Can We Talk?

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Can we talk??

Have you ever been applying  your make-up and thought that a very fine, stray hair from your make-up brush was stuck to your face and gone to remove it only to find it was a line??!

  Me neither.

(right by my your eye)

I was just wondering if that had ever happened to you.

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So, speaking of getting gussied up…

We attended a stunningly beautiful wedding this weekend.

Now Santa Barbara, as most of you probably know, is a magical location for a wedding,

and this one was no exception.

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Love was literally in the air :)

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Of course due to privacy,  I won’t go into any details but…

‘Twas a Black Tie affair.

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I wore an ultra-violet evening gown with hot pink suede Christian Louboutins (never to touch my feet again, such was the agony of the experience) and carried my hot pink patent Alexander McQueen oversized clutch.

(We’re talking borderline too big for ‘carry-on’)

I do love a clutch that you can actually fit $%#@ into though, don’t you?

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The Satan Spawn Shoes (sorry Mr. Louby)

You know it doesn’t bode well when you’re applying band-aids before you’ve even left the house.

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I wish I’d had these instead.

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and while we’re on the subject of shoes

( I think we can all agree; a subject very near & dear to our collective heart :) )

Never have I been to an affair

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where the men seriously gave the women a run for their money in that department

(no pun intended)

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Wish I’d gotten a better photo of this gent’s wonderful zebra skinned evening slippers

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And I so wanted these…

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Gorgeous bespoke beaded gems (size 15 1/2 no less. Dude-that’s a lot of beads…)

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Truth be told, I’m absolutely loving the resurgence of the evening slipper for men & women right now.

So much so I even convinced my husband to pay a visit to the Stubbs & Wootton website the very next day.

See? miracles DO happen!

it’s just all in the timing…

When love is in the air, anything is possible.

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And is it embarrassing to say I still get a little thrill at a good cluster of Disco Balls?!
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If only I’d had velvet slippers to dance in!
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Congratulations Beautiful Newlyweds
May you trip the light fantastic for many decades.
xoxo
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*Footnote ;
Many thanks to Leslie v.W. for sending in this additional pic. from the evening!
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Great Minds…or what?!!
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Bee Sweet

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Hi Kids. Today’s post is going to pay tribute to the Honeybee.  

But first, we’re going to begin class with a cocktail!

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The Bee’s Knees

2 oz. gin

1/2 ounce honey syrup

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

1 round slice honeycomb (optional, but mandatory for Slim Paley readers :) )

Combine liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well; strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon and honeycomb.

*To turn viscous honey into a syrup add a small amount of boiling water until just pourable.

Recipe via Bastille, Seattle.


Chopard black & yellow diamond brooch

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I’ve always found something perversely fascinating about the art of beekeeping…kind of cool, but I’d never want to do it… am I alone?  I’d venture not, and yet it seems to be very much in vogue, particularly with freshly focused restaurants dedicated to bringing nature to the table as directly as possible, in some cases even keeping bees on the roof of their establishments.  I’m not really a huge honey fan, but I certainly appreciate the infinite ways in which the bees and their product have enriched our lives and our tables for thousands of years.  


Stubbs & Wootton slippers

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Honey has been used in Ayurveda medicine in India for over 4,000 years. Both the Egyptians and the Chinese as far back as 2,000 BC  used honey in their medical compounds and the Ancient Greeks believed it promoted virility and longevity.

Due to it’s powerful anti-bacterial properties, it’s been used for everything from ulcers and cataracts to salve for amputations and acne..

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Honey supposedly makes a great moisturizing facial & hair mask;

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As a moisturizing pack:
Things you need:

  • Honey – 2 teaspoons
  • Whole milk – 2 teaspoons

Procedure: Combine milk and honey into a smooth consistency. Now apply this on the neck and face. Allow it to sit for nearly 15 – 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

As a facial:
Things you need:

  • Procedure: Mix avocado, oatmeal, olive oil and honey in a bowl. Now apply this mixture on the neck and face by making circularmotions. Let it stay for 15 – 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water.

via Drgranny.com.

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Honeycomb chandelier from Further Design.

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Honey dispensers from the Moma Shop NYC

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Honey is an enormously-complex food with a chemical composition that includes amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes – about 180 substances in all.

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Tokyo Milk  “Honey & The Moon” collection

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Honey is a miracle food; it never goes bad.

It was reported that archaeologists found 2000 year old jars of honey in Egyptian tombs that still tasted delicious!

The unique chemical composition of low water content and relatively high acidic level in honey creates a low pH environment that makes it very unfavourable for bacteria or other micro-organism to grow.

It would be like, say, trying to become friends with The Housewives of NYC…not gonna happen

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The historic foyer of La Gaite Lyrique, Paris

Stubbs & Wootton

(BTW, ever since Tom Ford did those insanely gorgeous black evening slippers for his men’s collection, I’ve been loving my old Stubbs & Woottons again)

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honeycomb lights from Shadyshade

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Photo taken by my friend R.B. with his iphone!

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Jan Showers Collection

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.A honey of a space  (sorry)

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Liquid gold chandelier from the Jan Showers Collection

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Delicate honey tones in this calm interior space by Thomas OBrien

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L’Abeille de Guerlain or “bees of Guerlain”

was launched in late 2010 by  Guerlain, who’ve claimed the bee as their symbol since founder Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain created perfumes for Empress Eugenie Montijo, wife of Napoleon III.

The composition is based on notes of mimosa with the green hues of grape, orange blossom, jasmine, lilac, orris root and honey.

 The crystal bottle designed by Baccarat is shaped like a huge bee, with diamond faceted wings.

Each of the 47 vials made contain 245 ml of the perfume and cost $19,230

I hear you buzzing…

Yes, I did say $19,230.

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Photo via Dutch Fashion Awards 2010

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Gucci

Edouard Martinet sculpture

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As most of you probably already know, the Honeybee is in sharp decline but there are some native species out there just waiting for you to give them a good, happy home.

The Squash bee, Orchard mason bee, Mariola bee (one of the few native American bees that produces honey), and the Bumblebee are all great for  lending a hand (or is it a paw?) in the cultivating of your garden

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Slim Paley Photo

.Brood nests can be purchased online.

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 You first.

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If I do adopt some baby bees, this is definitely my choice for a bee-keeper’s hat

Tim Walker

I’m loving the skull pipe

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.Love these too;

Mind you, this little vintage chapeau makes a statement …

Oh- which would Daphne Guinness choose???

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Bee hives

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lost credit

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.Mabo Kids leggings & hat

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.Have you heard about the new documentary “Queen of The Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?”

  It’s an in-depth investigation into the causes and solutions behind Colony Collapse Disorder; a phenomenon where honeybees vanish from their hives, never to return.

Trailer for “Queen of The Sun” documentary

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Have a Sweet Week!

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Go Canucks! :)

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BLUE MOOD

YVES KLEIN (1928-1962) blue; immaterial sensibility

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Helena Christiansen in, hmmm, I wanna say Versace.  What say you?

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Michael Kors Spring 2011

I‘m in a bit of a blue mood tonight.  Not too much to say, just feeling this colour, so I thought I’d share it with you.

I heard the best line in an old movie last night ;

Man to a Woman ; “Maybe he just wants to be alone. Didn’t you ever just want to be alone?”

Woman ;  “Sure,  but with somebody else!”



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YVES KLEIN “At Work”

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

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I’ve lost the credit, but let’s be honest, we weren’t buying this anyway were we?

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.SMEG fridge

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.CITEAUX stove, France

Imagine spending this much $ on a stove and being brave enough to pick blue?!  (Not that it wouldn’t look fantastic in the right setting)


Lost this credit too. Please don’t report me to the Blogger’s Defense League

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CHANEL 2011

Vogue.com

Now that’s the way to tone down a Ladies Who Lunch Bag

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MARTIN MARGIELA spring 2011



MARTIN MARGIELA Spring 2011

The entire collection was this silhouette, no joke.  Mr. Margiela, come back to us.

Definitely not for Squares :)

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.Slim Paley Photo

GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

Blue Agate and Sodalite Cuff by SIMAN TU

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.DIOR

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PRADA

Trying to imagine my husband’s face if I came downstairs in this outfit

MANOLO BLAHNIK

He’d like these much better!

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artist ROBERT FOLEY

RADO

DYSON bladeless fan

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STUDIO GLITHERO

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BLUE BOAT designed by artist XAVIER VEILHAN  (this IS a real boat, not a painting :) ) Aprox. 200,000 euros


The WITTELSBACH-GRAFF

internally flawless, deep blue diamond weighs 31.06 carats and is one of the rarest stones in the world.

STUBBS & WOOTTON


TOM FORD MENSWEAR

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“NOVANTATRE S24S2″ by DE GRISOGONO

18kt white gold, set with 282 baguette-cut blue sapphires of 25.60 carats

(I’d say it probably comes with a mighty fine case too )


FENDI

From the Blackthorn collection by SHAUN LEANE

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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Donna Karan

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Phew.  I feel somehow less blue after all that…blue

How about you?!

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PS. So glad my jammies aren’t by Margiela :)

PPS. Don’t miss reading the comments on this post- there’s a link to a fab video ode to blue posted by Kendall Conrad!

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