The Hangover Part III

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Ahhhhh….Clear blue skies, hot days, and a sultry night breeze…

and now a confession;

I went to Vegas again.

I know, right??!

This time it was a Girl’s Trip.  2 shows, 1 soiree, a concert, a couple of dinners, a smidgeon of shopping and a zillion laughs!  (We’re still looking for the tattoo :) )

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No Honey, I swear, there’s nothing under my sleeve…asziff I would ever do that…

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We started off with a bang at the 5th anniversary show of “LOVE” by Cirque du Soleil;

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Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney thank Olivia Harrison for being the original driving force behind the magical experience that is “LOVE”
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If you’ve never seen it, you need to put it on your “Must Do in Vegas List”

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We also caught “KA” another wonderful Cirque du Soleil production

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.Backstage at “KA”

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And…

.Had ourselves a ridculously good time at the Paul McCartney concert on Friday night!

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Sir Paul is in fabulous form – Do NOT miss this concert if you can possibly help it.  I can’t wait to go again! With Mr. Slim next time, of course, and hopefully our sons too :)

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The band is really incredible.

 So many AWESOME SONGS!!

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Who can listen to a Beatle song without a torrential flood of memories rushing back??

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It’s all about love and friendship and the beautiful memories we create.

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A little flame & fireworks just in case you’re not hot enough from dancing around like you’re 16 again!

Let me tell you, some of those Wings songs? Goodness gracious- I can feel the familiar embrace of my harrachi sandals and smell the “Lemon Go Lightly”  in my hair :)

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Before the show we had a lovely dinner, fountainside at SW Steakhouse at The Wynn

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“The Lake of Dreams”,  SW Steakhouse

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And what would any self-respecting Girl’s Trip be without a little retail therapy??

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We were told a visit to Crystals Mall was in order…

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Slim Paley photo of the staircase in Crystals Mall, Las Vegas

and we were not misinformed, thank you very much.

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Even if you visit just to take in some of the architectural details…

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Pink stone (agate?) stair risers lit from within.

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Intense shoe & handbag research was conducted…

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Fun retro style travel books were sourced at Louis Vuitton

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Where the windows literally dripped with gold…

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A beautiful Assouline bookshop was also discovered.

(PS. a friend bought me this book about the “La Mamounia” Hotel in Morocco and it’s absolutely divine- both the book and the hotel.

Hmmm…a Girl’s Trip to Morocco in the not too distant future, perhaps!?)

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Of course one must pay a visit to Stella McCartney’s shop when you’re going to be seeing Dad later that evening…

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Little Sargent Pepper’s at Stella McCartney

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Shoe research continued at Miu Miu…

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And more decisions were reached at 

The place to stop in Crystals for delicious gelato and a vicious machiatto

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My personal favourite; White Expresso

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Finally,

after Miu Miu, Dior, Balenciaga, Stella, Louis, Prada, and YSL …

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Homage to Mr. Handsome must be paid.

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BTW, did I mention we went to Crystals twice??

Research in the desert can prove to be tricky.

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Especially if you’re not wearing the appropriate field attire.

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Don’t you just LOVE a great Girl’s Trip?!!

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Sit Up Straight and Wear Your Fruit!

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In Honour of Mother’s Day;

SIT UP STRAIGHT AND WEAR YOUR FRUIT!

You ‘d have to be a Fashion Magazine Teetotaler not to have clocked the abundance of fruity delights proffered up by designers for Spring/Summer 2011…in which case, you probably wouldn’t be a Slim Paley reader, now would you?!  But just in case  (and because I hate to leave anyone out-this is a 100% all inclusive blog, except for certain Housewives on Bravo (and their husband) everyone is welcome here- even Jazz Lovers!)   er, wait…what was I saying?? Oh ya, trust me, it’s a veritable cornucopia of fruity frivolities out there!  Personally, I’m really liking it. It’s fun and it makes me smile, although I don’t generally invest in prints that date themselves so quickly, one or two pieces might be just what the Nutritionist ordered.  

Stella McCartney wins for growing the prettiest, most photographed crop, but I’m sure we’ll be seeing the trickle down into less expensive shops before you can say “Darling, There’s a seed in my Mimosa”

A funny little blast from the past to accompany you…


Hey- you think it’s easy to find songs about fruit?!  Save it for your next karaoke party!

Eat Up :)
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Charlotte Olympia

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Photo Miguel Riveriego

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Stella McCartney

Dal Lago fruit jewels in diamonds & enamel

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.Me, HERE, NOW

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Kiwi & Strawberry fruit Mojito

  • Kiwi – 1 pcs
  • Strawberry – 5 pcs
  • Brown Sugar – 3 spoon
  • White Rum – 45 ml
  • Dark Rum – 30 ml

Gently muddle 1 kiwi and 5 fresh Strawberry along with 60 grams of Brown sugar, once sugar starts melting add crushed ice and 45ml of Bacardi white rum.  Thoroughly mix all the ingredient with the flat end of a spoon. Once all ingredients are mixed top the glass with crushed ice.  Sprinkle 30 ml of Bacardi black rum. Garnish with slice of watermelon and passion fruit.

Recipe provided by Horizon Pool Bar at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina.


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Carmen Miranda- an original fruit as fashion Femme Fatale

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‘Hat on Porch’

Channeling Carmen…

I know what you’re saying; 

“Slim, you didn’t actually wear that hat, did you??”

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Prada Summer 2011

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Kate Spade Pineapple purse

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Rochas summer 2011

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Prada skirt

Tarina Tarantino earrings.

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Carmen Miranda


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Oranges & blossoms from the groves in Ojai, California

If Ojai met the Italian Riviera, fell in love and got married, this scent would be the fruit of their union

It’s gorgeous!..


Stella McCartney via Australian Vogue

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Or, you can insert me right here too!

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Fruit & Avocado stand on the road to Ojai

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Citrus Hues in The Home…

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Photo snapped from Better Homes & Gardens

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Giorgetti Arabella chairs

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.Summer Kitchen, Slim Paley

My kitchen in the summer

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Close up of Stella McCartney print for summer 2011

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Chopard

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I love a pretty tangerine tone for toes in the summer, don’t you?

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Kate Spade

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Original video footage of Josephine Baker’s Banana Dance 

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Wishing All Mothers a Wonderful Day tomorrow

You Deserve It!!

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A WOOD POST

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I’m absolutely stark raving mad about WOOD, particularly old wood,  so compiling the images for this post was a labour of love for me.  The photo above is of our octagonal porch in Sun Valley.  The floors are reclaimed  wood, with a stone border running round the perimeter. The walls are “papered” in real birch bark with thin switches of willow where the sheets of bark meet. Finding a tradesperson to do the installation was more difficult than, well, childbirth would only be a slight exaggeration, but where there’s a will there’s a way, right people?! Besides, you forget all about it when it’s over :)   The speakers, electrical outlets and switch plates were all faux painted to disappear. My painter did such a great job but I’m not going to show you because I’ve been told to stop pointing out my “fauxed” stuff to everyone or there’s no point in “faux-ing” it.   (Maybe I’ll sneak you a picture later) The fire place is river rock and metal with a very large single beam of old wood for the mantle. The light fixture is antique.  One of my carpenters made the little octagonal table for me and the furniture is just indoor/outdoor wicker. In the summertime the windows can be removed and the room becomes a screened porch.  I love to sit out here with my tea in the morning, watching the squirrels pick the bark off the railings we paid extra to find with bark,  and listen to the river rushing by.  Heaven.

Click here for the best “Wood” song ever


Norwegian Wood

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The house during construction.  The octagon porch is to the far rear left.

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Squirrel handiwork on the porch in Sun Valley

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto‘s 172 sq/ ft. bungalow with several different living levels.

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“Conversation Unique”  by Yvonne Fehling and Jennie Peiz (Gallery S. Bensimon)

DSquared Eau de Toilette for men

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A boy’s bathroom in Sun Valley.

The backsplashes and counter are zinc, vintage trough sink from the U.K. All the wood is reclaimed. The sink fixtures are copper plumbing pipes  plated in nickel. (See early S.P. post “Pssst- Wanna Buy a Faucet?” Sept.09,  for more S.V. bathroom photos)

Stella McCartney wood cage handbag

How splendid is this?

If I were a chic little Fairy with modern taste I would live in it!

Anyone know what hotel this is in NY?? I lost my credit- perhaps The Crosby St.?

Wood iphone cases at;

Miniot.com

Shoe photo from Italian Vogue

Matteo Thun for Rapsel

Wooden radiators by i.radium.

 

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A bedroom in Sun Valley.

Steeply pitched roof lines starting low on the bed wall and soaring toward the fireplace on the opposite wall help to create a very cozy haven.

Feu de Bois candle by Diptique

This is one of my favourite scents (burning wood) by Diptique

Rapsel wooden sink

wooden toilet seat cover

Yvette Laduk wool blend rug

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Front Porch in Sun Valley.

Alexandre Moronnoz‘s park bench can be added to and twisted at any given point to make legs or armrests

 

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Nasomatto Perfumes

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Wild flowers in an old wooden…thingy-  Sun Valley

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