy.

Slim Paley Daily #5

L1080021

Cest Cheese” (says she, sheepishly inching into the room two and 1/2 days later)

You see the thing I think I failed to mention is that “Slim Paley Daily” isn’t actually, necessarily daily.

Dang :-(

 I had such good intentions too (not to mention house guests that led me astray! )

L1020085In any case, I’m really making it up to you for dallying with the ‘daily’s

by sharing a GREAT selection of delicious cheeses.

Oh Yee of little faith-I told you these were coming eventually!

~

images-2

Ossau Iraty

Ossau-Iraty is complex and includes an edible slightly white-moldy tart rind which adds considerably to the experience. This is a creamy, not bitter, not overly sweet, slightly nutty cheese. A producer of Ossau-Iraty won the World Cheese Awards in 2011, in Birmingham, England (Wikipedia)

5705833660_907e163a98

Red Hawk

You had me at “triple cream”, washed in a brine solution with sunset red rind. A real stinker, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.

Unknown-1

Midnight Moon

“Aged six months or more, this blushing ivory colored cheese is dense and smooth with a slight crunch of protein crystals that form naturally with aging. Nutty and brown buttery up front with a long caramel finish.”

images

Pittig Gouda

An intense gouda, Himalyan rock salt-hard, with a rich caramel colour and flavour. Crystalized shards of lactic acid in-bedded in each bite are like little gifts of wonderfulness.

Unknown-1

Brillat-Savarin

Created in 1930 and named after the famous 18th century gourmet, this is another triple cream extravaganza of a cheese. gorgeous with champagne & dates.

images

Parrano

Technically a gouda, Parrano is an Italian style cheese, with the flavour of aged  parmesan, but a mushier texture.

Unknown

Naked Goat

 6-month-aged goat cheese from Spain is produced with raw Murciana goat’s milk. Naked Goat® is mild and creamy with a tangy, sweet finish. The cheese is perfect for melting. Pair with almonds in honey and a crisp white wine.

~

 Cheese plate with netting cover from Summerill & Bishop  London

~

000-5

Because, really, is there anything better than cheese?!

and reading about cheese

cheese

.

Screen Shot 2013-04-27 at 7.51.24 PMFulvio Bonavia photo

So grab your bag and get shopping

Feel free to leave your cheese recommendations in a comment

and if you’re ever in Santa Barbara, Please C’est Cheese !

(PS. They also have an online store)

~

photo of girl in cheese frock  Tim Walker

 (et merci Benedicte et Kendall! xx)