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Happy Holidays to All!!

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I hope you’re enjoying a beautiful, sparkling, joy-filled Christmas day.

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Full of the sensations of The Season

The gift of family & good friends

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The exchange of ethereal delights, delicious food, delectable libations

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Fairy dust

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Light

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and Wonder

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Chanel Pre-Spring 2014

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but remember the stars often land upon the ground too
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My front porch Sun Valley

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Blessings & Warmest Tidings to all my faithful and fun Slim Paley readers over the years

And to All a Good Night!!

xoxox

SP

One Year Ago Today

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all uncredited photos via Flickr & Pinterest

 shooting star lights via MarthaStewart.com

Slim Paley photo of tepee at Santa Barbara Magazine Christmas party, decor by Gypset.com

The Ice Man Cometh Not

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Yes, some of you might remember this photo from around Christmas time last year.

I snapped it from the window of my home in Sun Valley.

Enormous icicles were hanging all along the north side of the house and the snow was deep.

This year, thus far…snow, snow, where did you go??

There’s nary a flake to be found.

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Also from a post last Christmas, but well worth repeating;

The amazing Freddie Mercury singing “A Winter’s Tale”

Talk about chills!


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Oscar de la Renta silver beaded tassel earrings $395

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Giorgio Armani SS 2012 finale

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So pretty, so easy!

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Stocking stuffer from Buccellati

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These are very cool

cast glass logs, that look like giant crystals

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Jeff Benroth glass logs

(I saw some similar to this at Ruzzetti & Gow, NYC

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“Snowball” votives available at Bloomingdales

Corto Moltedo clutch

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PS. I know what you’re thinking- Slim, you missed a day on the Advent Calendar!

What you’re forgetting is that next year is actually a Leap Year and therefore, I didn’t really miss yesterday’s post.

Don’t think about that too hard. You’ll get brain freeze.

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Day 22ish 23 People- time to get serious!

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Black & White Stripes

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Still bagging some roses from the garden :-)

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We enjoyed a gorgeous weekend here in Santa Barbara, hope you had a lovely couple of days as well.  Did you watch the Emmys? I don’t think there were too many upsets or surprises, other than perhaps Charlie Sheen who was shockingly subdued and well-behaved.  Good for him-maybe he is Winning after all. I was happy that “Downton Abbey” won several Emmys. The 2nd season premiered in the UK tonight (Sunday) It’s going to take some willpower on my part not to grill my friend in London for details!   I thought Jane Lynch was funny and made a fine host but here’s my guilty little secret; I’ve never once watched “Glee”.  Of course I never tried out for school plays, the band or cheerleading either so maybe it’s just not in my genetic makeup. As I’ve mentioned once before, my stage debut as a tiny ballerina was a rather traumatic experience that rendered me performance anxiety-ed through high school so suffice it to say no drama teachers were exactly falling over themselves to cast me as “Sandy” in “Grease”

But, enough about me.   Drew Barrymore’s dress was stunning, as was Sophia Vergara’s and while the preponderance of red gowns at the Emmys came as no surprise, it was a little unusual to see virtually no black, don’t you think?  Gwyneth Paltrow was one of the few stars wearing it in a midriff baring lace gown by Pucci. Thoughts??  Her black & white diamond earrings, diamond bracelets and a diamond & onyx ring, supposedly weighed in at over 100 carats.

Wait, back to me…maybe I should have persevered with the ballet.

Oh well, next life.

Speaking of black & white  (How’s that for a segue?!)

This is after all, a post about stripes not dashed dreams, so let’s get started;


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Pretty cool, but I hope there isn’t a bar upstairs

and that is probably the first time I’ve ever said those words.

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David Tsay photo

My beach house entry hall way

via House Beautiful

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One stripe, powerfully placed

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Oscar de la Renta Resort 2012

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We called these “Humbugs” when we were kids, did you?

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Me. Here. Now.

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Chanel Resort Collection 2012

Seriously Karl- what’s with the boots??

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Aperlai

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Jason Peters at Oklahoma Museum of Modern Arts

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Striped bow tie pasta available at Pierre Lafond, Montecito, CA.

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“Brittania” cushion by The Rug Company

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Monique Pean

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Love Monique Pean.

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Mark Williams

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Gareth Pugh S/S 2012

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Lands End blanket

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So pretty!

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Handy instant wake up call every morning

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Pottery Barn

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Glamping in Tibet

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Scandinavian Accents

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Dior Watch

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Just in case you didn’t wake up in the first bathroom

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Prada

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Let’s all try to adhere to this the rest of the week and report back if we were successful-

No cheating!

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Sea World

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A little corner of my beach bulletin board

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Hey, not so fast!

 Enough already with all the talk of back to school, pumpkins and leaves turning.

 There’s still some summer left, let’s not  rush things here People.

 I, for one, will be dragged kicking and screaming from these last few weeks of partial fog, clearing by mid afternoon.

You’ll have to pry the sunscreen from my cold, pale hands.

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Who’s with me?!

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Chanel obviously is;

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To coincide with Fashion’s Night Out on September 8th, Chanel launches it’s latest polish collection;

“Le Jeans de Chanel”

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Me. Here. Now.

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I feel badly because I can’t for love or money find the credit/link for these cute soaps – if you’re the person who makes them, please write me.

*** Here it is:  SoapBaubles.com

(Thanks Andrea!)

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This is as close as I want to come to seeing turning “leaves” until October, thank you very much.

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Driftwood bowls in two sizes from W.S. Home


Don’t you think you could flip these over, drill a hole and they would make fun shades for a hanging light fixture in a beach house?

Especially with a multi filament Edison bulb.

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Pretty coloured tea lights only $2.99 at Ikea

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“Vascabarca” stone bathtub by Antonio Lupi

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more beach combing …

I found Neptune’s curtain tie-back

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Kids, look away.

I’m kind of taken with writing on walls at the moment.

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Parfait goblets from West Elm

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Hello. My name is Slim Paley.

I’m an Uggaholic.

Loving this new colour.

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Not a great photo, but I love this summer dinner (taken with my iphone and yes, that’s a crusty old oven mitt wedged beneath the cookie sheet on the table, paper napkins & ice in the wine. Don’t tell Martha)  A table covered with brown craft, or newspaper, broiled Alaskan King Crab legs, lashings of drawn butter, fresh lemon and japanese pickles.

Oh, and of course truffle salt.

Happiness.

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via Gandia Blasco

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Sunglass charm from Thomas Sabbo

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Have a great rest of the week!

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Celestial Offerings

Perigee Moon over the Almudena, Madrid last night

Tonight we are going to experience  The Super Moon

It’s the closest the moon has been to the earth in 18 years!

I asked a very “Astronomically Inclined” friend of mine about this event and this is what he had to say;

Most people think the Moon is closest during a “full moon”…but even though it may appear larger…this is an amazing optical illusion.   (On the next full moon rise….look at it upside down or between your legs …this sounds crazy..but  the moon will actually appear to return to it’s normal size…  The scientific explanation and details of this “illusion” can be found at ….
While you’re at this site…check out “10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Moon”
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Thanks  Sky Guy !!
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Burt Lancaster in “The Leopard”
Unfortunately, here in Santa Barbara, we are under grey & rainy skies so I suspect our chances of actually glimpsing the man in the moon this evening are dim.

I do hope you’ll get to enjoy it from where ever you may be.

A little appropriate music to accompany you;

Moon & Moon



photo of the moon taken last night  via Tao Zero

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The Famous  Nebra Sky Disk is one of the oldest known depictions of the ‘Heavenly Canopy’, dating back to 1600 BC.

Originally suspected of being a forgery, it is now widely accepted as being authentic to the Bronze Age.

Pretty cool “Tchotchke”!

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“Blue Reflection” by David Willet

For those who don’t get to experienc a lunar extravaganza this evening, some images to make us feel a little better;

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For the masculine Star Gazer in your life

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The moon from my porch in Sun Valley.

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Victoire de Castellane for Dior

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 566 in blue Baccarat crystal (limited edition of 28) by Marc Newson

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Frida Gustavsson

Lydia Courteille ring

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Photo via Habitually Chic

Bergdorf’s Holiday window

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Armani

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The Moon coming up over the mountains in Montecito a few weeks ago

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Chanel “Sky” ring with diamonds

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Barnaby Gates Wallpaper

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Soir de Lune by Sisley

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Stubbs & Wootton slippers

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Chanel

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The Rug Company

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Miu Miu Summer 2011

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Barnaby Gates Wallpapers

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Miu Miu Summer 2011

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Bag by Jigsaw

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Solange Azagury-Partridge

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The incomparable Hedy Lamar via Fashion’s Most Wanted

“I love you more than the sun and the moon,

more than every grain of sand on every shore

and all the stars in the sky…”

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Keep Looking Up!!

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