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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
521 tasting notes

Soooooo…I think I might have found my wedding dress!

I tried on so many dresses yesterday, it was a whirlwind of a day! For unidentifiable reasons, I started to freak out after the second dress at Kleinfeld. The consultant put me in the third gown and left the room to pull more dresses, leaving my mother and me alone. Once I started to calm down and actually see myself in the third dress, I was so surprised!

It was beautiful and romantic and looked great on me. But it was nothing like what I came in wanting. At the very end of the appointment, I tried on a highly detailed, bead encrusted, satin ball gown. My mom burst into tears and cried, “OMG! That’s your dress!” That’s when I became really confused. It was, in truth, everything I had ever thought I wanted. It was a corset, lace up, dramatic, “wow” factor, dropped waist ball gown that fit me like a glove. But I couldn’t get the lace romantic gown out of my mind. I never thought I would pick a romantic, tiered lace, fit and flare gown. But it really made me feel like a bride.

Now, I’m sooo confused! I don’t know what I want. Should I go with my original vision of the dramatic, “wow” factor ball gown? Or should I go with the romantic lace dress that kind of snuck up on me? I don’t know. I’m still trying to find a picture of the ball gown online, but here’s a link to the Tara Keely gown for anyone that’s interested. http://www.jlmcouture.com/Tara-Keely/Bridal/Spring/2012/Style-2206

The dry leaves smell very chocolaty. I brewed it up and brought the cup into the living room where my fiancé was playing Diablo III. I launched Steepster to start blogging and he said, “That smells good whatever that is.” Then he started taking exaggerated deep sniffs of the air. He’s totally right. This tea is powerful! It’s the first time my apartment has actually been flooded with a tea aroma.

Oh. My. God. This is insane! It tastes exactly, I mean exactly, like chocolate dipped strawberries!!! I’m getting creamy chocolate. I’m getting fresh, juicy, ripe strawberry. And I’m getting just a hint of floral rose. This is one of the best teas I’ve ever had. EVER! The aftertaste is just as luscious and delicious as the tea itself, which is incredible!

And this is all without additions! I didn’t want to mar the tea’s inherent beauty. And you know what? I can’t bring myself to want to change anything about this. There’s a rich tasting tea base underneath the flavor of chocolate covered strawberry and no bitterness or astringency or anything to complain about whatsoever.

After a few minutes of enjoying this tea, the following conversation ensued between me and my fiancé…

“Let me try some,” says he and takes the cup without waiting to hear my response. He takes a swig (yes, the boy doesn’t sip; he swigs) and says, “It IS chocolaty.”

“Well, what did you think it was?”

“It’s chocolaty,” he repeats. I sigh.

“It’s chocolate covered strawberry tea.”

“Ohhhhhhh, that’s what it is!” He says with a giant knowing grin and winks at me. Hahaha, he’s so cute! :)

I’m in love. I’m in love with Love Tea #7 (and my fiancé of course ;) but he’s a given). I’m so glad I chose to brew the entire 5g sample. I thought about cutting it in half, but then I thought one strong cup of tea is better than two weak cups of tea. So, I forged ahead and found something glorious! *heavenly sigh This is perfection! Be generous with the leaf and you’ll be in love too!

I did a second steep for 6 minutes and added milk and sugar this time. It was still great, but the first steep sans additions is my absolute favorite.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

congrats on finding THE dress!! that’s happened to a few people I know, finding the ‘one’ that is nothing like what they expected lol

The Purrfect Cup

That dress is stunning! When you know, you know. I ended up getting a dress that never crossed my mind when I went dress shopping too. I say go with your gut! I also think I REALLY need to try some of this tea out…once I drink more of the tea in my tea cabinet that is.

TeaBrat

What a beautiful dress! Congratulations…

LiberTEAS

That wedding dress is gorgeous. I think you should choose the wedding dress that you feel is right. This is a day about emotions, so go with the one that your heart tells you to.

Mercuryhime

That is a lovely dress. The dress i got wasnt what i envisioned either. Life can be surprising that way. Whatever you choose, you will be radiant from the inside out. :)

Hesper June

Beautiful Dress!
Don’t let the fact that it isn’t the dress you had envisioned in your head, stand in the way that it may be the perfect dress for you.
Like the other ladies that commented, I left the Bridal Dress Shop not only in a dress that I hadn’t envisioned for me but I actually hated it….on other people, but once I put it on….well, it was lovely.
If you felt beautiful in it, than its “the one”
Congrats!!
(the tea sounds divine too;)

tigress_al

My wedding dress wasn’t what I had thought I would get either! And also a great tea!!

Angrboda

Absolutely go with the one you liked best ON you! When I picked mine I also came out with the complete opposite of what I thought I would choose and the lady who was helping me said that sort of thing happens all the time. In my case it was to do with decoration and whatnot. I just wanted something simple, but she made me try some on anyway because it always looks different on a hanger or on a model than it does when you’re actually wearing it. And she was absolutely right.

Pick the one you liked best when you were wearing it. This is really not something you want to regret later, because you stubbornly clung to what you had initially imagined.

Right now when I think of mine I’m in a sort of ‘what was I thinking?’ phase, but I’m not really worried that I’ve changed my mind, because I saw it myself on myself in the mirror. I’m going for a fitting later this week, and I have all the confidence in the world that when I see it again, I’ll still think it was the right choice.

CHAroma

You guys are awesome! Thanks for all the advice and well wishes. You really made me feel better after my unexpected freak out. I’m trying the dress on again this weekend, but I’m pretty sure it’s the one. Choosing the guy was so much easier than the dress, hahaha!

Ninavampi

You have the guy and the dress picked out! Almost all the way there!!! :)

Congrats on picking out the dress! I am sure you look beautiful in it!

Invader Zim

How’d I miss that picture?! That is beautiful! As others have said, go for the one that makes you feel beautiful, like a bride, even if it doesn’t fit with what you thought you had wanted.

CHAroma

I FINALLY made a decision on my wedding dress! I decided to get this one: http://www.jlmcouture.com/Tara-Keely/Bridal/Spring/2012/Style-2200 but I kept the belt from the first dress linked above because I prefer the jewels to the flowery thing that comes with my dress. AHHHHH!!! I’m so excited!!!

Angrboda

It looks like you managed to find a compromise between the one that surprised you and what you thought you wanted. I think it was a good idea to keep the other belt. I had some sort of flower-y things on mine that were sewn onto the hip, but I had them removed partly because they weren’t really to my taste, but mostly because I could feel them against my arm all the time. It would have annoyed me so much, and it’s not something you would consider a problem until you notice it. But it’s just so hard to un-notice.
I have six sleeps left now, how many sleeps do you have left? (Or have you not come that far yet?)

CHAroma

Thanks Angrboda! I do think this dress is the perfect compromise. It actually has the exact same top as the lace dress, only the bottom is different. But the tulle bottom has that extra drama I was looking for. What’s a “sleep?”

Angrboda

Very very simple, actually. Six sleeps left = I have to sleep six more times. :)

CHAroma

Do you mean you’re getting married in only 6 days??!!

Angrboda

Five sleeps now. :D This saturday. We decided it was easier to count sleeps than it was to count days, since that takes out the discussion of whether you should count the day it happens, the day you’re ‘on’, only the days in between or all of the above. :)

CHAroma

OMGGG!!!! That’s SO EXCITING!!!! I’m so happy for you! Best wishes!! (I haven’t gotten to counting sleeps yet. We’re still about 10 months away).

Angrboda

Yeah, I can see that’s a lot of sleeps. :) I was tricked by the fact that you had gone to find your dress. I saved that task for last, but then again I’ve hated all this organising stuff from day one. I’m just not an organiser. A friend of my dad’s will be driving us, for example, and I emailed him the other day with a couple of questions. His answer? “you can have it whichever way you prefer.” What I really wanted him to do was to tell me what he was going to do and make the decision for me. :p My brain is getting a bit planning-fatigued at this point. All my thoughts are wedding-this, wedding-that. I’m looking forward to being able to think about something else. I don’t even know when we’re leaving for the UK, because there just hasn’t been room for that detail in my head.

Gosh, I didn’t mean to do all this complaining at you… O.o

Mercuryhime

Wedding planning is so stressful. It was the worst with my husband. At first he was all “whatever you want.” and then when I decided on something he suddenly had all these opinions. Argh!
Anyway, I hope you both have a beautiful wedding day! The memories will be worth the stress!

CHAroma

@Mercuryhime, hahaha! My fiance is exactly like that too! Doesn’t care one bit until I make a decision. ;)

@Angrboda, no you’re not complaining at all. I understand. I wanted a designer dress so you have to order that about 8-10 months in advance or it won’t be ready in time. I’ve only started to get wedding planning fatigued, but mostly I’m still in the excitement stage! :)

Barb

Oh, it was YOU who said brew this long and dark! Very good advice.

And the dress you chose is gorgeous.

CHAroma

Aww, thanks! I can’t wait now that I’ve finally found the dress. Only 277 days to go!! (Or sleeps as Angrboda says). :)

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Indigobloom

congrats on finding THE dress!! that’s happened to a few people I know, finding the ‘one’ that is nothing like what they expected lol

The Purrfect Cup

That dress is stunning! When you know, you know. I ended up getting a dress that never crossed my mind when I went dress shopping too. I say go with your gut! I also think I REALLY need to try some of this tea out…once I drink more of the tea in my tea cabinet that is.

TeaBrat

What a beautiful dress! Congratulations…

LiberTEAS

That wedding dress is gorgeous. I think you should choose the wedding dress that you feel is right. This is a day about emotions, so go with the one that your heart tells you to.

Mercuryhime

That is a lovely dress. The dress i got wasnt what i envisioned either. Life can be surprising that way. Whatever you choose, you will be radiant from the inside out. :)

Hesper June

Beautiful Dress!
Don’t let the fact that it isn’t the dress you had envisioned in your head, stand in the way that it may be the perfect dress for you.
Like the other ladies that commented, I left the Bridal Dress Shop not only in a dress that I hadn’t envisioned for me but I actually hated it….on other people, but once I put it on….well, it was lovely.
If you felt beautiful in it, than its “the one”
Congrats!!
(the tea sounds divine too;)

tigress_al

My wedding dress wasn’t what I had thought I would get either! And also a great tea!!

Angrboda

Absolutely go with the one you liked best ON you! When I picked mine I also came out with the complete opposite of what I thought I would choose and the lady who was helping me said that sort of thing happens all the time. In my case it was to do with decoration and whatnot. I just wanted something simple, but she made me try some on anyway because it always looks different on a hanger or on a model than it does when you’re actually wearing it. And she was absolutely right.

Pick the one you liked best when you were wearing it. This is really not something you want to regret later, because you stubbornly clung to what you had initially imagined.

Right now when I think of mine I’m in a sort of ‘what was I thinking?’ phase, but I’m not really worried that I’ve changed my mind, because I saw it myself on myself in the mirror. I’m going for a fitting later this week, and I have all the confidence in the world that when I see it again, I’ll still think it was the right choice.

CHAroma

You guys are awesome! Thanks for all the advice and well wishes. You really made me feel better after my unexpected freak out. I’m trying the dress on again this weekend, but I’m pretty sure it’s the one. Choosing the guy was so much easier than the dress, hahaha!

Ninavampi

You have the guy and the dress picked out! Almost all the way there!!! :)

Congrats on picking out the dress! I am sure you look beautiful in it!

Invader Zim

How’d I miss that picture?! That is beautiful! As others have said, go for the one that makes you feel beautiful, like a bride, even if it doesn’t fit with what you thought you had wanted.

CHAroma

I FINALLY made a decision on my wedding dress! I decided to get this one: http://www.jlmcouture.com/Tara-Keely/Bridal/Spring/2012/Style-2200 but I kept the belt from the first dress linked above because I prefer the jewels to the flowery thing that comes with my dress. AHHHHH!!! I’m so excited!!!

Angrboda

It looks like you managed to find a compromise between the one that surprised you and what you thought you wanted. I think it was a good idea to keep the other belt. I had some sort of flower-y things on mine that were sewn onto the hip, but I had them removed partly because they weren’t really to my taste, but mostly because I could feel them against my arm all the time. It would have annoyed me so much, and it’s not something you would consider a problem until you notice it. But it’s just so hard to un-notice.
I have six sleeps left now, how many sleeps do you have left? (Or have you not come that far yet?)

CHAroma

Thanks Angrboda! I do think this dress is the perfect compromise. It actually has the exact same top as the lace dress, only the bottom is different. But the tulle bottom has that extra drama I was looking for. What’s a “sleep?”

Angrboda

Very very simple, actually. Six sleeps left = I have to sleep six more times. :)

CHAroma

Do you mean you’re getting married in only 6 days??!!

Angrboda

Five sleeps now. :D This saturday. We decided it was easier to count sleeps than it was to count days, since that takes out the discussion of whether you should count the day it happens, the day you’re ‘on’, only the days in between or all of the above. :)

CHAroma

OMGGG!!!! That’s SO EXCITING!!!! I’m so happy for you! Best wishes!! (I haven’t gotten to counting sleeps yet. We’re still about 10 months away).

Angrboda

Yeah, I can see that’s a lot of sleeps. :) I was tricked by the fact that you had gone to find your dress. I saved that task for last, but then again I’ve hated all this organising stuff from day one. I’m just not an organiser. A friend of my dad’s will be driving us, for example, and I emailed him the other day with a couple of questions. His answer? “you can have it whichever way you prefer.” What I really wanted him to do was to tell me what he was going to do and make the decision for me. :p My brain is getting a bit planning-fatigued at this point. All my thoughts are wedding-this, wedding-that. I’m looking forward to being able to think about something else. I don’t even know when we’re leaving for the UK, because there just hasn’t been room for that detail in my head.

Gosh, I didn’t mean to do all this complaining at you… O.o

Mercuryhime

Wedding planning is so stressful. It was the worst with my husband. At first he was all “whatever you want.” and then when I decided on something he suddenly had all these opinions. Argh!
Anyway, I hope you both have a beautiful wedding day! The memories will be worth the stress!

CHAroma

@Mercuryhime, hahaha! My fiance is exactly like that too! Doesn’t care one bit until I make a decision. ;)

@Angrboda, no you’re not complaining at all. I understand. I wanted a designer dress so you have to order that about 8-10 months in advance or it won’t be ready in time. I’ve only started to get wedding planning fatigued, but mostly I’m still in the excitement stage! :)

Barb

Oh, it was YOU who said brew this long and dark! Very good advice.

And the dress you chose is gorgeous.

CHAroma

Aww, thanks! I can’t wait now that I’ve finally found the dress. Only 277 days to go!! (Or sleeps as Angrboda says). :)

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