2010/03/31

Kitchen Stories: Iced Banana

Kitchen Stories


Good evening girls!

Todays post is going to be all about a super tasty healthy snack. We all know that, however much we want to, we can't eat cookies, biscuits, (cup)cakes, pies, scones, muffins, macarouns and pancakes every day at teatime unpunished. Before you notice you have gained some extra pounds, and with spring at our doorsteps that of course is the last thing we've been waiting for! With the skirt and bikini season so close, our bodies need to be in their best shape!

For that reason, sweethearts, we thought it was about getting time to share with you this great, tasty, natural, low fat and low sugar snack: iced banana! This is the drill: take as much bananas as you like (yes, the good thing about this snack is that you do not have to stick to one slice, one piece or portion!) cut 'em in pieces, put the banana slices in a frost resistant container, and have them in the freezer for about one hour. Put the frozen fruities in a pretty bowl, add a spoonfull (or two) of honey, and you're ready!
Of course you can also try to do this with other fruits! One of our favorite combinations is orange with just a pinch of cinnamon (a great thing about cinnamon is that it takes away sugar craves!).

What we like about these frozen fruits, is that you have the feeling you are treating yourself to something special, and that you are also treating your body in the best possible way!

What is your most ingenious (and tasty) healthy sweet snack? We want to hear!!!

Isis
-xoxo-


2010/03/30

Tea Tuesday

Tea Tuesday
1.provincijalka 2. Détailliste 3. Hannah [honey & jam] 4.auxpetitsoiseau

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company. (Author Unkown)

Hello dearest tea-drinkers from around the world!

This Tea Tuesday I'd like to share with you some pretty blue pictures from our Flickr group! I dare say there ain't nothing better than good cup of tea to cheer you up when your having the blues ;) Although I have to admit that some good old shopping always does the trick for me too! Today for example we went treasure-hunting for our shop in the thrift-store... I sure can't wait to show you all the pretty teapots, cups and vases we found this time! Oh yes, I'm all happy and exited :D

What's your favorite way to lift your spirits?

Cheers!

Nimue

-xoxo-

2010/03/29

Message Monday

Message Monday

Bonjour mes filles!

Just a quick message from the pretty Amsterdam. I have been so busy this past week visiting old friends here, strolling around town in search for curiosities and antiques (when you go to Amsterdam, be sure to visit the Waterlooplein flea market and the Albert Cuijp market!). I've also enjoyed eating a lot of poffertjes and stroopwafels.

My time in Amsterdam is running out, and tonight I'll be leaving. I'll catch a train to Utrecht, another of my favorite Dutch towns and then go to Deventer for the weekend. I'm not sure yet where I'll go after that? Maybe Germany!

In between drinking tea and enjoying reading the Dutch life style magazine 101-woonideeën in Gartine, a delightful tea house in the center of the city, and running to the post-office to ship all the exciting goodies I found for the shop to Isis & Nimue, I stopped in one more thrift shop and left behind this weeks secret message! It found a lovely spot in between an amazing collection of mid century tea and coffee pots!

I have to run now, I need to start packing!

Bisous,
Miss TD
-xoxo-

2010/03/26

Fashion Friday

Fashion Friday
1. Padded by Jak & Jil, 2. A.F. Vandevorst SS10 on Style.com, 3. Lanvin SS10 on Style.com, 4. by Tsilli, 5. Sigrid Agren by Mark Segal on Fashion Gone Rogue

Bonjour mes amies!

La vie en rose...That's what I was musing about while drinking my strawberry tea this afternoon. You see, pale pinks and nude colours have been floating about my daydreams lately. And for good reason! First of all: nude suits every skin type. Secondly: it makes you unbelievably sexy in a non-trashy way. Thirdly: It's the new black ;) And last but not least: Wearing pink makes you optimistic (in Belgium we even have an idiom for it: "seeing the world trough pink glasses"). So my dear friends, you bet I'm wearing a pink shirt everyday from know on!

To top the look off, combine your favorite nude item with a black blazer and a side braid and off you go!

Have lovely weekend and see ya on Monday!

Nimue
-xoxo-

2010/03/25

Domestic Stories

Hello dear friends!

As I was drinking a cup of mandarin green tea this morning, in our sunshed dining room, I had this feeling that it is about getting time again to do some serious Spring cleaning around the house. As this is not one of my personal favorite housekeeping tasks, I thought I might help to find some inspiration first.

Domestic stories
1. via 3191, 2. via Cox & Cox, 3. via Manufactum, 4. laundry soap at our own place.

I am convinced that dusting and cleaning gets better and better as you surround yourself with beautifull cleaning utensils. On my personal wishlist I have: 1) a merino duster, 2) a feather duster, 3) pretty metal or rubber buckets, 4) linnen water. I am the proud owner of a leather fly swatter, and a metal and wood dustpan and brush set since a couple of weeks.

My favorite places to shop for cleaning utensils are the Dutch shop Dille & Kamille, (sadly they don't have an online shop yet), the German shop Manufactum, and the Danish shop Hay. I also love MUJI for basic housekeeping props.

Domestic stories
1. from simple home, 2. via vtwonen, 3. via Cox & Cox, 4. via Dille & Kamille

This weekend I will put on my apron, get out my brushes and brooms, towels and cloths and the vacuumcleener, and hopefully succeed in the task I set myself :) If I do, I'll reward myself with a whole pot of black tea, and more cakes than can ever be healthy for any living being.

Are you doing some spring cleening soon?

-xoxo-
Isis

PS. We want to thank two lovely ladies for blogging about Thé Dansant yesterday! Thank you Samia at Burrs & Berries, and Gigi at Vinta9e! We will send you many many virtual tea in the nicest China with the best home baked sand cookies you ever ate!

2010/03/24

Shop Update!

SPOON
1. a utensil for use in eating, stirring, measuring, ladling, etc., consisting of a small, shallow bowl with a handle.
2. To fish with a spoon, also called spoon bait: a lure for fish, consisting of a bright spoon-shaped piece of metal.
3. to spoon a ball: to push or shove (a ball) with a lifting motion instead of striking it soundly, as in croquet or golf or to hit (a ball) up in the air, as in cricket.
4. to spoon: to show affection or love by kissing and caressing or to lie close to each other, both on your side.
5. born with a silver spoon in one's mouth, born into a wealthy family; having an inherited fortune.
Shop Update!
As you can see, a spoon has many meanings! We think spoons deserve their own special place in your house, to remind you to spoon with your lover and stir your tea. For those are two of the most valuable things in life! So from now on you can buy gorgeous 'you-are-my-spoon' spoons over at Thé Dansant. Check-em out and find your personal favorite ;)

Have a nice day!

Nimue
-xoxo-

2010/03/23

Tea Tuesday

Tea Tuesday
1. Making tags, 2. Tea wisdom by Chad, 3. black tea and raisin cake by {elena}, 4. Tags and strings

Tea Tuesday
1. Snow day muffins by Hannah, 2. Spoon in a test tube, 3. You are my spoon, 4. Tea Time by .emmi

Today we spent our tea time in good company: we invited Chad, Elena, Hannah and Emmi over for a hot cup of life. Hannah shared with us a yummy yummy irrisistable mouth watering blueberry muffin recipe (find it at her blog here!). Elena's raisin cake looked incredible as well! We really ought to do some baking ourselves, soon again.
We also think we have to drink tea with a tag saying 'There is nothing more precious than the self' every day. It would surely keep up our spirits at all time!!!

The rest of the day was spent usefully preparing for the shop update that's scheduled for tomorrow.
In the photos above, you can spot some peaks of our latest project! We have been collecting the perfectly sized spoons to fit our test tubes over the last months, and added to them the sweetest hand written message tags. We have castle, squirrel, tree, windmill and letter spoons!
You can't even remotely imagine how anxious we have been to share our 'you-are-my-spoon' spoons with you! We now can finally sit back and relax, after having poured out our hearts. What a relief! :-)

After a well deserved evening of tea and good company we will be back with a new post here tomorrow!

Isis
-xoxo-

2010/03/22

Message Monday

Message Monday
Hello darlings!

This Sunday I had a lovely brunch with Mr. P over at Julie's house. While attending the ladies room I took the liberty of leaving behind a secret message for one of Julie's visitors! After I've done my duty I enjoyed a splendid cup of 'Thé du Matin', freshly baked scones, American pancakes with maple syrup and French toast with jam! I've gotta say I felt stuffed like a turkey when we left, but is was sure worth it... There's something about having your Sunday brunch in the city. It just feels so chic and fashionable! It's one of my favorite ways to give myself a treat! I hope you had an equally relaxing Sunday? If not: be sure to follow my example next weekend ;)

Toodls!

Nimue
-xoxo-

2010/03/19

Fashion Friday

Fashion friday

1. Braid in my hands by Dream Beam, 2. Alexander Wang Spring 2010, 3. Toni Garrn for Zara S/S 2010, 4. ladybeard. by Clare Owen.


We have been spotting side braids everywhere lately, on the catwalks, in lookbooks, and yes, even in the sweetest illustrations. We can not deny that we are quite charmed by this way to wear your hair! It looks so effortless, feminine, stylish and girly all at the same time! Four things we think every woman owes herself!
Add to this that it only takes seconds to achieve: brush your hair, bring it to the side just behind your ear, divide in three bundles, start braiding and finish with a neutral black elastic band (the best ones are those that do not have a metal piece) or a lovely ribbon.

Isn't this really the best way to camouflage a bad hairday?

We will be back on Monday with our first 'secret message' dropping and with our weekly tea party on Tuesday!
Have a happy weekend and wear your braids with elegance!

Isis
-xoxo-


2010/03/18

Beauty Stories

Honey
1.Honeyed Rose by Peony3, 2. Sweet Paul, 3. Sweet Paul, 4. Morning. by Hannah [honey & jam]


Bonjour!
How about a little beauty chit-chat over a cup af tea? You see, I discovered something very usefull about honey that I wanted to share with you guys. What you may already know about honey, is that it's perfect to sweeten up your tea. What you might not yet know is that it's the perfect lippgloss! Honey contains a lot of vitamins and minerals that keep your lips feeling soft and healthy. It's also perfect for hydratation. And above all: never a kiss so sweet as one that's covered in honey! I tried it out myself, and I admit it's a little sticky, but then again, a lot of lippglosses are... And it 'll be the cheapest lipgloss you've ever had for sure ;)

Sweet honey kisses!
Nimue

-xoxo-

2010/03/17

Shop update!

Good day dear friends!
We have updated the shop today with three fresh pieces of jewelry, to complete your spring outfits!
We love bows, we love pink, we love vintage treasures, sparkling diamonds and beads. We think it's time for skirts, stripy tees, cute hair, romantic underwear and the last days to wear that fab fur coat. And, of course, pretty glittering treasures to wear with them!

Update
1. Mademoiselle Lysbeth earrings at our shop, 2. Pink Peonies by {elena}, 3. Flower pompoms on my shoes by Fleur Avenue, 4. Shipwrecks, voyage and nautical daydreams by lenaah

Update
1. Miss Nancy necklace at our shop, 2. Frozen fashion by little doodles, 3. Garden outfit by abby tries again, 4. Fur by paula aparicio

Update
1. Mademoiselle Sophie earrings at our shop, 2. Gravity by Candice Lesage Austen, 3. oh deer by lesretrouvailles, 4. 1018 by alltherage


Here at the headquarters of Thé Dansant we know that we want to look our best while heading to the flowers market, drinking tea in town, and going out in the city with our friends! How about you?


Isis
-xoxo-

2010/03/16

Tea Tuesday

Tea Tuesday
Good morning everyone!

This morning I decided to have my tea with some Beatrix Potter. She's my all time favorite children's book author and illustrator. Her books just make me feel all happy, cosy and comforted :) And I like the fact that she's so über-British. The Brits are a very funny folk you see. Did you know the actually have a Tea Etiquette?! It goes like this:

"In order for one not to spill the hot liquid onto oneself, the proper way to hold the vessel of a cup with no handle is to place one’s thumb at the six o'clock position and one’s index and middle fingers at the twelve o'clock position, while gently raising one’s pinkie up for balance.
Tea cups with a handle are held by placing one’s fingers to the front and back of the handle with one’s pinkie up again allows balance. Pinkie up does mean straight up in the air, but slightly tilted. It is not an affectation, but a graceful way to avoid spills. Never loop your fingers through the handle, nor grasp the vessel bowl with the palm of your hand.
Do not stir your tea, with your tea spoon, in sweeping circular motions. Place your tea spoon at the six o'clock position and softly fold the liquid towards the twelve o'clock position two or three times. Never leave your tea spoon in your tea cup. When not in use, place your tea spoon on the right side of the tea saucer.
Never wave or hold your tea cup in the air. When not in use, place the tea cup back in the tea saucer. If you are at a buffet tea hold the tea saucer in your lap with your left hand and hold the tea cup in your right hand. When not in use, place the tea cup back in the tea saucer and hold in your lap. The only time a saucer is raised together with the teacup is when one is at a standing reception.
Milk is served with tea, not cream. Cream is too heavy and masks the taste of the tea. Although some pour their milk in the cup first, it is probably better to pour the milk in the tea after it is in the cup in order to get the correct amount.
When serving lemon with tea, lemon slices are preferable, not wedges. Either provide a small fork or lemon fork for your guests, or have the tea server can neatly place a slice in the tea cup after the tea has been poured. Be sure never to add lemon with milk since the lemon's citric acid will cause the proteins in the milk to curdle."

Ain't that funny? I found the etiquette here

Anyway, we'll be back for more tea next week. This time we'll be showing off some pictures from our Flickr group. Hereby we would also like to thank our members for all their photo sharing and enthusiasm!

Nimue
-xoxo-

2010/03/15

Message Monday

Message Monday

Bonjour à tous!
It's Isis writing here. Miss TD has taken up her travel routine again, after her short stay in Belgium preceding the launch of the shop. She now is in Amsterdam, searching for goodies in the lovely shops and markets there. She apologizes for not being able to write here for the coming time, but she promised me sincerly that she will drop us a note whenever she has internet access!
In the mean time work is still continuing at our headquarters in Ghent. The secret message envelopes are finished and ready to be dropped around town! Each envelope now houses a text balloon card with a secret message!! On the outside we wrote 'Lees mij!' which translates as 'Read me!'.
Next week we will show you where we left behind the first batch of pink envelopes!
We will be back tomorrow for tea time ;)
Isis
-xoxo-

2010/03/12

Fashion Friday

As you may already know, I adore stripes! I think they add a certain flair and playfulness to your outfit. They're feminine and classy and never go out of style! Coco Chanel wore them, Audrey Hepburn wore them and now everyone wears them...
Fashion Friday
Audrey Tautou in Coco Avant Chanel - Striped Dress from ModCloth.com - Oversized Tee from Rarechic.com - Sonia Rykiel Resort 2010 - Givenchy Spring 2010

My personal collection of stripes, is already one to be proud of, I dare say. Still, I think I'll go on collecting until I have everything in stripes: Tees, dresses, jackets and yes my darlings, even underpants! I sure do hope the Dutchmen share my passion for stripes, for I would love to do some shopping whilst visiting Amsterdam.

Oh right! Gotta run, I have a train to catch you see!

See you soon!

Miss TD
-xoxo-

PS: This is the last day we give 10% discount in our shop, so grab your chances! Use the following Discount code: MISSTD10

2010/03/11

Garden Stories



With Spring behind the corner, Isis thought it was about time to plant some seeds. She sent me these photos this morning.
Don't you love how she made little flag-shaped tags for all types of plants with paper and tooth picks? I see parsil, cauliflower, red cabbage and broccoli, and also spinach. She promised me she will be sowing a lot of other veggies later this month and in April: salad, radish, zucchini, carrots, ...
I'm thrilled to see her seedlings grow. If I wasn't going away to new horizons again soon, I would do some gardening myself this very weekend. (This reminds me I still have to book my train to Amsterdam! Oh, how could I forget?!)

Well, I'm off to book that ticket.
I will see you again tomorrow!

Miss TD
-xoxo-

P.S. Thank you all for visiting our shop yesterday, and for all the lovely comments over at flickr, twitter, facebook and our blog!
P.S.S. The 10% sale in our shop is still on until tomorrow night (DISCOUNT CODE: MISSTD10).

2010/03/10

Shop Launch Today!

We've been working late night hours yesterday and early hours this morning to get our shop prepared for the launch. Gallons and gallons of tea were needed to keep our brain alert, but we've made it!
Hurray, our shop is officially open! Please feel free to take a look, make yourself at home and have a cup of tea and a piece of cake. Here's a preview of what you'll find:



We hope you'll enjoy!

Miss TD
-xoxo-

Pssssssst, you can get a 10% discount by using the following code: MISSTD10

2010/03/09

Tea Tuesday



Of course every day is suited for drinking tea, but we want to dedicate some special attention to tea time every Tuesday. Tea time is not just a time for consuming a part of your daily dose of neccessary liquid. (I have to admit tea takes up more than just the major part of my daily dose; you can call me crazy for that if you want! *giggle*)
Tea time is a time for clearing the mind, recharching your batteries, enjoying fresh flowers or reading magazines and books (oh and of course for eating cake and biscuits, how could I forget!?). Tea time above all, is a time to treat and pamper yourself! We, busy hardworking 21st century women, we have to take care of ourselves when it comes to pampering. We say you can never get enough of it! And when you let your daily dose of neccesary special treatments depend on the husband or the boyfriend, children or parents, colleagues and friends, you will notice you will soon find yourself in a huge life-threatening shortage.

This is how we think about it anyway.

We would be delighted if you would share with us your tea time! For this purpose we have created a flickr group where you can post your photos and thoughts about tea. Every couple of weeks we will also pick your tea time photos from the pool to share them with our readers here.

When you bring the tea we'll supply the cake. What do you prefer: chocolate or carrot cake?

Miss TD
-xoxo-

2010/03/08

Message Monday

Since our shop is to be opened Wednesday, we've been brainstorming this weekend about different ways to advertise. After a few cups of tea (tea does wonders for the brain you see) a brilliant idea sprung to our minds: secret-message-advertising! 'What in the name of grannies underpants is that?' you're asking. Well, it involves pretty pink envelopes, our business cards and a sweet message. Little envelopes will be left all over town, in public toilets, photo booths, bars & cafes, on the train, etc. etc. We hope they'll find many happy readers! Every secret message we leave behind will be photographed and published on this
blog. Here's a little sneak peek:
Hope you all had a lovely weekend!
You'll be hearing from us soon,
Miss TD
-xoxo-

2010/03/03

Bonjour!


My name is Mademoiselle Thé Dansant (but you can simply call me Miss TD). 'Thé Dansant' is French for 'dancing tea'. The French may be very special people, but they of course do not really have tea that can dance all by itself. A 'Thé Dansant' is an afternoon tea party with the opportunity to dance, chit-chat and have fun with your friends.

After inheriting a small fortune from my late grandmother, I quit my job at the florist, packed my bags and jumped on the first plane to Milan. Today I’m still travelling around the world in search of pretty things to cherish. I always keep an eye open for striped tees and dresses and vintage handbags (especially chanel bags, oh how do I love those!). But also lovely vintage and second hand home goods and decorative items and other odds and ends.

All the prettyness I find, I send to my to mignons (hihi) and dearest friends back in Belgium. Isis and Nimue, two merry (and from time to time amazingly silly) sisters, live in a turn-of-the-century estate in a quiet street in Ghent, where the Thé Dansant headquarters are also situated.



Togther we present to you a collection of homewares and personal adornments to add a pinch of vintage glamour to your eveyday life...
Not only do we care for fashion and style, we also care for the enviroment. In our products and packaging we use a lot of vintage, recycled and eco-friendly materials. We're convinced that glamour can be green!

Our shop will open Wednesday next! We have been labouring hard over the past months, and are still working on the finishing touches.
Please stay tuned for news and previews during the coming week.

Yours,
Miss TD
-xoxo-
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