Author Archives: Michelle Duquette

November 17, 2010

School Lunch: Food for Thought

We love what we do at Tea, but first and foremost, we love being parents to our little citizens. Whenever possible, we make time in our busy workdays to help raise awareness and inspire social responsibility for our kids and communities. Tea currently supports multiple non-profit organizations, but we are always on the lookout for other non-profits that work on improving the lives of children.

A few weeks ago, a few of us started talking about the Slow Food Movement that started here in San Francisco. Founded in 1986, it is now an international movement with chapters all over the United States and across the globe. According to their website, the Slow Food Movement’s vision is to help create “a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet.” This inspired us to look deeper into some of the current issues that now face our kids; eventually leading us to the topic of school lunches.

With Universal Children’s Day this Saturday, November 20th, we thought it would be a perfect time to share some of what we learned and help spread awareness about children’s health & nutrition. Through our research, we found that improvements continue to be made, but that there is still an urgent need to do more.

We encourage you to share your thoughts on the topic of children’s health & nutrition with the Tea community in the comments field below or on Facebook & Twitter. Feel free to mention your favorite non-profits and child-related causes that you feel passionate about. Through your participation, you are helping spread awareness on Universal Children’s Day about issues that effect children around the world every day.

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Holiday Picture Tips– Part 1

Just in time for holiday photos (and holiday photo cards), we have a few tips from our professional photographer friends at Wardrobe Wednesday! Today and tomorrow, we will post five photography tips– ranging from lighting suggestions to pointers on how to get the perfect shot.

Today, we begin with tips from photographers Shannon Dodge and Morgan Dawson on what to wear and the best camera settings.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Holiday photo suggestions!

1. Figure Out What To Wear- by Shannon Dodge

♦ In addition, to a Holiday outfit from Tea [for boys or girls], Shannon recommends the following wardrobe strategies! ♦

When it comes to any family portraits, clothing and wardrobe are so important. I always tell my clients to start with one family member’s outfit (preferably a child), and then build around it. It’s so much fun to “pop” certain colors and it makes a photo more interesting. For instance, if the daughter is going to wear a red dress, you can “pop” the color red with your jewelry or shoes! Layers are also wonderful and add a bit of texture to the photo. Don’t be afraid to wear a cute sweater or jacket over your dress or shirt.  Colorful knit hats, scarves or textured leggings are all wonderful articles of clothing that help to pull a look together.  — Shannon, Shannon Dodge Photography

Wardrobe Suggestion from Shannon

2. Get Away From AUTO– by Morgan Dawson

Most people don’t realize that they can upgrade the photos they take without buying a new camera – or without spending a single additional cent.

I know this sounds like a totally boring thing to do, but consider taking a few minutes to read over your camera manual (if you can even find it!). Most people rip open the box – pop in some charged batteries – head straight to Auto mode…and never leave. Your camera – no matter how much it costs – is loaded with some high-tech Scene or Shooting modes that can make your photos that much better.

Camera Settings Manual

Don’t worry, you don’t need to try and figure out aperture, shutter speed, ISO, blah, blah, blah – just pick the mode that best matches where you are and what you’re photographing. Seriously, it’s that easy. Almost every camera has a setting for portraits, night photos, indoor pics, or shots with children and pets. You may also find options for photos in the snow, by candlelight, when you have a backlit scene, or when you have a low light area but you don’t want to use your flash (high-ISO mode).

Camera Settings

Be creative – have fun – explore your camera!  — Morgan, Morgan Dawson Photography



November 12, 2010

And the Winner Is….

Congratulations to Stacey Brown– she is the winner of the eBags Holiday Travel Giveaway! She is the recipient of the Caribbean Joe 3 piece hardside luggage set from

Caribbean Joe Malibu Luggage Set

When asked what bag, backpack, or piece of luggage was her favorite, Stacey responded:

“The Mother Lode mini-wheeled duffel is my favorite. With a toddler on my hip, I can’t balance a backpack, and this duffel holds everything I need to have within easy reach on a flight. LOVE IT!!”

Thanks to everyone for sharing your favorite eBags products with us!

October 14, 2010

Education Levels Around the World

Though we love designing and creating inspired children’s clothing, children’s education is one issue that is always top of mind, as parents and citizens of the world. This is why we continue to support the efforts of The Global Fund for Children, whose mission is to advance the dignity of children and youth around the world.

The graphic below speaks directly to the issue of global education and serves as a reminder of the progress that still needs to be made throughout the world. We hope you find it as interesting as we do and continue to support organizations like the Global Fund for Children and other non-profits that help the little citizens of the world.

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Education Levels Around the World

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