BLUE MOOD

YVES KLEIN (1928-1962) blue; immaterial sensibility

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Helena Christiansen in, hmmm, I wanna say Versace.  What say you?

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Michael Kors Spring 2011

I‘m in a bit of a blue mood tonight.  Not too much to say, just feeling this colour, so I thought I’d share it with you.

I heard the best line in an old movie last night ;

Man to a Woman ; “Maybe he just wants to be alone. Didn’t you ever just want to be alone?”

Woman ;  “Sure,  but with somebody else!”



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YVES KLEIN “At Work”

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

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I’ve lost the credit, but let’s be honest, we weren’t buying this anyway were we?

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.SMEG fridge

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.CITEAUX stove, France

Imagine spending this much $ on a stove and being brave enough to pick blue?!  (Not that it wouldn’t look fantastic in the right setting)


Lost this credit too. Please don’t report me to the Blogger’s Defense League

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CHANEL 2011

Vogue.com

Now that’s the way to tone down a Ladies Who Lunch Bag

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MARTIN MARGIELA spring 2011



MARTIN MARGIELA Spring 2011

The entire collection was this silhouette, no joke.  Mr. Margiela, come back to us.

Definitely not for Squares :)

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.Slim Paley Photo

GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

Blue Agate and Sodalite Cuff by SIMAN TU

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PRADA

Trying to imagine my husband’s face if I came downstairs in this outfit

MANOLO BLAHNIK

He’d like these much better!

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artist ROBERT FOLEY

RADO

DYSON bladeless fan

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STUDIO GLITHERO

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BLUE BOAT designed by artist XAVIER VEILHAN  (this IS a real boat, not a painting :) ) Aprox. 200,000 euros


The WITTELSBACH-GRAFF

internally flawless, deep blue diamond weighs 31.06 carats and is one of the rarest stones in the world.

STUBBS & WOOTTON


TOM FORD MENSWEAR

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“NOVANTATRE S24S2″ by DE GRISOGONO

18kt white gold, set with 282 baguette-cut blue sapphires of 25.60 carats

(I’d say it probably comes with a mighty fine case too )


FENDI

From the Blackthorn collection by SHAUN LEANE

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Donna Karan

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Phew.  I feel somehow less blue after all that…blue

How about you?!

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PS. So glad my jammies aren’t by Margiela :)

PPS. Don’t miss reading the comments on this post- there’s a link to a fab video ode to blue posted by Kendall Conrad!

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Friday Morsels of Deliciousness

Slim Paley photo(ish)


Over the holidays we were blessed with the company of our dear friends from Paris.  Amongst many of the lovely gifts they brought us were these divine macaroons fresh from Laduree. Be still my heart. My friend snapped these two photos with my camera but I’m going to call it a ‘a team effort’, or rather ‘un effort d’equipe’  (my macaroons, my camera, my house, my rules :)) This is the very same friend who originally introduced me to my first Leica camera,  So Merci J.M.!


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I’m afraid it’s been a rather hectic week so my original intention to reintroduce ‘Friday Favourites’ on a timely basis (that would be on Fridays, as opposed to at some point over the weekend) has already fallen by the wayside, along with using my Clarisonic every other day and removing my mascara before bed, no matter how late it is.

Whatever. What sort of uptight Square keeps to those sort of lame resolutions anyway?

I play a much wilder game than that.

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I am SOOOO not sweating the small stuff anymore in this Year of Growth, 2011

but just for the sake of one last nod to my OLD Self, may we pretend this Chanel boot was included in my ‘Icicle post’ from last week?

Oh good. I feel so much better now.


 

So, for my Favouritist Things This Friday I am recommending you take the time to just watch these two short videos;



 

I know I’ve mentioned The Sartorialist’s website once before and mostly everyone is familiar with it, but I wanted to share this new little documentary being featured on YOUTUBE right now.

It’s cool, he’s cool and what a fricking cool idea ‘The Sartorialist’ originally was. There are so many ‘Sartorialist inspired’ sites in the blogosphere now, but in my opinion, the original remains the best.

BTW,  Do you ever get dressed in the morning and think ‘But what if I run into The Sartorialist?!’  Of course seeing that he is based in NY and I live in a small town in California with a population of 9,600 , I usually feel relatively safe.  The downside is the days I do make the effort  (ahem, vintage tartan skirt…) I never run into him.

Perhaps I will see New York Son on there someday :)


Visual Life-The Sartorialist (click here)


 

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I know those of you that follow me on Facebook and Twitter have already had the pleasure of seeing this fantastically glamourous first look at Tom Ford’s new Women’s collection VIDEO, but for those who haven’t,  the link is just below.  The show features some of the most amazing super models, including Lauren Hutton, Daria Werbowy,  Marissa Berenson, Amber Valetta, Karen Elson (whose great music also accompanies the video) as well as Beyonce, Julianne Moore, Rita Wilson…Well, I could on and on (really Slim?? noooo!)

Just watch and enjoy and let me know what you think!

 

A few peaks at the show;


Karen Elson

 

Beyonce

 

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Rita Wilson

Marissa Berenson

Dibs!

My Favourite dress (shame about the hideous model :))

speaking of being hard on the eyes

For Tom Ford’s New Women’s Collection VIDEO click here



OK, I couldn’t wait to hear back from you.

This new ‘ Practice Patience‘ Resolution is bull@#$% too.

I have to weigh in now and say how great is it to see so much glamour packed into just a couple of minutes and still see a fashion industry audience enjoying themselves so much, including God forbid, the models in the show??

I LOVE that!

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Oh, and P.S.  Here’s the machine that I was going to use every other night

If I took off my mascara…

but I’m thinking waking up looking like Norma Desmond is making a comeback, aren’t you?

paging The Sartorialist…

Clarisonic

 

Wishing you a GLAMOUR FILLED WEEKEND DARLINGS!

kiss kiss

Ring by Solange Azagury-Partridge

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Everything’s Just Plummy

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Slim Paley photo

.Ok, time to get that last Halloween post down!   I’m happy to have added a few new scary movies to our viewing list, so thanks for all the great suggestions.  I think we’ve all had our fill of orange & black for awhile though, and I’m sure that many of you might also be a little tired of red & blue after these last few days (whoah- talk about colours repelling! but, let’s not go there)  Instead, we’ll take a nice rich trip to the land of plum & violet hues…and one of my very favourites  that come along this time of year, concord grapes.  Note to growers- What’s up with them still having seeds??  Don’t you realize how much faster and therefore more, we could consume if we didn’t have to bother with an albeit ladylike, possibly even bedazzled spittoon beside our beds?!  Just sayin’…they can do it with green and red grapes…even watermelons

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The “Mona Lisa” by Cesare Paciotti

Dior Fall 2010

Ohhhh….does it get much prettier than this?  methinks not.

Except  maybe this?!

Slim Paley photo

Sunset at my beach house

 

Painting by Katherine Bowling

D.L. & Co. create rich, decadent candles with the most gorgeous packaging!

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Chanel in “Strong”

Stronger

 British Homes & Gardens

Vivienne Westwood Fall 2010

I love the “Frock coat” but it’s pulling a bit and I could probably do without the mustache.

Its a look.

Please don’t hate me for losing some of these credits.  Besides, I’ve noticed some much bigger blogs don’t credit at all.

They’re the super naughty, popular kids in class I guess. The ones that get bad grades and good girls.

Elle McPherson in Louis Vuitton Fall 2010

Whatever.

I’m glad I lost her credit.

Oh shoot. I just found it-  her name is Mona Johanneson

And as for this girl…

Nicole Bentley

Now I don’t want to say that she copied me,

but….

S.P. at a masked ball in Venice

She flipping COPIED me!!

(Plus, I made my mask and headpiece myself with stuff from Michael’s- I bet she didn’t)

Don’t ask.  We probably can’t afford it.  (secret code for I’ve lost the credit).

D.L. & Co  room diffuser.

Pass the grapes.

In solid or liquid form please :)

Movies, Monsters & What Will I Wear??

porch sunset, Santa BarbaraSlim Paley photo taken from “Bat Balcony”

HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEEN!!!!!!

Some lovely Halloween inspired passementerie by the very talented Jessica Light Trimmings UK

Thank you so much to all who responded to the previous post and especially for sharing your own personal experiences as well! 

Very funny and I will credit you all in my “Fifty Fahbulous Ways to Bag a Bat” book available on Amazon soon!

In the meantime, I’ve styled my “Next Encounter With The Dark Prince” wardrobe.  It’s a tad chicer than what my husband cobbled together for his performance the other night , but to be fair, he didn’t have the gift of time.

But I SHALL be ready – Vampires seldom ring ahead…

I’m having a super tough time deciding between these two looks.

The bottom one is sexier, that goes without saying really,  but the top one will showcase which ever shoe I ultimately choose as well as provide much more neck protection.

(Victor & Rolf)

What say you?

spiked clutch

My choice for a clutch is a No Brainer  (literally :))

My gloves;

Duchess of Windsor- Girl, Eat your heart out!

Oh Hellooo.  I might just wear these Monday for No special reason

But then again, These Louboutins are also very “wingy”

Wouldn’t you know, I can’t decide on the shoes either.

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Chanel "Steel" nail polishChanel “Steel” on the toes, of course.

What I’ll be drinking…

black vodka

Blavod black vodka

What I’ll be burning…

Modern Alchemy candles

Modern Alchemy “Dia De Los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) candle

BOOSlim Paley photooooooo

skull candles

Modern Alchemy “Salem” Skull candles

Doggy in a Skull “Outfit” photo by Tom Flach


And while I await  said Dark Prince sweeping into my life again, I might check in with a few scary old flicks;

haunting of hill house

The Haunting of Hill House  (1964)

“An evil old house, the kind some people call haunted, is like an undiscovered country waiting to be explored. Hill House had stood for ninety years and might stand for ninety more. Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.”

Who could leave a hand or foot hanging off the bed a centimeter,  after seeing this movie the first time?!

Black Christmas

Black Christmas (1974)

with Olivia Hussey and Margo Kidder

Possibly the first “Don’t pick up that phone!” movie?!

Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

I know the movie is a little dated (my son thought the pay off wasn’t as scary as he’d expected after all the build up) and quite frankly if I’d been Mia I think I would have murdered the neighbours before my second trimester,  but I never tire of watching John Cassavetes, despite him being such a  $%^* in this movie.

The Innocents

The Innocents (1961)

I rarely go to horror films anymore- they got too scary, no make that too dark and morbid for me.  I prefer the “oldies”

The original Body Snatchers with Kevin McCarthy

Donald Sutherland, Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Donald Sutherland in the remake of The Body Snatchers

One of the rare instances the remake is almost as good as the original

the bad seed

And who could ever forget this little girl in

The Bad Seed ??!

and my vote for one of the saddest scenes ever in a horror film;

Frankenstein, my favorite

Frankenstein

You gotta love the guy.

I read somewhere that this film was good, so I ordered it to watch tonight.

I reserve the right to add to my list if something else comes to me later, but I need to get this post up before it’s Thanksgiving.

What are some of your all time FAVOURITES??

And if you’re hitting the streets tonight (with your kids that is…or, what the hell, even without kids)

Wishing you lots of fun and bulging pillowcases!

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Red, Black, a Whisper of White


Michelle Buswell

MARC JACOBS

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HUBLOT “Big Bang Out of Africa” watch

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PRADA FALL 2010

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As predicted, by yours truly, the heat wave broke pretty much the moment I arrived in NY.  If you are starting to perceive me as one who takes the weather personally… well, we really are getting to know each other, aren’t we?!  I was bound and determined to stay away from Fall focused posts for a couple of more weeks, but under dark skies and rain, my hand has been forced.  It’s a challenge to get great NY photos in the rain- umbrella reflections in the shop windows are wreaking havoc with my genius.  So I leave you with this classic combination of Red, Black & and a hint of White, which appears to be a strong contender for one of the most winning marriages, or should I say Menages A Trois’ for Fall!.

Enjoy

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Bianca Balti, Harper’s Bazaar, Spain

Doesn’t this model remind you of Carol Alt?  ( I mean when you look at your MOM’S fashion magazines from the 70′s :) )

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Photo from Food & Co.

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake- yes, please

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Seriously fierce BALENCIAGA  BOOT Fall 2010

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Photo Cote Sud

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Phil Poynter for German Vogue

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In one of my three most regrettable fashion faux pas  ever- I sold the black Hermes belt with gold hardware  in the photo above on Ebay  because it only fit on the loosest notch at my hips.  I bought it in the early 90′s and for some reason (Scarlet Fever, perhaps?) I never foresaw wearing a belt at the waist again. It felt matronly to me- akin to wearing Mom Jeans.  I know, right?  Ohhh- it’s making me feverish just thinking about it.  I stay far, far away from EBAY now, but somewhere in Australia there is a very, very happy young woman (Do you want to hear the worst/best part? she wrote me afterwards to say she was so thrilled, then added it was her present to herself for having JUST HAD A BABY )  Hey, Australian Girl- if you are reading this,  I changed my mind!  Call me!

Needless to say, I am no longer allowed near the vicinity of the E-Word.

And no, I will not share the other two faux pas… yet.  You’d lose all respect for me..

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RUPERT SANDERSON Fall 2010

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.LULU GUINNESS  PURSE

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Slim Paley photo

Snapped this photo of a wild Licorice Rope Vase at MOSS, in Soho, today.

Wouldn’t you be tempted to fill it with black Twizzlers?

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The timeless, and apparently ageless appeal of Kate Moss- She breaks the all time record for British Vogue covers this September- 30!!

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Shiny, Happy bag from PRADA Fall 2010

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GIORGIO ARMANI Fall 2010

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PRADA


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PRADA

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Photo from VOGUE Magazine

JILL SANDERS JACKET, DIOR NECKLACE

Chicness!

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Oh, oh…Let’s say Valentino??  Anybody??


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Photo Japanese Vogue

STELLA MCCARTNEY DRESS, CAVALLI SHRUG, KENNETH JAY LANE JEWELRY

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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN  Men’s “lounging slippers”

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Slim Paley photo

Window  shopping our first couple of days in New York

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Photo Mert & Marcus

In my opinion, the winner for the most gorgeous ad campaign for Red, Black and a touch of White this season; GIORGIO ARMANI Fall 2010

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And Lastly,

My Hermes Lust Item of The Moment

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