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homemade pumpkin spice. (Happy National Coffee Day ♥!)


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my friend Kelsea and i decided to test out a homemade pumpkin spice recipe. i read this article, and was pretty sad that the latte has literally NO REAL PUMPKIN in it. i always knew my seasonal PSL's were a treat, and knew they couldn't be lengthening my life, but i never knew there was 0 pumpkin in them! it was the motivation i needed to make my own. 

We used this recipe, but we changed it up a bit. It only cost about $10, and took about 20 minutes. Definitely amazing for us DIY gals who don't want to spend extra $$ on Starbucks all the time!

♥ 1 1/2 cups water
♥ 1 1/2 cups sugar (going to try it with a little less and see how it tastes next time!)
♥ 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon 
♥ 1/2 tsp ground cloves
♥ 1/2 tsp ground ginger
♥ 1 tsp nutmeg
♥ 3 Tbsp canned pumpkin (i definitely didn't think this was enough, and will add prob 6 next time)
♥ vanilla extract

Then we made coffee, and added it in as a syrup. We even added a little whipped cream on top as a special treat ;) The recipe makes enough extra to keep using over the next month or so! 

mustard + navy on the long beach boardwalk ♥


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On Friday afternoon Matt and I caught the last glimpse of the sun from the boardwalk, before packing and getting ready for our roadtrip to Montauk. NY has redefined the meaning of "roadtrip" for us. We used to spend 5 hours driving places upcoast in Florida, spend about 29 hours in said destination before turning the car around and heading home. In NY, the entire process is simplified. A quick 1-2 hour drive will take you to a place completely different from what you are used to. Everything is so accessible -- mountains, lakes, beaches, fall weather, leftover summer weather, anything! We have BIG eyes, and a huge sense of adventure, so we basically spend every week planning what to do for the next weekend. Every weekend is a trip - it's extremely fulfilling and exciting, and something i won't ever take for granted!

I'll be back sharing photos from our trip! Here's some sunset pictures from the boardwalk. I've been obsessed with overalls lately, and these are nothing short of amazing. ♥

Overalls: F21(and on sale!)
sweater: F21
shoes: Keds