scary gin drinks // happy hour

i’ve come to terms that i am an old person that shameless-ly loves a good G&T. But every now and again i like to mix up my drinks and throw something a little sweeter into the mix. this drink turned out super cute, although the only thing that makes it really “spooky” is the fact that i put it in beakers that i got from michaels!

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add one ounce of your fav gin (if you like your drinks a little stronger add one and a half ounces)

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next i added one ounce of st-germain liquor which i have never had before but it tastes kind of floral but in a good way… that doesn’t make sense but give the sample a go!KAW_1150KAW_1156

next added ice!

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then i filled the beaker until the 300mL line with this pomegranate and lemon mix i found at bevmo

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i topped the drink off with 100mL of tonic water (fever tree is my fav, don’t use anything else!)

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and that is the scary gin drink! hopefully you can feel inspired to mix up your cocktails this spooky season!

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my desk // the dorm

it’s only recently in my life that I’ve fully understood that the your space really impacts you. my freshman year of college my desk area was my tv spot, my work spot and where i would spend countless hours drawing and making stickers. it was my entertainment, my education and my creative space all in one.

when i moved into my current dorm i knew this desk space would need to again serve multiple purposes. but now i have some decor standards.

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the giant monitor on my desk is by far the biggest eye sore in my all white room but it is an absolute essential when it comes to working from home for my job and for design or editing really anything. i love this little Ikea lamp that i got a few years ago because it bends so I can direct light when i need it BUT it also has a USB port so i can plug a phone charger into it.

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i have the heirloom apple candle on my desk and i love lighting it at night when i have a cup of tea and i’m all cozy.

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the newest addition to my desk area are these photo grids. i have really nothing on my walls because i feel like when you have too many things your space can start to feel crowded and almost overwhelming but these grids are perfect to throw up some random photos while still being about to see the wall behind it. i also have this little cactus hanging plant that my sisters friend got me for my birthday!

 

do you think your workspace matters?

this is weirdd // no.6

here we go.

if you haven’t seen one of these posts before (or haven’t seen my videos) then lemme tell you what weirdd means. weirdd is an acronym which stands for what i’m watching, eating, interested in, reaching for, downloading and doing.

watching

i’ve gotten back into Once Upon A Time (OUAT) and picked up where i left off in season 4 and i still think it is a great show. although, i don’t know if i’ll be watching season 7 after seeing the preview but i’m enjoying catching up on what i missed!

on the youtube side of things i have been enjoying mango street and jessica kobeissi

eating

before moving out (aka when i was living large) i became super obsessed with having falafel platters. my fav one was made by my dad actually (bless that man) but close second was the halal guys which is right on the tempe campus and is amazing.

interested in

i’ve been extremely interested in my new camera! a few weeks ago i was so happy to be able to purchase my first full frame camera, a nikon d750 and i have been loving it!

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reaching for

since moving out i have two things i have been consistently reaching for. fashion wise i have been loving my grey vans slip ons! they are the most comfortable shoes i’ve ever owned and they look cute with everything! not sure why it took me this long to hop on the band wagon, but here we are.

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secondly, i have been reaching for my nespresso machine! lemme tell you… i have found my love. i wrote a whole blog post about it so i won’t ramble, but if you need a coffee maker, nespresso is the way to go.

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downloading

there are two artists I have been obsessed with and they are sarah close and dua lipa! I love caught up by sarah (but all of her songs have been on repeat, tbh) i’ve been consistently listening to dua lipa’s entire album but I’m still fan girl-ing over new rules.

doing

recently i have been “doing” school. but i’ve also been doing a lot of camera stuff so here is some of that:

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what’s been weirdd with you?

nespresso // a review

if you know me, you know this girl doesn’t do anything before coffee. i’m totally that person that spends the $4-$5 dollars a day at my local coffee shop and i’m not ashamed (maybe a little, but i’ve come to terms with it).

now that i’m out in the middle of nowhere gilbert, my options are starbucks (no thanks) or driving out of my way to pay for a coffee from somewhere that isn’t my favorite coffee shop. so i decided i would forgo the purchasing of my coffee and simply purchase an at home machine.

i had a keurig in the past and hated it. it was watery and no matter the coffee i got it was just overall bad. from that i contemplated what i did like and why the keurig didn’t do it for me. i realized i needed espresso so i decided this time ’round i needed something that would give me espresso *enter nespresso machine*

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I got my nespresso from best buy but I price matched it with a target machine so you can find that here. before purchasing this machine i did some research on the overall brand and what people thought of the coffee against normal machines or the keurig. most people seemed extremely loyal to their nespresso machine and i decided I would give it a go.

i got the cheapest machine they offer simply because #college #broke but also because essentially they all brew the same cup of coffee. mine happened to come with a milk frother (which a lot seemed to) so that was a nice bonus, but i’m not a foam fan so it probably won’t get much use.

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as for the actual machine i think it’s really neat. it has a water reservoir so you only have to fill it up every 2-3 cups. it also has two size options so you can have a straight espresso shot or one closer to an americano (i think it’s meant to be a double shot, but it just tastes more watery). it also has a compartment where the old pods fall once they are used so you don’t have to dig out the pods after each use. all of these get a big thumbs ups from me!

as for the coffee i think it is great and exactly what i was looking for! a sampler pack came with my machine so i’ve been working my way through that to find what i like the best but i went ahead and ran up to the nespresso store in scottsdale to sample and purchase some extra pods. i got the intenso iced blend and the roma blend.

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i always have my coffee iced so i tend to brew the pod (with a little sugar in the bottom if i’m craving sweet) and pour that over ice. the secret weapon to great at home coffee is creamer and i love the silk soy coffee creamer!

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overall i am really happy with my nespresso machine! (and so is katelyn who benefits from it as well!) i don’t think i can say that i will never go buy coffee again, but it is exactly what i wanted now that i am far away.

whats your favorite coffee?