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A Favorite Everyday Item

I have many many tea mugs but I insist on drinking out of this one almost every day. I bought it over a year ago at the Venetian in Macau – was wandering around the casino with some very hungover friends that insisted on going into Starbucks to get away from all the noise and lights. Inside I found this awesome mug there that was modeled after a cat! Isn’t it cool? As some of you know, I have a special predilection for cat related items.

I love hearing about all the things that people cherish and use daily. These items that we reach for day after day – sometimes they can say a lot about a person, about what they seek through the comfort of everyday familiarity. Sometimes these things can mean very little (just that a person enjoys drinking tea out of animal shaped vessels). Either way I think it’s fascinating.

What are some of your favorite everyday items?

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    ZHENYA ZHURAVLYOVA
    November 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    wow!lovely cup!

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    Style Journey
    November 1, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Aww! That cup is adorable. I have 2 mugs I use regularly. One is a mug with my name engraved on it that my grandmother bought me for my high school graduation and the other is my Dallas Cowboys mug. There is something comforting about both 🙂 Heather

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    Anonymous
    November 1, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    It says tiger on it.:)

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    signature mix
    November 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    A friend of mine from Macau recently told me all about it and I'd love to visit. Sounds like you had fun! I can't believe they sell such lovely mugs at international Starbucks locations. I'm currently sipping coffee from a handmade mug with elephants on it. I reach for it every morning along with the week's issue of the New Yorker.

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    skippysays
    November 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Hehe, that cup is adorable! Whenever I am at my parent's house I always eat out of the same plate. It's one my grandma gave me, and there is absolutely nothing special about it (I think she probably bought it at a garage sale for like 25 cents when we first same to America). But for some reason as a kid I liked it, so he gave it to me, and ever since then it's been my special plate 🙂
    http://www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

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    Lily
    November 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    How cute !! I drink tea every single morning and love special mugs ! I have a pink and gold wedgewood mug from England that is my very favorite !

    xxLily
    goldandgray.com

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    Katherine
    November 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    @Anonymousoh, thank you! I didn't know what it said and was considering sending a photo to my mom to translate before this post. Haha 🙂

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    Viv
    November 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    beautiful cup! so cute 🙂

    myblissisthisway.blogspot.com

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    Alejandra
    November 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Oh that is so cute!! I love that. I have on cozy mug that I love to use. It has a bit of a curve so that my hand just wraps around it perfectly. I also have a very specific pillow that I like. We have a pile of pillows on my bed, but there is one that I prefer. So much so that if my husband uses it, I'll wake him up to make him trade with me. He can't even tell the difference, but I can!

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    Stephanie Ayu
    November 1, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    i really need to invest in a cute mug. i guess i'm so worried about staining my teeth that I avoid coffee mugs and coffee in general. But there is no harm in tea….

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    Michelle
    November 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    aww – so cute. i have a ceramic travel coffee mug that is leopard print that my mom gave me last year. it's nothing special yet it's my fave and i go out of my way to hand wash it daily so i can use it.

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    Elizabeth
    November 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    What an adorable, cheerful cup!

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    NatalieCottrell
    November 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Great mug! I've always wanted to start a collection, and I think mugs are the way to go. They're practical, and it's kind of neat to get that warm fuzzy of a great memory with each sip.

    Some of my favorite every day items: a great pen, a cozy scarf, my Ray Bans.

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    A BRIT GREEK
    November 1, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Such a cute mug! Gosh it's been forever since I visited Macau, but that's only if i'm ever in HK.

    Bet it's changed so much now.

    Thanks for stopping by Katherine, see you soon girl!
    x.o.x.o

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    Kara
    November 1, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I LOVE special mugs! I have a black and red cute one from Starbucks that I prefer to drink my morning coffee from. I love my cute coffee mugs so much I'm looking into displaying them from hooks on a wall in my "coffee nook" in the kitchen.
    Cute post:-)

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    alison*elle
    November 1, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    That mug is too cute!! I love special ones too… drinking out of them feels better somehow.

    xo, alison*elle

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    Adele
    November 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    My Starbucks mug – mainly cos its so large!!
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    DSK Steph
    November 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    That is one cute/creative/freaking awesome mug! I love how the cat's tail is the handle!

    My favorite drink holder is my Rubbermaid 20oz bottle. It holsd the perfect amount of water for my Crystal Light Peach Tea. 😀

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    Bianca
    November 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I love that mug its so cute. I have quite a mug collection myself too.

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    Teresa
    November 1, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    What a cute cup! It's interesting how we never think twice about little things like this but it can still bring joy to our lives.

    Teresa
    love & luxe

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    makeupandpearls
    November 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    oh that is adorable!

    i sadly had a hello kitty mug at the office that a friend brought me from japan last year but it got thrown out when someone else used it :'(

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    chanello
    November 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    OMFG. Must get that tiger mug!!! Must have come out last ye during yr of tiger…

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    SassyUptownChic
    November 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Cute mug! And that looks like a LUCKY CAT too! I'm always wearing pearls. Known as the pearl girl! HAHAHA Everyone is always saying, "you know kim, she's the one with the pearls." It's what sets everyone apart. Great post!
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/

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    Angela
    November 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Adore the mug. I'm in a frugal mode and am currently using a mug that was the container from a Teleflora centerpiece. I remind myself daily that it's the thought that counts.

    My signature/beloved quirk is to always wear something pink. The inner me is Hello Kitty but the careerist dictates more delicate accents. Sometimes, it's limited to lingerie. When that is the case, I sport a pink pen. One can never be too pink.

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    miss b
    November 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Cute mug – it makes you want to smile! A good way to start the day. I love mugs, too. My favourite at the moment is an Orla Kiely one. but I also love tiny espresso cups.

    PS Thanks for the comment on my blog about my Prosecco cocktail. I hope you try it!www.missbbobochic.blogspot.com

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    Saint Folie
    November 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Oh My God! It's a manikeneko. =^.^=

    Everybody have a special mug, you're not the only crazy one. =)

    bisou.

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    Lidiya
    November 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I adore your mug, so so cute <3
    http://cupcakesandtreacle.blogspot.com/

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    Bonnie
    November 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Awww, it's so cute!! I love mugs with personality.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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    Veronique
    November 1, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Katherine, That's a cracking mug! It was clearly worth the detor through Starbucks. Great Blog. x

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    amy b.s.
    November 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    how cute! i definitely have a favorite mug.

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    Daria
    November 1, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    nice blog! 🙂

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    lexi920
    November 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Having a 3yr old daughter really gets you in touch with your inner Disney Princess. I have a mug from the Disney store with Belle on it but this is no ordinary Belle – this Belle is from the Disney Princess Couture type line the put out back in September. All the dolls sold like hot cakes and they were $60/ea. Which is a shame – I was really hoping to score either the Mulan or the Jasmine doll – they were so pretty!

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    Sarah
    November 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    That mug is adorable, I love it! My favorite mug is one that my best friend got me when she went on a family road trip to Yellowstone about 8 years ago. It has my name on it. 🙂

    http://keepcalmandcarrylipstick.blogspot.com

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    RosaLovesDC
    November 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    So adorable!

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    Samantha
    November 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    That cat mug is so cute! I can't believe it was found at a Starbucks!! I drink coffee everyday (even though I'm trying to transition to tea since my mom keeps telling me to do so) and I use a HUGE mug we got from a Starbucks in Berlin! It's ginormous (so not helping with the tea transition) but it reminds me of our time in Germany!

    And I love anything animal related! I have a post coming up because I bought 2 different silly iphone covers – one is a panda and one is a cat!!

    P.S. Thanks for your sweet comments! (I'm sorta boring really!)

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    Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    November 1, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Your cute mug puts mine to shame. I actually love dainty tea cups and saucers. I'm fighting the urge to collect them because I have a tendency to break things.

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    Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    November 1, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Your cute mug puts mine to shame. I actually love dainty tea cups and saucers. I'm fighting the urge to collect them because I have a tendency to break things.

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    Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex"
    November 1, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Love it! My tea mug is red too!

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    Kate
    November 2, 2011 at 1:35 am

    That mug is a crack up! My favorite everyday item is my stolen felt Birkenstocks that I walk the dog in every morning. Hope my mom doesn't miss 'em.

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    laura
    November 2, 2011 at 1:59 am

    awww. this is just so cute! It definitely made me smile. I really have a weakness for cute stuff… mostly Hello Kitty! hahah
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

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    keepsakes. etc
    November 2, 2011 at 2:13 am

    so cute! my favorite everyday thing is an antique stand fan that really works! =)

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    Carol
    November 2, 2011 at 7:26 am

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    tiffyama
    November 2, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Aww, the cute is so cute. I find it interesting too on the daily items people use on a daily basis.

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    couturecoco
    November 2, 2011 at 10:03 am

    That's too cute and I love your little collection!
    I have my fav Wedgwood china cups that I love to use all the time.

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    Cindy
    November 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

    This mug is absolutely gorgeous! I love the oriental touches in it and the tail handle is so cute 🙂 I've been using the same mug for the past year or so now. It's a simple white mug from Africa with a rhino printed on it haha

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    Fashimi
    November 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I love the mug! It's funny how you become attached to a certain mug. I'm like that too with a pair of chopsticks that I own. They are just plain, dark brown wooden ones that my grandmother gave me, but I love how they feel in my hands. Strange people we are. 🙂

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    Tiffany
    November 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    So cute! I love having cute coffee mugs since I use them everyday. I visited Macau last year too! I found one of my favorite pairs of shoes at one of the shops in the Venetian.

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    Katherine
    November 2, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Loving hearing about everybody's items! It seems like so many of them are connected to food – chopsticks, mugs, water bottles – but I did love the Birkenstock example too 🙂 Keep them coming!

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    LyddieGal
    November 3, 2011 at 1:17 am

    that has to be the cutest mug i've ever seen!
    My favorite everyday item is my pink pig shower cap. it has ears and everything…

    Chic on the Cheap

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    Rubiiee
    November 3, 2011 at 3:51 am

    That's adorable!

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    Sue C.
    November 3, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Cute mug! My favorite coffee mug has a pretty flower at the bottom. Each time I finish my coffee I see the flower.

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    audrinajulia
    November 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Cute mug.:) I can say that mugs is really my simple happiness and I love to purchase cute mugs that I saw in store. Just can't rid of them. My fave to use everyday is my starbucks stamp mug. I just wanna stare to them everytime and thinking I can able to go to that place! dreaming while drinking haha!.:)

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