How My Customers Became My Friends

Starting a business was so fun and exciting all those years ago.

I was pumped up about any opportunity that came my way and wanted to have my hands in everything!  Shows, Boutiques, Bridal, Home Parties, just about any place where I could show my designs and start building a base of customers and fans.

I remember when I would host an event at my studio, way back when, I’d get so nervous.  Is any (more…)

The Power of True Friendship

Who is the friend you call when you need an escape?  When you want to regress back to the playfulness of your childhood.  The friend who you adore and love so much that you feel over the moon excited for all of their accomplishments in life, kind of as if it was happening to you.

I sincerely hope that all of your friendships feel this way.  One thing I’ve learned from having close friendships is that there is never any reason to (more…)

Use Your Imagination!

This week I took some time to catch up with my friend, writing coach and fellow entrepreneur Tara MacIntosh.

I love time with Tara.  She is a writer and her mind is so darn super creative and on fire all the time.  Her ideas are incredible and I can never get enough of our deep discussions!  I can actually feel my mind expanding as she shares her views and opinions on things!  She gets me all pumped up to take time for myself and keep examining the limitless possibilities that are available to me.

Tara just returned from Vegas where she got married!!! She actually brought real photos in an envelope to show me.  I’m not even kidding you, they were (more…)

BYOB was a Smash Hit!

Last Wednesday I hosted an intimate and interactive BYOB evening at my studio with 9 women.  Not BYOB in the way you’re thinking, I actually provided the vino.  BYOB as in they had to bring their own beads.

These beads were not just any beads, they all had meaningful stories attached to them.

I wanted to share with you (more…)

An Exclusive Collection for Matty’s Fab Avenue

Friday was a SUPER EXCITING day for our friend Matty, owner of Matty’s Fab Avenue and for us here at glamjulz!

Matty launched his Toronto District Jewelry Collection!

This collection was inspired after a three year friendship with Matty.  We met at the Toronto Gift Show back in the summer of 2015.  Matty has been carrying our julz as part of his on-line boutique since we met and this year he wanted to offer something NEW.

Over the last few years the retail market has been a challenge for many boutiques.  Whether an independently owned boutique is on-line or in a retail location, their competition is (more…)

The Finest Wine There Ever Was

This week at glamjulz we launched our beautiful sparkly wine glass charms, just in time for summer!

I have always been a wine girl!  I was actually raised on the stuff.

My Mom and Dad both immigrated to Canada from Germany in the 50’s.  Wine is a huge part of the German culture, just as much as beer!

I was allowed to stick my finger in a glass of wine to taste it when I was a little kid and on my 10th birthday I was given a small wine glass with apple juice in it.

As we got older my parents educated my brother and I both on alcohol and how to consume it responsibly.  We were taught at a young age how delicious certain wines tasted with different foods.  By the time I was a teenager I knew (more…)

Our True North Creative and Free

 

How wonderful it is to be  Canadian!  To live in a country FULL of opportunity!

After spending the weekend with Natasha exhibiting in Niagara on the Lake I just feel so proud.

The artist community is growing in Canada and many artists are giving up their “full time jobs” to become full time artists.

I think what is so powerful about the internet and social media is that it gives us artists a platform to tell our personal stories about life as an artist and what inspires us to create.

Gone are the days of hoping (more…)

Write It Down & Let It Go . . .

I have become more sensitive lately.

I’ve noticed it since my Dad passed away, since I’ve been getting closer to the big 5-0 and since I’ve been going for Reiki treatments and reading more about asking the Universe for what I want in my life.

The sensitivity I feel is a little bit like a roller coaster ride.  I have days where I’m flying high and everything in my world is perfect and other days where I swear there is a black hole under my feet and it’s just a matter of time before it sucks me up.

Do I like myself? YES!  Would I say I am my own (more…)

My Sweet Escape at By the Lake Books

Our bookmark sales in support of Halton Food for Thought are really picking up.  I have a HUGE goal to sell 1,000 so that we can feed 5,000 kids this year!

I was over the moon happy when I received a call from Anna, owner of By the Lake Books in Burlington.  She loved our initiative to help feed kids and ordered 24 of our bookmarks to carry in her store!  Yeeee Haaa!!!

Anna and I knew of each other back in high school.  Although we went to different schools and hung out in different crowds we connected on Facebook and it’s like we were always friends.  Anna and I have no problem reminiscing about what it was like to grow up in the 80s and chat about music, high school dances, some wild parties and (more…)

Remembering Kate Spade

I am still in disbelief over the passing of Kate Spade.

It came as such a shock.  We were eating lunch at the studio on Tuesday when Maggie said, “Oh my goodness, Kate Spade died.”  I think I said “What?” three times before it registered.

Kate Spade and her brand has been loved by all of us here at glamjulz.  I have always been drawn to her classic style.  She had this amazing design talent to bring back all of the elements of the 50’s and 60’s in a new way that was relatable to all women.  When I think of the Kate Spade brand I feel like she knew me.  She, of course, grew up with the same influences that many of us had.  For me her clothing was designed as though she had rifled through my Mom’s sewing patterns from the 1960’s with gorgeous a-lined dresses, cute short jackets and slim lined trousers in pastels and pretty little floral patterns.  The colours of Kate Spade’s purses and shoes in their cheery sherbert colours looked like they came right from the flavour selection at Baskin Robbins.  Her jewelry designs make such a statement and all of the details like the butterflies, the cherries, the pink flamingos, the daisies and the bows have always brought back memories of some of my most beloved collectables as a child.

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