August 2014 | The Yellow Spectacles

A Look At The Chic Pet Collection: Dog & Crow

August 12, 2014

Kate Horsman Leader of The Pack: Dog & Crow

Home furnishings and a well dressed closet are all important things, but really they mean nothing if you have no one to share them with. Of course, another human-being companion would suffice, but I am thinking more along the lines of a furry four legged partner.  A Dog.

Our dogs are our best of friends...therefore, we should have nothing but the best for them when it comes to their needs and their accessories. Really, the "blinged" faux diamond collars and the hot pink pet beds are truly passé. Luckily, the posh yet demure pet retail line, Dog & Crow has an effortless take on all things pet related.

The company, Dog & Crow was stated by Interior Designer, Kate Horsman. Horsman used her design background when creating her company, "Dog & Crow brings design, function, and philanthropy into the homes of dog lovers and their furry friends."

Horsman wanted to create pet products for her dog, Sarge and others that were chic, neutral, and versatile. The gaudy bedazzled leashes and zebra printed pet blankets were aesthetically too much and the basic pet store finds weren't enough...Voila! Dog & Crow was born--just about...

Mary Jane Classic Leash 
Horsman tells the underlying story about how the fine pet line truly came into existence, stating, "The story of DOG & CROW is born out of the love of an animal. Sarge, a handsome and stoic Rottweiler rescued by Kate six years ago, was enamored by crows." 

The day Sarge died and there afterwards, Horsman kept encountering crows and took it as a sign from Sarge up above to carry-on and she eventually did by creating Dog & Crow. 

The line that began with sentimental values  has upheld it's charitable roots. A portion of the retailer's proceeds goes toward  the BCSPCA--a charity that is close to Horsman's heart and her animals.

Dog & Crow

She states, "It's the cause nearest and dearest to my heart and it provided me with my last two dogs. I felt it important my company maintain that heart in it's brand. "

Although, Horman has a high pedigree for style and charity, but she simply wants best products for any canine out there. Went asked what is the one necessity for any pet owner Horsman replies,

"I think a great leash! One that will stand the test of time and just have a timeless quality feel."

With Dog & Crow's style savvy products, their furry online models, and the brand's creative product descriptions support Horman's initial intentions of creating a well made line of pet products. Her advice to others who have a similar passion is,

" Take your time and make sure you love what your brand is. There are so many challenges as an entrepreneur, that if you don't have that passion behind it, it would be very easy to lose drive."

Certainly, this idea turned website, turned brand is something to crow and bark about.

Follow Dog & Crow on Instagram for all the latest products.

A Snippet From The Jessica Behind: Simply Jessica Marie

August 6, 2014
The Jessica behind Simply Jessica Marie
Meet Jessica Clinch or also known to creative bloggers as, Simply Jessica Marie--SJM. SJM is utterly the whole package regarding the world of stationary, gift wrap, and event-planning. She does everything from custom water-color portraits to hand designed paper greeting cards--trust me you'll want to keep this token in mind for this year's holiday card selection.

Aside from painting, blogging, and creating SJM is also a lead party planner at The Amber House Weddings. So, with all the glamorous (yet hardworking) hats that Jessica Marie adorns what's her favorite part about her creative life?

Custom water-color portraits are her specialty 

She states, "While I adore creating everyday products for my shop, there is something so beautiful about working with someone to listen to their vision and make it come to life through a custom illustration." She continues, stating, "It truly sets my heart on fire!"

While Jessica Marie's illustrations continues to set her heart on fire, her unique methods of sending friendly "hellos" makes us giddy too. Luckily, we can all follow SJM on Instagram to see what she is currently up to.

"I am a very visual person, and love getting the chance to see a glimpse into other people's lives and the behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating weddings, designs, and more. I also love the community that forms on Instagram" states SJM.

Still not completely bewildered by SJM's talents in the creative industry? Peak at her blog to get a better visual. There, you'll blush with pink pleasure as peonies, sequins, and dreamy illustrations fluttery your brain and visual senses with fancy details.

Of course, you'll be inspired to create something truly divine in your own right, but you'll also be inspired to do some shopping at the SJM boutique. Paintings and cards are a given, but how about a chic monogrammed canvas to give your space it's own personal touch? Oui. Oui. 

So, you think you have the dreams, talents, and social media chops to start up your own creative business?

Words of advice from SJM, "One of the key lessons I have learned in my business has been that collaborations are so wonderful for growth."
 She proceeds, saying, "... Try something new and creative that you might not have otherwise thought to do on your own, and have your final project shared on both of your social media sites, gaining exposure for both of your businesses. It has been invaluable for SJM!"

SJM just maybe the SJP (Sarah Jessica Parker) of the paper/party planning has big, but fabulous shoes to fill none-the-less.

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