Monday, August 21, 2017

Tea Talk: 20 Habits of Successful People

New tea talk is up! 20 Habits of Successful People.

I'm also drinking my all time staple tea in this video... any guesses on what it is before you watch?! Let me know in a comment.

"The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do."


April Rose

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

5 Teas For Immune Support

While it's August in New York, some days it feels like early October and other days it feels like I live in a tropical rainforest with this heat and humidity. That kind of unstable weather typically brings me an illness of some sort and I have certainly been feeling it the past few days.

Thankfully being the tea lover that I am, I have nearly every type of tea imaginable to help support my immune system during this season.

Here are 5 different ones that I think we could all use:

1) Yama Moto Yama's Japanese Green Tea

We pretty much all know the benefits of a straight green tea. They are super high in antioxidants which help both protect and fight against free radicals to help your body stay functioning healthily. I find Japanese green tea tends to taste better than any other. It typically tastes less bitter and more earthy. So if you avoid green tea because of the bitter taste, try either steeping for no longer than 3 minutes and/or switching to a Japanese brand like the one linked above.

Let's just start off with the health benefits of Echinacea root first. For ages this root has been used to help combat colds, pains associated with all different sorts of illnesses, inflammation, it can be used as a natural laxative that does not give your stomach a queasy feeling, your overall mental wellness, respiratory issues and it works as an anti-fungal. I could go on for days, but you get the point. Let's talk taste. When I first tried this I was nervous I would be so turned off by the taste but it is actually really good! It's slightly sweet because of the blend Yogi uses. It has Elder Berry extract, lemongrass and more. I love it and I've been drinking this constantly.

Naturally when I'm sick I deal with inflammation starting from my head to my chest and even sometimes my whole body just aches. Turmeric is well known for it's anti-inflammatory properties. This tea in particular is a favorite because the mixture of meadowsweet and ginger not only assist to taste but it also helps a ton with nausea. I also love that there is 750mg of Turmeric in each cup so you're getting a great dosage of it with every drink. I highly recommend it.

I could go on about this tea for days but i'll do my best to keep it as concise as possible. While loose leaf teas seem to be the less popular buy, they are nearly always my favorites because of the intensity of flavor. So that's the first thing. Second, I love mango everything. It's an acquired taste and if it's not your thing, Tiesta has an entire Immunity Collection that you can check out and find the flavor that suits you best. This one in particular is a great option for an iced brew. The teas listed above are best served hot in my opinion, but this one makes a great cold brew. The blend makes for a great immunity booster as well.

I always seem to love every type of tea that the Republic of Tea releases. This one is a great rooibos mixture with echinacea, ashwagandha and astragulus. Ashwagandha will give you that much needed energy during times of sickness and astragulus has been used in ancient Chinese medicine as a natural disease fighter. It seems to work really well for everyone I know as well.

"The greatest wealth is health."


April Rose

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 2017 Fashion Finds

August is officially here and I feel like I'm hitting my quarter of a century crisis. Time always flies, but this year is moving just a little too fast for comfort.

I've been much more of a minimalist this year, but that doesn't mean I don't still enjoy the occasional retail therapy. Plus, we can all use a little livening up of our wardrobe... right?

Here are some budget friendly options that I think would be a nice addition to everyone's closet for the month of August!

I adore absolutely everything about this dress. From the material and the floral embroidery to the off the shoulder style and bell sleeves, I think this dress screams trendy, but still tasteful.

I've always loved High-Low dresses. They are so feminine and I think with the ties at the sleeve ends and the floral pattern, it's just lovely. The length is also a great addition. I'm not all too crazy about dresses that are too short because I feel uncomfortable with them and play with it all day long. So this length is ideal for me.

It's never too early to start shopping for the fall and truthfully, fall will be here in the blink of an eye anyway. This trench coat is the perfect transitional piece, especially because of it's warm, yet light pink color. I'm obsessed.

Everyone needs a good maxi dress. You can dress it up and dress it down. I have always felt they were the perfect "go-to" for when you have "nothing to wear" or you don't have time to actually piece an outfit together. It's a one and done kind of deal. I also love that it's white because you can never go wrong with white and I love that the flowers are more muted in color. It again makes a great transitional piece for summer into fall for that reason.

I personally love this dress! I love the purple tone. I think it's suitable for most if not all skin tones. I also love that the floral detail is velvet. The off the shoulder sleeves and sweetheart neck are just an added benefit. You can't beat a dress like this with a price like that.

Let me know if you have found anything you want to share in the comments below.


April Rose