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At Style Tails, one of our all-time favourite hobbies is to curl up with a good book, cuppa in hand and our favourite furry feline by our side (of course). Recently (and unsurprisingly), we have noticed a real rise in cats featuring in books. Whether it’s fact or fiction, art or photography, we couldn’t be happier to see that cats are reigning in literature. So with this in mind, here we round up 8 of the best reads for cat lovers.
Cats and men… what more could you want?! Highlighting some of the most remarkable cat-loving men throughout history and how their cats have contributed to their genius discoveries, this book just proves what we knew all along… that cats secretly rule the world. Expect to hear stories about Nikola Telsa’s interest in electricity and how Sir Isacc Newtown created the first cat flap. Astonishing indeed!
There’s no way we could do a book feature and not mention this book. A Street Cat Named Bob proved such a hit that it was adapted for the big screen, and will forever hold a place in our hearts. Telling the real life story of injured street cat, Bob, who meets a poor musician named James, Bob sticks by his side through think and thin and changes his life in the process.
The perfect coffee table book, Insta Grammar brings together the best felines on Instagram. Combining photography and inspirational quotes, discover the funniest and cutest cat photos from Instagram, rounded up in one handy book.
A classic, and the inspiration behind hit Broadway musical Cats, Practical Cats is a collection of nonsense verse that tells the tale of a variety of cats and their shenanigans. Popular with both children and cat lovers alike, it definitely deserves a place on your bookshelf.
5. CATOPOLIS BY MARTIN H. GREENBERG & JANET DEAVER-PACK
Escape the human world and immerse yourself in the world of cats thanks to this collection of short stories. A fearless cat is at the centre of each of the 17 stories, uncovering an intriguing world that exists on the same plane as humans, yet is hidden from us.
Ever wondered what some of the world’s most famous works of art would look like if their subjects were replaced with cats? Wonder no more! Susan Herbert’s witty revelation shows what happens when a cat becomes the subject of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and takes the starring role in Hamlet or Lawrence of Arabia.
With a collection of over 200 quotes on the whiskery wit and wisdom that only cats can provide, this handy pocket sized book is a must for cat lovers. Focusing on the deep connection between cats and their owners, as well as the surprises that come with being a kitty parent, this book is a delight!
Cats and Paris; the perfect combination! This adult colouring book is a wonderful journey through Paris, highlighting the infamous city’s iconic cat locations. From Montmartre and Shakespeare and Co. spark your creativity and bring the story to life through your use of colour.
Do you have a favourite cat heroine tale that we haven’t covered? Share yours in the comments below.
There are dog friendly holidays and then there are dog friendly holidays. Lavish countryside retreat Stapleford Park, has launched a pooch pamper package like no other. Doggy Divine is a luxury escape for both human and hound, that sets a whole new standard in pet friendly travel. The only problem is, your dog may not want to go home!
Already handpicked as a member of the StyleTails Luxe Pet Guide – the discerning pet parent’s little black book, Stapleford Park truly lives up to its dog friendly reputation. For its new Doggy Divine package, this opulent Georgian country hotel has commissioned bespoke luxury dog beds from local designers, Doggy & Gabbona of Melton Mowbray, each uniquely designed to complement the style and character of four select and luxuriously furnished suites at the 55-room hotel. Each bed is individually handcrafted and contains hypo-allergenic materials to give canine guests a heavenly night’s sleep.
New doggy menus have also been devised providing a selection of gourmet recipes including a main meat dish, Pawpato treats and character creams. To ensure maximum comfort and indulgence, Stapleford Park has also introduced a new Doggy Afternoon tea menu, offering a delicious selection of doggy biscuits and Pawsecco (herbal drink for dogs from local business Hungry Hounds Bakery), to sit alongside its traditional and very popular afternoon tea for human guests.
“We’ve always welcomed well behaved dogs at Stapleford Park but felt it was time to put them at the centre of the stay and give our furry guests the same level of comfort as our two-legged guests” says Angelina Chua, Hotel Manager, Stapleford Park.
Set in one of England’s finest stately homes, Stapleford Park is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and provides guests with the opportunity to experience a taste of leisurely country life with fine dining in an elegant setting, exhilarating rounds of golf on a championship course, wonderful spa treatments and an array of country pursuits all within 500 acres of glorious parkland. Dogs are welcome in all public areas apart from the dining rooms. Dogs can’t be left unattended in the bedrooms, however a dog sitting service is available at the main reception
Doggy Divine includes an overnight stay for two in a choice of four state rooms on a B&B basis, afternoon tea for two, a bespoke handcrafted doggy bed, a new doggy menu, doggy afternoon tea, a selection of doggy toys, doggy walking trails within the hotel’s extensive grounds and dinner dog sitting. The package is available from £475 per room, based on two people and a dog sharing. To find about more about the Doggy Divine package visit www.luxepetguide.com and to book, please visit www.staplefordpark.com / 01572 787 000.
Cool cat lovers rejoice! Profess your love for your feline friend by (literally) wearing your cat shaped heart on your sleeve. Tattoos have evolved over the years and today’s offering is distinctly stylish. From bold and beautiful lifelike creations, to a more simplistic approach, cat tattoos are taking the world by storm. Need a little #inspo? Here’s our round-up of 15 seriously chic cat tattoos from Instagram that you’ll definitely want to get.
Forget wire crates, these artist-designed kennels are for the more discerning dog. Everything from elaborate mosaics and intricately woven wicker to brightly coloured building blocks have been used for these one-off pieces of canine architecture, created by the likes of Zaha Hadid Design, Denizen Works and Serena De La Hey.
Denise Jaques of Mosaic Happy, Farnham, Surrey. A kennel built from wedi board and jesmonite and adorned with more than 3000 pieces of glass and took more than 400 hours to build. It is pictured with ‘Ivy’ the Bichon Frise. Image: Drew Gardner
London based Denizen Works, Cantifix and Arrant Land. A glass kennel designed to hold 2000 tennis balls. Image: Drew Gardner
‘Rosie’ the border terrier in kennel built by Formation architects of London, which functions as a piece of furniture with a storage area for dog toys in the roof. Image: Drew Gardner
FT Architects with Bruce Oldfield, A gold chrome egg shaped kennel with a plush red interior. Border terrier is modeling. Image: Drew Gardner
The project brings together pieces by architects and artists from around the world who are keen to reinvent the kennel. The traditional pitched roofs and timber panels are nowhere to be seen, replaced instead by a dizzying array of unconventional doghouses.
For pups that like to sleep in style, Bruce Oldfield and FT Architects have created a reflective golden orb – helpfully lined with plush red cushions – while for the more minimalist mutt, Hasan Al Rashid has designed a stripped back wooden kennel with curved cut-out windows.
Other highlights include Miranda Knight’s brightly coloured and tiled doghouse, and Danny Steadman and Russian For Fish’s bright orange dome – perfect for the pooch with delusions of grandeur.
Built by Hasan Al-Rashid, a student at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. The K3, (K Cubed), a play on the term K9 is a simple object. Made from layers of Plywood, which have been hand sanded and polished. It took more than 100 hours to build. Posing in the kennel is ‘Bailey’ the Havanese dog. Image: Drew Gardner
‘Oscar’ the toy poodle poses with ‘Pucci Palace’ designed and built by Miranda Knight of MKM mosaics in Bristol. It’s adorned with more than 4,000 pieces of hand-cut stained glass with additional galls embellishments of gold mirror, glitter, pearlescent and iridescent glass. It was inspired by the work of Emilio Pucci and his geometric prints of the 1960s and 70s. Image: Drew Gardner
BowWow Haus London has been a year in the making, and follows on from its US incarnation. “It’s been 15 years since the first BowWow Haus in America and to have architects and artists from all over the world coming together to exhibit their extraordinary pieces in one of the most vibrant cities for arts and culture in a country that I adore is just simply magical,” says founder and Outdoor Arts Foundation executive director Jay Goulde.
‘Pepper’ the Mini Schnauzer models the Spring flower octagonal Tee Pee mosaic kennel by Natalie Guy of Bournemouth. Made from a marine ply chassis and adorned 540 iridescent glass flowers of 5 petals each making up 2,500 pieces (hand-cut) with mirror centres and white buds. It took a month to design and build. Image: Drew Gardner
This fun design is designed and built by London architects Russian for Fish. It is inspired by St Basil’s cathedral in Red square, Moscow and built from shaped plastic and the orb is decorated with real gold leaf. Modelling is ‘Ruby’, one of only 50 pedigree Russian Toy Terriers. Image: Drew Gardner
The Dog on top of the kennel is built by Serena de la Hey of Somerset and the kennel is built by Coates English Willow who have been growing willow for 7 generations on the Somerset levels. The Kennel is made from more than 500 metres of willow and took more than 100 hours to design and build. Posing in the kennel is ‘Flossie’ the Springer Spaniel. Image: Drew Gardner
Made by Spark Architects, London. SPARK has used the opportunity of designing a doghouse for BowWowHaus to highlight the global problem caused by the flagrant use and dumping of plastic. They have upcycled “PET” plastic water bottles to form a lightweight doghouse. Posing in the kennel is ’Toffee’ the Labrador cross. Image: Drew Gardner
Designed and built by TLA studio of London. It is made from 12 pieces of wood with a rope base. The ingenious design allows the whole thing to be folded flat. Posing in the kennel is whippet ‘Poppy’. Image: Drew Gardner
Cloud by Zaha Hadid Design. With ‘Ziggy’ the Portugese water hound. Dubbed Cloud, ZHA’s is a sort of elevated, hollow plywood sphere designed to keep a pup’s paws off the cold ground. For their part, ZHA’s team seemed thrilled to be involved. Image: Drew Gardner
The collection of doghouses will be on display at St Pancras International, Stratford International, the Town Hall Hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire and other locations around London, before being auctioned on 26 April.
If you can’t make it down to the gala event at the Renaissance St Pancras hotel, but are keen to bag a kennel, there’s also online bidding available, and doghouses can be shipped around the world. Money from the sales will go to support the Blue Cross, which looks after injured and abandoned pets.
Planning your Easter holidays but feeling bad about leaving your pup behind? We’ve rounded up nine of the best dog-friendly hotels for your perfect Easter escape. From grand country manors to scenic coastal stays and lakeside sanctuaries, you and your pooch will be spoilt for choice.
FOR SECLUDED STAYS
BURLEY MANOR – NEW FOREST NATIONAL PARK, ENGLAND
Cosy down with your dog in Burley Manor, and enjoy its historic pet-friendly surroundings. Once a grand house, this beautiful red brick residence dates back to 1852 but has been a hotel since the 1930s. There’s eight acres of grounds to explore, set alongside the Burley Park red deer sanctuary. It’s a chance to enjoy the best of both worlds, with woods and seaside on your doorstep, and plenty of dog-friendly beaches for chasing waves. In the evenings, enjoy a drink next to a roaring log fire before sitting down to a locally sourced dinner. Not all rooms are dog friendly, so be sure to double-check before you book. BOOK NOW.
FOR A SCENIC SEASIDE ESCAPE
2. OXWICH BAY HOTEL – SWANSEA, WALES
Your dog can join you for dinner and drinks at this beachside hotel which offers pet-friendly cottages and homes, as well as dog-friendly tables in its restaurant and bar. It’s just a short walk from Oxwich Beach, and when your pup’s had enough of the sand and sea air there’s hills, cliffs, commons and caves to explore. Oxwich Bay Hotel is also a 20-minute drive from Rhossli Bay – the UK’s No.1 Dog Friendly Beach, as voted for by The Times. BOOK NOW.
FOR FOOD LOVERS
3. THE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT BY RICK STEIN – PADSTOW, ENGLAND
Head to the pretty Cornish fishing port of Padstow to enjoy some of the finest food on offer, at this Rick Stein-owned residence. As well as the 14 dog-friendly rooms available at The Seafood Restaurant, the surrounding area is happy to accommodate hounds of all shapes and sizes – including the nearby Ruby’s Bar. Canines get their own culinary treat with the hotel’s ‘It’s a Dog’s Life’ package, which serves up organic treats and super soft blankets to keep them happy while you’re off exploring. Choose from seven sandy beaches, all a five-minute drive away, or take your pooch to wander the grounds of Elizabethan Manor Prideaux Place – no dogs allowed inside though. BOOK NOW.
FOR FINE CUISINE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
4. KESGRAVE HALL – IPSWICH, ENGLAND
Get ready for a ramble in the British countryside at this luxury dog friendly Suffolk hotel – which lets you to stay in style, but won’t judge you for your muddy shoes. Kesgrave Hall’s 38 acres give you plenty of room to roam, while its perfectly manicured lawn is the perfect place to bask in the sun if you’re after a more relaxing stay. The hotel’s pet-friendly Courtyard rooms open straight onto the grounds, and staff are on-hand to suggest the best dog walking routes to take. Only the finest Suffolk produce makes it onto chef Stuart Oliver’s menu, which includes steaks and sausages served straight from local farms. BOOK NOW.
FOR PUPS THAT ENJOY PAMPERING
5. TRIGONY HOUSE – DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY, SCOTLAND
Canine companions get a complimentary breakfast sausage, and gourmet treats on arrival at Trigony House, an 18th century country house, set in the rolling hills of Dumfrieshire. The sprawling countryside offers miles of walks to tire out even the most spirited pets, and muddy pups can enjoy a thorough clean back at the hotel’s dedicated outdoor doggie showers. If your pooch is the highly strung kind, there’s also reiki therapy for pups available at the hotel, and a dog-sitting service if you need to leave them behind for some alone time. Owners can make the most of Trigony House’s locally sourced meals, as well as its interiors which offer a contemporary take on the traditional country house. BOOK NOW.
FOR DOGS THAT LIKE TO SLEEP IN STYLE
6. THE DEVONSHIRE ARMS HOTEL & SPA – NORTH YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND
This former coaching inn dates back to the 1700s, but has undergone a few renovations since then – including the introduction of a dog-friendly lounge. Canines can cosy up to an open fire at the dog friendly Devonshire Arms Hotel, while their owners enjoy pre-dinner drinks, before retiring to a pooch-sized four-poster bed. With the hotel located in the 30,000-acre Bolton Abbey estate, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, there’s miles of walks for hounds and humans alike to stretch their legs. At the end of a long day, owners can retire to the spa and swimming pool. BOOK NOW.
FOR WILD WALKS ON THE MOORS
7. HOTEL ENDSLEIGH, DEVON, ENGLAND
This historic home-turned-hotel harks back to the Regency era for its interiors, which include hand-painted wallpaper, wood panelling and chaise lounges. However, don’t let its refined appearance fool you – dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcomed at Hotel Endsleigh. Canine companions get their own organic treats, while humans can enjoy a classic Devon cream tea. Hotel Endsleigh’s grounds offer grottos and gardens galore to explore, but for owners ready to travel further afield both Dartmoor and Exmoor are nearby for wilder wanders. BOOK NOW.
FOR SOME COUNTRYSIDE CALM
8. THE HARE & HOUNDS HOTEL, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND
This peaceful Gloucestershire retreat is happy to welcome hounds as well as humans, and serves breakfast for both in its Beaufort Lounge. The Hare & Hounds’ surrounding gardens and woodlands mean plenty of space for walks, while its library and drawing room offer space for owners to snuggle up with a good book. The town of Tetbury is a short drive away, and is a good place for antique lovers to hunt down a bargain – with your four-legged friend in tow, of course. The Hare & Hounds has a limited amount of dog-friendly rooms, so be sure to let them know when booking. BOOK NOW.
FOR A TASTE OF TRADITION
9. THE MOONRAKER HOTEL, WILTSHIRE
Escape Moonraker Hotel, a Grade II-listed manor house, which offers 23 bedrooms spread across the original home, as well as in converted pig’s sties, cow sheds and barns. Inside it’s all old-world exposed beams, while outside the two-acre paddock means you won’t have to go far for your morning walk. Resident dog Camber is on hand to help settle canine guests, who are welcome in the hotel’s lounge. Westonbirt Arboretum is half an hour’s drive away and is also dog-friendly – meaning space for your furry friend to frolic among its 1,500 different species of tree. BOOK NOW.
Are you planning a dog friendly escape with your dog this Easter? Tell us about it in the comments below!
Cat lovers have long been renowned for their stylish taste, and no doubt with the arrival of spring, you’ll be keen to try out the season’s array of new fashion trends. And of course, your fashion forward feline shouldn’t have to miss out either. So to lend a helping hand, we’ve rounded up 6 matching spring fashion trends that both you and your cat can get on board with.
Move over dark and moody… there’s a new colour palette in town! We’re fully ready to turn our backs on winter’s array of dark hues in favour of spring’s candy shop selection of pretty pastels. From lemon sherbet to blush pink, ultra violet and mint green, this season is all about dressing head-to-toe in sorbet shades. Kit your cat out in this trend thanks to a collar in your chosen pastel shade.
The winter fashion scene was dominated by chess board checks and judging by spring’s runways, the trend isn’t going away anytime soon. Heritage checks get somewhat of a makeover, with the introduction of brighter colours to make them pop. Your cute kitty can get in on the action too with this perfect luxury soft cat bed.
With feathers on the catwalk, the spring runways really were a cat’s dream! This season, everything is getting the feather treatment, with designers definitely not shying away from their use. Think feather laden coats, dresses and even footwear… oh my! Keep your cat entertained with feather accessories or risk your clothing capturing her attention.
If pretty pastels are too subdued for your taste, don’t panic! The spring runways were awash with pops of colour and can be easily incorporated into your wardrobe by pairing with neutrals. When it comes to your cat, brighten up her day thanks to the addition of a bow tie that slips safely onto her collar.
If an eccentric colour palette grabs your attention, this trend is definitely for you! Clashing prints see the unexpected mixed and matched. From supersized florals set against polka dots to stripes clashed with geometric shapes, play around with your favourites to create a real head turning look. Give your cat’s surroundings the floral treatment too by upgrading her bed to one with a floral print, perfect for the new season.
When Pantone named Ultra Violet as its Colour of the Year for 2018, it was only a matter of time before the hue hit the high street. This vibrant shade of purple will definitely help you stand out from the crowd. Wear it head-to-toe or mix and match with luscious lilac for a softer approach.
Know someone who’s daft over dogs? Canine crazy? Stark raving puppy mad? Chances are they’ll appreciate something from our dog mum gift guide, which covers everything from embroidered portraits of your pooch, to sausage-dog shaped ceramics.
Hoop n Loop specialises in embroidered pet portraits, recreating your faithful hound on cushion covers, jackets, teeshirts and tote bags. All you need is a picture of the pooch – if you can choose a favourite one, that is.
Introduce some canine character (and some colour) to the kitchen, with this 100% cotton tea towel by Jane Foster.
10. Cute but Psycho but Cute T-shirt from Walter Glassof x Growlees – £25
For the dog mum with attitude, Growlees – the British brand that brought you collar charms for outspoken mutts – has teamed up with French illustrator Walter Glassof to bring you a collection of straight-talking tee’s for humans.
Have you spotted some cool gifts for dog lovers? Share them with us in the comments below!
Sausage dog lovers’, rejoice! The world’s first sausage dog café is making its way to the streets of Guildford.
The brainchild of the people behind the much loved Pug Café – which has proved popular among the Pug-lovers of London and beyond – they have teamed up once more to unite Dachsund devotees for a special one-off event on Sunday 25th March 2018.
For one day only, this pop up event – which takes place at at Esquires in Guildford – will transform a popular coffee shop into a one stop shop for all things Dacshund.
Simply bring your sausage dog along on the day, for their chance to meet lots of fellow four-legged friends and enjoy some serious attention from dog-lovers. There will be a dog-friendly menu dedicated to Dachshunds, featuring everything from ‘pupcakes’, to ‘bark-scotti’ and ‘woofins’. And each and every sausage dog that attends will receive a sumptuous puppucino for free.
And for the pet parents among, us, you can sit back and enjoy the delectable delights on offer for humans, from cakes and coffees to smoothies and more besides.
Booking is essential – reserve your spot here. Those lucky enough to secure a spot will be allocated a 70 minutes visit which starts at 8am, 9.10am, 10.20am, 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2pm, 3.10pm, 4.20pm and 5.30pm. There is a booking fee per person – Dachshund Owners cost £5 each and Dachshund Lovers are £13 each.
For more information on booking, visit the dedicated website here.
Thank you to everyone who entered our Year of the Dog Competition! This giveaway is now closed. Be the first to know about more great prizes up for grabs by joining our community of modern pet lovers here.
A contemporary twist on a timeless classic, the Lucca collar and lead takes the traditional rope and leather style and re-imagines it for the modern dog. Handcrafted from heathered braided linen, natural, un-split, full-grain cowhide leather and satin plated full-brass hook, this stylish set is made in Italy and retails for £165. The winner can choose from a range of sizes to fit their pup and two stylish colourways.
*This giveaway closes at 23.59pm on 28th February. This promotion is only open to UK residents. Free delivery is included to a mainland UK address. Limited to one entry per person. The winning entrant will be selected at random and notified by email. Prize cannot be transferred to cash. By entering you agree to share your information with STYLETAILS and MiaCara. We will never sell or share your information with 3rd parties.
Thank you to everyone who entered our Year of the Dog Competition! This giveaway is now closed. Be the first to know about more great prizes up for grabs by joining our community of modern pet lovers here.
We told you that 2018, the Year of the Dog was going to be awesome, and we weren’t lying! Up next up in our epic giveaway is this uber cool two-tone dog collar and lead set from London-based brand Vackertass worth £80!
There’s a good reason this is one of the best-loved styles in our online shop; handmade in London from the highest quality Italian full-grain bridle leather and brass hardware, these stylish dog collars and leads are vegetable dyed for a modern matte finish. The lucky winner can choose a matching colour and lead in five stylish colour combinations including navy, black, tan, brown or green.
Check out all the great prizes up for grabs as part of our Year of the Dog celebrations here!
*This giveaway closes at 23.59pm on 28th February. This promotion is only open to UK residents. Free delivery is included to a mainland UK address. Limited to one entry per person. The winning entrant will be selected at random and notified by email. Prize cannot be transferred to cash. By entering you agree to share your information with STYLETAILS and Vackertass. We will never sell or share your information with 3rd parties.