About a week ago I got to meet the lovely, enthusiastic, real lady that is Justina Blakeney. Justina's been one of my stylist/design heroes for the past 2 years since I've been reading her blog, which is peppered with thoughtful posts on DIYS, fashion, family, travel and all that gets wrapped into J's style web. Justina is unapologetically herself and I admire that. She's got creativity to spare, it just oozes from her fingertips. Getting to spend a morning with her and her sweet little family (look at little Ida!!) for a photo shoot was heavenly. Loved being surrounded by all that maximalist groovy jungalow style and plants shooting out their leaves at every corner.

What is your favorite type of tea and how do you take it? I know it's boring, but I love early grey--with real cream and real sugar. It's so fragrant and zesty and smooth--it makes me feel at home.

How does tea punctuate your day? An Early Grey in the morning is like the capital letter I start my sentences off with-- a late morning green tea is my exclamation point, a sprightly tea (like rooibos or mint) in the afternoon makes a nice comma, and a camomilein the evening ends the paragraph off right. 

My tea accompaniment of choice is:
Depends, but tea is always great with cats tongues cookies.

Today, It was Erykah Badu . . .  is on when I'm having tea. 

I first started drinking tea when . . .  my mother gave me tea remedies as a child when I wasn't feeling well.

My dream tea party would include . . . abundant amounts of loose leaf teas in glass jars so mix, match and make--the most gorgeous and eclectic tea-pots and tea-cups--perhaps a fun mix a tea traditions from different cultures (I love, for example, how they pour mint-tea in Morocco),  good music, good snacks, and most importantly, good company. 

When I sip from my tea cup, I feel comforted

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