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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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

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Painting Small Spaces

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I've blogged about my home several times over the years. You may have picked up on the fact that I'm not overly enamored by my place. It's too small, too dark, too outdated, etc. Yet, this is my dwelling for the time being so I've been making some happy-making changes.

First, I took the plunge and got a storage unit. That meant that I was able to reclaim my walk-in closet and turn it into a proper place for clothing, not boxes. Who knew that cleaning a closet could be so enjoyable?!

I also packed away some of my glassware that I just don't use often enough to warrant the space it's taking up, and I decided that I don't necessarily need all of my scrapbooking supplies here at home.

All of this extra room is inspiring me to continue on, so now it's time to paint the walls and maybe even replace the carpet with something light to give the appearance of more space.

My main living area is long and dark which can make choosing a paint color very issue-full. White paint accentuates dark shadows, but dark paint can close a room in. Then I found these incredible paint rollers on Etsy and I think this may solve the problem!

I'm thinking of doing an eggshell white as the base and then a brighter white overlay with these rollers. The only issue is choosing a design!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TV Madness: Person of Interest

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I have to take a moment to collect my thoughts on TV shows and my almost shameful obsession with collecting them. I feel like I love TV more than most, and definitely more than I should. Alas, I thoroughly enjoy losing myself in the stories so it's a love affair that will undoubtedly continue.

I'm currently OBSESSED with Person of Interest. I decided to give it go because I adore Michael Emerson. I've been plowing through the seasons on a nightly basis and am so impressed by the concept, the plethora of bad guys that are in constant play, the evolution of the characters, the accuracy of their technical jargon, the way that the formulaic nature of the show doesn't derail the storyline's progress and, again, Michael Emerson ;)

Plus, we also have Amy Acker who I've loved since Angel and the short-lived Happy Town, Ken Leung from LOST and Enrico Colantoni from Veronica Mars. All of these things make me very happy!

Other shows on my radar right now are The Tick, Orange is the New Black and Gotham. What are you watching these days?