Tea, The Elixir of Life

by cecylia on November 14, 2012

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.




Oriental Tea House (译:东方茶馆)介绍我他们的茶叶品尝班时,我立即邀请了我的服装博客朋友们。这顿饮茶餐不光让我们品尝了Oriental Tea House许多的茶叶和点心,最重要的,是我们学习了茶叶对身体, 对生命的多种益处。

David Zhou, owner of Oriental Tea House teaching us the Art of Tea

“Smile Pretties!” Marianne & Sam

The ridiculously stunning Wanda & I

“Oriental Glamour!” Kirby (Style Hunter)

Snap Happy with Iolanthe, Marianne & Sam

“Sitting Pretty!” Rachel (Meet Me On the Street) & Sabina

Can you guess the Dress Code for the event?

“Cheers!” Sarah & Leeyong

Kyra (obsessed with her Marni heels!) / I’m wearing Vintage coat, blouse, necklace, belt, jewellery, Amy Kaehne shorts, Sonia Rykiel shoes

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…


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。。。



Jessie November 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm

ohmy, I love your blog! :)
also, I totally agree with your “life”+”style” comment. Life as a uni student is so messy sometimes, my style often goes the same route! :( But it’s a good reminder on what to work towards. :)

<3 Jessie

cecylia November 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

me too I also need to improve my style, my life and my lifestyle! Here’s to a healthier and more balanced one :) xx

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Francesca R November 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm

What a fab event! You all look great!

cecylia November 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

thanks Francesca! Everyone was channeling oriental chic!

Mica November 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Sounds like a great event! :) Everyone looks so stylish too. I love your vintage jacket, what a find! :)


cecylia November 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Indeed everyone looked amazing Mica, we had so much fun and learnt a lot of valuable lessons on health and life :)

Carissa Vicky November 14, 2012 at 10:10 pm

loving your outerwear! so unique!


cecylia November 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

thanks Carissa, the jacket is vintage

Denis Arman November 15, 2012 at 1:13 am

Nice pics :)
Kisses, Den.


allie November 15, 2012 at 2:12 am

great post. I’m yearning for a cup of tea now!

cecylia November 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

indeed, which flavour of tea is your favourite?

LittleRus November 15, 2012 at 3:17 am

This is one of those masterclasses I would definitely love to attend. And don’t you all look gorgeous!!! x

cecylia November 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

thank you sweetie, everyone looked stunning- very Oriental chic :)

Georgina November 15, 2012 at 6:15 am
miss b November 15, 2012 at 8:18 am

What an interesting event. Although I’m a cappuccino addict, I do love a cup of tea especially Earl Grey but I do enjoy trying different teas.

cecylia November 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm

of course, there are so many different teas for us to try- we learnt from the event that different teas have different health benefits- but it must be tailored to us so it can work properly

Iolanthe November 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

What an informative and enjoyable day! I learned about the importance of balance, and look forward to enjoying a range of David’s special teas.

cecylia November 15, 2012 at 9:20 pm

indeed, I’m hoping to try them all so I can work out which ones are the best for my health :D

Sleekit November 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Thanks again for inviting me along to this fabulous event, not only did I enjoy the informative masterclass but the countless beautiful oriental outfits to boot.

Sleekit x

cecylia November 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Thank you for your beautiful presence Maria, the outfits were chic indeed and ageed, the message of health, lifestyle and balance was the highlight for me also

Kate November 18, 2012 at 7:17 pm
Beauty Follower November 19, 2012 at 7:33 am

Love your pendant and Vandas style!

cecylia November 20, 2012 at 6:17 pm

ooh what’s Vandas style? :)

Beauty Follower November 21, 2012 at 2:43 am

I ment your friend Wandas look!

cecylia November 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

oops I see, Wanda’s drop dead gorgeous!!!

Psycho Cat November 22, 2012 at 9:25 am

You look great, I like your interesting and unique style :)

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