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

Sunset Style

I haven’t been around lately to enjoy the Autumn sunsets so this one tonight caught me quite off guard. There I was, with my back to the window chatting away on the phone, only to finally stop talking, turn and catch these last vivid streaks.

It never fails to thrill me even though I’ve lived in Santa Barbara almost 20 years.

Matthew Williamson found inspiration in a sunset palette for his Spring 2013 collection

As did Donatella Versace

Stella did a gorgeous sunset clutch

Matthew Williamson

Versace

Burberry

Burberry

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Dahlias in Santa Fe

Burberry

Roses in Paris

And lastly, a little sunset-y jelly dessert bite for you!

Have a wonderful rest of the week and don’t forget to look up!

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The City of Brights

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So many posts…so little time

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Via

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Hence, here we are, almost at the end of summer (say it ain’t so!!)

and me still sitting on a stash of unfinished seasonal posts that never had their moment in the sun

Though most of you could have probably lived without seeing this shot of Gisele,

 I did, so now you have to.

Besides, it’s a great pic to leap into a little post about the preponderance of fluorescents this summer, is it not?

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Damien Hirst cufflinks

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Did you notice the brights too?

 I’m sure they were in all the magazines, but it didn’t really register until I went to Paris.

The flash of fluorescence was everywhere.

My great girlfriend, who lives there, had her nails painted like so;

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I thought it was adorable. (please forgive the poor photo- it wasn’t originally intended to be a hand shot)

Then another friend joined us from Australia- she too had little touches of fluoro in her look; a sweet combo of tiny bright enamels on chains around her neck.

Suddenly I felt terribly beige.

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Slim Paley

Furry Fluoros for fashionable kids at Colette, Paris

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Slim Paley

Butterflies on trend

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Fluorescent Fendi Fall 2012

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I could have used these sweet sandals from Net A Porter.com in Paris

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Fun, easy DIY salad bowls for a day-glow picnic perhaps?

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Net-A-Porter.com

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Slim Paley

The Louis Vuitton-Marc Jacobs exhibition in Paris

( pretty much the same consistency as my hair most of the summer so I was sort of in style)

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Peter Som designed tennis ball for the U.S. Open

Gotta say- that’s my kind of tennis

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I do have these cute little fluorescent rubber sandals-

but did I bring them to Paris?

of course not!

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The Hermes, Paris windows were gorgeous.

 Each one a different fluorescent colour, these circles slowly turned causing the sand within to create art in motion.

So clever.

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another easy DIY via Pinterest

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Upon returning to California and finally getting my hair dealt with

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What do I see?

My colourist’s adorable assistant sporting the very same trend, though slightly more embellished

Oh what fun to be a girl!

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Amber Valetta and son via Vogue

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I left Paris with a bottle of wildly fluorescent pink polish nestled in my bag

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And the reaffirmation that

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One can never visit Paris without coming away inspired, n’est ce pas?

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Good-bye Alexander McQueen


Alexander McQueen taking his usual semi-reluctant bow at the last preview.

No other designer has ever given so much edge to the ethereal.

Such sad news for McQueen’s family, friends and legion of fans around the world.  With just a glimpse of the two videos below, one can only wonder what might have come next…

PREVIEW SPRING/SUMMER 2010 video

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Alexander McQueen’s infamous Kate Moss Hologram show

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Spring/Summer 2010

 

We’ll miss you Alexander

Blush, Blanche and Extract of Roses

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I‘m loving a brand of make-up from France I bought at Barney’s a few weeks ago called “By Terry”.  I tried the tinted moisturizer (wonderful-very light), lip gloss called “Laque Levres Soin Intense” (colour and texture really great) and lastly, some cool sort of whippy creme blush called “Blush Fluide Eclat Lissant” in a gorgeous slightly pearlescent pink that contains actual rose petal extract. 

After discovering I was loving my new purchases so much, I went online to check out some of “By Terry”‘s other products and it appears that many of them, especially those in the skin care line, contain rose extract. 

Somehow it always leads back to roses for me :)

Caveat:   You only need the smallest amount of the liquid blush, which dispenses in a light moussey form-much less than you’d think, so be careful not to go out of the house and end up seeing Baby Jane staring back in your car mirror. 

I’m not saying I did that.  I’m just watching out for you. 

That’s what good friends are for.

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“Butcha ARE Blanche!  You ARE!!!”