Luxury - ˈlək-sh(ə-)rē -
1: a condition of abundance or great ease and comfort : sumptuous environment / lived in luxury
2a: something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary / one of life's luxuries
b: an indulgence in something that provides pleasure, satisfaction, or ease / had the luxury of rejecting a handful of job offers
Luxury is very subjective! It does not have to be a Christian Dior Lady handbag (I mean, I wouldn't turn one down), but it's a little "something extra" that brings joy and peace to you.
Here, we can explore some of life's smallest luxuries. What are your petit luxuries?
There is nothing as luxurious as a trip to Versailles.
That said, Versailles is a *little out of the way, so the next best thing, in my opinion, is a steaming hot cup of Nina's Tea, a most unique tea blend, made with delicate rose petals and crisp, juicy apples, harvested fresh from the spectacular (UNESCO protected) Royal Garden of Versailles...
Nina's Paris started its fairy tale story in 1672, when Monsieur Pierre Diaz created La Distillerie Fréres.
Originally known for their distilled essential oils, of which Marie Antoinette coveted the rose and lavender fragrances, through generations, they decided to specialize and perfect a most luxurious tea blend. Named for Nina Diaz, the beloved wife of Pierre Diaz, the tea is still served in the charming (and decadently Rococo styled) tea house at 29, rue Danielle Casanova in the first arrondissement.
Fortunately, for us, if a trip to Paris is not in your calendar (for this week, anyway), you can purchase this truly royal tea (in either loose leaf tea or sachets) quite easily though their website www.ninasparis.eu or even more simply at www.amazon.com and entering Nina's tea to see their wide selection.
It's worth noting, this is not a sponsored post, just a little luxury I enjoy and wish to share. After all, isn't sharing sweet treasure the most fun?
Should you be fortunate enough to find yourself in Paris, and in wish of a divine treat, you can note that Nina's Tea House is open from 12pm - 7pm daily, where they serve this inspired blend (as well as an equally inspired cake called the Ninasette).
When you enter the tea salon (and I do recommend their Royal High Tea, at around 20 Euros), make sure to take note of the bust of Marie Antoinette, as well as other regal décor - including a work by famed artist Vigée Le Brun, a replica Marie Antoinette's own shoe that was lost to her and a letter written in her very own hand!
Sip, Sip, Hooray!