Spotlight On: Bee & Tea

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Hands up whose week's got off to a good start already. I know, it's only 9am, but when you've got out of the bed on the right side, you just know it's going to be a great 24 hours.

I'm full of the joys of I'm confident the sun will rear its head and stay out well into tomorrow, when some old work friends will be arriving for an 'afternoon tea'. I'll be breaking out my vintage china, popping on a pinny and whipping up some cakes in the kitchen for the little get-together - and I for one can't wait. Always good to catch up with pals. What have you got planned?

Today on BTTOH, I'm shining the spotlight on Bee and Tea - I just had to share the site with you. It contains little gems like this bright and cheery floral mugs; they're right up my street, are you with me?

Bee and Tea mugs
What I love about the company, though, is that it was founded by two sisters - Bridget and Natasha. Inspired by childhood visits to their granny's in Normandy, they both have a passion for flowers, gardens, beautiful objects, home-grown produce and cooking - a great combination, I think.

This is reflected in how they decorate their family homes, and as a result Be and Tea was born. British manufacturing is the order of the day, with the mugs being made in a factory in Stoke run by three brothers - its all very lovely and family-orientated, isn't it?

Don't forget to pop by the site and let me know what you think, it's definitely worth a look.

Over and out.

Until next time...


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Excuse the pun in this here blog title, I know there is naught as tedious as a punster. But hey ho, I take enjoyment out of the littlest of things.

This fine, sunny Monday morning comes to you by the word 'tired'. How is it that however relaxing your weekend, or however early you make it into your bed on Sunday night, getting up on a Monday is so grueling? 

With that in mind, I'm about to pour myself a huge cup of tea. You really can't beat it. 

So, in honour of everyone's (well, my) favourite drink, I've rounded up some tea-riffic (there I go again) bits and bats from across the Internet. Enjoy. Preferably with a mug of steaming hot tea in hand.

Top left, Kandula peppermint tea via Not on the High Street, top right, Whittard's of Chelsea black tea selection, bottom left, tea cup and saucer via Debenhams, bottom right, Exotic Teapot gift set with glass tea pot

Not a fan of traditional English breakfast tea? How about this peppermint tea gift set (above), via Not on The High Street. A Great Taste Awards 2011 Gold Stat winner, this pure peppermint leaf tea is ethically sourced (bonus) and can be gift wrapped should you want to treat someone. 

I LOVE Whittard's of Chelsea and had a mild obsession with an instant coffee milkshake they used to sell some years ago. This black tea selection from the brand looks a winner too, if only to pop 'on show' on your kitchen shelf. Beautiful.

Tea drinker? There is no better way to sip it than via a dainty cup and saucer, like this pretty one from Debenhams.

And when I spotted the glass tea pot (above) via Exotic Tea Pot it prompted this very post. Cool, isn't it?

So, are you a tea drinker? Or are you in the coffee camp?

Spotlight On: Cordello Home

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So, how did we get to Wednesday already? Honestly, the weeks are merging into one. If only the weekends were five days long and the working week was two though, eh? Lauren for PM, that's what I say!

Anyhoo, there's no time for idle chit chat. Not when there's some stunning products from a brand new retro-esque home brand to gawp at.


Left: Cordello side plates, top, Cordello canvas tote bag, bottom, Cordello cushions

Cordello Home has my name written all over its quirky, 60s-eqsue prints and bright and cheery textiles. I'm already thinking of snapping up those colourful side plates, above, and possibly even a cushion or two.

I love the story behind the site, too. Set up by Kate Shaw, Cordello Home began with a simple love for graphic design. "Out of this love has grown a desire to bring pattern to life in the home..."says Kate, going on to say the products are inspired by a simple heart shape, globally recognised as a symbol of love, emotion and passion. Everybody say 'aww!'.

'Love'-ly Products

While I'm not too big a fan of all things Valentine's-y (see here), I am wondering if this is not the perfect brand for all you lovers ahead of February 14. I know it's a while off yet, though. Still, good to be organised eh?

With a love of all things Italian, the brand's name came about as a result of two Italian words: 'heart' (cuore) and 'pattern' (modello), and I for one love the products' laid-back style. Price-wise, you'll be pleased the line won't set you back a ridiculous amount of moolah too.

Have you seen any new brands or sites you like the look of?

Until next time, folks...