I don't quite remember when I fell in love with tea but I do remember the most special moments of me drinking tea. I was eighteen years old and I went to live with my biological mother for four months. I had just met her months earlier and it was awkward for both of us. She and her ex-husband lived a very quiet life in Boulder, Colorado. He was a professor at one of the universities and she was a housewife. After years of drug addiction and being in and out of jail, she deserved the break. I was homeless so she and her husband agreed to let me come live with them. Each evening my mother and I would find a spot in the living room with a cup of tea and a book.

Now, years later, I'm a self proclaimed tea expert. I start each day with a wonderful English Breakfast tea to get me going. As the day progresses, who knows what wonderful tea I will crown queen. But for sure, I have at least three cups of tea a day. And yes, when I can, I have tea everyday at about 3:00 P. M. I love to invite my friends over for tea and cupcakes and so far everyone thinks it’s a delightful experience. I am always in search of the best blend of tea. Yes, I’m a tea snob, I prefer loose tea but I do like some bags also. I have learned not to judge a book by it’s cover. Some bags can be quite nice. And yes again, any Diva knows, what you drink your tea out of is very important.

Tea for me is a way of life. It's wellness for the mind body and spirit. Here, I will explore every expect of tea possible, with a high concentration on wellness. I will review the best teas, the best places to have tea, the best ways to brew tea, the best tea accessories, what tea goes best with what foods, and the list goes on and on. I plan to share my passion for tea with you. And I've been told, nothing I do is ever boring so be prepared to go on this tea journey with me.

RLT Collection Tea Ball Frosted Clear Beads!

Mint Medley by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

About This Tea:

Until recently I had never drank Peppermint Tea made with loose leaves. And Honestly, I will probably never go back. The freshness of loose Peppermint Tea cannot be denied. When I open the can of Mint Medley, From The Persimmon Tree Tea Company, I feel as if I stepped into a garden of peppermint leaves. It is a perfect blend of organic peppermint and spearmint leaves grown in the US.

Mint Medley has become a favorite and I find myself reaching for this tea tin almost everyday. It is great for on-going nausea. The health benefits and endless. It relieves muscle aches, headaches, migraines, stress. And now that it feels like someone is sitting on my chest and I have a mean cough, I'm sure it will help to relieve some of this congestion in my chest. Mint Medley has been in my tea cup more than any tea as of late. It has really helped with my winter cough, congestion related to this bout of pneumonia. You can read my full review on The Persimmon Tree Tea Company Mint Teas.

RLT Collection AIDS Awareness Tea Ball!

Welcome to my world of books! As an pre-teen books changed my world. I fell in love with the writers of the Harlem Renaissance period and the more I read the more I wanted to read. The fiction of this period was powerful and empowering all at the same time. It spoke to my own degradation and gave me hope for a better tomorrow. It gave me purpose for my own life and the courage to fight the good fight and never surrender.

I love to read! Inside a book I escape into someone else's life. There is something wonderful about turning to the next page of a wonderful story. Something intoxicating about the smell of the book and the story it brings to life. Reading brings me joy, and these days with my health in the balance, I find solace in my books.

I spent hours in my bedroom sequestered with the door closed reading the classics from the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes, Larsen, Hurston, Wright and Baldwin. Books became my escape and my salvation. The fiction of this period was powerful and empowering all at the same time. It gave me purpose for my own life and the courage to fight the good fight and never surrender.

Reading is the one thing that the pain of my life could never take away from me. It was the thing that helped to make it better. And even today, living with AIDS, books continue to be the safest place for me. It’s the one thing that belongs to me that AIDS cannot take away from me.The RLTReads book club will be books that I choose. It’s me sharing a part of me with you that has nothing to do with AIDS. It’s actually in spite of AIDS.

The RLTReads book club will be books that I choose. It’s me sharing a part of me with you that has nothing to do with AIDS. It’s actually in spite of AIDS. I have read hundreds of books from many different genres and I will pick the best of my reads over the years. I warn you, it will not be exclusively white or black, male or female, fiction or non fiction, it will be all of them.

I’m so excited and I’m grateful to everyone who wants to be a part of this venture. We already have 110 Book Club Members. You can email me @ RLTReads@raelewisthornton.com. The Twitter hashtag is #RLTReads. We can make this book club as wonderful as we want to make it. Who says that Oprah has to have the only ownership to a wonderful book club?

This Month We are Reading In My Fathers House by E Lynn Harris

Read along and join our discussion July 19th at 7 pm CST

For more Tea with Rae "Vlogs" Click here to visit her youtube channel

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fashion/Beauty Tuesday: Classic Fab!

Last week I was invited to tea at the fabulous Peninsula Hotel by Lesa, one of my Twitter followers who was in town visiting her family. I knew I had to look fabulous but wasn't sure what to wear. At first I thought I might wear a St. John Knit, but my St. John Knits fit into two categories, business and after five. Well I knew that business attire was not appropriate and I don't do black tie in the afternoon for any reason. I wanted to look feminine but sometimes that's hard to do in a Chicago winter. After looking in my closet for what seemed like forever, I decided to go classic and let my accessories do the talking for me. You don't always have to glitter to look fabulous!

I chose a black wool jersey babydoll dress and my black Chanel boots and handbag. But the highlight of my ensemble, I believe, was my jewelry. Remember, accessories are the difference between being dressed and well dressed. A basic ensemble paired with the right accessories can make you look like a million dollars.

I simply love pearls!! By far they are my favorite gemstone so that was my starting point. I took a 100 inch strand of 6 mm white freshwater pearls and wrapped it four times around my neck. Then I took a 50 inch strand and wrapped it three times. I wanted to achieve that Chanel look of layered pearls. I think I accomplished that goal.

The Peninsula is a treat. It's a hotel of the rich and famous, so I decided to pair my pearls with the one designer jewelry that I own. I typically don't buy designer jewelry because you can get more bang for your buck buying jewelry that has no name attached. But I wanted to be a member of the Van Cleef Club. Van Cleef & Arpels has been worn by the rich and famous for over 100 years. When I got my advance for my book deal a few years back, I marched right down to Van Cleef on Chicago's Mag Mile and treated myself. The French designer Van Cleef is known for his wonderful diamond designs, however his Alhambra collection launched in the sixtes has also been big hit.

I love the Alhambra collection because it is classic beauty that can be dressed up or down. I thought that it was a perfect combination with my pearls. Around my neck is the black onyx and 18k gold Alhambra necklace that I paired with  matching earrings.

I also wore my Alhambra bracelets, actually I wear my bracelets everyday. I never understood why women save their good stuff for special occasions. You only live once and that special occasion may never come. Don't be a slave to that silly logic. If you treat yourself to buying the item, wear that thang as often as you can. I own two bracelets, a black onyx and a turquoise. They pair well with other bracelets for layering and also with a watch.

I had a great time, and I think I achieved my goal of Classic Fab! Remember, you don't always have to glitter to look fabulous, but no matter what you are wearing on the outside, beauty begins on the inside!

Note: The blog on my Tea experience at the Peninsula is coming this Friday with all the wonderful details!

blog comments powered by Disqus
Clicky Web Analytics