Monthly Archives: March 2012

March 16, 2012

Cultural Activity Printout: Make Your Own Offering

Looking for a creative activity for your kids to do? Tea’s cultural activity printouts are fun for all ages. This week we have our “Make Your Own Offering” template which has your little artist explore their creativity by drawing their own temple offering.

free coloring book page

Download your cultural activity printout here: Make Your Own Offering

Once you’re done, submit your creation to blog@teacollection.com for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win!  Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us your inner artist!

March 14, 2012

Global Fund for Children Visits Tea!

corporate/nonprofit partnership

Left to Right: Leigh (Tea Co-Founder), Kristin (Global Fund for Children CEO), & Emily (Tea Co-Founder)

We were thrilled to host Kristin Lindsey, the CEO of the Global Fund for Children, a grantmaking organization that benefits vulnerable children worldwide, last week at our office.  Tea continues to raise funds for this amazing organization by donating proceeds from our Little Citizens line as well as designating certain days where we donate a percentage of our sales to their work.

During her visit, Kristin inspired Tea staff by sharing stories of the children and women aided by the programs they fund. She highlighted how they work with grassroots organizations led by community members who can make a greater, longer lasting impact compared to imported solutions.  We left that day feeling thankful for our partnership with such a wonderful organization.  To learn more about The Global Fund for Children’s work, visit www.globalfundforchildren.org.

March 13, 2012

FASHION REPORT: IKAT

On our Bali inspiration trip, we met lots of Ikat artists and were overwhelmed with beautiful textiles and designs we saw.  So you can imagine how overjoyed we were to find out how on trend Ikat patterns are for Spring.

from left to right, top to bottom: 1) Bunny, Cheer Up! 2) Unknown 3) Dries van Noten 4) Balenciaga 5) Paul & Joe 6) Tea Collection 7) Marie Claire

See more of our Ikat inspiration on our “hello ikat” board on Pinterest.

From high-fashion to light-weight, summer dresses, there are many ways to wear Ikat. How will you be wearing Ikat this season?

March 11, 2012

How to Make Flower Headbands

Looking for that perfect addition for your girl’s holiday dress? At Tea, we love the flower head fashion.  In fact, we even created some flower headbands for our models to wear during our spring photoshoot.

Bali Inspired girls dressBali-Inspired Girls Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We wanted to show you how fun and easy these headbands are to make. Below is a tutorial on how to make 3 different flower headbands. First you’ll need your supplies:

Bouquet for DIY Headbands

We took flowers from three different bouquets we had in the office.

Supplies for DIY Flower Headbands

Minimal supplies needed for such a cool project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers, scissors, green florist wire, and florist tape. (For the daisy chain, all you need is flowers!)

The first step is to measure your model’s head to with the florist wire to ensure your flower headband is the right size. Once you’ve measured your model’s head, cut the wire at least one inch longer than the circumference of their head. This is your base wire.

DIY Flower Head Headband

Once their head is measured, you must decide which headband style you want to make. Below are three different styles that we paired with some of our Tea girls dresses.

DIY- How to make a Flower Head band

DIY Flower Headbands

The finished product- all three flower headbands.

Of course, our Tea staff members jumped at the opportunity to model these lovely headpieces.

Flower Headbands

From Left to Right: Rachel, Josh, and Amber

Will you be making flower headbands this spring? Share your creative head wear ideas and tips with us in the comments section below.

March 9, 2012

More than a Uniform

Elise Hofer Derstine is co-author of What We Wear: Dressing Up Around the World, a Global Fund for Children book. Part of the proceeds from each book sale supports The Global Fund for Children’s (GFC) grantmaking program, benefitting vulnerable children and youth worldwide. Total War Against AIDS Youth Foundation, featured in this post, is a GFC grantee partner.

Children in Uniform from Madaraka Community School

Just about anywhere in the world, you can find children wearing school uniforms.  Kids sitting in rows of desks, wearing pleated skirts or khaki pants, knee-socks or cotton dresses—wearing blue, purple, gray, or yellow.

You can easily spot the kids who attend the Madaraka Community School in Likoni, Kenya, because they wear a beautiful, vibrant pink. You’ll see them eating breakfast together before school starts, or at the end of the day playing in clusters of twos and threes.

For many of these children, and so many others throughout the world, a school uniform is a cherished and special outfit. Likoni is one of the poorest districts in the area surrounding Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city. Though Mombasa itself boasts a breathtaking coastline, with all the amenities and attractions of a top tourist destination, the aura of luxury quickly fades in Likoni.

In addition to the community’s daily struggle with poverty, HIV/AIDS is a significant issue. Despite Kenya’s national HIV prevalence rate of 6.3 percent, in Likoni the rate hovers around 16 percent. As a result, many children are orphaned or abandoned, left to live and work on the streets where they are at risk of exploitation and abuse.

But the children wearing pink are being cared for and protected. Total War Against AIDS Youth Foundation (TWAAYF), which runs the Madaraka Community School, is a youth-led community development organization that empowers orphaned children and youth through art and education.

At the school—one of three core programs at TWAAYF—children receive learning materials and a nutritious breakfast and lunch in addition to their lessons. Classes are taught by specially trained teachers with a curriculum that borrows from the Montessori model. Though the school asks parents and guardians to pay a small amount of money to support the program, no child is rejected because of an inability to pay.

And of course, each child gets a pink uniform. The children come from poor households, and many of them have lost loved ones to AIDS. But the uniforms show they have a place where they belong—a place where they can be nurtured and cared for, and where the future is bright.


March 7, 2012

Cultural Connections: Flowers Heads

As we visit many different cultures around the world, we begin to see connections across many cultures. You can see more of our cultural connections here.

The flower head fashion has been around for years and adorned by many different cultures.


1: Japanese geisha’s often wear flowers in their hair.

Tea visited Japan for our Fall 2009 Collection.

2: While, I am unaware of any tradition around wearing flowers in your hair in Korea, it certainly seems to be a popular trend in Korean Vogue. (see more images from Vogue Korea and Vogue Girl Korea on our Pinterest board)

Tea visited Korea for our Spring 2010 Collection.

3. Brazilian, Carmen Miranda adorned her turbans with fruit and flowers.

Tea visited Brazil for our Spring 2009 Collection.

4: In Mexico, women wear flowers in their hair for special occasions and celebrations. Here is an image of our style muse Frida Kahlo, who is always pictured with flowers in her hair.

Tea visited Mexico for our Fall 2011 Collection.

5. Traditional women in Hungary wear flower headpieces on their wedding day. Hungarian dancers also wear floral headpieces.

Tea visited Hungary for our Fall 2010 Collection.

6. In Bali, legong dancers wear floral head pieces. It is common to see Balinese women wearing flowers in their hair.

Tea visited Bali for our Spring 2012 Collection.

7: In Spain, Flamenco dancers often wear flowers in their hair.

Tea visited Spain for our Spring 2011 Collection.

8. Peruvian women wear Monteras, traditional hats. Modern day women often buy the hats at the market and decorate themselves with flowers.

Tea’s Fall 2007 collection was inspired by Peru.

Do you know any traditions around wearing flowers in your hair?

March 5, 2012

SPRING FASHION REPORT: FLOWER HEAD

What could be a more feminine look than adding some flowers to your hair?

flowers in hair fashion trend

From left to right, top to bottom: 1) Unknown 2) Elliot & Erick Jimenez for Material Girl 3) Agata Pospieszyńska 4) Unknown 5) Unknown 6) Edie Campbell

We were overwhelmed by all the great images for this post. It seems to be everywhere, and every images is more pretty than the next. Make sure to check out our Pinterest board to see all the other great floral hair pieces.

What do you think? Will you be adopting the flower-head style? Tell us in the comments section below.