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Nov 4, Pet products sale up by 7% in the US

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.
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Embracing Change to grow

Despite the sound of thunder and the distant sight of lightening lighting up the sky, in this late evening, a wind slowly blowing, instead of rain, there was just the wind. The rain, if there was any, was either far off, didn’t happen or a withheld promise, but the sudden appearance of these clouds after…



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What I’m Wearing Now: September

Fall Wardrobe Essentials // bubbyandbean.com
1. Fine Knit Cardigan, H&M  //  2. Black Jersey Tee, H&M  //  3. Striped Tunic (bought here, now sold out; similar available here)  //  4. Strong and Steady Mala Necklace, Bright Star and Buffalo  // 5. Classic Sheffield Watch, Daniel Wellington (pssst… get 15% off all watches here through 10/15 with code BUBBYANDBEAN)  //  6. Crocheted Shift Dress, Macy’s  // 7. Elephant Kimino (bought at F21; no longer available but love all of these as well)  //  8. Skinny Maternity Jeans, Oh Baby by Motherhood  //  9. Charcoal Tote, Sick Bags  //  10. Thunderbird II Moccasins in Gray, Minnetonka  //  11. Hi Top Back Zip Booties in Black, Minnetonka

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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