Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Last Summer's Anthropologie Skirts ... At ModCloth?!


Make a Point of It Skirt from ModCloth
Make a Point of It Skirt from ModCloth

Cynthia:  I can't believe it. A second chance! Two of Anthropologie's skirts from last year -  that I fell in love with but did not purchase -  are now selling at ModCloth but under different designer names. At least I don't think they're knock-offs.  I think that they are the ... exact... same ...skirts.

Marcy:  Doppelganger skirts. I have one of those.

Cynthia:  A skirt?

Marcy:  No. A doppelganger.

Marcy smugly whips her tale.

Cynthia:  I am not even going to ask.

Marcy (chuckling knowingly to herself):  Yeah. You probably shouldn't.

Cynthia:  The one above is Modcloth's Make a Point of It Skirt. The one below is Anthropologie's Spearmint Stripe Skirt from last summer. Love the green stripes and that it's knee length.



Anthropologie's Spearmint Strip Skirt from 2013


Cynthia:  This next one  is  Modcloth's Cirque du Soiree Skirt by Ryu.


Cirque de Soiree Skirt from ModCloth
Cirque de Soiree Skirt from ModCloth

Cynthia:  Which was Anthropologie's Striped Remy Skirt by Maeve last summer. Maeve is an in-house Anthropologie brand.


Anthropologie's Striped Remy Skirt by Maeve, 2013


Marcy:  Are you sure you're speaking English? Or is this quirky human girl code?

Cynthia: It's all quite confusing. I mean, are ModCloth versions knock-offs? Or are they the originals but are being sold under different companies? Who really is the designer then? Who, Marcy? Who? Is this some elaborate conspiracy to sell us old skirts? Are the skirts being moved down the retailer food chain? Will we see them at Old Navy in another year? Are ModCloth and Anthropologie - seeming enemies - incahoots?

Marcy:  This is just another way for the fashion industry to make you crazy. Like inconsistent sizing, '80's mom jeans looking cool on teenage hipsters, and rayon.

Cynthia:  I hate rayon. It makes me crazy.

Cynthia hunches over the computer pondering and tapping her foot.

Cynthia:  I should just get the skirts since I think they are so cute and was bummed out that I missed out on them last summer. Maybe they won't be at Old Navy next year.

Marcy: You're such a fashion gambler.


*Please note: This post contains ModCloth affiliate links and I will be compensated 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.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Gaucho Girl

Cynthia in her gauchos, circa 2001

Cynthia enters purposefully and determinedly and ready to make a Fashion Declamation.

Cynthia:  Okay, Marcy. We won the war for bell bottoms. I have been wearing bells since 1992, risking ridicule, disdain, mockery, and family members who refuse to walk down the street with me. But now, bells are back. And they are cool. Success. I will now do the same for ... gaucho pants.

Cynthia takes a bow in her gaucho pants.

Cynthia in her Anthropologie gauchos, circa 2007


Marcy:  I'll go alert Vogue.

Cynthia:  Please do!

Marcy:  I'm sure they will want to do a fashion spread with a delusional forty something non celebrity cat lady.

Cynthia (continuing with her declamation):  I will wear my gauchos every single day until I see them mass marketed by every single retailer from Old Navy to Nordstrom.

Marcy:  I'm sure you'll be famous.

Cynthia:  But first I want you to pose for a picture with me in my gaucho pants.

Marcy and Cynthia


Marcy:  No.

Cynthia:  C'mon. I need a picture with my Marcy. Look at the camera.

Marcy:  I refuse.

Marcy and Cynthia


Cynthia:  Then I'm going to give you a big slurpy kiss.

Marcy and Cynthia


Marcy:  Yuck. Now I have to take another bath.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

mostly me, by penelope (kitten rumble)




Penelope Kitten is practicing some boxing moves in Marcy's sunspot.

penelope kitten:  i'm gonna get 'em. oh yeah. gonna get 'em gonna get 'em gonna get 'em.

Marcy:  Get who?

penelope kitten:  those big mean birds outside.

Marcy (bored): What did they say now?

penelope kitten:  they called me a fraidy cat. said i had a little brain.

Marcy:  So?

penelope kitten:  they should be nice. i'm practicing my moves. gonna teach 'em a lesson. pow pow pow

Marcy:  Those big mean birds are crows. They want to lure you out of the house so they can eat you.

penelope kitten:  can't eat me.

Marcy:  Oh yeah? Why do you think they're called a murder instead of a flock?

penelope kitten:  not worried. i'm tuff.

Penelope Kitten practices her right hook.

penelope kitten:  pow pow pow

Just then a murder of big mean crows swoop across the window, momentarily blocking out the sunlight.




Penelope Kitten panics and rushes to hide under the bed. Marcy luxuriously stretches out in the sunspot.

Marcy:  Well, there they are over on that tree, Penelope. They said they're waiting for you. Aren't you going to beat them up?




penelope kitten (from under the bed):  maybe tomorrow.



Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Cat In The Hat Rescue Story, or cappy and his juliet


Juliet and Cappy

Marcy:  What's that?

Cynthia:  That's my friend's little girl, Juliet, looking completely adorable in her Cat In The Hat costume with her best bud, rescue kitty Cappy.

Marcy:  It doesn't sound like Seuss. It sounds like Shakespeare.

Cynthia:  Actually, this is a kind of Horatio Alger rags to riches story. Cappy was an older kitten living with his colony on the mean streets of Los Angeles back in 2008.

Cappy and his semi-feral siblings


Cynthia:  I worked with The Kris Kelly Foundation to TNR (trap/neuter/release) the colony. We found homes for five of the littlest kittens but the teenage kittens (the ones pictured) were really too feral to find homes for. Except Cappy. Kind of.

Cappy and his brother living on the streets in Los Angeles


Cynthia:  He was very scared but curious.

Marcy:  Curiosity killed the cat ya know.

Cynthia:  In this case, curiosity saved Cappy. He would linger a little longer after he ate to see what I was up to. Eventually, he started brushing up against my legs. And that was when I knew I had to at least try to find him a home.

Marcy:  Who wants a semi feral cat? No one.

Cynthia:  That's what I thought. No one. I put out a plea on Facebook anyway, and lo an behold, my friend Heather asked to meet him. She fell in love, took him home, and spent a tremendous amount of time taming him. She also spent a lot of money on vet bills since Cappy had health problems I wasn't even aware of...

Marcy (admiringly):  I bet he was bad. Feral cats are so bad. Just like the Cat In The Hat. He's such a bad kitty.

Cynthia:  Yes. It was quite challenging. Taming a semi-feral cat is not for the faint of heart. But Heather and her husband, David, are extraordinary people. And now look at him!

Cappy at home


Cappy performing Neighborhood Watch duties

Cynthia:  Instead of living on the streets, he is living in house with people who love him and take wonderful care of him. Plus, he has a new friend - Juliet - a cat lover and future cat advocate. I mean, did you take a close look at her sneakers?!!

Juliet and Cappy


Marcy:  That Cat in the Hat is so bad. He's transforming little kids into bad kitties. He's my hero. He's so bad.

*It is very easy to get depressed and feel hopeless as an animal rescuer. The problem is so immense. Someone compared it once to trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. So when a cat I have rescued has such a happy ending as Cappy and his Juliet, it makes me so incredibly happy.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Blogger Is Still Buggy

Aaaaarrrrghhhh!!!! Blogger sent out ANOTHER email with a post I did months ago. I am so sorry. I have no idea why this is happening but I am looking into it and want it solved. Now. The last thing I want to do is spam my email subscribers.

xo,cynthia

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Meet Merrie Of Petite Career Girl

Merrie of Petite Career Girl

Cynthia:  One of the best things about being a blogger is meeting new friends from all over the world. It's awesome. It's fun. It's life affirming.

Marcy:  Must you gush? Again?

Cynthia:  Marcy. I must. Because my new blogger friend, Merrie, is that awesome. 

Marcy:  Okay. Fine. Go ahead.

Cynthia: Merrie's blog is called Petite Career Girl. She blogs mostly about style (her outfits are always drool worthy and inspiring), sometimes about healthy eating, and every once in a while she does a story about... her cats!

Marcy:  A human after your own heart.

Cynthia:  Yup. Merrie is super stylish, fearlessly funny, and best of all, she loves her cats. 

Check out her adorable cat tales here and here.

Merrie of Petite Career Girl

Cynthia:  Merrie is so supportive of my blog and recently nominated me for a Liebster Award which is a Q&A that helps new bloggers get to know each other. You can find my and Marcy's answers to Merrie's Liebster questions after the jump break.

Cynthia:  So what do you think, Marcy?

Marcy:  She's so cool! Do you think she would let me be her kitty?

Cynthia:  Merrie already has two cats. And besides, I am not sure she - or anyone else for that matter - would put up with your shenanigans and terrorist toe tendencies.

Marcy (eyes dilated):  You mean those little mice that mock me endlessly? 

Cynthia:  Uh oh.

Cynthia takes off to find some shoes with Marcy in hot pursuit.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Kind Lady Lives Here


Cynthia:  This cat symbol is hobo code for "a kind lady lives here". During the Great Depression itinerant workers would put codes on the side of homes and businesses to let other hobos know what to expect - a meal, a temp job, hostile police, a vicious dog.

Hobo Code for A Kind Lady Lives Here

Marcy:  What's the sign for a vicious cat lives here?

Cynthia:  It's not about the cat, Marcy. It means a kindly lady lives here and will help you out.

Marcy:  I'm not helping anyone out.

Cynthia:  Marcy!

Marcy:  I already have to share the sunspots and Friskies.

Cynthia:  Oh, you are so deprived.

Marcy grumpily swishes her tail back and forth.

Cynthia:  Anyway, what I just wanted to say was that I think it is sweet that a cat would be the symbol for a kind and generous person.

Hobo Code for A Kind Lady Lives Here


Marcy:  That's it?

Cynthia:  Yes.

Marcy:  That's your brilliant analysis?

Cynthia:  Why are you so grumpy?

Marcy:  I don't like thinking about my hobo days. It makes me mad. People are mean to hobos. Especially cat hobos.

Cynthia:  Ah... I'm sorry... I didn't mean to bring up bad memories.

Marcy:  All we want is some food and a comfy, safe place to sleep. But when you're a hobo you look dirty and smell bad and no one is nice.  It makes me sad.

Cynthia:  Me too.

Marcy:  I'd rather be a French Princess. Even if it's only pretend. No one can be mean to a French Princess. We'll chop off their head.