Y’all know I’m not a huge Bon Iver fan, and though he has wide acclaim as some sort of indie rock heartthrob, I find the idea of sexing Bon Iver to be as repugnant as, say, Frenching a trout. Last year, he unleashed his shoe collaboration with the shoe company Keep. What qualified Bon Iver as a shoe designer, I don’t know, but anyway, he made some sneakers with an (of course) feather on them. Just now, we’ve uncovered the commercial Bon Iver made to promote the shoes. It was apparently made on a farm with free-range kittens and pups (all of whom were rescued). It is also deeply earnest and Bon Iver-y, which of course means I had to blow up its spot. After the jump, Bon Iver’s imagined director’s commentary for the video. Keep reading »
Squittens! It sounds like a noise that happens in your ladydrawers after a makeout session, but hell to the NO. Squittens are kittens that look like squirrels — specifically kittehs which sit up on their hind legs like squirrels peering around for nuts. Some squittens, like the cutie named Petal above, are born without bones in the elbow joint of their front legs (aww!!!!), meaning they have to sit back on their hind legs at all times. It is just too cute.
Click through and check out a few more squittens we found on the Interwebs. [Huffington Post]
As a verifiable crazy cat lady, I decided I’d delve into the world of weird cat breeds, just because. Do I need a better reason? I don’t think so. Here are 14 breeds of cat you’ve probably never encountered.
The Japanese are generally better at everything — including cats. For years, they’ve had cat cafes, where overworked people with not enough space can go to pet kittens. Now some cat-tastic enterprising Londoners are trying to take that idea global. They want to open a lovely space called Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, where cat lovers can go to sip some tea and enjoy the company of their furry friends. The furniture and style will be classic Victorian, though hopefully in some scratch-proof fabrics. And all the cats will be procured from local shelters. The owners are currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to get this cafe on its metaphorical four feet, and they need all the help they can get. Donate, if you feel so inclined, and help spread the kitty love across the pond. [IndieGoGo]
Do you have a lot of feelings?! Us, too! But for the next one minute and 53 seconds, the only feeling you need to have is “AWWWWWWW.” Because that’s the only way to feel about Loki the kitten and his new, maybe-friend Harley the hedgehog … who mostly scares him. [YouTube]
I have a friend whose boobs are so large that she doesn’t need a wallet because she can carry her money wedged between her tits. If I wanted to carry anything between my breasts, it would have to be like an empty Starbucks cup covered in two-sided tape. But I think all of us, large-breasted and not-so-large breasted, can agree that carrying a living creature with claws inside your bra is nothing short of batcrackers. Also, adorable.
This video of a bunch of ragdoll kittens (18 of them!) playing with a bunch of ducklings is almost too much. It’s kind of the cutest mosh pit ever. [Neatorama]
This is why I will always love Philadelphia: Because only in Philadelphia will a dude ride around on his bike with a kitten on his back. This is YouTube user RudiElias86, and in addition to being totally adorable, he’s also forged a special bond with his little kitten MJ, who goes everywhere with him. [Philebrity]
Karl Lagerfeld vs. Martha Stewart: who is the stranger pet owner? It’s a tough call. On one hand, we have Karl, whose Siamese cat (Choupette!) inspired a Chanel couture collection and has two personal maids who keep a diary on her behalf. On the other, we have Martha, who named her kittens Emperor Ch’in (after the Chinese ruler) and Kublai Khan (after the heir to the Mongolian empire), and also owns a Chow Chow named Ghenghis Khan. Oh, wait! Martha definitely wins, and here’s why:
“As with all my new pets, I gently bit each kitten on the face. This is how I let my animals know that I am now their mother.”
There you go. [The Martha Blog via Dlisted]
Choupette Lagerfeld is my literal spirit animal in that she is, in fact, an animal, and also happens to really speak to my spirit, so there you have it. Just when I thought the gloriousness quotient of Karl’s legendary Siamese had finally been capped due to overload, what with recent reports of a photoshoot and eponymous purse, I could not have been more wrong. It turns out that the influence of le chaton on the Kaiser’s design sense does not only not draw the line at soft, fluffy bags, but an entire collection Karl kreated for Chanel was inspired by Choupette’s eyes. And who spilled the beans on the true blue roots of the Spring/Summer 2012 couture collection but Karl’s friend and neighbor Diane Kruger? One more for my extensive list of reasons why I would beyond happily trade lives with the German actress (we’ll call it #2, before Joshua Jackson and after the fact that she is one of the most beautiful people alive): she… has touched… Choupette. Even though she was probably made to wear white silk gloves whilst doing so. [Fashionista]