Sunday, August 31, 2014

'Another Cats Show' at 356 Mission in Los Angeles

Cynthia in front if a cat trap installation
(which we are interpreting as a TNR promotion)

Cynthia:  Cats are now seriously mainstream.

Marcy:  Seriously. What took you people so long? We're awesome.

Cynthia:  Well, Marcy... everyone finally got the memo. Los Angles has another cat art show going on. Take a look!

Cynthia: It's at 356 Mission Art Gallery in Boyle Heights. That's in East Los Angeles.

Cynthia:  There were over 300 works by 300 artists. They ranged from cat paintings.

Cynthia:  To sculptures.

Cynthia:  To art installations.

Cat Coffee Table

The Highest Cat Tree (in the world probably)

Cynthia: To pottery.

Cynthia:  Some of the art was great. Some of it was strange.

Cynthia:  Some of it looked like 3rd grade dried macaroni assignments.

Cynthia: But all in all ... it was fun! Super duper fun! Which was the whole point of 356 Mission doing this exhibition in the first place.

Marcy (proudly): And it was exclusively about cats.

Cynthia:  Yes!

You know, when I started our blog over a year ago, I really thought this cat obsession was going to be a fad. That eventually cat craziness would die down and we would become obsolete. But just the opposite has happened. Cat infatuation is going strong and shows no sign of stopping. Los Angeles is even getting the Feline Film Festival next month.

Marcy:  Gasp! A Cat Film Festival in Los Angeles?

Marcy races around in circles chasing her tail she is so excited.

Marcy:  I need an agent. I need a publicist.

Cynthia:  Or a therapist.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Did YOU Know That Hello Kitty Is Not A Cat?

Cynthia:  Because I did not.

That's the latest news.

Hello Kitty is not a cat. She's a third grader living in England with her parents, twin sister, and pet cat named Charmmy.

For the past 40 years.

Please excuse me while I attempt to pick myself off of the floor and go about my everyday existence.

Even though nothing makes sense anymore and I am now not sure if I am really me.

Maybe I'm a cat.

Cynthia wanders off in a foggy haze of confusion, bewilderment, and existential angst.

Marcy:  Wow.  And I thought I was dramatic.

Marcy resumes chewing her toenails which was what she was doing before the weight of the whole world fell on top of Cynthia's head.

*The Los Angeles Times broke the story here. And, you can find Hello Kitty's official (albeit soul questioning) biography on the Sanrio site here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Why The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Is Such A Stupendous Success

Photo by Voodoolady on Flicker

Marcy walks in to the kitchen to find Cynthia slumped over the kitchen table with her head face down on the newspaper.

Marcy:  What happened?

Cynthia (still face down):  Oh, Marcy. It seems like we are in the midst of an onslaught of horrible bad sad terrifying events lately. It's ... so  many. And ... so much.

Marcy:  You people are messed up.

Cynthia:  I know. It's heartbreaking.

Cynthia lifts her chin so it is resting on the table.

Cynthia:  You know, I think this general feeling of hopelessness and terror is why the ALS Ice Bucket challenge has been so successful.

Marcy:  Oh yeah?

Cynthia:  Yeah. I mean, think about it.

  •  It feels good to be able to do something that is helpful.
  • Plus, it's fun! It's still hot out so the thought of being doused with a bucket of ice just plain old feels nice. Seriously, there is a reason this is happening now and not in January.
  • Besides, our collective favorite distraction - football - hasn't started yet.     
  • It's apolitical so it's unifying.
  • And of course, school is beginning which signals the start of stress and work. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is an innocent and carefree way to stretch out summer a little bit.

It's silliness for a good cause.

Marcy:  It's hope!

Cynthia jumps up.

Cynthia: Exactly. I know there are some criticisms out there and I understand them but you know what?  I think this is nice. We need more nice. Nice is good.

Marcy:  Yay nice!

Cynthia:  So I say - go for it ALS!

Marcy:  Go for it!

Cynthia: Take that money and run with it.

Marcy:  Run with it!

Cynthia and Marcy are now racing around the room.

Cynthia: Find a cure!

Maybe it will inspire us all even further. Maybe it will knock it into our heads that if we do get together we can actually change the world around us and make it better for everyone.

Marcy:  For everyone! In the whole wide world!

Marcy and Cynthia stop to think about what a nice place the world could be.

Marcy:  So ... should we do it?

Cynthia:  No. We're in California. There's a severe drought. We'll donate instead.

Marcy:  Why don't you just dump a bucket of Friskies in my food bowl and we'll call it even.

*Please note, if you are in California please douse yourself responsibly and use grey water. recycle your water, or pull a Matt Damon and use toilet water to raise money for another cause - drinking water for the 8 million people who don't have it -

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Cat's On The Bag

Organic Cotton Canvas Totes with Leather Handles - Made in the USA (Cat Noir)

Cynthia:  Anthropologie has had enormous success with their animal print bags lately. The brilliant Bunny bag, the fun French Bulldog bag, and most recently, the foxy Fox Bag.

Marcy:  Where's the cat carryall?

Cynthia:  I was wondering the exact same thing!

Marcy:  Anthropologie needs to step it up.

Cynthia:  Too late. I took matters into my own hands and found this cat bag from FluffyCo on Amazon.

Organic Cotton Canvas Totes with Leather Handles - Made in the USA (Cat Noir)

Marcy:  Gasp!

Cynthia:  I know! It's better than the Anthro bags!

Organic Cotton Canvas Totes with Leather Handles - Made in the USA (Cat Noir)

Marcy:  Gasp!

Cynthia:  Organic cotton. Made In The USA. Much cheaper. Super cute. Score!

Organic Cotton Canvas Totes with Leather Handles - Made in the USA (Cat Noir)

Marcy:  Gasp!

Cynthia:  What?

Marcy (outraged):  You got a Penelope bag? Really, Cindy? Really?

Cynthia:  Aw... no... it's just ... it's just a ... a... a cute cat bag! Sigh. Why does everything have to get so political around here all the time?

Marcy (pouting):  Nobody loves me anymore. It's all about cute Penelope Kitten.

Marcy stalks off to hide under the couch.

Cynthia:  C'mon Marcy. That's not true.


Cynthia:  Hey! I know! We'll make our own Marcy Very Much tote bags.

Marcy (poking her head out hopefully):  Oh yeah?

Cynthia:  Yeah! Why not?

Marcy:  Can I design it?

Cynthia:  Of course.

Marcy runs around in circles she's so excited.

Marcy:  I want my logo, my paw print, scratch marks with red artistic blood stains on one side, and an Andy Warhol Campbell Soup style Friskies can on the other side. It's going to be so cool. We'll be bigger than Louis Vuitton and Chanel!

*Don't know about the blood stains, but we will have a Marcy bag soon! 

In the meantime, FluffyCo also sells other adorable organic, Made In The USA, tote bags! Check 'em out!

Update: Looks like the Cat Noir Bag has sold out! So happy that a wonderful reader got the last one. I will update the link when it comes back in stock. In the meantime, the cat is also on a Tshirt by the same company. You can find it on my sidebar on the right. Or click here.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Black Cat Appreciation Day

penelope kitten

Cynthia:  Hey Penelope! Come pose for a picture for Black Cat Appreciation Day.

Marcy (pouting):  I can't believe it. Penelope kitten gets her own day?

Cynthia:  Yup.

Marcy:  We have to appreciate her all day? She's going to be so full of herself.

Penelope Kitten very solemnly perches on the red pillow and poses very seriously for the camera.

Cynthia:  It's okay Penelope. You can smile.

Penelope Kitten continues to look very serious.

Cynthia (taking photos):  Smile P! click click click  C'mon. Smile! click click click Why so serious, Penelope?

Penelope Kitten pulls out a crumpled piece of paper and begins her speech.

penelope kitten (clearing her throat):  ahem... ahem... ahem...

in honor of black cat appreciation day i appreciate many things. they are...

my pink paper ball
my dry crunchy treats
my big brother, tabby cat Hamlet, who is always nice to me and gives me his food
my mom, Cindy, for failing to find me a home even though she tried really hard
my dad, Freddy, for giving me belly rubs
my big sister, Marcy, for giving me advice and sharing her sunspots

Marcy:  Gasp. I never share my sunspots. You take them.

Cynthia: Ah, Marcy...

Marcy:  It's true. And Hamlet doesn't give her his food. She takes it from him.

penelope kitten:  and so. in conclusion. i am the luckiest kitty in the world to have such a wonderful family who loves me too.

happy black cat appreciation day.

Marcy:  Plus, she's so stupid she got the meaning of the day backwards.

Cynthia (teary eyed):  Ah, Penelope... instead of us appreciating you - you are appreciating us! You are just the sweetest...

Cynthia rushes over to Penelope and gives her kitty smooches. Penelope Kitten gloats and purrs.

Marcy (grumbling under her breath):  She's so manipulative. And everyone falls for it. Hmpf.

penelope kitten:  i'll give you a kitty kiss, marcy.

Marcy:  Yuck. Keep your kitty spit away from me!

Marcy races off to the other room.

penelope kitten:  i win. #blackcatsrule.

*You might also like:

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!
my post from last year about the origins of Black Cat Appreciation Day.

mostly me, by penelope (#blackcatsrule)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cool Collaboration For A No Kill Los Angeles

Kitty Stardust Charity Tee by Langley Fox x Wren

Cynthia:  The photo above is artist Langley Fox wearing her own designed tee for Wren called "Kitty Stardust". It's $65 and 100% of the proceeds go to NKLA - No Kill Los Angeles Animal Shelters.

It's so exciting that Los Angeles is poised to become the largest "No Kill" city by the year 2017.

Marcy:  Who are they not killing?

Cynthia:  Adoptable cats and dogs.

Marcy (horrified):  Why would they kill adoptable cats and dogs?

Cynthia:  Because so many thousands of unwanted animals go into the shelters that they have no room for them. I thought you knew that.

Marcy looks stricken.

Cynthia:  But it's getting better!

Years and years of hard work by nonprofit rescue groups (big and little) as well as individuals, and the shelters themselves, are finally paying off. It is so incredibly encouraging.

One of these big organizations is Best Friends Animal Society which is a huge proponent of the NKLA movement. They contribute through grants, advertising, staff, and even set up a gorgeous new adoption facility just a few blocks from my apartment. In fact, there is a rumor that because of their proximity to the West LA Shelter, the West La Shelter is already a No Kill facility. They are a force I tell ya.

Best Friends is also actively involved in TNR (trap/neuter/return). They work with FixNation in sterilizing feral cats. FixNation has sterilized over 100,000 community cats since they opened in 2007. To be able to use these resources as a trapper has been such a relief.

Marcy:  Why?

Cynthia:  Because it now feels hopeful out there. It really feels like there's a way out of this horrible mess. And when you reach out for assistance or guidance... it's actually there.

Kitty Stardust Charity Tee by Langley Fox x Wren

Cynthia:  Plus, as you can see from the Langley Fox/Wren collaboration, it is now super stylish to be an animal advocate.

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to NKLA for providing resources and hope. And to Langley Fox and Wren for furthering the cause with fabulous feline fashion.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Girls With Glasses

Girls With Glasses

Cynthia is listlessly checking the Internet when all of a sudden she screams.

Marcy:  What?

Cynthia: We're the featured site on Girls With Glasses today. OMG.

Cynthia gapes at Marcy.

Marcy:  Okay... okay... don't freak out... play it cool...

Cynthia (starting to freak out):  We are featured. On the homepage. With the cool girls with glasses and their cool creative sites. Look!

Marcy looks.

Marcy and Cynthia:  OMG!!

They spend the rest of the day screaming and cartwheeling and back flipping.

Photo by Sara Cozolino Photography

*Check out Girls With Glasses. They are a fun and fabulous website dedicated to... girls with glasses! Or, in their own words, "cool chicks who rock glasses".

Thanks, girls! We are so honored!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Growling About The Gatto Dress At Anthropologie

Cynthia:  Grrrr... I wish Anthropologie would come out with a super awesome cat dress. This new cat dress by Tabitha for Anthro just doesn't cut it for me.

Marcy:  What's your problem?

Cynthia:  It doesn't even look like a dress. It looks like a shirt with a skirt that doesn't quite match. Plus, it's too short. Same with the Chaton Shift Dress from last year. And Peter Som's Cheshire Dress the year before that. And the Feline Karma Dress the year before that. Grrrrr....

I want a perfect knee length Anthro cat dress that I can wear for years and look super cool and quirky and not like a crazy cat lady. These cat dresses just aren't ... it.

Marcy: You're so picky.

Cynthia:  You are saying that I'm too picky?

Marcy:  If the shoe fits.

Cynthia:  Yeah, well, I still haven't found an affordable cat shoe that I like either.

Marcy:  So design your own.

Cynthia (perking up):  Ohhhh. Interesting idea, Marcy. Hmmm... In the meantime, I can take this cat blouse from ModCloth -


Cynthia:  And pair it with my ASOS black and white striped skirt -

ASOS Black/White Striped Skirt
similar here, here, and here

Cynthia:  To recreate the Gatto Dress as separates so that not only is it less expensive, I have many more outfit options. Problem solved.

Marcy (sarcastically):  You're a styling genius. Although obviously colorblind.

Cynthia:  Thank you! However, I still would love for Anthropologie to design the perfect cat dress at some point in my lifetime.

Marcy (smugly):  I have nine lifetimes.

*Note from Cynthia:  If anyone tries this dress on, please let me know. I'd love to know your thoughts. Maybe I'm completely wrong and this dress is super cute!

*Please note: This post contains affiliate links and I will make a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 
**A percentage of any money I make from Marcy Very Much will go to 501c3 cat rescue groups such as The Kris Kelly Foundation and Stray Cat Alliance. I will be transparent about this as it develops.