Tartan Around With Plaid

.Max Doyle

Louis Vuitton Winter

 Happy New Year Everyone!  I’m back from Cold Mountain.  Expecting my frozen feet to warm up again any day now.  I actually invested in an electric foot warmer, which just arrived today,  but I’ll save that for Friday Favourites if it works well.  For some reason (possibly that I haven’t made any yet) I’m not ready to talk about New Year’s Resolutions, new starts or becoming a better human in 2011 yet.  I don’t want to suggest that my New Year began inauspiciously but when I removed the fur slippers I’d been wearing in Sun Valley all day, there was a mouse turd stuck to my foot.

I think I read somewhere that’s a Scottish sign for Good Luck.

How’s that for a smooth segue into a post about Tartan?!

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Slim Paley photo

Sunlight streams in over vintage wool blankets, Sun Valley

British Homes & Gardens

Slim Paley Photo

A corner of our mudroom, Sun Valley

Photo Roland Bello

Vivienne Westwood rug

Slim Paley photo

Vintage chaise, Ralph Lauren olive green corduroy & plaid blanket, Sun Valley

Dior Winter

Dior Winter

A gift from the Highlands 

 

MAC

MAC Winter/Holiday collection

Commes des Garcons on the runway…

and…uh…camping glamping  (sometimes I worry I don’t make enough of an effort :()

Lynn Yaeger – She always makes the effort

This is one of my most favourite pieces in my closet- a layered tartan kilt by Jean Paul Gaultier.  Had it forever and a day.

Ruffled tartan wallpaper by Vivienne Westwood

Karlie Kloss wearing Celine jacket, Carolina Herrera dress

Carolina Herrera

Ralph Lauren

another great Scottish import.

Slim Paley photo

I warned you I’d recycle my Sun Valley dining room table in the Plaid Post

Holiday window at Bergdorfs via Habitually Chic

Ralph Lauren eyewear

Ralph Lauren

Just trying to compile a comprehensive post

Tulle skirt Ann-Sofie Back, Jeremy Scott boots

Commes des Garcons

 Maybe I just need to make a little more effort avec mes chapeaux

My Holden Caufield hat

Polo

Photo via The Gardener’s Cottage .

.Or get wheels on my heels

.Via Design Fetish

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I hope your first week of the New Year  got off to a great start!

PS. Go see The King’s Speech if you haven’t already.

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Leopard Spotted in L.A.

Max Abadian for Flare

Dolce & Gabbana  Fall 2010

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Wow.  Apologies for the long delay since my last post, but I’ve been involved in heavy, heavy litigation with various magazines, including the one above for their continued proclivity to just assume it’s OK to airbrush my body on to various model’s heads.  I’ve let it go on for what I deem to be a more than gracious amount of time, but enough is enough…you can only interpret this sort of cheeky behaviour as a compliment for so long.  I put in the hours at the gym treadmill pilates reformer Well, let’s just say, I put in a great deal of time to keep up this silhouette and I won’t have it just splashed indiscriminately across pages and billboards (and yes, several commercials…Victoria Secret bra commercial with the heavy drum beat?? Helloooo- see you in court as well)

Prada bag

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Right, now that we have that nasty business out of the way, we can focus on today’s post;

I’ve been down in L.A. the last couple of days.  Although I’m ostensibly here to shop for plumbing fixtures (and also never let it be said that I don’t know how to ring every last shred out of my birthday celebration :) )  I’d like to report that the complete and utter take over of Fall Fashion 2010 by the mighty Leopard is now complete.  Talk about staying power…This print manages to maintain the mantle of ‘Chic’, ‘Trendy’ and ‘Iconic’ simultaneously. Thank the Fashion Gods I stopped myself from selling my Fendi leopard skirt and boots on Ebay last year ( albeit small consolation for their  being comatose during the ‘Hermes Belt Incident’)  I’ll also be pulling out my old YSL wide leopard print belt to wear over my coats and jackets once the cooler weather hits and searching for my leopard gloves (but not to wear with the belt, no no)  So lucky was my good friend who scored not one, but two genius leopard coats last season.  No, it has no bearing on our friendship.   Really.  I couldn’t be happier for her.

Despite leopard not necessarily being the easiest fashion choice,  even if you’re of a ‘certain age’ it’s easy to wear as an accessory.  I’m guessing you probably already have something from the big cat in your closet… if you don’t, you might want to consider at least a scarf…an enamel cuff… or perhaps one of the following;

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Tom Ford Glasses

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2010

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.And speaking of great Italian design…

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Do you need to see anything more than this ‘still’ from Lucino Visconti’s cinematic masterpiece “THE LEOPARD” to want to experience the newly restored version by Martin Scorsese?!

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Givenchy Men’s Spring 2011

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Object of Desire

(Sadly, the iphone case, not the model)

Leopard  iphone and ipad zippered cases in printed calf by Kendall Conrad (new store on Abbott Kinney Blvd. L.A.)

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Jennifer Anniston channels Barbra Streisand in Bazaar

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Hermes Fall 2010

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The infamous leopard carpeting of Madeleine Castaing

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Dries Van Noten Fall 2010

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photo http://www.last.fm.com

Grace Jones always did the Leopard print proud

(if I were a trendy Faerie, I’d make a house of one of those cuffs)

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Givenchy Spring 2011

Nope, still would rather have the iphone case.

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Christian Louboutin

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‘Cocoa Rocha’ (at least, from the neck up :) )

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Caesare Paciotti

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MAC Lipstick shade “Brave New Bronze”

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Prada

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Still not convinced?!

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Slim Paley Photo

At least try these divine scented soaps from Nesti Dante- even if you never open them :)

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Photo via Apartment Therapy

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Lusting For Exotic Shores…

Slim Paley Photo

BORA BORA

Veranda Magazine photo

Firstly, I must begin by saying how much I enjoyed ALL the wonderful suggestions for “The WHITE LIST” on my last post. What a creative, funny and esthetically gifted bunch you are!  I will go through them again (while sipping some white wine) and compile the entire list for another White post in the not too distant future.  After all, It’s not like I’ve had much of an opportunity to tire of white this “summer” 

@#$%^&*    OK, I feel better now.

This post is about nothing more than soldiering on in a tropical vein, with the hope that visualization is indeed the first step to realization.  I read that in one of my self-help books and I’m going to start right now;

How I would love to be on some exotic shore in a Liza Bruce caftan, nursing a frosty pineapple beverage, a whopping great satchel of books by my side and a fake tan, of course.  I can almost smell the coconut oil and freshly caught fish wrapped in banana leaves roasting on the beach firepit.

  Whoah- my drink umbrella just slipped a little.


    Please DOUBLE click for perfect beach music accompaniment

Wonder Bread Art by Catherine McEver

The most appetizing Wonderbread has ever looked to me!

Slim Paley photo

“Sound of The Sea”  at The Fat Duck.

The course consists of ground crawfish (the sand) seaweed and raw sliced halibut.  It’s presented with a sea worthy foam on a sheet of glass balanced over real sand, and to engage all the senses, an ipod with earphones hidden within a conch shell delivering the gentle sounds of the seaside.  It may sound a little twee, but the combination of all senses being engaged while not being able to converse, really does heighten the taste buds!

Scary Book! The Lords of the Flies meet up with Pirates- Trouble ensues…

Slim Paley photo

The Beach at Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

Necker Island

Veranda Magazine photo

India Hick’s home in the Bahamas

India’s newest book on Beauty

We’re about halfway through the post already…time for a palate cleanser…

Tropical Sorbet martini from Oprah.com!

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Rug from The Rug Company

Rodarte for MAC (available September 2010)

Christian Chaize photograph of Portugal

Matthew Williamson For Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka

Theurel & Thomas Macaroons from Mexico City

I believe this was from an old H & G magazine- check out the chandelier

Anastasija Kondratjeva

I dunno- she just worked with the room above. There’s really nothing tropical about her. I think I just related to her thigh-because it looks like my arm..

.Chanel  polish in ‘Nouvelle Vague’, ‘Riviera’ and ‘Mistral’

I ‘d pick ‘Nouvelle Vague’ for my tropical vacay.

When not reading or napping,  I would  work with pastels…

Puy

…and get results like this (remember, visualize, visualize…)

Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands; one of the most tranquil, relaxing places I’ve ever been!

Love the chairs, lost the credit

And now it’s…Martini time!

California farmers have recently started growing these juicy Australian Finger Limes.  LA restaurants such as Craft and Sona are using them in everything from Sushi to sorbets-  Look for them at your local farmer’s markets and press your local grocers to start stocking them.

Then fix yourself a little;

Recipe and photos from Morsels and Musings

Finger limes also available from Deer Creek Heights Ranch

Gisele, 6 seconds after having her baby (I spared you the shots without the caftan)

Gisele, 6 seconds after having her baby (I spared you the shots without the caftan)

For great bathing suits in Santa Barbara, check out Tropical Affair

Necker Island

Wonderful Vintage Moschino Bag

(If I were a tropical fairy I would live  here :) )

What’s your dream destination these days??

(and what’s SHE looking so unsure about for God’s sake??!)

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