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What is your specialty as a stylist? fashion, salon, image, objects...?
We sell costume jewellery, inexpensive items that can complete or even make an outfit individual and stylish.
Can you provide a link to a site where we can see something of your work or of where you work.
In what style or trend do you classify yourself?
It depends on the occasion and mood, I would say. Around the office it's casual, we believe that in our environment a relaxed mind makes for a more efficient working atmosphere. Socially it's a mixture of classic and modern, with a dash of quirky thrown in for good measure!
What are your clients like?
They tend to be a combination of stylists, fashion students and those able to sniff out a fashionable bargain.
How did you begin to develop your talent? Have you possesed it since you were a child?
It's a relatively recent activity, www.BuyFashionJewellery.com was launched in 2010.
What importance has professional training had on your career?
My skills have been honed through on-the-job training mostly, from skilled professionals who passed on their knowledge.
When did you first realize you could make a living this way?
I've been actively involved with the internet since the late 90's, but the inspiration for selling costume jewellery came when I was struggling to find a certain type of necklace that I needed.
What people or experiences have taught you the most and helped you to arrive where you are?
Being made redundant from a publishing company in 2003 helped push me to start my own company and take control of my own working life. I would say that it's that impetus that got me where I am today.
What is your concept of beauty? Why does it change so much from one culture to another, or from one era to another?
Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder, that's for sure. We have to ensure that we cater for all tastes - just because we don't like a bracelet doesn't mean that everyone will. Obviously you know generally which direction a season's fashions are heading in, but individuality means that what someone sees as plain another sees the beauty of the unassuming detail.
Do you need to love what you do, or does professionalism suffice?
A good dash of both definitely helps! We really enjoy the freedom of what we do and what we stand for, it helps us love what we do. But obviously we're a professional company and we a proud of that too, the combination giving us a warm squidgy feeling!
What do you do when a client requests something that you believe is not suitable for him/her?
We believe that the best way to assist a client is to find what they're looking for but to also give alternatives that we feel suits their style better and that they may not have noticed or thought of. That way we give the client what they were looking for but can use our expertise in the jewellery and fashion industry to guide them down an alternative path, if they agree.
Besides advising clients, do you also educate them?
We attempt to educate in the supply of new ideas and styles plus we display our customers photos of them wearing our products to give others an idea as to how they can achieve alternative looks. It's a learning process throughout, we learn about what our clients are looking for and thinking of, they learn about the alternatives open to them.
Isn't there a cult of vanity in premeditated publicity and fashion poses?
They go hand in hand, without doubt.
Your definition of "glamour"?
In my mind, glamour is when someone is able to stand out in a crowd in an alluring way, not negatively. There's an aura around them, their style and grace giving a suggestion of power or wealth - and not necessarily in a financial sense.
Please name three well-known personalities whose look you admire, and three who need to urgently change their image.
Those that stand out for me are men like Jude Law and Johnny Depp, one oozing sophisticated style whilst the other suggests a quirky element to his undoubted fashion sense. Amongst women I would have to say somebody who's not necessarily at the forefront of peoples picks, but Rachel Bilson always seems to hit the right note for me, regardless of the occasion.
Those that are in need of assistance, well the list would be too long...!
Being surrounded by a different style can cause a person to feel different. Can such a feeling transform a person?
Some people are malleable to a degree, but those with strength of character tend to stick to their beliefs including styling.
What trends do you see gaining momentum?
I saw that a number of other interviewees suggested the 70's look, and I SO hope not! Amongst our ranges we've seen a rise in people looking for a good chunky bracelet such as our Bailey bracelet: http://www.buyfashionjewellery.com/acatalog/bl1006_bailey_glass_and_bead_bracelet_jewellery.html#a1_21BL1006
Whether that's an indication of a change in trend, I think not!
Make a prediction: how long will the fashion of piercing and tattoos last?
I would say they're here for the long haul, at least the next 50 years. Perhaps after then there will be some scientific evidence that suggests that tattoo's are linked to something bad and the trend will be for unadorned skin! Personally, I have a tattoo, although a small and discreet one.
What magazines or websites do you follow to keep up to date? What other types of cultural inputs serve as sources of inspiration for you?
I follow a number of fashionable people on Twitter to keep abreast of what they're thinking, doing and witnessing within their daily environment. I also visit Chictopia regularly (http://www.chictopia.com) to view style changes and ideas and sometimes take a look at Mango Beaver's T-Shirts (http://www.tshirtssale.com) if I'm looking for something different when I'm off to a festival.
I would like to be more discerning when I buy clothes or furniture. What do you recommend I do to acquire this ability?
One thing my mother taught me was to never buy something straight away, to get away from the shop or website for an hour, a day, whatever and just take time to consider the purchase. If then you still feel you'd like it, go for it, the time test has given you the green light!
It's helped stop me from making rash decisions and hasn't held me back in any way.
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