Monthly Archives: February 2011

February 25, 2011

Rainboots for the Rain, Sun, and Maybe Snow?

Everyone in San Francisco is talking about one thing today. Strangers crossing the street will strike up conversations about it, and our local newspaper is abuzz with predictions. The question on everyone’s mind today is…

WILL IT SNOW IN SAN FRANCISCO TODAY?

If so, it’ll be the first time snow’s hit our sea-level city since 1976. Temperatures are meant to reach record lows in the 30s tonight with strong winds, and while that might sound warm to you Midwest and East Coaster-ers, we’re all scrambling to gather layers to keep us warm. More used to rain than snow, our office today was chock full of rainboots:

RainBoots

from left (Maria, Megan, Laura, Katie, Lisa, Katy, Nuala)

We had a powerful rainstorm last night, and sun and bright blue skies all day. So will it snow tonight? Only time will tell.

Tea’s Stylista Project

A couple of months ago we heard a story about one of our former models, a girl named Francesca.  Francesca, we were told, has an avid interest in fashion–watching shows like Project Runway and What Not to Wear, devouring fashion magazines and constantly playing games of dress-up with her friends.

The stories of this little fashionista inspired us at Tea, and we decided to invite her to our studios for a photoshoot. How would a 9 year old style and fashion our line of clothes? We set up racks of our clothing, laid out accessories from previous photo shoots, and gave her free rein to design, style, and model her own outfits.

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The result was a fun and energetic photoshoot, which gave us a whole new perspective on how Tea could be styled. Above: Francesca models our Fall 2010 Cord Cargo Pants, a Spring 2011 top (stay posted! coming out soon), Sanuk flip flops, and her grandfather’s cap. Below: She wears this season’s Painters Plaid Tunic, Fall 2010’s Stretch Slim Cord Pant, and Sidewalk Surfer Shoes.

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The whole experience was so much fun, that we thought we’d  bring the challenge to you!

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Official Rules and Regulations, as well as a list of Participating stores can be found here.

 

February 16, 2011

Fashion Week: Joaquin Trias

Happy Fashion Week! We’re loving the range of creativity and talent that’s showcasing this year. One designer that stands out for us is Joaquin Trias, a Spanish designer from Madrid:

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TRIAS SS2011 NEW YORK 09/12/2010

 

 

We love the minimalist simplicity and warm colors of his new collection. To see more of his work you can visit his website here. The New York Times also did a fun interview on Trias here.

February 14, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: Valentine’s Etsy Finds

Happy Valentine’s Day! Below we’ve compiled some of our favorite ways to say “Te Amo”, courtesy of the countless talented artists over at Etsy.

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“10 Thousand Besos” by the bigharumph

VALENTINES CARDS

Clockwise: “Imma Bee Yours” by Tutucrafts, “Tiny Valentine’s Card” by ohmycavalier,  “Cats Cradle” by badbooks, “Giant Burrito” card by amywalters.

 

 

February 10, 2011

Spain and Chocolate

 

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One of my favorite things to do when traveling is try and stock up on various local sweets and chocolate.  Spain first began consuming chocolate in the 1600s, after conquering the Aztecs in the Americas, and discovering the cocoa bean. It’s rumored that the first official recipe for chocolate emerged in 1644 by Antonia Colmenero in the book A Curious Treatise of the Nature and Quality of Chocolate:

  • 100 cacao beans
  • 2 chiles (black pepper may be substituted)
  • a handful of anise
  • “ear flower”
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 2 ounces cinnamon
  • 12 almonds or hazelnuts
  • pound sugar
  • achiote to taste

Chocolate in Spain has evolved since then, and now is often served hot, and with churros on the side.

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photo by Lisa at spicy ice cream

 

Not being in Spain ourselves, we at Tea are big fans of Vosges‘s Barcelona Bar – which we can buy just down the street. It may be made in the USA, but the almonds, sea salt, and rich chocolate are all reminiscent of Spain.

vosges collage

February 9, 2011

Visiting Museums with Kids

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Growing up in Santa Fe with an artist father, I experienced my fair share of galleries as a child. My dad would drag me along Canyon Road on nights with lots of gallery openings, and my attention would be held for about 0.2 seconds in each space before I got restless. It must have paid off though, as now I love galleries and museums and any opportunity to see art. But how can we help make viewing art, especially in museums, interesting and fun for kids?

Red Tricycle has a great article about visiting San Francisco MOMA with kids. They recommend visiting on Family Days, where there will be other kids to interact with, and signing up for museum tours that are specifically catered to children.

Many museums cater specific programming and events to be kid friendly. You can get information on the following museums below:

SFMOMA – San Francisco

De Young Museum – San Francisco

Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York

Museum of Fine Art – Boston

Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago

Walters Art Museum – Baltimore

Baltimore Museum of Art – Baltimore

Getty Museum – Los Angeles

MOCA – Los Angeles

What are you favorite ways to share art with your kids?