Golf and Glamour Day!

Talk about a fantastic Monday!  I woke up, went for my morning bike ride….made some delicious oatmeal blueberry pancakes and then put on my favourite Brenda Beddome dress with my perfectly matched julz and headed to the Flamborough Hills Golf Club for the 4th Annual Golf and Glamour Day.

The event was put on by the Rotary Club of Hamilton and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.  What an amazing group of Women!  This group is all about Women helping Women in their local communities.  I contributed by purchasing a table for the morning and selling lots of sparkly julz to these lovely ladies.  We also sold some of our beautiful Hummingbird julz which helped us raise some more dollars for the CIBC Breast Assesment Centre.

This is a picture of Nancy McMillan and I.  Nancy is one of the amazing women that made this special day happen.  Nancy is also an huge support to glamjulz and is BIG on promoting our Hummingbird julz as she also is on the committee for the Breast Assessment Centre.  How lucky am I to know someone as special as Nancy?  She is a great example of a person that makes things happen in the community.  Every time I get together with Nancy she always asks me, “What can i do to help you?”…….wow!  Talk about a selfless question.  This girl is a dynamite networker and I am so happy to have her as a new friend.

Isn’t life wonderful?  Woooo Hooooo!

Best Friends

Here I am with my friend Jen!  We have known each other since 1977! Wow!  We were little then!  Jen has an older sister, my best friend, Sally……Sally and I were inseparable, we back packed through Europe together after high school and we were always known as a pair, “Monica and Sally”……. In the mid nineties Sally moved to England to be with her English husband and have 3 beautiful babies together.  That’s when Jen and I started to hang out together.  There are 4 years between us but Sally always said, “Monica you should hang out with my younger sister.”  Jen and I connected on so many levels.  We both missed our favourite Sally, all the way in England, and back in the mid nineties we were both single and had a ball together!

Jen since moved out to BC but comes to visit Wayne and I quite often.  We love having her here with us!  I feel so fortunate to have my best friends.  When Jen and I are together it’s so magical.  As soon as she arrives we both get into our groove and have the most fantastic time.  It’s not hard, there’s no effort, it all just flows.  We seem to have all the time in the world and can just talk about life for hours.  Jen knows me so well and can always tap into my insecurities and tell me all the right things to bring me back to feeling strong and powerful.

Best friends are so important, they are the family we choose.  I treasure all of mine and I am grateful everyday to have them.  Thank goodness for Blackberry Messenger….I keep them all close!

The Hummingbird Ball

Every year in May Hamilton Health Sciences has their annual Hummingbird Ball!  I have had the pleasure of participating for 2 years in a row now.  I am there to launch the latest and greatest Hummingbird piece of jewelry to help raise money for the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre.

Many of you have purchased the bracelets that I designed last year and this year I have designed the matching necklace.  You will see these necklaces sometime soon on our website and in some of your favourite stores.

What a fantastic evening!  Joelle came with me again this year!  We had so much fun together, we sold out of the necklaces at the ball just like we did with the bracelets last year.

It is such an honour to be a part of events like this.  It really makes me realize what an amazing community I live in and how powerful people are when they come together for a good cause.

Thanks to all of you for all of your support!  It’s so great that glamjulz can help out those in need, we could never do it without all of you!

Cinderella Event

 

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of participating in the Cinderella Prince Charming Project right here in Burlington!

What an amazing day!  I was so honoured to participate in this charitable event.  The organizers  invited in-need students in both grades 8 and 12 to experience a day of “shopping” through new and gently used Graduation outfits, accessories, and shoes.

It was so incredible to see the generous support and donations by local individuals and organizations.  Everyone came together to make dreams come true for these kids.

Some of the girls very kindly gave me permission to show pictures of how wonderfully put together they were so please enjoy their smiling faces!

I found out about the event when Joelle, owner of Joelle’s in Burlington, asked me if I would like to participate.  I was there with Robin one of Joelle’s sales consultants who was styling all the girls and making sure they left looking their best!

A big thanks to any of you that did make donations……I noticed some vintage glamjulz donations on some of the tables!  You glam girls are the BEST!

In Store Events

So we have all of these fantastic, unique boutiques, all over Canada carrying glamjulz right?  Well there are some stores that really shine.  They understand the importance of relationship building and how great partnerships can really make both store and supplier successful.

The last few weeks I have been booked solid with events.  So many of these stores have included me in their, fashion shows, girl’s nights and spring Open Houses.  I LOVE doing these events of course because I get to meet YOU!  The women that are wearing my pieces.  It’s so fun to connect and meet fans of glamjulz.  You ladies give me great ideas for new designs, what you are really loving to wear, and what makes you feel your best.  Once I know these things I can better contribute when I am meeting with my boutiques as they order for up-coming seasons.  Helps us give you exactly what you want!

A special thank you to all of the Ontartio stores that have had me as their special guest this year.  Please be sure to go and visit them!  They are the best of the best!  Not Just For the Garden, Waterloo, The Willow Tree, Waterdown, The Dressing Room, Belleville, silverside, Port Perry, Royal Class, Dundas, and Joelles in Burlington!

Can’t wait to see you at the next In Store Event!

 

One of A Kind

Woooo Hooooo!!!! What a great time we had at the One of A Kind Show this spring!  I am truly grateful for all of YOU!!!!!  Let’s face it, it’s been a loooooonnnggg winter and many of us have been feeling fed up and frustrated.  We were all so excited about the OOAK show here at glamjulz!  Excitement combined with nervousness was how I was feeling.  Are people going to come?  What if we get more snow?  Will people be in the mood for spring?

Guess what??? YES! YES! YES!  You were in the mood and THANK YOU!!!! So many of us artisans had a great show!  I hope that you all truly realize the incredible impact that has on us.  The feeling is sooooo good!  Here we are working away all winter, creating beautiful products for a beautiful show and really not being able to predict what the energy at the show will be like.  Year after year you show up.  You bring new friends, you admire all of our hard work and you pick up a piece or 2 or 3 or 4……it’s amazing!!! Just like that glamjulz becomes a part of your spring/summer wardrobe and you wear your pieces with pride and tell all your friends!  Then the phone starts ringing and your friends are calling because they want some glamjulz……and that my dear fans is the magic.  You are the amazing people that make all of this possible.  The more you talk the more action small business’ receive and we are all so truly thankful.

……………..and of course as you all know I am truly the luckiest because I KNOW that we have the BEST customers of all!!!! xoxoxo

Montreal

Let’s go back about a month……..so it’s one week before the One of A Kind Show…there is lot’s to do and I find myself hovering….”Wayne is the website up to date?…..what are you doing about our booth lighting?” “Dawn do we have enough julz?….have you made enough earrings to match all our necklaces?”……geeeezzzz even I’m getting sick of my own voice.

I needed to be refreshed and re-charged… one week before the show and I wanted to see new things.  My team is so amazing that they are more than capable of working together to ensure a successful show.  I needed to vacate the studio and bring home some fresh energy!

Ottawa and Montreal was my destination!  Besides meeting up with some beautiful stores in both Montreal and Ottawa my trip was a huge success on a personal level too.  I drove through a horrible snowstorm but arrived safely to sunny skies in Ottawa just in time for my 2:00 appointment with Magpie jewellery.  After a wonderful visit with them I checked in to my hotel.  (Got  a great deal on Hotwire) I then bundled up and strolled through downtown Ottawa, The Byward Market and then over to the Parliament buildings.  Feeling PROUD to be Canadian I relished in beauty until dusk and then treated myself to some sushi on the way back to the hotel.    To top off the evening the hotel offered a complementary Sauna Room that guests could book and enjoy for an hour.  Ohhhhh it was heavenly!  I felt so good from this wonderful treat.  All of a sudden everything was in perspective again.  That rush, rush, rush feeling I was feeling only earlier that day had vanished.  I vowed to practice this feeling of peace and tranquility in my regular setting when I got back home.  Why is that so difficult???? Especially when we all know that this is the road to success and happiness, enjoying the moments.

On to more moments……my next series of moments were in Montreal.  My first evening there I checked in to yet another fantastic Hotwire Deal.  The Candlewood Suites, full kitchen, big room, it was like I had my own little apartment.  I checked in and raced out again to enjoy the afternoon and evening.  While strolling through old Montreal I walked past the Notre Dame and noticed they were having a light show inside the church.  I bought my ticket and 10 minutes later the show started.  It was so incredible, pink, turquoise, yellow and purple lights lit up the inside of the church from different angles, it was truly magical.  My next destination was FOOD! I hit a local grocery store and bought myself some nice Quebec vino and a big piece of Salmon, a sweet potato and some salad fixings, oh yes and a little triangle of brie!  I was feeling very french!

When I arrived back at the hotel I asked the girl at the desk where I could pick up the BEST Montreal bagels in the morning.  She told me of a place called St-Viateur, she thought it was a little over a half hour walk.  I was on a mission!  Set my alarm for 6:30am and was walking up hill by 7am for bagels…..wooooaaahhhh!!! Arrival time 8:15…..a little more than half an hour but totally worth it!  I ate two bagels on the walk back I was so starving!  This place was incredible.  You MUST go next time you are in Montreal, family run biz and open 24hours!  Good news, you can order these bagels on-line too!  The magic to the flavour is the wood burning stove as you can see in the picture here. I found out later on that Michael Ignatieff was in with his peeps for bagels the very next day!  I’ll bet he didn’t walk up hill for 50 minutes!

I hope you are all enjoying yourselves and taking little mini-vacations or just escaping when you can!  This spring that’s coming should be here soon, I do have chives and parsley in my garden already….we just need some good old vitamin D on our skin!  It’s coming, I’m sure!!!!!

 

Jeff Bartels

Well let me introduce you to another famous brother!  This is Dawn’s brother Jeff Bartels.  Many of you know how talented Dawn is with all of the beautiful julz she creates here at glamjulz, well apparently that talent runs in the family.

We had the pleasure of seeing Jeff at Studio 561 in  Toronto where he launched his latest collection.  This series is incredible.  As you will read on Jeff’s website, this series of paintings explores the human condition expressed through hands.

Dawn, Wayne and I went to see Jeff and as soon as we walked through the door we were blown away.  Jeff’s attention to detail is breathtaking.  When I look at his paintings I can just imagine him working, so focused and diligent, never straying from the message he is trying to convey through his art.  Every wrinkle, every hair, every reflection, is so exact.  I especially love the paintings that Jeff is standing in front of in this photograph.  Being a music lover these pieces moved me the most.  I could actually feel emotions and sounds and talent coming from those hands.  The paintings had a vibration and they made me feel good.

It’s such an honour to know Jeff.  Jeff is an inspiration and is a person that has become successful by staying true to what he does best.  Jeff you are a true artist and thank you for sharing your beautiful pieces with the world!

Gobsmact

I am so excited to be writing this blog that I don’t quite know where to start.  I suppose I should start by saying that I am a VERY proud big sister!!!! Even though my brother is going to be 40 this year…..is it wrong for me to say that I am still a proud big sister?

Eric has just launched his first business.  It’s called Gobsmact and let me tell you it’s so much more than just T-shirts!  Let’s start with the T-shirt part though.  In Eric’s first collection titled Mind Readers each T-shirt tells a story.  You will read on his site what each of his images mean, you will be able to identify with them and definitely find an image that speaks to you.  This one is my favourite.  It’s called Thoughts in Orbit.  In Eric’s words, ” Thoughts in orbit is all about communication. It’s about the effect inspiration can have on a person, making them more confident and attracting others who can build on that piece of inspiration.”

Remember how I was saying that Gobsmact is more that just T-shirts?  Well here are a couple of other amazing things that Eric is doing with his business.

  • Gobsmact will be donating $1 from each of his sales to help our dear friend Tom Preston as he fights to beat cancer.
  • Gobsmact is also offering free music to all of it’s customers when you order a T!  On deck first is power pop band The Nines who you will absolutely LOVE!!! They are amazing and Eric and I both went to high school with Steve Eggers, the band’s incredible front man!
  • Gobsmact shirts are made with 100% cotton, using sweatshop-free labour right here in Canada.

With that said I am very inspired by Eric and what he has created.  His enthusiasm for this venture in contagious and I know he is going to be very successful!  By the way as I am out visiting with glamjulz customers I am also going to be pounding the pavement with these T’s.  Looking for some great stores to represent Gobsmact, so do expect to see them around town soon!  In the meantime Eric has some fantastic contests on right now for those of you that are interested and of course if you just can’t wait you can always pre order one of these amazing T’s and Eric will pay the shipping!

Hey this just in…….if you enter the handy coupon code GSC102BL, you’ll save 25% off your order.

Thanks for reading glamjulz fans and thanks again for all your support!  I am so blessed to have friends and fans that are passionate about supporting Canadian designers.  So happy that this one just happens to be my kid brother!

 

 

 

Ever After Wedding Show

In February I had the pleasure of participating in The Ever After Wedding Show in Milton Ontario.  What a beautiful venue.  The show was held at the Glencairn Golf Club.  It was an intimate show with some fantastic exhibitors.  If you brides are looking for some great people to connect with to help you with your wedding plans here are some of the exhibitors that I met.  All local talented entrepreneurs.

Wedding Cakes by Design

Elizabeth’s Fashions and Bridal Boutique

Amber Richmond Photography

Enduring Promises

The day was fantastic and we even teamed up with Elizabeth’s for the Fashion Show!  glamjulz was seen on all the models in the beautiful gowns from Elizabeth’s.

We can’t wait to work with all of the wonderful brides we met that day and add a dash of sparkle!