With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Cupid is gracing the covers of cards and romantic gifts, his bow and arrow synonymous with the romantic time of year. Alex and Ani have referenced the arrow in their ‘hooked on you’ collection for Valentine’s Day 2016, but the arrow has a rich history of symbolism, anchored in Native American Indians traditions…
- Two Arrows pointing away from each other depicts war
- Arrows crossed over shows friendship
- More than 3 arrows represents strength, it’s easy to snap one arrow where as a bunch of arrows is much harder to break, symbolising solidarity
- A broken arrow represents a feud coming to an end, the end of a disagreement or war
We love the arrow, for us at fabulous it symbolises overcoming difficult times, it represents the path of your life and reminds us that sometimes you have to be pulled backwards in order to be propelled forwards in a new exciting direction.
As January comes to an end, we want to continue to soar on the excitement of the New Year. The arrow reminds us that we still have a whole year of exciting adventures and that we are very much aiming forward. Here are the Arrow items we have our eyes on this payday…
Mantra Silver Arrow Necklace, £30
Cross Arrow Wall Sticker, Etsy £12.23
Alex and Ani Adjustable Rose Gold Arrow Ring, £24
Mint Green Arrow Note Cards, £15 from Notonthehighstreet
Arrow Cushion, from £35 Notonthehighstreet
Alex and Ani Arrow Wrap, £42
Are you treating yourself this payday? Which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below…
Some beautiful new additions to ALEX AND ANI’s Path of Symbols collection have arrived at fabulous and they are serving as a welcome pick-me-up as we near the end of January! The Path of Symbols collection from ALEX AND ANI consists of both their most popular symbols as well as brand new symbols to add to your collection. Old favourites have been re-imagined as larger, more heavily textured charms, and are the perfect way to breathe new life into your stack! We adore the little details on these new bangles, with their intricately embossed designs and meanings engraved on the reverse.
WISDOM | COMPASSION | DESTINY
The intricate pattern of the endless knot represents the ever-shifting nature of the spiritual path, which encompasses boundless wisdom and compassion. The knot is an eternal pattern, connecting infinite destiny with time and change. Wear the Endless Knot to signify grounding in the present moment, and attachment to the eternal cycle of life.
WELCOME | WARMTH | FRIENDSHIP
A symbol of welcome and good cheer, the pineapple is synonymous with hospitality. Traditionally, New England sea captains placed a pineapple outside their homes to promise a safe return. Wear this pineapple to celebrate, friendship, family and warm welcomes!
GODDESS | POWER | LIGHT
A true Queen rules with the perfect blend of femininity and authority. Invested with divine power, she inspires greatness in everyone she leads. Wear the Queen’s Crown to remind you to take charge with grace, and pair firmness with benevolence.
TRUTH | PEACE | FAITH
The dove is a universal icon symbolising peace, faith and truth. A gentle and graceful bird, the dove is believed to be divine. The dove signifies new beginnings, and acts as a reminder that everything is going to be alright.
Shop Path of Symbols at fabulous!
According to The Telegraph, Blue Monday was in fact a marketing ploy from a holiday company, based on weather conditions and debt levels they believed that the third Monday in January was the most depressing. We can all agree that Mondays aren’t always the best day, but with the added pressure of New Year’s Resolutions slipping by the wayside this time of year can feel a bit blue. So here’s 5 things to do today that will cheer you up!
- Get some fresh air
Don’t be tempted to stay couped up in your office or front room. It may be cold outside but some fresh air really blows out the cobwebs, so venture out for a walk wrapped up warm and really take in your surroundings. Don’t rush, just take in the beauty around you, you’ll instantly feel upbeat.
2. Plan a lovely meal
Think of your favourite winter warmer, or plan a huge healthy salad that you’ve been wanting to try out. Head to your local grocer and butcher in your lunch break and buy some lovely ingredients, you’ll be supporting local businesses, will get wonderful ingredients and can look forward to a great meal tonight. Whoever gets to enjoy the meal with you will be made up!
3. Do some exercise
Was it your New Years Resolution and has started to fall by the wayside? Don’t let it! Go for a walk or a jog, do an exercise video at home or if you joined the gym go and use it. Ten minutes will be enough to get your pulse racing and to feel great, all of those endorphins will banish the Monday blues (and you can be smug on Tuesday).
4. Treat Yourself
January is often a quiet month, we’re all feeling the pinch after Christmas and early paydays so it can feel like a long time with no treats. Set yourself a small budget and treat yourself. If it’s under £10, Lauren G Adams rings are now just £9, Daisy Alpha Jewellery starts at just £10.50 and Thomas Sabo Letter Pendants are only £9.98
5. Read a book in bed
Research shows that we need between six and nine hours sleep a night, we also know that tech should be banished from the bedroom. The blue light emitting from phones and tablets stops us from feeling sleepy, so before you know it you’re awake way past your bedtime and all you’ve accomplished is a social media catch up! So head to bed an hour earlier than normal, banish your phone and escape in a good book.
What are your top tips for banishing the blues? We’d love to know in the comments below…
Our favourite trend this season? Statement earrings! From the runway to the red carpet, the most stylish of celebs are ditching the simple stud for elaborate and striking earrings. Bold earrings are a low maintenance accessory to add some colour and texture to your look, and they frame the face beautifully.
(L-R) Earrings in Baroque Pearl, Ruby and Emerald by Soru: £130-60
These one-of-a-kind earrings by Soru feature genuine precious stones, Swarovski crystals and 18ct gold vermeil: they are the perfect way to add all-out glamour to any ensemble! Shop them at fabulous!
(L-R) Maharani Pink Drops, Blue Corundum and Silver Earrings and Maharani Milky Aqua Quartz Drops by Thomas Sabo: £135-235
These stunning earrings by Thomas Sabo feature semi-precious stones to add some subtle colour to your look, and a dusting of Cubic Zirconia to hint at classic Hollywood sparkle. Shop them at fabulous!
Our sale this New Year really is fabulous! We have some truly iconic brands up to 70% off, which make them a really great style investment for 2016. It’s also a great time to pick up jewellery for friends or relatives for upcoming Birthdays or celebrations, you can shop within your budget but get a lot more, coming away with some really beautiful sentimental pieces of jewellery which they’ll adore. Here’s my pick of the fabulous sale…
Jennifer Zeuner is huge in America and favoured by all the A-list stars. The jewellery is classic with modern design twists featuring beautiful protection talismans. The perfect layering look (which becomes extremely affordable in the sale) made from Sterling Silver with precious stone elements. I can’t resist treating myself to one of these pieces, this Evil Eye necklace was £116 and is now £34.80, the classic Chelsea bar bracelet in Rose Gold (below) was £124 and is now £37.20!
This Chelsea Bar Bracelet is a great example of a piece of jewellery to buy and keep for a special present. You could have it engraved for a special Birthday or anniversary, or in my case, just keep it.
Seeing the line up for Coachella being announced has got me dreaming of Californian Summers and all the fabulous jewellery to go with it. I don’t know about anyone else but I’m already thinking about my next holiday and Hipanema is the perfect accessory, I love to pile my bracelets up, but if I’m on holiday or at a big event I love the ease of one big statement cuff with the appearance of lots of layers.
They’re now 70% off, so instead of £69, they’re now £20.70 – take a look at their instagram for some serious life envy and a dose of sunshine.
I love stacking rings; these Lauren G Adams rings come in a rainbow of colours but for Autumn/Winter I love them in glossy Black/White/Silver and Gold – they look great with the ChloBo Arrow midi ring too, plus, they’re all in the sale! Lauren G Adams rings are now only £8.40 and the ChloBo midi rings are 50% off, you can shop ChloBo rings here.
You can browse the fabulous SALE here, what will you be treating yourself to this January?
As many of you know, I am running in the London Marathon in April, to raise money for Breast Cancer Now.
I am now in the 16-week countdown, so the training has kicked in properly:
Pilates on Monday evenings to stretch muscles and build core strength; a 6 to 8km run on a Tuesday; hill sprints on a Wednesday to build fitness; a rest day on Thursday; a slightly longer run Friday evening, before the long runs kick in at the weekend – 12km last Sunday, building to 15km this Sunday, then up to 18km, then a half-marathon (21km), and upwards from there, until I get to 42km, or 26 miles.
I have found a number of things that make a real difference:
- Watching TED talks on my iPad, when I run on my treadmill at home, makes the time fly and is genuinely fascinating.
- Listening to audio books on my iPod when running outside – particularly psychology books – gives me something to think about and motivates me while I am running.
- Wearing the right kit, that also makes me smile: brightly-coloured new trainers, fitted by the brilliant guys at Coventry Runner, who carry out ‘gait analysis’ to correct your stride. Filming me running, it was clear that my ankle was bending, so they recommended some new Asics that have corrected the problem completely.
- And I loved the colour so much, that I bought a Swatch watch from our Solihull store to match! Easy to read the numbers when running, lightweight and comfortable with its silicon strap, it is the perfect running watch – especially when teamed with a FitBit on the other wrist.
- And a great book from my friend, Emma – ‘Run like a Girl’ – which is full of good advice and inspiring stories of early female marathon runners. It was only in 1972 that women were allowed into the Boston Marathon, for example, as it was believed that women’s bodies couldn’t cope with the distance!
But mainly – it is the thought that I will raise money for such a good cause that is motivating me as I train. Breast Cancer Now is determined to stop deaths from breast cancer, by 2050. Although many more survive than ever before, 12,000 women still die every year from Breast Cancer.
Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, created by the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. We have supported this excellent charity for many years at Fabulous, and many of you have donated over those years at our events and raffles.
Now, I’d like to ask you to support it further, by sponsoring me for the marathon. I’m aiming to raise £3000 for this cause, and have a fund-raising page set up at www.justgiving.com/jostroud.
I’ll keep you updated with my progress over the next few weeks as the date gets closer! Thanks very much for reading this, and for your support.