CELEBRATE: Going For Gold


I hope everyone has been enjoying a happy holiday season.

Finding some quiet time to tuck in with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate, or perhaps catching up on the latest movies? There are so many good ones this year.

As you can see I am back in Sun Valley where the evening landscape is very Seuss-ian. Whoville indeed!

 As we’re just one day away from saying au revoir to 2012, and ringing in a brand New Year I’m wondering;

Where are you and how will you celebrate?!

I send you off on this post with one of my all time favorite songs ; Strange Magic by ELO

IMG_8859A small slice of my friend’s stunning holiday table, one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen.


Did 2012 zip past like a blur of light for you as it did for me?

890A5188Some green,gold & purples (except you can’t see the purple here so you must take me at my word) on my mantlepiece at home.

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I love this simple but dramatic idea for a New Year’s Eve table

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as well, this very chic champagne ‘bucket’ custom designed for  Ruinart champagne.

tumblr_m4s9vlnDGY1rvlgs5o1_500and if there’s one night of the year when you can really go for gold, it has to be New Year’s Eve, right?!

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Gustav Klimt

cover_xl_klimt_1211281027_id_569313BTW, if you are a fan of Gustav Klimt at all you must see this BIG,  brand new stunning edition by Taschen ($200) commemorating his 150th anniversary.

Screen Shot 2012-12-29 at 5.41.16 PMGold confetti champagne ‘flutes’  from “Indigo” via Canadian House & Home


Screen Shot 2012-12-30 at 8.49.18 AMWhite & gold- so chic for entertaining, especially in winter.


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Bag by Kotur


May your New Year be filled with the light of faeries


and bodacious confection

cococover3Coco Rocha

Several gold stunners sure to attract their fair share of miners at any New Year’s soiree’

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Karmen Pedaru

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Tom Ford



Herve Van Der Straeten 24-karat gold plated cuff $630 via Netaporter.com

49047083413626501_gOFzyu9H_cKate stepped out in gold lame this season


From the Burberry campaign

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890A5074An ornament on my tree

Screen Shot 2012-12-29 at 4.30.37 PMTory Burch evening clutch

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It’s all over too soon, isn’t it?

890A5504Golden light upon the midnight snow on my front porch, Sun Valley

Wishing each and every one of you, my wonderful & faithful readers, a safe & joyful New Year’s Eve and may your 2013 be chocked full of good health, happiness & humour.

Thanks so much for all your great comments and support over the years (!!)


Now, let’s get this party started!!



White Christmas



Oh my, look at the clock-it’s almost the next day… I’m posting as fast as I can!

I braved the Southern California elements today and hit the shops for some last minute Christmas shopping. Although that’s all relative isn’t it? To some, 6 days before is still early.  I know it’s all so convenient to shop online and God knows I’m no stranger to the concept, but I’m making the effort to shop locally as much as I can this year. We need to keep our local shops going in this sluggish economy!

Next year I’m starting my shopping much earlier. In fact, I’m going to have it all done by Thanksgiving. (Readers from last year and the year before don’t say anything. If you’re my friends, just go along with this because I really mean it this time.)


Slim Paley photo

I might go with a predominately white theme next year too, just to change it up and simplify things.


Well, maybe just in the dining room…


Arts & Decoration magazine



This is so simple and so pretty, I’d really like to try it.



Salvatore Feragamo

Now this is my idea of good tinsel!




And I know you’re saying “Really Slim?? Fluffed Marshmallow and Whipped Cream flavoured vodka??”  and I say “Hello ‘Bevmo’s’?? What time do you open tomorrow?”  

Sure, I might not finish both bottles this year.

That’s the good one of the good things about Vodka-it  freezes beautifully.




These are SO not my nails, but I wish they were and if they were, I would wear this polish. Like little marshmallows.  PS. Apparently you can find the GIANT marshmallows I talked about this summer at Ralph’s. 

Who’s your Marshmallow Mama??


My newest obsession?

These DIVINE white scented wax ovals encased in porcelain from Diptique. Hang them in your cupboards, or stash in drawers and suitcases. $45




Valentino leather and tulle wrap sandals

There are many forms of Heaven 



photo of Scottish Shortbread via Twinklebakes.com

Oh how I adore shortbread (I’m having major sweet-tooth tonight it appears!)

My dear friend swears by this recipe so I’m going to try it even though I don’t bake:

Whipped Shortbread
2 cups butter
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup icing sugar
3 cups flour
Beat butter 10 m
inutes on high speed.
Gradually add cornstarch beating continually add icing sugar then flour.
Chill for an hour.
Roll into balls or pat down onto floured counter and cut into shapes. 
Bake at 325 for 10 to 15 minutes.
Keep an eye on the cookies for the last couple minutes of baking!
You want to see next to no color in them.
If they get a toasty colour, they are overcooked and will be dry.

Suhweet Dreams Day 19!




A madcap decision to move away from our traditional copper bows to a chartreuse silk garland resulted in a last minute scramble, a new friendship with a ribbon manufacturer in Germany, and a fresh new “pop” for our Christmas tree,  but I can finally relax…

and start wrapping presents!






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The chartreuse against the very dark green of the front door is a nice change too, especially in Southern California.


Slim Paley photo



My husband bought one of those giant chocolate cakes with about two inches of icing from Costco.  Although it scares me because it stays fresh (and fricking delicious) for an alarmingly long time, I’m afraid I hear it calling to me from the kitchen right now. Which also means a glass of milk chaser. After red wine with dinner.

Help me



Day 15, that’s less than 9 days left til Sugar Plum Night…