On Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending a cocktail party at the new David’s Tea in Gastown.  Yes, you heard me right…a cocktail party at a tea shop.  Not only did we get to sample the new summer collection, we talked about fun new ways to use tea in your kitchen.  The staff was mixing up some amazing summer cocktails and telling us about recipes where you can actually cook with the teas.  Amazing! I also had the opportunity to meet David himself.  What a treat.  I’ve been a fan of this fabulous tea shop since it opened its first shop in Vancouver four years ago.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  It’s the time when I get to shop for all the fabulous ladies in my life.   As December is quickly approaching, I’ve started my search for the ultimate in fashionable, fancy, and fun finds.  I’ve already found ten items that are perfect to give…and receive.

1) Joe Fresh Stripe Sweater $19 CAD   2) Jewliq Gold Love Bracelet $17 US   3) Victoria Secret Fireside Long Jane Pajama $49.50 US    4) Joe Fresh Faux Fur Scarf $29 CAD   5) Danier Leopard Print Coin Purse $14 CAD   6) Old Navy Zebra Print Socks $5 CAD                    7) Anthropologie Pop-Print Measuring Spoons $18 US   8 ) Forever 21 Glamorous Eyelash Curler $4.80 CAD   9) David’s Tea ‘ Tea for the Tree ‘ $4.50 each   10) Sephora Hounds-tooth Manicure Set $24

 

Even though it’s not quite Spring yet, I’m adding my own little bits of sunshine to my days.  Here are a few of my current favourite things…Prairie Girl approved!

 

Vovito Island Grapefruit candle…This amazing fragrance reminds me of Hawaii.  It”s like a little jar of paradise!  I keep it in my bedroom.

Pandora tulip-pearl ring.  I’m a Pandora lover, and this ring is perfectly pretty.  My sister just happened to have bought me the matching earrings last year.  The ring was a “To Me, Love Me” gift.

Cupcake Red Velvet wine.

WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES:
“Our first blended red wine for Cupcake Vineyards has over the top aromas of chocolate, deep rich blackberries, red fruits that follow through the palate to a creamy mocha finish that is unmistakable in its intensity and length, with a hint of coconut. It’s reminiscent of a blackberry chocolate cupcake with a mocha coulis.”   Why wouldn’t you try it after reading all that!?!

These sweaters from Vancouver Boutique, Barefoot Contessa , are so perfectly cute and cheery!   A great piece to help the transition in to Spring.  (Pics from the Barefoot Contessa Facebook page)

I saw these cute little teapots at David’s Tea today.  They have a built in infuser for your loose leaf tea.  I want one!

Fall is my favourite season!  I love the sunshine on a cool day, cozy nights in, and of coarse the fashion.  Here are my top 10 reasons I’m excited for Fall this year.

1) Cozy sweaters and scarves.  For Fall’s evening walks and final patio dinners out, yummy warm knits are a must.

2) Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is back.  It’s like Thanksgiving in a cup!

3) I get to dress in layers.  Summer clothes are fun, but my body type loves layers.  I always feel more put together in my Fall wardrobe.

4) Black is back.  I do wear a bit of black in the Summer, but the cooler seasons are always a little more black attire friendly.

5) Boot shopping.  Do I really need to elaborate here?

6) Davids Tea has released it’s Fall Collection.  I’ve been tasting my way through the collection.  So far I’m loving Pumpkin Chai and Banana Nut Bread!

7) I save time in the morning getting ready by not having to apply sunless tanner and bronzer.  Ok, well maybe a little is still applied, but only to keep a bit of a glow going.

8 ) All my fave shows are coming back.  My PVR will be full of  Glee, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, Fringe, Parks and Rec….the list goes on!

9) The return of my favourite bevy of choice,  red wine.  I’ll drink the odd glass of red in the Summer ( like with a great BBQ steak), but for me red wine is more of a Fall/Winter thing.  After my and my boyfriends trip to the Okanagan at the beginning of the month, we’re well stocked up for the Winter.

10) Jackets.  I have a great collection of jackets.  Long, short, cropped, denim, leather, wool, and the list goes on.  My go to Fall look is a pair of dark skinny jeans, a knit top, boots, and one of my many jackets.  Throw a scarf and a few other accessories on with it and that’s totally my signature  look.

What do you love about Fall?

Davids Tea’s new Summer collection is here!  Seven new teas to enjoy hot or iced.   Some of the new teas include Mojito ( that you can make into a delish cocktail by adding rum), White Malibu for a splash of coconut, Kyoto Cosmo (spiked with vodka is recommended), and Luscious Watermelon which is best served chilled.  David’s also provided perfect “10 -second summer iced tea” instructions.

” Just steep a hot, strong cup using twice the usual amount of loose tea.  Then take an extra 10 seconds and pour it into an ice-filled glass.

Voila!  Perfect iced tea.”

You’ll have a hard time drinking the bottled stuff after this!

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