Pet Assistants, It’s in the Bag: The Essie Brand New Bag Collection for Fall 2011

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essie brand new bag fall 2011

If you’re considering a career as an executive pet assistant, learn from my mistakes. Read your employment contract carefully before you sign (and maybe even enlist the help of an attorney); otherwise, you just might find yourself at the mercy of a demanding diva.


Apparently, my lawyer and I missed the clause in my contract that grants Tabs final wardrobe, nail color and accessories approval. Honestly, if I’d known all of the bullsh*t baggage that would come with this gig beforehand, I probably would’ve just gone to law school instead…

Today’s dilemma has to do with kitty coats and complementary colors. Specifically, Tabs and his stylist have been planning my wardrobe for the next two weeks, and they’ve chosen a theme based on classic fall shades designed to complement his fur — colors like the ones in the new Essie Brand New Bag Collection. πŸ™‚

essie brand new bag fall 2011
Essie Brand New Bag colors from the left: Very Structured, Case Study and Glamour Purse; Not pictured: Carry On (a mulberry merlot), Power Clutch (a dark green) and Lady Like (a demure pink)

Available now at beauty stores, salons, spas and drugstores, the six-piece collection features polishes with creamy finishes in autumnal hues of pink, beige, green, wine and brown — colors that Essies says were inspired by the structured handbags and ladylike glamour of the 1940s and ’50s.

Tabs and his stylist have narrowed down their decision to three of the six colors, claiming that Case Study (a cool beige with a hint of gray), Glamour Purse (a purplish taupe) and Very Structured (a cinnamon stick red) should “sing” beside his gray, brown and rust colored tabby coat, and they insisted that I swatch the three shades immediately.

essie brand new bag fall 2011

essie brand new bag fall 2011
Swatches from the left: Case Study, Glamour Purse and Very Structured

essie brand new bag fall 2011
Swatches from the left: Very Structured, Glamour Purse and Case Study

I’m still pretty salty about not being allowed to pick my own nail polishes, but I have to admit — the cat has impeccable taste. πŸ™‚ Not only do these colors match his fur, but all three go really well with the faux snakeskin clutch Tabs picked out for me (vintage Banana Republic, circa 2005).

Even though these polishes take forever and a day to dry, they deliver full coverage color and breathtaking shine in just a single coat (although I used two coats in these pics, per Tabs’ explicit instructions).

PRICE: $8 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at beauty supply stores, drugstores and also online

Fresh faces in pet modeling…

You heard it here first, folks! The next two up-and-coming superstars in the world of pet modeling are named Bucky and Colby, and here they are posing with their tubes of MAC Evolution Revolution Lipglass.

Bucky hails from Milwaukee, where he lives with his assistant, Julia. His specialty? — his hypnotic eyes.

Colby, who lives with Alka and her daughter, has a stone cold stare that’s making waves on runways worldwide. Expect big things from Colby this year.


The early buzz is that both of these cuties are set to make a big splash on runways this fall.

Keep your eyes peeled! πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. NeutraKris says:

    Wasn’t “Power Clutch” in this collection, too? I thought I saw photos of this collection online with “Power Clutch”, though that’s a permanent color.
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  2. Jessi says:

    I’m not sure I need any of these colors, but they really look great on you! Especially next to Tabs’ fur!
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  3. Kelly says:

    glamour purse looks amazing. πŸ˜€

  4. Jen W says:

    I like Power Clutch and Lady like- both so chic and universally flattering. Not so sure about Very Structured though- a little too ’90s for me I think πŸ™‚

  5. Heidi says:

    Demanding divo he may be, but the cat knows his colors. I want all three!

    Speaking of cats, I picked up this book today and I have to say, it’s the funniest thing I’ve read in forever! A must read for CCL’s!

  6. Alaina says:

    Ooh, I like the look of Very Structured. It’s a fall color for sure.

  7. Stacey says:

    those 3 colours look very pretty, definitely says autumn….they also match really well with Tabs fur, the cat has good taste!!! loving the clutch choice too!

  8. Taffy says:

    I just got the minis from this collection and I just love Very Structured. I know that colour is not for everyone but it’s definately for me!

  9. Alyse says:

    I have just ordered lady like, Glamour purse and case study – yah. even thought were 2 weeks away from spring here.

  10. Lunachat says:

    Tabs asked that I point out your clerical error. He wishes to state that your contract does not have a clause. It has CLAWS. These are pretty, a bit reminiscent of Butter London’s Tramp Stamp, Fash Pack and Yummy Mummy.

  11. Alyse says:

    p.s are you going to be swatching the Becca Lost weekend Collection? I always look to your blog for becca swatches πŸ™‚

  12. Megan says:

    I may have just found the one red polish I’ve ever liked in Very Structured. Ow OW. My half-tabby half-tortie also approves, of course.

    (Pepper sends love and kisses, Tabs!)

  13. Shannon says:

    I like the theme of this collection. Very Structured looks like a great fall color. I haven’t picked up any of these yet, but might get that one. πŸ™‚ Glamour Purse is also nice (love the name), but I think I already have something similar. The pet models are adorable πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shannon,

      Me too. It’s very solid — one of Essie’s best yet!

      As for the pet models, they sure know how to work it. πŸ™‚ Do you live with any fur friends? Here it’s just me and Tabs. I want another cat, but he’s very territorial and will NOT have it.

  14. LOVE glamour purse!

    oh, and bucky & colby are ADORABLE!
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  15. Sarah says:

    I adore this collection – I think Essie was spot-on for their fall choices and I feel like I will be getting a lot of wear out of all 6 of these colors as the weather cools. I wore a case study mani for the last few days and I’m thinking about wearing a carry on pedi with a lady like mani next week for my first day back to work (I’m a high school teacher).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Oh cool. There are a couple of teachers here on MBB (you should chat with Hyzenthlay… she teaches science). What subjects/grades do you teach?

      • Sarah says:

        I teach all senior electives – AP psychology, general psychology, and sociology. It’s a great job, but I’m not ready to go back! Summer vacation flies by faster every year – sometimes I feel like I drag my heels about going back to school more than the kids.

        • Sarah says:

          On another note, I just caved and painted my toes with Carry On while my son is napping! It’s dark burgundy/purple takes me back to the days when these colors first became popular. I remember I was in 7th grade when Chanel’s Vamp hit the shelves and my mom bought me the Revlon equivalent, which was called Vixen. I thought I was so hot!

  16. Jenn says:

    I’m so glad Essie makes their colors perm! πŸ™‚
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  17. peach_ says:

    I’m not exactly sure why, but the photo of your nails above Tab’s head cracked me up! All three colors look great on you. Tabs does indeed have great taste!
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  18. Kim says:

    These colors look spot-on for fall. Very nice! The downside will definitely be the drying time, though.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim,

      They take FOREVER to dry, even with drying drops! I think the colors are worth it, though.

      What are you wearing on your nails these days?

      • Kim says:

        Ug, I hate that! I always end up with a divot or some pattern pressed into at least one nail! Mine are currently naked but my toes are sporting OPI/Sephora’s I’m With Brad. My nails tend to get a bit dried out when I wear polish so I’ll generally only do it for special occasions. I’ve been better about remembering the cuticle oil lately, so they’re looking pretty healthy. πŸ™‚

  19. Hmmm, I’m not sure any of these are going to look good with my skin tone. I hope you review the other three, especially Carry On!

  20. Julia says:

    OMG Karen, thanks for putting Bucky up!! I’m like a stage mom right now :-p

  21. Tekoa says:

    At least you only have one executive pet assistant. Keeping up with the demands of three live in mammals is impossible. They keep giving me incompatible instructions. One demands I buy her a new toy, the second uses my tummy as a sleeping location and the third announces (loudly) that the new fall IT colour is navy blue. Not bitter green like it was 10 min ago, but navy blue and I’d better get my human butt in gear changing the press release. All at the same time!

    On the up side I like Case Study πŸ™‚

  22. Nina says:

    im totally digging glamour purse! <3

  23. Ms.VanCartier says:

    Does anyone else think that glamour purse looks somewhat like mink muffs?! either way I love Essie! I’ll probably buy them all!

  24. Patty says:

    One of the best “cat” books I’ve ever read: “All My Patients Are Under The Bed: Memoirs of a Cat Doctor” by Dr. Louis Camuti, a New York City vet who specialized in making house calls to sick cats, wrote this delightful memoir about his years in practice.
    The Description:
    Dr. Camuti was a character, even a bit of a curmudgeon. This is not your typical “cat stories” book, all treacley and preachy and maudlin. This is a straightforward guy telling straightforward “no kidding, there I was” -style war stories, and sounding just like a prototypical NYC veterinarian should. For many years, Doctor Louis Camuti tended an amazing variety of cats in New York City, owned by a more amazing variety of famous artists, authors, Broadway and motion picture stars, producers, and executives. His insight into the owners is sometimes jucier than his insight into their cats (which is considerable). Although he specialized in cats, he also treated “any animal that was suffering”, including a pigeon, marmosets, honeybears, and ocelots.

  25. amy says:

    I like Glamour Purse the best out of the three. Overall, these colours look very chic.

  26. Alka says:

    Loving this entire Essie collection! I will probably pick up the mini’s of these for sure. πŸ™‚ Thanks for putting up the pic of Colby, my daughter will be over the moon excited when she sees it!

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