“Sharesies”

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It’s always nice to share isn’t it?

So I thought it would be fun to introduce a new regular series relating to items I love in the great big world of Beauty Products.

As always, please DO feel free to share your favourite recommendations in my comments section as well. (But ixnay on marketing, please!)

Some items may have been mentioned in older posts, so to those of you who’ve been S.P.BFF’s from the very beginning, please forgive any repeats for the sake of the Newbies.

I wouldn’t re-mention them if they weren’t, like, super great.

I’ll try to limit these items to things you would have in your medicine cabinet, purse, or travel bag.

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I hope food doesn’t somehow sneak in, but I can’t make any promises. :)

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From left;

“Miracle Skin Transformer” is a good “tinted skin enhancer” that truly does minimize the appearance of small imperfections and pores. It’s also nice that it has an SPF of 20. I believe it comes in 3 shades- I’m relatively fair (with yellow undertones) and use “Medium”

*Note;  Although I like this product a lot, please note that it does not play well with others- so if you need additional products, other than a light moisturiser, don’t use this on top or it starts to ‘pill up’. Save it for when you need only blusher and powder or bronzer, which doesn’t turn “Miracle Skin Transformer” into a pill.

Dikson “Argabeta Oil” is an Italian ‘Beauty oil’ for the hair with beta-carotene and Argan oil. It’s richer and more intense than “Moroccan Oil” and smells like some dark, exotic, mystery laden unguent purchased down a clandestine alley of a Moroccan souk.  I’m putting it in my hair when it’s wet &/or dry because my hair is thick and dryer than last year’s Christmas tree.

ByTerry “Source De Rose Hydra” Toning Lotion  long time readers know I practically supine myself at the “ByTerry” alter  counter in Barney’s cosmetic department. Their make-up and skincare products are out of this world. Unfortunately, so are their price points, but as ByTerry prices go, this one is somewhat reasonable. It smells of roses, like most of  the line.  LOVE.


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Bobby Brown Shimmer Oil, Beach Scent

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Bobbi Brown Shimmering Fragrance Oil (for the body) Beach Scent;  smells like every wonderful memory of all the years you spent sizzling on the beach, wearing bikinis no bigger than a hangnail and not having a clue what sun damage or cellulite was.

YES- it smells THAT good.

Oh, plus it has a lovely subtle sparkle. (I wipe my hands in my hair after applying)

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Klorane Lotion demaquillante apaisante au bleuet for sensitive eyes.  Soothing eye make-up remover and  hands-down, my favourite since I was a teen-ager. I could never give it up. I’m like Charlton Heston and his gun with this product.

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Vichy Laboratories “Capital Soleil” 45 -full coverage with minimal ‘Casper Face’.

For lighter coverage with moisturiser; La Roche Posay “Hydraphase Intensive moisturiser with sunscreen SPF15″ 

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Saving the best for last, I do adore the toothpaste I’ve been using for, oh, about a million years…Email Diamant.

Sure, it’s messy in the sink and on your facecloth but it’s worth it. The red paste leaves your gums pinker, resulting in whiter looking teeth and, not to be indelicate, but the deep tint also stains any plaque or food particles you might have missed when brushing-just like when you were a kid and the dentist gave you the coloured tablet after you brushed, remember?!

Lastly, yes, those are Biore Cleansing Strips in the corner of the medicine cabinet- cause who doesn’t love a little good gross?!

Now go wash your face so we can compare nose strips! ewwwww :)

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(All these products can be found and ordered on the internet)

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are you having a good summer so far??

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Unabashedly Girly

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The hockey game crushed me last night.  Cuhhrushed.  Who gives up 8 goals in the Stanley Cup Finals??!  Jaysus!  See-this is why I like fashion more than sports- less heart-ache!!  Sure, we had our moment there with the John Galliano scandal, but we’ve dusted off our bodices and put it behind us.  The Canucks, on the other hand… Ugh! I can’t even watch tomorrow night-too nerve wracking (Ok, truthfullly I would watch, but I’m not going to be home)  In an effort to shirk off the rivalry, the fighting, the debacle that was last night’s game, I’m diving headfirst into a very unabashedly Girly Girl post.

PS.  Dear Canada; Do not read anything into the fact that I finally finished my forms to apply for my American Citizenship today- I still LOVE you, just a little miffed with Roberto Luongo.

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I think I’d actually be happy to find one product by  “By Terry” that I don’t love

Have you spoiled yourself yet??

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Can’t remember where I found this ridiculously girlie photo but I just had to share

Where’s the rose champagne?!

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Having fun organizing some of my vintage pieces for summer

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“Petits pots de creme a la rose” from the Laduree cookbook “Sucre”

Who cares if the recipes are in french? It’s the most gorgeous dessert cookbook ever!

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I’ve had this photo in my files for years- I love the delicate balance between the femininity of the bed and the tribal rug and fabrics

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A big bold feminine toile softened by airy hues and simplicity

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A touch of shabby chic still tugs at my heart strings, especially in the summertime

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So simple, so pretty!!

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Pure, unadulterated, enamel lust

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More enamel love

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I cannot tell a lie- these roses in my conservatory are not from my garden, they were a lovely gift from a friend!

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Time to pull out all your summer linens and remember, you don’t have to be camping to enjoy a little mosquito netting.

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Salt pots by Frances Palmer ceramics

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A guest bedroom in my Santa Barbara home

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Sweet scented roses, cucumber water and summertime reading= happiness

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Ahhh…I feel much better now.  Hockey Schmocky.

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(but could someone please email game updates tomorrow night?!!)

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Friday Favourites (16)

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Hard to imagine I took this photo of my potato vine just two days ago.  Tonight the wind and rain are positively pelting at my window as the lights flicker on and off, suggesting a rounding up of the flashlights might be in order soon.

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via Contentinacottage

I’m just taking a little time off packing for a short trip to Mexico to share a few Friday Favourites (verging on Saturday) with you.  I haven’t been to Mexico in probably 17 years… so although it’s a very short trip, I’m pretty excited. Salty margueritas, spicy guacamole and warm white sand sound like a good plan right about now :)

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In the meantime,

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Seriously, I do not work for Trader Joe’s, nor do I have any family members or shares in the company.  I just love a lot of their stuff, what can I say?!  This is my new fav.  It’s a tad on the sweet side, but that’s no crime in my book. A quick and easy steaming mug of this late in the afternoon hits just the right spot, especially in this cooler weather.

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And while we’re on the subject of getting cozy…

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These are my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE new Flannel sheets- and believe you me, I am a flannel sheet afficianado affichionado expert.

But don’t just take my word for it- everyone in our house that has slept in these sheets has commented on how soft they are.

Get them here if you want to be enveloped in white marshmallowy soft goodness;

Garnet Hill Supima Flannel Sheets

On the flip side, If you haven’t been lucky enough to catch a good night’s sleep, I have two other Friday Favourites to share with you;

KLORANE SOOTHING & RELAXING EYE PATCHES

Klorane has always been my favourite eye-make up remover. I’ve literally been using it since I was a teenager. Love it.

Recently however I discovered Klorane also makes these soothing eye pads that seriously work. They’re especially great for travel- you can stick them on, slap a sleep mask over top and off to the Land of Nod you go. Put them under or directly on puffy eye lids like I do whenever necessary (well, actually, not whenever necessary or I’d be using them every morning and would be buying shares in Klorane)  A couple of packages will definitely be going in my Mexico bag this weekend!

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One more Favourite and this one’s a doozy.

I almost can’t believe I’m even sharing it


By Terry Face Powder

I’ve mentioned By Terry products once or twice before, but this powder?

Three words- Oh   My   God.

Like Buttah.

PS. This little compact will set you back more than the flannel sheets so you make the call. It’s also considerably smaller than this photo- in fact it fits in the smallest evening bag.

Still- you’re worth it…get both. In fact, don’t even take the powder off when you lay your head on that flannel pillowcase- now we’re talking :)

Available at Barney’s

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Alright, I better get back to my packing.

I have no idea what I’m wearing for traveling yet, but I know what I’d like to wear…


Somehow I don’t think it would go over well with my husband  (although what I wouldn’t pay just to see the look on his face?! )

Oh- one more thing


Have you met Dusty The Klepto Cat yet?!

Happy Weekend to you!

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PS.  Just putting it out there…Anyone watching “Survivor!” this season??  I’m just wondering… :)

OK, this is really really the last thing and then I’m seriously packing…  How about “The Good Wife”?  I just watched it for the first time this week- what a great show!

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Friday Favourites

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This Friday’s Favourite:

Going to the Farmer’s market this morning and picking beautiful spring flowers!

I just plunked them in a bucket on the counter and took some photos of the early sun filtering through them.

Ahh- Life is GOOD!

So, I thought it might be a fun idea to implement a regular weekly feature because sometimes a girl needs a little structure in her life.

Not much mind you, think Spanx rather than a corset…just enough to be assured that if you pop by Slim Paley on Fridays  you’ll always pick up some new ideas for your dwelling, wardrobe, bookshelf, pantry, make-up bag, or gift list.

  It won’t be organized or have a theme, or colour scheme (it’s sounding more and more like the inside of my head)  Just “Some Stuff” that’s good.  Sound like a plan?  Great- let’s shop!!

My new Favourite Magazine- INDIAN VOGUE

Ever since my trip to India last year, I’ve become addicted to Indian Vogue.  Sure, some stories repeat from American Vogue, it takes about 3 months to arrive here and it’s not cheap, but the armchair traveling and exoticism is worth every penny!  Until I can return there, this will have to do it for me.

My Favourite nail polish of the moment (because remember; Grown Up nails for 2010) is O.P.I.’s

“MY PRIVATE JET”

Well, first of all, does a name get any better than that?!

Secondly, I get compliments on it constantly, including one from a rather dashing fashion designer infamous for his impeccable taste  (I slept with the bottle under my pillow that night :) )

Caveat;  It is more of a browny-grey than the greeny-grey it looks here.  Actually it’s the perfect brown-green-grey-black-mushroom-mulberry colour (you can see why my painter hides from me)

 

Seriously, I have no stock in this company! And I hate the prices, but this is my Favourite Tinted Moisturizer – It’s just fantastic- the perfect consistency and right amount of tint for day and even night with a little powder.

Diane Von Furstenburg “Peggy Wrap Bag” $950

Because no matter how much tie-dye, florals, fringe and antique lace I’ve worn throughout  my life, I’m always going to be a Boho Gal at heart.  Besides, this way, I can go into my dotage being described as “Eccentric” as opposed to “Demented”- just planning ahead…I’m a Virgo.

Speaking of Boho- whoah- LOVING Kenzo Fall 2010

I admire the daring of Antonio Marras mixing all that tweed, plaid, floral, pinstripe…

The shoes, boots and bags are wonderful too.

Kenzo Fall 2010

What I’m reading

Sargent’s Daughters by Erica E. Hirshler

John Singer Sargent is one of my favourite artists so this book was a must for me.  This is a good review from the NY times, so I’ve just attached it in full.

The NY Times Book Review

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My Favourite Hat Shop ( mostly men’s hats- but good for women too) in LA on Melrose

Favourite TV show right now- too funny!!

Slim Paley Photo………………The Pier in Santa Barbara last night.

Favourite Dish at Brophy Bros.’s on The Pier-  Garlic Breaded Clams- yum!

Lastly, My Favourite new song

Silver Soul from Beach House‘s CD Teen Dream


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HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!

OH- and speaking of Favourites- FAVOURITE thing to do in the year tomorrow night- Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward!!

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The Traveler

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Flying slimpaley.comSlim Paley Photo……………………………..Flying to Vancouver

.I’m traveling to NY in the near future, which got me to thinking…

Travel Tips Post!


   (Traveling Woman,  Bats for Lashes)

I’m going to send my luggage ahead by Fed Ex. Now that airlines are charging a fee per bag, why not spend just a little extra and eliminate the hassle of check-in, the extra time in security lines (which for me equates to running through the airport after my husband, still trying to get my belt through the loops) as well as an often interminable wait at the other end for your bags to hopefully come hurtling down the carousel shoot. Recently, my older son’s bags never did show up.  He’d packed electrical equipment, including new speakers and presents (not the kinds of thing you can take in carry on) and the bags were stolen.  The airline reimbursed us $0 -as in  ZERO, as they do not cover electrical or photographic equipment. They didn’t even reimburse for the cost of the luggage because we couldn’t produce luggage receipts. Extremely irritating.  Anyway, this way my bags will hopefully be ready and waiting for me at the hotel, my husband will be happier and I will arrive calm, cool and collected (perhaps just one belt loop missed)

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1) When we traveled in Bhutan with a couple of very well dressed friends, I marveled at how crisp and immaculate their collared shirts looked-even after hiking and scaling up the sides of the Bhutanese mountains (and yes, you heard me, my friends wear collared shirts while hiking-they also always stand whenever ladies are leaving or arriving at the table) I thought they must have secreted away an amazing laundress at the rustic countryside hotel we were staying in until they let me in on the secret;  Brooks Brother’s Non- Iron Shirts.  They call them Miracle Shirts, and I can see why.

Fantastic for travel, kids in college, or just anyone that doesn’t really love ironing…and I know there’s a few of you out there.  They come in both Men’s and Women’s styles.

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Tiger's Nest, Bhutan, slimpaley.comSlim Paley Photo.…………………The Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan…………………..In a collared shirt

2) While we are on the subject of fashionable male travelers, how great are these Pumas?!  From the URBAN MOBILITY LINE, the Urban Flyer Fold makes slipping shoes on and off through airport security a breeze.  The back heel part just flips up and down.

“This is a brand new shoe from PUMA’s Urban Mobility Collection and won’t be available until late of February.  The shoe will be available on shop.puma.com. at select retailers including Atrium (NYC), American Rag (CA), Gimme Shoes (SF), Kitson (CA), Shoe Mania (NYC), and Madison (LA) and other select online retailers”  (from the Puma website)

Barnes & Noble Nook

3) I’m still using the first permutation of The Kindle from Amazon (not cheating on you Jeff…yet) but I was with a friend the other day who had the new “Nook” from Barnes & Noble and I must admit, I experienced a little electronic-reader envy.  Just a tad.  That coloured screen at the bottom, and the bright white of the pages caught my fancy as much as I tried to resist.

But if I got one, I wouldn’t want to part with my original Kindle as it has so many books on it, so then I’d have to carry both, plus my laptop and my iphone (and my Blackberry for out of the country) plus 17 magazines and one real book just for security and old time’s sake.

Hmmm…you see my dilemma…and the need to send baggage ahead.

and why my husband doesn’t want to be in line with me.

( The Nook $259.  Available at Amazon. KIDDING!)

And BTW, have we figured out what the iPad actually does that our laptops and iphones don’t and if we really need to get one?

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4) Are you like me and constantly leaving your adapters, chargers and battery packs plugged into the walls of your hotel room after check out? If so, these nifty little USB ports might be the perfect solution for us!  How can we miss these bright colours sitting right on the desk as opposed to the black or white of chargers in the wall outlet? They might not be the chicest knife in the drawer, but a great idea just the same-and only about $8. Think of  all the money we’ll save on replacing electronic accessories, not to mention what a great chew toy they make if you have a baby sitting next to you on the plane  :-)  (Colorful Flexible USB 2.0 Hub 4 Ports $7.89 Amazon)

5) What, besides electronics, books and magazines and any medications you can’t live without, makes you absolutely panic if you’ve forgotten once you get settled into your seat (that naturally is not the one you booked online)??  For me it’s warm socks.

 O. M. G. The very moment the realization sets in I’ve forgotten my fuzzy socks I go borderline frost-bite.  Honestly, I don’t care if my feet look like golf club covers once I’m settled in to my little Pod of Peace (God willing) for the next 5 1/2 hours (unless of course Sawyer is sitting next to me) I just cannot bare my feet being cold.

They’re chilling up now just thinking about it.

Other necessities?  Mints, travel bottle of perfume or perfumed sachets (I once sat in the midst of a soccer team on a European flight…apparently right OFF the field and onto the plane. I’ve never quite recovered) 6) Bliss Problem Salved 20-in-1 Wonder Balm, 7) Baume de Rose Lip Balm from By Terry, notepad and pen, camera, 8) Bose Quiet Comfort head phones, 9) Bananagrams, my own tea bags, a big warm scarf, layered clothing, whenever possible my own pillow, moisturizer, incense, travel candles, extra socks in every bag.

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By Terry “Baume de Rose” lip balm

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10) I now keep a “Travel Drawer” at home, where along with my bag of various adapters and extra camera batteries etc., I store my small travel pillow, things that might be fun for upcoming trips, and all sachet and small bottled free samples of moisturizers, perfumes, hand and eye-cremes, shampoos etc. I get when purchasing cosmetics.  Sometimes, if it’s just a short trip, I can get away with a toiletry bag just filled with samples, eye-make up remover, cotton pads and nothing else. It’s great.  I always check out the “travel size” section in good pharmacies when I travel too-you never know what new thing you simply can’t live without.

Lastly, a couple of “On the Plane” things we need to discuss;

-Establish your elbow room early.  It appears to be on a ‘I Was Here First’ basis.  GET THERE FIRST. If you have to go to the bathroom, put something on the armrest to mark it as yours, not unlike a theatre seat. (you’re never going to see this person again-although as Murphy’s Law goes, he’s probably the same person who saw you singing and dancing in your car on the highway last week)

-Try to avoid having ice in your drinks if at all possible. I know this is difficult if you’re American, but if you can secure bottles of water rather than cups from the flight attendant you are one step ahead of the game. If they refuse, drink cold white wine (note: IF forced to do this, maintaining control of the armrest skills might diminish)

-Start a little garbage bag at your seat and make it obvious to the person beside you you expect Martha Stewart-esque standards in your shared zone through-out the flight.  You might even want to decorate by displaying magazines prominently out of the seat pocket in front of you.  Little curtains of perfumed sachet sheets on either side of the magazine can be fun too.

- and to end on an indelicate but vitally important note:  ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS make sure the toilet seat cover is down before you flush in those tiny bathrooms.  I once read that 100 billion zillion infinity germs spray up into the room (and on you) with the extreme pressure of plane loos.

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Please feel free to share any travel tips you may have- I’d love to hear them.

et Bon Voyage!!