Saturday, April 27, 2013

Aah: that Titus.

It's LLB's second anniversary, but who's been getting all of the attention?


Lately it's been ALL about Titus.

Titus is our chief style consultant and head of security at LLB.
He greets clients with a very (!) imposing "Woof!" (and some of even you get a "Woof-woof!")
and then he inspects you VERY-very carefully.

Stalking you throughout the store, he sniffs and snorts up every scent that lingers on your shoes, toes and pant legs. Dog smells are Mr. T's favorite, because (in case you did not know this yet and  I don't think he always realizes this) he is a dog -- and he LOVES other dogs. Small ones especially. He can sniff them out on you in 30 sec's. His tail starts going and his nose becomes ever so excited. Here goes the tail, back and forth, back and forth. 

At this point, you may look -- but you may not touch. He likes to tease.

Finally (yawn!) he graciously lets you pet him.


Once he is your friend, watch out. He can get VERY excited. 
And when he brings you his treasured stuffed bunny, you're really golden.

Well, he's made such a golden friend in local photographer Kay Taylor this year.
She is the magic eye behind his latest photographs and she coincidentally also met him through Facebook. They have a lot in common. They both love dressing up (dogs, that is), cupcakes and dachshunds, and they both love garden gnomes.

They are best friends now it seems.
Enough to make a mother jealous...

He sits for her like a little star.

He allows her to dress him up in frames....

... and VERY swanky eye wear...

(... and less swanky eye wear...)

... just like her own adorable dogs:

We have big plans for Titus. Stay tuned:)

And don't forget to visit his facebook page off and on, 
he loves new tall fur-less friends and he is always up to new shenanigans! 

See you soon!

xoxo TITUS
(and Beate)

PS: Kay is available to take photos of your dogs as well!
Contact me at LLB for details, or simply visit her website


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

We love cards!

Yes, I am still a fan of snail mail!

Whenever I can I visit and purchase stamps from my little post office out in Whitehall because I am so afraid that one day "Poof!" in this virtual age it will be gone. I love to pull a hand written note from a friend out of my dust covered little mail box, and I get even more excited when it comes from overseas.

Yes, we need less paper in the world... but with all the instant messages and less bulk there also is that moment we forget about because we don't have anything tangible to hold on to and it just evaporates.

But a card! I love a good card. The process of picking it out. There is the thought that went into designing the card that you're passing along. The meaning of what you write inside it. The beauty of it. The sense of humor. Addressing it... sticking it in the mail... someone carrying it off and away... and then having someone on the other side of the country pick up that card again and sharing in what you wrote, connecting with you. Cards can be funny or deep or meaningful -- or just a little "Hello!". And often they can be really artistic. 

I have a whole big box of old cards (or they are displayed on my fridge) and every once in a while I dig around in that box and find people and memories I had put aside somewhere deep inside my busy head.

Cards spread joy. And sometimes you just need to spread some sass.
Or sweetness.

That's why I love carrying cards at LLB. And I've been so excited about what I've found over the past two years. This week I'm adding another wonderful company to our collection.
Cartolina Cards are designed by Fiona Richards in Canada. They are environmentally friendly and really artistic, beautiful and unique (just like our recent addition of Two Trick Pony). 

I mean, sometimes there is just the perfect card that says what you've JUST had on your mind:

Come check them out some time soon: I'm sure you too have someone who's dying to get some snail mail from you! Or, if you're a spring baby like me, everyone's birthday seems to be  happening right now (we like to hang out with other spring babies). We have lots of birthday cards!

We carry

Sheridan Avenue Studios
Pooch Cards
Casati Art Studio
Two Trick Pony
Riveting Notes
Lola & Bella

& more

So see you for some snail-mailin' soon! 

Beate & Titus

PS: You asked what? Of course there are Titus cards!