I've been doing monthly favourites since I started this blog, but I want to change it up a bit. Instead of monthly favourites, I want to talk about five things that I've been loving, that interest me, or that I just want to chat about. It's kind of the same thing, but with a different title and a different vibe. We'll see how it works.
I love coffee, we all know that. And until now, I've had to use my roommate's coffee machine, which isn't exactly the best. But I've finally got this beautiful Chemex that creates a delicious cup of coffee. This uses the pour over method, which has never been my favourite way to brew until now. The Chemex uses really thick filters that are supposed to help remove some of the acidity from the grinds, which is a big part of what drew me to this. I'm not a fan of acidic or citrusy coffees at all, and I've noticed that as long as the beans are freshly ground, there really is a difference in the acidity of the brew.
But the reason I love this so much is the whole experience. You're not just pressing a button on a machine, but you're going through this routine of prepping and brewing your coffee and it really helps me slow down in the mornings and I am able to enjoy making coffee and having breakfast before starting my day.
I admit, I have a pretty big stack of books and magazines I've been meaning to read. I'm sure I'll get around to them all one of these days. But this month I did get to read the Frankie Magazine that I picked up while visiting the States. It was interesting to read an Australian publication because I never have before, and I really enjoyed the set up of this magazine. There are several small stories about everything and anything so I could pick it up, learn something, and put it down again. It's not something you have to read all in one sitting and I really enjoyed that. I haven't been able to find this here in Canada, but I'll be picking up another one when I go back to NC.
- Starbuck's Coconut Milk //
I don't do dairy. And soy hurts my stomach. So working at Starbucks can be a pain when I can't enjoy a cappuccino or chai latte. So naturally, I'm very excited about the new coconut milk launch in Canada. I've been enjoying coconut milk in the States for a while now, but now I can finally enjoy it at home. It's a wonderful dairy alternative and tastes good with espresso, tea, in frappuccinos, ect. It is still an extra sixty cents, but I'd rather have the option and pay more for it than not have it at all.
P.S. // I know there's a lot of people who are upset about this new launch - they think it's not healthy enough, ect. But as a barista and health concious person, I've looked at the ingredients and they're the same ingredients in the coconut milk I've bought at the grocery store. It's not full fat, canned coconut milk. So it's not going to have the same health benefits. But you cannot steam canned coconut milk and it's so rich it wouldn't even taste good in a latte.
- Toronto Public Library //
This may seem like a weird one. But school started this month, and if I had gone to the store and bought my textbooks, I would've paid four hundred dollars. But I didn't, because I went to the library and was able to find all of my books for free. Obviously I have to renew them and only get so much time with them, but I'm planning on scanning the necessary readings for my classes and returning them. It saved me four hundred dollars, so how can I not include it in my favourites?
This is also a helpful hint to all of you students - go check out your library before you buy your textbooks! And check out Kijiji or Craigslist for used books, I found one textbook for 30, when it was originally 100. Textbooks are way too expensive, so do your research before paying full price!
- Forever Nuts Soy Candle // David's Tea
I really love candles. I keep them all around the apartment and usually have a cabinet full of them. I'm currently going through my stash to clean it out and have space for some new options, so I've started burning this Forever Nuts candle again. This was a gift last Christmas and I've tried to savour it all year. This smells just like my favourite tea, and it fills my apartment with a beautiful cinnamon, fall scent that I can't get enough of. They don't have this scent option again this year, but they do have a few others. Their soy candles are really high quality with a beautiful scent and a long burn time. A little hint - they also go on sale just after Christmas!
What non beauty things did you enjoy during September?