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Election Day 2020: Get Out & Vote

Credit: @girldad_diaries

 

Your voice matters. It’s a simple yet profound idea, and voting is one of the most important ways we can make our voices heard. Whether you already voted or plan to head to the polls today, we hope you exercise your right to vote—democracy works best when we all participate.

As parents ourselves, we want to set an example for our kids and inspire the next generation of voters. That’s why we’re making today a company holiday to encourage our employees to use their voices at the polls.

We’re also supporting broader get-out-and-vote initiatives. Last month, we announced a partnership with I am a voter.® to create a limited edition set of vote-themed buttons. 100% of proceeds will benefit I am a voter’s mission to create a cultural shift around voting and civic engagement.

Today, more than ever, it’s important we make our voices heard and do our part to make the world a better place for kids everywhere.

Tea x Wallshoppe: New Wallpaper Prints

Here at Tea, we know a thing or two about unique prints. That’s why we teamed up with Wallshoppe, a purveyor of hip, sustainable wallpaper, to create a limited-edition collaboration that brings our beloved prints to life.

To celebrate our newest Tea x Wallshoppe prints, we sat down with renowned LA-based interior designer, Nathan Turner, to get the inside scoop on his design process and tips on how to make the most of your space.

Introduce yourself and tell us about Wallshoppe and your role as Creative Director.

I’m Nathan Turner. I’m a decorator, author and the Creative Director at Wallshoppe. Bringing my interior design background into the design process at Wallshoppe helps to give our customer a very informed final product. As a decorator, I’m very well versed on color, pattern and the best way to use them, making Wallshoppe wallpapers ready for the consumer.

What are some of your favorite prints from the Tea x WS collection?

I love them all! But if I had to pick… My top 5 favorite prints from the Tea x WS Collection are “Tigers,” “Chubby Bear,” “Watermelon,” “Crocodile,” and “Rainbows.”

Any design tips for parents thinking about adding wallpaper to a nursery or kids room?

For the apprehensive, removable wallpaper is always a great option. Especially for children as their interests and taste change so quickly. Other than that, I’m a go-for-it kind of guy, so I say a kid’s room is the one room in the house to really be playful. Why not go big and choose a fun, colorful print?

There are so many great print and color options! How do you go about narrowing down wallpaper prints for a design project?

It all depends on the client and who the person is. I like to decorate last, so it’s really about who’s living in the room, how they live, what their tastes are, and choosing the right color and pattern combination for them.

Are there other creative ways to use wallpaper besides putting it on the wall?

Yes of course! Installing on the ceiling is great. I love to pick complementary patterns and do a wall in one pattern, the ceiling in another, and an adjoining bathroom in a 3rd pattern. The removable wallpaper panels are great for the back of bookcases and installing on inexpensive furniture or for lining drawers. I also put wallpaper on lampshades. Those are just a few examples!

You can shop the entire Tea x Wallshoppe collection here. Want to show off your new Tea walls? Tag us on social @teacollection and @wallshoppeofficial!

Father’s Day with Bradley Hasemeyer

We teamed up with our friend Bradley Hasemeyer to share his story on becoming a dad and his journey through navigating fatherhood. A wearer of many hats- dad, comedian, and sometimes host. Bradley is a jack-of-all-trades and a master of dad-hood. We also hear he can get down on some hip-hop dance classes with his daughter Ellis.

“All dads know: parenting is an adventure. I say, “adventure” because there are triumphant days of reaching the top of the mountain and looking at the gorgeous view…and there are days when you take the wrong turn and end up stuck in quicksand with no obvious way out. 

 

My adventure began when Ellis, my 7-year-old daughter was born. I was so excited to be a dad but, honestly, those first few weeks, I didn’t have that instant connection that I expected. I now know many other fathers experience this as well, but at the time I kind of felt like a failure because I wasn’t head over heels in love with this precious new life.

 

Thankfully, however, after a few months, things got much better. My daughter started smiling at me; we were connecting and I loved it. Something else happened, as well. I found my dad language was “doing” and thus began finding the adventure in everyday things.

With Ellis, it started as taking walks in the stroller, then running errands together or putting her in a hiking pack and hitting the mountain. Now we find time to cook, makeup scavenger hunts, and even watch Marvel movies together (I fast forward through most of them while I supplement with commentary). 

 

Our newest family addition, Loic, has come through adoption which has been its own adventure of mountain tops and quicksand. He joins our 24-year-old foster daughter Ashley, and Ellis who already know we love to travel, laugh, and of course take an adventure.

 

Happy Father’s Day to all my fellow dads out there who, like myself, are living the ups and downs while trying their best to love well, be humble and make as many dad jokes as possible. “

 

 

 

Tea Stands Against Racial Injustice: We’re working to be better and do better.

To the Tea community:

Our country is at a turning point. We’re facing the undeniable reality that racism is woven into the fabric of our nation’s being—from our history to our government to our police practices to our everyday actions. George Floyd deserves justice on his own behalf, as well as on behalf of countless others who have died or suffered as a result of institutionalized racism.

Yet somehow I’m finding hope amongst the chaos. There’s momentum that feels pervasive and inspiring—pushing us to be better and do better. We must recognize privilege and re-examine our own biases and behaviors, even if it’s unintentional or makes us feel uncomfortable.

That includes Tea as an organization. While diversity and equality have always been a part of our core, we recognize that there’s much more we can do to promote social justice and equality and support the Black community. 

While we don’t have all the solutions now, we’re in the process of looking inward and taking a critical look at our biases, our actions, and how we can improve as individuals and as a company. We’re taking the following actions:

  • We’re donating $10,000 to support an organization that engages on issues of racial equity and anti-racism, especially with kids.
  • We’re matching up to $2,500 in employee donations so that together, we can reach $15,000.
  • We’ve asked employees to spend this Friday taking meaningful action, whether it’s through activism, education, support, or self-reflection. 
  • We’re starting an internal committee to source and discuss ways to address racism and be actively anti-racist.
  • We’re sharing resources below, as well as on our blog. While not a comprehensive list, we hope it serves as a starting point for education, advocacy, and action. We’ll continue to update our blog with new resources as we come across them.

Stay connected and curious, 

Leigh

Resources for the Tea Community:

Educate yourself about race and racism:

Anti-racism Resources for Adults from Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein

Me And White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

How to Be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

An Antiracism Reading List from Ibram X Kendi in the New York Times

Talk to your kids about race and racism:

Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice from the Oakland Public Library

Talking Race with Young Children from NPR

31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance from Embrace Race

Support Black-owned businesses:

Support Black-Owned Restaurants in your Community

Black-Owned Natural Skincare, Beauty, Home & More on BLK+GRN

Buy from Black-owned business via Refinery29

Donate:

Conscious Kid

Facing History

Color of Change

NAACP

ACLU

Black Lives Matter

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A Letter from our CEO and Co-Founder, Leigh Rawdon 

As I reflect on the past couple of months, one thing is clear – there’s no going back to “normal.” We started working from home in March and I’m honestly blown away by how quickly we adapted to the new way of working.  I never thought it would be possible for a design company to be creative and productive with our teams working from home, but our incredible team is going above and beyond, as inspired and engaged as ever.

 

 

With creativity and productivity in mind as well as the priority of health and safety, we’ve made the decision to let all of our employees work from home for the foreseeable future. We’ll continue to have a creative studio space in San Francisco where we can come together when it’s safe to do so. It will be a space for us to collaborate, to connect, to come together – with our team and our customers.

As a design company, we need to see, touch and feel the clothes we are designing – it’s all part of the creative process.  As a company of vibrant, engaged, and connected individuals, we need to connect as a group, in person.  And we need a place to meet our partners and customers for meetings, special events (and shopping!).  This new way of working allows us to keep our employees safe while creating a shared workspace where we can come together for important work that is best done in person, with the proper precautions (of course).

 

It’s inspiring to re-imagine what our Tea space can and should be – and how we can best nurture creativity and collaboration.  No one needs a long commute and we all benefit from extra time for ourselves and our families.  I’m excited to imagine how we can recruit new team members from farther afield and how we can connect more deeply with periodic company retreats.  And I can’t wait for it to be safe for us to host another epic sample sale!

 

Tea was founded to inspire global connection and curiosity. We believe in the importance of adventure – whether traveling to a new place, tasting new foods, or learning a bit of a new language.  Changing where and how we work is another new adventure that will stretch us and nourish us.

 

 

Just about everyone is re-imagining how and where we work, not just at Tea.  While the world is changing, rest assured that everyone at Tea is grateful for our continued opportunity to bring a little bit of the world home to families.  We want to nurture curiosity and connection.  We know it matters to our customers, now more than ever.  You have shown us how much you care while you have sheltered-in-place and shopped our Spring and Summer collections inspired by Greece.  We can’t thank our customers enough.  Your support has encouraged and inspired us more than you will ever know.

Stay connected & curious,

Leigh

 

Happy Mother’s Day, From Us to You!

Happy Mother’s Day to every mom around the world! Our CEO + Co-Founder Leigh, our HMIC ( head mom in charge) wanted to reach out with a special note to all of you today.

Mothering is, and always has been a bonding experience. It starts slowly—commiserating about pregnancy, brainstorming about names, gathering at baby showers. Then when the baby arrives, you’re instantly inducted into The Village: there are mommy groups, neighborhood stroller walks, coffee (or wine!) sessions in comfy clothes. 

We don’t mother alone. We mother together.  Even now while we are apart.

During Shelter-in-Place, I’ve leaned on other moms more than before. First and foremost—my own mom! But also my neighbors who, like me, are trying to figure out how to work from home while keeping the family sane. I continue to turn to Whatsapp, Tik Tok, you name it to stay connected, get resources, or for a quick escape. And thanks to group texts, my college crew chats more than we have in twenty years! These connections have been invaluable.

Speaking of important connections, I’m also checking in with the Tea team, especially mamas who are trying to figure out how to multitask like crazy. I mean, how do you design a new print while entertaining a toddler?! And while we aren’t seeing each other in person, we’re seeing each other’s whole person. Kids pop into video calls and babies cry in the background, These rare (and raw!) glimpses into each others’ lives connect us even more. Mothering from home when you’re working from home isn’t pretty—but it is real.

These days, I continue to be inspired by all the multitasking mamas out there. Mothers are nothing if not adaptable. We excel at “figuring things out.” We figure out how to make a meal out of five random ingredients. We figure out how to homeschool our kids. We even figure out a way to throw an in-home prom so that our teenager can still wear her prom dress.

We are rising to the occasion and we are doing it together—as we always have and always will.

If you know a special mama who deserves some kudos, let us know! Comment on Instagram or send us a DM and tell us why she deserves to be recognized. We’ll be giving out shoutouts and surprise gifts all month long because one day of celebration is never enough.

While we are physically distant, there’s nothing distant about the way we mother. The Village is alive and well—and together, we can “figure out” anything.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Leigh

Activi-Teas : Paper Dolls

The World of Paper Dolls

Welcome to the second edition of Activi-Tea’s! This week we are all about using our creativity and color for projects at home. Our dear friend Emiko has shared a fun new activity with us and now we get to share with all of you. It’s amazing what a little imagination and some paper can do!

We all recall ( if we are old enough) how fun paper dolls used to be. Best of all, it is an activity you can share with children of today, teaching them manual dexterity, history, fashion, and art while you have great fun together. Once you begin collecting paper dolls, they can become one of life’s great passions. Our friend Emiko and her two daughters have come up with the modern-day- Tea catalog- version of paper dolls. Here she has shown us just how to make your own paper dolls with really any reading material you have! Grab any magazine, any catalog, and create your own worlds right there- extra points if you have a Tea catalog lying around :). The only tools you need are scissors, cardboard, glue sticks, scotch tape, and any background of your choosing. We can see below that Emiko chose to make a clothesline out of her paper dolls, but anything goes and imagination is key! Let the creativity run wild and most of all have fun.

 

Please find the step-by-step below!

Step 1. Pick your catalog or magazine to cut from

Step 2. Using cardboard, cut out the style of clothing you would like to create. A skirt, dress, jacket, maybe a swimsuit. This helps to trace over the paper and get the shape you want. You will use the cardboard cutout as the backing for your cutout.

 

Step 3. Cut out your shapes

 

 

Step 4. Glue your paper cutouts to your cardboard shapes

 

 

Step 6. Prep your background or scene for your dolls. Here Emiko and her kids chose to make a laundry line, how fun!

Step 7. Layout your scene before you glue down ( in case you change your mind )

 

 

Step 8. Glue your scene together and ta-da! A fun little world!
You can choose to not glue them down and use them for more worlds you create!

 

We can’t wait to see what you create! 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!

Don’t forget, we have our activity/coloring book from all of our global destinations that you can download and print right in your own home!

Download the Activity Book here TeaCollection-ActivityBook

Happy learning and happy exploring!