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Well it’s that time again, time for our weekly instalment of our ‘what to wear’ Wednesday blog feature. This week though we’re fully engulfed in the Olympics, we’re also dying for some guaranteed sun somewhere further afield … day dreaming of a city break, some culture and some stunning sightseeing. Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Miami, New York, Amsterdam … with some summer fashions to match.

With the help of Grace on the Polyvore community we’re thinking of jumping on the back of a Vespa for a fast track city tour of Milan, romantic sunset walks gazing at the architecture in Paris, cycling the windy canals in Amsterdam, reading a sizzling novel on the beach in Miami, taking polaroid snaps in a gallery or two in Barcelona and stopping for macaroons in a boutique cafe in New York.

So following on from last weeks What to wear at the 2012 Olympics post, we’re recommending teaming your neons and pastels. Our beautiful Purls Necklace from our Strands collection of this weeks star, as featured in Boticca’s fashion focused Holiday Style Guide. More exciting is the fact that for just one more day (ends midnight tonight) Boticca  are offering FREE DELIVERY with any purchase worldwide. Don’t miss your chance to make that holiday outfit unique, we only have two of these beauties in stock!

Have a great holiday, however exotic it may be! With love, Saloukee x

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Our new collection has been really well received and we’d like to thank you for everyones support. As a designer it’s always a big leap of faith launching a new collection to the world, especially when it’s been just a big thought in your head and your hands for so long.

Not only have the neon and pastel neck pieces received some very stylish press from the likes of Elle Magazine online and The Sunday Times Style Magazine but we’ve also shipped orders to clients all around the world. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for the collections continuing success : )

A lot of work went on behind the scenes to enable us to launch the collection, lots of designing, making, trials and tribulations and the culmination of much of the hard work was a day shooting the pieces. It was a fun day made possible by the work of a full team of creatives and perhaps the odd cup of tea and slice of cake … or two ; )

Photography by Sam Roberts

Make up by Kate Gill

Hair by Sonya Park Howie

Modelling by Lizzie Towndrow

Styling by Sarah Kelly and Sarah Louise Matthews

We wanted to show you a sneak peek because as we hope you can see, it really it was a very fun day and we can’t wait to plan the next shoot … which reminds us, we really should be getting our design head and hands in place again very soon  : )

Love Saloukee xxx

We’re excited to post that we’re beginning a regular ‘what to wear’ Wednesday blog item. It’s a chance for us here at Saloukee to give you inspiration at to how to wear your Saloukee Jewellery … with what outfits, what colours and what latest trends.

The perfect place to find inspiration for stylish creations is a community called Polyvore. We’ve been aware of Polyvore for a while now but really have discovered how much talent is on there lately … have you discovered it yet?

ImageHeadquartered in Silicon Valley, Polyvore is the web’s largest fashion community site, where users are empowered to discover their style and set trends around the world. With over 15 million monthly unique visitors, Polyvore’s global community has created over 44 million sets that are shared across the web.

So for our first ‘Wednesday What to Wear’ we wanted to honour of the 4th July and the US’s Independence day (a commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776) we wanted to highlight an outfit that we feel encompasses that. Think stripes, think red and blue and think glamour!

Indepence day outfit on Polyvore
This user, fashionista srbcat teams a nude coloured Valentino bag with complementary wedges, a striped tunic and Yves Saint Laurent rouge lipstick and red nails. Not to forget the jewel in the crown, a bright, fresh red pair of Saloukee Disperse earrings: Individually hand made with moisture resistance embossed laser cut paper and hand made silver hoops with silver stud backs. A bold yet elegant statement that’s sure to get you noticed and a perfect outfit for any independent girl celebrating Independence Day in style!
Saloukee Disperse Earrings in Fresh Red
Wishing all our American followers a lovely day, filled with smiles : )
With love from Saloukee x

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind of a year and sometimes it’s nice to sit and allow yourself to realise that despite often feeling like you’re just fighting fires … that actually somewhere along the away some things were achieved. I wanted to take stock of some of the things in my business and my personal life that happened to me this year and write them down as a record to look back on and smile about:

IN BUSINESS:

* I had my first book published and in its first 6 weeks sold nearly 900 copies

Sarah Kelly's Paper Jewellery Book Cover

Signed copies now available online at saloukee.com

* I sold my work to The National Portrait Gallery as stock for their gallery shop

* I undertook 2 full day workshops teaching teachers new techniques in the manipulation of paper, not a small feat!

* I accepted a position as a visiting tutor at the School of jewellery, Birmingham

* I had record numbers of sales to customers for First year wedding anniversary gifts for their loved ones

* I did nearly 500 demonstrations of hand weaving and knitting with paper yarn to over 60 primary school children, on my own over the course of 8 days!

* I was asked to be a short course tutor of  ‘Making sculpture paper jewellery’ a course that I wrote and designed myself for West Dean College, Chichester

* I launched a new website with the skills of my web designer Matt and learnt Dreamweaver and HTML in the process

* I got my very own Mac and learnt to love it pretty quickly

* I single handedly launched two new online shops on Boticca and on Saloukee.com

* I reached over 600 followers on Twitter and over 400 on Facebook

* I designed and made private commissions to several special clients worldwide

* I sent copies of my book to my old high school teacher (as a thank you for his guidance in my career) and to my aunty whose husband proof read my first chapter but died during the writing the following of the chapters (the book is dedicated in his memory).

* I had my work published in a portfolio book and selected to be published in 3 other books due out in 2012, as well as other press worldwide

* I managed to get to number one and two in Google when typing ‘paper jewellery’ and number four when typing ‘Sarah Kelly’ – I’ve still not managed to pip a very famous American contemporary christian singer/artist with the same name :-/

Google ranking for 'Paper Jewellery' 16.12.11

Google ranking for ‘Paper Jewellery’ 16.12.11

IN LIFE:

* I saw my best friend become a mummy after being such a beautiful pregnant lady

* I was in turn then asked to be a Godmother to her very beautiful little girl who I love so much already

* I had to go in to hospital for the first time in my life, so I quickly dealt with my fear of all things medical. I had two operations with two general anaesthetics and morphine in the space of a month … I survived both but I’m three wisdom teeth down : -/

* I then decided to commit to a studio in the Big smoke, where I would base Saloukee HQ from … beginning January ’12  : )

Papered Parlour studio

Papered Parlour studio

* I surfed in Hebridean waters on the day of the Royal wedding with my two brothers and stood up several time, it wasn’t until later in the summer in Biarritz that I finally felt what it was like to catch a ‘real wave’

* I ran over three miles none stop for the first time in my life without collapsing!

* I swam 100 lengths in under 48 minutes and raised over £200 for Marie Curie nurses

* I made maiden voyages to Norway, Ireland and Greece for the first time where I caught mackerel, drank Guiness and scuba dived

Norway

Norway, summer 2011

* I learnt to snowboard and even managed to get over the fear of the button lift and of turning … my first road trip in a borrowed motorhome will see in our New Year : )

* I went to my first wedding abroad

* I watched my big brother pass his PGCE, move out for good and become a real life teacher – god bless those 7 year olds!

* I was able to see my little brother and his wife move back to England from the Outer Hebrides after many years of strength in such solitude

* I saw friends fall in and out of love, marry, fall pregnant and get very grown up

… and all in all I came to the end of it feeling happy with where I came from … and I wanted to leave on this note … this is something I wrote for a blog on starting up a business some time ago which still feels poignant and relevant to business and life every time I read it …

“Be flexible, take every opportunity that comes your way, don’t be knocked by those that don’t believe in what you do or simply don’t get ‘it’- there’s enough people out there that will, learn to take criticism and not be offended, learn to laugh when you want to cry, surround yourself with positive people, take time for yourself, be passionate and open to new inspiration, love your friends and family more than ever…they will be the ones to help you through when times are tough. Be stubborn, vigilant and confident in your product and quite simply don’t ever give up…it will happen if you’re determined enough!”

Hoping for exciting, new prospects in 2012 … just you watch this space!

Best Christmassy wishes, Sarah and Saloukee ; ) x

Saloukee jewellery took itself to Olympia Exhibition Centre last month for the Autumn/Winter Top Drawer – The UK’s leading event for design led fashion and lifestyle gifts. We were lucky enough to be involved on a project with Interior Lifestyle Futures who promote design and innovation from within the West Midlands. Saloukee were one on 12 companies to exhibit on the stand amongst some very talented designers including:

'Odd Couples' by Plant and Moss

Plant and Moss

Nubu England Leather

Nubu England

Charlotte Hughes Martin

It was a really enjoyable show and proved itself very worthwhile for all involved. Saloukee have a couple of projects and new suppliers in the pipeline, but watch this space for updates.

It was exciting too to be selected by Trend Bible to be featured in their trend guide for the event.  Trend Bible bring accurate and relevant insider information on new seasons trends. They put together some beautiful displays at the show and also created a mini trend guide for attendees to take away with them and also to help them navigate the show whilst keeping in mind the trends for the upcoming seasons.

Saloukee jewellery were excited to have three pieces of our paper jewellery included in the Utilitarian trend. A trend which in part is nostalgic and traditional but is more about refocused, recontextualised design. Craftsmanship is key with casual, tonal colours that suggest one-off designs.

Saloukee Top Drawer feature- Image Courtesy of Trend Bible

Saloukee Top Drawer feature- Image Courtesy of Trend Bible

Saloukee Top Drawer feature- Image Courtesy of Trend Bible

For the Utilitarian trend feature, products were displayed on uniformed wooden boxes to enhance the paired down feel and utility styling of this trend, right up our street. More news from the world of Saloukee … coming soon x