Solihull: Summer Trends!

The girls from fabulous Solihull have been on a spree around the town! The team visited some of their favourite shops to find out what’s trending in the town this summer…

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Bravissimo Swimwear from £32, Swatches from £32

Firstly the girls took a trip to Bravissimo in Solihull’s beautiful shopping centre, Touchwood, to take a look at this season’s most popular swimwear. The staff in Bravissimo all agreed that high-waisted bikinis are particularly on trend this summer! As well as vibrant colours such as bright orange and lime green, perfect for your summer holidays.

The Solihull girls think Swatch Watches are the perfect pool side accessory, with their bright summer colours to complement the popular vibrant bikinis this season!

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Nars Eyeshadow from £21, Alex and Ani Rings from £24

After Bravissimo the girls visited Space NK, located outside on our sunny high-street. We spoke to the staff from Nars who all said their new summer collection, Sea, Suspense and Splendor, has been very popular this season. The collection includes calming blue and dazzling gold eye-shadows, which are perfect for a summer night out with friends. Complete this look with the new Alex and Ani coastal rings.

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O-Bags from £25, ChloBo Stacks from £215

The girls also went to O-Bag, which is new to Touchwood this year, to check out this season’s trends. The staff in O-Bag said their brand new insert, ‘Tropical Flowers’ has flown off the shelves this summer. Try a White Classic Body with the Tropical Flowers insert for the perfect look! Complete your outfit with a ChloBo Stack.

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Happiness Mantra Necklaces from £45

Enjoy a Touch of Rio at Solihull’s very own beach. From the 9th July – 4th September Touchwood have built their very own beach for the public to enjoy. With activities including live music, sand art, free BBQs and a Bank Holiday Party on the 27th August there is so much to do!

Enjoy a day out here wearing our ‘Happiness’ Mantra necklace bar.

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Perfumes from £20, Daisy London Daisies from £32

Next the girls went to check out this season’s perfumes at the Fragrance Shop. The Staff recommended their favourite summer sent by Victor and Rolf, Flowerbomb. The scent is bursting with floral accords- perfect for summer! This concept reminds us of one of our favourite brands at fabulous – Daisy; we think Flowerbomb and Daisy jewellery are a match made in Heaven.

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Cocktails at Turtle Bay from £6.95, Take What You Need Necklaces from £42.50

Last but not least the girls took a visit to Turtle Bay, which is brand new to Solihull this summer. Enjoy Caribbean-themed cocktails and food in the outside seated area, perfect for a summer night out with family or friends. The Turtle bay staff said Raspberry Reggae has been the most popular cocktail this summer.

The girls at fabulous Solihull think our eclectic new brand, Take What You Need, would be the perfect accessory to sparkle during a summer night at Turtle Bay.

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School of Jewellery fabulous Futures Awards!

Last night saw the end of year show from the graduating students of the School of Jewellery in Birmingham. Fabulous works with students on the Design for Industry BA(Hons) course, giving retail and commercial input at various points throughout the course. As well as supporting the course with tutorials and work experience, and being on the end of year panel, Fabulous awards up to two ‘Fabulous Futures’ awards every year, choosing the designer or designers who show the most promise, and whom owner Jo Stroud and Creative Manager Sinade Prosser feel that Fabulous can help the most.

The winner of this year’s Fabulous Futures award is Suzannah Key, a young designer from Devon who has created a beautiful range of Spinning pendants. Susannah is a talented artist who draws extremely well, and is able to follow through her sketches all the way through into casting them into her jewellery collection. Suzannah will showcase her designs at the Fabulous Garden Party; have mentoring sessions with Jo, Sinade, Rhian and the team to help her develop her proposition, pricing, branding, website and business plan; and receives a £400 bursary to help with materials and general expenses as she gets started.

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“Suzannah’s designs are just perfect. They have been beautifully cast, and have a lovely weight and quality to them. We are really looking forward to helping Suzannah bring them to market,” explains Jo.

This year was very tough, with so many talented designers graduating from the programme, but they decided to focus all their efforts on Suzannah this year, rather than splitting the award. Other highly commended stars this year included:

  • Rebecca Wilkes, who gorgeous flower rings are set to become huge. “I can see them on the pages of Elle and Vogue,” says Jo. “Rebecca is very creative, and her designs are a perfect fit for high fashion.”
  •  Katy Tromans also really impressed Jo and Sinade, with her intricately-realised fairy tale creations, “Like nothing else I have ever seen – beautiful!”, added Sinade.
  • And Charlotte Rowenna’s gorgeous stone-set rings looked like they had come out of the sea fully formed, inspired by barnacles, mussels and driftwood.

“I really wish all the young designers well going forward – I wish we could help all of them! There was so much talent this year, and they were really focused on their target audience, branding and brand story, as well as the jewellery designs – so we were incredibly impressed with them. The School of Jewellery is doing a fantastic job at training these young designers to be ready for the real world.”

Having a moment: Paradise Prints

It’s seconds away from May and the promise of a fabulous Summer is on the horizon (OK it snowed this week but we’re ignoring that) with payday around the corner I’ve been compiling a Summer wish list ready for holidays, a fun social calendar and well, just because! I’m known in fabulous for my colour aversion but something has happened this season and my eye is drawn to vibrant palettes and busy prints. I love the combination of bright flora and forna in watercolour strokes and neon shades, I’ve decided I’m a convert – and I’m calling it paradise prints, because I’m not a ‘floral’ person!

On my lust list…

It all started with this watch from Ice – I love it!

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Paradise Ice Watch, £79.95 from fabulous

Then after wondering what the brands from my teen years were up to, I re-visited Warehouse, and boy am I glad I did. My wedding guest wardrobe will solely be from them this year as well as many a holiday outfit!

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Silk Floral Print Dress, £95 from Warehouse

We’ve been working with our friends from Mercy this season, and we love their Druzy Rocks collection. I love the lustre of the crystals, they’re the perfect way to add a splash of colour to your look and the beautiful card they come on looks great in my jewellery box!

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Druzy Rocks Necklace, £24 from fabulous

There’s no better way to brighten up your bedroom than a fabulous set of bedding (you know you’re getting older when a duvet cover is as exciting as a new pair of shoes!) I love this one from BHS, £65 for Superking

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Happy Friday Tropical Bedding Set, £65 from BHS

What have you got your eyes on for Summer, or what will you be treating yourself to this payday? Let us know in the comments below…

Update on my training for the London Marathon – Jo Stroud

As many of you know, I am running in the London Marathon in April, to raise money for Breast Cancer Now.

I ran in the Bath Half Marathon last weekend, to test my progress and to experience running with 15,000 people. What a great day! Gorgeous sunshine, huge camaraderie, and a beautiful city to run around.

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However, I found the run very tough. More hilly than I expected; hard to get a good pace with so many people; and bad cramp in my knee and foot, 4 miles from the end.

So, a tough race, and a good wake-up call, 6 weeks before London, that I need to work harder. If anyone has any good cures for cramp, then do let me know – tweet us @FabCollection or post to our Facebook page /FabulousCollections. I am trying magnesium supplements and spray, and doing a lot more stretching before a run now.

My fund-raising is going well, thanks to the generosity of so many customers, designers, and friends. I am at £2700 now, aiming to get to £3000 by the time of the run. It’s a brilliant cause – Breast Cancer Now – so I would love to reach the £3000 goal. I have a fund-raising page set up at www.justgiving.com/jostroud.

I’ll continue to keep you updated with my progress over the final few weeks, as April 24th looms ever closer! Thanks very much for reading this, and for your support.

Jo x

Path of Symbols Update: Alex and Ani Spring Mythology

We love the latest editions to the Path of Symbols collection from Alex and Ani. This Spring we welcome the ‘Scarab’ ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Ouroborus’ – three fabulous new bangles inspired by their mythological counterparts. Perfect for Spring they welcome change, adaptability and new beginnings… which one will you wear?

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You can shop the new bangles, rings and wraps from the The New Day collection here

Happy Valentine’s Day to me!

Celebrate the day of love and romance by letting the most important person know how much you love them – you! Fill your day with treats and reminders of just how fabulous you are, whether you’re celebrating with friends, family or your significant other – take a moment to embrace some #selflove

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From top left: Alex and Ani Lovestruck Ring, £24

Mantra Initial Necklace, £25

Faith Giving Key, £30

Alex and Ani Wild at Heart Bangle, £24

Alex and Ani Lovestruck Arrow Wrap, £42

ChloBo Triangle Ring, £40

The Giving Keys Love Padlock, £58

Happiness Mantra Bar in Gold, £58

 

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Top Romantic Spots for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day around the corner we’re dreaming of where we’d love to spend the most romantic day of the year! We’ve already picked out our dream jewellery so now it’s time for some location spotting…

For a location close to our Solihull store we’re lusting after a spot at Marco Pierre White’s roof-top restaurant in The Cube, we’re not so bothered about the food, more the cocktails overlooking the city!

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We’re lucky enough to visit Bath often and we love it, it’s such a beautiful city full of character and history which makes it the perfect romantic city break. So if Bath was our Valentine’s location we’d definitely head to the Thermae Spa for a roof-top dip in the natural thermal waters before visiting one of Bath’s many amazing bars and restaurants. We love the Art Bar in the Abbey Hotel for cocktails and Sotto Sotto for fabulous Italian food.

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Head office is based in Leamington Spa which also has a plethora of amazing bars and restaurants perfect for the romantic occasion. We’d head to Morgan’s Bar above Restaurant 23 for cocktails (which we have been known to treat ourselves to after management meetings) we love the art deco interior and recommend the espresso martini, and then we’d heat out for a cosy dinner at Wildes.

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What are your plans this Valentine’s Day? Do you have a recommendation for our fabulous areas?