Author: Tea Collection

Jessie tweets & chats her days away working in the social media and public relations departments of Tea. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jessie moved to New York after college to work in the fashion industry. Still new to San Francisco, she's constantly discovering new sushi spots and hidden boutiques. She's still dreaming of her last trip to the Caribbean and hopes one day soon she can play on the beaches of Thailand.

Pin to Win: Celebrating Summer with Tea

Pinterest; The place you spend hours and hours creating your perfect home, collecting endless DIY projects and gathering inspirational quotes to refer back to time and time again. Now, we’re asking you to create a board titled “Celebrating Summer with Tea” board for a chance to win a wardrobe set. Want a second chance to win? Follow @Tea_Collection on Instagram. Tag your Instagram photos (with children in Tea!)  with #TeaSummer,  you’ll then find them on our Celebrate Summer board on Pinterest – the photo with the most repins will win!

Follow the five simple steps above to enter. Comment below, leaving a link to your “Celebrating Summer with Tea” board. Winners will be announced Monday, July 15th.

Want to see an example board? Check it out here!

Happy pinning!

UPDATE: Congratulations to…

Sharon T., Julie B., and Sarah H.!

And, our Instagram winner margemcmaster!

*see fine print*

Save on Sale!

Have you shopped our Semi-Annual Sale? It’s time for the Spring Season FINALE – Shop now at an addition 40% off* with code SAVE40 at checkout!

1. Henley Necklace Tank Top $14.50   2. Peppercorn Necklace $9.50   3. Paperbag Shorts $19.50

4. Bensimon Shoes $36.50   5. Bo-Kaap Trapeze Mini Dress $17.50   6. Saltwater Sandals $30.50

7. Pedal Pusher Skinnies $15.50   8. Cardigan $39.50   9. Wild Hibiscus Tee $19.50

Check your local retailer to see what deals they’re offering!

*Extra 40% off does not apply to any 3rd party items*

UPDATE: Semi-Annual Sale is over!

Passport to Tiny Toes

If you’re ever in Maryland, hop into Tiny Toes.  This delightful store will keep you entertained for hours with their array of children’s goods. Find out more about Tiny Toes as from our chat with co-owner, Karen!


How did you decide to take the leap and open your own store? How long has your store been in business?

We are just about to celebrate our 7th anniversary.  We (mom and I) opened the store almost a year to date after my son was born. I was ready for a career change after being part of an exciting internet start-up experience and I couldn’t find any local options for great children’s clothing. Mom was a willing partner and brought some retail experience to the table which was wonderful since I had none (unless you count shopping).

What is something that your customers would be surprised to learn about you?

While it is obvious to everyone who meets her that Mom is amazing with the customers, most would be surprised to learn that I would be much happier crunching numbers on a excel spreadsheet than re-dressing the face outs. Merchandising makes me break out in a cold sweat. Luckily we have some great employees who love merchandising.  Everyone bring something to the table.

What is your favorite part of your day at the store?

Mornings are always the best.  Everything in its place, the anticipation of fun deliveries that might be arriving and the possibility of great day filled with favorite customers. We’re also very fond of happy hour around here.

We know how special and unique all of our stores are, what makes your store unique?

We’re a neighborhood store and most of our customers are locals.  We work really hard to remember names, favorite colors, sizes, recent purchases, etc.  We want to make the shopping experience as easy and fun as it can be. It can mean pulling up all the past purchases of three sisters so that grandma doesn’t give a repeat gift or stocking gluten-free snacks for a customers child who can’t eat wheat…we want to be that place that goes the extra mile. We want our customers to feel like they are visiting friends when they come here.

At Tea, we “Go There”, how do you share in that mission at your store and/or in your life?

My kids have had frequent flyer numbers since they were born.  While we have yet to venture internationally they have been criss-crossing the country since birth.  They love exploring new places (and revisiting family favorites). Travel with kids forces you to come up with activities to keep them engaged which is great because it means you get out and explore your destination. No vegging by the pool for a week… that said, my husband and I just returned from a vacation in the south of France and vegging by the pool (or the beach) with good friends is not the least bit over-rated.

What is the biggest trend you see right now in either shopping or kid’s fashion? What are people coming in for?

“Practically fun” is what our customer shops for these days.  They want clothing that they can wear day in day out.  That means quality and durability are paramount.  But they don’t want to sacrifice style.  Clothing still needs to have a special detail, a fun print etc but customers aren’t looking for that one time wear, special occasion outfit anymore.

What do you do in your “spare” time? Laughable right?

That is laughable. Between the store and two little ones at home spare time is definitely at a premium.  Luckily, Mom’s favorite past time is hanging with grandkids… which means occasionally there is time for reading a book or going for a run.

How do you balance it all? What tricks can you offer us?

Hire amazing people!  We are so fortunate to have an amazing staff, most of whom have been with us for years.  They love the store like it is their own and there is nothing they won’t do to help us out.  It allows both Mom and me to take time off (even at the same time) and not worry about how things are being handled back at the store. Without them I’m really not sure how we would pull it all together!


What to Pack

Whether you’re sending your little ones off to sleep away camp for the first time or the fifth time, it’s never easy. Well, the packing isn’t ever easy. We know it’s almost impossible to not forget something, but we’re hoping this list will help make sure you remember the essentials – sheets and fan not included.

1. Pull out the iron on labels and grab a Rub-A-Dub marker. Many camps require that all clothing and equipment is marked with your child’s name, but it’s a good idea to label regardless of what’s asked. Send a marker along with your child to make sure the counselor can help with anything that was overlooked.

2. We understand that a monogrammed laundry bag probably isn’t required, but we suggest you take that extra step. Having a bag that’s unique and personal will make laundry pick up a little easier and drop off a little more fun.

3. Shoes. Slip on sneakers and a solid pair of sandals are an absolute must. Although they’ll come back worn and tattered, they’ll keep your little one covered and comfortable every step of the way!

4. Easy tanks and tees for everyday wear. Packing tops and bottoms that can be easily mixed and matched are ideal for summer camp outfitting. By sending basics, morning dressing won’t be hard on anyone.

5. Flashlights are helpful for the post campfire walk back to the cabin. This lantern/flashlight lights the way and will easily hang under bunks for late night letter writing.

6. Don’t forget the nice outfits! Dances and closing ceremonies usually call for dressier attire – A cotton dress and polo are easy solutions.

7. The days will be hot but the nights may be cold. It’s important to remember long sleeves, rain boots, and a lightweight jacket for maximum comfort.

8. Swimsuits! Splashing and diving could easily be an everyday occurrence, packing extras is a must.

9. Since they’ll be splashing and diving more often than not, make sure they’re covered with long lasting sunscreen. Wipes and mists seem to work best for kids.

10. Towels are important, but knowing which towel is yours is even more crucial. Having your child’s name marked very clearly makes it easy – and towel wraps are a necessity for crowded summer camp cabins!

Don’t forget to check with your local retailer to find perfect packing pieces!

Educate Your Heart

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

Eliza Domestica’s homemade French baguette recipe has us dreaming of a trip to Paris!

Have you been to Kansas City? We love this city guide on Design Sponge.

The Little Style File’s summer floral roundup will brighten your day.

Are your cords this pretty?

These abstract paintings by Laurie Close would look great on any wall!