Sunset Style

I haven’t been around lately to enjoy the Autumn sunsets so this one tonight caught me quite off guard. There I was, with my back to the window chatting away on the phone, only to finally stop talking, turn and catch these last vivid streaks.

It never fails to thrill me even though I’ve lived in Santa Barbara almost 20 years.

Matthew Williamson found inspiration in a sunset palette for his Spring 2013 collection

As did Donatella Versace

Stella did a gorgeous sunset clutch

Matthew Williamson





Dahlias in Santa Fe


Roses in Paris

And lastly, a little sunset-y jelly dessert bite for you!

Have a wonderful rest of the week and don’t forget to look up!


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!


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??!)