What I’m Wearing Now: September

Fall Wardrobe Essentials // bubbyandbean.com
1. Fine Knit Cardigan, H&M  //  2. Black Jersey Tee, H&M  //  3. Striped Tunic (bought here, now sold out; similar available here)  //  4. Strong and Steady Mala Necklace, Bright Star and Buffalo  // 5. Classic Sheffield Watch, Daniel Wellington (pssst… get 15% off all watches here through 10/15 with code BUBBYANDBEAN)  //  6. Crocheted Shift Dress, Macy’s  // 7. Elephant Kimino (bought at F21; no longer available but love all of these as well)  //  8. Skinny Maternity Jeans, Oh Baby by Motherhood  //  9. Charcoal Tote, Sick Bags  //  10. Thunderbird II Moccasins in Gray, Minnetonka  //  11. Hi Top Back Zip Booties in Black, Minnetonka

I started this series back in January, mainly in response to our beginning of the year reader survey, where My Style (my outfit posts, which had admittedly become few and far between) came in at #1 of all the series we run here on Bubby and Bean. It had been months since my last one, due to things like Chicago winter weather, chasing around a toddler, and an overall lack of desire to go pose in front of a camera without constantly cracking up at my attempts to look serious and fashion-y. Although I did eventually resume occasional outfit posts, ‘What I’m Wearing Now’ became a fun way to document my most worn pieces of clothing each month. Now that we’re in the ninth month, I finally went back and looked through all of the posts in the series for the year, and it was really cool to see the seasonal transitions and, of course, changes that have occurred as my pregnant belly has grown. I also realized that I wear many of the same pieces over and over again on a very regular basis (especially shoes; give me allll the moccasins), which, although I obviously notice to some degree in real life, came as kind of a pleasant surprise. Apparently I know what I like and I’m happy with a small, intentional wardrobe – and I guess that’s pretty rad.

That said, here we are in September. It has been too warm here for the most past (about which I am not complaining!) to bust out much of the fall wardrobe, but just like last month, I’ve focused on layering as a solution to hot days and cool nights. My trusty maternity jeans are still on regular rotation and are still only one of two maternity pieces I own (because maternity clothing tends to look horrendous on me, plus it’s expensive, man), along with tunic tees, leggings, kimonos, and the occasional lightweight cardigan. I haven’t worn many of my beloved short dresses, which are usually my go-tos but just look weird on me when I’m pregnant (and truthfully won’t fit over my boobs or butt right now anyway). But I did score a gorgeous navy crocheted number from Macy’s for a wedding a few weeks ago that has ended up being a regular in my closet this month when I’ve wanted to feel a little more dressed up. It looks like they only have it available in black or ivory now, but both are equally as cute. (You can see me wearing the original here.) It’s not a maternity dress, but I just bought it in a couple sizes up from what I regularly wear. And I love it so much that I think I’ll take it in after the baby is born so I can continue to wear it.

I have a feeling next month’s wardrobe will be quite different because it starts to get cold here in October, and I’ll also be sporting a third trimester belly. Then again, I thought September would be vastly different than August, and here I am, wearing most of the same stuff I did last month. So we’ll see.

What about you guys? What clothing and accessory items have you been wearing in September?

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Amidst the ashes and embers, a veterinarian saves the day

The fire came in the night, a storm without warning.

At his home in Middletown, a small town of 1900 just north of California’s idyllic wine country, veterinarian Jeff Smith ventured outside after the worst had passed to find only 8 of the 20 homes in his neighborhood survived the firestorm. With communication centers down, there was no way to determine when help was coming.

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He had no way of knowing what he was up against, or the fact that by this time only 40% of the structures in town would still be standing. All he knew was that his community was leveled. So Dr. Smith hopped in his truck and went to work.

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The Middletown Animal Clinic, surrounded by gravel that resists catching fire, was miraculously intact. Dr. Smith pulled bales of hay from his feed storage and small buckets to place in his truck, dumping bales of hay and water wherever he could find live animals. The fencing was all gone, burned along with everything else.

Severe wildfires can create their own wind system, creating fingers of flame twirling up to the sky and blowing gales of cinders across roads to catch entire neighborhoods aflame. Dr. Grant Miller, another local veterinarian who serves as Unit Director of the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps, was finally allowed in to Middletown the following morning.

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“It’s apocalyptic,” Miller said. “It dissolved the entire town of Middletown. The things we saw on the way in…” he pauses. “I can’t even tell you.” With the arrival of a generator and supplies, Smith opened the doors to his clinic and vowed to treat any animal who needed it, for free.

With hundreds of miles of power lines down and roads closed to all but essential emergency personnel for days, the animals were initially left to fend for themselves. Smith treated the many burned and injured animals brought to him, but with the arrival of more veterinary volunteers, teams were able to venture into the area to look for more.

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With the small reprieve of rain one day, Miller is convinced it saved the lives of many animals the teams had yet to find. “By God’s good grace it rained an entire inch, and provided some water to these stranded animals. When they’re burned they have insensible losses through their skin. I am in awe of these animals.”

Eight days after the flames, “we’re still pulling animals in,” said Miller. “At first it was a lot of sheep and goats, then steady numbers of dogs and cats. Now we’re finding horses and cows. They’re still finding cats alive in melted cars.”

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Teams from the nearby University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine assisted with the treatment and are taking the most severely injured animals in. “UC Davis has taken in over 70 burned animals- mostly cats,” Miller said. “They are functioning as a referral center. I just arranged transport for a puppy. They’ve been amazing.”

The Valley Fire now ranks in the top 3 worst fires in California history; at last tally, almost 2000 structures were destroyed. Lake County is California’s poorest county, says Miller, with an average income of about $ 35,000. “They were economically depressed to begin with,” Miller says, “and now they’ve lost everything.”

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In the face of this disaster, Smith vowed to treat all these animals without cost for as long as their injuries require, an estimated 4-6 months.

“Burns are not easy injuries to manage,” says Miller. “His clinic is going to be the last option when everything else is gone.” When the camera crews leave and immediate disaster response withdraws, this community still will need all the support they can get.

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Miller pauses again to reflect on the long road ahead, or maybe just from the exhaustion of four hours of sleep every night for a week. “You look at these animals, and you know how much they have suffered. You just want so badly to turn things around for them, and you would move heaven and earth to make it happen.”

A GoFundMe has been set up for donations to sustain the Middletown Animal Hospital during this period. In addition, Wells Fargo is accepting donations at any location nationwide to Wells Fargo Account, #2872526005.

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All photos courtesy Dr. Grant Miller. Used with permission.

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Pawcurious: With Veterinarian and Author Dr. V

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‘Ours’ and the photography magazine


This is my rescue dog ‘Ours’ displaying a French photography magazine, Chasseur d’Images, which features an article on Laure Agneray. Laure photographs her three children and has recently published a beautiful book, ”Confiance et Reves Eveilles.’ Totally inspirational and gorgeous photography.
RIVIERA DOGS

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Dogs in Politics Day (Checkers Day)

Democrats and Republicans may not see eye to eye on certain issues, but whether your preferred political party is symbolized by an elephant or a donkey we all share a love for ‘political…



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A Soldier’s Sacrifice

Nothing more I can say. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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As crates for dogs have become more common in dog …

As crates for dogs have become more common in dog owner's homes the question that is frequently asked is – when should I introduce the crate into my dog's routine? The accepted approach is to aim to have the crate in the house when you bring your dog home.
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MEET JUDY, THE HERO DOG WHO WAS A WWII POW

judy1-lgFor some British soldiers in WWII, the only reason they survived was due to the bravery and loyalty of a military dog named Judy. In 1945, Judy was awarded the United Kingdom’s Dickin Medal, which honors the wartime service of animals.

According to National Geographic, Judy, a purebred English pointer, began her career as somewhat of a mascot for a group of British soldiers aboard the H.M.S. Grasshopper.

When Japanese planes bombed the ship, the survivors swam to shore. Stranded without food and water, the desperate men were incredulous when Judy sniffed out a freshwater spring under the sand and dug deep to bring the drinkable water up to the surface.

Click here to read the complete.

Halo

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Friday Funny: Cone of Shame

Somehow, the cone’s not so shameful when shared with a friend. Hope you and all of your friends have a share-ful weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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TRACIE HOTCHNER: THE DOG FILM FESTIVAL – A DREAM COME TRUE!

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When you hear “Dog Film Festival” what do you envision it might be like? Would you imagine a Gala Premiere cocktail party with dogs welcome on a Green Carpet with professional photographers the night before? Would you envision spending a whole day seeing a banquet of short films celebrating the remarkable bond between dogs and their people – sitting in a luxurious theater at Symphony Space on New York’s Upper West Side, surrounded by 764 other dog-loving audience members?

Instead of having to choose which films to see (as in most film festivals), what if the Dog Film Festival was one big banquet of short films from around the world – animated, narrative and documentary- all served to you as one continuous experience of more than two hours (with an intermission!) of dog-centric entertainment?

What if it was like one of those restaurants where instead of having to study a menu and guess at what to order – in the hope you’re choosing something good – that you get a tasting menu, the Chef’s Choice, leaving you open to adventure and surprise? And what if you could binge on your love for dogs and film and there was a second completely different program of dog-themed short films you could enjoy a couple of hours later?!

DFF-logo-ProudSponsor175x166All this is going to be a reality, my dog-loving friends! The New York Dog Film Festival is my dream come true, and can be for you, too, on October 3rd in New York City.

The night before is the gala Pooch Party and heartfelt thanks go to Halo, Purely for Pets, that has helped to make this dream a reality as a top tier sponsor of the Festival. Halo truly understands the power of film to express positive values about animals in shelters.

On Saturday October 3rd there will be two Shorts Programs of canine-themed films, with 40 amazing films divided between the two programs, edited into a smorgasbord of artistic depictions of our relationships with our canine companions. You won’t want to miss the joy, amazement and amusement you’ll experience from the whole experience – so be prepared to buy tickets to both programs (seating is numbered and reserved) and settle in! It’s a great family event, too since the films are all appropriate for children of any age.

If you want to have the ultimate experience, splurge and get a $ 150 Founding Member ticket that entitles you to the super fun Pooch Party on Friday October 2nd, a high value doggy swag bag (dull of goodies from Halo!) at the party, and a VIP entrance at the theater and reserved seats for both shorts programs on Saturday the 3rd.

See you at the movies! (and you can catch a glimpse HERE)

WATCH THE FESTIVAL TRAILER:

RPLN-NewLogo-ProudSponsor175x197Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires.

Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

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HALO SUPPORTS HELEN WOODWARD ANIMAL CENTER WITH 10,000 SUPPERS

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HelenHalo, in partnership with Freekibble.com and GreaterGood.org, has donated 10,000 bowls of Halo pet food to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego, California.

In 1984, the Helen Woodward Animal Center created AniMeals, a program that participates in home delivery and other food assistance programs, and includes pet food with its deliveries to low-income seniors and other homebound residents.

In 2014 alone, AniMeals delivered over 50,000 pounds of pet food to its clients, helping to keep both at-risk residents of San Diego county and their pets, healthy and together.

Halo is particularly proud to help support the Helen Woodward Animal Center and its AniMeals program because it serves more than one group in need: low-income seniors, disabled individuals and their companion animals.

People who receive this service don’t have to put their own health at risk by sharing food with their beloved pets. They can rely on AniMeals to provide the highest quality pet food and don’t have to worry about giving up their four-legged companions because they can’t afford to properly feed them.

As one recipient said: “You are helping our two dogs which are like our children!…These are hard times and now our beloved doggies will eat very well and be very happy!”

Halo is happy, too and extends its thanks to the Helen Woodward Animal Center and the many volunteers for the AniMeals program. Their hard work combined with Halo’s pet food donations provide nutritious food for San Diego county’s two and four-legged residents in need.

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