Author: Michelle Duquette

Fall Tea Stylista Winner!

And the winner of the Fall Tea Stylista contest is….. Tatum from Eugene, Oregon!

We were so impressed by her distinct sense of style and use of accessories to personalize all her Tea outfits! Tatum describes her style as “fun, colorful, and unique” and she absolutely loves to accessorize her looks with scarves, boots, and jewelry. Her fashion influences are her mom, friends, and occasionally someone or something on TV or in a catalog will inspire her as well.

Tatum will be coming to San Francisco in December for a tour of the Tea studio and a personal photo shoot where she can showcase all her favorite Tea outfits! We’re so excited to meet her and can’t wait to congraulate her in person!

A big thanks to everyone who entered our Fall Stylista contest, we loved seeing everyone’s photos and all their creative Tea outfits!

Tea Fashion Fiesta Twitter Party!

On October 25 from 5-6pm PT, join Tea and leading bloggers Angela (from MommyPR) and Kim (from Accidental Mommies) to discover all the fall fashion trends within Tea’s Modern Mexico collection!

From versatile mix-and-match wardrobe sets to functional and furry outwear, Tea has everything your fashionista wants for fall. Angela and Kim will share with participants their favorite Tea pieces and discuss options for keeping warm in style.

Also, during the second half of the party, we’ll be tweeting about Tea’s upcoming Highland Holiday collection, which won’t be available until the end of October! We’ll be sharing our top styles and favorite gifting ideas from the Holiday collection. You’ll also have the chance to win pieces from the Holiday collection before its released!

Tweet along for a chance to be randomly selected to win one of 15 prizes including mix-and-match wardrobe sets, clothing from our outwear collection, great holiday gifts, fantastic pajamas, and/or one of 5 $50 Tea gift certificates!

Who: Tea Collection, Accidental Mommies and MommyPR

When: Tuesday October 25th from 5-6pm PT (8pm-9pm ET)

Where: Join us on Twitter and use #TeaFiesta to be eligible for the prizes!

Also, be sure to also follow hosts @teacollection@WhatsThatSmell and @mommyPR for updates, prize info, and contest details!
Follow @TeaCollection
Follow @WhatsThatSmell
Follow @MommyPR

Prizes:

As a pre-prize eligible for all those who RSVP, 1 lucky winner will receive a Tea gift certificate for a secret amount, which will be revealed at the end of the event!

5 $50 Tea gift certificates

15 prizes including mix-and-match wardrobe sets, clothing from our outwear collection, great holiday gifts, fantastic pajamas

Tweet with us for your chance to win fantastic prizes and to participate in a fun Twitter Fashion Fiesta with Tea!

Tell all your friends about the Tea Fashion Fiesta using the following tweet:

#TeaFiesta Twitter party on 10/25 5-6pm PT! Discover @teacollection Holiday fashions and #win great prizes!

RSVP here:  http://www.mommypr.com/2011/10/its-a-tea-party-teacollection-twitterparty-1025-5-6pm-pt-rsvp/

Fashion Fiesta with Tea Twitter Party! 10/25 5-6pm PT

Join Tea and leading bloggers Angela (from MommyPR) and Kim (from Accidental Mommies) to discover all the fall fashion trends within Tea’s Modern Mexico collection!

From versatile mix-and-match wardrobe sets to functional and furry outwear, Tea has everything your fashionista wants for fall. Angela and Kim will share with participants their favorite Tea pieces and discuss options for keeping warm in style.

Also, during the second half of the party, we’ll be tweeting about Tea’s upcoming Highland Holiday collection, which won’t be available until the end of October! We’ll be sharing our top styles and favorite gifting ideas from the Holiday collection. You’ll also have the chance to win pieces from the Holiday collection before its released!

Tweet along for a chance to be randomly selected to win one of 15 prizes including mix-and-match wardrobe sets, clothing from our outwear collection, great holiday gifts, fantastic pajamas, and/or one of 5 $50 Tea gift certificates!

Who: Tea Collection, Accidental Mommies and MommyPR

When: Tuesday October 25th from 5pm-6pm PT (8-9pm ET)

Where: Join us on Twitter and use #TeaFiesta to be eligible for the prizes!

Also, be sure to also follow hosts @teacollection, @WhatsThatSmell and @mommyPR for updates, prize info, and contest details!





Prizes:

As a pre-prize eligible for all those who RSVP, 1 lucky winner will receive a Tea gift certificate for a secret amount, which will be revealed at the end of the event!

5 $50 Tea gift certificates

15 prizes including mix-and-match wardrobe sets, clothing from our outwear collection, great holiday gifts, fantastic pajamas

Tweet with us for your chance to win fantastic prizes and to participate in a fun Twitter Fashion Fiesta with Tea!

 

Tell all your friends about the Tea Fashion Fiesta using the following tweet:

#TeaFiesta Twitter party on 10/25 5-6pm PT! Discover @teacollection Holiday fashions and #win great prizes!

Or use this premade tweet!

Watch the fun happen:

RSVP:

Announcing the Fall Stylista Finalists!

With much excitement, we’re proud to announce the finalists for the Fall 2011 Stylista competition!

We were on a search for fashion-forward 8-12 year olds to show us their unique style and we couldn’t be happier with the submissions we received! Fashionistas from all across the United States submitted their photos online or by visiting their local Tea retailer. Specifically, these stylish boys and girls created fantastic outfits that featured at least two pieces of Tea clothing.

The winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to San Francisco for a behind the scenes tour of the Tea headquarters.  Also, the winner will have her own photo shoot where she is able to show off all her fashionable outfits in front of the camera!

It was incredibly challenging to choose since we received quite a few outstanding candidates, but a small group on Tea’s Creative team evaluated all submissions based on the child’s creativity, visual flair, and how much his or her outfit embodied the Tea spirit. After much deliberation, the selection committee chose three finalists and one honorable mention:

Tatum

From Eugene, OR, 8 year old Tatum enjoys Tea because of the “fabulous colors, unique style, and the clothing is more than anything, fun to wear!”

Juliana

From Orland, CA, 10 year old Juliana provided us quite a few reasons on why she loves Tea. She told us “I love Tea because I like to draw, paint, and create sculptures and the clothes show my creative side.  I can come up with lots of different outfits with just a few dresses and shirts from Tea.”

Halle

9 year old, Halle from Reno, NV adores Tea for the “amazing styles and fabrics!”

Fiona [Honorable Mention]

Fiona, from Bozeman MT, is 10 years old and submitted such a compelling story for why she loves Tea.  She stated “. I love to wear your clothes because they express my individual style, which is countryside chic. I also love to wear your clothes because I love to travel, and your clothes remind me of our recent family trips to eastern Europe and Mexico. As well as traveling, I also enjoy drawing. Your catalogs and your clothes inspire my imagination to create beautiful clothes for the little girls in my pictures. Thank you, Tea, for designing the most wonderful clothes and outfits!”

A big thanks to everyone who participated in our Fall Stylista contest! Check back on October 28th for the announcement of the winner, which will be selected by Tea’s Co-founder Emily Meyer. Good luck to all our finalists and stay tuned for the winner!

Jess’s Adventures in Bali [Part 1]

To help everyone at Tea go there, we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write blog posts to share their adventures with all of us (and the world).

Welcome to part 1 of Jess’s Bali adventures. Let’s go there!

Whenever I travel, I really enjoy going on runs as a way to explore a new place and orient myself. My trip to Bali, Indonesia was no different. After arriving at the beautiful Villa Santai where I would stay while in Tenah Merah, Ubud, I put on my running shoes and left to go check out some nearby villages. I had no idea that a casual run would turn into such an adventure.

I started uphill through a village filled with temples, homes, and snack stands.

There were also a few stray dogs lining the streets. I had been warned about Balinese stray dogs and the recent case of rabies that had been reported on the island. I had been advised to carry a stone or stick with me to throw at them, as this would surely scare them away. Although I try to avoid confrontations with animals, especially stray, untrained ones, I thought it best to carry a little stick with me just in case.

As I made my way uphill, I pondered how beautiful the day was. The sun was shining on the rice fields on either side of me.

The hot, tropical air felt lovely as I ran past. I waved hello to a group of children, smiled at the lady running the snack stand, and greeted an old man passing by with “Selamat Pagi!” (Good Morning).

Then, in the next moment, I came across a large pack of dogs in the path ahead of me. Instantly, I thought to myself, remain calm, no worries. Sing ken ken! But then I noticed a few ears perk up and several heads rise. A couple of them stood up and faced me.

Now I’m scared. They started to approach. I glanced around at the villagers, with a worried, helpless look on my face. That’s when they started to bark at me. At this point, I realized that I had completely stopped moving. I swatted my lame little stick around a few times, accomplishing nothing.

Finally, a little old lady came up to me and scared the pack of dogs off with a shout and a few swoops of her hand. She then came upto me and took the little stick from my hand. She chuckled, mumbled something at me in Balinese, trying to communicate that if I swat at the dogs, they grow more aggressive, thinking I am trying to attack them. She patted me on the back and sent me off, meanwhile still warding off the dogs for me as I made my way through the village. I thanked her, “Terri makahse bankyak!”, and carried on uphill, away from the village.

I would learn later that the Balinese believe stray dogs are re-incarnated ancestors and family members who have behaved badly. That is why they are treated so poorly by the locals.

As I continued up the road, I heard a big commotion. I noticed a little soccer field, so I made my way toward the voices to see what was happening there. I saw a few kids playing soccer, but looking beyond, I noticed a large group of people gathered. I made my way there, curious to see what was taking place. As I got closer, I saw it was a rooster fight. Even though I am vegetarian and also dislike violence between animals, especially for sport, I decided to put judgment aside and check out the tournament. What I saw was better than what I had anticipated. It seemed like every man in the village had joined.

Each male had a pet fighting rooster. They’d wait around, and then enter their rooster into the main fight. There were a few little kids there with their dads, but no women. I was the only woman there, dressed in a pair of running shoes, shorts, a workout shirt and an iPod. I thought they would shoo/send me away, but they were quite welcoming.

After a little while, I moved on and continued my run, only to encounter even more dogs. This time, my village lady friend was not there to help me. I panicked a little until I saw a group of bicyclists approaching. They saw the look of terror on my face and said, “Run with us!” So I started running and they surrounded me in a protective circle of bicycles as we passed by the rabid dogs. It was fun!

The return trip was no less exciting. The locals were burning their fields, blocking the road with dense smoke. Fortunately, a number of them helped me around the smoke by showing me where I could run through some rice fields.

I also managed to dart into a few homes whose owners had left the front door open. Balinese homes tend to be a collection of smaller buildings in a courtyard. There are living quarters along with a small open-air temple people build in their homes. I got a few laughs from some of the women and kids, smiled, and continued my adventure.

At one point, I started missing the bicycle gang. Instead, a man from the village had me run alongside him as he made his way through the dog packs on his scooter. That resulted in a good workout. Again I thanked him, and he responded “sama-sama” (you’re welcome).

When I returned to the villa, my friends asked me how my run was. I replied simply, “It was good!” . . .And jumped straight into the pool.

Destination: iPad

We’re excited to announce that our Spring and Summer Destination Catalonia catalogs are now available for your viewing pleasure on the iPad through Catalog Spree! This innovative, interactive shopping experience enables individuals to shop for their favorite Tea pieces, while browsing our catalogs directly on an iPad.

Tea Catalogs on iPad

Catalog Spree is a free application available in the iTunes app store that combines inventive technology with the original layout of our print catalog that you would receive in homes. With Catalog Spree you can now browse at your leisure on the iPad, while enjoying an interactive, paperless shopping experience.

It’s a new way to go there with us, across the globe, across the street and on your iPad! Download the application and start exploring our catalog today.

Spring Break Must-Haves

With the clocks turned ahead, it’s starting to feel a lot like spring. And for those of you taking a spring break (or just thinking or wishing for warmer weather), we’ve put together our favorite must-have looks for girls and boys.

Spring Break Must-Haves for Girls:

Girls Spring Styles copy

from left: We have our butterfly-adorned Mariposa Top, paired with our classic Paperbag Shorts. The Marisol Hoodie is a perfect warm layer for windy evenings on the beach, over the Racerback Stripe Tank in asparagus green, and comfy French Terry Shorts. The Songbird Banded Dress can be dressed up or down, and the Citron Flora Playdress encourages adventures anywhere, anytime. Pair anything and everything with our brightly-colored Espadrilles and you’re ready to go!

Spring Must-Haves for Boys:

spring styles boys copy

from left: Our Goril Graphic Tee gives strength for all expeditions, and the Cut Off Cord Shorts and Sidewalk Surfers in Dark Brown or Grey are a perfect match. Mix and match outfits with our Tortuga and Barcelona Tees over Long Cargo Shorts. Instead of traditional layers, roll up and down when the weather changes with our Slub Polo and Painter Roll Up Pants.

Check back with us in a month or so and we’ll have lots more summery clothes from our new Costa Brava collection to add to the list. Summer at Tea will be all about maritime style with a vintage vibe, made modern. Until then, happy spring travels!