A wise friend once told me: Having style is not just about having good clothes, it’s a lifestyle. The older I get, the more I understand this truth. When one truly has style, it’s in every inch of their being. Their wardrobe, their home, their habits, even their character, are all mere reflections of their lifestyle.
When I read my favourite bloggers’ posts, what appeals to me the most is not their amazing clothes, their styling, or their amazing looks, it’s their lives. How do they live so they can look like that? That’s the resounding question. Is it their outlook? The choices they make? Their balanced lifestyle?
Call me silly but I’m starting to believe that in order to achieve ‘lifestyle’, you need ‘life’ and then ‘style’. I have to get my life balanced first before I can work on my style. After years of over-indulging in rich foods, fine wines and countless cakes, it was only recently when someone labelled me as an ‘aspiring diabetic’ (and that sickening feeling you get when you can’t fit into your favourite jeans…) that finally woke up the dormant health-conscious nut in me.
So when Oriental Tea House contacted me about their Tea Appreciation Masterclass, I knew it would be too worthwhile an event to not invite all of my blogger friends. Not only do we enjoy the fine mix of food and fashion, more importantly, we learn to balance our busy lives through the countless benefits of tea, oriental style.
[spoiler title=”中文版”] 一个明智的朋友曾告诉我“有风度并不代表有很多好看的衣服，它在于生活风格”。现在我大了一点，终于理解她真实的意义。有风格的人，他们的风度不仅仅在他们的衣橱里，家里，也在他们的生活习惯里，品质里，在他们生命的每一部分，其实都在于他们的生活方式。
David Zhou, owner of Oriental Tea House teaching us the Art of Tea
The ridiculously stunning Wanda & I
“Oriental Glamour!” Kirby (Style Hunter)
Can you guess the Dress Code for the event?
It seems that after attending the Tea Appreciation Masterclass I’ve not only come to appreciate tea, but also health and life more. Drinking tea encourages a calmer and more relaxing lifestyle. Even the ‘ritual’ of preparing, brewing, pouring and drinking tea is such an art form. We learnt to “teatox” via drinking various teas with different healing properties for health, skin, weight, concentration, de-stressing…who knew that drinking tea can be such a gentle yet effective way to rebalance the body!
David Zhou, owner of Oriental Tea House enlightened us with his extensive knowledge of Chinese herbal medicine principles which I cannot wait to apply to my own life. I hope that in the coming weeks you will see me lead a more balanced life, perhaps even exude more style, and who knows? Maybe I’ll finally have that harmonious lifestyle I’ve forever yearned for and finally fit back into my favourite jeans…
[spoiler title=”中文版”] 参加了茶叶品尝班后，我不仅仅更珍惜茶道，也学会珍赏健康和生命。喝茶鼓励我们平静，放松。就连整个品茶仪式，从选茶，烧水，泡茶，倒茶，到喝茶使我们停下我们繁忙的生活。品茶是种艺术。我们学会了用茶排毒因为茶叶有许多不同的治疗性能：身体健康，皮肤健康,体重问题,头脑集中，降低压力等等。我才知道原来喝茶对生体平衡那么的有效。
Oriental Tea House的主人，周先生教导了我们中国草药的一些基本原则, 我迫不及待地想将它们应用在我的生活当中。真希望这几个星期后你们会看见我的生活更平衡，散发出更多的风格。谁知道啊，可能我会终于达到向往的目标：和谐的生活方式。在一次穿进那条最喜欢的牛仔裤。。。