ETSY POP-UP UPMARKETS – Now in Darwin!!

It already seems like ages ago since the grand opening of the very first Etsy Pop-up Upmarket in Darwin! Actually it was only in April but since then there’s been another successful one in May (with an Alice in Wonderland theme!) and now my studio is now in kaos where I am frantically working on new jewellery designs for the 22 June; Moroccan/Arabian themed market.

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So far this new concept of a more boutique style ‘Upmarket’ has been very well received here in Darwin.  So many people told us it was about time this type of market opened with emphasis on quality handcrafted products designed & made locally by Territorians.   Fortunately the only negative comments received to date have been along the lines of “well we were expecting more stalls, more food, etc etc”.  Those comments have been taken on board and we can safely say the third market is heading to 3 times the amount of stalls as the first one & with some really yummy local gourmet foods………our market is growing as we expected but still with the emphasis on maintaining quality which is great for customers, lots of work for the organisers!! But we are definitely making progress.

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Etsy Popup Upmarket – Grand Opening in April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here is a photo of my stall at the first market; the location (Darwin Botanic Gardens) is absolutely gorgeous.  Lush, green and peaceful its such a lovely setting and it was such a pleasure to attend this market.  It was great to see so many friends and familiar faces drop by to check out the market so thank you to each and every one of you for your support; its much appreciated!  Although I was sad to say goodbye to some lovely pieces I am happy to know they have gone to good homes.

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Fleur Elise Stall at the April Market

It was wonderful to see visitors enjoying the cosy chill out area, part of our unique concept of the market for people to be able to stay, relax, have a browse and enjoy the tranquil environment with their family & loved ones.

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Chill Out Area – April Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But for now its back to designing! For inspiration for my arabian themed designs for the market I’m looking back through my albums with the jewellery I designed when I lived in the Middle East back in the day.  Back then Hamsas, Evil Eye beads & tassels featured in most of my pieces!  And in relation to Hamsa’s well the bigger the better!

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Fleur Elise Hamsa Necklace – Dubai Photo Shoot

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Fleur Elise Asymmetrical Hamsa Bracelet – from previous Dubai collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But being back in Australia styles are slightly different so I’ll be using smaller hamsa’s than this one in my designs (!) and yes being a tassel addict I will still be using tassels as I just can’t get enough of them.  I’m also working on some new ranges, but I’m not going to say anymore, you’ll just have to pop by the June Upmarket to check them out in person; just look for the jewels in the Arabian nights tent on the day :D

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Flyer for 22 June Market

10 Jewellery Pieces Every Woman Should Own

I haven’t come across any women yet that don’t love jewellery and accessorizing and obviously every woman has her own unique style and tastes.  Jewellery trends come and go and its fun to shop for these new trends however I often get asked by my Clients what types of jewellery should they definitely have in their collection that they can wear for the long term ?  I decided it was time to list my top 10 suggestions for what should be present in your jewellery box!  I’m sure there are many that could be added to this list as well!  And of course I have used Fleur Elise lovelies as examples for this post, click on the photos for further details on availability and price.

IMG_3035Must have #1 – Pearls!

Pearl Necklaces never go out of fashion and add instant elegance and sophistication to your outfit.  The type of pearl necklace really depends on your style; if you like a classic look go for just a string of freshwater pearls or round glass pearls.  If you have more eclectic taste then go for something slightly non-traditional such as this Fleur Elise Crystal Ball Asymmetrical Necklace with Pearls.  There are many options out there! But in any case you can never go wrong with owning a selection of pearl necklaces.

il_570xN.503654929_3423Must have #2 – Chain Necklaces

Chain Necklaces are a wardrobe staple! They look great worn in all seasons and with all types of fashion.  There are many different types of chain necklaces out there but I love the chunky chain style with a mixture of gold and silver as it really brightens up a classic blouse or LBD.

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Must have #3 – Statement Bling Earrings

Every girl needs a pair of a Bling Earrings to add instant radiance and shine to her outfit.  A worthwhile investment that you will get the wear out of at Weddings, Engagements, Special Functions and just a night  out on the town with that new dress.  Stick to Pearls, Crystals, Rhinestones in classic, neutral colours as you can wear them with any colour theme.

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Must have #4 – A Statement Tribal Necklace

Tribal Jewellery trends have been hot on the catwalks of late and look like they are around to stay for a little longer! A great investment and there are LOADS of styles out there; I’ve attached one of my more elaborate Fleur Elise pieces adorned with Studs, Spikes and cheeky skull but there are more conservative options out there to suit all personal tastes.

IMG_0408Must Have #5 – A Statement Ring

I LOVE rings and I have way too many dress rings! In general most women wear their serious bling on the left hand so use the right hand for fun, large, unique Statement Rings in your style and taste.

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Must have #6 – Semi-Precious Stone Necklaces

Colourful Stone Necklaces never go out of fashion; turquoise is always popular and adds a bit of an exotic look to your outfit.  They go with basic staples like white tees or look fab with Kaftans and Dresses as well.

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Must have #7 – Fine Chains & Pendants for wearing alone or layering

Its good to have a variety of fine short & longer length chains with pendants/charms or even just plain in gold & silver.  These can be layered with other necklaces or worn individually depending on how you want to accessorise your outfit.

IMG_6616Must have #8 – NEON!

I’m not always a fan of all neon jewellery so make sure if you are going to invest in this trend perhaps find a tasteful piece that you will get the wear out of for years to come.  This Fleur Elise Stone Necklace features a pop of neon with the hot pink rope section around the neck but its not too overpowering.

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Must have #9 – Statement Cuff

Wrist candy is another essential for your jewellery collection.  There are many cuffs out there on the market in different shads of metal and widths so its a matter of finding one that suits your style and tastes.  I’ve included a photo of a Fleur Elise Statement Cuff with Pearls, Chains, rhinestones and more.  The neutral, classic tonings in this cuff make it easy to wear with so many looks.  When wearing a statement cuff such as this I usually don’t wear a necklace and will wear a pair of bling dangle earrings with the Cuff instead so that you avoid looking like a jewellery tree(!)

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Must have #10 – A Statement Necklace

Finally I would recommend investing in some bling for your neck! Choose wisely in relation to colours.  Although quite dressy I’ve worn this Asymmetrical Fleur Elise beauty with black leather pants and a light grey oversize knit for a more rock chick look.  Statement necklaces don’t need only to be worn with evening dresses there are so many other options appropriate for day wear.  Wear it with a white blouse and jeans and pumps for a ladies lunch.

A Baroque State of Mind

I’m totally in love with all the latest Baroque inspired fashions out there.  Baroque art was prevalent from the late 17th century to the early 18th century in Europe.   Baroque art has been dressed up in every shape and form on the runways lately, from opulent brocade jackets to cascading velvet dresses and jewel-encrusted bodices.

If you don’t want to invest time & money purchasing Baroque’s regal pieces a great alternative is to acquire some baroque themed accessories and team them with your favorite wardrobe staples such as an LBD!  A lower investment in terms of cost but still get to experience this elaborate and regal trend.

I just had to jump on board and design some Baroque Statement Jewellery so hope you love these pieces as much as I enjoyed coming up with these elaborate designs!

Long Tassel Necklace

Long Tassel Necklace by Fleur Elise

Love this stunning Navy Lace, its quite heavy and works well for jewellery designs.

Baroque Inspired Lace & Pearl Earrings by Fleur Elise

Baroque Inspired Lace & Pearl Earrings by Fleur Elise

Baroque Inspired Tassel Necklace featuring Porcelain Beads by Fleur Elise

Baroque Inspired Tassel Necklace featuring Porcelain Beads by Fleur Elise

Love the long tassel on this necklace and it looks great with a white silky blouse.

Long Baroque Tassel Necklace on Gold Chain by Fleur Elise

Long Baroque Tassel Necklace on Gold Chain by Fleur Elise

Black and Gold are also prevalent in many of the baroque looks on the catwalk.   This stunning Black and Gold Collar ties at the back with black silky ribbons so suitable for all sizes!

Black & Gold Lace Collar by Fleur Elise

Black & Gold Lace Collar by Fleur Elise

I loved designing this necklace especially the draped chain backdrop!   The Necklace has quite a deep V at the front and at the back so it doesn’t have a clasp and slips over the head for easy access and to fit all head sizes!  The backline has light silver almost towards champagne colour glass pearls, glass beads and a gorgeous round crystal hangs at the bottom.  I’ve teamed this necklace with a velvet strapless gown to show off the necklace to its full potential but a gown with a very low backline would also look stunning with the necklace.

Aztec Gold and Bronze Statement Necklace with Pearl Backdrop by Fleur Elise

Aztec Gold and Bronze Statement Necklace with Pearl Backdrop by Fleur Elise

Back of Aztec Statement Necklace by Fleur Elise

Back of Aztec Statement Necklace by Fleur Elise

And for some more day wear pieces this collection below features Asymmetrical long chain necklace with Pearl & Gold Pendants with crystals; very elegant but versatile so they can be worn day or night.

Asymmetrical Chain Necklace & Earrings by Fleur Elise

Asymmetrical Chain Necklace & Earrings by Fleur Elise

The Necklace below was part of a collection I was asked to design for Northern Territory Fashion Week (2013).  It features a sequinned lace Chandelier Applique with mulitple layers of gold filagree and gold plated chain draped around the necklace including the backline.  A real stunner and it was a real hit at Fashion Week as well!

Chandelier Necklace by Fleur Elise

Chandelier Necklace by Fleur Elise

Back View of Chandelier Necklace by Fleur Elise

Back View of Chandelier Necklace by Fleur Elise

Velvet was featured regularly in the Baroque Era; I’m in love with this necklace, it sold awhile ago and was a one off piece! The colours are so vibrant and the necklace can be worn at various lengths depending on what you are wearing as it ties with a silky silver ribbon; so elegant!

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Turquoise Embellished Velvet Collar by Fleur Elise

I wasn’t sure about this necklace with red when I first thought of this dress however was so pleased I did; the colours in the necklace really pop!!  Adding a statement necklace such as this baroque inspired one to a plain block colour dress gives an impression of it being a new dress altogether and/or that the necklace could almost be part of the dress.  Fleur Elise has a wide range of unique, electic Statement Necklaces, most are one off design; do check them out at http://www.fleurelisedesigns.etsy.com.

Aztec Gold Bronze Necklace by Fleur Elise

Aztec Gold Bronze Necklace by Fleur Elise

Sew Blue Fashion Show 2013

Sew Blue 2013

Sew Blue 2013

Sew Blue is an annual fashion event that is also an initiative dedicated to raising awareness on depression and mental illness.  The event is in its second year and has even managed to get itself listed as one of the cultural programs of the Perth Fashion Festival as well!

Fleur Elise was a Silver Sponsor for this fabulous event held on Friday 27 September at the beautiful Mandurah Quay Resort with statement necklaces up for grabs in the silent auction.

The organizers loved the necklaces so much they also decided to feature them in the fashion show so I decided this was a great excuse to head to Perth for a weekend getaway with hubby in tow and check out this annual fashion event!

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Fleur Elise Statement Necklaces up for grabs – Silent Auction

Fleur Elise Nautical Themed Statement Necklace

Fleur Elise Nautical Themed Statement Necklace

Fleur Elise at Sew Blue

Fleur Elise was a Silver Sponsor for Sew Blue 2013

Fleur Elise with the lovely team of event organisers

Fleur Elise with the lovely team of event organisers

Fleur Elise Berber Rope Necklace

Fleur Elise Berber Rope Necklace

The event included a static model exhibition & showcased nautical inspired collections from local fashion designers as well as a silent auction, with proceeds raised from the night going to Sew Blue’s charity partner, the Black Dog Institute. The Black Dog Institute financially supports research into the diagnosis and treatment of disorders such as depression and bipolar.

Fleur Elise Berber Rope Necklace looked so fab teamed with this cropped leather top

Fleur Elise Berber Rope Necklace looks fab with this cropped leather top

Waiting for the show to begin

Waiting for the show to begin

Static Model Exhibition; amazing creation!

Static Model Exhibition; amazing creation!

With gorgeous Model wearing Fleur Elise Nautical Rope Necklace
With gorgeous Model wearing Fleur Elise Nautical Rope Necklace

Some of the catwalk looks-love the mint!
Some of the catwalk looks-love the mint!

Nautical Designs

Nautical Designs

Cute!

Cute Ensemble!

Model wearing Fleur Elise Nautical Rope Necklace

Model wearing Fleur Elise Nautical Rope Necklace

Cheers to Sew Blue 2013

Wearing one of my favourite Fleur Elise Bling Statement Necklaces!
Cheers to Sew Blue 2013; what a great night!

New Moroccan Collection

I so love Morocco.  I love the colours, the food, the designs and patterns.  So when I spotted this unique patterned rope on my travels I just knew that I had to use it for some unique jewellery designs inspired by Morocco.  These rope bracelets come in Tangerine, Fuchsia, Turquoise and Lilac, they also come with a silver hamsa charm for some added protection!

Moroccan Rope Bracelets with Hamsa Charms

Moroccan Rope Bracelets with Hamsa Charms

Love this water feature; the colours are so beautiful and designs are so intricate.

Beautiful Moroccan Water Feature

Beautiful Moroccan Water Feature

I decided to use some of the beautiful stones and materials acquired from when I lived and travelled through the Middle East to come up with some bright and chunky rope necklaces.  Love the colour combinations in these necklaces.

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Moroccan Rope Necklaces

Its hard to choose my favorite but I’m a big fan of pink so loved coming up with this design.

Fuchsia Mococcan Inspired Rope Necklace

Fuchsia Mococcan Inspired Rope Necklace

Enjoying the neon summer fashion trends so decided to add a pop of neon orange to the lilac design; really worked well!  Love purple and orange together; so fresh!

Lilac and Neon Orange Moroccan Inspired Rope Necklace

Lilac and Neon Orange Moroccan Inspired Rope Necklace

And here are some of my Moroccan inspired earring designs; so lovely !!

Fleur Elise Moroccan Earrings

Fleur Elise Moroccan Earrings

Teal & Purple Moroccan Earrings

Teal & Purple Moroccan Earrings

The Tassel is worth the Hassle !

I love Tassels !  So creating this new collection featuring tassels in my jewelry designs was a no brainer and totally enjoyable !

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White Jade and Black Tassel Purchased in Shanghai, China

When on a recent trip to Shanghai I picked up this amazing supersized white jade with black tassel which now hangs proudly on our living room wall !  This tassel inspired me in coming up with some unique tassel designs that you see below.  I am currently adding them to my online Etsy shop; http://www.fleurelisedesigns.etsy.com where you will be able to purchase.  Tassel Bracelets start from $29 and Earrings from $15.

Blue Velvet Tassel bracelet with Lava, Freshwater Pearl and Evil eye protection bead

Aquamarine and Glass Pearl Tassel bracelet with Lava and Evil eye protection bead

Pearl Tassel Bracelet with Evil Eye Protection Bead and Charm

Blue Lace Agate Tassel Bracelet with Lava and Evil eye protection bead

Loving the evil eye bead inclusion; protection from the evil and eye and the bracelet looks trendy and unique at the same time !  Layered charm bracelets are also so in so decided to create some incorporating tassels.  I love rose quartz so decided to make some layered bracelets using the rose quartz, pearls, silver and black which is such a great colour combination and goes with many outfits !

Fleur Elise Charm Bracelet Set #1 Featuring Rose Quartz, Stone, Wood, Silver, Various Charms, Tassel

Fleur Elise Charm Bracelet Set #2 Featuring Rose Quartz, Stone, Wood, Silver, Various Charms, Tassel

For color lovers this bracelet should delight you ! Featuring 8 various co loured tassels and multiple strands including chain and beaded this bracelet is a definite one off design !  Features multiple evil eye protection beads, french coin charm and some other turquoise ceramic and hot pink beads for a bright and colorful effect.

Vibrant Beaded Multicolour Tassel Bracelet with Evil Eye Protection

Vibrant Beaded Multicolour Tassel Bracelet with Evil Eye Protection

I found these fabulous red leather knot beads on one of my material/bead hunting excursions !  I decided to keep the red leather knot as the focal point of the bracelet and added some ivory and black link faux pearls for an asymmetrical effect.  On went one of my silky ivory tassels and a tree of life charm and hence this bracelet was born !

Red Leather Knot Bracelet with Pearls and Tassel

And so I progressed to designing some unique tassel earring’s…….these are my favorite !  See if you can spot the difference !

Night Owl Glam Tassel Earrings

And for some more unique tassel earrings…..

Dark Chocolate and Pearl Tassel Earrings

Key to the Ocean Pearl Tassel Earrings

Pot Purri & Pearl Tassel Earrings

Turquoise Freshwater Pearl and Crystal Lemon Tassel Earrings

Black and White Delight Tassel Earrings

Sunset Tassel Earrings with Ivory Pearls

Fairy Floss Tassel Earrings featuring Fushia Faceted Jade

Asymmetrical by design

A new year and a new 2012 collection !   Starting off the year with jewelry designs with a twist……sometimes I get bored by the symmetrical lines and wanted to create a modern range that was versatile enough to wear to the office, for lunch with the girls or dinner with that special someone !  I know I have broken some ‘rules’ ie have mixed silver and gold but sometimes the results can be worth it !

Asymmetrical Pearl Charm Bracelet with Gold Leaf Pendant

Asymmetrical Pearl Charm Bracelet with Gold Leaf Pendant

Loving this necklace elegant yet modern and great to wear with work attire.  Contrast between the ivory link pearls and charcoal beads gives a great effect and the necklace is accented with a silver/gold/white round disc on one side to add to the asymmetrical effect.

Asymmetrical Necklace with Gold and Silver Disc Ivory Pearls and Charcoal Beads

Asymmetrical Necklace with Gold and Silver Disc Ivory Pearls and Charcoal Beads

I could design jewelry in this asymmetrical theme all day long !  This bracelet is similar in design to the necklace above but obviously can be worn individually or as a set depending on the wearer.  I have incorporated faceted clear crystals with some gold either side of the charcoal beads for a more glam effect and a gorgeous gold flower charm is attached to the loop and toggle.

Asymmetrical Bracelet with Gold and Silver Disc and Crystals

Asymmetrical Bracelet with Gold and Silver Disc and Crystals

Turn over a New Leaf Asymmetrical Gold Chain Necklace with Lava Stone; this necklace was designed using recycled leaf earrings and I deliberately left one side just gold chain and beaded parts of the other side to give the asymmetrical look.  Feminine and delicate, this is also a versatile necklace and looks great worn with some of the bracelet designs above.  I also like the lava cubes which add an interesting design element.

Turn over a New Leaf Asymmetrical Gold Chain Necklace with Lava Stone

Turn over a New Leaf Asymmetrical Gold Chain Necklace with Lava Stone

Silver and Gold Drop Earrings with Ivory Pearls; so elegant !

Silver and Gold Earrings with Champagne Pearls and swarovski elements

Silver and Gold Earrings with Ivory Pearls

Black and Ivory Link Bracelet with Gold Freshwater Pearl and Crystals

Black and Ivory Link Bracelet with Gold Freshwater Pearl and Crystals

Black and Ivory Link Bracelet with Gold Freshwater Pearl and Crystals

And crystal earrings to match !

Golden Drop Earrings with Crystals