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Online Shopping vs Brick and Morter Malls

Ok so we are totally biased, being an online shopping mall, but we still physically go shopping sometimes and buy online other times.  The truth of the matter is that although both have advantages and disadvantages, there is more than enough room for all of us.  So what’s the deal with online shopping?

Pros of Online Shopping

  • You can shop anytime, anywhere you have an internet connection, AND get it delivered right to your door
  • Makes comparison shopping easy
  • No need to explain this one, you can get stuff online that you simply may not be able to find locally, especially if you live in a rural area with limited access to shopping malls.
  • Deals, deals, deals….they are everywhere and sellers can give you those deals because they don’t have to pay the overhead of a brick and morter store.
  • No parking hassles (especially at Christmas time J )
  • No stress. Put those elbows in, you do not need to protect your space
  • No pushy Sales People. You know, those ones who follow you around the store and then make suggestions as to what you should try on without knowing that the colour green makes you want to run for the hills.  It doesn’t matter what it looks like, they all say that it looks great on you!  Yeah…..sure…..
  • Customer Reviews. These are oh so helpful and sometimes are just good for a laugh.

Cons of Online Shopping

  • You can’t physically try on the items, but most of the time, the return policies are excellent
  • Ensure that the shopping site you are using is safe and has a recognized payment system such as PayPal.
  • Shipping costs. Although it’s great to have it delivered right to your door, sometimes there are charges that the consumer must pay.  Lots and lots of online sellers offer free shipping, so find out first.

The fact of the matter is that online shopping is growing, and its growing fast!  You have to decide yourself if its your cup of tea……..which, you can also buy online. :)

Sue
CEO / PinkTiger.com

Getting your kids back to school is a daunting task.  Besides your regularly busy life you now have to plan for, shop for and organize your kids to get back to school.  Here are some great tips to help you get back on track come September:

  1. Organize the School Supplies

Save some money by spending some time taking an inventory or what you may already have on hand, maybe even left over from last year.  Once you know what you have, you know what you need, so make a list and check for sales.  Comparison shopping will be your best friend.  If you find it cheaper at a store that you don’t normally shop at, take the flyer to a store that offers price matching.

  1. Back to School Clothes Shopping

The malls are a buzz with back to school shopping, save some time and shop online where you can, but consider this first…how much do they REALLY need?  We tend to over-shop for back to school so keep this in mind when you are reaching for your wallet.

  1. Start Getting Back to a Schedule

Now is the time to get your kids back to a schedule.  As summer winds down and vacation is over, get the kids to bed a little earlier to prepare them for that all important first day of school.  Getting enough sleep is paramount to their emotional and intellectual well-being.  Get a wall board and start organizing the month ahead.  Have the kids help, it will teach them that planning is key and sticking to a plan means everyone makes it to where they need to be.

  1. Talk to your Kids about Bullying

Bullying is a serious issue.  Encourage your kids to talk to you if they are exposed to any verbal, social or electronic bullying, or know of one of their friends who may be experiencing this.  Tell them it’s OK to talk about it and take the time to really listen to them….no matter how busy you are.

  1. Healthy Living

Exercise, healthy food and a home environment that supports learning and growth are essential.  Lead by example, and show your kids that eating well and exercising, as well as showing them what self-discipline is all about, promotes happy, smart and independent children.  If you are tired and lazy, they will follow your example.

  1. Talk about After School Activities

Talk to your kids about how much time things like chores, homework, TV and internet use are permitted during the week.  Give them priorities and make it clear what you expect from them.  No surprises means less resistence.

  1. Homework

Set up a space that is reserved for homework and even better, set up times that homework must be done.  Choose a place that has few distractions and encourage them to ask questions.  Homework can be stressful, so by offering an environment that helps them concentrate, both you and your kids will find it a little less tense.

 

 

Fathers-day-photo-150x150Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day is almost here and this is the perfect time to tell dear old dad how much you care about him. How about doing a random act of kindness in honour of Father’s Day? Here are some ideas that you can do in the name of your Dad:

  1. Buy a stranger a coffee, or better yet, start a Pay-It-Forward line. You pay for the person’s order who is behind you and they, in turn, pay for the person behind them, and so on….
  2. Smile at someone who looks like they need a lift. Sometimes a kind gesture towards someone is the only kindness act they need :-)
  3. Look for a Dad playing with their kids at the park and give them a kite or other outdoor toy to play with.
  4. Tape some change to a vending machine with a note saying “Snacks on me!”
  5. Cook Dad his favourite meal
  6. Make a list of appreciation and give it to your Dad.

You get the idea. Now go out there and be kind and make your Dad proud :-)

Pink Tiger is all about showcasing amazing talent, be it in fashion, art or other creative ventures and sometimes I come across people who are exceptional both in their creativity and their personality.

One of those amazing people was Billy Morrison. When I met Billy Morrison, the guitar player for Billy Idol back in February 2015, I already loved his art, I followed him on Twitter just to see what he was creating, and it was pure chance that I spotted him sitting in a hotel lobby in Montreal Quebec with a painting that he had completed while he was there. It was a red skull. I had to have it! I am a huge lover of rock music, not so normal art, and of course fashion so I approached Billy to see if I could buy it from him.

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Long story short, Billy and I went from me purchasing a piece of his art, to him selling his art on pinktiger.com.  Our social media talents,  we have sold several of his pieces and are in the process of revealing something else to his fans and pinktiger.com customers.   Keep your eye on our Twitter accounts @BillyMorrison and @PinkTigerPlace .

Billy_MorrisonBy the way, Billy is wearing a white bronze grenade necklace given to him by another of my amazing vendors, Lost Apostle.  If you have never heard of them, you need to check them out under the Premiere Designers section of pinktiger.com!  Nadya and James have pure talent when it comes to the “not your average” piece of jewellery, and I have to say, I am a huge fan!!   Together, we not only have Billy Morrison wearing Lost Apostle jewellery, we gave the very unique anatomical heart to Joe Elliott from Def Leppard and of course, he loved it too!  This is a pic of him wearing it during a concert.  Hard to see, but trust me, it’s there.  He doesn’t really stay still during his performance so it was difficult to get a pic :)

 

 

 

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As the founder and CEO of Pink Tiger Inc, I am blown away by the sheer talent I have come across during this first year in the online marketplace business and am fortunate to get to do what I love with amazing people.  There are so many more cool things coming and you can be sure that Billy Morrison and Lost Apostle Jewellery will be part of it.  Stay tuned……….

Today, I attended a networking event held in Ottawa called Ladies Who Lunch. Ladies Who Lunch is the brainchild of Catherine Landry, a “super connector”. Catherine connects people and businesses and does not ask for anything in return. She helped pinktiger.com in the very beginning, and I am grateful. Many ladies in this group have helped me launch this business, either by supporting me, introducing me or giving me ideas. You all know who you are and I thank you very much.

Today I watched the networking of some very impressive ladies and was reminded that although its about business, it’s not always about business. Its about kindness. Anyone who has ever posted a request for help on the Ladies Who Lunch Facebook page has not been disappointed. Women helping women help people.

I am proud to be a part of this amazing group of ladies.

Sue Norton
CEO, Pink Tiger Inc.

In my quest to find awesome Canadian Designers, I came across Perlae Couture from Nova Scotia Canada. I was excited to see beautiful pieces come in so many size options. I have seen a lot of collections by various designers and very few seem to come in larger sizes. Let’s get real here, we aren’t all the size of a supermodel. Perlae has produced pieces that look great on any size from XS to XL and are….wait for it…..comfortable!!!

These sisters and their mom are sending the message that beauty and style come in all sizes and we should celebrate that. The name of their blog is “Confidence in a Cocktail Dress” and as far as I am concerned, it’s well titled. They promote self-confidence, positivity and kindness, and may I add that all of this leads up to a very positive message to women of all ages and sizes, you are beautiful, confident and stylish.

Perlae Couture joined Pinktiger.com as one of our “Designers Who Care” and we couldn’t be happier! What a great match! Shop the collection here: https://pinktiger.com/product-category/premiere-designers/perlae-couture/

This week Pink Tiger is honoured to have Julie Beun as our Guest Blogger, and this is what she has to say:

 

One by one, they fell.

And one by one, they left behind a gaping hole in Canada’s fashion scene.

Over four short months late last year, multiple fashion retailers packed up their pucks and skates and went back south of the border.

First came Sears Canada, went it announced in October 2014 that it would sell off most of its stake and cut 2200 employees. That month, Jacob—the iconic Montreal women’s retailer founded in 1977—threw in the towel on its restructuring efforts and chose instead to close 92 stores across Canada.

A month later, both Smart Set and Sears Canada—admittedly, never brightly shining fashion lightbulbs, but good, steady purveyors of the standards—also announced they were pulling up stakes, with Sears cutting 2200 employees and Smart Set converting 76 locations into its other banners, including Reitmans, Penningtons, Addition Elle, RW&Co and Thyme Maternity.

By December 2014, numb retailers barely blinked when Dutch-owned Mexx filed for bankruptcy. The loss of Holt Renfrew in Ottawa and Quebec City—whilst devastating to local fashionistas—hardly rated a fluttering eyelash.

Where does it all end? Truthfully, the vacuum created by those major retailers (and Target) does speak volumes about the health of the retail industry and luxury goods in particular.

“There’s a whole list of retailers who’ve gone under,” says Ron White, luxury shoe designer and CPF (Close Personal Friend) to Laureen Harper, Lisa Tant and Jeanne Beker. “What’s happening is that more than 1000 stores in Canada have closed, restructured or refinanced.”

So what’s next? In a word, e-marketplaces.

After all, when one big fashion ship sinks, it creates a hole. And in that space will exist e-commerce sites like Pink Tiger.

With hundreds of hot new designers and established couturiers already signed up, fashion lovers can get everything they want, in the size they want, shipped directly to their house (or the PO Box, if the hubby doesn’t need to know).

“When one door closes, a window opens,” notes Pink Tiger owner, Sue Norton. “The plight of the big fashion retailers is dire, but it just creates an opportunity for Pink Tiger customers to buy unique, often one-of pieces no one else has.”

So RIP Mexx and Sears. And move over. Pink Tiger has arrived.

Julie Beun, CEO
JBeun Media
Twitter:  @JulieBeun

If you live in the perpetual summer of the south then this blog post is not for you, however if you are currently freezing your extremities off during this cold snap, these tips are for you:

It’s all about layering

Staying warm means creating layers of clothing to regulate your body temperature and keep heat trapped. If you are going out with the kids or planning on being active, start with a base, such as long underwear (don’t worry, no one will see these beauties so that princess print onesie you have is perfectly acceptable). Add a few mid-layers to cover up that onesie and top it off with a water-proof or wind-proof shell jacket. This will keep you well insulated, and your temperature consistent. Staying fashionable is the trick here, no one wants to look bulky so choose multiple layers of thinner material and avoid cotton as it does not dry quickly and can actually pull heat away from you.

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Make sure what you are wearing is not too tight, looser clothes insulate better. A big beautiful merino wool sweater is just the ticket to keep you warm and cozy.

Don’t forget your Extremities

Sometimes keeping warm is secondary to all of the fashion choices you have for scarves, hats, gloves and boots. Big infinity scarves in beautiful colours, and hats……so many hats! Keeping your body heat in by wearing a hat is key. If you are Canadian, a toque is a way of life during winter.

Boots should be waterproof or at least water resistant with a warm lining. So many stylish boots are disguised as functionally warm footwear. Thank you boot designers for thinking of us Northerners as fashion forward, we all don’t wear snowmobile boots you know, although there is nothing like a good warm snowmobile boot.

How to dress chic in the cold

Is this even possible? Yes it is!! It does require a bit more thought and effort but it is achievable. Try these tips:

Hide your leggings: Yep, that’s right. Hide your leggings under your pants, just make sure you aren’t layering skinny jeans over the leggings or it will look bulky. Find a pair of leggings that are cut a little shorter than your pants so they won’t be visible underneath. This is where a wider leg pant would be a better choice.

Puffer coats don’t have to mean you look like the stay puffed marshmallow man: One word, belt!! Belting your longer puffy coat takes away some of the bulk and adds a stylish accent while nipping your waist in a little.

Don’t like wooly tights?: Conceal long cashmere socks under high boots with a longer skirt. Flash a little skin but still stay warm without the bulk that wooly tights add to your behind.

Stay warm!

Sue Norton, CEO Pink Tiger

In my pursuit of Canadian pride and promoting pure Canadian talent in the fashion industry, I founded pinktiger.com. With every great intention, I set to work to create an online marketplace to showcase and promote Canadian designers both in clothing and jewellery. The concept of this site is simple, shop Canadian and like a good little Canadian we put a portion of all sales towards performing random acts of kindness in communities across the country. What a great concept!!

Three months ago, my business partners and I began researching and contacting Canadian Designers and the feedback was fantastic. They all love the concept but there is one problem, many of them cannot make a living in this industry. Turns out, shopping Canadian is not as important as having the trendy “big US label” product hanging off your body, or they simply lack the Marketing prowess to push their brand further.

In my pursuit of Canadian pride and promoting pure Canadian talent in the fashion industry, I founded pinktiger.com. With every great intention, I set to work to create an online marketplace to showcase and promote Canadian designers both in clothing and jewellery. The concept of this site is simple, shop Canadian and like a good little Canadian we put a portion of all sales towards performing random acts of kindness in communities across the country. What a great concept!!

Three months ago, my business partners and I began researching and contacting Canadian Designers and the feedback was fantastic. They all love the concept but there is one problem, many of them cannot make a living in this industry. Turns out, shopping Canadian is not as important as having the trendy “big US label” product hanging off your body, or they simply lack the Marketing prowess to push their brand further.

And we’re off………….

Welcome friends. PinkTiger.com is the newest place to shop online, all while being kind to others. We are blown away by the amazing vendors we have lined up so far and are adding more and more every day. Our vendors are quite unique, some you may have heard of, and others that you have not, but all are talented and have hearts of gold.

Pink Tiger wants you, our valued customer, to help us decide what random acts of kindness you would like to see our “Tiger Team” perform in the community. We have had so many great ideas presented to us so far, everything from buying lunch and giving to those who live on the street, to helping an elderly person with the landscaping around their house. Talking to us is easy, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or join our social community and participate in our blog posts.

Pink Tiger is where “Designer Shopping = Random Acts of Kindness”

See you soon!

Sue Norton, CEO

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