Heads Up

vintage cameo buttons

Cameos are cool again.

Just thought I’d mention it, in case you hadn’t noticed.

cameo braceletThen…

Amadeo cameos


…and Now

cameosCameos & tats, who’da thunk it?!

890A4843Italian Vogue


Victoria Hardstone via Fourtane

cameo earrings

muse-china-12-e1335986433479Arizona Muse via Vogue China

Old photo cameo

cameo braceletsAmedeo  on Lexington Ave. in NYC is the place to buy cool cameos.

cameo ringsThey even customize.  A loved one, or perhaps a favourite pet, or just beautiful initials.

carving cameosBoth images via Amedeo

carving cameosThese are not your Grannie’s cameos

downton abbeyBTW, shouldn’t the Dowager have a cameo on her collar?!


890A1716A most beautiful head in the Palace of Versailles

marlon-brando-julius-caesarand the most beautiful head in movies.  No contest.


Heads are in-house too.

cameo rugs

cameo rugsRugs by Stiles BK

the-libertine-magazine-campaign-january-2013-yatzer-patrick-gilles-and-dorothc3a9e-boissier-at-home-in-thier-flat-in-paris-3via The Libertine magazine

The trick is to keep a cool head.


and don’t let it get all stuffy.


Axel Vervoordt



Go big or go home.

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I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed….

Percy Bysshe Shelley

bust in garden

Lanvin cameoLanvin


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Just don’t lose your head  (Sorry)

slim paleyand make sure to have fun with it.


Hey-How about that last episode tonight?

What the…  :(

Still, we must soldier on. We’re British after all (caught up in the show much??)

Try to have a good week all the same.


(Buttons top photo, my own. Green desk photo via Pinterest)

The Sweet Science


Slim Paley photo



Slim Paley photo

My sad little punching bag :)

(worst “bag” I’ve ever bought)




Woops-  Sorry for that little lapse in posting. Busy week.  And now I’m going to post about the least likely of Slim Paley subjects- Boxing! Have you seen David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” yet??  If you haven’t, get thee to the nearest theatre and you will be in for a treat.  Based on the true story of welter weight fighter Micky Ward, this is simply one of the best films I’ve seen in awhile.  Mark Wahlberg is so endearing and believable in the lead (love him), Christian Bale is an actor from another planet (scared of him), and the supporting cast consistently threaten to steal all their scenes, which in this film, is not an easy feat.  Go see it!


Meeting the Sisters

Mark Wahlberg & Amy Adams as his girlfriend in “The Fighter


Melissa Leo as the Mother From Hell


What she really looks like!

and then, there are the sisters;


First we had the Magnificent Mitfords


Followed by the Fahbulous Cushing Clan

(That’s Babe on the left)



But they had nothing on The Ward Sisters!

Dear Lord in Heaven-

Imagine going to your boyfriend’s home for the first time and confronting these Fab Frauleins?!

Naturally my first thought was; Worst/Best Day Ever? Being an actress sent to audition for one of these parts…and getting it :(


FYI- One of the actresses is Conan O’Brian’s  sister in real life!




I have to admit, I do LOVE me a good boxing movie.  Perhaps it started with my childhood heartthrob

Marlon Brando in “On The Waterfront”

(Stop it- Speaking of being from another planet!)

( you know what the worst thing about including a photo of M.B. on a post is?  trying to navigate away from the Google images page)


Then there was.One of my all time favourite films;

“Raging Bull”


Robert DeNiro as Jake Lamotta


Paul Newman as Rocky Graziano in “Somebody Up There Likes Me”




Apparently Congratulations are in order.

Sylvester Stallone  was just inducted into The Boxing Hall of Fame last week


And all too real life boxer

Mike Tyson



And then, of course, we had





And lastly,



The True Story of Slim’s Incredibly Short & Tragic Boxing Career

I couldn’t say for sure what first inspired me.

It might have been as simple as my body telling me I needed  more upper arm exercise…

But I suddenly felt the need to really punch the &*^#$* out of something.


So  adorable pink gloves were located, a rather sad looking but adequate (or so I thought) amateur punching bag was purchased and basically I was off to the races ring.  I thought it was a simply wonderful idea. I’d play some music, get some high kick boxing in while I was at it, and I’d have the arms of Daria Werbowy before you can say Daria Werbowy.

Daria Wer…whateveh

That very first night, the middle two fingertips of my right hand swelled to the size and colour of ball-park franks.   A career threatening injury the first night!  Days went by. Various compotes, creams and unguents applied…still, weiner fingers.  In the meantime, calls from concerned Mother going something like this;

“How are your fingers?”

“The same Mom”

“Well- Honestly, I don’t know why in the world you would ever do something like that in the first place.  You’re not a boxer.  You’re not built for boxing”

“Mom.  I wasn’t planning on going professional you know.  I just wanted to get a little upper arm exercise- a lot of women do it.”

“Yes, but YOU’RE double -jointed. Not built for boxing”

“?? OK, Mom.  I gotta go…”

Several weeks, two doctors, 3 prescriptions later, Boxing career over.  Fingers almost back to normal but still held slightly aloft from habit (or possibly from being double jointed :) )


Perhaps wrestling might be more my thing.  I always loved “The World According To Garp”

via Remodelista


Slim Paley photo

My Little Pugilist


Have a Smashing Good Weekend Everyone!


I’ll leave you with the sexiest “Boxing” song ever by one of my all time Heavy-weight singers

“Love TKO” by Teddy Pendergrass







For Adam From Eve…or Steve



Here’s my Manly Post, as promised.

I had waaay too much fun compiling this.  Might have to double dip more often!

To keep you company,  I am sharing a song from my new obsession; Bryan Ferry’s new CD Olympia but you must promise not to click on any other links til you reach the end of the post or it will cancel out the song, which would be a blasphemy.



Ultrasone Headphones.  As much for the eyes as the ears.


via The Sartorialist

Every man needs a good pair of chaps (my sons are cringing right now, but I can’t say why :) )

The Hermes scarf tied above is always an added sartorial bonus.






British Bulldog cushion from Designer-Cushions on Etsy




I heard this book was very good so it’s going under the tree for hubby for Christmas. Don’t tell.



(Photo via Mut Architecture)

“Le Cercle” a private club in Paris, features a back bar made of 3,200 cricket balls.  Which is precisely the amount of times I would need to watch a cricket match in order to understand what’s going on.


Vintage match holder




.I love this look from Dunhill Fall/Winter 2010, except don’t show up at the door with your trousers tucked into your boots unless you’re on a motorcycle…in which case, don’t even show up …


If anyone can track down these super gorgeous notebooks and travel wallets from Dunhill for me, I’ll totally pay you back + a little extra sumpin’ sumpin’ for shipping & delivery :)


Give me a hunting trophy that doesn’t hurt animals and I can WEAR?!

Who could be happier?

Not that I would really wear this. Why and how I had it in my files?

Haven’t a clue…

venturing a guess I was cyber-shopping in the middle of the night for yet another “Out of Africa” Dream Safari…


S.P. at Calvin Cottar’s 1920′s Safari Camp, Africa





“Clock” rug reissue of the original from The Rug Company




I’m loving the rugged, hand made look of these leather ipad cases by J.W. Hulme Co

Made in the U.S.A. since 1905!




“The Dude Still Abides” (via GQ )

Jeff Bridges still hitting the ball out of the park.

How much do my boys love “The Big Lebowski”? They practically know it word for word.




“Invisible Ghost Chairs” available at Valentinagw.com Fun!


Very simple yet cool Log Holder available at Civico Quattro

(we could so copy this. I’m not saying I’m going to, I’m just saying)





Odin’s scents are unique and rather intriguing so I’m looking forward to sampling their newest fragrance for men;


“Transported to a Jordanian desert landscape covered in blooming black Iris comes a floral scent that reveals its dark complexion from earth to air. The heart of Petrana emerges from a foundation of wild orris root and green violet leaf absolute. Herbaceous coriander, spicy pink pepper and deep purple cassis float above the blooms infusing luminous freshness.”

What could be bad about that?!

Odin, NYC

N.Y. Son loves this store.


I love this camera;


The Leica M9 Neiman Marcus Edition is limited to a worldwide edition of just 50 and is priced at US $17,500.00.

The body and matching Summicron-M 35mm f2.0 ASPH lens are finished in classic chrome, and the body is covered in luxurious brown ostrich leather trim with a matching ostrich leather strap. The high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD screen is protected by sapphire cover glass.



(and not that I don’t want to show Neiman Marcus (aka “My Office”) The Love, but…)

You can pick up the Panasonic Lumix for $250 ($50 less than what I paid for it a scant 3 months ago)

and take pics like this



Slim Paley photo

You knew I was working a flower photo in here somewhere



“Suitcase Desk” by Maarten De Ceulaer Design Studio



For the man who has everything…

but still makes his own toast

“Pro Toast”ers available on Amazon ($33.00) in all your favourite team logos. Could be football, might be baseball- not sure, but pretty darn cute whatever they are.





Handle-less Ping Pong Paddles


The Only Game in which I am able to get a ball over the net more than 4 times in a row.  In fact, I coulda been a contendah…

Wait… how did this picture get in here?


As the first major innovation to the sport of table tennis since the 1880’s, the new racket without a handle works like a glove worn on either hand. Improved comfort, ergonomics and sensory feedback gained from playing the ball right on the hand have several advantages: greater ball control; a faster, more intuitive game; more spin on the ball; and superior backhand. With such benefits, the game is more accessible to beginners, persons who wish to improve 3D hand-eye coordination and those with dexterity issues, as well as to experts seeking to push the limits of the sport to a new level.

Available at Ameico




And lastly,

always remember…

Photo via The Sartorialist

It’s never too early to start getting your look together!



Happy shopping.


I’m gonna go grab a beer




Lusting For Exotic Shores…

Slim Paley Photo


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!


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…


…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??!)



roses slimpaley.comSlim Paley Photo.

.Moody Roses from my garden

Haughty Moody

Irish artist  John Lavery  Study for Hazel in rose and gold, 1921 (National Gallery of Ireland)

……… Anglo Moody

I don’t remember where I found this photo.  It’s another that has stood the test of time on one of my inspiration boards.  Something about the mood of this room just speaks to me, despite the  rather torturous looking weaponry.  The hide thrown over the heavy lushness of the rug, the roaring glow of the fire reflected in the ruby leather chairs, the chicken wire against the stone walls- it’s British eccentricity at it’s best.  I even love the Harry Potteresque serpents keeping sentry at the hearth

Reading Mood

I read this book about 7 years ago and was quite amazed by it.  For obvious(?) reasons it popped into my head while I was musing about the colours and feel of this post. And something else that is amazing to me?  I knew just where to find this book- and I have a lot of books.  A LOT of books!  I really, truly should have been a librarian, except for the fact that I don’t organize books well, so I probably would have been fired.  But there isn’t a single room in our home that isn’t groaning with my books and yet I could probably tell you where most titles are in a pinch.  What is that about?? I can’t find the car keys I had 5 minutes ago, or for that matter, even remember where I parked the car, and once, as you might recall from an earlier post, I lost a bed, but somehow my brain photographs my inventory of books.

Sorry…was I rambling? Perhaps I should have saved that for another “Things That Amaze Me” post.  If you see this again,  please pretend you didn’t read it before.


Slim Paley Photo…… A bookcase in my home


isabel marantFrench Boho Mood

Isabel Marant,  Spring 2010 collection. What’s the connection you might ask?  Well, you know,British army khaki, fabulous fur jacket- the fur rug.  The room above looks a little chilly, the coat is warm….and again, I love the effortless eccentricity. I’m so excited that Isabel Marant is opening her first shop in the U.S., in New York on Greene St. in the spring!  And if you, like me, happen to live in Santa Barbara, you may find the collection at Diani, on State. St.

tulips Holland slimpaley.comSlim Paley photo………

Traveling Mood

A residential field of tulips I snapped just outside of Amsterdam.

A trip to Holland during Tulip Season, which peaks around April 15th should be added to your “Bucket List” (I like this premise, although I don’t like the word bucket, please let’s think of a better one).  Anyway, the tulips are one of the most outrageous things you will ever see.  You will CRY. Seriously!  The Keukenhof Gardens in full bloom has to be seen to be believed. Unfortunately all my photos are hard copies which I have yet to scan, save a few.

“During the 1620s and 1630s, financial speculators in Holland went mad over the brightly-colored flowers: at one point in 1633, a farmhouse was traded for three tulip bulbs. The “tulip bubble” collapsed in 1637, leaving speculators bankrupt, but Holland has continued its love affair with tulips to this day.  The ultimate tulip paradise is the Keukenhof Gardens, a 70-acre field outside the Dutch town of Lisse.”  (excerpt from Frommer’s)

Moody Mood

Just a simple little number from Rodarte, Spring 2010

antlers, slimpaley.comSlim Paley Photo               Masculine Mood

A masculine mood in Sun Valley .


metal fireplaceDramatic Mood

Kind of hiddy, kind of cool.  I’d love to see this fireplace in a much warmer, more rustic looking room.  Against a stone wall, with reclaimed wood floors, and fabrics with some tooth and texture- perhaps even a dash of plaid thrown in,  I think the contrast would be really striking.  If I knew how to photo shop I would try it.  What say you?  I bet men would like this.

My Favourite DressFantasy Mood

And girls would like this.  My Favourite Dress (available on Amazon)

.Diane PernetImages from the book

“This lavishly illustrated publication is a commentary on the emotional attachment that various key fashion personalities from designers, celebrities, models, photographers, stylists and fashion editors have with the one thing that is treasured in their memory or wardrobe: their Favourite Dress. 75 designers and key industry players from around the world have described the very personal reasons behind their choice, through text, photographs by leading fashion photographers, fabric samples, original sketches and other ephemera their choices come alive on the page. The dresses selected by these individuals are intriguing and highlights the intimacy that the designer and wearer feels with their garment. This book gives the audience an opportunity to explore how a dress can be a creative statement, a symbol of celebration, power, and individuality. “My Favourite Dress” is about choice, memory and a moment; a must have for any fashionista.” (From publisher, Oct. 2009)  Oh  ya- We all need this book.  My mood is getting better…

marlon brandoInteresting Moody.

luxury hotelsSlim Paley photo…… Armchair Traveling Mood

Photo from my Inspiration board…….Cute Moody

marlon brandoNow that’s just CRAZY MOODY!