haute halloween II


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i‘ve been uncharacteristically quiet of late i know.

you might have been worried the black cat got my tongue…

well, nothing quite so macabre, but i did have shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff when i returned from ny.


NatashaBeaute3this is a pose i will not be striking for quite some time…

i’ll be having to type with only one hand ( hence the lack of capitals) for awhile so please bear with me

bear silhouette

  i’ll be a woman of few words and let the images do the talking,

so please enjoy this potpurri of grown up halloween inspiration i’ve cobbled together for your devilish delight

Tom Ford SS2014tom ford 2014


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the pumpkin do





tom ford Isabel Marant SS/2014isabel marant 2014

kendra_spears_771329621_north_545xkendra spears. she became a princess this summer when she married the aga khan’s son. a most handsome couple.

Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton S/S2014marc jacob’s last collection for louis vuitton (spring 2014, believe it or not)

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Christy Turlingtonchristy turlington


090613_Tommy_Ton_S2014RTW_slide_215fashion week, via tommy ton

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two fierce ways to navigate the streets

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trick or treating in bergdorf’s


xgivenchy-spring-summer-2014-45.jpg.pagespeed.ic.9W-hR6qpEVgivenchy spring 2014

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20ce3bcf4c9338d56d169b60ce4fdb07bacon wrapped roasted pumpkin-yum!

smores sundaes via savorysimple.com


IMG_0821if there’s any time to go over to the dark side, the perfect H2O for your  halloween table

how does it taste?  like black water.

i’ve always said i’d like to host a very grown up halloween dinner as i miss our children’s annual haunts at our home so much. i’m thinking plums and greys and pomegranites, but don’t get me started.  this was decidedly not the right year, but remind me, lets say , next august so i can start planning.

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black and white bathrooma spidery chandelier in an oh-so-cool bathroom

tumblr_m8xi1xcrkL1qzy4blo1_1280 ditch the kinda creepy, dangerous lamp too close to the tub and replace with beautiful candles for a glorious goth soak.

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 7.52.08 PMKate & Jamie step out for a night on the town

Anthony Vaccarello Fall 2013anthony vaccarello 2013

peanuts, mr. bond??

mona6mona johannesson

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Audrey Hepburnaudrey hepburn


black lacelacy






grace coddington, stephen jones hatblack cat

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 9.39.22 PMcharlotte olympia clutch

arthur-elgort-vogue-2004-nov-220_b_426x639arthur elgort

happy halloween to all!!

i’ll be back soon with post shoulder surgery fashion tips, trials and what i’m reading & watching (though my concentration is a joke right now)

ps; here’s one


pps. i’ve recorded “the returned” which premieres halloween night on the sundance channel-it’s supposed to be really good and creepy (french with english subtitles)


a ghost from the past; haute halloween I


all uncredited photos via tumblr

Dispatch From NY #3

The update on Manhattan today is still very much ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. From 39th St. down to the tip of the island remains completely without power while life above 39th St. carries on pretty much business as usual.  North of 39th the streets tonight are throbbing with trick or treaters and overbooked restaurants however my son reports the scenario downtown is quite a different picture. Very dark and abnormally quiet, for the most part it appears people are staying calm, cool and collected and behaving incredibly well given the circumstances. Neighbors are being neighborly and basically New Yorkers are doing what they do best-being NEW YORKERS. Still, there have been some reports of robbers dressing as utility repair people  to get into buildings so people should be extremely careful of anyone trying to gain access without proper identification. Fingers crossed that the mild weather stays until the power is turned back on. Busses are back in service and even some subway lines have re-opened but it will still be quite some time until the isle of Manhattan becomes one again.

Laduree NY, HalloweenSlim Paley photo

Gargoyle, Slim PaleySnapped on the streets of NY today

Wicked Witch, Wizard of OzOh oh…it’s my hands again!


Storm of the Century and all, I can’t let one of my favourite holidays go by without wishing everyone a VERY Happy Halloween!

and if you have little trick or treaters ENJOY EVERY STICKY MOMENT!!!

Those are my most poignant memories of my boys when they were wee lads.

Cutest Mummy Ever, Slim Paleymy wee Mummy

Mummy Loves You!


Haute Halloween 2011

Frankenstein Was a No Show 2010


Dispatch from NY #2

A Vague Sense of UneaseWell then. How was that for timing??

And to think I didn’t check the weather (most unlike me) until the day I was coming to New York.

Rather incredible to be in the belly of the beast, so to speak, for “The Storm of the Century”.  To be honest, although it was ferociously windy and raining up here on the upper east side of Manhattan, we were very lucky as we never lost power. The hotel I’m staying in is very cozy. They kept guests regularly updated on the impending storm, distributed flashlights and apologized that room service and housekeeping would be on a limited basis only. They warned that in the case of a power outage the elevators would not be working. Which basically meant it would take the same amount of time it usually does to get down from the 15th floor in this charming but old building.

They also slid a letter under the doors assuring the bar downstairs would remain open :)

Whiskey Sour

All public transportation was shut down by 7pm Sunday night while through the day and into Monday the city, dripping with Halloween decorations, awaited the sinister storm. Sunday afternoon the streets were eerily quiet. I popped out and walked down to the “Archivia Bookstore” to see Heather Clawson from “Habitually Chic” and pick up her new book (which is fab and will post about soon)  Then, with plenty of forewarning from hyperventilating weatherpersons, I picked up as many last minute provisions as would fit in my mini bar and with nothing else to do really, I put on the television and waited…

"Blood tipped" manicure

A most surreal Halloween weekend

My NY Son’s apartment in lower Manhattan lost power, as did most of the lower part of the city. Thankfully we were able to be in constant contact via cell phones and his building, a very old one, sits high off the street so while dark, it stayed dry.  Not so dry was the bar next door to his place which also remained open. Neighbors brought a boom box and by the glow of candlelight  the locals watched the storm lash by outside.

My son’s girlfriend and their friends found a cozy spot in lower Manhattan to wait out the storm

Ground Zero last night

Probably the biggest story of the night must have been the loss of power at NYU Hospital, followed by complete generator failure, resulting in over 200 patients, including tiny ICU babies having to be evacuated to other hospitals throughout the city all night long. The efforts of the hospital staff and emergency relief teams certainly left me lump-throated and teary eyed. God bless those people.

Not quite sure how my son is going to get to work tomorrow as he takes the subway…

For all those in New Jersey, all along the coast and lower Manhattan, and they are millions, who’ve suffered power outages and water damage I truly hope that life will get back to normal for you very soon. No doubt the damage and disruption to life here in NY is going to be felt for weeks if not months to come.

photo via Habitually Chic

But if any city in the world is great at bouncing back, God knows it’s New York.


Haute Halloween


hanging skeleton, Slim PaleySlim Paley photo

This ghoulish fellow caught my eye as I was driving home from Ojai yesterday

I just loved his macabre farming equipment

black cape, Halloween

Cape Agnes B, Dress Vivienne Westwood Gold Label


black crow, slimpaley.comSlim Paley Photo

Happy Halloween Eve All!

I have lots of Treats and NO Tricks for you so get your pillowcases ready!

PS. OK I know my photo is just a crow, not a Raven, but I think he’s striking a rather “Ravenesque” pose so please, work with me here ;

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered – not a feather then he fluttered -
Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before -
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.’
Then the bird said, `Nevermore.’


From The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

In entirety here; The Raven  (1845)


Gabrielle Kiss earrings.

Gabriella Kiss earrings


Nyasha Matonhodze


TRUE! –nervous –very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?

From “The Tell Tale Heart” also by Poe

Poor Poe…

Haider Ackermann.



Black Widow martini

(Sorry- I’ve lost the credit. But I like a person who measures in gluggs. especially when it comes to cocktails)



Mummy Martini, Absolut Vodka

Remember this?




Gareth Pugh

If you bought this too and we’re going to the same event, Callsies!


Alexander McQueen



photo via Vogue



Alexander McQueen

Someone’s turning into a pumpkin…



and has the shoes to go with…



Haider Ackermann


black & orange no bake cheesecake cookies

Find the No Bake recipe on Chocolate Shavings  

So easy a corpse could not bake them.


.black cat shoes



Adapted from Betty Crocker



sexy pumpkins


.Grown Up Halloween Table

A darkly sophisticated table setting



Alexander McQueen




black lace pumpkin




black lace votive

OK,  I could make these!



photo Steven Meisel



Steven Meisel (2003)



bride of Frankenstein


Not sure what it says about me, but I could have stayed on this website for hours. My parents used to put me to bed very, very early on weekend nights so I could get up at midnight to watch all the old horror films on “Nightmare Theatre” by myself.

 Strange child.


.Gothic GlamourPhoto Zhang Jingna

Skull clutch, Alexander McQueenAlexander McQueen


Haunted Hotel Georgia Martini

The Haunted Hotel Georgia Cocktail 

via Lola’s LA

“This is one of our new Fall / Halloween Martinis …all are an homage to Haunted Hotels. This is my personal fav!! It is a delightful old school mix of almond, orange and nutmeg with a frothy egg white top, so it is light,  yet carries those distinct Fall flavors .. yum !!” Lola

adapted from Hotel Georgia, circa 1945    


1 egg white

1.75oz plymouth gin

.75oz lemon juice

.5 oz orgeat syrup (we use Giffard brand)

6 drops of orange blossom water


beginning with the egg, combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Shake the mixture briefly. (dry shake)
Add ice and shake vigorously.  Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass.
grate some nutmeg onto top of drink. Enjoy.


I can’t seem to remember where I found these hEYE-ball glasses :)


black & white hand painted pumpkins

Hand painted pumpkins
GHOST!! Slim PaleySlim Paley Photo

Also snapped on the way home from Ojai yesterday




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PS.  Now I hate to regurgitate…

but for newer Slim Paley readers who’ve never been Trick or Treating with me before,

A few links to Halloween Posts past;

FRANKENSTEIN Was the Only No-Show

We’re Getting Close!


Movies, Monsters & What Will I Wear?

moving bat.

Be Afraid.  Be Very Afraid.


Movies, Monsters & What Will I Wear??

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


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.


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


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!