About Lo

I'm 20. I'm ambitious, and I am completely in love with fashion. I love beautiful words and words written beautifully (whether in literature or in their style of typography). I crave great food, great wine, and great coffee. I want to see the world, and I sing a lot. But that's just the beginning

For the Coffee Enthusiast | Holiday Gift Guide

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If you know me, then you know that one thing I’m completely unapologetic about is being a coffee…snob. That’s right, I said it. With a history of working next to talented baristas, experience in espresso training and a hell of a lot of tastings and cuppings to boot I know what I like my coffee to taste like and love to educate people on why it tastes that way.

I have a few friends who are adamant that coffee is “solely for caffeine.” While that is partially true (I mean it does have caffeine), coffee is so much more than that; it’s chemistry, it’s agriculture, it’s a combination of factors that come together to form this perfect combination of… I’ll stop.

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Regardless of how you drink your coffee, I’m willing to bet you have a coffee-loving friend who you are idealess on what to get for a gift this holiday season. BOY DO I HAVE A TREAT FOR YOU. I present to you… my the coffee lover’s holiday wishlist:

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Hario V60 kettle – Perfect for pour overs and making people feel like their coffee is going to be served with tasting notes of nuts, cocoa and pretentious eye brow raises.

• Falcon Enamelwear mug – Enamelwear for the city dweller who likes to trick people into thinking they spend a lot of time outdoors. (“Yeah I love to take this mug with me when I go camping…”)

• Joco travel mug – Eco friendly and clear so your coworkers know exactly how serious you are about brewing your coffee at home before coming to work. Why use that Keurig in the breakroom? That’s for coffee peasants.

• Hario v60 – I don’t have any jokes to make about this because I want one so badly. A V60 is a way to brew a single, clean tasting cup of coffee. Highly recommend. (Pro tip: To look like a real sucker, put one arm behind your back and use with the kettle from above).

• Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder – One of the best at home coffee grinders on the market; great for a variety of brew methods and for making your friends feel insecure about their at home coffee routines.

Mistobox – A coffee subscription is an awesome way to try different beans from different roasters and different regions of the world. Mistobox was my favorite one that I saw out there; they customize your monthly box specifically for you based on your preferences. Perfect for those friends that love to Instagram their coffee pouring action shots or well composed shots of them holding things. (RLTC pick!)

Acaia Coffee scale – The most unneccessary, neccessary coffee item you never knew you needed. The scale connects to your iphone/android via app and gives you all the info you could ever need. (I’m in lust.) Why would your friend need a coffee scale? Learn more here

**Coffee lovers do not include: people who brew dunkin donuts coffee in a coffee maker daily OR people who seem like coffee lovers because they have an “espresso yourself” print in their kitchen.

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Some Like it Hot | Saturday Morning

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The weather in Seattle this weekend is forecasted to be rainy with an 85% chance of everyone forgetting what being warm feels like. That being said, I have been craving hot drinks: eggnog (a festive favorite), pour-overs (sue me), mulled wine (for those of us who like to get warm in more ways than one) and, of course, hot chocolate.

Here’s some hot chocolate recipes that I’m dying to try this season:

  • This Lavender hot chocolate
  • Eggnog hot chocolate found here
  • And perhaps one of these two mint hot chocolates; they both looked too good for me to choose just one.

Am I forgetting anything? What are you craving?

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photo credit for title image here

Happy Thanksgiving from RLTC

thanksgivingIt’s here. My favorite holiday is tomorrow; the day we celebrate the things that create our happiness; the one instance out of the year when competitive eating feels much closer to arms reach than it ever does. THANKSGIVING.

Thanks to my cross-country move, this is my first time not celebrating with my family. Although I am a little heart broken, I’m so grateful to be able to spend it with one of my most favorite people on the earth + their family.

Seattle has been great to me–and for that I am overwhelmingly thankful. Stay tuned for more of my thoughts on this marvelous day…

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If you’re reading this THANK YOU SO MUCH for this year of clicking on my weird blog/just looking at this post in itself. This site is a place for me to create and hopefully give people a little ray of sunshine as often as possible.

Have the GREATEST thanksgiving.

 

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(turkey photo by Williams-Sonoma)

Lift List | Monday Playlist (and BEY)

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Being a gym rat is tough. I joined last week so, you can imagine how impactful my 3 visits since then have been. Maybe gym rat isn’t the right word…not even close. But hey, fake it ’til you make it. Right guys? Right?

That being said, this week’s playlist is a gym playlist. It’s a change from what I normally lean towards, but trust me when I say that it will give you a little extra umph during that last rep of squats. Pro tip: if you’re using a barbell that’s under 50 pounds try to keep composure (because I use a 30 pound weight and often look like I’m trying to lift the hand of God).

There is only one song I wanted to add to this but couldnt and I think we all already know what that is: Beyonce’s new jam 7/11. There’s some mixed feelings buzzing around about the new song/the video but my feelings are as follows:

Bey can have fun if Bey wants to. Her video was obvi her + her crew playin’ in a hotel room. No need to get butthurt about Bey releasing a personal video that was just a fun way to put out her song–not to win awards. Let’s be real–who does the queen need to impress after all of those TOP NOTCH videos on the visual album. If anything, this video makes her further one of my favorite people on this planet. Look at her not giving a single care about what you think about her. ALSO LOOK AT THAT BOOOOTY. Don’t make me throw MY HANDS UP. (Video below)

 

 

Here’s your Monday Lift List! Enjoy
 
 

 
 
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Style | Mood Board of the Moment

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There have been a few key elements that have been super definitive of my fall style this season:
  • Texture (Does it look like it feels cool? Fuzzy is the new black)
  • Proportion (Unexpected shapes makes outfits interesting)
  • Athluxe (A word I learned in fashion school that means making gym clothes chic)
  • Turtlenecks (10 y.o. me would be mortified)
    Neutrals (Sometimes when I’m feeling crazy I wear taupe)
As we transition into the most frigid part of the year my layering holds promise of being even MORE unflattering than the 3 jacket minimum I’ve already started to employ.
Please standby.
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