Monthly Archives: July 2014

  • Fossil Watch AW14 Preview

    Just a quick post about the latest Fossil watches that will be heading our way soon for the AW14 season. I was treated to a preview of the new styles at the shop yesterday. I got very excited about this. As you no doubt know from my countless blog and Instagram posts, I'm a complete Fossil watch convert. I took a few snaps of the new styles and I've been allowed to share them with you here. I'd love to know what you think - comments below please!

     

     

    This is the 'Perfect Boyfriend' watch - it will be available in silver and rose gold, with or without crystals (below). It has a bracelet strap with removable links and a slim case with a large watch face.

     

     

    Below is the new Virginia watch which also comes in silver and rose gold. This watch has a smaller, more feminine style watch face and again, a bracelet style strap. Crystals decorate the watch face and strap giving it a glitzy look. I'd love to know what you think - comments below please!

     

     

    Vicky x

  • Lola Rose Jewellery AW14 Season Preview

    Good news for our Lola Rose customers - the autumn/winter 2014 collection will be arriving in the next couple of weeks. The lovely people at Lola Rose have been kind enough to deliver it a little earlier than anticipated, as we've nearly sold of the SS14 collection. Here's a small preview of what's coming and the new semi precious stone colours we'll be showcasing for the Lola Rose AW14 season.

    Lola Rose Darcel Ring in Cape Amethyst Lola Rose Darcel Ring in Cape Amethyst

     

    New Lola Rose Autumn/Winter 2014 Jewellery Styles

    We'll be welcoming back some favourite jewellery pieces including the best-selling Fern bracelet, the elegant Elena necklace and the tactile Darcel stretch ring. Other new styles arriving include the Mirielle necklace and the chunky, easy to wear Abbie necklace with a chinese knot closure. Later in the season we'll be getting a second delivery that includes a very popular bracelet, made exclusively for us in the AW14 season colours. Any guesses as to which bracelet it will be? Comment below and I'll let you know if you're right.

    Lola Rose Abbie Necklace in Blue Fossil Jasper Lola Rose Abbie Necklace in Blue Fossil Jasper

     

    As you'd always expect from Lola Rose, the jewellery is all made from the highest quality semi precious stones, hand selected by Nikki and her team. Lola Rose is known for its quality. Every piece is crafted by hand and as the jewellery is made from unique stones, no two pieces are alike. Every time you treat yourself to a new piece of Lola Rose jewellery, you know you're getting something unique and one-off. It's no wonder that lots of our customers have started collecting Lola Rose jewellery - it's quite addictive. Once you have one piece, you want more!

    The new season of Lola Rose jewellery will be presented in the new style hot pink jewellery pouches, ideal for protecting and safely storing the jewellery. They're also really useful if you're travelling.

    New Style Lola Rose Jewellery Pouch New Style Lola Rose Jewellery Pouch

     

    Lola Rose AW14 Semi Precious Stone Colours

    New semi precious stones for the AW14 season are striking and feminine. We have the return of classic best selling black obsidian and blue sandstone - always popular for adding some glamour and sparkle during winter months. We also welcome back of one of our favourites - eye stone. Nikki and her team have managed to find a new source of this beautiful, natural stone so it returns after a long and much-missed absence. Blue is a key colour for AW14, so the collection is infused with vibrant blue fossil jasper and the intriguingly patterned conglo jasper. Another new colour is cape amethyst stone, which appears on necklaces, rings and bracelets throughout the collection. It's a beautiful, natural amethyst stone with detailed markings and rich colouring. Some amethyst stones have a washed out appearance, but the cape amethyst has a wonderful vibrancy to it which we know you'll love. Other colours included in the Lola Rose AW14 collection are purple waterlily serpentine and pink aragonite...with more arriving later in the season.

    Lola Rose Mirielle Necklace in Eye Stone Lola Rose Mirielle Necklace in Eye Stone

     

    What are your favourite pieces from our preview above? I'd love to know - comments below! Keep checking our Lola Rose jewellery section on the website for the arrival of the new collection. I can't wait.

    vicky

     

     

     

  • Watch Addict: Focus on Fossil Watches

    If you follow us on any of our social media accounts you'll know it's no secret that we're completely addicted to Fossil watches here at Accessories Online HQ. Since we started stocking them last year our wrists have been yearning to sport all the styles from the coveted rose gold and charcoal grey Georgia watch to the beautiful Stella watch in rose gold. Honestly, that Stella watch almost makes my knees give way.

    What's so special about Fossil watches? For me it's the design and the quality. They're always classically designed, but with little accents that make them stand out. Fossil is an American brand with its roots in vintage American design and culture - this is where they get their design inspiration. The company was started back in 1984 by a guy called Tom Kartsotis; they originally started by importing their own collection of watches from the Far East to sell to their American customers. Vintage design is what makes Fossil tick (yes, bad pun) - think Americana, gas stations, diners, drive-ins and you're there. Quality wise, their watches are made to last decade after decade. Crafted from high grade stainless steel, each watch comes with a 2 year warranty and is water resistant. I've been told the story about the 'Fossil watch I had for years and years' countless times by customers coming in our shop. That says it all for me.

    The Georgia watch is a classic example of Fossil watch design. Reworked each season in new colour ways, it's a Fossil watch through and through. It combines heritage details such as the iconic lug hardware attaching the watch face to the strap and new trend influences such as the addition of crystals, a new season colour or a new material. It's quite a ladylike watch and delicate in appearance. We've found the leather buckle strap to be really comfortable to wear - it's not too wide and is easy to fasten.

    The Stella watch is another iconic Fossil design. Its oversized watch face gives it an on trend boyfriend style look. The bracelet strap with removable links has a clasp closure that's secure and easy to open and close. It's really good quality too - heavy but not wrist-draggingly so. Just the right weight. The Stella watch has added detail with multifunction dials for the date, date and 24 hour clock. As I said before, I am totally in love with the rose gold version which comes with a brushed metal face or edged with crystals (my favourite). It also comes in a silver version and a tortoiseshell/gold combo which is our second best selling style after rose gold. There's also a mini Stella watch - as you've probably guessed it has a smaller watch face and a slimmer strap which is perfect if you find a large watch a bit too much.

    The Curator watch is special too. The decorative strap makes it almost jewellery-like in appearance. I like the unusual shaped watch face which gives it a vintage look. The strap on the Curator watch features Fossil's Adjust-O-Matic system which allows you to self-adjust the bracelet length by simply unclipping the links - no tools required.

    Finally, we can't forget the famous tins! Every watch comes in an iconic Fossil tin. The tin designs change each season and are quite collectable. I am loving the travel themed tins we have at the moment. Sometimes presentation is just as important as the product, so the Fossil tins finish things off nicely.

    Do you have any Fossil watch stories for me? Let me know below, I'd love to hear. What watches do you own and what ones are you coveting?

    You can shop our full collection of Fossil watches here.

    vicky

     

     

  • A little story about how it all started.

    I can't believe that we're celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year. Not many people know the story of how I started my little jewellery business, so now's probably the time to share.

    vicky_polaroidBack in 2004 I was a Make-up Artist, working freelance and also teaching at a local college. The teaching job was swallowing up my life and making me unhappy. Working as a freelance Make-up Artist was fun and something I was passionate about, but work was unpredictable. A career change was on the cards.  I'd always had a huge passion for jewellery and accessories (perhaps verging on a problem, judging by my credit card statements), so it seemed obvious that I did something that embraced my big love for anything sparkly. I took advantage of the courses available to me while teaching at college to train myself up in basic website coding and design. Using this new found knowledge I started my fledgling jewellery business on eBay, investing £50 in some simple silver jewellery. I still keep one of the original necklaces I started with as a reminder of how it all began. It's in a drawer at my office desk and occasionally I'll take a look at it and get all sentimental.

    A few months later and my business was taking off, so I took the daunting decision of handing my notice in at the college. I remember my hand shaking as I posted the letter, wondering if I was doing the right thing. As soon as the letter was posted things got serious. I had to earn a barn_polaroidliving from this. I built my own basic website from scratch (the world of eCommerce was a lot more simple back in 2004) and started selling solely through the website. My first three brands were Dogeared, Butler & Wilson and Les Nereides. I worked from home; my front room was packed to the rafters with jewellery and packaging. I was shipping orders worldwide and found it really thrilling when an order dropped in from a country I'd not yet shipped to. It amazed me that people from all over the world were finding my little website and placing orders (and it still does). I keep meaning to get a map for the wall to mark all the countries we've shipped to over the years - I think we've covered most of the globe! We've sent our jewellery to Royal Palaces, remote tropical islands and high profile celebrities. Over the years, our eye for great style has been picked up on by the odd fashion editor or two, with our jewellery featuring in fashion magazines including Vogue, Grazia, Harpers Bazaar and even on TV.

    In 2008 it reached the point where my office could only be entered by running at the door shoulder-first. My business had outgrown the house, so I started the hunt for shop and office premises. I wanted to avoid the high street and find somewhere that was as unique as the jewellery I was selling. My hunt led me to find our current home, The Well Barn in Little Crosby Village, Liverpool. It's a beautiful place to work - a cluster of 18th century converted farm buildings around an old stable yard. Little Crosby, between Southport and Liverpool, is a picturesque village with chocolate box cottages, surrounded by fields. Our initial shop and office was located in an old converted hay loft. Cramped was not the word. I soldiered on, contorted at my desk, surrounded by jewellery cabinets, packaging and piles of jewellery. In 2013 we moved into our current shop and office where we now happily have lots of space and a beautiful jewellery shop (take a virtual tour inside below).

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    Years on, we're still a small business (a team of just two, or three if you include our office dog Holly the Dachshund). I've let the business grow slowly and have remained adamant that we keep the same passion for jewellery and the same business values that I started with. The world of eCommerce is a totally different beast nowadays, but the core of my business is still the same. My customers are so important to me. There are people I speak to that have been customers from the start. I know the names of all our good customers and it's always a pleasure to get an email from a happy customer or have a nice natter over the phone. That's what gives me the most pleasure from what I do (aside from getting to look at beautiful jewellery every day). We also have a really strong and loyal customer following on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram where we love to keep in touch with everyone.

    So, 10 years on, I'd like to say huge and heartfelt thanks to everybody who has helped my business along the way. It's been an absolute pleasure.

    vicky

     

     

  • We Love Fossil: Win a Glitz Heart Wrist Wrap by Fossil.

    Our Fossil jewellery has been SO popular with our customers and our collection just keeps growing! We love the quality of the jewellery and also the fact that it's stainless steel so it's perfect for people with allergies to some metals. The styles are classic and easy to wear, plus every item of Fossil jewellery comes in a Fossil tin making it perfect for gifts.

    A lot of the bracelets are adjustable to any length, so it doesn't matter what wrist size you are - the bracelet will fit. Another reason why Fossil jewellery is so great for pressies! Why not take a look at our full Fossil jewellery for yourself? Just click here.

    One of the best sellers from our Fossil jewellery collection is this sparkly Glitz Heart Wrist Wrap. It has a puffed heart that's encrusted with crystals on both sides and comes on a genuine leather bracelet with a Fossil logo slider closure, finished with a teeny tiny little crystal. It's beautiful....so we thought we'd give one away! Just enter the competition below to enter - there are a few ways to enter and the more options you complete the more chances you have to win.

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