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Through the grapevine, I recently learned that another tea shop had opened up in Tallahassee. Being a big fan of the beverage, I quickly did some research and, to my delight, discovered that this tea shop was delightfully retro in decor and offered something that made my little tea loving heart go pitter patter, tea flights. This past Sunday, Andy and I waited for a break in the rain and then headed there to procure beverages and tasty treats.
They had me the moment I saw those tiny vanilla cheesecakes with the lacy doilies. The front room, where you order, was nicely cozy, but it was also full of people so I didn’t want to take any photos. The dining area was open and airy, with soft pink walls and funky vintage accents. They also had a kid’s corner which I thought was great; a lot of my friends have kids, and it’s nice to have a place to meet up where they would be able to play and hang out while the grown ups catch up.Since we were visiting in that magical time between breakfast and lunch, we decided to indulge in something savory. I went for the veggie hand pie and Andy opted for the sandwich puffs filled with their vegan chickpea salad and avocado egg salad respectively. Since we did what we always do, which is go half-sies, I can confidently say that it was all delicious and I’d order any of these items again, although he and I both agreed that the chickpea salad was the winner as far as best flavor goes. We also took one of their cinnamon rolls to go, we tried it later that evening, and Andy was over the moon. His biggest complaint about most cinnamon rolls is that there is never enough spice and the roll is just over sweet, but these guys nailed it. Plenty of cinnamon and just a touch of cardamom, and I had one very happy husband. So how was the tea? You know, the thing that inspired our visit in the first place? Since Andy was such a good sport about this excursion, I decided that we should go for the “Chai Flight” since I don’t ever think he’s met a chai he didn’t like. It took a few minutes to put together, which is to be expected because the different blends require different “steeping” times. The tea arrived hot, but safe to drink. We took our time working our way around the delightful vintage inspired “swoosh”, sipping and sharing before deciding on our favorites and divvying up the rest for consumption. We had a wonderful time. Andy and I both love food, and we spend many of our more creative meals sharing and discussing flavor parings, things we’d like to integrate, and things that we are surprised by. This experience was tailor made for people like us. I am very excited about this new addition to Tallahassee. I already have a couple of friends who want to go tea tasting sometime soon, so I’ll be heading back across town in the very near future 🙂
Even though this trip was slated as a Universal/Islands of Adventure vacation, we still managed to squeeze in a quick visit to Disney Springs after checking into our hotel on Thursday evening. In the last few years, Disney Springs has undergone a huge transformation, leaving only the vaguest traces of its less glamorous former self aka Downtown Disney. I’ve had the opportunity to visit a few times in the last two years, and it just keeps getting better. One of the newest additions to the Disney Co Op stores is a charming little vintage inspired boutique called The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane. I had seen a few articles about its opening, and blogger Penny of The Sconnie Sling lamented the fact that it opened mere days after she left Orlando. It was at the top of my hit list for our very brief visit.
My husband was so lucky we weren’t Magic Kingdom bound on this particular trip. Otherwise, there would have been a serious dent put in our credit card. This place is the most fun a grown up Disney princess wanna-be can have since we aren’t eligible to be styled at the Bippity Boppity Boutique (yes, I checked). This fascinator was my absolute favorite thing in the shop (closely followed by the white rabbit bag with fluffy tail), and, were it not for my unfortunately fine tresses, it would have been mine. My degree is in apparel design, and I thought it was a nice touch to have pieces of the inspiration boards for each “collection” framed for everyone to see. Also, as you can see to the right of the “Minnie” dress, the shop also carries crinolines for anyone who wants to amp up their look just a bit more.
The other thing that I LOVED, that’s right all caps, LOVED was that all the dresses I saw had sizes that accommodated more full figured ladies like yours truly. I am about a 16/18, and I saw options that would easily work for ladies who need 22/24. Trust me, there is nothing worse than wanting in on the game of dress up only to be told you can’t play because you’re not a standard size. On my next Disney vacation, you better believe I will be hitting up this spot for a park perfect ensemble.
Many many moons ago, I posted a video from a site Closet Visit. Closet Visit is just that, a photography project that gives readers a sneak peak into the closets of creative young women. Some people get a kick out of riffling through other people’s medicine cabinets (for shame, for shame), but I love getting a peek at the contents of their closets. Don’t worry, I always ask permission first; especially since you can’t really pretend to be looking for aspirin in someones shoe tree. One of my favorite Closet Visits was that of Actress and Blogger Shiva Rose. First of all, the name alone is awesome enough to give me a bit of a girl crush, but then I saw the vintage.
A fantastic collection of carefully curated pieces, and the jewelry box reminds of sitting on the floor with my mom, going through my grandmother’s jewelry box. Trying on bracelets, necklaces and sparkly clip-on earrings. Feeling oh so sophisticated and glamorous, in a way that can only be managed by those under the age of five.
All images from Closet Visit.