Category Archive for How-Tos
New Year’s Resolutions & the cutest Scottish Fold cat ever! Folded-ears munchkin kitten: pet magazine photoshoot.
Happy New Year! My Scottish Fold cat and I are determined to make 2013 a healthy, successful year.
For New Year’s, why don’t we resolve to improve our pet’s quality of life? After all, they give us so much. January 1st is the perfect chance to make positive changes: little steps that can go a long way.
With no further ado, here are “20 New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners” - by Basil Farrow and his mom, La Carmina. Please share it around!
PS: this article and Basil Farrow are in the current issue of Black Cat White Dog, a pet magazine distributed all over British Columbia. Basil is also currently in the MediaBistro Galleycat Pet Parade!
1. Take your pets for regular vet checkups, even if they seem perfectly healthy. Prevention is essential: your vet can detect medical issues that you’ll overlook, saving your pets from illness and pain. Aim for a few checkups a year; one is the minimum.
2. Encourage your pets to drink more by leaving several bowls of water around the house, and refilling them at least once a day. Cats don’t like their food and water to be in the same place, and dogs may act territorial around a single bowl, so this is a quick and easy fix.
3. Take photos of your pets, and with your pets! For best results, wait until they are in a relaxed mood. Hold up a toy near the lens so they’ll look at the camera.
4. Invest in better food for your pets. Learn to check ingredients carefully: avoid chemical preservatives, by-products, corn meal, and fillers with no nutritional value. Consider safe raw foods or cooking for your pets, and catgrass to aid digestion.
5. Groom your pets well. Brush fur regularly: try soft and specialty brushes that are gentle on the skin but remove the under-layers. If your pets have eye secretions, wipe them gently. Don’t put off bathing your pets, or taking them to the groomer. Basil Farrow loves to be washed with a wet towel, and since he has folded ears, they must be cleaned gently and often! (You can see this on our YouTube channel.)
6. Increase exercise. Think of creative ways to stimulate your pets, such as by making toys out of cardboard and craft materials. Go on adventures with your dog, and try new terrains for walks and runs.
7. Fill your home with rest and play areas. In Japan, cat and dog cafes are designed for the comfort of pets. The rooms contain climbing trees, wall-mounted levels for jumping, secret hideaways, and boxes lined with towels — you can do the same.
8. Keep learning. Sign up for newsletters and stay educated about pet care. Be aware of pet food recalls and recent discoveries. Your pet may enjoy new technologies, such as playing with a tablet!
9. Try pet massage. T-touch massage helps soothe sore muscles, particularly around a dog’s harness attachment areas.
10. Look for a better litter. Natural wheat and pine litter are healthier options than gravel and chemically-treated brands.
11. Safe-proof your house, as you would for a toddler. Eliminate toxic materials, and switch to chemical-free, eco-friendly cleaning products. Learn which plants and foods are dangerous when ingested by pets.
12. Protect your pets with a micro-chip or tattoo, to prevent them from getting lost.
13. Connect with fellow pet-lovers. Join a community on the Internet (there are fantastic Facebook groups for breeds such as Scottish Folds), or a real-life meet-up group.
14. Avoid putting your pets in a kennel when you go on vacation, as this is very stressful. Make arrangements for someone to come into your home and take care of them, or have a member of the family stay behind.
15. Find the best possible veterinarian for your pets. Ask around, do research, and visit the vet. Consider a specialist who only treats your pets’ species.
16. Take care of your pets’ teeth. Get in the habit of brushing. With the help of your vet, keep track of their dental health.
17. Watch out for signs of fleas or parasites. If you think your pets are affected, take them to the vet and have them treated immediately. Have your pets regularly de-wormed as prevention.
18. Keep your older pets comfortable. Provide steps so they don’t have to jump as high, and warm spaces to relax.
19. Let your pet be the master at times. If your cat is dozing in your seat, let him stay. If your dog insists on a walk, go get your coat.
20. Do something to help other animals. This can range from a Facebook post to raise awareness, to donating time or funds, to getting the word out on a cause. Pets can’t speak out for themselves, so we should do our best for them!
Thanks for reading. Please take a second to pass along these tips to your loved ones. You can see more cute photos on Basil’s Facebook page.
Do you have any tips to add? In what ways can we take better care of our pets? Which of these suggestions will you try to implement in 2013?
How to fix frizzy, flat, boring hair! Hairstyle tutorial video: stylist’s tips to prevent bad hair days when traveling.
How does La Carmina keep her sunset hair looking good when traveling? The cat’s out of the bag in my new Travel SOS video on Huffington Post!
My talented stylist and colorist, Isolde Semple of Vancouver’s Avant Garde Hair, tackles three common hair problems that arise on the road.
Watch the video above and on Huff Post Travel. If you found the tutorial helpful, please give a thumb’s up (below).
1) Frizzy hair
Humidity makes hair stand on end. Fortunately, the frizz can be converted to curls. Isolde spritzed my hair with a small bottle of hairspray, and twisted segments around a curling iron.
2. Flat hair
Hair loses volume from changes in temperature and dozing on planes. However, you can regain texture with a few elastic bands. Starting with damp or dry hair, twist two-inch strands like ribbon and tie them in place (yes, you will look like a Who!). Leave overnight. The next day, take out the pieces and fluff to increase volume.
3. Boring hair
Accessories can dress up a hairstyle. Make a half-bun, and put on a hairband, bow, or barrette. If you don’t have decorations handy, try using flowers. (The clip above is actually a little boy’s bow tie!)
Major thanks to Rob Rafuse, who did the filming, and Mujitsu for the support.
Isn’t my lobster-print dress fun? The vintage-inspired design is gifted by Lolita Girl Clothing. They have an enticing selection of pin-up wear, including sailor styles.
My eyeshadow and lipstick is gifted by my current favorite brand, Radiant Cosmetics. The colors are vibrant and blend marvelously.
Rob holds the bottle of chocolate-covered poison I got for him, from Obscura. (Evan picked it out for him, while I was filming for their Discovery Channel TV show, Oddities.)
After filming the video, we checked out the “Deadly Sins” gallery at The Fall (Tattooing & Artist’s Gallery).
The fetish art show, featuring creatives from Vancouver’s Goth/alt scene, included images by GlitterMachine (who did my bodypainting magazine shoots).
Close-up on Rob’s pumpkin tattoo – the definition of spooky-cute.
I hope you found our hair-care video helpful!
How do you keep your hair looking good while traveling? Do you have any tips to add?
PS: for more Japan, Goth, travel and fashion videos, you may subscribe to my lacarmina YouTube channel.
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GOTH GLITTER CARNIVAL MASKS, T.U.K. SHOES & SKULL STICKERS. DIY LAPTOP DECORATION. WIN CUTE ROCK-N-ROLL PERFUMES!
My Cherry Bomb Killer Perfume giveaway ends tomorrow… hurry and get your entries in. Here’s my second look, inspired by the Truth or Dare scent. Peach blossom is mixed with soft floral and bakery notes in this fragrance.
To me, wearing a metaphorical mask (whether it’s a person’s strong styling, fashion, or image) can be negatively seen as hiding the Truth — as if you’re putting on a false front. But I’d rather think of masks as glamorous embellishments that give you the courage to step out there, and live out your dreams. Personally, I know I feel more Daring when I’m decked out.
I love how Cherry Bomb’s scents are formulated for alternative girls, who aren’t keen on schmaltzy “rolling around on the beach” image of mainstream perfumes. Best of all, the heart bottles are a fashion statement: you can wear them as a keychain, necklace, or even a headband dangle.
I’m wearing blue sparkle nailpolish, and a sample coat from my Hong Kong uncle’s garment factory.
Oh! How I love the nautical baby doll heels, gifted from T.U.K. Shoes. The whole Anchors Aweigh collection is made for sailor girls and pirates.
In addition to alternative-Goth-punk shoes, T.U.K. sent me several stacks of skull stickers. I stuck them onto my laptop — instant pirate vessel.
Stickers are one of my favorite (and easiest) ways to customize items. I skulled up my passport holder, and covered a notebook with Hello Kitty stickers. (Yes, I’ll be using it for my travel reporting.)
The perfume giveaway ends soon… quick, enter now! Two lucky winners will receive bottles of Cherry Bomb Killer scents.
TO ENTER: It’s prom season… tell us, who would be your dream date to prom, and why? You get 1 point for each method of entry:
1) Comment on La Carmina’s Facebook, sharing your answer.
2) Tweet the following: “My dream date to the prom is XXX. How bout you? Tell @lacarmina + you can WIN cute Cherry Bomb Killer Perfume! LINK”
3) Spread the word about the giveaway via a blog post, Tumblr, forum, etc… Then, leave a comment with a link to your post. The more ways you promote the contest, the more chances you have to win.
Open internationally. Contest ends XXX at midnight Pacific Time. Winner will be picked at random. Prizes are gifted from Cherry Bomb Killer Perfume; La Carmina is not responsible for lost or undelivered items. If you have questions, send an email.
Song of the Day: Savage – Only You. “Don’t leave me to die (you will survive) You hold me so tight (turn off the light)”
TONI & GUY ACADEMY: RED DYED HAIR WITH V-SHAPED BANGS, VISUAL KEI JROCK SPIKY STREAKED HAIRSTYLE FOR JAPAN.
Ladies and gentlemen, presenting our new hair… dyed red in support of Japan! Big kiss to our friends at Toni & Guy, who also styled us for the NOH8 campaign.
I asked for long razored layers and V-shaped bangs, like the Munsters. My hair is highlighted with black, saffron and red.
Pearl and bow headband: gifted from Soho Hearts
Vampire sleeves jacket: gifted from Lip Service
Dead bunny t-shirt: gifted from Skelanimals
Crucifix gem necklace: gifted from Diablo (a brand Seba models for)
Red and black skull tights: gifted from Artisan Socks
Sunglasses: gifted from Sunglass Warehouse (more photos here)
Red skull ring: from Closet Child, Tokyo
Red apple ring: a gift from my mother
Here are the Before photos. My hair was in dire need of a cleanup; the tone was starting to match the browning foliage at the Orlando Hotel!
Sebastiano is wearing a t-shirt and hat by Stand Up The Fragile. He is the main model for this Japanese clothing company, and also designs for it.
Striped jacket: Muji, stolen from my suitcase
Panda bear necklace: gifted from Soho Hearts
Seba loves Whole Foods; there’s nothing like it in Japan. Making his own “salada” and drinking a large skim cappuccino… big smile!
Onwards, to the Toni & Guy Academy in Santa Monica. I enjoyed listening to the student discussions and being their guinea pig. Everyone was eager to work on an alternative hairstyle.
Ta da: red hair for Japan! Seba’s dyed tips are quite bright under the light.
Later, we met my friend Doe Deere of Lime Crime Makeup, and introduced her to the joys of M Cafe.
She and Mark recently moved to LA, and are loving the change.
Isn’t it funny how we match?
Seba and I carried the Japan flag everywhere we went, to show solidarity. It’s a hard time for everyone… I’m grateful for all your comments.
Thanks to Lip Service for blogging about our activities to help Japan. We’ll be featured in an LA Weekly slideshow and interview, and will post more photos and reports ASAP!
Japanese Word of the Day: Sakura zensen = Cherry blossom front, as the trees go into bloom. (Sad that I’ll be missing it this year.)
Song of the Day: Fred Ventura – Wind Of Change (My life has gotten so Italo Disco lately… che palle!!? Translation: what balls!?)