Trend: INITIAL JEWELLERY

 

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1. Daisy Alpha Bracelet in Silver, £35
2. Nikki Lissoni Monogram Coins, £45
3. Daisy Alpha Rings, £37
4. Nomination Alphabet in Gold, £18
5. Thomas Sabo Letter Pendants, £19.95
6. Nomination Alphabet in Silver, £18
7. Daisy Alpha Bracelet in Gold, £50 

CELEBRITY FANS

#Getthelook Rosie We love Rosie Fortescue’s sparkling Nikki Lissoni set regularly featured on her style blog. The sparkling cubic zirconia carriers will bring extra glam to your look. Rock the letter trend with your own initial like Rosie, or wear the initial of someone you love for a meaningful and personal accessory. Fearne Cotton was spotted rocking her Nikki necklace at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow.

#Getthelook Fearne

NEW PANDORA: Add some colour to your Summer!

So it felt like Summer for a couple of days but with the rain coming down we’re in need of some serious colour – enter Pandora!

We’re very excited about the new Summer collection which has just arrived, summery shades of vibrant coral and turquoise, mixed with Miami-style kitsch flamingos are the perfect accessories to brighten our mood!

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Floral Orange Murano Charm, £30. Teal Murano Charm, £30. Orange Faceted Glass Charm, £35. Sparkling Teal Pave, £55. Seahorse, £35. Flamingo, £40.

If Turquoise is the colour of your Summer then there’s beautiful Murano charms, vibrant bracelets and glistening Pave charms to add some sparkle…

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Multi-strand Teal bracelet, £35. Pave Teal Charms, £55. Turquoise Earrings, £45

We love the Orange collection, satsuma shades look fabulous against rich Golds with floral and faceted Murano glass…

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Orange Floral Murano, £30. Orange Faceted Glass, £35. Gold Charms from £185 each.

 

Will you be wearing Orange or Turquoise this Summer? Is the Flamingo on your wish list? Let us know below…

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The City Break Style Sheet: Barcelona

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Barcelona for 4 days with just hand luggage…

1. Choose an interchangeable jewellery collection like Nikki Lissoni. I took my two chains, two carriers and two coins which gave me several different looks from day to night. Top Tip: Buy the 90cm chain length, I double mine up creating a layered chain which looks great around a shirt collar.

2. Airbnb is the greatest invention for independant travellers and one of my personal favourite websites. We rented an amazing apartment in the Gothic quarter with three balconies, a lounge-diner, kitchen, great bathroom and big bedroom in a secure and beautiful building for half the price of a nice hotel. Airbnb is great as you’ll be staying in residential areas, giving you a real feel for the city, plus, the owner of the apartment will be able to give you top tips on where the locals eat and drink!

3. Barcelona in May is beautifully warm in the sunshine but definitely gets chilly in the shade and evenings, I’d suggest a long-line blazer, perfect for travelling in and goes with everything. Role the sleeves up for a laid-back luxe feel.

4. When baggage restrictions are tight don’t be tempted to take lots of shoes, you won’t wear them. Instead, invest in some smart quality sandals which you can wear day and night. I’ve finally realised that I don’t wear heels on holiday, so I don’t waste space in my bag taking them just to look at them for four days!

5. The only problem with taking hand luggage on a flight is the liquid allowance. Products can’t be over 100ml and they now have to fit in to a zip up plastic bag which luckily were available at security, (£1 for four in Birmingham) so firstly, double check your flight company and airport for their regulations. Secondly don’t be fooled with ‘travel size’ containers, I have been before, buying all of my products in small ‘travel’ sizes and decanting perfume into an atomiser only to find the majority were already under 100ml! Superdrug had great travel products for £3 for three, where as Boots were a lot more expensive – don’t forget, you’ll be able to buy all of these things abroad too!

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My Barcelona top tips…

1. Walk. I was in training for the fab50k in Barcelona so rather than use public transport we walked everywhere. Yes it helps the waist line, but more importantly you get to see everything! I love taking in all of the beautiful buildings in European cities and there’s no better way to do that than on foot.

2. Eating and Drinking is cheap in Barcelona as long as you keep your whits about you. Las Ramblas, and Placa Real will be very expensive to eat and drink on, instead head a couple of streets off the beaten track and find the quieter areas. Here you can get a beautiful chilled glass of Cava for 3 euros, ask for ‘caña de cerveza’ (draft lager) which is as little as 1.50 euros. Tapas is the way to go and the portions aren’t small, so four or five dishes will happily feed two for very little money.

3. Book in advance. It’s so easy to book on-line now, Sagrada Familia can be booked in advance which gets you a queue jump and saves you standing in line for hours in the mid day sun.

4. Take time to chill. It’s great to see lots of sites but watching the world go by over a cold glass of Sangria in Parc Guell was one of my highlights, as well as a couple of hours on the beach. Don’t fill your days too full or you’ll come back in need of a break!

5. Flamenco at Espai Barroc. I love Flamenco and watching it live in a stunning gothic building was breathtaking. I’d highly recommend going, it’s 20 euros with a free (large!) drink and was the best 20 euros I spent on the trip!

 

The fabulous 50k for Breast Cancer Campaign

On Friday 23rd May seven members of staff from the Leamington Spa and Solihull stores along with owner, Jo Stroud and the web team undertook the fabulous 50k!

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The Leamington Spa, Solihull and Web Team at the finish line!

Setting off from our Leamington Spa store at 8.30am we started our walk along the Grand Union canal, walking from Leamington Spa past Hatton on to Solihull (32k). After a short lunch break at Solihull we took to the roads to walk the remaining 18k back towards Leamington Spa finishing at The Falcon near Hatton. For the last 15k of the walk the rain came, dampening our clothes but not out spirits, it was a gruelling challenge which we all finished by 6.30pm, a total of 10 hours walking with a couple of short breaks.

On the 16th May our Bath team (joined by a couple of members of the Solihull team) did the same distance between Bath and Bristol. 50k in glorious sunshine (the hottest day of the year so far) taking in the River Avon trail and finishing up back in store 11 hours later. This challenging route made for a longer journey, with an injury or two along the way, the team really had to dig deep to finish the challenge.

The Bath and Solihull team at the finish line

The Bath and Solihull team at the finish line!

So congratulations to Becky, Jess, Vic, Anna, Luci, Gaia, Jo (who did both of the walks!), Laura, Amie, Dani, Rhian, Sinade and Anna who completed the challenge, well done team fabulous for raising over £1800 for Breast Cancer Campaign, if you’d like to donate to this fabulous cause you can at our just giving page.

5 fabulous ways to say: Well Done with Jewellery

There has been a flurry of dissertation selfies which can mean only one thing, our fabulous friends are handing in their final essays and completing their degrees! For those with children in University you may want to say congratulations and well done, for three years of hard work (and partying) and marking the end of an exciting chapter in their lives. Here are a few ideas for marking this special occasion…
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1. Lily and Lotty ‘Congrats’ necklace, £42. We love this cute love letter design with slim silver chain and real Diamond accent. It’s a great keepsake to remind them of their achievement.

2. Alex and Ani Graduation Bangle 2014, £24. Each year Alex and Ani release a Graduation bangle to mark the occasion, we love the hanging 2014 charm to stamp the year they finished.

3. You’re a Star necklace from Estella Bartlett, £14. A cute hanging sparkling star necklace to let them know how proud of them you are.

4. Tales from the Earth adventure bangle, £45. So they’ve finished their degree what now? We love this Silver bangle engraved with ‘a life filled with adventure’ it’s the perfect sentiment for their future.

5. Nomination Champagne Toast link, £20. The perfect addition to their Nomination bracelet, this chic link will remind them of their years of hard work and how proud of them you are.

We also have a selection of jewellery for graduation gifts which you can browse here. What do you think of the selection? Which would you like to receive? Let us know below…

Bath in Fashion: Reloved Workshop

On Friday 9th May we hosted our first ‘reloved’ event. In the Pavilion on Stall street we set up our reloved workshop for passers by to come in and hear about our exciting up-cycling initiative for Breast Cancer Campaign. We have started a jewellery amnesty, where anyone can bring in old or unwanted jewellery to a fabulous store and we’ll say thank you by giving you a 15% discount voucher. We then take the old jewellery and give it to students at City of Bath College and Coventry University who will upcycle the jewellery in to new exciting creations. These new items of jewellery will be sold online www.fabulouscollections.co.uk/reloved where you make a suggested donation on our just giving page which goes directly to Breast Cancer Campaign.

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Lyn Fernquest, Jo Stroud and Becky Johnson at the reloved event

Our workshop on Friday was to create our ‘Reloved’ logo for future events, we invited people in to our crafty tent to decorate our logo with old pieces of jewellery and beads. We had such a great day and were thrilled with the amount of people who came along and supported the cause, not to mention our fabulous new reloved logo!

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Our new reloved logo, lovingly made by the people of Bath!

Bath in Fashion: Sarah Homer, Managing Director of Topshop

In a packed room in the stunning setting of The Octagon in Milsom Place, we were treated to over an hour of insight from Topshop Managing Director, Sarah Homer. She talked us through the evolution of Topshop, from concession to world domination!

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Mary Homer MD of Topshop

Topshop was launched in 1964, arguably the most exciting decade in British fashion, making it 50 years old this year. Post-war babies were rebelling, fashion was changing and young women didn’t want to go from chidren’s clothes into the reserved outfits of their Mothers, they wanted to be teenagers. Fashion started to be designed by everyday people, street style took off and individual style was embraced, Mary Quant and Biba revolutionised young fashion and the Kings Road in London became the place to be seen and photographed.

Mary Homer joined Topshop in 1985 working in the Visual Merchandising department and quickly moved up the ranks taking a seat on the board. In Sarah’s words, ‘not a lot happened in fashion from 1985 to 1995, the high street started to stagnate’ this is when Topshop decided they needed to do something big, something different and something radical.

They set out to be the world’s fashion authority, an affordable, high fashion brand which would could sit alongside high end designers yet carry a high street price tag. But how could they achieve this?

The product was key, they wanted to epitomise British fashion, to be authentically British but also be eclectic, directional and non conformist. To do this they knew they needed world class standards, which meant having the best staff and working with the very best in every field, from the designers right through to who photographed their clothes. They knew they needed a young, excited talent pool who would take risks and challenge the status quo and most importantly lived and breathed the brand.

Topshop began investing in young designers, plucking the very best talent straight out of St Martins and sponsoring these designers with Topshop initiatives. New Gen sponsors new designers and have nurtured the likes of Alexander McQueen and Jonathon Saunders, they are also heavily involved in the Vogue fashion fund which gives emerging talent a ‘leg up’ in the industry. Collaborating with this emerging talent helped the designers to enter the industry whilst supplying Topshop customers with the chance to buy designer, fashion forward lines at highstreet prices, just what they set out to do.

In that original meeting, Topshop had wanted to be endorsed by the world’s media, worn by influential people around the world and to show during fashion week. At the time these goals seemed fantastical, but Topshop showed during London Fashion Week in 2005 and continue to do so each year. Sienna Miller, Cara Delavigne, Suki Waterhouse, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss were all wearing the Topshop range for the recent launch, pictures which will be in every fashion magazine this month and every fashion blog worth it’s salt. Topshop recently opened their flagship American store in New York which has proved highly popular, bringing the London look to the New York masses. World domination complete!

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While discussing the future of retail Sarah didn’t agree with the scaremongering suggesting the high street was dead, with a new generation growing up who still wait for the day they’re allowed to venture into town on their own and look around the shops, Sarah strongly believes that the high street will always be integral to our social lives. Yes, the way we shop will change, we can click and collect and order in store, but the retail experience will still be important. What will become different is the ‘experience’ we offer our customers in-store, what that means right now, she’s not sure! What she could guarantee is that the next 10 years in retail will be very very different, but that is what is so exciting about the industry.

“Love what you do. If you don’t, find something you do love. If you’re passionate about your career you’ll work your way to the top”  Sarah Homer, Managing Director of Topshop

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Bath in Fashion: Look fabulous Styling Lunch

We hosted our second styling lunch at the fabulous Allium Brasserie yesterday as part of our Bath in Fashion week. We were joined by 25 guests including press and bloggers from the area, who were treated to a two course lunch, wine and the infamous Bath in Fashion cocktail courtesy of the Art Bar.

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The Abbey Hotel is one of our favourite haunts in Bath, the combination of modern art curation from Jessica Llloyd-Smith of ModernArtBuyer, classic cocktails in the Art Bar and fine dining in the Allium Brasserie makes it the perfect destination for a fabulous event, not to mention the fantastic staff and service.

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Our styling partner Lyn Bromley joined us from First Impressions to give a fascinating talk on the art of styling. This is not a latest trends talk, but more a demonstration of how to dress for your own personal style, bodyshape and colouring. Guests were shown how to choose jewellery depending on their face shape, height and colouring, and could then choose their wardrobe personality which would point them in the direction of the kind of designer brands that would suit their style. You can work out your wardrobe personality here.

After a fabulous lunch of salmon on crushed new potatoes with minted pea puree and a pear and salted caramel desert, ladies mingled and browsed the latest collections from fabulous, with the opportunity to pre-order Moog, a brand new watch concept coming to fabulous stores very soon (we are the sole UK stockist) more information coming soon!

Thank you so much to The Abbey Hotel, Lyn Bromley and all of our fabulous friends in Bath who came to the event, it was great to see so many new faces and we look forward to seeing many of you at the Bath Garden Party.

If you like the sound of this event, why not join us for our fabulous Garden Party on 10th July at the Bath Priory hotel – you can book tickets here for the event.

If you’d like to know our whereabouts this week follow us on twitter @FabCollection or #BIFab

The Met Ball 2014: Fabulous Highlights

Each year Anna Wintour organises arguably THE most glamorous fashion event of the year, gathering the most powerful and famous crowd in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art dressed in a couture theme, this year ‘White Tie and Decorations, a tribute to Charles James’. This classic theme made for a chic and decadent occasion with some fabulous looks mixing vintage tailoring with modern style.

Fashion Highlights

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Nothing says classic like a black and white ensemble, and nothing says chic like an all white look. We loved the monochrome looks this year, headed up by our very own Stella McCartney.

Jewellery Highlights

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A jewellery first this year was the modern styling of classic jewellery, for the first time we saw bracelets stacked, enamel elements, layers of rings and arm cuffs alongside classic couture. We loved this modern styling, here’s how to get the look…

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Shop the look with Swarovski and Folli Follie our go-to glam brands!

Red Carpet Highlights

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The moment JayZ put a ring on it!

Our red carpet highlight had to be the moment Beyonce dropped her ring on the floor, JayZ being the classic gent got down on one knee to retrieve the ring and placed it lovingly back on his wife’s finger. Looks like the theme of the night rubbed off on the gents that evening, we’re a sucker for old-school romance at fabulous!

What was your favourite look from the Met Ball? Let us know in the comments below…