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!

My Best Podcast Recommendations



Like most people, I'm obsessed with podcasts. They've become an integral apart of my daily routine, from when I'm driving to internships or class, or just trying to get some studying done. But when I bring them up, the one thing I've heard most often is that most people have no idea where to start. So I've rounded up a couple of my favorites by genre in hopes to make a podcast junkie out of you all as well.

News

In our 24/7 news cycle, keeping up with everything is hard. So to get my daily fix, I turn to this first batch of podcast to give me what I need to know, quickly. I try pretty hard to get my hard news from relatively unbiased sources, and then turn to my favorite commentators to hear their takes after I've got a hood grasp of the information.

The Daily

This is the daily, no pun intended, podcast from The New York Times. I'm a big fan of this one because it delves deeper into a single event or issue in each episode. Complete with really interesting interviews and packed with a ton of information everyday, it's a must listen for me.

NPR Up First

NPR UP First is really great if you only have about 10 minutes, and just need a quick overview of what's going on around you. They aren't as detailed in this podcast, which I personally don't mind because I use other podcast for that. But if you'd just like to earn those current event points, or want to know what the heck everyone is talking about at dinner then this one's for you.

Today Explained.

This is another one of those deep dive podcasts, but instead of NYT it's from Vox. I've added this one to the list because not only does it cover hard news, but there's also some really cool episodes on things like blockchain that taught me a ton. Bonus points for the host's dad jokes.

True Crime

When I'm not listening to news podcast, odds are I'm probably listening to true crime. For all my fellow Law & Order and Criminal Minds enthusiasts, here are my favorite true crime podcasts. 

Crime Junkie

This might be my favorite podcast ever, and I look forward to listening to it every Monday. The host Brit & Ashley dive into a new murder, crime or missing persons case every week and it is a delight. Not only are they always incredibly interesting, but their palatable enough that I find myself replaying old episodes as well.

Not Another True Crime Podcast

If you're a fan of true crime, but would like a podcast a bit lighter in tone then this one is for you. Though these host discuss a new crime each week, they do it with a lot of laughs and a good glass of wine. A must listen as well!


Fun Listens

Royally Obsessed 

If you been a reader for a while, then you'll know I've got a certain mild obsession with the royal family, especially Meghan and Kate. So when I stumbled across this podcast, I was instantly hooked. Each week, while sipping on a royal refreshment, the hosts take you through what's new with the royals. This could be anything from fun outfits they wore that week, to their new charity endeavors. Its super fun and a nice break from news or true crime.

TED Talks

Most people are pretty familiar with Ted Talks. This podcast essentially just a ton of Ted Talks all in one place, and a new one is added daily. With topics ranging from business to mindfulness every time I listen to this podcast I feel just that much smarter.

Okay, I know that was a ton of recommendations but hopefully this gave you somewhere to start! I can't wait to keep sharing lifestyle post on here soon.

Until next time,
Autumn