haute halloween II

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i‘ve been uncharacteristically quiet of late i know.

you might have been worried the black cat got my tongue…

well, nothing quite so macabre, but i did have shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff when i returned from ny.

ouch.

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i’ll be having to type with only one hand ( hence the lack of capitals) for awhile so please bear with me

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  i’ll be a woman of few words and let the images do the talking,

so please enjoy this potpurri of grown up halloween inspiration i’ve cobbled together for your devilish delight

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the pumpkin do

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kendra_spears_771329621_north_545xkendra spears. she became a princess this summer when she married the aga khan’s son. a most handsome couple.

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090613_Tommy_Ton_S2014RTW_slide_215fashion week, via tommy ton

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two fierce ways to navigate the streets

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trick or treating in bergdorf’s

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20ce3bcf4c9338d56d169b60ce4fdb07bacon wrapped roasted pumpkin-yum!

smores sundaes via savorysimple.com

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IMG_0821if there’s any time to go over to the dark side, the perfect H2O for your  halloween table

how does it taste?  like black water.

i’ve always said i’d like to host a very grown up halloween dinner as i miss our children’s annual haunts at our home so much. i’m thinking plums and greys and pomegranites, but don’t get me started.  this was decidedly not the right year, but remind me, lets say , next august so i can start planning.

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black and white bathrooma spidery chandelier in an oh-so-cool bathroom

tumblr_m8xi1xcrkL1qzy4blo1_1280 ditch the kinda creepy, dangerous lamp too close to the tub and replace with beautiful candles for a glorious goth soak.

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peanuts, mr. bond??

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happy halloween to all!!

i’ll be back soon with post shoulder surgery fashion tips, trials and what i’m reading & watching (though my concentration is a joke right now)

ps; here’s one

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pps. i’ve recorded “the returned” which premieres halloween night on the sundance channel-it’s supposed to be really good and creepy (french with english subtitles)

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a ghost from the past; haute halloween I

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Wild Beauty

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While it would be a bit of a stretch to say that “Sauvage” is having a Moment right now (being that its popularity never seems to wane)

Sauvage IS Having a Moment.

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We just can’t seem to resist The Call of the Wild.

Peter Beard diaries

 Taschen is even re-issuing Peter Beard’s classic collection of his collaged African diaries, originally published in 2006

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According to Tashchen, the original is now selling for $1,900 (score!)

The new edition will be priced at a more reasonable $69.99

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Searching for your Peter Beard?

A python print outfit, sunglasses, a lean-to and a little bit of luck…what else does a girl really need?

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A chic and cozy blend of earthy tones and textures combine to create this great sauvagey corner

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Croc-embossed leather hot off the presses on Tom Ford’s runway this week

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From manicures (I’ll pass on the leopard nails) down to our little hooves,

the lion’s not sleeping tonight :-)

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 Burberry Prorsum Men Fall 2013

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Even faux fur is looking awfully convincing these days

I bought the cutest fur vest-no one would ever guess is faux. Except I’ve told everyone. Which is always my issue with faux. I get so excited when it’s done well I end up pointing out to anyone within earshot that it’s fake. Good idea with fur. Not so good with floors & wall treatments.

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From Kendall Conrad‘s newest collection, this printed calfskin wrist wrap

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Geometric Sauvage

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Erdem Spring 2014

tribal rugCan’t beat the tribal rug for connecting to your wilder shores.

girl with catOr, you know, casually strolling with a wild animal. In chiffon.

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Cara Delevigne. This year’s Wild Child.

Zebra print wallpaperA sauvage statement in black & white

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Burberry’s Ladies Who Lunch Gone Wild

street fashion zebra print pants

Wish I could find these zebra print pants. I’d live in them.

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Kendall Conrad‘s new “Siberian Tiger” Pacha bag. Sigh.

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A cool interpretation of Sauvage at home.

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6 and a half feet of Zebra. Karlie Kloss at Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2014

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Beautiful makeup too.

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I know I’ll be dusting off my “vintage” zebra print Marni coat, and happily carrying my newish leopard print laptop case.

See you in the main tent for cocktails!

(FYI; Peter doesn’t like it if you’re late-you’ll miss the sunset :-))

xox SP

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*Please note: The Kendall Conrad items are custom, handprinted, ethically raised calf skins from Italy.

CELEBRATE: Going For Gold

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I hope everyone has been enjoying a happy holiday season.

Finding some quiet time to tuck in with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate, or perhaps catching up on the latest movies? There are so many good ones this year.

As you can see I am back in Sun Valley where the evening landscape is very Seuss-ian. Whoville indeed!

 As we’re just one day away from saying au revoir to 2012, and ringing in a brand New Year I’m wondering;

Where are you and how will you celebrate?!

I send you off on this post with one of my all time favorite songs ; Strange Magic by ELO


IMG_8859A small slice of my friend’s stunning holiday table, one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen.

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Did 2012 zip past like a blur of light for you as it did for me?

890A5188Some green,gold & purples (except you can’t see the purple here so you must take me at my word) on my mantlepiece at home.

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I love this simple but dramatic idea for a New Year’s Eve table

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as well, this very chic champagne ‘bucket’ custom designed for  Ruinart champagne.

tumblr_m4s9vlnDGY1rvlgs5o1_500and if there’s one night of the year when you can really go for gold, it has to be New Year’s Eve, right?!

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Gustav Klimt

cover_xl_klimt_1211281027_id_569313BTW, if you are a fan of Gustav Klimt at all you must see this BIG,  brand new stunning edition by Taschen ($200) commemorating his 150th anniversary.

Screen Shot 2012-12-29 at 5.41.16 PMGold confetti champagne ‘flutes’  from “Indigo” via Canadian House & Home

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Screen Shot 2012-12-30 at 8.49.18 AMWhite & gold- so chic for entertaining, especially in winter.

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Bag by Kotur

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May your New Year be filled with the light of faeries

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and bodacious confection

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Several gold stunners sure to attract their fair share of miners at any New Year’s soiree’

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Herve Van Der Straeten 24-karat gold plated cuff $630 via Netaporter.com

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From the Burberry campaign

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Screen Shot 2012-12-29 at 4.30.37 PMTory Burch evening clutch

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It’s all over too soon, isn’t it?

890A5504Golden light upon the midnight snow on my front porch, Sun Valley

Wishing each and every one of you, my wonderful & faithful readers, a safe & joyful New Year’s Eve and may your 2013 be chocked full of good health, happiness & humour.

Thanks so much for all your great comments and support over the years (!!)

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Now, let’s get this party started!!

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xoxox

Testing Your Metal

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You know-

it’s occurred to me that anyone just happening upon my blog recently might easily mistake it for a travel blog-

 au contraire!

My intention still remains for “Slim Paley” to be about a little bit of everything-God forbid I stick with one thing :)

it’s just the way things have played out this year, I’ve been doing considerably more traveling than is usually the case.

So, I’m taking a break from travel chat for a moment and without any further ado-

Presenting a post on the myriad of metals and shiny surfaces in the worlds of fashion, art and interior design

I’ve come across in my, er… recent travels.

Reflect on these, if you will;

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Heavy metals figured predominately in Alexander McQueen’s Fall collection

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The juxtaposition  of metal & ultra luxe fabrics manipulated in magical ways was a visual feast.

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Versace dress, Robert Lee Morris necklace and cuffs, sterling silver glove by Shaun Leane for Daphne Guinness

Granted, probably not something you’d wear to a dinner party or a first date (unless it was, like, Match.com and you weren’t feeling too hopeful…)

But  never underestimate the trickle down effect of what you see on the runways hitting the streets the following season.

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Metallic jeans might still be a bit bold

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But who amongst us hasn’t wished for instant Buns of Steel??!

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I’d settle for heels of steel if I knew who made these.

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The metal look tends to read very futuristic

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Naturally, the incomparable Tom Ford does it to perfection

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Paco Rabanne

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Even if you’re Boho to the bone, there are ways to create  metal allure

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Jenny Packham Spring 2013.

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Judith Leiber cocktail clutch

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If you’re not warming to the idea of cool metal against your skin (excluding jewelry of course!)  perhaps you’d prefer it on the wall?

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and you know the eternal question…

Does this art make us look fat?!

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I feel badly that I’ve lost the credit for these but I know someone will have them.

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 Guggenheim, Spain

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I visited Versailles this summer and saw some of Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos’ installations, including this pair of high heels made entirely of  saucepans!  Vasconcelos is the first woman to ever exhibit in the Palace of Versailles, France.

woops-I forgot I wasn’t talking about travel in this post.

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Guiseppe Zanotti shoes

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Whiting & Davis metal mesh cushions & lamp

Azzaro bag

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 Both metal mesh fabrics by Whiting & Davis 

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Chemetal metal laminate (link just below)

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It’s gorgeous in the bathroom

(don’t you love the black stick towel holder beside the gleaming metal surface?)

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Zing!.

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Chemetal metal laminates

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Cool in this kitchen

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Bright silver, two tones of wood, rich copper and touch of delft- someone’s having fun here!

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In my kitchen in Sun Valley I also chose pressed silver tiles to brighten up all the reclaimed wood and dark stone counters.

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A nice example of darker metal and rugged stone 

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and an interesting dialogue between hard metal and soft stacked wood in this modern home.

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Lastly, a short video on a true master of  metal

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Maria Pergay

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Ciao!

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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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