January in iPhone snaps…

1. WE HAVE A WEDDING VENUE! PHEW – with only seven months to go, that was feeling kind of close. It’s a big, beautiful cowshed on a big, messy old farm, and I’m suddenly VERY excited to wed this fella of mine.

2. The first snowfall of winter came, meaning the first snow in Orla’s memory – though she enjoyed it last winter, she’s since forgotten it happened. We (I) made a snowman, which apparently wasn’t big enough so she kicked it down again. Such a baddie.

3. Sunlight. It’s been so long, I half expected Orla to ask what the yellow glowing day-moon was for.

4. I’ve finally, reluctantly, gone totally caffeine-free. It wasn’t really a choice – for some reason, even a single cup of tea now gives me heart palpitations & feelings of doom, & it just isn’t worth the stress. Decaf coffee is awesome, but surprisingly few places stock decent decafinated tea – does anyone have any recommendations?

5. Me & Luke, adventuring. Just so we’re clear, this project is very tongue-in-cheek, & is maybe taking a slight swipe at our propensity to tell little white life-lies through social media. Plus, I find it really, really funny. ? Stay tuned for occasional updates on our romantic adventures together… ?

A little love

Hurray, The Future Kept are back in my sidebar, and they’re stocking my favourite pot of botanical magic, the green balm! It’s a cleanser, it’s a healing balm, it’s a lip balm – it’s even magic cream for grazed knees & bumped toddler elbows. In case you can’t tell – I love this stuff.

Hello to the Wildflower illustration Co, my newest sidebar sponsor. I’m the proud new owner of this Art of Good Coffee print, which is both beautiful and educational – even in my new decaff capacity!

At Number 67 is a collection of all the things I love, covet and need, and quite a few things I already own! Included in that is this Paris Elevations print by Studio Esinam and I’m seriously coveting this rustic little stool.

Lo + Behold have had a spring restock of loveliness, including this rattan lounger chair by Hubsch. Lovelovelove its simplicity and lightness! #mineplease

coffee print by Wildflower Illustration
coffee print by Wildflower Illustration

Elsewhere…

On the off chance you’re not already sick of me, you’ll find a few updated links over on my press page to various projects I’ve been involved in recently, including a feature in the beautiful Koronette magazine, and my latest piece for Standard Issue.

& that’s it! A quiet month over here, which makes a nice change. How’s 2016 treating you so far? Hope you’ve had a great January x

17 Comments

  • ingrid

  • January 31, 2016

I can highly recommend Twinings English Breakfast Decaf Tea…it really tastes exactly the same as the real thing (and I do love my tea!).

So excited you’ve found a venue…it’s going to be all sorts of wonderful I just know it! x

  • Kat Terek

  • January 30, 2016

Okay, so I checked – it’s called “Creamy Caramel Rooibos” from in-fusion tea. We usually have it with a tiny bit of honey to bring out the taste:)

  • Sara Tasker

  • January 29, 2016

Caramel?! This sounds like all sorts of magic!!

  • Sara Tasker

  • January 29, 2016

Ah, well as long as it doesn’t adversely affect you, it’s not so bad, right? Before I had Orla I could have as much caffeine as I liked and feel no affect. On sleepy days I’d make ‘tea-spresso’ with two teabags in a cup! Now I can’t even drink a single cup of weak tea… ?

  • Sara Tasker

  • January 29, 2016

Thanks Kizzy! I have big, floral plans – fingers crossed I can pull it off! x

  • Sara Tasker

  • January 29, 2016

YES! ?? Peppermint and chamomile are just not the same as a proper cup of tea, and I feel us caffeine-sensitives are horribly under-represented. I may start a campaign! 😉

  • Sara Tasker

  • January 29, 2016

I need to be brave and try this. Can you describe the taste? x

  • Sara Tasker

  • January 29, 2016

Let me know! I’m so despairing of finding cafes that stock decaf tea that I’m contemplating carrying my own around with me! x

  • Sara Tasker

  • January 29, 2016

Thanks Jeska 🙂 x

  • Louise

  • January 28, 2016

Clipper make fairly good (at least passable!) decaf teabags – i went totally caffeine free a few years ago and it certainly helped! I’m bad these days though, my rare ‘treat’ cups of real tea seem to be becoming more and more frequent 😉

  • Kizzy

  • January 28, 2016

Beautiful images and can’t wait to see the cowshed decorated for your wedding. What a beautiful unique venue.

  • Kat Terek

  • January 28, 2016

There is this caramel roiboos tea that I bought last weekend on a walk in camden market last weekend. It’s absolutely magical poetry in your lips when drinking. When I get home, I will check the brand for you:) And I saw one of your comments, yes it taste like it smells. And it feels like drinking a potion. With a lot of teas it feels like drinking flavoured water but not this one. It’s thick and dense.

  • Lourdes Uribe

  • January 27, 2016

I can’t have caffeine either, and I love coffee! It’s a true tragedy. And I agree, it’s so hard to find cafes that put effort into their decaf options. There’s only so much peppermint and chamomile tea a girl can drink. The struggle is so real!

  • Sara Tasker

  • January 27, 2016

Do you know, I’ve never actually tasted Rooibos. Does it taste like it smells? Is that a stupid question?? x

  • Charlie

  • January 27, 2016

Tick Tock Rooibos is my favourite caffeine free tea hit. Your venue sounds amazing! We found our venue for our September ’15 wedding around this time last year – you can now concentrate on the fun stuff!!

  • Nicola

  • January 27, 2016

I’ve just bought a packet of Twinings Decaf English Breakfast tea. I haven’t opened it yet but I’m fairly confident the tea will be good as I’ve never met a Twinings tea bag I haven’t liked yet.

  • JeskaHearne

  • January 27, 2016

What a beautiful month – love that print 🙂

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