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I’m back from the parade and feeling much better. It helped to walk around outside, get some sun and see happy people and kids, and oh! — animals.

Yeah, seeing animals always does wonders for my soul. Any day you see a pet pig wearing Mardi Gras beads in a stroller can’t be too bad, you know?

(It made me feel like less of a crazy cat lady for wanting to get Tabs a stroller so we can cruise the mall.)

Team Canine was definitely in the house! There were lots of dogs, and many of them were dressed up for the occasion.

This girl was my favorite.

See the crossed paws action? :)

FLAWLESS. She has “International Doggy Supermodel” written all over her.

Quite a few horses out and about, too. They were dressed for the occasion in glitter, bows, body paint and stars.

Yup, it’s official. If I ever have a horse, I’m dressing her up in sparkles and bows on the regular.

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Iced Tea, Texture and Fried Treats at Sol Food Restaurant in San Rafael

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I think I’m so used to El Hub and my family not even blinking an eye anymore when I whip out my camera to take pictures of food that I forget it’s kind of weird.

Last Sunday I was craving Puerto Rican food, so we drove down to Sol Food in San Rafael, one of my favorite restaurants when I want something upbeat, tasty and lively.

When we go, we usually eat outside on their back patio, but it was packed that day, so we grabbed a couple spots on their small counter pressed up against a wall.

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The walls are painted bright colors and have lots of neat textures, like old doors, fastened to them.

I’d never noticed the doors hanging on the walls before because I’m usually entranced by the old pictures, but this time I took a ton of pics with my camera of the walls and, of course, my food.

I was clicking away, oblivious of time, when I noticed a woman sitting next to us at the counter looking at me funny. El Hub said, “She does this all the time,” referring to me and my picture taking. “ALL THE TIME.”

Hahaha!

The lady, Dottie, was very nice. “That’s a little weird,” she said.

“Yeah, it is!” I agreed. “I always take pictures of my food. It’s kind of my thing.”

Dottie was a blast. Hey, Dottie! :) Even though I’m pretty sure she isn’t reading this, whatev.

She said she was 65 years old, but she didn’t look anywhere near that. Of course I had to ask her for her secret. She said, “healthy living, and an ‘I don’t give a sh*t attitude.’”

Who knew?!

I ordered large quantities of fried food because my PMS was/is in overdrive. I had a niño pobre — breaded fried prawns on toasted french bread with lettuce, tomato and cilantro lime mayo — and mariquitas, which are sliced, fried green plantains. And an orange mango iced tea.

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Yeah, my tummy just rumbled. :)

The 2014 Italian Street Painting Festival in San Rafael, California

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Did you ever draw on the sidewalk with chalk when you were a kid? I remember doing that a lot… Sometimes we’d use real chalk when we were lucky enough to have some, and sometimes we’d also use these white rocks we’d just find on the ground around the neighborhood.

Chalk rocks, we called them.

Yeah, I was never as good at street art as these folks here…

Behold the marvelous madonnari of Marin County!

Last weekend El Hub and I went to an Italian Street Painting festival in the town of San Rafael. Basically, the town closed off a section of street, and then a bunch of madonnari, which is Italian for “street painters,” created works of art right there on the asphalt with chalk.

All of the works were somehow themed around the 1940s, with some of them more lighthearted than others, but there were lots of different styles and subjects represented.

It was very cool watching the artists work, and I actually saw a couple things that reminded me of applying eyeshadow.

One girl cracked a big piece of chalk into smaller pieces she then sprinkled over a section of what looked like her subject’s leg, and then worked the smaller pieces together with her hands to create a wash of color.

Totally reminded me of messily applying liner on the lids and then smoothing it out with a buffing brush.

One of my favorite works was the one of Vivian Leigh from Gone With the Wind (there’s a pic down below). It almost looked like a photograph. The blues and greens in her eyes were so beautiful…

Oh, incidentally, while I was there I also had my first Rainbow Popsicle in about 20 years! :)

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So, what happened to the paintings after they were done? I’m not sure, but I spoke with someone later that day who said that they’re all just washed away…

They’re photographed extensively, and there’s a raffle and donations to raise money for different causes and charities, but yup. Pretty soon they’re gone.

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 302

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A Tabs the Cat Comic, Surely You Jest, Part 1

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Sponsored by Purina Pro Plan Cat

Kitty supermodel, media mogul, former professional athlete — Tabs wears many hats.

One might think that with his complete and total domination of so many categories, the public would tire of Tabs, but in fact we see the opposite effect.

His fans are always hungry for more (much like Tabs himself when it comes to gravy).

The other day he sat down with US Weekly (the celebrity cat edition) for a special exposé article. Here’s a preview of the piece if you don’t subscribe to the magazine, followed by Tabs’ latest media venture, part 1 of a new graphic novel titled Surely You Jest.

Hope you enjoy. :)

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Tabs

  1. As you know, Tabs likes to wear a lot of bling, even though he already has built-in bracelets and necklaces on his patterned tabby fur. But he’s particularly fond of Kate Spade and Tiffany for day-to-day wear, and for red carpet, Chanel and vintage estate jewelry.
  2. He was offered the part of Buttercup in the Hunger Games, but he turned it down due to a scheduling conflict.
  3. He has several Formula 1 racing championships under his belt.
  4. He owns a summer home on Lake Como in Italy next door to George Clooney.
  5. He was the best man at Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan’s wedding.
  6. He does all of his own stunts.
  7. He’s fluent in several languages, including Tagalog, Hawaiian Pidgin, French, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin.
  8. He’s hosted Saturday Night Live more than any other cat.
  9. He has a thing for fancy candles.
  10. He loves wheat bread.

And now, it’s comic time! Look for part 2′s thrilling conclusion next week… :)

Surely You Jest, Part 1: A Tabs the Cat Graphic Novel

A Tabs the Cat Comic, Surely You Jest, Part 1

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

Cat Lady Accessories: The Simple Tabby Cat Pin

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Behold, my new favorite accessory!

It was a gift from my brother and his girlfriend (looks like they know me well).

The nails are MAC Rebel and the purse is Kate Spade.

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Clearly, the world needs more accessories with husky tabbies on them. :)

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