Thursday, November 27, 2014

mostly me, by penelope | thank u

penelope kitten (squeaking):

everyone here is stuffing themselves

with stuffing and stuff

just wanted to take a mo to say

thank u

we luv u

we are so happy happy happy

to have such wonderful

and amazing

and creative

and kind

bloggy friends

this world is super scary

and this is our

safe spot of sunniness


gotta go

cindy is handing out treats

can't miss that


happy thanksgiving!

love, p

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I Drive Myself Crazy

Roksanda Ilincic
Photo from Harper's Bazaar
by Venetia Scott

Cynthia is perusing the Internet. Procrastinating of course. When all of a sudden she yells at the computer.

Cynthia:  UGH. Again?! Really?!

Marcy:  What?!!

Cynthia (shaking her head):  This always happens. ALWAYS.

Marcy:  What?

Cynthia:  Here's the scenario:  I am innocently reading an article on about the opening of Nasty Gal's retail store in West Hollywood.

So I mosey on over to their infamous online store to check them out. I see a nice skirt here and cute pair of pants there - all for reasonable prices. You know, $68... $88... when all of a sudden BAM - up pops the most darling denim blouse -

My heart skips a beat and soars. I breathlessly click on the image to get a closer look and then ... THUD... my hearts drops to the floor because ...

Alice McCall Paloma Blouse

Cynthia:  That darling denim blouse is $265.

Marcy:  Yikes.

Cynthia:  Yes. But then I glance over to the image next to it and the same exact thing happens again. I see a darling denim jumpsuit by the same designer that looks like a dress. It's so original and so cute I get butterflies in my stomach.

Alice McCall Paloma Overalls

Marcy:  Don't tell me. You click on the image for a closer look and are astonished at the price and your heart goes thud again.

Cynthia:  Yes.

Marcy:  At least you're predictable.

Cynthia (gloomily):  Those overalls are $430.

Marcy:  Double yikes.

Cynthia:  Anthropologie carries a few expensive items along with their regular merchandise too. And I am always always ALWAYS so startled by the price. Take for instance their Snowberry Ball Skirt.

It's $495.

Anthropologie's Snowberry Ball Skirt

Cynthia:  I mean the name alone... Snowberry Ball Skirt... is swoon worthy. Sigh... And then there is this beauty -

Anthropologie's Midnight Romance Midi Dress

Cynthia:  The Midnight Romance Dress. For $565. Sigh...  $565... sigh...

And the thing is, every single one of these items is either sold out or almost sold out. Every single one, Marcy. Every. Single. One.

Marcy:  So no hope of them ever reaching sale.

Cynthia (mooning about):  No hope... no hope...

Marcy: You just have to face the fact that you have couture taste on a Kmart budget.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Marcy's Costume Design For Getting A Head

Cast and crew of Portable Currency's previews of
Getting A Head, a new play by Jeffery Atik

Cynthia:  Woo hoo! Congrats to the cast and crew of Getting A Head (a new play by Jeffery Atik, and presented by our theatre group, Portable Currency) on a fantastic weekend of performances!

Marcy (pouting):  Yeah yeah. So the acting was sensational, the direction was stellar, and the writing was superb. Whatever.

Cynthia:  Why so grumpy?

Marcy:  The costumes were only okay.

Cynthia:  Awwww... I think you did a great job for under $100. And anyway, we only needed to suggest the costumes, not create a literal interpretation.

Marcy (still pouting):  Whatever.

Cynthia:  Oh stop it. Let's look at your highlights. Here we've got a young Queen Victoria as played by the voraciously versatile actor, Olivia Cristina Delgado.

Olivia Cristina Delgado as a young Queen Victoria

Cynthia:  This dress and two petticoats were found at Goodwill. What a score! I thought Queen Vicky's costume would be the most difficult and it was the easiest.

And here we've got Steven Christian Amendola as Charley "Chinese" Gordon (a famous British martyr) and Olivia as a murderous boy, Suleiman.

Steven Christian Amendola as Charley Gordon
Olivia Cristina Delgado as Suleiman

Cynthia: Both are in marching band jackets that I got at Jet Rag in Hollywood. We thought marching band jackets would be more colorful than military jackets.

Marcy:  Also way cheaper.

Cynthia: And here we've got Winston Churchill's mom, Jennie Jerome, played by the always marvelous, Marta Portillo.

Marta Portillo as Jennie Jerome
aka Winston Churchill's mom

Cynthia: She's wearing her own black top and pearls, and I got this navy blue Jessica McClintock skirt at a thrift store for $7.

Marcy (excitedly):  That's Marta from the last play we costumed - Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa. I love Marta. Do you think she'd let me be her kitty?

Cynthia:  She does love cats but -

Marcy races off to pack a bag and head to Marta's.

Cynthia:  Wait! You forgot about Muneeb's suit!

Muneeb Rehman as Zubayr

Cynthia:  Our actor, Muneeb Rehman, found this suit at a thrift store some time ago and was waiting for the perfect time to wear it. Lucky for us it was our play!

Marcy races out the door with a suitcase full of Friskies.

Cynthia:  Marcy! Come back! We're reopening Telenovela Wives of Pancho Villa in two weeks at Theatre Asylum in Hollywood and need to find a Santa hat and a few more costumes...

Marcy runs faster.

by the way, my costume for crazy Dutch explorer, Alexine Tinne (far left)
was culled entirely from my own wardrobe.
And that's the Anthro "snakebite belt"

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Winsome Anna Wiscombe Wooden Products

Wooden Flowers by Anna Wiscombe

Cynthia walks into the office to find Marcy perusing Etsy on the computer.

Cynthia:  Watcha looking for Marcy Cat Cat Cat?

Marcy:  Unique presents for the holidays. I thought we should get a move on it so you don't rush around like a headless chicken like last year.

Cynthia:  I thought you liked dead chickens.

Marcy:  I love dead chickens cooked into a pate. I dislike people who act like headless ones.

Cynthia:  Okay, so this convo is getting gross.

Marcy:  I found something you will go crazy over.

Marcy shows Cynthia an Etsy shop of wooden art by Anna Wiscombe.

Swallow Wall Birds by Anna Wiscombe 

Cynthia:  Gasp! So cute!

Marcy:  I knew this was your thing. In addition to the birds and flowers, Anna Wiscombe also has wreaths and necklaces. All made out of wood and hand crafted in her studio in London.

Wooden Christmas Wreath

Wooden Necklace by Anna Wiscombe

Cynthia (gushing): Ahhhhh.... she creates sweet, quirky wood art in a studio in London? Ahhhhh... so romantic. So idyllic. So whimsical.

Marcy:  The only problem is that I don't see any cats. Only birds.

Cynthia:  Oh who cares, I'm tired of cats. Oh - not you, Marcy! I'd never be tired of you.

Marcy:  Well, I'm tired of humans.

Cynthia:  Then let's just look at Anna Wiscombe's Etsy shop and dream of being an artist creating cute crafts in a quaint quiet studio in London.

Marcy:  Okay, but it sounds cold. I'd rather dream about the Bahamas this time of year.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Marcy's Nine Likes | deux

Tal Peleg, cat eye

Cynthia:  Here we are with our monthly installment of 'Marcy's Nine Likes'.

Marcy:  I thought this was supposed to be weekly.

Cynthia:  We changed it to monthly.

Marcy:  Did I approve of this or have you gone rogue?

Cynthia:  You were on catnip at the time but you thought it was groovy.

Marcy:  I'm sure I meant gravy.

Marcy's Nine Likes

1.  Sweet and discreet: Minimalist tattoos by Seoeon.

2.  Feel like you're flying with this short video of a murmuration of starlings.

3. Really cool, really simple cat shoe DIY.

4. A pretty and delicate chevron necklace that's made in the USA.

5.  They say that 90% of native English speakers can't pronounce this whole poem.  Proof that the English language is pretty stupid.

6.  Sofia Coppola's holiday commercials for the GAP are weird and normal and perfect.

7.  Holiday ballerina dress in edgy colors.

8.  Fascinating video about how our society perceives women's voices.

9.  Makeup artist Tal Peleg creates another cool cat eye plus more!

xo and meow, marcy + cynthia

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Gorgeous Gift Cards At Anthropologie

Cynthia and her Anthropologie gift card
Hello Camera App filters used generously

Cynthia:  Yay! November is my birthday month and I am super excited to have received an Anthropologie gift card. And I have to tell you, it is the most adorable, most thoughtful gift card on the planet.

Take a look at this presentation!

Cynthia: And then, when you open it, voila -

Cynthia:  A cute little booklet! Love it!

Anthropologie doesn't seem to send out our Birthday discounts in the mail anymore which is too bad because they were always as clever and as sweet as this gift card. But, I am happy to see that they are maintaining their quirkiness with the gift cards. It gives me hope that they still understand us longtime original customers.

Maybe someday Anthropologie will decide to go back to their roots instead of following the mass trends and fast fashion of the day.

Marcy (snorting): I doubt it. They've expanded too fast. You quirky librarian types with your penchant for embroidered well made detailed clothing isn't their target market anymore.

Cynthia:  Ah well... I can dream.

Marcy:  Speaking of dreaming, what will you get with your card and 15% discount?

Cynthia (excitedly):  That's the fun part! Should I get this tulle skirt?

Tulle Midi Skirt

Cynthia:  Or this coated denim moto jacket?

AG Coated Denim Moto Jacket

Marcy:  You're going for a biker ballerina look? I don't think that's wise at your age.

Cynthia happily paces the room thinking about how to spend her gift card and ignoring Marcy's wise cracks.

Cynthia:  Or - I could save it for the end of the month for Black Friday sales and get some blouses and sweaters! Or... or... or... I don't know! The possibilities are endless.

Marcy:  Well don't think about it too hard. If your brain blows a gasket who will feed me Friskies?

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Marcy To The Rescue

Artwork by Vivien Wu for sale here

Cynthia:  Marcy and I are so thrilled to announce our very first donation to animal rescue with money we earned from affiliate links on our blog!

Marcy:  Hmpf. It was only $50.

Cynthia:  Hey! That's fantastic! That's what we made and it sure helped out a couple of cats.

Marcy:  Hmpf. I wanted that money to go towards my trip to Paris.

Cynthia:  Oh Marcy.  Look who we helped get out of a bad situation and into a new home!

Lily and Baxter

Cynthia:  That's Lily and Baxter. Word got to our friend, Dylan Kendall, that they were losing their home immediately and were headed to the high kill North Central Shelter in Los Angeles. They wouldn't stand a chance there since they weren't kittens. And, even if they weren't put down, the possibility of this bonded pair staying together was next to nil.

A new home was needed fast, as well as money for transportation and vaccines. Time was of the essence.

Dylan was able to get the cats before they entered the shelter but quickly discovered they were in bad shape and needed vet care too. Lily was way too skinny.

Lily is too skinny

Marcy:  Gasp! That's terrible!

Cynthia:  And Baxter had a painful abscess that needed to be taken care of. Poor Baxter was miserable.

Baxter not feeling well

Marcy (shuddering):   I hate those cones. They should be outlawed.

Cynthia:  Our $50 along with other small donations from sweet Samaritans got them fixed up and spiffy. And being fixed up and spiffy means that a home is way easier to find.

Marcy (anxiously):  And was a home found?

Cynthia:  Yes! And with a family that will take great care of them. A wonderful family that won't forget to feed them or let abscesses fester.

Marcy:  Yay!

Cynthia:  Shall we?

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

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to our wonderful readers who not only don't mind the affiliate links, they click on them to make purchases which in turn goes to save cats!

Cheers to Dylan Kendall for putting in the hard and emotional work to save Baxter and Lily!

Cheers to all the sweet Samaritans who donated a little to create a BIG difference for two cats!

Cynthia:  By the way, one of the reasons I was so frantic about Baxter and Lily was because they reminded me so much of a bonded pair that live in my home - Penelope Kitten and her best bud, Hamlet.

Penelope Kitten and Hamlet

Marcy:  Ugh. Those two.

Cynthia:  Hamlet wants to be on the blog too, you know.

Marcy:  Fine. He can be my unpaid intern. He'll fetch me Friskies, pick up my dry cleaning, and do my social media tasks.

Cynthia:  Uh... unpaid internships are illegal in the United States of America.

Marcy:  Yeah, but not in the United States of Marcy.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Backwards Cardigans

Cardigan: Old Navy (old)
sim in brown here and in many
different colors here

Marcy:  Your sweater is on backwards.

Cynthia:  Yes. It's that way on purpose.

Marcy:  A porpoise told you to do that?

Cynthia:  No.

Marcy:  I don't trust porpoises. They're shifty.

Cynthia:  No, Marcy. A porpoise had nothing to do with this. I've seen so many girls in Los Angeles wear their cardis backwards lately, that I thought I'd give it a try.

Marcy:  See! What'd I tell you?  They're shifty! Those stupid porpoises got a whole city of women to shift their cardis.

Cynthia:  It had nothing to do with porpoises!  I have to say... I love this look. It has a 1950's vibe to it. Plus, I feel somewhat... mischievous! Here are my favorite backward cardi outfits!

Krystal from This Time Tomorrow

source unknown

source unknown

Jen from Jen Loves Kev

Cynthia:  So what do you think, Marcy?  Isn't it a sassy, quirky, stylish, sexy, unexpected look! Except ...

Cynthia starts to frantically scratch at her neckline.

Cynthia (clawing at her neck):  I need to cut out the tags if I'm going to wear this backwards cardi longer than 5 minutes. Grrr.. will you please help me unbutton this thing... Marcy? Help! I can't get out of my cardigan. I can't reach the buttons!! Aaaaarggghhhh... Marcy!

Marcy:  Do I look like I have thumbs?

Cynthia:  Aaaaaargghhhhhh...

Marcy:  So I think we all know the moral of this story.

Marcy calmly swishes her tail as Cynthia hysterically tries to get out of her cardi.

Marcy:  Never trust a porpoise.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

mostly me, by penelope (halloween edition)

penelope kitten (squeaking):

happy halloween! happy halloween! happy halloween!

be sure to please keep your kitties inside tonight.

mean people abound on halloween

and us kitties aren't always safe.

especially us black panthers.

i don't know why.

something about being the familiars of witches.

or evil omens.

but i'm not evil.

i'm cute.

and i'm not familiar with witches.

never met one.

Marcy interrupts.

Marcy:  A familiar is a supernatural evil entity that assists witches - does their dirty work for them. Kind of like a demon alter ego.

penelope kitten:  that's weird.

Marcy:  That's humans for you. Some of them believe all kinds of strange stuff. And since it could cause us severe bodily damage, we'll just lay low until Saturday morning.

penelope kitten:  i'll lay low but i'm going to look fierce while doing it.

Marcy:  Yeah. Real fierce, Penelope, real fierce.

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