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.

Silence.

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!






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.




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









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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.


Friday, August 8, 2014

It's World Cat Day




Cynthia:  Hey, Marcy! Happy World Cat Day. 

Marcy:  Merci.

Cynthia:  I bet you don't know how to say cat in French.

Marcy rolls her eyes.

Marcy:  Chat. Chaton. Minou.

Cynthia:  How about in Bulgarian?

Marcy:  Kotka.

Cynthia:  Arabic?

Marcy:  Kitte.

Cynthia:  Vietnamese?

Marcy:  Meo.

Cynthia:  Eskimo?

Marcy:  Pussi.

Cynthia:  Egyptian?

Marcy:  M'iw. Kut.

Cynthia:  Japanese?

Marcy:  Neko.

Cynthia:  Oh and my favorite. Hawaiian?

Marcy:  Popoki.

Cynthia:  Popoki. I want to say it over and over. Popoki. I know! Let's get another cat and name him Popoki!

Marcy:  Yeah if you want me to popoki out your eyeball.

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

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to the cats and cat lovers all over the world! 

                                           
                               Happy World Cat Day!



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*More ways to say "cat" in other languages after the jump break.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Life As A Carrot


Photo by Sara Cozolino Photography (with my own iPhone filter added).

Cynthia happily bounces around the house waving vegetables in the air.

Cynthia:  In my quest to stave off prediabetes, one step I've taken is adding more vegetables to my snacks. And ya know what?

Marcy:  No.

Cynthia (excitedly):  It's surprisingly easy! One of my tricks is to replace carrots and cucumbers for crackers.

Chalk Art Street Art by David Zinn


Marcy:  Don't lie. You still eat crackers. I see you.

Cynthia:  Yes but instead of say... fifteen... Triscuits, I'll only have the serving size of six. Then I put some cheese on cucumbers or dip some carrots into hummus or that yummy bleu cheese pecan dip from Trader Joe's, and ... voila... a healthy snack that isn't crazy out of control with carbs. And it still has the satisfying crunch of crackers. And very importantly, I do not feel as though I am depriving myself.


by Haley Sunraes


Marcy:  You're going to turn orange.

Cynthia (very seriously):  Yes, it is a concern. I once knew a guy who literally WAS orange because he ate so many carrots. I think he was addicted to carrot smoothies. It was extremely strange.

Cynthia and Marcy consider this thoughtfully for a moment.

Cynthia (brightly):  So. In order not to turn orange, I am going to mix up my carrot consumption with more crunchy veggies like celery, bell peppers, radishes, romaine lettuce, and... more cucumbers.

I have to say that sugar really does affect me adversely. In the one week that I have cut back on sweets and refined sugar, and limiting (but not eliminating) my carb intake on whole grain wheat, I find I am more energetic and my brain is not foggy.

Cynthia jogs in place and fist bumps the air with a bunch of carrots.

Cynthia:  Am I going to defy diabetes, Alzheimer's, and ultimately... death? What do you think, Marcy?

Marcy:  That this is the most boring post you've ever written. Where's the drama? Where's the humor? And more importantly...Where's the meat?




*If you are a human you might also like:

My Life As A Leafy Green Vegetable 

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Captivating Catwoman




Cynthia:  You know, I was never a Batman person. I fell in love with Christopher Reeve as Superman and that was all my heart had room for.

Marcy:  How selfish.

Cynthia:  Well, I was thirteen. And human teenagers have a laser focus at that age. Superman was "it".

Marcy:  For someone who dresses as a cat on occasion, shouldn't you be crazy for Catwoman?

Cynthia:  Strangely, no. And I never thought the actors playing her in the blockbuster movies were all that intriguing either. But this poster caught my eye and I find it very intriguing. It's for the TV show, Gotham, which is coming out this fall. It's a prequel of sorts to Batman. Catwoman is a teenager.

The poster strikes me as moody and thoughtful and containing immense depth. The opposite of a shallow comic book movie. I also like how it doesn't hit you over the head that this is Catwoman. Rather than have her in the typical catsuit, her goggles suggest cat ears. And in the photo below, the buildings behind her form the cat ears.




Cynthia:  This is so cool. I can't wait for the show.

Marcy:  Wow. Hollywood hooked you.

Cynthia:  Well, it is what they're best at. I so hope the show lives up to its hype and that Catwoman is as intriguing as her poster suggests.

Marcy:  Catwoman would be even more intriguing if she was pictured with a certain white cat with a mysterious black eye patch.

Cynthia:  Really, now?

Marcy:  Of course. That grey cat they've got is obviously NOT a method actor. She probably cries if her toenail polish gets chipped. Now I, Marcy Cat, would be like Pacino or Brando and be in homicidal mode from the moment they say action until the moment they say cut. And beyond even. I'm sure I'll win an Emmy.

Cynthia:  Or a restraining order.



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