Seeing Red (II)

Valentine's chocolates

Here we are already, just a day before Valentine’s.

 A day that has everyone seeing red-whether they like it or not.  Many will partake of romance, roses & chocolates, while others will take issue with the overt commercialization of Cupid.  I agree the bloat of mylar hearts, pink bears on a stick and tightly bound fluorescent flowers invading the local markets can be off-putting.

Valentine’s may also strike a sensitive chord in those who are sweetheart-less on the day and truth be told, that’s a lot of folks, as the plethora of on-line dating sites will attest. Being forced to assess our romantic status whether we want to or not…just what we need-more pressure!

As I’ve mentioned in the past, the day could be quite an emotionally scarring affair as far back as elementary school (in the old, less sensitive days before everyone received a token Valentine) It was usually the girls with double hook bras that received the most cards. Single hook, or worse, training bra girls received a small stack (oh dear-no pun intended)  including a pity card from the teacher. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about.


Funny the things we remember. NOT.


But let’s kiss and make up.  All is forgiven if not forgotten!

And let us get back to RED, shall we?

Whatever you make of it, it’s certainly THE Colour of the Moment.

red hair

There’s a chunk of it in my hair. You heard me.


and happens to be the colour of my new favourite cocktail, the Negroni Unknown

Go Red For WomenThe 11th annual “Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards” at Lincoln Centre in NY on Tuesday.

Most importantly, it’s the colour of the month to honour Heart Disease Awareness For Women.

Many of us still associate heart attacks with men, but heart disease is actually the #1 killer of women in this country.

Why not sport the colour red in whatever fashion or form you wish this month to help raise awareness?



 Segueing back to a little lighter fare…

Le rouge, le rouge is everywhere!



I too was in the hunt for a red gown for a dear friend’s big birthday bash this month. Ladies in red, gentlemen black tie.


I was slightly worried  (panicked) as red, as I’ve also mentioned, is definitely NOT my colour.

There isn’t a time after the age of 30 I’ve applied true red lipstick where I haven’t thought of Bette Davis in “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” and off it comes.

Plus it really interferes with my eating..


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 I’m neither light enough or dark enough to wear it well. It brings out the red in my chest, the white in my face and the mouse in my hair.

Did I mention I wear earth tones well?

Eventually, after my usual pre-party angst-ing  I found something.

655653 It wasn’t this.

It wasn’t even close to this.

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The runways were absolutely throbbing with red for Fall 2014/15 this month.

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Zac Posen Fall 2014

Zac Posen Fall 2014


Pink & red roses in the window of one of the most beautiful rose shops in the world in Paris


Karlie Kloss being fierce in red. Donna Karan Fall 2014


Sneaking back for another shot at night (The Hotel Costes Bar is next door!)

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carolina herrera Fall 2014

Karlie again in Carolina Hererra Fall 2014


Ralph Lauren Fall 2014

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Even Andre Leon Talley was wearing a red dress this week.

No wonder there was a scarcity.

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Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014. Wow.

Elie Saab

Elie Saab Fall 2014-15

And what a stunningly beautiful, magical birthday celebration it was.

In fact after this week there are two more things I’m adding to my list of

‘Things I’d Love to Do When I Grow Up’

1) Design male figure skater’s costumes

2) have a party planned by Colin Cowie.

Visualisation is the first step to realisation!


Wishing everyone a Very Happy Valentine’s Day!


(I mean, if you go in for that sort of thing…)

and remember…


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Mwah, Mwah


Blasts from the past;

the last time I was Seeing Red

A Valentine post from 3 years ago today; Romance & Roses




Slim Paley Daily #4

IMG_4308“Cecil Brunner” climber outside my office window this week.

 Thank you so much for all your kind words and wishes on our 25th  anniversary yesterday, both here and on the FB page.

I was truly touched.

Happy Thursday night!

Now, back to the daily share, before it’s Friday…

If you’re anything like me (and you know you are because you’re here) you have about 50 million photos saved on your computer but aren’t printing any of them. Am I right? Sure, digital photography is utterly awesome and we’re taking TONS  more pics than we used to, but other than on a computer screen, they’re not tangible…

One of my Spring resolutions is to change that.

You saw my Moo cards-I’m on a roll…

Here are two more fun ideas to help get your memories off the screen and into the hands of someone you love ( that could just be yourself!)

Screen Shot 2013-04-25 at 9.30.23 PMI’m totally in love with the look of these photo books you can create at Artifact Uprising

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I’ve been following them for a little while on Instagram and I’m so inspired by their style and company ethos.

They also have a blog that might ignite some grand ideas for your photos-they attract a charming crowd.



Have you ever thought of making tiles with your photographs?

These large slab tiles (12 x 12) at  Image Snap are only $35


Or an 8 x 8 square for $27.  Dude. Seriously.

Great gift idea.

You can even make teeny 2 x 2 tiles for $4 each.

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I could do a bathroom wall of my roses!

Have I made anything with Artifact Uprising or Image Snap yet? No.

Am I sharing them with you to push myself? Kinda.

Great. Now I have so many ideas and images swirling in my head, I’m not going to be able to sleep tonight.

Thanks a lot. Until Friday…

Good Night!

“Let All The Children Boogie”


Today I must wish David Bowie (My First Love) a very Happy 66th Birthday!

And with his birthday comes some very exciting news; the release of a single from his brand new album due out in March (his first in a decade)


Hear it once and tell me if you don’t want to just keep replaying it again & again.

My love affair with David began when I was 14 yrs. old. The memories that flood back when I play Bowie (which I do on a regular basis, “Hunky Dory” being my all time favourite) are so achingly visceral I could still be sitting in my childhood bedroom. How sweet would that be sometimes?!


Along with Marc Bolan and Robert Plant, David was always there for me throughout those (mortifyingly late) hormonally tempestuous times.

 Bolan was my escape to all the platformed 70′s glamour that I dreamed awaited me the moment I eventually bolted small town life.


Robert Plant was, well, Robert Plant. 

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Honestly, this was going to be a quick post until I stumbled upon the Robert Plant Tumblr – wtf-reedonkoolus. Don’t even go there if you want to get anything done today.

Don’t look up Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Tumblr either.

davidgilmour6Just saying.

david-bowie-young-americans-bigbut David… oh, where could I ever begin with David?

He was my boyfriend and my girlfriend. Emotionally ensconced in my heart and head, he was my soulmate and divine inspiration. While other girls imagined Carol King, Joni and Carly were reading their innermost thoughts, my friends were kooks, genies and spiders from Mars. Hey-I was 15. While teachers admonished, David’s lyrics ran through my mind;

“And if the homework brings you down then we’ll throw it in the fire and take the car downtown…”  yeess!


When bodily bits didn’t sprout on schedule and pimples Vesuviously erupted at the most inopportune of times, David’s gaunt visage gazed reassuringly down at me (Plant-y looked slightly put off and I don’t think Marc cared a bit.) With his gorgeous bones, snaggle teeth (which sadly he fixed, for which I eventually forgave him ) and long skinny legs, my one dimensional poster hero brought me countless hours of unconditional happiness. My gawky, stick insect, over-bited, still-waiting-for everything-to happen-self pretended not to hear my parents incessant “Turn that music DOWN!!” as David and I fought the world together…while figuring out what we were going to wear.  



My grief was deep the day Marc Bolan tragically died. So terribly young.

and I still love Robert Plant. He’s remained cool despite, let’s face it, having turned into the Cowardly Lion. (Honestly, I can’t even include his photo now after the young one above)

but Bowie,

ap-people-david-bowie-4_3_r560He’s still the real deal.

The new video is very odd. Of course and thank goodness.

“Where are We Now” available for download on iTunes now.

Try clicking on the arrow below if the above doesn’t work for you;

Thanks for the memories D.B.



*”Let All the Children Boogie” lyrics from “Starman” David Bowie.


Things I Find Rather Amazing

pink rose & bee, slimpaleySlim Paley Photo            Roses from my garden

mini monk, Bhutan, slimpaley.comSlim Paley Photo            Baby Monk, Bhutan 2006

Lotus flower Bangkok

Slim Paley Photo

A perfect Lotus flower


-That some people enjoy math -Bad manners -How easy it is to think of reasons to not work out-Why most of the things that taste great are evil-doers -That Andy Warhol is considered a great artist-How coconut water tastes so weird and so good simultaneously -People who “Don’t mind the cold” -That we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping   -How tired I am during the day and how wide awake I am at night -How much women love jewelry-How much men love sports -How there is absolutely no cross over of those two interests that would allow us to enjoy them together -That I used to hate martinis -People that talk loudly in movie theatres and attend to their snacks like they’re preparing for the final challenge on Top Chef -The Beatles -How everyone can have grown up fingernails except for me -why God created coyotes-couldn’t he have rested at dogs? -that my husband’s car never has gas in it -That honey never goes rancid -Roses -That I once left something of great value on a Tokyo subway train and it was returned to me -Monks -That I used to hate martinis -People that stay in airplane loos for a super long time-if you’re in there for over 10 minutes, I better see Ralph Fiennes sneaking out after you -That clothes closets shrink -that towering skinny palm trees don’t just blow over -People who can bite into ice with their teeth -that blue eyes are not really blue (look it up) -Some people hate reading -Broken sugar crystals give off ultra-violet light -That it’s a fact your sense of smell has been diminishing since you were a teenager (I must have been just one giant walking nostril) -computers -That I once sold a fricking BARN on Craig’s List -some people memorize their license plate numbers -the iPhone applications that tell you what ambient song is playing where ever you are in about 20 seconds -That “The Bridges of Madison County” was a bestselling book -That I once lost a bed -That “The kids” these days do not wash their jeans-not even kidding -A great number of people I see on the highway are still talking on their hand-held phones -I never, ever pick the right zipper on my yoga mat carrier-not once -my memory, or lack thereof -that I used to hate martinis…

PS. I once again reserve the right to amend this list as I will probably think of many more things…at about 2:00 am this morning while I’m trying to memorize my licence plate number and listening to my closet shrinking.

WHAT IS AMAZING YOU THESE DAYS??!  I’d love to know!