I’ve got some exciting news for you all (and myself!). Starting September 4th I will become a staff member at August Animal Care, providing care of all sorts of critters in the greater Seattle area. August Animal Care has been around since 2005 and was founded by the most fabulous photographer, Julie Austin. She has taken some seriously amazing photos of me and the kids and I’ll share some here. Big B was a particular favorite and when I’m missing him I really enjoy looking at the photos of us together.
I was asked to write bios for the website so I thought I would share them here. Why is it so hard to write about yourself? lol Anyhoo, here is what I came up with for my ‘long’ bio:
A Seattle native, Jeanine has spent most of her life caring for animals in the great Pacific Northwest. She got her start in animal husbandry in 1990 and has garnered experience in everything from exotic animal care, wildlife rescue, veterinary assistance to dog rescue and spent the last six years managing the highest rated kennel facility in western Washington. With a knack for taking care of animals that require a higher level of care, she enjoys taking the time and using her experience to tend to special needs animals including dogs with mobility issues or chronic diseases, diabetic cats and exotic animals including parrots, reptiles and fresh and salt water fish tanks and everything in between. Jeanine also has vast amounts of experience with dog aggressive dogs and dogs on a ‘crate and rotate’ system or dogs with less than stellar social skills. She worked personally with several Hurricane Katrina dogs that needed particularly difficult rehab and treatment. Jeanine is so skilled with dogs that have special medical needs that the director of Clackamas County Dog Services calls her personally when they get a sick or injured dog in the shelter that requires extensive medical rehab. In other words, she’s a sucker for a hard luck case.
For the past ten years Jeanine has also been performing as beloved local burlesque performer, Hottie McNaughty-The Rhinestone Housewife. Known for her irreverent and cheeky style, Hottie approaches everything with a wink, a smile and a joie de vivre that has made her popular with local and international audiences around the world. Always using her powers for good, Hottie has produced several benefit shows including Bearly Naked Cabaret benefiting PAWS and Animal House benefiting Clackamas County Dog Services. She also produced Toys For Ta-Ta’s (I, II & III) and Beach Blanket Bimbos both of which benefited needy local children. Hottie has also appeared in several benefit calendars with her canine companions, Buford T. Justice, Doogie Howser and Minerva McGonagall and is a popular local model.
You can find Julie Austin’s photography page here: http://jaustinphotography.com/
And you can find August Animal Care’s page here: http://augustanimalcare.com/
It is with a heavy heart that we announce we had to say good-bye to Fergus on August 1st. Fergus was struggling with heart failure and had also recently been diagnosed with renal failure. The two are difficult to treat together at best and Fergus fought hard until he was just too tired.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with his story, you can read about Fergus here:
And also an update post here:
We only had a year and a half with Fergus but it feels like we had him forever. He came into our lives right after we lost Big B and I think we crossed paths because we both needed each other. It’s almost as if Big B sent him to me in my time of need and grief. He fit into our home so perfectly it’s hard to believe we didn’t have him forever. A couple of weeks ago, we had some photos done by Julie Austin and Fergus charmed her and everyone he met. Always one to roll over for a belly rub he broke down stereotypes and preconceptions of everyone he met. He did good work but it was time to rest. RIP Sir Fergus Of Bravo, thank you for letting us love you and loving us back.
I would like to thank Clackamas County Dog Services for trusting us with his care, Evergreen Holistic Veterinary Care for always being there for us and Julie Austin for the fantastic photos.
A while ago I got a chance to try some of the new Brazen Liquid Lipsticks. I love them! These were all applied with a lip brush, over bare lips and photographed inside under a bright light with no flash.
If you like these you should check out the collection we have in our shop:
I hadn’t played with some of The Rhinestone Housewife exclusives for while so here you go! I also wanted to break some ‘traditional’ makeup rules so I used blue eyeshadow and pink lip gloss which is considered a no-no on a redhead. I like how it turned out!
Face: ColoreScience Chocolate Matte Primer under Holika Baby Bloom BB Cream. MAC concealer in NW15 and set with a custom finishing powder.
Cheeks: Rhinestone Housewife by Brazen.
Lips: Muse by Brazen
Eyes: TFSI as primer, under Glitter Glue by Darling Girl. Pangalactic Painted Lady all over lid, Cosmic Cathouse on outer third of lid and into crease. Oldest Profession In The Universe up to brow and on inner corner. Physician’s Formula liner on outer portion of upper lid, Brazen brow powder in Joan and one coat of black mascara.
If you like any of the colors be sure to check them out, all cosmetics are currently marked down 10%.
Hello hotties! To celebrate our 200th order at The Rhinestone Housewife, please use coupon code HAPPY200 for 20% off everything in the shop. This sale will run through midnight 8/3/13 PST. And just for extra fun I’ve marked down all the cosmetics in the shop 10%, including Brazen, MOI and Geek Chic as well as all the cosmetic exclusives, found in the exclusive section of the shop.