Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tinsley to the Rescue!



NEXT to fashion, Tinsley Mortimer (left) has two great loves: Bebe and Bella, her two Chihuahuas, ages 8 and 7, respectively.
“My dogs are my children,” she says like she really means it, and Yours Truly believes her. “They are my heart and soul.”
The personable and media savvy socialite, wife and fashion/accessory designer is very much in her element Wednesday evening (10 June) at the Samantha Thavasa store on Madison Avenue. In progress is a fundraiser organized by the Japanese handbag company, which has made a name for itself using young, famous American spokesmodels – Beyoncé, Solange, Paris, Nicky, J. Lo and Tinsley – to hawk and design its product. Ten percent of handbag sales, including those bearing Tinsley’s name, will help NYC Shiba Rescue (http://NYCSHIBARESCUE.ORG/) improve the quality of life of full- and mixed-bred Shibas in metro New York by any means necessary.
While Tinsley does not plan to adopt a Shiba – really small dogs are her thing – she promises that “for my third, I’m definitely going to get a rescue,” despite the travel quota of one dog per human. Under the two-canine system, she and hubby, Topper (Squash to the rumors of a split that marked January.), have things covered. I volunteer to chaperone the third, and Tinsley doesn’t decline my generous offer. There may yet be some first-class frequent flier miles in my future.
Speaking of future, Tinsley informs me that she is NOT pregnant; she’s “fat.” Yes, fat. That bump I encountered when I touched the front of her black lace Alice + Olivia baby doll dress is the fallout from dunkin’ doughnuts at Disney World. Yes, doughnuts. Yes, Disney World. Repeat after me, “Tinsley is NOT …”

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