Friday Find: PSL Revelation II

PS Coffee

Around this time last year, I had a revelation. A Pumpkin Spice revelation. My love of all things pumpkin-flavored has returned. And this time, I’m coming at you with another game-changer: Pumpkin Spice coffee.

So. Simple. Why hadn’t I thought of this before? The genius behind the concoction is my work wife. Nothing has been the same since. Note: don’t be alarmed by the orange color. Pumpkins are orange and they’re not scary.

The Starbucks app drink customizer is my favorite way to control my coffee cals. You don’t often realize how your favorite drink could betray you like that. If you’ll remember from last time, a tall Pumpkin Spice Latte without any modification can rack up to 300 calories. The Grande 2-Pump Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee you see here is a measly 5 calories. F-i-v-e.

Alls I did was add two packets of Splenda and I was out the door. Absentmindedly, the barista didn’t leave me any room for milk as I requested, but I came to find it didn’t matter. It tastes just as delicious as I would expect it to be. Not only are the calories swoon-inducing, the price is in the neighborhood of $2. Come on, that deserves a parade. Don’t want ice? Try a regular coffee and see what happens. Go crazy!

Then go boot up your Anthropologie On Rotation Spotify channel, dial it to the Turkey to Table: A Thanksgiving Playlist, and be thankful for the welcomed turn to cooler weather. It’s fall, y’all!

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Friday Find: Scented Macaron Coin Purse

Macaron{Scented Macaron Coin Purse in Orange, Fred Flare}

1. Macarons are amazingly delicious.

2. You can never have enough tiny pouches.

3. These are scented, y’all.

4. I ate a mango macaron once and my lips swelled up. That’s how I found out I’m allergic to mangoes.

Have the most amazing Friday ever!

Carrie’s Curls

Image c/o of HBO

Image c/o of HBO

It’s no secret that I fantasize about being besties with Carrie Bradshaw. She’s right up there with this absurd and sometimes disturbing (to outsiders and my “loyal” friends) love affair. Among the myriad of life lessons (I’m dead serious) that I gleaned from her, the one that I learned to embrace the most was to love my curly hair.

For years I straightened the ish out of it, but these days I’m au naturale, to the lamentation of my boyfriend who wishes I went straight more often. Don’t misunderstand him, he likes it curly too. Today he would be disappointed though because it’s in the no-hair-do-zone. But I digress. I have come to love my hair more than ever because I have finally figured out how to manage it. And it only took me years of experimenting!

My hair is pretty spiral-y on its own, i.e. without any finger curling, and hits right around my shoulder blades. It is also prone to frizz at the slightest hint of moisture in the air, hence the less than frequent straightening. While it’s not incredibly thick, I have a ton of body. A favorite party trick is brushing my hair out upside down and then flipping it back upright. It scares small children. My strands can get pretty dry and cause split-ends to come rather quickly if I’m not careful. I have tried so many different products throughout the years with not much luck, but I feel as though my hair and I have come to a truce. So without further ado, I will share my super fun routine (and I LOVE routines).

I will only wash my hair (when I can help it) with moisturizing (not necessarily curl-specific) shampoo and conditioner. Though I have no g0-to because I’m so fickle and non-loyal when it comes to that stuff. I just flit around from brand to brand, especially if something new is released.

Image c/o Drugstore.com

Image c/o Drugstore.com

First step out of the shower for curly girls: a microfiber towel like the Turbie Twist. While a tad bizarre-looking when worn and sold on TV, trust me, it works. A regular bath towel will create more frizz and I now cannot live without this.

Even Kyle Richards likes it.

Image c/o Ladylike Insanity

Image c/o Ladylike Insanity

I don’t leave my hair up for long because my hair needs product to be applied while it’s about 85% damp. I read somewhere in a magazine, maybe it was Real Simple, that you should layer your products on from lightest to heaviest. I have adopted this as it applies to my hair as well as to my face. Misting on a leave-in conditioner that I got at my salon has become my Step #2. While it’s a good product, I don’t think I’ll buy it again because I think I can find something more middle-of-the-road price-wise (I’m adding a lot of hyphens today) that will work just as well.

Then, I bring in my all-time favorite product that has been the source of all my rapture. One month my Birchbox brought me a sample of Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls. The first time I used it, I was not pleased, but after playing with different amounts of product applied, I finally found a sweet spot.

Image c/o Miss Jessie's

Image c/o Miss Jessie’s

I am beyond picky when it comes to curl products. Usually everything ends up so crunchy and disgusting. Miss Jessie’s leaves my hair manageable and touchable. Currently, I’m using a bottle of their Pillow Soft Curls, which I like just as much. I can’t wait to keep building on to my arsenal with this brand. They’re bananas.

About a quarter-sized dollop will do just fine for me. I flip my head over and comb some through the ends, working my way up. Once I feel like it’s evenly applied, I lightly scrunch my whole head so the curls shape up a little better. Finger curling key pieces, like my bangs and some pieces on top, really helps to define how they will dry.

My bestie and college roommate was the one who first introduced me to a diffuser. I had no idea they existed! What a miracle and blessing it has been.

Image c/o Target

Image c/o Target

This one by Revlon is one of my limbs and I hope never to part with it. Its cousin, the travel-sized version, just became my newest companion. The secret to the final step of drying is the cold air setting featured on the dryers, which helps to set my hair.

I know you were probably expecting a grand finale since you read this much, but this is it. Once my hair is dry I do nothing more, except a spritz of hair spray if it happens to be particularly windy. Then I’m just another (curly-haired) girl in the world.

Pretty Phone

Image c/o High Heels and Moccasins

Image c/o High Heels and Moccasins

I’m a little obsessed with my phone. It’s not so much about having it constantly by my side as much as that it looks cute while doing so. Whether it’s a fancy little case or a spiffy new background, I’m all about it.

Recently I realized that I could create a pseudo-partnership between two things that get me jazzed: my phone and Pinterest. There are so many beautiful pictures floating around and I no photographer so I have started to screen capture my favorites as phone backgrounds! When I realized I could do this, I thought I was having another epiphany, but I’m actually pretty convinced that people have been doing this for a while. No matter! I’m now up to speed and enjoying the prettiness every time I open my phone. It’s the little things.

I usually look for something that isn’t too busy since I want to be able to tell what it is behind all of my apps. I air on the feminine side since my phone’s case is sparkly and divine. Taking the screen capture on your phone is key when it comes to sizing. From there, just select the photo from your Camera Roll and you’re on your way!

Here are some of my past favorites:

Image c/o Jodi Miller Photography

Image c/o Jodi Miller Photography

Image c/o Pinterest

Image c/o Pinterest

Image c/o Pinterest

Image c/o Pinterest

I mean, duh, Kate made it in there.

Image c/o Musings in Femininity

Image c/o Musings in Femininity

You like?! I’m itching to find a new background now.

The Best Ever: Peanut Butter Blossoms

My Own Image

I confess that I originally wanted to write about my awesome Thanksgiving Day outfit, but alas I’m too down in the dumps because I misunderstood the tracking information and it won’t actually arrive at my doorstep until after Thanksgiving. What exactly does the post office expect me to write as my post title now? “My Regular Day Outfit”? This is one thing that this turkey is not thankful for.

But when I stop pouting about my outfit, I come to remember that in a few hours I will be with my family for Thanksgiving. I very much enjoy holidays because they come with a lot of traditions. We always go to a movie on Thanksgiving Day, which never fails to get my mom to say, “We shouldn’t be going to a movie because these poor people have to work.” It’s been about 15 years and we still haven’t actually turned the car around to avoid the activity. We will actively watch the parade on TV for about 15 minutes before my grandpa decides that a marathon of Magnum PI is what everyone really was looking to watch. (FUN FACT: My dad was IN the Macy’s parade a couple of years ago. He carried the sign in front of a float dressed as Uncle Sam.) My dad and my sister will insist that we watch Elf the day after Turkey Day as it’s the first officially official day of Christmas celebration (although I’m listening to Christmas music right now “and I don’t care who knows it!” (anyone? Elf reference? My true friends just laughed with me)). Of course, there’s an outing to the mall on Black Friday, probably my favorite shopping day of the year. And even though the fridge is full of leftovers, we almost never fail to eat a meal out more than once over the span of the weekend. Ah, memories.

Even though it’s not a standard gobbling tradition (how many ways can I say, “Thanksgiving Day” without actually repeating it? I hate when writers do that (not that I consider myself a writer). Google another description!), my mom always bakes Peanut Butter Blossoms for my birthday. My dad unwrapped all the kisses this year so he helped too. She even mails them to me if I’m not at home. Yes, mails. The beauty of the recipe she uses is that they never, ever arrive dry or crunchy (I think the secret is the condensed milk). Sure some of the kisses fall off in transit, but that is the worst of it. I have witnesses that can attest to the fact that these cookies are gone within days. This batch of 25 was consumed in five days. I’m not ashamed. I will literally bake these exact cookies for the rest of my life.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Ingredients

1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk

3/4 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter

2 cups packaged biscuit mix

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup sugar

65 solid milk chocolate candy pieces, unwrapped (this may be a little much, but you can always eat them plain!)

Instructions

  • HEAT oven to 375°F. Beat sweetened condensed milk and peanut butter in large bowl until smooth. Add biscuit mix and vanilla; mix well.
  • SHAPE into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • BAKE 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned around edges (do not overbake). Immediately press a chocolate candy piece in center of each cookie. Cool.

Birthday Outfit

Yes, indeedy. I am a whole 25 years old as of yesterday. It was a great day and I am lucky to have such great friends and family. Even better is the fact that Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

Now back to the topic at hand, in case you are wondering, Emma Stone and I do not have the same birthday. Her downright fabulous outfit from the Vogue Awards simply inspired me to create a similar version for my own stores. I love buying outfits for special occasions and Emma’s outfit made me wish that I had seen it earlier so it could have been my birthday outfit. It’s so chic and a fun spin on the classic peplum and pencil skirt.

Image c/o Oasis

The sequin skirt was easy enough to find on Polyvore, the greatest site in the world to find an article of clothing. I knew I wouldn’t want to spend too much on this sequin skirt because it’s not exactly something that you can wear anywhere. This one at Oasis was exactly what I was looking for. Done.

The strapless peplum top was a little more difficult to track down. Emma is wearing Burberry so clearly the construction is exquisite. I flirted with both blue and black and still can’t decide, which would actually be the winner. With either color, I absolutely would snazz it up with some navy or black ribbon.

Image c/o Lulu’s

These options from Lulu’s may be a little…too much. I’m never one to shy away from a deep-V, but when you’re already getting a hard-to-wear skirt, it’s not practical to make it a hard-to-wear outfit.

Image c/o Topshop

Topshop is a master of the peplum. I have yet to snag one of their myriad of options, but this one stood out to me as a texture-on-texture option. The lace panel at the bottom  is not lined so the sequins would sparkle through.

Image c/o ASOS

Okay, so, I may have spoken too soon. This lovely thing from ASOS may be my winner. Even though it isn’t strapless, it’s still navy and at least satin-like. Bonus points: it’s on sale.

You all didn’t know that you were in suspense, but you are. I already have a super sweet birthday outfit planned. Did I also mention that I am weird with my occasion outfits and I won’t show it on to anyone much like a bride hiding her dress? You’ll have to wait until the sequel to this post to find out what it is!

Come to think of it – and I understand that it may be premature but – I now think that I’ve found my New Year’s Eve outfit…