The Intern Files: What Happens When You Don’t Like PSL? *gasp*

So because we're really weird and love our Intern, we've decided to dedicate a few posts to asking (read making) her try out new, hip thangs because she's a new, hip gal.  Her musings and thoughts combine to form (dun, dun, DUN) The Intern Files. 

Hello, Kennedy the intern here, enjoying a great day of fall weather. I’m a college kid, so hours spent at Starubucks are not foreign to me. On a study session a couple of nights ago, I got to drink Starbucks’ newest drink, the Toasted Graham Latte (#TGL). I’m a lover of all things fall, but one thing I’ve never been able to get behind is the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I prefer my sweet drinks to be in cold, Frappuccino form. So when I walked into Starbs last night, I was surprised to see a poster for a brand new drink in the emerging #PSL season. 

Our Intern getting her #TGL on.

I must admit, my mind went straight to skepticism. I consulted my barista, Hannah (yes, we are on a first-name basis), and asked her opinion. “It’s really subtle,” she warned. “I’ll make one for you and then you can add a syrup to it if you want.” Ladies and gents, this latte needed no extra syrup.

What I found in that drink was the best tasting flavored latte I’d ever tasted.

Perfectly subtle, in-between the black, vital coffee we find ourselves drinking and the sweet, frivolous coffee drinks we enjoy with our friends. 

There’s an article on Eater.com that refers to the TGL as “graham crackers and milk all grown up”. I think perhaps in our world of extra-shots and fancy syrup combos, the simplistic nature of the TGL gets wrongly categorized as too simple—a drink for reminiscing about simpler days. I think that it could be intended for invoking nostalgic feelings, but not so we can sit around and wish for simpler days. Instead, we should use it as a time to simply have a pleasurable moment in the midst of our busy days. When we embrace the here and now, we get the best of both worlds: a simple pleasure that recognizes and appreciates both joyous childhood memories and the life we currently live. 

Thank you, Starbucks, for capturing a more unconventional part of fall and for teaching us a lesson about enjoying life. 

Happy fall, 

The Intern

Fall: The Glorious In Between

F. Scott Fitzgerald writes in the beloved The Great Gatsby, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

This week brought us our first tastes of autumn weather, and boy, it was glorious. So at High Five we started thinking: What is it that makes everyone love the fall season so much?

Pumpkin spice lattes? Boots and scarves? Football Saturdays? The end of the hellish Oklahoma heat?

Autumn is so appealing because it is the “in between". We're gonna' get deep here with some song lyrics. Are ya ready?

Ben Rector sings, “life is not the mountain tops, it’s the walking in between,” in his song “I Like You”, and it couldn’t be more true. The in between is where ideas come. It is the quiet time between life’s highs and lows where we can collect ourselves and reconvene with our senses. It is where long summer days are behind us and long winter nights are before us. The air changes, holding promise and whimsy. Along with that promise, the crispness of the air makes us more in-tune with ourselves; autumn is the time for growth and change, just like the leaves on the trees. 

Make the decision to embrace the changing season. 

Here at High Five, we are in betweeners (yup, it's a word). We’ll help you find yourself and highlight the things that make you “you”.  An endless fountain of creativity and ideas, we will help you find the best form of representation for your business. We will work with you and help you grow into your best. 

Here’s to fall (-ing in love with High Five). 

What are your favorite parts of this in between season? 

“I Like You” by Ben Rector