August 8, 2012

Coffee date. Twice a day. With myself.

IMG_5173  this picture needs a thought bubble.

I have become a stone-cold caffeine addict. I don’t think it’s to “problem status” yet since I typically only have two cups of half-caff coffee per day, but it’s gotten to the point where, if that delicate ratio of caffeine-to-hours-in-the-day is not met, I become cranky, lethargic, and get a headache from hell. But then if I have too much caffeine, I also become cranky, lethargic, and get a headache from hell, as well as heart palpitations. Anyone else have this problem?! Of course you do. This is America.

Anyway, my mom and I tried out a cute new coffee shop yesterday, called Vintage Heart Coffee. Get my caffeine fix while surrounded by vintage cuteness—AND get to choose my own pretty cloth napkin to use during my stay? Yes, please. Everyone there was super sweet, too. (shout out to cute barista and harpist, Sarah!) :)

I think that, in this day and age of economic upheaval, general broke-ness of citizens, and also general savvy-ness of consumers, you simply MUST set yourself apart in order to have a successful business. It’s the little things that count. And it always makes me happy to see new places around town that pay attention to the little things.

Happy Wednesday!

IMG_5147 IMG_5161 IMG_5198IMG_5164-2I LOL’ed at that one.

IMG_5206IMG_5192IMG_5201neighborhoods in Austin.

PS – I am also over here today, talking about a new quest I am on for intentional living. If you ever feel overwhelmed or stressed or too busy or like your life could use some simplifying, check out Kristin’s latest posts addressing just that!

59 comments:

  1. you're a doll. and this place is all a coffee shop should be.

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  2. On the rare occasion I don't get a coffee in the morning, I'm paying for it by mid afternoon with a side-splitting headache. But then I either take a shot of espresso or a caffeine tylenol and all is good!

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  3. Aww what a darling coffee shop! I want one near me... LOVE that 'bus your own shit' sign. I really couldve used that in college waiting table. Though I probably wouldn't have made a much money ha!!

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  4. This place looks like heaven on earth. Reason number 893 for to me to move to Austin.

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  5. This place looks amazing! I love quirky little places like that--especially when coffee is involved.

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  6. All coffee places should be that cute! Especially since your coffee came in a mason jar. Totally awesome!

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  7. I drink three cups of coffee before work and two at work. Occasionally, I'll make a pot at around 2. (Keep in mind the "cups" at home are literally a measuring cup. The mugs that were supplied to us in our new place are TINY.)

    I actually read an article somewhere, I'll try and find it, that shows that caffein makes people more productive. We seem to associate it with the beginning of the day and getting things done so when you drink coffee in the afternoon, your mind will tell you to be more productive. It's like it really does give us some energy!

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  8. I'll be back in Austin in a month - maybe we can try this place out (or one of those delicious restaurant choices leftover from last time!)

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  9. haha...love the picture. you def need a thought bubble.

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  10. Oh, I really wish we had a place like that in my hometown... all our coffee shops are corporate and drab, though I still frequent them more than I should! My caffeine addiction usually starts with a Diet Coke and works its way up to iced coffee in the afternoon. It's kind of... my thing.

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  11. Oh I love cute little coffee shops like that. Best places to write :)

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  12. That coffee shop sounds divine! Does the barista sometimes play her harp at the shop? That would be amazing.

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  13. what an adorable coffee shop! will definitely need to check that out next time I'm in Austin :)

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  14. Another peek into the beautiful life of Jenni. ;-)

    Also, I loved your post at Kristin's today!

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  15. What a beautiful little shop!
    And love seeing pics of you and your mom having a day together. :)
    Btw...if you ever want a recipe for hands down THE BEST iced coffee, check out the pioneer womans website.
    I just made a batch last night and it is sitting in my fridge.
    Calling my name.
    And feeling lonely.
    I better go.

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  16. Cute pic Jenni! I could totally see a thought bubble in the picture. :)

    I'm a tad bit caffeine addicted myself, but I try to balance it out by drinking lots of water. I don't think that really does anything, but I've convinced myself that it makes it "better" HA!

    This coffee shop has to be the cutest ever! The bus your own shit sign is hilarious! Love it!

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  17. My caffeine addiction is intense... but shockingly, yesterday I only had 1 cup of coffee... some days I have 3. Ok, most days I have 3. I blame it on the fact that I have to be perky enough to talk to strangers all day.

    That place is adorable! When I come to Texas, I may need to enlist you as a tour guide


    CarissaExplainsItAll

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  18. that coffee shop sounds amazing!

    and i am missing gingerbread lattes so much as i am caffeine free due to the joy of pregnancy--i hope it is doing wonders for my health as it sometimes drives me mad ;)

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  19. I simply adore unique cute coffee shops! What an awesome place!

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  20. looks like a lovely time with the momma.

    i'm doing a giveaway for some sperry rainboots!! thought you'd wanna check it out :)

    http://talesforkarina.blogspot.com/2012/08/giveaway-sperry-top-sider-rain-drop.html

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  21. Such a cute coffee shop. And yes,I admit I'm an addict too... where should our first CA meeting be? :)

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  22. btw what an awesome post about time! time goes by so fast and I have to really watch myself or it passes by before I feel like I did anything worth while. What a great reminder! :) Thanks Jenni!

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  23. Have you ever tried Pioneer Woman's Iced Coffee recipe? It is amazing. Especially when you get to drink it out of a mason jar. ;)

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  24. For me it's tea, and I've become completely addicted! I know exactly what you mean, I'm a hot mess if I don't get enough, but even more of a wreck if I have too much. When we venture out to coffee shops I go with coffee though because it's a fun treat.

    You should see Dave...since he never drinks caffeine until we go to coffee shops, he has half of his drink and he's like Hemi in the movie Across the Hedge. Haha, please tell me you've seen that movie?! :)

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  25. Am I allowed to comment and love every blog post you do? Oh good, because I am. I love this coffee shop!! Nothing better than a unique place to raise your blood pressure.

    -love the pics! and loved your post on the other blog too-

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  26. the napkins are such a great touch-love it!

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  27. What an adorable picture of you! I think I might steal it and make it my grab button... I kid.

    That 'bus your 'stuff'' note is hilarious! At least they're up front about it. ;)

    I completely agree with needing to set yourself apart from all the other businesses in order to thrive and it looks like they nailed it.
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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  28. haha..love the lil note to bus your own table! And coffee in mason jars? So cute!

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  29. "This is America."

    I laughed. It was good.

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  30. What a charming shop! Love the mason jars and cute napkins:) I am at at least two cups sometimes 3/4 if I work late :) so don't feel bad at all!

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  31. Wow. That place sounds awesome. I want to go to a place and pick out my own cloth napkin! And also, wtg for them using cloth napkins! neat!

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  32. That first pic of you is really sweet. And while I don't drink coffee (ever), that coffee shop seems like the sweetest I can imagine. We don't have places like that over here, we should have more places like that over here :-)

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  33. love! love! love! love the cloth napkins! love the frames! love that hilarious sign about puttin away your own shit! love austin! (only visted once, but def. would love to come back!) and was that a mason jar? yesssssssssss, please!

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  34. Oh my I know where the fine line is between coffee heaven and hell. I used to be a tea girl and since moving to Cyprus its nothing but coffee coffee. :)

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  35. This place looks so cute and I think it's awesome you have coffee dates with your mom :)

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  36. You find some amazing places! Going over to hear what you have to say in your guest post.

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  37. What a darling little shop! I'd go there everyday. :)

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  38. What a cute little place! You look adorable drinking your coffee - and YES, I totally have the exact problem that you have. It's a delicate balance, that coffee.

    www.highheelstosneakers.com

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  39. That pic of you is adorable--and I live that little note they leave----if you have ever worked in the restuaurant business---you get it. Love it!

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  40. This is so funny to me. I am the absolute same way. Coffee is my addiction so I've admitted the problem but I do not want to change it. I'm obsessed.

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog for my first Blogoversary so if you get a chance come and check it out! It has to do with coffee so it could potentially help or hurt you though lol.
    http://xadayinthelifex.blogspot.com/2012/08/giveaway-for-blogoversary.html

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  41. a coffe shop that curses at you? my kinda place!

    i love these photos, as always. and yes, where is that thought bubble?

    i used to drink so much coffee.. then i decided to stop after reading skinny bitch. it was awful for the first few days but now, SO GOOD! haha sometimes, if im feeling really crazy, ill order a chai latte or a super small coffee... only take three sips and im done, no heart palpitations!

    but if coffee shops like this existed by my house, i'd probably never give the juice up.. (;

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  42. I'm with you girl! I actually tried to stop drinking coffee for a few days - only until Thursday (from Monday) and I didn't last ONE day. It's awful!

    That coffee shop is adorable and I love the bus sign!

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  43. what a lovely little gem! i wish my neighborhood had one of these :)

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  44. Super cute coffee shop! Wish we had a cool place like that near where I live :)

    Www.oncewhispered.com

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  45. That seems like a nice coffee shop!
    Unfortunately there aren't places like that around where I live.
    But I love local places, and it's great that there are places like around you that you can go to and support local businesses. There needs to be more of them, rather than chain stores, in my opinion.

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  46. I read what you said about intentional living, and I really like what you said. Sometimes it seems like I'm living without any intent at all! Or not much anyway. It's good to read that, and to think about trying to live with intention, whatever your intention in life may be. I just have to figure that part out!

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  47. Cute! I like that the coffee is served in a mason jar. That's cute. And I'm addicted to 4 dollar chai tea lattes from Starbucks. A whole lotta my paycheck goes there. Damn them.

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  48. I want to drink iced coffee from a mason jar all day, everyday!

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  49. the little things are what matter and what will separate the good from the bad, i think.
    this place looks too cute for words

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  50. Your first paragraph made me laugh out loud. I love the coffee in the mason jars; too cute!

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  51. oh i just love this!! that little bussing sign is hilarious. and yes, i have experienced the same caffeine problem...my roommates have been the eyewitnesses and encourage me to drink it now because they're scared of what would happen if i didn't.

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  52. What lovely photographs! Love love love it all.

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  53. I gotta nice thought buuble for the first picture. "Why am I drinking coffee out of a mason jar?"

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  54. OMG I am so jealous. I am a total coffee addict. I tell myself every.week. that I'm going to quit drinking it and regain my "I don't need it" attitude... not to mention, my health. But good gracious! that headache from hell is a REAL thing when I don't have my daily coffee/latte/frappe. I'm glad I'm not the only one. ;)

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  55. Um, how cute are you in that first picture?! That place looks adorable, totally somewhere I'd hang out if I lived in Austin.

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