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Wear, Watch, Want #56: The Light Leashed Finale Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #56: The Light Leashed Finale Edition

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Wear: Tre Ponti Liberty Strap Harness

It was just two weeks ago that I told you about Hero's weird obsession with only wanting to wear a collar and then regularly choking himself with said collar. I was on the hunt for a harness that he wouldn't refuse to walk while wearing (he will literally refuse to walk if you put a harness on him. He is terrible). There's a fantastic dog store in Studio City called Maxwell Dog that I love. Hero's collar is from there and it's the best collar he's ever owned (despite him using it to choke himself on walks, it's super soft and comfy and doesn't irritate his sensitive neck fat). I knew that if we were going to find a harness that would work, we'd find it there. Maxwell Dog came through. We went on the hottest day of the year (it was 107 in the Valley, and because Hero's a brachycephalic breed I was keeping an extremely close eye on him) and minutes after we walked into Maxwell Dog I knew our trip to the Earth's molten core was worthwhile. I told the salesperson about how Hero is a complete dingus and won't wear a harness, but I think he'll go for one as long as it's very low profile. We tried on a few and did some test walks around the store, and eventually we all agreed that the Tre Ponti Liberty Strap Harness was the best one. She even let him wear it out of the store.  

Hero is now easier to walk, he's a bit less aggressive toward other dogs when he's on-leash (he's got a bit of leash aggression, which is ridiculous because he is a total beta dog when he's off-leash), and the harness is super simple to use, and stays very securely fastened. I was not interested in a harness that was adjustable around the body and around the chest and up toward the leash attachment. With the Liberty harness there are zero buckles and nothing that needs to be adjusted if your pup say, loses/gains weight or just needs a change in fit. You just slip the harness over their head, tuck their legs in , and pull the cord down to where you want it to stop. Boom. Done. Someone who's never used a dog harness could figure it out. Best of all, Hero doesn't mind wearing it at all.

Watch: The Mindy Project

This coming Tuesday marks the premiere of The Mindy Project's final season. If you never watched The Mindy Project, or didn't follow the show when it moved from Fox over to Hulu, may I just say that you are missing out on a fantastic show. The Mindy Project had a few ups and downs over the seasons but moving to Hulu and basically having free rein to do whatever they wanted with the story and characters was the best thing to happen to this gem of a show. I'm not a person who thinks that shows should go on forever, in fact I like when things wrap up in a timely, cohesive fashion, and while I'll miss Mindy Lahiri and Friends, I think this is the perfect time to wrap up the show. 

Right now at The Paley Center in LA they have an exhibit of 40 costumes from all the past (and upcoming) seasons of The Mindy Project, and it's super fun. If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I did an Instastory of many of the costumes, and put a few of those pics in a post as well. If you don't follow me on Instagram, well, you're missing out on a lot of dog pictures. A LOT OF DOG PICTURES. 

Last year before the Emmys they had some costumes from The Mindy Project in the window at Neiman Marcus and it was really disappointing. The costumes were great, of course, but they had all been altered to fit on the store's mannequins. I've never met Mindy Kaling in person, but I've now seen her costumes unaltered, and while she's still a small lady, she's not a mannequin. The Neiman Marcus costumes didn't leave any room for hips, and it just felt weird that we all knew they had changed the shape of these (in many instances, custom made) costumes. Without giving you my personal calendar and home address, I will say that I walk by Neiman Marcus on a very regular basis, and every time I saw those costumes I examined them like an obsessive detective, wondering, "WHY?" So kudos to The Paley Center for not only putting up this (free!) exhibit, but also using forms that fit the clothes as intended. 

Want: Schoolhouse Electric Pendant

My whole family is currently in the process of an intense home renovation. There will be more mentions of it later but as of right now not much applies to this website, so you'll just have to stay tuned. (Imagine tearing a house down to the studs and rebuilding every room There's going to be a lot to recommend and pine for in the upcoming months, just you wait.) I have been shopping for a pendant light to go over the kitchen sink for months. When I tell you I have looked at every pendant light, believe me. I have looked at HUNDREDS. The Satellite Pendant with Factory Shade No. 3 is perfect. Not just that, it's the only one that will work. I have bought and returned imposters. This is the one. The only thing is, because it's custom made, it's also non-returnable. So I kind of want to see it in person before I buy it, just to be absolutely sure that all the dimensions online do translate to a real-world perfect pendant. Schoolhouse Electric is based in Portland, and eventually I will be passing through there and have plans to check out the light in person (and hopefully order it on the spot). The problem is I'm so, so impatient. Particularly when I'm certain I've found something to solve a problem. I want to get it done NOW. But I know I don't want to buy a $250 light that I can't return that I'm not 300% sure will work in the space. So I wait. Impatiently. 

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