Picking Straws

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Summer hats in the front entrance of my beach house

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Slim Paley here, coming to you with another tip to “Summerize” your space (to prove I’m not bitter, even though we haven’t woken up to sun in Santa Barbara a single day in June, or so it seems) My willow trees have rust and are actually sporting moss on their trunks.  There are Baby’s Tears growing in the lower slope of the lawn. But I digress…

HATS! Straw hats, and lots of them!  Pull them out and give them a prominent place to perch this summer.  If you’re low on hats, hit your nearest Target or the like and buy several to create a summery tone in your entrance- they’re so inexpensive and once the “Wasting away in Margaritaville” embellishments are removed, they look great.

Same goes for straw bags.

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I know I don’t usually share pics of myself but today…

oh wait…this isn’t me  :(

Going back to bed…

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At least I have that belt.

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I lost the credit for this photo but it has to be one of my all time favourites- I adore everything about it.

Of course to know me is to know I’m a complete sucker for a pith helmet and if this tile floor is heated, I could be buried here.

Although, on second thought…maybe not such a good idea.

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Lauren Hutton

How we all want to look in a hat

This super cute chapeau and many others are available on NET-A-PORTER.COM  right now and a few are ‘On Sale’

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Brent Black, is the preeminent purveyor of handwoven straw hats in the world today.

Authentic Montecristi Panamas, the world’s greatest, are made from extremely fine toquilla straw and woven only in Ecuador; a handful of master weavers produce the best of the best, which sell for tens of thousands of dollars apiece.  No joke.

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Can you even imagine hand-weaving straw this fine??  I can’t even braid my own hair without it veering to the right.

Black offers dozens of different styles and bespoke finishes, some based on vintage patterns. In 2009, he commissioned  “The Hat”. Woven by his master weaver, who only produces 3 or 4 hats a year, it was so incredibly fine it weighed less than one ounce. “It is as thin as my stationery,” Black said. “When I handle The Hat, I do not worry that it might fall to the floor if I drop it; I worry that it might float away.”

Black’s best hats sell for $5,000 to $30,000. Black, who’s based in Hawaii, started the Panama Hat Company of the Pacific in 1987 for the specific purpose of trying to preserve the art of hand weaving the finest Montecristi hats. Each of the hats is custom made to order – hand woven, hand blocked and styled, custom sized. The price isn’t about the label; it’s about the labor. And the art. “I believe the most direct way to encourage any artists is to buy their work and to pay them high enough wages and commissions that they will be eager to create more of their art,” Black says. “So I pay the weavers higher prices than anyone else in the world. Plus I pay the artists commissions when their art is sold.

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Hats taking shape

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All photos via Brent Black and info. from a  Luxist article (2009)

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Stack those babies!

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Maison Michel $475

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Carolina Herrera

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Shelly Kroeger Photography

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 Net -A -Porter.com

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An old hat sits in my front hall

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Also from Net-A-Porter.com

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A vintage french Boater on my sideboard in the kitchen (it actually opens up, a real treasure)

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What an adorable outfit

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What an adorable outfit

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 $80 on Net-A-Porter.com!

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I tip my hat to you   xx

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Advanced Style: Age & Beauty

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Stills from the short film “Advanced Style: Age & Beauty”

 

Yesterday, this short but sweet little film debuted on the website “Nowness”

It’s a collaboration between Ari Seth Cohen (from the blog Advanced Style, which you’ve seen here before) and filmmaker Lina Plioplyte.

Please click on the link below, (after reading my post)

It’s pretty much gonna make your day :)

Advanced Style: Age & Beauty


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I‘ve been planning this post, working title; “When Do I Have to Stop Wearing This?” for so long now that I’ve aged enough to add two more clothing items to my list!  Having grown up hearing the phrase “Mutton Dressed as Lamb” (which I abhor) I started worrying relatively early about “age appropriate” attire.  Now that’s not to say I’m entirely innocent of the crime- pas du tout! It’s hard when you’ve loved clothes all your life. Luv, luv. Guilty, GUILTY!  So, though I’m not exactly walking around in mini skirts & rompers… skinny jeans still in the closet? Hell ya.  Sequined Mariboo bolero jackets?? Yes, Officer, that was me :(    A girl middle-aged woman’s gotta have her sparkle.  If we can no longer go short, sleeveless, strapless, midriff baring…

If a glittered eye, deeply rouged lip and navel baring decollete is but a ghost in the mirror, where do we now find our flirtation?

Are we to slowly curl up and raise the walls of our cocoons again?

But it feels like only yesterday that we became butterflies.  Not fair!!

I’m taking my Barbie stuff and going home.

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Photo via Vogue

Newly Unfurled Butterfly Stage

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Japanese Vogue editor and Seasoned Butterfly,  Anna Dello Russo

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Lauren Hutton- a wonderful example of advancing with grace, wouldn’t you agree?

 

After seeing this little film, I’m going to start celebrating every age and stop caring so much if I look younger from the back than the front. At least I look younger from one angle!

I’m not going to be so hard or judgmental with myself…or others, for that matter.  Even Rhianna.

I will shun those “Who Wore it Better”? magazine photos- Everyone wears it well in their own way!

 

I’m going to pull out all my accessories and organize them by colour again.

Why, I might even wear red lipstick tonight…

(OK, that so lasted 5 minutes)

 

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And Here’s to being brave,  having fun with your clothes and looking great at any age!

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Keep Young & Beautiful by Annie Lennox


 

 

an old photo of my some of my lavender accessories.

 

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above  photos  via “Advanced Style” (the blog)

 

Helen Mirren

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Last three fabulously chic images via The Sartorialist  (link above in Slim’s Pickings)

 

I would love to hear your thoughts on “Age Appropriate” style!

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