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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 337

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Sundays with Tabs the Cat: Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot

Dear Tabby is written by Tabs the cat, widely considered “the world’s first plus-size kitty supermodel.” Founded in mid 2012, it has quickly become the most popular cat advice column on earth — known for its fresh, feline perspective on lifestyle, fashion and style issues affecting cats and humans.

Handling an unwanted gift with grace

Dear Tabby

DEAR TABBY: OK, I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but frankly, I’m lost. Tabby, my assistant — good chap, calm temperament — well, his parents sent over a gift for the office the other day. Yeah, it’s the ugliest cat tower I’ve ever seen.

Very nice gesture, yes, but not only does it seem inappropriate coming from the parents of my employee, but aesthetically it’s — well, it’s just not my style.

Tabby, at your office, have you ever had to deal with anything like this? This is a first for me, and I’m not sure how to proceed.

– Appalled in Appalachia

A little tact goes a long way

A little tact goes a long way

DEAR APPALLED: Funny you mention this because, yes, I have had something very similar happen to me before, but it was a piece of exercise equipment.

I’m very close to my assistant’s parents, and one year they gave me one of those long sticks with the large green ball at the end of the string. You know the ones I’m talking about.

So I’m exercising with it one day, and bam! — the ball smacks me square in the face.

I’m like, is this thing broken? I don’t know, but I got rid of it fast.

The next day my employee asked me where it went, but I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, so I just purred and played dumb.

The truth is, I batted it under the couch.

Tact is a tough concept for a lot of cats, and my collar goes off to you for taking it into consideration. I think this is one of those situations, though, that could easily escalate if it isn’t handled properly.

The problem with a cat tower, of course, is that you can’t just brush it under the rug. Literally. It’s huge. It’s there. So you have to deal with it head on.

You’re going to have to tell your assistant something like, you know, I like the cat tower, but I just can’t have it in the office, and then make something up. Tell her that there’s a clause in the contract you have with your interior decorator that expressly prohibits beige cat towers. That way you protect her feelings while getting rid of the tower at the same time.
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Comment to Win a $50 eGift Card From Sephora! (Ends Monday)

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Win a $50 Sephora e-card from Makeup and Beauty Blog

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Good morning, good morning!

I hope you’re having a nice morning so far, and if it hasn’t been all that, maybe a cup of tea will help. I have one last bag of Trader Joe’s Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea, and you can have it if you want. Or I can make you something else. Chocolate macadamia nut coffee, or some spiced chai? Just let me know.

With all of these drinks in the house, I could open up a cat cafe of my own. With one cat!

Now that you’re here and kind of relaxed (hopefully), take a second to please enter this weekend’s Sephora e-card giveaway. All it takes is a comment and a smile. :)

I hope you’re up to something fun today. I’m heading to my friend’s house for brunch a little later this morning, and I’m very excited because she’s a gifted cook. Like, she has the gift. Sometimes when you eat her food, you want to cry.

Sometimes you also want to cry when you eat my food, but for completely different reasons. Haha.

Good luck in the giveaway. I’ll talk to you soon.

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What’s the Craziest, Most Outrageous Look You’ve Ever Done With Your Makeup?

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Disco Diva Flashback

It’s probably not crazy compared to those transformative looks people do where they turn themselves into mountain lions or green aliens from two galaxies away, but for me it was pretty crazy.

A few years ago I did a Halloween look — I think I was supposed to be a disco diva — with sparkly eyes and super shiny lips.

Disco Diva Flashback

It was A LOT of look.

But it was made extra cray by the fact that the day I did it, I had painters coming over to paint my kitchen, and so it was me, these two gruff dudes and, like, all this glitter and crazy lipgloss, and I was wearing a black sequined capri-length jumpsuit.

I looked completely insane, and the entire time I’m trying to be cool. I’m like, “Please leave the ceiling color. We’re very happy with that,” and “No need to paint the trim. If you could please just paint the room that flat matte.”

Disco Diva Flashback

But the whole time I’m dressed like this disco diva crazy person. :)

How about you? What’s the craziest, most outrageous look you’ve ever done with your makeup?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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What Are You Wearing on Your Nails?

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Messy reverse french braid

I’m wearing Julep Nail Color in Bette ($14), a bright, creamy purple.

I was kinda hoping it would turn out to be a slightly darker, slightler more red dupe for Tom Ford African Violet, my numero uno purple polish love, but alas… Not quite.

Almost, though. I still like it.

How about poo, bear? What are you wearing on your nails right meow?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Guess who’s workin’ in the dark ages today? Yep, mah Internets are down! I have Comcast out here, and it went offline early this morning, so I’m using my iPhone and a little side keyboard to type.

I’m also realizing that this might be a good opportunity to finish the tabby command center.

Actually…it’s done! :) His royal highness has even completed his initial walkthrough, and we’ve passed all of the official government inspections, so things are looking good.

A Sweet Way to Display Your Perfumes: Use a Cake Stand

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Last weekend, in a fit of cleaning/organizational inspiration, I repurposed these old cake stands from Pier 1 by turning them into an improv perfume display for my dresser.

I placed the shorter perfume bottles on the bottom, and the taller ones on the top. Then, to make it a little more “me,” I added hula dancer Curious George and a piece of coral. :)

You could do this same cake stand idea with all kinds of things at home — hair products, body lotions, skin care products, makeup — whatever your sweet heart desires.

If you have any cute storage ideas, let me know! Also, please send pics (or links to pics). Inquiring storage-addicted minds want to know.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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