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…

Top 5 Summer Festival Looks

1.neon

Take centre stage with neon brights! Block colours in vivid hues capture the energy of the festival season, topped with eye-catching accessories. Finish the look with a summer manicure, glow sticks and a full arm party!

Top 5 for Neon trend 1. Ice Watch Yellow and Blue  2. Chlobo Yellow Tassel Pendant  3. Chlobo Let’s Dance Amethyst  4.Lizas Coachella Ring  5. Story Orange Silk Bracelet

Rave at…Global Gathering 25 & 26 July
Headlining the annual dance music festival this year is Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status & David Guetta at Long Marston Airfield in Stratford upon Avon.

2.boho

Dance freely under the setting sun with an understated bohemian inspired look. Channel the hippie vibe with floating layers, leather fringing and lots of vintage inspired jewellery in silver and turquoise. Lucky talismans finish this look perfectly.

Top 5 for Boho trend 1. Thomas Sabo Feather Ear Cuff   2. Nikki Lissoni Dream catcher Dangle Necklace  3. Thomas Sabo Hand of Fatima Pendant  4. Brave Turquoise Ring   5. Chlobo stacking bracelets

Celeb spot at…Glastonbury 25-29 June
The lucky folk who bagged a ticket to this years Glasto will see headliners Arcade Fire & Kasabian next weekend. The rest of us will just have to watch the highlights on TV & admire the festival style from a distance!

3.90s

Slogan tees, washed-out denim and chunky boots (because who really needs wellies?) Rock to your favourite band in style with vintage designs with a 90’s twist, plus classic accessories that are simple and chic.

Top 5 for 90’s Grunge trend 1. Vivienne Westwood Kensington Watch 2. Nikki Lissoni Gold Cross 23mm Coin  3. Alex and Ani Vintage 66 Bangle  4. Story Saturn Ring Necklace  5. Bering Ceramic Earrings

Be cool atWireless Festival 4-6 July
Wireless is being staged at Perry Park in Birmingham for this first time, with headlining act Kanye West.

4.

pastelsSoft summer hues in a confection of pastel shades create a girly summer look, ideal for the sunniest of days (and those who like to avoid the mud!)

Top 5 for Pastel trend 1. Ted Baker Blue Leather Watch  2. Thomas Sabo Karma Beads  3.  Forget Me Not Teardrop Earrings  4.  Forget Me Not Necklace  5. Cinderela B Straw Liberty Print Bracelet

Sun yourself at… Boardmasters 6-10 August
A weekend of beach-side living at Fistral Beach in Cornwall with live music and surfing competitions.

5.

tribalSkip to a tribal beat with animal prints infused with bold earthy colours and ethnic detail. Think buzzing Rio and it’s infusion of colour and don’t hold back! Wear chunky necklaces in vibrant colours with rose gold rings and earrings for an exotic combination.

Top 5 for Tribal trend 1. Swatch Astilbe Watch  2. Daisy Sahara Smoky Quartz Earrings  3. Lizas Rio Necklace  4. Thomas Sabo Tropical Flower Earrings  5. Nomination Safari Animal Print Bracelet

Join the party atNotting Hill Carnival 24 – 25 August
This vivid spectacle in London is Europe’s biggest street festival with live raggae music, salsa, Caribbean food and much more.

 What’s your festival look?

Christmas Gifts for Teenagers: Presents Worth Tweeting About!

It can be really hard finding new ideas for teenagers every Christmas, as it’s so easy to buy the ‘wrong’ brand in their eyes, or something that just isn’t on trend. It’s especially hard if you’re buying for a friend’s kids, rather than close family.

Jo Stroud and Sinade Prosser are our head buyers and it’s their task to seek out what is hot and not in the eyes of teenagers. Along with the web team, they keep a close eye on the fashion press, as well as social media and top blogs to see what everyone wants to be seen in. Celebrity endorsements are a big part of the ‘cool’ factor, as well as European and American trends.

“We know our customers really well, and we know how hard they find it to come up with thoughtful gifts for those difficult teenage years. We spend hours on our customers’ behalf seeking out perfect treasures, and highlighting them as ‘Fab 5’ gifts in our Christmas Catalogue and on-line, to make it even easier.”

These five gifts meet the brief exactly – must-have gifts they’ll be tweeting about on Christmas Day, and still talking about when they get back to school!

You're a Star, Lily and Lotty

You’re a Star, Lily and Lotty

1. Lily and Lotty ‘Love Letter’, £42
This is such a cute gift for a teenage girl or younger. A Sterling Silver envelope, set with a real diamond, and inscribed with a meaningful message. It comes on a chain so she can wear it as a pendant, or simply keep it as a lucky charm. We’ve picked out ‘You’re a Star’, but there are more than 30 other lovely messages to choose from. Perfect for your little star.

Cruciani Bracelets

Cruciani Bracelets

2. Cruciani Macrame Bracelet, £10
From Beyoncé to Paris Hilton, celebrities around the world have been going mad for these crocheted bracelets from Italy. Made from macramé lace, and available in a riot of colours, in patterns from hearts to clovers to knots, these are the perfect stocking fillers for kids and grown-ups! Perfect for the on-trend teenager into her music and festivals.

Lizas Sparkling Nights Set

Lizas Sparkling Nights Set

3. Sparkling Nights, £28
A stack of semi-precious stone and crystal bracelets, in shades of midnight blue. These semi-precious stone sets are gorgeously glamorous, and are a great way to glam up jeans for a night out, without breaking the bank. Perfect for a party girl!

Ice Watch

Ice Watch

4. Ice-Watch, from £79.95
Brightly-coloured Ice-Watches started appearing on the scene a few years ago, and have become one of the must-have gifts for teenage boys and girls. Made from sturdy silicon, and water resistant to 100 metres, they come in a rainbow of bright colours that can match any outfit. Perfect for an outdoorsy girl, or tomboy.

Treasure Me, Estella Bartlett

Treasure Me, Estella Bartlett

5. ‘Treasure Me’, Estella Bartlett, £14
On-trend necklaces plated in Silver or Rose Gold, from an ex-fashion journalist, designed with whimsical motifs. This cute gold-plated bow is perfect for channelling her inner Alexa Chung. With loads of different designs from wishbones to hearts, these well-priced and thoughtfully packaged necklaces make great gifts. Perfect for a fashionista.

My Fabulous Watch Wardrobe: Jo

Name: Jo Stroud
Position: Owner of Fabulous

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“When I’m dressed smartly or heading out for dinner, I love my CK Equal watch in Rose Gold, as it’s a stylish watch with an art deco look, that works well for a more dressy occasion. I’ve got several pieces of Rose Gold jewellery now, which go really well with this design.”

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JoRadley

“For a more casual look, I’ve got one of last year’s bestselling Radley watches – the cream leather strap with the cut-out Scottie Dog on the face, in pinks and lilacs. It’s a great look that combines a fun design with Summer colours, perfect for this time of year.”

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JoIce

“Whenever I can, I head down to Cornwall for a weekend, to enjoy the relaxed feeling of life by the sea. We enjoy heading out on a speedboat for a few hours, anchoring up at a waterside pub, and generally taking it easy. I haven’t yet got the perfect watch for this, but the new Ice Slims with their silicon straps and 100m water resistance would be great for when I’m jumping on and off the boat, tying us up to moorings. The Sky Blue Pink one is on my must-buy-for-Summer list!”

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My Fabulous Watch Wardrobe: Ally

Name: Ally 
Store: Leamington Spa
Position: Full time
Age: 22

“Since the sun has come out I have been making the most of it by going on long bike rides (attempting a tan!) This Swatch watch is perfect as its so light weight! The colours are so vibrant, perfect for summery nights!”

Ally 1

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“Whilst at work I like to keep things casual. This CK watch works well as it’s so easy to stack with my Thomas Sabo and Nomination. It’s also great for lunch dates with my boyfriend at Carluccio’s!”

Ally 2

ally CK

Evening Style
“This Ice watch is a new fave off mine. With the tortoise shell strap and gold bezel, it’s great to dress up for a night out with my girlfriends, or even for a more casual look I can wear it with my black skinny jeans for a gig at the Zephyr Lounge!”

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My Fabulous Watch Wardrobe: Georgie

Name: Georgie
Store: 
Solihull
Position: Full Time Retail Consultant
Age: 22

“I love this Ice Watch because  it’s nice to have something very bright and noticeable at night, and I know if I decide to go swimming one evening then I can wear my Ice Watch in water. Also, I like to match my watch with my Nomination You Cool ‘Serenity’ bracelet to give me natural energy as the copper bracelets are real energy conductors!”

Ice---Out-for-an-evening-runice sili georgie“My everyday watch is this Radley brown leather watch. I had my eye on it for a while and decided to take the plunge and buy it. I love it because it goes well with my Pandora and Chlobo bracelets which I tend to wear everyday also.”

Radley---Lunch-with-Mum

georgie radley“This ceramic Bering watch is great for the summer as it looks fabulous against pastel colour skirts and dresses. It is also fantastic to wear in the evening with a LBD as it adds a bit of extra class to the outfit!! I always get so many compliments when I wear it!”

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My Fabulous Watch Wardrobe: Sinade

Name: Sinade
Store: Solihull
Position: Retail, Creative & Buying Manager
Age: 24

Watch Wardrobe
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Watch Wardrobe

“This Ice Watch is the latest addition to my watch wardrobe; I wanted a dressy watch that i could wear on an evening out with the girls as I have so many celebrations coming up. The mix of tortoise shell and gold looks really elegant; it works great with a black dress or to glam up a pair of black skinny jeans!”

Watch Wardrobe

R4L

sinade swatch“I love this Swatch watch; it’s great for me to keep track of my timings whilst I’m preparing for Race for Life. The grey silicon stops it from getting grubby when I’m running outside and the touch of pink keeps it on brand for Race for Life and work!”

Watch Wardrobe

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Watch Wardrobe
“I loved this BCBG watch as soon as it arrived in store, it’s the perfect watch for summer and I had to buy it! Whether I’m at a festival, family wedding or trip to the Zoo it adds a touch of glamour to my outfit.”

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