Consumer spending is crucial for recovery of the economy. The rising tide isn’t lifting all boats but one of the lucky ones is the pet supplies industry.
High-end pet items drive increase in spending. People like to buy organic dog food, timed cat food dispenses etc
“People are cutting back on themselves more than they’re cutting back on pets,” says Bob Vetere, president of the American Pet Products Association.
“Cheap pet food is selling briskly, reflecting the weak economy, at the same time costly items are thriving,” he says. “It’s the middle of the market that’s shrinking,” he says. Dog Food Blog | Best Dog Food Guide
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I started this series back in January, mainly in response to our beginning of the year reader survey, where My Style (my outfit posts, which had admittedly become few and far between) came in at #1 of all the series we run here on Bubby and Bean. It had been months since my last one, due to things like Chicago winter weather, chasing around a toddler, and an overall lack of desire to go pose in front of a camera without constantly cracking up at my attempts to look serious and fashion-y. Although I did eventually resume occasional outfit posts, ‘What I’m Wearing Now’ became a fun way to document my most worn pieces of clothing each month. Now that we’re in the ninth month, I finally went back and looked through all of the posts in the series for the year, and it was really cool to see the seasonal transitions and, of course, changes that have occurred as my pregnant belly has grown. I also realized that I wear many of the same pieces over and over again on a very regular basis (especially shoes; give me allll the moccasins), which, although I obviously notice to some degree in real life, came as kind of a pleasant surprise. Apparently I know what I like and I’m happy with a small, intentional wardrobe – and I guess that’s pretty rad.
That said, here we are in September. It has been too warm here for the most past (about which I am not complaining!) to bust out much of the fall wardrobe, but just like last month, I’ve focused on layering as a solution to hot days and cool nights. My trusty maternity jeans are still on regular rotation and are still only one of two maternity pieces I own (because maternity clothing tends to look horrendous on me, plus it’s expensive, man), along with tunic tees, leggings, kimonos, and the occasional lightweight cardigan. I haven’t worn many of my beloved short dresses, which are usually my go-tos but just look weird on me when I’m pregnant (and truthfully won’t fit over my boobs or butt right now anyway). But I did score a gorgeous navy crocheted number from Macy’s for a wedding a few weeks ago that has ended up being a regular in my closet this month when I’ve wanted to feel a little more dressed up. It looks like they only have it available in black or ivory now, but both are equally as cute. (You can see me wearing the original here.) It’s not a maternity dress, but I just bought it in a couple sizes up from what I regularly wear. And I love it so much that I think I’ll take it in after the baby is born so I can continue to wear it.
I have a feeling next month’s wardrobe will be quite different because it starts to get cold here in October, and I’ll also be sporting a third trimester belly. Then again, I thought September would be vastly different than August, and here I am, wearing most of the same stuff I did last month. So we’ll see.
What about you guys? What clothing and accessory items have you been wearing in September?
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When you hear “Dog Film Festival” what do you envision it might be like? Would you imagine a Gala Premiere cocktail party with dogs welcome on a Green Carpet with professional photographers the night before? Would you envision spending a whole day seeing a banquet of short films celebrating the remarkable bond between dogs and their people – sitting in a luxurious theater at Symphony Space on New York’s Upper West Side, surrounded by 764 other dog-loving audience members?
Instead of having to choose which films to see (as in most film festivals), what if the Dog Film Festival was one big banquet of short films from around the world – animated, narrative and documentary- all served to you as one continuous experience of more than two hours (with an intermission!) of dog-centric entertainment?
What if it was like one of those restaurants where instead of having to study a menu and guess at what to order – in the hope you’re choosing something good – that you get a tasting menu, the Chef’s Choice, leaving you open to adventure and surprise? And what if you could binge on your love for dogs and film and there was a second completely different program of dog-themed short films you could enjoy a couple of hours later?!
All this is going to be a reality, my dog-loving friends! The New York Dog Film Festival is my dream come true, and can be for you, too, on October 3rd in New York City.
The night before is the gala Pooch Party and heartfelt thanks go to Halo, Purely for Pets, that has helped to make this dream a reality as a top tier sponsor of the Festival. Halo truly understands the power of film to express positive values about animals in shelters.
On Saturday October 3rd there will be two Shorts Programs of canine-themed films, with 40 amazing films divided between the two programs, edited into a smorgasbord of artistic depictions of our relationships with our canine companions. You won’t want to miss the joy, amazement and amusement you’ll experience from the whole experience – so be prepared to buy tickets to both programs (seating is numbered and reserved) and settle in! It’s a great family event, too since the films are all appropriate for children of any age.
If you want to have the ultimate experience, splurge and get a $ 150 Founding Member ticket that entitles you to the super fun Pooch Party on Friday October 2nd, a high value doggy swag bag (dull of goodies from Halo!) at the party, and a VIP entrance at the theater and reserved seats for both shorts programs on Saturday the 3rd.
See you at the movies! (and you can catch a glimpse HERE)
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