Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Outfit of the Day: Warm Watercolors in Autumn Explosion!

This is another outfit a bit out of order on the blog, but here it is anyway... 

I wore this outfit for another weekend day of errands a few weeks ago. On this day Tim and I went to Michael's for craft supplies, Petco for cat food, Tuesday Morning to check it out, and then off to lunch at Panera Bread.

Outfit of the Day:
For this day, realizing how quickly autumn seems to be passing by, I decided to amp up my autumn wardrobe and wore one of my favorite autumn dresses, my Trashy Diva Doris dress in Warm Watercolors. I paired this with maroon tights, brown herringbone flats from the Gap Outlet, a mustard colored cropped cardigan by MAK from Modcloth, and a brown fedora which I got from T.J. Maxx.

Trashy Diva Doris Dress in Warm Watercolors- Front View

Trashy Diva Doris Dress in Warm Watercolors- Front View

Trashy Diva Doris Dress in Warm Watercolors- Side View

Trashy Diva Doris Dress in Warm Watercolors- Front View

Trashy Diva Doris Dress in Warm Watercolors- Front View

Trashy Diva Doris Dress in Warm Watercolors- Side View

While this isn't my Thanksgiving day dress, I'm happy I got to get this post out right before Thanksgiving! For those of you in the States I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and for those of you participating in sales, I hope you all have a great and productive Black Friday! :D

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Outfit of the Day: Crepe Myrtle for Any Occasion

This post is now super out of order (as you can tell from the Halloween decorations I have up in the pics) but here it is anyway.  

Outfit of the Day:
On this weekend Tim and I enjoyed a relatively quiet weekend at home but we did end up leaving the house for a bit to run some errands. To do some quick errands I threw on one of my favorite go-to dresses, my Trashy Diva Ashley dress in Crepe Myrtle. I paired this with a green cropped cardigan by MAK which I got from Modcloth and some black flats.

Trashy Diva Ashley dress in Crepe Myrtle print- Front View

Trashy Diva Ashley dress in Crepe Myrtle print- Front View

Trashy Diva Ashley dress in Crepe Myrtle print- Side View

Trashy Diva Ashley dress in Crepe Myrtle print- Front View

Trashy Diva Ashley dress in Crepe Myrtle print- Front View

Trashy Diva Ashley dress in Crepe Myrtle print- Side View

Monday, November 23, 2015

Outfit of the Day: Autumn Flavored Cat Print For a Cat Filled Day!

So the weekend before last was one filled with lots of mixed emotions.

On Sunday Tim and I started the day by going to the Internet Cat Video Festival in San Jose. It was a completely packed theater but we were glad to be sitting inside an actual theater and not watching it outside as I've heard some other cat video festivals do it. The festival was a lot of fun. One hour full of internet cat videos. Some really silly, some really funny, and some a little more serious. I mainly was interested in the slice of life videos that caught cats doing crazy and funny things, but some of the videos were more put together like actual movies with actual stories. There were even some animated short movies shown. Overall, it was a lot of fun and I would definitely go back again next year if I can!

After the cat video festival Tim and I went out to lunch. I picked a nearby New Orleans style restaurant, Poor House Bistro. The food was pretty good. I ordered beignets and a muffaletta (a salami and ham sandwich with lots of olives), and Tim ordered the sampler platter which came with gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and corn bread. We were surprised to see the place was so hopping! They had a zydeco band set up and playing just outside in the seating area out there. Overall they did a great job with the ambiance of the place. It felt just like being in New Orleans!

The next stop was the Dancing Cat cat cafe, our real reason for leaving the house that day! You can see my post on our last day at the Dancing Cat here.

Outfit of the Day:
For this day's activities I knew I had to wear another cat related outfit. I knew just the piece! I got this skirt by Retrolicious for my birthday with a gift certificate for Modcloth from my friend. It's one of the best cat prints ever... kitties and books, oh my! The hues on this are so autumn so I knew it would be the perfect one to wear this autumn weekend before the winter comes in full force. I paired this skirt with a black knit sweater top by Kling which I also got from Modcloth last year. To stay warm I also paired this with black tights and a red cardigan which I got a couple years back from Nordstrom Rack. I picked some red flats by Ecco to wear this with it. I finally found my perfect red flats! I found these on ebay after years of searching for just this pair!

Fun For the Books Skirt by Retrolicious, Modcloth- Front View

Fun For the Books Skirt by Retrolicious, Modcloth- Front View

Fun For the Books Skirt by Retrolicious, Modcloth- Side View

Fun For the Books Skirt by Retrolicious, Modcloth- Front View

Fun For the Books Skirt by Retrolicious, Modcloth- Front View

Fun For the Books Skirt by Retrolicious, Modcloth- Side View

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Farewell Dancing Cat- You Will Be Missed!

Last weekend was the final weekend for the Dancing Cat cat cafe.

Tim and I went on Sunday to say farewell and to see this place, and the cats, one final time. It was hustling and bustling with lots of visitors that day as it was the last day they were going to be open. The Dancing Cat always was set up as a temporary pop up cat cafe and actually ended up staying open several months longer than they expected, but even knowing they were not going to be around for long, it was still awfully sad to see them go!

Because they were a lot busier than usual, I think the cats were especially tired that day. It was great to see though that most all of the cats there found placement in permanent homes and were just awaiting their next move. The Dancing Cat did such an amazing job while they were open! In fact, in their short time there they found loving permanent homes for 48 cats! :D :D :D

My heart was so sad though to see that while an amazing 48 cats found forever homes there were two beautiful great cats that did not, two cats that have been there every time we went to visit, Blanche and Dixie. I asked about what will happen to these two kitties. They will go back to the shelter they came from, Town Cats, a local no-kill shelter. I went to Town Cats' website and learned that Dixie and Blanche are both at the Petsmart in San Jose on Curtner Ave. where they can be seen by potential families to adopt them. I hope they will find forever homes soon. They were always so gentle, loving, and playful cats every time we saw them. I ask Tim every day if we can go get them but he thinks four cats in our small house will be too much. I keep asking but in the mean time, I hope they will find good homes soon.

Welcome back to the Dancing Cat!

Where the couch is full of sleeping kitties

And there are even kitties on the walls

Dixie is snoozing away

Blanche is being zen

Oreo, the man with the mustache

Bonnie in the back hanging out

Blanche striking a pose

Oreo being inquisitive

Blanche is laying low checking things out

Everyone getting some snooze time

Dixie says, "What's that!" when a group of 5pm appointment people show up

I don't think she likes it

But she quickly settles back into her sleep

Oreo, being bad... No, just being a cat!

The emergence of Gaston

Gaston, one debonair man

Gaston and Blanche

Bonnie playing

Farewell Dancing Cat- what a great job you did! You will be missed!

I'm so happy I was able to visit this wonderful cat place and get to know the kitties there and the lovely ladies that made this all happen. I wish everyone, human and kitty, lots of luck with what the future holds!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Vacation Slideshow: Halloween in New Orleans, Part 4

Hello Kittens!

Well here is my last post on Vacation Slideshow: Halloween in New Orleans. I hope you've enjoyed the read and the pictures!

Day 6 (Monday):

The Monday after Halloween was our last full day in New Orleans. We had planned on spending the day doing a bike tour of the city followed by a kayaking tour on the Bayou St. John, though, like I had mentioned in my last post, Tim and I were both sick with colds by the time Sunday and Monday rolled around so I cancelled our bike and kayak tour and instead we spent the morning wandering around the Garden District.

The Garden District has always held a lot of mystery to me after years and years of reading Anne Rice's books set in this neighborhood so it was a nice treat to actually spend some time here wandering around and getting oriented on some of the more noteworthy houses.

Our first stop in the Garden District was the Lafayette cemetery which is right within the Garden District, located between houses and right across the street from the restaurant, Commander's Palace. Tim in particular wanted to check out at least one of the cemeteries in New Orleans since they are so different from the ones we get back home. Because New Orleans stand below the water table the deceased are buried above ground in crypts and mausoleums.

After the cemetery we made our own walking tour of the Garden District stopping at all the famous houses which interested us.

The first house we came to was the Benjamin Button house. This house was in the film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It's been a few years since I've seen the move so I didn't recognize it myself. I may have to watch the movie again to see if I notice it in the film!

The second house we came upon was Sandra Bullock's house!

I didn't really knock but I was curious to know if she was home. ;)

Along our walk, we ran into these cute animal foot prints in the sidewalk.

The next stop was Trent Rezor's (of Nine Inch Nails) old house. I heard this was where he had his studios for Nothing Records too. It is said to now be John Goodman's current house.

And just right around the corner....
Anne Rice's old house on First Street! <3

It is said that this house was the inspiration for the Garden District Mayfair house in her Mayfair witches' series.

We took a bit of a detour here. I'm not sure if these houses are considered within the Garden District but very nearby on St. Charles' street is this house which is said to be the home Anne Rice lived in when she was 14 years old

And across and down the street a bit is this house which is said to be Anne Rice's childhood home!

The last house we went to was this house featured in the third season of the TV series, American Horror Story. If you know the show you may recognize this house as Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies.

After touring through the Garden District we headed over to nearby Magazine street where we made a quick stop at Trashy Diva on Magazine St., had lunch a Juan's Flying burrito a couple shops down, and enjoyed the afternoon walking along the street and doing a little bit of window shopping.

Trashy Diva, Magazine St

We then took the streetcar to the French Quarter. For our final night, we had dinner at K-Paul's (the late chef Paul Prudhomme's restaurant). The food was exceptional, especially the buffalo frogs' legs. After dinner we went on a ghost tour and then stopped by the Carousel bar at the haunted Hotel Monteleone. 

One of the houses used in the film Interview With A Vampire

Through the windows of a gas lamp store

Hotel Monteleone

In side the main lobby of the Hotel Monteleone

The Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone... it really does turn as you're sitting around it!

Final look back at our Bed and Breakfast at the Garden District

Outfit of the Day:
(pictured above) For this day, our final day in New Orleans, I had to go with my Trashy Diva Annette dress in French Quarter print. I figured that would be the perfect dress for our send off to this beautiful city.