Earl Gray Lemon Latte

This drink. Oooooo, this drink. It inspires me. But the bills I was racking up at Caribou Coffee, where they created this delicious tea latte, were not inspiring. They were downright depressing. How in the world is $3.80 for a small okay? 
What do they think Caribou Coffee is, an airport?! 
(I crack myself up)
Don’t worry, Caribou, I still love you, and I will still be visiting you. In fact, I just ordered another tea latte yesterday. But for me, this is the Winter of Drink Recipes, or so it seems. Being able to make lattes at home is fun and easy, too. So I pulled out my darling little vintage yellow pitcher and set to work recreating the “earl gray tea extract” and “lemon creme sauce” per Caribou Coffee’s website. 
Go ahead and thank me now. Or come over for an Earl Gray Lemon Latte.
I hope I spelled Gray with an “a” this whole way through, because sometimes I get a little excited and throw an “e” in there.
  Fair warning: Earl Gray tea is caffeinated. 
Earl Gray Lemon Tea Latte
 {Caribou Coffee Copycat created by Good Girl Style}
Makes approx. 2 regular-size or one giant-sized or one regular-size & one refill…you get the idea.
Earl Grey Tea Extract
Use twice as much tea as you normally would in half the water. I used 2 teabags in 2/3 of a mug of water, as I usually use a very large mug for my tea. Steep 5 minutes, no longer or else the extract will become bitter. Remove tea bags and keep extract warm.
Lemon Milk
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp. lemon extract
2 TBSP. powdered sugar
2 tsp. honey
Heat gently, while foaming with a wire whisk. (Edited to add: You can use a frother if you have one!)

To Create Drink:

Fill the mug 2/3 full of tea extract, slowly pour in the lemon milk to fill the mug. Enjoy! 

Eggnog Chai Latte

{see the cute tiny little Swedish Santa?}
You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been digging the seasonal drinks lately. 
I jumped on the Pumpkin Spice bandwagon this autumn, but what REALLY makes my tastebuds jump with holiday joy is the Chai Eggnog Latte at Starbucks. This drink, you guys. I have been having a love affair with it for about ten years. Back when I was a sous chef, the head chef would occasionally order coffee for everyone and they all just got regular coffee, but he knew to order me a Chai Eggnog Latte so I would do a good job on amuse bouche that night to make him look good! Ha.
Anyway, I just knew I HAD to try to recreate this (expensive) delicious drink at home this season. 
You know what?
It tastes even better made at home. My mom (the resident coffee snob) said, “This is way better than Starbucks.” High praise from her! 
And I’m totally going to share the recipe with you, because it’s easy and just far too good to keep to myself. 
I only keep the mediocre stuff to myself, because you don’t need to know about all of the mediocre things I attempt. They’re my little secret. 
I’m really, really wordy tonight with this post, and throwing in a lot of useless information. While I’m going there, I might as well tell you that I had to make an emergency run to the dollar store tonight to get more glue sticks for my glue gun. Super important information.
{A “Sprinkle” of cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger, along with a nutmeg to grind.}
Now, I know, I know, I’ve kept you waiting. Sorry. Here it is: 
Eggnog Chai Latte 
by Good Girl Style
A little less than half of a mug of eggnog (make sure your eggnog is gluten-free if necessary; some aren’t)
A little more than half of a mug of hot, strong coffee (to fill the mug, obviously)
A “Sprinkle” (1/32nd of a teaspoon) of: cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg
A splash of vanilla
Sugar to taste (I used approximately 1 tsp., some like it sweeter)
Whipped Cream
A dash of cinnamon to top
Heat the eggnog until very hot but not scalded. (Easy way: just throw it in the microwave). Stir in the spices and vanilla. Add the coffee. Add the sugar. Stir well. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. Makes 1 mug.

Now, I’m pretty sure these would be amazing with the Chai Shortbread Cookies. If I had any left. But you can feel free to bake up a batch and share with me.
Yeah?
Enjoy!
(PS. Make one of these lattes for your mom. She’ll love you for it)

Joy and Shades of Pink

Rainy days call for “JOY” French “Diva-nilla” coffee. Haha. Love this cheerful polka dot coffee and polka dot, “You have filled my heart with greater joy,” Dayspring mug (check out their Good Things- Teacup and Tote Gift Set). So much extra cheerfulness for the day!
It was raining all day, so I didn’t get to take outfit pictures of this outfit “on”. But I was crushing hard on the color combo, so I wanted to be sure to share it. 

Ballet Pink cardi + Hot Pink scarf + Latte tee
Add cheetah ballet flats, jeans, lavender nail polish and hair band, and citrine earrings.

I think this color combination is just wonderful! It feels sophisticated, yet youthful.  What do you think? 
xo!
Natalie 

Chartreuse & Latte

{Ooo, love that movement in the skirt!}
A few things:
1.) This color combination….well, I’m not gonna lie: it’s interesting. And I never would have thought of it had I not found this wonderful vintage belt at the thrift store. But I think I’m a fan.
2.) I always though midi-length skirts were tough to wear. But judging by the number I’ve been donning recently, they can’t be that bad. Or else my posts are just terrible and no one’s telling me 😛
3.) My shirt is latte-colored. Which compels me to tell you about these amazing babies. The Cappuccino flavored one is delish. They taste like melted coffee ice cream, or a thicker Frappuccino, or maybe even a Wendy’s Jamocha shake. All amazing things, my friends, to be saying a PROTEIN drink tastes like! Now, I’m a girl who has a tough time getting enough protein. And it seems like every boyfriend I’ve ever had has “gifted” me protein powder. BLECH! So finding these? I’m totally hooked! 
Don’t bother with the chocolate one, it still tastes yucky, and I haven’t tried the chai yet nor the vanilla.
Style Secrets
Necklace: F21
Ring: H&M
Tee: Gap
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Thrifted
Tights: from a friend
Heels: Elie Tahari, TJ Maxx