Game of Thrones at Library Bar

This past weekend, Matt and I were invited by some friends to attend a viewing party at Library Bar in downtown Los Angeles. When you combine books, Game of Thrones, and booze, I am a happy camper, so we obviously jumped at the chance. I had never been to the bar before, mostly because it is downtown and getting there and parking is a pain in the ass. However, because it was Sunday, the drive was less awful than it normally is. As soon as we walked in, I fell in love. If I didn’t have a kid, and a job, I would spend every weekend hanging out at this bar. It’s the best, and I seriously wish it were closer to my house.

We arrived around 4:30 to get spots for the 6:00 Game of Thrones (they also show the episode at 9:00 and 10:30). While we were some of the first ones there, I’m glad we got there early because we got an awesome spot. For my first drink, I ordered the Tequila Mockingbird, for obvious reasons. It was super tasty, though the spicy “rim” that was actually all over the side of the glass was a little inconvenient. Next time I will ask for it as just a rim. But the drink itself was super yummy.

At around 5:00 they started serving their themed Game of Thrones drinks. Between everyone in our group, we tried them all, and they all got positive reviews.

This one is the Mother of Dragons. It tasted similar to a pina colada. It was good, but it wasn’t my favorite of all the ones I tried.

This one is the Blood and Fire. Epic failure on my part, I was not ready with my camera at the bar, because they actually light the sprig of rosemary on fire. I’m always down for a little spectacle with my cocktails, and as a bonus, it tasted great! I would definitely order this one again.

Matt and I split the fried chicken sandwich, which was very tasty. The fries were the best part though, they had a great seasoning. This is definitely the kind of bar that has good, but pricey snack type foods. We split the sandwich and then ate another snack when we got home.

They show Game of Thrones on one big main screen and one other smaller TV. We had a great spot since we got there so early, but it did seem like most people in the bar had a decent view of the show. They also showed the previous week’s episode, though they didn’t turn the sound on until the new episode started. I was a little worried about watching the show in a bar with a big group of people, but it was actually better than expected. A couple of people were talking, but for the most part, everyone paid attention and no one was too obnoxious. We did go home and watch the episode again, but I always do that so I can do my notes for the podcast.

I am so happy I discovered Library Bar. I will 100% visit there again, and I would definitely check out another Game of Thrones episode there in the future. How do you feel about viewing parties? Do they enhance your experience or take away from the show for you? Let me know!

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Down to Fangirl Show Notes: Episodes 6 and 7

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Hi friends, and sorry I have taken so long to get these show notes put together! But thank you so much for checking out the Down to Fangirl podcast! We’re going to cover two episodes in one post here since I am so behind. We’ll start with Episode 6, which aired way back on July 19th. Here’s what we covered:

Our current reads were The Siren by Kiera Cass (Falon) and Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Brianna). I have read both books, and they are both great reads.


Brianna mentioned how much she is loving the new Anna Faris podcast, hilariously titled Anna Faris is Unqualified, where she and celebrity friends give relationship advice to total strangers. I have been listening to another fangirl podcast, called Fangirl Fridays, which features tons of fun episodes about 90’s and early 2000’s throwback fandoms (I still heart you JTT).

Last week on Episode 7, I talked about two books I recently finished reading, Champion by Marie Lu and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I loved both and will be writing more about them soon in this month’s What I Read post.


I also talked about two shows I recently watched season finales of, West World and Supergirl. Another two thumbs up for both. Brianna and I will be talking West World details in a couple of weeks.

Brianna has been listening to a super cool new scripted podcast called Homecoming, that I am definitely going to be checking out soon. I have been hearkening back to Hamilton, since I am going to be seeing the show for the second time in just a couple of weeks (and I’m just a little bit excited about it).

And some exciting (I hope) news for you guys: We are going to be releasing new episodes on Tuesdays instead of Wednesdays for the foreseeable future! We would really love it if you would download, subscribe and leave us a review! Also, don’t forget to check us out on Instagram, @dtfangirlpod! Thanks for tuning in!

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10 Things I’m Obsessed with Right Now

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It’s been a while since I have shared one of these posts, and I have a ton of new things that I am obsessing over that I want to share with you. From books to booze, these are the things I am seriously crushing on this summer!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: If you have listened to Down to Fangirl, or checked my bookstagram, or read any of my What I Read posts, chances are you have seen/heard me talk about ACOTAR. Guys. For real, this is my favorite series since Harry Potter. Book two, A Court of Mist and Fury, is one of the best books I have ever read. Period. If you like to read, or even if you hate to read, this series is a must. Go buy it and thank me later.

Soap and Glory beauty products: I have been using this face wash for most of the summer and I have seen a huge improvement in my skin. Even though I am now mid thirties, I still suffer from acne and I have had a lot of problems finding a cleanser that works consistently for me. This one has been awesome so far and I am loving it. Soap and Glory also has a ton of other great products, my other favorite being their lip glosses.

Rose: I know, I know, I’m basic AF. But nothing beats a yummy rose during the hot summer months. And it goes down so easy I can drink it all day long! (Not that I do that…often.)

Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew: This is my go to summer coffee drink from Starbucks and I have been consuming them almost every day over the past few months. I love them a little too much.

Supergirl: I just finished watching season two of Supergirl, and guys, I legit cried actual tears during the finale. My heart is aching just thinking about it. I have a huge crush on Chris Wood, who plays Supergirl’s boyfriend (and is gay in real life, of course) and I am ride or die with Jeremy Jordan. Plus, Calista Flockheart came back for the last two episodes, and the original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter plays the president. Binge it. And then come cry with me when it’s over.

Making buttons: Okay, this is weird, I know, but I started making some Disney inspired buttons a couple of weeks ago and I got so into it I bought a button maker. I will be posting a tutorial soon, suffice to say I am going to be doing a lot of giveaways because I only have room for so many buttons in my life.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: I finished this book a couple of days ago, on my birthday, and then went to two different bookstores that day to try to find the sequel, Glass Sword. I LOVED this book and have been dying to start number two, but I had to order it online so I’ve had to wait a few days before being able to start it. I have a couple of books I need to review that are next on my list, but I might be diving into Glass Sword instead. Because it’s that good.

Podcasting: If you haven’t listened to Down to Fangirl yet, get on it! Brianna and I have recorded seven episodes now and I am so loving podcasting. Honestly, I’m enjoying the whole process way more than I thought I would, and I am hoping our little show continues to grow!

Champagne and Strawberry Lemonade: I feel like this is self-explanatory, but this combo has become my go to summer alcoholic beverage of choice. It’s a perfect combo and it also makes for a pretty pink drink.

Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout: Okay, so as trepidatious as I was of the ride in the beginning, and as much of an eye sore as it is in the park, it is a damn good ride. Plus, I am loving discovering all of the different versions. I need to ride them all!

What have you been obsessing over this summer? Let me know so I can maybe share in your obsession!

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Down to Fangirl Podcast Episode 5

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Hello lovelies and welcome to another week of Down to Fangirl! There was much Game of Thrones goodness to cover this week as we all get ready for the big season seven premiere in just two days! We chatted all about episodes nine and ten of season six and made a few predictions as to what we think (or hope) we’ll see in the upcoming season.

We also shared our current reads with you. I just finished The Program by Suzanne Young and Brianna is finally reading A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (better known as A Court of Wanting a Rhysand…which we all do). Highly recommend both books!


Brianna is currently listening to the OBC album of Anastasia, which I need to get on ASAP. I’ve been having a throwback moment to my high school days and jamming to the Backstreet Boys. Don’t judge.


Next week is going to be epic as we cover our thoughts on the Game of Thrones season seven premiere, and the brand new Fantasmic, which we’ll be seeing on Monday. Please check out my Instagram for pics from Disneyland! And please don’t forget to download, subscribe, and leave us a five star rating! See you next week!

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Down to Fangirl Podcast Episode 4

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Hello DTF podcast listeners! We had an episode full of fangirly goodness for you this week, starting with some of our current happs. This week we have a couple of books recommendations, and a couple of new podcasts for you to check out!

I just finished Eliza and Her Monsters and absolutely loved it, while Brianna is finally being inducted into the ACOTAR fandom. Both books are excellent and we definitely recommend checking them out!


We also have two podcasts to recommend to you guys. I recently discovered the Broadwaysted podcast, which for its name alone, deserves a shining plaque in the podcast hall of fame, if that were actually a thing. Brianna talked about one of her favorite podcasts, Call Your Girlfriend, which is awesome, especially for our super cool, feminist chick audience members out there.

Our first order of business this week was to discuss our first book club selection, Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz. Please tune in to hear our (many) thoughts on the novel! We also announced our next book club novel, which is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. We will be publishing our next book club episode on August 2nd, so make sure you read the book before then!


And we continued on with our Game of Thrones season six recap series, talking episodes six through eight. If you are behind on GoT you need to catch up now as the season seven premiere is right around the corner!

Please make sure you tune in next week as we prepare for the Game of Thrones season seven premiere! And always, don’t forget to download and subscribe, and please leave us a review! See you next week!

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What I Read: June

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Hello fellow bookworms! It’s hard to believe it is the end of another month of reading! The books covered in this post will be on the light side–only four–because in addition to these four new reads, I also reread the entire A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Because I am obsessed. I am honestly thinking about going in for round three this month, but I’m trying to make myself read some new stuff! Aside from ACOTAR, here’s what I read this month:

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: This book is one of the many reasons I love Owl Crate. I doubt I would have picked up this book on my own, because based on the cover, it is not something I would have been drawn to. However, I fucking loved this book. I wish this book had been around when I was a teenager because it spoke so much truth to my introverted self. If you have ever felt like the weird one, whether at school or in your family or in your job, this book is for you. I have so so much love for so many aspects of this novel. It obviously spoke to my introverted self, but also to my creative self, as it examined the pressure to create, and this weird balance of creating for you while also creating for your audience. It’s an interesting take on that relationship, one I only know from the audience side of things, but could someday end up struggling with as a writer. But I cannot say enough good things about this book. Read it. ASAP.

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz: I’m not going to tell you my thoughts on this book here, since we discussed it in the latest episode of Down to Fangirl. So go download the podcast and hear all of Brianna’s and my thoughts!

Prodigy by Marie Lu: This is the second book in the Legends series. I really enjoyed Legend, but I struggled a bit with Prodigy. It could be ACOMAF interference–once I start reading that book, I don’t want to read anything else–but I didn’t love it as much as the first one. I did just buy Champion, the final in the trilogy, and I am hopeful I will enjoy it. The one thing I really liked about Prodigy is the shift in the Les Mis retelling. In the first book, the two main characters are modeled after Jean Val Jean and Javert. However, in this one, the love triangle very much resembles the Cosette-Eponine-Marius relationship, which is cool. It’s definitely worth a read, especially if you liked Legend.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: This is the second book I’ve read by Morgan Matson after seeing her speak at the LA Times Festival of Books, and it was just as enjoyable as the first one. I don’t typically love contemporary YA literature, but Matson’s stories are such fun reads. In particular, her dialogue always rings so true (coming from someone who listened to teenagers for eight years). This is the perfect book to read during the summer: humorous, fun, romantic, and still touching and thought-provoking. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books!

Even though it was a light month of reading, it was a good one! I’m aiming for seven new books in July, so make sure you check back then, and follow my bookstagram to keep up with all my reads!

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Owl Crate Subscription Box: June

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It’s that time of month book-loving friends, aka my favorite day of the month, time to check out the latest offering from Owl Crate! If you are new to these parts and have never heard of Owl Crate, well suffice to say, it’s the shit. Owl Crate is a monthly subscription box designed for lovers of young adult literature. Each month’s box includes at least one book, plus several other bookish goodies that are always themed and super fun to unveil. This month’s theme was Make it Out Alive, which I loved, and the box had not one, but two amazing books! Here is a look at what we received this month!

Alright, I hate to start out with kind of a whimper, but one of the first things I saw was this zombie sleep mask from Archie McPhee. I’m so not into zombies so this one is kind of wasted on me. However, I am super stoked to use this Divergent themed bath bomb from Fizzy Fairy Apothecary (also, adorable shop name). Each bomb has a faction charm inside, can’t wait to see where I end up!

One of the first dystopian novels I ever read was The Giver by Lois Lowry, so I am mega into this patch from Laserbrain Patch Co. And if you have been paying attention to my bookstagram (@coffeebookswinerepeat) you know that I am now OBSESSED with A Court of Thorns and Roses, so I was beyond excited to see this bookmark from Hey Atlas Creative. We also got a sweet magnet from Little Inklings Design with a quote from An Ember in the Ashes, which I haven’t read, but have on my list.

And like I said, we got TWO books this month. The first is called New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson, and is about a girl trying to survive in her dystopian world (you can rarely go wrong with that premise in my book). We also got a special edition with an exclusive cover of The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson, which I can’t wait to dive into.

Another awesome Owl Crate box! The theme for the July box is Wanderlust, which sounds amazing, and once again, I am counting down the days until it arrives. If you are interested in subscribing to Owl Crate, please use my referral link, right here! Thanks friends and happy reading!


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