Let’s deviate With Movies 2-Night

  Tonight, guys, I wanted us to have a night of relaxation and really get into that spooky spirit. I have a couple of movies that I really, really enjoy this time of year. I guess you could say I have annual traditions for myself. Funny thing is, it’s pretty much just Halloween that I ritualize. 

     These two movies that I watch each year are so vastly different from one another, so now that I think about it, I’m not sure what order to put them in. I’ll leave that up to you. No one says we have to watch these together. But, if you want to, feel free to join my Rabb.it tonight!

     2. Thir13en Ghosts

     For some reason, this is one of my favorite movies of all time. Growing up, I always loved the idea of the Zodiac signs having meanings and stories behind them. When I was about 16, I found this movie hiding in my family’s movie collection and gave it a watch. Imagine my immense joy when I found that it had a dark zodiac.

     I love everything about this movie, from the stories that the ghosts have to the glass house and the Occularis Infernum. The only thing I don’t like is that they kill my favorite character and that I always know it’s coming now. I remember finding this movie among my mom’s huge collection of movies and popping it in. It was probably one of the first really dark movies I watched, and I love the idea of a Black Zodiac.

     Also, I was absolutely in love with the detail in this movie. They gave the ghosts their own backstories which were better than the movie as a whole. In fact… I think each ghost actually would benefit from their own movie, or maybe an anthology?

     Click here to join us in watching Thir13en Ghosts at 7:00 PM EST. Grab your popcorn and keep your drinks handy!

     1. Hocus Pocus

      Not the remake. Oh goodness no. I don’t think I ever intend to watch them shred my #1 Halloween movie to bits. Bette Midler is a gem, and Sarah Jessica Parker is actually rather adorable herself. I love this movie and always dreamed about having a little black cat named Thackeray Binx after Binx from this movie.

     I think this is the perfect Halloween movie. It’s a little gimmicky, and all in good fun. It has a festive and light feeling, despite the Sanderson’s literally wanting to eat children. If you ignore that tidbit, it’s light-hearted, I swear! 

     Click here to ring in Halloween with us at 9:30 PM EST, after a brief intermission between movies. Refresh your drink and grab some more popcorn!

   I’ve been harping at you to join in on the movie night, so here’s the link! CLICK

Last Minute Makeup? I’m Here for 4 You!

  Hey there, guys! Welcome to day four of our first Seven days of Halloween! I was a little at a loss for what to do for Today’s post, until I spoke to one of my Barista friends over at Origin, she suggested that I do a side by side with a few tutorials! So like some of the amazing BeauTubers that I follow, I’m going to try to follow along with some Halloween Tutorials. 

     Now, keep in mind that are simple, by my figuring. I tried to pick things within my skill level and one of these I’ve been watching for years. So, let’s look over a Four selected Halloween makeup looks for those of us who waited until the last minute to figure out just what we are going to do with our face!

A little Catty

   This one is the one that I mentioned watching for a while. It’s cute to me. I love cats, and really any animal, so this is right up my alley. If I didn’t have my costume and stuff picked out, I probably would have done something with this. 

      I found a tutorial on Pinterest, because that’s where I default to when my search is mainly for images. I found this gorgeous picture of a girl rocking this look, and decided it was my turn. It looks to me like it’s not too demanding, which makes it a great candidate to start with.

     To mimic this look I used a black Kohl liner from [NYX], a liquid liner for the whiskers, Black Heart black Matte Liquid Lip, and the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette.

     I feel like you could pretty much get away with wearing anything with this and call it a costume, from a full-body leopard suit to a little black dress.

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My Worst Nightmare

     When I was a little girl, I always had a fear of dolls and ventriloquist dummies. Something about them was always so unsettling and unnatural. Flat out Uncanny Valley and nightmare inducing little monsters. What better way to face my fears than by turning myself into one of these terrible things?

     This is another one that I found on Pinterest, something about the way she deadpans into the camera just spooks me a bit, but it’s not too bad. 

    To get this look, I used that same Kohl liner, some red eye shadow from my Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette, White liquid liner from NYX, a White Kohl liner, Falsies from Ardell, and Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Porcelain, I finished it off with pink lips from TreStique!

      With this one, to make it costume-y, I’d go with a suit looking ensemble. A white buttonup collared shirt and some black slacks should do fine!

23 Easy, Last-Minute Halloween Makeup Looks: #7. CREEPY DOLL MAKEUP; #halloweenmakeup 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gonna Scare Some Crows Tonight

    If you’ve ever been into plaid flannel shirts, you should have a few lying around. Which would make this totally unthreatening scarecrow an easy costume for you to throw together! I thought it was actually pretty cute. More like something you’d get from the Halloween Aisle to throw in a Kiddie maze than anything spooky. But, it’s still cool, regardless.

     To pull off this look, I grabbed an orange face crayon from Walmart, that same black Kohl Liner, a black face crayon for the bigger areas, my Kiss Firery Faeries lashes and orange shadow from my Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette.

    I did have to head to the store to grab a straw hat, for this, all in all I think it’s pretty cute. You can pretty much do any color flannel for this and make it look decent. Of course, I didn’t have the colored contacts, which I don’t feel like that hurts the look too much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Catch More Flies…

     This last one is less costume and more for parties, if you feel like you’re too “grown up” to do anything colorful for Halloween. I really, really dig this look. It looks simple but requires a tiny bit of artsiness. I did make one change just for personal preference.

    To recreate this look, I used my usual Kohl liner, MUA brow gel, Snow White Lip from Colourpop and my MAC cosmetics foundation in NC10 (if there was any doubt of how pale I am). I wanted to go with red to allude to a blood sucking spider, and I felt like most of these didn’t have enough color for me. 

     Since this one isn’t too much of a costume, I’m going to default on a black dress for this. Not a little black dress, mind you, but a slinky, long number like this. Really lean into that dark look, y’know.  And since this one is monochromatic, I did edited mine to be b/w. I actually really like my deviation on the shadow!

23 Easy, Last-Minute Halloween Makeup Looks: #11. SIMPLE SPIDER WEB MAKEUP; #halloweenmakeup 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you guys enjoyed our Fourth day of consecutive posts for our personal favorite holiday. If you guys have any suggestions for future posts or even want to submit your own, reach out to us at submissions@javaandjeans.com. Just a reminder that we’re open to guest posts in all of our categories, and I did just add beauty to the category list that you can view on the Submission Guidelines page!

     I will admit I had a lot of fun trying to do these looks, at my current skill level I think I did decent. I need better white liners, for sure but my palettes appear to be up to snuff (with what I’ve spent on them, they’d better be!). I hope to up the ante next year and do some more complex things, I hope you’ll forgive for going kind of easy on myself this year! Also, this whole post was practice on putting on falsies, at this rate I’ll be a pro in no time!

     We’ll see you tomorrow for our 5th post in the countdown!

7 Costume Ideas for THE BEST holiday EVER.

     Hey guys! Are you scared yet? Excited? HYPED? Halloween is almost upon us, and I hope you guys have your costumes ready (share them with us on Instagram @java_and_jeans!) because here at the JnJ household we (I’m) 100% ready. If you’re not ready, check out these 7 costume ideas!

      I’m doing to be doing this in countdown fashion with my my favorite coming in at the end, so let’s get right to it, shall we?

7. Marshal Lee (Adventure Time)

Image result for marshall lee debutI don’t know about you, but I love cartoons. One of the -somewhat- newer ones that’s dear to my heart is Adventure Time. I love Marceline, and ̶S̶i̶m̶o̶n̶ The Ice King- their entire backstory is like a Tsunami of feels. Fun Fact: One my cats is named Marceline in honor of my favorite character. But, I couldn’t just be Marceline for Halloween, could I? 

      Marshal Lee is the Ice King’s genderbend of Marceline featured in Fionna and Cake. This bad boy won my heart with his “bad little boy” song and his mischievous voice. I did just chop my hair off, so there’s no more fitting costume to open this list, than with Marshal Lee. 

    Thankfully, I actually owned most of this already. I did have to sub in my black converse since I couldn’t find any red ones that were in budget. I don’t recall where I got the jeans, but the shirt came from Lizard Thicket and is featured in my What’s New post!

This guy would make a super easy, sort of low-key costume for those of us on a budget!

 

6. Apocalypse Wendy (Gravity Falls)

     earthling GIFAnother new-ish cartoon that I had avoided getting into, for some reason, is Gravity Falls. If you haven’t seen it, I do highly recommend it for those who are fans of cartoons in general and enjoy shows that poke fun at reality (.Gifanny is my favorite of these jokes). It’s got a little darkness to it and lightens it nicely with some hijinks that make it an overall great show.

      But, this isn’t a review, is it? for this costume, I did have to buy a wig, and a shirt… and boots. Apocalypse Wendy is a great follow-up to Adventure Time’s bad-boy. She can fight, drop-kick tiny ‘psychics’ with pompadors and is a great big-sister sort of character.

     The moment I saw her take on Weirdmageddon I knew I wanted to feature her here! Wendy in general would make a super easy Halloween costume. All you would need are brown boots, white tank, well-loved jeans, flannel green shirt and a flannel head scarf. Easy Peasy!

5. PB (Adventure Time)

Image result for princess bubblegum      I know, I know- another Adventure time costume idea. I’ve been obsessed with AT for a while now and I love Peebs- what’s better brains or beauty? With the genius ruler of Oo you don’t have to choose. She’s smart, mature and has an adorable design. She’s also relatable to those who had to grow up and take on too much too fast.

     This costume may take a little more hunting for the perfect things. You could probably make her crown, or you can get it for a fair $12 from etsy. The dress may be found at a thrift shop (which you guys know I swear by thrift shops!) or it’s stocked at Hot Topic, Ebay and Amazon! Wigs on Ebay are fairly affordable, too thankfully. 

     This costume may be done cheaper if you go with her in her White Lab Coat, with her hair up. The coat will give you a way to get out of hunting down a long pink dress, with the coat buttoned up at least half-way you can throw on a long pink maxi skirt!

     I wanted to include just easily attainable costumes in this list, and this one gets up to about 60 dollars. So it’s not too bad, but definitely not the cheapest one on this list.

4. Belle (Disney)

Image result for belle animated My favorite princess was always Belle- she had a thirst for adventure and a disdain for routine and mundanity. She speaks to me on a spiritual level.

     This costume may be a little easier to obtain than the previous one! You could even give it a modern spin with an overall dress, or just plain overalls with a peasant long-sleeved top. If you go the dress route, feel free to throw on a simple waist apron. 

     The last two things you’d need is a sky blue ribbon and some burgundy flats, maybe carry a thick book if you want to, or better yet, a book bag. They used to have that bag at Target, I wasn’t lucky enough to get one for myself at the time! I may have to grab one from the Wondrous Web Market that is Amazon!

3. Connie (Steven Universe)

 Image result for connie steven universe     This was one show I was determined not to get into for the longest time. The art style was out of my wheelhouse and simplistic. But at the urging of my fiance`, I did end up watching it. Guys, I wasn’t ready. It made me feel so many things- like frustration over the romantic situation between Connie and    Steven. Just tell her!

      I’ve been drawing a load of pictures of Connie and Pearl. But all in all, I thought that Connie would be the easier of the two to work with. This costume would be pretty simple. You’d need either a full-on one piece dress in two tones, or what I recommend, an off-white boat neck top tucked into a high waised sea foam skirt. It would be no trouble to hot glue a sea foam ribbon to the shirt to be accurate.

     After that, yellow knee-high socks and coral boots (orange, may also work). If you want to be true to canon, the last little bit would be a long black full-bodied wig (about 20 off ebay) A full-bodied black bob, if you want to be later-seasons Connie.

     This one makes me want to reconsider my personal costume, honestly. 

2. Misty (Pokemon)

   Image result for misty pokemonWhen I was a kid, I remember when Pokemon came out. I quickly jumped on collecting all of the colorful and nicely drawn cards. I had no idea how to play, so I just kind of played by my own rules. That’s what the characters did anyway, they didn’t follow the TCG rules, they just shouted at their creatures to attack whenever. 

     I used to love the show. I loved Brock’s obsession with Joy and Jenny, I loved Misty’s bond with Togepi and the way Ash and Pikachu were so in sync. When I was younger, I always wanted to cosplay as Misty, but could never find the shoes.

     Even now, I’m a little hesitant to include her in this list due to the shoes. To pull off a Misty costume, it’d be great to already have red hair. If you don’t have that already, a wig can be purchased at your local Halloween store or Ebay for 15-20 dollars. The rest of the costume is just a yellow tank, jean shorts, red suspenders and converse, or a comparable red hi-top. 

    If you were to go with converse, this would be the most pricey one on the list. Though, if you have most of the stuff for this, it could be a super simple last minute costume.

1. Snow White (Disney)     

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I used to be really, really into Disney and, like most 90’s Kids, I grew up on it. Disney showed me that true love can conquer anything and that all things are possible if you can imagine it, and just believe. Snow White taught me not to take things from strangers and that if you’re in a bad situation, there are people who’ll help.

     Nothing can really overcome her purity, she’s a kind soul with a generous and compassionate heart who finds true love despite her Evil Step-Mother’s best efforts. Though I did always wonder why she didn’t just kill Snow, rather than curse her to sleep for ever and run the chance of her getting True love’s kiss. 

     Like, she made a curse… shouldn’t she know what would break it? Seriously- get your act together. But, if Snow hadn’t gotten that kiss from Charming, we wouldn’t have this iconic costume! When I lopped all of my hair off, I was hit by inspiration. 

   Snow White may be a classic costume idea based off of her recognizability and style. You could theoretically do just about anything in this color scheme and be recognizable as Snow White. This could be a fun, easy costume for someone who wants to play with an icon! You could go with a yellow poodle skirt, red tank and blue cardigan and play up a fifties vibe, or  bring her to more modern times!

     Alrighty guys, I’ll leave you with those ideas! I’m really taken with a couple of them and I hope you are too! These should be accessible for us budget fashionistas and Halloween lovers! If you do any of these or have any ideas you would have loved to see, leave a comment for us down below or tag us on instagram @java_and_jeans to show off your ideas!

     Check back tomorrow for another post! Also, I’ll be hosting 2 movies on October 30, for Halloween Eve on Rabb.it! Join us for a night of popcorn and getting into the Halloween Spirit!

 

 

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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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! 
 
 

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!

Quickie: My Favorite Addiction

Hi everyone, my name is Jill and I have a problem. Since that first post on My Favorite Muffin, I’ve been back 4 or 5 times. It’s shaping up to be a real problem for my bank account. With all of the delicious treats, I can’t say that I’m too upset. Today I decided to camp out and have a couple cups of coffee and try on of their gourmet bagel sandwiches. I ordered one of their specialty coffees today, the Cafe Caramello alongside a Southern Tradition sandwich on a cheddar bagel. I’ve been eye-balling their sandwich menu since my first visit, so I’m excited to dig in!

 

 

The Cafe Caramello has a name that slightly intimidated me. Honestly, I was expecting something incredibly bitter and to get mowed down by a strong espresso flavor (and then not sleep for a few days). What I got instead was a mouthful of smooth refreshing coffee with a lovely sweet harmony of caramel chiming in. It feels quite delicately flavored. The balance is impeccable. 

It’s nicely light-bodied, and I’m very pleasantly surprised. This is definitely a coffee for those who prefer a more mild coffee drinking experience. If you’re just getting started on your coffee journey, give the Cafe Caramello a try!

This sandwich is fantastic- the basic nature of the filling is made more delicious by the cheddar bagel. The first flavor I get when digging in is a slight saltiness from the bagel, it offers a nice counterpoint to my coffee. Certainly don’t recommend taking a bite then a drink, the two flavors don’t go at all together- learn from my mistakes, guys. 

I just want to rave on their wonderful prices again, they are spectacularly fairly priced. My only gripe is that they do close on 4 all week, which doesn’t fare well for my need to drink coffee in the evening. 

Taste; /5

I don’t know if I feel like this is a 5/5, but it’s really close. I’m starting to get to where I’m preferring a little bite to my coffee, which this one lacks. But I stand by my recommendation for newbies to coffee!

 

 

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Featured Fashions: The Blushing Brunette Boutique

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  Today’s “Featured Fashions” post is going to be very…interesting to say the least. Recently, Java Jill and I visited The Blushing Brunette Boutique in Columbus, Ga.

As we walked in, we were promptly greeted by the owner of the boutique. She asked if she could assist us and we politely declined. She informed us know that she would be around if we needed anything. After browsing around and pulling some different options, we were finally ready for a fitting room. The owner pulled us each a pair of sandals from the stock room, and we began trying on our outfits.

For my first outfit, I chose this adorable two-piece set. Two things really drew my attention to this outfit, the floral print the color. The tropical vibe of the floral print really complimented the soft, sunny, yellow color of the set. At first, I was a bit skeptical of the way the outfit would look and fit on my body. I typically range between a medium and large in tops and bottoms. They did have a size medium in stock, however,  judging by how the garments appeared on the hangers, I was worried that both pieces would run small.  When I tried it on the bottoms, I was pleasantly surprised! The medium fit like a glove, despite the fact I was not wearing the correct undergarments. While I was impressed by the quality of the shorts, I wasn’t as fond of the top.

 

Blushing Brunette tropical two piece

The elastic band at the neckline caused the off the shoulder top to bunch up. Now, I understand that many off the shoulder tops use elastic to enable the top stretch over the shoulders. However, I couldn’t move my arms without it riding up. I love off the shoulder tops, but that is so frustrating! It might seem like I’m being a bit nit-picky, but that’s just my personal opinion. I did like that the top covered more skin than I had originally thought it would. As a curvy girl, I love wearing crop tops that show just a sliver of skin. That way, I get to enjoy the look of a crop top without highlighting parts of my body that I am trying to camouflage.

Despite the drawback of the top, I would probably purchase this outfit. I feel like it would be perfect for a summer getaway to a tropical destination, although, I’d add a bralette, and some cute accessories the complete the look. I did like the look of the metallic sandal with the outfit for a more casual outing. If you are looking to dress it up for a dinner or a night out, I suggest swapping out the sandal for a wedge heel.

Let’s move on to JJ’s outfit of choice. JJ chose a beyond adorable, all black, lace romper. We both really loved this romper, and as soon as we saw it we knew one of us needed to try it on. The lace detailing covering the entire romper really made it stand out. Also, despite the lace, the romper was not itchy and did not rub against her skin or make her uncomfortable. JJ raved about how flattering it was on her body and the quality of the fabric. JJ mentioned that she would probably wear pantyhose to make it a bit more modest.

Speaking of modesty, although the romper had a plunging neckline, the overall feel of the romper is cute rather than sexy. JJ looked stunning in the romper and I know she probably would have purchased it if…well, we touch on later. If you’re looking to purchase this romper for a special event, I would suggest adding a layered choker, a pair of heels (wedge, platform, chunky, take your pick) and a cute clutch. If you’re going for a more casual vibe, a slightly dressy sandal or a heeled ankle boot, statement earrings (hoops or dangles), and a cross body will dress down the romper.

 

Blushing Brunette Black lace romper

My next outfit veered more on the causal side. When I saw the leopard print top hanging up on display, I immediately went to look for it. Once I found it, I knew I’d be pulling it to try on. I grabbed a size medium because the top seemed to have a relaxed oversized feel to it. I also grab a bralette to peek out from under the top, and a pair of black denim jeans to match.

Starting with the bralette, the fit was disappointing. I grabbed a size medium/large and it fit like a small/medium! Not only was it too small, the bralette itself had little to no stretch. To be fair, I am a busty girl and they did have “plus sized” bralette options so I could have sized up. However, for a boutique carrying sizes small to triple X, I’m not sold on the fact that the plus-sized bralettes would really fit a truly plus sized lady. I’m curious to find out how the bralettes work at other body types because they are a hard pass for me.

Although I hit a snag with the bralette, I was impressed with the t-shirt. Although I’m not sure what kind of fabric was used to make the shirt, it was super soft and really comfortable. I loved the color contrast of the terracotta and black spot against the white t-shirt. The tie in the front also added that extra little trendy touch to the top. I am currently obsessed with the “tie up” look (it a great trick to make an oversized top or tank appear more flattering) so it’s not surprising that I loved that top. I just wished that I liked the shorts as much as the top.

At first glance, the cuffed black denim shorts seemed like they were going to work out. When I got to the dressing room, I realized that I might have needed to size up. Although, If I had grabbed an X-Large, it probably would have gaped in the back, so that would have solved one problem but created another one. Even though the shorts were a bit tight, the overall look of them was ok. If I had a body shaping underwear on, I would have been able to fix the issue.

Out of the three clothing pieces included in the outfit, I would purchase the top and the shorts. T-shirt was comfy, and the shorts were cute. Since this outfit is casual, I’d switch out the sandals for sneakers, and add super simple accessories like a dainty necklace and studs.

The Blushing Brunette logo

By now you might be wondering what I was talking about when I mentioned that this was going to be an “interesting” post. Well, this is where things took a turn for the worst. As we were in the process of shooting pictures of my second outfit, the boutique owners husband made a comment that had us both raising an eyebrow. As we were standing by the jewelry display, he asked us what we were shopping for. With big smiles on our faces, we told him that we were fashion bloggers that feature local business. With a smirk and nasty tone, he replied: “You two are fashion bloggers?”.

It took a second to sink in before I realized he meant it in a rude way. We continued to snap pictures of my outfits, and when I went to the front to ask the owner’s husband for permission to take pictures with the store logo, I was cut off by him saying “We need the dressing rooms for other customers!” There were two other groups of people in the store, however, only one girl besides JJ and myself were trying on clothes.

The boutique is relativity small, and there are only three dressing rooms. However, if I learned anything from working in retail, I know to NEVER RUSH A CUSTOMER OUT OF THE DRESSING ROOM! This automatically turns off customers and makes them feel unwelcome. Up to this point in our experience, the boutique owner had been nice. All of a sudden she jumped in and backed her husband asking if we were “about finished up”. We weren’t. We had two more outfits to photograph for y’all, and I try my hardest to show a little bit of everything the boutiques have to offer. When your being pressured by the owners to free up their dressing room, that’s impossible to do. So in the end, we just left. As we walked to the car I asked JJ if she felt the same as I, and she did.

I like to make note of a few things as well. First, while she welcoming in the beginning, the owner seemed to be more interested in other customers that she might consider to be her “target demographic”. This can make other customers feel isolated and unwelcome. Second, we waited until the store was empty to start trying on clothes so we wouldn’t inconvenience other customers. Third, JJ and I are regular people and in no way expect business to bend over backward for us. This blog is our outlet to shed light on small businesses, not to trash them. Finally, we weren’t upset because the owner’s husband attempted to diss us ( I say attempted because you can’t diss those who won’t accept your negativity), we were upset because we treated their business with utmost respect and did not receive the same respect in return.

Men like the boutique owners husband are one of the reasons we started this blog. Fashion shouldn’t have a set look. Fashion is a about expressing your personal taste, and letting your personality shine. Maybe we aren’t what some people consider fashion bloggers…but that’s what makes us stand out from the rest. So a special thanks to you sir for trying to bring down two girls just trying to get their blog off the ground. You just made us want to stick around longer, to shut people like you down.

Well, my darlings that’s about it for this post, like I said, this one was interesting. The Blushing Brunette Boutique is another quintessential hotspot for college girls and housewives that we will probably never return to. The clothes are cute, the aesthetic of the boutique is adorable, but the service just left a bad taste in our mouth. As for the prices, they were what you’d expect from any boutique, not affordable but not super pricey either. I’ve got another “Featured Fashions” post coming up soon, so be on the lookout for that!

 

Until next time y’all! 

 

 

 

 

 

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