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September 7, 2010

We [heart] travel!

Something about being back at work after the long weekend turns my thoughts to wandering. How about a post with a few random travel thoughts?

From Laura B, our resident design guru and America’s favorite dancer: If you’re in Budapest, don’t miss Gellert Baths. Here she is on the Old World Hungary Inspiration Trip with Emily (Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder). Love that taxi!

Emily and Laura B in Budapest

From Tami, graphic designer extraordinaire and recent vacation returnee: Check out Krakow, Poland, especially the nearby Wieliczka salt mine, a Unesco World Heritage Site. And definitely bring your kids.

Look for a blog post from Tami later this week, all about her fabulous European travels (including Hungary).

Who doesn’t love the idea of active travel? I’ve been wanting to go on a Backroads trip forever. I think 2011 is the year. Perhaps a little yoga, cycling, hiking, golf? Read Athleta’s blog post for a little inspiration to unleash your adventurous traveler. I think their new adventure travel clothes with an easy, athletic spin are pretty fun.

And speaking of travel clothes…our new women’s (that’s right, I said women’s) Palace Tee and Cafe Merino Henley make great lightweight, fashionable and consummately wearable traveling pieces. Add one of our new scarves and you’ll be ready to go there, wherever there is. Take them with you on your next journey, even if it’s just across the street.

Share some of your favorite journeys with us here by commenting on this blog post. Cheers!

September 2, 2010

We heart Pad See Yew

We’re in the middle of our 2nd heatwave of the summer here in SF. The heat always makes me want to sweat it out with spicy Asian food.

Our CEO, Leigh Rawdon, sent me a fun post about her sons experiencing Thai food (and she happens to be in Asia right now):

We took the boys to a great Thai restaurant in Berkeley. Our four year old falls squarely in the camp of orange/white foods only. We asked him to try everything and to find one thing he liked. He voted for Pad See Yew, a rice noodle dish. Best of all, he was so proud to tell our waitress and anyone who would listen that he loved Pad See Yew. Our one year old, on the other hand, loved everything – especially these panko fried Taro and Yams (what’s not to love).

Matthew hearts Thai food!

A perfect Tea moment complete with the Korean inspired tee shirt!

And if you’d like to try your hand at Pad See Yew, here’s a great recipe from Food and Wine. Hmm, feels like a great night for a little Pad Thai.

August 11, 2010

Favorite Childhood Travel Stories from our Facebook Fans

Happy Wednesday!

Every week as part of Tote Tuesday, we ask a different question on Facebook. You can win our Little Citizens tote.

Just wanted to share some of our Fans’ Childhood travel stories and one of my own.

From Sarah (this week’s winner): Driving to Canada to see Niagra Falls and getting watermelon flavored French gum stuck in my hair when we were laying down in the back of our station wagon!

From Priscilla: My parents used to take my sister and I to Tijuana every summer. We stayed at the same hotel every year, ate at our favorite restaurants and visited neighborhing cities like Ensenada, Rosarito and Tecate. We looked forward to our summers.

From Winnie: My family didn’t go on vacations when we were young. Our first family vacation was when I was 18 years old, a trip back to China, Macau and Hong Kong to visit family. My grandmother passed away and the family was there to take care of service arrangements. Needless to say, we didn’t get to do too many things fun. But it was great to meet all the aunts, uncles and cousins I’ve never met before. It was fun getting to know them.

From Julie: When I was 11 and my brother was 8, my parents took us to Europe. In s stop in Germany a man introduced himself to us and bought us pastries in the Kondotetei. Turns out he was the Burgermeister. This thrilled us because we knew this term from the Christmas special with the Burgermeister Meisterbuger!

From Luciana: I used to live in Brazil… so on summer vacation, we would drive from Sao Paulo to Belo Horizonte and stop on little farms for snacks and rest along the way…. I remember playing in this little farm/restaurant’s playground and near the cows…. I remember the food was great and fresh milk… great memories.

From Kaarin: Almost 15 years ago, my Great Grandmother, Grandmother, and Mother took me on a tour of the world and we stopped by South Afrika for two months. While we were on safari one day a young Lioness jumped on our jeep and stared us down for what seemed like hours (probably no more than a minute!) , and my Great Grandmother finally stood up and told her to shoo away with her cane . . . I’ll never forget it ;) 4 generations of women traveling around the world!

From LisaC (that’s me): I remember going to Miami Beach for the first time from Connecticut to visit my aunt, cousins and Grandpa Abe. My brother kept saying its not Miami it’s your ami. We got to swim in more than one pool and the ocean, hang out with our older cousins and go for brunch at The Fountainebleau Hotel. Pretty cool all around.

Discover more memories on our Facebook page. What are some of your favorite childhood travel stories?

August 3, 2010

Announcing Tea’s July Little Citizen of the Month Winner

July’s contest was all about sharing photos of your little citizens enjoying summer vacation.

Quynh Vu is July’s winner:

Our daughters Sammie and Taylor at Noguchi Gardens in Costa Mesa. They were having a fun time exploring the water fountain and climbing the rocks and out of the blue decided to show a bit of sibling affection. We love Tea clothing because of it’s unique & beautiful design and the girls love comfortable dresses that allow them to explore their world.

Heres her entry: Our daughters Sammie and Taylor at Noguchi Gardens in Costa Mesa. They were having a fun time exploring the water fountain and climbing the rocks and out of the blue decided to show a bit of sibling affection. We love Tea clothing because of its unique & beautiful design and the girls love comfortable dresses that allow them to explore their world.

Take a look at July’s honorable mentions below and read more about them on Facebook.

July Contest: Summer vacation for us involved buying a year pass to our local zoo. Ryan loves to feed the giraffes. We especially love his Gaja Gaja shirt as it suits our busy toddler perfectly. Hes always on the Go!
Whiling away a rainy summer day in our driveway. Although my daughter has many dresses to wear, she always chooses this Tea dress. She even asks for it when its in the laundry! I love Tea because my daughter loves Tea!

My 2 year old, Henrys, idea of a great staycation day. A trip to the amusement park for rides and face painting, then off to the outdoor mall for more summertime adventures. He was truly inspired the entire day by the dragon on his tea collection pants.
I love Tea for many reasons, the main one being that for such pretty clothes, they are comfortable and easy to wash! I also love the attention to detail, from where the inspiration comes to the actual stitches in the garments.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Please continue sharing your photos and experiences with us on Facebook! August’s contest will be posted here soon.

August 2, 2010

Notes on Tea’s Back-to-School Polyvore Contest

Hey everyone, we’re new to Polyvore too and trying to figure it out. A variety of questions have come up, here are some ideas and resources.

If you’re having trouble seeing your set in our group or submitting an entry to Polyvore:

  1. Make sure you’ve submitted your set to the Tea Collection group page on Polyvore.
  2. Once you’ve done that, it should be easy to submit an entry right there or submit or create a new entry on the contest page.

If you can’t seem to get your friends to vote for you:

  1. On the question of “I entered, but it won’t let me click on the “ask your friends vote for you” – not sure why it won’t work. Tried the same thing and it wouldn’t work for me either. You could point your friends to the contest page and ask them to drag your set into the “Cast your vote section” on the contest page.
  2. You have to be a polyvore member to vote and…only members who have created at least three polyvore sets are eligible to vote. So that may be why the “ask your friends to vote” link doesn’t work….

Set notes:

  1. Sets should contain six items not six styles with multiple items.
  2. You should be able to create and submit more than one set. The contest was set up to allow multiple entries.
  3. Feel free to add backdrops, words, props and other things to your contest entries. If Polyvore doesn’t except as an entry, we’ll be sure and figure out a way to include them.
  4. If there is an item on our site that you can’t find on Polyvore, use the clipper to add it. For details see: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/clipper

Polyvore help:

Here are some links on Polyvore to help sections:

http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/help.groups
http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/help.contests

We very much welcome advice and tips from anyone who’s mastered the art of Polyvore. Please share as a comment here on our blog or feel free to comment on Facebook or Polyvore.

Thanks and continued good luck!

July 30, 2010

Enter Tea’s Back-to-School Polyvore Contest and win your set

Hey everyone, are you ready to Express Your Creativity With Tea? We’re now on Polyvore, which is the leading community site for online style. Using the site’s virtual styling tool, you can create unique sets that are digital collages of clothing, accessories and lifestyle products.

Here’s how it our Back-to-School Express Your Creativity with Tea Polyvore contest works:

1. Join Polyvore if you’re not already a member (or you can sign in with your Facebook account). Then join our Polyvore group.

2. Create a set of back-to-school children’s clothes from teacollection.com. You choose, boys or girls. Or both. We’re giving away a prize for each.

3. Submit your set as an entry in our contest. It’s super easy, you just drag items into the window. Once you’ve created your set(s), you can submit your entry to our contest. The easiest way to do this is right on our contest page.

3. No more than 6 items in a set please. Only items from teacollection.com are eligible for entry. Don’t forget, to enter, you need to join our Polyvore group.

4. Spread the word. Ask your friends to vote for your set. Vote for your favorite sets. Feel free to create more sets and submit them as contest entries. The most popular sets (1 for girls and 1 for boys) will win the clothes in their set. If you win, you’ll get to name the set. Once all the votes are in, we’ll sell the two winning sets at a special price to everyone on teacollection.com. It’s just like merchandising your own mini line of Tea clothes. Pretty cool!

5. Contest ends August 11, 2010.

6. We’ll be posting entries right on our blog so don’t forget to check back here to see all the sets in the contest. And we’ll share updates on our Facebook page too.

Don’t forget to express your creativity and have fun. It’s not to soon to start thinking about your favorite names for your sets. I fancy the Lisa set myself.

We can’t wait to see your sets. Meanwhile…

Check out some of the sets some the members in our Polyvore group have already created.



From the Public Bikes Blog – Dad, Let’s Hit the Road.

At Tea, we really believe in going there and bringing your kids. On the Public Bikes blog, there’s an interesting discussion and observation about biking with your kids and how easy and popular it is to do in Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

PUBLIC wants to “Rethink The Way We Get Around” and we think that’s pretty cool.

We’d love to see more moms and dads cycling with their kids around San Francisco and towns all around America. How about you? Go out and ride or walk or play with your kids this weekend. We’ll see you there.

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