A Parisian Affair

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).

Ana, who handles all things photo, took a getaway trip to Paris!


It has become a little tradition for me to visit Paris in May! It’s my birthday month, Roland Garros happens and I get the chance to spend time with my sister and my two year old niece. Win-win all around! This year I got the chance to land in Paris on my birthday and as a special treat I got to pick up my niece at the Crèche, her day care. It was so special to see her happy face in person instead of our weekly Skype sessions. She might have had a little shock to see Tata in person and not on the computer screen.

For the first time in years, I was able to experience life more as a Parisian than a tourist. Spending Saturday morning at the park with my niece watching all of the things she can do – never taking her eye off of the Ménage, knowing it would open soon. Her and every other child in the park waited for the lady who operated it, knowing soon they’d have to run to grab their favorite seat on the merry-go-round. That afternoon we stopped by my sister’s usual spot for cheese, fruits and vegetables.

Another day we decided to venture to the Jardins des Plantes to visit the zoo. It took a little while for my niece to warm-up to the park, but the minute we bumped into the local manège she was ready to go explore! We walked around the botanical gardens and then explored the zoo. The day flew by and I missed the chance to see the exhibit of the evolution of men… But there’s always next year!

Of course, I couldn’t miss the chance to watch some tennis. So rain and all, I spent 2 days at Roland Garros watching some great tennis. This is the only grand slam I’ve ever been to so I can’t compare to the other ones, but I will say it’s a very special place to watch tennis. I always get tickets for P.Chatrier, the main court, and then spend the day watching a few matches there, then jump around the annex courts. This year I got to watch Ferrer front row on court #2 and he made it all the way to the finals. I also was able to watch Federer, my dream is to watch Nadal so I’ll just keep going back until it happens!

On my last day, I had to get a bit of fashion in so I went to explore the Paris Haute Couture exhibit at the Hôtel de Ville. From the minute I walked in until the moment I stepped out, I was completely captivated by the pieces and how the space was designed. It was amazing to see how dresses were grouped by style, not years or designers, and for the most part they looked current, not dated at all. My one regret was not bringing my sketch book, but I ended up scribbling some sketches on my exhibit guide!

 

Special discoveries on this trip:

  • Librairie Gourmande: I’m no cook but spent over an hour going through all the cookbooks!
  • Palais de Tokyo: We checked out a special Chanel No.5 exhibit one night at 10pm. It was pretty cool to be in a museum that closes at midnight and then be able to have a drink!
  • Mariage Frères: I’m don’t drink Tea, but I wanted to bring back a special tea as a gift since my sister recommended this place. The packaging is beautiful and the recipient of my gift gave it five stars!

A Moomah + Tea Collection Exclusive: DIY Panda Mask

Today’s post is one we’re so excited to share with you! It’s no secret we’re huge fans of Moomah the Magazine; their photos transport you, their recipes are delicious and their original crafts keep little ones busy for hours. We’ve teamed up with the amazing ladies at Moomah to bring you 4 exclusive activities for Destination: China and today they’re kicking off the series with this adorable panda mask. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter to receive the latest issue and if you’re on Instagram, following them is a must – their summer travels will have you packing your bags in no time. Take it away ladies!

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Earlier on this year, we were invited to view Tea’s China inspired collection preview in NYC. Though the room was filled with so many of the most adorable new looks for kids, the first item that caught our eye was the sweetest long sleeve-T, with a timid looking panda sporting a pretty pink bow behind her ear. Though that was adorable enough, we were encouraged to turn the shirt around, only to see that the T was double sided! How much cuter can a child’s panda shirt be, then one with both a panda’s front and behind on show.

We were inspired. Tea’s Back To School delivery reflects a Chinese Eastern Pop theme – their street style, pop culture, kitch icons, and modernized versions of traditional crafts. The prints on Tea’s outfits encourage bold stripes and geometric shapes, and of course, pandas! With paper cuttings being a traditional Chinese craft, we decided to modernize the idea, and intertwine it with all other design aspects of their line. The result? An adorable Panda Mask – a clear mixture of our traditionalMoomah aesthetic, mixed with Tea’s beautifully designed and inspired collection.

 

 

 

ONE.org Features Our Very Own Emily Meyer

We’re so thrilled to share with you Em’s feature on ONE.org! She put together an amazing playlist of “dreamy, hopeful music that gets toes tapping and hands clapping” so be sure to go check it out!

Things we found and want to share from this past week:

Although these videos weren’t necessarily made for little ones; The Kid Should See This, really.

We’re pretty excited about our new Destination: China collection and so happy to see others are too! Check out The Style File, Fairytales Are True, Mamages, Bunny and Dolly, Style Smaller, and She {Hearts} It to hear see what others are saying about the new styles!

Thanks to you, we have some great pictures of kids in Tea!

Looking for a great weekend dish? These Baja Fish Tacos are the perfect solution.

Finish off the week with these inspiring words.

Complete Pandemonium

China loves its pandas, and so do we, from their pretty little faces to their fuzzy little tails. Did you know that China is the only place panda bears live, and the country has 37 official panda protecting areas? In the land where this bear is a national treasure, of course we caught a case of pandemonium.

Shop our Pretty Panda Graphic Tee now!

 

Maps & City Illustrations

Maps; They get you from place to place and remind you of all of the places you’ve been. They’re both beautiful and educational. On our designer’s inspiration trips they’re constantly sketching the beautiful places around them – whether it’s a floral pattern they find in a market or a design they’ve spotted on city tiles. We thought it would be fun to round up a few of our favorite hand drawn maps and illustrations. Don’t forget to bring along a sketch book on your next trip! Have sketches from past trips? We want to see! Send images to [email protected]

 

Clockwise [Starting at the top left corner]:

Berlin –  Die Weitwoche Stil –  Edinburgh Towers –  Jamie House Design –  Marisa Seguin –  Tim Hopgood –  Hennie Haworth

Congratulations to the Moore Family!

Remember this?

We’re so happy to announce that the Moore family will be traveling to South Africa in 2014!

Andrew, 10 & Jonathan, 5

“Everyone is really looking forward to our trip next Spring Break in South Africa. My 5 year old asked how he was going to be able to go to the bathroom on the flight… I guess it’s been too long since we took a long family vacation!”

Congratulations again and we can’t wait to hear about your trip!

Float Away With The Unseen Sea

If you haven’t seen this video yet, stop everything for the next 3 minutes and float away with The Unseen Sea by Simon Christen.
Things we found and want to share from this past week:
Have you seen our Celebrate Summer Pinterest board? It’s full of adorable kids dressed in Tea!
These dumplings look delicious and easy enough to make with the kids.
36 Hours in Edinburgh – The New York Times breaks it down for you.
Fathom’s list of Roman restaurants has our mouths watering. Who’s up for a trip to Rome?
Sail away with these DIY driftwood boats!