Author: Michelle Duquette

Semi-Annual Sale Begins Today!

Our Semi-Annual Sale begins today with up to 50% off seasonal favorites! Shop now online:

Also, save an additional 10% on already reduced sale prices when you shop in participating stores! A comprehensive list of the participating stores can be found below.

Be sure to print out the following image and present it to a participating store to receive the additional 10% discount.  Offer is good until January 2, 2010.

Semi Annual Sale! 



Retailers Participating in the Additional 10% Off Promotion:

Baby Bliss
6721 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75025
(469) 759-7831
Bambini of Bend
1052 NW Newport Ave. Suite 102
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 385-1806
Bambini’s World

22 South Main St
Doylestown, PA 18901
(215) 230-4572
Bella Boo
32 N Queen Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 509-5700
Busy Bees
1544 Laskin Road #216
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 425-2337
819 W. Idaho St.
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 345-5501
City Sprouts
6303 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 726-9611
Clothes Pony
111 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 224-2866
4009 Piedmont Avenue,
Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 654-8844
641 4th Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 579-2165
Epiphany Children’s Boutique
290 West Main Street
Northborough, MA 01532
(508) 393-5437
508 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 565-0508
Gaga Chic
712 West Shaw Suite B
Fresno, CA 93704
(559) 226-0462
Itty Bitty
307 West 8th Street
Columbia, TN 38401
(931) 380-5434
Jumping Jellyfish
107 S. Fair Oaks Ave
 Suite 107
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 578-1838
533 Main Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 241-0460
Lil’ Lamb Shop
167 Jennifer Road Suite Q
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 266-3303
Mako the Children’s Shop
732 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, Oregon 97210
(503) 274-9081
4029 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 233-8130
Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony Children’s Boutique
1917 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 866-6292
Milk and Honey Kids
3303 Bath Pike
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(484) 821-1399
Mulberry Road
46 Gloucester St,
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 859-5861
433 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, IN  46204
(317) 423-1234
O Child
101 W. Kirkwood Suite 108
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 334-9005
Over the Moon
38 W Main Street
Avon, CT 06001
(860) 676-9599
Petit Armoire
156 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864) 585.3222
Posh Boutique
809 NW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 478-7674
Pout Baby Boutique
4325 13th Ave S # 6
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 356-7688
900 N. Michigan #L5-21
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 943-6262
Rocky Mountain Kids
2525 Arapahoe Ave #H12A
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 447-2267
Seal & Co.
410 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 277-1777
105 Main Street,
North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 346-1055
Small Frys
3022 Birney Ave
Scranton, PA 18505
(570) 344-6565
Style Child
1070 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 220-0480
Sweetbriar Fair
443 Highland Ave
Augusta, GA 30909
(706) 738-8386
The Kid’s Court
1724 E Battlefield St
Springfield MO 65804
(417) 889-4427
The Lollipop Shop
4357 Forsyth Road Suite 160
Macon, GA 31210
(478) 475-0609
The Lolly Garden
2046 Utica Square
Tulsa, OK 74114
(918) 742-6300
The Nest Denver
2808 East 6th Avenue
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 287-1372
The Picket Fence
1108 Carter Street
Vidalia, LA, 71373
(318) 336-7155
Tiny Toes
4 N. Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
(410) 420-6727
5817 Kavanaugh Boulevard
Little Rock, AR 72207
(501) 614-7343
Wild Child
5 Medford St.
Arlington, MA 02474
(781) 483-3566
A Woman’s Work
2401 Rice Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 524-3700
Y & Z Kids
711 W Hillgrove Ave
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 579-1507

Bucharest Floral Dress– the Outfit for the Holidays!

For this Holiday season, we were inspired by the Maramures people of Translyvania. Located in the northwestern region of Romania, the Maramures live in villages where countless century-old traditions are still encorporated into daily routines.

During celebrations, the Maramures wear their traditional costume, which is primarily black and white with hints of red. We love this classic outfit because of the mix of plush textures and the heavy embroidered embellishments.

While this influence is found throughout our entire Hungarian Holiday collection, the Bucharest Floral dress reflects our true love of these Maramures traditional outfits. With an elegant embroidered pattern and texture on plush velvet, the Bucharest Floral dress is the perfect party dress!

Bucharest Floral Dress

Bucharest Floral Dress

To share our love for these Maramures traditions, we are now offering the Bucharest Floral dress at the great price of $49.50!  Regularly $85, this promotional price is available on our website and at participating retailers [see below]

Ladybugs & Lizards Children’s Boutique 

1389 E. 15th Street Suite 128

Edmond, OK 73013

(405) 348-2121

Donna Ryan Photography and Boutique

5218 42nd Ave SW

Seattle, WA 98136

(206) 909-0189

The Lolly Garden

2046 Utica Square

Tulsa, OK 74114

(918) 742-6300


533 Main Street

Grand Junction, CO 81501

(970) 241-0460


1324 Foothill Blvd.

Salt Lake City, UT 84108

(801) 583-2229

Kustum Kribs

147 North NW Highway

Park Ridge, IL 60068

(847) 825-5742

Style Child

1070 University Ave

San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 220-0480

Lil’ Lamb Shop

167 Jennifer Road Suite Q

Annapolis, MD 21401

(410) 266-3303

Jumping Jellyfish

107 S. Fair Oaks Ave 
Suite 107

Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 578-1838

Stuhlbergs, Inc.

1801 Queen Anne Avenue North

Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 352-2351


819 W. Idaho St.

Boise, ID 83702

(208) 345-5501

Red Balloon

5407 N. Clark St

Chicago, IL 60640

(773) 989-8500,

Red Balloon

2060 N. Damen Ave

Chicago, IL 60647

(877) 969-9800,

Tiny Toes

4 N. Main Street

Bel Air, MD 21014

(410) 420-6727,

Rocky Mountain Kids

2525 Arapahoe Ave # H12a

Boulder, CO 80302-7867

(303) 447-2267,


508 Hayes Street

San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 565-0508

Baby Blossom

2623 Montrose Ave

Abbotsford, BC Canada

(604) 556-4993

My Little One

123 Waite Ave North

Waite Park, MN  56387

(320) 253-4141

Holiday Picture Tips- Part 2

Just in time for holiday photos (and holiday photo cards), we have a few tips from our professional photographer friends at Wardrobe Wednesday!

Today, we finish with tips from photographers Lindsay, Rebecca, and Kelly on lighting techniques and posing strategies.

1. Find Natural Light When Shooting Indoorsby Lindsay Horn


Is it too cold to shoot outdoors? Don’t worry, you can create beautiful images using the natural light available in your house. First, turn OFF your flash. Next you will need to find the best location inside your house. When shooting indoors, I usually look for North or South facing windows (to avoid any direct light) and large openings (i.e. patio doors, bay windows, or a series of windows close together). Don’t be afraid to move furniture if necessary! Once you’ve picked your spot, make sure to turn off any artificial lighting in the area.Now it’s time to set up your subjects. Place them either directly in front of and facing the window (front lighting) or at a 45 or 90 degree angle to the window (side lighting). When using front lighting, you will position yourself near the window with your back to it, but make sure that you aren’t blocking too much of the light. When using side lighting, position yourself next to the window, shooting across the opening towards your subjects. Are your kiddos extra-wriggly? Pull over your favorite armchair or a nice dining room chair for seating, it can add a nice touch! — Lindsay, Lindsay Horn Photography

2. No Natural Light? Taking Photos in Low Light Conditions- by Rebecca Keeling

Yep, we’re all guilty of it, especially during a favorite photo op like Christmas.  You want the ambiance of your beautiful glowing tree, whether it’s for a do-it-yourself family portrait by the lights, or your kids feverishly ripping the wrapping off their gifts…pop goes the flash of your camera and it looks more like a deer-in-the-headlights nightmare rather than the fabulous image you saw in your viewfinder.  Depending on what type of camera you have, there are several ways to get around this issue.  If you have a DSLR, meaning that you can change the lens on your camera, here are a few options for you:


1.  Your flash does not have to be your enemy in situations like this.  If you prefer to keep your camera in auto mode, let your flash go to town, just tone it down a bit.  There are lots of cool little light modifiers for pop-up flashes these days, such as The Puffer by Gary Fong, or The Lightscoop; both of which help to diffuse or bounce the light from your flash, giving it a much softer appearance.  You can also go into your menu and reduce the flash output.

2.  Turn off your flash!  I know, scary thought…but that’s the beauty of your DSLR camera.  You have total control, if you want it!  One of my favorite modes to shoot in is Aperture Priority…it’s the little “Av” on your mode dial.  The great thing about this mode is that the camera sets the shutter speed for you, and you get to set the aperture.  The smaller the aperture number, like f/2.8 (also known as a large aperture…I know, kind of confusing), the more light your lens is letting into your camera.  With a little extra ambient light, you just might be able to take your Christmas photos without any flash at all!  Just make sure your shutter speed stays fast enough so that you don’t get blurry pics of the unwrapping fury.  Play with it, see what works…there’s really no “right” or “wrong” way!

For point and shoot cameras, you’ll want to be sure to shoot in portrait mode.  If you have a menu option that has something to do with flash exposure compensation, you might try dialing your flash down a bit, so it looks a little more natural.  Depending on your camera, you also might be able to set your ISO higher, set your white balance to the little light bulb symbol (incandescent), or even set your aperture, as well.  The idea is, don’t just settle on the auto mode.  Have fun, try something different…you just might create the best Christmas photos your family has ever seen!  — Rebecca, Rebecca Keeling Studios

3. Don’t Just “Say Cheese!”- by Kelly V.

When it comes to taking great photos for the holidays, take a cue from your little ones and be on the move!


It can be incredibly frustrating for mom and tot when you’re trying to get a squirmer to sit still for posed photo after posed photo. You may have a vision of your kids sitting perfectly by the tree wearing their Christmas best and smiling sweetly, but in reality, you’re more likely to have one playing with an ornament and the other inspecting the inside of her dress. And after 20 minutes of pleading, bargaining and bribes, perhaps even tears.

Instead of forcing them to “sit still and smile,” try making a game of it. Have them stand next to each other and tell them you’re going to count to three. When you get to three, see who can jump the highest. When they land, they’ll be grinning and looking to you to pronounce the winner — which is exactly what you want! You’ll have the attention of all of your kids at the same time and those natural smiles you know and love. If they need more direction such as “get closer,” say it with excitement and urgency. Then do it again. When they tire out, try having them sit. You’ll likely have a few minutes of their attention and keep it by asking them how much fun they just had.

If you have older kids who understand posing for a few minutes, take advantage by trying a few different angles. Don’t just stand in front of them, get down to their level by squatting, kneeling or even sitting. It will produce a much more natural result.

And don’t be afraid to get close! I know you want to show off those coordinated dresses and sweater sets, but mix it up by taking a few close-up shots, too. They’re so intimate and personal that they may just end up being your favorites!  — Kelly, Kelly V Photography

School Lunch: Food for Thought

We love what we do at Tea, but first and foremost, we love being parents to our little citizens. Whenever possible, we make time in our busy workdays to help raise awareness and inspire social responsibility for our kids and communities. Tea currently supports multiple non-profit organizations, but we are always on the lookout for other non-profits that work on improving the lives of children.

A few weeks ago, a few of us started talking about the Slow Food Movement that started here in San Francisco. Founded in 1986, it is now an international movement with chapters all over the United States and across the globe. According to their website, the Slow Food Movement’s vision is to help create “a world in which all people can eat food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it and good for the planet.” This inspired us to look deeper into some of the current issues that now face our kids; eventually leading us to the topic of school lunches.

With Universal Children’s Day this Saturday, November 20th, we thought it would be a perfect time to share some of what we learned and help spread awareness about children’s health & nutrition. Through our research, we found that improvements continue to be made, but that there is still an urgent need to do more.

We encourage you to share your thoughts on the topic of children’s health & nutrition with the Tea community in the comments field below or on Facebook & Twitter. Feel free to mention your favorite non-profits and child-related causes that you feel passionate about. Through your participation, you are helping spread awareness on Universal Children’s Day about issues that effect children around the world every day.

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School Lunch: Food for Thought

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Holiday Picture Tips– Part 1

Just in time for holiday photos (and holiday photo cards), we have a few tips from our professional photographer friends at Wardrobe Wednesday! Today and tomorrow, we will post five photography tips– ranging from lighting suggestions to pointers on how to get the perfect shot.

Today, we begin with tips from photographers Shannon Dodge and Morgan Dawson on what to wear and the best camera settings.  Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Holiday photo suggestions!

1. Figure Out What To Wear- by Shannon Dodge

♦ In addition, to a Holiday outfit from Tea [for boys or girls], Shannon recommends the following wardrobe strategies! ♦

When it comes to any family portraits, clothing and wardrobe are so important. I always tell my clients to start with one family member’s outfit (preferably a child), and then build around it. It’s so much fun to “pop” certain colors and it makes a photo more interesting. For instance, if the daughter is going to wear a red dress, you can “pop” the color red with your jewelry or shoes! Layers are also wonderful and add a bit of texture to the photo. Don’t be afraid to wear a cute sweater or jacket over your dress or shirt.  Colorful knit hats, scarves or textured leggings are all wonderful articles of clothing that help to pull a look together.  — Shannon, Shannon Dodge Photography

Wardrobe Suggestion from Shannon

2. Get Away From AUTO– by Morgan Dawson

Most people don’t realize that they can upgrade the photos they take without buying a new camera – or without spending a single additional cent.

I know this sounds like a totally boring thing to do, but consider taking a few minutes to read over your camera manual (if you can even find it!). Most people rip open the box – pop in some charged batteries – head straight to Auto mode…and never leave. Your camera – no matter how much it costs – is loaded with some high-tech Scene or Shooting modes that can make your photos that much better.

Camera Settings Manual

Don’t worry, you don’t need to try and figure out aperture, shutter speed, ISO, blah, blah, blah – just pick the mode that best matches where you are and what you’re photographing. Seriously, it’s that easy. Almost every camera has a setting for portraits, night photos, indoor pics, or shots with children and pets. You may also find options for photos in the snow, by candlelight, when you have a backlit scene, or when you have a low light area but you don’t want to use your flash (high-ISO mode).

Camera Settings

Be creative – have fun – explore your camera!  — Morgan, Morgan Dawson Photography



And the Winner Is….

Congratulations to Stacey Brown– she is the winner of the eBags Holiday Travel Giveaway! She is the recipient of the Caribbean Joe 3 piece hardside luggage set from

Caribbean Joe Malibu Luggage Set

When asked what bag, backpack, or piece of luggage was her favorite, Stacey responded:

“The Mother Lode mini-wheeled duffel is my favorite. With a toddler on my hip, I can’t balance a backpack, and this duffel holds everything I need to have within easy reach on a flight. LOVE IT!!”

Thanks to everyone for sharing your favorite eBags products with us!

Education Levels Around the World

Though we love designing and creating inspired children’s clothing, children’s education is one issue that is always top of mind, as parents and citizens of the world. This is why we continue to support the efforts of The Global Fund for Children, whose mission is to advance the dignity of children and youth around the world.

The graphic below speaks directly to the issue of global education and serves as a reminder of the progress that still needs to be made throughout the world. We hope you find it as interesting as we do and continue to support organizations like the Global Fund for Children and other non-profits that help the little citizens of the world.

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Education Levels Around the World

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