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.

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!

 

Celebrate The Fourth In Style!

Looking for red, white and blue options for the fourth? We’ve got you covered with tops, bottoms, dresses and  more! Be sure to claim our free shipping over $50 offer on Facebook – the sooner you order the sooner you’ll be able to focus on parade fun and backyard BBQ’s!

Start shopping now:

  1. Venda Stripe Pocket Tee $19.50
  2. Baobab Blossom Wrap-Neck Dress $15.50
  3. Coastal Stripe Tee $19.50
  4. Sea Gypsy-Wrap Neck Tank Dress $22.50
  5. Venda Strappy Mini Dress $24.50
  6. Venda Stripe Twirl Top $14.50
  7. Coastal Stripe Flutter Tee $19.50
  8. Terrific Tank $16.50
  9. Umuzi Playshorts $15.50
  10. Sea Gypsy Halter Dress $22.50
  11. Venda Twirl Skort $22.50

 

Don’t forget to check with your local retailer to see what styles they carry! Find where your nearest retailer is here: https://bit.ly/VvddfE

‘Across the Street, Across the Globe’ with Andrea Howe of ForTheLoveOf.net

Today Andrea Howe from For The Love Of, is sharing one of her favorite spots in Los Angeles – Olvera Street. Be sure to follow along Andrea’s SoCal adventures on Facebook and Twitter! Thank you Andrea for spending the day with Studio T!

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I was lucky enough to be born and raised in Southern California, and feel fortunate to be able to raise my own kids in such a beautiful, interesting and culturally diverse part of the country. While Southern California may be known for its palm trees, lovely weather and laid back lifestyle, I’m happy to say that we also are rich with history and amazing cultural experiences. Growing up, one of my favorite places to go was Olvera Street, a Mexican marketplace located in the birthplace of Los Angeles.

Set on a small street in the oldest part of Downtown Los Angeles, Olvera Street is surrounded by historical buildings, beautiful adobes and Grand Central Station. The last time we visited, we took the Metro from our home about 15 miles outside of the city, into Grand Central Station. While we weren’t as adventurous this time around, being that we had an extra travel companion by way of a young baby, we can’t wait to take the train in again. Public transportation is a way of life for many different cities around the country, but for us Southern Californians, we rarely travel outside of our car. It’s a worthwhile experience to offer the kids though, even if it’s only intermittently.

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Olvera Street offers visitors shopping, dining and entertainment experiences rich with Latino and Mexican culture and traditions, and I grew up going there on school field trips and occasional shopping excursions with my mom. We took our kids there a couple of weeks ago and I had the best time showing them around, talking to them about my experiences going there as a child, and giving them a bit of a history lesson.We shopped a little, listened to mariachis, and practiced a bit of our Spanish with the vendors. As native Southern Californians, it’s essential to at least know some basics in Spanish, including gracias, de nada, and come estas. The kids can also count to twenty, and eventually we’ll get them to 100.

While we live just outside of LA, our central location to both Los Angeles and Orange County, make short trips into the city easy and always a good experience. Our trip was only about 3 hours long from door to door, but we were able to introduce the kids to a plethora of sensory experiences they wouldn’t normally get if we just stayed in our neighborhood. On the way to Olvera Street we pass the tall skyscrapers of Downtown LA and the architectural marvel that is the Walt Disney Concert Hall. We can point out the transportation hub of the city; Grand Central Station, and the original Postal Headquarters, just across the street.

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Once we’re at our destination, they smelled the warm scents of fresh homemade tortillas cooking, heard a different language, listened to music they don’t normally hear, and saw the representation of a culture in its purest form. I am truly grateful that we can offer these experiences to our children such a short stop from home.

We finished off our trip by introducing them to horchata, a sweet beverage made of water, sugar and ground almonds, and taquitos from Olvera Street’s oldest taquito street vendor. The thing I love most about coming to Olvera Street, and now taking my kids there, is that things don’t really ever change and the same restaurants, vendors and trinkets and toys they sold when I was a kid, are still around and for sale now. There’s something so comforting and nostalgic about that. On one particular trip to Olvera Street when I was about 13, my mom and I visited a candle shop, the only one at the time, to carry sheets of beeswax. We were making our own homemade candles to give as Christmas gifts. That shop is still there, over 20 years later.

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If you’re visiting Los Angeles, or are a local but have never been, I can’t recommend taking a trip to Olvera Street enough. It’s fun for the kids and the grown ups, and gives you a rich experience in history, tradition, and culture.

Our top 3 places to visit in Los Angeles for a rich cultural and historical experience include:

Los Angeles County Museum Of Art (LACMA) – LACMA is devoted to collecting art from around the globe and focuses on pieces that will represent LA’s unique cultural diversity. There are so many great kid friendly exhibits that you can stay and visit all day without the kids ever feeling like they’re in a stuffy museum. It’s a favorite of ours.

La Brea Tarpits – located right next to LACMA, the La Brea tarpits is a museum that displays ancient treasures right where they were discovered and is a fascinating place for kids to explore the results of years of excavations.

Natural History Museum Of LA – From the brand new dinosaur exhibit to the dark halls displaying animals from around the world, the Natural History Museum is a vast museum offering many exhibits to explore but in a very achievable and manageable way to do as a family.

 

[Shop the look: Lychee Twirl DressTutu Print PoloUbuntu Stripe Hooded Romper]

 

Dresses + Leggings

Tea Collection + Barefoot Books Giveaway!

We’re kicking off summer with a giveaway you won’t want to miss! By answering one simple question, “Which Tea destination has been your favorite?” you’ll be entered to win a Tea wardrobe set and a collection of travel the world Barefoot Books. With only one day to enter, enter the Tea Collection + Barefoot Books giveaway as soon as you can!

 

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

These Austrian spinning tops are absolutely gorgeous and will keep your children entertained for hours!

Raising a traveling tribe can be difficult, we love hearing how Traveling Mama is teaching new languages to her little ones.

Looking for some new tunes? Don’t miss our playlist we posted earlier this week – it’s filled with music from around the world!

These herb-infused olive oils are easy to put together, perfect for yourself or gifts.

We think these painted leaves would be a great summer project… cheap entertainment for all!

Don’t forget to see just how low our semi-annual sale prices are! Girls dresses for less than $20, girls leggings starting at $12.50, boys tops less than $15 – shopping for yourself? Women’s tops are marked down to $38.50 and women’s dresses are as low as $43.50!

UPDATE: Sale and Giveaway are officially over.