Hometown Cravings; Autumn Sans Pumpkin Spice

Stop: Starbucks
Drink: Caramel Apple Spice   

     Hey guys, happy Thursday! We’re getting so close to Halloween and I have some friends coming up to pay a visit to really crank up the spooks this season. But, they’re not here yet, so I’m just chilling on my own nursing a toothache. What else is new? So, anyway, I do want to address my radio silence last week. I was laid off from my job and kind of fell into a void for a few days, truth be told, I’m still in it. But, I’m also still hunting for something good to happen.

     We have some tentative plans that I’m actually hoping pan out, but I can’t say anything about that since we have no idea what’s going to happen in the next 3 months. Fingers crossed though that I get another job in the field I want. I’m hopeful, but cautiously optimistic. 

     With that being addressed, let’s move on to our content. Actually, one more thing! I am going to briefly return to the old posting schedule this week, because I did have a couple of guest posts come in. I’m super excited about that! You should be seeing the first of them on Monday. 

    If I can stop interrupting myself for a moment, I took myself to Starbucks for Happy Hour since my Fiance` so sweetly gave me coffee money. I got, of course, my customary Macchiato and then asked after something autumnal that wasn’t pumpkin spice. I was told about the Caramel Apple Spice. Interesting. I wanted to do a writeup on a drink that I had no idea about, and this fits the bill.  I don’t know why I’ve never heard of this. It does sound lightyears better than Pumpkin Spice for me, so I decided to give it a go. 

Caramel Apple Spice
Picture from the Starbucks Site

    Since all of their hot drinks come in their white paper cups, it pretty much looks like any other drink you might order. So I did borrow the image from their page on this drink. 

    On first sip, it feels a little heavy on the tongue. And, if I think about it for a moment, it tastes like straight-up Apple Pie. It tastes like memories of walking in the downtown area near my high school and stopping by this little boutique where the lovely lady, Julie, would give my friends and I apple cider. That being said, it’s quite good. At first, the weightiness of the drink was a little offputting. The weight is probably from the caramel being dissolved in the Hot Cider. Which, once I adjusted, I really don’t mind after adjusting to it.

     I’m trying to come up with more to say, but the fact is I keep getting stuck on how it strongly resembles Apple Pie. If you like Apple Pie, you’ll like this. If you like Pumpkin Pie, you’ll like the Thanks Giving and Hugs from Fountain City.

What’s New; New Arrivals at the Posh Peach Pre-Fall!

      Hey there, guys! Is this another Thursday where I’m on time? I think it is! For today’s post,  I journeyed to the far off land of Downtown Columbus to gather you guys some What’s New content for this up-coming Fall! The Posh Peach is known here at JnJ for bringing styles and aesthetics that I absolutely adore! This time when I wandered in was no different! I meandered around the store looking for anything that caught my eye, which if I’m being honest, was everything. 

     Since I’m a little rusty on this sort of content, I’m just going to jump right in. For the outfits, I stuck to the new arrivals instead of doing my usual and scavenging the clearance rack. The first outfit that I found and promptly came to love, was this one. Some white skinnies and this cute yellow shirt that said ‘Raise Good Humans’– that’s a sentiment I can totally get behind! However, I could not for the life of me, find the shirt on their site. It may be already on clearance, since I waited a little bit to make this post. Bummer! Though I did find a cached version of the page that appears to show the shirt!

   My second outfit, because I was too lazy to take the pants off for this one, is a subtle callback to the simpler times of the early to mid-2000s, where you could wear skirts and dresses over your pants, and only get judged a little. Ashley Tisdale was queen of that aesthetic, and I channeled just a little bit by pairing this dress with these pants. It looked better in my head, and truthfully would be miles better with a braided leather belt. I’m thinking boho chic? But hey, it has pockets!  

       This next outfit was on the opposite side of the spectrum, color-wise. The pants I couldn’t find on the site, of course, as is my custom. I will say that though I can’t locate them now, they are in my heart. These were the most comfortable skinnies I’ve ever put on my legs. I loved them. They had plenty of give and stretch, they were breathable and didn’t feel overly hot. I liked the tank as well with these, I think it paired perfectly and would great with some chunky wooden beads. If this particular outfit is still on sale when I get my paycheck, I would like to go back for it.

        Next up, is this light T-shirt dress. It was a soft and forgiving fabric that felt cool to the touch. Perfect for the warmer days of fall, as I don’t think it would be appropriate to sweat in it for the summer. It was a little ruched on the side, which I don’t generally like but it didn’t detract from the cuteness of the dress. It’s slightly olive colored, so it would be great with some off-white or soft tan tights. Maybe some wedges. Actually, scratch my summer comment, it could be a nice bathing suit cover-up if you really want to get some use out of it before the summer ends, which I don’t blame you!

 

     Anyone like animal print? That’s back in, right? I don’t know much about trends as of late, which is ironic given the post you’re reading. I have seen animal print more and more on my Instagram feed. This actually was the first thing where I was able to find both pieces in question! The skirt itself, was a little like silk? It was a tightly woven fabric, that I can’t place. Evidently, I’m a little tall for this skirt, but that’s okay! I do like the ankle look, because it pairs great with my favorite brown suede boots. This is ordinarily not my style, but I do like the way the shirt brings it together aesthetically. As with most of their shirts, this one is very lightweight and soft. It’s super comfy and is emblazoned with the words ‘Easy Tiger’.

 

    We’re to the last one! And, of course, I had to try a romper on my trip to my favorite boutique! You guys know me by now, I love rompers! This one… oh my gosh. It’s gorgeous. Lacy. Zips on the side. It’s perfect. It would so cute with a white triangle shawl, and some pearl earrings, maybe some strappy black or sandles… maybe some flats. I love this romper. It was insanely comfortable! This sort of romper would be great for summer, fall and eventually spring, if you warm it up a little with some tights. 

 

    What a perfect note to end this post on, I linked all of the stuff I could find so you can check it out and maybe order it for yourself, if you want to make me cry. As usual, I highly recommend you check them out and give them some love! I’m sure you’ll love them just as much as I do!

Hometown Cravings; Zebras in Midtown?

Stop: Columbus, GA
Shop: Midtown Coffee House
Beverage: Zebra Mocha   

 

Hey, guys! Happy Thursday and yet another awakening from yours truely accompanied by an attempt to keep this site alive in the midst of having NO time for anything ever for the moment! For today’s post, I visited Midtown Coffeehouse in my little town of Columbus! I do plan to branch out again once time permits- I can’t wait to be able to resume my initial post schedule. For now, I’m probably going to change my post schedule temporarily to Thursdays, and resume Monday posting once I have time to do so… 

      Plans aside! I was finally able to go see what they have as far as that new new, because sometimes I go in and they have something so unique on their blackboard, like the wedding cake latte from ages ago, that I can’t find the post for. This day they were still repping for the Lemonade, and while that was DELICIOUS I’m not using my day off for drinking something I’ve already tried. I hate being a pain for these lovely people who enable my addiction, because I love their work, but I asked for something new. I kind of ran over flavors I enjoy and what I’ve tried from there, all the while casting glances at the sweet couple chatting behind me debating on apologizing outright for taking (what I felt) was so much time.

     In the end, the Zebra Mocha was pitched, a mixture of dark mocha and white. I’ve probably had something like it before, because it is mocha. But I haven’t had it from them specifically, I went with that. And after paying, I apologized for taking up so much to the couple behind me, turns out I didn’t need to worry because they were just as lost as I had been. I told them the lemonade was kicking and took a seat to wait. 

     Once it was brought out to me, I took the first sip. Anyone who goes without anything for any amount of time, and then gets what they’ve been deprived of, knows how sweet it is. The espresso was mild, as is their custom. It’s not overly earthy, like my Jamaican Blue Mountain, but has just a little bit of presence in the taste. The primary flavor is a tossup between the two mochas. I’m moved to say that the white mocha is slightly more prevalent. The darker trails behind and leaving a lovely richness on your tongue. 

 

Onto the rating! 

Taste;/5

    Due to the somewhat noticeable taste of the espresso itself, I wouldn’t recommend this for those who loathe a bit of earthiness in their coffee. But if you can make it through a nice soft earthiness and like chocolate this is for you!

What’s New; Let’s Go Down to the Thicket

Hey guys! This last weekend didn’t go quite as I had planned, but it’s okay, because I still got some content for you! I had planned to attend an opening a couple hours away, but due to the continuing joblessness, we opted to stay close to home. I gathered a little content over the weekend, first up is the Lizard Thicket, where they graciously hosted me and allowed me to try on some of the newest ensembles in their inventory.

Hometown Cravings; Matcha with Midtown Coffeehouse!

         Top o’ the morning to ye! Get ready to feel festive, and dish out pinches this weekend! For my #tryday last week, I tried the Luck of the Matcha frapp from Midtown Coffeehouse! I’ve tried matcha from Starbucks, and a few other places in the past, with greatly underwhelming results. Read: I didn’t like it. This one was a lovely change of speed to that established trend. I was super excited to give this one a try, because, well I saw the post. 
 
    Literally, how could I not be absolutely ecstatic for that? I mean, typically, I like tea. And of course, my immature self loves marshmallows. So, hypothetically this is right up my alley!  I was a little hesitant to order it, but curiosity was pushing me in the door to place my order.

     The first thing I noticed was that the scent of the drink was very mild, which followed suit with the flavor. While the color itself is somewhat unappetizing to the anti-festive, being a pastel shade of green, I found it quite spring appropriate. It was more akin to drinking an iced green tea than I’m used to from my coffeeshops. It wasn’t overly sweetened, or maybe it was, since you guys know how I like my sugar; abundant. That slight propensity does skew my tastebuds. 

     I found the sweetness to be subtle and soft, for my tastes. It was tempered with a light earthy flavor, kind of like cinnamon if I had to pick the closest spice that it reminded me of. But, probably closer to how the air smells when tea is brewing. If that had a flavor. I found myself enjoying it, despite the odds being against this drink, due to the matcha thing. The marshmallows, which I could have used to sweeten it more, ended up sitting on top of the whipped cream and being eaten alone since I didn’t need their services so much after all.

     My rating on this is….

Taste: /5

     I can think of no other rating to award the kind folks over at Midtown Coffeehouse, than a well-deserved 5/5 for making me venture outside of my comfort zone with this one. I was really hesitant to try it, and seriously, Iwhen  told my Fiance` I was going to try it. His response? “You don’t like matcha.”  I looked at him before leaving, “I know, but I gotta try it.” And try it, I did. And you know what else?

I loved it.