The Evolution of Halloween from Childhood to Adulthood

Halloween is quite literally my favorite holiday of the year.  Are you surprised?  Probably not.  What’s not to like?  First of all, candy.  It is a fun holiday that you celebrate with your friends without having to buy presents.  You get to pretend to be something you are not.  You spend hours scraping the gunk out of a gourd and then carve things into it.  And let’s face it… Halloween movies are the best movies.

Your Halloween celebration preferences change drastically over the course of the first 30 years of your life.  When you are a kid, it’s all about the candy.  You go around to people’s houses and expect them to hand you tasty treats.  I was fortunate enough to grow up on a street with a TON of kids, so we never had to go far at all to have a fun trick-or-treating experience.  You also couldn’t care less what costume your parents slapped on your since you had a McDonald’s candy bucket and knew how to say “trick-or-treat”.

Collected many a Tootsie Roll in these bad boys

By the time you are a teenager, you start to care a little more about the costume and secretly still care the same amount about the trick-or-treating.  My favorite costume I ever went trick-or-treating in had to be the Anna Nicole Smith costume I wore my sophomore year of high school.  I would give anything to have a photo of this lying around somewhere.  It involved a wig, halter top, balloons, and an annoying voice.  This was during the height of the Anna Nicole Show. I maintain that this was one of the best shows to ever grace my television screen. I went trick-or-treating my senior year of high school.  I got a lot of flack from the people who had been handing me candy for the previous 10 years.

In college, you begin wearing inappropriate versions of what would ordinarily be considered traditional costumes.  Leg Avenue adds a certain level of “my parents can’t see this” to normal Halloween costumes.  Throughout my time in college, I went as the Queen of Hearts, a Lion, a Pirate, and a Bumble Bee.  I think I went as Snooki at some point too.  I plan on wearing none of these costumes at any point in my life moving forward.

After the age of about 25, having a costume you feel pretty in starts to matter less to you.  The excitement of eating/receiving candy remains constant throughout your life, but you really are too old to go trick-or-treating now.  Unless your friends have kids, in which case you can probably just tag along.  Last year, my boyfriend and I went as Zack & Kelly.  The sad thing is that we realized we are now getting too old for the bars and a lot of the patrons did not know who we were/what Saved By the Bell was.  However, I did have a ton of fun with the costume and I happen to think my boyfriend looks adorable in this silly wig.


Zack + Kelly = 4ever


Sadly, I already owned that giant cell phone

Tonight we met up with our friends at the Halloween Yappy Hour at Whole Foods. Olive shined in her bumble bee costume, figuratively and literally. We walked there from my apartment, so her costume was also a great reflector in the dark.


I think we have a winner for her new winter coat 🙂


Sittin’ around being witchy and casting spells

After we all tired of the brews, boos, and barks, my boyfriend and I ventured to the costume store to purchase our costumes for the weekend. It is evident that today is the Black Friday of Halloween. It was like the Hunger Games in Party City, y’all. I am still not certain how we will make these costumes work this weekend, so I will be sure to report how it turns out in a future post.

Everyone have a fun and safe Halloween! Thanks for stopping by! See y’all next time…


Confessions of a Basic Girl


Basically, just me doing basic things

While tailgating with my girlfriends this past weekend, we were discussing the concept of being “basic”.  I’ve seen a lot of things floating around the internet making fun of “basic” girls and the “basic” things they do.

I’m pretty sure I am one of those girls.  Is being basic such a bad thing?

I do pretty basic things.  First of all, I have a Chihuahua and she is my child.  She has an assortment of different shirts, sweaters, and costumes. She sleeps in the bed with me and has her own blanket. She has embarrassing nicknames. I probably have a million photos of her in my phone. My boyfriend and I speak to her in baby talk. Her crate remains buckled into the back seat of my car like a car seat and she often goes to visit her grandparents. I become chopped liver when she doesn’t come with me.


On Wednesdays, we wear pink/mom’s nightgown

I enjoy fall and look forward to the first day Pumpkin Spice Lattes are available.  Last year I called a Starbucks at 7am on a hot September day to see if they were selling them yet.  I dream about leaves falling and being able to wear boots and scarves on a day that actually falls within the Autumn season (no thanks to Texas).  I want to jump in these leaves with my boots and my Chihuahua all while downing a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

I made an October calendar filled with Halloween/spooky things for my boyfriend and I to do every day this month.  It is filled with horrible Sharpie artwork and one may assume that I asked a toddler to illustrate it.  It is almost the end of the month and we have done approximately 3 of these things.  But I still have it.  And it is cute.  And yes, it’s from a Fall Bucket List I pinned on Pinterest.

I like Pinterest.  I pin oodles of DIY projects I would never actually do because they require a lot of time and sometime tools.  I’m not so good with things that require me to have any creativity or a handy bone anywhere in my body.  I pin Crock Pot recipes, cute fall outfits, and different ways to layer my bed.

I make my boyfriend watch The Real Housewives with me (bless his heart, he is the best).  I binge watched Orange is the New Black the weekend it came out and yes, I use the OITNB acronym.  Girls is probably my favorite show and I re-watch every season before the new one comes out each year.  I read tabloids while getting my hair done.  I skim Southern Living while waiting in doctor’s offices. The only book I’ve started and finished recently is “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends” by the girl who won Ben’s season of the Bachelor. It’s a tell-all and it’s compelling.

I still have Ugg boots and sometimes wear them with leggings and oversized sweaters.  I wear scarves with short sleeve shirts because it is still too dang hot out. I Snapchat ugly faces to my girlfriends. I love college football and do themed Gameday makeup.  I wish my entire life was a Pottery Barn catalogue.  OK?

My point is that everyone has some basic tendencies.  I maintain that being basic is not a bad thing at all.  If you are a basic girl then own it! Besides, Starbucks would be nothing without us.  Thanks for stopping by!  See y’all next time…


Secrets of Becoming An At-Home Barista

The name of this blog encompasses my two favorite things, Lollie (my pup) and lattes (my vice).  During grad school, I worked as a Barista at the Café in the Barnes & Noble on my college campus.  I spent my days balancing sleep, group projects, and my super awesome job. I typically worked the morning shift which was comprised of our regular professors and a zombie parade of sleepy students.  My favorite thing to do was make the drinks.

I want to share some facts about Starbucks drinks that people may not know:

  • A hot Grande drink has the same number of espresso shots as a Venti.  No, bigger does not mean more caffeine.
  • You can ask for a specific number of pumps if you would like to customize your drink.  Flavored drinks have the following syrup amounts:
    • Tall = 3 pumps
    • Grande = 4 pumps
    • Venti = 5 pumps
  • Ways to lighten up your drink if you are looking to save calories:
    • Get fat free milk
    • Ask for fewer pumps of syrup/sauce
    • Get a smaller size drink and add an extra shot or two (for the coffee taste-loving, adventurous types)
    • Nix the whipped cream
      • If you lift the lid on a hot drink about 2 minutes after you get it, that perfectly fluffy, delicious mountain of delightful whipped cream that once resided on top of your drink will be gone.  It just melts and disappears right into your drink.
    • For Frappuccinos, ask them to use 2% or fat free milk.  This is the only type of drink that uses whole milk unless you specify otherwise.

If you’re not looking to save the cals, then don’t worry about it.  The full fat, full sugar Pumpkin Spice Lattes are delicious, you know.

As we all know, a Starbucks addiction is EXPENSIVE.  I faced this difficult reality once I was not working at the Café anymore.  I was used to either getting a discount or just drinking the mistake drinks where the orders had been lost in translation. My bank account decided it could no longer take the madness and I had to take matters into my own hands.  I now make mine at home.  With the exception of some Friday mornings.  And Saturdays.  And sometimes Sunday too.

My friends are probably completely weirded out that they can come over and casually say, “a Pumpkin Spice Latte sounds so good right now!” and I whip one right up.  You TOO can be this weird!  I received a CBTL (made by The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf) machine for my birthday about 2 1/2 years ago and have never looked back.


$149 on the Coffee Bean Website

I also received this milk frother because the other key ingredient to lattes is milk, of course!


$59 on the Coffee Bean Website

You can also purchase the machine and milk frother at Bed Bath & Beyond. I believe they are the same prices as the Coffee Bean website, but you can use your 20% off coupons on them!

Once you have your tools, you will need the essence of your latte experience: espresso pods.  CBTL machines can only use their own pods.  One might say, “why would I ever do that when I can purchase Keurig pods everywhere?!”  The answer: Keurigs cannot make espresso.  And no, combining a K-cup of coffee with a K-cup of Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa in your office Keurig machine does not count as a Mocha.

If you have a local Coffee Bean store, then purchase the pods there (they’re $6/box).  You can also purchase them online and of course, Bed Bath & Beyond (quick, take inventory of your coupons).

If you like a little bit of flavor and flair in your lattes, you can make them taste just like Starbucks or Coffee Bean!  You may not know that you can walk right into a Starbucks and ask for a bottle of syrup.  Unfortunately, they will not sell you any of their sauces (White Mocha, Pumpkin Spice, etc.).  Sometimes a nice Starbucks will give you pumps.  If not, you can buy them online.  Coffee Bean uses mostly powders and they sell those as well.  If you MUST have White Mocha or Pumpkin Spice, Torani makes sauces you can purchase online.

So.  Now you’ve spent all of your paycheck on all of these things and now you’re ready to make a latte!

  1. Froth that milk
  2. Pump some syrup into your mug of choice
  3. Drop that pod into the machine
  4. Press that button
  5. Watch that beautiful espresso fill up your cup like it came out of a $90k Starbucks machine
  6. Pour that foamy milk on top

And Voila!  You’re now an official Barista!  I promise that an investment in these things will save you a ton of money in the long run.  Happy latte making!