Long before having children I discovered Tea Collection, and I fell in designer love. Simple patterns and prints that were feminine but not frilly, and seperates that fit together without feeling matchy-matchy. Jocelyn was born and I kept my eye out for the opportunity to splurge, and I have found many.
I am not one to spend a lot on everyday clothes for the girls--not with the way they like to roll in the dirt or spill black bean soup. But special occasions are special and usually call for something more inspired. Inspiration has hit me (and the girls) many times throughout the last year and a half, as you can see in past posts: here, here, here and here.
A few weeks ago I was honored to be included in a group of parenting bloggers and local media to attend the Tea Collection's Fall Open Studio and catch a sneak peek at their new line. This was a great opportunity to interact with their designers and founders, and learn about the inspiration behind this new collection. If you are familiar with Tea, you know that they pick a destination for each season. Walking in, I could see right away that their choice was near and dear to my heart: Mexico (where I spent my honeymoon and discovered I was pregnant with Jocelyn).
I nibbled on carnitas and sipped margaritas and listened as the two founders talked about how the company started and how they take their staff to each destination to learn about the culture. From flowers to Frida Kahlo, and luche libre to street markets. It's a bit of a departure (I believe) from their past collections. In past seasons they've used different prints but kept the same style of dresses and tops. They have stretched themselves and embraced a new fit, for both children and women.
The children's line is available now and the women's line will be available in August. I spent nearly ten minutes staring longingly at various items in the women's line, and I'm so excited that they have expanded beyond the few sweaters and tops that were available last season. Keep an eye out because you may see me enjoying my Tea here soon.
A special thank you to Nuala and Michelle from Tea Collection for inviting me to this great event!