April 4, 2013

{STYLE} Walking the Dog

The weekend of Thanksgiving, this adorable creature came into my life. She was barely bigger than my palm and wobbled when she walked, but she had the most precious face and was practically begging for someone to love her. Continue...


When I met Francoise (who I tend to call Frankie) the day after Thanksgiving, she was sick and tiny and ridiculously full of love. I have always loved pugs, and always wanted a dog in my life, but didn't necessarily think I'd bring one home that needed 24/7 attention in the beginning. Fortunately, with the help of friends and a few of Brooklyn's finest vets, Frankie was quickly rehabilitated and cured of all her ailments. I didn't grow up with pets.
My parents both have severe animal hair and dander allergies, so it was never something we could really negotiate or compromise on. We occasionally had birds (love birds, a Senegal parrot), and at one point a sizable aquarium, but never anything I could selfishly hold and cuddle and play with when Barbies failed to capture my attention. I relied on trips to the mall so I could fawn over the pet store pups (long before I learned of the cruelty of pet shops), and play dates with friends who had houses full of golden retrievers and Labradors. In fact, it's possible that all of my childhood friends had dogs at home; I wonder if that was part of their initial appeal?

When I moved to NYC and into an apartment my love grew stronger. I'd plead with my roommate, Jordan, to let me get a puppy - and we'd both become insanely excited until we realized our prolific academic and social lives would probably prevent either one of us from being attentive dog-parents.

Then, when I moved into my tiny 1-bedroom in the West Village, my puppy proclivity was again moved to the back burner. Surprisingly, never a cat person (this will shock anyone that knows me now), I ended up adopting a kitten from my two friends who were fostering a litter. She was black and white and her ASPCA papers said her name was Licorice (but I didn't know that until a while after she moved in), and nearly 7 years later, she still lives with me (and has evolved into a "Lily.)
Life with a puppy has felt even more complete. Yes, it is a lot of work. Everyone tells you having a dog is a lot of work - but it is a. lot. of. work! Training and feeding schedules and play time and constant walks have all become a normal part of my life, though, and each morning feels better with a big smooch on the face from my still-tiny Francoise.

As for the outfit, certainly not a typical dog walking outfit, but you'd be shocked how comfortable those Antipodium heels are!!!



  1. This is so perfect, especially: "As for the outfit, certainly not a typical dog walking outfit, but you'd
    be shocked how comfortable those Antipodium heels are!!"

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  2. Love Brooklyn so much! Your dog is precious.

  3. omg, this is the cutest post ever! Your puppy is adorable, your outfit is perfect and I am really love the shape of your sunglasses too!! :D

    Melissa <3

  4. Uhhhhhhhhhh sooo perfect - the outfit your pretty face and the puppy well there isn't a comment box long enough to talk about how perfect Francoise is! <3 Miss you xxx

  5. i have a forever pup too! she was sickly at first as well, it probably took a full year to get her completely healthy. but it was so worth it! she is a total angel. i hope she gets to meet lil frankie baby someday, they would totally be bffs based on their pampered pup status.

  6. Aw she is so so cute! I love the pic of the 2 little dogs straining to greet each other, & the last pic as she cuddles up close :) :) I currently live with people who own a dog - but the opposite in size, a cross between a german alsation & a rottweiler! But he looks just like an enormous labrador, & I couldn't imagine living without a dog now!

    Love the antipodium heels too.

    Katie x

  7. "Life with a puppy has felt even more complete."

    We have two cats, but when people ask when we're having babies? My response is always, "Puppies first. Then we talk about babies." Frankly, I can't imagine my life without a dog in it, and have been anxiously waiting for the time when we can get one.

    So glad you have this little bundle of extra complete in your life!

  8. Congratulations! Francoise is so lovely, I have a french bulldog 2 years old, and an old cat, Life with a pet is a lot of work but they make our Life better!!!

  9. cheapchicinchicagoApril 4, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    1. Dog - Adorable.
    2. Necklace w/middle finger i.e. "the bird" yeah? Hehe - I want. Your link doesn't bring me to it, is it not for sale anymore?
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  10. I love this post Nicolette. Omg Francoise is so adorable. I miss her alraedy. You look great too my love. Love Love those shoes and many more pieces in this post. The bag, the sunnies and much more. Amazing photography by Lydia Hudgens too. Thanks Lydia.

  11. 1) your outfit is freaking fantastic, 2) your hair is freaking fantastic 3) your PUG is freaking fantastic. Ugh, love.

  12. You and Francoise are gorgeous!! I'm still waiting to adopt a tiny best friend :) so jealous <3


  13. I would love to here you pronounce the name francoise ;), always love it when people with an english accent speak french ;)! anyway, we have an english bulldog and it is a lot of work, unfortunately i suck at training a dog! love love him but he is so stubborn! always wanted a mini version to keep victor antoine company, like a french bulldog (love bulldogs)! Your francoise is the cutest ever! BTW is it already spring in new york??? lucky you and that bag!!! saw the pink one on OC and fell in love immediately

  14. Awwww, :) Too cute!! Looove the shoes, Perfect for dog-walking LOL :)

  15. I did not grow up with any animals either and when I got my english bulldog, it was like being a kid again! Or for the first time! Frankie is the cutest! Smooshie cute face!!
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  16. Aww what a cutie pie! I love dogs as much as I love cats but sometimes I wish i had my dogs back. I used to love bigger dogs but I think if i get one down the line I want a small cuddly puppy.

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  25. That dog is seriously adorable. Oh my gosh. Plus the shoes! Oh the shooooeess...

  26. Katherine MeuseyMay 8, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    She is exquisite. Where did you find her? I wish the pair of you (trio, I guess, with Lily) a long, happy life together.

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