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Cheers Friends!   Guess what? I’ve officially been writing my blog for exactly ONE YEAR this week!!  Even though my first several posts were baby steps, few and far between (albeit a baby with a little potty mouth-but hey, no one was reading it yet) I’ve learned that sometimes, in the infamous words of Nike, you have to dive in and  “JUST DO IT!”   I’ve also realized it’s never too late to try something new, it’s OK to learn as you go, and you can teach an old dog new tricks.



I began this endeavor- I’ll refrain from using “JOURNEY” out of respect to ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Bachelor”  (although I’m not above performing a little Rose Ceremony with myself later :))  with no expectations  or knowledge of the blogging world, and no plan, other than to be eclectic.  I find myself without words (almost) for just how much I appreciate all the fantastic support I’ve received.  Though I haven’t posted as often as I’d originally intended, I must admit I’m quite chuffed with myself to be celebrating one entire year. I might even have a glass of champagne tonight and I truly wish that you could all join me!  It’s been such great fun getting to “know” SO many lovely people.

Not to turn this into my Oscar speech, but I especially want to thank all my fellow bloggers that have linked to Slim Paley since I began. I don’t think I would have continued without so many gracious, talented people supporting me ( any chance of helping me out with exercising??)  The kind and inclusive nature of this community has been a humbling and unexpected surprise.   At the risk of revealing the Wizard behind the curtain, as soon as Older Son returns from college I’m hoping he will help me to configure a new two column format so that I may finally and joyfully create …drum roll…. A BLOG LIST OF MY OWN!   I chose this current WordPress template as it accepted my high resolution photos. I didn’t know from Blogrolls, buttons and links.

I would also like to say a huge THANK YOU to the generous and prolific Heather Clawson at Habitually Chic for the wonderful post she wrote about S.P. way back on January 2nd- it was really instrumental in sending so many new readers my way. What a great way to start off the New Year- receiving a gift from someone you have never met… and I love all my Habitually Chic friends!

But wait…don’t start playing me off with music  just yet…

Lastly, but never leastly (I say it’s a word) Thank you SOOOOO MUCH to my family, especially my amazing husband who has truly been my biggest champion (not to mention the countless late nights of click, click clicking beside him in bed.  Sure, there was some stink-eye shot in my direction once and awhile- the man is not a Saint )  Older Son helped me to get started, his brother eventually came around to not being mortified, even leaving a comment or two, and the loving and constructive encouragement of my friends has been …well, let’s just say, my blog runneth over!!

Thanks so much,  each and every one of you-  It’s been more than my pleasure to have made your acquaintance 🙂

Lots of Love



Slim Paley Photo……………………………………………………………..Garden Delights





  1. Congratulations! I didn’t realize you hadn’t been around forever – you’re such a pro at this. When I see a “Slim Paley” in the inbox I get the Christmas butterflies. I can’t wait to see what beautiful photos, suggestions, favorites, or funny you’ll share next. Thanks for sharing your beautiful life.

  2. A toast to you. So happy to have found you through Heather. I look forward to you twice a week, have saved every blog, bought countless books you’ve mentioned because I trust your taste, aesthetic, ideas; you inspire me daily, remind me of my So Cal roots even though I’ve been in NYC for 30 years. I’ve passed you on to countless friends, and so on and so on.

    Ain’t this internet world grand?

    Here’s to many more anniversaries.
    TO YOU!

    • That is so nice Marsha!
      Many thanks for passing S.P. on to your friends – It is indeed a grand little world!


  3. congrats slim!
    although i am fairly new to your blog, its one of my favorites! i look forward to many more of your adventures and beautiful photos.

  4. Slim, congratulations on your one year anniversary, what a milestone! I am so thankful you have so generously shared your home, gardens, vacations, eye for fashion, musings and much much more with us. Based on the comments I think we are all Slim Paley Wannabes! Here’s to another year of blogging, plus many more!

  5. First your eldest turns twenty and now your blog turns one! I am not sure if I should crack open a bottle of champagne or cry. I may do both 😉

  6. What a marvelous milestone, Slimmy. May we meet again for the 10th, 20th, 30th and on…anniversary.

  7. Wow has it been an entire year! Love love love the posts – each and everyone … it just keeps getting better. Your posts have lead me to look more closely at my nail polish, the way I travel, the cookies and cakes I eat, the way I see flowers, the books I read, the movies I see, hell the color of my walls : ) !! Keep the suggestions coming. xoMucho L

  8. One candle… the first of many… and many other things, I suspect. You have so very much to offer, and it is a delight to see it start to take shape and voice and direction.

    Proud to say I was here from the beginning 🙂

  9. Looking forward to more. Just been reading the last couple months, first time commenter – Love your photographs! Keep up the good work!

  10. Well done SP. Your blog is such a joy. I love seeing the world through your kaleidoscopic glasses !! Your asthetic combined with your most quirky sense of humour brightens my day on a regular basis !!!

  11. Congratulations!! I hope to keep on seing all those beatuful things you share with us. Reading your posts is an enormous pleasure for me! Thank you so much!

    Kisses from Spain♥

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  13. i first linked thru habitually chic and have enjoyed your posts and photos since january . Can you give us a backstory on the origin of the blog’s name: slim paley, since you are “anonymous” according to heather clawson. Your flowers are magnificent – beautiful gardens and rooms too

    • Woops! I’m so sorry I never replied to your question Marnie
      Slim Paley is an amalgamation of Slim Keith and Babe Paley 🙂


  14. Your one year anniversary is the perfect time to let you know how much your blog has affected my past year. I have spruced up my boys bathroom with the towels and teak stool you used in your boys, I have scrubbed with J. Malone Vitamin E scrub and spritzed on the grapefruit cologne after, I drank the Good Earth tea(just a bit, can’t say I loved!), I watched the Elephant Walk and Coco avant Chanel with my daughter(we loved) and daydreamed about things like the strawberry crab and icebergs. Thank you for brightening my day and keep the beauty and suggestions coming! I would love to see more of your garden as it looks like a fantasy world and definately a world far removed from ours in the northeast.

    • Jass- I’m so flattered by your words- Thank you!
      Sorry you didn’t love the tea, but you can’t miss with Jo Malone and Elephant Walk, right?!
      I promise there will be more garden photos coming and some new fun things on the horizon 🙂


  15. Congratulations, Slim! I’ve been reading your blog for the past 5 months (a Habitually Chic pass along) and it’s become one of my favorites. Your beautiful photography has inspired me to purchase my own Leica and get back into photography – one of my first loves. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us – your sense of humor and sense of style are second to none. As an aside, it’s my son’s birthday and my wedding anniversary today so I salute you on your fine choice of dates! 😉 Cheers!

    • Dear Susan
      Congratulations all round- on the Leica (I SO hope you are enjoying it ) your son’s birthday and of course, your wedding anniversary!
      and many thanks for your kind words

      Enjoy the rest of your wonderful day!!

  16. Not much new to say that hasn’t been said by other commenters. Happy Blogiversary! Cheers to many more!

  17. Congratulations! I love your blog (I, too, found it through Habitually Chic). Love your musings, beautiful photography and ideas. You have a real talent and it’s wonderful that you’re sharing it with all of us. I wish you all the best and here’s to many more years of your blogging. K.

  18. Slim,
    Amazing—-only one year, and your blog is by far my very favorite! You’ve inspired me to plant a cutting garden and actually CUT my flowers and bring them inside! I can’t wait to get out there now and fix my Gerbera daisies like you did in your first photo.
    You’re the best!

    • Cheers Nancy! Well done on the cutting garden.
      I wish photos could be attached to comments 🙁 (WordPress- hellloooo- are you listening??)
      The Gerber daisies in my photo were from my local farmer’s market…my cute champagne purse from Costco!


  19. One Year toast to you on this family endeavour–a blog with style, beauty, grace, wit and authenticity that keeps me coming in. I try not to spend too much time online so allow myself 2 blogs.I thank you for sharing–your efforts shine!

  20. To think I missed the first 6 months….what a shame. BUT, now I look forward to your posts…they start my day with a smile & fresh new look at so many different things . While you were beginning to add magic to our days last June 17th, I was getting a new hip….. new beginnings, they are the best! Keep at it Slim and thank you!

  21. Crazy thing this blogging world…we live in the same relatively small town, and it took Heather in New York to introduce us. There is really just no one else like you, Slim. You are your own woman ~ well read, well traveled, fashion savy, not afraid to try out all the latest lotions and potions and dutifully report back to us. And then there is the artist in you, revealed through the little bits we get to see of your home {stunning master bath by the way} and your gardens and through your camera lens. Okay, one more thing and then I will stop…the icing on the cake that is the fascinating “Slim Paley” has got to be your wit and ever present sense of humor….was that two things? There! You are probably wishing I would wrap up, but I just wanted to let you know that we “get you” and what a gift you have been to all of us out here in blogland. We see more, learn more and certainly laugh more because of you. Congratulations!!!

  22. Your Blog is every thing every one has mentioned. It is truly beautiful, educational, funny, something to look forward to every day. Congratulations. and to think you have only just begun …until the next time, thanks Slim for sharing your sunshine xo

  23. “Dittos” to all the great comments and compliments to you Slim! And now, I am going to burn down my master bath!…(jk!)

  24. Congratulations on your anniversary, I had mine a couple of months ago and I am truly amazed that I’m still at it. Your photographs are breathtaking and I always look forward to your delightful posts. Although I have a daughter who designs websites, I’ve done mine all on my own with my asst. Google who gives me answers to almost all my queries. Im too impatient to wait around. If I can be of help as a fellow blogger don’t hesitate to ask, we are all in this together. Keep up the good work!

  25. Congratulations Slim, I can’t believe it’s been a year!

    I truly do get a little bit excited when my RSS feed tells me you’ve put up a new post (this coming from someone that’s not a big reader …gasp)
    Although you’re obviously very talented with photography, decorating, fashion, design etc.. it’s definitely your sense of humor that I appreciate the most, your blog makes me chuckle like no other:)

    I’d also like to thank all your readers, I love reading all the comments that they write, you have a very intelligent, funny and talented group of “followers”!

    Here’s to cracking that bottle of Veuve Clicquot tonight and cuddling up on the couch to watch a Tivo’d episode of “The Real Housewives of New York City” (we totally know you never really stopped watching it)

    • You’ve busted me Canuck! It’s on TONIGHT (the third “Reunion” installment , if you can believe that)
      I’ve already had a glass of wine (the champagne is history) and two pieces of chocolate bark, just for, you know…prepping.
      Thanks for ALL your great comments over the year 🙂


  26. Happy Anniversary — I think my favorite thing of your blog is your brilliant comparisons of nature to fashion. One must be very knowledgeble about both topics to have such insights.
    I also love your wit and humor — you always make me laugh. Finally — I find your product recommendations to be very enlightening. Please keep up the brillant work – it is always a pleasure to receive your posts!

  27. Here’s to you!
    I also found your blog through Habitually Chic (isn’t the connectivity of the Web just amazing?) and am so glad I did. Your blog is one of my favorites, and yes, it’s on my blogroll.

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful life….

  28. I was one of the ones who came over because of Habitually Chic, and I’ve gladly subbed ever since. Here’s to many more happy blog anniversaries!

  29. Thanks for a great first year Slim. Looking forward to many more. I am always amazed at your beautiful pictures. Your sense of humour is terrific. And your travel adventures are the best. Where are you going for your next adventure? I know you will keep us posted. Take Care.

    B J

  30. Can I just say “ditto” to everything everyone else has already told you … one of a kind – fabulous!
    Love your sense of humor… love your pics
    Keep it coming Slim and congratulations on your first successful year.

  31. My Dear Slim….You are truly a Rennisance Woman. I look forward to your Blog. It makes me happy.
    What can’t you do? Tell me you don’t cook and do housework and you will be my idol.
    Congrats on your one year Blogaversary.

  32. Congratulations on your first year anniversary! I have loved reading it, look forward to it and think it is inspiring and entertaining. Thank you also to Heather at Habitually Chic for being so supportive early on. It’s nice when people can be supportive and encouraging. Can’t wait for Year Two.

  33. Slim, your blog is like no other. Truly the stuff of life. A gracious and well lived life. Congrats on your first year and yes, you are on my blogroll too.

  34. Félicitations!
    Your sense of humor and wit are irresistible. I have been a loyal follower since the beginning.
    ” En vacances” in Mexico I will be drinking a cold margarita on the beach today in your honor.
    Viva Slim Paley!

  35. Hi Slim,

    B J introduced me to your blog….and it is all she said it would be.
    Love your pictures, your fashion sense, your decorating sense, your sense of humor. I could go on and on. Unfortunately I’ve only been a fan for about 4 months, but I did check out a lot of the back issues.

    CONGRATULATIONS on a wonderful year. I don’t know how you can possibly get better but I’m sure you will.

    Cheers, Spirit

  36. Congrats my friend 🙂 Cant believe its been a year since you sent me the first link to your blog.
    Your only getting better!
    I love your blogs and can probably say I’ve read each and every one of them (though I dont always comment)
    Im still flattered that you thought of me after seeing “A simple man” though I think my character was more Julianne Moore than Colin Firth…
    Thanks for making me smile, laugh and cry.

  37. Congratulations Slim on your One Year Anniversary. I am one of those folk who found your blog through Habitually Chic. That first day I think I must have spent at least 4 hours reading through earlier posts. Now I am well and truly hooked. I was going to say I love the way you write, and your photos, but to be honest I just love everything. I look forward to the next year(s).

  38. Isn’t it funny how time flies when you’re having fun! Happy One Year Anniversary! It was my absolute pleasure to introduce your wonderful blog to my readers. I knew they would love your blog! Here’s to many more wonderful blog years to come! Cheers!

  39. Slim-

    A very Happy anniversary. I look forward to your posts, chuckle at your ability to laugh at yourself and am in awe of the beauty that is a part of your world which you so generously share with your humble readers. I was your 500th (or maybe it was 1000th ?) comment and I plan to be there 5000 comments down the road.
    I am enjoying getting to know you through your blog. What a crazy cyber-world we live in.

    Best regards,

  40. Sorry to be commenting so late but I have family visiting and haven’t been able to check my google reader. So better late than never, Happy Anniversary. I have enjoyed each and every post.

  41. You are a true gem to the blog world! I found you through Habitually Chic as well and I am so glad that I did. I look forward to many more fashion filled posts, beautiful photographs, your quick wit and wonderful stories about your travels. Cheers to you!

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