10 Things I Love About Tea (and T)

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10 Things I Love About Tea (and T)

10 Things I Love About Tea (and T)

1. Trader Joe’s Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea

The Trader Joe’s brand teas! — especially the seasonal ones that come out around holidays. Every Xmas I hoard and stockpile a few boxes of the Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea and Candy Cane Green Tea (YUM!), and then obsessively ration them.


I believe I shall make a cuppa right now (lol, someone’s been watching BBC lately).

2. Tabbies

I got mad love for all teh kittehs, but due to my current employment situation…husky tabby boys are my faves. 🙂

Tabs contouring with his new Real Techniques Contour Brush

Tabs demonstrating the proper way to contour using the Real Techniques Contour Brush…

3. Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea by Traditional Medicinals

Otherwise known as “PMS Tea” around these parts, it improves my mood when my hormones are acting like irrational toddlers behind the wheel of a tractor trailer truck, if ya know what I mean.

4. Cute tea pots and cups

I have a couple of cute, dainty pots and cups but rarely use them because I’m partial to huge mugs.

Since we’re on the subject, though, did you ever have a toy tea set when you were a kid? I did! And I used to love playtime with tea.

Wish I could remember what happened to that thing…

5. Tom Ford Beauty

Tom Ford African Violet Nail Lacquer

Tom Ford African Violet Nail Polish, Purse by Reed Krakoff, and bracelet by Na Hoku

“T” for Tom Ford. 🙂 Don’t even get me started on Tom.

African Violet Nail Polish, Cognac Sable Eye Quad, Negligee Lipstick, the Unabashed Palette, and oh! — that crazy expensive, utterly epic brow filler I’ve worn down to the nub.

Oh, Tom…

6. Fragrant “tea” notes in perfumes

My current faves are by BVLGARI: Eau The Blanc White Tea (notes of artemesia leaves, white tea, ambrette, white pepper, musk and woody amber) and Au The Vert Extreme (notes of Italian bergamot, green tea and pepper).

7. White tee shirts like this one from Anthropologie

Mia Beauty Bun Ease before shot

This one’s by Left of Center from Anthropologie a couple years ago.

Now that I think about it, I should have gotten more than one because it’s been the best dang t-shirt I’ve ever owned, hands down.

I LOVE the way the soft cotton drapes without getting too clingy (i.e., it hides my muffin top) and the cute little details, like the slightly twisted fabric around the neckline.

It’s also long, so it covers my bum and my lady parts, and I can wear it with leggings, too.

I’m not seeing the exact same one on sale anymore…but the Slubbed Palette Tee and Catarina Tee are pretty similar.

8. This Tabby Tee from Target

I feel like Tabs should be getting royalties from this one, lol!

Feels nice and soft, also not too clingy. Plus, hello! — there’s a cat DJ on the front.

I’m not sure if I should be ashamed to admit this (probably)…but 90% of the people who ask me about this tee shirt are children who want it for themselves.

9. Taylor Swift!

I may have just listened to Shake It Off five times in a row. Sorry not sorry.

10. Tissé Vendôme by Chanel

Chanel Quadra Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow in Tissé Vendôme

Tissé Vendôme

Of all the quads on planet Earth, Tissé Vendôme is my current favorite to wear with coral cheeks and lips.

The browns in this? Uh! Heart palpitations.

Chanel Tissé Vendôme Swatch

Tissé Vendôme

I like to sweep the lightest brown, the satiny golden one, on my lids and then line my lash lines with the darker rich chocolate. Then I’ll buff that coral shade inside the inner corners.

Makes for a happy Karen. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Kim says:

    Happy Wednesday, my friend! I must confess that when I first looked at your title pic, I thought “aw, what a cute polka dotted tea po…. oh, dodo, they’re not on the tea pot.” HAHA! I also relate to your BBC language because a friend told me last week that “dodgy” was not an American word and I needed to get off the BBC and Brit Lit. 🙂 I also support your multiple T-shirt purchases. I have 4 long sleeve, white v-necks (exactly the same) and 3 pair of black Nike sweats (again, the exact pair) because they’re my favorites. I sort of feel like I might be the slovenly version of Mickey Rourke in 9-1/2 weeks. And Tissé Vendôme? I have to add it to my list. Le sigh.

  2. Those are some awesome T’s right there 🙂 My favorite T is Tom, my soon-to-be hubby.
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  3. Kelly B. says:

    Cute-I love peppermint green tea! It’s my go-to for the holidays!
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  4. Erin says:

    I’m a huge tea person too. I haven’t been drinking nearly enough hot tea this winter! I also like tea in scents. Some of my favorites are BVLGARI Black and Burberry the Beat. I can’t get the Burberry anymore because they DC’d it.
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  5. Agatha says:

    Tea, BBC, Tabbies/Cats…all my favorite things no matter what letter they start with :-)! I have to get that peppermint tea from Trader Joe’s next year. Tabs is always a joy to look at. Gorgeous nails too!

  6. M says:

    Um, this entire post is fabulous. I love those Trader Joe’s teas, the Tom Ford nail polish (that color is too perfect), and — dare I say it? — these might be some of my favorite pictures of Tabs thus far. I like his faux-innocent gaze in the first one, haha.

    I have a black sweatshirt with gold dinosaurs printed all over it that little boys ALWAYS think is cool. Nothing wrong with that in my book 🙂

  7. Melissa Valdez says:

    Is there another color that comes close to Tom Ford’s Negligee since it is unavailable?

  8. Lorraine says:

    Tom ford Smoke Red, Bordeaux Lust and Black Sugar for me, please. I could never get African VIolet to cooperate- it went on patchy, I have to stick with my Sally Hansen Dupe. Love the color though. How did you get yours to behave so well? Teas from a Canadian company called Murchies are delicious. They have sampler packs, try their flavored green/black blends. Library Tea is my idea of heaven in a cup. Cute Tabs getting his face done. 🙂

  9. Sylirael says:

    I love me some tea!! I am not privileged to own-UH I MEAN WORK FOR a tabby (especially not one that is as luxuriously adorable as Tabs is in that pic with the makeup brush – it’s like and elegant fur pillow…with a surprise Tabs at one end!! 😀 ), although I do have my eye on those gorgeous Russian Blue cats. SO PLUSHY YET ELEGANT.

    My favourite tea of the moment (aside from the The Nil Noir from Mariage Freres) is probably Twinings Lady Grey, of all things!

    My very first taste of Tom Ford is on its way to me… *excited*
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  10. Ruchita says:

    I have been on a real tea-drinking kick lately, so I’ll have to check out some of those flavors you posted. The “PMS tea” is definitely something I need try. Hopefully it will help when I have the urge to eat everything in sight!

    The Tom Ford polish is gorgeous!

    Husky tabbies will always have a special place in my heart. 🙂

  11. Debra says:

    “T” is for treasure, tremendous, touché, terrific, and . . . my maiden name! It meant I was at the end of the line in alphabetic-school-organization. Thus began my lifelong lessons in patience!

    We shan’t discuss my teapot collection except to say that I use every one of the 20 or so – at one time or another. And if you need a recommendation, Le Creuset has an ombre 3-cupper at Whole Foods.

    I’m not an herbal tea-type. I go straight for the dark stuff: PG TIps, Yorkshire, Scottish Breakfast.

    You need not go all the way to the BBC to view their goodies. youtube has “The Sky’s The Limit,” Season 7 Episode 1 from “Only Fools and Horses.” Funny!!! “By this time next year we’ll be millionaires” is a phrase those blokes invented that I dare to think once or twice a day!!

    And, yes, Karen, I had a little tea set as a little girl. A metal one with flowers painted on the turquoise painted tin. The set got rusty but I think I still used it. I treasured those little tin cups along with my (plastic) pearl-handled toy pistol, the kind that you put a roll of caps into and set off a little kick with a small puff of smoke.

    Blimey — those things are outlawed now!

    I don’t fancy Tabs would fancy tea or scones or fragrance. He is two cats above the average!

  12. Tea is my favorite T also, along with my Collection of big tea pots.
    I recently discovered a new scented candles range who had a tea fragranced limited edition! I bought all scents, and gifted one to my mother as well.
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  13. Stephanie says:

    This tea leaf infuser made me want to start drinking more tea so I can have it in my mug all day

  14. Elena says:

    YESSS! I love the trader joe’s candy cane green tea! I wish they had it all year! I bought 6 boxes to last me until the holidays roll around again.

  15. Chelsea says:

    L’Occitane’s green tea fragrance is so good! I like to mix it with their cherry blossom.

  16. Agata says:

    What a cute post! That Kitty tee is really cute. I would add Too Faced to the mix 🙂
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  17. I’m not a big tea drinker but I love tea notes in perfumes. Bvlgari does them really well! So does Givenchy!
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  18. Tatiana says:

    Aw TABS! He has such a handsome gorgeous face! Give him a kiss for me. Tom Ford! Love! Too many items from Tom to list. Every time I see you sporting African Violet for your mani, I get the urge to run out and get a bottle for myself. Too bad the closest TF counter with the nail colors is in The City. T for green tea from Japan. Love me some matcha.

  19. Stephanie says:

    I’m allll over that tabby t-shirt. love it! Sort of related, I just got an email from my dad about “this morning’s delivery”: his cat left a dead mouse at his back door and he’s amused by it. I am pretty sure we’ve converted him to crazy cat ladydom, and I am so pleased and proud.

    Also, tea. Tea is my godsend.

  20. This post made me want grab a cup of tea, like NOW. It a cute mug, of course. And, I want a cat….
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  21. I’ve been addicted to Blueberry green tea for months now. Didn’t know that there is a PMS tea. I need that! Will try to buy one later today. Lol!
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