Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Loving Lately

We are already three months into 2017... It feels like I was just ringing in the new year in Nashville!! Thankfully, spring and summer are just around the corner. I am a whole new person once the weather warms up. It's like I come out of hibernation or something. January, February, and March were jam-packed months. I thought it would be fun to compile a list of my "favorites". More as a way for me to keep up with my year on the reg. My interests and "favorites" basically change constantly, so it would be nice to keep track of the year as sort of a diary... to eventually look back on and see what was 'in' at the time. Most of the photos are quick snapchats or Instagram stories. Follow me on Snapchat: @tayloraanthony and on Instagram: @collegecaffeinated. Just keeping it real here at College, Caffeinated.

My favorite...

Weekend: The Painted Pin // I spent the past three months at an internship in Atlanta (read all about it here!) It was such a great experience, but it got a little lonely being away from all of my college friends. One weekend a few of my friends and I went to this ultra-chic 21+ bowling alley. I'm talking leather chesterfield couches, velvet drapes, topiaries, and a mouth-watering menu. I'm not a very good bowler, but I am taking a bowling class at my school next semester, so who knows? Maybe it's going to be my new 'thing'. I'll post more about it later, but I would highly recommend checking out their locations if you are looking for something fun to do with friends!

Shows: 90210 and Bewitched // With a lot of down time, I was tired of watching re-runs of The Office, Gossip Girl, and Revenge. My hands-down favorite shows. (All on Netflix, I might add). I started 90210, and I. am. hooked. The style is nostalgic of early/mid-2000's, but the soundtrack is bumpin' and the plot line is filled to the brim with drama! Also, per Summer Wind's request, I thought I would try watching Bewitched. What a classic! Samantha's style on this show is impeccable and as classy as it gets. While a little cheesy, it is surprisingly funny for being an old sitcom. The episodes are short and I usually watch it at night while making dinner or writing a blog post!

Milestone: The end of my internship // We get it. I did an internship!! Ha! I have mentioned it before, but it was definitely a milestone for me. Being a PR major, an internship is a must. Not only as a resume builder, but also for experience/connections. It was something that was stressing me out for years! It was hard and exhausting (and at times I would wonder what I got myself into!), but so rewarding. Here's to moving on and looking ahead to the future!

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Pasta // Getting a taste (ha) of the real world by living in my own apartment for the semester. No more college cafeteria food. I usually have pretty simple meals, chicken or salmon with sauteed veggies, usually squash and zucchini. I have been trying to cut out carbs, because I tend to eat a lot of bread and pasta. Fashionably late to the party, but I tried out spaghetti squash. Total game changer. Recipe: Cook spaghetti squash, saute jalapeno sausage (from Publix), chopped zucchini, and chopped garlic all in a saucepan, then add your favorite pasta sauce and that's it! Extremely simple, and delicious.

Restaurant: O-ku // Sushi is one of my favorite foods. I enjoy trying new rolls. I usually don't like change or trying new things. I am definitely a creature of habit, but sushi is the one thing that I will branch out with. O-ku is a sushi restaurant in West Midtown Atlanta. I got the Spicy Tuna Crunch Roll and the Z Roll.

Coffee Shop: Corso Coffee // My favorite Atlanta coffee shop located in Buckhead. I talk about it all the time on the blog i.e here and here. It's one of the few coffee shops that are authentic rather than "Starbucks-y". Not that there is anything wrong with Starbucks, I'm a big fan. Corso just has an atmosphere that makes me feel like I'm sitting at a cafe in Italy or France. Most weekend mornings were spent with an iced coffee, chocolate croissant, and a yogurt parfait working on my laptop! 

Find: MI Ivy League Candle //  I have a new found love for candles. I honestly believe it's one of the simple pleasures in life. Right when I get home, I burn two or three candles. It's so relaxing. Voluspa Suede Blanc is my favorite scent, but it's a little on the pricey side for a candle that I burn regularly. I was at TJ Maxx and was looking for a few inexpensive candles to fill my apartment with and found the Manly Indulgence candles. They smell so so good and are only.. wait for it... $7.99. Talk about a steal! Suit & Tie smells extremely similar to Suede Blanc, but my favorite is Ivy League. These were in collaboration with Neiman Marcus a while ago and have since been discontinued. So, if you are at TJ Maxx or Marshalls and see one, stock up while you can! Hidden treasure, for sure.

Splurge: Vineyard Vines Cable Knit Sweater // I have always wanted a camel cable knit sweater. I got this one from Vineyard Vines and absolutely love it. Ideally, I had my eye on this RL one, and I will still probably get it, but I am loving this one for now. It's a little thinner than I would like, but I think it would be adorable paired with chino shorts or a skirt and sandals in the summer months!

Thing I Want: GH Bass Loafers // I am sorely lacking in the shoe department. I only have about 4 pairs that I wear regularly. That's it! Especially loafers. I invest in good quality, and wear it until it falls apart. My dad always said that if you take care of something it will last forever, and I totally agree. My loafers on the other hand, are the exception. I bought a pair of two-tone brown leather drivers from G.H. Bass in high school. They are the best purchase I have ever made, hands down, and have lasted me over 6 years. I wear them all. the. time. Unfortunately, they are no longer available.  These are the most similar ones here. It is time for me to invest in a new pair, and I am having the hardest time choosing. I am between these, these, and these.

Activity: Topgolf // Being a golfer myself, I was intrigued when I heard about Topgolf. If you are unfamiliar with it, it is essentially a driving range, where the balls have microchips to track accuracy and distance, making it an interactive game. It's ideal for groups, where you can golf, eat, and drink. Think bowling, but with a driving range. I have one near me, so I frequent often.

Drink: Arnold Palmer // It was recently Masters week, so basically everything was on hold until Sunday! Haha But really. An Arnold Palmer is the only acceptable drink this time of year. The drink is made with 1/2 iced tea and 1/2 lemonade and named after the professional golfer, Arnold Palmer. I prefer to take it 3/4 iced tea and 1/3 lemonade. You can't beat homemade, but Trader Joe's makes an excellent bottled version, and I usually keep a few bottles around just in case! It's such a good non-alcoholic summertime drink.

What are you loving lately??