5 Desk-Drawer Essentials (2016 Version)


Way back in 2012 (!), I wrote about some of my desk-drawer essentials. I recently sat and looked at my desktop, which is a different location from four years ago, and decided to round up a few of my current favorites… Continue reading “5 Desk-Drawer Essentials (2016 Version)”


Passing Fancies: July 2014

lippincotts july boston

Reading: I just finished At Last, the final novel in Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose cycle

Video: Mr. Tinsel and I thoroughly enjoyed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. One good summer blockbuster is a must!

Art: A recent visit to the Newark Museum

Drink: Palais des Thés Fruit de la Passion flavored black tea…iced!

Eats & Treats: I’m on a chia pudding kick.

Garb: A dress and a shirt from the latest summer sale at Comptoir des Cotonniers

Beauty Products: Local handmade soaps from Taproot Organics

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A Visit to the Palais des Thes Boutique in SoHo

tea exterior

I’ve known about the French brand Palais des Thés for a while, and I’ve purchased their tea once or twice at various shops around New York, but I just made my first visit to a Palais des Thés boutique last week. There are currently two Palais des Thés boutiques in Manhattan, one on the Upper West Side and one located at 156 Prince Street in SoHo.

tea wall

This SoHo location stocks over 100 varieties of tea, all directly sourced by Palais des Thés (which has been in business since 1986). I have a very basic knowledge of tea, as well as certain preferences, but I was a bit overwhelmed by this range of choices. Fortunately, the boutique’s staff were helpful as well as knowledgeable. And, as a perfume-lover, I was happy to see that the teas were categorized not only by country of origin and by type (black, green, or white) , but also by flavor: fruity, flowery, smoky, etc. …

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