Monday, November 24, 2014

Holly's Holly-day Gift Guide (Part One): Gifts for Your Pet

It's officially almost Black Friday and thus officially almost Christmas. At least as far as this red-cup toting, Peppermint Mocha loving blogger is concerned. To be honest, I've been listening to Christmas tunes since mid-October. Call me crazy, but I just love this time of year, especially since there are so many fun ways to celebrate with your pooch, from frolicking in the snow to special Holly-day cards in fabulous seasonal sweaters!

It's also the season for Holiday shopping for everyone on your gift list, including your pooch. Below are some of my picks for the pampered pup (and kitty--this is also the season for putting aside our differences!) in your life!

Until Next Time, Darlings!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Paw-sitively Fabulous: Fall Fashion for the Dog Lover

Holly and I are obviously big fans of matching outfits, but sadly we can't wear them every day. For the days when we won't be hanging out together (and thus allowing people to truly appreciate the awesomeness of our matching ensembles), I'm always on the hunt for funky and fashionable ways to wear my dog-loving heart on my sleeve. Here are some of my favorite finds from around the web:

1. Orla Kiely "Puppy Love" Sweatshirt Dress:

Almost as cozy as cuddles from your pup (buy it here)!

Monday, November 10, 2014

My picks from the new American Beagle Outfitters line!

As many of you may know, American Eagle released a faux news story on April Fool's Day touting their new line of stylish duds for your pup, known as American Beagle Outfitters. The story created such a buzz that the company decided to release the line for real. Below are a few of my top picks from the line!

1. "Hump Day" beanie: This won't work for Holly's pointy ears, so #teamfloppyears gets a win on this snarky and stylish chapeau!
Photo courtesy of American Eagle Outfitters.
2. Silver "Pupper Jacket:" A must have for New York's super chilly days, in an on trend metallic to keep your pooch stylin' in those #ootd posts (as an added bonus, there's a matching human version!).
Photo courtesy of American Eagle Outfitters.
3. Patterned Sweater Poncho: Sweater capes are all the rage this fall, and who says your pup should be left out in the cold on the trend?
Photo courtesy of American Eagle Outfitters.
What are your top picks from American Eagle's new pup line? Leave your faves in the comments below!

Until Next Time, Darlings!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Little Holly's Big Book Club: Book Four Wrap Up and more Pup-Friendly Book Suggestions!

Hello Darlings!

I can't believe it's already November. I know I said that last month, but not it seems like I blinked and we're just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Holidays!

While blinking this month, though, I DID have time to read our book selection, Travels With Casey (the long plane ride with no wi-fi helped immensely). I loved Benoit Denizet-Lewis's story of travelling the country with his semi-reluctant pooch to learn more about America's dog obsession. I laughed, I cried, and I realized that there are some pet parents who are just as crazy about their dogs as I am!

Though this book marks the official end of our Summer-turned-Fall book club adventure, I did come across another series of books I had to share with you all. I discovered Chet and Bernie Mysteries while at a small independent book store in my home state of Colorado, and the shop owner guided me to the first two books so I could start from the beginning. Having just started the first one, I already know that these will be at the top of my Winter reading list, and that I will be reading them all!
Another plus about this series: solid dog puns. I love a good dog pun. 
Chet and Bernie are a crime solving duo of a Private Investigator and his pup, who acts as narrator of the stories. Reading about crimes from a pooch's perspective is hilarious, and the mysteries definitely suck you in! I have to remind myself not to pick up the book before bed because I get so involved in finding out what happens I forget to sleep :)

What's your favorite book about dogs? Have you read Travels with Casey or any of the Chet and Bernie mysteries? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

Until Next Time, Darlings!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Happy Holly-ween!

I can't believe Halloween week is already here! We have already had fun dressed as Carrie Brad-paw (which is our plan for festivities on the day itself, weather permitting) at the Halloween Howl a couple weekends ago, but for this past weekend's festivities at Petco, we decided to mix things up. After all, a girl doesn't want to go to two parties in the same costume, right?

One of the comments we got at our first Holly-ween event was how the tutus lent themselves perfectly to another screen icon besides Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie. Little did they know, this very character is not only Holly's namesake, but someone we have experience emulating already:
Image courtesy of Seriously Sabrina Photography.
That's fewer than five people asked: "hey, have you ever considered dressing up as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's?"

So, in the interest of giving the public what they want (and since we already had the costume), we decided to spend another Barkfest at Sniffany's for Petco's Halloween costume contest on Saturday. We placed fourth at the event (after a pair of costumed chickens!!), and had a great afternoon hanging with local pup pals and celebrating the season.
On me: skirt: Space46Boutique, shirt: Threads For Thought, earrings: Chanel (similar), tiara: Vintage, Pearls: Nordstrom
On Holly: skirt: EllieGraceCrafts, Sweater: Smoochie Pooch (old), collar: J&B Custom Leather
I've really found a lot of ways to wear my tutu from Space46Boutique this season! I can see it becoming a favorite piece in my wardrobe, especially with Holly's tutu from EllieGraceCrafts matching so perfectly!

Until Next Time, Darlings! Happy Holly-ween!

Shop more Breakfast at Tiffany's inspired looks:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekend Wander: @Maisondepawz Birthday Bash & Halloween Howl!

We were honored to be invited to the birthday celebration of one of our dearest IG Friends, @Maisondepawz. As the maker of handcrafted human grade dog treats, we knew the food would be amazing, and looking at the roster of guests it was sure to be a good time!

With pooches from Hazel Bear to Simba to Chloe Kardoggian in attendance, we knew the perfect present was a must! Before heading to the park for the party, Holly and I made a pit stop at swanky dog boutique Canine Styles to pick out a gift. We settled on a "Please Return to Sniffany & Co." plush bone  in Tiffany blue, which Holly loved until she discovered she didn't get to keep it.
"What do you mean, this toy isn't for me???"
We arrived at Sheep Meadow in Central Park (actually, just outside, since dogs aren't allowed in the meadow and it follows that neither are dog birthday parties) and met up immediately with Hazel and her dad Eric. Hazel and Holly sniffed out the rest of the party, where Tyler's mom had a layout that not only included her yummy homemade treats, but also pupcakes from Sprinkle's bakery and an array of meats, cheeses, and bread for the humans to nosh on (Holly might have helped herself to a bit from that tray as well). Chloe Kardoggian and Simba were already there, and the group was ready to party!
The birthday boy looked dapper in his bowtie
Clockwise from top left: Hazel, Simba, Holly and Chloe!
We loved spending the afternoon snacking, snapping photos, and chatting with some of our Insta-friends. #Tylersbig8 was a smashing success, and we got to take home some delish treats as a favor!
Post party smooches. Tops: Ralph Lauren. Jeans: Grace in LA (similar). Bag: Hermes (love this one).
Next up we were off to the Carl Schurz Park "Halloween Howl," an annual event benefitting the Park Conservancy that has a costume contest and "Healthy Dog Fair" with samples of treats, toys, and information from local pet businesses.
Almost time for Holly-ween! Better hurry up this walk!
Holly and I attended last year, and even though we loved our poodle skirts, we knew we had to step up our game to compete this year! We asked all of you to help us choose our costume, and the winner was:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Paw-sitively Fabulous: Henri Bendel x The College Prepster HB Puppy Love Event

It's no secret to anyone that Holly and I love Henri Bendel (particularly her resemblance to their own illustrated pooch), and we were thrilled last season to discover all of their luxury dog offerings, including bowls and squeaky toys, particularly wonderful since Holly, as a rescue, doesn't always fit the luxury offerings for purebred small dogs, like collars and tote bags (she's more of a mid-sized sedan, or as a woman we met shopping said the other day "the biggest Chihuahua I have ever seen!).

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise either that as avid watchers of Gossip Girl, fans of matching monogrammed Ralph Lauren polos, and suckers for anything with an equestrian flair (ok, this last trait might just be me), that we would also likely fall into the category of "Preppy," in all its boat shoe wearing, headband worshipping glory. So when I discovered the blog The College Prepster, featuring the tales of preppy Carly and her pampered pooch Teddy, I was obviously hooked. 

Imagine my delight when I discovered that Carly would be hosting an event with Teddy at the Henri Bendel flagship to show off the store's latest and greatest in pooch products. Holly and I donned our matching cable knit sweaters, grabbed our fellow blogging buddies Mariel and Michelle, and headed to 57th and 5th for an evening of "sips and shopping" with the dynamic duo.

Images by Freepik