Are you a high maintenance Starbucks orderer?

I try not to be, though yesterday morning I definitely felt like one. Now that the weather is cooling off my standard order is a Blonde with room... usually a tall in a grande or a grande in a venti. Once in awhile when I'm treating myself, I'll ask for a pump or two of pumpkin spice sauce. Then I ask the barista for the soy milk so I can add it myself. (Sidenote: When I was in California this summer, they would not allow me to do this. The barista said it was against the rules to hand anything that was supposed to live "behind the counter" to a customer. I wonder if this is a rule everywhere and NYC locations just don't give a hoot?)

Is asking for the soy milk a pain? I'm not sure. It's never in a silver carafe at the coffee bar, so what choice do you have? I'm usually looking for a little extra protein boost, so I like to put in a pretty big splash. Maybe Cali is onto something because the baristas always seem annoyed to hand over the SM. 

And then I usually shake some cinnamon into my coffee, but there was none at the bar. So I asked the barista for it. Second time I was bothering her if you're keeping count. No cinnamon, she said. Only the pumpkin spice shaker. I had half a mind to ask for that instead, but cut my losses and went on my merry way.

Oh well. At least I am none of these people. Though what's so wrong with ordering a frappuccino, I'm not sure. As a former Starbucks barista myself, I can tell you that those were my favorite to make. 

Does Starbucks make you feel like a Basic B, too?

Anyway. Totally switching gears here. I'm looking for some skincare recommendations and figure this is as good a place as any to seek suggestions. Grief takes a physical toll that no one prepares you for. I'm sure some of you know what I mean. A few months after my mom died, I looked in the mirror and cried at the sight of my reflection. Not that I've ever been a raving beauty or anything, but I couldn't believe how dull and lifeless I looked. I'm not one to look in the mirror and do one of those pointer finger moves like, "Hey, hot stuff!" but before all of this happened, I was used to glancing at my reflection and thinking, now there's a happy girl. 

The first thing I did was get a haircut, and that helped immensely. I tried a new stylist and cried in her chair and she brought my locks back to life. I used to hop around to different salons but now she's my one and only. My hair has been falling out at a scary-rapid pace due to all the stress, but I had too much hair to begin with anyway, so I'm trying to do the best I can with what's left.

...not sure if there's such a thing as "too much hair," but I'm trying to look on the bright side here.

One thing I'm still struggling with is my skin. I recently bought a few new things - eye balm, B.B. eye brightener that I've been using as concealer, and foundation - but there's definitely still room for improvement. So, tell me. Any primers, moisturizers, cleansers, masks, brighteners, etc you use and love?

How was your weekend? The past few weeks have been really sad, frustrating and hard for me. I'm heading out of town for a few days on Friday and it really couldn't have come at a better time. Between that and Rosh Hashannah, I'm giving myself a bit of a break on the workout front this week.

Tentative workout schedule...

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Spin

Wednesday: Body Sculpt

Thursday: Barre

Friday: Spin

Saturday: Beach run/walk or yoga

Sunday: Off

Happy Fall! Here's to turning over a new leaf. I'll see you tomorrow with WIAW.