The Eight Best Couples In Literature

Traditional or modern. Passionate or slow burning. Forbidden or forgiving. We all love a love story! Here are eight of our favourites from across literature.

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1. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy – Pride and Prejudice.

‘In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.’

2. Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe – Anne of Green Gables.

‘I have a dream,” he said slowly. “I persist in dreaming it, although it has often seemed to me that it could never come true. I dream of a home with a hearth-fire in it, a cat and dog, the footsteps of friends – and you!’

 

3. Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart – Where Rainbows End (Love, Rosie)

‘Today I love you more than ever; tomorrow I will love you even more. I need you more than ever. I want you more than ever.’

 

4. Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley – Harry Potter

‘There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascarded out Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.’

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5. Emma Woodhouse and Mr Knightley – Emma.

‘I cannot make speeches, Emma…If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am.’

 

6. Hazel Lancaster and Ausgustus Waters – The Fault In Our Stars.

‘I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.’

 

 

7. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet – Romeo and Juliet.

‘My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.’

 

8. Lou Clark and Will Traynor – Me Before You.

‘Sometimes, Clark, you are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning.’

 

Tell us your favourite couples from literature!
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12 Things All Stationery Lovers Will Relate To.

Charles Dickens once wrote that ‘there was something very comfortable in having plenty of stationery’. The man wasn’t wrong.

We love stationery – maybe a little too much. There’s never not a good reason to buy that extra notebook or get a back-up of your favourite pen in case it runs out on you.

Stationery fan too ? We think you’ll relate to a few of these…

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  1. The most exciting part about a new year is buying a new planner.
  2. And the most exciting part of the year in general is back to school / college / work stationery shopping.
  3. Having a favourite stationery store that you spend way too much time (and money) in.
  4. But who cares? Buying stationery makes you feel like you’ve got your life together.
  5. Being torn between starting a new notebook or leaving it to sit and look pretty.
  6. Deciding to start said notebook but making sure to practise your handwriting before making your first mark.
  7. Then completing said notebook and feeling like you’re ready to level up in life.
  8. The dilemma of having to choose between being a nice person and lending a pen to a friend and wanting to protect your pen like it’s your first born child.
  9. Dealing with the betrayal of lending said pen and it coming back with a chewed lid. The monster.
  10. Watching calligraphy videos as a form of meditation. So smooth. So relaxing.
  11. Then feeling unaccomplished and frustrated that you can’t write like that.
  12. But that’s still not enough to stop you from spending £££ on a new calligraphy set. After all, stationery is life.

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If you need more stationery in your life then check out our Tea & Vintage Book Club subscription. As well as the tea and the book, you’ll also receive some exclusively designed stationery items in your parcel each month. The dream.

 

9 Scenarios That All Tea Lovers Will Relate To.

1. Drinking your tea when it’s too hot, burning off all of your taste buds and having to accept you won’t be able to enjoy the rest of your cup.

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2. Or worse… Forgetting about your tea and only remembering when it’s gone cold. Bleugh.

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3. Coming to the realisation that tea is the solution for everything. Happy? Tea. Sad? Tea. Poorly? Tea. Tea is life. 

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4. Secretly judging those people who don’t like tea. What’s not to like?!

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5. When there’s too many options and you’re inherently indecisive. Breakfast? Earl Grey? Chai? Green? Peppermint? These are the real life choices. 

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6. Having to politely hide your despair when the person making your tea adds the milk BEFORE the water. 

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7. The pressure of having to make tea for someone you’re trying to impress. 

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8. Dipping in your biscuit and the whole thing falling in. Soggy biscuit crumb chunks are the worst. 

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9. Not realising you’ve nearly finished your tea and not savouring the last sip. 

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Love tea? Check out our tea and book subscriptions right here

New Year, New Hobby… ?

A new year is the chance to start afresh; to better yourself and try something new. It doens’t have to be anything huge or of great significance. Small changes can be just as satisfying.

Every year we make a promise to read more. To make some time to sit quietly and read. Too often life gets in the way and we always feel like we should be doing something or moving on to the next thing.

You feel that way too?

We might have just the thing for you… Our book club subscriptions. A monthly subscription where a literary parcel of happy post is delivered straight to your door, reminding you to take some well deserved time out!

Tea & Vintage Book Club

Each parcel contains a surprise vintage paperback, four luxury tea pyramids (tried and tested by us!) and some of our exclusively designed stationery. From £13 each month. 

Coffee & Vintage Book Club

Prefer coffee instead? This one’s for the caffiene lovers. Each parcel contains a surprise vintage paperback and a packet of freshly roasted delicious ground coffee. From £10 each month.

Classic of the Month Club


Prefer the new book smell? This one’s for you! A classic novel and a packet of four luxury tea pyramids to enjoy it with. All of the books feature beautiful dust jackets, designed exclusively by us. From £16 each month.

A Book Lover’s Perfect Christmas Eve

As you may already know, this year we’re embracing the tradition of Jólabókaflóð which involves spending Christmas Eve curled up reading a new book whilst eating chocolate. Sounds like bliss right? You can read more about it right here.

To encourage more people to embrace the tradition, we teamed up with some lovely bookstagrammers and one of our favourite small businesses, The Slabb. The Slabb is a unique brand of alcohol and non-alcohol infused chocolate, born out of a love of interesting food combinations and flavours. They look great and taste even better – make sure to check out their range! 

We sent each bookstagrammer a delicious bar of chocolate and one of our gold foil personalised ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ books. They’re perfect for spending time with loved ones on Christmas Eve.

Here are the beautiful photographs they’ve shared with us. Make sure you go and follow each of them over on Instagram, they produce and create some lovely content.

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What are your Christmas Eve plans? Whatever they may be, we hope they involve a good book and some delicious chocolate!

Jólabókaflóð

If you love books as much as we do, then you need to know about the Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð. Throw in the magic of Christmas alongside it and it’s every book lover’s dream.

The term Jólabókaflóð means ‘Yule Book Flood’. Iceland place huge importance on reading and storytelling, with one in ten of the 330,000 population publishing at least one book in their lifetime. Icelanders read more books per capita than any other people in the world. “We are a nation of storytellers. When it was dark and cold, we had nothing else to do” said Icelandic novelist Solvi Bjorn Siggurdson. (Like we needed another reason to visit!)

Every Christmas Eve, Icelanders exchange and gift books to one another, and then spend the remainder of the evening reading them. Sounds pretty blissful doesn’t it? Warm, cosy, eating chocolate, surrounded by your favourite people, and delving into a good book.

In the last year or so, this quiet, simple tradition has garnered more and more international attention. We’re hoping it catches on; it’s a tradition we’ll happily get behind. We’ve created an entire collection on our website for those of you who are hoping to embrace the tradition this year. It includes our personalised Christmas Eve book. You can see the range right here. 

Our Visit To The House of Minalima

We took a little trip down to London recently, and popped into the most magical print shop there is: The House of MinaLima.

For those who don’t already know, MinaLima is the creative team behind every graphic element in the Warner Bros. Wizarding World, everything from Harry’s Hogwarts acceptance letters, to the Black Family Tree Tapestry. The House of MinaLima is the home of these magical props.

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima (best wizarding names ever, right?) met through a mutual friend and began working together in 2002, when Lima moved to England from Brazil. Mina had already worked on the first Harry Potter film by this point, and Lima joined her for Prisoner of Azkaban.

So imagine walking through Soho, turning onto Greek Street, and seeing the prettiest pink brick building adorned with strings of lights and the shop windows filled to the brim of wizarding wonders. As you step inside you are welcomed into the ground floor shop, home of memorabilia designed by MinaLima, including badges and card holders, wand permits, journals and signed copies of books and prints.

In addition to their work for the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort, and other films such as Sweeney Todd, The Golden Compass and The Imitation Game, they have developed their own range of illustrated classic fairy tale books by Harper Collins, which is exhibited on the first floor. We climb the stairs and exit into the colourful fairy tale world filled with paper cuts and gold accented illustrations depicting Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid and The Jungle Book. You can pick up a signed copy of these, we indulged in a copy of The Jungle Book and cannot express how happy the interactive fold out and moving parts make us. It is just gorgeous!

Moving on up to the second floor and we are in full on wizarding nerd out mode. There’s Mrs Weasley’s howler, the Hogwarts Express ticket, issues of the Daily Prophet and the Quibbler, Undesirable posters and Ministry of Magic propaganda. MinaLima designed every page in the newspapers, magazines and books; using antique books for inspiration in binding and typeface – it was so exciting to see these props in person, but we challenge anyone to decipher the font used in the newspaper articles!

There’s also a little shrine to Weasley Wizard Wheezes and a workshop area that you can make your own Interdepartmental memos and other bits and bobs.

As you climb each staircase you notice an increase of Daily Prophet pages reporting the Triwizard Tournament and Undesirable posters featuring Bellatrix, and by the time you reach the top floor, there isn’t a blank bit of wall. The landing is made even more magical by ‘floating’ candlelight, welcoming you into the first room with even more Harry Potter props and artwork. There’s a fireplace mock up scene with hundreds of Hogwarts acceptance letters spilling out of it. There’s also cabinets of the classic books like Hogwarts: A History,  Magical Hieroglyphs & Logograms, The Tales of Beedle the Bard and our favourite: The Half Blood Prince’s copy of Advanced Potion Making, which was exhibited open on the recipe for the Draught of Living Death, you know, the one that helps Harry win the bottle of Felix Felicis.

Entering the final room at The House of MinaLima, there are lavish Art Deco posters from MACUSA and No-Maj propaganda as well as a display case with props from Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them.

The House of MinaLima really is a wonderful, ever changing place that we would happily revisit time and time again, and spend all of our money at.