Christmas Tag: Sweater Weather!

     Hey there guys! We’re cresting another day of Blogmas! (Sorry to switch up the names on you!) For today’s adventure, I found this adorable Christmas related tag! Honestly, I encourage you guys to do this one too and share it with us in the comments below! I found this over at Louise Rose’s blog, you can check out her responses hereI did change a few things about this, since they pertained to Thanksgiving and Fall, to be more Winter inclined.

 

 

1. Favourite candle scent?

You guys may remember from Yesterday’s post that I’m totally obsessed with vanilla scents and associate it with pretty much every good thing that’s ever happened to me. I really like the French Vanilla from Yankee Candle and Mainstays has this delicious smelling Hazelnut candle that smells like coffee. So, my favorite is definitely one of those two!

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Do I have to choose? I love all of these. You guys know that for me, Coffee is literally all the time. I do really enjoy tea on ocassion and cocoa is fantastic during this time of year, especially.

3. Whatโ€™s the best fall memory you have?
This is the first difficult questi9on for me to answer. I guess if I had to choose, it would be when I was child. My mother dressed me as  ghost for Halloween and the entire house smelled like vanilla. I remember the coolness on the air and the promise of candy. As children we really tend to take those mundane moments for granted.

4. Which make up trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eye liner?

Oh goodness. Another toughie. I really love a dark red lip. A lot. But wings also look really great. I think if I could master wings, those would be my pick. But I think I’m going to have to give it to the lips this time. 

5. Best fragrance for fall?
I really like warm spiced scents for the fall and for the winter my favorite scents go more towards sweet and warm… like vanilla. I did recently find a wonderful Hot Cocoa body spray over Black Friday that I love for this season!

6. Favorite Christmas food?
Probably desert! I don’t know if I can really pick one. Maybe my all-time favorite dessert in the world; cheesecake!

7. What is winter weather like where you live?
Fickle, to say the least. This morning it was in the 30s and tonight it’s closer to 70. This is why I get sick, guys! I guess that’s what I signed up for staying in the south. It’s really for the best, because I have no idea what to do with snow.

8. Most worn sweater?
I don’t really have too many sweaters that I default to, other than light cardigans. My usual over-clothes-heating-solution is ordinarily one of my two black jackets. One of which I’ve had for 2 years and has seen better days, and the other a newer acquisition from JCPenny.

9. Must-have nail polish this winter?
I favor lots of Gold and metallic colors for the winter. Especially lighter ones with Holo flecks. Gold, Silver and Bronze are somehow perfect for the cooler seasons!

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
I’ll totally jump in the remaining leaf piles!

11. Skinny jeans or leggings?
Leggings! Because I feel like skinny jeans can have a tendency to accentuate things I may not want them to. Also leggings can sub for pants when you want to wear a skirt!

12. Combat boots or uggs?
Combat boots! BecauseUggs aren’t really my style.

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
In my opinion… not really. I generally despise chai or spiced flavors in my drinks or anything. I think the only time I like pumpkin spice is in pumpkin pie.

14. Favourite Winter TV show?
I don’t really watch too much TV. I generally just watch Youtube videos or Hulu. Most of what I watch is true crime or beauty oriented. Sometimes I get sucked into the latest Gossip in the Beauty community.

15. What song really gets you into the Winter spirit?
If I had to pick just one, you know it has to be All I want for Christmas is you! That’s an absolutely must for this season!

Thank you again to Louise, for giving me this idea! Somehow these Christmas related posts are more difficult than I had anticipated!

Please do tweet me or comment below to let me know if/when you complete this tag post. Iโ€™m looking forward to reading your answers!

Keep an eye out for tomorrow’s post guys! We’re getting closer and closer to the big day! ๐Ÿ™‚

5 Creepy Coffees Perfect for the Night!

1. The Basic Witch 

          This first drink is called the basic witch, and it hails from the iron bank coffee company. In Columbus, Iron Bank is kind of a fixture everybody knows them, everyone loves them, I love them. They really come up with some good drinks, my favorite being to be mine which I go into pretty good detail on in a previous post.

      But this entry is for the basic which, which is a beautiful mix of pumpkin spice, white chocolate, and Brown sugar. I am usually not a fan of pumpkin spice, as you can see, but I was shown the error of my ways. I’ve always thought that pumpkin spice was supposed to be overpowering, something to drown out all the other flavors. But, I guess I was wrong, or at least, in this case.

     This drink has some very subtle vibes, coming from the pumpkin spice. It’s subtle vaguely, autumnal. Since, I really generally prefer cold drinks, I did get this iced which might be a little bit counterculture in pumpkin spice communities, but I really enjoy  this iced coffee. It’s quite good and it leaves me feeling a vague sweetness on the back of my tongue coming from the white chocolate which just lends a great counterbalance to the spice coming from the pumpkin. Really, It’s a very relaxed medley of flavors that is altogether charming combination. It’s making me really  feel the holiday spirit which I haven’t really felt in years. So hats off to you iron bank!

     The basic witch is a drink I would definitely recommend somebody who, like me,  is not big on pumpkin spice. Honestly,  I am really a pleasantly surprised and I cannot wait to see what we come across a little later on in this list. The overall flavor of the basic which, is very mild. I detect almost no bitterness, it has a little bit of acidity that lingers but there’s almost no extreme, earthy presence from the espresso. It’s just a sweet relaxed kind of drink that is good to enjoy all year around. And guys, If they keep the spice on the shelves I may be coming back for this one!

     There really is no better way to kick off a holiday coffee list, than with our very own Iron Bank Coffee Company here in Columbus Georgia. It’s a fixture very well known with his architecture and its flavors, as well as its proximity to the downtown area. It is right in the bustling heart of Columbus and is the perfect place to stop by if you would like a softer a drink or something sweet!

 

   2.   Great White Pumpkin

     Our second coffee is also from Columbus Georgia, my hometown. This is from Midtown coffee house, which you may recall from a previous post. In true Midtown coffee house custom this coffee does have a very pleasant bite. It does a slight acidity that lingers, I just can’t say I’m a huge fan of the flavor. Might be the way their mocha is interacting with the with the pumpkin spice but it really is almost distinctly floral.

     I’m picked up a nice flavor, the drink is very subtly spiced it seems very very mild in comparison to what I think about when I think about pumpkin spice. This flavor has always been one of those that really gets going in the fall and is unapologetic. But, thankfully, this one is just very relaxed with the pumpkin spice more or less, stepping aside for the mocha to shine.

     My basic feeling about this drink, is that it’s, somehow, too floral for my taste. I’m not sure where it gets an almost Lavender aftertaste from. But, if that’s your cup of tea… err, coffee, then this might be for you!

 

3. Black Forest

    The black forest latte is a unique (to me) combination of flavors that I was a touch nervous about. It’s Cherry, Vanilla, Chocolate and Bourbon, half of those flavors I don’t frequent. I’ve never been too big on cherries and bourbon is a new one for me. Guys, I was surprised with how much I liked this latte. It’s not quite cold enough here for hot drinks… But it’s okay because this one is so amazing as an iced coffee. 

     With each sip, I’m met with a flavor similar to a chocolate covered cherry. It’s sweet, subtle and another great contender for coffee people who don’t particularly like coffee. It’s got a very smooth texture and the bitterness is just a faint ghost that mingles well with the chocolate flavor. This really strikes me as a rich drink. Truth be told,  it is a little heavy on the tongue due to the competing flavors.

     You guys know how I’m literally all about the Be Mine latte because it’s like chocolate milk? This one has just gone up there with my chocolate milk substitutes. It’s perfectly sweet, pleasantly rich and the flavors all play exceptionally well together. All around a balanced selection! 

     This one comes highly recommended and gets the JnJ Seal of Approval!

4. Witch’s Brew Frappuccino

     I know you’re probably thinking “Starbucks? Really?” Since I stopped really posting about them. But, let’s be honest, with all of the festive things they do around the holidays it would be a travesty if I didn’t grab this contradiction. First off, it’s a rather alarming color choice. I don’t usually look at purple and green and thing “I’m going to put that in my face”. This is one time though, that I did just that.

      It’s a strange choice to make the drink orange flavored, in my opinion. On top of the cream base and with vanilla whipped cream it was more like drinking a dreamsicle. Being 50 degrees outside, this wasn’t the best choice. The combination of iced beverage and chilly weather only exaggerated the bite in the air. 

      Those green seeds that you see swirled through the drink are Chia seeds- they added a strange texture to this concoction that threw me off. They were a bit slimy? Which isn’t an adjective I throw in with my drinks often. That aside, even though this drink completely lacks coffee and isn’t quite what Japan has for Halloween, I’d definitely say this is a fun choice for a fall drink.

 

 

 

5. Spooky Spice

     This last drink hails from Origin coffee, which as you know, I’m completely obsessed with. We put a drink for the ocassion, with chocolate, maple spice and dark chocolate drizzle. It almost looks foreboding. Aside from The Basic Witch and The Great white pumpkin, I tried to stay away from pumpkin spice. There are more iconic flavors for the fall, like maple! I had no idea until a few months ago that I love maple.

      This one has nice harmony, with the bitterness from the espresso, the rich chocolates and a hint of maple spice. It feels like a drink that I need to sip on while walking across a park blanketed by fallen leaves. Somehow, I’m getting dramatic vibes from it? I will say that this one is super rich in consistency with the gratuitous amounts of chocolate. If it’s not too hot outside, and you won’t be doing too many rigorous activities, this is one I recommend.

     Of course, this is Origin we’re talking about, so if you don’t like the bite of espresso, let them know. Their beans are freshly ground and roasted. You can definitely tell. I’ve gotten a few different fall coffees from them this season and all of them are phenomenal. This one is for those of you who want rich chocolate but with Halloween spirit.

 

     I hope you guys enjoyed this list of fall favorites to try this season! If you’re local, stop in to one of these hometon favorites or if you’re not, I’m sure you can customize your drinks to get a similar experience. Thank you for joining us for on day three of our 7 Days of Halloween countdown! Tomorrow, we’re going to be looking at a few last minute makeup looks!

It’s October, and you know what that means; Barktoberfest!

    Hey guys! No, that’s not a typo. Barktoberfest was held by a local animal shelter, Animal Ark, and featured German Beer, Vendors, Costume Festivities for babies with 2 and 4 legs and free adoptions! The latter wasn’t something I could jump on, personally, but I’m super happy for those who were able to add a new pet to their family!

Animal Ark Food Tent
The Food tent from Barktoberfest and the guys from Maltitude! Credit to Animal Ark for the photos!

   

 

Walking up to Barktoberfest was exciting for us, and especially Java. There were loads of dogs everywhere and some were in costume, all geared up for the costume contest! If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you may have seen the costume that Java picked for the contest. The heat was intense, so I didn’t put it on her until right before she was called to the stage. Right before she was called, we saw that she had a twin.

Twins
Java and her friend Moose!

Unfortunately, neither of these completely deserving puppies won, but before we spoil some of the other great costumes we saw, I want to give shoutouts to a couple of the vendors with some great wares! The two most notable to me were puppy pastries and a lovely lady selling ceramics, canvases and vases.

      The collage may make it hard to read the sign, but those yummy looking dog treats are from Lucky Puppy Pastries, they don’t have a physical location where they conduct business but you can place orders to have them delivered for your furry family members! I know that lower picture looks like chocolate, but it’s 100% dog friendly and is too decadent for everyday rewards. Check out his facebook page if you want to place a custom order! They definitely had Java’s seal of approval.

     

       That little 5×5 canvas was too cute for me to leave behind. That’s from Lea’s Crafty Creations, who doesn’t appear to be doing crafts anymore on facebook. You can still check out the work she still has posted! I really wanted to get two of her canvases, that one above and a witch cat. I loved the super Autumn colors she chose! Sadly, I did have to make up my mind on what I brought home. I did select that one above, just because I loved it for its simplicity and minimalism. It has found a home in my room, currently! It sits on one of my tables, but it will soon find a home on my wall!

     We didn’t sample the German Brats, sadly, due to the price but we did win a Lemon Cake in a Cake Walk that my lovely life-partner participated in. With as uncharacteristically hot as it was that day, I carried Java’s costume around. It was much too hot to put it on her. I don’t know why she picked it, especially since she had a twin. Didn’t she think that maybe someone would want to be cute?

     There were so many great costumes! I think my favorite besides Java was a Rottweiler dressed up like a Ghostbuster, he had a little toy car that a toddler was “driving” and I thought it was so creative! 

The costumes!

      I put Java first in the collage, because she’s always number one to me. There were so many great, creative costumes and some valiant attempts at victory. In the end, there were only three winners. The cutest, most creative, and creepiest. I hope you’ll forgive me that I can’t recall who won which category. Next year, I’ll choose Java’s costume. I was really wanting one of the prizes, they looked pretty packed!

      Even though Java didn’t win, and we weren’t able to try any of the German foods they were selling, we did have fun. Java ate her treats once we got home, for a late birthday celebration. She’s currently tuckered out from the heat, but happy to have made friends. I’d give Animal Ark’s Barktoberfest a 

/5

I can’t give it a higher rating due to lack of diversity in attractions. We did enjoy ourselves, but there was little to do to distract ourselves from the heat. I hope to go back next year and see more vendors and even more costumes!