Slim Paley Daily #3

890A7910Wedding Anniversary Wednesday!

OK, so I know it’s not exactly a fun ‘share’ in the practical sense, but I’m going to indulge in a “Selfie” tonight

and share that it’s my

25th Wedding Anniversary today!!

That’s some Serious Silver!

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Dress; Les Habitudes

kitten heel shoes; Emma Hope

Hair; Hey, it was the 80′s

XOXOXOX

SHARE THE LOVE

BE MINE

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As Valentine’s Day is but a breathless day or two away,

I thought I’d gather a few of my roses for you.

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Screen Shot 2013-02-12 at 2.57.51 PMI zoomed these roses through a shop window in Paris. I think the glass had a beautiful effect on them, don’t you?

 

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The Beloved

It is enough of honor for one lifetime

To have known you better than the rest have known

The shadows and colours of your voice,

Your will, immutable and still as stone.

The shy heart so lonely and so gay,

The sad laughter and the pride of pride,

The tenderness, the depth of tenderness

Rich as the earth, and wide as heaven is wide.

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Sara Teasdale

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K, I’m ready for spring.

screen-shot-2011-02-13-at-1-41-21-pmDo you have any special plans for this romantic day that, let’s admit, has become just a tad commercialized ?

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Remember way back before political correctness when as kids in primary school we were allowed to send Valentine’s cards to whomever we wished and not necessarily the entire class, girls & boys both??

I DO. Oh, The Horror.

I will have dinner out with my husband of 25 years (this April. He would have sent me a Valentine in class) and then we’ll rush home to watch the opening season of “Survivor!”

I know. Can you believe how hot that is?!

 

Thank you to all you sweethearts that have voted for me in the final round of the  HOMIES 

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And have a beautiful Carnation & Baby’s Breath-free Valentine’s Day!

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(moving pic & children via Tumblr)

Can We Talk?

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Can we talk??

Have you ever been applying  your make-up and thought that a very fine, stray hair from your make-up brush was stuck to your face and gone to remove it only to find it was a line??!

  Me neither.

(right by my your eye)

I was just wondering if that had ever happened to you.

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So, speaking of getting gussied up…

We attended a stunningly beautiful wedding this weekend.

Now Santa Barbara, as most of you probably know, is a magical location for a wedding,

and this one was no exception.

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Love was literally in the air :)

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Of course due to privacy,  I won’t go into any details but…

‘Twas a Black Tie affair.

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I wore an ultra-violet evening gown with hot pink suede Christian Louboutins (never to touch my feet again, such was the agony of the experience) and carried my hot pink patent Alexander McQueen oversized clutch.

(We’re talking borderline too big for ‘carry-on’)

I do love a clutch that you can actually fit $%#@ into though, don’t you?

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The Satan Spawn Shoes (sorry Mr. Louby)

You know it doesn’t bode well when you’re applying band-aids before you’ve even left the house.

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I wish I’d had these instead.

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and while we’re on the subject of shoes

( I think we can all agree; a subject very near & dear to our collective heart :) )

Never have I been to an affair

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where the men seriously gave the women a run for their money in that department

(no pun intended)

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Wish I’d gotten a better photo of this gent’s wonderful zebra skinned evening slippers

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And I so wanted these…

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Gorgeous bespoke beaded gems (size 15 1/2 no less. Dude-that’s a lot of beads…)

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Truth be told, I’m absolutely loving the resurgence of the evening slipper for men & women right now.

So much so I even convinced my husband to pay a visit to the Stubbs & Wootton website the very next day.

See? miracles DO happen!

it’s just all in the timing…

When love is in the air, anything is possible.

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And is it embarrassing to say I still get a little thrill at a good cluster of Disco Balls?!
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If only I’d had velvet slippers to dance in!
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Congratulations Beautiful Newlyweds
May you trip the light fantastic for many decades.
xoxo
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*Footnote ;
Many thanks to Leslie v.W. for sending in this additional pic. from the evening!
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Great Minds…or what?!!
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The Hangover Part III

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Ahhhhh….Clear blue skies, hot days, and a sultry night breeze…

and now a confession;

I went to Vegas again.

I know, right??!

This time it was a Girl’s Trip.  2 shows, 1 soiree, a concert, a couple of dinners, a smidgeon of shopping and a zillion laughs!  (We’re still looking for the tattoo :) )

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No Honey, I swear, there’s nothing under my sleeve…asziff I would ever do that…

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We started off with a bang at the 5th anniversary show of “LOVE” by Cirque du Soleil;

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Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney thank Olivia Harrison for being the original driving force behind the magical experience that is “LOVE”
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If you’ve never seen it, you need to put it on your “Must Do in Vegas List”

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We also caught “KA” another wonderful Cirque du Soleil production

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.Backstage at “KA”

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And…

.Had ourselves a ridculously good time at the Paul McCartney concert on Friday night!

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Sir Paul is in fabulous form – Do NOT miss this concert if you can possibly help it.  I can’t wait to go again! With Mr. Slim next time, of course, and hopefully our sons too :)

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The band is really incredible.

 So many AWESOME SONGS!!

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Who can listen to a Beatle song without a torrential flood of memories rushing back??

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It’s all about love and friendship and the beautiful memories we create.

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A little flame & fireworks just in case you’re not hot enough from dancing around like you’re 16 again!

Let me tell you, some of those Wings songs? Goodness gracious- I can feel the familiar embrace of my harrachi sandals and smell the “Lemon Go Lightly”  in my hair :)

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Before the show we had a lovely dinner, fountainside at SW Steakhouse at The Wynn

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“The Lake of Dreams”,  SW Steakhouse

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And what would any self-respecting Girl’s Trip be without a little retail therapy??

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We were told a visit to Crystals Mall was in order…

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and we were not misinformed, thank you very much.

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Even if you visit just to take in some of the architectural details…

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Pink stone (agate?) stair risers lit from within.

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Intense shoe & handbag research was conducted…

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Fun retro style travel books were sourced at Louis Vuitton

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Where the windows literally dripped with gold…

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A beautiful Assouline bookshop was also discovered.

(PS. a friend bought me this book about the “La Mamounia” Hotel in Morocco and it’s absolutely divine- both the book and the hotel.

Hmmm…a Girl’s Trip to Morocco in the not too distant future, perhaps!?)

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Of course one must pay a visit to Stella McCartney’s shop when you’re going to be seeing Dad later that evening…

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Little Sargent Pepper’s at Stella McCartney

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Shoe research continued at Miu Miu…

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And more decisions were reached at 

The place to stop in Crystals for delicious gelato and a vicious machiatto

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My personal favourite; White Expresso

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Finally,

after Miu Miu, Dior, Balenciaga, Stella, Louis, Prada, and YSL …

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Homage to Mr. Handsome must be paid.

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BTW, did I mention we went to Crystals twice??

Research in the desert can prove to be tricky.

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Especially if you’re not wearing the appropriate field attire.

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Don’t you just LOVE a great Girl’s Trip?!!

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Romance & Roses


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Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but looking outward together in the same direction” Antoine De Saint-Expery

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It’s Smoochie Smoochie Time again…no, Silly, not The Grammys-I’m talking about kissing on the LIPS!

Valentine’s Day Tomorrow!!


What Lips My Lips Have Kissed

by Edna St. Vincent Millay

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply;
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.
Thus in the winter stands a lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet know its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone;
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.

Sigh.


Let’s stroll down a romantic path together, shall we?


What’s your favourite romantic restaurant ? What foods spell ‘Sensuous’ to you?


Your most treasured romantic novel?


Mine is;

“To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else’s heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.”  Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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What about a film, flower or song?


Where’s the most romantic place you’ve ever been, or dream of going?!

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Herewith, a few images and some of my picks;

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Oak Alley, Louisiana- that’s Romance for me.





One of my favourite songs about LOVE (And played at our wedding :) )

Let’s Stay Together  


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Romantic Roses in my garden

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Sofia” is a nice, light, inexpensive Rose’ in a very pretty bottle

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“LOVE” by Kilian.

A seductive blend of neroli, orange blossom, jasmine, rose & vanilla

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My friends Dani & Bill Hahn’s magical rose farm in Carpinteria, CA; ROSE STORY FARM

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Rose Story Farm

(spot the kitty- distant kin of our cat :))

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Fun reference book by Diane Ackerman- I love her books

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Beautiful little arrangements for a Father & Daughter event created by TOAST, Santa Barbara

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i love you cards- check out their cute site here

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“The Lover”  A steamy, sensuous feast of a film

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And for sensuous food…pretty much anything that involves white truffles gets a big pungent thumbs up from moi.  Quite honestly- just bury me with a good bottle of fresh white truffle salt (but make sure it’s pure, no “Essence of” stuff- Could there be anything worse than heading off into The Afterlife with an aftertaste? You have to think of these things…)


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Ultra long stemmed red roses from Toast, Santa Barbara

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One of The most Romantic Gardens I’ve ever been to, NINFA, outside of Rome

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Robert Longo Rose Print

Unison Heart ornaments on sale now here

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A single votive illuminates a friend’s fahboolus rose photo printed coffee table

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How do I count the ways I love  thee, John Galliano??

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photo via Lola’s

A Rose is a Rose (by any other name) Martini

In a shaker filled with ice ..
2 parts Capt Morgan Spiced Rum
2 splashes Rose Le Sirop de Monin
1 part of fresh pear juice
Shake vigorously and pour into a chilled champagne glass. Fill the glass to the top with rose petals .. which are completely edible and quite simply .. gorgeous. enjoy

(Recipe courtesy of Lola’s)

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‘Le Sirop Monin’ mixed with champagne, yesterday afternoon…  For the sake of THE BLOG, People

PS. So I cheated and used a camellia petal because I didn’t have pear juice or roses in bloom right now-  not poisonous, right?

It’s been almost 24 hours now…

So far, I’m feeling OK.

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This Cherry Bomb cupcake from Whodidly Cupcakes, Montecito, CA. made me feel even better :)

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Wishing you a LOVEly Valentine’s Day and if you’re up for a Grammy Good Luck !!


xoxox

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