Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nair & Bjorn OSCARS Press Release

Nair & Bjorn to Showcase Global Flair at GBK’s 2013 Oscars Gift Lounge with Indian Sparkle Swarovski Crystal Necklace and French Flag Ring

Nair & Bjorn’s handcrafted Indian Sparkle Necklace & French Flag Ring to be on display at the GBK Luxury Gift Lounge in honor of the OSCARS.

Nair & Bjorn’s handcrafted Indian Sparkle Necklace and French Flag Ring will be on display in the GBK Luxury Gift Lounge in honor of the 2013 Academy Awards on February 22-23 . Their sterling silver plated “Black Tie Optional” Swarovski Crystal Ring will be a part of The Artisan Group’s highly sought after celebrity swag bags.
Beverly Hills, California, February 18, 2013 - When animal-lover and crafter Kimberly Spector rescued her dog Mowgli from being abandoned on the street, she never dreamed it would lead her to gifting celebrities at one of Hollywood's most prominent awards gift lounges. Inspired by finding Mowgli, Spector started her Southern California based handmade accessory business, Nair & Bjorn, by combining two of her passions––helping animals, and creating handmade accessories that support that mission. 
Under Nair & Bjorn's mantra Shop. Donate. Make a Difference., Spector donates five percent of every purchase of her fanciful embellished sandals and jewelry to no-kill shelters. A signature N & B Collection donates 10% of every purchase.
The weekend leading up to the Oscars, two of Nair & Bjorn's most exceptional pieces will be on display in the GBK 2013 Oscar Luxury Gift Lounge–– the Indian Sparkle Necklace, and the French Flag Inspired Ring. The necklace is made of Indian color Swarovski crystal bicones, Swarovski crystal pearls, vermeil nuggets and 22 karat gold-plate. The antique silver plated ring, an oval bezel set with white clay, features Swarovski crystals reflecting the colors of the French flag, in honor of one of this year's Academy Awards nominated films, Les Miserables.
Celebrities will also bring home Spector's creations; a Nair & Bjorn Black Tie Optional sterling silver plated ring, set with black clay and encrusted with Swarovski crystals, will be included in the coveted swag bag presented to the celebrities through The Artisan Group, an exclusive collective of crafters and designers.  “I made a bracelet for the Emmys last year, and this year I wanted to do something different and elegant for the Oscars,” Spector said. 
An unabashed dog-lover, Spector’s main goal through her business is to support and bring about awareness to rescue animals that need help. "Dogs give us so much that I just want to give back,” said Spector. As Nair & Bjorn grows, she hopes to donate an even larger percentage of the proceeds to no-kill shelters throughout the U.S.   
Spector demonstrates her commitment to saving dogs in other ways as well. Last year, through Barks of Love in Orange County, a rescue she works with, Spector and her husband Ram Nair stepped in to foster a dog scheduled for euthanasia the next day. In August, they officially adopted little Nick, as he was named by Barks of Love, because he was saved in the “nick” of time.
Thanks to her participation in The Artisan Group, Spector has enjoyed the opportunity to fashion pieces for celebrities and popular television programs. Sarah Jessica Parker, Tyra Banks, Vanessa Lachey and Alison Sweeney have received Nair & Bjorn creations, as have the stylists of the hit shows Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries and True Blood
A Nair & Bjorn necklace called the Silver Midnight Necklace was also on display at the 2012 GBK Emmy Luxury Gift Lounge and Spector created a Silver Midnight Bracelet for inclusion in celebrity swag bags. Members of the press and industry received a ring and cuff bracelet Spector designed especially for this year's Golden Globe Awards.  Spector’s next project she is working on through The Artisan Group is gifting celebrity Moms. 
To learn more about Nair & Bjorn and their products, or their participation in this exclusive event,, call (951) 288-8355 or email You can also follow them on Twitter @Nemomowlgi and become a fan on Facebook at
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About Nair & Bjorn
Owner and Creative Designer Kimberly Spector started her business over a year and half ago.  Spector has always loved animals, especially dogs, for as long as she can remember.  Nair & Bjorn strives to make wonderful accessories with the utmost creativity keeping in mind their main goal of giving back.  People who love dogs and are looking for unique, stylish, and “pawsome” accessories, please visit their website  Shop. Donate. Make a Difference.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Quiet Kennel by Labavenger

Quiet Kennel: A solution for scared pets? 

Prestige Pets - Quiet Kennel  Prestige Pets - Quiet Kennel

As a volunteer at a No Kill Animal Shelter, I often encounter dogs that are afraid of loud noises, fireworks, etc. 
Dog usually crawl into a corner of their kennels trying to feel safe. 

But now a British pet product company  devised a kennel that might help dogs feel better when they hear a scary noise. 

It is called the Quiet Kennel  and it features the following: 

a) Double fans provide air circulation and the kennel has plenty of air holes. The fans activate themselves automatically as soon as your pet walks inside the kennel thanks to a sensory touch pad. 

b) The walls of the kennel are filled with a soundproof foam that reduces noises so your pet will feel better. 

c) The door of the kennel is made of Perspex and poly-carbonate and shuts tight enough so your pooch will not be scared by loud noises. 

I have not tried this kennel because it is only available in Great Britain, however if this works it is definitely a great solution for pet parents trying to protect their dogs from scary noises. 

If you intend to buy one of these kennels I strongly recommend that you ask your vet first to make sure that they are safe for your pet.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Outward Hound Dog Backpack: Two paws up! by Labavenger

Outward Hound Dog Backpack

I recently purchased the Outward Hound Quick Release Dog Backpack for my 28 kg Yellow Labrador and immediately I thought what a great device. 
This pawtastic backpack has straps,  padded buckle covers, etc to keep your dog comfortable while hiking or going on a camping trip. 

At first, my dog refused to wear the backpack because it was the first time she wore one, but I put it on her with a water bottle on one pocket and she was so relaxed that she felt asleep.

The Outward Hound backpack has pockets on both sides for storing water, camping gear, etc. 

Maybe the only thing I don´t like about this dog backpack,  is the fact that nowhere on the tags I could find the amount of weight you can put inside this pack so your dog does not get any health problems. 
Please consult your Vet regarding this.

Please if you go hiking, camping, etc with your dog you should always be safe. Please go to your vet and have your pets microchipped , this will help you get your dog back if he ever gets lost. A long range pet gps is also a good alternative, but please remember that it only works if your dog wears the collar at all times. Please also ask your vet if it´s safe for your dog to wear a dog gps tracking collar.  

Please always carry with you a cell phone, and take the trip with a friend or family member just to be extra safe.