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?

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micro haul // ootd

well my friends, it’s that time again. the time of the year where i feel obligated to buy new things because school is starting. i picked up a few deals on my latest shopping outing and wanted to share them with you all!

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first thing is this super cute top from Levi’s. it was only 6$ at the outlet and i am very into shirts with little embellishments like this one.

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again from the Levi’s outlet was this green and blue striped shirt. it kind of makes me feel like a 7 year old boy on the first day of school but i kind of love it.

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next i bought this cute shirt from uniqlo online. i feel like the higher neck shirts look good with my short hair so i’m all about this (plus it’s really nice and thick material). it was only $6 when I bought it but now it is on for $4 so if you like high neck t-shirts, go check it out! (i also got it in yellow which was in the wash so it didn’t get a picture.. but i like that color too!)

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next, i hit up the vans outlet and got a pair of charcoal grey slip-ons. this is my first real pair on slip-ons, and it may be early to say, but they’re probably my favorite sneaker I’ve owned! they’re so freaking comfortable and i now understand why everyone is so in love.

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at this particular vans store there was a deal where if you bought a full price pair of shoes you got a sale pair for 50% off! so i also picked up these light dusty pink suede lace up shoes. i’ve never seen shoes like this from vans and unless you knew where i got them, you probably wouldn’t know they were vans at all.

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that is everything i bought this past weekend! have you bought anything for “back to school”?

laguna beach // 4th of july

hello blog friends. yet again i have left phoenix and i have to tell you ALL about it!

this trip started because jeff (read about how i know jeff in this post) randomly messaged me on facebook because he was doing an internship in california! little did he know that by messaging me on a tuesday that myself and tori would be on his door step that sunday.

tori was already going to be in california for a tournament and i was able to fly into john wayne airport on sunday! (side note: god bless tori for picking me up @ 9am after a long night out! you da bomb ❤ )

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we left the house to find the pacific marine mammal center which was just down the road from jeff’s place which was perfection. the volunteers were awesome and the seals were adorable! if you’re in laguna go check out this place and donate as they are trying to raise money for food and to build water tanks!

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then we just started wandering around (and of course i made these babes model for me)

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we then did our best to find food and stumbled to urth caffe. the food was SO good and the lemonade was on point.

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we finished this night at the beach

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the next day we drove ourselves down to balboa park in san diego. i’d been here once before  but when you add amazing people to the mix it makes everything better.

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we found the homeland

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we started with some food at the cafe outside the japanese friendship garden. jeff’s salad was the prettiest so thats why it got a feature!

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by far my favorite place in the park was the green house (not sure thats what it is called, but that is what it is) and we had a little model sesh again (because why not).

the best part of the day was renting one of the basket things that we got to drive around the park!

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moments before i offered to someone’s picture and tori+jeff drove off without me

the final day in laguna was the 4th of july. although i’ve lived in the states for over 10 years i’ve never been able to properly celebrate the 4th because no one wants to hang out with a canadian on the most american holiday of the year… was needless to say i was ECSTATIC to learn all about it.

we got a stellar deal on groupon to go whale watching in newport so that is exactly what we did. after having an adventure with parking we had a grand old time on the boat! (i felt rather ill, so shout out to matt and jeff for most of these pictures!)

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we finished the night was fireworks and the next morning followed with saddening goodbyes.

 

cannot wait for our next adventure ❤

 

check out the video I made:

west elm phoenix opening party

west elm just opened a new store in phoenix and i was SO happy i got to go to support my friends at Citizen Home Decor, Scott and Chelsea, as their stuff is actually going to be sold at this new location! how amazing is that?!

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of course i brought my ride or die, katelyn with me! we love going to events that support local artisans! (we’re basically citizen home decor’s fan club at this point)

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we finished the night at flower child and both katelyn and i got the earth goddess bowl! it had the most amazing flavors and i was surprisingly stuffed by the end.

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what’s on your west elm wish list?? katelyn and I both picked up these glasses but my next purchase will for sure be along the lines of this.