Bauble Bar

One of my favorite things to purchase is jewelry. I love how it can dress up even the simplest of outfits; however, I really only like simple jewelry. I tend to get overwhelmed by crazy or colorful jewelry, so I love it when I can find simple pieces. One of my favorite places to buy jewelry is Bauble Bar. Over the past six years, I’ve bought a few rings from them. Recently, I bought the Crystal Mason Ring in Rose Gold and Silver. I love the ring in both colors, and it looks amazing no matter what you pair it with. If you’re looking for affordable and cute jewelry, then I highly recommend Bauble Bar. Also, with every purchase you make, you earn points that can be applied to future purchases and sometimes you can get free items (like the earrings below)!

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Daily LOL #13

Earlier this week, one of my friends told me to watch this week’s Carpool Karaoke and I had no idea why I HAD to watch. Now, I finally watched and I seriously just had the best nine minutes of my life since I saw Britney in Vegas. This might be my favorite episode of Carpool Karaoke, so enjoy!

I LOVE Coffee!

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Cold brew Float

So I named my blog after my love of coffee, and I figured that it was time to share my new favorite coffee spot in Los Angeles. I recently discovered Demitasse in Mid-City after I went to the chiropractor one day, and I’ve been back three times in the last few weeks. Demitasse is a small chain in Los Angeles, and they coffee is amazing and super fresh. They try to have all local products, and all of the baristas are super friendly. I’ve tried the Iced Mint Cubano, Cold brew Float, and the Nitro ice coffee (their own type of cold brew). Each drink has been delicious, and made with fresh ingredients. If you’re ever in Los Angeles and you’re obsessed with coffee, then I strongly recommend that you stop by one of Demitasse’s locations!

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Nitro and Croissant

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Back To School!

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Ok, well it might be the second fall that I’m not going to be in school, but I still love all of the back to school sales and items that go with starting school. Here are two of my favorite things:

  1. Planners! I love agendas, they possibly could be my favorite accessory. I typically get a Lilly Pulitzer agenda, but this year I didn’t like the patterns and decided to get something new. This year I got a ban.do planner, and I am obsessed. I got the planner that says I Am Very Busy in blue. Ban.do planners are cute, simple but fun, and have motivational says on certain days. I can’t wait to start using it in August!
  2. My second favorite thing is the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! I rarely buy a lot of clothes at once, but this year I needed some new clothes for work so I decided it was worth the splurge. I got 7 items, and I love all of them. Here are the links to the items I bought:
    • The Bouclé & Knit Drape Collar Jacket is super cute, and a perfect weight for wearing in the office.

    • The Belted Short Sleeve Top is perfect for fall, and comes in lovely colors for fall. I got the shirt in the green and navy, and I can’t wait to wear it!

    • I am obsessed with the Short Sleeve Chiffon Top in Garnet. It fits perfectly and the color is amazing; just don’t wear it in the heat if you get hot easily.
    • Another item that I love is the Halogen® Kick Flare Knit Ankle Pants. They are perfect for someone who is short, and doesn’t want to alter another pair of pants. They aren’t on Nordstrom’s website anymore, but you should definitely monitor it for them!
    • I bought one pair of shoes, the Vans ‘Classic’ Slip-On Sneaker in Black Patent Leather.  I bought the shoes to wear to work because I’m recovering from a stress fracture in my foot, and I needed a pair of gym shoes that didn’t look like gym shoes.
    • The final item that I bought was the Hooded Longline Cardigan in the Trend Section of the store. It is made by BP, which is the Nordstrom juniors brand. The sweater is super comfy, and perfect for fall weather.

I hope that everyone takes advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale because there are tons of good deals on high quality items! Happy Fall Shopping 🙂

Chef Time

Recently, I have been working on improving my cooking skills. In the past, they have been one of my most abysmal skills that I possess. Deciding that I was going to start attempting to cook again definitely brought up some road blocks, but I knew that I had to try. I decide to try making Lamb Chops and Pasta Salad, and both recipes came out amazing. Here are pictures and recipes:

Lamb Chops

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Recipe

Rinse & place on broiler pan; if you want, you can put a little aluminum foil under it to make cleaning easier afterwards. You can bake them at 350 degrees for 20-30 min., then turn, put some oregano on, and cook for another 20-30 min. OR you can broil them – you have to watch carefully so they don’t burn.  It’ll probably take 5-10 minutes per side.
Cooking time can vary, depending on how thick they are.

 

Pasta Salad

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Recipe

Boil a full bag of bow tie pasta. Once it’s done, you rinse the pasta in cold water, then drain it. Put pasta in large bowl so you can stir. Chop up half a cucumber and half a red pepper [I used tomatoes instead of red pepper] or other various veggies and throw into the pasta bowl. Add balsamic vinaigrette or dressing of your choice to pasta, stirring so the dressing is coating all of the pasta and veggies. Leave pasta in fridge for one day and serve next day!

To improvise I added some feta to the pasta salad 🙂

Both recipes are super easy, and taste amazing.

Bon Appétit!

Cause Everyone Needs a Smile

With everything going on in the world, it’s important to find things to make yourself smile. For me, this video does that. Grace is an amazing, cheerful, and talented singer. Everyone needs to see her perform this song she wrote herself!

 

I LOVE Coffee

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I named my blog But First Café, because I have a serious obsession with coffee. I love all types, flavors, and ways of making coffee. This week I saw a BuzzFeed post about the best memes related to coffee, and they are all super accurate. For everyone with a coffee addiction like mine, enjoy!

Let’s Get Carried Away

One of my all-time favorite shows is Sex and the City. I love the characters, plot, and how fashion was one of the main entities in the show. Since the show ended, Sarah Jessica Parker created her own shoe line. They are beautiful shoes, and I would die to have a pair. Recently, Sarah Jessica Parker went to Kleinfelds in New York to surprise some brides with of her shoes. I seriously wish I was one of them!

Happy 10th Birthday to the Hills!

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Today is the 10th Birthday of the only reality TV show that I like, The Hills. The Hills marked a change in TV, and created the genre called Reality TV. Since it was the first reality TV show, it was probably the most real at the beginning. There have been numerous BuzzFeed posts about The Hills, and this one is by far my favorite because it shows how real the Hills was at one point. The protagonist and my favorite person on the Hills, Lauren Conrad, has made quite a career for herself since leaving the show. This Levo post discusses some of her biggest accomplishments. But really, thank you MTV for developing the Hills and Happy 10th Birthday to the Hills!

Hot Chocolate Hunt

This winter I have been on the hunt for unique and delicious hot chocolate around the country. Even though I only found stellar hot chocolate in two cities, I am super interested in receiving recommendations for more hot chocolate travel destinations.

While I was in Chicago for about a month, I rediscovered an old favorite, hot chocolate at Walker Brothers Pancake House. While I am sure it isn’t anything super unique, it always is delicious and makes me feel like I’m home.

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Walker Bros

 

My next destination in Chicago, was Cocoa + Co. I discovered this super cute café in Old Town on a cold winter day. While I was there, I got the Mocha X’Tasy, which was a great blend of chocolate, caramel, and sea salt. There was a rich chocolate flavor, and the other flavors mixed perfectly. I highly recommend this shop if you are looking for a cute café in Chicago.

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Cocoa + Co

 

Finally, when I got back to Los Angeles, I stumbled upon Choco Vivo. It was a very unique experience because there are so many different types of chocolate, blends, and intensities. I loved the drink that I developed, and I definitely need to go back to try more varieties. If you’re in Los Angeles and craving hot chocolate, this is definitely a place you need to venture to.

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Choco Vivo

If you have any recommendations, please share them with me and I will do my best to try them. I love traveling and being able to try new things!