TIGER X MISAKI KAWAI

Tiger stores are both the best thing, and the worst thing to happen to me. Best thing, as they are amazing for sourcing little somethings for going home presents (what did we EVER do before??) or stocking fillers or even cheap bribe gifts to encourage my kids to behave in some way. The worst as my kids don’t stop nagging at me to take them in-store to send their pocket-money that my husband always forgets to give them – but that’s a whole other story!

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So they have now given us all one more great reason to visit. They have collaborated with the brilliant Japanese artist, Misaki Kawai – well known for her contemporary and humorous pieces that adorn the walls of New York galleries including MoMA – to bring real art home to the people for practically pennies!

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From 29th April, visitors to Tiger stores will be met with a collection of quirky and colourful everyday items under the banner of “Play with Misaki Kawai”. Kawai, is known for her honest, unfiltered approach to art. She works with painting, music, sculpture and installations in materials such as fabric, fur, paper, wood and yarn.

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Her works are humorous, sincere and playful, and her collaboration with Tiger is an extension of her art. The collection is designed to capture the imagination of both kids and adults.

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For several years now, Tiger has been working on projects that give more people access to art. In 2015 Tiger published Yoko Ono’s art book “Conceptual Photography”. It was sold in all Tiger stores and by the Museum of Modern Art at the MoMA Store in New York and Tokyo.

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This collaboration is part of a bigger project, which will see Tiger work with more artists going forwards, including Turner prize-nominee, David Shrigley later in 2016.

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So I say get your pert little butts down to a Tiger store near you and stock up, for your home, for going home presents and of course – for bribes, AKA your sanity.

Stylish Top 5 Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Now I know there is a growing movement about women choosing not to be a mother. There are benefits to not being a mother. Let’s explore a few..

Sleep. Blissful, uninterrupted sleep. Not needing to wipe any bottom – except your own. Your hands – soft – not rough and aged from washing them after touching aforementioned bottoms or grimy kids hands. No one walking in whilst you grab 5 seconds to actually go to the loo screaming “Mummmaaaaay Roxie hitttttt meeeeeeeeee”. Your car, clean – smells fresh – not full of crumbs, vomit or smeary finger-marks. Your jeans, without knee-holes from bending down to pick up someone elses mess. Your tops – embellished with sequins – not drops of baby vomit or smeared toddler food. Your hair – blow dried to within an inch if it’s life – not one hair out of place – and not pulled or so greasy you could cook chips in it. The food you cook, remains on a plate – not liberally littered around the kitchen, getting into places you didn’t even know existed. Your cutlery, gets used – you never have to witness the grossness of eating rice with fingers.  Your cloakroom, has coats hanging in it – as opposed to strewn all over the floor after a day of school. Your Sky Box not full to capacity with CBeebies, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network horrors. Your treat cupboard. What treat cupboard – who can have treats around and keep THIS body looking THIS good? Oh about THE body – no stretch marks, no empty pouches for breasts, no cuts, no stitches, no flapping, overstretched lady-bits. Yes, there are many, many benefits.

BUT, and this is a GIANT BUT – the cuddles, the love, the innocence, the cute things they say, the way they look adoringly at you (unless you have told them off) and much more more MORE – I’m pleased I choose motherhood. Well, priligy either way, I’m knee-deep in it now….

Seriously though – I wouldn’t change it for the world. So to that end Mammas, let us be celebrated on our one day this year – Mother’s Day. And here’s what I propose you deserve.

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Fill Those Christmas Stockings Stylishly

Cold enough for you?? I’m in full emergency lock down mode. Not one single bit of skin can be exposed. I would wear a full balaclava, though not clever given the current political situation. But fear not – things are hot hot hotting up on the blog for Xmas. We’ve done out Top 10 Stylish gifts for Kids and now, we give you our Top 10 kids Stocking Fillers. Let’s get down to Xmas business..

Top Picks Kids Xmas Christmas Stocking Filler Gift Ideas

Yeh right! Like ANY kid would be dead chuffed for one of those in their stockings. Well, maybe one – but whatever you do add some of these things too…

Top Picks Kids Xmas Christmas Stocking Filler Gift Ideas

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Are You Ready To Play for Free This Xmas?

The big Christmas build up has begun. I’ve started with my Top 10 Stylish Xmas Kids Gifts. I actually had a complaint about the prices of some of my choices. You know the type. OK – I get it, Xmas can be very expensive and let’s face it – kids more often than not either (a) prefer the packaging to the gift or (b) play with the gift obsessively for a few days and then it goes into the toy cupboard, along with last year’s latest and greatest gifts, to die.

So in the spirit of Xmas and giving – today I am both giving you a great idea for a Xmas present, but I also have 3 of these things to give away. What you may say? Coloud The Boom Kids Headphones people. Look here…

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It’s Daddy’s Day

It’s almost that time of year again when we make a giant fuss over our husbands – Fathers Day. I’m eyerolling whilst writing those words. Like they did THAT much. But in the interest of keeping the peace, and more importantly having something to throw in his face when he forgets Mother’s Day AGAIN, I bring you something fab that the kids can make, courtesy of a brilliant site called Technology Will Save Us.

A DIY Electro Dough Penalty Shootout……let’s go!

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