Constant Wickering

photophoto taken thru a gallery window on Bond St., London

It was gloriously hot in Santa Barbara yesterday and it appears we’ve broken through the “June Gloom” and woken to sunshine again this morning-Hurrah!

 Definitely time to start pulling out the summer slipcovers and accessories, storing winter’s garb and, yes, addressing the bathing suit drawer. Ugh. The horror. Forget that. Let’s go back to accessories.

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Something I spotted in a magazine recently reminded me of this great vintage wicker “picnic basket” bag I bought years ago. I can’t even remember where, that’s how long I’ve had it.

890A8612I love the way it hinges open, the tiny pearls, the hand painted variegated leaves and the rich golden hue of the old wicker.

227854062366869109_pb5vtvZc_fRaffia top hat, French, circa 1820

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Straw hats in the hall, Slim Paley

The growing collection of wicker and hats in my home is an ever changing tableau…just never the right one, and never where I left it!

Baseball hats (all 5,000 of them) are kept in a less visible area.

The tripod-y thing you see to the left in the wicker basket is a folding wicker seat with handles and a sharp metal end to stick in the grass.

IMG_5532May also be used to perch your Pimms in a pinch.

I believe they were made for cricket, or perhaps polo matches. Someone chime in if you know for sure, but let’s not wicker about it :-)

Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 5.26.30 PMSo adorable

Can you believe I didn’t have any girls???

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Bridget Bardot

hm-summer-doutzen2Douzten Krouse.

Not sure if that’s how you spell her last name, but whatever…like she needs to care.

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It’s nice to gather hats for guests in a big wicker basket in your front hall for summer.

217087644508349302_Zt0gRw1T_fI think I used this image once before, but it bears repeating. So charming if not that easily accessible.

93309023500742051_QVYsV4Y4_fI like the random nature and hanging of this collection. One of the best things about wicker is that it is absolutely affordable for everyone.

You can make Pier One stuff look great with the right touch. If your wicker looks too new, set it outside for a few weeks-presto, instant old wicker.

_VIE0572.450x675At the other end of the spectrum, Dolce & Gabbana did some pretty artful things with wicker this season, including these madcap shoes

_VIE1110.450x675and wicker corset.

Talk about pride feeling no pain…

But really, who needs to sit down when you’ve invested this much into your look

_VIE1159.450x675I really loved the playfulness and Carmen Miranda vibe of this collection.

Wicker dress form, Slim Paley photoSnapped at the Marches aux Puces, Paris

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and don’t even get me started on how much I love these. They’re like Campaign furniture made into shoes.

So, basically, two of my favourite things.

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and these. I’m fashion-dextrous don’t you know.

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Kate Spade proffered a wicker armadillo

Screen Shot 2012-04-20 at 7.37.07 PMRalph Lauren did a “Picnic basket-come-IT bag” last summer, but may I say that I like my vintage one much better

wicker wine carrying picnic basket, Slim PaleyYes, it’s lost a couple of pearls and a leaf or two but as it’s big enough to fit a bottle of wine, it could double as a picnic basket too!

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Of course

402it’s easy to pull just one piece of wicker into your abode for summer

224Or you could opt for a total blast of it

Screen shot 2011-06-27 at 10.17.10 PMlike Anoushka Hempel did on her boat.  SO “Indochine”.  In fact, time to watch that movie again. by myself. The menfolk not at gunpoint.

403-1How pretty are the shadows cast by the “roof” in this room?

700_moon-lamp-one-jpeg“Jellyfish” wicker fixture. Sorry, lost the credit :-(

Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 10.59.01 PMVintage fishing baskets repurposed as outdoor lights, Vogue.

amazing mid-century wicker chair, Paris, Slim PaleyIf I’d had the focus, time and the energy to organise a container at the Marches aux Puces in Paris last summer…

Oh, the damage I could have wrought. I mean how cool is this chair?!

L1140363And this turn of the century, pristine wicker conservatory seating? Also at the Marches aux Puces

Hotel Costes, ParisI fear we just spent too many evenings keeping the wicker chairs at Hotel Costes warm.

That’s some good people watching there.

Drum table Pottery Barn, Slim Paley photoI did manage to ship a couple of Toureg “wicker” rugs home from Marrakech though.

More on those when the room is finished. Metal drum table from Pottery Barn.

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And gathered a beautiful big ole wicker basket of loquats from my tree to make…jam? jelly? puree? The loquat remains an enigma. I washed them to make a puree and they started turning brown and rotten as fast as a peeled banana.

So, how about you? Do you have any great summer wicker design tips to share?

I’d love to hear.

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Header photo from Dedon Outdoor Furniture

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Loco For Rococo

Well, just as I predicted (genius that I am) while 1/2 the country is elated this week, the other half  is deeply in need of some botox right between the eyebrows.

Sorry I can’t help you with that (Virtual Blogging Botox Party?!) but I can offer some completely over the top, nothing even vaguely tethered to reality escapism for just a couple of minutes.

If you’ve picked up  just one fashion magazine lately no doubt you’ve clocked the fierce force of ornamentation, brocade, bling, bang & baroque that assailed the runways this Fall.

Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Balmain, Alexander McQueen, and Valentino were only some of the big boys that pulled out all the stops with needlepoint and pearls.

Seriously I don’t even want to think about how much these jackets must cost (or how much they weigh for that matter…couture as exercise?)But the exquisite workmanship and beauty  cannot be denied.

Unless of course you’re a dyed in the wool “Grunge” devotee’

In which case these Celine sandals from Spring ’13  might be more up your ballroom

I admit, chances are very slim we’re going to see anyone wearing most of these, but it’s certainly Fantasy Fashion at it’s best.

Speaking of Baroque, Rococo and Fantasy…When I was in Paris a few weeks ago I saw John Malkovich in the Hotel Costes restaurant. (Well, actually one of my girlfriends spotted him-literally the first SECOND we walked in. She’s rather genius at that. She can also read a guest list upside down. In French) It took me a minute or two before my one lasik-ed eye was able to confirm that yes, indeed it was J.M.  He looked, you know, pretty good, pretty cool & pretty louche, much how you would expect John Malkovich to look holding court in a french bar at 1:00am. Afterwards, my friends had a little visit with him and said he was utterly charming. Don’t ask me why I didn’t go with them. If it had been Sawyer I would have.  Anyway (sorry-this is getting so long!) when I got home to Santa Barbara a friend called and said she was having some people over to watch “Dangerous Liaisons” and would I like to come. Would I??!

Do you remember how GOOD that film was and can you believe it was made in 1988??

Does this jog your memory?

Of course we’ve had several films with similar sensibilities since then

Sophia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” comes to mind. It was beautiful and fun but didn’t even come close to the naughtiness and wit of “Dangerous Liaisons”

Marie Antoinette’s bedroom at Versailles


Alexander McQueen

Valentino

Valentino. Magical, right? I love thistles.

Subtle Baroque by Bottega Veneta, Fall 2012

Balmain Fall 2012

Dolce

I think Dolce

Dolce Fall 2012

Karlie Kloss in Dolce & Gabbana

Judith Leiber minaudière

Balmain- wow. I would just hang this on my wall and touch it every day.

Nicholas Kirkwood

and possibly my favourite coat of the season from Fendi

The moment Malkovich realizes she is completely in his  power is staggeringly good. The dude can act.


Valentino. I love the way the metal studs hip up the needlepoint, don’t you?

This has to be a Tim Walker photo, right?

He loves those boots

Happy Day to you and give yourself a treat and watch “Dangerous Liasons” again.

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(any uncredited images via Tumblr or Google, Kate Blanchett in first Vogue image)

Girls Will Be Boys

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Italian Vogue

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Oh I’ve had so much fun with this post! It’s been one of my favourites.  The sumptuous menswear influence in women’s fashion this Fall has inspired me to pull out all my tailored pieces, vintage waistcoats, manly trousers and brogues. I’m not really a ‘suit’ girl but I’m definitely feeling my inner Kate Hepburn/David Bowie this season. I haven’t quite decided if I’m going “Philadelphia Story” or “Thin White Duke” but  what I do know is that Husband’s closet will be raided.  The good news is he couldn’t care less. He’s always loved me in this look and I don’t think he’s alone there-I think many men find women dressed in masculine attire to be very attractive-How many “Esquire” shots of women in men’s white shirts (and nothing else) have we seen over the years?!

We’ve always ‘stolen from the boys’.  Guess it’s probably because we don’t have quite enough variety in women’s fashion :)

 Think Lauren Hutton, Bianca Jagger in her wedding suit, Garbo, Diane Keaton…the list is endless.   The bad news is; my husband’s closet is, to put it mildly, a rather barren territory. Sherpas living on Everest have bigger personal closets than my husband.  So Tom Ford he ain’t, but what he does have, God bless him, I’m more than welcome to filch.

Sons…ahhh, not so much.  Although basket ball shorts and Comicon t-shirts could possibly work with my new Stella McCartney white jacket if say Daphne Guinness or Carine Roitfeld were stopping by to help me accessorize, but somehow I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

I would pay to see Daphne  coming up my gravel driveway in those shoes though.

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A little music for your stroll from The Thin White Duke,  pre-TWDuke  & from one of my 10 favourite albums ever

“Hunky Dory”


Double click to play

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Slim Paley photo

A little tableau of some of my finds, including a long skirt I had made for me of vintage ties. It’s fun with big chunky sweaters and riding boots.

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Italian Vogue

Dior watch

I have a silver fob  which I’m going to polish up and start using again- perhaps I’ll attach my pedometer to it-a sure way to stop it from getting thrown into the washing machine methinks.

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Tom Ford

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Marlene Dietrich

A veritable pioneer of poaching from the men’s department

Speaking of, definitely do check out the men’s/boys department of your favourite department stores.  You can find a ton of stuff there and usually for considerably lower prices than the women’s section.

New York , Paris & London are particularly good for cross over shopping.

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Divine!

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A newsboy cap from Paul Smith, a “Tuxedo” shirt from “Pink”, super fine wool & silk men’s cut trousers from  Golden Goose, vintage scarf

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Dolce & Gabbana

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Prada shoes

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Oversized jacket somehow looking ridiculously good

I wish I knew who made it…

and those boots.

The model? She can just keep on walking.

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The Row

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The Row

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Dolce & Gabbana eyewear

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Via Elle Mexico

And may she never move to this country.

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Rich leather & grey flannel brogues by Angela Scott

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I had the pleasure of meeting the shoe designer  Angela Scott just last week- I just thought her look was adorable.

Angela attributes both her own personal style and the quality and workmanship that goes into the crafting of her shoes to her grandfather.

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The Row

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Slim Paley photo

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Invest in a great man’s hat or two

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Haider Ackermann Spring 2012

Loving Haider Ack., I must say.

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..No belt, but plenty of other fun things going on

Get those higher waisted jeans out girlfriends!

She’s got a Jethro belt and she’s not one bit happy about it.

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Slim Paley in the 80's

Look who was copying the boys waaay back when  (I think I was 18??!)

Could have used some Moroccan Oil in my hair even then!

Nostalgia…it’s a beautiful thing :)

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Slim Paley photo of Angela Scott’s “Mr Smith” oxfords

“It was Mr. Smith, a distinguished gentleman, who won me over that day. With every bit of class and dignity that one would expect to see in a man on the streets of London. From the horn rimmed glasses to his perfectly polished bespoke oxfords. I was in love with his sophisticated style. The striped oxford is my ode to Mr. Smith and the reflection of grace that I saw shining through the cordovan leather tips of his gorgeous oxfords.” Angela Scott

Dolce & Gabbana

-Play around with cuff & sleeve lengths

-Borrow your partner’s cufflinks

-Wear your watch on the outside of your cuff

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The Row

Love the evening slipper with no sock look

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Jane Birkin on looking sexy without being overdone said;

“I say, wear men’s clothes and smile. Old stuff is grand, especially men’s trousers. I wish I could find the corduroys (the actor) John Wood gave me. I feel very sexy when I’m wearing those.”  (via British Vogue)

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PS. Jane Birkin auctioned off her LAST Birkin bag for $163,000 to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross.

Now that’s sexy!

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Ways to soften your “Dude-iness”

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-Keep your tie loose

(think Don Draper after 3 Manhattans)

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-Structured clothes- soften the hair

-Wear a little blush ( channeling my mother “Would it kill you to put on a little blush ?!”)

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-Keep it slouchy

(although honestly, these pants look like they could be coming or going, don’t they?)

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Kate.

Of course she does it perfectly.

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Stella McCartney jacket

-Pin a corsage

or pop a beautiful silk poof in your pocket

-Roll your sleeves up, especially for day

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Alexander McQueen  “Le Smoking”

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-A soft white t-shirt will help keep you comfortable under a structured jacket.

Don’t be a stiff!

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-A touch of lace says “Hey- you still need to open the door for me”!

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-Suspenders can be cute (if you’re still relatively young, or conversely, very old (just not in the middle) & not too well gifted in the chestal area)

-try adding  tie-pins or nice blingy brooches or both along your suspenders.

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-Take a note from Older Son (or as we fondly call him “Mr. N.Y.”) and don’t wear socks OR laces with your brogues- OK, now you’re very cool too!

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Have fun with your accessories!

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Via Italian Vogue

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But most of all…

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Just have FUN!

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Will you be raiding Sir’s closet or do you prefer to linger on the lacy side of life?

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@#$%^&* moths

My grey trousers

Smack dab where they can’t be repaired too.

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BLACK LACE

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A treasured vintage gown, bought with great delight, many years ago at the Costume & Textiles Fair in Bath, England

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Slim Paley photo

 

Was it just me, or did you notice a dearth of black this year at the Academy Awards?!  Other than Madame Stone, who worked the black theme and then some, I’d have to say it was the least amount of noir I’ve ever seen at an awards show.

For me, Black still remains my Go To “Colour” when in doubt (which is more often than I care to admit)

and what girl isn’t a pushover for a beautiful touch of black lace?!

Herewith;

a sampling of lace, some traditional, some…not so much :)

 

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Audrey

 

 

Alexander McQueen, Fall 2010

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“Rosa Muerta” a one bedroom, 1,300 sq.ft.  residence completely open to the elements located in Joshua Tree, CA & designed by Robert Stone


Blumarine Fall 2011

Valentino

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Terence Koh “Black Light”

 

 

Bergdorf’s catalogue

 

Erin O’Connor rocks a Mantilla of sorts in Oyster magazine

 

Ming

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Maria Carla Boscono

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Slim Paley photo

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Dior

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Haider Ackermann Fall 2010

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Black Lace Outdoor Furniture by Seasonal Living

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Finally- a “tattoo” I’d wear! (For a night, anyway)

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Anastasia Radevich

Fab!

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The Mondrian

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What’s up? Itchy?? Another model sorry to be in the Lanvin Fall show2010

 

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Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

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Cesare Paciotti

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Karen Elson

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little lace socks seen in Australian fashion show

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If your tastes run more to the garden than to the runway…

Canadian artist Cal Lane’s Lace shovels

 

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Dior Fall 2010

 

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Roberto Cavalli’s home

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Roberto Cavalli’s home

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Sally Hansen “Salon effects” lace nail polish strips

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Marchesa Spring/Summer 2011

This model could also stand to be a little happier about her gig

 

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Lost the credit for this fabulous laser cut black metal chandelier

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Lace lighting by Gilles Eichenbaum

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Helena Rubenstein Lash Queen

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Bottega Veneta

Plates available via The Conran Shop

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Valentino

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Ming

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Wallpaper available via Anthropologie


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Lady Rita

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Lady Gaga

Who Wore It Better??!

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Daria

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Bottega Veneta Fall 2011

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Bottega Veneta Fall 2011

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Cesare Paciotti

Delicate heels are making a comeback Ladies- watch your Ebay decisions carefully :)

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Green & Black Saturday

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Slim Paley flowers &  photo

 

Did you participate in Black Friday?! The whole concept of the crowds and parking madness makes me shudder.  I saw that some stores opened at 4 a.m. !  I saw commercials of women exercising…getting prepped for the event- might have been for “Target”, I’m not sure.  Not that I don’t love a good Target run as much as the next savvy shopper.  It comes second only to Costco in providing me with the most things I never realized I needed until the moment I see them.  I think there might be a “tense” problem in that last sentence, but I’m so tired and I’m dashing to get this posted before Sunday or I’ll have to change the entire premise.   In any case, this Thanksgiving weekend marks yet another year  I didn’t get all (any) of my Christmas shopping done before December 1st as I promised myself I would.  For those of you that have finished already- I am GREEN with envy!   I might have to go pour myself some Absynthe just to drown my sorrows…

 

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Kees Van Dongen

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Isabella Blow

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Giorgio Armani Fall 2010

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Dita Von Teese for Perrier

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Giorgio Armani

 

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Jo Malone for Farrow & Ball

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Adorable “lace” baskets for bikes available at Fjorn

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Cecconis

 

Diamond & black onyx bead tribal Deco earrings by Shaunleane.com

GORGEOUS!

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Bottega Veneta clutch

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Steven Webster

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Jacquelyn Jablonski

I’m inspired to pull out my green leather gloves now

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Dolce & Gabbana

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Steven Webster

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Dior

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Edon Manor NYC

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Bottega Veneta

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I’m loving this collection of scarab accessories and jewelry from Bottega Veneta

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Tom Dixon

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Image via Tarina Tarantino

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Bottega Veneta

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Absinthe or “The Green Fairy” here

No longer illegal

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Chanel

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Kees Van Dongen

Too much Absinthe

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New.Syrie Maugham book by Acanthus Press

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The Rug Company

Emerald from Asprey

 

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And lastly, I ask you- Where else but on Slim Paley would you get Asprey emeralds and the trailer to the remake of the Green Hornet??!

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What can I say? I have boys.