Archive for March, 2011

52 Teas: A Six Part Series (3)

I got my third tea from 52 Teas yesterday. I would have tried it then, but I got it later in the afternoon and its a black tea. Also to be honest, I was semi (okay really) afraid to try this blend! I managed to work up the courage to give it a whirl today when I got home from work.

LiberTea’s Tomato, Basil, Black Pepper Black Tea by 52 Teas

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This tea looks bizarre because it looks like a normal black tea and then there are these huge pieces of sun-dried tomato! Before steeping the tea smells mostly like sun-dried tomatoes with a hint of lapsang souchoung. Post infusion the tea smells like tomato soup!

Upon first sip these words popped into my head: Salt, Tomato, Strong Black tea. I think that the tomato is the first thing that I taste in the tea but the black tea has a very strong presence (which I like). I am not getting much black pepper flavor, and I wasn’t getting the basil flavor. Then all of a sudden in between sips my mouth tasted of basil. It was strange but refreshing. A pleasant aftertaste!

I don’t think I could drink this every day, but I think it would make an awesome soup base.  I might try to use it as a substitute for vegetable broth some time.  I think it would be super yummy and add this nice smokey black tea flavor.

All in all I am glad I got to try this extremely strange cup of tea!

Goodnight all!




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Wonderful Wednesday

Time for another edition of Wonderful Wednesday! So here are 8 reasons why today was wonderful!

1. A new necklace from Forever 21 (as seen in The Opposite of Spring Cleaning).

2. Pretty Patterned Tights.

3. No 9am lab tomorrow.

4. A new issue of Vegetarian Times!

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5. A new tea from 52 teas (post coming later today).

6. Butterscotch candies!

7. A Trader Joe’s apparently just opened up right near my home town! Super excited!

8. Homemade stir-fry for dinner!

Credit where Credit is Due: Dress – Urban Outfitters; Necklace – Forever 21; Tights –  Unknown; Boots – Urban Outfitters

I hope everyone else is having a Wonderful Wednesday!


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A Change of Pace

I was planning on doing an outfit post today on my favorite sweater since it was 25 degrees this morning when I woke up! However I got way too hot by mid-afternoon and had to change my outfit before I could take pictures.

Now I am wearing a short-sleeve blazer (yay short sleeves) that I have a love/hate relationship with. I really like the stripes and the short sleeves, but its kind of short so I never know what to wear it with. Today I went with a bright tank to liven things up a bit. I am not sure I am 100% in love with this outfit, but I figured I would post it anyway. It serves well for doing homework/hanging out.

Credit where Credit is Due: Blazer – Forever 21; Tank – a gift; Jeans – Gap; Sneakers – Urban Outfitters

P.S. I rearranged some stuff on my blog last night. I tried to make useful links more accessible/visible. If you have any suggestions of how I can make my blog better feel free to leave a comment.


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The Opposite of Spring Cleaning

I have some new additions to my wardrobe this week. I bought myself some new pieces for Spring with the optimistic hope that eventually Spring will arrive. It is yet another day with temperatures in the 30s here in NJ! ! At least I can wear my new owl necklace!

Credit where Credit is Due: All items from Forever 21

Anyone else have Spring clothes burning a hole in their closet?


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Pizza Frenzy

Jim (my boyfriend)  and I decided to have our own little pizza party this afternoon (who says only Grandparents can eat dinner at 4:30?). We ordered a ton of food from Dominos. Way more than two people could EVER eat, but leftovers are a staple in a college student’s diet!

Best part of the meal? Jalapeno pizza! It sounds weird I know, but I tried some a few weeks ago and I am obsessed!! It is so yummy! Although be forewarned the pizza does nothing to quell the spiciness of the jalapeno. It makes for one hot , but delicious meal!

The Completely Awesome Jalapeno Pizza:

A More Traditional Green Pepper Pizza:

The Leftovers!

Does anyone else think this is really weird?

An excellent Saturday afternoon indeed!


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Curly Girl

I meant to do this outfit post yesterday, but somehow time got away from me. It was 11am and then suddenly it was 1am. Oh well it was a good day!

In honor of full disclosure I did not where this outfit to my 9am exam yesterday. I wore jeans and a sweatshirt, but when I got home I decided to put on a dress and a fancy hair clip to celebrate it being Friday.

I love hair accessories because I feel like they add something to an outfit without much fuss. Not to mention the fact that since my hair is super curly, I can’t do much in the area of hair styles. Hair accessories are my version of a new hair cut.  I must own dozens of headbands, and I  really want to obtain more interesting hair clips.

Lets see what else can I say about this outfit? The tights I am wearing died a few hours after these pictures were taken. I accidentally snagged them on something and now they have a big hole. You can’t tell in these pictures, but they are navy blue sweater tights. They were warm and cute, and I will have to remember to replace them come next winter.

Here is a picture of the aforementioned hair clip. I attempted to get a more close up photo for a good 20 minutes, but to no avail…

Credit where Credit is Due: Dress – Anthropologie; Belt – Urban Outfitters; Tights – Urban Outfitters; Boots – Bakers Shoes; Hair Clip – Banana Republic

Happy Saturday!!


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52 Teas: A Six Part Series (2)

I got my second tea from 52 teas yesterday! It was perfect timing too because I had a big exam this morning and needed something fun to try afterwards. Pina Colada Tea sounds like a great way to celebrate a post exam Friday morning – doesn’t it?

Week 2: Special Pina Colada Green

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To start out let me just say that this tea is fantastic! It so so awesome that I am doing a second steep as I type this, and I almost never steep tea multiple times!

The tea itself has huge chunks of dried pineapple, and giant coconut flakes. They aren’t those little dinky coconut flakes that you buy at the grocery store or find in an almond joy bar, but rather they are almost the size of the pineapple pieces. On top of that the tea smells awesome! I have never had a Pina Colada before, but I have had Pina Colada milkshakes and it smells just like one of those. Creamy and tropical!

Once the tea has steeped it smells sweet and buttery. When I was little my mom used to put butter and white sugar on rice to get me to eat it (really bizarre – I know). It smells just like that! Brings back memories, maybe that is why I like it so much. Although it is more likely due to the fact that it tastes positively heavenly.

When you take a sip a there is a tropical green tea flavor and then this hint of creaminess at the end. I really am getting the feeling that I am drinking something made with coconut milk. It is superb! It is truly everything you could want in a tea. It is interesting, unique, and completely yummy, but without losing the tea flavor.

If you haven’t tried 52 teas yet, this would be a great tea to try out!


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