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Comparison Really is the Thief of All Joy




Awhile back I wrote a couple of blog posts about having anxiety and how I deal with it. Well, I wrote those posts, promised to be more vulnerable on the blog then didn't really give that promise much more thought.

I think back to a time this summer where I felt super empty, none of my internship prospects were working out while it seemed like all of my friends were living their absolute best lives. I felt like I was drowning in online classes that I absolutely hated and I just felt like I wasn't good enough. Essentially I was falling prey to comparison and it sucked.

But as I look back at that summer, with a plate that is quite nearly spilling over and a life that fulls so full I'm eternally grateful to that summer. That sounds crazy, right? Well, let me explain. I'm thankful for a summer that forced me to get to know myself in a way that I never would've. I'm thankful for a summer that forced me to separate my worth from my accomplishments. But, most of all I'm thankful for people who offered a shoulder to lean on when I wasn't all that fun to be around.

Life gets a little hard sometimes and that doesn't make you any less worthy of the success that's coming your way. Just in case you get caught in the tides of comparison, know that it happens to us all. Know that no one's life is as picture-perfect as you may think but that's the fun in it.

I hope that sharing this experience can offer you a little bit of encouragement for your week and that we can combat comparison together.

Until next time,
Autumn

Autumn's Adventure's In the Kitchen: Salted Caramel Iced Coffee




The other day when I was getting ready for class, I decided I really wanted to make myself a special iced coffee. I have a Keurig that I've had since my freshman year of college but I wasn't really obsessed with any of the K-cup flavors I had currently. I had a random box of caramel coffee that I wasn't too excited to drink until it hit me, salted caramel is one of my favorite fall flavors.

So long introduction aside, I'm telling you my super simple recipe for getting a salted caramel iced coffee at home.


Ingredients: 

1 cup of caramel coffee
1/2 tsp of iodized salt
2 tbs of caramel coffee syrup
1 cup of ice

Step One: Brew your choice of caramel flavored coffee.
 I personally use the HEB brand caramel K-cups, because you know balling on a budget, but you can use whatever. 

Step Two: Pour your hot coffee into a freezer-safe cup, then add in your salt and coffee syrup. Stir until no clumps of salt are left at the bottom of the cup.
Step Three: Stick your cup into the freezer for up to twenty minutes.

Step Four: Add your ice cubes and enjoy!

And there you have it, your own salted caramel iced coffee. I hope y'all are enjoying the recipes on the blog. I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments below!

Until Next Time,
Autumn

Best Boutiques for Budget Friendly Shopping






                      








With the school year picking back up, and fall just around the corner, there are more reason's now than ever to shop. Especially if you're like me and have a really bad habit of thinking you need a new outfit for every occasion. Well, I'm rounding up all my favorite affordable places to shop.

1. Luca & Grae
Price Range: $12-$112
One of my favorite online boutiques. Started by a Youtuber, and social media influencer Aspyn Ovard, Luca & Grae curates seasonal lines that are all catered to Aspyn's soft boho aesthetic. I picked up a couple of pieces for my birthday trip to Vegas and they all fit like a glove. Not only were they great quality, but they were also on major sale.

Price Range: $14-$55
This one is another influencer founded boutique, but it's a lot newer than Luca & Grae. Harper Kay was founded by Hannah Shanae, a blogger I've been following for a few years now. I'm usually pretty skeptical of newer boutiques just because of shipping/quality concerns, but my first order from Harper Kay blew me out of the water. Not only were both pieces I ordered great quality and a perfect fit, but they arrived in like two days. I've yet to wash either piece so I can't quite speak to that yet, but otherwise, I'd highly recommend. Their inventory is definitely on the smaller side because of how new the shop is, but everything is super cute and very affordable. 

Price Range: $5-$675
Okay, this one does require a few qualifications. Madewell is one of my very favorite places to shop, but it's definitely not my wallet's favorite place for me to shop. But I've got an entire blog post coming dedicated to making shopping at Madewell a bit more affordable. That should be up by next week! But as a sneak peek, I'll tell you that I purchased one of my favorite Madewell tops for just 11 dollars. 

4. Roolee
Price Range: $2.95 - $225
One of my favorite things to wear is dresses, I've especially grown extremely fond of midi length ones. But cute midi length dresses that aren't hundreds of dollars are so hard to find. After several Google searches, I came across Roolee. It's a Utah based boutique that carries clothing, shoes, accessories, and home goods. Though I find that some of their items are a little too conservative for my taste, they've got an amazing assortment of items that are al super cute. If you follow them on Instagram, they do weekly deals on their stories where they tell you about items that are on flash sale.

These are a few of the boutiques I turn to when I'm looking for unique, affordable pieces for fall. If you're in the mood to do some shopping both Harper Kay and Luca & Grae are having amazing end of summer sales. I know I'll be stocking up on these mules and this dress!

Happy shopping!

Until Next Time,
Autumn

P.S: My adorable jumpsuit is from Harper Kay, here's the link!