Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dreaming in White

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This has been such a strange and boring Christmas season. I dream of soft things, white things, cozy things, warm things. I'm dreaming of these things ...

Chandelier, white lights, crystal lights, fancy lights,

New York, SOHO, cafe photography, NYC photography, Broadway, Broome St

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tea Tuesdays - Hamburger Grutze

Herbal Tea, green tea set

The rain has been drizzling for hours and all I really want is a cozy pair of socks and a hot cup of tea. Today's choice is none other than the UK Tea Shoppe's German blend, Hamburger Grutze.

Hamburger Grutze is an herbal blend of elderberries, grapes, hibiscus blossoms, blackberries, raspberries, black currant and sour cherry pieces. It's as if delicious berry juice met tea, and it's the perfect way to thaw out on a cold day like this!

*UK Tea Shoppe online special: buy three regular (2oz) bags of loose leaf tea and receive a complimentary bag of Holiday Spice loose leaf tea!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tea Tuesdays - Roasted Almond Tea

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I've had a lot going on lately and my sleep schedule hasn't been fantastic. Between stress and nights of tossing and turning in bed, I've felt the need to cut my caffeine intake a bit (note - I said cut, not eliminate!). With all of that and the cooling weather, I've found myself enjoying hot cups of Roasted Almond tea from the UK Tea Shoppe.

This is a blend of apple pieces, roasted caramelized almonds, cinnamon and beet root pieces. The end result has a pinkish hue thanks to the beet root (SO good for you!) and there's a subtle sweetness that you don't often find in simple teas like this. The aroma is so intoxicating that I would honestly love a candle with this scent!

Since it's caffeine-free, I can drink cup after cup with no worries. It's soothing, indulgent and is a great way to kickoff the holiday season!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tea Tuesdays - Pumpkin Cream Roobios

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Here we are in week two of Tea Tuesdays! I've been sampling various blends, each one better than the last. I'm still on a UK Tea Shoppe kick, and today I'm sharing their Pumpkin Cream Roobios.

This is a red tea, and this particular blend includes honeydew melon, apple pieces, stinging nettles leaves and sunflower blossoms. I don't know if you remember the 50/50 ice cream bars but, if you add a bit of cream before drinking, it is reminiscent of that childhood treat. It makes for a wonderful red tea latte!

I'll admit, I wanted to try this particular flavor from the UK Tea Shoppe because 'tis the season for pumpkin goodness. I was pleasantly surprised to find that while it is a nice autumn indulgence, it doesn't feel too seasonal so I'll be able to enjoy it all throughout the year!

Remember, you can follow the UK Tea Shoppe on Facebook for fun giveaways and flavor updates!

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Little Tale of a Delicate Industry

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Dia des los muertos, sugar skull jewelry,


vintage-inspired jewelry, blue vintage necklace, asymmetrical necklace, statement necklace


cameo brooch, blue and white brooch, vintage inspired fashion, Etsy jewellery, white rose brooch


Green cameo, filigree ring, vintage-inspired ring


Ship necklace, boat jewelry, nautical fashion, cameo pendant necklace, pirate jewelry, sailor jewelry


Sailor Jerry, mermaid beauty, Victorian silver, compact mirror, vintage mermaid

Jill, owner and designer at Delicate Industry, has been in a creative mood over the past several months. She has been selling her vintage-inspired jewelry since 2008, but has recently added a delightful line of compacts and pill boxes that will make a girl swoon (I should know, I have one in my purse right now!).

She takes great pride in the quality of her pieces and makes a conscious effort to source all of her elements from responsible vendors. She knows her metals, has her patina process down to a science, packages orders beautifully and is always creating with the customer in mind.

I'd just like to take a moment and really thank Jill for her dedication and creativity. The world is more beautiful because of you :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tea Tuesdays - Apricot Brandy

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I start each day with a cup of black coffee, but that doesn't mean that I don't love tea! I've been a tea drinker most of my life and I find it to be one of life's great pleasures. Luckily, tea is so good for you that I'm able to indulge often!

My all-time favorite tea flavor is apricot and it's quite difficult to find. Who knew, right?! I went years without being able to drink one of my very favorite things, and then I realized that I could find it online.

I now drink a lot of teas from the UK Tea Shoppe, including their Apricot Brandy. Many of their teas are imported from Germany and they are so full of delicious flavor!

With "Tea Tuesdays" starting on the blog, I'm sure you'll see a lot more of the UK Tea Shoppe in the months to come ;) If you want to see a little more of them now, though, you can visit and like their Facebook page.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bon Vivant Design House

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An exciting announcement!

I've started a little business by the name of Bon Vivant Design House! I hand-stamp stainless steel silverware with cute and meaningful words and phrases. I'm completely taken with the process of metal stamping and am having such a blast filling my Etsy shop with new stamped spoons and stamped forks.

I wanted to wait until I felt completely confident in my stamping ability and final product before announcing anything here on Haute Whimsy, and today is that day :)

Please feel free to peruse the collection on Etsy and join me on social media!

♥ BVDH on Facebook

♥ BVDH on Pinterest

♥ BVDH on Twitter

♥ BVDH on Instagram