Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 579 – Beauty Article

I feel so lucky to have been able to work with one of the most iconic figures in feline fashion history. Tabs was a fiercely fashionable cat who cared just as much about his coat as he cared about his accessories. He was also the first cat to make affordable fashion-forward feline felt merchandise for the masses, thanks to his huge distribution deal with Target. He was a legend in the feline fashion community. He really was. His Gorgeous Glistening…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 578 – Beauty Article

Tabs was a real dynamo, in more ways than one. He was also a skilled dynamo operator. Dynamo, as in one of those emergency radios with the hand crank you can turn to juice them up. I’ll never forget the time we lost power at the home office for three days, and Tabs kept the entire office running through sheer force of will and gravy-fueled feline ingenuity. If you heard him tell it, he would say that he did what…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 577 – Beauty Article

Got a message from Tabs today via The Rainbow Bridge: These amateurs. They don’t understand the level of dedication and commitment one needs for a true work of Halloween costume art. Take, for instance, the year I dressed up as the Queen of Hearts/Queen of Everything. I watched so many royal biographies that fall, and I actually lived in character as a royal for, not one, not two, but three weeks. Honestly, I don’t think my assistant thought I was…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 576 – Beauty Article

Tabs met Heidi Klum through Tim Gunn, his mentor, and from the moment Tabs met Heidi, they hit it off. Every year she invited him to her annual Halloween party, but with him being a workaholic and all, his schedule just never allowed for him to make it, except for that one year… Picture it: Los Angeles, 2011. Tabs was booked for a kitty modeling campaign in LA with Dolce & Gabbana, but at the last minute, famed photographer Steven…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 575 – Beauty Article

The days are getting shorter… Tabs became more of a night owl in his senior years after his retirement, up at all hours, but he still managed to stay busy and productive. Of course, I made it explicitly clear to him that I could not chauffeur him between the hours of midnight and 3, but he took it upon himself to find alternate means of transportation to his gigs. Like Uber Black for Cats… I would just hear the click…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 574 – Beauty Article

Tabs’s relationship with birds was complicated. On one hand, he deeply believed, to the core of his being, that he was a birder. Not a mouser, but a birder 100%. This, of course, was all fine and good till he actually had to work with birds. I can’t imagine how challenging it must have been to pose alongside a coworker, while also wanting to gobble them up. But Tabs was a consummate professional. He never actually ate a bird on…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 573 – Beauty Article

Oh, man! Fall was my former employer’s favorite time of year. It meant the purr-fect combo of comfy temps and low humidity for fabulous fur. In fact, he did all his best fur work in fall. Best kitty modeling fur campaigns, that’s for sure. He loved fall fashion, too. Chunky scarves, boots with the fur (faux fur, of course), and he also had a thing for down vests and cozy ties. I don’t know if you knew this, but Tabs…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 572 – Beauty Article

Tabs was a firm believer in flexibility, both in terms of dealing with surprises in his professional life (like the night we ran out of gravy), and with regard to his sumptuous body. Being a yoga master and a feline fitness champion, he understood the importance of stretching in being able to hit purr-fect kitty modeling poses. Needless to say, he took stretching very seriously — so seriously that his Extreme Tummy Shaping DVD from 2015 is still the bestselling…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 571 – Beauty Article

Of all the things Tabs was, low-carb wasn’t one of them. That cat loved his bread. Sourdough, French, honey whole wheat — if it was bread and I was eating it, I was sharing it with Tabs. It was one of his many enduring quirks. Not a lot of people know this, but Tabs was supposed to be one of the original hosts on The Great British Baking Show. He was cast as the Paul Hollywood character. Yeah, we flew…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 569 – Beauty Article

Serenity meow! As as I’m sure you’re aware, Tabs was a huge advocate for cat-friendly gardening and creativity-stimulating power walks in the great outdoors. He was also the cat who coined the phrase, “purr-fect zen,” to describe the state of becoming one with your garden… While a lot of cats enjoy hanging out in nature, Tabs actually enjoyed gardening. In fact, he grew and harvested his own salads. Obviously, he also drew feline fashion inspiration from flowers throughout his life.…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 568 – Beauty Article

A lot of people don’t know how important cats were to the space race. They call it the final frontier, but the “feline frontier” is more accurate. In fact, some of the greatest astronauts in history were cats. Like Tabs. He was the first American to orbit the Earth wearing a feather boa, and that was just one of his many astronomical feline fashion firsts. He also created the uniforms for CASA, the Cat Aeronautics and Space Administration, and started…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 567 – Beauty Article

Tabs wasn’t simply content being a seafood lover. He loved fish so much that he wanted to know everything about it. He wanted to know everything there was to know about fish because he loved it so much. In fact, among his many careers, he was a sushi chef, a professional bass fisherman and bass fishing lure designer, a marine biologist, and he also starred, of course, in the hit Hollywood superhero movie Aquacat. While studying for his dual degrees…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 566 – Beauty Article

You know how the notion of balance is big these days? Balance at work, balance at home, work-life balance, balancing life, love, career? Well, Tabs was big into balance way before it was en vogue. In fact, one of his first jobs was working in the Marin County Circus. It was there he learned to tune out distractions, focus his chi, and achieve the perfect poise and balance that propelled him to the top of the kitty modeling world. He…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 565 – Beauty Article

It’s official; we’re in the dog days of summer, which reminds me… Tabs was always down with the canines, even though it wasn’t always kosher within the feline community. A lot of people didn’t know this, but Tabs had a secret canine BFF. His name was Chorizo, and they lost touch when Tabs moved to France to attend Le Cordon Bleu culinary academy. Tabs also invested in several canine companies and held a majority ownership stake in KONG, makers of…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 564 – Beauty Article

A lot of people don’t know that Tabs was considered a ballet prodigy, among his many other extraordinary skills and accomplishments, and rose to stardom despite not starting ballet until the age of 3. But two years later, he won the Novato Music Center Spotlight Award as the best dancer in Novato, California. Shortly thereafter, he became the first American Shorthair to be promoted to principal dancer in the Novato Ballet Theater’s 12-year history. As if that weren’t impressive enough,…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 563 – Beauty Article

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any hotter… HA HA! Tabs always knew how to heat things up on set, whether it be with a smoldering look, a cheeky turn of his bum, or a playful paw placement. His summer kitty modeling campaigns were some of his favorites, and during the peak of his career, we were traveling. A lot. Tuscany one week and NYC the next. It was some of the most challenging and satisfying work of my…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 562 – Beauty Article

July 14th, 2019 by Karen Leave a Comment Years before Choupette Lagerfeld’s reign at Chanel, Tabs was the fashion house’s most fabulous spokescat. His kitty modeling ad campaigns decorated subway tunnels, murals, cat condos and billboards across America and around the world. Tabs dominated haute cat-ure catwalks for more than a decade and still holds the record for “Longest Feather Boa Worn by a Cat Model” at Milan, New York and Paris Fashion Week. Here were some of his…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 561 – Beauty Article

Tabs has been at his new apartment in the sky for a little over two months, and I’m sure he’s throwing some incredible parties up there… Meanwhile, down here on the Earth, July was one of his busiest kitty modeling months, and MAC was arguably his favorite mainstream department store brand. He worked on literally dozens of MAC ad campaigns, including the following, which were among his summertime favorites… Tabs still has a huge backlog of unreleased kitty modeling work,…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 560 – Beauty Article

“First time I saw Tabs in that Dior Jet Ski ad, I knew he’d be an action star. I tried to sign him when we were casting for Transformers, but we couldn’t get the schedules to line up. Really, Shia was available, and Tabs wasn’t. And the rest, as they say, is history. Would have been cool to see what Tabs would have done with the role, though.” — Michael Bay, Producer, Director “Look at that paw placement and how…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 559 – Beauty Article

I saw a tiny tiara at Target the other day and thought about Snowflake. She was Tabs’s longtime…how shall we say this — kitty companion? I remembered the time he took her to Tiffany and said she could pick out anything she wanted, but when she picked out an engagement ring, Tabs looked really nervous. “Oh, um…” he meowed, “anything except a ring.” So Snowflake picked a tiny tiara instead. Tabs was funny about relationships… He wasn’t a player, but…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 558 – Beauty Article

Tabs was many things — pro feline football player, fashion phenom, philanthropist, seafood lover, fabulous chef — but one thing he wasn’t was a skilled fisherman. His lack of fishing skills was his secret shame. He just didn’t have the patience for it. Sure, he loved fishing fashion, designer sunglasses and lounging by the lake with a bottle of bubbly, but the actual fishing part of it? Not a fan, and he REALLY didn’t like getting dirty pond water on…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 557 – Beauty Article

As I sit here typing this on my laptop in my dining room, I still have sand between my toes, salt water in my fur… Actually, in my hair, but the word, “fur,” slipped out because throughout our entire trip down to San Simeon and Hearst Castle this weekend (I’ll tell you all about it tomorrow), I kept thinking about how much Tabs loved beaches. Some of his most historically successful, legendary kitty modeling photo shoots occurred ocean side. Waikiki…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 556 – Beauty Article

You know you’re a cat lady when you do the following: Buy a catnip plant that you keep in your front yard — not just for your cat, but for all of the neighborhood kitties. You never feel fully dressed unless you have a handful of cat treats in your pocket or a can of gravy in your purse. You make up new song lyrics for your favorite tunes, replacing words with references to your cat. El Hub and I…

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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 555 – Beauty Article

As you know, Tabs was a voracious eater. He earned every inch of that tum. I thought about this yesterday as I perused the shelves at HomeGoods. I froze like an extra large tabby stalking a butterfly on a warm spring afternoon when I happened upon this end cap covered in kitty-themed bowls, dishes, mugs and knick-knacks. Something tells me Monsieur Belly Meat’s spirit lives on in that hot pink cat bowl, which he would have loved. Not all of…

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