Costume Jewelry vs. Fashion Jewelry

My husband, Wayne said something interesting yesterday.  He said, “It kinda’ bugs me when people refer to our pieces as costume jewelry. They are not for costumes. You don’t see Batman running around wearing glamjulz… Not that there would be anything wrong with that!”

Okay I could only disagree with that statement if I was making julz like these ones that our dear Elizabeth Taylor is sporting, but Wayne was absolutely right.  Then I asked myself, where did that label ever come from? So I decided to dig a little deeper.   Apparently the term costume jewelry dates back to the early 20th century.  At one time we humans used the word “costume” to refer to what is now called an “outfit”.  An example of this would be, “a gorgeous dining costume of purple silk.”  So the whole theory is that costume jewelry is meant to complement your favourite fashion garment! Hence the name “costume jewelry”.

Now I don’t know about you guys but the last time I went out to the pub with my friends in my best Jeans and new sweater, I certainly didn’t ask my husband if he liked my costume.  So I would have to agree with Wayne, costume jewelry is not the label I would put on glamjulz.  Maybe not even fashion jewelry.  What we need is for someone to create a new name that describes “Amazing custom handmade jewelry which is a vehicle for women to express their uniqueness and individuality and who cares what everyone else is wearing, jewelry“?  Now THAT would be something!

Time to Veg

Every Holiday season I go through the same thought process.  I can’t wait for that week off!  I am going to sit on the couch, eat whatever I want, drink whatever I want and do NOTHING! Every year I have the same result, I have one day like this and by the end of it I feel bloated, tired and guilty for being unproductive!

This insane behaviour does make me laugh.  It’s the time of year when I’ve been on the go with glamjulz working long days from Halloween to Christmas and it feels almost impossible to just relax and do nothing.  Kind of like I’ve had an amazing workout with no cool down, just a quick drop to the ground!

Being self-employed there is an irrational and underlying fear that if I relax for too long I won’t ever stop.  I’ll sleep in, watch TV and never leave the house.  As I am writing this I realize how ridiculous this sounds.  That behaviour is not even in my personality.

Rest is important and we all need it, as a woman that loves to work I have decided to look at rest as the “work” I need to do to ensure that my brain functions properly so that I may be even more, strategic, inventive, creative and inspired to take all facets of my life to the next level.  In life we are constantly growing and learning, resting can teach us too!  We deserve it!

So don’t feel guilty, let your calls go to voice mail this week and become one with your couch!  You need it!

Shop Till Ya Drop

So how is everyone feeling today?  Ready to hit the streets for Boxing Day deals? Or too tired to even look at another mall until January?

Generally I am not much of a shopper.  I go out when I need things and then I expect to be served.  I want to be in and out as quickly as possible.  I think this attitude I have about shopping may be for a couple of reasons.  First of all I rarely have time to shop, I try to watch my dollars and like to resist temptation, I’ve always liked the idea of spending money on an “experience” rather than a “thing”.

While I have been out there for the last couple of months picking out special gifts for my loved ones I have seen many beautiful must haves for myself and I certainly have indulged myself and guess what? I didn’t break the bank.  I just felt good!  I think I am starting to understand “retail therapy” a little better.

Growing up as a tall kid and then developing hips as a teen clothes shopping was always a nightmare for me.  I would see what my friends were wearing and what the magazines were showing and desperately tried to squeeze myself into that mold.  Usually ending up with floods and pants that were tight on the butt and swimming around my waist.  Not too attractive!

I have decided to put that nightmare behind me and make shopping an enjoyable experience.  There are so many beautiful clothing lines, fragrances, pretty items for the home, little pick me ups that can make us feel better and inspired.

Here are some tips on great places to shop this week and get some fantastic deals on beautiful must haves:

Joelles and Jeff’s Guy Shop 457 Brant St, Burlington, ON

A Passion for Living 2435 Appleby Line, Burlington, ON or 1090 Wilson Street West, Ancaster, ON

La Senza

Lush.ca

Chapers.Indigo.ca

Sunrise Records.com

Happy Shopping Everyone!  Get out there and feel good!

 

 

Let’s Party!

Thanks to everyone that attended our Grand Opening Christmas Party!  The evening was a huge hit!  Here’s how great the place looked before the guests arrived!  Please remember to join our mailing list to get an invitation for next year’s bash!  Here are some SPECIAL thank you’s that we sent out to the people that helped make the party a huge success!

Fig and Olive Larder
Jackie!

What a GREAT night!!! Thank you sooooooo much for those beautiful platters!!!

We were totally in awe, everything was so delicious! Everyone LOVED the food!

You ROCK girl!!!
Monica xo.

a little affair
Cheryl!

Your cupcakes were a HUGE hit at the glamjulz Grand Opening!

We really appreciate all the work you put into them!

The pink and blue icing was such a nice touch.

Thanks for helping to make our event special!

Monica xo

Christy’s Gourmet Gifts

Christy!

Thank you so much for the delicious sweets!

Our Grand Opening was a big success and we were so happy to be able
to feature your amazing CRUNCH!

All the guests loved it!

Monica xo

Tracy’s Wine Jelly

Tracy!

Thank you so much for the beautiful wine jellies that you gave us for our Grand Opening!

The guests LOVED all of the flavours!  The Cranberry-Rasberry Merlot Jelly was so popular!

We really appreciate that you were a part of our special night!

Monica xo

 

One of A Kind

I remember that feeling a few years back when I used to walk the One Of a Kind show and think, one day I want to be a part of this.  This show is beautiful!

I thought you might like to take a look at the state of the Direct Energy Centre before you shopped your way through the One of a Kind Show over the last 11 days.

These amazing artisans from all over Canada are creating their own 11 day “boutiques” for you to enjoy.  Many build walls, drill holes, install shelving, paint, hang lighting, the list goes on and on.  800 artists, with their own vision but all with the same goal, to be a proud part of the most beautiful craft show in Canada!  Just think, the majority of these artists have been hand making products for months for the show and now here they are taking two full days to build their booths.

As I am now a proud member of this group I have to say setting up the booth is one of the most rewarding  jobs.  It allows me to create my world, the glamjulz world, in a 5×15 space to show off to all of you.  Making you a part of this world and feeling great when you come to my booth brings me so much joy.

I think I speak for every artist when I say that those of you that come to One of A Kind really are a special group.  We strive to make you feel good in our worlds and deliver to you a quality product that you can enjoy but the feedback that we receive from you is ten fold.

Comments like these is what makes us feel great as artists and know that we are creating beautiful products for tremendous people:

“I LOVE buying from Canadian artists, I ONLY do my Christmas Shopping at this show!”

“I can’t believe you made ALL of this by hand! WOW!”

“It’s so amazing that you are doing what you LOVE as a carreer”

“Your booth looks fantastic, I had no trouble finding you”

“I have told so many people about you, can I hand out some cards for you?”

These are just a few of the comments that I have heard as well as other artisans.  I think that’s why we all kind of float around and feel warm and fuzzy all over for the month of December.

Thank you all for your purchases, visits, votes of encouragement and loyalty to us and the One of A Kind Show.  I hope you realize how special you are.

 

 

 

 

Helping Those in Need

In 2010 glamjulz started the “3 Little Wishes Fund” which is an ongoing project where every Christmas season we donate a percentage of the sales from a specially designed glamjulz piece towards families living with cancer. We had amazing success with this last year and love the fact that our friends out there (that’s you) wanted to help out.

This year we present to you the glamjulz Swarovski Crystal Snowflake Bracelet, and are honoured to introduce you to Christine and her Family.

Christine is a devoted wife, a mother of two children, aged 12 and 14, and has been fighting a battle with breast cancer for more than 6 years.

After Christine’s initial diagnosis, a mastectomy, extensive chemotherapy and radiation then followed. Even after all of that, the cancer returned to the original site and has subsequently spread to her remaining breast.

She has undergone a number of drug-based treatments including specific targeted therapies offered through several drug trials at Sunnybrook and Princess Margaret Hospitals, but the tumour presence is described as advance stage localized cancer, and at this point, considered too deep for further surgery. Christine now relies heavily on pain and nausea medication for relief, while facing an emotionally charged, painful and draining battle.

It’s 2011, and the definition of a “Family” has changed dramatically just over the last decade. Whether it be the classic definition of a family or one Mother, one Father, Heterosexual, Homosexual, young, old, black, white, biological, adopted, dogs, cats, or maybe your family is the group of your closest friends, we all need people around us for love and support.

We at glamjulz like to think that deep within everyone is the ability to share that love to someone outside of their family who may need a little extra support. Last year you proved this to be true, and we hope that you can help this year, keep this family in your thoughts and cherish every single day you have with the people that you love.

Thank you for your support,

Monica and Wayne

In the Spotlight

Woo Hoo!!!! The booth is all set up for One of A Kind!!!! Doesn’t it look amazing????? I feel so proud!  Wayne re-designed the whole thing, beautiful hot pink drape, made lovingly by my Mom, tons of space for tons of new julz!!! I’m so excited to show you all!!!

Well I’m afraid I’m gonna make this a short one….gotta get some rest!! I had an amazing “Monica” day!  Nails are done, hair is done…..I did a hot yoga class!  I feel like a ROCKSTAR!  LOL!

I’m all ready for the show!  11 days of FUN!!!!! Can’t wait to see you there! xoxo

 

 

Keeping Organized

What is it about being dis-organized that makes us all so frantic?  Some people seem to manage with piles on their desks, garages and basements packed with miscellaneous items but most of us simply can’t handle it.

Sometimes I think it’s my all or nothing personality that makes it challenging for me to compartmentalize different projects that I am working on.  For example, if I have a pile of receipts on my desk that I have not yet organized for my book keeper I find it diffucult to be creative and design a new piece of jewelry for my latest collection.  Being dis-organized can also affect me personally.  I’ll decline invitations to go out and spend time with friends because I have no idea how I can possibly do that AND get all my work done.

Any of your feel the same?  I think this is a classic case of  just being plain old overwhelmed! Paying attention to the details is very important but it is the big leaps and jumps that truly make a difference!  It will take me 1 hour to organize my receipts and 1 hour to design a new necklace that’s just been an image floating around in my head.  Which will get me further ahead in the long run?  The necklace of course!  I am trying to make a conscious effort to be aware of these differences.  Kinda follows the old expression, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”  It really is the truth.

My TO DO folder is my most favourite thing on my desk because it allows me to tuck away what can wait till later.  Also, I have decided that time with friends is a HUGE stress relief and being more adventurous and saying “yes” to invitations has in fact made me a more organized person.

Files, post it notes, folders, shelves, boxes…..whatever it takes, go out there and splurge on these necessities!  Then sigh a huge sigh of relief as you jump ahead leaps and bounds and still have time for FUN in your life!

Julz Julz and more Julz!!!!

With 14 days to go until the One of A Kind show and about 44 days till Christmas we are working away like little elves at the studio!

This is such a great time of year.  I LOVE the build up to the shows and the positive response I receive from all of you truly is addictive!  All of your visits, emails, facebook comments and tweets!  How could I ever have a day that  I didn’t feel like a rockstar?

I am so pumped to see you all over Christmas and show you our latest and greatest beads and we will have some NEW designs at the One of A Kind show that I know you will LOVE!

Thank you for all of it….thank you for everything….thank you for always coming back for more…..none of this would be possible without you….as I always say, we have the BEST customers…supporting Canadian designers and small business is something that very special people like you make an effort to do….thanks for allowing us to thrive!

Stay glamtastic! xoxo

 

Rollerskating Rocks!

A couple of weekends ago Wayne and I, along with a group of old friends and their kids enjoyed a wonderful Saturday afternoon at Scooters Roller Palace!  We had such a blast!  Great exercise and fantastic music.  Old school for us and Top 40 for the kids!

I was so inspired from the afternoon that I pulled out my Rollergirl costume for Halloween this year!

I just love Rollerskating, I always have, I was actually quite addicted as a young girl, like temper tantrums when I couldn’t go!  LOL!  If you are a huge fan like me you must check out the following:

Movies- Xanadu and Whip It

Local Rollerskating goddesses – Hammer City Rollergirls, Toronto Roller Derby, and many more across Canada……..

Music – Old School Tunes to enjoy!!!

Smooth Moves – Shoot the Duck, Backwards Skate, Crazy LegsJumps, Cross-Overs

Where to Shop? Rollerskatin.ca

“Get down on it” my friends and get out there for a skate!