Totally Unnecessary {Wish List}

by Sara on April 24, 2013

If I could live anywhere….


I’d live in a place where handsome baristas dote on me daily…


where afternoon cappuccinos are free….


and where the almond milk-to-coffee-to-foam ratio on said free cappuccinos is perfect. (Read: half foam, half coffee/milk).

Ahh, yes, that would be blissful.

Well, let me let you in on a little secret. That’s where I’ve been living. Or at least that’s where I’ve been living since I arrived in Boise a few weeks ago—according to my favorite barista.

When I walked up to the coffee counter at my daily go-to work spot yesterday (I bet you can’t guess where 😉 ), my new friend Barista Bob (I’m not making that up– his name really is Bob!), winked at me and chirped:

“You’re like, uhh, an official Whole Foods groupie. You LIVE here!”

Welp. Now that’s borderline embarrassing. No, that’s bemoaningly embarrassing! However I’m willing to embrace the Whole Foods groupie label if it entitles me to cappuccinos on the house. Thanks, Bob!

In an effort to save money, I’ve recently stopped buying coffee every afternoon, and instead carry tea bags in my purse. When I arrive at Whole Foods each afternoon, I ask for a cup of hot water, make my humble cup of tea, and embrace the Yogi wisdom that accompanies it.


I estimate I’ve saved $75 over the past three weeks by going coffee-free. That’s like 30 Lindt chocolate bars, or 15 jars of coconut peanut butter…or 1/3 of a plane ticket to San Francisco! However, as much as I LOVE my Yogi tea, cutting back on the capps hasn’t reduced my cravings, like I’d hoped, it’s only intensified them!

It kind of reminds me of my dieting days, when I used to make Monday morning vows not to eat any sweets. But the minute I marked candy off-limits, guess what I found myself desperately craving?


Yup. You always want what you can’t have, right? 

Well, turns out this idea doesn’t just apply to food. As soon as I cut myself off from spending money on things I don’t truly need (I’m thinking about you, Lululemon!), I inevitably start  wanting them even more than before!

But I’m sticking to my guns right now, because saving for a summer trip–even if it’s just $100 extra every month— is important to me. Things like cute clothes and shoes bring temporary happiness, but experiences create happy memories that last a lifetime.


London calling!

So instead of making any new purchases, I’m instead going to share my completely-unnecessary-but-oh-how-I’d-love-it-right-now desires with you. Indulge me, please.;)

Sara’s Totally Unnecessary Wish List

(the very abbreviated version)

A bright pink Cuisinart Mixer.


Vitamix? Naw, don’t need that. This is my kitchen lust. It just screams wannabe domestic diva.

Neon Lululemon Gear.

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More specifically the Forme Jacket in either Orange Pop or Pinkelicious. Oh, and the not-so-neon Vinyasa to Vino Tote. I may or may not want it solely because its description on the website says this: The line from necessity to vice can get a little blurry (especially after a couple glasses of Syrah). We wanted to make the transition from class to glass as easy as possible….

I can totally get on board with post-yoga wine parties.

A personal stylist. 


Because when it comes to dressing myself, I typically opt for the sweats and hoodies at least five  days/week.

Sidenote: I adore the yellow and white polka dot pants on the model, but I’m not sure I have the nerve to pull them off myself.

A Soft Serve Machine.

froyoVelvety, smooth, soft ice cream any time…all the time. Swoon.

An at-home gym. Preferably with views of  an ocean and palm trees—like this one.


A month-long trip around the world. 

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Four places on my must-see list: Santorini, Greece; Dubai, UAE; Venice, Italy;  and Kenya.

Swimsuits from J Crew.


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Pretty much all of them.

The same holds true for these…

Cap Toe Flats.


So perfect for spring—that is, if it decides to come. It was 27 (-3 C) in Boise today! Brrrr.

A Jar of Nuttzo.


This. Stuff. Rocks. They were sampling it at Whole Foods a few days ago, and ohmygoshyum. But I’m not so nuttzo for the $12 price tag!

Maybe if I’m chummy enough with the shelf-stockers, like I am with Bob the Barista, they’ll give me a free jar some day. 😉


Have a wonderful Wednesday—we’re on the homeward weekend stretch!

Hugs <3

I want to know…

Do you visit a certain coffee shop, store, restaurant etc. regularly enough that the staff knows you?

How many days/week do you typically buy coffee out?

Which cities/countries would you travel to if you had a free trip around the world?


What items are on your personal  completely-unnecessary-but-oh-how-I’d-love-it-right now wish list?



  • Natalie @ Lift,Sleep,Eat

    Ooooh are you thinking of coming back to London? That would be funnn!
    So many things on your wish list I would love as well …..that soft serve machine!!! WOW! I’ve always wanted a bright pink mixer too :(. I heard someone at my local gym the other day saying they had their own home gym…so jealous..think they were mega rich ahah!
    No coffee store staff knows me yet as usually when im on the go i dont pick up things like coffee etc :(. I save all my tea/coffee drinking for home..which i guess saves me a lot of money.
    I really want to go to Italy!! The gelato! I’ve been to Dubai that was really nice; it was so hot for me though..I literally virtually stepped out into the sun and frazzled hah. I’d love to do a road trip across america + visit the far east like china/macau etc. :)

    • Sara Stewart

      Yes! I’m hoping to visit London for a week mid-July! Want to come visit me?! I’d loooove that! 😀

      Your travel list sounds perfect! Let me know when you’re ready for that road trip across the US–I’ll join you!

  • Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    Yay! London is way better than coffee :) I just bought a racer back tank in Pinkalicious – I looooove the bright colours. It’s perfect for the lovely sunny weather we’ve been having the past two weeks!

    • Sara Stewart

      I think part of the reason I love all the pinkalicious Lulu items is the name–it makes me think of cotton candy or something. Ha! Please capture the sun and save it for my arrival? 😉 xoxo

  • Lillian_SeizeTheLatte

    First, I adore this idea and would love to steal it – would you be ok with me brazenly copying you on this format? (I’ll give you a shout-out as the idea’s original owner, obviously.) :)

    Secondly, um, the fact that there’s a personal soft-serve machine is insanely awesome. In fact, I’m 100% with you on all these things: the Kitchen Aid (we got one as a wedding gift, although not in pink), the Lululemon loot (which I’ve never been able to afford, but I lust after it anyways), the shoes (adorbz!), and the swimwear (holy cuteness, Batman!). I think it’s safe to say that you’ve got awesome style. 😉

    • Sara Stewart

      Totally, girl! Go for it! Can’t wait to see your list!

  • coco

    it is so true that we always want what we can’t have, that’s why I don’t restrict myself anything because I know i’d want it even more if I do.

    I don’t buy coffee precisely because I think it’s a waste of money. I have a nespresso machine at home and I like homemade capucchino with almond milk much better than store-bought.

    I love Santorini and Venize. You should definitely go there once. I’d love to go to Santorini again actually. it’s just beyond beautiful. Next I want to visit Cuba, East Europe and East Asia.

    • Sara Stewart

      I’d love to visit Cuba, too! I have a friend that was recently there, and the photos she took captured the vibe so well.

      My mom has a Nespresso machine, which I’ve been enjoying thoroughly since arriving at home! Happy Wednesday! <3

  • Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife

    a soft serve machine is definitely a necessary! (:

    • Sara Stewart

      SO necessary! 😉

  • Jessie

    My golly, I totally want that soft serve machine. The creations I could come up with.. ohh man, it could be dangerous Ha Ha!

    • Sara Stewart

      Haha, I know…My thought was that I could create “healthy” froyo, but I’d probably end up quadruppling my intake, which would probably negate the healthy factor. 😉 Ha!

  • Khushboo

    Waiiiit a London this summer for real? If so, OMG when?? I’m going to be there all summer and would love to meet up- we could hit up Wholefoods and then end with some SNOG fro yo (i.e. one of the best fro yo places around)! Let me know :)!

    I have a simiar relationship with the local Starbucks here- it’s one thing with them not having to ask my name but when they know my order before I have a chance to speak up, that’s a sign I probably buy way too much coffee…eh there are worse vices (and more expensive ones for that matter) around! Along with a personal at-home barista, I would love to buy a ticket to Australia..and of course have an unlimited budget to spend while I’m there!

    • Sara Stewart

      Girl, I’m serious about London!! I’ve been looking at flights, and think I’ll be able to do it, but I’m not 100% certain…I’d say 80%? 😉 If I go, I’ll be there in mid-July! You better believe we’ll have a Whole Foods date (x’s 3?) followed by froyo afterward! When will you be there? <3 xoxo

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    It’s kind of scary when you realize what small purchases can add up to, eh? I have a bad habit of buying magazines and it makes me cringe when I think about what I could be spending my money on instead. 😛 A trip to London definitely sounds like good motivation to save your money though – that’s so exciting!!

    Haha yep, I definitely have restaurants where the employees know me by name (and my usual order… and my allergies lol).

    And thanks for making that list – now I want everything on it too! I would love to just go on a shopping spree at J Crew and Lululemon right now. Also on my list are a VitaMix and a Marc by Marc Jacobs purse!

    • Sara Stewart

      I used to have a major magazine addiction, too! About a year ago, I decided to bite the bullet and subscribe to five that I bought regularly, and I’m so glad I did! I think I’d always hoped I could just get away with thumbing through them on the newsstand, but I’d always end up buying them!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I’m with you on the restriction or ‘off limits’ thing…as soon as I tell myself I can’t have something, I want it all the time! I take the approach of whenever I want it, I can have it…even if that means sweet potato fries for breakfast or chocolate at 4 am or whathaveyou. It means that I really only go for what I’m craving now, which seems to be a much better approach!

    One of the reasons I’m glad I can’t get on the coffee train; I never have to pay for it. It must be such a relief to see that cash staying in your pocket!

    • Sara Stewart

      I couldn’t agree with you more–there’s no use in deeming certain foods fit for only certain times of the day. Our bodies don’t know the difference!

      I envy your dislike of coffee! I’d be $1000’s richer if I could fully kick my habit! 😉 xoxo

  • Krista

    You and I were cut from the same cloth I swear! Santorini is my #1 bucket list destination! And I LOVE my cappuccinos to have more foam than milk- just fill that whole sucker up with foam!! I don’t often get coffee out, but I have been using the last bit of my South African spending money (not spent obviously) to treat myself to jet-lag recovery this week :) As for my items-I-loved-to-have-but-don’t-need, I would love a Vitamix, loads of hoodies from Lululemon, a personal crossfit gym, and a personal froyo shop serving only my favorite flavors- vanilla, pistachio, and cappuccino! Happy Wednesday :)

    • Sara Stewart

      I’m a pistachio ice cream and froyo lover, too! Not enough places carry it!

      Can’t wait to read about your South African adventures!! <3

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    I have been wanting to try Nutzzo for awhile now, but I just cannot get myself to pay that much!! :/

    And seriously, how awesome would an at-home gym be? It would be absolutely perfect during the cold and snowy Winter months when I am lacking SERIOUS motivation!!

    • Sara Stewart

      I know–I cringe thinking about spending so much money on a jar of nut butter that I’d probably consume in one week! 😉

  • Anna Smith-James

    Hehe love that the barista noted your regular appearances. I unfortunately don’t go anywhere near as fun and coffee-related that often to prompt someone to notice. I guess work is where I go on a regular basis. If I didn’t go it would be a problem haha.
    The yellow poka dot trousers look great on that girl but I’d look like a right tool in them. It definitely takes a certain person and a certain level of confidence to rock that outfit. In my head I’d look that good hehe.
    All those pumps (flats?) look so pretty. I live in pumps all day long. So comfy and so easy to wear with anything.
    I would go to Japan, Thailand, China, Alaska and Brazil I think. Crazily different temperatues and culture. And the food I’m sure would be amazing.
    I need a Mulberry handbag in my life. One of the big ones. And maybe a Fiat 500 car (marshmallow blue). That’s all for the moment, I’m not greedy 😉 Hehe.

    • Sara Stewart

      A marshmallow blue Fiat would be SO much fun! As would a trip to Japan, Thailand, China, and Brazil! I think I’d be eating every hour of the day in each of those countries!

  • Emily

    I’ve got quite a lengthly lust list also!

    I hope you left a nice tip for Barista Bob! I’d be irked if someone brought their own tea to my cafe!

    • Sara Stewart

      Oh, don’t worry! I always leave a tip! And they actually charge me $0.25 for the cup, so it’s not completely free. 😉 Happy Tuesday!

  • Christina

    OOOH, I love this list! I’ll travel the world with you!! :)

    • Sara Stewart

      PLEASE!! Come to London with me this summer!<3

  • Amy

    The coffee savings that you mention- SO enlightening…I am so guilty of this living in DC as a student, where Starbucks and such are everywhere! I should start this as well!

    Also, love absolutely everything on that wish list. Yes please :)

    • Sara Stewart

      It’s amazing how much you can save in just one week by going coffee-free! My problem is that I don’t like carrying my own mug around all day, so it’s much easier to just swing by Starbucks.

  • Sara Stewart

    I SO WISH I could travel to Switzerland!! I can barely afford to get to London, though, so sadly, probably not. :( Waaah. Want to come meet me in London?! Khushboo is going to be there, too! xoxo

  • Claire @Keeping Up With Claire

    Oooh girl, I have the same problem! There is a Starbucks 2 blocks from my office and they are putting a Barnie’s on the bottom floor of our building. Their coconut coffee gets me EVERY time! I would love to travel to Italy, Spain, Greece and Australia!

    On my not necessary but totally obsessed list-a watch I’ve fallen completely in love with (Michael Kors stops my heart), a puppy because I’m convinced Bentley needs a friend, and just about everything Lululemon has recently put out. Oh, and I wouldn’t mind a brand spankin’ new Vitamix either! 😉
    Happppppppy Wednesday gorgeous! Enjoy the day! <3

  • Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    The guy at Whole Foods who manages bulk (and yes, I do know his name) finally came up to me one day and said, “Since you are always here, I should probably introduce myself.”


    Hooray for saving money, but it can be so hard can it? Especially when there are so many wonderful WISHES to be had. But, like you, I know I need to be saving for future, long-term goals.

    But if you do decide to take that trip around the world, let me know. :)

  • Rach

    Haha! I love that they know you as a regular. Way to be a groupie. 😉

    Also, your travel list – fabulous! I’ll be in Venice this year and I’m SO excited about it! And some day I’ll make it to London which will be so cool. I know you will have the best time! :)

  • runwithspoons

    Barrista Bob? Heehee. That’s wonderful. There’s a Starbucks right by my place, so you can bet they know me by name, schedule, and order – I’m there everyday. I barely finish walking through the door and they already have my cappucinno ready to go. Sometimes I think about ordering something different to throw them off balance, but I love my afternoon cappuccinos too much to mess with them. And yes, if I could have a wish, it would be to have the perfect cappuccino ratios. I’ve dealt with way too many bad ones in my day, so I really appreciate when someone knows how to make one properly. So… good coffee and more travel. I’d really love to visit Greece, Egypt, New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji.

  • julie

    oh MAN that coffee looks SO GOOOD. is this barista bob a hottie? I think he should starting buying you coffee! Or drinks? Or dinner? BTW LOVE your list! Are you defs going to London this summer? That’s SO EXCITING!!!! SO jealous of you hanging with Tara! I want to hop on the bandwagon haha and take over London with you guys!

  • Sophia

    I’m saving too, every scent I earne goes towards saving and essentials like food- so no coffee or food out ever! :( but I am applying to go to school in Australia so I need to save! Honestly working, cooking and studying takes up a lot of time- so totally unnecessary would be a massage, restaurant meal by the beach and some new clothes :) I would love to travel more! My heart yearns for a different experience and freedom- but alas one day :) I think my ticket would read Paris, London, New York, San franscisco, Athens, this list could get pretty long! Love and peace Sophia (and chocolate in copious amounts is a
    Total essential You know- it’s not feasible to cut back :) )

    • Sophia

      So Sorry I miss-spelt some words I get confused in english sometimes! Love Sophia

      • Sara Stewart

        Oh, Sophia, please don’t apologize! Your English is amazing! I’m sending huge hugs to Italy! <3 xoxo

    • Sara Stewart

      Oh, I totally I agree–I could never cut back on chocolate! 😉 Let me know when you come to the US–I’ll meet you in San Francisco! <3

  • Gina Topley

    Oh my goodness this is so funny considering my post today…when you come to SF we will most likely be making a Whole Foods trip, I’m sure!

    I am seriously loving your wish list, especially the pink mixer and Lululemon. And I totally feel you on the sweats most days of the week thing ;-).

  • Hannah

    Would you believe that I have a friend who lives in that palm island in Dubai? I’ve been to Dubai (not to visit him) but I’ve never been to the islands. It’s hot and dry!

    I don’t have a town near me really, but when I’m in Taiwan next year I really want to become a regular at some little tea shop and speak Chinese with the owners!

    I don’t drink coffee, but I love tea! I usually do as you do, carry tea bags around and beg for free water :)

    As for a trip around the world; I think I’d mandate that I stop everywhere. Cop out, I know, but I can’t choose! I know I’d love to LIVE in London or Amsterdam!

    I DO want a vitamix, but I also want one of those mixers (in lime green!) and also an immersion blender, an unlimited closet (pinterest come to life?), and a state of the art kitchen!

  • Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel

    whole foods blogger!!! hahaha seriously love your pictures. And I would love a personal stylist, soft serve machine, and a month long trip around the world. I bet if I go to Cloud Cafe a few more times they’ll know my name. I think some just know my face for now. Baby steps. 😉 happy wednesday love!

  • Jess @ JessieBear

    That’s hilarious that they know you! And I totally have a mile long wish list of unnecessary things too 😛

  • Brittany Lesser

    Hahah oh man, I love this. There are a ton of things on my completely-unnecessary-but-oh-how-I’d-love-it-right-now wish list 😉 I rarely ever buy coffee out. I’m perfectly content with my big cup at home in the morning! :)

  • Liv @ Life as Liv

    Totally obsessed with your wish list! Can I just claim it as mine…? 😉 I’m not on any first name basis with my barista because I like to switch up the different coffee places I visit, but I treat myself 2-3 times a week. It’s more of a studying reward than anything…I swear. 😉

  • Courtney Violet Bentley

    Hi Sara, I will tell you from personal experience that letting go of those need to have now/want to have now items and saving the money for travels is way more fulfilling, a better experience you remember for a lifetime and your not stuck trying to move it around with you. All of my coffee House ladies get a coffee maker and there favorite coffee brand and are stuck blending there own drinks at home with almond milk, saves calories, you know exactly what’s inside especially of you buy organic coffee and you take that money put it in a jar and I bet you have yourself a plane ticket to Dubai in three months time. Crazy but you better believe it! I am a big saver and only do coffee outside if its with an friend but on my own its VERY rare to grab a tea or a coffee since my whole foods has such a large selection of the yummiest teas and coffees! Sending you amazing travels in the NEARfuture! Love + Shine Courtstar

  • Kristen

    Love my cappuccinos from our local coffee shop … more times a week than I care to admit! I’m so excited for your upcoming London vacay! My husband and I visited over New Year’s and it was amazing. So excited for you :-)

  • Heather Powers

    I really need to get a handle on my frivolous spending too…which sadly, with the exception of a couple of skirts I picked up at TJ Maxx last week has been ALL FOOD!! I know, I’m crazy! Lol But never have I EVER shelled out the bookoo bucks for a jar of Nutzo…so hey, I can’t be that crazy, right? Riiiiiight??!

    A Vitamix is definitely at the top of my list! As is that exact home gym you pictured, a live-in masseuse, and my own Sweet Cece’s franchise (froyo shop)! 😉

    I’m not a big coffee drinker anymore (I used to be an ADDICT!) but now I’m soooooo sensitive to caffeine! I usually make a 1/2 caff at home 3-4 days a week. I’m much more of a tea-drinker these days…and lately completely obsessed with Earl Grey with a splash of almond milk! So yum!

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