I love reading people monthly favourites on their blogs. This year I thought it would be fun to do regular favourites posts. I’ve already talked about my favourite cups and mugs and I’m planning a beauty post for later in the week. But today I’m sharing some of the teas I’ve enjoyed so far this year.

Favourite Tea I’ve always been a bit of a tea geek, but this year to help my headaches I’ve stopped drinking coffee and I’ve started to only drink caffeinated tea once or twice a day. So more than ever I’ve been open to trying new teas. I’ve also been going for tea bags a lot more, I love the ritual of preparing loose leaf tea, but when you’re in a rush a tea bag is better!

Favourite Tea - Twinings Butter MintMy first tea is Twinings Buttermint. This was recommended to me by Fay and it is absolutely delicious. Its a nice change from a classic mint with a sweet mint and vanilla flavour. I could drink this one all day, but I especially like to take a huge mug of it up to the bath with me for some relaxation time.

Favourite Tea | Pukka Vanilla ChaiNext up is Pukka Vanilla Chai. I adore chai tea, but I’m also very fussy when it comes to the perfect blend. I also usually prefer black tea versions. But for a caffeine free comfort drink, this one is just perfect. I love that this is fairly traded and contains organic vanilla too. As well as the delicious vanilla this one contains cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, fennel and licorice.

Favourite Tea - T2 Gen Mai Cha BanchaI couldn’t do a favourite tea list without including something from T2! I got this box of Gen Man Cha Bancha as a birthday present from my brother and his boyfriend.

Favourite Tea - T2 Gen Mai Cha Bancha

Favourite Tea | Vintage TeacupThis isn’t one I would have usually gone for, but it’s got a lovely refreshing taste and I’ve been really enjoying drinking it. It contains Green tea, roasted rice, popped rice, roasted green tea stalks. This is a great way to enjoy green tea and it’s definitely one I would buy again.

Favourite Tea - Fortnum and Mason Countess GreyMy absolute favourite tea for a few months now, would have to be Countess Grey from Fortnum and Mason. I love so many different Earl Greys and its one of those teas where each one can be so different.

Favourite Tea - Fortnum and Mason Countess Grey“A twist on the traditional bergamot-infused blend, Countess Grey is based on well-twisted orange pekoe teas, lifted by classic bergamot and a light orange flavour. Its light and delicate character makes it ideal for morning or afternoon drinking, when the spirits require a little reviving.” I love to drink this when I need a refreshing tea, it’s absolutely delicious. You also get a lot of tea in the tin, so although it feels expensive it lasts a really long time.

Morrissey TeacupI’m hoping to do a little favourite tea update every month, as I absolutely love writing and photography tea posts. Have you got any teas you could recommend to me?

Favourite Tea

One Teacup from Laura Ashley – Two Tea from T2

Three Tea from Fortnum and Mason – Four Teacup from Salford Lads Club

Five Vintage tea cup from a charity shop – Six Teacup from Laura Ashley

Seven Tea from Pukka – Eight Tea from Twinings


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I am a huge tea addict, in fact my tea collection is getting a little bit out of control! As much as the beverage itself is important, I also think choosing the right cup or mug is definitely part of the experience. I own lots of lovely tea cups, but mostly when I’m at home in need of a cuppa, I opt for the biggest mug possible!

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite cups and mugs on here. I already owned a lot, but my friends and family know we far too well and bought me lots of new ones for my birthday and Christmas, so the collection has grown a lot recently. In fact I’ve even been given two new ones this week, which I will have to include in a future post!

Emma Bridgewater Bath and London MugsTwo recent additions to my mug collection, are my London and Bath Emma Bridgewater mugs. These were a Christmas present from rob and the girls. I absolutely love Emma Bridgewater designs, I also love that they are handmade in England.

Emma Bridgewater City Mugs Bath and LondonRob chose this two because London and Bath are my two favourite cities. The Bath one was quite hard to find as it is a limited addition and only available from No1 Royal Crescent in Bath, so he gets extra points for effort in getting this one for me!

Cath Kidston Pet's Party Breakfast Tea Cup and SaucerMy next choice was a birthday present from my mum. The Cath Kidston Pet’s Party cup is absolutely huge and hold loads of tea. This is one of my favourite Cath Kidston prints and matches my Pet’s Party dress.

Laura Ashley Fox MugYou may have seen quite a lot of my Laura Ashley Fox mugs over the last few months. I absolutely love them and use them to make hot chocolate for the girls, or to serve soup in. I also love the orange and blue tones of this giant tea cup that I bought in Tesco. I always drink my chai tea in this one.

Gold and Cream New Look Initial MugLast year I collected lots of things that were cream and gold. I got this huge initial mug from New Look and its perfect for a luxurious hot drink, while I’m having a pamper in the bath. The other mug is from Sainsburys. I bought it for Fay and she drinks out of it, when she comes to my house.

Disney World Mickey and Minnie Leg MugsMy Mickey and Minnie mugs are from Disney World, I bought them when we went to Florida a few years ago. They remind me of an amazing family holiday. I don’t use these very often, but they live in a special cupboard with all my other Disney mugs.

Primark Disney Beauty and The Beast Chip MugsWhen everyone went crazy for the cute Chip mugs in Primark, I missed out on getting my hands on one. Luckily when they restocked I managed to pick up two of them. Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney film, so I love these a lot!

Cath Kidston Disney Tinker Bell Tea Cup and Saucer and MugAs you probably know I’m a but obsessed with the Cath Kidston and Disney collaborations. I kind of regret not getting all the mugs from the different collections now, but I did get a couple of the Peter Pan range. I bought myself the Tinker Bell cup and saucer and my brother and his boyfriend got me the Tinker Bell mug for my birthday.

Cath Kidston Mum MugsAnother two of my most precious mugs are these two from Cath Kidston. These were gifts from the girls for my last two mothers days. I’m hoping to get another one this year! I love the pretty designs.

Disney Cath Kidston Minnie and Mickey Stackable MugsLast these stacking Cath Kidston Mickey Mouse mugs were a birthday gift from my friend Holly. This was one of my all time favourite prints and I’m just go sad they didn’t do a dress in this design. At least I can enjoy a tea in these lovely mugs though!

Which is your favourite mug from my collection. Do you have lots of different ones?

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I can’t believe its already that time of year! But Christmas is just a few weeks away now and its time to start thinking of lovely thoughtful gifts for our favourite people. I’m planning to do all my shopping online and in good time. There’s nothing worse that getting stressed about something as lovely as Christmas! I like to give useful gifts that can be enjoyed and used. As a big tea drinker myself, I thought some gifts for tea lovers, would be a great place to start.

I know in my house, tea and mugs are something that are constantly being used and enjoyed. I love creating that perfect cuppa, with a combination of an excellent blend and a gorgeous mug. I’ve searched out some Christmas treats from a few of my favourite shops, so you can find the perfect gift for the tea lovers in your life.

Christmas Gifts For Tea Lovers

Top Row –

Whittard Christmas TeaCath Kidston Snowman MugFortnum and Mason Spiced Tea

Second Row –

Laura Ashley Reindeer Mug – Crabtree and Evenlyn Shortbread – Whittard Mulled Wine

Third Row –

Fortnum and Mason Ruby Red InfusionWhittard BaubleHarrods Christmas Mug

Fourth Row –

Twinings Spiced ChaiEmma Bridgewater Tiny Initial MugTwinings Christmas Tea

Fifth Row –

Laura Ashley Snowman MugHarrods Spiced Black TeaT2 Christmas Breakfast Tea

I hope you like my choices. These are all things I would love to give and receive myself. I always think its nice when tea comes in gorgeous caddies that I can reuse and I absolutely adore some of the gorgeous tins featured here. I also can’t resist a novelty mug. Do you have a tea lover in your life? Which tea do you think would make the perfect gift for them? What other gift guides would you like to see on the blog?

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Fellow tea lovers, will understand how excited I was to hear about Whittard’s new tea tasting subscription box – The Tea Club. One of the joys of my tea obsession is getting to try lots of new flavours and varieties, but I don’t always want to buy a big box of every tea I want to try. If you could see my tea shelf right now, you’d know why! So getting a generous sample size of different teas is a great option for me.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxA while ago, I was sent the first tea subscription box to try and I’ve been a bad blogger and not got round to writing about it for a while! In the meantime I’ve been happily trying the included teas a few times. I thought it was high time I let you know what I thought.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe box is small enough to fit through the letter box, which is super handy if you won’t be at home when it’s delivered.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxEach box has a theme and this one was ‘A Very British Summer’, It’s nice trying seasonal flavours and brewing them in different ways.

Whats in the box?

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxSo what was inside the box? Basically the box comes with three gorgeous loose leaf teas, a scoop to measure out just the right portion and some loose leaf tea bags if you need them. There is also an information card for each tea. The cards give you some back ground on each tea, explain how to brew it and give recommendations of different ways to serve. For tea geeks like me, this is the perfect little extra.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe sachets of tea are quite generous and you can quite a few helpings out of each one. This gives you the chance to try different preparations. It’s also a to get an impression of whether this is a tea you’d buy again in the future.

Robert Fortune Blend:

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe first tea in my box is the Robert Fortune Blend. Named after the 19th entury botanist who brought Chinese tea producing techniques to India. This is a beautifully blended black tea from both China and India. Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThis one can be enjoyed with or without milk. I’ve tried both and as usual I prefer it with a little dash of milk.

Strawberry Mint:

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe next tea I tried was the delicious Strawberry Mint. Nothing pleases be more than attractive tea leaves and this one is just so beautiful. With spearmint and sweet strawberries, this is every but as refreshing and tasty as it looks. Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxI drank it hot, but I also think this would make a delicious iced tea. The taste card also includes a recipe for strawberry mint ice cubes. I really want to try them in a glass of Pimms.

Summer Pudding:

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe final tea in the box was the delicious Summer Pudding. This one is a black tea blended with summer fruits, including juniper berries, strawberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants.

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThis has a rich and fruity flavour and can be served with or without milk. I liked it black. On the tasting card they recommend cold brewing this one, which I would love to try.

How to get your Tea Club subscription box:

Whittard Tea Club - Tea Subscription BoxThe tea club box costs £12.95 a month with free delivery. This is a similar cost to other types of subscription box, so I think it’s about right for what you get. I always really love boxes like these, as it feels like getting a little present from yourself each month and there’s that extra element of surprise.

Sign up to The Tea Club on the Whittard website.

Check out the tea section of my blog, for more delicious recommendations.

*Thank you to Whittard for sending me this box to review. All opinions are my own. 

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Last week I wrote a post for the Laura Ashley blog, all about getting cosy and ready for Autumn entertaining. I absolutely love their Autumn themed range, it has everything from cute fox mugs to leaf shaped coasters to really get you in the mood for snuggling up with warm treats as the nights draw in.

Autumn Home wareOne of my favourite things throughout the year are delicious hot drinks like tea and coffee, and I know I’ll be using my fox mugs a lot over the coming months.

Autumn Home wareFor my Laura Ashley post I created a spiced apple juice recipe. This is a lovely warming drink for cold days and the recipe can also be used for a spiced cider.

Autumn Home wareThe pumpkin soup bowl is perfect for not only a lovely warming bowl of soup, but I thought it worked really well as a mini punch bowl for my spiced apple juice.

Autumn Home wareI also used it too store this lovely autumnal pot pourri. This has a gorgeous spice and orange scent and contains lots of pretty things in colours that really capture the season. Alongside the autumn burnt amber and orange scented candle, my house was smelling all spicy and warm in no time.

Autumn Home wareOne of my favourite autumn treats would have to be toffee apples. they are such a traditional classic and no bonfire night celebration would be complete with out one. I’ve also shared my Toffee apple recipe on the Laura Ashley blog.

Autumn Home wareThese are all the things I used to create these gorgeous pictures:

Autumn Home ware

Top Row: Autumn Wreath – Pumpkin Soup Bowl – Leaf Coasters

Middle Row: Leaf PlacematsAutumn CandlePumpkin Pie Dish

Bottom Row: Fox MugAutumn Tea TowelsPot Pourri

Autumn Home wareWhat are your favourite things about autumn? Which are your favourite pieces from the Laura Ashley range?

*Thank you to Laura Ashley for sending me all the lovely things I used to create these blog posts. All opinions as always are my own. 

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