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You gotta wear cowboy boots. :)

Say howdy to the Frye Billy Short Boot in Dark Brown Calf Shine. I wore them last night to country line dancing! — my very first time ever — at the Wildhorse Saloon.


Hey, if you’re going to take up country line dancing, there’s no better place to do it than Nashville.

I actually surprised myself by not being completely terrible at it. I thought I picked up the steps pretty quickly. At one point I think I was even teaching a mini class on the dance floor, LOL! One of the dancers around me said, “It’s like you were our spirit animal, and you brought the moves out of us.”

Yup, that’s me. :) Karen, the Country Line Dancing Spirit Animal.

So, about the boots…I didn’t even have to break ‘em in! I wore them with insoles (helloooo, no arches) and a pair of thick Thorlo socks, and my feet were actually comfortable.



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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 291

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Cherry Blossom Tabby

Who is Tabs the Cat?
About seven years ago I befriended a stray, flea-bitten tabby cat with a bad case of worms. I could see he’d fallen on hard times, but his profound knowledge of high fashion and department store cosmetics led me to believe that he was more than meets the eye. We became fast friends, and now he’s actually my boss (and a successful kitty model).

Dear fans and felines,

Today, I give you the gift of Tabs. A wallpaper with which to decorate your desktop, iPhone and/or iPad.

Now you may revel in my Rubenesque feline physique while you surf the Web for cat-themed accessories, YouTube videos and apparel, activities I strongly encourage.

I have made the image available in a variety of sizes to suit today’s most popular electronic devices. Just click and save to your computer.

A Tabs-themed wallpaper is a good first step in fully embracing the complete cat lady lifestyle.

The theme? Spring and the blooming of cherry blossoms in Japan, where I just returned from a business trip to pinpoint possible venues for my first official Japanese cat cafe.

The cat culture in Japan is quite robust but highly competitive now. The days of just hopping in and out of a box and getting famous are long gone. Maru set the bar high. Now there’s merchandising, late night TV and music videos. You have to really want it.

I was severely jet-lagged when I got back to the Bay Area yesterday, which is why I sent my assistant to Nashville this morning on my behalf. Unfortunately, that meant I wouldn’t be able to see Hayden Panettiere tomorrow. We had an interview scheduled in Nashville (totally serious), but my assistant enthusiastically said she would do it (which reminds me, if you have any makeup/beauty questions you’d like my assistant to ask, please leave a comment).



Cherry Blossom Tabby


Cherry Blossom Tabby


Cherry Blossom Tabby



Sights and Sounds of Novato’s Indian Valley Open Space Preserve, April 8, 2014

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Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

I was kind of having a mini-meltdown this morning. I didn’t sleep well at all last night (I’ve started getting into Audible audio books and, anyway, long story), and the neurons just weren’t firing, so after struggling for two hours to string two coherent sentences together, I said, “Screw this! I need a break.”

So I drove a mile down the street to the Indian Valley Open Space Preserve, where I go sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed.

It’s awful perty out there…

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

I was only there for 10 minutes, but dang if those 10 minutes didn’t really help. I recorded this little audio clip with my phone. This is how the preserve sounds…

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

I would love to be able to take Tabs there for walks, but people take their dogs there, too, and I wouldn’t want to risk an off-leash run-in.

It’s so funny… Tabs thinks he’s a tough little lion, but he so could not hang on the preserve at night. We have lots of coyotes here, bobcats, raccoons and possibly black bears and mountain lions.

He’d be like, “Hey, guys, how’s everyone doing?” And they’d be looking at him like a plump snack.

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

I bet the folks in that house up there have a REALLY nice view…

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

A Tabby’s-Eye View of Novato

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It sure was nice and sunny today. Tabs scanned the hills, the awnings and every nook and cranny on the deck this afternoon. He’s convinced, as strange as it sounds, that birds are moving in on his turf, and by moving in, I mean moving in!

I think he thinks that a family of birds is nesting in that hanging planter there down below — the one next to the bird feeder. He was obsessed with that planter all day long.

Luckily, he’s mostly a ground-dwelling cat, perhaps due to his girth, and doesn’t try to jump up on things. He’s content waiting down below like a shark for one of the birds to fly a little too low…

If you know what I mean.




Unfortunately, the neighborhood birds have other plans for my deck gardening this year. So far they’ve destroyed three pots filled with cat grass seedlings and two large planters filled with radishes that had just begun to sprout.

Hmm… Looks like the cat grass is going to be grown indoors this year, and radishes just may be out.




Floral Fireworks

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Happy 4th of April, whee! Let’s pop some fireworks!

Don’t these cool flowers look like a fireworks display? I spotted them at Anthropologie a little earlier today.

They’re real. Not plastic. I don’t know what they are, though…

Speaking of Anthropologie, am I the only person who makes a beeline for the sale section as soon as they walk into the store? I’m always hoping to find something cute there, but alas, no luck today in that department.

I did like this green peplum top, but it wasn’t on sale. I think I’m going to wait and see if it gets marked down.

LOL! I really am my mother’s daughter…

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