When Mine Becomes Ours

Hi, my name is Rachel, and I am a tea drinker. This is not Tea Drinkers Anonymous, because let’s be honest, tea drinkers will never admit they have a problem. We just have boxes and bags of different kinds of leaves that we swear can cure any ailment, real or imaginary. AND YOU MUST TRY THEM ALL! This meme really encapsulates the debate Kristen and I have about this constantly.

And honestly, who doesn’t love rainbow sprinkles?…Oh wait, ME!

I met Kristen in college. Her then boyfriend brought her over to me and my high school best friend and introduced her to us. I immediately said, “You must be our resident gorgeous.” You might think that is the moment we became best friends for life, but in truth it happened months later when we realized our lives mirror each other in a very real way, both good and bad. We call it twinning, and you’ll come to see it over time as well.

Kristen is our resident gorgeous, and I’m the resident cute.

Let me tell you some of the important bits. I am the girl you’ll find nestled under a tree in the park with a notebook or holed up in her office clacking her keyboard. I spent more time cuddling my cat than I do my husband, but I spoil him infinitely more. I have the most intelligent, talented, beautiful, and vicious best friend in the world, Kristen.

We are both lived examples of Murphy’s Law. But beyond that, we also hold the belief that with proper preparation we have the chance to break the law. We are here to prove it.

We have no recent photos together. So, you get this old bitstrip that is April Fools’ appropriate.

Kristen is the founder of this blog. We recently reconnected, extending our almost ten-year relationship, and she convinced me to put my love of writing to actual use. We have always planned to start our own empire and hope this is just the beginning.

I hope I’ve at least caught your attention. So as will become our tradition I will tell you my lipstick and tea of the day. You should know, despite the name, I don’t drink coffee…very often.

On my lips: LAQA & CO. Prickly Pear PH Gloss

In my “Yoda Obi-Wan for Me” Mug: Yogi Kava Blend tea

Espresso yourself.

Lipstick Stain… and Coffee

Occasionally, I’m struck by a moment of genius: a tiny piece of stardust lodges itself in my brain in just the right way at just the right time and “VIOLA!” an idea is born. The morning prep time of May 8th of 2017 was such a moment. As I settled into my classroom, I took a sip out of my brand new bright yellow RTIC tumbler (a early birthday gift from one of my favorite humans) and looked down to see a perfect, colorful lipstick stain. I snapped a picture, sent it to that particular human, and posted it to my Instagram with the caption “Lipstick stains and coffee. That about sums up my whole life.”

And so it was that Lipstick Stains and Coffee was born.

When all else fails, make a silly face and get on with your day.
The photo you see above was taken approximately 30 seconds after the one at the top of the post. That awesome lipstick? Yeah, it was on my cup. That facial expression made my favorite human laugh, which is all that really matters.

Hi, I’m Kristen, the founder of Lipstick Stains and Coffee. I run this site with my best friend: a gorgeous, inspiring, and sometimes infuriating Aries with the mouth of a sailor who always shares her opinions. Her name is Rachel. You’ll get to know her soon enough.

I’m the girl you’ll find hiding away with Netflix and a predictable cop drama (right now, it’s Blue Bloods). They’re the best kind of shows to follow while scrolling on your phone and offer the promise of the good guys winning. We could all use a little more of that. I model my napping habits after my cat, a sassy Ragdoll named Rosie. She naps with me so long as I promise to pretend her dog siblings (teacup chihuahua named Pavlov and a black lab named Harvey) don’t exist.

Here at Lipstick Stains and Coffee we believe in constantly challenging ourselves. On some days, that can be as simple as getting out of bed and adulting (though admittedly, I often find myself wishing I had an “adultier” adult around to help me wing it a little better…). Other days, that can mean completing a third Master’s degree. We’re…. crazy gluttons for punishment tenacious like that. We’ve agreed that some of the best moments of our lives happen just outside our comfort zones.

Have that second, or fifth, cup of coffee.

We’ll even join you.

Welcome to our experiment in beating Murphy’s law.

As will be the tradition here at Lipstick Stains and Coffee, each author, guest or staff, will tell you what’s on their lips and in their cup.

On my lips: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

In my cup: Starbuck’s Iced White Chocolate Mocha with almond milk, 4 pumps of caramel sauce, 4 pumps of mocha sauce, and extra mocha drizzle.