Until Rio…

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Union Jack Lips

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Well?

That was fun, wasn’t it?!

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So happy everything went so well in London tonight!

Cheers to all the athletes, all the competing countries

and let’s not forget  those who worked diligently to keep everyone safe and things running smoothly-God knows it must be an Olympian task.

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Congratulations to the U.S. for securing the most medals!

As for the closing ceremonies, I must say the blinged out taxi cabs did tickle my fancy

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Spice Girls seem to be holding up quite well.

It was nice to see Annie Lennox again, though didn’t love the dress and George Michael can still sing live- it’s been awhile!

Hey- just me, or did the Eric Idle bit go on a bit L O N G ??

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A perfect 70 degree evening in London- how lucky is that?!

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I love that they matched the stadium to Alexander McQueen’s iconic Britannia clutch  :)

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While we’re on bag chat,

 coveting this cute Charlotte Olympia perspex charmer

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especially love the clasp!

available on Net A Porter.com

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Penhaligon LondonSlim Paley Photo

A salute to Britannia in the Penhaligon windows in Paris

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I was a little disappointed with the “Fashion” segment of the show weren’t you?

It was a bit of a nothing really and poor Ryan Seacrest didn’t know who any of the models were besides Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell

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Couldn’t someone have texted him for goodness sake?!

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Still, a fine time appeared to be had by all, including Kate and her brother-in-law

Where the heck was hubby??

Me too!

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We’ll just have to order the newest tome from Taschen for our London fix.

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It’s groovy baby, yah.

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By Kyle Bean & Victoria Ling

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Make yourselves a nice hot Horlicks and

Sleep tight Loves.

xox

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For Adam From Eve…or Steve

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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.


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

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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.

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British Bulldog cushion from Designer-Cushions on Etsy

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

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(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.

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Vintage match holder

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.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 …

However,

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 :)

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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…

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

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

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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!

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“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.

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

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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)

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

Petrana

“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.

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OR…

(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

 

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Slim Paley photo

You knew I was working a flower photo in here somewhere

 

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“Suitcase Desk” by Maarten De Ceulaer Design Studio

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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.

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Handle-less Ping Pong Paddles

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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

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And lastly,

always remember…

Photo via The Sartorialist

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

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Happy shopping.

 

I’m gonna go grab a beer

 

 

 

Friday Favourites #15

Slim Paley photo

Happy Friday Favourites Everyone!

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I think this humble little daisy(?) I photographed last night makes a perfect segue from the Plummy post to Friday Fav’s and may I begin by saying that one of my FAVOURITE things this week has to be how absolutely beeooutiful the light has been every single day in Santa Barbara.  Ooh la la, I am loving this weather. I go out into the garden at dusk and marvel at the deep golden hues the sun is casting upon my still blooming roses.

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My roses at dusk last night

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I’ll start with my Favourite Quote of the week;

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“The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of”

Henry David Thoreau

(via my F.B. friend Linda Ervin :) )

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Favourite New Book suggestion;

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Beautiful black & white photos of glamorous women in the 50′s & 60′s by famed N.Y. photographer Jerry Schatzberg (Oct. 2010, Rizolli)

A perfect counterpoint to what’s coming up further down today’s post…

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Favourite “Sigh” pick:

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Bryan Ferry’s brand new album “OLYMPIA”,  just released last week.

 

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With the forever young and amazing Bryan Ferry collaborating with several other rock legends (David Gilmour of Pink Floyd being just one) and the forever young and amazing Kate Moss on the cover,  how could this possibly miss?!

(P.S. Bryan Ferry is 65!)

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OK, speaking of looking youthful…

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I know this is such a boring F.F. item- not pretty, not chic, not glam, but my dear husband will not stop raving about this moisturizer:

 

He says it’s the best one he has ever tried.

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Now that I’ve started to tease him about it, he sits on the edge of the bed and takes a languorous approach to applying his new unguent that is sadly more reminiscent of a Betty Grable pose than Maximus oiling up for battle.

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You have to love a man that moisturizes though. (I bet Bryan does)

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And for your dining pleasure;.

 

Favourite Condiment:

A friend gave us a gift basket of yummy things recently, one of which was this Maple Pepper from Golden Fig.com.  I now keep it in my condiments caddy for the kitchen table.

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It’s fun thinking of things it might go well with.

You should get it.

 

Or this one.

 

While I was searching for the photo on Google (because I’m too much of a Virgo to take a photo of my own smudgy jar)  I found  this little recipe that looks so delicious and easy.  I haven’t actually tried it yet, but I’m going to for sure.

 

 

Roasted Onions with Maple Pepper

6 large onions
1/2 cup olive oil
sea salt to taste
Maple Pepper (you may use 3 Tblsp. maple syrup and 1/2 tsp. salt with 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper instead, but I highly recommend looking for this maple pepper. It is great!)

Via;  Keen Recipes.com

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Favourite new chips:

 

Next time you’re at Trader Joe’s pick up a few bags of these (if they are not out of stock, which they have been the last couple of times I was there)

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Just trust me on this one.  You might not thank me, but trust me.

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And lastly, Favourite New Person To…..Not Like Very Much (there, I tried to be kind. Really I did)

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Alright, so I know that many months ago I said I wasn’t going to watch these shows anymore…and to be perfectly honest I’ve  kept to my word…more or less…but I have a friend who practically insisted I give Housewives of Beverly Hills a gander.  My husband, well, he’s right in there cheering, as any time I’m up for Good Terrrible TV he’s a happy man.  So may I just say, with great dignity and eloquence;  OMFG.  WHAT is wrong with these women???! and I don’t care how “staged” or “scripted” the show is, they still agreed to be a part of this humiliating spectacle despite watching Kelly “I was married to Gilles #$%^& Bensimmon” self-emoliate emmoliate catch on fire by her own hand on Housewives of New York.  I was trying really hard not to bring it up on S.P. but then I saw last week’s  “People” magazine cover story on Camille Grammer  where she was spilling the most intimate details of their “Painful” divorce and I could control myself no longer.

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If an implant falls in the woods…

 

 

 

And there’s no one there to hear it…

 

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The New Yorker.

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Have a Buoyant Weekend My Friends :)

 

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