Thursday, March 10, 2011

{chaTEAu reCUPeration}

It is a rainy, gloomy, don't-want-to-get-out-of-bed kind of day here in Baltimore. And in spite of my best efforts to feel sassy (a.k.a donning a leopard jacket, black heels and french-braiding my hair), I just want to go home, throw on a cotton t-shirt & sweatpants, and crawl back into bed with my current guilty pleasure:

To top off this gloriously dismal day, my stomach is a little achy. Trust me when I tell you that I have been numero uno when it comes to being the happy-go-lucky, positive and affirming one in my office recently. It seems all I've been listening to is complaining these past couple of the rain really isn't helping my case at the moment. However, I'm not forgetting to count the many blessings in my life...because all I see are clear skies ahead and good things to come:

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

Despite the cold or the elements, there is one thing that helps soothe me: a cup of tea. The staple of my "food cabinet" (it literally is a mini pantry) is green tea. Some are avid coffee drinkers; I drink green tea second only to water. Give it to me straight, no milk or sugar...with a little Adele or Frou Frou playing on my Pandora in the background.

Ahhh it keeps me going. Who doesn't love a little revitalization in a cup? I like trying new flavors of tea and love the idea of creating my very own tea box. I started looking into some ideas for how to store tea's in my cabinet. Since it's starting to look like Tupperware took over, I want to add a little pop to the way I store my food:

I love the idea of a personalized tea box!

Another fun way to stock up on your favorite tea flavors!

I love the pattern/colors that make this tea box so unique!

I'm starting to think I want to host a tea party. In fact, I will be attending one very soon! I love how many cultures partake in drinking tea as a common way of socializing. Why don't Americans do more of this?! (FYI: I am in no way supporting the "tea party" movement; but I am supporting the idea of drinking more tea :) No, it doesn't need to revolve around older women wearing fancy hats and drinking out of small teacups with their pinky fingers sticking out...but don't even pretend like you don't secretly want to put on pearls & eat finger sandwiches with your girlfriends.

Out with the old... with the new...

...and then some!

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  1. i'm not a huge tea drinker, definitely a coffee gal, but i want to hold a modern day girly tea party too!

  2. I was about to go off an a small rant about my occasional infatuation with frapp's & iced coffees and then one will care about any of that since I'm writing about tea :-p I think a garden tea party should happen at least once when you're a grown-up...with a little champagne on the side!

  3. lovely post! i'm sitting here in the office and you have me thinking of tea now and that being a topic to put on my list to blog too! thanks for sharing. =)


  4. I'm actually working on planning a tea party bridal shower for a friend this spring. :) Hopefully it turns out well!

    Also, I could not put down "Something Blue," so I totally understand your desire to want to curl up in bed with it.

  5. you blog is beautiful! very similar writing style to mine, and I have a lil' obsession with tea too :) i'll definitely be back

    britta from

  6. Fae - I know! Isn't tea just that awesome :)

    Lindseney - I hope the party goes well! I just went to one yesterday for was lovely :) I think I like "Something Blue" more than the first book!

    Brittney - Thanks girl! I'll have to check out your blog as well :)

  7. OMG, Tazo Zen Green Tea. That stuff is divine. I'm a total tea snob (only loose leaf brewed at the right temperature - none of that boil-in-bag stuff for me!), but damn that Tazo tea is good. I like to sip it when I'm not being pretentious in front of company. =P

  8. Rebekah - I agree...Tazo does produce some pretty good tea :) I still can't get over how someone would pay the same amount for one cup of this stuff from, say, Starbucks versus buying a whole box of tea bags for the same price!

  9. Love it :) I totally want to don pearls and sip tea with friends! Sounds like a lovely way to celebrate the return of spring and I've been looking for a unique party idea. I may even break out the big hat as well! Keep up the great posts!

  10. Thanks! Definitely go with the big hat...try searching for "garden tea party hats" on ~ they have a lot of cute, homemade ideas :)

  11. AHH! I love Emily Giffin. Im reading Something Blue right now too! I hope you read Something Borrowed first! :)