Greetings From Sun Valley

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Greetings from Sun Valley!

I escaped the “June Gloom” in Santa Barbara and I’m basking in the gorgeousness that is Idaho this time of year.

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My intention was to treat this as a “spa” week; no naughty foods, no alcohol, lots of water and plenty of exercise. For the most part I’m doing well, but last night I got carried away listening to 70′s music on satellite radio (again) and all that reminiscing about high school and boys forced me to crack open a Corona!

A Bob Seger song led me to the edge and “Bachman Turner Overdrive” pushed me over. Remember the faces boys used to make when they danced to those “Guy songs”?!

Ick.

We’d be like “Gaawd-that’s Ricky from my math class” and your friends would be like “How do you know? You never go to math class” and then you’d be like “that’s why. Dorks.”

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The first day I arrived this is how much snow was still in the higher mountains

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A few days later it’s almost entirely gone.

It’s not hot yet but the days are long, with a hint of light still lingering in the big sky til after 10:00pm.

I know because last night I was telling myself I couldn’t possibly go to bed before it was dark!

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I love roasting vegetables in my kitchen fireplace winter or summer.

These are Anaheim chiles meant to be stuffed with cheese, except I ate all the cheese so they were just served drizzled with ghee, lemon and sea salt. Delicious.

Ever since “The incident of The Missing Wiener” on the outdoor bar-beque last year I’m a tad fearful of outdoor grilling .

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The scene of the crime

Tell me a bird can get into this grill when it’s burning hot and smoky and located underneath a really big overhang and fly away with a jumbo wiener.

I think not.

(don’t tell the fire dept. about the “big overhang” part)

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Speaking of animals,

Does this giant sweet potato/yam not look just like a walrus?

 It even has whiskers!

This photo was taken before the Corona.

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Speaking of the Great Outdoors, what are we watching on TV now that “Madmen” is over? 

Anyone going to watch the new “DALLAS”?

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Home Sweet Mountain Home

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Wild flowers gathered for my front door.

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Greetings from Sun Valley.  I’m so blissed out to be here!

In just a few short hours the weather will run the gamut of  brilliant sunshine, billowing white clouds, a dark horizon, a burst of quick rain and back to glorious sunshine again.

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The sunlight paints the mountains a multitude of greens after a quick rain shower

The town is buzzing with sporty types all looking very fit and rather chuffed with themselves, having just completed a long bike ride, a strenuous hike or perhaps just a delicious brunch at Christina’s. Being of the “first gear persuasion” myself, I enjoyed a leisurely stroll this afternoon, stopping by some of my regular haunts, including The Iconoclast bookshop (do you think I could remember the name of the book I was looking for??)  and of course the obligatory visit to Chateau Drugs.  Quel horror! A change of ownership without me being consulted?! This is the shop that our friends and I (we?? yikes-altitude, gin & tonic) used to joke that you could find anything- not no more…(just testing)  Change is good, but not always.

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Riotous Lupines by the side of the road

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On the up side, as I’m in vacay mode I feel freed up to be as sloth-like as I care to be, which is pretty darn sloth-like.  I finished an entire book yesterday; “The Dignified Guest” by Sue Miller. It started off so promising and then sort of petered out for me.  Quite honestly, I’m in the market for a great book with  characters I can actually fall in love with, or at least admire.   I’m on a dry streak of books inhabited by people I’d rather punch than go to lunch with.  I’d be thankful for any of your suggestions.

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Looking north from my deck this morning.

The river is running fast and high.  I’m not able to catch it with my camera but the sky is filled with fluffy white Cottonwood seeds, (you can just see a fine blur in the right side of the photo) It’s almost like snow drifting through the air. They catch in your hair, on screen doors, in spiderwebs, a fine downy layer coating everything with the promise of thousands of new Cottonwoods next Spring.

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Look at these funny little flowers growing in my garden. I don’t know what they’re called but they look like pink Water Buffalos!

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Well, whether it’s the altitude, the sun or just the pure mountain air- I’m knackered.

I’m looking forward to falling asleep to the sound of the river

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Wishing you a great rest of the weekend

and for those of you in L.A.- I hope you’re surviving “Car-mageddon” without too much inconvenience :)

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Bed & Breakfast

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I found this vintage toaster at an antique show and I thought it was so pretty that I decided to collect them.

That was about 10 years ago.  So far, this is the extent of my collection, but I’m working on it.

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A very inviting “Come back to bed” in the English country side

Are you a morning person?  Pas moi.  Do you love breakfast? Not me.  I find breakfast to be the most boriiinng meal of the day; so few choices and usually accompanied by bad hair & make-up.  That being said, one of my semi-resolutions for the New Year (and I say “semi” very loosely, as I just made this resolution last week, is that I’m going to try and eat healthier breakfasts and drink freshly squeezed fruit & vegetable juices.

Don’t get me wrong…I love a good fry-up just as much as the next guy, but some effort will be made to Go Greener this month year.

Behold The Old Me;

Slim Paley Photo of an old Simpson’s  menu

Be still my cholesterol challenged heart  (well, truth be told, I could have lived without the lamb bits)  Simpson’s In-The-Strand on Piccadilly St. in London used to be my favourite place to go for a good old fashioned English Fry-up, with lashings of good strong tea on the side.  Sadly, this breakfast is no longer with us (I’m probably the last remaining survivor)

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This morning’s breakfast included bacon and eggs with white truffle salt, fried toast and fresh squeezed apple & carrot juice

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Technically, this should have been garnished with a slice of green apple but I thought if I used cucumber I could recycle the photo as a Bloody Mary, so if you see it tagged as such in a later post, just play along

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Gorgeous mushrooms

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Tomatoes roasting over my kitchen fire in Sun Valley.

My iron monger made the iron ‘roaster’ for me. It swings in and out on a hinged arm.

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My small & cozy Sun Valley bedroom

After a Sunday breakfast like the one above, climbing back into bed is pretty much mandatory.

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A well rounded breakfast is always served at our friend’s glorious home in Greece.

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Do you prefer a healthy herbal tea in the morning?

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Chamomile and stone bench in my Santa Barbara garden.

A regular cuppa tea?

(PG Tips or Marks & Spencers are my personal favourites, as are these Tea Cup pigs, as long time readers know. Check out her little pinky held up!!)

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A big fat capp?

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A delicious fresh berry smoothie?

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Or something a wee bit naughtier?!

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And Now, Behold; The New Me;

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The breakfast table will always be set like this

Photo via Simply Breakfast

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Have you tried the “Granola Snack” mix from Costco?  It’s delicious!! Although it says snack on the box, I pour milk over it and eat as cereal. It has tons of nuts and dried fruit.

This photo is also via Simply Breakfast

Another very inviting bedroom (credit unknown)

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Yum- that Greek yoghurt is soooo delicious with fresh honey, berries & figs picked off the trees

Morten Holtum

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Breakfast in Bangkok

Bring on the Mangosteens!

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I love these little egg shapers from Williams & Sonoma

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Sure, once and a while there will be the occasional slip up, when the boys all want to go to IHOP and I can’t resist the cheese blintzes smothered in sour cream and strawberry jam. I’m no angel.

Speaking of jams…

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This is only a partial selection of the jams available at Fortnum & Mason in London

Vons- Hang your head in shame

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This will be the next toaster I buy -  For the Collection!

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Now Don’t Forget; Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day!

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And…

photo J. Schlabotnik

If I make it into the Final 6 in “The Homie” awards…

Tangerine Mimosas For Everybody!!

Lastly,

It would really make my day if you would listen to this.  I just hate to cry alone.

“Atticus”


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How can anything this short, and without any visuals have so much of an emotional impact?  I’m a complete puddle on the floor now.

Hope you are too – In the best possible way, of course :)

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Rich Rusts

 

My front entry hall

I don’t know…something about this weather…it’s just not enticing me to come out and play. It’s not so much cold, as just pale, insipid, uninspired.  I’d much rather sit by the fire reading “An Object of Beauty”, Steve Martin’s latest book, the not so distant din of football on in the background every room.  Oh…my…Gawd.  Is there a gas station between me and the rest of this football season??!  I have a sneaking suspicion that Hockey Season is just around the corner too. I’m hearing “Syd The Kid” being bantered about waaay too much for comfort.  Were you aware there is a God amongst us named Syd (or is it Sid??)

Achh- sometimes it’s kinda tough being the only girl :)

I started off my day beautifully with some lovely, stretchy yoga followed by a big English fry-up complete with white bread fried in bacon fat and lashings of white truffle salt on my eggs. Courtesy of football watching husband.

Then, for some inexplicable reason, I felt the need to go back to bed.

Now, I’m back up, and guess what? Football is still on. I know. It’s shocking.

So.  I said to myself; Slim, it’s the perfect day to post your “Cayenne/Rusty/Rich” theme.

I’ll let you figure that math out :)

I grow these ‘Hot Cocoa’ roses in my garden.

Bob Art

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Zac Posen

Asprey

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Etro

 

Jeeves… Please pass me my robe

 

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Parrot tulips through a shop window

Mark Jacobs suit, Tom Ford silk top, Prada platforms

 

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Michael Smith

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Christmas wrapping with vintage silk velvet trim

Paul Smith Spring 11

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One of my favourite Hermes scarves.  Note the garden shears in the bottom right hand corner

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A hotel

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Dior

Piaget

Diana Vreeland’s pad

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While not technically “Rust”, somehow this snuck in

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Then this.  OK, I know I’m veering off track …

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Couldn’t resist this last one.

Back to rustiness now.

Louis Vuitton

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Patricia Van der Viliet

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Sun Valley

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Wishing you a wonderful week!

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Footnote


I inspired myself to go buy some deep rust coloured nail polish today;

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in “Haute Chocolate”

Fire & Ice On New Year’s Eve


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Nature hangs in the balance outside a bedroom window, Sun Valley .

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Alert the press- I finally saw Black Swan yesterday.  I’m still thinking. The juxtaposition of beautiful and shocking images had such a strong visceral effect that this disturbing film stayed with me long after I’d left the theatre…and much later, when I walked past the bathtub… and the mirror (well, it wasn’t that long til I looked in a mirror) In the end, if you’re anything like me, you’ll still be wondering the next day what was real and what wasn’t? Or if that even matters. Maybe it’s just as well I never got around to seeing “Inception”

Towards the latter part of the movie, we started to smell something burning in the theatre. It appeared  the small audience was too engaged in what was happening on the big screen to notice but not so my husband, who alerted the management.  The fire trucks were just arriving as we exited into the fuhreeeezing night.  Driving home along the snow banked highway,  a massive elk or moose (not sure which- huge, brown, real antlers) darted out of the darkness and sprang in front of our car; a jarring reminder of just how quickly a single moment can change your life.  Later in the evening, the temperature dropped to -9 in our neck of the woods and it’s predicted to go below -20 tonight.  Having to go outside, even for a few minutes, feels almost absurd.  Perhaps it was the combination of the  unsettling film, the smoke in the theatre and the surreal moment in which the massive wild animal had crossed our path so silently and powerfully  in the night, but the crazy cold made me feel slightly giddy. Once again I confirmed to myself that, without any doubt, the answer to the age old question; “If you had to choose, too hot or too cold?”   NO contest. Bring that deserted tropical island on!  How about you?!

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The Ice Palace in Dr. Zhivago

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Julie Christie and Omar Shariff in Dr. Zhivago

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic

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Our home in Sun Valley

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The sun breaking over the mountains this morning…brrrrrr

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Creed’s Silver Mountain Water

A nice clean winter scent for men or women

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Helena Normark

Sweden- So beautiful!

…and for when you get home from your New Year’s Day Walk….

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Martha Stewart’s Original Eggnog recipe

(serves 26- Hello- it is Martha’s recipe)

12 eggs separated

1 1/2 cups superfine sugar

1 quart whole milk

1 1/2 quarts heavy cream (you heard me)

3 cups bourbon (ya)

1/2 cup dark rum (that’s it??)

2 cups cognac (God, this is sounding good)

Freshly grated nutmeg (grate nutmeg before sampling too much eggnog)

In a very large bowl, beat egg  yolks until thick and pale yellow. Gradually add sugar to yolks. With a wire whisk, beat in milk and 1 quart cream.  Add bourbon, rum and cognac, stirring constantly. Just before serving, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into mixture. Whip remaining heavy cream until stiff, and fold in. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Fat Bottoms Up!

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You know what? I can’t go into the New Year with such a cold last photo- just can’t do it

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What to do when you accidentally leave your ipod in your ski pants and it goes through the washing machine? Submerge completely in a jar of dry rice and place it in a warm place overnight.  WHO’S your Martha?! (Really, a genius tip from Son of Slim :))

HAVE FUN TONIGHT!

AND WISHING EVERYBODY SUCH A HAPPY 2011!!!!

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