TUT POP UP SHOP…HOW THE DAY WENT FOR ME

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Hey there Tigers!!

I hope I’m finding you in good spirits???

So…its been a couple of Saturday’s since The Urban Tiger had it’s own POP UP Shop.

I wanted to share with you Tigers how the day  affected me personally…. as business woman….striving  to be more active with getting my company out of the studio and physically  in front of as  many eyes as possible. Also, as someone who is focused on shaping  a lifestyle of freedom + ease for herself.

Although I was initially excited about the actual day and still really proud of myself and that I achieved it … the events which unfold during Shop , brought about many difficulties for me. From reading the blog, you know I’m all about being real  shouting my highs and lows, sharing the bits of truth that business  and life makes me face from time to time.

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The Story…

The weather,  I can’t convey to you  how much it tried to fuck with me. Honestly…I was totally overwhelmed. The Pop Up Shop was not weather proof, so  whatever the day had to bring I knew I would to somehow have to deal with it….which made me a little anxious to say the least.

For the whole day I fought against the winds which threatened to lift everything off the table. I couldn’t believe how windy it was. Like something out of the Wizard of Oz, you remember  that scene when Dorothy gets swept up in the whirlwind?

No joke Tigers.

BBC weather had promised it be a warm day in Tottenham….which it was….  but the wind thou???

SHIT!

It was sooooo bad. At one point I thought  all this wind  must be a sign telling me to pack up and go home…which I almost did, because I could feel myself getting misty eyed.  Organising  TUT’s own event was a huge deal for me.  Sending out newsletters, formulating a plan, getting all the bits in place…weeks of planning, printing,cutting snipping… staying up late…all that action to be bumped at the first hurdle by Mother Nature.   Friday…the day before ….the sun shone, it was hot hot hot, calm and beautiful.

So WTf??

My nerves were grated! I couldn’t quite layout the table display the way I desired. I wanted to have the Yarn Rings, and hair clips sitting together. However, these were to light for such gale force winds I ended up attaching them to a picture frame with tiny clothes peg.

 

My promo cards which I carefully printed onto crisp white card, the night before and planned to place amongst the items for passers by to pick up and chat with me about had to be taped  down to the table. I also stepped on one to avoid it running away down the street. My soles left large dirty grey foot print on it, which annoyed be thought out the day.

May I also tell you the art prints were carried clear off the table and scattered on the floor, which made me blush a little.

Oh not to mention of  the fucking  debris flew into my eyes! I swear…I took a tree home in my right eye.

Hours later, there was a moment, when the weather broke and began easing up on me. I was thankful, but  by that time I was so exhausted, and low. I remembered the Haribo in my bag I had bought as extra goodies to give to  customer.  To lift my spirits I began chowing down on a bag. That was the moment when an unexpected and to be frank unwanted visitor arrived  at the Pop Up Shop.

#REALTALK Tigers, she brought with her eye opening + shocking news.

I wasn’t prepared for what I was hearing. It rocked me to my core…almost bringing me to tears. Gotta leave you on a cliff hanger there on that conversation as it’s to personal for me to share. Needless to say…

FUCK!

Yeah….all kinds of  that shit happened during The Urban Tiger Pop Up Shop.  Man…what a day.

But….I kept on smiling…like a boss…because your girl is a pro, who understands and  respects the power of maintaining one’s  alignment.

And I’ll be back out there…to do it, all over again, with another fat smile on my chops!

In your lowest moments, Peeps , it can feel like the world is punishing you, pushing and shoving you into a corner, when all you are trying to do is become your best self.

In those moments, Push Back with a smile….eventually you will come to remember, nothing happens to you, but because of your desire, to become that best version of yourself.

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EXCITING NEWS….TUT POP UP SHOP + RELAUNCHING ACCESSORIES JEWELLERY

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Tigers!!!

Guess what?

This Bank Holiday weekend, The Urban Tiger is having its very own one day Pop Up Shop in Tottenham North London

Yaaah!!!

Art prints will be available at special discounted prices for the day!

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The Pop Up Shop will be showcasing  the  re- launch of handmade + up-cycled  jewellery + accessories  collections,  ‘Island Collective’ + ‘ Miscellaneous’ .  The collections include Limited Edition; earrings,  hair accessories,  head bands , broaches, rings  + head warmers. The items are made from fabric remnants I had left from previous projects and unravelled  left over yarn donated to me by Mom from her creations.

I saw  my #FreedomGoals  in a Crochet Hook…

At the time of creating these two collections,  I was very interested in how imaginative I could be with a limited amount of fabric/ yarn at my disposal. I remember, back then  I was soooo frustrated with life. Nothing seemed to be going my way.  I was itching to just  create and produce. I saw  an opportunity be spontaneous + playful   through learning how to crochet and exploring my love for up-cycling.

‘BUMBLE B’  Flower Earrings

Mom is a boss at crocheting .  For years I’d  had been watching her make magic by twisting and knotting yarn in a series of patterns around  what I thought resembled a miniature sized knitting needle.

She agreed to teach me the art, which I know secretly made her very happy to be passing on another or her passions one of her children. I was determined to understand it. Day and night for I practiced, and after for 14 days of drop stitches, yarn burns and tantrums, I finally had that shit down! After that, there was no stopping me Tiger. The Stitch Bitch in me had awoken.

‘NEON’ Butterfly Earrings

Making somthin’ new from somthin’ old is in my DNA…

I’m not sure if it’s a West Indian thing…but being Barbadian means, having trouble throwing anything away. I grew up watching mainly my Mom, turn finished ice cream tubs into Tupperware, mayonnaise jars into  home pickling jars. Finished food containers, hardly ever reached the bin.

‘MY ISLAND’ Earrings

There would be a process of scanning ,  and deep analysis for its durability as another means of saving money + utilizing what we had.  Lol. The same went for clothes…Mom, had a knack for turning old skirts into hand bags.

‘BATHSHEBA’ Earrings

 

She would use the elastic from trouser waist bands for  drawstrings for back packs,  fashion the lining from a coat into the lining for handmade purses.

They say ‘monkey see monkey do’.

Well, I am definitely her monkey    🙂

 

If you can come down to the Pop Up Shop , it would be great to see you Tigers!

The Urban Tiger Pop Up Shop 

Saturday 27th  May 2017

1pm -5pm

Situated outside: Jinny’s Beauty Shop 255 259 High RD,

South Tottenham N15 5BT

(Opposite Seven Sisters Underground Station + Costa)

Click here for a google map link! 

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MAMA’S DAY ♥ GIFT GUIDE: SAY IT WITH PALM TREES

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…this is yours truly. I Spent a good 30 mins, shamelessly, taking pics of myself under  a palm tree in this front  garden. We spent the afternoon at an old family friend’s home, during our time in Barbados.  That day I choose to wear my palm printed top and was feeling quite dapper.  I was so relaxed, the sun was making my skin glisten and my hair looked tight LOl.   When I spied the beautiful Palm in the garden, When I spied the beautiful Palm Tree in the garden, and remembering I was wearing my aptly printed top…  naturally I was convinced  that this had all the attributes of a serious selfie. This was back in 2008…so pre Instagram folks … but perfect for the photo album right???

Was I wrong? LOL.

Days earlier… this is Bath Beach, St John. The lighting was perfect. On this day my family and I took a long walk along the beach…squishing warm sand between our toes, drinking and busting jokes. As we walked I would stop to  line up long shots of beach being framed by huge swaying palm trees. I took so many pics beach shots…

Now…for me, just the sight of a Palm tree will take me back to my time spent on the beach with my family, the laughs, adventures, that beautiful front garden,  bar- b ques at Oistins. Heat, good times and shameless selfies 🙂

For lots of peeps, these botanical beauties,  are synonymous with many beautiful exotic ,tropical locations….not just Barbados…even tho I am biased. The image of a Palm has the power to help us recall all those  lazy…romantic moments,  fun filed family experiences…warm sands, crystal clear waters … as well as holidays yet to come. Yaasss!

This year, Mama’s Day falls on  Sunday 26th March 2017 .  Inspired,  I put together  this ‘ Memories + Palm Trees’ Gift Guide to help you out with ideas on how to show Mama how much she means to yah :). There is a little glam, a little sparkle and a little nostalgia.

MEMORIES + PALM TREES 

#1 Max Mara Tropical Print Scarf

#2  The Urban Tiger  ‘Tug Truck And Palms’ MacBook  Sleeve

#3 Kai ‘Nightlight’  Palm + Coconut wax Candle

#4 Icz Stonez 18k Gold over Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Palm Tree Earrings

#5 The Urban Tiger ‘Tug Truck And Palms’ Studio Pouch

#6 Oasis Palm Tree Barkcloth & Velvet Pillows – Pair

#7 Bling Jewelry Getaway  Palm Trees Bracelet

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Head over to our FaceBook Page to share your thoughts on our ‘Memories + Palm Trees♥’  Mama’s Day Gift Guide. Tell me, what memory do Palm Trees make you think of?

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How to embrace this season’s catwalk colour trends into your home.

  1.  Red Flame Based Orange
  2. Ethereal White
  3. Niagara Denim Blue

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BONUS BOARD! HOME ACCESSORIES INSPIRATION-THIS SEASON’S PALE DOGWOOD PINK

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Yep I know Tigers… I said that #3 Home Accessories – ‘Niagara Denim Blue’ would be the last inspiration board as  Spring Summer 2017 LFW ended yesterday. That was defo my intention as I felt all three colour pallets were the boldest and easiest to embrace into any room.   Make sure to visit our TUT Facebook Page and let me know which of the catwalk colour inspirations had you drooling! 

BONUS BOARD!

That said…there is something about Pale Dogwood Pink that is so captivating… dramatic + charming on the body as a fabric colour, that I couldn’t end this series of inspiration boards without exploring ways  to use it for home too….

PALE DOGWOOD PINK  

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#1 Painterly Stripe Novelty Outdoor Pillow

#2 nuLOOM Handmade Raised Trellis Wool Baby Pink Rug

#3 Pier 1 Imports Moscow Mule Mug

#4 The Urban Tiger DAY 040 ‘Carrying Sugar Cane’Art Print ‘ 

#5 Women’s Ban.do Bff Deluxe Thermal Travel Mug

#6 Anthropologie Fumi Table Lamp Ensemble

#7 GWCLEO Luxury Wine Corkscrew and Bottle Opener Mult ifunctional vintage

Pintrest Cushnie et Ochs Catwalk  pin- courtesy of  Wayne Ford 

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Dusky…powdery, soft… strong, yet vulnerable ahhhhhh …like something out of a Jane Austin. (Drooolinging!!!)  As a dude who is very picky about tones of pink, this is a revelation for me.  Perfect tone for peeps who are excited by coloured metals and old timemy decor. Who are seeking ways  to bring more of their delicate, nostalgic and quirky sides to the forefront of a social room, which is lacking in intimacy + personality 🙂

Head over to our FaceBook Page to share your thoughts on this inspiration board. Is Pale Dogwood Pink your colour?

Check out all the Home Accessories catwalk colour inspirations …

How to embrace this season’s catwalk colour trends into your home.

  1.  Red Flame Based Orange
  2. Ethereal White
  3. Niagara Denim Blue

Spring Summer 2017 fashion is bringing a host of bold +vibrant colour to the high street! For more  home colour inspirations…or wardrobe inspirations 🙂  check out the full fashion line up.

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#3 HOME ACCESSORIES INSPIRATION-THIS SEASON’S NIAGARA DENIM BLUE

Hey there Tigers…

Embracing this season’s catwalk colour trends is great way of building an emotional connection between YOU and your quantum of solace you call home…lol… or outside space. I put together 3 Home Accessories Inspiration Boards as  guides on how to do just that… simply using 3 of this season’s hot designer colour pallets.

If you missed it…here is #2 Home Accessories- ‘Ethereal White’.

Tigers, today marks the end of Spring Summer London Fashion Week 😦  Which also means today’s inspiration board is too the last one. Head over to our Facebook Page and let me know which of the Home Accessories has got your interior  juices flowin’!  Wait before you rush over there 🙂  you gotta check out this board first.  I can tell you…I think I left the best catwalk colour trend for last…

NIAGARA DENIM BLUE 

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#1 Niagara Falls Throw Pillow

#2 Distressed Blue Vintage Medallion Accent Table

#3 Canvas Home LLC Tinware Ceramic Mugs, Set Of 4 Light Green By

#4 Round Tripod Side Table Sky Blue

#5 Pier 1 Imports Daisy Capiz Pendant Light

#6 The Urban Tiger  DAY 087 ‘Proud Swan’ Art Print

Pintrest Balmain Catwalk  pin- courtesy of  Caterina Lab

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Vintage chic, attractive and subtle. I can’t comment highly enough on this colour tone. It’s gorgeous!! This lilac  powdery blue inspiration lends itself to exploring + playing with a host of other complimentary blues.   Perfect for peeps who crave to inject their laid back + at ease side of their personality into an bland space, indoor or out.

Head over to our FaceBook Page to share your thoughts on this inspiration board. Is Niagara Denim Blue your colour?

Check out all the Home Accessories catwalk colour inspirations …

  1.  Red Flame Based Orange
  2. Ethereal White

I think all of Spring Summer 2017 Catwalk Colour trends are koooool! For more colour inspirations…or wardrobe inspirations 🙂  check out the full fashion line up.

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#2 HOME ACCESSORIES INSPIRATION-THIS SEASON’S ETHEREAL WHITE

Hey there Tigers…

A simple way of  injecting more of YOU into your home  is by embracing  this season’s catwalk colour trends. I put together 3 Home Accessories Inspiration Boards as  guides on how to do just that… simply using 3 of this season’s hot designer colour pallets.

If you missed it…here is #1 Home Accessories- ‘Red Flame Red Based Orange’.

Tigers, today’ s inspiration board embraces the catwalk colour trend Ethereal White. This is where you say Ooooh,  aahhh and possibly wooooow  🙂

ETHEREAL WHITE

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#1 Pineapple Shower Curtain

#2 Lena Copper Coffee Table M&S

#3 Torso Bathmat Cold Picnic

#4 Henson Club Chair, Natural – Bungalow 5

#5  Dcor 140 Lili 13x13x21.5 Indoor Table Lamp – Gold

#6 The Urban Tiger The EYE Art Print & The EYE Printable Art Download

Pintrest Carolina Herrera Catwalk  pin- courtesy of  Kinky Potion Portion

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Quite Lux…classic + kool!  This tone is defo to add a Spring Clean vibe to any room . Don’t be afraid to be playful…this is not a colour where you can get it wrong. Perfect for peeps who wanna  create a gallery style or gallery ready space.

Head over to our FaceBook Page to share your thoughts on this inspiration board. Is Ethereal White  your colour?

The next inspiration board….

will be Niagara Denim Blue.

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#1 HOME ACCESSORIES INSPIRATION- THIS SEASON’S RED FLAME BASED ORANGE

Hey there Tigers…

In the last post I talked about a simple way of  injecting more of YOU into your home  with this season’s catwalk colour trends. In this post I will give you a guide on how to do just that. Below is the 1st of three  Home Accessories Colour  Inspiration Boards. I put  together all three boards by selecting three colour pallets from 2017 Spring Summer catwalk color trends

Ok dude here is the #1st colour inspiration

RED FLAME BASED ORANGE

 

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#1 Jay Import Waverly Savoy Coral 16-Piece Dinner Set

#2 The Urban Tiger  DAY 072 ‘Long Horn’ Art Print  &  ‘ Long Horn’ Instant  Art Printable download

#3 Metal Garden Foot Stool

#4 Luke Edward Hall Sketched Safari Tillie Chair

#5  Eames Molded Plastic Armchair With Dowel Base

#6 Sourpuss Clothing Skull Planter

Pintrest Christian Siriano pin- courtesy of  Pheebs Sea 

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This is a really kool, bold colour to experiment and have fun with.  It will defo add some  Spring Summer sizzle into your home. Keep it simple peeps!  Use it at a minimum as it is an attention grabbing colour. Great for peeps who wanna make a bold statement about who they really are!

Head over to our FaceBook Page to share your thoughts on this inspiration board. Is Red Flame Based Orange your colour?

The next inspiration board….

will be Ethereal White.

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HOW TO EMBRACE THIS SEASON’S CATWALK COLOUR TRENDS INTO YOUR HOME

Hey there Tigers…

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…are you ready…do you care? Lol …coz it’s here!

Today begins  Fashion week  on our trendy streets of London. Over  the next five days,  fifty five runway shows will be crammed into galleries + showrooms . It’s pretty cool. This seasons colour trends includes Lux hazelnuts, cool vintage powdery blues and ‘pack a punch’ canary yellows.

However, if you are not bothered by  current fashions, but very much into creating a home which reflects more of your vibrant side, this season’s colourful  innovations can offer a great point of inspiration. Swapping out safe controlled colour home accessories  with items that are  as unique a  bold as you are, can help to  create a closer connection with your fav, or not so fav rooms in your home.

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IMAGE USED DAY 087  ‘PROUD SWAN’ – A4 ART PRINT

I put together three  home accessories colour inspiration boards using three catwalk colour pallets,

  • Niagara Denim Blue
  • Red Flame based Orange 
  • Ethereal White

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Although all of this season’s  trends are amaze-balls, seriously…beautiful … I choose  these  three, as I felt are the easiest pallets to bring into a home to add a little Summer  fun, luxury + glam to any room. Every other day, over London  Fashion Week,  I will give you  a  new home accessories inspiration board.  The first board will be on Saturday. I’ll be starting with this hotty!!

RED FLAME BASED ORANGE

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5 FUN FACTS ON WILDLIFE IN LOVE THIS VALENTINES DAY

Hiya Tigers!

Whilst we be looking for the perfect  rose and  selection of chocolates for our loved ones, in the animal kingdom… amour  is expressed in a different way. I’m a bit of a softy when it comes to Valentines, so here are 5 fun facts I found on ‘WILD LOVE’.

#1 Pussy’s be at it all day, every day….

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The oldest leopard, (living  in captivity) is the grand old age of 24!! Making it into the Guinness Book of records in 2015.

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Leopards are solitary creatures. However during mating season  amour is in the air. The leopard can mate on average every 15 minutes for up to 250 times a day for 5 days straight.  Blimy!  This is due to the fact that females don’t waste energy ovulating every 28 days. Instead only when stimulated by a male will the female start ovulation.

2# Pigeons are no players…

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Pigeons are 1 of 11 other species of animal which mate with the same partner for life.

pigeon-feather-200-pix-8x5-for-websiteThe other 10 are: Gibbon apes , wolves, termites, coyotes , barn owls ,beavers , bald eagles, golden eagles, condors, swans, brolga cranes , French angel fish, sandhill cranes,  prions, red-tailed hawks , anglerfish , ospreys, prairie voles + black vultures.

#3 There’s more to love than being pretty….

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Peacocks can actually fly but spend most of their time on the ground. They woo females with their fanned out plumage ,displaying vibrant colours and eye spots at the end of their  feathers.

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Recently scientists have discovered that Peahen (female) can be quite particular when deciding on her mate.

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Paying little attention to the size of his fan.  She  will ignore a  male who come up short on the number of  eye spots on the end of the feathers.

Brothers can’t catch a break. Lol.

4# Size Matters when you’re horny…

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Only the sheep with the biggest horns gets first pickings of his choice of ewes to get  jiggy with .The largest recorded horns are of an Alberta bighorn..

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These measured an amazing  209-1/8 inches   approx. 531 cm . The horns were found in the foothills south of Hinton, Alta Canada.

#5 Divorce doesn’t come easy to a Swan….

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Swans are often depicted as a symbol of love.  Probably due to the fact that these majestic birds also choose to spend their existence  loving that one special someone. However, if there is a failure with nesting or if a mate passes, the remaining Swan will find a new mate.

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PROUD SWAN – AVAILABLE IN OUR COMBO DEALS!

In Greek Mythology. Zeus disguised himself as a Swan to seduce Leda the Queen of the Spartans and wife to Tyndareus.  Leda went on to lay a couple of eggs…..

OkAAAAAY 😦  I’m gonna leave that  sentence hanging as this story gets really messed from there.

Seriously…the lengths some men will go to eh?? 🙂

I had fun writing this post. I’d really appreciate knowing if you enjoyed it. Let me know on our Facebook Page using  #ValentinesLove

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