Haute Mess

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I’m not going to lie– I’ve been on the struggle bus lately.

It’s hard to put succinctly into words what I’ve been going through in past weeks, but I think I’ve finally pinpointed where my uncomfortableness (is that even a word?) stems from: my lifelong struggle with perfection.

I won’t delve too deeply into the origins of my obsession with perfection– I mean, this ISN’T a therapy session for pete’s sake– but I will say that I’ve spent my entire life striving to excel (and over excel) at everything I put my mind to. I’m a control freak, high strung, perfectionist, Type A personality, “I’ll do it myself,” “nothing is ever good enough” breed of person. I work myself into a tizzy– often times temper tantrums included– to achieve perfection.

Trust me, I’ve got issues.

Now, for the first time in my life, nearly EVERY part of my life is in shambles; my mere existence is the antithesis of perfection. Name any number of things that are important in one’s life– finances, relationships, career, family– and I’ve royally messed every one of them up. I’m always a day late and a dollar short.

Lately I’ve let this overwhelming sense of failure really get to me. It’s been a lot of “I can’t even” moments in the least jokingly way possible… “I can’t even handle this stress right now…” “I can’t even do anything right…” “I can’t even get out of bed today” (I was sick with a nasty head cold amongst all this)…So on and so forth.

It has been quite the un-fabulous pity party I’ve been throwing myself and no amount of pug love from Chloe Bisou could pull me out of it. The worst part? I wasn’t even wearing my best pity party dress.

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BUT… This week, the tide has changed, and I’ve decided to wake the h- up and get over it. Because striving for perfection is causing paralysis to my creativity, my growth, and my overall journey.

YES, I am painfully mediocre but that’s okay. Could I could be doing a thousand things in my life a thousand times BETTER? You bet, but I can’t keep stopping at the side of the road to punch myself in the face about it. Cue cliche statement: no one is perfect, so why the heck do I keep insisting that I should be?

And so, wearing a shirt that says “San Diego’s Hautest Mess” couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. Because I’m not going to “fake it til’ I make it” anymore; I am embracing–and openly admitting to the world– that I’m a haute mess and proud of it.

Regardless of being a self professed mess, I’m the haute mess who’ll continue to pick herself up by the stilettos and get back to the hustle and grind. I’m the haute mess that’ll whip on that red lipstick and keep bravely smiling.  And I’m the haute mess that underneath it all, still loves and respects herself…with a little help from her delectable puggies, of course.

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AND just in case you’re wondering, we will be back with more Outfits Of The Week in our Stylish Bisou Etsy beginning June 6th. In the meantime, we are catching up with our current orders and taking custom dresses, button-up shirts, and reversible bandana orders. Feel free to contact us if you need anything custom!

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Outfit Details

Heather: Kill ‘Em With Chic T-shirt.

Slim fit pants, H&M.

Black duster jacket, H&M.

Pom Heels, DIY, inspired by A Life Less Ordinary.

Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters.

Chloe Bisou and Gooey: Reversible bandanas, The Stylish Bisou Couture on Etsy.

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Bisou Stylin’ At FWSD’s Spring Showcase 2016

 

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It was surreal to realize that last year Chloe Bisou and I were attending Fashion Week San Diego’s 2015 Spring Showcase, and this year we were all up IN IT!

This past Saturday, May 14th, we jam packed our car full of precious cargo and Bisou designs then headed eastward to Harrah’s Resort SoCal— which, by the way, is one of favorite getaway spots. It’s such a gorgeous resort in a beautiful setting, and the service is always on-point. But I digress…

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The Fashion Week San Diego Spring Showcase essentially kicks off a full year’s worth of designer oriented events, and provides the public with an intro of each designer and a sneak peek of what to expect in September’s runway shows.

We spent the afternoon amongst fellow FWSD 2016 designers in the Harrah’s SoCal event center, putting together our booth and primping our models.

Speaking of models, we were so happy to have a handful of our darling dog models with us for the event (and they were a hit with everyone who attended!) We had:

(Obviously) Chloe Bisou and Gooey dressed in flamingos and a Mollys Pawtique bow tie.

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Kingston and his “sister” Olive, (@KingstonThePug and @APugNamedOlive on Instagram).

Cricket, (@cricket_the_bostonterrier on Instagram).

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And last but not least, Emma (@emma_rose_the_fancy_frenchie on Instagram).

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(Special thanks to Jenna Pilant of Lucky Little Mustard Seed for letting her dachsund, Nella Sue, prance around the FWSD Showcase in a Stylish Bisou dress.)

At 6pm sharp, The Stylish Bisou crew sprang into action, schmoozing with the crowds, snapping photo-ops, and selling some of our stylish pup merch, including Dazzles By Darla necklaces, MollysPawtique bow ties and CurlyTail Ties.

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Flamingo themed…

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Always trying to primp Chloe Bisou!

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Emma on the runway!

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Beautiful little models, Cricket, Kingston & Cricket.

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We got photo bombed in style, by the beautiful Vanessa Bali (vanessaballi.com)!

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I even got to escort Miss Chloe Bisou down the runway for our designer debut! Check out Chloe Bisou’s darling little trot in the video below.

The night went by in a blink of an eye– sadly, we were so busy, we didn’t get much of a chance to walk around and get pictures of the other FWSD designers. There are some SERIOUSLY talented and creative designers though and we can’t wait to see what they all have in store this year! Here are the pictures that we did manage to snap amidst all of the craziness.

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Where are my treats ma?!?

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Chloe Bisou had her own bed, but decided to steal Emma Rose’s instead- Ha!

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Gooey had a crush on Cricket!

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The beautiful models and pawrents!

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Chloe Bisou refused to pose without her treats…

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All in all, we had a fantastic time and loved meeting new dog lovers and fashionistas. Now, onward and upward to the #FWSD16 Runway Shows, happening September 26 through October 2, 2016!

Special thanks to:

Harrah’s Resort SoCal for allowing our pups to attend the event and let some of our models stay the night in the hotel– (they are possibly phasing out their dog-friendly rooms, so we appreciate that they allowed our models to spend the night.)

The dog model pawrents for all of their support, and for helping us build and break down our booth. 

Our KickStarter & social media/online friends for supporting us and making it possible to attend this event.

Mollys Pawtique, Curly Tail Ties and Dazzles By Darla for providing us with accessories to showcase at our event.

The team at Fashion Week San Diego, for being so professional, organized, kind, and for putting on a fantastic event!  

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A Busy Week Ahead!

I have a lot on my mind this week– it’s a very busy week ahead, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling a little overwhelmed.

I sit here contemplating how much I want to elaborate on that…. Let’s just say that as I prepare for the Fashion Week San Diego Spring Showcase this weekend, I’d like to think I would have a nugget of positive wisdom to pass along. But to share anything “enlightening” would make me a hypocrite, because I in fact feel very little positivity at the moment.

And so, because I don’t have anything nice to say, I’ll spare you my whining and leave you with a few cute pictures from this last weekend of our fun time at the San Diego Pug Rescue’s 25th Annual Pug Party in Del Mar, CA instead…

Because it was the 25th Anniversary, they left the “dressing up” theme open, so Chloe Bisou and I decided to go Kentucky Derby style. 

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Chloe Bisou and Gooey got spoiled by the wonderful people in the doggy cafe….

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We were happy to hang out with our dear friends Wendy & Simon (@simon_bella on Instagram)…

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As well as our wonderful friends, Dawn & Lolo (@dq805 on Instagram).

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And what party would be complete without a few selfies? 

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Hope you all have a great week! Wish us luck because we’ll need all of the luck we can get– Ha!

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The Perfect Bubbalicious Bubble

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The minute Mom dropped it in her mouth,

I knew we were in for some trouble,

This week she was on a quest,

To blow the perfect bubbalicious bubble.

“How hard can it be?” she said,

She used to blow bubbles all the time,

But that was in her youth,

And in her bubblegum blowing prime.

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As you KNOW, we love our treats,

But bubblegum isn’t high on our list,

And though we can’t exactly chew it,

We knew that mom would need an assist.

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Appa tried his hand first,

Cheering “come on mom, you can chew!”

But neither of them were happy,

With the tiny bubbles that she blew.

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Mom kept giving it valiant effort,

But as the gum got harder to gnaw,

I knew it was my turn to step up,

And give her a lending paw.

I stepped into action,

Ready to divulge my grandest tips,

I demonstrated exactly how,

Mom should purse her tongue and lips.

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I gave her a smooch for good luck,

And as she began to blow,

I watched very closely,

For that darn bubblegum to grow.

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The smell of the gum was rousing,

Suddenly I couldn’t resist,

That tiny little bubble

Was clearly begging to be kissed.

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But the bubbles were not perfect,

Mom expected them to be more,

And as mom’s jaw grew tired,

All of us began to bore,

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Just when we thought she’d given up,

We thought she’d surely hit a wall,

When no one else was looking,

She blew the most bubbalicious of them all!

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Mom was tickled with herself,

But OBVI it was because of my great advice,

And she agreed to pay the two treat minimum,

Which of course, is my going price.

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Mom said her bubblegum days are over,

That was her last bubbalicious bubble,

But on her next adventure,

I think my help will cost her double…

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Outfit Details

Heather: “LOVE” skater dress, H&M, similar style for $9.99 can be found here. Faux Leather Minimal Moto, WhoWhatWear found at Target. Chunky heel sandals, GoJane.com. Heart shaped sunnies, Pacific SunWear. Scarf, from my closet, find one similar here. Metallic clutch makeup (aka “treat” holding) bag, H&M.

Chloe Bisou: Girls #OOTW, featuring a Dazzles By Darla necklace. For purchase in The Stylish Bisou Etsy.

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Appa: Boys #OOTW, featuring a Mollys Pawtique pink flamingo bow tie. For purchase in The Stylish Bisou Etsy. IMG_3975

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The Great Pug Getaway

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{#OOTW details: Floral kimono style dress, from my closet, find one similar here.

Coral bow-back heels, from my closet, find a similar pair here. 

White retro cat-eye sunglasses, from my closet, find a similar pair here

Gold bead necklace, constructed by me, find a similar gold necklace here

Chloe Bisou is wearing The Stylish Bisou #OOTW, available only this week on Etsy, featuring a Dazzles By Darla necklace. 

Gooey is wearing The Stylish Bisou boy’s #OOTW, available only this week on Etsy, featuring a Curly Tail Ties bow tie.}

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We’re running away from home this week! It’s spring which makes us want to get away… travel somewhere fun…and lord knows that mom could use some time away from the sewing cave. We’re tooootally doing a pug getaway!

So we packed our bags– our luggage mostly consisted of fabulous shoes and treats– and called 1-800-Pug-Jett to pick us up.

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Mom had her sights set on Charleston, South Carolina. Who knows why really, except that she’s obsessed with that Bravo show “Southern Charm”— although she’d never admit that openly to anyone. So, shhhhhh– it’s our little secret!

We’d heard good things about Charleston from lots of friends too… mom thinks it looks picturesque, stylish, and historic, which is right up her alley. So Charleston, here we come.

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We waited patiently curbside for our Pug Chauffeur service to pick us up and bring us to our requested Pug Jet. We waited…

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And waited…

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And waited some more.

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Finally mom turned to me and said “should we call Pug-Uber?” Pug Jett must’ve somehow lost our rezzie.

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Needless to say, after many hours of waiting, we gave up and hustled our fabulous butts back home.

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We unpacked Gooey, who’d been with us the whole time–apparently he’d squeezed himself into the luggage and eaten all our treats. Thankfully he stopped short of chewing mom’s shoes!

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Then we settled onto our porch for a lemonade & treat break to replenish us after the long wait out in the sun.

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Mom says that lemonade would do just fine for this week, and that although Charleston South Carolina would have to wait, next week we’ll try again…perhaps this time for an escape to Palm Springs.

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If you could get away this spring, where would you want 1-800-Pug-Jett to take you? Feel free to leave us a comment below (we love hearing from you!)

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