Red & White Stripes (Part IV?)

It could even be part V

In any case, it’s that time again!

When I drag you all along on my capricious love affair with Red & White Stripes.

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Remember these from yesteryear?

Marc JacobsShe could be a little happier about carrying that bag, couldn’t she?

013fullscreenPerhaps the models weren’t too thrilled about their hair. Seriously. I could have done the hair for this show.

And don’t worry… your computer hasn’t developed dandruff. It’s snowing!!

I always forget about this cute WordPress feature and I’m charmed when it returns every December.

A happy little vignette

L1140587and even happier strawberry cakes at Fauchon in Paris this summer

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View from a cafe in Fecamp (1904) by T.F. Simon via Bloomsbury Life

Someone got their bold on

L1140351A beautiful example of turn of the century red & white wicker at the Marches aux Puces in Paris

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2013

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L1140581I even found red & white striped macaroons in Paris.

Damn. You can find anything and everything in Paris.

You know what I love? The grandness of the pillars with the down-homeness of the red & white stripes & bamboo-a bold combo in its own way.

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02-paper-straw-wreath-mdn-65136761DIY Straw wreath instructions HERE via Woman’s Day Magazine

and lastly, take just a minute to watch this beautiful video

PS. Would it be overly precocious to add a red & white striped hot air balloon to my Christmas Wish List?

Up, up and away…

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Oh the Wonders I’ve Seen…

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Roses, Hotel Costes in Paris last week.

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Hi there! Remember me??

I’ve had another grand adventure and finally back home to put pen to paper, so to speak.

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In Lisbon, I found some of the most beautifully cobbled  streets in the world. (Sorry Prague :()

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Traveled by an old wooden boat through the Douro wine region of Portugal

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Devoured Portugal’s famous egg custard tarts for breakfast and dessert

Every day.

No, seriously, every day.

You only live once. Reason enough to visit Portugal.

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Experienced a true Princess Moment (albeit on a shockingly bad hair day)

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Learned about Lusitano horses and wine…

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The procedure for uncorking very old bottles of port

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and, as always, continued my quest to find the World’s Worst Dessert.

So far, no luck.

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We hobnobbed with jockeys

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A bag in the Longchamp shop on Rue St. Honore’

Did a wee bit of shopping in Paris (It was Fashion Week after all :) )

Saw Kate Moss twice in one night

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and enjoyed some world class people watching…

all of which I’ll share with you over the next few weeks.

Just as soon as I get unpacked and plow through the mountain of mail that faithfully greets the weary, wine-soaked traveler.

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Despite the grey skies, it’s nice to be home.

I’ve missed you!

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The City of Brights

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So many posts…so little time

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Via

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Hence, here we are, almost at the end of summer (say it ain’t so!!)

and me still sitting on a stash of unfinished seasonal posts that never had their moment in the sun

Though most of you could have probably lived without seeing this shot of Gisele,

 I did, so now you have to.

Besides, it’s a great pic to leap into a little post about the preponderance of fluorescents this summer, is it not?

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Damien Hirst cufflinks

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Did you notice the brights too?

 I’m sure they were in all the magazines, but it didn’t really register until I went to Paris.

The flash of fluorescence was everywhere.

My great girlfriend, who lives there, had her nails painted like so;

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I thought it was adorable. (please forgive the poor photo- it wasn’t originally intended to be a hand shot)

Then another friend joined us from Australia- she too had little touches of fluoro in her look; a sweet combo of tiny bright enamels on chains around her neck.

Suddenly I felt terribly beige.

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Furry Fluoros for fashionable kids at Colette, Paris

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Butterflies on trend

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Fluorescent Fendi Fall 2012

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I could have used these sweet sandals from Net A Porter.com in Paris

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Fun, easy DIY salad bowls for a day-glow picnic perhaps?

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Net-A-Porter.com

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The Louis Vuitton-Marc Jacobs exhibition in Paris

( pretty much the same consistency as my hair most of the summer so I was sort of in style)

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Peter Som designed tennis ball for the U.S. Open

Gotta say- that’s my kind of tennis

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I do have these cute little fluorescent rubber sandals-

but did I bring them to Paris?

of course not!

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The Hermes, Paris windows were gorgeous.

 Each one a different fluorescent colour, these circles slowly turned causing the sand within to create art in motion.

So clever.

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another easy DIY via Pinterest

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Upon returning to California and finally getting my hair dealt with

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What do I see?

My colourist’s adorable assistant sporting the very same trend, though slightly more embellished

Oh what fun to be a girl!

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Amber Valetta and son via Vogue

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I left Paris with a bottle of wildly fluorescent pink polish nestled in my bag

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And the reaffirmation that

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One can never visit Paris without coming away inspired, n’est ce pas?

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J’aime Marc et Louis

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I had the wonderful opportunity in Paris last week to sneak away with a couple of girlfriends to take in the Louis Vuitton-Marc Jacobs exhibition at Les Arts Decoratif.

What fun!

Although I never got the chance to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met (missed it by one day, not that I’m bitter)

I did see the Princess Grace exhibit in London and I must say the “Louis” show is far superior.

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While my menfolk were climbing the stairs of la Tour Eiffel, we girls were engaging in some good old fashioned Fashion New vs Fashion Old chat,

Which included the big “What the hell happened to our waists in the last hundred years” quandary

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Several walls covered in video screens bombarded your senses with cultural icons, film clips and the multitude of ways in which Jacobs, in his role as designer for Louis Vuitton, is inspired.

Definitely one of the highlights of the exhibit.

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Funny how the Steven Sprouse collection already feels like a total blast from the past.

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Fan Dance Video  from the exhibition

Can we just pretend I had included this on my previous “FAN-TASTIQUE” post-

you know the one I posted the morning before I went to this exhibit!

(hate when that happens)

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 little mini Marc Jacobs in a case as you exit the show

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The Marc Jacobs Fall 2012-13 collection for Louis Vuitton is a veritable Alladin’s Den for those

who truly appreciate over the top luxe decadence & glamour.

Who…

MOI??

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Although hardly befitting my lifestyle-as I live in the land of sweatpants & Uggs, and though I often bemoan that fact, I’m guilty as charged :(

Still,  we can all dream.

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And really,

One does need someone to carry this to prevent snagging One’s coat on the gems, duh

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A-line coats, jewelled  leather skirts and cropped trousers in tapestry fabrics adorned with flower-shaped buttons…

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  Embroidered jacquard, sumptuous brocades, jewel toned holograms and resin gems appear throughout the collection.

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Enormous  hats embellished with fur plumes and high heeled mary-janes heighten the drama.

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excruciatingly gorgeous

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Here you can watch a beautiful video of the shooting of the Fall campaign by Steven Meisel

with Marc giving a little explanation;

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Video of Fall 2012 campaign 

This is really quite beautiful, please take the time to watch!

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Amusez-vous and we’ll rendezvous on the train platform, oui?

 I’ll be appearing from amidst billows of steam, right below the giant clock as the last whistle blows hauntingly…

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Postcard from Paris

Dani Roses, Paris

Through the window of Dani Roses, Costes Hotel, Paris

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Bonjour!

I am thrilled to be writing my 400th post from Paris

I really can’t believe that I’ve been penning “Slim Paley” for 3 years now-

Mon Dieu!

To have 400 posts under my belt

(albeit one notch looser after a week in Paris)

feels like quite an achievement.

I must admit, I’m quite chuffed with myself.

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Slim Paley, Paris

In the gardens of Versailles

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Angelina, Paris.

Angelina, Paris.

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Angelina Paris hot chocolate

.Angelina hot chocolate to go

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Paris bistro

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seafood tartare, Le Bristol

A fresh and beautiful seafood tartar at Le Bristol.

 

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le Seine

Boats on the river Seine on a blustery warm day

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I have  many fun photos and tidbits to share

but I’ll leave you with just these few for now.

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Walter Steiger pumps

A little window shopping at Walter Steiger

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The Louvre

The Slimtorialist strikes at the Louvre

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Hotel Costes

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L'Entrecote, Paris

closing time

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Louvre with a View

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The Louvre exterior

As you can see, I’m having fun on Instagram!

(You can follow my Instagram feed by clicking on this symbol at the top of my blog

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.Laduree Paris

Window of Laduree-the prettiness- it just never gets old

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Paris Night shot

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After walking miles and miles

and miles

I seriously need to hit the mattress

xox

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gorgeous roses

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