Baby lion wearing a crown! Scottish Fold cat in a king hat.

ronan farrow daily, scottish fold cat

Everyone says Basil Farrow looks like a baby lion cub..

cat wearing crown

… so it made sense to give him a royal crown, marked with a B!

scottish fold cat tongue out

Do you think he’d be a compassionate, cuddly ruler?

baby lion in crown

Here’s his attempt at being fierce.

proud lion crown

Basil has a proud nature, the crown suits him well.

baby lion roaring

When we put it on his head, he let out a lion roar!

lion cub yawn cute

Or is it more of a yawn?

synergy kombucha drink

This squish-faced Scottish Fold was recently featured in China’s biggest fashion magazine, Ray Li.

paula's choice moisturizer

He poses with La Carmina’s favorite beauty products by Paula’s Choice, the moisturizer and sunscreen.

wedderspoon manuka honey

We all love Wedderspoon manuka honey.

ray li, china fashion magazine

Here’s a scan of Ray Li – international beauty issue of the Chinese magazine, featuring La Carmina…

paula's choice sunscreen, beauty products

… and her smoosh faced cat in the top left corner!

cat licking paws

Enough of the modeling, it’s time to give those big paws a lick,

sleepy scottish fold

and head to bed. zzz!

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Chester, the Scottish Fold kitten! Cat lost before Air Canada cargo flight.

scottish fold cat lost in cargo

Look who we met and photographed… Chester, the baby grey Scottish Fold cat! He made the news earlier this year for disappearing before an Air Canada cargo flight, and turning up a month later.

scottish fold kitten chester

The Scottish Fold community has been helping Chester’s owner ever since he first went missing. Fortunately, he’s back safe and sound, and in great health.

grey baby scottish fold cat

Chester was participating in the TICA cat show in White Rock, British Columbia. We came by to meet him, and take these big-eyed photos!

vancouver cat show winner

This celebrity kitten is as sweet and soft as you’d expect. I wonder what happened to Chester during the month that he was missing.

amanda stewart, chester lost cat

His owner, Amanda Stewart, was reluctant to have Chester’s breeder send him from Montreal to Vancouver via Air Canada cargo. Unfortunately, her fears were justified… He was dropped off at Montreal Airport on May 21, 2014 at 10am. At 12 noon his cage was empty.

scottish fold kitten dangling

After a month of searching and frustration, Amanda finally heard the incredible news: the earless cat came back!

chester, air canada lost cat

Air Canada Live Cargo found the grey kitten alive but thin in the airfield of Montreal Airport, exactly 4 weeks to the day he was lost.

scottish fold cat show judging

The vet checked him out, and despite the lost weight, Chester was healthy and calm.

show winners, scottish fold kittens

Once he got a clean bill of health, an Air Canada employee flew him to Vancouver in first class, and Chester got to sit on her knee like a little prince. He arrived at his new and final home on June 27th 2014.

chester, airline cargo cat escaped

I wish my fold, Basil, could ask Chester what happened! I’m dubious that Chester was able to survive on rainwater and moths for a month… Scottish Folds aren’t exactly the aggressive hunter types, especially kittens. They’re also so gentle and trusting, and wouldn’t hide from people (especially if there was food being put out).

grey baby scottish fold cat

My theory is that someone found and ‘borrowed’ him for a bit… but we’ll never know. The important thing is he’s back and happy.

montreal airport lost scottish fold cat

How cute is Chester, on the cat show judging table? He was the only Fold so he took part in the general cat breed category.

scottish fold cat

The judge checked his big eyes, tiny ears and body! So sweet.

British Shorthair Brown Mackerel Tabby

Chester’s “sister” Abby also took part in the cat show. (on the left)

british shorthair cat show

Abby is a British Shorthair brown mackerel tabby.

dangers shipping cats cargo

Her lovely coloring and temperament earned her high marks.

air canada cargo missing cat

She took home quite a few awards, including first place wins!

brown british shorthair cats

It was a lot of fun to see a cat show. So many different breeds – tailless, hairless, big and small — all treated like royalty by their doting owners.

young female british shorthairs

There were a few British Shorthairs there (many Scottish Folds are cross-bred with this breed, including Basil Farrow).

cat show judge, examination

They’re so kind and well-raised, these cats will never scratch!

winning british shorthair show cat

It was lovely to meet Abby, Chester and Amanda! Their story has a happy ending, but it illustrates the dangers and discomforts of flying pets in cargo… We all hope that pet owners will consider other, safer alternatives to transporting cats and dogs.

folded ears scottish fold cat

You can see more adorable photos of this lost-and-found grey kitten, on Chester’s Facebook page

chester, amanda stewart

And don’t forget to add my Scottish Fold cream cat, Basil Farrow, and check out his blog for photos.

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Sony a7 Alpha 7, mirrorless DSLR camera: sample photos with kit lens.

scottish fold cat eyes

I often get asked the question: “What digital camera do you use to shoot photos on La Carmina blog?” Right now, the answer is the Sony Alpha 7, a mirrorless DSLR camera. I just got it (it came out in late 2013), and tested it out on my favorite plus-sized fashion model… Basil Farrow!

funny cat lying on back

I got the Sony a7 body along with the kit lens, a 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6.

scottish fold kitten licking paw

So far, I’m very happy with the camera functions. The shutter speed works well, and images turn out great in difficult lighting including backlit situations.

cat in motion, walking

My Scottish Fold cat in motion. The auto white balance is better than my previous Sony DSLR.

cat meowing, mouth open

Since the mirrorless camera has a body half the size of regular DSLRs, it is much lighter and easier to carry. That’s a “wahh!”

cute cat mouth meow

At the same time, it’s a full frame DSLR that uses interchangeable lenses – so you get top quality images.

furry cat fur coat

Even though it’s just a kit lens, the images are very sharp. You can see all the hairs on Basil’s furry coat!

purebreed scottish kilt cat

There is depth of field blur at the lowest f-stop. I usually shoot in aperture mode.

cat jumping in air

Proof of Basil’s athleticism.

pet cat talking

My review of the Sony a7: so far, great for portraits. Eyes turn out nicely.

cat cleaning himself, licking paws

Lick, lick! All images here shot on the Sony Alpha 7.

sony mirrorless dslr images

It’s a good thing Basil enjoys posing for photos, even when he’s upside down.

ronan farrow pet cat

Mirrorless cameras are ideal for people who travel a lot, like me.

lazy cat yoga pose

So far, there’s nothing to complain about – it’s an excellent camera.

funny angry faced scottish fold cat

The only angry-face goes to the short battery life. However, if you get a separate external battery charger, this speeds up the process and is easier to use than the USB charge that they provide.

cat resting face on arm

I also put the Sony a7 on Airplane Mode in an attempt to keep the battery running for longer.

scottish fold cat with paw raised

Still lots of experimenting to do, but since I was using a Sony DSLR before (a700), the functions are intuitive.

scottish fold cat temperament

Some people said that the color balances tends towards the blue/green side, but I actually prefer that.

scottish fold short nose, fold ears

Love the bokeh-blur in the background.

cat playing with rainbow ribbon

All the colors come out nicely.

sony alpha 7, 28-70mm f 3.5-5.6

I think Basil is a fan of this camera too!

scottish fold cat grooming, care

Isn’t he cute when he cleans himself?

cat tongue sticking out

Scottish Folds are extra adorable when they wash their faces with their fat paws.

Sony a7 Alpha 7 sample photos

I hope you enjoyed this review of the camera I currently use. Here’s a link to purchase the exact Sony A7 mirrorless DSLR.

Sony alpha 7 kit lens photos

What camera do you use for travel and fashion blog photography? Which lenses do you prefer?

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