Saturday, September 20, 2014

Local Love · 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. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Local Love · 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!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend Rundown

While half of my weekend was spent working at Target, the other was spent doing things that I actually like doing. Ha, I'm kidding (kinda). Friday is somewhat of a blur. I would have been heading to Orlando for Jennifer's bachelorette party if it hadn't been for getting sick again and having car trouble. I had tons of housework to catch up on throughout the day, but I was able to sneak away for a couple of hours to hang out with Lauren. Shopping, lunch at Evos and pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. After I got home, I went out and did a little more shopping with my mama. I scored a few new blouses plus an awesome gray utility jacket that I couldn't pass up.

I was only scheduled to work Saturday evening, which left most of my morning/afternoon free. So whenever Lauren shot me a text to tell me she was lounging by the pool with the kids, I jumped on the opportunity to soak up some sun as well. She was even nice enough to make lunch for me and whipped up one stellar cappuccino (with the help of her dad's Nespresso machine) too. Work wasn't too shabby either. It was really busy and I had to close, but I don't think people have gotten the memo that we are open until 11:00 on Saturdays now. Once 10:00 rolled around, it was like a ghost town up in there. Not that I'm complaining because it allowed me extra time to make sure my areas were nice and neat. I was still ready for a glass of wine whenever I got home.

I wasn't scheduled to work on Sunday, but I was asked to come in and help close that night too. I didn't mind since I knew I'd have the majority of the day to relax and spend time with my family, which I did. I slept in, stayed in my pajamas most of the morning and went out to eat at Smokey Bones for lunch. When I went to leave for work, our car wouldn't start (hello, dead battery). Thankfully, I was able to borrow my mom's car. Those 4 hours were a breeze. It was even slower than the night before, which made for a very peaceful shift.

It turned out to be a pretty good weekend. What were you guys up to?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Quotes That've Helped Our Marriage

I love a good quote just as much as the next gal. I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't draw inspiration from the words of others. With that being said, I wanted to share a handful of the quotes that I've found to be very helpful in our marriage. It's amazing how much truth (and wisdom) a single sentence can pack! These quotes have made me think and I've even found myself referring back to them time and time again over the years. I hope you'll draw the same amount of inspiration from these.

"The greatest marriages are built on teamwork. A mutual respect, a healthy dose of
admiration, and a never-ending portion of love and grace."
Fawn Weaver

"The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest."
 — Unknown

"A long-lasting marriage is built by two people who believe in -and live by- the solemn promise they made."
Darlene Schacht

"Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who
know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together."
Barbara Cage

"A successful marriage isn’t the union of two perfect people. It’s that of two imperfect people
who have learned the value of forgiveness and grace."
Darlene Schacht

"You don’t love someone because they’re perfect. You love them in spite of the fact they’re not."
Jodi Picoult

"Marriage is a commitment- a decision to do, all through life, that which will express your love for one’s spouse."
Herman H. Kieval

"Don't aim for a perfect marriage. Instead, aim to have one that models God's love in the midst of imperfection."

Are there any others that you could add to this list? I'd love for you to share!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Recent Finds No. 12

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1. Sequin phrase sweatshirt diy project.

2. Pretty 'love the body you're in' art print.

3. Yummy pumpkin spice latte cupcakes.

4. Caramelized coconut pumpkin fries.

5. Very nice office / workspace set-up.

6. Gorgeous knee high suede boots.