Fall Bucket List

Hello Fall

A little fall inspiration for today! Its a lovely day outside and I can’t help but want to decorate everything and drink a million pumpkin spice lattes. So instead of doing all of that I’ve made a fall to-do list!

1. Corn Maze– Isn’t this a necessity of every kid who grew up anywhere near the country side?

2. Make Apple Crisp- I have an amazing recipe for this yummy, crock pot warmed dessert that I made last year. I’ll try to post it later because you will fall in love.

3. Carve a Pumpkin– I haven’t done this since I was a kid and I never did it very well. This year I think I’ll try a little harder. I’m thinking of doing a Tinker Bell pattern! Thoughts?

4. Make my Own Pumpkin Spice Latte– I went into Starbucks last week and got my first latte of the season… and it cost me $4.35. Yikes. Prices went up from last year. I’m going to be looking for a way to make my own at home.

5. Have a Campfire– Snuggle up in a flannel blanket and sit by a cozy fire outside while drinking apple cider. Sounds good to me.

6. Find the Perfect Fall Coffee Mug– I have an obsession with coffee mugs and I don’t have a cute one for autumn!

7. Rock a Puffer Vest– Ok, so I don’t have the coveted J Crew herringbone vest but I have a few other cute ones I have to wear. Watch for a post!

8. Watch a Football Game– Football bores me but I don’t understand it either. So this fall I’ll try and sit through a game to see if I can figure the darn thing out.

9. Go Hiking in the Mountains– I live near the Blue Ridge mountain range and I have to visit at some point. It’s so gorgeous when the leaves are changing!

10. Organize my Fall Wardrobe– For once I’ll pack up my summer stuff and put it in the attic and exclusively wear the warm, cozy clothes I’ve spent so much money on. Lord, help me.

What’s on your bucket list?

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Rainy Days at Starbucks

studying_at_starbucksYesterday was a rainy day in Maryland so the sister and I took some time in the afternoon to do homework at Starbucks. There’s something so nice about sitting in the coffee shop, listening to jazz music, doing work, and just watching the rain fall outside. Very peaceful. I just wanted to nap actually. When I got home, my furry gray cat, Tanzie, was sitting on my bed looking out the open window as it drizzled outside and the wind blew.

My sister was working most of the afternoon on her history and literature class. Poor kid coffee_at_starbuckshas so much reading to do! I worked on discussion posts for two of my classes. We both got frappucinos too. Hers was a vanilla bean frap with a pump of raspberry. It tasted like cotton candy, no joke. I got a pumpkin spice frap, which was amazing and way better than the hot drink! I was surprised I liked it but I certainly did and have a new favorite seasonal drink.

Pumpkin_spiceOf course, Rebecca and I did the obligatory photo of our drinks that we got because they were ‘totes’ cute. I should have Instagrammed it but I didn’t. Oops. The other day I was with my best friend and her younger cousin and I took a picture of the iced latte I got from Dunkin Donuts. Her cousin, who is about 13, looked at me and said “Careful, your white girl is showing!” I about died of laughter. Then she added “hashtag ‘white girl problems.” I thought I would never recover from that one! She’s a funny kid and just says whatever comes to mind.

All in all, it was a decent day. I’m praying for motivation today because I have 2 papers, 2 quizzes, and about 12 response posts to do by Saturday night. Here’s hoping I’m productive and focused although it’s unlikely! Wish me luck and leave me good concentration tips below!

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Pretty Little Things: Stationary

I love getting letters! When I was away at college, my mom would send me little letters just saying how much she missed me (she would also include a little cash for my favorite Starbucks drink). My grandma would also send me cards and little notes on birthdays and holidays. Anyway, the stationary of an individual doesn’t seem to be as important as it used to be. “Snail mail” isn’t used to deliver a message like it was years ago. A part of me would like to bring that lovely tradition back to the light.

Apart from my own stockpile of stationary and notecards, I took some time the other day to find a few examples of stationary and notecards to share with all of you. I went to Target and found some I liked there but the prices were all $4.50 and up, which I thought was a little high for notecards. I went to Marshall’s after that and found that most notecards were under $4.00! These are a few of my favorites that I found:

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on stationary or notes to send to people. It really is all about presentation, which if done correctly can be inexpensive and chic. Take a look at these notecards below by Ashley Brooke Designs. They each retail for around $18 for a total of 10 notecards!

I love Ashley’s designs and she inspires me so much, but for right now her work is just a little too pricey for my budget. However, investing in a few inexpensive ones that are designed well and don’t have anything written in them that seems “cheap” is a great way to make up for the money you didn’t spend and still have some class. FYI when I say “cheap” I mean things like “Happy birthday, now where’s the food?” with a picture of a bored looking person on the front. That’s rude and classless.

Have you ever seen cards like that? Please share below, I’d be interesting in seeing the horrible cards out there!

Stay classy!

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Music for the Soul

Coffee_Enthusiasts When I’m writing a blog post there are two things that must be present: good coffee and great music. I’m a little hipster in this sense I guess. However, I don’t order my coffee customized or anything like that, I order what’s on the menu. Starbuck’s “Secret Menu” isn’t really a secret; its a bunch of annoying people who like their coffee to be made especially for them despite the long line behind them and then bug the baristas if there are 2 shots of caramel instead of 1. Anyway, here is my playlist for when I’m writing. Enjoy loves! P.S. check out my coffee board on Pinterest!

Playlist for Writing

1. Andrea Bocelli “Love in Portofino”

2. Frank Sinatra “Come Fly with Me”

3. Carmen McRae “My Romance”

4. Frank Sinatra “The Coffee Song”

5. Dean Martin “Mambo Italiano”

6. Dean Martin “Volare”

7. Andrea Bocelli ” La Vie en Rose”

8. Nat King Cole “L-O-V-E”

9. Alyssa Bonagura “I Make my Own Sunshine”

10. Maroon 5 “Sunday Morning”

11. Ingrid Michaelson “Mountains and the Sea”

12. Jack Johnson “Better Together”

13. The La’s “There She Goes”

14. One Republic “Good Life”

15. Two Door Cinema “This is the Life”

16. John Mayer “Free Fallin”

17. Vaughan Penn “Almost Perfect”

18. Atherton “California”

19. U2 “City of Blinding Lights”

20. Trace Adkins “Days Like This”

What are some of your playlist loves? Comment below!

~Liz

 

New Coffee Love!

CoffeeI have found a new coffee company to love and obsess over almost as much as Starbucks: Illy! I was in desperate need of caffeine yesterday (and we were out of my favorite creamer at the office) so I wandered down to the cafeteria to get something there. I look in one of the coolers and I see a pretty little bottle of Latte Machiato chilling. I decided for only $2.50 it wouldn’t hurt to try it. Now I am running down there a little too often to get my Illy! Forget my Starbucks love!

Illy (as far as I know) doesn’t have stores or anything. You either order online or find it at a retailer. Their own website is full of crazy cool things they sell besides their bottled espresso creations (they sell Espresso machines!)

Comment below if you’ve found Illy in a store or know of another great coffee company! Coffee lovers unite!

~Liz