Teavana: It’s Legacy Lives On

Teavana was one of my favorite stores to visit in malls.  It was a tea-lover’s dream store, carrying all sorts of teas from basic to ethnic, savory to sweet. After it’s stores went extinct in 2018, it has been sorely missed… by me. 

I have been obsessed with tea for years, and Teavana was one of the best resources I had to purchasing rare teas and blends. But it wasn’t just that: it was inspiring a whole way of life. I loved everything about the place: from purchasing a new tea tin when selecting a new tea, sampling teas, and seeing all of the new innovative tea tumblers, tea pots, cups, and mugs.

The highlight inside the stores was seeing the impressive wall filled with large canisters of loose tea. When selecting a tea, the associate would waft the smell of the tea from the canister your way so you know how it will taste. They would make recommendations, as well as let you create your own tea blend if you wanted. Also, if you needed something to drink on the go, the associates would freshly brew some tea for you with rock sugar. Yum!

After saying all that, Teavana’s name is still out there. Here’s what’s left of the legacy of Teavana–a small selection of pre-bottled teas and tea bags of some of their most popular tea blends. You may also see Teavana teas offered on a Starbucks menu.

This was the first time I have ever purchased the offered goods of the revised Teavana brand. I picked up three types of the tea bag containers, and I tried four flavors of the bottled tea. My favorite is the bottled unsweetened strawberry apple. Of the tea bags, I have only tried the peach tranquility. It’s flavor isn’t very potent, so it easily tastes watered down.

From the time when the stores were open, I had accumulated quite a collection of their teas in tea tins. And because their stores are no longer around, to me, the tea and tins from those visits are priceless.

Anyone else missing Teavana?


New Editions of Sugar Sugar Rune

Hello! I am so excited to share this with all of you.  There were new editions of the Sugar Sugar Rune manga released this year in Japan.  There are eight volumes for the original editions, but with this new one there is a total of four books, each of them containing two volumes worth of the manga.

I have the complete eight original volumes in English, but I could not resist the new editions.  The cover illustrations are simply gorgeous.  Can you guess my fave?  It is the one with Pierre~! *^^*

I am so stoked that they have been releasing new merchandise and content for this series.  Over the years, the author, Moyoko Anno, has made new illustrations of the characters and has produced new merchandise, such as a 2020 calendar, newly released bookmarks (I’ve shown them in another post), and now these. 

Besides these new manga editions, there also was a different release of a collection book showing more in depth information on the series; more illustrations of characters, rooms, and the world.

I was surprised with the little heart, notebook-looking item attached to the back cover. It turned out to be a mini magical item catalog from the series~! ^^

The new editions are well made, easy to flip through. I opened the first and last book to check the contents, and from what I saw, the content is the same as the original—no new illustrations or plot changes.

The content may be the same, but the cover illustrations themselves make it worth it. Before, there was, like, nothing with Pierre on it.  And now there are more items than ever featuring him.  So happy~


May Day

Hello! It is the first day of May, and I started it off with a refreshing barefoot walk through the morning dew. It was a cold 45 degrees, but so therapeutic.

To dress up my yard for the day, I decorated my little lilac bush and landscape tree with colorful ribbons looped around the branches. They look so pretty when the wind is blowing.

Do you see the violet in the grass? ^^

The day’s cold start turned into gorgeous weather, warm and sunny, so I enjoyed most of the sunlight with a spontaneous tea party~ I made Marie Antoinette tea and picked up some assorted mini cheese cake tarts.

Overall, it has been a very pleasant day. It inspired me to bring out all of my artificial flowers to arrange into vases to set around the house. They are perfect for brightening rooms~