Fashion editor, stylist, storyteller, and gamine barely describe the expertise and energy that Maggie Mann exudes. Partner her with her creative director husband Ferdinand van Alphen and you have a real powerhouse of a couple.
Beverly Allan introduced me to the work of Lia Chavez, a visual and performance artist who divides her time between Brookhaven Hamlet and Manhattan with her husband, David Shing, a futurist and their rescue dog London. Lia will be performing a piece entitled, "Light Body", a contemplative dance piece this Saturday at the farm of Isabella Rossellini. "The performance marks the artist’s emergence from a 40-day vow of silence. Inspired by John Cage’s renowned experiments with sensory deprivation and historical accounts of activating the light body through deep meditation, Chavez has drawn upon the mystical concept of “feasting on light” — a reference to the Yogic practice of sustaining the physical and energetic bodies with meditation and the breath. The visual artworks created over this period will be the subject of a private exhibition at Isabella Rossellini's home concurrently. (Beverly Allan and Nur EL Shami's press release).
Rescue From The Hart is a 501c3 non profit Los Angeles dog rescue dedicated to saving abandoned and abused animals from local shelters and the streets and ultimately finding them loving forever homes. We are known for their viral rescue videos and stories of saving severely abused/neglected dogs and giving them all they need to go on to live a happy and healthy life.
We have always had a very hard relationship with animals in my country, Spain. Folklore, rituals and festivities have been using animals as a way to signal certain dates and have fun for a long time with the backing of the state. Bullfighting is just an example of it and a popular one, but there are many other animals who also suffer in silence our so-called sports and traditions. The Galgo is one of those cases. The Galgo been in tales and myths, by the side of kings and queens and in art history for centuries. It was a very special dog that only people of noble birth could have, but now it’s worth has changed and galgos are, after being used for the hunting season, killed in the thousands. Between 50.000 and 10.000 galgos are killed or abandoned during each hunting season in Spain.
This summer, my friends and I decided that a trip to the Noto Valley in Sicily was just what we needed to celebrate the 40th birthday of one of the members of our quartet. After weeks of research, we agreed a renovated farmhouse overlooking the 300BC town of Scicli would do us just fine.
This week we visit the apartment of Rachel Antonoff the super duper inspired fashion designer and cutie extraordinaire. Although Mrs. Sizzle got lost in the rain she was relieved to get to the cozy apartment with the barking dog, none other than Lafitte Antonoff. Amy Lombard was on hand to photograph and there to help us look stylish was the brilliant DOG & CO.! I had to ask Rachel many questions about this handsome scruffy dude.
It's hotter than ever here at Sizzle and not just because of the heat. Nope, it's because of The Dog Days of Summer, our latest project featuring handsome pups and sexy people. Photographer Peter Ash Lee, stylist Anne Christensen and a brilliant hair and make up (and also fur) team collaborated on this project which started with a call to agencies to see which models might treat us to a sitting with their very own dogs. Not only did we get a great turn out, but, to my utter delight, about 70% of the dogs were rescue, including the famous Puerto Rican born Rincon da Bully, who has three not bad looking dads, including his main dad, pictured here Julian Schratter. Feast your eyes on these hotties and think about adopting your own friend today!
An as told by my dear friend Alexandra Beitel, "Rufus, otherwise known as Woofus came into our lives almost 3 1/2 years ago. We felt it was time for our 13 year-old, obstreperous Jack Russell, Olive, to have a sibling.
I have a new friend. My friend, Steven Rowley, has given me a gift: permission to laugh and cry and talk about the death of a loved one. Lily and the Octopus (Simon & Shuster, June 2016) is a love story by Steven. A love story you might ask…about an Octopus? Well no, it’s a love story about a man and his dog who is succumbing to a cancerous tumor he has named The Octopus. Is it sad? Yes. But it is so much more! Steven makes it fun (at times laugh-out-loud funny) and a true celebration of life and the lengths we go to for our beloved dogs.
I reached out to Jarren Vink after I came across some of his wonderfully elaborate photographs of organized things. I contacted him thinking what a fun dog project and coincidentally we had many friends in common! He replied with this stuning top picture of his dog Lady. Here is her story:
I have not yet met this wonderful lady but after seeing her aspirational pics on Instagram, having many friends in common and then noticing a cat in her feed - well, that was it. So here I present Miss Betty and her mom Christina Grasso aka The Pouf. Christina shares her story and home pics of this wonderful rescue Miss Betty:
Last week Robert Stoetzel and I went to Animal Haven mobile until located at 200 Centre Street to photograph some of the dogs that were visiting and up for adoption while the new space is being renovated. On hand was my intern, Anna Capel, and Tiffany Lacey stopped by to say hello and give me a tour. A great day was had by all. Consider adopting one of these gems.
Take me out to the ball game Take me out with the crowd Buy me some treats and some raw hide chews It's a long game so I might take a snooze And it's RUFF RUFF RUFF For the home team If they don't win it's a shame Aahh. For it's one, Two, Three paws you're out At the old ball game!
There is nothing I love more than friends reaching out to me with their rescue stories. Not only does it give me great joy, but it is the most aspirational way to reconnect with old friends and colleagues and share about our commonality - LOVE FOR ANIMALS. SO, it was with great pleasure that I heard from friend and photographer Melanie Acevedo who wanted to share her pics and story about her dogs and their role in the home.
If we're going to be honest, when we walked into the studio of the artist Alexis Rockman, the primary purpose was to meet his dog. Instead, what we found were magical drawings on the wall - the results of a 20 years study about indigenous species and his collaboration with scientists along his travels. The most fascinating part about the drawings is that they are made from organic materials that Alexis found locally in the locale of each particular animal he paints. His show, Natural History of Life in New York City, opens at Salon 94 in April. That's all I will reveal about the art now as we are here to learn about Padme, Alexis Rockman's dog.
While I was at GLAMOUR Magazine years ago, a series of videos called SHIT GIRLS SAY created by Kyle Humphrey and Graydon Sheppard were released. I found these especially hilarious as one of the "so called" bosses in the video kept yelling "WHAT'S MY PASSWORD?", eerily reminiscent of what I used to sound like from my desk at Glamour . Not only did it resonate with me but also with the rest of the country and became an instant viral sensation. Happily in my new dog life I recently came across a series of animal videos that equally astonished me and I was able to reach out to Graydon Sheppard, the genius behind all of this furry fun and ask him a few Q's:
It’s been a while since Mrs. Sizzle has visited a shelter and I was lucky enough to have some national outreach from AUSTIN, TX. Nicole Mlakar, a fantastic Austin photographer, and Anne Christian, of the brilliant dog collar & leash co, DOG + BONE , came together to do a series of portraits at the local shelter, AUSTIN PETS ALIVE.
Dogs howling and teeth chattering were the sounds that split the night in Times Square Monday late Monday evening. A magical event, in the heart of the city, on the steps of Duffy Square…a Midnight Moment, Laurie Anderson’s mesmerizing music. Music and dog lovers huddled close while the dog friendly frequency of Ms Anderson’s music inspired rhapsodic howls from the crowd.
Here at Mrs. Sizzle, we pride ourselves in being the “go to” fashion spot for discerning pet owners. With Fall in full tilt and dogs needing an extra bit of cozy, we asked some of the most gorgeous dogs we know to model with their owners on the streets of NYC. While we were shooting this dog show, we asked their parents: “What’s the one thing you love most about your dog?”.
A super fun shoot was had by all with Amy Lombard behind the camera and a wild crew on the other side! Present were Mrs. Sizzle, naturally, Mindy Montney of DOG & CO. as stylist extraordinaire and of course the mother of the furry celebrities, Katie Sturino. I had to ask the dogs a few questions this holiday season.
This is a bit of a crazy story. My parents drove off the ferry in Orient Point, NY and in the parking lot was someone who looked suspiciously similar to me. My mother ran over to her and she did not find me but my true doppelgänger. Sure enough after looking each other up in Facebook and deciding that yes, we did in fact look like twins, we agreed to meet a year and a half or so later. Fast forward to us both instantly talking dogs and her tale of her rescue dog Steve. I gave her the assignment to write his story and I am pleased to shared it with you!