Fabulous Team Christmas Wish List – Jo

Name: Jo Stroud

Position: Owner of Fabulous

Where will you be this Christmas? In our stores while our customers are still out shopping; then up in Scotland with my parents-in-law for a couple of days.

What do you love most about Christmas? The buzz! It’s such a sociable time of year, and people are generally so much happier and relaxed, which makes it a really fun time to be in retail.

Jo's wish list from fabulous

Glam Rock watch, Lulu Guinness watch and Pure Attraction.

Fabulous wish list: Since we started stocking watches at fabulous a few months’ ago, I have become obsessed! I love every new collection we get in, and already have a Lulu Guinness watch and a Glam Rock one on my Wish List. I also recently decided that I really love Rose Gold, having been unsure about it for years – so I have some pieces from Tresor Paris and Pure Attraction on my list too! 

Lulu Guinness

Fabulous Lulu Guinness Lips carry-on

What else would you like to find under the tree? Now that we are stocking Lulu Guinness watches, I have started looking at her other accessories, and have fallen in love with her bright pink carry-on luggage, embossed with her signature lip design. It’s truly fabulous!

Smell of Christmas: Definitely turkey, roasting in the oven. I’m one of these people that has to have turkey as many times as possible over the Christmas season, I never get fed up with it!

Taste of Christmas:  Bucks fizz first thing on Christmas morning – a long-standing tradition in my family.

Sounds of Christmas:
When we were young, my Dad used to play ‘House of the Rising Sun’ at full volume on Christmas morning, to get us out of bed – not a Christmas song, but again, a family tradition that continues to this day!

Fabulous Team Christmas Wish List – Becky

Name: Becky

Store: Bath Fabulous & Pandora

Position: Retail Manager

Where will you be this Christmas? At home with my family in Kent.

What do you love most about Christmas? I love the atmosphere and excitement!

What’s on your Fabulous wish list? Dinny Hall’s Large Toro Pendant, and more charms for my Thomas Sabo or Pandora Bracelet.

What else would you like to find under the tree? I would like to find some perfume (my favourite is Chloe), clothes (anything from Zara!) a new scarf and gloves, and some chocolate (because you have to at Christmas!)

Smell of Christmas: The smell of a real Christmas Tree at my parents house, mulled wine heating and the turkey cooking!

Taste of Christmas: Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and Turkey.

Sounds of Christmas: Mariah Carey, All I want for Christmas is You (sorry :D)

Christmas Kick Off Quiz

For the 6th year in a row, we held our Christmas Kick Off Quiz in the stores this week – an intershop challenge designed to test product knowledge about the designers and collections that we stock, and to test the teams’ ability to come up with interesting and appropriate gift suggestions for customers, at this busy time of year.

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Free gift wrap and UK delivery

We always hold the Quiz just as the Christmas season is about to get into full swing, to get everyone excited about the collections for Christmas. It’s always a fun event – with several different rounds and various individual and team challenges – interspersed with pizza and a few glasses of wine – but it has a serious aim of giving staff an opportunity to show us how much they know. Product knowledge is always a continual challenge in a multi-brand store, with collections changing all the time and new designers being added every season – and we expect our fabulous staff have to know about over 30 different designers, from big brands like Pandora, Swarovski, Ice-Watch, to smaller designers like Dinny Hall, Lund and Linda Macdonald.

I worked as a Training Manager for a book retail chain years ago, long before I set up fabulous, and used to create all sorts of fun activities to train new store staff. I carried many of these ideas over into fabulous, as we pride ourselves on giving customers great service, in-store and online, and that means being seriously knowledgeable, in addition to being friendly, helpful and efficient. The Christmas Kick Off has been a key feature of our training for many years, as a fun way of testing this knowledge,” explains Jo.

Training on designers, brands, materials and collections is something we take very seriously, and Becky Johnson, who manages both our Bath stores, is also our Training Manager, ensuring product knowledge is at the forefront of our staff training.

Huge congratulations this year to one of our Solihull team – Victoria, who is our Retail Supervisor – and to Natalie, who works part-time in our Pandora store in Bath, for each winning the individual prizes this year. Now we’re all set for Christmas!

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Laura and Elly practice their gift wrapping skills.

1.How many centimetres is a 16 inch chain?

2. Name at least two TV shows that Tresor Paris has appeared on? for a bonus point, where is this brand from?

3. In which Italian city is Murano Glass made?

4. Gold naturally comes out of the ground as a yellow colour, hence yellow gold. Other metals are added to it to change its colour and to harden it. What is added to make Rose Gold?

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The fabulous prizes

Answers…
1. 40/41 centimetres
2. Made in Chelsea, The Only way is Essex, London
3. Venice
4. Copper

Fabulous Team Christmas Wish List – Gaia

Name: Gaia

Store: Bath

Position: Full Time

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Where will you be this Christmas? I will be in Dorset with my family having a very merry Christmas.

What do you love most about Christmas? I have a big family so this is the time of year we can all get together and see each other, that for me is the best time.

Trollbeads Murano Charm

Trollbeads Murano Charm from fabulouscollections.co.uk

What’s on your Fabulous wish list?I love Trollbreads and ChloBo, I have a Trollbeads bracelet and I love the colours and the detail of the charms, I’d love some more

Chlobo bracelet from fabulouscollections.co.uk

Chlobo bracelet from fabulouscollections.co.uk

Murano glass charms and I also love their necklaces. I would be happy with anything from ChloBo as I love the whole range, it’s really wearable and stackable.

What else would you like to find under the tree? I love my music so vouchers and CDs are top of my list, maybe some skin care and body scrubs for some festive pampering and I could do with a nice scarf and gloves for winter.

Smell of Christmas: Definitely cant wait to smell my Mum and Dads cooking and the fire my Dad loves to make. I don’t mind the smell of mulled wine either!

Taste of Christmas: Wine, chocolate, mince pies.

Sounds of Christmas: It would be my Dad playing his guitar and my sister playing the piano. I love a good Christmas album.

Fabulous Gift Guide for November!

Birthstone
Citrine is the official birthstone for November, a rare form of quartz that ranges in colour from light yellow to dark amber. This beautiful gemstone is known as the “Merchants stone” as it is believed to bring prosperity and success to its bearer and is associated to values of hope, youth and health! This warm coloured stone is thought to enhance self esteem, optimism, creativity and clarity, making it the perfect stone for the cold winter days ahead!

Thomas Sabo’s Freshwater Pearl bracelet is stunning featuring a lovely yellow Citrine Charm. It has an adjustable love knot from 16.5cm to 22cm for a versatile fit that will fit most wrists, making a beautiful gift for a birthday this month!

Add to a ring stack with Spinning’s Yellow Citrine ring (£49). This Sterling Silver ring is eye catching with a rhombus yellow cubic zirconia stone, making it the ideal piece to add some colour! Spinning have just released matching stud earrings (£35) to accompany their birthstone rings, making the perfect set!

Zodiac
Those born between 24 October – 21 November are born with the zodiac sign Scorpio, whilst people born between 22 November – 21 December are born with the zodiac sign Sagittarius! Add a personal edge to a birthday gift with a gorgeous piece of jewellery associated to a zodiac sign. Pandora, Thomas Sabo and Nomination have a variety of charms celebrating Zodiac signs.  Why not combine a birthstone and a zodiac charm on a charm bracelet from Thomas Sabo and Pandora, or on a Nomination starter bracelet for a truly special gift for a birthday this month!

Fashion trends
Join the list of celebrities wearing Daisy Jewellery this season! From the trendy Chakra bracelets to the new Alpha collection (often featured in Vogue and Elle!), you can’t go wrong with Daisy! Their new Alpha Rings (£37) are fun and stylish and the ideal way to be creative! Made from 24ct Gold and Sterling Silver these rings look fabulous stacked together to mark initials or to spell out a sweet message for someone special!

ChloBo’s collections just get better and better (and frequently spotted on the likes of The Saturdays, Cheryl Cole and BBC Breakfast presenters!) and here at fabulous we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new Wish Collection! Due in store this week (!!), this collection features beautiful Sterling Silver pieces with engravings such as ‘Wish’, ‘Angel’ and ‘Believe’. We still absolutely love the edgy After Dark collection which has been a huge hit this season in sparkling Pyrite and Hematite stones, whilst the popular Cute Charm Mini Angel bracelet (£45) in Sterling Silver is perfect for the Christmas season!

Tresor Paris has beautiful sets of stud earrings and bracelets that sparkle in a multitude of colours! Their studs come in two different sizes, 6mm (£11) and 8mm (£14) that sparkle brilliantly – the only difficulty is choosing which colour you like the best!

Watches
For him or for her, we’ve got the perfect watch collection at fabulous! Set the trend in the office with a gorgeous watch from Radley, or make a statement with a stylish watch from fashion house BCBG Max Azria! We are truly in love with their Rose Gold watches this season! For a stylish suit watch for him, Calvin Klein and Bering have a collection of classic pieces suitable for every day wear, whilst the skeleton watches from Toy Watch are truly original!

We are also excited to have some amazing new watch brands on their way to us soon, but you will have to join us for our Christmas catalogue launch on November 8th in one of our stores for the exclusive on this one…! See you there :)