September 29, 2014

For the Love of Coffee

Happy National Coffee Day to my fellow java lovin' crazies out there. Chances are you're straight up addicted to the stuff like me! In honor of this highly regarded beverage, here are a few coffee recipes that sound and look incredible. The first one on the list is my new go-to. I was introduced to dirty chai lattes a few weeks ago and now I'm hooked. Tea + espresso. Really, what's not to love?

1. Dirty chai latte | Tasty Yummies

2. Coffee ice cream | Annie's Eats

3. Cappuccino fudge cheesecake | Tall Blonde's Cookbook

4. Mocha brownies | My Baking Addiction

5. Coffee milkshake | Tasty Kitchen

6. Salted caramel pumpkin latte | Inside BruCrew Life

7. Mocha coconut iced coffee | How Sweet It Is

9. Cookie butter latte | One Ingredient Chef

September 25, 2014

Wish-Listing | Camera Love + A Giveaway

For as long as I can remember, I've loved capturing moments and my interest in photography has grown tremendously over the years. I remember my excitement whenever I purchased a fancy point-and-shoot, then later when I upgraded to my very first DSLR, Darla. Yes, I named my camera. Don't judge me. Anyway, there's still a bunch of things that I'd love to purchase as I learn more and further my involvement in photography. I thought it would be fun to share my wish list with y'all.

While we're on the subject of photography (specifically camera goodies), I'm extremely excited to give each of you a chance to win your very own camera bag from Epiphanie. I'm still saving up to purchase one for myself, but in the meantime I've joined together with Jana (from Life Could Be a Dream) and a handful of other lovely bloggers to give one of these bad boys away.

Epiphanie camera bag giveaway

The giveaway will run from 12:00 am EST on September 25th until 11:59 pm EST on October 1st. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Entries will be verified, so please don't be a stinker about your entries. Just be honest. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is selected. Good luck, everyone!

September 20, 2014

Felicitous Coffee + Tea House

Coffee shop hopping has become one of my most-loved pastimes. On our days off, Lauren and I have started exploring different local spots and it's been an adventure. Recently, we stumbled onto one of Tampa's hidden gems. It all started when we were on our way to a different coffee shop that Lauren had been reading about, but we left as soon as we pulled into the parking lot. Let's just say that it wasn't in the best part of town and we didn't feel safe (especially when an intimidating woman wearing a facial bandana started to approach us). So, I went to work looking up somewhere else to try as Lauren quickly got us the heck out of there (haha). That's when we found Felicitous Coffee & Tea House. Who would have thought, just one street over, we'd find a place as cool and eclectic as this one.

From the moment we laid eyes on this little purple and green building, we knew we'd found something special. Whoever had the idea to buy an old house, restore it and turn it into a coffee house is a-okay in my book! And if you think the outside is cute, just take a step inside. Hardwood floors grace each footstep as you make your way to the back of the building to place your order. Board games and books line their shelves, while unique artwork lay frozen on the ceiling. The friendly staff and cozy vibe makes for the perfect chill setting. There's even an outdoor patio area if you're in the need for fresh air. That's where we enjoyed our dirty chai lattes and lunch.

We'll be visiting this spot again. It's been my favorite so far. 

September 18, 2014

Oxford Exchange

Wednesday was a wet one. The clouds chose to split open early that morning; I woke up to raindrops tapping on our bedroom window. Whenever it rains, I get a little depressed. Don't get me wrong, I love a good thunderstorm if it's in the evening and I'm cozy on the couch with a good book. But waking up to it? It's always put a bit of a damper on my mood. Has anyone else experienced this before?

Lauren and I had made plans to visit the Oxford Exchange that day and we both decided that the rain wasn't going to hold us back. "You have to make your own sunshine", she said. And she was right. As soon as we stepped through the doors, wet umbrellas in tow, I knew we'd made the right decision. I had been wanting to visit this place for well over a year and it's just as neat as I imagined it'd be.

Oxford Exchange is a restaurant, bookstore, coffee + tea bar and retail store all wrapped up in one. The design, the ambiance, the food, the coffee. Everything was fantastic. I will admit, their prices were a little high but I found it to be worth the money. We walked around a bit whenever we first arrived, then had some lunch and explored the bookstore afterwards. I had a caramel cappuccino with the biggest club sandwich and stack of sweet potato fries in history. Lauren opted for the chicken burger (which was phenomenal).  

As you can see from the photos below, we certainly "made our own sunshine" that rainy Wednesday!