Highlights: The Beginning Toward The End

I love this time of year. It flies by in a flash because we’re in the midst of a season that’s unlike any other, celebrating all the way. After Halloween comes a birthday for a special person in my life, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and then my anniversary with said special person. As we enter the beginning toward the end of the year, I can say with confidence that it will be a memorable holiday season because I intend for it to be. Bring. It. On! Here are a few things that made me smile this week in the meantime:

{Scarf weather is now in full effect in the City of Angels and I’ve rocked them almost every day this week. This makes me happy!}

{After trying to enjoy loose leaf tea using strainers because I thought they were cool, I gave up and went with the more tried and true “T-Sacs” to keep those annoying leaves that still seemed to fall through the strainer out. I got these awesome filters during my recent visit to Bird Pick. The point? There will be lots of tea consumption this season. :)}

{I fell in LOVE with this limited edition Christmas ornament during a recent visit to Starbucks to grab a latte. It’s a ceramic shaped coffee cup encrusted with swarovski elements. It’s so me, a coffee cup that “glitters.” The hefty price tag made me put it down, but I had to get a picture!}

{My new “Fancy Peach” earrings purchased at Scarlet Mare Studio on Etsy arrived mere days ago. My first ever Etsy purchase, but definitely not my last. Check out their site if you like one-of-a-kind, eclectic jewelry.}

Okay, time to stop reading (though I appreciate it!) and head to the grocery store to stock up for all the Thanksgiving festivities coming next week. Have an amazing weekend! 🙂

Bird Pick

Location: 6000 Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 1230, Westfield Culver City

I stumbled upon my now favorite tea shop while roaming around the then newly remodeled Westfield Mall in Culver City a few years ago. What drew me in was the dark, dramatic, calming decor; my growing love of tea, the side of me that loves to try anything new, and the unusual name: Bird Pick.

I used to go into this shop so much that I became friendly with the staff, often catching up with them on a first name basis! Shortly after, a new location in Santa Monica opened to my delight at Santa Monica Place so I could and many times did grab a tea while out and about shopping on the promenade.

Last week, after a 6 month or so hiatus from Bird Pick, I stopped by my old stomping ground for a familiar favorite – Black Almond Tea Latte; to find a new staff, and an all new shop in its new location in the mall.

{Prepackaged, loose, and tea accessories galore.}

{Seating area.}

What is so special about Bird Pick is the mass array of loose leaf tea selections artfully displayed around the store. One can buy the finest of teas in bulk, stick with prepackaged options, or head to the tea bar to have a warm or cool concoction made almost anyway you’d like, or play it safe and order from the menu. There isn’t a drink I’ve had here that I haven’t loved. The store is inviting, the staff still friendly, and any tea accessory you’d need, you can find here. A great and healthy option when you’re over Starbucks and need the soothing nature of a little tea to perk you up.

{Bulk teas.}

{Tea bar menu.}

{Store Collage.}

Unfortunately, I didn’t recognize any of the staff during my last visit. I suppose a business like this has a high turn around understandably, but I was still more than happy to be there, check out the new digs, and enjoy some tea on a lovely Friday afternoon.

{Black Almond Tea Latte with Soy Milk = yum!}