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Updated: Oct 23, 2018

Kara @ Boxwood Cafe,  The London WEHO

Place: Boxwood Cafe, The London West Hollywood, 1020 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tea of Choice: Nuit Rouge

Giraffe Rating (out of 5 | for tea): 4.885

Read whilst listening to: Kanye, by The Chainsmokers

Warm Eyes | Kind Soul | Badass

You know The Chainsmokers song, "Kanye," well if you mix the letters around and replace a couple you end up with Kara. Next, start singing on repeat: "I wanna be like Kara."

Kara is a walking bombshell; effortlessly chic and sass levels that will leave your ears ringing. Brains (check). Beauty (check). Brawn (check). She is one of the few people I know whose idea of casual is to be flawless from head to toe (in heels, obviously), and then be perplexed when you dumbfounded-ly mumble; "I thought we were supposed to be casual." Moreover, this woman knows her angles, everyone should get themselves a woman who knows their angles #gotowerk. This said, I would be doing Kara an injustice if I were to solely focus on the fierce women that you're first greeted by, for she is so much more than this.

When I asked her the obligatory question of, “what three words would you use to describe yourself” she responded with: (1) Classy, (2) Sassy, and (3) Loving. As aforementioned the first two are immediately obvious, but the last word that’s what I want to focus on. Oftentimes people don’t go beyond face value, but that’s not Kara. She can take something as minute and simplistic as a butterfly and adorn it with a new meaning and purpose. Whereas I’m like cool, pretty colors. Her thought process behind her decision-making is extensive, complex and pervasive; leaving no stone unturned until all possible lines of significance have been explored*. Kara’s love is like her thought-process; intricate, cogent yet inclusive. I am continually in awe of how she sees and processes the world, she goes beyond the mundane and overused trails of thought, and comes to a conclusion that filled with tenderness [hence kind soul, we don’t just go throwing away that phrase unless it’s warranted] and uniquely her own.

Pls, refer to Pros section for my thoughts on the Boxwood Café and location element of the te(a)scapade, tis rather riveting.

Pros: The Boxwood Cafe is probably one of my favorite places I visited in LA. You're sat up above most of the city and can look out through the glass walls and see all of La La Land if there's minimal smog that is. The space has so much natural light and the staff was delightful such a hoot! I don't think I can name a single bad thing about the entire experience. From the food to the tea to the decor, it was delicate and true to how I envision modern takes on traditional afternoon tea (high praise, high praise). 110% would recommend. 110% would go back.

Cons: This is an incredibly petty con but that's me. IDK why this hotel is called the London, legitimately there were only three things that were somewhat British: (1) There's a Union Jack flying on the front of the hotel, I mean how else would you know that something is British, am I right? (2) The doorstop of the gift boutique (gift shop doesn't do the caliber of items justice) is a rather lifelike British Bulldog, and (3) they serve afternoon tea. I, however, do not think this enough to call oneself 'The London," but alas their marketing and PR team didn't consult me for British expertise before building. [Is this even a real con? Not with regards to TEA, but yes in regards to the sanctity of the Motherland].

Thank you for coming to TEA with me, Kara.

*This girl is the QUEEN of spreadsheets. And just QUEEN in general.

Until next time,



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