Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cat Whispering In Almost Italy

Today I spent most of the day in LA during which time I ran some errands, did some shopping and basically goofed off.  Otherwise known as screwing around.  I love that part of any day best.  Tomorrow I will catch up on all of your lovely blogs!    I wish I had some crazy funny stories to tell you, but so far this week has been pretty low-key except for the fool at Blockbuster who felt the need to practically holler out so everyone could hear, "Oh isn't this the movie Sa-aarah had that role in?  I'm so into FILMS lately."  Other fool responds, "Oh I KNOW just how you feeeeeel" - while attempting to look around inconspicuously to see if anyone within a 5 mile radius is listening - "One of my friends called me the other day to let me know they saw my movie at the bottom of the bin when they were shopping!!"  Okay.  I get that you're trying to get your acting on and I can respect that, but really I don't care to hear all about it.  Whilst screaming amongst yourselves please try to ensure your dialogue makes sense.  The statements were entirely unrelated and only made so everyone would hear and think they were "connected in the biz".  I love this city!! Where else could you witness this mayhem?? I'm not giving up Allstate :)

So one of my errands today led me to Anthropologie to return what was supposed to be the gold clasp version of the fabulous silver clasp belt I wore last week with the bubble.  Boy was I bummed out when I opened the little box and saw the exact same silver version I had already purchased lying in there.  Oh well.  You win some, you lose some and I still consider it a win when some money goes back into the account for once.  On my previous visit to Anthropologie I stumbled upon (sure sure) the nicest grey poncho that somehow found its way to the counter when it was purchase time.  Earlier this week we stopped to check out the canals in a distant part of my neighborhood and I threw it on as the sun went down.  If you're looking for a light cover-up that can morph into something a little dressy I would highly recommend the Cloudcover Poncho - as well as every single shred of this outfit.  It is one of my faves. 

    There I am heading off into the Shekinah Glory in my shredded Siwy's
(aka best denim shorts in all the land) and the poncho.
This neighborhood is so very quiet.  It's a hidden treasure.  
"Carrie, reach for the liiight," said in the voice of the crazy lady from Poltergeist.  I still get nightmares!!
Back to the poncho:  it's sleeveless and a wider knit with a perfect drape. 
I love it with these shorts.
 
Here's a closeup from the back so you can get a better sense of the fabric and the drape.
While we were up there a gondola ride went by - complete with serenade!
And these high school kids were just paddling around out in their front yards. Lucky!
While the Chef was taking this picture look who came walking up...
He was such a sweet, timid guy!  Out came the Cat Whisperer - 
which is only kind of self-proclaimed.  I kid you not, if there is a stray cat 
within a one mile radius, they are on me.  I'm like a cat seeking device.
Success!! Not to worry - he is being fed. 
You remember the No Child Left Behind Act?
Well I'm the No Cat Left Behind person.

It was right around this time some guy came walking up with his new little puppy and cat friend gave a hiss and jumped off into the bushes.  And here's where it got a lit-tle kooky.  The guy proceeds to stop and talk telling us how he and his girlfriend are using Cesar Chavez's dog whispering techniques on the puppy.  Then out of the blue he goes, "Yeah like I do singing telegrams and had to deliver one to him." I'm thinking, who the dog?  So I ask something else and he says again, "Yeah, like it was live shoot and I had to walk up in a dalmatian suit and sing (and he bursts out singing some song) out of the dog snout.  He was a little freaked out."  And like a smart aleck I go, "did you get any tips while you were there?"  To which the Chef shoots me a look.  Oops!  But, uh, random much? He was certainly nice enough though. 


Anyway, shortly thereafter we peaced out and went our separate ways.  That was a great evening - it wasn't cold and overcast which is a rarity these days for some reason.  I feel like summer is passing us by and it makes me sad because we haven't had more than a handful of truly nice days.  August?  Are you out there?  

Let me know what you think of the poncho.  Do you wear them?  I hadn't donned one in years and it reminded me how comfy they are.  When it cools off in the evening what is your go-to item?

Outfit details:  Tom Ford Sunnies, Anthropologie:  Poncho, Gap Cami, Siwy Denim Shorts, Old Stud Handmade Belt, Foley & Corinna Handbag, Christian Louboutin Espadrille Wedge Bootie, Melinda Maria Rings, Free People and Motif 56 Bracelets

87 comments:

Jessica said...

What a perfectly laid back ensemble! The top doesn't look like much in the Anthro photo, but it's gorgeous on you. (It's been added to the lust list.)

I think next time I go to Blockbuster, I'm going to rock the "let's pretend I'm a movie star" bit. Boyfriend will probably leave me at the store all alone, but it'll totally be worth it when some big-time agent happens to be in Wisconsin and happens to be at Blockbuster.

Debby said...

Carrie, you look gorgeous as always. Love the poncho. Is that gondola for real? I want to live there. It reminds me of the movie Valentine's Day, that bridge, those houses... wondering if it was filmed there.

p.s. My singing voice truly is BAD, but it doesn't stop me. xo

jemina said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your outfit and YOUR BAG!!!!!!!!!! drooolllllll!!! xoxo

Margaret said...

what an amazing top!
great blog!
loving the posts
stop by some time xx
(don't forget to enter the giveaway while you're there!)

Diana Mieczan said...

What a perfect day...I love that cat...so cute! Darling you look beautiful:) That poncho is very pretty and I have a few:)When its little cooler I go with cute cardis lately:)...

Kisses,darling

Btw:That gondola is really cute!

Diana Mieczan said...

Ps: Have a sweet nap:)
Muah

Krystal said...

I would TOTALLY wear the poncho, like totally. and that picture looks like you are riding off in to the sunset...cue music and credits!

FarmGirl said...

Love the sunglasses!

Lynzy said...

You just made me fall in love with a poncho! Good work girl! I will be ordering one soon :)

xo Lynzy
http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

style'n said...

You look stunning in this pictures. I absolutely adore Anthro (by far one of my favorite stores) and I really love the poncho on you. It looks great and I caught a glimpse of those lovely shoes too. I can see why this is one of your favorite outfits. I think you and I would do a lot of damage if went to Anthro togehter : )
Naina

this free bird said...

Debby that gondola is for real! I totally thought of you when we were in that neighborhood. You would LOVE.

Naina - oh I have no doubt that we would tear it up girlfriend!! Right to the ground! hehe

xoxo,
carrie

Renée said...

Love the shorts!

She Wore It Well said...

i swear your outfits get better by the second carrie! wow i love this one so so much. the shorts are fabbbbbbbbbbbb x

Tara said...

LOVE this look! so cute, girl!

Nikki said...

Carrie, you look so cute in those white cut offs! I love them!


xx
Nikki

Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

Carrie, you look beautiful- duh.

I am in love with this outfit, you are rocking it! The 'dog whispering' story was cracking me up. Totally random.

And the gondola is the cutest thing ever! I don't know if cute is the right word for it, but that's what I'm going with, lol.

Have a beautiful day, lady!!

MUAH!

Leia said...

The cat is gorgeous!
You look beautiful! The nudes colors are perfect on you.
Lovely pictures :)

Leia

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

So aside from the internal cag magnet, you may also have the internal slightly weird people magnet going on ...

You're the second blogger I've seen wear that poncho AND look great in it. Mayhap I need to go find me a poncho - and your bag, I really need to find your bag.

Ms Sublime said...

Love the outfit and the shoes...omg the shoes are gorg-eee-ooousss!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish I had known you when I came to LA on hols last month! xx

Cool Gal said...

The poncho is awesome. I need one asap.

You always look so chic and put together. Most days, I run around in old ratty shorts (sometimes dirty -okay, I said it) and not a stitch of make-up.

You've inspired me to at least put on clean clothes! Hahaha...

By the way, never heard of Siwy. I am going to check them out as I want those shorts, too! :)

Anna Jane said...

perfect outfit, as usual. i need to see more of those CL wedge booties...please :) the poncho looks great with those shorts, too - great summer outfit! clearly the cat thought so, too!

xx
anna jane

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, my hubby is a cat whisperer, too, stray cats love him! That story in Blockbuster reminds me of a Family Guy episode where these 2 guys are sitting in Starbucks, working on a script, and it's like, you're not really writing a script until someone sees you writing a script, in public! XO!

Lady Grey said...

it almost looks like sweater, but either way I think it is absolutely gorgeous!!!
oxo

Abby said...

I love that grey poncho! Sounds like you had an amazing time.

Marie Z. said...

I love the poncho and would definitely wear one. Sounds like you had a few random adventures lol. Only in L.A., right? ; )

Some Style... said...

how, cute it's Tiffany's Cat, THE Cat, hehe! you look so lovely..love the shoes!

Lacey in the City said...

Carrie,

Love the poncho. Your whole outfit is very effortless chic...tres California faconnable :)

Also, where are those canals??? I spent 7 years in LA and I've always wondered where they are.

Hope you're having a great Thursday!

xo
lacey

Café Bellini said...

I absolutely adore your outfit! I'm starting to see a pattern here: you're into expensive, designer shoes, huh?! You're so cool! I'm more of a baglady :-) ps That was parmesan-flavoured ice cream, not just vanilla ice cream with parmesan on top. Served with Prosciutto / Parma ham!

Marcie said...

Carrie,

You look stunning in these photos! From the outfit, to the hair, to the sunnies- you look fantastic! I love the time of day too! Dusk creates magical photos.

xo Marcie

DT ~ RDH said...

2 snaps on the poncho! looks great!!

Zabrinah said...

That poncho is awesome! Love the detail of the fabric! How beautiful, dear!

Let's see, my go to item when it gets cool is a long sleeved wrap or cardigan.

:)

~Zabrinah

Teresa said...

Wow! You look so pretty! You look just like Jackie O with those sunnies! And your outfit is so cool! Classy and cool! :)

Btw, goofing around is the best time of my day too. Hehehe! ;)

♥ Teresa ♥

BusyB said...

great post! I know right, WHATS up with the Weather down HERE???@! lol! I went down to laguna this weekend on Sat. and had to keep my over dress on....it was a sad thing up until around 2pm. Hope this weekend looks good! Your OUTFIT IS CUTE!!!! love the shorts!

La Boheme said...

You look so cute from head to toe! xoxo

Martha said...

I love your outfit! You've inspired me to buy white shorts!... dont't know why I dont own a pair.

http://marthacblogs.blogspot.com/

Katie said...

Ok, the shorts are amazing. I want. Except I don't think they'd look good on me. So you keep rocking them. And I love the poncho! It doesn't look poncho-ish to me. I don't think that's a word. You get the point, though.

Rachel said...

You look so pretty! I love the outfit. It's absolutely perfect for summer. I'm pretty sure I need some white shorts now!

Kiki said...

Loving that outfit and the bag is TDF!!! Poor kitty!!!

XOXO
kiki

CGBlogger said...

Wow loving your outfit!

Have a nice day :)

Kate said...

Gorgeous shoes, lady! You always have such fantastic shoes! This whole outfit is great, such a cool, laid back summer look! Love it!

The Frat Pack + Me said...

love love love the poncho!!

PhotoPuddle said...

Looking cute in shorts again. And there weather where you are looks gorgeous.

Oh and in response to your comment from the other day - I never realised Pimms was gin based (just thought it tasted nice) but googled it and yep, it certainly is the same drink we were drinking the other night. Hope the Chef has been enjoying his Pimms brunches!

Kerri said...

always love anthropologie!

Half Dressed said...

I'm seeing a lot of these tops around and I'm really liking the style. It makes the whole outfit a lot more laid back :) The place you're at looks so pretty too :)

L x

Half Dressed

Ms. Givens said...

YES. Your poncho was the first thing I noticed.

sophiasa said...

LOL people are strange aren't they?? Always good for a luagh lol. I LOVE the poncho! Even the color is the perfect shade of gray. And I too, love the raw hem of your shorts =)

AB HOME Interiors said...

LOVE the outfit. And I absolutely adore the no cats left behind motto!! My hubby and I are just the same. We manage to take in every stray on the block. And we often talk about how much we adore kitties, and are more affected if they are in harms way, or being harmed than humans. Aren't we awful? haha If someone at work talks about their kids we loose interest. Tell me about your cat and I can talk for hours! haha
xo
amanda

Barbara said...

i don't wear ponchos, but you look great with it!!!

have a nice week!!

xxx

littlemisspotato said...

I just found your blog :)
Your outfit is so put together, looks darling, and so comfy. I love it.

MarchMusings said...

Nice look done with neutrals. I get the stray cat thing too. Love them!

Krystal said...

i've been meaning to do this all day but i am personally coming here to make sure that you listen to the song in my last post - the sophisticated side pony tail song - it's a riot!

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

So funny! You get all the crazy actor types where you live! And I LOVE that poncho, your whole outfit, ring, bracelet, bag, lovelovelove.

Oh, and the run ins with the whisperers... Sshhhh.

xoxoxo

Maria at Bachman's Sparrow said...

You look amazing, and what a beautiful place!

xoxo Maria

Valerie said...

Sounds like the perfect day, Carrie. That poncho is adorable! I was just in Anthro and didn't see it. Might have to go back. I wore ponchos back in the day and would totally wear them again.

xo
Valerie

rosamond said...

Love it! ("It" being you, the blog, and the poncho!! yes, you are so right about how it drapes...so cute, and also sexy, and rocked perfectly by you in the sunset hours. me want! meow, kitty caller.

Melissa said...

Aw, what a super cute story about encountering the cat! Also, I'm pretty obsessed with your purse.

Bella said...

Your darling and what can I say about those shoes.
Saw you through See Jane and thought I give you a follow. Hope to see you at

http://bellagetsreal.blogspot.com/

Closet Fashionista said...

I love the photos! Your outfit is very fun :D And awww kitty!! I love kittys hehe
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

Cristina @FujiFiles said...

Wow those are some great denim shorts, just what I'm looking for! Love the poncho too.

I try to avoid Gilt too but what if we miss something fantastically cheap and wonderful!?

Bringing Pretty Back said...

You look absolutely beautiful! Thank you for your comment on our photo!!
Cat whisperer! hoot!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Jammer said...

I soooo wana live wherever you live - I mean you have freaking gondolas and Garfield!! You can probably even paddle to work haha Awesome poncho btw...way cooler than the ginormous yellow plastic thing I refuse to wear when it rains.

http://jammer10am.blogspot.com/

Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi said...

You rock those shorts lady! And I love your rings.

megan at Transmission Me said...

I would have never guessed that was a poncho, the cut and drape is perfection!! The blockbuster people sound almost as bad as the people who talk loud on their cell phones. That is my pet peeve!!! You really are a cat whisperer, you and my husband should go into business :)

Fashion and Beauty Lights said...

Perfect outfit! You rock everything!

Kisses,
Irene

Helena from BrooklynBlonde said...

Wow, this outfit is incredible!!! INCREDIBLE! And i love those shoes! wowza.

Alicia said...

Carrie this look is perfection! I love it!! Loving the poncho and the Louboutin wedges - oh my! And thanks so much for your sweet comment ... I was beyond ecstatic when I purchased that awang bag and I would love to live in NYC. ;)

Emily said...

I just love the poncho.. and the cat!

http://rubyslipperjourneys.blogspot.com

Style Attic said...

Hey girl! I think we have the same sunglasses and hair!! You are looking quite smashing and perfectly summer chic. Those shoes...h-e-l-l-o!! Next post, please wear a paper bag and show us how it's done :) Supa Kute!!!

The Perpetrator said...

i love the poncho! it looks great on you! you shouldve brought the cat home :3 so cute!

Join the Gossip said...

I think it's way cute, the whole outfit is!

I don't know how I have never been to the canals. I really need to visit stat!

Josie said...

Oooh, I love this look! Especially those darling shoes.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Miss Caitlin S. said...

you are seriously so pretty!!! And I Love when I see these images of you paired with your "this free bird" name because it is so fitting. Sounds like a good errand day. I'm sorry about the belt but at least you got to visit Anthropologie again! :)

Cashmere 'n Cotton said...

Hmmm...Venice Beach? From one LA girl to another...love the shoes!!

laurenne said...

Why didn't you come by the Promenade!? We could have watched the teenagers together. And you could have made fun of my clothes, which are 130% less stylish than yours.

this free bird said...

omg laurenne. i basically love you right now. bahahahahaha!!!! you show me all the hidden secrets of the promenade (i only know about all the homeless and when i lived in santa monica actually started to recognize and be recognized by some down there - but that's another story) and i'll take you shopping. it's gonna be on like donkey kong down there when that mall opens!! mayhem for daaaaaays.

xoxo,
carrie

Amie said...

The cat whisperer! I love it. I like to think of myself as an animal whisperer myself, especially with cats and dogs. And Babies. Babies and little kids always seem to LOVE me...I think it's because I look like one myself. ha!

corksandcaftans said...

best post ever. they all said it... the cat is awesome. Kitties who are strays always want more love than my Eli. I wish he would take a freaking hint and be nice to me for once.

And you did NOT mention Poltergeist! Most frightening films ever. After seeing the second one in, oh... 5th grade... where the braces attack the face? I used to spontaneously vomit when it popped into my head. Like, choir practice. Braces? Oh yes, BLARF right onto the shoes. Brother's baseball game? Blarf into the stands. Stupid Poltergeist. Now I'm afraid. But unafraid, because this is my favorite outfit you've ever posted. I want to live there...

LyddieGal said...

What a beautiful looking neighborhood - how great would it be to paddle around your backyard?

The little poncho is so cute, and it defies all typical poncho elements, so its so chic!

Chic on the Cheap

Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

Now I totally want a poncho! You're good ;) I love the shoes too. Have an awesome weekend!

Sandra said...

Nice outfit.

thingsIlove said...

Amazing!

A gondola...so romantic!

Reina said...

i ABSOLUTALY LOVE your bad x10million hundred. seriously, i am looking for a brown leather bag JUST LIKE it !!! good pick!

And, as a high school student riding around on a gondola sounds SO MUCH FUN!!!!!! i wish i lived there ;P
actaully Italy would be the real deal so maybe i'll move there :D

Ashley said...

I'm a really big poncho fan! I am lacking one that's summer weight, it has eluded me (so far...) This one is totally cute on you and I like how you paired it with shredded to death shorts! Your shoes are pretty killer too.

xoxo, Ashley

Annie said...

You look so cute!! LOVE the poncho!

Lady San Pedro said...

I love this outfit! From poncho to shoes :-)

Anonymous said...

love people who love cats, they are all special.

Anonymous said...

ps you look beautiful, inside & out.

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