who we are

We are bffs with an opinion on just about everything. A typical conversations can jump seamlessly from the debt ceiling to our favorite Mary Kate and Ashley movie.* We’re both trying to figure out how to be adults and how we can get a job doing what we really want to do. We imagine we aren’t the only ones in this position so we thought we’d make our ramblings public and voila, “But First, Coffee” was born.

Emily:
Lover of fort building, avocados, filibusters, and defending whimsy. She can often be found debating the geo-cultural location of her home state or asking people to go eat tacos with her. Her greatest fear is being stranded with nothing to read, her second greatest fear is that there exist catfish so gigantic you can swim into them because you think they are caves. She’s happiest on a porch in the morning with a notebook and a pilot precise .38 pen.
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Katie:
Lover of the pacific northwest, spring storms, and coffee with dinner. Her main world news source is the BBC. She fancies herself a city girl while knowing in her heart she could never leave the wide open spaces of the Midwest. To her, the perfect day would include soup, an IPA, and a West Wing marathon. Most of all she loves her 5 siblings, dying her hair all by herself, and reading Sylvia Plath.
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*It’s Winning London, obviously.

5 responses to “who we are

  1. Ladies,

    I found you through Midwest Style while seeking contact info for the boys over there. I need help! I’m a smidge older than you (a SMIDGE, I say, and I’m dealing with it just fine, yes I am (weep, sniffle, weep)), but something tells me you might have some very good ideas. Sine, you see, I am at a loss. I am celebrating my 10 year anniversary at the end of December and I don’t know what to get my husband. He is a good mid-western boy, transplanted to Southern California, and has a very practical sense of things. He’s stylish, smart and funny. He owns a small cafe on a college campus and has instituted bow-tie-Fridays at work (he was recently approached by a woman at Costco who was wild for the bow tie). He drives a classic Mini Cooper on the weekends, wears stingy brim hats from time-to-time, enjoys a good bourbon and loves me, his dog and his daughter like no other man possibly could. He’s thoughtful and creative: for our first anniversary, he gave me a subscription to the New York Times (paper is the symbol of the one year mark), and without question, he’s the best human being I know. I don’t want to blow our travel savings on an outrageously expensive gift, but neither will a pair of socks with mustaches on them suffice. The tenth anniversary symbol is tin. Have you any possible ideas?

    Thank you so much for your time.

    ~aaryn

    • emilylewis

      Aaryn,
      Thanks for the comment! Sounds like you’ve got a great husband- coffee shop owner AND bow tie wear-er is a pretty rare combination! Tin is certainly a hard gift to buy but I did find this awesome lamp on etsy made from a vintage tobacco tin that might fit the bill. Etsy is a great resource for this kind of stuff so you should definitely search around there if this doesn’t strike your fancy. http://www.etsy.com/listing/79531318/upcycled-sir-walter-raleigh-tobacco-tin?ref=sr_gallery_25&ga_search_submit=&ga_ref=auto&ga_search_query=vintage+tins&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade%2Fhousewares
      Also, I don’t know how outdoorsy y’all are but you could also plan a little weekend camping trip and get him a new sigg water bottle (They are made of aluminum which is the same as tin, right?) and this awesome little toaster (also aluminum) http://www.jacobbromwell.com/genuine-pyramid-toaster
      Hope that helps! Thanks for reading!
      -Emily

    • Hey Aaryn!
      Ok so I’m not married, so I can’t really say what proper 10 year anniversary gifts should be. Also, nothing really comes to mind when I think of tin. My thought process when giving gifts unfortunately isn’t that creative…I more think of what I would want and translate into a gift for the guy (I know I know…pretty sure I learned that from my dad). But I think 10 years is for sure a milestone, so congrats! My first thought is to give him something that is lasting and has stood the test of time (a metaphor for your relationship and marriage). Personally, I always think of books as gifts. Perhaps a 1st edition of his favorite book? And you could inscribe it with something specific to you as a couple. Also I feel like its romantic to scour used book stores for that perfect, old, tattered novel.
      Other gifts along these lines (old, vintage-y, ect):
      -a typewriter
      -a record player along with a few classic old records
      -a bar cart along with those old classic glass bottles for storing scotch, whiskey, ect.

      Good luck and again, congrats!
      -Katie

  2. You guys are great! Thank you so much for your ideas.
    Love your site and will be back, many times, I’m sure.

  3. Katelyn Doyle

    As a small town Missourian, I am so pleased to stumble upon you folks.

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