Street art in Brooklyn

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Today I’m sharing a few photos of street art from Brooklyn. I’m not in America at the moment but I’ve been looking back on old adventures and starting to plan new ones.

I came across my Brooklyn photos on Flickr and decided I wanted to dedicate a few posts to them. At the time I came back from my trip I was starting a new job and life was very busy. I missed out on sharing some fun experiences on my blog but hopefully you won’t mind if I catch up now.

I hope some of you will enjoy these snaps as much as I do. Later in the week I want to tell you all about my visit to the Mast Brothers chocolate factory.

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Tea: Adagio Tea review

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The other day I shared some of the teas I’ve been enjoying lately and mentioned that I had a few reviews coming up for you. Well, today I want to talk about a selection of teas which I’ve been trying out over the last two months. I was kindly sent a generous selection of tea samples from the folk over at Adagio Tea HQ. I’d never heard of the brand before but after a quick browse of their website I could see that they were well established with a wide selection of teas. They even offer a fun selection of signature blends for Firefly, Teen Wolf and a few others geeky shows.

Anyway, let’s take a closer look at the teas they sent over. I’ve added in the links to each tea so you can locate them easily.

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First up we have Peach Oolong. I was very excited to try this tea because I’d never had a peach tea before. This tea is blended with oolong tea, natural peach flavour, apple pieces, marigold flowers and apricots. The base of the tea is oolong which gives it a very earthy flavour but with a subtle hint of fruit. I found that there was a strong aftertaste of peach which I really enjoyed.

It’s important not to steep this tea for too long because it will become bitter. I left mine for 3-4 minutes and drank it black. I really enjoyed this tea in the evening and found it warming which means it will be ideal for the colder months. If you’re not a fan of oolong tea then you probably wont enjoy this one.

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I took the Earl Grey Lavender to my parents house because they drink a lot of Earl Grey and it would have been mean to keep it all to myself. Once I’d opened up the bag I was met with a very sweet and floral scent. This tea is blended with black tea, lavender flowers, orange peels, blue cornflowers, natural vanilla flavour, natural bergamot flavour and natural creme flavour.

I always drink earl grey black, I don’t feel like it needs any milk added to it, especially this one because it has the natural creme flavour with it. This tea has a very sweet taste which my dad and I enjoyed. My mum found the tea too sweet and didn’t think it needed the extra flavours alongside the lavender. However, she’s keen to try the Earl Grey Bravo when I next put in an order. This tea only needs to be steeped for around 2-3 minutes, any longer and it becomes too strong.

I think that this tea works well in the morning and the evening as it has a very relaxing and calming feel to it. I’ll be sure to repurchase this tea in the near future.

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Now we’re onto a good old rooibos blend, Rooibos Mango. This tea is blended with rooibos tea, natural mango flavour, apple pieces, mango pieces and marigold flowers. Rooibos is one of my favourite teas and I always enjoy trying new blends. The mango in this blend gives it a fruity kick and it’s also naturally sweet. I drank this tea black but P enjoyed it more with a dash of milk and honey.

I normally prefer to drink rooibos in the evening but this blend worked well as a morning brew because of the fruity notes. I found that brewing this tea for around 4-5 minutes worked best.

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Here we have Citron Green. This Tea is blended with green tea, orange peels, marigold flowers, natural lemon flavour and natural orange flavour. When you open up this tea the citrus scent really hits you. I found that the tea had a strong, but not overpowering citrus kick to it. It’s a very crisp and refreshing tea which I think can be enjoyed best in the morning. I’ve heard it makes for a good iced tea but I never got ’round to trying that. Maybe I’ll give it a try when I make my next order.

This is another tea which only needs 2-3 minutes to steep it can quickly become bitter if it’s left over 3 minutes.

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Finally we have Blood Orange. This herbal tea is blended with orange peels, hibiscus flowers, rose hips and natural orange flavour. I found that it needed to be steeped for about 6 minutes to really bring out its full flavour. Herbal teas usually need a little more time to taste their best. The tea has a very strong taste of orange alongside sharp citrus notes. It had been quite some time since I’d last had a herbal tea because they can often be very hit and miss. From the photo you can seen all the chunks of fruit and as you can imagine the flavours really came to life as you drank the tea. I’m pretty sure I’ll be repurchasing this again but I’m interested to try the peppermint tea from Adagio first.

Which do you like the sound of best? 

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Food: Rosemary & Olive Oil Ritz Breaks

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You’ve all heard of Ritz crackers, right? How about the new Rosemary & Olive Oil Ritz Breaks? I honestly think Ritz may have just created something that I like more than their good old traditional crackers. About a month ago I was kindly sent a few packs of Ritz Breaks to try out. I liked the new Rosemary & Olive Oil flavour so much that I thought I should do a food review.

Ritz Breaks contain 6 individual packs of crackers with 5 rows of easy to snap crackers. They really do fit a lot of crackers into these small packets, I was surprised and very pleased. The crackers are very easy to snap off  and don’t make much of a crumble. They fit easily into a handbag which I found useful for when I was popping into London for the day. The individual packs also prevent you from devouring a whole box while you’re watching Autumnwatch.

I still enjoy the traditional crackers, they just work so well with a slice of cheese and a blob of pickle. However, I think the new ones seem to feel a little more grown up than the Original ones. I know that might sound a bit silly, but the crack of salt, flecks of rosemary and strong notes of olive oil go so well alongside a glass of wine.

Crackers are something that I often have in the house. They’re handy as late night snacks in the colder months, ideal for picnics in summer and dipping in hummus at lunch.

Will I buy these next time I’m in the supermarket? Yes, of course and I think I’ll be more likely to go for Rosemary and Olive Oil than the Original ones. 

Price: £1.89 but they’re usually on special offer for a little less. 

Have you tried Ritz Breaks?

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Sheffield: Street art and stickers

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Sheffield spice girl

Sheffield pepper

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I’ve finally had the chance to take a little waddle around Sheffield. Well, I’ve been walking to the gym and up into the town most days for the last two weeks. Whenever I’m in a new city I make more of an effort to take in my surroundings. One thing that has stood out to me over the last few days is the abundance of interesting street art and puzzling stickers around the city. I’ve been snapping away on my phone ad have already built up quite the collection.

I plan on dedicating a day to exploring the city with my camera at the weekend.

I’ll be sharing more on my Instagram page.

Have you spotted any cool street art on your travels?

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What’s in my cup? 5 teas I’ve been enjoying

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I’ve spent the last couple of hours relaxing with a cup of tea and catching up with some blogs. The mug in the photo is one of my favourites, it’s the mushroom print from Cath Kidston. I always use this mug when I’m feeling tired because it holds a lot of tea/coffee and reminds me of homehome.

So, what’s in my cup? Nope, it’s not cold enough for hot chocolate, I’ve not unpacked my Nespresso machine yet so it’s not coffee and it’s most definitely not sizzurp. This is a simple post about the 5 teas I’m enjoy at the moment. I think it will be quite useful for those of you who enjoy trying new teas. I’ve actually got a few tea reviews coming up over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for those…if you want.

Here are 5 teas (aside from English Breakfast) that I’m enjoy at the moment.

- Chash Tea – Organic Mint Spice

- Duchy Originals – Peppermint Infusion

- Adagio Tea* – Rooibos Mango

- Butterworth & Son – Sencha Wild Grey 

- Tea Pigs – Liquorice and peppermint

Do you drink tea? If so, what are your favourites at the moment?

 

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Blog hop: Sharing the love and why I write

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I hope you’ve all had a good weekend. Today I have a slightly different post for you. The creative Sophie from Onetenzeroseven asked me to get involved with Blog Hop and share some stories about my blog. I thought it sounded like a fun and I hope you enjoy my answers to the questions. If you like a bit of fashion, business and lifestyle then make sure you check out Sophie’s blog.

Why do I write?

I’ve always documented my life through notebooks, Geocities, Livejournal, Myspace and now here on my blog. It’s nice to have your own space on the internet which you can design and create content for. There are no rules and that’s what I like best about it.

I use writing to accompany my photography. I like to document my life and share tips and information about the topics and skills I know best. I don’t claim to be a fancy wordsmith, nor do I wish to be. To me, words are tools. I can use them to explain a photograph, share my experience and communicate my feelings and ideas.

What am I working on?

At the moment I’m in the process of giving Prettygeentea a total refresh. I’m working on changing the design a little and I’ve created some simple guidelines for my content. I want to ensure that everything I post is useful to my readers – even if it’s photos from a day trip. I love looking back on my life through this blog but the posts that stand out are the ones which I’ve shared tips or recommendations and readers have commented with their thoughts. I think blogging brings people with similar interests together and I want to encourage that community feeling here on my blog.

I’m also working on launching Indiecana. I’ve mentioned it a few times but it’s basically my first e-commerce project. The aim is to find the best indie products from around the UK and share them on an easy to use website. I want to help customers find products they love and at the same time offer support to indie makers.

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How does it differ from others of its genre?

My blog incorporates all of my interests. One day I’ll be talking about my new hat and the next I’ll be sharing my top tips for saving money. Other topics include travel, baking, business, reviews and much much more. I don’t want to pigeonhole my blog to one topic because I believe we all have more than one interest.

Prettgreentea has evolved over the years with me and my changing interests. It’s been there through university, many jobs and now at my latest chapter of life in Sheffield. It’s sure to change in the future but for now I want to share snapshots of my life and incorporate useful information within each post. I want my readers to be able to take something positive away from each post.

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How does my writing process work?

I enjoy writing and planning blog posts when I’m on the train. I find it gives me time to think and put together content I’m going to be happy to share. I’m also lucky enough to work from home at the moment which allows me some alone time to focus on my blog. I work best in silence.

Many of my posts start with a photograph and then the words follow.

A few of my favourite ways to write blog posts:

- In my notebook – I find the words flow better by hand
- On Evernote – a very handy app which can link up with your computer, tablet and phone
- Within an email which I then send back to myself

I’ve picked a couple of my blogger friends to carry on the blog hop:
- Jennifer and I have been friends and pen pals for quite a few years now. She lives in Australia and has a very positive outlook on life. Jennifer blogs over on Beauty by Jnfr. Check out her blog for posts on luxury beauty, fashion and lifestyle. Her posts are very detailed and the photography is beautiful. I really enjoyed her Quality over Quantity post where she talks about the pros and cons of a few luxury make-up products and of course, a Diptyque candle.
- I’ve been chatting with Ella Grace via Twitter for a good few months now. I believe I stumbled across her blog, Every Little Thing 07 via a #bbloggers chat. Ella Grace blogs about beauty, fashion, travel and everything in-between. Each post offers lots of information and detail on the topic and the photography on her blog is stunning. I particularly enjoyed her post on the best gelato in Rome.Let me know in the comment section why you blog.
If you don’t blog then tell me what you enjoy about reading blogs.

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Beauty: Avène cleanser and face cream review

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I tend to stock up on products when Boots have their 3 for 2 offer – I gave the third product to my mum. 

One of my favourite skincare brands at the moment is Avène. They’ve actually been a favourite of mine for just over a year and yet I don’t believe I’ve spoke about them on here. I’m really sorry about that. These products are 100% worth sharing with you and if you have sensitive skin then they’re a must try brand.

It was my grandma who first told my mum and I how good Avène products were. My mum was quick to try them out and then treated me to a few bits for my birthday the other year. So, Avène is a bit of a family thing, there’s 3 generations of us who love the brand. That’s pretty good going and it also means we’re never stuck for gift ideas.

I’ve been using the Hydrance Optimale cream since late 2012 (I think) and in recent months I’ve started using the Micellar Lotion.

The Micellar Lotion stays by the side of my bed. I use this to remove all my make-up every night and cleanse my skin. It does a fantastic job of clearing my skin of make-up and even the strongest mascara. I normally use another product to remove eye make-up but we can all be a little lazy from time to time….right? This product leaves my skin feeling very fresh and clean. There’s no sign of dry or tight skin which I’ve found some cleansers do. There’s a very light and fresh scent to the product.

The bottle I have is 200ml. I’ve had a couple of these now and they tend to last around 3 months, if not a bit longer. I often switch up my cleansers between this one and the Clarins One Step.

Once I’ve cleansed my skin I then move onto the Hydrance Optimale UV Riche cream (bit of a long name). When I buy creams for dry skin they’re usually very thick which is good for winter but not so much for summer. This cream isn’t thick but it is very hydrating making it perfect for those of us with dry skin during the warmer months. I’ve been using this cream during the morning and night because it’s so good. The cream has SPF 20 in which is something I usually go for when it’s available. It’s important to protect your skin all year ’round and having an added SPF in your cream makes things a lot easier. If the sun is shining then I usually top up with extra sun cream. There is no scent to the cream and it’s formulated for those of us with sensitive and dry skin.

The face cream comes in a 40ml tube. I’ve been using this for a couple of months now and there’s still a bit of product left. I’m hoping it lasts ’til the end of September and then I’ll be looking at products from Avène for the colder months.

Have you tried any products from Avène?

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A New Chapter: Sheffield

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The Norwich chapter of my life is over and I’m now writing to you from Sheffield. I’ve been here just over a week and things are already in full swing. I’ve unpacked boxes, finished watching Gossip Girl, kept on top of work and signed up to the gym. I need to get myself into a good routine but things are slowly falling into place.

I say this a lot, but I really do love that this blog started out as out as ‘A New Chapter‘, it rings very true to life. I’ve started many new chapters during the 6 or so years of this blog and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The last change in my life was back in March. I’d moved into a beautiful new flat in Norwich and started working freelance. Within a few months P was offered a rather exciting job in Sheffield and asked me to go with him. I’m lucky enough to be able to set up my desk wherever I like, so I packed my bags and decided to give life in Sheffield a go.

I love change and in all honesty I was well and truly ready to leave Norwich. I actually stayed there a lot longer than I’d planned. I think it’s very important to embrace change. If not, you can become stagnant within work, life and friendships.

Here are 5 reasons I love changing my location:

- It gives you the chance to take a new direction in life – I plan on taking a new course in the upcoming months and I’d like to get out on long walks and bike rides during September.

Meet new people - When you’re in a new city you have to make more of an effort to interact and get to know new people. Mixing with new people can give you the push to try something different, think in a new way and just have a good old laugh. I’m determined to surround myself with positive people here in Sheffield. I plan on doing this through meeting up with bloggers and joining various courses and clubs.

- Leave behind negative energy – Make sure you leave false and negative friendships in your old city. We can’t be friends with everyone, it’s not natural and much better to go your separate ways. I suggest removing people who aren’t your cup of tea from your social networks or at least hiding them from your timeline.

- Have a big clear out of everything you own. My goal for the next week is to get rid of anything I don’t use or wear. I’m ready for a new style in my life.

- Refresh your dreams and goals. Although I’ve only been here a week I’ve already been thinking a lot about my career. Over the next four months I’ll be working hard on Indiecana and seeing what I can make of it whilst working on a few freelance projects. I want to improve upon my current set of skills which I hope to do through a course at the local college.

I’m ready to enjoy the ride that Sheffield has to offer.

Have you ever moved to a new city?

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Life Lists: 5 things to fit into an early morning

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I read a lot of about successful people. Some of my favourites articles are where we get a look inside their lives. Over the last few months I’ve read lots about the things successful people do before breakfast, how early they wake up and even at what times they go to bed. Now, I’m well aware that these are all to be taken with a pinch of sugar and a shot of espresso, but I think they’re very useful. They’ve given me the motivation to nudge my alarm clock from 7 to 6 AM.

I’ve been really pleased with my new early start and I’m even waking up earlier (7am) on the weekends.

If you fancy having more hours in the day then try setting an earlier alarm. Don’t set five different ones (we’ve all been there) but pick a time and stick to getting out of bed. It’s amazing what you can get done while everyone else is hitting snooze.

Here are 5 things I do with the extra time in the morning:

- Get ahead of work –  I love being awake 3 hours before the rest of the business world are stumbling into work. It gives me time to catch-up on emails, work without interruptions and really get a head start to the day.

- Exercise – Unless I’m going to an evening class it’s good to fit 30 – 60 minutes exercise into my morning. I won’t lie, it’s a bit of an effort but well worth it because you can forget about it for the rest of the day.

- Breakfast – Many argue that it’s the most important meal of the day, so it should be enjoyed, right? I’ve been trying to take some time to chill out with P in the morning. We pop the Nespresso machine on, boil some eggs, slice an avocado and have a chat about our weekend plans. Sometimes it’s just a quick slice of grapefruit but it’s much better than running ‘round the house getting ready whilst eating.

- Work on a personal project/hobby – Whatever your hobby may be you can spend the extra hours of your morning preparing posts and getting organised. I like to spend some time on Indiecana in the morning and do some work on Prettygreentea. Then I can get on with my other work (the ones that pay the bills) and return to my personal work in the evening.

- Read - I keep seeing people tweet and blog about their lack of time to read (myself included). Waking up a bit earlier gives you the chance to enjoy a cup of tea in bed, read a little or even watch a few YouTube videos. If you don’t fancy reading in the morning your new routine will soon see you getting into bed earlier in the evening. So turn off Modern Family, stop scrolling through your timeline and try opening your book. I’ve really enjoyed getting back into books, I’m just about to finish The 4-Hour Work Week and reviewed #GIRLBOSS the other day.

I guess I’m lucky that I don’t need hours and hours of sleep. I’m good to go with about 4 – 6 hours, depending on what I’ve been doing during the day. So I’ve recently been going to bed between 11 – 12 and getting up at 6. I’ve had a few nights where I’ve been fighting insomnia but I’m finding that my new routine alongside the gym is helping to control that a lot more.

What time do you usually set your alarm for?

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Beauty: Lovea Argan Hair Detangling Spray

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Over the last few months my hair has been really irritating me. I feel like I’m always saying this, but this time ’round it’s more about the condition of my hair and not the style. My hair has been dry, tangled, knotty and a pain to brush. Most normal people would go to the hairdresser, get all the unhealthy ends off and go for a fresh look. For some reason I find it hard to fit a hair appointment in and always leave it to the last minute. Once this post is live I will have visited a hairdresser and I plan to go for a medium length cut.

I’ve been using lots of new hair products (shampoo, conditioner and hair masks) to look after my hair over the last two months. I will be sharing some of my favourites in the upcoming weeks. As my hair has be getting tangled for a long time I thought I’d start off with theLovea Detangling and Conditioning Spray. It fell into my life thanks to the kind folk over at MyPure, at the start of July and I’ve been using it after every shower.

I’d thought about buying a detangling spray before this one but presumed that they wouldn’t work. I also had it in my mind that they were designed for kids. I’ve no idea how I formed that idea but I can assure you it’s a load of rubbish. I’ve taken this on a few weekends away and I can’t imagine I’ll be without it (or a detangler) for a while now.

This is a leave-in conditioner which you spray onto your wet hair and then comb through. I focus on the middle and ends of my hair but avoid the scalp. I then use my good old Tangle Teezer to comb through my hair after leaving the product for a good five minutes. This spray makes my hair much much easier to brush through and once it’s dry it’s very easy to manage. I’ve found myself making more of an effort to style my hair because it’s felt a lot less frizzy and tangled.

I’m a big fan of products from Lovea and have repurchased their body cream, sun cream and scrubs many times. All the products have a sweet nutty scent of Argan Oil, which I really like. I’ve found that the spray does leave a light scent in your hair but it’s very pleasant.

I think £6.49 is a fair amount to pay for an organic hair detangling spray. I know I’ll be repurchasing this once I’ve used the bottle up. If you’re suffering from tangled hair then it’s well worth giving a try.

Do you use a hair detangling spray?

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Hi, I'm Daisy and this is my little space on the internet. This is the place I record the different chapters of my life. It's where I write about business, beauty and baking. I can also be found sharing photos of my daily outfits, the food I eat and the treasures I find.

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