March Showers & March Flowers

After living in San Diego for five years, we’ve finally had the pleasure of experiencing a rainy winter. I say this statement with partial sarcasm, because a) it has not actually been a pleasure and b) the “rainy winter weather” pales in comparison to living in Portland, and yet, I’ve managed to be a complete pansy about it.

You see, even after the short while that we’ve lived here, we’ve been lulled into the comfort of 70 degree and sunny days. So when the rain storms started in December and then kept coming… and coming… and coming… they became increasingly colder, more damaging, and certainly more of a nuisance to endure. Like I said, I’m being a pansy.

However– and this is a BIG HOWEVER– within the last two weeks, every inch of San Diego has bloomed into the most vibrant shades of pink, purple, orange, green, and yellow I’ve ever seen. The freeway exit we take to go home is a field of nearly blinding neon yellow flowers. And I’m fairly sure they’re all wildflowers.

If I thought San Diego was magnificent every previous year, it’s come that much more alive after a winter full of rain. It’s breathtaking for all of the senses; it looks gorgeous, it smells heavenly, and the birds sound wonderful.

I always love spring, but I have a feeling I’ll always look back on spring 2017 and remember it as an especially beautiful one.

ANYHOO- this week our outfits are in honor of the rainy winter which has turned into a rainy San Diego spring. I have my rain boots on, and Chloe Bisou is wearing her new waterproof reversible rain jacket.

And thanks to our pug friends Violet & Timmy on Instagram, who also are experiencing a rainy spring, we’ve designed a few new pup rain jackets that will be available in our Etsy shop this week. They’re reversible, sleeveless, made with CPSIA tested Laminate Cotton and as always, made with a lot of attention and love. For more details on the patterns we’re offering, feel free to visit The Stylish Bisou on Etsy.

Is it spring yet where you live? We’re wishing you all a fantastic first week of spring!

Heather: Plaid drop-waist dress, handmade by The Stylish Bisou. Navy & pink rain boots, Kamik Olivia style, purchased on Amazon. Hello Hallie tote, Kate Spade, sold out, find a similar colorful tote by visiting KateSpade.com. Rosebud earrings, H&M. Laser cut, cat-eye white sunglasses, ZeroUv.com. 

Chloe Bisou: Reversible rain jacket/dress style with matching leash. Available in The Stylish Bisou Etsy store. 

Gooey Gooey Gingham

If I were perusing the interwebs and happened upon a blog post with the title “Gooey Gooey Gingham” I would immediately think the person who’d wrote it was insane.

Gooey chocolate chip cookies? Makes sense. Gooey brownies? Even better. But Gooey gingham? It sounds nonsensical.

However, it DOES make sense in the context of the The Stylish Bisou world, and if we say so ourselves, Gooey and gingham pair exceptionally well together.

Obvi, we’re talking about the sweet little nugget who is the star of this week’s #OOTW, Monsieur Gooey–Aka Goku, Aka GOO– in his blue gingham button-up shirt. It’s all about the Goo-Bear this week.

Anyhoo, lately we’ve been trying exceptionally hard to pull in those spring vibes, because darn it! It’s been winter for entirely too long. Who’s with us?

So here’s the scoop with these outfits: this is last year’s fabric that we used for our FWSD Spring Showcase & was a coordinated piece with our spring 2016 collection. This year it doesn’t “go” with our color scheme. So we need to get rid of it.

Which is why it’s part of our Spring Sale in our Etsy Shoppe!

This dapper teal gingham shirt AND the flamingo MollysPawtique (normally $12, now $6.99) are both on sale until we sell out. In addition to this shirt, we added a bunch of last year’s bow ties (featuring Curly Tail Ties & MollysPawtique). And we’ll be continuing to add more sale items this month.

We are also selling this women’s matching ruffle dress ($65.99) or the same style as a shirt (44.99) with the purchase of the dog shirt. So, if you like it, please feel free to contact us or check it out on Etsy!

And if you happen to read ALL the way through our blatherings, we think you deserve a reward- ha! Feel free to use the code BISOU15 to get 15% off your Stylish Bisou Etsy purchase for the month of March.

We add new items every week, so stay tuned!

Now, let’s all collectively think “spring, spring, spring,” & maybe she’ll finally be coaxed out! Sending light & positivity to you all…

 

 

 

 

Still Boot Weather

I can hardly believe I’m saying this— especially given that the official state shoe of California is the humble “flip-flop”– but as of February 20th, I’m proclaiming it to still be boot weather.

Spring usually comes early to San Diego, complete with endless weeks of sun and mild temperatures. Yes, I know– we’re spoiled. And although we Southern Californians are notoriously weather pansies, in our defense, the weather has been nothing short of bonkers lately.

This last weekend the neighbors to the north of us in Los Angeles got the worst of it: thunderstorms, high winds, flooding, mudslides, and even sinkholes.

Around our immediate hood in Oceanside, our next door neighbor’s raised cement yard collapsed, palm trees have been ripped to shreds or fallen and we even experienced something we haven’t seen since our days in Washington state: sleet.

That being said, I’m grateful to come from the weather unscathed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was injured or affected by the bizarre weather happening around the country in recent weeks. It’s been scary for many people and we can only hope that milder spring weather is on its way soon to all of us.

But back to boots. Because that’s what I’ve been living in for the past few months.

As we all know, boots can cost a pretty penny, but thankfully I found many of my favorite pairs sold during the off-season for super cheap. These thigh high boots for instance, I bought last summer online from ASOS for $50.

And they’ve definitely come in handy while combatting the rain and cooler temps.

Chloe Bisou’s sweet little sweatshirt has also come in handy– you’d be surprised at how even pugs become acclimated to milder temps. Chloe now shivers when the weather dips below 65 degrees, so I’ve been throwing this soft french terry sweatshirt on her when we go out.

And yes, we made the sweatshirt. And yes, we will selling them in a variety of colors VERY soon in our Etsy shoppe. So stay tuned!


What boots and warm sweatshirts are you still wearing? Feel free to join the conversation and leave us a comment below!

Heather: Pink floral dress, handmade by The Stylish Bisou. Grey over-the-knee boots, ASOS, currently sold-out, find a similar pair here. Polar bear crossbody handbag, Kate Spade. Long drop earrings, Forever 21, find a similar pair here.

Chloe Bisou: 100% French Terry, pink bow, Stylish B. sweatshirt; available soon on The Stylish Bisou Etsy shoppe. 

 

 

 

New Decor, New Dresses

 

This week Chloe Bisou and I are having a von Trapp moment. We didn’t make our clothes out of our curtains per se, but if you think that pillow on the couch looks similar to our new dresses, then you’d be right.

Over the holidays– after our spell of “the sickies“– I was deep cleaning our home and came to the conclusion that I was bored AF with our decor. Our ocean side shack desperately needed some reviving and I knew a fresh new color scheme would do the trick.

So my husband and I marched our butts into IKEA– when you have pugs, you can’t exactly go crazy buying expensive new decor. It behooves us to stay on a budget because- between pug hair, licking sessions, muddy paws, and chewing– we have no idea how long anything will last. You won’t see priceless heirlooms in our home- ha!

But folks, I have to tell you– the week after Christmas is the time to shop at IKEA. We found two relatively nice area rugs for $50 each (normally $100 each), curtains for $10 and even a bit of fabric for 99 cents a yard. All items, as luck would have it, were in the color scheme I had hoped for.

I then visited Joann and Michaels for fabric and new flowers. I did two DIY projects with the fabric:

  • First, we reupholstered our worn out ottoman. After a few hours of wielding a staple gun, our dilapidated pleather piece transformed into a stylish patterned ottoman.
  • Second, I covered all of our (fifty zillion) throw pillows (formerly covered in pug hair).

It wasn’t until I was working on the pillows however, that I fell in love with the Tiffany blue floral print I was incorporating into our scheme. So of course, I had to make new spring dresses from it! I have a (bizarre) obsession with using upholstery fabric for dresses anyway, because the cotton is always sturdier and has structure to it which is a must for dog dresses. Plus, this cotton is easy to clean!

It’s funny how even a few small changes in a room can make a big difference. We went from a red & brown scheme, which made our living room feel dark and earthy, to a teal, blue and green palette. Our living room now feels brighter, fresher, and ready for spring.

Redecorating a room doesn’t have to break the piggy bank. With a budget of $200 we made the following updates to our living room:

  • New area rugs
  • New pillow covers (or a few new throw pillows if you can’t find or make covers)
  • A few new real plants (which help keep the air clean)
  • Colorful candles
  • New curtains
  • Reupholstered a worn out ottoman (which is an easy DIY project)
  • New fake flowers (easy to maintain and Michaels has a great variety that don’t look cheap and plastic)

Have you redecorated your home recently? Feel free to leave us a comment and let us know what changes you made to update your room(s)!

 

 

Heather: Dress, handmade by The Stylish Bisou with Home Essentials fabric from Joann. Teal bow shoes, originally from ASOS, sold out, find a similar pair here. Oversized pearl earrings, H&M, sold out online, find a similar pair here. Large faux pearl necklace, made by Dazzles By Darla

Chloe Bisou: Custom made Stylish Bisou dress and pearls. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather:

Chloe Bisou, Career Pug 4 Life

If you’ve been following The Stylish Bisou in recent weeks. then you’ll know that this week my “day job” came to an end.

As I dust off my resume, Chloe Bisou has decided that she wants to continue being a career pug and has also updated her resume. Check out at her qualifications (aka skeelz) and possible future job prospects below.

Chloe Bisou…

…Spent some time as a yoga instructor. Particularly experienced in the downward facing dog, melting heart, and shavasana poses.  If there are treats involved, she might sit and nama-stay.

…Is a skilled babysitter. She will gladly play games, run amock, jump in puddles and always go in for the kiss. Rest assured that nap time and snackie hour will always be high on the priority list.

…Spent some time as a laundry attendant. Pressing is Chloe’s specialty, but if you have a particularly stubborn stain, Chloe is happy to lend her washboard back to scrub it out.  She admits to needing work on her folding skills.

…Once was a life guard for a short period. She was also asked to star in the new BayWatch movie to which she declined. She later regretted this decision realizing that she could’ve been within inches of her crush Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Photo Courtesy of LA Pug Meetup

…Spent some time as a gardener. Many people in the area buy goats to help with trimming the grass, but Chloe Bisou will finish off your unsightly weeds AND remove pests such as snails or slugs. (Yes, she eats them.)

…Moonlighted for some time as a Burlesque Pug. Available for upscale parties and events. Please note that her treat price is high, but her risque routine won’t disappoint (her clothes come off with ease.)

…Is a very talented food critic with a distinguishable palate. Available to review new local restaurants particularly if they involve rainbow chip ice cream sammies. (Oh, who are we kidding? She’ll eat anything and give it a good review… ha!)

…Is a highly qualified housecleaner. For a nominal fee, Chloe Bisou will get in the nooks and crannies of your home, making it slightly sparkly clean. She’ll even lick your cupboards free of (delicious) grease and use mom’s last season  fluffy shoes to dust your home. 

And although Chloe Bisou clearly has a wide range of talents, she didn’t need to touch up her resume after all because….

We’ve decided to give The Stylish Bisou a full time go for the next few months! This will be a temporary, month-to-month venture until I make a final decision about entering back into corporate world. But, we’ll keep our fingers crossed and see how it goes.

So, Chloe Bisou will recommence her role as stylist, designer, model, and CEO of The Stylish Bisou. We will be reopening our Etsy soon with some pre-spring items, followed by the official Spring Collection we previewed on the FWSD runway in October.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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