Hometown Cravings; That New New Cloud Mocha!

      Hey guys, so this is weird. I logged in and saw that this one missed it’s schedule… I do have some new content for you, but I wanted to go ahead and get this out for your viewing pleasure.  Anyway, today’s post is on the New Mocha Cloud Macchiato at Starbucks. I do plan to bring you guys another new drink from Starbucks next week, the awaited Tie Dye Frapp. Baristas everywhere are quaking.
 
     Let’s get right to it! The Mocha Cloud Macchiatto is so aptly named because it’s very mocha. From the taste, I suspect dark chocolate. There was so much of it that its bitterness actually rivalled the espresso. And that’s not something I say lightly, because this espresso has a heck of a bite. I do greatly prefer the Caramel Cloud Macchiatto,but that’s just personal preference because I like the sweeter things, and the more mild.
 
     Once I stirred it a bit to disperse the mocha and the sweet froth on top, the mocha became less aggressive. Each sip made me appreciate the drink and feel refreshed. It’s an extremely rich drink, that I don’t recommend for those who do not enjoy the bite of espresso. But once it chilled out, I found myself really enjoying it.  Not my favorite by any means, but not my least favorite either.
 

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Taste; /5

This one, I can’t rate higher than a 3.5, just because it’s not my thing. If you have similar overly-saccharine tastes to mine, you may also not be too enamored. If you’re a fan of the flavor of dark chocolate intermingled with bitter espresso, this may be your drink!  

 
 
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Hometown Cravings: Craving that Flower Power!

Hey there, guys! I’m coming at you with the newest of the new from Starbucks, the Tie-dye frappe! I don’t know enough about the fabled summer of love, other than hendrix and woodstock, so I’m going to pretty much jump right in.

     This frappe, isn’t quite as aesthetic as I imagined. Really, it’s a little hectic lookin… Can I do better? Probably not. The predominant color is yellow in this particular drink. Which is way new to me, for Starbucks. I’ve seen them do green (I think), purple, pink and now yellow? I might be missing a couple. 

     Drinking this reminds me of bananas… but not like, banana-bananas. Those little banana candies you’d get from the coin machines…. RUNTS. I remember now! I used to love those things, and honestly, that’s the only banana I like. Which makes a lot of sense, because its flavor is not based off of our bananas. It’s based off of an early 1900’s banana called the Gros Michel, I’ll put a little excerpt below for that article if you’re curious and also link the full thing for further reading!

By the 1960s, the Gros Michel was effectively extinct, in terms of large scale growing and selling. Enter: the Cavendish, a banana cultivar resistant to the fungal plague. It’s the banana that we eat today.

Just a little entertaining fact for you guys! Should I include little facts and sources for you guys? That would be fun. Anyways, I digress! This drink tastes like straight Runts bananas. I sipped a lot in quick succession and both got brain freeze, and did not find any additional flavors. I’m kind of suspecting that the other colors we see in the drink above is for show. By the time I got it home, the other colors were dissolved. Marceline thinks the whipped cream is cute, though. What about you?

     I will say that the banana flavor kind of chills out after a while, thankfully. Because I can only eat so many Runts before I’m tired of it. I don’t hate it- but I wish other flavors participated more. Based on the temporary colors of this Tie-dye, I expected that there would be more strawberry? But, boy was I proven wrong!

Taste;/5

     I don’t know what to say about this one. The Tie-dye frappucine was one that was way different than I expected. I don’t know what I actually expected, but this wasn’t it. It wasn’t bad, per se, but not my favorite. I probably won’t be getting this one again, in contrast to the Unicorn Frappucino.

Hometown Cravings; Gotta Catch’em all!

       Hey guys, I know, I’m back to my old delay-in-posting behavior. I’m sorry- I’ll hopefully be able to make it up to you guys with some upcoming content. I did not, in fact, think of anything good for the Fourth and due to my joblessness I had no drive. But, I’m happy (kind of) to announce, that I’m once more a functioning member of society. I found a job… unfortunately an hour away, but hopefully it will put me in an area to gather content before I go in for my shift, which begins at 3 PM EST. 

     This post comes really late to the game, evidently, Starbucks has been doing a Pokemon Go Frappucino but its not really been on the menu. I had no idea it existed, but I did finally wake up and try it! Nothing about this drink screams Pokemon to me. You’d think it would… make sense? I might actually take it on myself to make a Pokemon Frappe that makes sense, I have a few ideas. I might try to bring back my experimental Homebrews stuff from its slumber.

Pokemon Frapp

 

       Is it just me? Does that say Pokemon to you? What it is, is basically a Vanilly Frapp with Blackberries and Chia Seeds. You may remember the Chia seeds from the Witches’ Brew, at the time I thought they were Slimy yet satisfying and even now I kind of like their strange, foreign texture. It’s a really interesting surprise when you get a sip and a few seeds mingle in with the creamy consistency. This drink was pretty much exactly what I expected going in. Even though it’s a bright shade of purple, that’s the only sort of unique thing it has going for it. 

      That’s not to say it’s not good- it is. If you like berries and cream.  It’s made with a cream base, so cannot be considered coffee. If you have children or young family members who like pokemon and enjoy a super sweet treat now and again, I would recommend this. Realistically, it’s unremarkable and more dessert than an actual pick-me-up. As expected the flavors are complementary and taste pretty great together. 

Let’s go ahead and move on to the rating, shall we? 

Taste; /5

Because I can be considered a literal child where my tastes are concerned, this gets a 4.5. Half a cup was deducted just because of the pretty blah nature of the drink. For what it is, it’s delicious. A berry milkshake, essentially and I can’t really say anything too bad about it. It tasted good, it was cold, what more can I ask for?

Hometown Cravings; Iron Bank’s Soggiest Jogger

City; Columbus, GA
Stop; Iron Bank
Drink; Soggy Jogger

 

Hey guys, look at me being on time and such! In the midst of starting a side-site, doing makeup challenges and job hunting! Go me! For today’s post,  I tried something new for a change from Iron Bank, the Soggy Jogger. This particular one is in a similar vein to the Be Mine latte that I so love. It’s vanilla, hazelnut and cinnamon. Which makes it a little bit of a gamble for me.

It does taste quite similar to the Be Mine without the chocolate notes. The Hazelnut, which historically I have hated, is but a whisper underneath the dominant flavor of cinnamon. The overall taste of this coffee is smooth, and a little spiced. I didn’t pick up any vanilla flavor while sipping my way through it. Which, in retrospect bummed me out a little. 

There is pretty much absolutely no espresso flavor to this one, much like the Be Mine, so it’s another one I feel safe recommending to someone who doesn’t like coffee. I do want to warn you that it is quite sweet. So, if you like the more bitter side of life and coffee, you may not like this. But then again, is that a surprise? I like sweet things, this is a thing we all know by this point. 

If you don’t like cinnamon, I would also say to pass on this one. Because it is the main flavor that is on the surface with this one. It overpowers the vanilla. It overpowers the hazelnut (thankfully). The drink is fairly creamy though and really mingles with the cinnamon flavor that is fighting the good fight.

If you find your way to Columbus, I do heartily recommend a trip to Iron Bank Cofee on the corner of 12th and Broad for one of their delicious specialty lattes. In their first post, I did post a picture of the menu for you to peruse and tempt you to my neck of the woods.

Taste /5

Despite not being the Be Mine latte, I did quite enjoy this. I liked how the cream mingled and relaxed the cinnamon flavor, and masked any hint of hazelnut aside from the faintest whisper. Not quite something I would replace my Be Mine with, but still rather delicious.

 

 

 

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Five Fashionable Years With The Posh Peach

Hey there guys! Over the weekend, the Posh Peach, my favorite local store here in Columbus, celebrated their Fifth anniversary here in town! I, of course, had to attend! They had the event beginning once they opened. They were going to hand out goodie bags to the first 25 to walk in. You know I was going to be among the first 25. Not only did I get a goodie bag, but I made friends!

I got there at 8:30, an hour and a half from opening, and there were already 7 people outside. They had been there since 4:30 at the earliest. Talk about dedication! I was almost going to show up at 9:30, and I’m glad I didn’t stick to my original plan because by 9:30, there were more than 25 people out there. They weren’t playing with that free stuff.

Now, I was planning to get some What’s New content today, but when I tell you those lines were loooong, they were long. The best I was able to do was snag my goodie bag, exchange contact info and snap some photos of some of the new things I saw. First off, I’m going to be narcissisitic for a moment and show the picture I had taken of me in front of the Fiesta themed backdrop, because it was the first thing I went to. Last year, I was too insecure to get my picture taken and I’m kind of thrilled that I was able to actually do it this year. 

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Now, moving on from that segue, my goodie bag, at first was completely useless to me. I had a scrunchie and some of those no tear hair ties, that look like those stretchy bracelets that used to go on keyrings, plus a 5 dollar Posh Peach gift card and evidently a pair of earrings, that I didn’t see at first. I traded both of the useless items for earrings and a bracelet from my newfound friends. Much better!

     There was also the customary snacks, cookies and macarons. The cookies, I found honestly lackluster this year. They weren’t very sweet, like a cookie is supposed to be. But that’s absolutely no reflection on the Posh Peach, because I love them. I will say that the cookies were so cute. It’s a shame they didn’s taste as good as they looked.

There was also the cutest little mini pinata on the table. 

    Now I can’t really say too much about the new releases at the Posh Peach. Y’know, since I wasn’t able to do my What’s New content. So, I’ll leave a little gallery below!

Five Fashionable Years With The Posh Peach was originally published on Java and Jeans

Tutorial Tuesday; Pride Inspired the B in LGBTQ

Hey, guys! you’re witnessing the birth of a new (possible) day of content! That I conveniently posted on the wrong day…  I want to get myself more comfortable with doing tutorials and makeup related things, since I’ve been getting evidently really, really into it. I’ve been coming up with looks left and right and this is one of my favorites. At the time of writing, I’ve worn this one 3 times this week when ordinarily I do whole new looks for my ‘me’ looks that don’t tie in with challenges. I almost never revisit looks. So, that’s a miracle and calls for a tutorial.

This one very well may be basic, I did just learn that I can literally use my face as a pallet and mix shadow colors on my face. I don’t know how I forgot color theory, but I did. It was a game changer! I was dipping in to every color, where now I need every other color. I feel so bad that I had no idea!

For this tutorial, I used the James Charles x Morphe Pallette, Mac Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, Too Faced 3 in 1 spray, Eyelure Accents, and BH Cosmetic Brushes. 

Onward to the Tutorial!

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In that last picture please excuse my weird blotchy cheek! I was playing with yellow blush for my Pikachu look for my Starter Pokemon Challenge… Guess I didn’t wash it off. It’s okay, though! I don’t think it’s too noticable, but just enough to apologize for.

I know to people who do makeup all the time, this look is so, so basic, but I was really proud of it and I hope you like it too. This might be an ongoing thing, or maybe just when I’m proud- who knows? I wanted to have fun, and share it with you! Also, go check out Skokey Glow on youtube, she was the inspiration for this naming!

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Hometown Cravings; Forray into the Secret Menu with an Affogato

   Hey there, guys! For today’s post I tried something new and a little more expensive than I was planning! My fiance has been trying to get me to try Affogato, but being so hopelessly hooked on a macchiato, I have yet to do it. What better place to ease myself in and dip my toes into that area than America’s sweetheart, Starbucks. I’m using this drink from the secret menu, if anyone wants to have their own experience with this drink! 

I suddenly remembered that I’ve been advised to try Affogato style coffee, while I was sitting and leisurely sipping my Macchiato, and watching guilty pleasure videos. I figured, “why not” and got up to order it. “Why not” is because it’s a whopping 7 dollars for a grande, but me loving you guys just so much, I decided again, “Why not?” and swiped my card. 

I’m going to give you a play by play. First sip, I hated it. When I say I hated it, it made me gag. What happens if I stir it? Which I’ve gathered isn’t what real coffee drinkers do, but I’m me and not them, so I’m going to stir it. I stirred it and moved the straw about midway up to get it away from the pure, unadulterated death at the bottom of the cup, which by this time has had time to settle while writing this. Why do people do this to themselves?

I’m hunting for the vanilla flavor that should be there and just getting sip, after cautious sip of pure espresso, which as it turns out, I don’t care for in it’s pure form. After stirring, it became a bit more pallatable. I wonder how this would be with legit ice cream, rather than whip? 

Day five, I’m finally adjusting to the flavor and I feel like I’m moving fast… I’m sitting still. Maybe it’s because I’ve downed 2 shots of almost pure espresso and I’m finally left with mostly vanilla frappe and java chips. I really can’t say in good conscience that I will try this near-death experience again, just because it’s not really up my alley. I may try an authentic one, if I get a chance, but this has not been a pleasant experience for yours truly.

Honestly, once the espresso died down a little, I found myself enjoying it. It’s probably because I had gotten rid of the parts I didn’t like and was left with what I do. I don’t  know if that’s the drink’s credit, or mine. 

If you’re brave, and relatively uninitiated, like me, give it a go and let me know what you think down below!

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Hometown Cravings; Forray into the Secret Menu with an Affogato was originally published on Java and Jeans

What’s New; Let’s Go Down to the Thicket

Hey guys! This last weekend didn’t go quite as I had planned, but it’s okay, because I still got some content for you! I had planned to attend an opening a couple hours away, but due to the continuing joblessness, we opted to stay close to home. I gathered a little content over the weekend, first up is the Lizard Thicket, where they graciously hosted me and allowed me to try on some of the newest ensembles in their inventory.

    Price-wise, they were definitely out of my meager budget, at around $40 an item, which is why I frequent the clearance racks. But I wanted to show you the new and not just the new clearance.

         I’ll start off with my favorite thing on my excursion. I loved this flare legged jumpsuit, literally so much. The moment I saw it on the rack I knew I had to try it on and I feared that it wouldn’t fit. My fears were a reality, because the zipper wouldn’t go all the way up. Truthfully, I needed a size up, but I don’t think Lizard Thicket caries that size much to my dismay. It does not matter because it’s still so cute. I can see it with gold accessories and a straw bag that was all the rage last summer… that I actually have one of… somewhere. For shoes, I’m feeling some accent wedges, with gold and maybe some faux gems. Just to lean into the classy, summery vibes.

 

Next up is the first one I tried on. This was on one of the mannequins as a full outfit and I was curious. Honestly, I don’t think the shorts flatter me even though they’re so cute on other people. I kind of like this with the cardigan, but I’m not sure. That’s no reflection on the beautiful people over at the Lizard Thicket but rather a matter of personal taste. This has to go with a long necklace with some sort of pendant. Maybe a bow or a compass, which is quite a jump. For shoes, white flats, for sure. Or… you guessed it, white converse.

Summer time Sadness

     This was one I was so excited for because it looked so summery on the rack. I’m talking romantic summery with the ruffled, off-shoulder neckline and the subtle striping. I felt like something out of Pride and Prejudice wearing this. Until I looked in the mirror. I think it would have been great if I could have found my size, but this was the only one they had. And in my defense, this size usually works. It’s still cute, don’t get me wrong. But much too big. I would accessorize this with loads of white and frilly ribbons. A ribbon choker, some white sandals with ribbons, not quite gladiator sandals. A wide-brimmed straw hat and maybe some cherry blossom earrings, or some other pastel flower would be perfect.

I'm a cool mom

This one made me laugh so hard when I got home. I call this outfit “I’m not like other moms”. Literally no shade, I love it. That’s just the energy I get from it. I would pair this one with black and gold. Gold jewelry to complement the purple and black because… well, it goes with everything. I’m thinking booties and a long black suede necklace.  

I had to get out of there after the jumper broke my heart, but I do feel like I found some of that new-new for you guys! I can’t wait to join the gainfully employed once again so I can support this wonderful business. If you have one in your area, definitely check it out and let me know what you find!

What’s New; Let’s Go Down to the Thicket was originally published on Java and Jeans

Hometown Cravings; Sweet Redemption with Midtown Coffeehouse

City; Columbus
Stop; Midtown
Redeemed Latte- Half and Half, double shot espresso and vanilla.

Hey there, guys! I hope everyone is doing great this Thursday! I visited an old favorite today and tried something new! I almost got a different drink, with Cayenne but I chickened out last minute and changed it to the glorious drink of redemption you see before you up above! This particular drink is the Redeemed Latte from Midtown Coffeehouse! It’s breve Half and half, vanilla and a double shot of espresso.

When I was reading the ingredients, I was honestly a little iffy, but eventually took the plunge and gave it a go for the vanilla. It’s delicious. I’ve been trying Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee and this is reminiscent of it. Since I’ve been learning about different coffee environments, the nuttiness being milder than that of the JBM coffee makes me wonder what sort of environment their Rawanda coffee beans are grown in. I actually am trying to not talk about this job I’m trying to get, because I don’t want to jinx it. On the one hand, speak it into existence. On the other, if I tell too many people, I’ll get jinxed. It’s not even a big job, or a pretigious job. But, I want it. I want it bad. 

This one may be another for people who don’t like coffee, but really like a nutty undertone. The further in the cup you dive, the more the nuttiness sinks into the background and the vanilla steps to the forefront. 

Taste; /5

This one somehow falls just short of a 5 for me, and I really can’t verbalize why. There’s something about it that just makes me falter. It’s quite good, however, if not completely my speed I know a lot of you that might enjoy this one!

Hometown Cravings; Sweet Redemption with Midtown Coffeehouse was originally published on Java and Jeans

Unboxing; Possibly the Most Useless Allure Box May 2019

Hey guys! First off, Happy Veterans day and thanks to all of you who may be Veterans, for your service! Formalities aside, can I get right to the complaining? I got what is very possibly my last Allure box for a while and they ended it on such a regrettable note. Now, I want to say that this is bad for me personally and may not be all around a bad box.

     The first thing in this box was St. Tropez Self-tanner, complete with the glove to slather it on with. Guys. I have only tanned a handful of times, and I hated it. I hate tan lines and I hate how it looks on me. I’m pale. I have always been pale and the likelihood is that I will always be pale. I have no desire to tan, ever. So, this is a waste of a perfectly good potential product. I have no need of this. When in the world will I use it?

    The next thing I noticed was a Lue` Erase brightening powder. I’m more interested in this, because I like to make sure my skin stays baby fresh looking. I was initially confused upon looking at it, but thankfully it does come with directions. This doesn’t really excite me, to be honest. But it’s a definite step in the right direction.

     This next thing, I was a little excited for. It was a tiny tube of  Leniege Water Bank moisturizer. I don’t know too much about the brand, except that I’m pretty sure it’s fairly ritzy. I tested it and fully expected it to be overly hyrdrating and leave me feeling greasy to the touch, but luckily that wasn’t the case. I’m happy to have gotten this in my Allure box because it’s not something I would have gotten on my own.

    There were a couple of NS Anti-Frizz Sheets kind of tossed into the box, and while I’m not mad at it, I think it’s a little useless for me right now. I haven’t been dealing with frizz as of late. While I hope I’m not jinxing myself, I’ll be holding on to these for the future if I let my hair grow out again. I may give my opinion on these in the future, or I might forget.

    I saved this last thing so we can end out on a high-note. Laritzy gloss in Vibe. This color definitely vibes with me. Allure, how did you find my perfect nude when I haven’t? This color literally blends so well with my lip color and is gorgeous! I will say that it’s the tiniest bit sticky, but not so much as to be distracting or uncomfortable. I’ve tried a few Laritzy lip products before so I was happy to get another on in my Allure box.

    If you guys got the May Allure Box, what did you get? How do you feel about it? If you really want to, I do want to remind you that guest posts are open, so feel free to send a brief review to submissions@javaandjeans.com with a photo of your variant! Be sure to include a link to your site or any other page that might be relevant, like your social media! 

Unboxing; Possibly the Most Useless Allure Box May 2019 was originally published on Java and Jeans