Oprah Winfrey Surprises Patrons at Teavana in N.Y.C.

04/29/2014 at 02:31 PM ET

Oprah Surprises Patrons for Launch of Oprah Chai
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Imagine you were just hanging out at your local coffee or tea shop, possibly a little undercaffeinated as you waited for your favorite brew to steep, and in walked Oprah Winfrey.

That’s exactly what happened to patrons Tuesday morning at the Teavana on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. (We’re still wondering how an event of such epic proportions didn’t break Twitter.)

Oprah Surprises Patrons for Launch of Oprah Chai
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To celebrate the launch of Oprah Chai Tea, which will be served at Starbucks and Teavana locations nationwide, Winfrey and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz stopped by the tea shop for a quick cuppa. “Oprah requested the Teavana partners at the store make her Oprah Chai extra-strong, the way she likes it,” a rep told PEOPLE. On her way out, Winfrey also handed out gift cards to the delighted crowd.

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Winfrey told CBS This Morning that the idea for her own line of chai came about after she and Schultz were chatting at the wedding of mutual friend George Lucas. She told him about how she loved blending her own teas, he sent her some tea to try, and the rest is history. “Howard said, ‘why don’t you come to Starbucks, because we have teaologists there,’ well, actually what he said was, ‘You know I just bought Teavana,’” joked Winfrey.

Tell Us: Are you excited to try Oprah’s new tea? 

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

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Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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