welcome to fun fact friday.
tgif! you’ve made it through another work week and destination weekend is just up ahead. but before you board that train let us give you a little fun fact. may it serve as the catalyst to your weekend mindset or an interesting topic of conversation that you can keep in your back pocket for dinner parties and bar banter. for this inaugural post we present “oodles of poodles.”
you may not know this but poodles are actually not french, they’re from germany! And those hair cuts, well they aren’t just about looking good, it turns out they were created for function. that’s right, that crazy poodle cut originated out of necessity.
while they are best known for their slender elegance and cotton candy like fur they are also both intelligent and athletic. in fact they were bred to be sporty water dogs, retrieving fowl, fishnets and even used in water rescue operations. the name comes from the German pudel or pudelhund which translates to waterdog. in France they call them caniche, a reference to their duck like swimming abilities.
and that haircut is not just about looking stylish, the origins of the infamous fancy poodle hairdo is functional. yes you read that right, it serves a purpose. a poodle’s coat keeps them warm in the water, but it is also gets heavy when it’s wet. to streamline and lighten their load while afloat the hair is trimmed but left long on the chest and head to maintain body temperature. the adorable ankle pom poms help keep their joints warm and the top knot prevents hair from getting in their eyes as they swim. bows were later added to help identify the dogs during water competitions. during the reign of the French king Louis XVI poodles were groomed to mimic the fanciful hair styles of the 18th century nobility. fancy that.
so next time you see a fashionably cool poodle saunter past you at the dog park remember, looks can be deceiving. these super chic canine companions are both pretty AND smart, form AND function. they are the total package of the dog world.
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gosh, this year has brought so much change and i’m feeling so incredibly grateful for everyone and everything in my life. i wanted to celebrate thanksgiving with some of my closest friends before we all head our separate ways for the holidays. i’m also really excited to have a space to entertain in my new home, so figured it was the perfect way to get me into unpacking mode and invite some friends over for the first time.
the inspiration for the evening was dutch masters meets 70’s california thanksgiving – a bit funky, but with lush, classical florals and traditional elements. we often work with Mirassou Winery and i was so happy that they supported the vision of this party and helped make it come to life. it ended up being such a lovely evening celebrating with some of the best people i know.
we’re also hosting a giveaway with Mirassou below where you can win some entertaining essentials for the holiday season!
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dani schafer made some pretty watercolor desktops for us this week! she layers color so beautifully. the gold on top of these adds so much texture!
the gold is definitely one of my favorites for the holidays!
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as you can tell we’re loving all the faux fur out there right now and excited to integrate some into our own wardrobes. (see our post all about it yesterday!) we thought it would be fun to try our hand at a simple tote bag made with one of the furriest textures we could find. it might seem like faux fur would be hard to sew but it is actually quiet easy and very forgiving. the fur covers even the wiggliest of seams and if you don’t have access to a sewing machine you could even give hand sewing a try.
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sometimes there are things you see all the time and never give it much of a thought. and then… you see it in a different context and bOOOOM! it’s like a whole new thing entirely, full of potential and possibility. it’s as if you’re seeing it again for the first time.
magic 8 ball EYE MAKEUP TRENDS
and magic 8 ball NEW FALL COLORS
well it turns out faux fur is for more than halloween costumes and vintage cheetah jackets and we can’t get enough. the coats are amazing, but let’s talk about these heels for a minute!
the teddy bear browns of yesterday have been transformed into a variety of sorbet shades. neutral nudes are striped alongside vibrant hot pinks. texture plays largely into the effect too, shaggy, fluffy and closely shorn.
as with apparel and accessories these innovations also seem to be gaining momentum within interior elements as well. flokati style rugs, throw pillows and poufs are popping up in hues other than white and cream. with the cold months of winter rapidly approaching we welcome this trend with a big, warm hug.
check back tomorrow for this faux fur DIY tote bag we made and download some on trend faux fur desktop wallpapers below!
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