That 70′s Post

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Slimmer, Paler, Slim Paley

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Me at 14 or 15 yrs. old

I was working in an art gallery/tea house on Sundays and I’m going to say this was taken at the end of a really long day.

(btw, why were all our photos so badly cropped in the 70′s? just wondering…)

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Today I’m taking a stroll, or rather a drive, back to the 70′s

to celebrate the release of my dear friend Rita Wilson’s brand new CD

Rita Wilson AM/FM

The album is a fab collection of Rita covering some of her favourite songs from the 60′s & 70′s.

You must get it- it’s fantastic!

and I’m SO not saying that because she’s my friend!

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Now we all know Rita as a super talented actor and producer, but I bet it might surprise you to learn she is also a really great singer.

 I know, right? (but I’ll let you in on a little secret- she bites her thumbnails. Quite a lot.)

  Don’t we all feel a little better now?!

 

Just check her version of “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues” out here;

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Rita WilsonPhoto Steven Sebring

..Rita’s song choices will resonate with anyone who grew up, or shall we say ‘passed through’ this era and I can guarantee you’ll be singing along with every song.

This is a definite ‘Embarrass Yourself in the Car’ CD.

Bring it on. Hell, hang some Pukka shells from your dashboard.

Will you ever see those people driving beside you again?  Chances are slim.

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I love the premise of the album;

The 60′s “AM” songs are the ones you listened to from the back of the car while your parents were driving;

songs filled with an innocence about what the future held in store for you.

As the 70′s arrived, you’ve shifted to the front seat. You’re driving and controlling the FM station now-and did we work those dials, ladies, or what??!

The  songs become more poignant, the message that love doesn’t always work out begins to resonate because, damn it, HE still hasn’t called…

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Slim Paley & friends

Me and my friends in the 70′s. Names will be omitted to spare the not-so-innocent :)

I’m on the far left. I always stuck my tongue out to cover my big bottom lip & overbite.

Man, I loved that long denim jeans skirt.

While we’re on the subject of the 70′s and driving …

I”ll share the story of my mom picking my friends and I up from school and us begging, as usual, to be driven past the house where several of the Cute Older Boys we  swooned over all lived together. The regular drill of course, for any of the ‘Normal’ parents was to drive slowly BY the house, usually throbbing with the bass of Led Zepplin or Pink Floyd, in hopes we might catch a glimpse of a truck being worked on in the drive, perhaps some corkscrew curls haloed in the blue glow of a TV through a open window…

No ‘Normal’ for my mom.

 She pulled INTO the driveway and started honking the horn.

Honestly, we were so traumatised that to this day I don’t remember exactly what happened after that.

Funny Mom.

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Watch Rita talking about her first album

HERE

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and then we’ll drive a little farther, shall we?

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Did you steal splashes from your Mom’s “Jean Nate’”?

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Did you cry because you were too puny to wear “Big Boy Lees” with the leather patch & have to suffer the humiliation of VINYL patch “Little Boy Lees” like me?

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Did you imagine you would look just like Christie Brinkley after a summer weekend of using

“Lemon Go Lightly”

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Lemon Go Lightly

only to go back to school on Monday with hair the actual COLOUR of a lemon??

Snap.

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Yardley Pot o' gloss

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Did you swoon over your first pot of Yardley’s “Pot O’ Gloss” and can’t you recall that delicious scent even now?

How many pots did you leave in your cut-offs and find melted to the pockets

and how in the hell did we forget so many incriminating things in our cut-offs when the actual pockets hung down longer than the shorts?!)

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Love's Baby Soft

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Remember what appears now (at least to me) the wildly inappropriate  “Love’s Baby Soft” ad.

Was that girl 9 or 19??  But we LOVED our “Love’s Baby Soft”!

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And may we have just a moment

Robert Plant

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Robert Plant

or two,

or three, for our Robert Plant posters??

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Robert Plant

Gosh..

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My favourite models were Lena Kansbod

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And Lisa Taylor

How iconic this photo became.  She just looked so…wonderfully American.

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Just like Rita!

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I think this song might be my favourite.

Seriously, how can lyrics about a telephone repair man be this romantic and beautiful??!

“And I need you more than want you…and I want you for all time…”  sigh.

Jimmy Webb, the composer of the song is playing the piano on this track-just gorgeous.

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Well, I certainly had fun putting this post together. I could have gone on and on.

Do you remember the 70′s as fondly as I do?

I might have to go for a ‘Part II’ in the near future…I mean we didn’t even touch on Disco!

Find “Rita Wilson AM/FM” on Amazon,  Barnes & Noble, and lots of other places.

It would make a great little Mother’s Day gift- have I ever steered you wrong?

and please, don’t forget I’m still in the damn contest so VOTE people! It’s ONE click HERE 


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Peace Out

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Friday Morsels of Deliciousness

Slim Paley photo(ish)


Over the holidays we were blessed with the company of our dear friends from Paris.  Amongst many of the lovely gifts they brought us were these divine macaroons fresh from Laduree. Be still my heart. My friend snapped these two photos with my camera but I’m going to call it a ‘a team effort’, or rather ‘un effort d’equipe’  (my macaroons, my camera, my house, my rules :)) This is the very same friend who originally introduced me to my first Leica camera,  So Merci J.M.!


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I’m afraid it’s been a rather hectic week so my original intention to reintroduce ‘Friday Favourites’ on a timely basis (that would be on Fridays, as opposed to at some point over the weekend) has already fallen by the wayside, along with using my Clarisonic every other day and removing my mascara before bed, no matter how late it is.

Whatever. What sort of uptight Square keeps to those sort of lame resolutions anyway?

I play a much wilder game than that.

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I am SOOOO not sweating the small stuff anymore in this Year of Growth, 2011

but just for the sake of one last nod to my OLD Self, may we pretend this Chanel boot was included in my ‘Icicle post’ from last week?

Oh good. I feel so much better now.


 

So, for my Favouritist Things This Friday I am recommending you take the time to just watch these two short videos;



 

I know I’ve mentioned The Sartorialist’s website once before and mostly everyone is familiar with it, but I wanted to share this new little documentary being featured on YOUTUBE right now.

It’s cool, he’s cool and what a fricking cool idea ‘The Sartorialist’ originally was. There are so many ‘Sartorialist inspired’ sites in the blogosphere now, but in my opinion, the original remains the best.

BTW,  Do you ever get dressed in the morning and think ‘But what if I run into The Sartorialist?!’  Of course seeing that he is based in NY and I live in a small town in California with a population of 9,600 , I usually feel relatively safe.  The downside is the days I do make the effort  (ahem, vintage tartan skirt…) I never run into him.

Perhaps I will see New York Son on there someday :)


Visual Life-The Sartorialist (click here)


 

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I know those of you that follow me on Facebook and Twitter have already had the pleasure of seeing this fantastically glamourous first look at Tom Ford’s new Women’s collection VIDEO, but for those who haven’t,  the link is just below.  The show features some of the most amazing super models, including Lauren Hutton, Daria Werbowy,  Marissa Berenson, Amber Valetta, Karen Elson (whose great music also accompanies the video) as well as Beyonce, Julianne Moore, Rita Wilson…Well, I could on and on (really Slim?? noooo!)

Just watch and enjoy and let me know what you think!

 

A few peaks at the show;


Karen Elson

 

Beyonce

 

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Rita Wilson

Marissa Berenson

Dibs!

My Favourite dress (shame about the hideous model :))

speaking of being hard on the eyes

For Tom Ford’s New Women’s Collection VIDEO click here



OK, I couldn’t wait to hear back from you.

This new ‘ Practice Patience‘ Resolution is bull@#$% too.

I have to weigh in now and say how great is it to see so much glamour packed into just a couple of minutes and still see a fashion industry audience enjoying themselves so much, including God forbid, the models in the show??

I LOVE that!

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Oh, and P.S.  Here’s the machine that I was going to use every other night

If I took off my mascara…

but I’m thinking waking up looking like Norma Desmond is making a comeback, aren’t you?

paging The Sartorialist…

Clarisonic

 

Wishing you a GLAMOUR FILLED WEEKEND DARLINGS!

kiss kiss

Ring by Solange Azagury-Partridge

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