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Choupette Takes Over CatCon LA

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The cat is now officially out of the bag (Side Note: I’m so over this pun), LA Times announced my first speaking debut at CatCon LA. The first cat lover’s convention will invade The Reef in DTLA next month on Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th. Part expo, part symposium, CatCon LA showcases the world’s top cat-centric merchandise including furniture, art, toys and clothing for those of you who possess a great love of the feline, as well as conversations with some of the top cat experts in the world.

Choupette Approved: Beauty Buys

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My fur is flawless, my skin is smooth, and my eyes are as blue as the ocean. It’s no wonder I made more money on my two modeling campaigns last year than Cara. No harsh feelings dahhhling! Some of us just were blessed with natural beauty. For those of you not as lucky as moi, here are a few beauty buys to add to your daily routine.

Don’t worry, I didn’t animal test them on myself. My maid Madame Françoise was happy to be my test subject and she’s looking ravishing (if I do say so myself).

The Cat’s Out of the Bag: My Lucky Magazine Cover

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If you follow moi on Instagram (which you obviously do), you’ve seen my Lucky Magazine special edition issue cover reveal! It was an honor to work with Eva Chen and the rest of the Lucky Magazine ladies and gents. With a dream team of stylists, make-up artists, hair stylists and my maids, I felt like part of the Lucky family. If we’re being frank though, the set got catty with he-who-should-not-be-named (AKA Grumpy Cat) when he threw a total Naomi fit when served tap water. Who could blame him though? Tap water! How basic.

Besides the minor H20 setback, getting to know Toast made me “appreciate” dogs more. Although, we have to work on finding the perfect lipstick shade to accentuate her best feature: her tongue!

Get a special edition sneak peek before it hits newsstands 4/8!

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UPDATE: April Fools dahhlings! Click HERE to see the reveal!

Choupette’s Oscars 2015 Best Dressed List

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As I sat sipping Veuve Clicquot, waiting to be dazzled by Hollywood starlets, I quickly grew disappointed (not to the level of Grumpy Cat but more McKayla is not impressed). With nominees like Marion Cotillard, Julianne Moore, and Reese Witherspoon I expected to be giving standing ovations. It’s the Academy Awards ladies! Jooj up the twins, don the Chopard diamonds, add a pinch of Harry Winston and a dash of Choo.

Jetset Like Choupette: Luxury VIP (Very Important Pet) Hotels

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Your pampered pet deserves to jetset like moi! Give them the luxury VIP (Very Important Pet) treatment in Paris, New York, Miami, California, or wherever your private plane takes you. Don’t worry, you can bring the maids too – additional fees will apply.

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Le Meurice (Paris)

Here’s a fun fact (if you like dogs): During hotel renovations from 1905-1907, Le Meurice workers took in a stray greyhound that had been living on-site. Hotel personnel then adopted the dog, and it soon became the mascot and inspiration for the Meurice’s.

Amenities:

Complimentary pet basket, custom-designed bowls with the nameplates, name tag

Specific menus and food options available

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Dog walking in the Tuileries Garden

Pet Fee:

Available Upon Request

Restrictions:

Cats and dogs only

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Mandarin Oriental (Paris)

Located on one of Paris’ most fashionable streets, the Mandarin Oriental Paris boasts an array of pet amenities sure to please the most fickle feline (moi) or pampered pooch.

Amenities:

A chilled glass of champagne for the humans and a chilled bowl of water at check-in

A welcome letter from the Mandarin Oriental Paris mascot Archie Lewoof, a border terrier whose pet parent Philippe Leboeuf is the hotel’s GM

Linen Mat, name tag, feeding dishes

In-room dining menu for dogs and cats; well-behaved pets welcome in restaurant Camélia

Pet Fee:

Available Upon Request

Restrictions:

1 pet maximum

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Gansevoort (NYC)

Not that they are bragging or anything, but the Gansevoort was voted the nation’s “Pet Friendliest Destination” by the readers of Animal Fair magazine. That’s what they tell me at least….

Amenities:

Premium treats from the Barking Zoo, pet bed, mat with a monogram, small fiji water, food and water bowls, toys, and a collar tag that reads: “I am staying at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC.”

Pet enhancements: Personalized pet bed, name tag, and puppy purse (don’t attempt with a feline, merci!)

Pet Fee:

Additional fee of $100 per stay for the first pet and an additional $25 for the second pet per stay

Restrictions:

Two cats or dogs of any size

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The Muse – Kimpton (NYC)

Looking to spot the hottest camera-ready pets? The Muse is an impressively pet-friendly hotel, having hosted everything from snakes and penguins to a pig, all in town for castings and on-screen debuts. Ginger, a teacup Pomeranian, serves as the “Director of Pet Relations.”

Amenities:

Pet bowls and bed

Pet sitting, grooming, walking, massage and acupuncture services

Pet Fee:

No additional charge

Restrictions:

None: Any number of pets, no size or weight restrictions

Pampered Pooch and a Hers and Furs package (starting at $229) – Provides in-room pedicures for a guest and pet

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Soho Grand Hotel (NYC)

Your pet should never have to lift a paw (I don’t)!

Amenities:

Organic treats from Bocce’s Bakery, bedding, food and water bowls

Pet goldfish: Don’t have a mangy dog or fancy feline (or want to torture you cat)? 
The hotel is happy to provide a goldfish at your request at no extra cost, which you can take home with you. Note: Nowhere does it say there is an extra charge if the goldfish meets an untimely death. Whoops?

Not that I care, but there is a dog park complete with fire hydrant water stations, bespoke benches, and garden design by Rebecca Cole.

Pet Fee:

No additional charge

Walking and a more extensive grooming menu can all be arranged through the concierge for an extra fee

Restrictions:

No size or weight restrictions

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Epic Hotel (Miami)

Between the bronzed bods and bedside amenities, any pet will feel pampered both inside the resort and lounging at the pool.

Amenities:

Mats, bowls, and Yip-Yap breath mints

Epic Pet Getaway Package – pedicures, shampoo, toys, and one-hour daily walks

Pet Fee:

No additional charge

Epic Pet Getaway package (Extra Fee)

Restrictions:

None: Any number of pets, no size or weight restrictions

No off-limit areas for pets in the resort – feel free to take pets to the pool to tan (sunscreen required for the hairless breeds)

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Ojai Valley Resort (CA)

Amenities:

A personalized sign bearing the pet’s name hanging outside the door

Food bowl, nightly turndown with a toy and tasty housemade treats from the pastry kitchen

(Dogs) Furry Friends Menu –Each meal includes one protein selection (hard-boiled eggs, salmon, chopped chicken or burger patty) and two sides (rice, peas, oatmeal, cottage cheese, chopped pineapple or sliced apple), with an option to add an extra dog biscuit for dessert. Guests are also welcome to bring their dogs along to a meal in the outdoor dining areas at Jimmy’s Pub or Oak Grill.

Pet Fee:

Starting at $150 for the first animal and $50 for the second, with a two-pet limit per room

Restrictions:

All pets welcome from felines to parrots and pigs.

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Choupette’s Diary: A Chic Guide to Halloween

The popular twitter handle @Choupettes Diairy comes to life every week on Pretty Connected with ongoing commentary from the point of view of Karl Lagerfeld’s fiercely, fashionable, high-maintenance cat, Choupette. 

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 Trick or treat smell my paws (but don’t make any fashion faux pas)! Since men and women alike idolize moi, honor my beauty by dressing up as a fashion feline this Halloween. Take a cue from Revenge‘s Ashley Madekwe and her husband last year as they paid homage to Daddy Karl Lagerfeld and me.
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Put your paws up if you’re dressing like moi for Halloween. Hashtag #ChoupetteCostume & I’ll be sharing my best lookalikes on Twitter & Instagram. Extra points if you can get your man to dress like Daddy! Do you dare dahhhlings?

Choupette’s Diary: A Chic Guide to Feminism in Fashion

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Emma Watson and I have more in common than just our fashion icon, “Mommy” Coco Chanel – we know that ‘feminism’ isn’t a swear word, rather it’s misunderstood. Recently, the political world has seen a lot of promise on the issue but much less progress. This disillusionment about the female’s role in a patriarchal society extends down even into fashion.

The industry is one dominated by females, yet there is a disconnect between empowerment and exploitation. It’s easy to blame fashion for forcing scantily clad young girls onto the catwalk and photoshopping even the thinnest model on the cover of magazines. We justify it as being “edgy” even though it perpetuates a male exploitation of the female form.

Coinciding with the portrayal of women in fashion, there should be more women on the executive level of large fashion conglomerates. The roadblock is the never-ending debate over equal pay, which affects women disproportionately.

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Instead of focusing on the past wrongdoings of fashion’s crawl toward female empowerment, we should be building a world where all women (and felines alike) have the opportunity to receive an equal education, opportunities, and careers. I’m calling for a restructuring on how the fashion industry – and the world – addresses youth, beauty, sexuality, and career-driven women.

Find out how Chanel is standing up for feminism.

Become part of the debate and share your opinions with moi, @ChoupettesDiary, using #Fashion4Feminism.

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Choupette’s Diary: A Chic Guide To Pampering with Shu Uemura

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In case you don’t feel good about yourself and your career success, take a moment to wallow in the fact the a feline has landed her own beauty collaboration. Don’t fret though dahhhlings! I will take those worry lines and turn you into the blue eyed beauty I am.

Daddy Karl Lagerfeld has a longstanding relationship with the Japanese makeup brand, Shu Uemura—he uses their cosmetics to color in his fashion sketches and collaborated on a holiday collection with them in 2012. Thus, it’s no surprise he wanted moi in on the action!

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While the collaboration was announced in July, the images for the campaign have just now arrived *cue the annoying human squeels of excitement*. The “Shupette” line features eyeshadows in minky, feline colours, crystal false lashes, the cult Shu Uemura cleansing oil and more. The packaging is complete with original drawings of me from Daddy –  who doesn’t want to see my face every morning on their boudoir?

The “Glamourpuss luxury” will launch in time for the holiday season so get on Santa’s not-so-naughty list early!

Choupette’s Diary: A Chic Guide To Being Moi

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By now you’ve heard the news, I have a book releasing in September entitled Choupette: The Private Life of a High-Flying Fashion Cat.” The long-awaited publication will include tips on diet, beauty, healthcare, and fashion, as well as insight into my secret loves and hates (more hates than loves).

Choupette’s Diary: A Chic Guide to Being a Cat Lady

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Not all cat ladies are created equal. Those not in the fashion sphere look at “cat ladies” as lonely single women who walk around their overstuffed (read: Hoarder) apartment talking to their felines. Non! The world of fashion has challenged this stereotype, transforming “cat ladies” into sophisticated high-style women.

I may have started said “trend” but since June is official “Adopt a Cat” month, I’d like to honor the Fashion Friends of Felines:

1. Harley Viera-Newton (Model/DJ): Marmite  & Tarzan

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2. Christene Barberich (Refinery29 EIC): Phoebe

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3. Maria Cornejo (Designer): Ziggy

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4. Ruthie Friedlander (Deputy Web Editor, ELLE): Gracie

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5. Grace Coddington (Creative Director, Vogue): Pumpkin

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Want to become an official Fashion Friends of Felines? Submit a photo of you and your feline to @ChoupetteDiary using #FashionFelines.