A Mad Exuberance

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With the romantic pressure of Valentine’s Day well behind us

(but hopefully still a few chocolates left) we can move on to something truly important;

 FASHION!!

Between trying to keep up with the Winter Olympics, ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘House of Cards’ (husband; finished, me; Fail) and, lest we forget, plain old Real Life, staying on top of all the shows during NY & London Fashion Week this season required a supremely valiant effort.

Sometimes a girl’s just gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

You strap on that (hand painted) helmet and forge ahead.

There were oh SO many heart-stopping collections but one of my favourites took place just a couple of days ago at “Burberry Prorsum”.

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Christopher Bailey knocked it out of the park for me with his “Bloomsbury Girls” Fall 2014 collection.

A couple of months ago I was asked to weigh in on what trends I was hoping to see prevail in terms of Fashion this Spring and my answer was;

“Keep an eye out for an exuberant abundance of colour, texture and pattern. Take a break from clean lines and mix…”

Of course for me it’s never just about one subject  :-)

I’ve also been feeling the same way about interiors. Now first, let me say that I appreciate the spare beauty of a mininalist room as much as anyone, except perhaps John Pawson, but I’m starting to fear we’ve become so focused on the ‘coolness’, dare I say safety of the almighty ‘clean line’ that the soul of interior spaces appears to be drifting away.

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 I’ve a sense of longing for the well layered space again.

Rooms that feel utterly lived in, proudly displaying the history and personality of their inhabitants.

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In other words, where’s your stuff, people?!!

I’m not by any means advocating the acquiring of Things for acquisition’s sake, I’m simply wondering how all of a sudden it became so déclassé for living spaces to actually look lived in?

Who amongst us doesn’t have a huge pile of unread books & magazines, an overly used and frayed chair, or items worth virtually nothing, yet priceless with memories?

slimpaley.comWho hasn’t had a puppy that’s left a little memory (or two)?!

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Burberry Fall 2014

But not to veer off track too much (well, it wouldn’t be me, would it?)

I simply loved the mad exuberance of Bailey’s collection. The mix of florals, lace & leather. The luxuriously  long scarves tucked into skinny  knotted belts. The whimsically hand painted oversized bags-impractical as their handles and heft may be…the baggie open-toed ankle boot reminiscent of vintage Vivienne Westwood’s Buffalo Girls again

( Viv IS having her moment, isn’t she?!)

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Tamara Comolli

Tamara Comolli ocean jasper coconut bracelets and ring in sterling silver would be perfection with this collection.

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.“Yvonne Printemps on the Sofa”: Edouard Vuillard – 1919-1921.

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Who doesn’t love a room that feels comfortable in its own fabric?

A ‘house’ is a roof over one’s head. A ‘home’ tells a story

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As does the way we dress

(although, speaking for myself these days, not exactly a bodice-ripper)

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NY Times slimpaley.comA cozy Sunday afternoon in front of the fire.

I don’t have to tell you why my ottoman has a Suzani over it.

Homes have their little secrets as well as stories :-)

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A wall of fine majolica.

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And in gold. Sigh.

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Burberry Fall 2014 finale lead by Cara Delevingne

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Mix, don’t match

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Viva la Exuberant Abundance!!

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Inspired? Encouraged?

Exhausted?

Me too!

xoxSP

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One Year Ago: Heads Up

All uncredited photos via Pinterest or Tumblr. If you have a credit I will be happy to include it.

In The Trenches

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So, I’m in London and it’s lovely to be back

but it’s cold. I mean rhilly, rhilly cold.

Like there’s no chance in hell of me trotting out my new “Joseph” trench coat COLD

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or asking my husband to take a photo of me for a blog post I’m writing about “cute trenches”

However…

with Spring around the corner, it was now or never for this baby.

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 Besides, what city in the entire world is more famous for trench coats than London?!

And I just love a good T.C., don’t you?

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So does Lady Mary.

sniffle. I miss Downton already.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s” double sniffle 

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Oh oh. lost credit.

Karlie Kloss in the trench I was really coveting this year.

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Oh lovely leather & khaki trench, spectral sylph of my rain-lashed dreams, where art thou?!

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I kind of really want these shoes too, but we won’t get off topic will we.

Super Styling the trench

Do you think her husband/boyfriend took the photo? Me too. 

Do you think she has those leopard flats in the pic above? Me too.


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Constance Jablonski

Studdy Trench

Kate. Trench. Done.

Model of the moment Cara Delevigne in Burberry

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Two Classics of Fashion & Film in one photo

The Not Trying But Really Trying Trench

Jean-Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2013

Rosie Huntington-Whatever, I mean Whiteley  in the gorgeous Burberry lace trench

Fierce Trench

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Frothy Trench

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Chicest Trench

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Bureaucratic Trench Warfare

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Pop Goes the Trench

 Cheeky Trench

(Both Burberry)

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and the darling teeny weeny trench I bought for my adorable God-daughter at Phillip Lim.

(A little worried Suri ??)

Tinier still, there’s even one for your iPhone  by Moschino

I know. Shut The Door!

I think we’re all kind of hoping for just a little rain now, aren’t we??  

( Vancouverites don’t all answer at once :) )

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Just not in…

Humphrey Bogart

CASABLANCA

My next stop!

Alright, Marrakech, but so close. Who knows, we could end up in Casablanca-

“What in Heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?”

“My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.”

“The waters?? What waters? We’re in the desert!”

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Ciao for now

xoxo

PS. Don’t forget to follow @Slimpaley on Instagram where I’ll hopefully be gramming daily from all the gin joints in Morocco

and a few gardens too :)

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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

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Dahlias in Santa Fe

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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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Baby It’s Cold Outside

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Stills from “True Grit”

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I’m back in Sun Valley! Yay!  This means, amongst other activities (well, to be honest, not a lot of other activities :)) we’ll be catching up on all the new movies. I still haven’t seen Black Swan yet. It opened here today, but at the moment it’s 4 males and me in the house, so there’s a lotta football, ESPN and colourful swearing roaring up from the ping pong room.  First on our film agenda today was “True Grit”.   I’m not familiar with the original, starring John Wayne, but my husband says the new one has to be one of the most inventive remakes he’s ever seen. Of course all my men love the Coen Brother’s films and the little girl, 13 year old Hallee Steinfield, is really quite astounding. Jeff Bridges chews up the role of Rooster Cogburn in such a way that makes you wonder  how in the hell it took so long for him to win that Oscar.  Never would I have predicted that a film full of foul, cranky, stinky, amber-toothed drunken cowboys could have held my attention that long.

*and on a fashion note;  I wore long johns to the movie and Rooster Cogburn was wearing long johns too.

Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn

I just lerv when my clothes coordinate with my movies :)

On my way to True Grit

But you know what the movie really put me in the mood for? (besides whiskey, a shave and a long hot bubble bath?!)

Shearling.

What do I just happen to have in my closet here in S.V.? Shearling. Shearling boots, shearling hats…why, I even have a hooded, shearling poncho.  Don’t worry- I won’t be wearing them all at the same time.

Nor will I wear a tutu to Black Swan. Though I can’t promise I won’t leave the theatre with an exaggerated outward turn to my step :)

but I digress.

Let’s bundle up…

Burberry

Photo  Marie Claire

Burberry Prorsum Shearling jacket, Just Cavalli bag, Hermes cuffs, styling; fahbulous 

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Shearling Birkin.

Shearling & Stilettos

Marni clogs

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Marni bag

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Martin Margiela coat, Marni gauntlets

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Our porch in Sun Valley today

Baby It’s Cold Out There!!!

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Coen Brother’s True Grit Trailer (Click here)

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