Solihull: Autumn Trends on the High Street

The Fabulous Solihull team have been on a spree around Solihull’s stunning town centre! The girls visited some of their favourite stores to find out what’s trending this autumn.

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Mint Velvet Knits from £45, Life’s Journey from £35

Firstly the girls took a trip down the high street to brand new designer clothes store Mint Velvet. The staff here pointed out some lovely staple items for your autumn wardrobe, including long tunic style jumpers. Mint Velvet have a lot of lovely classic clothes, perfect to wear day or night with our new in-house brand Life’s Journey.

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Office chelsea boots from £34.95, Alex and Ani bangles from £24

As it’s getting colder the girls then walked over to Office to check out the new seasonal boots. The staff at office were very helpful and showed us their best-sellers so far this autumn. The Chelsea boots are definitely a favourite and would look perfect with an autumnal stack of Alex and Ani for a day trip out!

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Benefit Lip Kit £24.50, Fervor Bangles from £45

After Office, the girls wanted to check out the latest make up trends and headed to Boots in Mell Square. We spoke to the staff at the Benefit Counter who showed us one product in particular- The Big Sexy Lip Kit; this is new in and includes four different matte lipsticks, all perfect for autumn. The shade ‘Flame Game’, a lovely orange/coral colour, is bang on trend this season and would look great paired up with our new Fervor Montreal Bangles with their bright vibrant colours!

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Mon Paris by Yves Saint Laurent from £66, Nomination charms from £11

Next the team went to the Fragrance shop to sample some of the newest perfumes for this season. The staff at said they found the bestselling fragrance this season to be the Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris perfume. This bold and floral scent is perfect for this time of year, it also comes in an iconic multi-faceted bottle which is a must have for your dressing table! Add some Glamour into your life with this fragrance and why not team it up with the new glamorous Nomination Collection, Glitter Nights.

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Beech House cocktails from £6, Nikki Lissoni sets from £100

 

After a few hours of shopping the fabulous girls decided they deserved a rest so headed to the Beech House to check out their menu. With its buzzing atmosphere and welcoming bar and restaurant, the newly opened Beech House is a great place to meet up with friends and family at the heart of Solihull. Not only is the American-style menu mouth-watering, the cocktails look very tempting! Enjoy a Girls night out at the Beech House and add a little Sparkle to the night with one of our Nikki Lissoni Sets.

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We’re loving: Touchwood’s Christmas Owl!

When Sinade spotted the photo-op Owl in Touchwood yesterday she sent us a photo straight away, a lover of all things festive, furry and fabulous – we weren’t surprised to hear this was right up her street!

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The super cute owl will be residing in the Map Room in Solihull’s Touchwood for the festive season, so be sure to go down and take a selfie with him (or her?).

Feeling festive Sinade put together her top fabulous items inspired by the @TouchwoodTweets Owl…

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Thomas Sabo Karma Bead, £125

Nomination Hanging Owl Link, £46

Thomas Sabo Charm Club Owl Charm, £55

Thomas Sabo Diamond Charm Club Charm, £60

Alex and Ani Feather Bracelet, £24

DID YOU KNOW…

The owl is considered wise because he was Athena’s companion. The Goddess of Wisdom, Athena is said to have had an owl by her side at all times. The owl was said to reveal the truth to his master, he also had the ability to light up her blind side, hence the owls association with wisdom and light.

 

UK Jewellery Awards – FINALISTS!

The UKJA party was hosted at London’s slick Groucho Club sponsored by the sparkly and fabulous Tresor Paris! We’re absolutely delighted to be selected as finalists in two categories, Retail Star of the Year, sponsored by Jolyon Marshall and Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by CMJ Media.

The winners of the UK Jewellery Awards will be announced on July 4th at a gala dinner, which Jo (Stroud, fabulous owner), Sinade Prosser (Nominee for Retail Star award and manager of fabulous Solihull) and Becky Johnson ( Manager of Pandora Bath and fabulous Bath) will be attending at the Natural History Museum on behalf of team fabulous.
Time to dust of those red carpet dresses ladies! We can’t wait for the awards, and want to say a huge congratulations to team fabulous, as well as all of the other retailers and designers shortlisted. Also, a massive thank you to all of the fabulous well wishers on both Facebook and twitter.

Retail Star, Sinade from our Solihull store

Retail Star, Sinade from our Solihull store

Retail Star of the Year, sponsored by Jolyon Marshall
Sinade Prosser, Fabulous

Pandora Tree of Life Campaign

Pandora Tree of Life Campaign

Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by CMJ Media
Pandora Bath store launch – Tree of Life Start Your Own Story

UKJA Finalist

UKJA Finalist

Keep up to date with news on the Retail Jewellery awards by following #UKJA, @JewelleryAwards and @FabCollection

Christmas Catalogue Launch!

Join us for our Christmas Catalogue Launch event on the 8th November!

Get your copy of our catalogue with an exclusive look at new designers as well as other fabulous collections! There will be pink bubbly and a Luxury Lucky Dip on the night, as well as the opportunity to create a Wish List for all your favourites, where you will be entered into our prize draw to win a Calvin Klein watch!

In the aftermath of Christmas, it can be tiring returning and exchanging gifts that aren’t quite what you wanted. So at our Launch, we give you the opportunity to create your own Christmas wish-list. A completed list means that family and loved ones can come into the store and know exactly what to buy you for a Christmas present! No more inconvenient trips to return unwanted gifts!

This event will take place in our Bath, Leamington Spa and Solihull store at 6-8pm on Thursday 8th November. There are limited numbers who can attend each store so RSVP to Christmas@fabulouscollections.co.uk ASAP!

‘ALL THAT GLITTERS…’ FABULOUS JEWELLERY AUTUMN / WINTER SHOW!

Our bi-annual Jewellery Show ‘Girls’ Night Out’ is nearly here, and we can’t wait! This exclusive event runs twice a year, in March and September, to showcase the best of the new season jewellery, from leading brands such as Swarovski, Pandora and Thomas Sabo, as well as new and up-and-coming designers.

This season, the theme is ‘All that Glitters’, as an array of beautiful, sparkling jewellery comes out for the Winter season. With 10 exciting collections being showcased in a number of different scenes, the show is sure to be a sell-out, so make sure you book your tickets quickly!

Jo Stroud, Managing Director, says:

“We have held Girls’ Night Out twice a year for 5 years now, and it is always one of our most popular events. With a cocktail to get the evening off to a great start, and beautiful jewellery being modelled by a mix of staff and customers, it’s a really fun event!”

It’s also the perfect event to shop for jewellery for the new season, or to look out for items for your Christmas list. There will also be a raffle in aid of Cancer Research UK.

There are 3 opportunities to attend this year:

–  fabulous Solihull hosts their event on Wednesday 12th September, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, in a fully-catered event in Touchwood Poplar Arcade.

–  fabulous Leamington hosts theirs on Thursday 13th September, 7pm to 9pm, at the Saxon Mill in Warwick.

–  fabulous Bath hosts their event in-store in their new, larger location in SouthGate, Bath on Friday 14th September, 6.30pm to 8.30pm. 

Tickets are £5 to include a cocktail and canapés, alongside our fabulous fashion show! Youngsters are also welcome with tickets also £5, and non-alcoholic drinks will be available.

To buy your ticket, either pop in store or give us a call. Tickets for this event are also available to buy on our website.

We look forward to seeing you!

Store Contacts:

Solihull – 0121 7090585   Leamington Spa – 01926 430934   Bath – 01225 330333

Links to our website:

http://bit.ly/M8yeOh – To purchase online for Solihull, Wednesday 12th September

http://bit.ly/NTzDXe – To purchase online for Leamington, Thursday 13th September

http://bit.ly/RtpCkx – To purchase online for Bath, Friday 14th September

Thomas Sabo – Sweet Diamonds Launch!

‘A sweet diamond makes a sweet statement’

fabulous is excited to launch the newest addition to the Thomas Sabo brand into our Solihull store. The beautiful Sweet Diamonds collection will sit along side our fantastic offering of Thomas Sabo Sterling Silver, Charm Club and Watches.

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July, our Solihull staff and customers will celebrate the official launch of Sweet Diamonds arriving at fabulous.  Customers will get the chance to browse the beautiful jewellery whilst enjoying bubbly and sweet treats.  What’s more the customers who shop the collection that weekend could leave with some exclusive Sabo goodies.

Sweet Diamonds is the new diamond jewellery collection from designers Thomas Sabo and Susanne Kölbli. They have taken some of our most popular Thomas Sabo motifs and embellished them with 14ct Yellow Gold and a sweet little diamond, making them the perfect gift for the most special occasions. To complete the look they’ve even given their popular packaging an upgrade and created stunning heart shaped boxes, in Thomas Sabo’s iconic black and white, with a cute satin bow!

So don’t miss out on the chance to see the collection in all its glory. If you’d like to join us, pop into the Solihull store over the launch weekend and treat yourself or a loved one!

Ladies Enjoy A Fabulous Night Out

Here’s a round up of all the goings on at our Girls’ Night Out event in Solihull!

Two weeks ago, 40 stylish Solihull ladies descended on Poplar Arcade in Touchwood for the bi-annual Girls’ Night Out event.

The evening began with a fashion show presenting the brand new Autumn/Winter collections available at fabulous by popular designers such as Lola Rose, Thomas Sabo and Pandora, as well as lesser known but super stylish British designers including Missoma and ChloBo. The fun yet chic show encompassed the key fashion stories for the new season. These included Glamazon, which incorporates bright colours and jewellery with semi-precious stones, and Winter Coats, exemplifying the on-trend styles such as fur coats and those in rich tones with chunky jewellery. As well as the catwalk show, fabulous collections owner, Jo Stroud, talked through this season’s hottest trends and the essential pieces that you shouldn’t be without for Autumn/Winter 2011.

Following the show, guests were invited to browse the collections in-store while enjoying delicious pink canapés prepared by Fenella de Minkwitz and her team at Gourmet Foods. Plus, a prize draw was held to benefit Cancer Research UK, and guests were given the chance to take home pieces kindly donated by some of fabulous’ top designers! The prizes included a Hot Rox bangle by Missoma, a pink wrap bracelet by Good Work(s) Make a Difference, a debut bracelet by Trollbeads and a Thomas Sabo necklace complete with carrier and charm.

Sinade Prosser, the store manager of fabulous in Solihull, was pleased with the success of the event and explained how “fabulous would like to thank our loyal customers for their support of our events. Girls’ Night Out is always a lot of fun and provides a great opportunity for jewellery fans to see what’s new for the forthcoming season, not only enjoying discounts during the evening, but also helping to raise money for an important cause.

The next fabulous event will be the Breast Cancer Awareness Event in association with Pandora on 27th October, during which 15% of Pandora sales will go to the charity. And don’t forget, fabulous can hold private shopping evenings, either in-store or at your home or venue. Simply contact your nearest store for details!

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Have You Got Your Tickets to the Next fabulous Event?

Come and help welcome in the new season with fabulous at one of two “Girls’ Night Out” events.

Next month fabulous will be holding its bi-annual Girls’ Night Out evening event at the Solihull and Bath stores on 14th and 16th September respectively. It will be the first Girls’ Night Out in Bath and will be held at The Cosy Club located above the fabulous store in SouthGate. Due to the success of the new venue used for the previous Girls’ Night Out in Solihull, it will again take place in Poplar Arcade, Touchwood outside the new larger store.

For those who haven’t attended one of these popular events by fabulous before, expect to see all the new collections from well-known, stylish designers as well as pieces from up and coming designers who are new to fabulous, all showcased in a fun yet chic fashion show. This September will see grown-up glam take over Girls’ Night Out with models wearing black evening dress to create drama and an elegant blank canvas to the allow the jewellery maximum impact. As well as the catwalk show, fabulous owner, Jo Stroud, talks through this season’s hottest trends and the key pieces that you shouldn’t be seen without for Autumn/Winter 2011.

This season’s shows will be a little different to before: instead of screens illustrating images from the London, Paris and New York fashion weeks, there will be mood boards reflecting the theme of each fabulous catwalk style situated around the catwalk. Guests will also be able to view the mood boards after the show, to add a fun, interactive element to the evening and let guests feel inspired by the images as they shop.

As always, there will be some designers and representatives from the amazing brands we stock, such as Chloe Moss, the founder of ChloBo, will be joining in the fun at Bath. There will also be offers available only to those attending  the evenings (to alleviate any guilty spending!), tasty canapés and drinks, and the popular raffle in aid of Cancer Research UK, which guarantees some lucky guests taking home stunning pieces by our favourite designers!

Tickets for the events can be purchased through the store where you’d like to attend the Girls’ Night Out – either in-store or over the phone. Tickets cost £5.00 each and while you will receive a receipt of payment immediately, tickets are sent via post nearer the day of the event. Children are welcome. The fashion show in Solihull will start at 7pm, and in Bath at 6.30pm.

We really hope to see you at one of the evenings… they are a lovely opportunity to get dressed up with your girlfriends and do what you love best – jewellery shopping with fabulous!

Why not visit our website for more information? Just click here.

Fabulous Solihull has moved!

We opened our new, larger store in Touchwood, Solihull on Thursday 23rd June, and raised £150 for Breast Cancer Care in the process!

The launch, which took the form of a Strawberry Tea Party, was a great success with 100 loyal fabulous customers in attendance, who were all excited to be among the first to browse the new store. The reaction from shoppers was great, with many commenting on the beautiful chandeliers, the new designers now available, and all the space – the old shop was infamous for getting a bit cramped on a busy Saturday! The bigger shop means that customers will find it easier to browse even wider collections of Pandora, Thomas Sabo and Trollbeads charms and the other great collections that fabulous stocks, such as Azuni, Lucas Jack and ChloBo.

During the evening, attendees were invited to take part in a raffle benefiting Breast Cancer Care. The prizes for the raffle were some special strawberry related pieces by designers such as Thomas Sabo and Pandora. Whilst pink themed canapés were served, those with a sweet tooth enjoyed fabulous cupcakes, kindly made by Georgina and Claire McCormick, which also helped to raise money for the charity. The soundtrack to the summery evening was provided by professional saxophonist Danielle Mason.

Jo Stroud, owner of fabulous, is thrilled with the new store and explains how, “it is definitely the flagship store of fabulous, with much larger areas dedicated to Thomas Sabo and Pandora, and all the exciting new designers we are also proud to stock. The launch went brilliantly and it’s fantastic that we raised so much for Breast Cancer Care.”

The celebrations continued over the weekend, as Touchwood was the location for a fabulous “Flash Mob”! A group of six descended on Poplar Arcade in attention-grabbing pink fabulous t-shirts and danced around the centre throughout Saturday 25th June, indulging shoppers with some spontaneous entertainment in order to mark the opening of the new store.

fabulous Solihull is now situated at 3 Poplar Arcade, Touchwood (opposite the original store) and continues to be contactable on the number: 0121 709 0585.

Head over to our Facebook Gallery to see the full set of photos from the night!

The fabulous Solihull new store launch - more photos on Facebook!

fabulous Solihull is moving – here’s to being even more fabulous!

We’re launching our new, larger store in Touchwood, Solihull with a fabulous party in aid of Breast Cancer Care on Thursday 23rd June – and you’re all invited!

Since the announcement was made that fabulous Solihull will be moving premises, there has been a buzz about what the new store will be like. We’re pleased to announce that the new store will be opening at 3 Poplar Arcade, just opposite the current shop, and is three times as big! This means customers will find it easier to browse even wider collections of Pandora, Thomas Sabo and Trollbeads charms, as well as all the other great collections that fabulous stocks.

The new store boasts a flat screen detailing the latest fabulous news and an area devoted to fabulous forever, the boutique’s exclusive wedding and engagement ring collections, complete with a Style Finder – which means brides-to-be can play with samples of their favourite rings in order to help them decide which style suits them best.

Our launch party for the store is taking place on Thursday 23rd June from 6 until 8pm in the brand new shop. fabulous is proud to announce it will be a Strawberry Tea Party to benefit the charity Breast Cancer Care. It will be a summery, fun filled evening, complete with live music, pink canapés and cupcakes. As if supporting a great cause isn’t enough, there are also some fabulous prizes to be won on the day! A raffle will be drawn, and there will be a Strawberry Hunt for children, with the lucky winners receiving gorgeous prizes from Thomas Sabo and Pandora.

The opening of the store will also see the launch of some highly desirable new collections. These include ChloBo, which has been adorning the arms of the UK’s most stylish celebrities since its launch in 2005. Delicate Sterling Silver bracelets complete with boho themed charms and details look stunning when piled high on the wrist, creating a relaxed but chic look. Chloe Moss, the founder and designer of ChloBo, was inspired to create her own jewellery line after visiting the Indonesian island of Bali, a trip which extended from one week to two months!

Another new brand to be stocked at fabulous Solihull is Daisy, whose delicate Chakra bracelets have been spotted on celebrities such as Cheryl Cole, Sienna Miller and Kanye West. Chakras are the physical manifestation of energies, thought to regulate bodily functions and mental abilities. Available in Sterling Silver or 24carat-plated yellow Gold the chakra symbols are attached to colourful cotton twill braids. They are a great way to wear the trend for hand-made friendship bracelets that is taking the fashionistas by storm.

Be the first to have a look round and help us celebrate our inauguration! To RSVP, please call the Solihull store on 0121 709 0585. You’ll need the invitation below to get in, so be sure to print out your copy!

Solihull Launch - Strawberry Tea Party