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8 Things More People Should Be Doing

1. Use your “inside voice” whether you are in fact inside or outside. It doesn’t matter, home slice, just keep it down.

2. Whilst at Starbucks, kindly order a reasonable drink that, at the very least, the barista can get on his or her second-and-a-half try. You might, instead, consider what your venti-extra-hot-non-fat-half-sweet-light-whip-five-shot-espresso-frappuccino says about you as a person. No joke, I met a lady in line at Starbucks last week who was “a little tired” and actually ordered this drink. That’s 5 espressos… and a pleasant amount of sugar… let’s leave that there.

3. Recyle, recycle, recycle. Especially when it’s more than convenient. I get that while it might be less enticing to recycle your plastic bottle when their is no recycling bin in sight, nor relatively near by, it strikes me as just plain foolish to throw your bottle in the trash when there is a recycling bin immediately to its left (or right). Really, though, it’s right there.

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4. Read the news. Not CNN, though, because let’s be honest, that doesn’t count.

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5. Be critical! Not judgmental. Those words don’t mean the same thing. What I mean is: use your brain power. Analyze things. Don’t intake a bunch of bullshit passively because you have no will to think. Instead, do yourself, your community, and the world a favour and use your brain. It is in there for a reason. Think through things that are hard to think about (politics, religion, theory, news, beauty, music, philosophy, literature, etc.) and come to your own conclusions. I can only hope those conclusions won’t be bat-shit-cray.

6. If you aren’t already, start watching Mad Men. Firstly, it’s a brilliant series that is exceptionally well-written (thank you Matthew Weiner & co) and brilliantly acted. Secondly, as a quick Wikipedia search will show you, it has won 15 Emmys and 4 Golden Globes. That means that someone obviously agrees with my first postulation. Thirdly, the show’s aesthetics are spot-on, and the colours are very captivating (I’m particular about colour, as it turns out).

7. Read. Novels. Poetry. Philosophy. Novels again! Don’t let literature die! I’ll post a solid to-read list soon if you need ideas. But seriously, in the words of Nike, “Just Do It.” Though, don’t be like Hipster Ariel because, let’s face it, she’s annoying and a bit of an asshole.

8. Like my blog if you’re feeling generous. Shameless plug, I know. Don’t judge me.

Commodity Fetishism (Or Things I am Obsessed With)

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A look into my life through my current obsessions.

1. Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan Frame (as worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and newly relaunched)

2. The Great Gatsby soundtrack

3. Sperry Topsider Angelfish (Gold)

4. OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To-Go

5. Butter London Melt-Away Cuticle Eliminator

6. Diptyque Figuier Candle

7. Caudalie Beauty Elixir

8. Talula Van Nuys Jacket

9. Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato

Chai Tea Convert: How to Build an Exceptional Mug of Chai Tea

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(source: www.tammysrecipes.com)

I was never one for Chai tea. Firstly, as an English student, the very name “Chai tea” annoyed me. “Chai” means “tea”… So it’s tea tea…

In any case, it seemed that, some years back, we were all living our lives, pleasantly or otherwise, and then this overnight Chai phenomenon took place, and I just didn’t like it. I think it tasted too much like pumpkin spice (which I now love) and was simply turned off to the taste.

In any case, something miraculous happened to transform my taste buds and I am in spiced heaven. In this new found enlightenment, I will share with you the guidelines to a wonderful and comforting mug of chai.

You will need:

Spices: star anise, cinnamon stick shards, clove, cardamom, and anis for good measure

Black tea, loose leaf is best, but packed is fine

2% milk

Simple syrup (recipe)

Blend spices and tea in a tea strainer. Allow tea and spice combo to steep for at least 5-6 minutes in boiled water. The longer you steep, the stronger the tea. Add in 1 tbs simple syrup and stir well. Now, while this next step defeats the purpose of strong tea, it is just so delicious. Steam about 1/4 cup 2% milk and add it into your tea. Trust me, it is sooo much better than plain cold milk. Rich, luxurious, comforting – confessions of a chai tea convert.

If you don’t feel like making it yourself (which I often don’t), here is how to order it at Starbucks:

1 grande chai with steamed 2% milk and 1 pump classic syrup.

Happy tea-ing!