OUR LONDON THOUGHTS

SO I’VE BEEN BACK IN BARBADOS FOR OVER A MONTH NOW, AFTER TRU’S AMAZING SUMMER POP UP IN LONDON! GETTING BACK INTO THE SWING OF THINGS HAS BEEN, WELL…. CHALLENGING - BUT I’M HANDLING IT!

WITH MANY IDEAS AND PLANS UP IN THE AIR FOR THE SEASON OUR TEAM IS WORKING HARD TO PUSH OUT THE AW18 COLLECTION AND TRYING TO DECIDE WHERE AND HOW TRU IS GOING TO ENJOY THE WINTER SEASON. I DECIDED TO TAKE A SMALL BREAK AND FINALLY SIT DOWN AND WRITE THIS POST BECAUSE I’VE BEEN PUTTING IT OFF FOR SOME TIME NOW BECAUSE THERE IS JUST SO MUCH I WANT TO SHARE AND I JUST DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO SAY IT ALL - ANYWAYS! HERE IS MY ATTEMPT AT SHARING MY EXPERIENCES ON A TRIP THAT REALLY CHANGED MY PERSPECTIVE ON QUITE A FEW THINGS…

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NEW, HI - MY NAME IS EMILEE AND I’M THE FOUNDER OF TRU - TRU IS THE LIFESTYLE BRAND FROM BARBADOS. I DESIGN ESSENTIAL PIECES FOR THE EVERYDAY TO YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY, BUT YOU’LL FIND THAT TRU ISN’T JUST ABOUT THE CLOTHES, IT’S ABOUT COMMUNITY AND LIFTING EACH OTHER UP AND JUST BEING BADASS GIRL BOSSES. SO WELCOME, I HOPE YOU STAY;)

SO IN THIS INDUSTRY EVERYTHING IS FAST, YOU BLINK AND YOU COULD MISS OUT ON THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME! YOU SLOW DOWN AND YOU LOSE YOUR CHANCE - ALTHOUGH I AM A FIRM BELIEVER IN EVERYTHING HAPPENING FOR A REASON - I ALSO BELIEVE IN HARD WORK - YOU CAN’T JUST SIT ON YOUR ASS ALL DAY AND EXPECT THE UNIVERSE TO HAND YOU THINGS ON A GOLDEN SPOON - IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN LUV. SOZ.

I WORKED FOR ABOUT 4 MONTHS GETTING THIS POP UP TOGETHER AND LET ME TELL YOU - THERE WERE TIMES WHERE I THOUGHT IT JUST WASN’T MEANT TO BE BECAUSE IT WAS SO DIFFICULT, SO MANY SMALL OBSTICLES IN THE WAY AND IT REALLY CLOUDED ME AT TIMES - BUT I NEVER GAVE UP HOPE - I HAD IT IN MY MIND THAT TRU WAS POPPING THE F*CK UP IN TOPSHOP ON OXFORD CIRCUS - AND WHAT DO YA KNOW? I DID THE DAMN THANGGG.

THIS EXPERIENCE WAS LIKE NOTHING I’VE EVER DONE BEFORE - I WENT TO A CITY THAT I DIDN’T KNOW, A PLACE TOTALLY OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE, EVEN FOR JUST THE MORNING COMMUTE TO OXFORD CIRCUS WAS WILD FOR ME, DUH - I COME FROM AN ISLAND WHERE WE DRIVE EVERYWHERE AND A 30 MINUTE DRIVE IS SEEN AS LONG. . . WELL YOU CAN IMAGINE MY PERSPECTIVE CHANGED AFTER DAY 1 -

I ARRIVED IN LONDON AND SOMEHOW MANAGED TO CARRY 2 LARGE SUITCASES AND TWO SMALL CARRY ON BAGS… WAIT FOR IT…. ON THE UNDERGROUND FROM PADDINGTON TO VICTORIA - YEAH - ASK ME HOW AND I’LL SAY I HONESTLY HAVE NO IDEA - THANK GOD FOR KIND STRANGERS WHO SAW MY BIG EYES LOOK AT THE STAIRS AND LOOK AT MY BAGS AND LOOK BACK AT THE STAIRS X.X ANYWAYS I MANAGED, THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART.

I WON’T GO SO MUCH INTO DETAIL BUT I’LL SAY THIS - STAY MOTIVATED, LOOK AT THINGS FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED, BE GRATEFUL, SHOW KINDNESS, STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF, EXPLORE NEW PLACES, TRY NEW FOODS, DO THINGS BECAUSE YOU WANT TO - NOT BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO. IF YOU MISSED THE 100 INSTAGRAM STORIES THAT WE PUT UP, HEAD OVER TO OUR INSTAGRAM PAGE AND HAVE A LOOK AT OUR HIGHLIGHTS FROM LONDON, TOPSHOP AND NYC!

IF IT’S ONE THING THAT I CAN TAKE FROM THIS TRIP IT’S THAT I SURPRISED MYSELF IN WHAT I AM TRULY CAPABLE OF AND NOW I KNOW THAT I CAN STAND ON MY OWN TWO FEET AND LIVE. I WENT TO SUCH AMAZING PLACES THAT I WOULD HAVE NEVER GONE BEFORE (SHOUTOUT TO SHANNON FOR BEING A GOOD TOUR GUIDE) - I REALLY ENJOYED MY TIME IN LONDON AND I CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK NEXT YEAR! YES WE HAVE PLANS TO POP UP AGAIN IN 2019! I REALLY HOPE THIS INSPIRES AT LEAST ONE PERSON TO TEST THEIR LIMITS AND GO OUT AND LIVE THEIR LIFE THE WAY THEY WANT TO. WE CAN ONLY GROW BY GETTING OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE…

THE NEW AW18 COLLECTION IS COMING TOGETHER SO NICELY AND WE CAN’T WAIT TI SHARE EVERYTHING WITH YOU IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS! STAY TUNED…

EM X

ps. you’re strong and you can do anything you set your mind to;)

Emilee Troulan