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If you know one thing about me, it’s that I’m obsessed with my cat. Even attempting to avoid dramatization I must use the word obsessed. I have a particular, incredible soft spot for Himalayan cats (it’s all my best friend’s fault, starting in kindergarten). I have owned two cats in my life – both older, rescued Himmies. While they had remarkably different personalities, there is so much I adore about this breed they certainly deserve a shout-out in my blog.

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Calliope enjoying a Sunday in our garden

Himalayan cats were originally a cross between a Persian (flat face, long hair) and Siamese (think: DC in That Darn Cat, one of my favorite childhood movies). Starting in the early 1900’s these cats were often bred to achieve the markings of a Siamese and face/body of a Persian. Still today it is debated whether Himmies are a breed unto their own or a sect of Persians. American Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association recognize Himalayans as a distinct breed, while the Cat Fanciers Association and the American Cat Association consider them Persians {source}.

Myself and little snow cat.

Myself and little snow cat.

Though I think Himalayans are the greatest, most unique animals I still refer to them as Persian cats. They are affection, aloft, particular, sweet, loyal…all distinct characteristics of the Persian breed. Besides – the sweet ‘lil pushy face is undeniably a Persian trait! Love the portrait below? Click here to see more of Anne Ross Oliva’s work.

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Beautiful portrait of Calliope by Anne Ross Oliva

My two cats Clawdia (sadly passed away in 2007) and Calliope (still vivacious at 11 years old) were both older when adopted. I have never owned a cat under six years of age, but these two sweet girls each came into my world right on time. Their lives instantly turned into a blur of treats, toys, cuddles, attention and affection!

Clawdia approx. 2006

Clawdia in 2006

In closing, I urge each of you to adopt your pets. There are so many exceptional, eager pets who want to spend their golden years adoring you. I promise you an older pet can bring infinite joy to your household – our cat is a vital member of our family!

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Calliope in Halloween costumes past: Sushi Roll (top) Amelia Earheart (bottom left) Hillary Clinton (bottom right)

Have you adopted an older pet? I’d love to hear your story! Please leave your comments below. Interested in adopting a Persian cat? Please visit Helping Persian Cats, a fabulous organization dedicated to making perfect matches!

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As I reflect on the impending Thanksgiving holiday, my thankful list is growing at a rapid pace. Though this year was full of many memories – great joy, sorrowful loss, personal rediscovery – I am most grateful to be living where I love, with the person I love, doing what I love.

Being a writer was always my dream job (for when I “grew up” – har har). This year I have followed my passions and expanded my writing from the unfortunate direction it was heading (neglected hobby) to where I want it to be (flourishing full-time!). Despite having been in the SF beauty/fashion scene for the last few years, albeit in different contexts, I was still amazed at the community support I discovered as I dove into my professional career.

There are a few particular organizations that have facilitated my writing career in 2012, and I hope to write about them each as we travel into 2013. First on my list is certainly San Francisco Fashion And Merchants Alliance, Inc.

Known as the largest and most innovative fashion organization in Northern California, SFFAMA sponsors numerous fabulous events which highlight local designers, start-ups, writers and more. I’ve attended a few great SFFAMA events, including at The Factory and JYJZ.  I love their dedication to connecting local talent. I have met countless inspiring San Franciscans that encourage me to keep pursuing my dreams.

As the holiday season continues full swing, I hope to keep reflecting on the multitude of treasures I have to be thankful for (including SFFAMA mentioned above). I hope you each have a thankful, delicious, happy holiday!

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” Margaret Cousins

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Welcome to my site! I am a seasoned beauty buff and aspiring novelist who enjoys sharing stories, photos and daily musings. This blog is a collection of my favorite things, from personal to professional and beyond. I hope you enjoy reading it. Find me on twitter @anne_jude for real time updates on my various thoughts.

Let’s get this blog rolling with a picture of my muse Calliope.

Combing a few of my favorite things (whiskers on kittens, my garden, Sundays & Instagram) I captured this shot of my elusive feline.