The runways are quiet for a moment in Paris as the 2011 Fashion Week came to an end earlier this week. Craving new couture for spring and an adventurous perspective, I’m thrilled to know that I won’t need a passport for a Parisian state of mind and style thanks to PIFA. The 2011 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts was inspired by incredible moments in “Paris in 1911 [that] changed the path of art and conventional creativity.”
As a PIFA guest blogger, I’m thrilled to explore and share the tea moments within creative performances and events leading up to and during the festival. Particularly, I will be shaping my sip & style posts to feature cups of tea from my favorite Philadelphia cafes/tea shops. I’ll pair those steeps with fashionable creations from top local designers showcasing their work in the Paris-inspired runway show at the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza on April 8th.
First sip, a crisp cup of earl grey tea from Parc Brasserie. This traditional steep is bursting with bright notes from the bergamot oil. Anchored by the rich black tea blend, this lively sip will perk up your taste buds at this Parisian inspired café. A bit of fresh lemon juice truly brings out the citrus notes of the bergamot oil. And if you’re craving a sweet perspective, a dab of honey turns the sip into a sweet treat.
With views of the soon-to-be blooming Rittenhouse Square, this staple steep is the perfect match for SA VA’s little black Sierra Dress. The asymmetrical tank dress handcrafted with bamboo jersey is effortlessly elegant and locally made in Philadelphia. Holding true to their mission, “locally made, globally inspired, socially conscious, community based,” SA VA uses fair trade and eco-friendly textiles. We’re so very inspired by Sarah Van Aken and her team at SA VA for promoting and nurturing an “ethical fashion community.” (p.s. if black is not your style and you’re seeking a pop of color to welcome spring, keep in mind that the Sierra Dress is also available in magenta).
Stay tuned as teaspoons & petals explores the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts through May 1st. This post is supported by PIFA and reflects my honest thoughts and opinions. Twitter: @PIFAPhilly Facebook: www.facebook.com/PIFA.Philly