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Tea's New Back-to-School Collection

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Amy Turner

As a typical three-year old, my daughter Brooke is learning how to define her own voice and express her independence. That especially rings true when it comes to her wardrobe. She insists on picking out her own clothes and getting dressed all by herself, even if that means stripes matching up with polka dots and pink matching up with orange. And what gets me is her determination and strong voice. When I gently suggest a different option that may match better, she insists what she’s picked out is perfect and dismisses my opinion. Who can argue with that passion for flair?

This September, Brooke will take on the major milestone of starting nursery school. Although she has attended daycare since she was a baby, nursery school will introduce her to structure, lessons and social situations like never before. And, because I usually send her to daycare in hand-me-downs and worn-in clothes (because they get so messy!), this presents a whole new opportunity to go back-to-school shopping and buy some new things. Given Brooke’s track record for dressing herself, we could be in for some major morning blowouts as we’re trying to scramble out the door and she’s insisting on wearing something that completely doesn’t match!

Tea Collection to the rescue! I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of Tea’s new Fall 2011 collection as a way to help us build up our fall wardrobe. Let me tell you, these items are adorable and should absolutely play into Brooke’s love for color and mixing and matching! For those not familiar with Tea:

Friends Emily Meyer and Leigh Rawdon founded Tea Collection in 2002 while looking for an outlet to express both Emily’s love for fashion and culture and Leigh’s entrepreneurial spirit. As a previous designer for various childrens wear, Emily struggled to balance her work life and keep at bay her own vision for a different, culturally inspired children’s line. At the time, Leigh was attending business school, waiting for an opportunity to let the entrepreneur inside of her thrive. Emily, no longer able to ignore her vision, confided in Leigh and the two followed their dreams and began the Tea Collection venture together.

Tea Collection produces beautiful children’s clothing that reflects cultures from around the world. Emily and Leigh draw their inspiration through their own worldly travels to create stylish, fashion-forward designs that parents can’t help but love.  Tea Collection is a fashionably fun way to visually teach your children about different cultures. Available in girls', boys', baby, and women's sizes, you and your child can travel the world with Tea Collection!

As you’ll see from the photo gallery below, Tea styles their products in some really cute ways. I would never think to pair knee socks with a tunic, or layer certain tees together. I am going to emulate so many of these looks with Brooke to “style” things up.


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Here’s another photo gallery, this time Brooke puts on her modeling hat with a few of the key pieces from the fall collection. The product looks adorable even on its own, but we certainly will have fun buying some cute accessories to go along with everything. I know Brooke will have lots of fun expressing herself with these small touches!


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A few of our favorite pieces include:

Courtyard Tile Dress - a great cut and style with pretty floral detail. I would absolutely wear this!

Skinny French Terry Cargo
- a nice spin on skinny pants and great layering piece for under dresses and tunics.

Special Tea Collection Giveaway for Mom Central readers!
One lucky Mom Central reader will win a $150 gift certificate to TeaCollection.com.

This giveaway is now closed.

For more information about Tea Collection, including their new Fall Collection (launching at the end of July), please go to www.TeaCollection.com. You can also check them out on Facebook for special promotions and new product launches!

Disclosure: Mom Central received samples from the Fall 2011 collection and a $150 gift certificate courtesy of Tea Company to facilitate this review and giveaway.

238 Comments

I like the Happy Hoodie and

I like the Happy Hoodie and Zócalo Plaid Shirt. I'd like these because they'd look great on my kids.

I like the Día de Mercado

I like the Día de Mercado Dress and would love for her to wear more eclectic clothes!

I like the Tori Print

I like the Tori Print Bodysuit. I want to win this for my friend.

I love the Amate Cañón

I love the Amate Cañón 6-Piece Set. I'd love to win so that I can buy some stylish clothes for my daughter.

The New Ancho Stripe Baby

The New Ancho Stripe Baby Dress
and the New Amate Aves Raglan Dress
would be so adorable on Rachel!
spcale at yahoo dot com.

Happy Hoodie for my

Happy Hoodie for my girlfriend's daughter would be perfect.

I love the ruffled tops, the

I love the ruffled tops, the white with dots. As a former first grade teacher, I love to see girls in pretty clothes designed not just for play, school isn't just about play.

french terry cargos, awesome

french terry cargos, awesome site with cute clothes!

Amate Canon 6 piece set! My

Amate Canon 6 piece set!
My daughter would love these new clothes in the next size up for when she starts kindergarten next year!! Adorable.

I love the new Happy

I love the new Happy Hoodie-too cute, my daughter would love so many items from this site!
no19034770 @yahoo.com

i love the Como Diego Jacket

i love the Como Diego Jacket and the Dia de Sol Scarf

I love the Ernesto Stripe

I love the Ernesto Stripe Romper and Chapultepec Romper...such great clothes!

I like the Surplus Playwear

I like the Surplus Playwear Pants & the Happy Hoodie!

lyndsey.rullman at hotmail dot com

I went to the website and I

I went to the website and I liked all of the dresses. I liked the Jardin Ruffle Dress and the Androna Layered Dress. I want to win to buy some clothes for my 3 yr old niece and to see what the Tea Collection clothes are like. Thank you for the chance to win! deedeebamagirl at yahoo dot com

I love the new Artesana and

I love the new Artesana and Polanco dresses!

The cargo dress is pretty and

The cargo dress is pretty and appropriate. All the children in my life are male. Is there anything for boys?

Our kids wear summer clothes

Our kids wear summer clothes all year down here and one of my faves is the Maritime Stripe Dress. Also love their ruffle dresses.

I would love to win for my

I would love to win for my daughter carly who is starting school this year, I love the Puebla Graphic Jacket and AMATE AVES RAGLAN DRESS thanks for the chance to win for her eaglesforjack@gmail.com

I like the french terry

I like the french terry cargos, the surplus playwear pants, the Little Citizens hoodies and the roll up sleeve slub polos.

Sorry cat was helping- I'd

Sorry cat was helping- I'd like to win for Ian because he is outgrowing everything.

I like the Ancho Androna 5

I like the Ancho Androna 5 Piece Set and the Ciudadela Smocked Dress. It would be nice to get this for my daughter so she can have some new clothes for school.

I think the happy hoodies are

I think the happy hoodies are great, my daughter would love them, I also liked the mini dress and I know she'd love something 'new" not her sister's old clothes ;)

I love the girls bootcut

I love the girls bootcut leggings and the happy hoodies. They look comfortable and like layering pieces that would be perfect for our climate. reejen at comcast dot net

I love the Ancho Androna

I love the Ancho Androna 5-Piece Set. It's perfect for my daughter. She would be able to mix and match and feel like a big kid.

I like the modern and fun

I like the modern and fun style of their clothing. The Rosa Tile Banded Dress is super cute.

I love the Arizona Layered

I love the Arizona Layered dress- I'd get it for my baby niece, Alyvia!

I like the superstars tee and

I like the superstars tee and happy hoodie. i'd like to win because my kids would look so cute in these clothes.

i like Amate Aves Raglan

i like Amate Aves Raglan Dress and I want to win it for my kids because i love their clothes

I love all the little

I love all the little dresses.... Some of my favorites..Flor Del Mar Pocket Dress, Etched Print Ruffle Dress,Rosa Tile Ruffle Dress... Would love some for my little girls!

I love, love, love the Jardin

I love, love, love the Jardin Azul collection for girls! I love the deep rich colors. I was watching mama mia the other day and was thinking to myself how I loved the texture, prints and color of the tiles, dishes, and clothing. That is what this line reminds me of. I have two daughters and they would look so beautiful in these clothes!

I like the Boys Señor Azul

I like the Boys Señor Azul Tee and the Adiós Bicicleta Tee plus many many more! I would love to win this,,it looks like very nice and "cool" clothes for kids and good quality!
ksceviour at hotmail dot com

Though we have yet to buy

Though we have yet to buy some Tea, I adore their clothes. The girls clothes are so sweet, but since I have boys I'd pick the Ernesto Stripe Romper for my newborn and the Happy Hoodie for my 3 year old.

I really like the Happy

I really like the Happy Hoodies just because they don't have any graphics on them. My son is 4 and growing so fast that he will need a whole new wardrobe for fall. And that's going to be a stretch on our pocket book. Again. I had hoped to use his handmedowns for the 1 year old, but he's already grown so fast he's off on the seasons (they're born in the same month so I thought I would be set... not so much). 2 new wardrobes is going to be hard.

My faves are the Zocalo top

My faves are the Zocalo top and the Ancho Chile Stripe Dress! I would them for both of my girls. And my boy would love the Dia de los Muertos Tee! He would think it was cool!
I would love to win the $150 so I could get my girls new school clothes.

I LOVE Tea dresses on my 6 yo

I LOVE Tea dresses on my 6 yo daughter, and she loves them too because they're so comfortable! From the new collection, I probably like the Bird of Paradise dress the best. Also love the Girona Tile Pocket dress.

OMG - FABulous giveaway!!! I

OMG - FABulous giveaway!!! I especially LOVE the Boy's graphic shirts (like Tortuga & Andale, Andale!) & the Girl's Mosiac Tile dress, the Boxy embroidered shirt & the Mila skirt - but I love it all, any of it would look very cute on my Grandson & Grandaughter!!!((1955nursehjc4me(at)myway(dot)com)) Thanks for the chance....

I like the skinny french

I like the skinny french terry cargo I love the brown shirt w/ the blck leggings the last one !

my daughter loves clothes

my daughter loves clothes this would be great for back to school

Bazaar de Flores Henley,

Bazaar de Flores Henley, Talavera Yoke Dress and Amate Aves Layered Dress dresses

I like the baby boys

I like the baby boys pajamas... and the hoodie sweatshirts - perfect for crisp fall weather up here in New England! :)
I would love my son to have some lovely Tea Collection coordinates this fall!

I love the Skinny French

I love the Skinny French Terry Cargo pants and the Flores de Calabaza Top.

Scribble Print Hoodie and

Scribble Print Hoodie and want it to get new clothes!

The Bird of Paradise dress is

The Bird of Paradise dress is so cute!

I really like the Hacienda

I really like the Hacienda Stripe Dress
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I love all of the Tea

I love all of the Tea Collection clothes. My favorite is the Birds of Paradise dress though. I would love to win for my girls because they are little fashionistas. The GC would help keep them in style. :)

I love the Secret Garden Top

I love the Secret Garden Top and the Girona Tile Pocket Dress, among many others. Beautiful collection!

I can't choose! They are are

I can't choose! They are are so adorable that i cant make up my mind! My daughter loves them all too!!

I love the Skinny French

I love the Skinny French Terry Cargo. I'd love to win this because it would help out a lot with back to school wardrobe shopping!

Cute Cute Cute... and unique

Cute Cute Cute... and unique while staying trendy. I personally love the Skinny French Terry cargos for my daughter (though she'd love any one of the dresses) they seem so comfy and also the size range is good for her long/lean body (she's skinny but not short - usually difficult to find things that fit in both directions!). Winning would be great in order to get a few cute, new pieces for fall - thinking it will be a tight budget year, but still want to get her off to a feel-good, great start for Fall.

I love the courtyard tile

I love the courtyard tile dress and the marimba mini dress - they would be so cute on my almost 2-year-old daughter. She will have a baby brother joining the family soon and it would be adorable to dress them in Tea Collection outfits for some of our first family pictures!

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