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!

Coffee Abroad; Circa Coffee and Antiques Signature Frappe

Hey there, everyone! I actually have some coffee content for you today and piping hot… errrrr cold. You know those pieces of shortbread heaven called Biscoff? Do you like it? If so, have I got the thing for you! We made a trip to Tyrone, Georgia on a whim and found Circa Coffee , an adorable little place by any standards and just the kind of aesthetic I absolutely die for. I’ll stick a gallery down below so you can enjoy it with me!

Origin Treats us to Christmas Coffee!

     

     Hey guys, we’re T-Minus 1 day to the big event! I’m so excited! Are you guys ready? We already broke some major ground here on the blog with yesterday’s video and I gotta tell you, that was definitely new. I’m hoping to have more content that you guys will be legitimately into as we move on into the new year! After yesterday, all I’m in the mood for is coffee. 

    The little local place I’m veritably obsessed with, Origin Coffee right here in Columbus has this amazing latte just in time for the Holidays. I thought that the Be Mine from Iron Bank was my Chocolate milk look-a-like, but I hadn’t met this one yet. 

     This one is Mocha, Marshmallow, and Peppermint and it’s absolutely amazing. I opted to get it a little extra sweet, because I have a problem with my sweet tooth. It was exceptionally smooth, I could scarcely tell I was drinking an espresso beverage at all. The bitterness was completely nonexistent.

    My favorite part about the holidays, if you may recall from one of our earlier posts, is peppermint. I love peppermint and what it does for my coffee. Coffee, as we all know, has an earthy flavor that is fairly bitter and grounding. I love how peppermint is able to add some coolness and subtle sweetness. I always knew I liked peppermint, what I didn’t know was how much I love marshmallow.

    Marshmallow being in this particular drink is amazing. It attaches to the espresso and tempers it. Makes it soft and decadent. The richness of the chocolate was magnified and it was made sweeter, somehow. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend this to you if you’re into Hot Cocoa or even Chocolate Milk. This is another one for those who don’t appreciate the bitterness of coffee.

    If you guys aren’t local, and there’s a big chance of that, this one is a good one to order custom from your favorite local place. Your experience may vary slightly, but this is one that I feel will translate well from other Cafe`s.

 

     I’ve been really utilizing our Christmas tree the last couple of days, mostly because we just managed to get our first tree and partly because I’m just really feeling the aesthetic. I also want to give a huge hello to our new readers! I hope you guys stick around! I’m happy to announce that I have some big plans for us here that I hope you like!

   Come back tomorrow for our last day of Christmas post!

Coffee Abroad; Newnan’s Own Leaf and Bean

Hey there, everyone! For my Coffee Abroad adventure this time, I headed to Newnan, Georgia! I would like to rave on this adorable little town for a moment, if I may. It’s a completely charming town about half an hour outside of the big ATL, and it avoids the terrible traffic of the big city. I went for a more business-oriented trip, but really found myself completely enamored with this little town. The downtown was altogether too cute!
 
    The coffee shop I visited, The Leaf and Bean, was right next to the Alamo, which of all things served, Pizza! The location was perfect, because the weather was terrible and I was dreading driving around to find my planned restaurant. Luck was on my side when I pulled in front of my main attraction to see that it was right next to my dinner. I want to acknowledge this was totally not due to my own planning, but more a stroke of dumb luck. I adored the aesthetic of the shop- it had this lovely industrial feel with exposed bricks and you guys know how I love that style.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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At @theleafandseed_ in Newnan! You guys know I’m OBSESSED with the whole aesthetic! . . #coffeeshops #coffee #trydaycameearly #newtownnewstuff

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    I ordered kind of a staple for me, Vanilla/Caramel- it arrived at my table in its hot variant. The lovely ladies were great sports and corrected my order, I got the opportunity to try both today!
 
    The cold Latte was a touch on the over-sweet side for my taste, while not bad in the slightest- it was just a little beyond my sweetness threshold. It did require that I mix it, and after a hearty stirring, it was reminiscent of coconut milk. The earthiness of the espresso was tempered by the caramel, making it a strange harmony that I can’t quite place. Once the flavor began to fade, the vanilla made an appearance and created a more unique experience than I was expecting from my staple.
    Once I grew used to the sweetness of this drink, it really started to grow on me. I was a little ambivalent at first, truth be told. But after a few sips, I was really starting to feel this beverage on a spiritual level. If you’re a fan of saccharine sweet flavors, you may enjoy this one.    
    In a strange turn for the unexpected, I find myself greatly preferring the hot variant. The flavors in this sibling drink are much more toned down and subtle, rather than being offensively sweet it maintains a level of richness. It feels quite a lot like a macchiato, with a touch of earthy bitterness to savor and watch the rain drizzle in the world outside. I feel like both of today’s selection(s) were made with a dark roast, due to the bite of the espresso in each. It’s a perfect drink for days like today when the sun just doesn’t want to shine and the rain keeps coming. It makes me remember coffee shops from days gone by and makes me strangely nostalgic.
 
    The aesthetic in this shop is impeccable, it feels warm and welcoming with the fairy lights gracing the exposed steel in the ceiling shining placidly on the exposed red brick. I love the inviting feeling and the coffee set-ups scattered about to lend a homey atmosphere. The chairs near the back of the long interior look plush enough to get lost in, unfortunately, I deemed it not a good idea to try one with how tired  I was. 
 
    I really hope that even more places like this crop up, I am absolutely enamored with this entire atmosphere. I literally can’t get enough of it. And is it really any wonder?