Buy It, Give It – Holiday Edition

Here is the 2016 Holiday Edition of Buy it, Give it! With just a few weeks left to pick up those last-minute gifts I have listed some of my favorite picks for the holidays or anytime because you never really need an excuse to pick up some cool cat themed merchandise. Happy shopping!

As always I am including a t-shirt and this year my pick is Friends of P-22, available for men and women, from gurlRun on Etsy. It is a unique print featuring a silhouette print of everyone’s favorite mountain lion from LA

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Olive & Rye Cat Art –  Whatever you decide to go with you can be sure it will be fun and colorful. There are totes, like the Catroyoshka Tote Bag pictured here, mugs, pouches, t-shirts, leggings, scarfs and more

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Olive & Rye also offers amazing custom cat portraits like this one that was done of my cat Spinner

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The perfect stocking stuffer idea from Areaware is the Fauna Pouch featuring a tabby cat print inspired by early style photography

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Socks are always a fun, affordable and practical gift ideas. First pick is the My Cat is Cool as F&^%$ Socks by Blue Q

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For a more family friendly holiday inspired style, also available in kids sizes,  Sock It to Me Jingle Cats

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Just in time for winter, the Cat Scarf by Archie Mcphee available in store or online at Rolo Store. What I really like about this scarf is all the cats are looking up at you

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For the big cat lover the African Cats Pendant by New York designer Alex Woo, its beautiful and charitable with a portion of the proceeds from all sales going to help with conservation of African wildlife and wetlands

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For the cat parent who is looking for a new way to photograph their cat there is the Animal Adventures Pet Photobooth

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or, Cat Selfies by NPW because everyone including your cat are into selfies

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It wouldn’t be a holiday without a special hat and the bonnet by Archie McPhee is the newest in head wear for felines that takes us back to a simpler time

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Get retro with this fun and portable pinball game from Ridley’s Utopia Cosmic Cat Pinball

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For the home Lili Chin’s Exotic Cats Duvet Cover on Society 6

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Cat Nap pillow cases by Xenotees which come in various colors

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For the cat lover who also loves to bake a laser cut cat rolling-pin by SugaryHome on Etsy

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Finally for the literary cat lover, there is Shop Cats of New York – a photographic book of New York City’s most iconic felines

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Buy It, Give It – Holiday Edition

The holiday season is well underway, and this means it’s time for a few of my favorite cat-themed gift ideas for Christmas, or anytime of the year. Some of them will even give you reason to shop for a cause. Simply click on the links or image to visit their sites. Enjoy!

I love t-shirts and they make great gifts for both men and women, here are a few that are cool, fun and give back with purchase. Squirrel Den Studio – sells mostly cat-themed tees and every month 15% of the purchase price of online sales go to a different Shelter-of-the-Month nominated by Facebook followers.

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Divan Due cat pillow

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If you are not familiar with an organization contact them directly to find out how their donations are used, or search for them on sites like Animal Charities Evaluators and Charity Navigator.

CatCon LA

I have to be honest, last week when I headed to CatConLA I wasn’t sure what to expect. Looking back I don’t think I was prepared for what it would be like to have all things cat in one place, at one time.

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Waiting in Line to meet Lil Bub and her dad Mike Bridavsky

Most fans were beyond excited to meet Lil Bub and a few even shed real tears of joy. Regardless of what you think Bub is like, nothing prepares you for how unbelievably cute she is in person. I confess it’s almost impossible not to grin from ear to ear in her presence. I asked Mike if a visit to Toronto was in store and he said that they have come close but haven’t made it there yet.

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Good Job Bub! Does this mean a visit for Canada?

With my meet and greet over I explored the convention floor, which by end of day Sunday would see well over 10,000 people walk through. A friendly atmosphere permeated the event and whether you came in a group or alone you felt like you were part of one giant cat loving family. No one was an outsider here and if you arrived solo you were guaranteed to leave with at least a few new friends.

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Just a few new friends! With @samsam_ferdinand and @oliveandrye

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Left to right: @Catsprofile, @Sushirulz and @Coco_Sazerac with their Flat Cats.

Many people were carrying cardboard cut outs of their cats, otherwise known as Flat Cats. The humans behind some of the well known cat Instagram accounts used this as a way to represent their beloved felines at the show, and since the online cat community is large, it was a fun and helpful way to identify who the human was behind the cats. If you didn’t have a Flat Cat you most definitely carried business cards… for your cat.

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The crowds of cat lovers gather…

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Real men do wear cat print swim shorts.

There were many notable cat themed outfits but one of the most unexpected, was by printmaker and costume designer Martelier of Etsy. I tried to capture as much of the outfit as possible but I am not sure my pictures do it justice.

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Up close you can see individual cats made from woodblock prints sewn together, the skirt was seven feet wide (the hat was faux fur).

This was the most labor intensive and intricate outfit at the event that I saw, and deserves a special mention as the attention to detail is just amazing.

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You name it vendors were selling it. Everything from art, cat furniture, cat wheels, t-shirts, clothes, underwear, cat toys, cat collars, cat ears for humans, urns for cats, baby clothes, plush toys, books and even the first interactive robot cat – Zoomer Kitty all available for purchase.

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Undergarments by MetalCats available in neon green or pink.

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Unique cat furniture by Square Paws

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For the future cat lady or cat man by Kumquat Baby Clothing

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Big Cat art work by Chaos in Color – Cheetah Twins

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I picked up this adorable print by Lili Chin

One of my favorite surprises was seeing Artist Rick Ordonez, otherwise know as Atlas. He told me he decided last-minute to be in the show and had put together the work you see here in three days. While the freeway cats are long gone in LA, he is now working on some commissioned work nearby so the cats will be back!

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It was two days filled with cool merchandise and awesome people and, just when I thought it couldn’t  get any better I was lucky enough to catch The Cats of Instagram team and  Pudge the Cat posing for pictures.

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Team work – Eli and Kady (mom to Pudge)

Of course an event like this would not be complete without stories of cat adoptions and one rescue. A total of 75 cats found their forever homes courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society on site adoptions and, a real life cat rescue by expo attendees happened right near the venue in downtown LA.

So much wonderful happened at CatCon that plans are well underway for next year which I gather will be even bigger, so mark your calendars and let the countdown begin all over.

 Stay tuned for more on my post CatCon experience and other cats of Los Angeles and be sure to follow my Instagram and Facebook page for more CatConLA Fun!

The Catmas Gift List – Giving Tuesday

In honor of Giving Tuesday I wanted to share a few cat themed gift ideas for those on your list who like to wear their heart on their sleeve, or think that giving something back is the cats meow.

Clothing for a cause – Arm The Animals

Funny, unique, and witty” graphic designs in men’s and women’s styles that fans of cats big or small will be proud to wear. Arm The Animals creates killer T-Shirts that make a statement, raise awareness and generate funds for small, struggling animal rescues.’

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For the little cat lover in your life, a wonderful story based on the real life rescue of a cat named Yoda who goes from being a forgotten shelter cat to a super foster dad to kittens!

When Beth first met Yoda at the animal shelter, he was skinny and his fur was matted. He hid in the back of his cage and wanted nothing to do with anyone. But Beth chose Yoda. She took him home, cleaned him up, and gave him love…Beth fosters kittens, too, and before long Yoda discovered them—and his life purpose. Now he’s happy, and fluffy, and very, very busy.” available on Amazon and at Independent Book Retailers

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Yoda The Story of a Cat and his Kittens – Beth Stern

Beside being an awesome story all the proceeds from this book will be donated to the North Shore Animal League America’s Bianca’s Furry Friends campaign, a proposed state-of-the-art Feline Adoption Center 🙂

If hand painted porcelain jewelery is on your list than look no further than this exquisite Tiger ring by Nach Bijoux from France.

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Hand painted Tiger ring by Nach Bijoux

The designers decided to create “The Ark of Nach” to support organizations that work to save animals. 50% of proceeds from the sale of this ring, or any of the other Tiger themed pieces, will go to Planet Tiger, a European based organization working to help Siberian, Sumatran and Bengal tigers in India and Asia.

Big Cats on Holiday

Being able to take a break from things is a wonderful feeling, as is going on holiday, so for Feline Friday I though what better than to dedicate a post to some big cat themed fashion that is perfect to wear on vacation or to the beach. I have to say without a doubt these designers do the big cats like nobodies business.

We are Handsome (WAH), an Australian design team of husband and wife Jeremy and Katinka Somers, caught my eye a few years ago for the images of big cats used in their swimwear line, and since then I have been hooked or more like obsessed with their designs.

Besides swimwear they have a range of items, like leggings and dresses, all with bold digital prints – think of it like wearing a very beautiful photograph. I am always on the look out for fashion representing cats done well and it here it was, original and like nothing I had seen before… Hello WAH, yes I am shamelessly in love with your work.

They are best known for creating swimsuits that look good in the water, poolside or paired with a pair of jeans. The range includes a classic string bikini, one piece and  recently more sporty and modern looks. WAH breaks the various themes into collections each season and for me the animal prints are simply irresistible, I can’t seem to get enough.

Sadly living in the northern hemisphere dictates a short summer, but this didn’t discourage me envisioning wearing their suits on vacation – good mental motivation for planning some holiday time.

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My first The Stalker string bikini, this would not be my last.

Now realizing that my warm weather days were limited living in Toronto, I tried a pair of their leggings which I could wear pretty much all year round. Giddy with excitement I opened up the package to reveal a fun, bold statement piece to warm up any cold Canadian winter day.

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From the leggings it was only a  matter of time until I thought about giving their dresses a try, I am wearing The King on my about page which is one of my favorite prints a majestic Lion covering the front and on the back, a woodland savannah with mountains and trees off in the horizon.

Once I had amassed a pretty nice collection, I admit to owning several images in various styles, I figured I should try their one piece 70’s style swimsuit. I have to say my aversion to wearing a one piece melted away when I tried it on. For my first foray into this style I choose The Fighter an image of a snow leopard with a fierce growl on it’s face. Go big or go home.

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The FIghter made me appreciate the one piece

A few of my other favorites pieces include

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The Victory

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The Impressor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I would love to get my hands on is The Africa, unfortunately this piece is from a past collection, and as all their designs are limited, I may have to enjoy it only in my dreams.

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The Africa

What I am coveting from their upcoming collection is the 3 D layering image of a Cheetah that was seen at their recent Sydney fashion show. This is definitely a new take on prints and a really unique departure from their previous work. Some of the styles are out, but at time of writing, and my vacation, the Cheetah had not been released.

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Upcoming collection – 3D Cheetah

All of the WAH prints are equally as beautiful and there is definitively something for everyone. I find their pieces are like little pick me ups and one can’t help but have a good day or sport a smile when wearing them.

For your little piece of what I’d like to call big cat heaven, check them out online and be sure to follow my Cat-stagram where I often post my personal WAH pieces.

Caturday Travel Picks!

It’s been a very busy week but relief is insight as I get ready to take a short holiday. In preparation I was out picking up last-minute items and discovered some cat themed finds that would be perfect for vacation…well that’s my excuse, as these fun accessories would be good anytime!

Fall is in the air and that means sock season is back. Now I am not usually a fan of wearing socks but I would give some serious thought to wearing any of these to keep my feet snug and warm on a plane ride. What better reason to take your shoes off? They are just too perfect and thinking about them brings a smile to my face.

All socks by Living Royal $8.00 – $15.00

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Cats on a plane! Kitten and Mixed cats socks

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Tigers and Leopards -oh my!

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King of the Jungle and of your feet.

Another important necessity on holiday is sunglasses, and this means you need a cool case to put them in. These cases by CatsEye London provide the perfect protection for your shades or your reading glasses and come in three different images.

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Midnight: not a sound from the pavement…

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Look your best with this keen little kitty.

Also from CatsEye, makeup bags, just right for putting your travel size items in and passing the security check. I picked up the Silver Kitty pattern for myself.

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Tabby cat keeps your essential under you paw

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Big Cats guard your make up

Finally, ensuring your iPhone is ensconced in cats is that much easier with the Cat Riot, love the name, case by Zero Gravity. You will be sure not to misplace it when you have all these cat faces staring at you. Sorry iPhone 6 people, looks like for now you will have to wait for your case.

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Calling all Cat Ladies – $23.95 for iPhone 4 and 5

Be sure to follow my Cat-stagram feed for more feline fashion finds

Caturday Accessories

A recent visit to the Rolo store in Toronto to find some cool cat themed finds revealed something for everyone – for you, your man and your cat.

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Keep your paws warm with Cats!! Cats!!! Cats!!!! – sock by Blue Q – $10.95

Just in, add another body part to the list of areas where you can express your cat love with these fun socks by Blue Q. Even though it’s not fall weather yet we can’t find any reason not to slip these on during a chilling night…Happy cats, Happy feet.

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The Purrfect accessory for your man’s shirt – $29.95

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Handmade recycled sterling silver cufflinks – $179.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owner Rowley picked these fun cufflinks on the left by Sonia Spencer, it’s a way to add a subtle feline pizzaz to your cat daddy’s shirt. If getting a little “cheeky” doesn’t suit your taste you can go minimal with my pick on the right, a recycled sterling silver pair by Adrian Keefe Designed by Sam Wright.

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Not to be left out..A Bow Tie for your Cat – $14.95

We all know your cat is super cute, but maybe he or she would like to be a sophisticat? Why not treat them to this reversible Pet bowtie by Suck UK. Be prepared, once you place this on your cat they may start speaking in an English accent and asking for high tea to be served.

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Cat Vanity – through the looking glass – $79.95

Finally, the Imm Living Vanity Cat Companions mirror doubles as a container, so you can keep your accessories safe and, it will ensure that you look your best getting dressed day or night. You may even find kitty gazing at his reflection admiring his new bowtie. 😉