Happy Galentine’s Day! Today we are celebrating Galentine’s with our lovely friend Dianne from Miami Food Pug. As huge Parks & Recreation fans, we decided to hang out and celebrate our friendship. If you haven’t seen the TV show Parks and Recreation (OMG you totally should!), there’s a crazy awesome character called Leslie Knope played by hilarious Amy Poehler. She celebrates Galentine’s, the best holiday of the year, every February 13th with her gal pals.
The holiday usually involves waffles because Leslie Knope loves waffles. So when Dianne presented her Galentine’s gift, it couldn’t have been more appropriate – adorably packaged waffle mix. Check out the episode for all of our shenanigans and gift ideas for Galentine’s. Enjoy!
Live the Cute Life!
Izzie & Coco
Photo courtesy of Saskya Cabral
Yay! It’s Christmas Eve today and we are so excited to show off our Holiday outfits! We partnered up with Laura from The Fashion Diva & local photographer Saskya Cabral for a Winter Wonderland photoshoot and couldn’t wait to share it with you.
Photo courtesy of Saskya Cabral
Laura and I decided to go for traditional red and green colors this year. So we put on our Christmas dresses and headed on out to the local Santa playland in Coral Gables. It’s a really cute park they build every year with Santa’s house where you can get your picture taken with Santa during specific hours. You can also find a train for kids to play on, an elf’s workshop house, and (my favorite) a sleigh pulled by an adorable little pony. It’s a great place for kids to play and to be fair, we also had a blast there too!
Today we bring you Izzie’s favorite handbags. They all happen to be Betsey Johnson bags. There’s something so whimsical and kitschy about these bags that I just love. I also love their chunkiness. My favorite accents are the bows and in the case of my phone purse I can live with it not having a bow because it has ROTARY PHONE instead! And it works too! Just plug in the auxilary cable to your cell and you can pick up phone calls with the bag’s phone handle. I’ve had these bag for a while already so they are not easy to find anymore. We’ve added links below to similar bags to the ones in our video. Enjoy!
Betsey Johnson Polka Dot Satchel (Similar)
Betsey Johnson Bow Bucket Bag (Similar)
This past weekend was the August South Florida Bloggers Meetup and we had a blast! All the bloggers that attend dress up super cute so I had to have a cute dress. I was lucky that Izzie gave me this adorable colorblock dress for my birthday this month. So I didn’t have to even think about the outfit. I knew exactly what I was wearing for the event. I always wear short dresses with tights so I can feel comfortable. Also, I’m not the best at behaving like a proper lady to prevent showing my undies throughout the day. So I tend to wear leggings or tights with my outfits. I don’t have to worry too much about how I sit or pick up something that fell on the floor. Yes, cuteness is important but comfort first! Keep reading to shop the outfit 😉
Last week I attended our biggest comic convention in South Florida, Supercon. It was exciting to see how much it has grown over the years. We are really proud (and grateful) of founder Mike Broder for starting this event. I still remember attending his smaller events back in 2006 and thinking it was nice to have our own smaller version of San Diego Comic Con in South florida. Now our local convention has grown up big time. Last year over 40,000 people showed up to Supercon and I can only imagine the numbers were greater this year. The isles were super packed!
What I love most about conventions is that you can meet other cosplayers and geek out in a friendly atmosphere. You can approach strangers that are advertising their love for The Fifth Element, Totoro, steampunk, Adventure Time, etc. – and those strangers will also want to connect with you. What other situation breaks down the barriers of approaching complete strangers like this? I can only think of comic conventions.
I also discovered some amazing new artists at Supercon this year. Check them out below.
Morgan Wilson’s low brow art
Nomiienation’s artwork where creepy meets cute
Peter Santa Maria had great illustrations
Last Laugh Crafts Handcut Paper Artwork
Brian Reedy illustrations.
Welcome to our sixteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. This is a special episode as it is the first show with a guest! We welcome Amy from Reel Pages Bite (reelpagesbite.com) to review Soulless by Gail Carriger. Soulless is the first book of the series The Parasol Protectorate. We love this series. It’s one of our favorite paranormal romance book series. This steampunk novel is set in London during Victorian times. The main character, Alexia Tabarotti is a preternatural, which means she is soulless in a world where supernatural creatures have excess soul. Her state of lack of soul also gives her the power of neutralizing supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves. As long as Alexia maintains contact with supernaturals, they become human. Alexia gets tied up in a murder investigation and vampires seem to be appearing around London without being claimed by a hive or trained in social etiquette. Alexia must navigate these dangerous waters and deal with the unrefined alpha of the London Pack Lord Maccoon.
Gail Carriger develops a cast of amazing characters that will leave you wanting to know more about them. We recommend this book and series with a resounding YAY! Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book: Wing Girl by Nic Tatano. We will be posting our review soon!
Welcome to our fifteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. Queen of the Tearling is a moving story about a 19 year old girl forced to reign a kingdom over night. Kelsea has been living a secluded life. She’s only interacted with her two guardians who raised her and taught her how to be a fair queen through examples in history. As soon as Kelsea arrives at her castle she is confronted with the reality that her mother (and preceding Queen) signed a treaty to ship thousands of citizens to the neighboring kingdom as slaves – every year.
We loved this book and recommend it with a YAY! Kelsea is a tough ruler with a good heart and does what’s best for her kingdom. The villains are pretty scary, a red witch that sacrifices children to the Dark Lord for powerful magic; an unscrupulous slave trader masquerading as census officer, and a sleazy oblivious uncle. This book is a page turner that will keep you wanting to find out what happens next. We can’t wait to read the sequel. Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book: Soulless by Gail Carriger. We will be posting our review soon!
Welcome to our fourteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Uprooted is a fantasy novel about a kingdom bordered by a magic and malevolent forest that is inhabited by corrupted creatures. The kingdom is protected from the woods by a powerful wizard called the Dragon. However, that protection has a price. A girl must be given to the Dragon every ten years from one of the villages. This time around, Agnieszka has been chosen; but Agnieszka is not a regular girl. She has a natural affinity to magic and will help the Dragon fight the woods in the last battle for the Kingdom. This is a slow paced book but we really liked it and recommend it with a YAY! Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. We will be posting our review soon!
Welcome to our thirteenth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. Moon Called was the first paranormal romance I ever read. It introduced to me to the genre and I fell in love. So if you haven’t read a shifter romance and are interested in trying it out – this is the perfect book to get you started. Mercy Thompson is a native walker that can turn into a coyote. She was raised by the leader of all the werewolves in the US. She is a mechanic that specializes in European vehicles and knows martial arts. All of a sudden werewolves are being made in the tri-cities of Washington State without pack training. This means someone is up to no good. When the alpha of the tri-cities (and Mercy’s neighbor) gets abducted along with his daughter, Mercy is forced to rescue them. She will have to deal with Fae, Vampires, and Werewolves. We love Mercy Thompson and recommend this book with a YAY! Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book: Uprooted by Naomi Novik. We will be posting our review soon!