Dogs Trust Dog of the Week: Introducing Magic

posted on: Friday, 27 March 2015

It's Friday... which is, from this point on, a day pretty much dominated by puppies. Oh what a dream it is to say that! This is the second dog of the week on Fashion Foie Gras, in partnership with Dogs Trust. Last week we featured my soul mate, Billy the Greyhound. And this week we're featuring a tinier four legged friend and some of his little buddies. This, dear reader, is Magic. 

When I first met with Dogs Trust they told me about a very special place called the Puppy Palace. This is a beautiful kennel where puppies, and their puppy friends, live and are socialized by the volunteers at Dogs Trust. Naturally, I asked if I could have a moment or two to help with the socialization project. I mean it's hard work, but someone has to do it right? 

Upon entering the room, it was Magic I locked eyes on first. Magic is a puppy that came to Dogs Trust by total surprise. His mother came in as a stray and on her first night in the kennel gave birth to Magic. There were no other puppies, just this gorgeous miracle. It was magic. And now Magic is house hunting, as it were. He's a mischievous little man that had me at hello.

Magic wasn't alone, of course. I met three of Magic's friends, who were looking for new families. 

While puppies are cute and wonderful and cuddly, they aren't the only friends to be found at Dogs Trust. They are, however, awfully tempting to snuggle with all day! 

On another note here, before we go, I wanted to draw your attention to a side of Dogs Trust that many of us are fortunate enough to never have to utilize. Dogs Trust run an initiative called the Hope Project. This service provides assistance to dog owners who are homeless, as well as free and subsidized veterinary care for their dogs. This is a truly outstanding service and one that is desperately needed. Just another reason why donating time and money to Dogs Trust is a feel good exercise. Get involved, folks! 

Stay tuned as next week I'm featuring yet another beauty looking for a home from Dogs Trust!

Must visit while in Los Angeles: Union Station (most picturesque place ever)

posted on: Thursday, 26 March 2015

In my humble opinion, not enough people take trains in the USA anymore. Folks all over Europe are regular train adventurers, while Americans (myself included in this) rarely see the world go by from a railroad track. That, dear reader, is a real shame. I imagine America by train to be a romantic and incredible way to discover the country. Yet, we all seem so hell bent on finding the fastest way to our destination, that we miss all the beautiful spots in between. Would it be crazy to say I want to bring sexy back to trains? This is, of course, fueled by a recent American discovery. 

In January, I was introduced to the grandeur of Union Station in Los Angeles. I had seen the station before, featured over time, in everything from classic Hollywood movies to glossy magazine photo shoots. However, nothing could have prepared me for seeing the space in the flesh. It's a historian's dream, a photographer's dream, and a dream for anyone who appreciates the beauty of times long gone by. 

Before we all grab our hankies and declare great sadness for the death of train travel, I'm happy to report that Union Station is still functioning and is, in fact, a rather hopping place these days (60,000 travelers a day come through Los Angeles Union Station). US train travelers flock to this location to catch their favored mode of transportation and start their trip with a quite memorable landmark. 

There is a great air in this building. The moment you step inside you feel weighed down by the history of Union Station. The year 1939, when Union Station was constructed, feels not so far away in time at all. 75 years have passed and the building, and all its contents, feel frozen in time. Marble inlaid floors, leather waiting chairs, giant wooden ticket desks and information terminals have all been preserved perfectly. All this being said, I am somewhat saddened by those who seem to pass through as if this were a common Metro station. I find myself standing alone and looking into deserted restaurants and roped off areas that scream "we have stories to tell." Naturally, my imagination runs away with me and while picturing what must have happened here before today, I'm also eager to spread the word amongst colleagues that this place is the most magical I have discovered yet for photoshoots and film prospects.

In short, this is sort of a love letter to Union Station in Los Angeles. If you are visiting Los Angeles, put this on the must see list. And if you're an LA native, take time to really appreciate this magical location. Oh how lucky you are to have such a beautiful piece or architecture in your very own backyard.

Toast x Botany: a match made in Cacti heaven

posted on: Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Guard your wallets, interiors lovers. Toast has teamed up with the concept/lifestyle store Botany to launch a popup in the Westbourne Grove Toast store and it's a taste of East London in the West that you won't want to miss out on. 

Now, in all honesty, I didn't know much about Botany before visiting the popup in Toast. I had seen pictures and thought, "yeah, that would make a nice addition to my "green game" in the house." Coming out of the Westbourne Grove popup just hours ago, I'm newly obsessed. 

Botany will be in residence with Toast for only six weeks, and now that we're one week in, you only have five weeks left to grab the goods before they're carted back to East London. Pop in to check out cacti, succulents, house plants, paper goods and more, all on display in the front of the store. 

Naturally, I can't send you into Toast without also encouraging you to check out the spring summer collection. Won't you look lovely tending to your succulents in a billowing linen apron dress? Ok, maybe that's my own personal fantasy I'm putting together there, but you get what I'm laying down.

Basically, the Toast x Botany Westbourne Grove popup is not to be missed. The rest, I'll leave you to discover in store.