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OUTFIT POST: Floral Clash…

First of all, a big thank you to Jack Wills HK and Plug PR for arranging the borrowing for clothes and who knew but my mum took the pictures – so thank you MUM!

Until British designer Richard Nicoll took ever the helm for Jack Wills, I had to admit that I totally thought of them as a British version of A&F – just not in my age range.  I admit continuously now that I was in the wrong.  Now I see suits, dresses, separates which I want.  And with a good print…you had me at brocade or “liberty print”.

The first of the outfit posts in collaboration with Jack Wills HK is called “Floral Clash”.  I saw this peach brocade suit and fell in love.  Unfortunately, it would be too hot for HK weather!  Definitely more suitable for the western suit.

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The suit in itself is such a bright statement that I pushed it further with a floral vintage blouse with a ruffled collar.  More romantic than the suit but in a cooler blue colour palette to help ground the vividness of the suit. Added metallic grey vintage YSL heels to give it a ladylike look and a thrifted grey suede bag with a fringe (so Summer 2015 trend!).

Focus should go on the amazing accessories that I have on.  The necklace is from a London brand called Moxham which is stocked in The Refinery at PMQ.  The necklace give modernity and a bit of edge to the romantic nature of the suit and shirt.   I am also wearing my faithful watch from locally based brand VOID.  All accessories including the bag and shoes are in silver/dark grey metallics to help balance the colour class of the clothes.

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The Moxam Necklace adds edge to the look but is not too “in your face”.

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In fact the Moxham necklace comes with a bracelet that detaches from the necklace

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Simple watch and grey metallic heels finish the outfit…

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I used the MAC is Beauty range with the pastels range of eyeshadow and lipstick.  Once again highlighting the focus on the clothing…

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BEAUTY: The Dog and I Share Our Common Beauty Treat…(Yes I Do Mean My 8 Year Old Male Chihuahua)

I had heard of coconut water and coconut oil being the go to products for the gorgeous models that grace our Instagram feeds and our glossy magazines.  Adriana Lima (one of the Victoria Secret’s “ArchAngels”) swears by a life time of drinking coconut water and Miranda Kerr (another one of those sickly gorgeous models) swears by a spoonful of coconut oil with every meal.  Now I love coconut water so that seemed easy (though a bit of a burden on the old wallet as in HK, we cannot literally pick coconuts from trees and machete them open) but the coconut oil posed a problem for me.  I bought some (ok it was the cheapest one so I guess I asked for it) but it quickly solidified into a white “cream”…actually it was thicker and harder than cream, I simply do not know what to call it.  Yes I am wordless for once.

So when I was given some Jax CoCo Extra Virgin Centrifuged Coconut Oil as well as some of the yummy flavoured coconut water, I have to admit I was a bit sceptical.  Bo, one of the lovely ladies from Plug PR who is a dog lover told me how good the stuff was for my grumpy old man chihuahua.  He has had a bit of a tough time and has sore pores and had been living a bit rough for a few months before I fostered then adopted him.

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Sad Edowan at Adoption Day

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Visiting the ladies at Plug PR

Bo advised that the coconut oil would be fantastic for Edowan’s sore paws (which he had from a serious infection he had when I first fostered him).  Not only would it be good topically for the dog but also topically for me.  I am a bit of a clumsy person and so I do get lots of cuts, bruises and unfortunately some bites from the little one.  I also tend to get dry itchy skin during seasonal changes.  Bo also advised that taking it would make Edowan’s general condition better.

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Edowan looking perkier…

The sample size was a small pot so I used it sparingly.  However, the major point I was immediately impressed with was the fact that it did not congeal into some horrid sickly gloop.  Sorry I still cannot think of the appropriate word.  Also the taste was natural tasting and not that strong upon tasting.  After a few days of putting it on my little cuts and also Edowan’s paws (I used it sparingly as the sample was small), I noticed a significant improvement.  Also Edowan loved the taste of it (it was more of a treat for him).  May be I was imagining it but his general condition did look perkier.  I also would consider adding it into my daily diet (especially if it helped me lose weight and gave me glossier hair!)

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The New Face of Jax Coco?

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The Miracle Product that the dog and I both shared…

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Please Jax Coco can I have a regular donation of Coconut Oil and Water?

On a side note, the flavoured coconut water (I tried banana and chocolate) was surprisingly yummy.  I was a little bit scared to try flavoured coconut water as I like it as it is.

For more information about the Jax Coco range and stockists, check the website (http://store.jaxcoco.com).  FYI they deliver!

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OUTFIT POST: It is all YELLOW…

Sorry Coldplay, had to quote from your classic song.

So I totally fell in love with these Dagmar culottes (yes am currently obsessed with culottes -who would have believed it?)  I loved the stormy mountain scene painted on it and knew that this was going to be a focal point for the outfit.  (Yes, there is a danger having attention on my thighs and crotch area but the print was so PRETTY!)  I was gutted that the matching shirt was unavailable in my size but looking back in hindsight, I think for my personal style, it may have been a bit too much.  (Too much print for moi you say?)

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For the top.  I took a complete departure from my usual comfort zone.  I would generally pair these culottes with a simple black T or a black silk tank/shirt.  Vein kindly lent me some pieces which really encapsulate the sports luxe trend as they are made from stretchy jersey.  The jacket is also in a bright yellow which I was nervous about it as it was quite fitted especially around the arms but in fact I am happy Vein pushed me.  The jacket is also from Dagmar.  The big push for me was to wear the black singlet from BACK by Anna Sofie Back.  I have seen her brand on many of the big blogger including such people like Susie Bubble.  However, firstly, I am wary of something with a big strip of branding but also something that is super fitted.  In fact, it really is too much of the “street” style that I can never seem to get the hang of.

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So what accessories?  I kept it all simple with my VOID watch, Filippa K black flats and bag by Baum und Pferdgarten.  The trousers and the colour palate of yellow is so much that I wanted some simple accessories to ground the outfit otherwise it could have been a hot Scandi mess!

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All clothing and props apart from the lipstick (Thanks to MAC for my Heroine lipstick) and watch (VOID http://www.voidwatches.com) come from Vein in St Francis Yard.

Vein (address: Shop 301-302, Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong telephone:2528-4988)

Vein on the Yard (address: 2 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong telephone 2804-1038)

website: http://www.bvein.com

Photos once again by Bryant Lee (www.bryantlives.com)

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(Outfit Post) Life can be a Bunch of Roses…

This was my favourite outfit shoot out of the ones that I did with Bryant.  The simple fact was I was acting like myself and acting like a complete fool.  I know I won’t get prizes for my posing but it was felt so comfortable to act like a goof ball.  I also learnt a valuable lesson, a good prop is such a confidence booster.  A big shout out to Vein again for providing their clean white shop front for me to pose in front of and my prop which was “The Gentle Woman” with Bjork on the cover.

The pristine white back drop was perfect for the outfit I was wearing which was a rose print neoprene sweatshirt and skirt by one of my favourite brands Baum und Pferdgarten.  It was a lot of print and the  sweatshirt being in neoprene was a little bit bulky looking.  My mum does not like this outfit as she says it does nothing for my figure.  But I love it anyway simply for the print.  The collection has an amazing pair of trousers in the print which were sold out in hours on the brand’s online store and they have a coat in the print (disappointingly for me it really did not suit me.)  I kept things simple with my lovely black Filippa K black flats and hair slicked back and a fresh slick of MAC “Heroine” lipstick.  I think the silhouette (personally) would be more flattering if I had worn heels but that would have ruined the casual feel I was wanting to create – however it would be a simple fix to take the look into evening.  Only accessories was my trusty VOID watch.

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And then I got silly…but I learnt a good prop makes the difference.

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All clothing and props apart from the lipstick and watch come from Vein in St Francis Yard.

Vein (address: Shop 301-302, Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong telephone:2528-4988)

Vein on the Yard (address:2 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong telephone 2804-1038)

website: http://www.bvein.com

Photos once again by Bryant Lee (www.bryantlives.com)

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(OUTFIT POST) The Girl with the Blue Manolos

Am actually extremely nervous about posting this as for those who know me, I DO NOT DO outfit posts.  I just cannot seem to do it right.  A camera is put in front of me and I became the klutz, with the facial spasms.  Also to be honest, I have always been concerned about how fat I looked on pictures.  However 2015 is a new year and I need to break out of my comfort zone.  I was lucky enough to have scored the talents of Bryant (@bryantlives – check this boo out since going to the London College of Fashion, he is going from strength to strength and I am incredibly fortunate and proud to call him friend.)  Fingers crossed for this current shoot as the last shoot he tried with me, apparently I looked HORRIBLE that he could not edit any to give me some.  I had a horrid expression on ALL the pictures.  (I hung my head in shame….was I really THAT MEAN looking?).  It brings back painful Facehunter memories too.

Anyway, Bryant gave me confidence that he would get some pics for me and assured me with his new camera and his newly learnt skills, I would have some usable pics.  I took my mother and Edowan  as distraction.  Not sure how wise that decision was as the old adage “To not work with children or animals.”

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Edowan – the cliche of not working with animals.

I chose as one of the outfits to shoot my favourite trend currently: culottes.  As I wrote in a previous post, they are not the hideous monstrosities that were in the 80s/90s.  Though with my being a print addict, I might buy some of the originals!!

The current version of the culotte provides an easy alternative to skirts and smart trousers.  I chose for this outfit post, a pair of grey woollen flared culottes from Carin Wester.  I paired with a classic blue silk shirt from the HK success story of 2015 GRANA.  And because of the vivd blue of my shirt, I had an excuse to bring out my MANOLOS.  They are bright blue and not very practical but I love them and they add a bit of fun to the outfit.  Wear flats to make it more work/day appropriate.  Dress up even more by adding accessories.

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Edowan decided not to coopertate

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I love the pop of colour the shoes and shirt makes to the neutral culottes.

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Eodwan on guard…

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This shot shows how two simple things such as a bright blouse and heels can really make the outfit pop but not be inappropriate for work attire.

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Edowan and I need to work on our poses

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“Come of Edowan!”

I kept the accessories simple, I chose some dark metal rings from RebekkaRebekka and Maria Black jewellery and the pouch is from Baum und Pferdgarten which were kindly lent to me by Vein.

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Yes it was my sneak peak pic but I love the contrast between the clay colour wall and my outfit.

Finally….some detail shots of THOSE SHOES…and Edowan of course.

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Eodwan was not impressed by the Manolos

LESSONS LEARNT ABOUT WEARING THESE CULOTTES:

I love these Carin Wester culottes but if you are not careful they can make you look very large in the waist and bum area.  Make sure they fit right and keep the clothing simple. Make sure the hem line for the culottes are above the ankle and show the ankle off.  It was considered scandalous a few centuries ago!  As a larger woman, avoid pairing with the culottes with a baggy jumper or a neoprene big sweatshirt which are popular at the moment.  Trust me, you will look like a blimp with a triangle on your bottom!  If you have the stomach for it, a simple crisp cropped top would look fab with these culottes.

Oh and excuse the make up, I did it myself.  For those who want to know, I wore “Heroine” by Mac Cosmetics.  They just launched a new version which is matt and limited edition matching lipliner are currently available.  So go get some now.

A BIG THANK YOU to Bryant for being patient and taking my pics… check out his amazing work http://www.bryantlives.com.  And thank you Vein as always for lending me accessories and support.

So where to buy?

Everything apart from my Manolos and my Shirt are from:

Vein (address: Shop 301-302, Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong telephone:2528-4988)

Vein on the Yard (address:2 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong telephone 2804-1038)

website: http://www.bvein.com

My Manolos were bought second hand but you can join the GRANA movement but buying a shirt from them at:

Grana: (www.grana.com)

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Culottes Are Still Here…And They Are Cooler Than The First Time Round…

Culottes were the go to “IT” item for girls to wear in the 80s, 90s.  Generally above the knee in loose flower material (usually in a very bright pattern).

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A classic teenage girl ensemble would include some ill-fitting culottes and the ubiquitous hat.  Do  you remember the TV show “Blossom”  well, her wardrobe probably contained a few pairs of culottes.

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Young Blossom from the then hit TV was a Culottes Princess

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Interesting floral or graphic prints were commonly accompanied by a vast colour wheel of colour!

Culottes NOW…

This version of the culotte is surprisingly easy to wear.  Here are some quick tips:

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  1. Keep things neutral.

Go for simple silhouettes and neutrals such as black, navy, white or grey.  Keeping it simple helps to keep it easy to wear with your tops but also gives versatility meaning that you can dress it up for more formal occasions or dress them down for casual outings.  Neutrals also means that you can make it work appropriate and have it as an alternative to suit trousers or skirts.  Wear with heels and a smart shirt or even a jacket.  Wearing it with open toed sandals or sneakers and a slouchy sweatshirt or sweater keeps it casual.

Heels makes this office appropriate or even as an evening outfit option.

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Culottes – A trend that is versatile.

2. Material Choice is Key

Unless you are a model or tall and with slender physique, culottes made in fabrics such as stiff satin or leather can be hard to wear.  Though providing a very strong statement look, it is not an easy look to pull off.

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Materials such as leather though striking can be hard to pull off.

Materials such as jersey, cotton mix, silk, wool or even denim are great options for the culotte.  For the culottes which are less wide legged, suiting materials are great and makes it a very suitable work alternative.

For summer months, go for lighter fabrics or even pleats if you are brave enough.

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Add a cropped top for the perfect summer look.

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Cropped tops, light fabrics and colours makes the culottes a perfect summer staple.

4. Proportions are Important

To keep the culottes modern and not an 80s/90s throwback, keep them below the knee.  Ankle to mid-calf are super flattering.

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Below the Knee is the optimum length.

MY PICKS:

I have found some great affordable culottes in a variety of styles.  Check out sites such as ASOS and Zalora.  Also Monki have a great denim pair which will not break the bank at under 300HKD.

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However if you want to spend some extra money, check out some of the Scandinavian brands such as Dagmar or Carin Wester which you can get from a store in Vein (one of my favourite stores in HK)

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Carin Wester

Where to Shop:

ASOS (www.asos.com)

Zalora (www.zalora.com.hk)

Monki (address: Shop L1/29-31, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong telephone: 3585-8026

website: www.monki.com/; www.facebook.com/monki.hk)

Vein (address: Shop 301-302, Lee Gardens One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong telephone:2528-4988)

Vein on the Yard (address:2 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai, Hong Kong telephone 2804-1038)

website: http://www.bvein.com

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And Then We Became Four…Or how my Chihuahua has more Instagram Fans than Me…

I know how ironic for me to start working on my blog again by writing about the newest addition to my dysfunctional family (remember my labels recognising two cats – a previous post?)  Before you all wish me congratulations that I have joined into the current trend of fashionistas (wait I actually termed myself as a fashionista?) of having beautiful babies (Sabrina, Jasmine Smith from Dress Me and Christing C), I have to say “STOP”.  No I have not found some poor man to inseminate me but I have adopted a dog…a CHIHUAHUA!!!

Now I am ashamed to admit I was one of those people who were not chihuahua lovers.  However, I am a sucker for a sob story.  I have been volunteering for doggy adoption days at a local charity called Kirsten’s Zoo and one day one of my friends from the association who helps foster especially emergency cases came to the adoption day with a big reusable shopping bag.  In it contained a very angry (read petrified) chihuahua called Edowan.   My friend had previously fostered him before he had been found a supposed permanent home and had found him delightful.  When she went to receive  the dog from that said supposed permanent home (which lets just say did not work out for the dog), Edowan had a total character change.  From a seemingly friendly adoptable cute (albeit fat); he had turned into a slightly slimmer aggressive at other dogs and was aggressive to people.  He had infected feet (they were bright pink from licking due to stress and not drying out) and overgrown claws nearly the size of his actual feet (dogs tend to if walked enough keep their claws filed down naturally and only need occasional clipping unlike cats).  Have you noticed that I sound relatively knowledgeable?   Anyway, we all now faced a problem, this little angry Chihuahua needed a foster home or he would have to go to kennels.  He could not go to a foster with children or dogs.  It slowly dawned on me and (looking back it felt a bit like an out of body experience) that I was probably the only one who could come to the rescue (yes SUCKER is probably tattooed on my forehead).  I feebly mumbled I had two cats but I could separate them from the dog by having the dog in my room.  The dog was handed over to me and then I realised I HAD TO BUY DOG STUFF NOW!!!  AND OMG, I have an angry scared chihuahua to deal with.  Panic instilled as I made my way home.

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A fairly accurate representation of me meeting the chihuahua.  (Apart from either the dazed and panic expression on my face.)

At this point, I must say that the usual fosterers of Kirsten’s Zoo came to my rescue with words of advice and more importantly reaching out with their phone numbers so I could contact them any time.

So off home…we go…  Mads and Odette were curious by the noisy and angry bundle as I hustled into my room after setting up pee pads and a little bed and food bowls filled with designer dog chow and released the little bundle.  Actually for a chihuahua,  Edowan (yes his name is EDOWAN – I do not understand the provenance of the name.)  First of all he growled and yelped at me, bit me when I tried to hold him or pick him up but did finally calm down.  Though pick him up in the wrong way and yes another bite mark to my growing collection.  He also loved barking at the door to my room as he knew there were cats on the other side.

Problem one…Edowan is not toilet trained and so cue frantic clorox and then scrubbing and wipes.  Edowan needed to go to the vets and get his feet sorted out as he was needing to be carried everywhere and also the pain was making him even more annoyed.  However, he looked like a cute dog….let’s just say there was potential in this spunky little old man.

Edowan is 8 years old, spent nearly 7 years on a Chinese fisherman’s boat where he spent the last two years sharing with a younger, larger golden retriever and hence was a bit bullied.  His owner went out one night and disappeared.  It is assumed he drowned.  For a whole month, Edowan and his doggy companion were unnoticed and survived on cigarette butts.  Also Edowan was dragged by the ear by the larger dog (he now has a bias again retrievers or large dogs – little dog syndrome maybe?)  My foster friend took him in and said he was quite friendly and was learning to go to the toilet outside.  And then he was adopted.  As the adopter had kept on avoiding signing the papers, legally the dog was still the adoption agency.  Kirsten is very protective of her charges as so much time and money is invested into making sure perfectly good dogs do not get euthanised when they can be adopted.  So an intervention happened, the sorry state of the dog was realised and then I entered the story.

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Edowan when he was first adopted…

After a bit of time with Edowan, I found out he was actually just desperate for cuddles and love…which I was happy to give.  He was not happy to go to the vets but we needed his feet sorted out so I could get him out walking again as I strongly believe that unless necessary, a dog should be walking…for the first few weeks, the catchphrase was “No bag Eddie, you walk!”  As any parent….Edowan was used only when expressing disapproval.  Edowan responded to Eddie.

A few days isolated in my bedroom meant lots of cuddles from me but I also wanted to see if all the pets could live in sweet harmony.  I introduced Eddie on a leash to the cats.  The cats were not bothered, Eddie was not either.  And it  pretty much has been like that since apart from the odd “Get out of my way!” from Eddie.  However, apart from the cats, Eddie was not a sociable little dog.  Imagine coming out of solitary for 6 months and then being inundated with noise, new smells, people and NOISE.  Eddie out and about on walks was a nightmare.  He was aggressive when he saw dogs, people especially CHILDREN and wheelchairs.  And it was not just a little bark, it was a complete fit which I termed PSYCHO EDDIE.  However, I found out that Eddie loves walking up stairs and so my 7th floor walk up is a blessing.

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First Few Snuggles with Eddie

Bromance between Mads and Eddie slowly developed with the odd interaction with Odette but it was more a Mexican stand off

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The Cutie at Home

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Psycho Eddie

I at that stage in fostering Eddie was working at the Hive and I managed to sneak him in.  It was such a great place for him and he began to be less psycho and engaged with people.  It does help that he is pretty adorable looking.  There are random pictures of him on people’s Instagram…random dog in the office today but do not care.  Adoption days on the other hand were not great for Eddie.  There are a lot of people and dogs, all hoping to make that match between man and dog.  He was nervous and completely Psycho Eddie.  He was also stressed after.  However when taken away from the crowds or sitting on my lap, we did manage to get some cute shots for the adoption promotion.  (I was still denying I was attached to the grumpy old man).

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Edowan posing a storm for pictures

After seeing these pictures (thanks to amazing volunteers), I realised Eddie was very photogenic. Hence the onslaught of my placing Eddie in fashion posts on Instagram (with earrings from Jennifer Loiselle, wearing a fashion bow tie, browsing through a Jack Wills brochure, wearing a fetching novelty hat and posing with MAC make up).

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Or PRODUCT PLACEMENT…Eddie has now graced the official Instagram of JaxCoCo and Plug PR for Nexpresso.

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With regards to socialising Eddie so that he is a happier and relaxed dog amongst people and hopefully dogs and children, it is an ongoing basis but he has such character that I believe we can do it.  He is a lady charmer

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He is also incredible with his expressions for photos.  As a fashion blogger, I am a failure and cannot take decent pictures of myself.  I somehow need to get some tips from my dog (yes dear readers I adopted him…)

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