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Daphne Guinness

I‘m back. omg. The dog ate my blog.

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Happy first week of June to everyone!

Hope you are enjoying summer weather wherever you may be and not the notorious June Gloom that arrived right on schedule to the day here in Santa Barbara.

We  had a hectic but fun filled week celebrating Younger Son’s graduation from high school.

We’re now officially “Empty Nesters” (Sound of page turning…)

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It’s all good though.

No, really.

I’m fine :)

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All babies leave the nest and I suppose in the scheme of things, we humans are blessed to keep ours nesting much longer than most  creatures do.

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As good a segue as any into a post about the plethora of birds we have flying about here this Spring!

Everyone is talking about it. It’s like a giant casting call for a remake of Hitchcock’s film.

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Sadly the 3 beautiful turquoise eggs in the nest right outside our window finally hatched but the babies disappeared just 2 days after they were born.

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I’m convinced it was crows as the nest was right below this window and there is no way the rose branches would support the weight of our massive raccoons.

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Then again, this guy was hanging around and looks rather scary (what is he??)

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On a lighter note,

Martin Johnson Heade

I can barely walk through the garden without getting dive-bombed  by hummingbirds- they’re so adorable and always seem to be having so much fun!

I have a feathery fashion show right outside my window every day.

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Junya Watanabe, Spring 2012

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“Hummingbirds” rug, The Rug Company

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Anndra Neen’s sculptural bird cage evening bag.

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Orpheus 8

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A tiny yellow bird perches on the Cecil Brunner roses at my desk window.

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Timorous Beasties wallpaper

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Stella McCartney and a feathered friend sharing a cuppa.

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We’ve certainly been getting a big kick out of  the ducks camping out in our stream lately.

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“Are you looking at me??”

“Maybe you didn’t hear me…

I said ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME??”

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Wampoia Club, China

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Berthe Morisot’s (1841-1895) “The Cage”

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Birdcage chandeliers at RestorationHardware.com

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Dale Chihuly (I’m guessing ?)

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A bird in the hair…

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Sanderson wallpaper

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Decorative wooden birds available (on sale 40% off) at Wisteria.com

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The Bird Whisperer

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Vogue

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Junya Watanabe Spring 2012

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.Slim Paley photo

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.Crunchy wonton noodles, melted chocolate and Jordan almond eggs (via Pinterest)

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Bird file folders and stationary both on sale right now at Wisteria.com

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Shourouk Swarovski crystal choker

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Hope you had a great weekend and are also enjoying the great outdoors.  I’ve missed you!

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Peacocks, Dragonflies and a Sea of Music

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Slim Paley Photo………………………..

Close up of Vintage Tom Ford Gucci bag


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Time for another burst of colour, this time of a more irridescent nature.  I know I’m such a girly girl but I simply adore all the feathers, frills and froth of the springtime collections.  Don’t get me wrong, I love black and cream, and white and beige, and brown and khaki…  well, I guess there isn’t too much I don’t like, come to think of it, but these are some juicy colours, aren’t they?

I’m half tempted to pull out my “Vintage” (and what is the cut-off age for VINTAGE, BTW??) Tom Ford Peacock feather bag from his earliest moments at Gucci-  Those were the days!  Hurry up with that new Women’s collection Tom!!

Proenza Schouler 2010

Proenza Schouler

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The male peacock sports about 150 of the long “eyed” peacock tail feathers with which most of us are so familiar. These feathers are shed annually during the molt and gathered as a valuable “crop” in many countries through its range.  These feathers are actually long extensions of the upper tail covers.  These feathers grow to be several feet long, but are shed each year just after the breeding season.   Each of these long feathers also has a design near its tip which resembles an eye.
The shimmering color of the peacock feather is due to a phenomena known as interference. Each feather consists of tiny flat flat branches. When light shines on the feather, we see thousands of glimmering colored spots, each caused by minuscule bowl-shaped indentations. This same principle is also responsible for vibrant shimmering colors of butterflies, pheasants, birds of paradise and humming birds. Recreating the unique color of the peacock feather has posed a challenge to artists and ceramists for centuries.  (nicked from Tonyhill.net)

#Vintage Tom Ford #Gucci peacock bag , slimpaley.com Slim Paley Photo………………..“Vintage” Tom Ford Gucci peacock feather bag

Bag Lanvin Spring 2010

Giambatista Valli

Gaultier Spring 2010

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Gaultier Spring 2010

 

Valentino, Spring 2010

Giambatista Valli Spring 2010

Dom Perignon bottle and case designed by Marc Newson

.Photo of Dragon Flies by Lisa Eisner

Lanvin Spring 2010 ……..Whatup? -  Itchy dress ??

Proenza Schouler Spring 2010

Lanvin Spring 2010

Slim Paley Photo …….Peacock by the side of the road in India.

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Prada Spring 2010

Bruce Munro.Lastly, Check this out for an awesome way to get rid of your used CD’s;

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How beautiful.  Some people are just SO creative!!………..

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Wrap With Love, Decorate With Abandon


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Slim Paley Photo

I don’t know why I photographed this table before it was finished- I think I was losing the natural light, but in any case, you get the idea…try to use objects that reflect a lot of light on your table- get inventive- there are no rules (except where the cutlery,dishes and stemware go- but ya, other than that, knock yourself out!)

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Slim Paley photo

It’s a nice idea to tear particularly beautiful photos of flowers, or holiday scenes from magazines and incorporate them into your gift wrapping.  Am I the Queen of Recycling or what?  I keep all of this stuff in clear plastic shoe boxes from Target.  Don’t for one second get the idea that I am organized though because I’m NOT.  I’m always wrapping right up to the last second, no joke.  Every year I say the same thing- “Next year I WILL be organized” but I never am. Nothing makes me more jealous than people who are ready for Christmas well ahead of time…like the day before.  What’s up with that??

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Slim  Paley photo

Sugared fruits are a fun, old- fashioned way to bring some natural sparkle to the Christmas table. In candle light they look positively gorgeous.   Making them is relatively easy. Separate the white of a few eggs and mix lightly with a dash of water in a large bowl.  Pour some sugar into  another large bowl.  You may use fine sugar (but not powdered) for a delicate look, or a larger grain sugar for a more snowy effect.  Simply dip the parts of the fruit you want sugared into the egg white mixture, letting any excess drip away (a light coating works best) then roll very gently in the sugar.  I prefer to dip only part of the fruit, as if snow has fallen upon it.  Cutting some fruits in half, such as kiwis or starfruit and sugaring the cut sides looks very pretty.  Place your fruits, un-sugared side of course, on paper towels til set.  How long your decorations will last depends on the fruit -harder ones such as apples, citrus and pears will last a few days, softer,  such as grapes and figs are more perishable.  You can always sprinkle more sugar on them if the fruits start to absorb it.   You may also put them outside at night which definitely helps.

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Slim Paley photo

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Collect vintage ribbon, silk flowers, buttons, feathers, dried leaves, old postcards,black and white photos, tiny pieces of driftwood from the beach…there are countless ways to wrap with love!