ChloBo Starry Eyes Collection

“I have spent long hours gazing at the moon & the stars, basking in full moonlight and dreamily contemplating the link between earth and the galaxies” – Chloe Moss

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The fabulous Starry Eyes collection by ChloBo embraces the Astrological trend for AW14, with carefully selected semi-precious stones that echo the beautiful colours of the sky.

Following on from last season’s popular Let’s Dance collection, Starry Eyes features 24ct rose gold plating and sterling silver designs, adding the textured stones Pink Rhodonite, White Agate and Labradorite for a winter look.  Worn with talismans like stars and angel wings, the latest designs are ideal for Chlobo fans to add a touch of magic to their Christmas stack, bringing a bit of sparkle with faceted beads!

Shop the collection at fabulous!

Which Fashion Week City do you Belong in?

This week we’ve been hosting our bi-annual Girls’ Night Out events in Bath, Solihull and Leamington Spa. Twice a year we showcase the latest trends in fashion and jewellery with a fashion show, guests sip bubbly, enjoy canapés and have the opportunity to see the new collections before anyone else, there’s also a raffle with amazing prizes and special offers on the night.

This year our theme was fashion week, showcasingfour distinct looks associated with Paris, Milan, London and New York. Take our quiz below to see which city you belong in. Take a note of your answers to see if you’re mostly A, B, C, or D…

1. Where is your favourite place to shop?

a) Vintage markets are heaven to me, rummaging through piles of beautiful clothes

b) I like high-end brands, so I’ll usually head to a designer shopping centre

c) I always seek out unusual boutiques featuring up and coming designers

d) I’ll spend all day looking for something absolutely perfect, so I’ll scour the entire city!

2. What is your dream date?

a) The more unusual and creative the better, somewhere I’ve never been before

 b) I’d love to be dressed up in my finest, at ‘the-place-to-be-seen’ – somewhere the A-list crowd go!

c) Something vibrant and exciting like a gig followed by cocktails and dancing

d) A romantic stroll in the park followed by a candle-lit dinner

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3. What will you live in this Autumn?

a) My leather jacket, it’s so old but I love it

b) Smart black leather boots, they go with everything and I buy a new pair every year

c) I’ll buy a new coat, bright, bold and individual

d) I love pretty scarves and have one to match every outfit

4. What’s your favourite drink?

a) Whatever the locals are drinking

b) A great vintage of a fabulous wine

c) The brightest craziest cocktail on the menu

d) Pink champagne

5. What jewellery will you be investing in this season?

a) I’ll invest in a few items that I can make my own and wear lots of different ways

b) I’m looking for something chic that will bring some glamour to my work wear

c) Something bright and different that will stand out

d) I’d like something sentimental I can wear every day, close to my heart

6. What would your ideal wedding be?

a) Something that no one would expect, it has to be different from the norm

b) I’d love to get married in a modern space with a classic white theme

c) Vegas – bright lights, crazy, fun and a party to remember

d) A small romantic setting, an idyllic church and an intimate celebration

7. Which watch would you buy?watches-aw14-quiz2

Mostly A’s – You’re PARIS, click here for an explanation of your style character and shop the trend

Mostly B’s – You’re MILAN, click here for an explanation of your style character and shop the trend

Mostly C’s –  You’re LONDON, click here for an explanation of your style character and shop the trend

Mostly D’s – You’re NEW YORK, click here for an explanation of your style character and shop the trend

 

The Top 10 Pearls of Wisdom on Pinterest

It’s wisdom month at fabulous and we’ve put together our top 10 pearls of wisdom we found on Pinterest. If you’re having a bad day, these inspirational quotes will hopefully add some positivity and perspective to your day…

On dignity…

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On life…

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On perspective…stressed

On relationships…relationships

On positivity…love-in-your-heart

 

On change…letting-go

On individuality…individuality

On friendship…friendship

On hard times…bullying

On dealing with the past…

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Have a fabulous day, fab HQ x

 

Trollbeads Autumn 2014 collection

 The Autumn 2014 Trollbeads collection has landed at fabulous!

Eastern meets Nordic in this new collection, inspiring beautiful glass designs in warm autumnal colours and detailed silver beads channelling Eastern spirituality.

Trollbeads Northern Forest

“The wind and the sun are playing in the trees. The leaves fall in splendour to the forest floor.”

The latest glass designs are beautifully glossy and capture the colours of a Nordic forest, all of which are grouped perfectly in the Northern Forest Glass Kit (63052). This new release includes 6 beads in stunning autumnal shades of blue, green and red and includes the designs Brook Flowers (61494), Swaying Straws (61493) and Autumn Rays (61497).  Alongside these colourful beads are adorable animal charms crafted in sterling silver, such as Fawn (11380) and Little Bear (1004102004). Both have been expertly crafted in silver to reveal all the cute characteristics in great detail.

Trollbeads Fawn

“The fawn hides in the bushes. Today, small and a little scared, but tomorrow the queen of the forest.”

The Eastern Facet Glass Kit (63301) adds a brilliant sparkle to the collection with 6 spiritual beads in facet cut glass. This energising cluster of beads includes the designs Inner Strength (62303), Harmony (62301) and Hope (62306).  Alongside these unique additions are the Head of Buddha (11186), Om (11185) and Ganesha (11474), bringing together symbols of faith and eastern harmony.

Trollbeads Inner Strength

“Find your inner strength and let it lead you through life.”

The beautiful semi-precious stones featured each season are always a favourite at fabulous, and this season Trollbeads have released the stunning Brown and Yellow Chalcedony stone (80119). The rich earthy tone of this bead captures the colour of autumn perfectly and is truly unique in each bead that is cut.

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“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment”

New locks and pendants are also included in this collection, as well as some spooky designs perfect for Halloween, so be sure to check out the complete Trollbeads Autumn collection here!

Alex and Ani Bangle of the Month: September, Wisdom

This month our Alex and Ani bangle of the month is the Endless Knot representing Wisdom. Wisdom unlike intelligence is built of experience, insight and understanding. We’ve asked women in their 30’s through to their 70’s to pass on their pearls of wisdom to young women today, as so many young people now head off on new adventures of travel, study, moving away from home, and starting the next chapter of their fabulous lives…

 

Bez Matthews

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“My parents were very strict on myself and my four sisters, more so than on my one brother – perhaps because they feared more for our safety as girls, and felt we had to work even harder to succeed in life. I would probably try to strike more of a balance today.

  • Work hard and to the best of your ability
  • Always be kind and considerate, never ever bully someone, it must be so difficult being a teenager today with social media
  • Stay away from drugs and think about contraception, it’s all too easy to take a wrong turn which could change the course of your life
  • Travel, broaden your mind and see other cultures

It is easy to think that parents are being over-protective, which I know I thought about mine when I was a young woman – but I understand now that we all need some ground rules when we are young, and I am grateful that I had parents that cared enough about me to set some rules.”

 

Ann Marie

  • Don’t focus on your “perceived” imperfections – remember you are a whole package and most people only compare you to make themselves feel better. We are all equal but different and someone is probably admiring you right now!
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff – if you won’t be worrying about it in 6 months – it isn’t worth losing sleep over now
  • Respect yourself and your values – trying to be what everyone else wants you to be will undermine the true version of yourself. Just be you, it is much easier
  • You become what you think about most…your choice
  • You are much better than you think you are.. smile and let it show

 

luci-and-daughter-wisdomLuci Parry

When I was younger I would put off going out as I wanted to lose weight and to wear my dream dress. I realised one day that I was missing out and that my friends didn’t and don’t care how big or small I am and neither does the rest of the world, so my advice…

  • Take part in life and make sure you make some amazing memories
  • Life passes far too quickly, so never wish it to go faster
  • Time is precious and should be lived for today and not some perceived better moment in the future

Jane Ingham

“I grew up as a very shy teenager, an only child with older parents who weren’t particularly ambitious or pro school work. My teachers and other adults mistook my shyness for indifference and thought that I couldn’t be bothered which was so far from the truth.

But getting a job in a local restaurant when I was a sixth former was the best thing that happened to me – it forced me to talk to people, to engage and I realised swiftly that the more I did the better the tips got. If I was interested, I appeared interesting. I had no clue what to do for a career until the owner of the restaurant suggested I got into advertising, I jumped in and have never looked back. Up to that point no-one had given me any indication that I was capable of doing anything – so my advice…

  • Take opportunities you never know where they’ll lead
  • Get a bar job or work in a restaurant, it will do wonders for you confidence
  • Believe in yourself, you can do anything
  • Don’t worry too much about your career plans, the decisions you make and the people you meet will help you find your way”

 

Lyn Bromley

  • lyn-and-grace“Do what you love – it took me a while to work out what this was, 32 years to be precise!! At the tender age of 13 when you are asked to choose your options there are very few people who really know what they want to do as a career at that point. Do what you love, it makes studying much easier when you are working on subjects that interest you.
  • Be confident in who you are and don’t do things to suit other people – ensure that you are making decisions because they are what you want to do. It is so easy for teens to be persuaded into taking choices that they know in their heart of hearts are not right for them.
  • Stick to what you believe in and be the person you want to be. I remember some key decisions I made as a teenager and they were really defining moments. All we can do as parents is teach our children right from wrong and imbue them with love and strong values, trusting that when important decisions come along, their own internal compass will guide them to take the right decisions. But don’t worry, we all mess up from time to time – even grown ups!!
  • Enjoy your teenage years – I remember being told by adults that they are the best days of your life, no worries and responsibilities etc, etc. At the time I didn’t believe them in my desire to be a grown up. Looking back, they were carefree days when the most important things were friends, who was dating who and what was No 1 in the charts! They are days to be enjoyed and savoured as we do frequently look back on them as an adult wishing we could capture those times again. Enjoy and have fun!”

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Tell us how you’re planning to change your life this year, and you could win a different bangle each month. One lucky winner will win £150 at the end of the year to create their own stack of Alex and Ani bangles, bursting with positive energy!

Just let us know what WISDOM you’d pass on to your teenage self for your chance to win. One lucky winner will be picked out on August 31st to win the Endless Knot bangle. Let us know on Twitter or Facebook or send us an email to positive@fabulouscollections.co.uk #positivechange