Rhian’s January Sale Edit

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…

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

Rhian

eCommerce Manager

Treat yourself on Valentine’s Day!

You don’t have to be in a relationship to get a fabulous Valentine’s day present, treat yourself to a little treat this Saturday, or spoil a friend or family member with a token of love this year!

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1. Nomination Bracelet, buy two links and we’ll send you the bracelet for FREE! Links from £18

2. Alex and Ani Providence collection in Gold from £42

3. Daisy Alpha Bracelet in Gold £50

4. Nikki Lissoni Dreamcatcher Coin in Rose Gold £28

5. Alex and Ani V66 Love Wrap in Silver £41

Story of the Month #WhyIWear Alex and Ani: Memories by Rhian

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I’ve been collecting Alex and Ani bangles for over a year now, I love the look, the sound they make jingling on my wrist, but most of all I love what they say about me, the people that bought them for me and the positive affirmations they bring me. Here’s my stack and #whyIwear them…

 

Rhian with her Dad on her 30th Birthday

Rhian with her Dad on her 30th Birthday

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I added the Nile and Euphrates bangles to add some texture to my stack, the ‘love’ bangle I fell in love with when I saw it and I like to remind myself to feel love in everything I do. I chose my Disc bangles to represent what’s important to me, the Path of Life reminds me that everything happens for a reason, the Om acts as a reminder to be calm and do as I would be done by, the Eye of Horus is a beautiful symbol which represents intuition and protection and reminds me to trust my instincts. The feather I bought on Mother’s Day for my Mum, who loved Native American Indian culture and always wore feather jewellery, it is my reminder that she’s with me every day.

 

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1. Gold Nile, £33 – Silver Euphrates, £33  2. Vintage66 Love Wrap, £41  3. Gypsy66 Wrap, £50  4. Path of Life, £24 – Om Disc, £21  – Eye of Horus, £21 – Small Feather, £24

Rhian wears her Alex and Ani bangles to celebrate Memories – let us know which bangle you’d choose to remember someone special and why with #whyIwear. Tweet us, email us (positive@fabulouscollections.co.uk) or post your comment on our Facebook page or on Instagram. Each month we’ll reward our favourite story with a £20 voucher towards your next bangle.

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December Bangle of the Month: Peace

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We can’t believe how fast this year has gone, here we are in December with our final bangle of the month blog! The Peace bangle is December’s bangle of the month which couldn’tbe more appropriate at this time of year. Christmas is the season of goodwill, joy and giving thanks for all that we have, nonetheless, it can also be a stressful time and anything but peaceful, so here are our top tips on making it a peaceful Christmas from the fabulous team…

Jo Stroud (Owner of fabulous)
“It can be hard when both sets of parents want to spend Christmas with you, but are at opposite ends of the country. We have always taken turns – we spend Christmas with one set of parents and New Year with the other; then swap it around the following year, with no exceptions. It has worked well for us for a dozen years or so, and makes for a stress-free Christmas period without any arguments about who is going where!” – Jo

Rhian Mainwaring (eCommerce Manager)
“Christmas shopping is my favourite thing in the world, I absolutely love buying my friends and family gifts. I buy all my main presents for them online and order them well in advance, then I take to the high-street to pick up the extra bits to go under the tree. My brother and Dad get a link to a Pinterest board so they know what I’d like – it’s not traditional but it takes the stress out of choosing for them! The more organised you can be, the less stressed!”

Sinade Prosser (Solihull Manager)
“I work out what our menu will be for Christmas at the beginning of the month and do an online order. That means I get the delivery slot I want and don’t have the stress of working out food too close to the time.”

Becky Johnson (Bath Manager)
“I wrap my presents as soon as I buy them. I love wrapping presents and it’s much more fun to do it in stages rather than having the stress of wrapping them all in one go at the end. It gets me in the festive mood and it means that prying eyes won’t discover their gifts!”

Laura Caves (Leamington Manager)
“Do your shopping early, it stops a last minute rush which is extremely stressful as often you won’t be able to buy the things you wanted. It’s also busier in stores closer to Christmas so you’ll find yourself queuing and getting frustrated.”

win-the-bangle-of-the-month-alex-and-aniTell 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!

We’d love to hear how you plan to make your Christmas stress-free and peaceful, tell us before December 31st to be in with a chance of winning the Peace bangle. Let us know on Twitter or Facebook or send us an email to positive@fabulouscollections.co.uk #positivechange

 

Alex and Ani Bangle of the Month: October, Power

Jo Stroud is the owner of fabulous, a boutique jewellery retailer with three fabulous stores, a Pandora store and designer jewellery eCommerce site. This month’s Alex and Ani ‘Bangle of the Month’ is the Skeleton Key, representing Power – here Jo shares with us why she thinks the campaign ‘I’m not bossy I’m the boss’ (supported by Beyoncé, Condoleezza Rice and Sinead O’Connor, to name but a few) is so relevant to fabulous staff and customers:

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The fabulous Senior Management Team. From Top Left Laura, Becky, Rhian. Bottom Left, Anna, Jo and Sinade

“I set Fabulous up 9 years ago, in 2005, after a career of 7 years in book retail, followed by 7 years in marketing. We are very female-dominated as a business, and my entire senior management team is made up of bright, ambitious, energetic and positive women.

I have been lucky enough to have strong female role models throughout my career, and it has definitely made a difference to me.

I went to an all-girls school, with a strong and impressive Head Mistress, where we were brought up to be academic and ambitious, with the assumption that we would go on into professional, management or leadership roles. Then at university, I joined a networking group called ‘Women in Publishing’ and met several talented women in senior roles within publishing companies.

This included a bright and ambitious American lady who ran the flagship Dillons Bookstore on Gower Street, in London. It was because of her that I joined Dillons after university, and spent 7 very happy years there. The HR Director, and the Marketing and Buying Directors, were all women during my time there, so it seemed entirely natural to me that women would be in leadership roles.

When I moved to a Marketing Agency, the senior management team was initially all men. By the time I left, 7 years later, I was one of three female senior managers, and there were three men – so we had managed to even the leadership team!

Without such role models through my education and early career, I may well not have been so confident in myself, and my ability to set up and run a successful business. I have been called bossy many times in my life, and I don’t mind at all: I know my own mind and am not afraid to give direction or express my views. But I can so easily see that girls who have not been lucky enough to have the same upbringing and education as me can lack that confidence, and be discouraged from going for leadership roles.

So, I totally agree with Sheryl Sandberg, of Google and now Facebook, when she says ‘I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy, to be told instead that has leadership skills’. At fabulous, we completely support the ‘I’m not bossy I’m the boss’ campaign, to encourage young women to be as ambitious and as powerful as they want to be. The Alex and Ani Skeleton Key Bangle, with its meaning of Power, Choice and Liberation, expresses this perfectly”.

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Just let us know what POWER means to you and one lucky winner will be picked out on October 31st to win the Skeleton Key bangle. Let us know on Twitter or Facebook or send us an email to positive@fabulouscollections.co.uk #positivechange

 

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

 

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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

Alex and Ani Bangle of the Month, August: Path of Life

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Each month, we will feature a different bangle with a different meaning, to inspire us all to examine different aspects of our lives – our health, our relationships, our finances, our state of mind, our environment – and see how we can change them for the better. Tell us how you’re planning to change your life this year, and you could win a different bangle each month – and 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!
August’s Bangle of the Month is the Path of Life representing strength, knowledge and motivation. With exam results coming out this month and big decisions on the horizon we spoke to members of the fabulous team about their education choices. Whether University was on the cards, how they chose or are choosing their subjects and what helped them to choose between University, college or a job.

 

Sian, Leamington Spa Team

I have just finished my A-levels in Maths, Chemistry and Economics, with the hope of going to university next year to do chemistry. I’m choosing to do Chemistry as since studying it at A-level I can see how much it is needed in life, from accessing clean water to driving to work. Not only is chemistry useful in everyday life, it also is the subject that develops new materials and technologies that will be used by doctors and engineers to help better everyone’s lives. I can’t wait to study something I’m passionate about and to make a difference!

Rhian, eCommerce Manager

I always loved art and fashion and grew up thinking I wanted to be a fashion designer. I did my A-levels, went on to do a foundation year in art and get a place at one of the best fashion universities in the UK. About 6 months into my degree I realised that it just wasn’t for me and I didn’t feel challenged, so I changed to a degree in Journalism. It’s the best thing I ever did and has meant I’ve gone on to have a career I absolutely love! My advice: If something doesn’t feel right then change it, it may feel scary at the time but you only live once, make sure you don’t have any regrets!

Vic, Solihull Supervisor

After Senior School I continued on to Solihull Sixth Form College to study Media Studies for 2 years, which I loved! When it was time to think about University, I had lengthy conversations with my family, friends and teachers. One day I was up for it, and deciding on whether to go to a Uni close by or to move away to another city, and the next day I couldn’t dream of leaving all my friends and family for such a long period of time! In the end I decided not to go to University and to work full-time instead. I know this was the right decision for me as I am extremely close to my family, love my job, and love fun days out with my gorgeous little niece, I couldn’t have missed out on her growing up!

Laura, Leamington Spa Key Holder

I have always been creative, as a child I loved drawing and painting and throughout school I soon realised that creativity was my strength. I started a fashion course at the Butts College in Coventry but it just didn’t feel right, so I was left confused at what to do next and got a retail job while I made some decisions. It turned out that I absolutely loved working with people, I’d always thought about hairdressing and while working with the public I realised that was the route for me. I wanted a creative job that was also a trade, and I wanted to work with people, the flair for hair had always been there. I tried to take the apprenticeship route but at the tender age of 21 my age always got in the way, so while completing my NVQ Level 2 at college in the evening and working at fabulous Solihull Fabulous during the day, I started to feel that things were falling into place!

I wouldn’t say my hairdressing experience has been an easy ride but it has taught me many things that I have been able to bring to my job at Fabulous, such as styling and colouring and what suits what type of person. The whole process has taught me a lot about myself, no matter how difficult something may be if you have the will and desire to complete it, you will find the strength to go out and get it!


 

The Path of Life reminds us that whatever decisions we make, or whatever path we choose, the most important thing is to make the right choice for yourself. Are you making a big decision? Let us know what life changing decision you made or are making regarding your education for your chance to win the Path of Life bangle.

If you know someone who has just graduated take a look at our gift guide.

Tweet, Facebook or email us (positive@fabulouscollections.co.uk) for your chance to win!

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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 how your outlook on KNOWLEDGE will change this year. One lucky winner will be picked out on August 31st to win the Path of Life Bangle. Let us know on Twitter or Facebook or send us an email to positive@fabulouscollections.co.uk #positivechange