My People Matching Pet Line!

My first foray into the world of people / matching pet clothes was back in 2012.

I noticed that the most searched item on my website was people / matching pet, so I made some cute tees for mommy and baby.  

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Then, in 2014, I had two business partners, and our entire plan for the 4 months we were together was to design mommy and me outfits for their wealthy Facebook friends, then put all of those women in a fancy show we were planning. I have no pictures from that experience because we never made any of the designs and they cancelled show. It’s a situation that is an ongoing torment for me, to the degree that it has given me PTSD. It’s the nightmare that just won’t end! But I have a fabulous lawyer working on contingency who will end it. My focus is on the future. (For those who who have helped me through this and for anyone interested in the official details it’s all public record.  Enter my name, Lola Teigland in this link: http://dw.courts.wa.gov/?fa=home.namesearchterms. )

Now, once again, I have jumped into the people matching pet world! Before I just made clothes.  This grouping is wearable art. What is it that makes one different from the other? True original artistic fashion is what happens when line and form come together with color, purpose, people and concept, creating a feeling that speaks to you about the times and what people need to feel good in those times. I hope, when you see what I have done, it speaks to you.

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I began the process with a bunch of inspiration boards, and the clothes grew out of that. It’s all about my vision—it has to be, as selfish as that sounds. You just hope people relate to it, and if they don’t, then you find another medium to create in.  The truth is, an artist, with her ear to the ground, finds a unique empathy as to the feelings of the times.  You can easily be totally off, choosing to amplify something unpopular.  The key is to not judge, and go with your passion.  It’s an all-in gamble. Your audience may be big and it may be small. If there is passion, someone will love what you do.

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I love magic and whimsy. I love grace and charm. I love  the imagination fairytales fly on. I love lush fabrics. And I love clothes that make me feel like who I am, clothes that empower me. That means they can’t be stuffy. They need to make me feel young, yey fit the constraints of a not-young body, and it means there needs to be an economic efficiency to the items.  How much does it suck to spend hundreds of dollars for something fancy that you purchase for a special event, that you will never wear again? How cool would it be to look like a million bucks at the fancy event, but also to be able wear the separate items with t-shirts and jeans to more casual affairs? I’m a big fan of the paradox — leather and lace, soft and hard, hot and cold, dressing up the plain and dressing down the elegant. There’s energy in that. And energy inspires. Energy feeds life, which feeds love, which feeds loyalty, which feeds bravery… and suddenly fashion has turned us all into warriors and the world is a bold and giving place. 

Okay. That is the idealist’s rant. The simplified version —  I love wearing fancy tops with jeans, and confection skirts with t-shirts and combat boots. So I have designed a line of formal sportswear separates that fulfill all of the things that I love. I hope people love it so I can build a large audience to then have the power to promote causes that will make the world a better place.

Business is just a job if it doesn’t make the world a better place in the process of doing it.  

~ LOLA

Today We Earned our Ice Cream Fun Badge!

s-l225-2The humans ate ice cream, the doggies ate ice cream, all tummies were full and smiles abound.

The Beverly Hills Pupscouts earned their Ice Cream Fun badge as they planned the new year.  The only thing we didn’t get to was the resolutions, but we’ll get to that next time.  My resolutions are all built around one word — power, and it directly relates to my Pupscout plans, so I’ll start with that.

IMG_1805You need power to affect great change. My joy in life is in artistic creations that make the world a better place—sharing kindness, generosity, love, and goodwill with friends, new and old. So far, I am on track. I have filed suit against the people who have been bullying me for over a year—on contingency!  I have created an inspired collection of people / matching pet clothes, with an exciting plan in place to move forward there. I have finished my book and it is in the process of being published. I have created two television series that are ready and waiting when the right connections are made, and my pupscout troop has lots of new members, all very excited to move forward.    

Today we made big plans. Organizational stuff, like a business plan that lays out the year with targets, and activity plans.140-1 copy

We’re going to Woofstock!  We will be promoting the troop, telling people about the cool things we are planning while enjoying the activities of the festival. It will be a great opportunity to gain new friends and allies.

We will be earning our dog therapy badge! The plan is to take the troop into UCLA’s pediatric ward to brighten the lives of the young patients.  A member’s husband is a transplant surgeon in that hospital. He said they have a marvelous program set up and he thinks the kids would love us.  So first we must gain therapy dog status, then we will start making visits.140 copy 3

We’re going glamping in Arizona! This will be in the spring or fall. The men can go hard core in a tent if they want, the rest of us will be earning our, “camping like a girl” badge. There will be other badges earned over the weekend. There’s  the  storytelling badge, camp fire songs badge, the survival skills badge. I envision going canoeing, and of course the drinking lots of wine badge (that one is for the humans only!). Of course we will film it all to share with you.

We will earn our extreme makeover badge! We’re partnering with Home Depot and and the Veteran’s association for this one.

140 copy 2We have a member who works with the NFL, so we are planning something to go with their efforts to stop domestic violence. The details aren’t wormed out, but my gut instinct says go with an acting badge as we make some sort of a public service announcement.

We’re earning our modeling badge when the dogs become models in a professional photoshoot of my people / matching pet line.  And our fashion show badge when they hit the catwalk in a show we have been invited to be a part of.

96-1I would like to be the leader on the parade badge, where we start the Kindness / anti-bullying campaign that I intend to start. This is a subject near and dear to me, having cried the tears, experienced the feeling of entrapment and struggled to understand why anyone could choose to waste their time on this kind of hate when there are so many exciting things in the world to do. Bullying is not just kids problem, I can attest to that!

There will also be some just-for-fun badges, like the baking badge, pool party badge and movie night badge. We have two intellectual property projects that tie it all together. More on that after all this is done.

IMG_1815IMG_1809I do wish we had gotten to the resolutions, but maybe it’s a good thing. Resolutions often become points of failure. I think it’s because they aren’t thought of in direct association with actions. Maybe more clarity will come to everyone as each project develops.

We will keep you posted!

XOXO

Lola, Woofie and Bear

PS:  Woofie wants you all to know, he went on a diet and he now looks so slim and trim! At the vet, he weighed 9 lbs, and that is an unhealthy weight for such a little boy.    

(More pictures to come…)

Looking Ahead into 2016 With Pupscout Fun

It’s gonna be a good year with lots of Pupscout fun!

We will open the year with our annual ice cream fun party. Everyone brings a unique topping and we have a sundae bar.  But the true action of the meeting is to plan out the coming year, individually and as a troop. Pupscout fun

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First we each will write out our personal New Year’s Resolutions, then we will put them in a time capsule and bury them in the back yard until the 2017 ice cream fun party.

I love making New Year’s resolutions. You get to look at life from above and envision your personal greatness.  And, best of all, you get to set your intentions in motion.  And when you do it with a supportive group, you get to have helpers to make your dreams happen! As an artist, I’ve been the CEO of my own life for the past 20 years, so planning my dreams has always been an integral part of my life.

Next we will plan the year for our troop, and we have some big plans! Our big spring fling will be a Glamping trip with the pups.

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We want to hose a dog Easter Bonnet Parade…

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A fun Artists Badge project…

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And our Fashion Model badge…

Photo by Cindy Quick Photography
Photo by Cindy Quick Photography

We will end the year with our Holiday Fundraising event.  It’s not decided who or what that will be, but we like the idea of doing something for our soldiers.

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More fun will be added, but this is a good start!

See you in 2016!

xoxo
LOLA

A Season of Saving Dogs

The Beverly Hills Pupscouts holiday fundraising badge raised $965 for Wings of Rescue.

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Most of it we raised at the flyout event.  It’s hard to hit up your friends because crowdsourcing has everyone asking for money for something important.  But at the flyout, when you see the greatness of this organization and you are committed to helping it, writing a check is easy.  We plan to keep raising money for them, so feel free to donate here or on their page.

12244674_506213289541372_4345903222096592804_oI’ve written a lot of blogs so far telling about what Wings of Rescue does and what we did up to this point. So I’m just going to talk about the actual weekend of events and how rewarding it was to be a part of it. It’s the coolest feeling ever. No matter what problems you have beating you down, when you see this many passionate people unified and saving this many lives, it is intoxicating. I’m convinced it is the same quality of energy that our forefathers felt when they came to America, and the same feeling when a person wins an Olympic medal.  Your heart fills with so much love, and there is no better feeling in the universe than feeling your heart so full that the love starts to fall out of your eyes.

It began on Friday morning when we arrived at the Van Nuys Airport.

12265800_506213616208006_2077382644523825024_oWe left most of the pups home because we wanted to help and not be a distraction. Coco Puffz and Leo represented for the troop. They manned the donation table while the rest of us were on sticker duty. People made $50 donations and they got a Wings of Rescue pin, and they got their name on a sticker that we put  on a crate. Rosie’s Barkery donated doggie cookies. We made sure that the planes had on-board treats on hand for their doggie passengers.12241015_506213632874671_1306697899874826097_o

All told, 1600 dogs were flown from our high-kill shelters to rescues and no-kill shelters in areas that don’t have a lot of dogs for adoption and therefore have kennel space. Wings of Rescue has become a hub of information between high-kill and no-kill shelters, so they’re constantly making lists of which places have animals, which places have room.  This was the holiday flyout, but they  have freedom flights all year long.11242436_506213582874676_1710733340747580283_o

FOX was filming the flyout for their Thanksgiving day special, “The All-star Rescue Dog Celebration” a heartwarming show honoring rescue heroes  from all across the country.  We were lucky enough to be invited to the filming of the show the next day.   At one point 45 Bulldogs graced the stage. When Dogs on Deployment were honored, an organization that fosters the pets of servicemen and women when they are deployed, servicemen and women filled the stage.   And all of the famous dogs of Instagram were there.  The show ended with a grand procession of the last two hundred dogs taking their freedom flight as they walked from the stage to the plane they would fly off on. I was so excited because I had my cell phone camera held high, and I could see the fantastic footage I was getting.  But it’s an ewn phone, and I had pushed the wrong button, so it wasn’t turned on!

This dog didn’t even make if off the tarmac! This boy and his mom fell in love with her and took her home.

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If you love dogs, watch the show. It is not only a heart-warming and powerful series of stories, it alls helps save thousands of dollars through the money and awareness that it raises.

Check out this promo for “THE ALL-STAR DOG RESCUE CELEBRATION” airing this THANKSGIVING ON FOX 8-10PM! We need ALL RESCUERS to share and promote the show on social media. It’s crucial we get great ratings so that Fox continues to air this special each year to encourage people to rescue!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Help the Pupscouts Help the Pups

Honorary Wings Sponsors Stickers FinalBecome a part of the Wings of Rescue Holiday flyout by donating $10. We will put your name on a sticker like this one and attach it to one of the crates. This is the Pupscouts gift to the pups.

On Friday, November 20th Wings of Rescue will be sending over 1,000 dogs and cats to new homes around the country in their 2015 Annual Holiday Airlift.  This will be the largest airlift that they have initiated to date and the largest one on record anywhere.  Wings of Rescue will be giving these special animals the gift of loving homes and families just in time for the Holidays. You can help by helping to sponsor a dog. Each dog costs $80 to fly out, so we need to sell a lot of stickers for those crates! For larger donations, and for a pin with wings, you can donate directly to Wings of Rescue: http://www.wingsofrescue.org/donate/  The Pupscouts are separate from that. You get no pin, just the feeling of helping a great cause.
We chose Wings of Rescue to be the recipient of our Christmas fundraising project. They help so many dogs through their hard work and generosity, we wanted to honor that.  The pupscouts earned their sewing badge making their wings.  They will earn their Halloween badge on Oct. 31st when they host a fundraising booth at the Santa Monica Pet Expo. And they will earn their fundraising badge when they put all of the stickers representing the donations from all of you on the crates of the dogs flying out.
My personal vision is to have crates that are covered with stickers, for all to see the generosity of the dog community.  We will be posting a gofundme page in a few weeks, but feel free to donate here if you want.
Thank you!
LOLA

#MEANPEOPLESUCK

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My Kickstarter Campaign

 I wanted to start an anti-bullying campaign.  But promoting a negative felt wrong. I felt like a victim, and I refuse to become that.  So I came at it from the other direction, and I’ve started a kindness campaign!

It started from organic impulses. I have been being bullied for the past year. The fear and pain inflicted has been overwhelming. But whenever I hit that point, I would make something beautiful (I’m an artist) and that would always pull me out of it.  Art is like kindness, in that it’s what happens when you reach outside of yourself, add yourself to whatever you find out there, and then make something bright and new. 

Here is how it works. Give your heart to a stranger, take a video of it and post in on youtube with the hashtag, #MEANPEOPLESUCK

How cool would it be to build an army of individuals choosing to reach outside of themselves to a kinder and better world, rising above the mean people who try to bring them down. I designed an image that I feel communicates this — a heart, delicate and fragile with color, and, as it fills with kindness, the poison drips out.  It’s an expression of the power kindness has to overcome the pain that mean people inflict.

Get a group together and hit the streets. Draw your own heart if you want!  I you will most certainly come home smiling and feeling a little richer for your actions. 

You will help me stop my bullies by choosing one of my perks on my Kickstarter page.

I’m offering 10 holiday vests. They are sparkly and lush, designed to resemble body jewelry more that clothes.  For more details, click on my website: LOLA couture d’chiens.

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We Tried Out Our Kissing Booth!

It was our first fundraising event in our Wings of Rescue campaign, and we made $46! For two hours the dogs kissed their way into the hearts of West Hollywood and a delightful pet lifestyle show, HOW MY PET LIVES, filmed the story. Our part of the story begins at 3:12.

Last week Kelly Jackson, weekend anchor on KSDK (Channel 5) and morning-drive radio host at KTRS, called. She’s helming a project called “How My Pet Lives,” a show that uncovers the unique life of pets and their people, and she invited the Beverly Hills Pupscouts to be part of the first episode. So we fast tracked the kissing booth and hit the streets of West Hollywood.

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Healthy Spot lent us their sidewalk. Without permits, we needed to stay on the side street, so we ventured off in search of recruits. Tracy’s approach was great — A loud spontaneous utterance, “DOG KISSES, 25 CENTS!” My approach was not as successful. I told people who we are and what do. One of the sharktank guys said it best: “It’s not my job to listen, it’s your job to make me hear.”  Wendee knew the right pitch: “we need good looking people to be filmed.”  With that, they came in droves.

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We made lots of new friends, human and pup. Some might even join the troop!

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And the crew was fantastic! They got some wonderful dog closeups and dog tricks — and dog kisses!

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The dogs smiled the whole time. And the booth held up perfectly!  It was a bit of a design school project, made mostly from things in my apartment. The plan is to set it up  on Halloween on the Santa Monica Pier for a few hours before we head off to the Santa Monica Pet Expo. Stop by, if you’re in the neighborhood!

 

Halloween is a Less than Perfect Choice For a Pet Expo

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Nobody came! But did that stop the Pupscouts from having fun?  Hell no! Pupscouts bring their own fun.

The fatal flaw in this afternoon’s festivities was hosting an event on a Saturday that happened to be Halloween.   Understandable. People were probably busy getting their costumes ready for a fun night.  But we had 2 canopies right on the beach next to Santa Monica pier. We made some new friends with the fellow vendors.  We had 2 coolers full of food and drink, and a lot of good stories to share. You can’t do better than that.

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There was supposed to be a pet parade, but there were no pets to be in the parade! We had all dressed up as fly girls and the dogs were flying dogs.

We did get to introduce some people to the Pupscouts and to Wings of Rescue. Most were excited and offered a very positive response. This one woman totally went off on the downside of transport. She was determined to change my mind! Just because she said so.  I finally had to tell her that we will just have to agree to disagree.

There is no question that there are people out there who try to capitalize on the kindness of others, posting sad pictures and collecting donations never to be used on that dog.  But you can’t let the few destroy the possibilities of the many.  Just be smart.  Pay attention. Read the cues. Do your homework. And, TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!  You can’t let the fear of what could happen stop you from living. It’s true, any rescue effort could become a horror — with or without transport. I personally would rather take that chance than give up and die.

I rehomed 46 dogs through Wings of Rescue 2 years ago.  These death row dogs went from our loving care to reputable rescues and shelters who do home checks and take long-term responsibility for the dogs.  Most of our dogs had new homes before they even flew off.  We had 2 pro photographers take cute headshots of the dogs, dressed in holiday attire and people fell in love with them. I actually became friends with some of the new owners, and it was very reputable rescue people that guided me to reputable rescues in the destination cities. More care could not have been applied and the distance had nothing to do with it.

I think the reason this is so offensive to me is because it undermines the power of trust, and that is a bad direction for humanity to head in. Mankind’s instincts have kept him on this planet for tens of thousands of years.  Why would one choose to start doubting our instincts now?   I can tell you that my instincts have saved my life on several occasions.  I trust them innately, in everything I do.  Sometimes they are off, and that can be a horror.  But it would never stop me from trusting them.

I probably shouldn’t have brought this up, but it is an example of something near and dear to my heart.  Everything in life is a risk.  But if you don’t take the risk, are you really living? I’d rather die in the streets than live in a closet.  56% of the dogs who arrive in shelters are euthanized.  That’s an average.  Our shelter’s numbers might actually be higher.  Any chance at life is a chance to experience something. We learn from something bad as well as from something good.  So the concept that it is better to die in a shelter than take a chance at rescue personally offends the core of who I am.

End rant.  :)

We didn’t take a lot of pictures.  It was just too relaxing a day. We did take some video footage. Here are some stills taken from that footage.

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Pupscout Annabella, in her wings!

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Angel and Coco, between takes.

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Kiki got so excited, she started dancing!

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The kidlets got to hang together in their pen.

 

 

My book is an Absolute Gem!

I binge-watched TV until four in the morning, then slept until twelve. That’s the beginning of the perfect Sunday, so I decided to continue the motion of the day and return to the editing of my book!Open-Book

I am so proud of this piece of writing; I can’t wait for you to read it! It’s a middle grade reader about a small bullied boy who connects with the hero within and tames his bully. Even though it’s written for kids, the prose is so beautiful and the message so powerful, I think it will be equally compelling for adults.  I don’t write down to children, I write from the child within.cherishing the child within

My plan for the book was to have it back on Amazon last March, but instead I became the effect of my own bully! Adults bully differently than kids. They don’t wait for you at the end of the bike path with their friends, prepared to beat the crap out of you. Adults use words, usually in the form of boldface lies, to rally the world against you and to cause you financial harm. If your bully happens to have money, the statements might come through a lawyer. Lawyers apparently can say anything their clients tell them is true.  It’s only when they know their statements are false that they are considered negligent, and some lawyers can be pretty good at not knowing. I have an undying belief that the truth, if tenaciously pursued, will always win.  The key word in that sentence — tenacious.

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But I won’t talk about me beyond saying a writer’s personal experience is what delivers powerful character development in their work. What I want talk about is bullies in general.  They are sad, misdirected individuals. They are weak.  They are broken. They work hard to make you look weak and and broken. They are hiding, probably even from themselves, and as long as you don’t sink to their level, you will rise above them. And that is the biggest message I have to deliver. Do not ever sink to their level. Find the hero within.  Rise above the ugliness. Out-create it. They are sick.  Don’t let them make you sick. Be the bigger person. Find what you are good at. Build a dream.  Set some goals and work towards that dream. Create!  And find your tribe. The sad person set on your destruction will shrink below your gaze and dissolve into nothing.88516-Be-Your-Own-Hero1

My adult friend has this crazy lady bullying her.  They went to war over a trademark, and both were denied.  But the bully, despite the fact that it was printed on government pages that no one got the rights, continued to blatantly accuse my friend of infringing on her rights!! It was insane!! How could someone stand before the world with so much confidence and spew such blatant lies? You just can’t get caught in the maze of that level of insanity.  You will not win.  You simple have to rise above it, out-create it, and be the hero within.

Another friend of mine was bullied as a kid. He had to time the leaving school so as to beat his bullies down the bike path. Five minutes late and they’d be lying in wait, ready to kick the crap out of him. He still can’t sit in a restaurant with his back to the door.  But he had a strong support system at home and he loved to read, so he survived and grew into a kind and loving adult.

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My own experience has left me with feelings of helplessness and frustration. Lines have appeared on my once-young face. I have cried a million tears. I have been broken financially, ended up in urgent care, unable to breathe, and it’s been a full year of that. But I have survived, and I have also artistically thrived. Whenever things got bad, I handled what came my way, then turned my attention to creating. I have created more beauty and kindness in this year than ever before. I have made more dresses, written more stories, created more beauty than I ever thought possible.  This horror has introduced me to my own limitless power.  And that is what will persist.  Human pain has a short memory.  Beauty lasts forever.

~LOLA

 

The Joy of Creating

grace-inspiration-boardI feel so blessed.  I have skills.  I learned them.  I earned them.  Instead of partying, I learned stuff.

Learning excites me. I’m pretty much a social bore because of it. I think that makes me a scientist as well as an artist.  Really, I think, to be good at either, you need a bit of both. One is the technician, one is the dreamer. Magic requires equal portions of both.  Life requires equal parts of both! And, because I spent the time in my life learning and exploring, I get to spend my days making beautiful things.

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You can’t be an artist without being at least a little polarizing.  Strong points of view clash with strong points of view.  That’s okay.  Not all gardens need all flowers. And not all flowers are perennials.  Some pop up in the spring.  Some you have to replant each summer, and some are actually weeds that want to strangle the hell out of you. It’s annoying to have to pull out the weeds, but that that is part of surviving in today’s world. Kindness is not everywhere, and there are people out there who believe your destruction becomes their victory.  Sad, sad people.

So, during the week I make dog clothes for my fabulous clients and for rescue events.  And, on the weekend, I’m working on this special project.  I am creating my vision for humans for a very special something. It’s not about making clothes.  It’s about creating a vision — telling a story that will empower those who wear it.  It needs to honor the shape of today’s female form. It’s similar to writing a story, where you want to find that universal truth, that thematic underpinning, that thing that makes people feel. That’s how you translate your voice into movement and form.

I wish I had an extra 10 hours to each day. I also wish this oppressive heat would end.  This is east coast weather, not California weather.  It’s the kind of weather that makes you yearn for the fall. Californians don’t yearn for fall, because it’s basically the same as summer, except you can wear boots.

LOLA