July 6, 2015

What Will You Do This Year?

At Tea, we believe that every day is an adventure. We live to explore, to discover, to travel—around the globe and across the street. And we want you to go there with us! This year we will… take you on a journey to a whole new destination – Argentina & Bolivia! This year we will… ask you to share your adventures with Tea!

Ask your little citizens about their plans for this school year and use #TeaAdventurer to share your poster with us on Instagram. You’ll receive a poster in your order, but you can download our This Year I Will poster here too.  Don’t have Instagram? Not a problem! Upload your photo here.

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Introducing… Argentina & Bolivia!

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At Tea, we travel the globe in search of inspiration, bringing the beauty of other cultures home with the hope of making the world a little smaller and the foreign a bit more familiar for all little citizens of the world.

For our Fall and Winter 2015 collection, we traveled to Argentina and Bolivia, and we can’t wait to share our stories with you! From the European flavor of Buenos Aires to the indigenous pride of La Paz, our newest collection pays homage to the people of Argentina and Bolivia. The sophisticated style of the gauchos and traditional elegance of Cholitas. The passion of tango musicians to the wild color of las mascaras for Carnaval. A whole new world awaits!

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June 30, 2015

Global Recipes: Argentine Empanadas

In almost any cafe or restaurant in Argentina you stumble across, chances are you will be lucky to find many varieties of empanadas. These savory pastry pockets are a mainstay in the Argentine diet. Empanadas can be filled with a variety of delicious fillings and are oven baked (al horno) or deep-fried (frito) and served warm for dinner or an on-the-go snack. We think they make a great bite for lunches in the park or a quick dinner in-between soccer practice!

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June 29, 2015

Endangered Species Print Project Giveaway

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We are thrilled to announce a very special giveaway – one that is near and dear to our hearts! Tea is partnering with the Chicago-based Endangered Species Print Project, to give away three art prints, by a Tea Collection textile designer, Katy Tanis. The Endangered Species Print Project was founded in 2009 by two artists, Jenny Kendler and Molly Schafer, who strive to match their artistic talents to directly support conservation efforts and biodiversity for the Earth. ESPP offers limited-edition art prints of critically endangered species, with 50% of the sales donated to the conservation efforts of the animal featured in the print. The number of prints offered for sale, depends on the number of plants or animals remaining in the species. When you purchase a print, you know exactly where your donation will go and the animal it will benefit!

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June 14, 2015

DIY Dip Dye

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Our Atlantic Plaid Shirtdress from our Citizen Blue collection features an indigo dip dye that is inspired by the blues of the Atlantic Ocean. Along with many other dying techniques, dip dye has been around for many centuries. Dip dying is a relatively simple technique and creates a unique design that can be layered on top of prints and on a variety of silhouettes. It is a great way to give a stained dress or shirt a new life. Read on to learn how you can do it at home!

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June 10, 2015

Nautical Styles For Your Explorer

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This June, we feature our Citizen Blue collection that draws on inspiration from travels on the sea. We put a spin on classic stripes with playful graphics or a bow tie. We were inspired by all things nautical like sand dollars, anchors, sea gull and submarines.  We envision our Tea little citizens putting on these fun styles and going out to the backyard to play pretend. Live by the seashore ? Take these styles for a spin on the boardwalk or for an afternoon sail!

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June 8, 2015

Travels Through Japan

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 a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world)! We’ve had a hard time controlling our jealously here in the office since Amanda, our Senior Marketing Manager, first booked her trip. Now she shares her stories with all of us!Amanda 3

During my trip to Japan I was lucky to visit many places – Toyko, Kyoto, Mount Koya, Takayama, and Hakone. If you are traveling to Japan, I would urge you to put Kyoto at the top of your list. Hands down, it was my favorite stop of my trip. As I explored Kyoto, I stumbled upon a magnificent shrine or temple around every corner. Kyoto is actually known as the City of Ten Thousand Shrines! The most spectacular of these was the Kinkaku-ji (or as I called it, the gold shrine). The juxtaposition of ancient culture mixed with an ultra-modern society, it was fascinating and truly breathtaking.

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June 5, 2015

Citizen Blue: The Sea Between

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We’re excited to kickoff the summer with the launch of Citizen Blue – a semi-annual collection that celebrates the magical spots we stop along the way to somewhere else. Rooted in rich indigo hues, Citizen Blue revisits heritage Tea styles and favorite prints from places we’ve already been and offers new designs inspired by places we’ve seen only glimpses of. Citizen Blue is a voyager, a nautical nomad. Not quite here or there, the collection draws inspiration from the journey and all of the magical spots we stop along the way to our final destination. It is truly globally inspired. No matter the type of adventure you have planned this summer, our Citizen Blue collection is packed full of grab-your-suitcase-and-go styles for your little citizen.

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May 29, 2015

Behind the Design: Sea Glass Print

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May 27, 2015

DIY Sunprint Activity

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