Category: Across the Globe

Activi-Teas for Curious Citizens!

 

Welcome aboard all curious little citizens of the world! This is the exciting new world of learning and exploring with us here at Tea. Each week we will bring you a list of fun, creative and educational Activi-Tea’s for you and your whole family. This is a place for us to stay not only connected to each other, but to the world! A big part of who we are is a global connection. Even though we can’t physically be in Ireland, Greece, Thailand or even a neighboring state. We can still be connected globally through so many different avenues. We have traveled the world to bring inspiration not only into our clothes but into our messaging and hopefully to each and every one of you. So, what a better way to start of our list than with an activity/coloring book combining designs and inspirations from all of our global destinations!
You can download and print right in your own home!

 Here you will find not only educational tools but games and puzzles too! Beautiful flowers, magical creatures, and scavengers hunts await! From sharks to lions, we have the whole world right at your fingertips.  

 Please share your drawings and adventures with us! We want to share with you just as much as you share with us. Please tag us on IG, email us pictures or even feel free to send us snail mail too! Use the #activiteas and #teamakesfriends to let us follow along on your journey!

 Happy learning and happy exploring!

Download the Activity Book  here TeaCollection-ActivityBook

Tea Takes Greece: Making Friends in the Magical Mediterranean

In October, five families from all over the world arrived in Andros, one of the many stunning Greek islands of the Cyclades and a site of inspiration for our Spring Collection.

Some traveled from Florence and Thessaloniki, while other families came from as far away as Sayulita, Melbourne, and San Francisco. From different places arrived a group of families who have dedicated a portion of their lives and hearts to travel.

We were all there to make the collection come to life, but the blue skies and seas, the bonds that were created, and the memories that were shared are what we’ll never forget.

The kids declared themselves best friends within minutes of meeting—and these friendships only grew stronger over the next five days we spent exploring the coasts of Andros, our temporary home in the Aegean Sea.

For our Spring launch, we made our way to Chora, the picturesque capital village of Andros. We ran through alleys chasing cats—sweetened treats in hand—pausing in bright blue doorways to take shelter from the untamed Meltemi winds.

We’re so pleased to introduce to you our friends, who you’ll get to know over the next few months as we post more about our shared adventures. We only spent a few days together on Andros, but these are friendships that will last a lifetime.

Our Ocean’s Eleven

 

We had always heard that sibling rivalry was as real and universal as gravity. But not with these two. Tilly and Francis were like peanut butter and jelly.

 

Meet Tilly and Francis. They are two of the world-traveling kids on Quartier Collective. We had been drooling over their family travels on Instagram and were especially inspired by their work to organize group travel for families. Their Family Gatherings bring families together to explore new countries while connecting through shared curiosity and adventure.

A rare occurence of Captain Viggo sitting still, miraculously captured on camera.

 

This is Francis and Tilly’s little brother, the viking-pirate. Viggo—whose name means Viking—was often found running around with a hand-drawn pirate patch on his face (but no talking parrot on his shoulder).

These three adventurous siblings quickly befriended fellow world-travelers Amelie, Indi, and Lulu, who are the next generation executive team of the inspiring and sustainability-focused Joy Chasers. These six were fast friends, quickly bonding over their world-schooling lifestyles.

Amelie and Tilly were nearly inseparable and loved planning fun games and little parties for everyone. We’re pretty sure these two could have organized the whole trip without missing a beat.

 

Throughout our time together, Lulu made her rounds so that just about every kid was her best friend, at least for a day.

 

Indi, Amelie, and Francis taking a break from running through the alleys of Chora.

 

Everyone quickly embraced the sibling pair from northern Greece, Vasilia and Kostis. They arrived with Greek treats in hand for everyone: Greek eye bracelets for the kids and Tsoureki (Greek sweet bread) for the adults.

Vasilia helped us all learn a few words in Greek.

 

Kostis had style for miles. He has a long-time love of Vans and was especially into the Tea shirts with collars.

 

The next family to join us included the sisters from Florence: charismatic and cat-loving Mariú and her equally enthusiastic and charming baby sister, Luna (affectionately called Luna Banoona).

Indi and Mariú playing it cool by a pretty pink wall in Chora.

 

Sweet Luna took a pause from chasing cats to hide from the gusty winds with Vasilia, her new Greek friend.

 

Bringing up the rear (in age only) was 8-month-old Frances Lucille from San Francisco (aka “Baby Fwankie”) who is likely now known as the happiest and most loved baby who ever visited Greece.

Baby Frances sure did love the attention from Francis … as well as all of the other children. And let’s be clear, there was no shortage of attention for this olive-loving baby.

 

Wondering who took these incredible photos? We’re so thrilled that we were able to work with the endlessly talented Taryn Elledge-Penner (of Quartier Collective), who tirelessly chased this gaggle of children up and down Andros to capture our Spring and Summer collections.

Follow @teacollection and #teamakesfriends on Instagram to see more behind-the-scenes snapshots of our time in Greece.

Follow these amazing families and travel partners below. They’ll also be posting their photos and unique stories of our Andros experience this season!

@quartiercollective
@joychasers
@emikodavies
@effie_panagoula

Finding Healing in Malaysia: The Khan Family’s Eat, Pray, Love Journey

Family Vacation Kuala Lumpur

Long-time Tea friend and Foreign Correspondent, Sumiya Khan, recently returned from Malaysia with her two children where they spent a week exploring and visiting with dear friends. Having lost her husband to cancer just over a year ago, she shares her eat, pray, love journey as a newly single parent.

Ciao! The Talbot Gals Do Italy

Vacation to Italy Alexa Talbot

Ciao from Italy! Meet Alexa Talbot, long-time lover of Tea and Bay Area mama to two adorable little girls, Margaret (2.5) and Evelyn (5). As a Tea Foreign Correspondent, Alexa shares the story of her recent mother-daughter adventure to Italy where she, her mom and her two daughters spent a few weeks exploring Lake Como and Venice. Follow along as she shares their journey with us.  

Celebrating Hogmanay: A Traditional Scottish New Year’s Eve

Yid Whellans duns scotland

Photo by Yid Whellans

Meet Kristen Turner, our latest Foreign Correspondent, who just returned from a family trip to Scotland where she, her husband, and their adorable daughter Ava spent three weeks visiting her husband’s family in the small town of Duns. Follow along as Kristen shares all about their traditional Scottish holiday and Hogmanay celebrations!


New Year’s Eve is referred to as ‘Hogmanay’ or ‘Auld Year’s Night’ in Scotland. This year we were visiting our family in Duns, Scotland for the festive period. Duns is a small town in the Scottish Borders about an hour’s drive south of Edinburgh. Nestled in the Tweed Valley, Duns always has a warm welcome for visitors.

hogmanay scotland

This year’s trip back to Scotland was a chance for our daughter to experience a traditional Scottish Hogmanay.

Leading up to Hogmanay, a long-standing tradition in our family is to attend a pantomime. A pantomime, or ‘panto’ is a unique form of theatrical entertainment (mainly for children) that involves music, topical jokes, and slapstick humor, usually based on a well-known fairy tale or nursery rhyme. The kids in the audience love to participate by yelling ‘boo’ to the villain, while cheering on the hero of the story. They also enjoy singing along to the songs.

The panto we attended this year was “The Adventures of Sinbad”, at The Maltings Theatre in Berwick. One of the principal actors is a family friend, so Ava had the exciting chance to meet the cast after the show.

Hogmanay Scotland pantomime

Hogmanay wouldn’t be the same without a traditional dinner of ‘Haggis, Neeps & Tatties.’ Always a favorite, Haggis is like a savory sausage made with lamb, onion, oatmeal and spices. Often misunderstood, Haggis is incredibly tasty and moist, and typically wins over most doubters at first sampling. Usually paired with Neeps and Tatties (mashed turnips and potatoes), most Scots consider it as soul food. This trip, Ava had her first taste of Haggis and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The skepticism around Haggis has to do with an old Scottish myth that the Haggis was once a wild animal that roamed the mountains and glens of the Scottish Highlands. It was rumored to be a three-legged animal, with one leg shorter than the others, so that it could run around the bottom of mountains without falling over. Like all myths, no one really knows if it’s true or not (only Nessie knows for sure).

hogmanay in duns

After the bells strike midnight on Hogmanay and the fireworks have faded, it’s tradition to link arms and sing “Auld Lang Syne”. Derived from a poem by the famous Scottish playwright, Robert Burns, “Auld Lang Syne” has become synonymous all over the world as a way of saying ‘farewell’ to the old year and ‘welcome’ to the new.

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And never brought to mind?

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

And old lang syne?

“Auld Lang Syne” roughly translates to ‘for old times’ sake’, and the song is about reflecting on the previous year, preserving relationships and friendships, and looking forward with optimism—a sentiment that is central to Scottish culture.

Another long-celebrated Hogmanay tradition is that of ‘First Footing’—to be first person to set foot in a house at the start of the new year. In years past, at the start of the new year, the people of Scotland would open their doors to friends both old and new as a gesture of community, friendship and prosperity. First Footers would traditionally bring small gifts such as shortbread, coins, whiskey or coal. However, in modern times, it’s more common to bring food or drink.

After celebrating Hogmanay and First Footing on New Year’s Day, our family always takes a brisk walk up Duns Law—a hill with commanding views over Duns Castle, the town, and surrounding area.

duns scotland

Duns Law (‘Law’ is an old Scottish word for ‘hill’) was the site of the original settlement that became modern day Duns and dates back to the 16th century. Situated near the border with England, Duns and the Border region was located at the center of the storied history between the ancient kingdoms of England and Scotland many centuries ago. For years, in order to feed their families, men from Duns would join groups of raiders sent over the border to recapture cattle stolen by the English. The raiders or, ‘Reivers’ as they were called, are still celebrated each year in Duns at the annual Summer Festival called Reiver’s Week.  The celebrations include parades, sports and bagpipes, all culminating in ‘The Ride Out’—a mass horse ride across the hills and moors at full gallop in tribute to the Reivers.

The Reiver’s Week summer festival will be a tradition for Ava to enjoy in future visits to Duns, but this year she loved celebrating Hogmanay with her Scottish family and big cousin Erin. It was a chance to connect to her roots and learn more about her Scottish heritage.

duns scotland

Photo by Yid Whellans

Meet Our Makers: Lace Inspired Details

Scottish Lace Inspired Details

When dreaming up the designs for our dressy special occasion looks, we couldn’t help but think back to all of the lovely lace we set eyes on in Scotland. As it turns out, the Scots have mastered a lot in the way of the textile world – from their famous Fair Isle patterns to their iconic Harris Tweed – and lace is yet another craft they lay claim to their repertoire. Follow along to learn more about the inspiration behind our Scottish lace inspired designs!

Living in a Work of Art: Mackintosh’s Hill House

From magnificent fairytale castles to highly decorative home interiors, Scotland is an architecture enthusiast’s dream. Ornate details are everywhere you look, with grand Art Nouveau flourishes gracing many of the country’s historical structures and monuments. Our latest Tea prints celebrate the Art Nouveau spirit in lovely detail, and Kirstin Bridier of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA is here to share a behind-the scenes look at one of the movement’s most iconic masterpieces.