The Turning

flowers from my garden,

It’s here.

 Autumn has officially arrived.

I will acknowledge its presence and no longer be cranky with those who wished the warm weather away.

I’ve perused the gross weight of all the September issues, witnessed Halloween & Thanksgiving decor in stores for myself and weakly bleet “UNCLE”

Ya got me.

As you may have noticed, I even changed my header photo. Now if I could only figure out how to nix the turquoise banner for a more autumnal shade I’d be good.

WordPress, please heed my cry for help!

Light on the dining room wall, Slim PaleyTruly, I knew It was almost here with the subtle shift of late afternoon light in my dining room. After living in this home for over 20 years we’re like old friends that finish each other’s sentences.

“Slim” (said the house) “Stop trying to act all ‘India Hicks’ with the giant palm fronds still on the table. It’s the end of September. Get over yourself”

Like I said, Very old friends.

white roses.

And while I for one will still lament the all too soon passing of our summer, I’ll readily concede there are no other seasonal contenders when it comes to the beauty of Autumn light. I could basically just run around my house with a camera from 4pm to 6pm from now through November and be a very happy glamper.

Lost in Arles via Lost in Arles blog

Then there’s the whole “leaf changing thing”

Which I guess is okay if you go in for that sort of stuff…

Another big check in the plus column?

dolce-gabbana-rtw-fw2013-runway-60_112954382617Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013

Hellooo Fall Fashion!



Louis Vuitton Fall 2013

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013

Not to mention (always followed by a mention)

A bed & a book

that my flannel sheets will soon be making their eagerly awaited comeback.

Oh Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Truth be told, I could blissfully sleep in flannel all year round.

Of course I wouldn’t still be married, so there’s that…

49032504Photos via here

 I totally adore the colours of Fall

24401145How divine is this copper & rust mixed with palest cream & blush?

I’m So copying. With flowers and a make-up palette. Stay tuned.

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 7.41.40 AMphoto Sarah Maingot

Shorter days and cooler nights invite us back to long heavenly soaks in the bath.

Never a bad thing.

Fall. Slimpaley.comAnd Fall food is as comforting as all get out. Soup’s on? I’m there.

be81dd751d0fec8be52948e3190ed470Grilled onions with thyme & cream. Recipe here

Angels on Horseback

A version of “Angels on Horseback” with Medjool dates, water chestnuts & pineapple wrapped in bacon, marinated in soy sauce & pineapple juice then baked. Yum.

Howard Slatkin bar

Libationally (I say it’s a word) it’s fun to adapt your bar, like this one in Howard Slatnik’s home, to the cooler season’s more comforting requirements.

vintage books. Slimpaley.comAnd I must admit, Fall certainly does invite one to hunker down and enjoy more cozy reading time…



pretty light, gorgeous colours, long baths & flannel sheets. A good meal, a great read, cashmere & a comely cocktail…

I do believe I’ve just talked myself into being very happy that Autumn has arrived!

Check it! I could be on “Super Soul Sunday”

I have a motivational speaker lurking inside of me!

omg. That explains my inexplicable weight gain over the summer…

Phew. Just found the silver lining!

Happy Falling Leaves To All



Wild Beauty

Africa game reserve Slim PaleySlim Paley photo

While it would be a bit of a stretch to say that “Sauvage” is having a Moment right now (being that its popularity never seems to wane)

Sauvage IS Having a Moment.

leopard print interiorThere. Said it.

black & BrownFrom runway to residence

Sauvagevia French Essence

We just can’t seem to resist The Call of the Wild.

Peter Beard diaries

 Taschen is even re-issuing Peter Beard’s classic collection of his collaged African diaries, originally published in 2006

Peter Beard book

According to Tashchen, the original is now selling for $1,900 (score!)

The new edition will be priced at a more reasonable $69.99

peter beard

A Life in Full


Searching for your Peter Beard?

A python print outfit, sunglasses, a lean-to and a little bit of luck…what else does a girl really need?

Snakeskinvia Tumblr

alfredo-paredes-brad-goldfarb-new-york-apartment-07-study-lgvia Architectural Digest

A chic and cozy blend of earthy tones and textures combine to create this great sauvagey corner


Croc-embossed leather hot off the presses on Tom Ford’s runway this week

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Burberry Prorsum

From manicures (I’ll pass on the leopard nails) down to our little hooves,

the lion’s not sleeping tonight :-)

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 Burberry Prorsum Men Fall 2013

givenchy-rtw-fw2013-accessories-07_150458981888Givenchy Fall 2013


Even faux fur is looking awfully convincing these days

I bought the cutest fur vest-no one would ever guess is faux. Except I’ve told everyone. Which is always my issue with faux. I get so excited when it’s done well I end up pointing out to anyone within earshot that it’s fake. Good idea with fur. Not so good with floors & wall treatments.

Kendall Conrad

From Kendall Conrad‘s newest collection, this printed calfskin wrist wrap

African beads Slim PaleySlim Paley African beads


Geometric Sauvage


Erdem Spring 2014

tribal rugCan’t beat the tribal rug for connecting to your wilder shores.

girl with catOr, you know, casually strolling with a wild animal. In chiffon.

burberry-prorsum-rtw-fw2013-details-010_170956347139Burberry Prorsum Fall 2013

burberry-prorsum-rtw-fw2013-details-022_171006381523Burberry RTW Fall 2013

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 8.14.19 AMDiane Von Furstenberg Spring 2014

018c2f2a1cd826a48b222d1d828beb2bmore glamping on the wild side

Cara Delevigne

Cara Delevigne. This year’s Wild Child.

Zebra print wallpaperA sauvage statement in black & white


Burberry’s Ladies Who Lunch Gone Wild

street fashion zebra print pants

Wish I could find these zebra print pants. I’d live in them.



Kendall Conrad‘s new “Siberian Tiger” Pacha bag. Sigh.

zebra rug

A cool interpretation of Sauvage at home.

Karlie Kloss

6 and a half feet of Zebra. Karlie Kloss at Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2014


Tom Ford Spring 2014

Beautiful makeup too.


Christian Louboutin

I know I’ll be dusting off my “vintage” zebra print Marni coat, and happily carrying my newish leopard print laptop case.

See you in the main tent for cocktails!

(FYI; Peter doesn’t like it if you’re late-you’ll miss the sunset :-))

xox SP


*Please note: The Kendall Conrad items are custom, handprinted, ethically raised calf skins from Italy.

Fall Shui

Slim Paley Fall Mood BoardA post or two back I mentioned I would be returning to the subject of  autumn leaves (don’t worry if you don’t remember, we work as a team here :))

The turning of the leaves, those rusty khakis & golds, spicy pumpkin & fiery blood-red hues are one of the few things I miss about living in colder climes. Here in Santa Barbara we have just a couple of varieties of vines and trees that put on any sort of spectacle-both of which I have planted in my garden. Meanwhile…2 days away from December, I’m still waiting…

Fortunately, we were in Chicago for a week earlier this month and thanks to the  “Chef Who Knows No Bounds” Grant Achatz, we experienced a turning of leaves so inventive even Mother Nature would raise her lichened brow.

Our first stop was a highly anticipated return to “next” to celebrate my husband’s birthday. If you aren’t already familiar with next (opened in 2011), with its fabulous concept of changing “themes” every few months, you simply must put it on your list of things to experience in Chicago. The current theme is “Autumn in Kyoto” with the tradition of “Kaiseki” as its guiding inspiration.

“Autumn in Kyoto: the moon viewing, the changing hue of the maple leaves, the last crickets of summer, wind blowing through the river grass…”

I won’t spoil it by revealing the menu, which is truly half the fun-and yes, this restaurant is about having FUN in and with every sense,  but I’ll share two hastily taken, slightly fuzzy pics (was getting a touch of stink-eye from the Hubs & Older Son)

Next restaurant, ChicagoA glimpse into the level of creativity involved in this dining adventure; Live crickets (for song, not consumption) in a vintage cage perched on leaves in the centre of our table.

The collecting of crickets during the transition of Summer to Autumn is a centuries old Japanese tradition.

Apparently the male crickets do most of the “singing”

Are we surprised??

Next restaurant, Chicago. Slim PaleyA delicate and exquisitely presented dessert called “First Snowfall”


Previous themes at “next” ;

We also heartily imbibed at Chef Achatz’s ultra cool bar “The Aviary” one night and spent our last evening in Chicago dining at his original restaurant, the amazing “Alinea”.

Yes, it’s true

We are complete Achatz-olytes. If Chef Achatz tells us he’s building a space ship that’s going to a better place, we’re on board. We probably get to eat the ship upon arrival.

Next, Chicago, Slim PaleyWoodcock, lingonberry, shallot, oak leaves at Alinea.

The leaves are set alight as they’re brought to the table so the room is infused with the visceral scent of a campfire.

“Alinea”, currently one of the Top Ten restaurants in the world and “The Aviary” are much too special to squeeze in here, so I’ll save them for another post.

a Fall Table

Earlier in the season, Grant Achatz and Chef Daniel Humm of “Eleven Madison Park” in NY, partook in some unprecedented culinary hijinks by trading restaurants for one week. How cool is that?! Reservations for “Alinea at Eleven Madison Park”  and vice versa, were made via the internet just as they are normally for NEXT and Alinea.

As you’d imagine, a furious Foodie throw-down commenced with tables totally booked in minutes. Luckily our Older Son, whose hummingbird-fast digits have been flitting across a keyboard since he was 4,  managed to secure The Dinner Date of a Lifetime for he and his girlfriend the first night. (That’s my boy :) ) Their iphone photo shows “a bed of leaves on the table which you brushed off onto the ground after a few courses” so by the end of the night the floor of the restaurant was covered in leaves.

I actually covered the entire entry hall and dining room floor of our home with leaves for a Halloween party when the boys were  young and what a gorgeous mess it was! (until the light of day…ouch)

Speaking of gorgeous messes, get a load of this tree and how the leaves have turned such a divine rusty red.

Now guess who the tree belongs to.


She lives here in my town.

Er, I mean I live in her town.

Well, let’s just say we’re neighbours.


this is MY tree.

It’s the exact same type of tree. On the same side of the street.  

What’s up with that??!

 Do you think Oprah’s tree knows it’s Oprah’s tree and is just being an overachiever? Are Oprah’s people hand-tinting her leaves in the night?

Or is my tree perhaps a female and therefore not a “singer”?


For information on dining at “Alinea” or “NEXT” visit their Facebook or Twitter pages or click here

And to read my post about our first visit to “NEXT” please click : next:PARIS- 1906


First image a vignette from my Inspiration board.

Header photo of Kendra Spears via Vogue

Slow Dance



Greetings from my home in Sun Valley, Idaho, where Summer and Fall are just beginning their slow dance.


The view from my bench at the river’s edge


The water level is lower than I can ever remember it in all the years of coming here

I could actually walk out, almost to the middle and fish.

(if I knew how to fish. Love those cute waders though.)



It also revealed this big pile-up of wood  right below my house, which I suspected might be the work of naughty BEAVERS!


So after going back in and changing into Rabid Beaver Bite Protective Gear…


I carried a long stick and bravely ventured closer.

(everyone that could save me from attacking beavers was still sleeping)



On closer inspection, the wood was all charred and was just the stump of an old tree felled by the forest fires much farther north this summer.




But Mother Nature had also been very busy creating new life, even as we approach this season of dormancy.


The Hops vine I planted eons ago finally took root and decided to blossom.

I’m not saying I’ll be starting a home brewery anytime soon, but I might have some nice garlands to festoon the mantle for Fall.


growing hops


But the biggest and best surprise of all (and boy, was it a surprise!) was opening the door of our home to find New York Son standing there waiting for me!!

My husband was in on the secret, but somehow managed to keep it under wraps (truly, a miracle ) so when I said “I’ll turn off the alarm” and my husband said “I told them to leave it off for us” you might well imagine the split second of horror I experienced upon seeing a big dude in a black leather jacket standing in the mud room!

Once my heart started beating again, it was overflowing with happiness!


That afternoon we hit all our favourite spots in Ketchum


The Iconoclast Book Store


F. Scott Fitzgerald


Where the husband picked up this beautiful edition of  “The Beautiful and Damned”, my son bought the latest Junot Diaz book and I found an old book about coconuts (can you say obsessed?!)

 I finished “Gone Girl” and I’ll say this; it was a real page-turner.

In fact I really didn’t want to put it down until the end, which-oh I hate to say it!

was so implausible that it ruined it for me.

soorrreeee :(



Hot dogs were consumed at Irving’s. Me: 1.  Son: 4.


Some fun window shopping at Jensen Stern Jewellers 



How fun and unique and very “Sun Valley” are their windows?!


Good beaver hunting chandelier earrings




Vegetarians look away now


Mighty Man-sized steaks were grilled

Books were read and football watched(ish)

No hiking for me due to the tail bone injury.

We also enjoyed the documentary “My Best Fiend” by Werner Herzog about his relationship with the actor Klaus Kinski.

Listen, if you’re ever worrying that you might be going crazy?

Watch this documentary and you’ll feel better. You’re like, so normal compared to Klaus.


All in all, a most excellent time was had by all.


The leaves of the trees on our property snapped with my iPhone, and not enhanced in any way.


So I might even go so far as to say I’m almost ready for Autumn…


But not for the clocks to be adjusted.


In the park, downtown Ketchum.



Wishing you a terrifically splendid and sane week





Cozy Time

sunflowers, slimpaley

Fall is actually my favourite season for going to the Farmer’s market.  Sunflowers last forever if you give them a bit of sugar, a touch of bleach and change the water a couple of times. Eventually, when the leaves turn yellow but the flowers are still good, just strip leaves and cut stocks again and add a different filler underneath the flower heads.  (I’ll post photo when these ones go for round two :) These are already almost 6 days old. I’m going to channel Martha here for a minute and say Isn’t this container perfect? It’s vintage pottery; $15.   I die.

and now it’s….

martini_timeFrom the restaurant that makes the biggest and the best martinis on the planet

(blush…not that size matters…except with martinis)

Lola’s Okanagan Martini

fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
a couple of sage leaves
Ketel One Citron
2 oz fresh apple juice
Sliced red apple for garnish

To make:
Muddle 2 sage leaves, the lemon and the maple syrup in your shaker. Fill shaker with ice and add the vodka and the apple juice. Shake, strain, and pour into a chilled Martini glass. garnish with a slice of red apple.


Lola’s Spiced Pear

Poached Spiced Pears (homemade are the best but in lieu of, canned pears work too)
Absolute Pear Vodka
cinnamon & sugar mixture (1/2 & 1/2)

To make :
take a slice of poached pear and muddle in a martini shaker. Fill shaker with crushed ice. Filled shaker to 3/4 full with Absolute Pear Vodka and top off with some of the Poached Pear Syrup.
Shake vigourously. Pour into a a chilled martini glass that has been rimmed with the cinamon/ sugar mixture. May add a small cinamon stick as a garnish.

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That IS an egg in my figs. I don’t like to show off but, hellooo-these figs are from my garden.

And that is a GIGANTIC EGG.

Here’s what you do; wash and dry figs really well.  Slice in half.  Place in an oven proof casserole dish (spray with Pam or whatever first so they don’t stick) then drizzle heavily with Lyle’s Golden syrup and roast in the oven until bubbly.  Serve plain, over ice-cream, or pour a little fresh whipping cream over them. You heard me.