Friday, January 13, 2012

Barista Wardrobe Problems

Today is my last official day getting paid to make coffee for other people.
a.k.a. being a barista
In honor of that fact, I thought I would share with you some issues that are common among baristas.

First, the barista wardrobe is a challenge. My two former roommates used to poke fun at me and my other former roommate because we both could wear up to three outfits a day.

We were both baristas.

Here is the thing. You want to look nice to get tips and so people take you seriously as a coffee professional, but there are so many little stain monsters lurking around every corner of a coffee shop waiting to pounce on your precious clothes.

I am especially known for my stain magnetism whether it be bleach, espresso or black ink for stamping sleeves. If there is a mess to be had, odds are it will find me and my favorite cardigan.

So what ends up happening to us serious baristas that have lives outside of the coffee shop is that we begin to accumulate a mini wardrobe for each section of our lives. I have shirts, jeans and cardigans that I only where to make coffee in. Clothes that are cute, but I am not emotionally attached to at all because in one moment, they could be stained forever! Also, there is a certain "look" a barista is supposed to have including flannel shirts, vintage screen tees, poet hats and cardigans.

After my shift is over, I smell like espresso and dish water, and I want to change usually into clothes that make me feel pretty. Hence the beginning of the ever ending "Barista Wardrobe Problem" cycle.

Even though I am sad to be leaving the coffee industry for now, I am looking forward to giving away my flannel shirts. :)

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

2012 Dreams

It's a new year!
And I have a new look.
I hope you like it.

I don't normally make New Year's Resolutions, mostly because no one keeps them. However, there are some dreams I want to commit to this year, and this blog post is my way to keep myself accountable.

I need to read more books.
I have started The Help, and I am excited to make myself read for fun again.
I am open to any book suggestions!

It is so easy to have a caffeine iv, grabbing coffee to go any chance possible.
I want to start enjoying my daily joe more in a ceramic mug.
It is good for the soul.

I work in child care at Balance Fitness Studio, which gives me a free membership that I do not take advantage of enough. This semester, my classes allow me to take three a week, but I am going to promise myself two a week.

Life without roommates means less spontaneous socializing.
I want to be more intentional about being with friends.

I started today by making chocolate muffins!
There is just something about baking that makes you feel warm inside.

As I am about to embark on my career as a PR professional, I need to practice, practice, practice. I need to look for every excuse to write and hone in my writing skills.

Listening is important,
whether it be listening to your loved ones or your heart.
Taking time to stop and truly listen is something I want to get better at.

Do you have any resolutions or book suggestions? :)

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