Dressing Up

The Most Adorable Holiday Outfits You Will Find

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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.

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Adorable Christmas Outfit Ideas

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! Continue Reading

Book Review

Book Review: Wild Cat by Christine Feehan

Dapper Animals guest review for Once Upon a Twilight

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I had the pleasure of meeting Leydy (Once Upon a Twilight) at a South Florida Bloggers event at Books & Books. It was book love at first site 🙂 We were discussing one of our favorite genres, Young Adult Fiction, and I mentioned that one of my issues with this genre was the lack of sex. Lo and behold, Leydy whips out a blue paperback book out of her tote bag and gives it to me. The book was an ARC of Wild Cat by Christine Feehan. She said if I wanted to, I could guest post a review about Wild Cat on Once Upon a Twilight. I was honored and excited to read this new ARC. Specially since it seemed to be a shifter book and I love me some shifter romance action.

After a couple of pages into Wild Cat the saying, “Be careful what you wish for”, quickly came to mind.

The book started off with a BANG! As in banging. The main characters were already getting it on in the first 20 pages. I happened to start reading this book during my lunch break and trust me, I did not want to go back to work. I just wanted to keep on reading! The storyline started strong and reeled me in.

Leopard shifter, Siena, does not know she is a shifter or part of a leopard crime boss family. Siene is used, unbeknownst to her, as a decoy to kill the family’s enemies. Her latest target is Elijah, who happens to be her childhood crush. She has also been promised to her grandfather’s sadistic second in command.

These premises could have made for a great book. Unfortunately, the book sizzled out after the main character’s got together which is pretty much at the beginning of the book. There’s no tension or chemistry between the characters. The characters are flat and one dimensional making them boring and not likable. Also, the heroine has no backbone and lets herself be bossed around all the time by her alpha mate.

Believe it or not, I also had an issue with the sex scenes. I know, I know! I’m of the camp that believes the more sexy time there is in a book, the better. This book went way overboard with the sex scenes. I think they were trying to hide the fact that the book has no good storyline/plot. It got to a point that I was bored with the sex scenes, mainly because I didn’t care about the characters and was not emotionally invested. Also, there was A LOT of oral action going on. A LOT.

If you’re looking for an erotica book where the main female character is submissive in every way and not just in bed, then this might be the book for you. If you are looking for a good shifter romance novel, then I would not recommend you pick this book. Specially if it’s your first time reading this genre. I would recommend Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series for a strong and kick ass heroine and Nalini Singh’s Psy-changeling series for loads of steamy sex scenes.

Thank you Leydy for letting me guest post and for giving me this ARC! I really wanted to like this book and get hooked on another shifter romance series. This wasn’t the book for me, but if you’re still interested in reading Wild Cat it is available for purchase on November 24th, 2015.

I give this book a 2 stars out of 5.

Happy readings!

<3 Izzie

Event

Live the Cute Life: Geek Girl Brunch October meetup

Hello! Just got back from our October Geek Girl Brunch meetup and I’m still giddy from all the fun we had. We had a fantastic time and was lovely to see so many of the attendees in costumes. Each time we go, we always meet great new people 🙂 This month’s meetup was held at Earls Kitchen + Bar in Dadeland Mall. Below are more pictures of this awesome event.

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Elsie and Aurora, thank you again for organizing such a great event. I’m always look forward to the next one <3

p.s. Meli, we missed you! Congrats on your beautiful baby girl, Luna 🙂

 

Product Review

Live the Cute Life: Girl’s Guide to Survival Gear

Our super prepared friend, Eli, shows us what a girl needs in her bag to survive a natural disaster or any other type of emergency. Eli, is a physician assistant, children’s book publisher and a real life doomsday prepper! Anything you can think of needing for an emergency or disaster, she has it. Below are some of the things she recommends you have in your Bug Out Bag, which a is bag that has everything you would need to survive for 72hrs. Great to have in case of any natural or supernatural disaster. It’s not a question whether we ARE going to have a zombie apocalypse but WHEN. Just kidding, kind of.

Military MOLLE Backpack 27L

 

550 Paracor 7 strand

 

Flashlight Lantern Safety Strobe

 

First Aid Kit

Water Proof Matches

Compass

 

Small Cooking Set

 

Freeze Dried Food

 

Lifesaver Bottle

 

LifeStraw

 

Knife with whistle and fire starter

 

Suaoki Solar Waterproof LED Lantern

 

Lightweight 30 LED Lantern

 

Eton FRX5 Hand Crank Emergency Weather Radio

 

Coleman string lights

 

There’s also a pre-packed Bug Out Bag here:

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Thank you Eli for being our guest and sharing all your awesome gear with us!

Check out Eli’s book! The Adventures of Little Lilly Imma: Dear Flower

Product Review

Live the Cute Life: Geek Girl Project – 3D Printing!


Today we bring you our 3D printed projects! Over the last few years the cost of 3D printing has gone down and 3D printers are now available for regular people like you and me. The printer we are using is a Zortrax M200. We are making good use of it by printing adorable projects 🙂 Behold our plastic creations!

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Pocket PiGRRL – Raspberry Pi Gameboy

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The Zortrax M200 is more of a high end 3D printer. To get started you don’t need to invest in such a pricey printer. Here are a couple less expensive options we recommend:

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PrintrBot

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Live the Cute Life!

<3 Izzie

Book Review

Book Review #24: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo + Fierce Reads Tour

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4 out of 5 stars!

I’m not usually a fan of books written in different points of view and Six of Crows happens to be written in 6. And I loved it. I loved all the characters and their voices in the book. Leigh Bardugo did a great job of creating amazing and well developed characters. She took great care with creating all their backstories. The transition between the different voices was seamless. The book has a great storyline that gripped me from the start. My new favorite couple is now Kaz + Inej <3 I can see why this book was compared to Ocean’s 11 but it doesn’t do it justice. Six of Crows is dark and gritty. The main character, Kaz, is a fearless and crafty mastermind leading a ragtag team of thieves on an impossible heist. Kaz is always 2 stops ahead of his enemy and always has a trick up his sleeve. But my favorite character is Inej, his loyal and stealthy spy that can climb anything and sneak up on anyone. I really like how the female characters are portrayed in this book: self-reliant, smart and brave. My only gripe with this book is the cliff hanger ending. I didn’t like where the story ended, I just wished it had been wrapped up. I still loved it and can’t wait to meet the author at Books & Books on October 12.

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Fierce Reads Tour at Books & Books on Oct. 12, 7 p.m. at Coral Gables. I’ll be there! Can’t wait to meet more Leigh Bardugo fans 🙂

Also, if you aren’t able to attend the event you can follow along with their livestream here.

Happy reading!

<3 Izzie

Book Review

Book Review #23: AngelFall by Susan Ee

For our AngelFall review we had our friend Amy from ReelPagesBite.com as our guest 🙂

Angelfall is a post-apocalyptic book where earth is overrun by angels. So don’t expect the angels to be your usual benign creatures, they’re not. They’re the ones that have brought earth into chaos; they are the monsters that are feared during daylight and have all the humans fighting for their survival, including Penryn, her mom and little sister. Even though these angels have brought destruction among earth, Penryn still finds some compassion in her heart and saves an angel being brutally attacked by other angels. By doing so, the attacking angels retaliate by kidnapping her little sister. Penryn and the disgraced angel join forces in a quest to recover her little sister and the angel’s fallen wings.

Overall, this was an action packed book with an incredible beginning that grips you immediately. The main character, Penryn, may not have any supernatural powers but she is still kicks ass. Love the chemistry between her and Rafael (the fallen angel), but most of all loved her very troubled mom. The author created a very emotional and complicated relationship between Penryn and her mom that made this book quite different from your run of the mill distopian books. AngelFall is a trilogy and all 3 books are already out. So if you’re a completist, you’re all set to go 🙂

Happy reading!

<3 Izzie

Product Review

Live the Cute Life: iphone 6s and MacBook accessories

Ok, I held out as much as could to my 4s iphone but the time has come to upgrade to the beautiful and HUGE iphone 6s plus. Better pictures and video! What else could a blogger/youtuber ask for? It has a bunch of other wonderful techie wonders and specs but you can find all that other info in any gadget website. Here, we’ll tell you all about accessorizing your gadgets 🙂

1st. You’ll need an iphone case and I found the perfect one. Beautiful design and practical! I got my case at JimmyCase.co. I love using my iphone as a wallet.

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I’ve also found a pretty nifty screen protector. I got the Spigen® 3D Touch Compatible- Tempered Glass screen protector. I love it! I feel like the screen is super protected and it was very easy to install. Don’t worry about the small bubbles, they will disappear all on their own in a day or two as promised on the instructions.

My next wonderful find I got on Etsy.com. It’s my rainbow keyboard stickers! I first saw it on A Beautiful Mess and knew I had to have it. I’m glad I did cause my laptop looks ADORABLE.

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And last but not least, my beautiful and chubby Conway extension chord. When your laptop cable is just not long enough this beautiful yet industrial looking extension will get you out of a bind. I got the baby blue with red chord, but would’ve loved to have gotten the pink with gray as well. But they’re a bit pricey, so I’ll just stick with one for now 😉

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Product Review

Live The Cute Life #4: Labbits!

Today we proudly bring you our Labbit collection. The labbit is a magnificent little bunny that usually comes with a stache or cigarette. Designed by Frank Kozik and made by Kidrobot. Why do we love this little guy so much? Is it its rotund shape? Dashing mustache? Or the beauty of its simplicity? ALL of the above! They’re huggable (plushie version) and adorable. Yet, they come with cigarettes and stubble (Smorkin’ Labbit). I know! How can you not love these grungy little suckers?