COLOMBIAAAAA!

SO AS YOU ALL KNOW - TRU BARBADOS WENT TO COLOMBIA LAST MONTH ON A SUPER INSPIRATIONAL WORK TRIP. I HAVE GOTTEN SO MANY QUESTIONS AND I AM HONSTLY AT A LOSS FOR WORDS WHEN IT COMES TO REPLYING X.X THERE IS JUST SO MUCH TO MENTION, BUT THE SHORT STORY IS.... A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES I HAVE EVER BEEN AND THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL TRIP I HAVE EVER TAKEN!

TRU AND SEA REINAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND COLOMBIAMODA (THE BIGGEST FASHION TRADE SHOW IN SOUTH AMERICA) AS INTERNATIONAL BUYERS FOR OUR BARBADIAN BRANDS, WE ALSO ATTENDED AS SELLERS AND GOT TO MEET TO MANY AMAZING PEOPLE IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY. 

THE FOOD, THE PEOPLE, THE FASHION, THE BRANDS, THE CONNECTIONS MADE, DID I MENTION THE FOOD?????? I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE BEEN GIVEN THIS MAJOR OPPORTUNITY AND I CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK! THE CITY OF MEDELLIN IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND THE PEOPLE ARE JUST THE SAME! IT'S LIKE NO PLACE I'VE EVER BEEN!

SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE TRIP:

.. SOME YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND BUT IN A NUTSHELL - HERE GOES! 

  • THE FRESH JUICES IN THE MORNING WITH BREAKFAST 
  • BELLA'S 'HOLY SH*T I LOOK LIKE A VICTORIA SECRET SUPER MODEL WITH THIS CONTOUR'
  • THE AVOCADOS THE SIZE OF OUR HEADS
  • THE YOGURT THAT WAS A DRINK - NOT A FAN
  • THE MADDAFAKK*N HEAT 
  • OUR UNIFORMS FEELING ALL PROFESSIONAL 
  • THE C-R-A-Z-Y TAXI DRIVERS
  • BELLA BEING ON THE FLOOR AS THE PRESIDENT WALKED BY, ESCORTED BY WHAT LOOKED LIKE THE ENTIRE POLICE FORCE X.X 'BELLA GET UP - SOMEONE IMPORTANT IS COMING'
  • THE AMAZING RESTAURANTS THAT WE WERE SO BLESSED TO TRY TO THE AGUARDIENTE THAT 'HEALS' YOU (IT ACTUALLY HEALED MY SORE THROAT/NO VOICE DILEMA) 
  • THE FLOWERS THAT COST $2USD - I'M TALKING ABOUT A BOUQUET - CRAZY I KNOW!
  • THE 2 HOTDOGS THAT COULD FEED 4 PEOPLE EATEN BY YOURS TRULY;) 
  • THE FRESH AF JUGO DE PIÑA 'KEEPS YA FRESH' 'GONNA SOAK UP AS MUCH JUICE AS I CAN WHILE I'M HERE YUH'
  • THE INTERVIEWS (THEY WERE PRICELESS, STAY TUNED FOR THE RELEASE OF THEM ON YOUTUBE
  • THE COCONUT LEMONADE - AMAZING 
  • THE SHOPPING IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE IS TOUGHER THAN YOU THINK 
  • MISTAKING 'DO YOU WANT A COFFEE' FOR  'YOU LIKE ALOT OF COFFEE' (I THOUGHT SHE WAS BEING SARCASTIC BECAUSE I WAS BUYING QUITE A FEW PODS) ENDED UP HAVING TO SHOT A NESPRESSO AT A KIOSK BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO BE RUDE - WELL THAT BURNT MY TONGUE FOR A FEW DAYS 
  • THE NACHO TOWER THAT COULD FEED A SMALL COUNTRY 
  • ALL THE UNEXPECTED OVERNIGHTING IN HOTELS WITH ROOM SERVICE IN SEARCH OF THE BEST ROOM SERVICE BURGER IN COLOMBIA 
  • THE DISCOVERY OF A NEW FAVE DRINK (NON-ALCOHOLIC - I KNOW IT'S A BIG DEAL! - TAKE A SHOT OF LIME JUICE, ADD SODA WATER AND RIM THE GLASS WITH SALT FOR YOUR REFRESHING MARGARITA WITHOUT THE HEADACHE)
  • THE RATHER LARGE BIRDS AT THE POOL CHASING THE CHILDREN 
  • THE MOST COMFORTABLE BED IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE (THE PULLMAN HOTEL IN MIAMI) -
  • STEAK IN HEELS - THE COCA-COLA WE WERE CRAVING
  • THE FRENCH BREAKFAST (THE CHEAPER CHOICE AKA JUST A CROISSANT)
  • AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, OUR BELOVED TODD WHO TREATED US TO FREE SNACK PACKS WHEN EMILEE-DEAREST FORGOT HER LUNCH AT THE DUTY-FREE (YES, MY MOISTURIZER WAS MY TOP PRIORITY AT THAT MOMENT - HEY! YOU CAN ONLY GET IT IN THE AIRPORT SO IT WAS IMPORTANT! )

I HAVE NEVER FELT SO REFRESHED AND FOCUSED AFTER A TRIP. I SAW SO MANY THINGS THAT INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED ME TO REALLY TEST MY LIMITS AND EXPLORE TONS OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES NOT ONLY FOR BUSINESS BUT PERSONAL GROWTH TOO. I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL FOR THIS MAJOR OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS TRIP, AND THERE IS NOBODY ELSE I WOULD HAVE RATHER GONE TO COLOMBIA WITH THAN THE ONE AND ONLY MERMAID HERSELF, ISABELLE BAULU - LOVE YA!

MOVING FORWARD ONTO ALL TRU ACCOMPLISHED THERE - NEW ALLIANCES MADE AND MANY FRIENDSHIPS TOO - TRU BARBADOS WILL SOON NOT ONLY BE KNOWN FOR LUXURY TEES, LET'S JUST PUT IT THAT WAY AND THE QUALITY, WELL LET'S JUST WAIT AND LET YOU GUYS SEE FOR YOURSELF! 

FOR THOSE WHO ARE REGULARS FOR THE IN-STORE EXPERIENCE AT LIMEGROVE - KEEP YOUR EYES AND EARS PEELED FOR WHAT TRU HAS COMING UP FOR FALL/WINTER 2017 - I WILL BE SHARING THE NEW COLLECTION SOON AND CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR YOUR FEEDBACK!

TAKE A LOOK AT THE INSPO SHOTS TAKEN ON THE TRIP BELOW!!!! I HOPE YOU LIKE:)

 

 

Emilee Troulan