Friday, January 29, 2010

Cat Classic!

Just wanted to give those of you in the Portland area a heads up that the Oregon Cats Classic is coming up on February 5th and 6th at the Expo Center! There will be 400+ meowing beauties from the Norwegian Forest Cat (my favorite) to the stately British Shorthair. If that's not tempting enough, there will also be a dazzling agility competition (cat circus!) as well as a costume contest. This is going to be good.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cute Overload

The heart-shaped hairpieces at the Chanel couture show are quite possibly the most amazing thing that I have ever seen. Excuse me while I go have a heart attack!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Dreaming

If Serge Lutens and David Lynch had a baby, the landscape of that baby's disturbed mind would probably resemble these commercials for the Japanese cosmetics brand Inoui. Aren't they beautiful?

via the excellent and inspiring Chromium Dumb Belle

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Femme Fatale

I saw these photos of seventies actress and party fixture Christa Helm on Sighs & Whispers and was immediately smitten by both her cat and her collection of cheesy cut crystal objects. So amazing! Unfortunately Christa was brutally murdered in a Hollywood parking lot at the age of 28. Her purse, which was missing at the scene of the crime, was said to contain a "love diary" which chronicled her expoits with various leading men. A cover-up is rumored and her case remains unsolved. You can read the full story here. There is also an incredibly comprehensive blog devoted to her case.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Coming Up Roses

Pink is my favorite color so I can't believe that I had never heard of the rose-breasted cockatoo, aren't they wonderful? They remind me of a few fabulous frocks as well!

Top to bottom: Rodarte, Isabel Toledo, Lanvin

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Spring Cleaning

Time to clean up the old desktop and sort through the 10,000 random photos saved from late night blog binge black holes. One of these adorable new wallpapers courtesy of Frankie is inspiration to keep things a bit more orderly...wouldn't want anything cluttering up that cute kitty face.




Sunday, January 17, 2010

Leopard Print, Roseanne Style

Third and Delaware is the best fashion blog on the internet, it's devoted entirely to the distinctive fashions of Roseanne. Here are some of my favorite leopard print looks, what the hell is that thing that Sandra Bernhard is wearing?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Swatchdogs & Diet Cokeheads

Megan gave me the deluxe edition of Heathers for christmas and it really is the gift that keeps on giving. First of all, the miniature locker looks so very on my bookshelf and it totally compliments my Tippi Hedren Barbie and my Cher Barbie. Secondly it's filled with wonderful things like Heathers magnets, a "What's your damage" t-shirt, and most importantly, the "special features" bonus disc. Here are some things that I learned:

-Shannon Doherty ran out of the premiere crying because she didn't think that it was going to be a comedy, even after delivering lines like "Veronica, why are you pulling my dick?" Shannon Doherty is stupid.

-Heather Graham was originally cast as Heather McNamara but she was underage at the time and her parents would not give consent because they were disturbed by the script.

-Jennifer Connelly was the first choice for Veronica.

-The screenwriter wanted Stanley Kubrick to direct but he passed. God, how amazing would that funeral fantasy sequence be?

-The movie was supposed to end with Veronica blowing up the school. This was followed by a fantasy sequence of a prom where everyone was nice to each other. The punch bowl was filled with Draino. I can only hope that corn nuts, mineral water and slushies from the Snappy Snack Shack were also involved.

-In another ending Martha Dumptruck shoots Veronica in the mouth and says "Fuck You Heather." This is in response to Veronica's invitation to hang out after school. Veronica is then left on the floor bleeding and mumbling "I'm not Heather."

I also recently learned that Kim Walker, who played the megabitchy Heather Chandler, died from a brain tumor. While this is obviously tragic it's also quite ironic given the classic "Did you eat a brain tumor for breakfast?" line. Also, I was shocked to discover that Michael Lehmann, who directed Heathers, also directed the appallingly bad Because I Said So, which is literally the worst movie that I have ever seen except for maybe Le Divorce.

Oh, and this Heathers megapost would not be complete without addressing the sequel rumors. Unfortunately there are no plans for a sequel at this time. However, there will be a broadway musical starring Kristen Bell (as Veronica) and a television show. Really very!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Good Kitteh!

Attention cat people! I strongly encourage all of you to submit a photo of your feline companion to Karma Cats. For every photo they receive $5 will be donated to Alley Cat Rescue, which benefits feral cats. I submitted this photo of Dexter, my roommate's adorable tuxedo cat. I think he loves Stevie Nicks as much as I do!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Law & Order

You've seen them before and you'll probably see them again but I for one never get tired of looking at celebrity mugshots. Here are a few of my faves...

Anna Nicole Smith: driving under the influence

Lil' Kim: pot possession

Patty Hearst: Bank robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony

Jane Fonda: disorderly conduct (never convicted)

Elizabeth Short a.k.a. "The Black Dahlia": Underage drinking.

Note: I went through a lot to get this photo. And by a lot, I mean that I google imaged Elizabeth Short which no one should ever do under any circumstances. I know that by saying this I'm probably temping you to google her but do not give in to your morbid impulses! Now that I've seen photos of her corpse I can barely sleep at night. Not worth it!

David Bowie: pot possession

Myra Hindley: Kidnapping & murder.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Other Twilight

Gargyle is extending an additional 10% to everything in the Twilight super sale section of their store. Just enter the code "10TWILIGHT" at checkout January 12th - 15th.

Lover Ritual Blouse, $326 $112.50

This sale is bananas!

Grace Coddington on Martha Stewart!

How incredible is her cat necklace? Not to mention her cats! God I want a blue persian.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Cat Party PSA

As of today it's been one year since my last cigarette. I remember all the times when I was still smoking that I would consciously talk myself out out of quitting; I would be bored on my walks and long car trips, I'd miss that satisfaction of the post-meal cigarette, I'd gain weight and how else could I relieve stress? After I stopped smoking I quickly learned that all these excuses I'd been giving myself were really just nicotine-fueled illusions.

The one thing I can tell anyone who's struggling with the thought of quitting is that your quality of life will increase dramatically! I'm not just talking about health, everyone knows that smoking is bad for you. I'm talking about little things you may not even notice now. You'll realize how nice it is to go to a leisurely dinner or see a movie without counting down the minutes until you can bolt out the door and light up. While airports will never be anxiety-free I can guarantee that not feeling chained to cigarettes will make the experience much more tolerable. No more worrying about sneaking another break at work or school to snuff out the craving because there won't be a craving to begin with. Also, how selfish is it to ask your non-smoker friend to stand in the bitter cold outside a bar while you puff away?

If you've been struggling to quit smoking or even if you've just entertained the idea I urge you to get your hands on a copy of The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr.  There's no forcing data down your throat or making you feel like you need to punish yourself for being a smoker. In fact, you're actually encouraged to continue smoking throughout the book! It really does work. I was a non-smoker from the moment I read the last page and have helped several friends quit by passing the book along. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy, I promise it will be the best $10 you have ever spent.

If you need more convincing you can go ahead and calculate how much money you would save! I smoked nearly a pack a day before I quit:

$6 (average price of a pack) x 7  = $42 a week
$42 x 4 = $168 a month
$168 x 12 = $2016 a year

That's almost a Chanel 2.55!

Still not buying it? Here's a photo of Anita Pallenberg in her heyday:

Here is a recent photo snapped outside Waitrose in Chichester:

Okay, okay. I know it's been 30 years but ouch! I'm sure she would have aged quite a bit more gracefully without the ciggies (and the bag lady getup).  Quel dommage!

The last two examples were purely for humor, I don't want any readers to think I'm nagging. Honestly I just know how great it feels to be free of the constant cigarette panic and hope that anyone who has been thinking of quitting will do themselves a favor and buy (or borrow) the book. Good luck, though I know you don't need it!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Masculin FĂ©minin

After working on I Love Your Style I thought that I had discovered every single style icon in the known universe. But somehow I overlooked the Swiss writer and photographer Annemarie Schwarzenbach, isn't she fantastic? Read all about her brilliant and hedonistic life here.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Attention New Yorkers

Kate Lanphear will be interviewing Patti Smith at the Union Square Barnes & Noble on January 19th at 7PM. Patti is promoting her new book Just Kids which chronicles her intense friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe during the sixties and seventies. I don't know what will be more amusing: seeing Kate Lanphear, seeing Patti Smith, or seeing hordes of girls dressed just like them.

UPDATE: Sorry guys, I got bad info about that. Turns out that Patti will be interviewed by Katherine Lanpher, a journalist and former Air America personality with a weirdly similar name. Boo! I'm still going anyways...

More info here.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


This month's Teen Vogue uses one of Will Cotton's gorgeous creations to illustrate a feature about the poor eating habits of teenagers. Obesity has never looked more appealing.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Whats new Pussycat?

There are a couple street style photos of me over at Mr. Newton, who I always love running into. The outfit that I was wearing that day reminds me of the coloring of my favorite cat breed, the British blue shorthair.

Sunday, January 3, 2010


I love Jennifer Sullivan's paintings of Jane Fonda (as Bree Daniels) during the therapy sessions in Klute. She did such a fantastic job of capturing that distinctive neurotic energy that Jane Fonda has. It tends to manifest itself in weird hand gestures. These paintings can be purchased at okay mountain and more of Jennifer's work is available here. And don't forget to check out my rotating selection of Fonda-inspired artwork on the sidebar!