It’s time to interview another feline fashionista here at Cat Lady Confidential.
Where do you live (country)? New Jersey, United States
When did you start blogging and what is your blog about?
After obsessively reading fashion blogs for awhile, my Type A personality began to shine and I thought, “I can do that too!” And with the coaxing of my best friend Elena, who shares my love of eating and shopping, Penniless Socialite was born. Elena was my inspiration for the blog because we often ignore our 9 to 5 lifestyle and spend the weekends eating and shopping like the socialites on Page Six, minus the money, eating disorders, and with more cats.
When did you learn about your passion for cats?
Ever since I was a little kid, I always loved animals. I always dreamed of owning a dog, but my dad’s allergies always dashed my little dreams. I was resigned to having a series of fish and hamsters. When I was finally officially a grown up after graduating law school with my own apartment, I was so excited to get a dog. However, here in suburban New Jersey dog-friendly apartments are hard to come by. So, when I had my first big girl apartment, I was allowed to have a cat. As soon as I finished the bar exam, I pretty much rushed over to the nearest shelter to get my first kitten. The cat was the first addition to my new apartment. I think I had a cat before I actually had furniture. Wait, no…I got cable first…then a cat. I figured a furry companion was more important than a couch.
You have one cat named Apollo. What can you tell us about him?
Apollo is the cuddliest, laziest little man. He’s a Maine Coon mix, which means he’s a big dude. In fact, the vet has just stopped weighing him and just writes “overweight” on his chart. It’s a little rude, but true. Apollo has always been kind of an odd cat. He’s there everyday to greet me at the door. He comes when you call his name. He knows basic commands. Well, he knows “down” (off whatever high surface he’s on and not supposed to be on) and “out” (of the one room in the house we attempt to keep cat free for guests). He never hides when guests come over and can usually be found in someone’s lap purring and demanding attention. It’s almost as if he’s saying “Look how good I look!”. I have thought I’ve caught him gazing upon his own beauty in the mirror, but I might be reading too much into his actions. On the rare occasion that he is hiding, he can be found in the closet, where he has shoved himself into the shoe rack. Oh…and he chews on shoes…which was a really awesome trait to discover [sarcasm]. He’s the dominant animal in the house and beats up on the 85lb shepherd all the time. He steals her bed, her food, and just generally the spotlight.
Sometimes your love for cats seems to inspire your outfits. What is your favorite kitty inspired outfit that you’ve posted so far?
My favorite “cat dress” is one I got from Anthropologie – see it here:
I try not to repeat outfits on the blog too much, but I just love that dress so much! Here are some other ways I have styled it:
I am also pretty partial to this cat skirt as well:
What fashion advice would you give to cat ladies who like to show off their love for cats through clothing?
My biggest advice is to not go crazy with it. Stick to items with a small cat print on them…not a giant cat face. And make sure that print is a little cartoon-ish or abstract. Realistic-looking cat printed clothing tends to have an unsophisticated (and slightly crazy) look to it. If you’re doing a cat printed item of clothing, pair it with basics. (i.e. a cat print skirt with a chambray shirt, or a cat print blouse with a neutral colored skater skirt).
Mister Cat and I would like to thank Tara for accepting our invitation for this interview. Thank you so much!
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