My Favorite Snapchat Accounts to Follow


Are you on Snapchat? I got started using the app after Alice asked me that same question and haven't looked back since. Where Instagram has turned into capturing that perfect picture, Snapchat is more about sharing whatever is going on at the moment. It's fun since it's so easy and quick.

Once you download the app, you can start taking a photo or shoot a short video and share it with your Snapchat followers by saving it to "My Story." It stays up for 24 hours, then poof, it disappears.

A tricky thing about Snapchat is finding people who are on Snapchat. Unless you know their account name, there isn't a way to find them. If you're looking for new people, here are some of my favorites. 

By the way, what am I snapping? Mostly behind-the-scenes of things I'm doing that doesn't show up on the blog or my Instagram. Everything from opening up gift bags from brands to events I get to attend as a blogger. And of course, food.

To add someone, just take a pic of their Snapcode like so... 


Lifestyle blogger and Instagrammer who got me interested in trying Snapchat in the first place. Her snaps are amusing and it's fun to get a sneak peek into her everyday life.

An American travel blogger who lives in Australia. I always look forward to her snaps of her musings and mishaps overseas.

I follow Maryanne on Instagram and in Snapchat, I get to see even more of her baked creations. (Read: CAKES)

I wrote on another post: "Shini can do no wrong in my eyes and will make any favorites list of mine."
So of course, she makes this list. I like getting a glimpse into how each post and photo shoot comes together. Who knew she hardcoded her layouts?!

I'm a big fan of Will of Bright Bazaar so naturally, he was one of the first Snapchatters I started following. He snaps mostly photos so, Will, more videos please!

You know, just capturing the daily ins and out of her life as a fashion blogger, jetsetting around the world.

If you're a food blogger, you should or already are, following Elise's snaps. 

Edna is a travel blogger who never seems to be in one place for too long. (She's currently in Paris.) She snaps A LOT, so she's a good person to follow if you want to see new snaps frequently.

Ok, so these are my faves -- who are yours? Share them in the comments!

Posted on November 13, 2015 .

Bespoke Tea Tasting at Té Company

Té Company opened their adorable tea room a couple of weeks ago and I've been a regular, eating and drinking my way through the menu. When I found out Elena, the owner, offered bespoke tea tastings, of course I had to say "Yes, please!"

You can either choose a tasting of three oolong teas for $32 per person or five at $40 per person. I wanted to explore five light oolongs so Elena selected the ones that she thought would best showcase the variety. Another great option to try is tasting a selection of oolongs from light to dark. 

Elena set up a table for us and expertly prepared each tea. We did two steepings of each tea, which was enough to get me tea drunk. 

With each tea she selected, Elena gave me a little history and background, which I found to be fascinating. (Try the #2028 tea and ask her about how it got its name.) This tea tasting is a great time to ask Elena any questions you had about oolong tea.

The three tea tasting lasts about 30-40 minutes and the five tea tasting lasts a little over an hour. 

This would be a great gift for someone who loves tea and something the two of you can experience together. I'm planning on taking a friend there for her birthday, but really, it's a gift for me.

Here is Elena pouring an oolong tea into a tiny pitcher which then gets poured into individual tasting cups.

You get small sweet bites included with your tasting, but I usually want something to eat after drinking a lot of tea. Thankfully, Té Company has a small food menu, which changes on a regular basis but everything is DELICIOUS. I got the 'family meal' which was this tower of vegetables and a slice of sweet bean cake for $12.50 which was amazingly good. 

The best way to contact Elena for a tea tasting is by email (, but she takes walk-ins too if she's available.

INFO: Té Company | 163 West 10th Street | New York, NY 10014 | 929.335.3168 |


Té Company

Want me to tell you what you're doing this weekend? You're going to visit Té Company's beautiful new tea spot in the West Village in NYC. 

Opened yesterday, it's a tiny oolong tea oasis where you can find delectable (I'm overusing the word delicious so, synonym) sweets that change on almost a daily basis. You MUST get sweets since they're SO GOOD. 

I've been a big fan of Té Company since I had an oolong tea tasting with them almost two years ago with Elena, the owner. Recently we collaborated on a tasting at the Lie SangBong shop.

In this four-table tea shop and cafe at #163west10th, you can sit and enjoy your brewed tea, get a bottle of 12-hour cold brewed tea to go, or pick up a box or canister of their oolongs.

Queenie and I went earlier this week for a sneak peek and sat down to share a pot of Graceful Hill oolong tea. We split a pineapple linzer cookie and a date stuffed with walnuts. Again, SO GOOD.

And you're welcome. Now you know what you're doing today.

INFO: Té Company163 West 10th Street | New York, NY 10014 | 929.335.3168

Posted on October 24, 2015 .

My Favorite Instagram Accounts to Follow

Oh, Instagram, how much I hated you at first (yet another social media app?!?!) but confess I am now totally obsessed. No day goes by without me constantly checking to see what I may have missed.

Here are my favorite accounts to follow:

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Constantly traveling and enjoying the most delicious treats, Kathy's feed is filled with beautiful images of food, tea, and luxury travel. 


Maryanne makes stunning cakes and baked goods. I just need her to mail me a slice of every cake she bakes.


Alexis of Teaspoons and Petals is a tea blogger and tea consultant who shares pics of her tasty looking tea-based recipes.

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NYC-based photographer and blogger (Lingered Upon) magically captures gorgeous food, interiors, and travel shots.

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Get your bright color fix with Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar. One of the first blogs I started reading, can't wait to see NYC through Will's eyes with his new move from London!

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I found Jenna's blog through my cousin and have been a big fan of hers since then. Her account is her life in NYC -- what she eats and where she goes. Love her weekend day trips with her family outside the city.

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Judging from her feed lately, it looks like Charissa is photographing a book about Paris with a blogger. All her photos are so calming to look at and makes you wish you were there.


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I LOVE Venice (let's call it a favorite city) so I was very happy when I found Marco's Instagram account which transports me to Venice on a daily basis.


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Shini can do no wrong in my eyes and will make any favorites list of mine. Have you seen her blog? Go check out her gorgeous layouts. 

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I recently started following Krissy's account and if you're a fan of the color grey, like I am, you'll be a fan of hers. Lots of moody shots of food and interiors.

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Dreamy food photos shot overhead. Will make you hungry.

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Andrea captures the beauty of Milan, Italy with food and travel thrown in.

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Faye is a photographer based in Paris her feed is filled with soft, dreamy snapshots of Paris and her travels.

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Straight up Asian food, mostly Korean, all beautifully laid out.

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me! (ohhowcivilized)
Afternoon tea + Tea/Matcha + Food + Travel

What are your favorite accounts to follow? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on October 19, 2015 .

Pumpkin Chai Scones

For me, fall means all things chai. Chai lattes, chai tea, chai uhhh, well, those two things. Enter Jennifer Wallace (you should follow her on Instagram!) with Pumpkin Chai Scones to make it three.

The recipe is pretty watch being made. Jen made everything while I sat around eating scones and demanding hot water to make tea to have with my scones.

If you're not sure what to do with the leftover spices, you can use them to make chai from scratch.

The hardest part of this recipe is waiting an hour for the scones to firm up in the freezer. How good does that block of uncooked scone mixture look? VERY. 

Since I like my scones on the smaller side, we cut them into 12 pieces. If you want them to be mini, you can cut each triangle in half but be sure to keep checking the oven since your baking time will be shorter.

We enjoyed these Pumpkin Chai Scones with chai, of course! (I really want to write chai tea, but since chai means tea, it's like saying tea tea, which makes no sense.) 

With a side of clotted cream and fig preserves, these scones make for a perfect afternoon treat.

Adapted recipe from Budget Bytes by Jennifer Wallace for Oh, How Civilized

Makes 12 small scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold butter
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg
1/2 cup pumpkin puree

2 cups confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoon browned butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and ginger in a large bowl. Cut the cold butter into cubes and add to the dry ingredients. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers blend the butter into the flour until the butter is the size of small peas and is evenly distributed. 

In another bowl whisk the egg, pumpkin puree, and milk together. Pour the pumpkin egg mixture over the flour and butter. Using a fork slowly combine the flour and the liquid until it just comes together. Note: you will still have loose flour in the bowl, that's normal. 

Turn the contents of your bowl onto a work surface and start to gently pat into a rectangle shape approximately 1/2 inch thick. 

Using a sharp knife, cut your rectangle into 6 squares and then each square into two triangles. Place the cut scones onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (all 12 should fit onto a half sheet pan) and into the freezer until firm but not frozen (about an hour). 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake the scones for 20-25 min or until the edges and bottoms are golden brown. 

Once the scones have cooled a bit, it's time for the glaze:
On the stove top brown the butter in a small saucepan. Allow to cool.

In a large bowl sift the powdered sugar to remove any clumps or hard pieces. Add the spices, milk and brown butter and whisk until the glaze is smooth. If the glaze is too thick add more milk a tablespoon at a time until it becomes to desired thickness. Use a sandwich bag with a cut corner to pipe the glaze onto the scones.

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Posted on October 14, 2015 .