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29 September, 2014

Falling for Autumn | Easy Apple Pie Spice Flavored Coffee

Fun Fact: Did you know that today is International Coffee Day? Not exactly a major holiday, but any excuse to celebrate is probably a good one, I say. Since I declared Monday to be "Celebrate all things autumn" day last week and there was also discussion of coffee preparation, I thought I would share a quick way to fall-ify your cuppa joe without visiting Starbucks. It's easy and uses stuff that you probably already have in your pantry.

Easy Apple Pie Spice Flavored Coffee homemade diy

It's hard to make friends (until you say hello)

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Let's face it: It can be hard to make new friends as an adult, especially as you get older. Not impossible, but difficult, especially once you're out of school and settled into a routine that doesn't necessarily involve going out and partying every night. Where does one get new friends? Friends-R-Us? (Oh, the hilarity.)


Despite the social roadblocks, it is possible to meet new people by chance ... if you're open to it. Today I bring you a brief tale from my own life of social awkwardness, serendipity, and unexpected friendship. The kind of thing that only happened because I decided not to be a hermit and say "hello" to a stranger. Weird, but it does work once in a while.

26 September, 2014

Indie Friday: My most-used indie beauty products

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Indie beauty stuff, I have lots of it. I thought it might be interesting to look through my collection and share which products I've been using the most often lately. Sometimes I'll give products a good review but they don't necessarily achieve OMG MUST-HAVE status, so I thought it might be interesting to look at a few of the things that have ascended to that level. Some of these are perennial faves, some are seasonal faves, but what do they all have in common? I like them. I mean like-like them. Swoon.


24 September, 2014

Deal Alert: Awesome beauty savings at Target + great deals on Laneige!

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I'm sure some of you have heard about this already, but Target has an awesome coupon deal going on right now: Save $5 off beauty purchases $20+ or $10 off beauty purchases $35+ (includes haircare, cosmetics, skincare, and fragrances). I wanted to point this out because (a) it's just an awesome deal in general, and (b) I know many of you are fans of Laneige, which of course is sold at Target stores and online in the USA ... so this would be a great time to stock up if you're a fan!

Images courtesy of the Target website

Not sure what to get? Here are a few of my favorite Laneige products:

There are three ways you can get the discount:
  • Visit the Target coupons page and print a physical coupon to use in-store.
  • Use coupon code BEAUTY5 (for $5 off $20) or BEAUTY10 (for $10 off $35) when placing an online order.
  • Text BLUSH4 to 827438 for the $5 off coupon, or BEAUTY4 to 827438 to get an in-store mobile coupon sent to your smartphone.

I believe that all of these coupons expire on 9/27 (this Saturday), so don't put off using them too long! If you're a RedCard holder, I think you can use your usual 5% discounts on top of this as well. You can also "subscribe" to certain beauty items for 5% off even if you're not a RedCard holder.


Have you picked up anything awesome with these beauty coupons? Share in the comments!


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Weekly Poll: Cawfee Tawk

Happy Wednesday, everybody!


This week's weekly question was inspired by two things: One, finding the silly picture you see above on my hard drive, and two, sleep deprivation plus lack of caffeine. So excuse me if this post only makes marginal sense. Giraffe lemon skate park.

How do you prepare and/or take your coffee? Or if you're not a coffee-drinker, what beverages do you enjoy as a pick-me-up instead?

When at home I typically prepare my coffee in a French press. We had a drip coffee pot, but got rid of it to save space when we lived in "The Submarine" (referenced here). I will usually put a small amount of sweetener in (sugar or agave syrup) and a healthy splash of almond milk. Mmm, creamy. Then I put it in my face hole. Mmm, warm. When I have coffee out I tend to skip the milk and sweetener though—not really sure why, as a lot of cafes in New York seem to have non-dairy options (soy milk at the very least), but they just don't seem as appealing out in the world somehow.

How about you? I think I need to giraffe lemon skate park myself a cuppa now or else I'll lemon.
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