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Five Delicious Fall Alternatives to the Pumpkin Spice Latte

Now that we've a lot of time talking about the, "Ideas, Origin and Inspiration" of coffee, lets get to the good stuff- drinking the coffee!

We've collected links to five new favorite fall-inspired recipes for you to get your hands around (and that don't hinge on the oh-so-typical Pumpkin Spice Latte routine). With notes of alluring cocos and earthy undertones, what's not to love?

Espresso Hot Chocolate

Espresso Hot Chocolate

This un-fussy and easy-to-make cold weather comforter has us feeling like the windows are already frosted over with early-season snow. Maybe they are.

Chai Spiced Coffee

Chai Spiced Coffee

You can brew this in an automatic drip-coffee maker. Imagine setting it up the night before on a timer, then waking up to the tantalizing aroma of indian spices wafting from your kitchen. If that doesn't get you out of bed on a cold autumn morning, we don't know what will.

Homemade Coconut Latte

Homemade Coconut Lattes

While this recipe does include some milk (and a lot of coconut) you could easily make it dairy-free by simply swapping the cow's milk for coconut milk. Ta-da! Delicious both ways, any day.

Bicern Italian Coffee Recipe

Bicerin (also known as, "Italian Coffee")

Don't be intimidated by its looks- this is an easy recipe to follow, but may make you late for work if you try to concoct it on a weekday. We suggest saving this decadent devil for an easy Saturday or Sunday to truly be able to savor it.  

Maple Cardamom Latte

Maple Cardamom Latte

And to round out this list of delicious fall coffee recipes, here's one that brings to mind frosty walks through the deep deciduous forests surrounded by falling leaves of red, orange and gold.

Laura Lawson Visconti in Nikita Clothing Coffee

Maybe we're getting a little too swept up in this, maybe we've just had a bit too much coffee at this point- but what the heck. Try some (or all) of these out and let us know what you think! If you have a great photo of how yours came out, tag us on social and show us where you enjoyed it - @nikitaclothing #nikitanation, we can't wait to see it!  

Nikita Fall Collection: Colorstory Part II

Nikita Fall Collection 2016 Coffee Colorstory Luba Lubinskaia, Laura Diehm Cortado Sweater Dress

Luba Lubinkskaia in the Kaya Legging and Laura Diehm in the Cortado Sweater Dress enjoy a sunrise on the rooftops of Germany p. Conny Marshaus

Words: Jenna Kuklinski and Vicki Vasil

We know now where coffee comes from (if you haven't yet, check out Nikita Fall Collection: Colorstory Part I). The small plant that grows with green leaves and produces ripe, rich cherries that are harvested with eager attention and grows in tropical climates. That's coffee- that's where it starts. 

But where does this lead us? To the drink, of course; the beverage that an entire industry has been born from- trade routes established and which is the drink of choice for many to wake up to in the mornings. That energizing enigma that inspires so many posts to people's social accounts, that thing that has turned being a barista from merely a side-job for young kids and college students into a life-long career of passion.

Nikita Clothing Fall collection 2016 coffee and cream

Black/White, coffee/cream- opposites attract p. Conny Marshaus

For the second half of our colorstory, we pull our inspiration from coffee & cream, the final product and perfect pairing of this plant. Finally! put the brew to your lips and sip. Energy abounds with bursts of color complementing the cherry tones and basic black, to round the collection out with a diverse palette that pops. Mesh textures offer a subtle play on burlap, and we introduce an accessory micro-collection with "light" or "dark" options. 

Nikita Fall Collection 2016 Coffee Colorstory Schirin Frosch and Sahra Doerfel Criollo Top and Robusta Tee

Schirin Frosch wears the Criollo Top in Jet Black, while Sahra Doefel donned the Robusta Tee in Heather Drizzle p. Conny Marshaus

The excitement and energy that flows from the colors in the origin of coffee translate over flawlessly into the subtle and cool tones of the final product. This is a collection that comes together for us in so many ways! 

So grab your favorite mug, some and some cream (if you take it) and settle into autumn. Its going to be cool, crisp and energizing- a perfect pairing to our favorite fall beverage.

Nikita Fall Collection 2016 Coffee Colorstory Nirvana Ortanez Evolution Crew

Nirvana Ortanez enjoys a carefully crafted latte wearing the Evolution Crew in Castle Rock p. Jenna Kuklinski

Nikita Fall Collection: Colorstory Part I

Laura L Visconti enjoys a mug of her favorite brew in the Robusta Tee from the Beans and Leaves collection. p Alex Uvalle

Here at Nikita, we can't help but notice- the leaves are changing color, air is getting crisper and those bright mornings are just begging to be greeted with a huge cozy hoodie and steaming cup of coffee. Fall has arrived.

This is where we drew our inspiration for the Nikita Fall/Winter 2016 collection; those feelings that come up during fall- and specifically that tie to coffee. As a comforting cup mixed with cream of sugar, but also coffee's origins; the plant, the beans, the leaves.  

The colors that come from a coffee cherry are amazing! Not just browns and blacks, but fresh reds and golds from the live plant. p- Conny Marshaus

Based off of our color palette and concept for Beans and Leaves in the streetwear collection—the origins of coffee— this season we've featured a blend of colors from the green and red of the coffee cherry plant, to a gold solid and complementary basics. Its hard to resist the caffeinated pull of this awesome plant! The patterns and colors that have come from all of it- we can't get enough (sound familiar, coffee lovers?).

Laura Diehm wearing the Reykjavik Hoodie in a seasonal prints inspired by the origins of coffee. p- Conny Marshaus

So, however you like it- coffee is so much more than a cup of caffeine. Enjoy the seasons as we shift over from hot summer days to cool autumn mornings and stay tuned as we introduce the rest of the inspiration for our Fall Winter collection soon! 

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Five Reasons to Continue Biking Into Fall

You’ve done so well at bike commuting all summer long, why quit now? Yes the sun may set a little earlier and the days may seem a little colder, but the reasons for biking through the fall are endless. Here are five that may help to persuade you into setting the car keys aside for just a couple more months-

  1. Biking will help keep your commute quick. As everyone else tucks their bikes away for the season you can avoid the added traffic by sticking to the bike lanes. Plus parking is a breeze and totally free.
  2. Don’t forget about the environment! Protect the polar bears, keep the glaciers from melting, and revive the coral reefs by limiting the demand for oil.
  3. Your own health may be the most important reason. Biking is great exercise and can save you a trip to the gym. As the days get shorter, and the activities you can pack into your time of daylight shrinks, why not double up on commuting and cardio at the same time?
  4. Not only a benefit for your physical health but biking is also also amazing for your mental health. Prepare yourself for the day, boost your creativity and get your blood flowing, then debrief and analyze on your way home.
  5. Biking can be a very social way to commute. Even if the encounters with your fellow bikers is silent a lot can be said for a nod to a friendly face every morning and the community you build is stronger than it may seem.
The pretty leaves and changing scenery is just an added bonus.

Three Bags You Should Always Have Packed

It seems that spontaneity is a part of every woman’s day to day life. Especially now, when the world moves past us so quickly, it is essential to seize any and every opportunity for a night out or a weekend away! Here are three bags, each packed with five items, that we all should have packed and ready to go.

Camp/adventure pack:

  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF.
  • Duct tape. Seriously essential.
  • Raincoat.
  • Mini first aid kit with only essential items (don’t buy one, make your own).
  • Comfy set of dry clothes.

Night out bag:

  • Fav lip stick, gloss or tinted lip balm.
  • Extra layer, something that packs down pretty small. (Nikita Layers link)
  • Portable phone charger, so your night never has to end.
  • Disposable camera. Documentation is key.
  • A small pack of mints or gum to keep your night fresh. 

Day bag: day out on the town

  • Sweater or hoodie.
  • Snack. You never know when hunger will strike.
  • Cash, if you only allow yourself to spend cash when out and about you can’t over spend!
  • Sunglasses.
  • Lip balm with SPF.

A Stretch Routine For Everyone, Everyday.

Sun salutations and morning meditation is a great way to start the day, but just not practical for everyone.

Here is a stretch routine to help anyone get their morning started with movement- these five stretches take just minutes to go through and are the perfect pick-me-up to help you feel focused and energized.

Begin by standing with your feet planted to the floor shoulder-width apart and lift your hands from your side, out in front of your body, up above your head and hold them there for twenty seconds taking in deep breaths as you do so.

Keeping your feet in the same position reach your hands down to your toes while bending from your waist and allow your body to rest in this position for fifteen seconds.


Next, take one step to the side and reach your right hand to your right foot while extending your left arm above your head. Hold for fifteen seconds and then repeat the motion on your opposite side.

Finally, bring your hands back to the center, reaching for the ground in between your feet. Hold this position for a final fifteen count.

Feel free to modify this sequence either by repeating these stretches two or three times or challenging yourself to hold each position for five seconds longer than the time before, this will help to gain flexibility. These stretches aren’t only good for the morning, they can be done during the day as a way to refocus your mind and serve as a great, quick stretch if your muscles are feeling tight before, during, or after a tough workout.

Five Tips to Keep You Hydrated

A Nikita Hoodie paired perfectly with a full bottle of H2O

Haven’t you heard? Hydration is key. We have five tips to keep you hydrated and healthy as the days heat up.

Words and photo: Caroline Williams
Keep water with you! Get a reusable water bottle (or a couple), trick it out with your favorite stickers and you’ll never forget to keep sipping. --A side tip: water bottles can get silly expensive but if you’re a savvy shopper you’ll discover that they always go on sale or can be found for less online.

Work water into your day: If you’re the type of person who can’t seem to function without a dose of caffeine in the morning (as we all are) we recommend that while you wait for your coffee to cool down that you fill up a glass with water. Having water in front of you is likely to help you remember to drink it.
Once your day has begun try and work water into your routine. If you pack a lunch, throw a note in with it that reminds you to enjoy a glass of water while you eat. If you go out make sure to order water with your meal (especially if you’re picking something up to-go). Also fill up your water bottle on bathroom breaks and before you head home. If you like competition, turn water consumption into one! Keep a tally of how many times you sip from your water bottle each day, or how many times you have to fill up your water bottle. 
Another fun game is to challenge your co workers to an HR sanctioned drinking event by keeping track of who has to fill up their water bottles the most times in a week.
Coconut water is also very hydrating; try putting it into a smoothie, brewing sun tea with it or just drinking it right out of the coconut.
Don’t let a drop go to waste… by this we mean don’t sweat. Wear layers and dress for the weather.

Nikita Recommends: Five Summer Road Trip Reads

The summer sun precipitates our inner adventurer, and with it, a lightened workload. For the students out there, summer means closing the textbooks and finishing the novels we’ve picked up over and over again. For the worker bees, summer reads accompany us on the road as we take well deserved vacations and venture to the spots we’ve been meaning to explore.

Whether you’re roadtripping, traveling by plane, or just hanging around this summer, here are five books you won’t regret adding to your list of “must reads”.

 1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing is by no means a “light summer read”, but one you won’t regret picking up. This novel examines 300 years of history in Ghana while still bringing the impact of that history to present day. Following the fate of two sisters, one sold into the slave trade by the British Empire, the other married into wealth and prosperity, author, Yaa Gyasi, succinctly and beautifully portrays how history is never really history.

2. I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

I Almost Forgot About You is your classic summer read, indulgent and fun. This novel follows the story of Dr. Georgia Young as she escapes the seemingly perfect life she’s built for herself for a chance at the life and version of herself she’s always wanted. Quitting her job and moving houses has the potential to give Georgia second chance at love and the whirlwind adventure she never got to have.    

3. This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets

Main character, Blanca, experiences the loss of her mother. In a time of immense grief and loss she is faced with the shocking reality that her future is seemingly empty. Blanca packs up, and heads to the coast with her most beloved companions to find out what it means to live life on her own terms. 

4. The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls is a coming of age story following Evie’s quest for adulthood as she is lured into the soon-to-be famous cult of Charles Manson. What Evie doesn’t realize is that as she ventures deeper into her new found community, she gets closer than she could have ever imagined to a brutal fate and unthinkable violence.

5. The Island Within by Richard K. Nelson

As cliche as it may be, Richard K. Nelson sends his main character to an island off the coast of Alaska to ‘find himself’. However, The Island Within is not your average story of self discovery. The imagery alone in this novel stands the test of time, written in the late 80’s, this might just be the perfect book to amplify your summer experience.

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

May’s almost here! That means we are almost 5 months into our New Year’s Resolutions of living a clutter free life and simplifying our lifestyles…. Right?

In between life’s crazy curveballs, schedule changes, a social life, exercising, staying healthy, etc. it’s hard to find time to catch up on things we’ve been neglecting (i.e. folding laundry, meditation, shaving legs, cleaning). So now we find ourselves thinking about everything we have to do before the summer months.

At our Portland office, we have come up with a few tips to help you get motivated to clean out he oldies and reinvent ourselves for the second time this year. WOOO!

Here we go:

#1. Map it out

- Make yourself a list of everything that you would like to be done and map out a timeline. It’s so much easier to visualize exactly what you have to do/ when you need to do it and helps organize the cluttered thoughts you have going on upstairs. 

*Bonus: You can scratch things off the list…. An oddly satisfying thing to do.

#2. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was the mess.

- It will take time! We know from experience, distractions happen (let’s reminisce at our 3rd grade yearbooks and see what Jimmy wrote to us circa 2003). Things will come up and you may not get to everything you wanted to that day. Don’t get frustrated if you aren’t able to completely finish the task – but don’t cross it off your list either. Even a little progress is still progress.

#3. Make donation piles

- If you aren’t going to use it, don’t keep it! If you think you may use whatever said item is, then put it in a spot where you will see it. If you don’t use it by the next spring cleaning, you know what to do.

#4. Celebrate – break out your finest cheese log

- Hey, you did it. Invite some friends over, go pop that bottle of Prosecco, and get yourself

some cheese and crackers! You deserve it :)

Spring + Summer Fruits and Veggies: Fresh Picked List

Spring has sprung and with it comes all of the yummy produce we’ve been waiting all winter for. 

Here are our fave five fruits and veggies available March through May.


  • How to pick: Apricots are best if they’re firm and uniform in color. They can be purchased ahead of time and stored to ripen, just don’t forget about them!
  • Apricots are great for your daily dose of vitamins A and C, dietary fibers, and potassium.
  • Low in fat and full of flavor, apricots look best on a skewer: Link


  • How to pick: A good artichoke should be firm and heavy with tightly closed leaves.
  • Peel back the layers and reap the reward; artichokes are full of folic acids and essential dietary fibers along with vitamins C and K
  • This recipe is super easy and stays true to the artichoke muse: Link

Mustard Greens

  • How to pick: Mustard greens should be green and blemish free (without brown spots or yellow coloring).
  • What don’t mustard greens have? They’re full of protein, vitamins C, K, and A, and dietary fibers.
  • This recipe is just about as easy as it gets and makes for a crowd pleasing side dish: Link


  • How to pick: Leaves should be crisp and fresh. Any wilting or discoloration is a bad sign.
  • What you get: Radicchio is not only fun to pronounce but it’s full of antioxidants and essential vitamins.
  • This recipe is radicchio! Link


  • How to pick: Strawberries are best when shiny and bright in color. They should have fresh looking leaves, any leaves with browning color or dryness indicates a old strawberry.
  • Strawberries are easily the most underrated superfood on the market, they’re full of vitamin C, antioxidants, and potassium.
  • Honestly, strawberries are best left alone, but don’t forget to wash them!



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