Paragon Tea Room | My favourite place to get tea, in the city | BUT AKA: how tea makes dreams come true.


On April 10th, 2019…I did not realize I would be stepping into my favourite place for tea. One of my best friends, Tiara had been talking about this new tea salon that opened up beside her gym…and how I just HAD to go.

April 10th, 2019…it was a really hard and emotional day. I was waiting to hear back about Harlow’s (my late guinea pig) test results, going through an extremely “burnt out” period of life, frustrated with health issues and needing to make some big life decisions. Tiara was so sweet and spent that entire day with me. As a doctor, she knew the best medicine for me: she took me to, Paragon Tea Salon for my first cup of tea misto.

Tiara and I waited in line and I gazed up at the menu. I wanted to try EVERYTHING!!!

When we got to the front of the line, we were greeted by Michelle, the owner of Paragon. She was a breath of fresh air and so welcoming. I was so impressed that she knew Tiara, by name…and you could just tell she genuinely loves her customers and takes time to get to know them and build a relationship.

She was equally excited that I was about to try, the paragon way for the first time. After some helpful recommendations from, Michelle…I decided to settle on the, High Mountain Roasted Oolong Tea Misto. Although…I was very close to ordering a matcha misto, haha!

When we were in line…I had to take a photo of the menu options! I wanted to be able to look back on it, to show my husband and talk him into coming back with me, haha.
A smaller version of Paragon’s tea menu.


Michelle started to make our tea mistos and I couldn’t get over how she was making them!!! TEA-like espresso! It was the coolest thing EVER. I actually ended up take a short video of the experience of making a cup of tea misto. It was so fascinating for me! 100ml of strong and delicious tea…

Michelle making my first cup from Paragon!
My husband’s first cup of Paragon!


After our teas were ready, Tiara and I sat beside the window and chatted the afternoon away, as we sipped our delicious teas. She gave me sound advice.

But how was the tea?!!! THE TEA WAS SOOOO AMAZING! Perfect temperature, perfectly steeped. Perfect frothed almond milk (although…I ended up switching to oat milk afterwards, thanks to Michelle’s advice on my second visit). And to top the drink to perfection: the perfect cup to truly taste the aroma and essence of the tea!

I couldn’t wait to bring, Snowman (my husband) to try these teas!!! And I also couldn’t wait to go back myself.

My first cup of tea from Paragon.


During my conversations with, Tiara…I received a phone call from Harlow’s vet…that she needed to be brought in for more testing. The rest of this story, breaks my heart…as I didn’t know that only a few days later, my little Harlow would be passing away in my arms. Many of you know this story, so I won’t go into details here.


I had hoped to do this blog post, shortly after my first visit, but with Harlow’s passing and that crazy “burnt out” period…I just didn’t have the time or energy.

However, I continued to go to Paragon and fell more and more in-love with the atmosphere, teas and people! I also made sure to bring Snowman (my husband) and he instantly became a huge fan. He often joined my on these visits.

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Harlow’s passing was a big wake up call to me, to start taking care of myself and my health more. Whenever I needed to take a break…I went to Paragon. It became the place where I started focusing on new goals and dreams; a place I could escape to and just “be”. I made some of my biggest dreams and goals there, while sipping tea and taking in the peaceful, creative atmosphere. I typed these goals and dreams into my phone, laptop or note paper. And the crazy thing is…every single one has come true, in less than a year. I still cannot believe that! It proves how magical tea can be…when you add it to your dream planning ingredients, haha. Oooh..and put those dreams and goals into action, of course πŸ˜‰


One of my dreams, popped into my head about 2 months after Harlow’s passing. I was sitting with my husband (at Paragon, of course) and I just had this thought and major gut feeling that I needed a dog. My husband stopped sipping his tea and just looked at me…”really? Are you sure the timing is right? Shouldn’t you just focus on your health, etc?” I explained to him why this was the BEST idea, BEST medicine (besides tea) and BEST dream ever.

In that exact moment, I was convinced and when I want something, I will not give up, (poor husband). I wanted to adopt my very own puppy! I have always been a huge dog lover, since I was a little girl. But I never had the time or lifestyle to be able to take proper care for a puppy. After some big “life decision making”, the timing was perfect…and I just had a feeling that Harlow would approve of this decision. My husband soon (willingly, promise!) agreed and trusted my planner instincts, haha.

Ella came into our life and I’ll never forget bringing her to Paragon for her first visit. It was like that goal/dream had literally come full circle. It was truly incredible and felt like the biggest, “God Wink”.

Ella’s first visit to Paragon.


And just before picking up Ella…another dream came true…and then another one and another one…it was incredible. And they just kept on blossoming, even after adopting Ella.


That’s the thing with dreams and goals…you need to make time to work for them. And having a wonderful place to escape to…and focus on them, plan for them and to achieve them…makes all the difference. I am truly grateful for discovering Paragon, through a very transitional and difficult point, in my life. It gave me that space I needed to focus and I will forever be grateful for that! AND…for the delicious cups of tea!!!


I now live in a new home (one of my goals)…where I have my own office/creative space to continue making my dreams and goals come true. I still love to go to Paragon, but I now have the opportunity to make their delicious teas, at home too!! Such a treat!!!

My personal favourites are: Hojicha powder, Genmaicha powder, Mango Hojicha, Genmaicha (matcha coated) and the High Mountain Oolong (but I still have more to try)!

Paragon also has an online store, if you would like to try some of their teas. They ship or you can pickup in-store, if you live nearby!

My first time making Hojicha at home!


They also have a wonderful mini gift shop…and I was able to get a beautiful new matcha bowl, right before Christmas! I love it soo much!


Well, there you have it! Quite a long and personal blog post…that was suppose to be JUST a tea review…that turned into a much more personal story. But I feel right sharing it because that is one thing I get asked all the time:

How do you stay so positive? Well, that’s for another blog post topic, if you’d like to hear it. But as you can tell, through this blog post…that period was extremely challenging, but when life gives you heartache and gloom…you make tea and focus on the true and good things in life.

A Christmas Tradition: DAVIDsTEA | 24DaysofTea | Why this calendar is so special to me.

DAVIDsTEA #24daysoftea is back!!!

Back in 2012, my fiancΓ© (now husband) and I started a new Christmas tradition with DAVIDsTEA #24daysoftea. Every evening, we would enjoy a tea of day, along with our baby guinea pig, Harlow (she liked to take little licks from our fingertips). We looked forward to discover what tea awaited us: black, green, oolong, herbal…what would it be?

Photo of the DAVIDsTEA Advent Calendar back in 2012
The calendars have come along way!

A tea advent calendar was the most perfect invention for me! And I was instantly obsessed and just knew I had to get my family and friends involved in the fun too.

In 2012, I had just moved across the country in July…and I knew this would be a special way to still feel close to them, at such a special time of the year. It soon became my tradition to stock up on calendars (as soon as the store opened) to make sure my family and friends could all get one! DAVIDsTEA would sell out DAY OF…if not, MORNING OF! Luckily, last year…they seemed to finally have better stock!

A photo of DAVIDsTEA 2013 #24daysoftea Advent Calendar…and all the calendars I bought for family and friends. I would line up to the store, first thing in the morning!
Baby Georgina investigating!!!

Each year and onwards, it became a time to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays…and became a time of day we treasured. It warmed out hearts and souls…and we loved that our loved ones, though far away, were sharing in this wonderful experience with us.

2015 Advent Calendar #24daysoftea
In 2015, Glitter and Gold was one of the #24daysoftea…and it was our featured wedding day tea!!! So crazy cool!

The #24daysoftea calendar also became a heartwarming tradition with a very special guinea pig; my beloved Harlow. Harlow passed away this year…and it will be the first year I do not get my tea taster/tea assistant to help #HarlowApprove the tea of the day. It’ll be different, but I know she will be there in spirit, in her own way. Here are some of my favourite photos of Harlow during the #24daysoftea countdown!

#HarlowApproved #24daysoftea DAVIDsTEA
I’m not sure about this one, Mom! #24daysoftea
I like the smells of this one, Mom! #24daysoftea
What day are we on now, Mom?
We miss you, Harlow!

I also enjoy the Christmas countdown with…ALL OF YOU!!! On my Instagram, it has become my tradition to also share the tea of the day with you all…through fun photos of the day!!! I love hearing your thoughts on the teas and seeing your photos too!

Pandora Santa

And now…for some truly exciting news to share with all of you:

I am now part of DAVIDsTEA Affiliates Program. It honestly feels like a dream come true because besides jewellery, #tea (and especially, #Davidstea) is my biggest obsession. What this means, is if you order through my affiliate links (featured in my blog posts, on my Linktree, instagram stories and youtube channel), I’ll receive a small commission, much like a sales associate would, at a retail store. It’s pretty cool and I’m so thankful. πŸ₯°πŸ’• I would not have these amazing opportunities without each and every one of you…so a HUGE HUGE THANK YOU!!! πŸ΅β˜•οΈ And an additional thank you to any one who wants to shop with these links. That’s super kind and generous of you! πŸƒπŸ΅πŸ‚ .

If you would like to shop the #24daysoftea Advent Calendar, here are my affiliate links:

Shop DAVIDsTEA USA.

Shop DAVIDsTEA Canada.

I’m looking forward to counting down to Christmas with all of you!!!!

My Guinea Pig’s Home | Guinea Pig Cage Tour

WHERE TO FIND…guinea home products mentioned:

Guinea Pig Cages by Midwest: https://amzn.to/2NFf1rw Guinea Dad 2.0

Fleece Bedding: https://amzn.to/2Zy7RaX Guinea Pig Bedding: https://amzn.to/2L45msR

Arm & Hammer Cage Liners: https://amzn.to/2MInF8T

Nature’s Hideaway Grass Hut https://amzn.to/3489SOo

Blue Hut: https://amzn.to/2NCIT7Z OR https://www.petsmart.ca/small-pet/toys-and-habitat-accessories/tunnels-and-hideouts/living-world-small-animal-dome-14362.html

Corn on the cob: https://amzn.to/2Pli9eJ
OR https://www.petsmart.ca/small-pet/food-treats-and-hay/treats/living-world-sticks-guinea-pig-treats-2175.html

Guinea Pig Water Bottles: I have too many assorted brands!

Other Guinea Items I highly recommend:

Guinea Pig Oxbow Natural Science Vitamin C: https://amzn.to/2NErzj0 Digestive Supplement: https://amzn.to/2NJm6Ho
Joint Support: https://amzn.to/2Zxs0Ob Urinary Supplement: https://amzn.to/2ztUHRO
My Girl’s Favourite Hay: https://amzn.to/2zqCiVO
Second Favourite: https://amzn.to/2MHbt8D Kibble: https://amzn.to/2Ue8fug

Ohm Beads + Pandora Bracelet Design With Me | Meet My Guinea Pigs

In this Pandora Bracelet “Design With Me” video, I incorporate three special Ohm beads charms onto a new Pandora Bangle Bracelet design. I also ended up personalizing a few of my charms for this bracelet. I also introduce my three adorable pets. You will get to meet my guinea pigs as I share some cute facts about each of them. This video is in loving memory of my dearest best friend, Harlow. Kristella, thank you so much for letting me know about the Guinea Pig charm from Ohm Beads! @chocokittypie on Instagram

Ohm Beads + Pandora Bracelet
Ohm Beads Guinea Pig Charm
Ohm Beads Guinea Pig Charm
Ohm Beads Guinea Pig Charm
Ohm Beads Guinea Pig Charm
Furry Family:
Harlow (left), Georgina/”Georgie” (middle), Zooey (right)

Harlow | In Loving Memory

Before, we were looking over you, Little Love. But now you are looking over us.

Harlow was my furry best friend and a beloved family member. This video was very special and therapeutic to make, although….quite difficult at times. Harlow always use to lay on my lap when I was editing videos…and would steal licks from my tea. It was strange to edit a video without her. But I have the sense she was still very close by.

This video was made for my husband and I, her two sisters, Zooey and Georgina…and anyone who knew and loved Harlow. She was very unique and special…she was more like a little dog than a guinea pig. She was extremely talented, intelligent, empathetic and unconditionally loving. Whenever we miss her terribly, wish we could stroke her, hold her or give her a treat…we can look back on some of our special memories and moments with her.

Harlow became a real life angel on April 13th 2019. She passed away in my arms, with my husband (her daddy) and her sisters, Zooey and Georgina beside us. We said a prayer over her, as she was passing and told her how much we loved her and blessed we were to enjoy 6 beautiful, perfect years with her. I am so happy I was able to spend all day and night with her…the last night she slept inside our bed with us, surrounded by love and support through out the night, so she never felt alone in her pain. I didn’t sleep, I just wanted to hold her and to look after her. It was so hard seeing her in pain. So hard. She didn’t want us to make a decision on how to help her, she chose for us…we had just found out the day before and the vet gave us the option of surgery or to let her live out her life, since (at that time) she was still eating and was doing okay. I’m so happy she will no longer feel any pain from the cancer/tumor, arthritis, etc. and I will treasure every memory forever. She was one in a million.

I miss you, Harlow… But I’m so happy you are in heaven and I’ll see you again, one day! πŸΉπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• promise. Before, we were looking over you, but now you are looking over us. I know you are close by, even though we cannot see you.

Harlow, my furry best friend and beloved family member.
The cutest little guinea
The best little model <3
You filled our world with joy.
Forever in our hearts.

Pandora Valentines | Bracelet & Outfit

Thinking about how blessed I am to have my sweet husband in my life.

A new video is up on my youtube channel! I am so proud with how this video turned out. Would you believe I probably spent about 12.5 hours total with filming and editing? I tend to get these fun ideas and images in my head of how I want a video to look…and I may get a bit crazy with filming and editing to make it as close to the ideas in my head!

I often get asked, “who films your videos”. This is such a compliment to me because…well, actually I film all my own footage and edit it myself!!! I usually set up a tripod and play around with different angles. This may take more time, but it is worth it because I get some lovely shots.

Occasionally, (more so, if I am outdoors), my husband will help take some footage for me. I don’t like leaving my tripod and camera unattended, so I feel safer having him around to guide the camera! However, this can be challenging too because I am not always sure if he is capturing the exact angle I am envisioning. Often, I’ll try to show him first, so he can have a rough idea. But what also ends up happening, is he sees a cool shot or angle and I end up loving that too! In this particular video however, it was all filmed by me!

Here is where you can watch my video!

This particular video features my Pandora Valentine’s Day bracelet (all about the charm meanings and why I put them on) as well as detailed information about my Valentine’s Day outfit and other accessories including handbag, shoes and other Pandora jewellery. Here’s a couple shots:

Two special Pandora Bracelets and delicious Charbonnel Rose Chocolates
My Loefflerr Randall Bucket Bag is the perfect handbag for Valentine’s Day!
I love my blush velvet Nine West Shoes!!!

What did you wear on Valentine’s Day and did you have a special Valentine’s Day outfit?

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Love Emily xx

Pandora Pandora Pandora!!!
Pandora Valentines Day themed bracelet