2012 marked the year of the dragon in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. Each year, the Chinese Zodiac follows a 12-year cycle where they attribute an animal to the year. It’s said that those born during that year will embody the traits of that animal.
Those born in the year of the dragon are said to have good health and be strong, helpful individuals. Tea has some dragon clothing options for those looking to embody the dragon’s powerful, courageous dynamic.
There’s something about spring fashion that softly whispers: pastels. This ultra feminine trend feels oh-so-pretty and can make a (soft) statement when paired with the right accessories, like a flower headband.
Today we’re featuring guest blogger Mandy Moise, designer for vfish, who just returned from a 65 day trip through China, Nepal, Indonesia and India with her husband and two girls, Ellie 2.5 yrs, Sloane 1yr. As Mandy puts it, “Dora the Explorer has nothing on my little ones.”
Recently on a flight from Chicago to New York, a woman looked at me and said, “Wow, you are brave to be flying with two little babies!” I guess “braveness” is relative. It’s sort of the general perception from a lot of people we come across. Once you have children, your ability to travel is gone, or limited to quick trips to visit family. My husband and I dreamed of traveling the world (and we do), and I can honestly say it’s so much cooler with kids. ( NOTE: I said “cooler” not easier. )
I’m not going to sugar coat it. Traveling abroad can be challenging with little ones. Personal space is not viewed the same in all parts of the world. In the USA, most people would not come and grab my kids to hold them or, just walk up to me and start photographing my kids paparazzi style. In all parts in and around Asia, this is very common. People are friendly, and mean well, but try to explain to a 2-year-old why people keep grabbing at her cheeks. By the end of our trip, my 2-year-old would shout “No pictures please!” and would bury her face into my shoulder. We were good sports about it until both kids ended up with eye infections. After that, I would politely block the cheek pinching snipers.
One thing that is often overlooked is the travel logistics: strollers, gear, beds. We used a Double MaClaren umbrella stroller and GO cribs by Guava Family as many hotels throughout the world will not have cribs. And if they do happen to have cribs, you won’t want to use them. Strolling internationally can be hilarious. Paved sidewalks? Elevators? Not so much. So have a good sense of humor, and a strong partner to help you out.
Throughout our travels, our girls see things most kids will never see. I truly believe that as they grow up experiencing these different cultures will help them be better humans and citizens. They learned and saw first-hand what poverty was, danced down the streets of Kathmandu, climbed the marble steps of the Taj Mahal and learned to love spicy food. If you have the means and the time to travel with your little ones, do it! The moments of joy you will experience in doing so are well worth the extra effort.
Looking for a creative activity for your kids to do? Tea’s cultural activity printouts are fun for all ages. This week we have our “Make Your Own Offering” template which has your little artist explore their creativity by drawing their own temple offering.
Once you’re done, submit your creation to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win! Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us your inner artist!
Left to Right: Leigh (Tea Co-Founder), Kristin (Global Fund for Children CEO), & Emily (Tea Co-Founder)
We were thrilled to host Kristin Lindsey, the CEO of the Global Fund for Children, a grantmaking organization that benefits vulnerable children worldwide, last week at our office. Tea continues to raise funds for this amazing organization by donating proceeds from our Little Citizens line as well as designating certain days where we donate a percentage of our sales to their work.
During her visit, Kristin inspired Tea staff by sharing stories of the children and women aided by the programs they fund. She highlighted how they work with grassroots organizations led by community members who can make a greater, longer lasting impact compared to imported solutions. We left that day feeling thankful for our partnership with such a wonderful organization. To learn more about The Global Fund for Children’s work, visit www.globalfundforchildren.org.
On our Bali inspiration trip, we met lots of Ikat artists and were overwhelmed with beautiful textiles and designs we saw. So you can imagine how overjoyed we were to find out how on trend Ikat patterns are for Spring.
Looking for that perfect addition for your girl’s holiday dress? At Tea, we love the flower head fashion. In fact, we even created some flower headbands for our models to wear during our spring photoshoot.
We wanted to show you how fun and easy these headbands are to make. Below is a tutorial on how to make 3 different flower headbands. First you’ll need your supplies:
We took flowers from three different bouquets we had in the office.
Minimal supplies needed for such a cool project!
Flowers, scissors, green florist wire, and florist tape. (For the daisy chain, all you need is flowers!)
The first step is to measure your model’s head to with the florist wire to ensure your flower headband is the right size. Once you’ve measured your model’s head, cut the wire at least one inch longer than the circumference of their head. This is your base wire.
Once their head is measured, you must decide which headband style you want to make. Below are three different styles that we paired with some of our Tea girls dresses.
The finished product- all three flower headbands.
Of course, our Tea staff members jumped at the opportunity to model these lovely headpieces.
From Left to Right: Rachel, Josh, and Amber
Will you be making flower headbands this spring? Share your creative head wear ideas and tips with us in the comments section below.