Cheer Du Jour

A little cheer to forget your troubles, and better yet, to toast with a glass of bubbles!

AbFab’s Patsy: Posh Party Girl Gone Practical???

Patsy Stone: “I thought a little mosey down Bond Street, a little sniff around Gucci, sidle up to Ralph Lauren, pass through Browns and on to Quags for a light lunch.”

You can bet that Patsy and Eddie never stopped at the local charity shop during their infamous shopping marathons. Cut to real life, where Joanna Lumley is promoting Marks & Spencer’s charitable pop-up Shwopping event. The weekend event at M&S features donated items from celebrities, which can be purchased by customers who donate clothing items. Click here to read details of the joint venture with Oxfam.

Of the charitable side, Lumley states, “It makes such an unbelievable difference as I’m lucky enough to have travelled to Africa and seen the difference a small amount of money can make. So it’s win win win!” Of the great shopping, she enthuses, “So I say keep your eyes open for bargains and don’t be afraid to be a bit daring as that’s how fashion comes. From making a style of our own.” You can read more about Ms. Lumley’s love of vintage shopping here.

via Joanna Lumley: A hand-me-down sounds awful, but call it vintage and it’s rather chic don’t you think? – Yahoo! Lifestyle UK.

Also, congrats to Ms. Lumley on her National Television Award (NTA) Recognition Award, presented 1/23/13. We have loved her, from her appearances on “Are You Being Served” to the legendary Patsy, and everything in between. Cheers, Sweetie!

Joanna Lumley with the Special Recognition award during the 2013 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

Joanna Lumley on NTA Recognition Award: ‘It was earth-shattering’ – TV News – Digital Spy.

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Shetland ponies wear Shetland wool sweaters on Shetland Isles

More adorable animal photos! This is exactly what I needed tonight, after staring at one dismal headline after another. I’m ready to don my Shetland wool sweater, trek north to Scotland, and horse around with these ponies in their neighhhh-borhood. Click here to see more of these models with manes.

from TODAY

Cuteness overload: Shetland ponies wear Shetland wool sweaters on Shetland Isles – Animal Tracks.

By Laura T. Coffey, TODAY

Michelle Obama favors Jason Wu, and Duchess Kate fancies Alexander McQueen. But in a high-fashion horse race, even the first lady of the United States and the future queen consort of England might have trouble coming in ahead of these Shetland ponies rocking custom wool sweaters in Scotland. (Should we take a gallop poll?)

Why are these ponies all dressed up? Some bona fide geniuses at VisitScotland, Scotland’s national tourism organization, thought it up. (Spoiler alert: It’s a Jedi mind trick!!)

VisitScotland released the adorable photos of two diminutive ponies “posing in their winter woollies,” knowing full well that we’d all gasp and overdose on cardigan cuteness. The agency then seized the moment to tell us all the reasons to travel to Scotland in 2013. (As if the ponies wouldn’t be enough of a draw, there’s also an abundance of natural beauty and wildlife, a Viking fire festival in late January, a whiskey festival in May and a music festival in July!)

For their part, Shetland ponies Fivla and Vitamin (that’s right — Vitamin!) remain relaxed and docile in Scotland’s Shetland Isles, despite all the hubbub over their recent photo shoot.

VisitScotland noted that the ponies are wearing sweaters created by Shetland knitter Doreen Brown using Shetland wool — “some rather plush knitwear that wouldn’t seem out of place in any trendy city hangout.” Indeed!!

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Meet the 2013 Puppy Bowl Lineup

Need to warm up your day? We sure do in Chicago! Guaranteed to warm your heart are photos of the 2013 Puppy Bowl stars. Adorable and adoptable, these pups are ready for grrridiron. Click here to see the lineup, read about the players and the shelters they represent.

From TODAY:      By Lauren Sullivan, TODAY

If you had any doubts that your Wednesday would be amazing, fear not: The Puppy Bowl IX starting lineup is out!

Before you set your DVR for on Feb. 3’ for the Super Bowl match between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, take a look at the adorable pups who will be competing in the Puppy Bowl, airing game day on Animal Planet. It’s that time of year when 63 pooches compete in a fierce game of football — only one of them destined to capture the title of Most Valuable Puppy.

As if the game day magic couldn’t get any better, hedgehogs will be cheering from the sidelines this year. And, as usual, a water bowl cam and kiss cam will capture all the more candid cuteness.

Most of the four-legged footballers are less than 3 months old and — more important — all of them are up for adoption.

Whether it’s Aberdeen, the fluffy Australian shepherd mix, Anthony, the sassy pit bull who “plans to major in art history” or Baskin, the Frisbee-loving Jack Russell-pug mix, this year’s lineup is filled with must-adopt pups.

Which puppy is your money on this year? (Insider tip: Don’t trust Boxer. He plans to go into politics.) Click through the slideshow to choose your pick!   via Place your bets: Meet the Puppy Bowl starting lineup – Animal Tracks.

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14 Art Pieces Inspired By Soup from BuzzFeed

In honor of our plunge into single-digit temps (BRRRRRRR!!!!), take a soup break and enjoy these artworks celebrating the winter staple.

Campbell's Soup Cans by Andy Warhol, 1962. Dis...

Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol, 1962. Displayed in Museum of Modern Art in New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 14 Art Pieces Inspired By Soup

15 artists participated in The Artist’s Palate, a celebration of the new adventurous line of Campbell’s Go™ soups and the launch of BuzzFeed Food. Learn more about the artists here.

via 14 Art Pieces Inspired By Soup.

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Jan 25 – Opposite Day

Happy Opposite Day, or if you’re reading this on Jan 25th, Unhappy Opposite Day. Or would that be Unhappy Non-Opposite Night? The possibilities are endless, and possibly even parodoxical…the result of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroy the entire universe (Back to the Future quotes come in so handy!).

I couldn’t find the origin of the day, only the description of it as the day to do the opposite of what you usually do, and say the opposite of what you mean. The Altius Directory offers some ideas for family fun to celebrate the day, including eating breakfast for dinner and eating dessert first. Yes, this is an excellent time to practice Jacques Torres’ advice, that “Life is short, east dessert first!” During my search of Opposite Day’s history, I found a post that suggested moving your birthday to Opposite Day, so your age can be counted backwards each year. I wish I had that author’s name (my computer crashed, losing the link to this nugget of wisdom.

There are even a few videos you can get to watch to celebrate the day. My favorite (and actually the only one I have seen) is SpongeBob’s Opposite Day. “Big and Small” and “Casper’s Scare School” each has an Opposite Day episode, a short film entitled “Opposite Day” exists, and “Opposite Day” is a full-length movie (starring Pauly Shore, no less!).




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