Category Archives: Our Destinations

March 28, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: Ink Calendar

This calendar, created by Spanish designer Oscar Diaz, uses the capillary action of paper to draw ink out of the bottle. Designed to migrate across the sheet daily, the ink fills in each set of numbers with color to represent each day of the month. Different months are represented by a range of colors – greens and yellows in Spring, and reds in Summer. The ink calendar has been exhibited at various design shows around Europe – I wish it was actually in production!

March 17, 2011

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:

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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:

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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!

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.

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February 3, 2011

Wild Parrots of San Francisco and Barcelona

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photo by Gerry Caps

One of our local tourist attractions in San Francisco are the parrots of Telegraph Hill.  Feral and free-flying, these Cherry-Headed Conures are often seen (and heard!) in flocks over Coit Tower and the North Beach neighborhood.  Originally from Peru and Ecuador, these parrots are believed to be descendants of escaped or released pets. In 2004 there was a film made about them, titled The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

Another flock of wild parrots can be found in Park Guell, in Barcelona Spain. A gorgeous park filled with architecture by Gaudi and rolling gardens, it also is home to a large flock of Monk Parakeets.

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images clockwise: Tea’s Travel Photos, Trude, Tea’s Travel Photos, DJ’s Photography

The parrots and tile mosaics of Park Guell inspired our designers to create our Perico Mosaic top:

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Have you encountered any flocks of wild urban parrots on your travels?

December 22, 2010

Semi-Annual Sale Begins Today!

Our Semi-Annual Sale begins today with up to 50% off seasonal favorites! Shop now online: http://www.teacollection.com/clothing-sale

Also, save an additional 10% on already reduced sale prices when you shop in participating stores! A comprehensive list of the participating stores can be found below.

Be sure to print out the following image and present it to a participating store to receive the additional 10% discount.  Offer is good until January 2, 2010.

Semi Annual Sale! 

 

 

Retailers Participating in the Additional 10% Off Promotion:

Baby Bliss
6721 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75025
(469) 759-7831
Bambini of Bend
1052 NW Newport Ave. Suite 102
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 385-1806
Bambini’s World
 

22 South Main St
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 230-4572
Bella Boo
32 N Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 509-5700
Busy Bees
1544 Laskin Road #216
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 425-2337
Cassis
819 W. Idaho St.
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 345-5501
City Sprouts
6303 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 726-9611
Clothes Pony
111 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 224-2866
Crackerjacks
4009 Piedmont Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 654-8844
Cupcake
641 4th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 579-2165
Epiphany Children’s Boutique
290 West Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532
(508) 393-5437
Fiddlesticks
508 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 565-0508
Gaga Chic
712 West Shaw Suite B
Fresno, CA 93704
(559) 226-0462
Itty Bitty
307 West 8th Street
Columbia, TN 38401
(931) 380-5434
Jumping Jellyfish
107 S. Fair Oaks Ave
 Suite 107
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 578-1838
Kairos
533 Main Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 241-0460
Lil’ Lamb Shop
167 Jennifer Road Suite Q
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 266-3303
Mako the Children’s Shop
732 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, Oregon 97210
(503) 274-9081
MamaBaby
4029 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 233-8130
Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony Children’s Boutique
1917 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 866-6292
Milk and Honey Kids
3303 Bath Pike
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(484) 821-1399
Mulberry Road
46 Gloucester St,
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 859-5861
Nurture
433 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, IN  46204
(317) 423-1234
O Child
101 W. Kirkwood Suite 108
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 334-9005
Over the Moon
38 W Main Street
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 676-9599
Petit Armoire
156 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864) 585.3222
Posh Boutique
809 NW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 478-7674
Pout Baby Boutique
4325 13th Ave S # 6
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 356-7688
Preggers
900 N. Michigan #L5-21
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 943-6262
Rocky Mountain Kids
2525 Arapahoe Ave #H12A
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 447-2267
Seal & Co.
410 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 277-1777
Shima
105 Main Street,
North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 346-1055
Small Frys
3022 Birney Ave
Scranton, PA 18505
(570) 344-6565
Style Child
1070 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 220-0480
Sweetbriar Fair
443 Highland Ave
Augusta, GA 30909
(706) 738-8386
The Kid’s Court
1724 E Battlefield St
Springfield MO 65804
(417) 889-4427
The Lollipop Shop
4357 Forsyth Road Suite 160
Macon, GA 31210
(478) 475-0609
The Lolly Garden
2046 Utica Square
Tulsa, OK 74114
(918) 742-6300
The Nest Denver
2808 East 6th Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 287-1372
The Picket Fence
1108 Carter Street
Vidalia, LA, 71373
(318) 336-7155
Tiny Toes
4 N. Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
(410) 420-6727
Tulips
5817 Kavanaugh Boulevard
Little Rock, AR 72207
(501) 614-7343
Wild Child
5 Medford St.
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 483-3566
A Woman’s Work
2401 Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 524-3700
Y & Z Kids
711 W Hillgrove Ave
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 579-1507

December 15, 2010

Gingerbread

Gingerbread is one of those deliciously international foods that appears in many countries around the holidays. It is rumored to have been introduced to Europe in 992 by a monk named Gregoire de Nikopolis, and today different variations can be found in Germany, Sweden, England, France, Poland, and many other countries.

The award for gingerbread enthusiasm, however, must go to the town of Bergen in Norway. Every year they build Pepperkakebyen, a town built entirely of gingerbread. It is tradition for every child under the age of 12 to contribute towards the event, and is believed to be the biggest gingerbread town in the world.

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For a great compilation of 15 Gingerbread cities around the world, check out MightyGirl’s recent post.

 

 

Although I love gingerbread my skills are not quite that advanced, so I think I’ll be sticking with this simple gingerbread house interpretations this year:

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Want to make your own? You can find instructions for these here.

October 29, 2010

Dracula and Transylvania

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Transylvania is a region in central Romania, nestled next the the Carpathian mountain range to the East and South. Dating back to the Roman empire, Transylvania has a rich history of battles, monarchies, and occupations. Despite its colorful past, in the USA Transylvania is known best for the myths of vampires, werewolves, and spirits that supposedly reside there.

In 1897 Bram Stoker wrote a book he called Dracula. While stories of vampires had existed before the release of Dracula, the popularity of the novel pushed them into the mainstream through books, theater, and movies. But how based in fact are these stories of the world’s most famous vampire?

The name “Dracula” is rumored to have originated from Vlad the Impaler’s full name – Vlad III Dracula. Vlad III is heralded by Romanians as a hero for fighting off the Turkish Ottoman Empire in the 13th century, but unfortunately killed thousands of civilians in the process. Bram Stoker came across stories of Vlad when researching Romania for his novel, and borrowed the name Dracula for his main character.

What about Dracula’s castle? Transylvania has many old castles, and there are three in debate as to which is “Dracula’s” castle – Poenari Castle, Hunyad Castle, and Bran Castle. Bran Castle is marketed as the most credible, partly due to the fact that Vlad the Impaler (Dracula’s namesake) used to use the castle as a base during battles. Wanting to experience some of the legend, many tourists visit Bran Castle in search of the story of Dracula.

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I always find it interesting to find out there is a little bit of truth, however tangential, in famous legends, particularly those of the spooky variety. Have a safe, fun, and happy Halloween!