Picnic Party with Starbucks Refreshers® Beverages!

This post was sponsored by Starbucks and Walgreens, but all opinions are our own.

Summer is almost over! Which means it's getting a little cooler. Which means it's also not a million degrees outside. Which ULTIMATELY means...more outdoor activities! We stopped by Walgreens to pick up some Starbucks Refreshers® beverages, some other yummy snacks, and treated ourselves to a little picnic date in Jen's backyard, and it was so relaxing just to have a chill picnic to actually hang out and talk to each other! (We may spend most of our time together...but having girl time set aside to not talk just about work is important!)

Picnic essentials:

-Cheese and crackers

-Fruit

-Quaker® Chewy Bars

-Starbucks Refreshers® beverages (we love these two new flavors-- Peach Passion Fruit and Black Cherry Limeade!)

-Cute sunnies for that Instagram photo op

-Your bestie

Our lives are go-go-go...so we usually run to coffee for our energy. But lately, we've really taken to the sparkly, fruity deliciousness of Starbucks Refreshers® beverages as a midday pick me up instead of another cup of java. And they don't give us the jitters like too much coffee occasionally does. But hey, a girl's gotta stay awake!

Take a break from the crazy...and sip on one of these yummy and revitalizing drinks. They're made with refreshing coconut water and real fruit juice. NO artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners, which we always appreciate...a much better alternative to other energy drinks. (Cause we all know that energy drinks are all too necessary sometimes). And they're sooooo good! You can find these drinks near you & more flavor options on starbucksrefreshers.com

ALSO...through the end of September...buy 2 Starbucks Refreshers® beverages at Walgreens, and get a free Quaker® Big Chewy Granola Bar. (below) Perfect little snack on the go. *praise hands*

So before we get too excited about cool weather and all the goodness of Fall, grab your bestie(s), a couple Starbucks Refreshers® beverages, some snackies, and get to picnic'n! And be sure to let us see your summer adventures by hash-tagging #starbucksrefreshers in your posts! 

Peace & Picnics

Jen & Cort

Dinosaur Coffee.

All the wonderful (and cute) coffee shops are one of the things we absolutely love most about living in L.A. If you never want to go to the same coffee shop twice, you probably wouldn't have to. There are so many ridiculously pretty and inspiring places in every neighborhood! And you totally want to go back to every one, cause they're so stinkin' cute! 

While we occasionally like working from home, we like to have our "meetings" in places that really inspire our creativity! And if bright spaces, happy plant babies, and delish blueberry muffins don't say "inspiration,"...well, then I just don't know what does! 

First of all, CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE TABLES WITH THE PINK LEGS BECAUSE I ACTUALLY CAN'T! So adorable! This little spot is tucked away in Silverlake just totally where you wouldn't expect it to be (aren't the best places always that way?). And there's just so much natural light, it's super spacious, the staff is really kind, and their drinks are just on point! 

Jenna got an almond milk latte, I got a nectarine lemonade (which I want to have everyday forever), and we split a blueberry muffin! All of it was so yummy! Also, we are 100% the people who spend five minutes getting that perfect IG shot of our food. But we understand each other, so it's cool. ;)

BONUS!

Dinosaur Coffee is right next to this pretty friggin' sweet solid-colored red wall, and what blogger doesn't jump up and down at a good wall find?!

So, we got to walk next door and showcase our cute shirts from Tees and Tank You! They are some of the cutest and most comfortable shirts we own, for sure! And they're centered around food, which is basically what our lives are centered around sooooo. ;) Check them out if you haven't! We've already got our eyes on a few more cute lil babes in their shop!

Put this place on your list of L.A. places immediately, babes! It's worth it! 

Things will be fine. <3

XOXO,

Cort

Mimosa Cake!

We have absolutely LOVED getting to know so many creatives through Instagram. That's where we met Brandi (@tweedledeeaz - Tweedle Dee Designs) and have been so blown away by her baking skills and photography! We asked her to share a recipe with us, and boy did she deliver. So here you have it! Brandi's Mimosa Cake recipe! I'm just gonna leave this here so I can go make it for myself...enjoy!!

I love brunch, especially if there’s dessert, and what’s brunch without a Mimosa or a Mimosa Cake! This cake is super yummy and the little mini cakes would be so cute if you’re hosting a brunch at home for the girls. Or you can always just have a little cake for breakfast; I mean come on, cake for breakfast #cakelife.

Mimosa Cake - Orange Olive Oil Cake with Almond Champagne Buttercream

Makes Four Mini Cakes or Two 8” Round Cakes

Ingredients

For the Cake

3 ½ cups All Purpose Flour, sifted

2 cups Sugar

2 ½ teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Salt

4 Eggs

1 cup Olive Oil

1 cup Orange Juice

2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Zest of one medium orange

For the Buttercream

1 ½ cups Butter, room temperature

4 ½ cups Powdered Sugar

3 tablespoons Champagne

1 teaspoon Almond Extract

Pink food coloring

Directions

1.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare your baking pans. I use the pan release recipe from i am Baker.

2.     In a mixing bowl sift together dry ingredients.

3.     Add wet ingredients to your dry mixture (you should alternate between wet and dry ingredients, but I rarely do this, it’ll be okay if you don’t).

4.     Start mixing ingredients on low speed, you don’t want your flour mixture to try and escape. Then increase to medium until ingredients are incorporated.

5.     Scrap down your bowl and mix in the orange zest.

6.     Divide your batter evenly between your baking pans.

7.     Bake cakes at 350 degrees for 28 to 35 minutes, or until you can insert a tooth pick and it comes out clean.

8.     Let cakes cool completely.

While the cakes are cooling make the buttercream.

1.     Combine butter and 3 cups of the confectioner's sugar in your mixing bowl, mix on medium speed until just combined.

2.     Add the remaining confectioner's sugar, champagne and almond extract, and mix on medium speed until just combined. You’re going for a nice spreadable consistency.  You can adjust the consistency by adding a tablespoon of champagne or powdered sugar at a time.

3.     Mix in a small amount of pink food coloring for a light pink color. You can also make a little bit of light orange and a darker pink buttercream with about ½ cup of buttercream to make a cool watercolor effect on your cake.

4.      Yay!!! It’s time to assemble your cakes.

Assembly

1.     For the mini cakes I used about a 4 inch circle cookie cutter and cut out the 8 circles (I made a ½ sheet cake sized cake, it’s easier to make the cut outs).  This is also a good time to munch on the cake scraps.  Hey, you have to make sure it tastes good.

2.     Add an even layer of buttercream between the layers, dirty ice (crumb coat) and let sit in the fridge for about 15-20 minutes before the final frosting. 

3.     Frost your little cake babies with the light pink buttercream, then add dabs of orange and the darker pink buttercream and smooth with an icing spatula, you’ll get a cool watercolor effect.

4.     Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it’s cake and tastes amazing.

5.     Decorate with fondant oranges, sprinkles or whatever you like.  Those edible flowers you can find at Whole Foods are also fun.

 **If you’re making a regular sized round cake follow the same directions above, just don’t use the cookie cutter. You will also need to level your cakes so you have nice even layer.**

Omg...#drooling. Thank you so much, Brandi!! Can't wait to make these for our next girls' brunch!!

 

Love & MIMOSA CAKE

Jen & Cort

Whimsy Wishlist Wednesday: Guilty Pleasure Movies

Alright, y'all. It's been a hot minute since we've done a Wishlist Wednesday, but we're feeling crazy movie nostalgia this week, and we're here to talk guilty pleasures! Like, you know. The movies you watch when you're really sad or really happy. Just your "feel good" movies. Usually a little love, a little heartache, and just the perfect amount of cheesiness, and your soul is just soaring. Like the movies you'd want to watch if you were stuck on an island somewhere, cause they just don't get old. BUT don't get these babies confused with "all time favorite" flicks. Cause they're different...but also the same...y'all get it, right? ;)

So, we're each going to give you guys our top 3! 

Cort's first!

1. 

I mean, first of all, that cover is just 90's gold! And you really can't get any better than Julia Roberts. She's like, perfect. And it's the classic "I fell in love with my best friend" mushy-gushy wonderfulness that we all love. Add it to your Amazon cart here

2. 

B-E-A-UTIFUL. I feel like Jim Carrey's humor is a super specific kind of humor and I am INTO IT. He's easily one of my favorite actors of all time, and this movie just brings back memories of watching it in a living room fort with my mom and brother and eating chocolate chip cookies. Like, I can remember the sheets we used to make the fort. Weird how movies can make you remember small stuff like that, right? :) Go ahead and do yourself a favor and get it here

3. 

Sweet lawwwwd, I could write about this movie for years. But I won't. As a southern gal, this is a movie I grew up with. Not just watching it. In the setting. Not in 1989, but small, southern town. Gossipy women. Fried food. It just gives me all the feels. If you haven't seen it, I don't know what I can even say, except you have to. That's all. Get it. Get it now & here

 

Jen's turn!!

1.

I'm a crier. So much so that I will purposefully YouTube search wedding proposal videos and watch like 15 and have a good cry. I'm that girl. I'm also a hopeful romantic. Terribly optimistic and mushy. So if you're like me, you'd love this one. Super cheesy. And awesome. And BEAUTIFUL cause they're in Verona. <3 Get it here.

2.

"Where do you think you are? Arby's?!" "I wish I was at an Arby's! There's better food and cooler people!" Most quotable movie ever? Maybe. I never get tired of this pair. Ever. Everything they touch is gold. This is my all time fave of theirs. *praise hands* Rent or buy here.

3.

"It's not called gym-nice-tics." Maybe it's the Olympics makin' me choose this one...but it's def a guilty pleasure. Girl power to the max. Homegirl is a total bada$$. Always a feel good movie (and a motivator to go to the gym....). Watch here.

 

What are YOUR guilty pleasure movies??

XOXO,

Jen & Cort