Bohemian Vixen – Peace, Love and Amazing Accessories

I was introduced to Bohemian Vixen through Bloggers Love Hub.  Straight away I knew this was a brand I was going to love.  The name alone resonates with me and my loves in life!

The Sonny Skull bangle immediately caught my eye and most of you know I’m a sucker for skulls, so I was excited to hear from founder and designer Samantha Bell with news that one of these beauties was heading my way.

Based in Belfast, Sam designs and hand makes each piece, her collection is made up of upcycled vintage discoveries and semi precious stones.  She designs for both men and women giving versatility in many pieces.

Her passion for jewellery came from a very young age , playing in her grandmothers jewellery box.  In 2010 she began making her own jewellery and is inspired by life, her kids and Ibiza where she confesses are always in her heart and mind.

When my bangle arrived I was pleasantly surprised. Presentation is everything to me and Bohemian Vixen didn’t disappoint.  My bangle came in a gorgeous linen pouch with the beautiful B.V logo.

Bohemian Vixen – Sonny Bangle

 

 

Inside and carefully wrapped was my bangle.  It was better than I’d expected.  The bangle was beautiful, the skulls on point and detailed. It’s solid bangle, sturdy, well made – The skulls were weighty too! Overall verdict absolutely gorgeous.

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A little #armparty teamed up Bohemian Vixen Sonny bangle with Pave Chevron and Pyramid Stud Cuff from Stella & Dot

 

 Prices are extremely reasonable – The Sonny Bangle is available in 5 different colours and at £11 it’s a must-have!  Bohemian Vixen has some amazing statement pieces.  My personal favourite is the Bojana Cape.

Designer Sam offers and welcomes working together to create a bespoke pieces.  Her work is very creative, so you know you’d get something beautiful and unique.

Bohemian Vixen can be found online and if you’re in Belfast find her at St Georges Market every Sunday. I for one will be following this label and can’t to see what wonderful new accessories will be added to the collection.

 With thanks to Samantha Bell of Bohemian Vixen – I can offer you a special discount of 15% off her online boutique simply quote promo code BVblog2015

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Have you recently discovered a new brand/product or are you obsessing over a new purchase?  Let me know – Share the love!

Naddy J

xoxo

Let’s talk about….Steam Punk!

It’s a trend that’s kinda always been here and so yet so many people don’t even realise what big fans of it they actually are.

Popular culture has been dipping in and out of this trend for many years now.  Doctor Who, which I’m a massive fan of, often uses Steam punk whether it’s the Doc himself rocking a great suit or whether it’s one of the many alternate dimensions he visits, you can steam punk has a great way of seeping through the cracks!

So what is it?  By definition it’s a sub-genre of sci-fi and fantasy with a post apocalyptic backdrop based on western industrialisation.  So think Victorian with badass style, cogs, clocks and corsets and steam power!

But it doesn’t always have to be a literal take of this great genre.  You will often see Steam punk inspired fashion on the catwalks and how it’s translated down the way to the high street is always very effective.

Now as much as I’d love to bust out a corset, long dress and floss with my frilly brolly on the school run, I’d much rather go subtle like a nice piece of jewellery or accessory!

Enter Emily Halton of Steam Chains.  I met Emily at a bloggers event in London earlier this month.

Now most of you know I’m quite the magpie and absolutely love my jewellery and accessories, so when I the lights at Mahiki shone over Emily’s display of her beautiful pieces, I was immediately drawn!

I got talking with Emily and learnt more about her business.  Steamchain products are not just your run of the mill take on the steam punk trend.  Emily upcycles and is always on the look out for different chains, trinkets and pieces that she can experiment with.    She also takes on custom orders so if you have any broken jewellery that you just can’t part with, I’d definitely think about contacting Emily and share your thoughts on what you like.  Working together with you she can come up with the perfect keepsake.

Emily has taken the essence of steam punk and put her personal stamp on her jewellery.  I’m obsessed with cogs and clocks and what better way to combine a very cool trend than in your jewellery.

Her prices are very reasonable and start from £35 for non personalised pieces, many great examples of her work can be found on her website.
Thank you Emily for my gorgeous bracelet.

I had my eye on so many pieces, but of course I couldn’t possibly buy it all (could I??) One little piece that did speak to me was this cute bracelet.  I fell in love with the stone and upon closer inspection it had the cutest little cog on it.

Me & Emily at Bloggers Love Hub

Are you a fan of Steam punk?  How do you incorporate your favourite trends into your every day wear?

I’d love to hear from you.

xoxo

Tis The Season To Sparkle – Pt.II

So you’ve all had a chance to catch up with my previous post on the new winter collection, which highlighted what’s new and noted a few of my favourites.
This week I wanted to share with you some pieces that I believe will be hot on the Christmas Wishlist. (note these are in no particular order)

Gorgeous Matte Black finish.  This season’s must-have accessory! 

Each bangle with it’s own meaning and special words engraved.  The perfect gift for someone special.
Create your own arm party with the new inspiration bangles.
The perfect stocking filler.  Comes in 3 styles, horseshoe, elephant and arrow in cute little packaging with a sweet note.  
These little gems are simply genius, a pair of studs you can wear either way.  One side is covered in beautiful stones to give you the extra sparkle you need.  Whilst the other has a polished metal shine to add a touch of class.  Either way they are one of my favourites (available in Silver and Gold)
We all love to make a statement and what better time than during the party season! Stella & Dot are so creative (Thanks to Blythe Harris & her fabulous team) and with each collection they come up with new amazing designs which always have a great twist on how to make a statement.  For example the Sutton necklace, famous for it’s style and versatility (wear it 5 ways!!) had a new addition this season – Gold. Unlike its stoned and mixed metal brothers and sisters the Gold Sutton has a matte finish and the detachable part of the necklace was encrusted in the prettiest blue set stones.  
If that wasn’t enough the winter collection saw the launch of the Eye Candy necklaces (available in pink and green).  Whilst they look lovely enough on their own.  The Eye Candy looks HOT when teamed up with the likes of the Sutton (below centre) or layered. 
The Pegasus (right) by far is the queen of statements.  Whether in burnt gold or the gorgeous silver it’s a show stopper.  Many have tried to imitate but they can never duplicate.  The craftsmanship is second to none and compliments any outfit.
L-R Casablanca necklace, Gold Sutton with Eye Candy necklace and Pegasus in silver.
The ideal gift for anyone!  Stylish, gorgeous designs with a luxe feel.  
Union Square Scarves have been a firm favourite for 2014
What good is an accessories line if you’ve got nothing to put them in?  Stella & Dot have it covered! From cute little poufs which make great little make up bags to Ipad pouches and covers and of course let’s not forget the all important jewellery rolls for those days away.
So there you have it, these are just a few of my top picks.  I’d love to say more but then I may as well send you a look book(which I’m absolutely happy to of course!).  For more great gift ideas from Stella & Dot check out my  Pinterest board

Time to get a spring in your step!

So January brings dark days and cold weather, but that doesn’t dampen the spirits of a Stella & Dot stylist like me!

This month brought me rewards, encouragement, support and more importantly a  new collection The all new spring collection landed earlier this month and whilst I’ve been busy ordering new samples and booking in parties to debut the collection, I can finally take a moment and share a few of my favourite pieces from the new line.

So at the end of last year, we were given a capsule collection as a teaser of what was to come, with the Norah collection.  It definitely didn’t disappoint, we were sold out on the earrings and necklace at such a fast rate, I knew it was going to be a winner.

Preview released in December 2013 – Norah collection – capsule collection went on sale.

Immediately I was struck by the colour, which I absolutely love! Freesia was noted as one of the hottest spring colours to watch in the Pantone fashion colour report for SS14, Other notable colours which have already been seen on the high street was :

A mixture of deep rich colours as well as soft dusky pastels, the perfect combination of colours to suit all palettes.
The new spring collection from Stella & Dot was filled with colour and styles from across the board.  From sharp and edgy styles to classic and more traditional but Blythe Harris and her amazing team looked at gypset as a source of inspiration.
What is this ‘Gypset’ you talk about?  I know I must admit I hadn’t heard of the term before now, but it is an amalgamation of gypsy and jet set!  So think bright colours, boho themes, bold designs, striking patterns, faraway exotic destinations and you’ll have ‘gypset’
Sardinia necklace & bracelet 

Makena Necklace

The jewellery had just the right balance of metals versus colour this season, which was great as I love to have variety for my clients to see at their parties.  The main colours seen this season were soft pastels and a lot of bold reds, greens and of course yellow!

One of my favourite’s this season was a beautiful statement piece called the Elodie a beautiful, mixed stoned necklace filled with soft green and coral hues.

Elodie – pretty and elegant.

The popular and stunning Somervell  necklace now has 2 new additions to the family, Silver and peach!
I added the silver to my collection, I love the gorgeous black stones which give it a luxe look.

More is more when you layer up! Somervell in silver teamed up with Sutton necklace.

The peach version is also very beautiful and looks very elegant and will add that extra sparkle to your day or evening outfit.

A new sparkly bracelet was too introduced which will complete the somervell and look great stacked with our Stella & Dot favourites which is the Amelie available in silver, gold and peach.

Amelie bracelet in peach, worn with Jacinthe  bracelet and Jackie link bracelet.

One of the more long awaited pieces finally made it in to the new collection.  As a stylist we are always asked for what we don’t have, one of the biggest sellers for us since Stella & Dot arrived on our shores was the very cool renegade bracelet, many have imitated but you just cannot beat the quality and craftsmanship of our best-seller.

With sales increasing for the likes of Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs I too was mesmerised by the rose gold trend (but went with gold and tortoise shell in the end!) and with that, we were pleased to show off our new rose gold renegade, the perfect accessory to wear with your watch!

Stack with tribute bracelet & your fave rose gold watch!

The bags and scarves had new additions and saw lots of laser cut designs.  What’s great about Stella & Dot is the laser cut design used on their accessories is a patented design and exclusive to them only, though with it being a growing trend I’m sure we’ll see very similar styles out on the high street.

I won’t cover everything in the collection as I want to leave you to discover the rest, but you will see it’s worth checking out.
I honestly feel that it really is a great collection which offers variety to suit all tastes.  

To see the whole collection, visit my online boutique where you can shop online. (Delivery 3-5 days) or host a party and earn yourself free accessories.
One of my Christmas hostesses managed to bag herself £150 of jewellery and accessories, most of which she spent on the the new spring line, which was perfect timing as she is booked to go on a beach holiday next month and now she’ll be the most stylish woman in the resort! So it’s worth thinking about getting the girls round for a get together with friends and bagging your favourite items for FREE.  
If you want to keep up to date on offers, promotions and all things dotty, follow me on twitter or find me on Facebook and if you need further inspiration or ideas on what to wear your favourite Stella & Dot jewellery with make sure you connect with me on Pinterest and Instagram.
Until next time lovelies!
xoxo

Happy New Year!

I know I know, I’ve not been around much over the past few months and for this I apologise.

BUT – I have been working my little tail feather off, styling as many women as I possibly can and I can tell you this year a lot of women looked AWESOME and many opened some very special Stella & Dot gift boxes this Christmas.

My hard work paid off as I  was lucky enough to bag myself over £500 worth of free jewellery and accessories AND a new bag from the new spring collection!  These are just a few of the perks of being a stylist!  The rewards a simply amazing and to think I only started my business a little over a year ago and hear I am running a successful business paying for my sons classes, finally getting the tattoo I wanted (I’ll show you all next year) AND buying all my presents for Christmas stress free!  If you want to know more I’m always happy to talk about my experience as stylist.  It’s your business, your way so works around your home/work life and is a lot of fun! 

Oh and a fab new Michael Kors watch from my beloved.  I also received my favourite scent  by Elie Saab so all in all it was clear that I was a very good girl this year!


So what’s coming up next year?  Well I’m not going to leave you all out in the cold, I’m really excited about the new SS14 collection, have you seen the colour trends for the new season?  Check out my pinterest boards, I’ve created some wonderful inspiration boards to help you see what’s hot.  With the new collection launching in a matter of days I’ll be on hand to help you rock your look with the perfect accessories.

HQ were kind enough to launch a capsule collection from the spring line and it would seem the pieces were a hit.  We sold out in a matter of hours!

Luckily everything is now back in stock, so you can order and be the first to rock one of the hottest colours of the new season!

Norah Pendant 

Norah Chandeliers

Double Clutch – Citrine perf.

So you can see why I’m so excited about the new year!  If you’d like to be one of the first to see the collection and be wearing it before anyone else I thoroughly recommend host a party – it’s very simple call the girls, get them round for coffee and cake or wine and nibbles and your stylist will bring the jewellery for you all to try on and buy.  It really is a great time!

Book your party today!

On that note I want to just say a big thank you to all my friends, family and followers. Your support has been amazing and has given me the strength to achieve great things this year!

So I say cheers to you -For being fabulous hostesses, for attending a party, for enjoying the Stella & Dot experience so much and for booking ahead into next year! For taking a moment to read my blog or like one of my posts, cheers for your comments and feedback, here’s to you for checking out my website and to those who flicked through one of my look books with friends over coffee I thank you all!

Here’s to you – Happy new year lovelies!




I’ll see you all in 2014 


Naddy

xoxo

Time for a change – here comes Autumn!

Wow, has it been that long since I last posted?  Hope you didn’t miss me too much!  Apologies for my absence in this small corner of the bloggersphere – I’ve been somewhat distracted!

But I’m back and with a bang too!  The end of last month saw the launch of the AW13 collection from Stella & Dot.

This coincided with our annual sales conference which was in 3 words – Amazing, inspiring and a whole lot of FUN!  With the collection available to view and try on, it definitely helped me decide what new pieces I was going to add to my ever growing collection of samples!

So where to begin, the new collection, brought style, versatility and lots of colour for the new season ahead.

My personal favourite and had me very excited was the stunning Frida Necklace

Inspired by the artist and legend Frida Kahlo the Frida necklace is, loud, proud and bursting with colour! With a mixture of soft peach tones against the deep blues and turquoise this necklace makes a statement for sure!
I wore it out the other day just to the local shops (I just wanted an excuse to wear it asap) and I found myself stopped by women asking me about the necklace.  One woman proceeded to follow me through 2 shops just so she could show her sister!  I never mind, it proves that as a statement necklace it’s doing it’s job and looking fabulous at the same time!
Another favourite is the Kahlo collection a luxe set enriched with mixed metals and sparkling crystals giving it that extra WOW factor.
I always felt that when it came to mixed  metals there was a little gap which as a stylist can prove a little tricky especially for certain clients that want just that bit more!  But the design team have finally filled the void and brought this amazing show stopper. I have the bracelet which is a statement piece on its own, but at the viewing I just couldn’t help myself in trying on the necklace!
With new purses, scarves and now cases for the modern woman to carry her ipad in, the collection was the biggest one I’ve seen since becoming a stylist.  It would seem that we generally release 2 major collections each year with 2-3 capsule collections in between.
I could go on about all the different pieces but I’ve highlighted a few – all are available to buy online at my online boutique:
You can see bold colours and mixed metals will most definitely be playing a big part of your Autumn/Winter wardrobe!  I’ve already had my eye on a few key items of clothing and footwear which I know will look amazing with my new jewellery and accessories!
In my next few blogs I’m going to focus on 1 or 2 pieces in particular the amazing Sutton Necklace which is a fantastic piece of jewellery and at such great value for money as it is 5 necklaces in 1 and yep I’ve tried and tested all 5 ways and they look fabulous!
Remember you don’t have to host a party to get your hands on these fantastic accessories, you can shop online from the UK and NI via my online store Why not pop over there now and see the whole AW13 collection.
Leave me a little note and tell me what your favourite piece is!
Until next time lovelies!
N
xoxo

Psssst Preview alert!! -Autumn 2013

OMG I’m so excited (can you tell?) So in 16 days and counting, I’m off on our annual conference so aptly named HOOPLA! Imagine, over 2000 stylists from UK, Ireland Germany and our new stylists about to launch in France – all under one roof! It’s going to be a blast.

This will be my first time at HOOPLA but I’m told it never fails to exceed expectations and I really can’t wait as it coincides with the launch of one of the main product launches of the year, our Autumn collection.

The press have had the luxury of having a sneak peak so I thought I’d share that with you all too!

Preview alert! Redbook Magazine got a first look at our Fall 2013 Collection and shared a sneak peek of what’s to come on July 19th! I reckon you’ll be in “Haven”! 

I’m just looking forward to trying on these bad boys and putting in my order for my new samples so I can show off you to all and to my hostesses and their friends!

Stylist Magazine got a first look at our Autumn 2013 Collection and shared a sneak peek of what’s to come on July 19th! 

Discover the Peacock Necklace here: http://bit.ly/12dasBV

For me so far,  I’m loving the richness and depth of the colours.  To be honest Autumn, is most definitely my favourite season, all the great colours and trends which are always great as carry through when crossing seasons.

I just know this will be one of the best seasonal collections yet.  The Spring collection was heavy on the gold, but great for variety and the Summer collection brought us our holiday accessories and essentials. So I’m really excited!

I know what my favourites are…. let me know what you think so far!

xoxo

Would you like to be one of the first to try on and own the new line?
Host your party this month and earn rewards to spend on the new collection!