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“Hello,” the sales associate said as Tabs entered the store. “Can I help you find something?”

“Meow…” Tabs replied, a little unsure. The sales associate smiled expectantly. Tabs knew that he wanted something to brighten his fur, but these stores were always so overwhelming to him. So many rows and rows and aisles and stacks of products taller than him. He didn’t know where to start.

The associate nodded. Tabs, as if on auto-pilot, moved deeper into the store, pulled by an unseen force. Fur brighteners, fur brighteners, fur brighteners, he reminded himself, trying to stay focussed.

Around him were dozens of displays with sparkling glass vials, vibrant posters and trays filled with pigmented products. A mix of perfumes filled the air.

Cats and cat ladies walked up and down the aisles, exploring the many treasures. Many chatted with sales associates. “This one is great for soft paws,” he overheard one of the associates say. She was standing beside a husky Russian Blue Tabs recognized from his neighborhood.

Tabs stopped in front of a display placed at cat eye level. New Urban Decay Fabulous Feline Fur Brightener! it read. “Meow,” he purr-chirped. Yes!

The display showed that it was available in eight colors. He saw Orange Tabby, Siamese, Tortie, and yes! Tabby too!

He pawed at the small boxes, looking for the shade, but there were none to be found. Shoot, he thought, I think they’re out.

“Meow?” he asked the nearest sales associate.

“Let me check,” she said, heading behind the counter. “Yeah, those have been really popular lately. It’s weird, a seal-point Ragdoll came in yesterday and purchased all of the ones in the Tabby shade we had in stock.”

Choupette! Tabs immediately thought. That cat was always trying to sabotage him.

“I’m sorry,” the sales associate said, “it looks like we’re completely out, but I can order one for you if you’d like.”

“Meow-rrow,” Tabs said. Yes, please. That would be great. There had to be a reason Choupette didn’t want Tabs to get his paws on that shade. A good reason, indeed.


Rise and shine, morning glory. πŸ™‚ Happy caturday!

Did you do anything fun last night? We pretty much took it easy out here, buuut I did see kittens.

Yup, after dinner we stopped by a local shopping center (I needed ice cream), and the pet food store there had three black and white kitten siblings up for adoption.

I seriously considered bringing all three of them home…

In other news, we watched a fantastic WWII miniseries this week on Netflix called Generation War. It’s from the German perspective (English subtitles), which we don’t see a lot out here, about a group of five young friends and what happens to them during the war. Highly recommended.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope it’s grand. I’ll talk to you soon.

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  1. Agata says:

    Good morning Karen. hello from my work desk.I am a little zombie today, I have been working since 4:30 am, my eyes look really tired, I need a lot of concealer today!
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  2. Anne G. says:

    The shortest hair i had was pixie hair (as in really short) πŸ˜‰
    Perfect for summer, but horrible when it was winter..

    After a few years I grew my hair till a nice half long bob lenght.. Love my hair style now ^_^

  3. Kristen S says:

    My favorite store to visit is J.Crew because I love seeing what’s new and checking out the amazing sale section! (J.Crew has the best sales of any store I shop in)

  4. Ashleigh says:

    My hair has always been long, I think the shortest was my childhood bob!
    What’s something a lot of people don’t know about you?
    I know a lot of the Latin names of common plants thanks to a botany course in undergrad. πŸ™‚

  5. Jill Ramoly says:

    Good Morning! I’ve been enjoying your tutorials for some new summer makeup ideas! πŸ™‚

  6. Laura says:

    One of my favorite stores is Bath Junkie.

  7. Solangel says:

    A store I enjoy…Sephora, of course!

  8. Brittany says:

    I was born and raised north of Pittsburgh in the middle of nowhere. I’m still here lol

  9. Miki says:

    I’ve never cut my hair shorter than my shoulders!
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  10. Jennifer Pham says:

    I’ve cut my hair 2 inches past my ear before — I loved it! But it was more work to take care of than I’d like (hair that short sticks out in funny ways when you sleep on it)

  11. Susan b says:

    Just got my haircut. Except the stylist accidentally took 6 inch off instead of 2 like I had requested. Doh!

  12. Jessica Pamphile says:

    I had a mohawk πŸ™‚

  13. Vanessa F says:

    I’ve had the same job for six years. Longest yet!

  14. Janet A says:

    Just cut all my hair off into a pixie – love it!

  15. serina says:

    hey karen! hope youre having a good weekend so far! i am a recovering shopping addict (i use the word “recovering” lightly) but i found this facebook game called mall world that i’ve been addicted to because it’s like shopping but not really because its virtual haha but the clothes are modeled after runway fashions in real life so thats pretty cool!

  16. Kelsey says:

    Also from the Pittsburgh area! ☺️

  17. Mary says:

    The shortest my hair has ever been is just above my shoulders. Any shorter and I would look like crazy. I’m a Super Curly Girl πŸ™‚

  18. Yes! Charades, Twister, I love party games πŸ™‚
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  19. Colleen Boudreau says:

    I always enjoy visiting Sephora of course!

  20. Tracy says:

    What’s the longest you’ve ever held the same job?
    Current job – 11 yrs.

  21. Aida says:

    I was born and have lived most of my life in Romania, Europe.

  22. Aida says:

    Is it just me, or has the “pint it” button been missing for the past two weeks?

  23. Cassidy says:

    Lush and Sephora are stores I cannot stay away from

  24. Heather says:

    A store that I always visit? It’s Barnes & Noble!! I just can’t pass up a good (or bad) book.

  25. Terri says:

    I had a short haircut when I was much younger. As soon as I could have a say in my hair, I’ve kept it on the longer side (at least to my shoulders).

  26. Monica says:

    I always enjoy visiting sephora πŸ˜‰

  27. I always love going into TJMaxx, always manage to find something I love.

  28. Meg says:

    I had the same job for 11 years, and I hated it!!
    Meg recently posted … MAC Copperthorn Fluidline from the Moody Blooms Collection

  29. Michelle says:

    I used to have Twister in the ’90s! It was the Beverly Hills 90210 edition

  30. Bianca Rogoveanu says:

    I was born and raised in Romania !

  31. Tiffanie says:

    I used to have really short hair but now it’s at my chin, which is long for me.

  32. Megan says:

    Born and raised in Pennsylvania.

  33. Andrea Amy says:

    I was born and raised (and still currently reside) in Calgary Alberta Canada. My very favourite store to visit it Chapters/Indigo. I love books, and can hang out there all day.

  34. Vivella Zapparoli says:

    Wish we had a Sephora here, I live in Cape Town, South Africa. We do get most of the brands like Mac, Chanel, YSL, Clarins, Smashbox etc but sadly no Hourglass, no Nars and no Urban Decay! Have a lovely weekend Karen.

  35. Hui Zhang says:

    My favorite store to visit is TJMaxx, and also I always enjoy visiting Sephora.

  36. Icequeen81 says:

    Still sleepy, I guess the whole Malaysia airline thing has made me

    I store I love to go, I guess any drugstore, and place want to go visit the dogs and cats shelters, love to bring what I can or just visit the dogs there.

  37. Nicole says:

    Sephora and Ulta!!! =D

  38. Rachel says:

    There is a wild turkey running around in my yard today! He was in the front yard at 8am when I left for work and in the back yard when I got home at 1pm! And I live in the middle of a not-tiny city – what the heck?!?! He’s cute though, as far as turkeys go!! πŸ˜‰

  39. Tricia says:

    Love to crochet

  40. Melissa says:

    I love shopping at Sephora!

  41. Cindy says:

    The longest I ever held the same job was for almost 6 years. I’m in the advertising biz and that’s considered a LONG time!

  42. Kaitlyn says:

    The shortest I ever had my hair is neck length, which is what it is now. I though I’d love it but honestly.. it’s been 3 months and I still hate it. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wish I hadn’t cut it, but my long hair was so damaged, it had to be done!

  43. susan says:

    I’ve had a short bob when I donated it. I love it for summer when it is so hot!

  44. Rachel R, says:

    I always enjoy shopping at Sephora. The colors…*sigh*.

  45. Vanessa says:

    I’ve been at my current job for 3 years.

  46. I was born in Honolulu Hawaii but only lived there six months. I’ve moved over 22 times in my life but have lived in Illinois for 9 years now.

  47. Chris says:

    I am still on the search for my Holy Grail eye cream. Any ideas?

  48. Betsy says:

    I would have to say my favorite “store” is Amazon. They are open 24 hours a day and they have EVERYTHING!

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

  49. Priscilla S. says:

    I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA.

  50. Alix says:

    In college my hair was so short it was practically razored.

    Been with my current company 13 years, wow!

    ALWAYS love going to Sephora! And oddly enough, I never mind browsing around Whole Foods, either.

  51. Lisa Brown says:

    I love sushi πŸ™‚

  52. Andrea says:

    I need to go to Sephora to return something… What should I get instead??

  53. I can never get tired of visiting Sephora and Nordstrom!

  54. Midaa H. says:

    I was born and raised in Detroit, MI.

  55. shana says:

    Shortest I’ve ever had my hair – Well about two months ago I got it cut from all the way down my back to up to my chin! Over a foot of hair they cut off lol. Now I’m growing it back out again.

  56. Erika C. says:

    I placed an order online from Sephora this morning – can’t wait for new BeautyBlender! Happy Saturday!

  57. One think that people don’t know about me is that before I became a librarian, I had a freelance gig writing sexy copy for a lingere website.

  58. One think that people don’t know about me is that before I became a librarian, I had a freelance gig writing sexy copy for a lingere website.

  59. Suzanne G says:

    My favourite store to visit in a mall is Sephora and you really can spend hours in there.

  60. Justine says:

    A pixie is the shortest I’ve had my hair!

  61. Amber says:

    I was born and raised in Metropolitan Detroit just outside the city in a little suburb.

  62. Lynn says:

    When i was in elementary my mom cut my hair short like a bob that was just above my shoulders. The problem was, i had thick, frizzy, puffy unmanageable hair, so it looked like an oompa loopa hair cut!
    I envy those with cute short hair cuts, but i cannot ever go that short again!

  63. sienna says:

    i always love to visit sephora and forever21!

  64. Hannah C. says:

    It is so hard to contour on my super freckly face! Wish I could find a Sephora cure for my freckly blues!

  65. Jennifer says:

    The shortest my hair has ever been cut was a chin length bob, I about freaked when the hairdresser brought out a pair of clippers to shave my neck! Never again.

  66. Christine says:

    I enjoy visiting the Ulta near my work. I visit the often enough for staff to recognize me and they’re really helpful when I ask questions. They let me have free reign around the aisles and comparing products.
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  67. Cathy says:

    My hair was about an inch long the summer before my senior year, unfortunately that was when all the girls had long straight hair, so I really stood out in my yearbook! Not good!!

  68. Ashley Celikay says:

    A store I always enjoy visiting is Sephora. I even window shop online. lol

  69. Magdalene says:

    When I was a little girl I got a pixie cut and I cried because I loved my long hair.

  70. Zahra says:

    I had my hair cut to about ear length once – then decided nope never again! Shoulder length or longer ever since haha

    A store I always enjoy visiting: probably Chapters… I love browsing around bookstores!

  71. Caty says:

    I love cats and I love to shop, for anything!!

  72. Lydia says:

    I was born and raised in Michigan but I have lived in Chicago for about 9 years πŸ™‚

  73. Amber Snodgrass says:

    I like to frequent Target! It’s cheap enough that I can buy more than 1 thing without feeling guilty, and nice products without being handled and smeared all over the place (looking at you Walmart). Their home decor and clothes can be quite cute too!

  74. Amber says:

    The shortest my hair has been was to my shoulders. It will never be there again. Lol

  75. Kim Pincombe Cole says:

    The shortest I’ve ever worn my hair was a chin length bob about 10 years ago. Now I wear it long past my shoulder blades…

  76. Alyza Rae says:

    Shortest I’ve ever had my hair is completely gone! I shaved totally bald my Junior year of high school. It was so freeing, fun, and one less thing to worry about during the stress of applying to college! =]
    Alyza Rae recently posted … NOTD: 4th of July Mani

  77. tina says:

    I got home from Amsterdam on holiday yesterday – want to go back so bad!

  78. Susan Campbell says:

    Way back in the 1980’s I worked as a hairdresser. One very slow, rainy Tuesday my boos gave me a super short, super platinum spikey crew-cut…very Annie Lennox!!

  79. Kathy says:

    My favorite store?????? SEPHORA for sure! It is the highlight of my week when I drop in there. I LOVED the blog today about Tabs’ experience finding a fur brightener. It was great. That is exactly how I feel – I never know what to look at first and it’s hard to focus even with a list.

    When my son was born years ago, I went from hair halfway down my back to 1 and 1/2 inches long. It was easier to take care of, but it shocked my friends.

  80. Michaela says:

    I like to visit Sephora even though I don’t go often enough. I like the fact that you can experiment with different products without the salespeople think in you’re up to no good!

  81. Jessie C. says:

    I always enjoy visiting Barnes and Noble.

  82. roz says:

    I always love going to Michaels.

  83. Erika says:

    Shortest haircut: pixie cut in college
    Longest held job: teacher for 16 years at the same school
    Favorite store: Nordstrom Rack

  84. Laurinha says:

    Hi Karen, Hv a nice weekend!

  85. INCI says:

    Easy question, Sephora πŸ˜€

  86. Ivana Jankovic says:

    I love cosmetics and my favorite store is Sephora πŸ™‚

  87. Vicki Hammons says:

    I would love to have two kittens, to raise together and enjoy playing with. Unfortunately, I live with my daughter and her family and she rents where no animals are allowed:( So, I play with makeup instead when time and money allow. πŸ˜‰

  88. Julie says:

    I get recognized in both my local Sephora and Nordstrom, so I’ve gotta vote that those are my faves!

  89. Ningning says:

    Born & raised in the Philippines!!! I now live in Milan but honestly speaking, only know one realizes how accessible top make up brands from all over the world is from that tiny asian island than living here!

  90. loren says:

    I really want some of those new Kat von d studded lipsticks!

  91. Lisa Foster says:

    The longest I have ever held a job is 15 years. It was a job I loved and I had to leave because I had a new boss that I didn’t get along with. I was sad at the time but good things have happened since then and I am happy now at a new job.

  92. Lisa K says:

    Going to Sephora inside JCP tomorrow. Can’t wait!!!

  93. Chloe N says:

    I always enjoy going into any store that has makeup!

  94. MsAnne says:

    I need to do some homework.

  95. Lisa C says:

    Born and raised in Orlando Florida!

  96. Stephanie G says:

    I always enjoy visiting Barnes & Noble!

  97. Lindsey M says:

    The shortest my hair has been is what it is now, which is a Leesha/Xsparkage looking undercut (at least, when she had one).

  98. Vanessa says:

    The shortest I’ve had my hair was when I got an angle bob. Super cute but awkward to grow out!

  99. BooBooNinja says:

    Ha ha!! My cat is full of awesome too. πŸ˜€
    Thanks for the laugh, Karen.

  100. Denna says:

    Target would have to be my favorite store! Then of course Sephora.

  101. Mallory B says:

    I’ve had a super short pixie cut before, but it’s a giant pain to grow out and I love being able to pull my hair up.

  102. Tania G says:

    The shortest my hair has been was a bit past my ears.

  103. Rochelle says:

    I’ve always wondered how does Karen make her site so pretty looking!?

  104. Jessie says:

    The shortest I cut my hair is when I get a chin length bob. I love it! But I like my hair long too, so I go back and forth getting it cut short and then letting it grow for a few years before going really short again.

  105. Lorraine says:


  106. Lori P says:

    Favorite stores are Sephora, Vera Bradley and Bath and Body Work. I’m going to these stores Monday with my mother (Yay for days off)

  107. Liz says:

    The longest I ever stayed in one job was 12 years – the Navy. Best career choice EVAH.

  108. Liz says:

    That was supposed to read 21 years. My fingers need a day off!

  109. Susan says:

    The shortest my hair has been was when I donated to Locks of Love.

  110. Stefanie says:

    I always enjoy visiting New York and Company.

  111. Cecile Angulo says:

    There’s this asian beauty store here in Ph called Etude house that I always visit because it is so pinky, pretty and dainty! Did u hear about that one before? πŸ™‚

  112. Cecile Angulo says:

    Theres this store here in Ph called Etude House. It is a korean beauty store which I always visit because it is so cute, dainty and pink! πŸ™‚

  113. Julie says:

    I was born and raised in New Jersey! and no I don’t act like the ladies on the RHONJ lol πŸ˜‰

  114. basak says:

    I love going to Sephora πŸ™‚ i always try a couple of lipsticks and perfume. I can never leave empty-handed!

  115. Liz says:

    I’ve never played Twister; it always seemed lame.

  116. Susan T. says:

    I was born and raised in Banff, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies. I’m a true mountain girl!

  117. Tonya says:

    I love Home Goods and TJ Maxx and Marshalls. But I’ve also been frequenting the fashion jewelry section in JC Penney’s when I stop into Sephora. And Artsy Abode.

  118. Angela says:

    I always get giddy when I walk into Target.

  119. Diane says:

    I always love going to Sephora! And places like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Earth Fare.

  120. Ms. Elise says:

    I once got my hair cut into a bob that reached to my chin. I loved it, but I’m too lazy to make my hair look good at that length every day (it’s frizzy) so right now I’m just daydreaming about cutting it.

  121. Georgia says:

    β€’Have you ever played charades? How about Twister? Yes and yes
    β€’What’s the shortest you’ve ever had your hair? Pixie cut when I was a kid
    β€’Where were you born and raised? San Francisco
    β€’What’s the longest you’ve ever held the same job? 23 years. current job
    β€’A store you always enjoy visiting – Nordstrom!

  122. Lindsey says:

    just dropped 100 bucks at sephora and only got 3 things πŸ™

  123. margarita says:

    I always enjoy my trips to Sephora! I don’t need to buy anything. Just looking at all the displays and playing with the makeup…so much fun πŸ™‚

  124. margarita says:

    I always enjoy my trips to Sephora! I don’t need to buy anything. Just looking at all the displays and playing with the makeup…so much fun πŸ™‚

  125. FreshEyre says:

    Shortest haircut ? A My Little Pony 1/4 inch buzz-cut done just about all over my entire head, leaving only bangs, which were blue or purple, depending on the day, to hang over my eyes and past my chin. I LOVED it, then I got over it…
    I still think about doing it again just for kicks – who knows… ?

  126. Hollie Digregorio says:

    Soo I was on vacation last week. I live In the N.E. And I have to tell you it rained for 3 days, was cloudy for 2 and I go back to work on Mon.and It’s suppose to be 81 and SUNNY!! I worked 49 hours each week for the last 3 weeks and it was beautiful out!! We had such a lousy winter that all I wanted was to sit on the beach on vacation! Trust me,I am grateful I have a job and even more grateful I am able to work, but really I couldn’t get 1 beach day??? A gift card to Sephora would most definitely make me feel as though I sat on the beach for the entire week!! Lol

  127. Emily C says:

    I love going to drug stores to see the newest products and see what’s on sale.

  128. Megan Joy says:

    What’s the shortest you’ve ever had your hair?

    In a pixi cut as a kid. I never forgave my mom lol πŸ™‚

  129. Tweakweasel says:

    I’m one of those people who always preaches the fact that you don’t need to pay a lot to get a lot out of your makeup; that a $.99 wet ‘n’ wild lipstick can be just as good as a $14 one…but, goddamn, do those new Studded Kiss lipsticks look nice. :-S And they’re the exact sort of high(-ish) end item that I could defend buying: excellent pigmentation, very cool packaging, and extremely unique colors…many many extremely unique colors…more than I should buy…but probably will…ai, I may have a problem. πŸ˜›

  130. mrsshukra says:

    Watching the season premier of Cedar Cove!

  131. Esther Geller says:

    sooo loving the too faced melted lipsticks!!!

  132. Mandy says:

    I can never have my hair shorter than my shoulders! I’ve had it shoulder-length before & it annoyed me so much. I couldn’t wait for it to grow out

  133. Jessica says:

    Have you ever played charades? How about Twister? Yes to both!
    What’s the shortest you’ve ever had your hair? Definitely longer than shoulder length! My hair has always been pretty long.
    Where were you born and raised? Born in SF, Raised in Oakland
    A store you always enjoy visiting? Sephora of course!

  134. Berry says:

    I’ve never played charades, and haven’t played Twister since I was a kid. Pretty sure my body doesn’t bend that way anymore. lol

  135. nicole o. says:

    i was born in the philippines & lived there ’til i was about 8 .

    we then moved to the states & we’ve been living in southern cali ever since .

  136. MelodyJ says:

    I love going to Barnes & Nobles.

  137. Linda says:

    The shortest I’ve had my hair was a bob. I had a horrific one in elementary school (complete bowl haircut), so I’ve kept my hair long, but I just felt like a change and went for it earlier this year. I love it so much that I’m toying with the idea of going pixie.

  138. Puri says:

    A store I always enjoy visiting is H&M. I swear, I can always find a new thing when I go there. And it’s not too crazy-stocked and frantic like F21 seems to be!
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  139. Nancy Quinn says:

    I love playing charades, even though I don’t play that often. It’s a great party game for about 6-8 people and a great way to relax and get to know everyone-especially after a drink or two!

  140. Amy says:

    I always enjoy visiting Sephora.

  141. Alison says:

    I love the little story of Tabs at Sephora! <3 The fur brightener in Tabby, wonderful!

  142. Dimana says:

    I was born and raised in my current home town of Sofia. Capital of the beautiful Bulgaria – miles and miles away from USA πŸ˜‰
    Small (or at least it used to be small) European town with architecture influenced by Vienna and Moscow. Calm and quiet in the suburbs and alive and bursting in the center πŸ™‚
    THank you again for the lovely giveaway <3

  143. Rene Groyer says:

    Shortest hair I had was a bob which I loathed and wore in a ponytail until it grew out.

  144. Jennifer X says:

    The shortest I’ve had my hair is a bob. I definitely prefer my hair longer, at least shoulder length.

  145. Belle says:

    I love Sephora (and Nordstrom, I can’t choose, I just CANT!) with a passion that burns like the heat of a thousand suns πŸ˜€
    Too much? Mkay

    Oh and the shortest my hair has ever been was this bowl type bob when I was younger. It was ridiculously short (done by a barber mind you!!) and since adults were in charge of me and my haircuts at the time, they thought it’d be a good idea to have the barber completely remove my sideburns…so not only did I look like a boy wearing girl clothes for months but my hair looked like a wig I’d put on my head without any sideburns! Good times πŸ˜€


  146. Kristin says:

    I always enjoy visiting electronic- and gadget shops. πŸ™‚

  147. mary says:

    I love garden stores/centers. All of the pics you take of flowers are so beautiful, ty for sharing them. Love all of the darling pics of tabs!

  148. Jessica says:

    The shortest I’ve had my hair is in a chin length long bob. I don’t think I’m cut out for short hair.

  149. Sara says:

    I love charades and twister!

  150. Elie Anne says:

    Hi Karen,
    I was born and raised in France, in a city name “BLOIS”, near to the Castle of CHAMBORD πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance!

    PS: I love your Tabby πŸ™‚

  151. Ann says:

    In the ’70s I had an afro.

  152. Laure says:

    The shortest I’ve ever had my hair was when I was a toddler. I had a pixie cut for a couple of years. Probably because my mom didn’t want to go through the hassle of having to comb long hair. Which I understand because when I was older and had longer hair, I’d always run away when she’d try to brush it.

  153. Lulubelle says:

    I’m growing out a pixie cut, which is the shortest it’s ever been. I liked it, but my hair grows too fast to stay committed to a really short cut.

  154. Bonnie says:

    Born and raised in Southern California, although I live in Silicon Valley now. That’s what happens when you get married to someone who has a job while you’re unemployed.

  155. Jen Myllymaki says:

    My favorite store is Sephora! In fact, I just got chewed out by my hubby for my latest beauty bonanza last week, lol!

  156. olivia says:

    shortest hair I’ve ever had is up to my chin

  157. Sydney says:

    I was born in southern California but I have been quite a nomad since. Throughout my childhood I lived in six different states including the aforementioned California (both northern and southern), Colorado, Indiana, Arizona, North Carolina, and Washington. And now that I am moving out of my parents’ house I am saving up to move to London.

  158. Carly says:

    I always enjoy going to Gap for clothes- their basics are very comfy/affordable. For makeup, I love Sephora and Nordstrom!

  159. Jacque miles says:

    The shortest hair I had was a pixie cut. It was really liberating to cut off all my hair and wear it really short for a while πŸ™‚

  160. bin du says:

    currently trying to stop myself from purchasing 4 new nail polishes, I probably have a lifetime supply already but the colours are just too pretty!

  161. Fran S says:

    Most people don’t know this about me, but I am a master at folding the fitted sheet :-). Thank you, YouTube for all the tutorials!

  162. Lauren says:

    I just recently cut my hair shirt and I have no idea how to do any style other then down. Anyone got any suggestions. It’s about shoulder length.

  163. Krista says:

    I’ve had short hair for about three years now, wouldn’t have it any other way. People ask if I miss it, because I had such long, wavy hair as a kid. I don’t miss it at all, short hair is right for me πŸ™‚

  164. Savannah says:

    Something most people don’t know about me? I love shadowgraphy, aka “Shadow Puppets using your hands” πŸ™‚

  165. I’ve been in my current job for 6 years, which seems like a long time to me!

  166. b says:

    Love going to an Asian grocery store half an hour from my house to see if they have any new kinds of candy.
    And any store with a great fragrance selection as this is my other vice!!

  167. dawn says:

    I’ve been at my current job for over 6 years, a personal record!

  168. Debbie Clauer says:

    I enjoy browsing Pier One.

  169. Maddy says:

    My hair is long, but every so often I get the urge to cut it shoulder length. I’m too attached to my length at the moment though!

  170. Sara says:

    Isn’t Choupette a Birman? I’m a sad cat lady, I know πŸ™‚

  171. Daraya says:

    I have played charades and Twister before!

  172. Natasha says:

    The longest I’ve ever held a job was 5 and a half years – then I got married and moved. I loathed it more than anything and I’m dreading having to work ever again! I swear it took years off my life lol.
    Natasha recently posted … Summertime – the Essentials

  173. AmyD says:

    just ordered new brushes from koyudo this week! CANNOT wait to get them!

  174. Madelin says:

    Tabs is fabulous!

  175. Ellen says:

    I always love going into home goods and kitchen supply stores for some reason.

  176. AMBER says:

    Born and raised in the UK!

  177. Emily Basalik says:

    Right before my freshman year in college, I have 14″ cut off!

  178. L.A. says:

    I love cats! I volunteer at an animal shelter and cats / kittens are just the sweetest thing ever. I wish I’d been able to adopt this one cat– he was big and orange and had six toes on each paw. He was ridiculously sweet. I always think of him.

  179. Suzanne C says:

    I had my hair cut a little bit longer than a pixie for several years. Then I grew it out to the middle of my back. Now it’s in an unattractive chin-length bob- I look like Dora the Explorer. πŸ™

  180. Carmen says:

    I was born and raised in Alaska.

  181. Martina says:

    I was born and raised in the beautiful (at least to my eyes) city of Frankfurt, over here in good ole Germany.
    And how much do I live it that you watched a German series on Netflix?! I hope you enjoyed it. I haven’t watched it yet but it’s on my very, very long list of series/shows/movies that I still want to watch.
    Was it hard watching a German miniseries with English subtitles? (Since the German language often is NOT music to the ears of people who do not speak German as their native language…I guess it might have been very distracting.)

  182. Jennifer K. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! The shortest I’ve had my hair… hmm that would be a regrettable pixie style I tried at age 13. I felt like I looked like a teenage boy! haha bad decisions….

  183. stacey says:

    I always enjoy visiting Bath and Body works because Their candles are amazing and I’m possibly more addicted to buying candles than I am buying makeup these days πŸ™‚

  184. Karen,
    Hi! The shortest I ever had my hair was a bit shorter than a pixie cut when I was in my early 30’s. Now in my early 50’s it’s closer to my shoulders (it was below my shoulders until this past Friday–colored and cut!).
    Barb S. @ FL Mom’s Blog recently posted … 2 Ice Ball Mold Review

  185. Ada says:

    A store I always enjoy going to?

    The most uninspired answer ever: Sephora.

    SO MUCH LIPSTICKS TO TRY! How am I supposed to say no to that?

  186. irini says:

    I love ZARA πŸ™‚

  187. Rosa says:

    A store I love- Target!!!

  188. mary says:

    Can you believe I have never purchase anything at a sephora store? Moreover until last week. Ihadnt purchase anything from them but drugstore price are insane now so i decided to get some stuff from the sale section and check it out

  189. Ann says:

    The longest job I’ve ever maintained is being a student. I am now in grad school and if I add up all of the years that I’ve been in school, it is currently at 26 years!

  190. Carolyn N. says:

    Born and raised in Texas!

  191. MJCourneya says:

    Can you believe in my 27 years I have never bough anything from a Sephora store? And up until last week I had not bough anything from Sephora. Granted my closest sephora is like 2 hours away but everything I was there i felt guilty about spending and felt I got better deals from other online places, but since drugstore prices have rise so much and i am more into makeup now on my late 20s I have finally caved in and made my purchase last week πŸ˜›

  192. MJCourneya says:

    Can you believe in my 27 years I have never bough anything from a Sephora store? And up until last week I had not bough anything from Sephora. Granted my closest sephora is like 2 hours away but everything I was there i felt guilty about spending and felt I got better deals from other online places, but since drugstore prices have rise so much and i am more into makeup now on my late 20s I have finally caved in and made my purchase last week πŸ˜›

  193. Bridget Heiple Reich says:

    I’ve been at my current job for 18 years! πŸ™‚

  194. donna marie says:

    The longest I have had one job is 13 years! I wonder if I will ever match that again.

  195. Marina Memon says:

    I just started my New Years resolution… nearly 8 months late! haha but better late than never, right? πŸ˜€ I formed a workout and program for myself last week and have been very diligent and motivated about keeping to it. My inspiration? Jeans. Since my boyfriend’s mom is Brazilian, I decided to take a peak into South American fashion and discovered Brazilian jeans. I’m kind of a skeptic, however the models had phenomenal bodies and motivated me to get squattin! Wish me luck haha

  196. Angela says:

    I have visited my sephora so much “everybody knows my name”. Did I just age myself? Lol. Does anyone else know what tv show’s theme song that comes from? Haha

  197. Bunny says:

    I don’t think I have ever played twister!

  198. Mardi says:

    I worked in the public service (government) for 13 years.

  199. Maria K says:

    Born in England, raised in five different countries! Kind of crazy πŸ˜‰

  200. Stephanie says:

    I just made pizza with quinoa dough, best decision I’ve made this week πŸ™‚

  201. Magda says:

    Hello from Poland where I’m visiting Love your blog

  202. Lainey says:

    the shortest I have ever had my hair is shoulder length!

  203. Valderia Norris-Neal says:

    Love reading your blog!

  204. maria says:

    I was born in Oakland,CA and raised in Richmond,CA. Not too far from each other

  205. Emily says:

    For some reason, Tabs’ initial “meow…” in this story has me giggling a lot. I have this great mental image of him, totally overwhelmed by the selection….hahah.

  206. Sherry says:

    Hi Karen!! I was born and raised in Lansdowne, PA. It’s a suburb of Philadelphia. A lot of the scenes from the movie, Silver Linings Playbook were filmed there. Love that movie and I love Bradley Cooper. He is also from Pennsylvania. The longest I worked for a company is 8 years. I worked for a place that made audio and video systems. Finally, a store that I love visiting is Lord & Taylor. I believe they’re an East coast thing, so you probably have never heard of it. I like going in every now and then, and seeing what is new. It’s a little like Nordstrom, but not as high end. Thanks for having this giveaway!! Ciao Bella!!

  207. Tara Woods says:

    I have had really short hair. I wanted something really different and had it cut about two to three inches in length. I loved it.

  208. Katie F says:

    Until I was 11, I had long hair past my knees – I decided I wanted to cut it really short, like chin length. Turns out, my hair is super curly, but it wasn’t really noticeable because it was long and weighed down. It turned out really, really poorly. :/ I might have the confidence now to rock a huge curly short ‘do, but not in sixth grade! I haven’t cut my hair since, it was such a traumatic experience.

  209. Natalie says:

    I was born and raised in Orlando, FL. I once cut my own hair off in an attempt to go natural. I cut it down to about half an inch long.

  210. Brian says:

    I always love visiting my local Origins and Bare Minerals stores. They excel in customer service compared to other cosmetic counters and stores that I visit.

  211. Kim says:

    I love reading you blog. Just wanted to mention that. Tabs is like a bigger version of my Chucky. Chucky is only 1.5 and so full of personality. He has some white on him but is the same color tabby. Even with the unexpected tan. He is my first male kitty and I am glad I adopted him.

  212. Rita says:

    I was born and raised in Portugal in Porto.

  213. em says:

    i love twister! actually i love playing board games too

  214. Janet S says:

    One of my fave stores is a little indy shop here in the small coastal town where I live – it’s a florist/ bookstore/gift store. They have gorgeous candles & bath products, lots of cool books & flowers! I never leave there empty handed. It’s http://www.studiorosa.com.au πŸ˜€

  215. Lisa says:

    I grew up in Colorado and live in Illinois now. I definitely miss the mountains every single day.

  216. Nicole Millheim says:

    All my life I had really long hair..but one day I chopped it all off..completely gone and boy was that a mistake..I been growing it back ever since

  217. Jennifer says:

    I’m very happy. Today we adopted a beautiful 4 year old Burmese mix cat. He’s a gorgeous deep, dark brown with green eyes. He’s still a little shy but right now he’s up in the window getting some fresh air. The hubs and I have only had Siamese cats before – four of them. Our last one died several months ago and was my husband’s cat. I hope that this one will be MY cat.
    I was born in Middletown, NY. Our family moved frequently due to my father’s job and when I was 11 we ended up in Middletown, NJ.
    My longest job lasted 19 years and ended when they closed the office in NH and moved to CT. I was offered a transfer but said “No thanks”.

  218. Ally says:

    Charades? Yes! I love charades!

  219. Rhea W. says:

    I enjoy visiting my local Ulta. The ladies there know me and it’s a nice, no pressure environment to test makeup endlessly.

  220. Marisa Kramer says:

    Missoula, Montana, born & raised πŸ™‚

  221. Sarah W says:

    The shortest I’ve ever gone was jaw length…I feel like shorter always gives me moon face.

  222. Shasta S. says:

    The stores I always enjoy visiting are Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply, and Sephora.

  223. Genesis Callejas says:

    I could be in sephora for hours even when I am just going to purchase an Anastasia brow pencil… πŸ˜€

  224. chiara says:

    hi karen! I was born and raised in Southern Italy!

  225. shyla says:

    Now I know why I am up at 1:24 am! Lol to enter your fab giveaway! For the past 15 years my favorite store (s) to go to have been Ross and Macys, Zara.

  226. Karen says:

    Hi Karen, I’m from Perth, Australia.
    We don’t have a Sephora or anything that compares (YET), apparently Sydney will be the first to get a Sephora around Christmas (YAY! Although it will probably come to Perth in the next decade…..great!).
    I get all my drugstore makeup from Priceline, or higher end products from duty-free when I travel.

  227. Rhoda K says:

    As a kid I had really short hair, like boy short. People used to mistake me for a boy!
    Rhoda K recently posted … Divergent by Veronica Roth

  228. Lilian says:

    Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia πŸ™‚

  229. Bcteagirl says:

    I was born and raised in Saskatchewan! I always love to peek at winners/marshalls, fun!

  230. Kristie says:

    I was born, raised and attended college in Ohio but then have lived near Pittsburgh for the last sixteen years. What this means is…I have defected and become a Steelers fan.

  231. Catherine Shaw says:

    I’ve dyed my hair different colors over the years — all shades of blonde and red and many shades of brown. Never purple (yet), though!

  232. Devo says:

    Born in Osbourne, Kansas. Raised in Boca Raton, FL!

  233. Megan says:

    Love that you’re a cat lady too, when I first started reading your blog that’s what hooked me in! Hello from Emmy, Lewis and Sophia to Tabs!

  234. anissa says:

    i was born in cincinatti, ohio but moved to florida at just a few weeks old. i spent my childhood in/around clearwater beach (moved several times, but within the same county) – then just before high school, i moved to TN. i will always be a florida girl and someday i will live there again!

  235. Tracy says:

    What’s the shortest you’ve ever had your hair?

    I had a woman shave my head because she was having a “bad” day. Needless to say I was not happy and was afraid to get my hair cut for almost 2 yrs.

  236. Ruchita says:

    The longest job is the one I have now – 13 years!

  237. Meegan says:

    I had a bowl cut when I was little. My mom was mean. But I am about to have a big chop for summer. It’s way too hot for long hair!

  238. Kim says:

    Darn that Choupette! She’s always up to something! πŸ™‚

  239. Steph says:

    The shortest I have ever cut my hair is chin length. And the longest is just an inch or two past my shoulders. My hair just won’t grow any longer! What gives?!

  240. sylvia says:

    pixie cut in 2nd grade! it was terrible. πŸ™

  241. Andrea Darst says:

    I chopped off 12 inches of hair to have a pixie cut for almost 2 years. I’ve been growing it out, and my hair is now finally back down to my shoulders

  242. Crystal says:

    I went through a series of 2 year itches at my last jobs. I have been at my current job for almost 3 years which is super long for me! Lol. =)

  243. Krystle Thomas says:

    I have been at my current job for almost 6 years, which is the longest I have been at any job.

  244. Joanna says:

    Longest I’ve kept a job 5 years and counting πŸ™‚

  245. Casey says:

    You know how some Mondays you wake up relatively energized and ready to face the week? NOT THE CASE for me today! Need my coffee….

  246. Joanna says:

    I was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada and I now live in Edmonton, AB!
    I always enjoy your kitty posts- I’ve got two myself!

  247. Trude says:

    I was born in Bergen, Norway, and we moved to Cali when I was four. My dad’s whole side of the family still lives in Norway (mom’s side is American), and we visit as often as we can. πŸ™‚

  248. Regina Reed says:

    A store I always enjoy visiting – SEPHORA of course!!!

  249. Marina GrigΓ³rio says:

    I was born in the city of Barra do Herons in the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil. I lived there until I was ten years old and then moved to GoiΓ’nia in GoiΓ‘s state to continue my studies. And the last three years I moved to another state, Tocantins, with my boyfriend because we spent together in a bid to teacher. πŸ™‚

  250. Bee says:

    It was my birthday this friday and while I was coming back, A tabby scared me from behind a rock. I screamed a ran away like a 5yr old!
    Bee recently posted … The Summer of Blue Eyeliner!

  251. Rachel P. says:

    I went on a first date this Friday, and then it turned into a second date the day after that, and then a third date the night after that! Now I’m going to take a break and reflect on things so I don’t become that girl who’s on him like glue. While I’ve dated/had relationships here and there, I’m a predominantly single woman, but this is the first time in my life I had a crush on someone/was admiring them from a distance, and then everything fell into place.

    Everything about this weekend screams “moving too fast”, but for once in my life, I’m riding the wave instead of letting it roll past me. And I have no regrets about that πŸ™‚

  252. Julie B. says:

    One thing people don’t know about me: I have a rare blood type.

  253. sam says:

    I had a pixie cut about two years ago. I really struggled with it since my hair is so thick. Now I’m trying to grow it super long, but I always have the urge to cut it when it hits my shoulders

  254. Tiffany Q. says:

    West Philadelphia, born and raised. Just kidding. The shortest I’ve had my hair is 2 or 3 inches above my shoulders. I had the Victoria Beckham bob for a while. My hair was right above my bumbum when I cut it. Now it’s waist length!

  255. Georgina says:

    Always visiting Sephora….

  256. Abby says:

    I love Sephora, Victoria’s Secret, and Aerie. Bye money…

  257. Supriya says:

    I’m going to LA this weekend!

  258. Angela says:

    I used to have really short hair as a small kid, my mom made me look like a little boy. Since then I havent had it much shorter than slightly above my shoulders.

  259. Evelyn says:

    I just finished with my summer class and now am in search of the perfect bronzer =( this is harder than I thought

  260. ReneeP says:

    I was in heaven with my 5 y/o son and my 2 pugs in bed with me last night.

  261. Jennifer says:

    My job now! It will be 14 years in October. Good thing I like it.
    Jennifer recently posted … Prep Work at the Beach

  262. Doreena says:

    Excited to have 3 different Country concerts coming up this weekend!!! I’m going to be 1 tired but happy Girl!!!

  263. LauraM says:

    Love the blog, you and your cat are darling and give the best makeup reviews and advice.

  264. Undamaris says:

    I was born in Tbilisi, Georgia (not Georgia state, it’s former USSR republic), raised in Chelyabinsk (yes, that’s the Russian city where the meteorite falled last year). Now I live in Seattle area πŸ™‚

  265. Nicole says:

    I’ve probably played Charades or Twister once or twice as a child, but it’s been so long that I can’t remember.

  266. Ingrid Stump says:

    The shortest I ever had my hair was a pixie cut, and I loved it! I kind of miss it actually. But the hubby likes my long hair.

  267. Charlotte says:

    I always enjoy visiting the Salvation Army πŸ˜€

  268. Kate G says:

    In what way is Tabs like Sephora? Neither would likely give me the time of day when I enter the room. Honestly, the store staff here is awful.

    The shortest my hair ever was, was against my will. I came home from summer camp as a child with a knot in my hair my mother decided to cut out, along with the rest of my hair. I looked and felt like a boy. It was the shortest pixie cut. She thought it was “cute”. Short hair suits HER face, not my round one. I was made fun of and tortured over it at school. Teachers looked at me with pity when I came in after the summer. I’m not exaggerating in the slightest when I say it was traumatic. I’ve had few and very far between haircuts from other people since, and my hair currently reaches my waist. Cutting more than a few inches at a time sends me into a full blown panic attack >.<

  269. Tiffany says:

    The shortest I’ve had my hair is a chin length bob. I went to get my hair trimmed (below the shoulders) at a Paul Mitchell school and had to go w/ a different student. He messed up on one side and cut it too short (“oops, I always do that! sorry!”) and it ended up being much shorter than I anticipated. He kept trying to even it out until I asked him to stop. My friend said I looked like Dora the Explorer =/ LOL

    Eventually I grew it out into an asymmetrical bob (after getting it fixed by an actual hair stylist).

  270. Sue says:

    I always like Kobo, a Japanese shop down the street from where I live.

  271. Ariel Ruiz says:

    I love visiting Sephora. There’s always something new to look at and try.

  272. Melanie says:

    Anthropologie is my kryptonite. Every time I go in there I always buy something.

  273. Kelly says:

    I was born and raised in Nola.

  274. Allie says:

    I bought one of the new Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipsticks in Lullabye and I LOVE ITTTTTTTTT

  275. Helena says:

    Hey Karen, thanks for the giveaway!

    I love shopping on the Internet, especially on Sephora πŸ™‚

  276. Mellisa Semon says:

    I was born in Chicago, where most of my family lived at the time, and than moved to Atlanta when I was 3 and been here ever since!

  277. Janea M says:

    I was born and raised on the island of Barbados. People always tells me this is weird, but I just love spoilers for books and movies.

  278. Darlene says:

    The shortest (and worst) my hair ever was was a slightly above the chin bob. It was when I was younger and my thick hair all one length made me look like the fifth Beatle!

  279. Wayne says:

    4 kittens can scratch like you wouldn’t believe! Good thing I bought the big bottle of hydrogen peroxide.

  280. Michele says:

    I enjoy playing charades, but hate twister! I am just not flexible enough for that game!

  281. Jordi says:

    I’ve been at my current job for 12 years, which sometimes feels like an eternity!

  282. Beauty says:

    I used to sell cable tv door to door.

  283. Lindsey L says:

    I LOVE walking through a Target. Seems like I always find something I didn’t even know I needed. “)

  284. Stephanie says:

    I’m growing my hair out of a pixie right now–two years and it’s at mah boobs! I keep wanting to try shaving it, though. Must resist!

  285. Rachel says:

    I love to go to PetSmart, especially with my dog!

  286. Jessica says:

    My mom gave me a “bowl” cut in 1st grade. I looked like a boy (shaved the back of it, too!)

  287. Julie Simpson says:

    When I was talking to my cousin about the fact I only have 3 pairs of shoes, she opened her trunk and had 4. I don’t wear heels after years of modeling because I need 2 new knees.

  288. Carissa says:

    thanks for the awesome contest!

  289. Paulomi says:

    I was born and raised in New Delhi, India πŸ™‚

  290. Akaja says:

    I actually always enjoy visiting the grocery store – Kroger to be exact. Good produce, decent prices and if I go to the nice one I feel like I’m actually doing something relaxing. I almost never enjoy Walmart because things are always out of stock, the dairy and produce is questionable, and it just is gross. :X

  291. shortest I’ve ever had my hair was to my shoulders in 2nd grade… terrible!!!

  292. Candice C says:

    No surprise, I always enjoy shopping at Sephora! I love to see the latest greatest, and I love the ability to test and swatch all the glorious lipsticks!

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