Maybe we’re slightly cat obsessed (see: cat-of-the-day desk calender and Instagram feeds), but we aren’t the only ones. Cat-inspired pieces have been popping up everywhere these days – even Karl Lagerfeld got a kitten named Choupette.
Here are a few items we found particularly purr-fect.
For their Spring 2012 collection, Paul & Joe Beaute released Meow!, which consists of the Collection Sparkles and Kitten Collection. They describe Meow! as “a ‘cat-astic’ collection of colours, textures, and tones influenced by the legendary, iconic ‘sex-kitten’ of French cinema and beloved, whimsical feline prints cherished by Paul & Joe creator and designer Sophie Albou.” You can find Paul & Joe Beauty at Jacob & Sebastian on Queen West and various online retailers like ASOS.
We won’t get Target in Toronto in time for the Jason Wu for Target collection, but if you’re up for a road trip to Buffalo (see tomorrow’s post) you can snag some pieces from the collection this spring. Despite the onslaught of recent designer collabs, we love the flirty dresses, tailored skirts and, of course, feline details. Not to mention all pieces are easy on our wallets. In stores on February 5.
Lara Vincent, the mistress of millinery, has broadened her offerings from flower wreaths to bewitching kitten ears. This patent leather and suede beauty adds an extra “meow” to the simplest of outfits. Cat ears aren’t just for Halloween anymore, ya heard? Available online, $100.
Each year, Toronto’s own Fieldguided puts out a Dreamcats calendar. Inspired by the Dreamcats Tumblr, this beautifully designed screenprint is guaranteed to bring a smile even in the depths of winter. Best news? The calendar is currently on sale in their Etsy shop – $20, marked down from $30. Get ’em while they’re hot.
Natalie is our newest addition on the fourth floor, and we couldn’t be happier to have found her. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2007, with an honours degree in Media, Information & Technoculture, a minor in Comparative Literature and a Certificate in Writing.
She got her first kick at PR when she landed an internship with the Canadian Opera Company. She worked at Alliance Films for nearly three years, and from there, landed a contract doing unit publicity with Battle of the Blades, where she got to hang with Ekaterina Gordeeva, making her childhood dreams come true. A serious pedigree to have on our team – welcome, Natalie!
How long have you been part of the team?
About two months.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Sleeping in. I don’t do this very often, but I relish the days when I can lay in bed (guilt free) well into the afternoon.
What do you love most about living in Toronto?
Biking! I love living in a city with such a thriving bike culture. I’m way too much of a wimp to bike in the winter, but as soon as the city thaws, Rupert (my trusty steed) and I are inseparable. Toronto becomes a lot smaller and easier to discover when you can map out your own route.
Best gift you’ve ever received?
Last year for my birthday, my boyfriend gave me a custom-made Lara Vincent headpiece. Made of black & cream suede flowers, it is absolutely stunning. It’s the first thing I’d grab from my apartment in a fire (other than my boyfriend).
Best part about being a publicist?
No two days are ever the same.
A little more from the fourth floor:
Website: www.apartment803.com Designer: Samantha Pleet, Proenza Schouler, Calla Haynes, Rodarte, Lover, Vanessa Bruno… I’ll just stop now. Store: Robber, Rac Boutique, LAB, Jonathan + Olivia. Book: The Harry Potter series. Snack: Apples or dark chocolate. Season: Fall for the clothes, summer for the fun. Sexy: Boys with beards. Inspiration: Sally Singer. Drink: Coconut Bongo tea Motto in two words: Namaste (keep that extra word and buy yourself something pretty).
To note: one of Nat’s favourite things to do is to have friends over to try out new recipes, ingredients and cuisines. Her current favourite cookbooks are The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser and Momofuku by David Chang. She points out “I’ll be testing out his pork bun recipe soon, if anyone wants to come over!”