10 Tasty Spiked Coffee Drinks Guaranteed To Help You Survive Winter


So I was cruelly awakened by my parents at the butt crack of dawn this morning (meaning about 8:30) and drug off on the only kind of acceptable a.m. adventure: a trip to a coffee roasting factory.

As a truly avid coffee lover, I think my awe, gratification and overall bliss is implied.

A father in the wild observes the native's impressive selection of coffee beans.
A father in the wild observes the native’s impressive selection of coffee beans.
Definitely bought this.
Definitely bought this.

Suffice it to say that I am too caffeinated to ever sleep again. But seriously, worth it. Nothing beats a hot cup of coffee on a blustery morning, more of which we in the Midwest are bound to endure.

Because winter lasts from December to March here. Welcome to frostbitten hell.

So to keep you EXTRA toasty, do please enjoy the following java+alcohol concoctions sure to make the cold weather deliciously bearable (click the photos for recipes!). Pairs well with snow, but I highly suggest forgoing all activities involving shovels, sleds, or ice skates.

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Irish coffee
The Irish like a little sass in their morning joe.

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grand marnier
Fruit and coffee=a balanced breakfast.

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hot buttered rum
This will never not sound amazing. Or a little dirty.

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An old favorite, with good reason.

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black forest coffe
Willing to bet it goes well with cake?

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amaretto coffee
For the coffee nut. *snort*

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Because Starbucks doesn’t add vodka.

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Hot chocolate
Creamy, pepperminty perfection.

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Butterscotch-Fireball Coffee
Burns so good.

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Cafe Royale-p33
A stroke of Italian genius with a splash of brandy.

***The Curly Girls must implore you to caffeinate responsibly***


50 Perfect New Year’s Eve Dresses For Under $50

Five days, 4 hours, 26 minutes and 20 seconds until 2015.

Until 2014 and everything it contains goes *poof* and we magically have this urgent desire to spend six hours a day in the gym.

Until Mean Girls replaces The Breakfast Club on Netflix.

Until the apocalypse, maybe.

The point here being that we should probably look fabulous, because, well, you never know what’s going to happen during those last crazy hours of 2014. So, in honor of the Curly Girls’ perpetual, college-related poverty and our insatiable enthusiasm for yet another holiday party, we’ve compiled a selection of affordable frocks to help you ring in the New Year. Introducing….



$49.99, Kohls
$44.99, JCPenney
$29.90, Winsdor
$49.90, Windsor
$39.58, GoJane
$29.18, GoJane
$44.78, GoJane
$32.67, Romwe (also seen on NastyGal for $40.95)
$18.33, Romwe
$49.99, Modcloth
Charlotte Russe2
$26.99, Charlotte Russe
$29.90, Forever21
Forever21 2
$39.90, Forever21
Forever21 8
$32.90, Forever21
Simply Dresses
$49.00, Simply Dresses
Simply Dresses 2
$49.00, Simply Dresses
$48.99, Ruche
$44.75, Macys
$49.99, Sears
$49.99, Sears

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$46.99, Kohls
$36.90, Windsor
$49.99, Modcloth
$49.99, Modcloth
$49.99, Modcloth
Charlotte Russe4
$34.99, Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe6
$29.99, Charlotte Russe
Forever21 5
$27.80, Forever21
Victorias Secret
$34.99, Victoria’s Secret
$39.98, Francescas
$20.99, Macys


$34.90, Windsor
$39.90, Windsor
$29.90, Windsor
$14.67, Romwe
$11.67, Romwe
$13.33, Romwe
Charlotte Russe5
$28.99, Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe7
$32.99, Charlotte Russe
Forever21 7
$27.90, Forever21
Simply Dresses 3
$49.00, Simply Dresses


$47.36, Asos
$47.36, Asos
$34.90, Windsor
$25.98, GoJane
$17.67, Romwe
Charlotte Russe3
$36.99, Charlotte Russe
Charlotte Russe8
$34.99, Charlotte Russe
Forever21 6
$29.80, Forever21
$26.99, Sears

We looked through hundreds of dresses at over twenty different stores for these beauts, so you can rest assured there’s no weak link in the chain.

No runt in the litter.

No fly in the glass of bargain Moscato.

Basically, they all rock.

Also, keep in mind that many of these dresses were on sale for the holidays, so it’d be best to snap at ’em while you can, before they’re sold out or the sales end.

As for shipping and handling, the prices listed do not include it. However, most online clothing stores offer free shipping on purchases of $50 or more, so if you really love the dress you can see what the site has to offer in the way of shoes and accessories. Might as well make an outfit out of it and get free shipping at the same time.

Anyhow, here’s to you, fair readers: may you look smashing in your New Year’s Eve outfits, may your midnight smooch buddy be incredibly hot, and may your drunk dancing skills miraculously emulate Beyoncé.

Get it.
Get it.

Halloween Was Bomb/Hello, World!

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Goodbyes are tough, but hellos are just as hard, in our humble opinion. After all, first impressions can determine whether or not someone will become your new best pal or, as is more likely in our case, think we’re total loonies and run screaming in the opposite direction. Plus there is just so much to say, and there’s no bloody way we could possibly narrow it down to the 2-3 brief paragraphs you’ve got time to read! So instead of trying to come up with some sort of clever introductory post, we thought we’d give you guys a peek at what our apartment looked like for our first annual Halloween party (just now decided to make it a tradition, fyi). That way, if you run off screaming we can console ourselves with the fact that this was a Halloween post, and therefore ought to insight some form of terror in the heart of its beholder.

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“Poison” candy apples (while not fatal, they will turn your poop black and probably give you cavities. YUM.)
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Seriously, how cute are these angry little guys? SO CUTE RIGHT?! SO CUTE.
Paying homage to school and city with a pumpkin barfing spinach artichoke dip. It was warm, and it was yummy.

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Most of the decorations are DIY and all of the treats are homemade, because well, Pinterest.  Needless to say, it was pretty awesome for something thrown by a trio of perpetually underfunded college students, and we’re happy with how it turned out. How did you all celebrate Halloween? Give us all the scary, sordid details!

*Photo Cred goes to Kristin Garcia, dear friend and total babe.