I have to admit, I was a tea lover before ever being a coffee lover. Although I love them both for different reasons, I believe tea is good at anytime of the day. I blame this in part to my English Grandmother who taught me all of her tea time ways (and why I always thought it was normal to put milk in my tea until recently!). Below are some of my favorite places to get tea around the city, if you haven't tried any of these yet, I strongly encourage you to venture out!
BEE & TEA
Locations: Deapul, 818 W. Fullerton Ave or Wicker Park, 1843 W North Ave,
Now, This is a new one I've recently tried and even if you're not a fan of boba teas, you can ask for it without AND they have some of the best Acai bowls! My favorite flavors so far have been the Chai Five (black milk tea and almond chai) and Mangolychous (Green milk tee, mango and lychee).
Locations: 1645A Northa Damen, 924 West Armitage, 3530 North Southport, Millennium Park Plaza, and Water Tower Place
I stumbled upon Davids at work on afternoon and found that they have many stores in the Chicago area. Davids is great because you can pretty much customize any order: iced, hot, latte, and even a tea pop (which is kind of like soda but with tea). They also have great tea wear to buy to create your own tea at home, which is a bonus! My favorite being the Matcha Maker.
Peets Coffee & Tea
Locations: Various Chicagoland locations, find yours here
Peets coffee is one of my favorites, but what I love even more is their tea. I love the old school coffee house feel of Peets, and how it doesn't make you feel like your standing in a corporate chain. The atmosphere is perfect for studying, getting work done or just stopping in to grab a drink! My favorite tea of theirs is Lemon Rose herbal tea, perfect iced or hot!
The Coffee & Tea Exchange
Locations: 3311 North Broadway
This has to be the mecca of tea shops. They are a family owned small business that specializes in the roasting of coffee and trade of tea. They pretty much have whatever you could need and if they don't, you can request it!
617 N. State Street
What I love most about this tea shop are it's employees. They are helpful and super friendly! they make it feel less like shopping and more of a tea experience. If you go here, make sure you ask one of them for advice on your tea choice, they may steer you to a tea you never thought you would try!
For as long as I can remember, my Mom has given me special pajamas to wear on Christmas eve into Christmas morning. It's been a childhood tradition that I still look forward to every year. There's no greater feeling than changing out of your party clothes and getting into the comfiest Pj's to sit by the tree late into the night on Christmas eve into Christmas morning. If you have similar traditions, or are looking for some Christmas morning wear that you can stay in all day, below are some of my favorite options.
Bonus: Victoria's Secret has all of their most loved Pj sets on sale! Get the deal
I'm trying to kick these hump day blues with some outerwear that I love! I seriously can't get enough of this Rachel Roy anorak jacket (also seen here), and although it is sold out, you really can't beat the anorak style for the transition into cold weather (Similar options below!). Because Chicago is still pretty warm and balmy with rainy weather, these *Life Stride Puddle Rain booties are perfect for running errands or walking around the city in without worrying about your feet being cold and wet. They kept my feet perfectly dry and I didn't have to worry about watching where I stepped, a total bonus! I also do have to say, the padded foot bed makes me feel like I'm walking on clouds. The grey and blue contrast went great with my cuffed jeans for an easy casual look I could wear all day. I believe, however, that my most favorite element has to be my scarf. While perusing the holiday dollar section at Target, which I'm a total sucker for, I came across this cozy soft scarf...for only $3! As a big bargain shopper I couldn't have been more proud to have found this. I will definitely be incorporating into my winter wear!
*Life Stride is a working collaborator with Pleasantly Petite and all opinions of products are of my own.