Hometown Cravings; Makeshift S’mores!

City: Columbus, GA
Stop: Origin Coffee
Drink: Maple spice,  Spiced brown sugar, Toasted marshmallow
 
     Hey everyone! I’m bringing in the new week with a new favorite flavor from- you guessed it- Origin Coffee. I may or may not be completely enamored with them. The workers there are more than happy to work with me as I hardly ever get the same flavor twice. They have been fantastic sports, so I have to give them props! Seriously, they’re just wonderful and I can’t hype them enough.
 
     I was going for a less cohesive S’mores flavor with this combination and I really thought that the spice would harken to the best season as it’s lurking right around the corner. Honestly, I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve really gotten to where I’m feeling some spiced flavors lately. I even found myself enjoying a pumpkin spice variant that I’ll be rounding up in a list for you guys in about 3 weeks or so. 
 
      Forgive me if this particular review portion is a bit on the short side, but I’ll get right to it! My little S’mores variant has some very subtle tones. Despite the majority being spiced, the drink comes across as creamy and soft. Toasted Marshmallow was a good choice for this instant fall favorite.
 
     The predominant flavor is the marshmallow with the maple as a quiet undertone. Which is a shame, because evidently I really dig maple flavoring. I had a fantastic maple milkshake with espresso in it from Macon and I think I’m hunting for something like that close to home. Sadly, I didn’t have the blog quite yet so no write up exists on that- but one day (hopefully soon!). The brown sugar is a very mellow flavor that adds some nostalgia somehow. It reminds me of the smell of the family home while the food was being prepped and everyone was starving. 
 
     Honestly, this was going to be featured on my list coming up in a few weeks. But I think they have something planned, so I would hate to feature something and then have it be completely overshadowed. If you’re local, I definitely suggest keeping an eye out for any Halloween themed goodies from the good folks over at Origin Coffee!
 

Taste; /5

I would love to give this a 5/5, but I was a tiny bit bummed about the maple not making more of an appearance. It’s a phenomenal drink that is perfect for the fall and I feel like the hot variant would be fantastic for the winter. I’m thinking a liquid version of roasting marshmallows at the fireplace. It’s definitely one I’m going to have get again (and again!).
 

Updates

     These next couple of months are going to be pretty eventful here at JnJ, I have a lot of good stuff planned (some more pricey than others). We have some fresh beauty content coming, some What’s New(s) and I’m thinking of slightly deviating from our regular content for the month of October and then really crank it up for the week before Halloween. 

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Branded; JnJ’s first Promobox!

Guys, I’m going to cut right to the chase! I’m excited. I was recently told about the Promo Box from Vistaprint by our baker friends over at Petite Sweets N Treats. I then promptly forgot about it. I did sign up eventually, and my first box was 5 bucks! All future ones will top out at about 25 dollars a month- a little heftier than most subscriptions I try by about 3 times.

     But, guys, you can’t beat the feeling of getting merch with your own logo on it. There’s something that feels so good about that. Without further ado, let’s get to the box!

For my first Promo Box, I’m impressed! Check out that handwritten note! It really made it feel personal, almost like a Christmas gift from a friend. 

    The items included in this box were some fairly sizable note cards with envelopes included, that I at first mislabeled as postcards. I’m not sure what to do with this, maybe wedding invitations?

I also got a sheet of small stickers that I plan to use randomly on stationary- or on my planning notebook. I love these stickers, guys.

The first thing that really had me so incredibly happy was the pen. I love having this pen clipped on my bag. It gives me a little bit of pride when I take it out and sign receipts at coffee shops or where ever I happen to be.

   The ink is similar to a gel pen, with great flow and nice jet ink. It doesn’t bleed through my notebook paper and feels fairly sturdy. This pen can keep up with my adventures and seems to have a nice capacity as far as ink goes. 

You can see in that picture that I also got the business cards that I had professionally designed by the good folks over there at Vista Print. I know they didn’t come in the box, but I saw no point in creating a post for my business cards alone. Since they arrived on the same day, it made sense to include them here. I love them. They’re adorable, and I love the use of the logo on the side. They’re kind of muted in color, and I feel like they compliment the brightness of the site itself. 

I wanted to wait a moment to show you guys this amazing last item. This shirt branded with our official redesigned logo! (feat. my new haircut from Miss Chasity at Ulta!) This shirt is so comfortable, and I’m loving the subtle coloration of the logo and how it’s not overpowering on the white. The only thing I would change about this, is maybe make the neckline a little lower. 

     I don’t generally go for shirts that are plain T-necks, just due to not liking the feel of something around my neck like that. I did wear this outfit to the Blowout Makeup Sale, because I just couldn’t wait to rep the blog and pass out the new business cards! So, in the end, the neck on this shirt didn’t bother me too much.

     

Consensus

   The Promo Box was 100% worth it, especially since it was $5. I don’t have anything negative to say in regards to this box. All of the pieces worked so well together and the shirt was incredibly comfortable. Really, it was deceptively soft for the style of shirt.

     I was expecting a cheaply made, scratchy T-shirt when I saw it, but what I got was premium feeling soft knit shirt. This can pass as pajamas! I can’t wait to use those stickers everywhere!

Thank you so much, Jack!

 

Beauty Debut! Makeup Sale Loot! (Haul!)

Beauty Debut! Makeup Sale Loot! (Haul!)

Hey guys! Welcome back to Java and Jeans, as you may have seen, I have plans to include Beauty here. Since I mentioned it, I’ve been wildly trying to figure out exactly how to go about that. I was told by a co-worker that there was a huge makeup wholesale sale coming to Columbus, hosted by this group! 

     The moment I got wind of it, I knew it was going to be my first adventure into adding beauty to the blog. I reached out to everyone I knew and dragged a good friend of mine out to enjoy it with me! 

    When we walked in, I knew the loot potential was through the roof. Guys. I have a little bit of an issue with self-control when in the face of cosmetics, which you can see by that preview image over there.

 I absolutely had to know how this wholesale makeup stacks up against my recently acquired brand names. We meandered around the giant conference room, taking in the huge selection of colors, palettes, kits and everything else you can imagine. Some of which, I had no idea how to use. One thing I ended up getting, I had no idea how to use at all., and it now lives in my bathroom taunting me for my ignorance.

 

Tease Me

     This first Palette had some fairly risque names, which makes sense based off the name of the palette. The Tease Me palette from Beauty Creations has some wonderful pigmentations and the shimmer shades are gorgeous and reflective. I can definitely see this as something that you would have to smoke out and mix with a matte to make it more relaxed. This slideshow has the palette in all its glory, along with the swatches I did. As you can see, they have lovely pigment. As for longevity, I can’t speak for that. Though I will definitely be testing these colors in more situations!

Rating; 4/5

    I really liked the pink packaging and I loved the aesthetic. While swatching, I did try to blend it on my arm and it blended nicely, so I’m excited to try this with a look. I don’t think I can give it a solid 5/5 due to my inexperience, in the future when I’m more knowledgeable I will amend it some way. But, for the current moment, I like this palette and would recommend it. The color selection is versatile for night or day!

 

Sugar Sweets

    This second Palette is the Sugar Sweets palette from Beauty Creations, also. All of my palettes are from this brand, because none of the other ones really spoke to me. I loved the name, and look at this container. It is the absolute cutest thing I’ve seen (makeup-wise) and I had to have it. I’m really feeling like this may be a knockoff of  Too Faced, though I’m not sure which palette. I don’t know enough to say for certain though. 

     I am pleased to announce that this palette performed very well! First, I threw on my primer, that small pot seen in that preview, and the subtle smokey eye I threw together lasted the entire day. This was also after spritzing it with my new setting spray. All in all, I’m pleased with the pigmentation of these colors.

Rating 4/5

I don’t know if I can justify giving this product a 5/5 rating so 4/5 is about the best I can do. I think it could improve in the blending department and maybe pigmentation could be a little better. In the end, I don’t know too much about makeup at this juncture, maybe I’ll re-rate it in the future and amend it one way or another.

 

BarelyNude2

This last palette appears to be trying to knockoff Urban Decay’s Naked line of palettes. I hate to say that it does not perform as admirably as the Sweets or Tease Me, as far as pigmentation. Even the paler colors from earlier showed up against my skin, and as you can see from the swatches in the slideshow below, these did not. 

    The darker shades do show up, which makes sense, but I’m super disappointed with those light nudes which are my go-to colors most of the time. To its credit, the palette does seem to be made of sturdy material and the brush looks to be useful. So it’s not a complete wash.

2.5/5

    Most of these points come from the construction of the palette itself. This thing feels nice and has a lovely weight to it. The mirror on the inside seems to be fair quality and the brush that’s included is very similar to the one included in the Naked palettes. The color being weak really docks the points a fair bit. 

My Lucky Day

The other items I grabbed on impulse from the wholesale makeup blowout, were

  1. a Twist-up Concealer- Strange barrel, but nothing too weird. I don’t think it works too well for an under-eye concealer, based off of my experience today. But it was decent for the whole whopping 4 dollars it cost. Also pictured, is a concealer tube with a built in brush (untested) and the primer I mentioned earlier. Honestly, the primer smells like the lip gloss that is included with children’s makeup kits, but seems to deliver well.
  2. The white bottle up above is the setting spray, I’ve never used it before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I gave it a chance after my friend tested it and gave it her seal of approval. I tested it today and my makeup didn’t move all day. This was 8 dollars well spent, as far as I’m concerned!
  3. These last couple items are that blending sponge and 5 lip treatments. I purchased the lip treatments to cross into 60 dollars so that I could spin their prize wheel.

     Now that we’re onto the prize wheel- after I was told that my purchase was 5 dollars short from spinning the wheel, I hurriedly searched for something to total that extra 5. It took me only a second of internal debate on whether or not it was necessary to spend 60 dollars. In the end, I decided why would I come here if I’m not going to experience it? 

     I threw those 5 lip treatment tubes on the counter and handed over the payment, with that I made my way to the wheel and uncertainly flicked it. I didn’t do well, it moved three spaces and came to a stop on Eye Shadow. Not the best, I thought, but I’ll take it. It’s a win, so it works. The cashier called out to me to go ahead and spin it- this bolstered my confidence so I gave it a decent spin. This time….

     It stopped on Jack-Pot. But only just. If I’d have spun it just a little harder, it would have rocketed past the Jack-Pot and most likely right back to the eye shadow.

    What happened next was surreal- the gentleman at the table behind me shouted Jackpot, the woman behind by the register doubled down on his cry. A voice floated over the crowd in an echo of the people behind me. I was confused, and startled. Are they giving me my money back? After what felt like a few minutes, but was actually probably less than a minute, a man approached with this expensive looking gold box. 

     I did find the product on their manufacturers web page just now, and I just had a heart attack. Click here to see the store page of Jewels Cosmetics, this item specifically. That cost- are you telling me that I spent 60 bucks to win a $600 dollar item? I guess it really was my lucky day.

   After that reveal, I’m honestly not sure what to say. I’m surprised! Why is that so expensive? What does it do? As Grav3yardgirl asks, does this thing really work? My big question is, what situation is important enough to use this? At what point can I justify slathering a product that is half a grand on my face? Is there even a time where that’s appropriate? Literally, the only thing I can think of that would do the price point justice is the night before my wedding.

     

 

 

Consensus!

   I had a blast at this Sale. And really, where there’s great prices and lots of makeup, how could I possibly be sad? In the end, it was a surprising and worthwhile experience. The event was a little more cramped than I expected, with the tables set up in a maze-like formation that funneled us to the checkout line, before we were ready. The workers there were lovely and  I would definitely recommend checking them out if they’re in your area. Follow their facebook page linked in the first paragraph to keep on top of their stops!

 

Hometown Cravings; Crunch Berry Latte With Origin Coffee

I came into Origin Coffee, once again, for a wonderful tryday experiment! Honestly, I love asking the lovely people to just make something fun. I get some really unique flavor experiences that way. Today I asked about something unique, outside of my usual favorites, Mocha, Caramel and Brown Sugar. I was introduced to the Captain Crunch Iced Latte.
 
   As mentioned in the previous Origin post, their coffee is locally sourced and has a bit of bite to it. I feel like they use a darker roast, due to the tinge of bitterness I get underneath the other flavors. That being said, this drink is mild, but the coffee flavor may be a bit much for those who don’t like the bitterness. The bite of the coffee adds a wonderful counterbalance to the raspberry flavor that is the predominant flavor.
 
   The flavors they used to make this wonderful concoction were Caramel, Hazelnut, and Raspberry. The hazelnut is so subtle and adding not really a nutty flavor, but just a touch of that cereal taste. It’s really surprising to me how well the flavors work together to bring in a sweet, not-too-rich, drink. 
 
     By now, you guys probably think I’m completely obsessed with Origin Coffee, and well… you’d be right. Proximity and quality are unparalleled and the staff they have working here are absolutely wonderful. I definitely highly recommend Origin and I can’t sing their praises enough.
 
Lucky me that they set up shop so close to my home!
 

Taste; /5

   I love this drink! It’s the perfect amount of new and nostalgia. When I asked for something new and “Crunch Berries?” came from behind the counter, I was curious. It surpassed my expectations and gave me something to crave when I’m feeling some nostalgia-need.

 
Now that we’ve taken care for your regularly scheduled content, I have the next couple of posts planned. We’re going to be attending the grand opening for Petite Sweets n Treats, and seeing what kind of goodies she’s whipped up for this big event! Followed by my first Beauty post (what’s in my bag?) featuring my top dollar acquisitions or this huge makeup wholesale event I’ll be attending Saturday! Time will tell which one goes live first!
  
I’ll also be reviewing the newest JnJ Merch from Vista Print that I get each month! We’ll be seeing a few subscription oriented posts- Ipsy, Promobox and the Goodie Box from our baker friends over at Petite Sweets N Treats. 
 
Though it’s been completely insane for me for the past month or so, I’ve been making plans!
 
Stay fabulous, guys! I’ll see you Monday!

Branded; Petite Sweets n Sweets worked some magic!

 Guys, I have to admit, I’m more than a little hyped up and this amazing little bakery may or may not be to blame. I found the lovely ladies over at Petite Sweets n Treats by complete chance, and as luck would have it that fell in line with our big move! Cake is always welcome, but more so in times of stress!

     We haven’t had a shortage of treats since discovering them, and for good reason- it’s delicious. I’ve been trying to push her some new customers since tasting her delectable lemon cupcakes… and the vanilla unicorn cupcake… and the cookie one…

   I need to get to point- I’m starting to ignite my sweet tooth with all this talk of goodies. I’ll be giving a tour of the new digs soon, since I’ve mentioned it all over instagram and facebook. It’s kind of a huge point of pride at this point, and will mark the start of my forray into the marvelous world of beauty blogging. I just bought my first Coloupop Palette and I’m so excited to play with it, and my Naked Palette! (once they get here!) 

    Wow- all this caffeine is bad for my concentration. 

     The lovely ladies over at my new favorite treats place, are a family. The two entrepreneurs are Elyssa and Makena, who infected their talented Mom with the cooking bug. These three really work some magic together! They make some of the most unique flavors I’ve ever seen, and are always experimenting with new sorts of tastes. I feel privileged to be a proud Guinea pig, and I can’t wait for the next adventure in flavor.

    I commissioned her to make us a cake for the blog, and the upcoming [redacted] that I’m working on. I’m a little worried to say too much about that, honestly. Suffice to say it’s been a lot of work to plan for. The cake in question, comes in two attempts. This one, which I adore, was not quite up to their vision, and so she’ll be making a second attempt, which I’ll reveal a little later.

    This cake is pure magic, I kid you not. It’s two layers of chocolate cake with coffee replacing the water in the recipe. I was incredibly antsy to taste it. But, I was made to wait. She modeled the cake after a mug of coffee, and adorned with our logo.

     We held a Cake Party the say after we got this delicious creation home. We invited our new neighbor and a couple of our friends to enjoy it with us! The neighbor and I didn’t taste the coffee, possibly due to being acclimated to the taste. A few moments after finishing our cake, I started getting jittery. There was at least a cup of Cold Brew in it, and it finally hit me.

     Just take a look at this delicious thing. I have a new favorite cake!

 

 

Hometown Cravings; The Origin of Obsession

Hey, everyone! Welcome to another Hometown Cravings! This is a very special debut post for the amazing Origin Coffee that recently opened close-by my home. I remember when I saw their sign, I was ecstatic wondering what sort of coffee they had. I was especially super excited that it was opened right by the card shop my Fiance` likes to hang out at. It gives me something to do that I really enjoy- drinking coffee.
 
   Their hours are also great! 6 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday, and 8 am to 8 pm on Sunday. It works for me! I got the chance to go in on their opening day, and let me tell you, their aesthetic is fantastic! I’m in love with the earthy and harmonious feel of the whole place- they really know how to use neutral colors and live plants. I honestly felt so at ease and relaxed the entire time! 
 
    For my first taste of their fantastic product, I got two for the price of one! My selection was Caramel and Spiced brown sugar which brings up one of my favorite things about them. They have so many unique flavors I’ve never thought of. It really let me be creative with my flavors!
 
     Before I got my drink, I chatted with the lovely lady that I can only assume is the owner. Their entire stock of coffee beans is locally sourced from River Rock Roasters (the same place as UniquExpressions and Lightnin’ Bugs ). I was eavesdropping later and found out, interestingly enough, that they are very fresh. The coffee beans are roasted Monday and are delivered no later than Wednesday. 
 

the glorious Caramel Spiced Brown Sugar Latte from Origin Coffee

I was super interested to taste my drink, because I’ve never seen spiced brown sugar flavored coffee. And guys, it was amazing. The caramel flavoring was much more noticeable at the offset. Which works for me! There was a hint of spice just behind the sweetness of my tried-and-true flavor. It’s somehow almost tangy? I’m not sure how else to describe it.
 
    The brown sugar lingers on the back of my tongue while the coffee is mild. The coffee serves to accentuate the sweetness of the flavors. I detect almost no hint of bitterness, but it’s there, giving a pleasant kick to a mild latte. I would definitely categorize this as another one of those coffees for those who don’t like coffee.
 
My second drink was a freebie, due to having made one with whole milk rather than 2%. Cookie Butter. Who ever sees COOKIE BUTTER at a coffee shop? It was pretty fantastic, though I was much more in love with my iced latte, due to nepotism and just plain loving caramel with just about anything. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of it in my excitement. Next time, for sure!
 
        My initial impression was the scent of Biscoff– or something like it. The coffee itself is fairly mild with a slight bit more kick than the previous drink. I definitely would also say this is a great contender for a holiday drink. This sweet spiciness has me feeling festive in the middle of Summer. I’ll definitely be revisiting this one around Christmas. 
 
        Moving on to my ratings… It should be pretty obvious, that I’m head-over-heels for Origin Coffee. I put it right up there with my FAVORITE coffee shop (3 guesses which one that is….), and the fact that it’s so close to my house is huge points. But, it’s not just the proximity that gets it a high rating, it’s the fact that it’s absolutely delicious.
 

Instagrameter;  /5

        There are so many possibilities for coffee placement and aesthetic shots, that I can think of no other rating than full score for their Instagram Score. It just feels so peaceful and relaxing in this shop and I CANNOT recommend it enough for everyone- locals and those just passing through.
 

Caramel/Spiced Brown Sugar; /5

    I LOVED this drink. The entire thing was delightfully sweet and harmonious. I’m absolutely in love! Definitely highly recommend this for everyone!
 

Cookie Butter; /5

    This was unique! I was introduced to cookie butter flavoring recently and never would have thought to throw it in coffee. It’s very well suited to fall or winter. It wasn’t quite as good as digging out a spoon of cookie butter, but it was close! 
 
 

Home Town Cravings; Sweet Rebellion with Midtown Coffee

Hey everyone! I visited Midtown Coffee again, after a long Saturday at work. I’ve mentioned the Barista’s Choice list a time or two, and I highly recommend trying it! If your local watering hole doesn’t offer such a list, it’s also a fun to ask them flat-out what their favorite drink is! Midtown Coffee really has the right idea!

Immediately I noticed the sheen of Honey on the whipped cream, and I’ve never had these two flavors together at the same time. It was absolutely wonderful! Absolutely an amazing combination of tastes and textures that had me smitten. It was sweet in a modest way and not overbearing. I could totally see just this portion alone becoming a staple.

The sweet rebel is a blended drink, with a double shot of espresso, cinnamon and brown sugar. The first impression is entirely cinnamon and is paired nicely with the earthy tones of the espresso. The scent honey adds a nice counterpoint to the bitter richness that’s in every sip.

The lingering flavor on the tongue is dry cinnamon- it has a graininess on the back of the tongue.

All in all, the flavor is zen and a great choice for the summer!

I apologize for the short post for today! If you follow on Instagram, I’ve had a hectic few weeks and have been in the process of moving! I should be debuting my first Beauty post with some of the great products I’ve found!

Stay tuned for some new content and a new friend that is going to hook us up with a special Java and Jeans dessert that I can’t wait to show you!

Sweet Rebellion Taste; /5

    All in all a pleasant experience, but even though I quite enjoyed the honey topped whipped cream, I’m not generally too big on the overall flavors. I do recommend this if you’re looking for a good summer drink to cool you off, or even the spring. 

What’s New: Posh Peach Edition

 
       Hi guys! Welcome to another What’s New adventure! I went to the Posh Peach after work because it’s been far too long since I’ve visited these lovely ladies. Walking in was a like a breath of fresh air, I didn’t realize how much I missed it- I was immediately reminded that I love their whole collection. I was so excited to see what new goodies they had for me today!
 
    My sheer excitement really made selecting pieces extremely difficult. I did eventually narrow it down to 4 main pieces. I selected 3 dresses and a somehow pirate reminiscent romper. They were all in the expected budget of between 20-50 dollars, not a bad price for the quality! The hard part was selecting the item that I would take home with me!
 
Posh Peach Romper
Burgundy Romper with a mild Pirate Aesthetic.
      The first style I threw on was this red, vertically striped romper. It was priced at 40-ish dollars, if I remember correctly and I see it being super cute with a cardigan and some gold accent jewelry. For shoes, I’m thinking sandals- most likely gold flats. I feel like the fabric may be a bit thick for hanging out in direct sunlight, but maybe I’m just too pale for that anyway. I’d probably pair it with a white headband to add some contrast. All in all, I do get a strange pirate aesthetic, which I’m really living for!
      I really like this for a super casual and fun look! You can take it all the way to the pirate side with a gold dangly, gypsy-inspired headband and gold jewelry, if that feeling moves you!
 
Bella Ruffled Metallic Leather Sandal  

Posh Peach Edgy Denim Dress 

The second item, and one of my two top picks for this post, was this adorable denim dress. It topped out at 48 dollars, being one of the highest priced item from this list. I loved the color, being denim with a hint of gunmetal grey. I loved the subtly edgy look of this dress- it made me want to find some distressed tights and black knee-high boots to complete the look. I’m feeling a small clutch for this dress, because it’s absolutely perfect for going to the club or just out with the girls. When I was wearing it, I really wanted to don some black eyeliner in place of my neutral makeup of the day. Seriously though, this dress was too cute and I was absolutely torn about taking this one home with me. Until of the next items.
 
       I feel like the name of the dress being “edgy” really lent the feeling of wanting to edge it up and made me feel like I was in high school again, a slightly welcome feeling in contrast to this terrible adult feeling I have recently.
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Posh Peach Romantic Juliet Pairing

This third style was, strangely, juliet feeling. When I saw the two pieces separately, I knew immediately that I wanted them together. Whether or not they quite fit stylistically speaking, is another thing. 

This white-on-white look felt so romantic to me- something about it screamed a romeo and juliet feel. I kind of began to regret my black hair with this, because I see it with a blond crown-braid and night dewy makeup. I’m feeling some nude tights and nothing would be more perfect than white pumps. For accessories, I’m feeling a silver choker and some pastel dangle earrings. The dress was a clearance item, and was 20 dollars. I can’t recall how much the Kimono was- it was a last chance item, so if you like it, head on over to the Posh Peach to grab this elegant piece!
 
     My only gripe was that it was a tiny bit transparent. That may have been because they didn’t quite have my size- I made it work, but it wouldn’t zip up. I think this dress requires a slip though, or to wear something neutral underneath.
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Posh Peach Boho Flowey dress
 
Now for the grand reveal- the item that stole my heart and my money! his last one had me completely obsessed- I immediately wanted to tear up because it was a little bit out of budget. But then I remembered something. I haven’t used the 20% coupon I got from their 4th Birthday Party. This dress is so, perfectly my aesthetic. Where the denim would make me feel like I was trying to be someone else. Someone edgier and all around cooler… or a person who goes out to clubs. This dress felt like I was being true to myself. The flowy bell sleeves- and perfect length felt so right. It was a whopping 43 dollars, or 35 dollars with my coupon (thanks, ladies!). 
 
      For accessories with this beautiful dress, I’d pair it with a flower crown (with white flowers!) and I feel like these boots work pretty well with the aesthetic. I can see it working great with longer more flowing hair, which means I have some time to wait! I sent a picture of this dress to my Fiance` and his comment that it “looks like me” pushed me to buy it. Instantly, I knew what I wanted to , and when it was in the bag and my rewards program was set up I was thrilled.
 
 
 
As usual, the Posh Peach thrilled me to no end. I absolutely adore so many of their styles and I’m always so happy to find my next addition! I literally rave about these beautiful people every time I visit them- my only complaint is that I can’t buy everything I like from them. And believe me, there’s a lot. They recently got in some Bamboo shoes, which is a brand that I love. I learned about this brand at Sassy and Southern, and they make some adorable shoes!
     
I’ll go ahead and cut this short here- suffice to say, they have some amazing selections that are fairly new. I definitely suggest looking around their gorgeous shop if you have the chance!
Coffee Abroad; Twofer with Lightnin Bugs!

Coffee Abroad; Twofer with Lightnin Bugs!

  For an adventure, my lovely partner and I headed to Warm Springs, about an hour outside of our hometown. The small town of Warm Springs, Georgia has some of that small-town-charm that I’m so big on. We had found that there was another coffee shop out near UniquExpressions and we had to see how it stacked up against one of my all-time favorite spots.
 
        The cafe in Warm Springs is called Lightnin Bugs, and the ladies behind the counter were polite and courteous- always a plus! The hype was real when we walked in and saw the decor- I adored all of the wall hangings, and low-key want to buy one for our kitchen! The Lightnin Bugs Cafe has a fairly large shop area that has a variety of items, ranging from purses and apparel to stuffed animals. I find it really cool, because up to recently, I had never seen a coffee shop that also sold wares. Check out the small slide-show below for a quick peek at their inventory!
 

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        We perused the menu for a while and eventually decided on the French Vanilla Iced Latte, since i don’t think I’ve done this basic coffee-staple on the blog quite yet! Sadly, the picture I took of the drink got erased in the meantime between actually drinking the coffee and writing this post. It was just your basic coffee cup, though so you’re not missing too much there as far as aesthetic goes.
        
        I was really not too excited to do a a writeup on this drink.  It had a very generic flavor that was simiar to the Starbucks Frappe you can get in the convenience stores. In fact, it was so similar in flavor to that, that I’m half convinced that that’s what I served. It was extremely mild and a little over-sweet. The vanilla, while refreshing and likewise on the overly saccharine side. The coffee had little to no bite, unfortunately. Sadly, I can’t recommend this particular drink just due to to the over-whelming generic quality of it.
 
        I did get another beverage tho that I did quite enjoy- I tried a hot Peppermint Bark Latte. I really get the feeling that this was a light roast, due to the mildness of the blend. The flavor was not unlike a York’s Peppermint Patty, to my great pleasure. There was a light mingling harmony of flavors, with the peppermint and the dark chocolate that was charming and rich. The mildness of the coffee itself lent to a more relaxed vibe that I altogether enjoyed. 
 
            This was definitely one of those times that I enjoyed the Hot latter a fair bit more than the iced. Which is rare, as I’m generally pretty big on iced coffee. I do intend to return to Lightnin Bugs Cafe to give them another go with a different flavor. I feel like they have such potential and I need to see what they can do. Next time I return, I intend to sample something from their personal favorites and see how it stacks up.
 
        My general consensus for Lightnin Bugs Cafe, right now, is that their hot drinks are leaps and bounds better than their iced variants. They have a charming, down-home aesthetic with baked goods and wall hangings adorning the actual cafe portion of their building. They have some cute wares that you can see in the pictures I captured while I was there.
 
        No one yet has managed to dethrone UniquExpressions, we’ll see if one day someone manages to come close!
 

Instagrameter; /5

    I really liked their walkway to the door. The hanging plants made me feel like I was (somehow) back in time. It has a very old-timey feel that is only magnified by the quaintness of the town in which it resides. I loved their ambiance, and the neutral tones that were contrasting nicely with the banners that were hung along the outside.

Vanilla Latte Taste; /5

    Generally not something to write home about. If you like Starbucks Bottled Frappes, you may like this iced latte. I know that this comes across as just being overly negative towards this particular drink- but it really was that similar to a bottled coffee. I hope to have something different to say on my return. 

Peppermint Bark Taste; /5

    This one was much better than the iced beverage- it had a distinctly holiday vibe. I really love the harmony of Mint and Dark Chocolate, and this one made me very happy. Despite the climbing temperatures outside. It’s not a menu item, so if you find yourself in their cafe, just tell them the recipe!

Hidden Gem; How Sweet it is to Get Some Treats

Unassuming on the outside, delicious on the inside!

 

Let me ask you guys a question. What would you do if you loved baking? I’m talking really loved baking. To the point where it spills into the rest of your house and builds up such a demand that you’re called to action. Do you double down? Or do you retreat?

The awesome owner of How Sweet it Is here in Columbus answered that call by doubling down and starting a business. She specialized in cakes and Cuban treats. To my great pleasure, she deals in made-to-order cupcakes. She also brews Cuban coffee in-house, but sadly the day I was able to get there before closing she was out. 

I did get lucky and choose a day where she had some tempting treats available. I selected 4 of her cupcakes, since that was what I most curious about at the time (aside from coffee, of course). Vanilla, Chocolate, and her lone Liquor infused Panatela Borracha. My fourth one was a difficult choice, Red Velvet or Lemon Berry. I chose the Red Velvet, after resolving to get the Lemon Berry next time.

Since I’m trying to be responsible with my Sweets, I only allowed a sample of each. The first one I attacked was the Vanilla one- my favorite flavor of Cupcakes of all time. So believe me, putting this down was a challenge.

 One of my least favorite things about some cupcakes is that the frosting is way  over-sweet, the owner of this bakery has mastered the craft making that not the case. The cake portion is likewise subtley sweet and delicious. The only thing reminding me to put down down the cupcake was the sweetness and how impressively rich it is. They use real cream in their cupcakes, and the difference is evident and enjoyed.

Then I dug into the Red Velvet and Chocolate cupcakes next- due to these two being fairly similar in flavor, I’ll bundle these together. The frosting on both was very similar in flavor. Which is to say, delectable.

 

Chocolate Cupcake

              Topped with chocolate chips, the frosting mimics that of the vanilla cupcake. The cake bit is delectable, rich chocolate that reminds me of ice cream. It really shows that they use cream in their recipes, it’s amazing what kind of difference that makes in something like a cupcake!

Red Velvet Cupcake

The frosting looks just a little different, but tastes just as good. I really enjoy the mild flavor of red velvet and this cupcake definitely is the best of both worlds. The rich decadence of red velvet cake, but with only a fraction of the guilt. Light, fluffy and indulgent you can’t o wrong with a Red Velvet Cupcake.

Panatela Borracha

     I saved the one I was most interested in for last, and let me tell you, it finished strong. This cupcake was delicious. The icing, which you can see has some adorable pink swirls, was lightly flavored with brandy. The cake portion was an almond creme cake, which was so soft and sweet that writing this makes me desperately want another one. 

     This is a fairly unique item, and the only option they have that is for those who want to have their booze and eat it too. They do have a host of other flavors available, for the curious, you can view her entire menu here.

    I loved this cupcake! From the whipped cream to the actual cake, it was wonderful. I don’t even generally like Almonds, or anything almond flavored, but I’m absolutely enamored with this treat.

    All of her whipped cream topping that embellished the cakes was so subtle and not like some whipped cream I’ve had that is so sweet it hurts. She really learned the balance and took that knowledge to heart. 

     I will say that it’s not really a prime hangout spot due to size. I do find the size and the color scheme charming and genuine, however. There’s something that feels so real about her bright pink ramp leading up to the door. It’s cute, feminine and a more than a little unassuming. I always associated the color with posh boutiques- not anymore!

Overall…

I honestly wholeheartedly recommend How Sweet it is if you have a craving for cupcakes, or any number of other treats she has available. I’m particularly interested in the Tres Leches, which I aim to try when I finally get to try some of her coffee.