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A Me-Day in the Life

These are all photos I took this past Wednesday (you would know this if you follow me on Instagram). I had myself a DAY. I'm a firm believer that burnout is a real thing and mental health days are integral to remaining sane and balanced. "Me-days" are an essential cure for stress, homesickness, hangovers, and just feeling a little off. My me-days are trademarked as "Bri-Days" and grant me dismissal from most responsibilities and are a scheduled day to hang out with myself--I think I'm pretty fun to hang out ...

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How to Bundle Up in Boston

After feeling like I needed a little escape from the Concrete Jungle, I made an impromptu visit to Boston to explore the city and most importantly, visit my friend Remi who lives there. I stepped outside to the arctic tundra and wondered hopelessly if I had missed the window for fall. I looked at my weather app that read 30˚F, but I had to quickly put my phone back in my pocket before my fingers froze. But we had less than 48 hours left in our weekend visit and were ...

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Caffe dell’Appartamento – Chemex

The Goods: 6-Cup Chemex, Chemex filters, La Colombe (purchased in D.C.) Ethiopia Step 1:  Boil water(~205˚F). Pour hot water through the *clean* filter and empty (this preps the filter for use and removes any paper taste that may interfere with the flavors of your coffee) Step 2: Grind your beans (a medium-course grind is best ~ should be a texture like kosher salt). Step 3: Pour! For the first pour, go in a circular motion outwards. For the second, pour inwards. (This helps ensure all the grounds are saturated). Pour one more time ...

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Caffé dell’Appartamento: The Bialetti

Living in a New York City apartment has taught me two things: I own way more things that I actually need (not having any closets makes that painfully obvious) and that of the things I do own, most of them are coffee-related equipment and gadgets. This post will be the first part in a new series here on Briana Augustina: Caffé dell'Appartamento. This is the Bialetti edition. The Bialetti Moka Express is an Italian household staple. It's a stovetop espresso appliance. To learn the nuances of brewing with a Bialetti Moka ...

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How to Wear Black & Khaki: Everyday

'   Welcome to the new and aesthetically improved Briana Augustina. You made it. It's been a little while. I've been contemplating a blog update for a while now, but wasn't sure what I wanted to change and whether or not I was using it as a procrastination method that would just distract me from studying and posting more often. They say not to fix what's not broken, but I felt like my blog was a little cracked. And I'm a perfectionist. Sometimes to a fault in which I feel like giving ...

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Weekend in Washington, D.C.

This weekend, I hopped on the Megabus and headed to D.C. for a weekend away from the big city. Friday night around midnight, I took my first steps in the capital city. It was a much needed escape from New York's chaos and was reminiscent of San Francisco (aka home) in its more expansive layout. My first stop on Saturday was the White House while on a morning run (early enough to beat the heat). We brunched at Kafe Leopold in Georgetown and then I was caught in the middle of ...

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