THE BOLTER

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You didn’t know I collected Pith helmets did you?!

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The “Great Beauty” Lady Idina Sackville

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Well, there I go again…finishing a book that I really didn’t like very much.  And the worst part is, the longer I kept reading and not enjoying it, the more annoyed I’d get with myself which of course made it even worse.  Hate that!  I suppose I hung in there this time, despite my New Year resolution because The Bolter received such good reviews.  Much like “The Help”, I forged on, thinking something was going to redeem the book for me.  Anyway, here is The Bolter boiled down;

Exceptionally self-centered British hedonist, who scores way more attractive husbands than she rightly deserves (Hello, 5)  lives a life totally free from convention and the stifling stays of Edwardian society in the wilds of Africa at the expense of her two small boys she abandons back in England.  She builds a couple of beautiful houses, installs a mirror over her bed and sleeps with all the neighbours.  I can honestly say there was not a single thing I read about this woman that made her appealing or interesting to me in any way.  Alright, not completely true. She called the home she built in Kenya “Clouds”.  I love that.  That’s it.   In addition to Lady Sackville being rather a loathsome character, I have never seen “The Happy Valley Crowd” portrayed in a more boring light.  Trust me, that’s no easy feat!  Rent “White Mischief” and you’ll see what I’m talking about.   I hate to be negative, for there is probably no one more obsessed with the whole Edwardian-Colonial- British Empire- The Raj- “I say, where did I lay my pith helmet, Old Boy?” thing  than me, but in my humble opinion this book was a bit of an over-rated trifle.

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I knew this postcard would come in handy someday!

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The upside is I feel like such a good wife now, it’s time for some guilt-free shopping!

A little music for shopping ;  


Givenchy- Bergdorf Goodman

Botega Venetta Glasses

Dolce & Gabanna Fringed Safari goes BoHo bag

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The Leica Safari Edition and leather carrying case- nice!

Isabel Marant Spring 2010  For Tent Clubbing

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Available on Amazon

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Guiseppe Zanotti boot- perfect for evening safaris!

Gorgeous African beads


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A much more interesting book about  admirable  Women Adventurers

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Slim Paley photo

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Slim Paley Photo

Night falls in Tanzania

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Zip your tents!

15 Comments

  1. Also TRIED to get thru The Bolter but alas was unsuccessful, had read the reviews, thought the COVER was attractive! (unlike Ms. Sackville!) –she was certainly no Karen Blixen.
    That Zanotti boot is hot hot hot. BV sunglasses ditto.
    Your Tanzania photo is hauntingly beautiful.

  2. Nice Music…I love that whole soundtrack. A friend asked me the other day…just off the top of your head… if you could be the leading lady in any movie you’ve seen…who would you be? I said Meryl Streep in Out Of Africa would have to be at the top of my list. Fun question..

  3. Dear Slim
    Loved your collage collection , first photo…I art directed a ralph lauren handbag-luggage catalog that was styled like that. its such a fun look, got to pick from his mass collection of antiques in huge warehouse. That was a fun job. Thank you for reminding me. Love the vintage photos, Lady Gaga lipstick styling.

  4. Slim, I LOVE the music to shop by. Please do that again. Maybe you could do a Slim Paley blog soundtrack so we could select our faves of yours to read by?? How beautiful is that soundtrack? Listening to it I remembered being a young woman watching that movie and wishing I was Meryl, too, having Redford wash my hair. How sexy was that?

  5. My heart always stops when I hear the OOA music! I Married Adventure is one of my favorite books to have around the house for decorating, but I have never read it. My copy is old and I don’t want to harm it. Have you read Osa’s story? Her life intrigues me, but Isak Dinesen is still my favorite!

    • I must come clean Emily and admit that I have not read “I Married Adventure” yet. It somehow ended up, as you said, more of an objet D’Art than something to actually read! I ‘m going to have to check it out now.

  6. I actually loved the book and The Help! Perhaps just different horses for different courses.
    I found Idina really sad. The social mores of the time meant she had to leave the children, I reckon she didn’t realise the implications until too late, but that was the milieu of the time and the British Upper Classes have never been too hot on child rearing (I mean just look at the present Queens children)

  7. Dear Slim,
    I just started enjoying your blog this month. Santa Barbara is one of my favorite places on Earth (so keep the photos coming)! When I visit your hometown I enjoy a few martinis at Lucky’s and stay at the Inn of the Spanish Garden. Reading your blog reminds me of what is beautiful in the world and always brightens my day! Kind regards,
    SSL

  8. Osa Johnson is my heroine! My favorite photo in this post is the poolside scene with the snake sticks! Keep ’em coming, Slim.

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