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October 19, 2015
I Love That Necklace
Interview with Leisa Chapman from ‘I love that necklace!’
Tell Us About ‘I love that necklace!’
‘I love that necklace!’ is a statement necklace and accessory line for women which stems from a love of fashion, colour and in particular beautiful and interesting jewellery.
Our range includes pretty pieces that can be worn everyday to glamorous statement pieces for special events. Being a working mother, I understand about the need for jewellery that is practical and affordable yet is fun, colourful and interesting to wear.
What is your background and how did ‘I love that necklace!’ start?
I am a self-confessed necklace addict! So it was probably appropriate that I chose this passion to share with others. I have always enjoyed wearing jewellery, particularly necklaces and have made and sourced my own pieces for many years (I hate to admit it but I have a huge necklace collection!!)
People often asked me where I had got my pieces and so in 2013, I decided to start ‘I love that necklace!’ The name comes from the loveliness of a compliment when wearing a special piece.
My love for beading started when I lived in London in the 1990’s and I did several courses at a beautiful bead shop in Notting Hill. They had the most amazing range of beads from all over the world, my favourite being the gorgeous Murano glass beads from Italy. I used to make pieces to send home to family for birthday and Christmas presents.
My interest in beading has continued over the years and last year I did a pearl knotting course (which has been the inspiration for the intricate knotting in our ‘Betasselled’ necklace).
I think that jewellery is such a fun way to ‘make’ an outfit. You can be wearing very simple clothing and it is your jewellery that can add the interest and colour.
Featured Image, Model Wears: ***New Style*** ‘So Jackie O’ necklace in the 5 strand version’ in periwinkle.
Image: Razzle Tassel necklace in cobalt/hot pink
I always remember one of the quotes that J.Crew use – ‘Your jewellery may be the last thing you put on, but it will be the first thing that will be noticed”. This is so true!
Images: ‘You’re A Star’ necklace in blue, Betasselled necklace in silver/pastel, ‘So Jackie O’ necklace – 2 strand in mint
Tell Us A bit about yourself
I am married and have 3 beautiful children. I trained as an occupational therapist. I still work part-time in my profession and ‘I love that necklace!’ is my creative outlet. Occupational therapists are known for their focus on fine motor skills so I suppose it is fitting that I enjoy beading!
What do you enjoy most about ‘I love that necklace!’ ?
The thing I enjoy most is seeing clients enjoying wearing our pieces and having some fun when they are getting dressed. It is not about having the most expensive clothes or accessories, it is about enjoying putting an outfit on and feeling good as you wear it.
I couldn’t agree more with Michelle Obama when she said ‘If I can have any impact – I want women to feel good about themselves and have fun with fashion’.
‘The other thing that I have enjoyed creatively about I love that necklace! is collaborating with other designers. This Summer I have worked with Brisbane designer, Kirsten Eadie, from Little Eadie on a limited edition range of clutch bags which compliments our necklaces. This has been a very colourful project and working with someone who loves colour as much as me has been exciting.’
Where can people buy pieces from your range?
I am currently working on a website which will be online very soon so watch this space www.ILoveThatNecklace.com.au
People can always contact me via the Facebook page or through Instagram (details at the end of this article).
Our products are now also stocked by stores in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Inglewood in Queensland and Yamba in NSW.
Finally, I offer private showings for clients.
It is a lot of fun getting some girlfriends together, having a glass of champagne and shopping for jewellery and accessories!
Christmas time in particular is a great time to do a private showing to get some of the shopping out of the way. And I will travel – I have regularly travelled as far as Sydney to do showings.
You can contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details about private showings.
Image: ‘So Jackie O’ necklace – 5 strand in lilac
Where do you source your inspiration for your designs?
Inspiration comes from many places. There are certain fashion sources that I follow- one of my favourites is British Vogue. I look at fashion trends but our designs are not bound by them. Tassels and fringing are popular trends in fashion at present, so this has been an influence in our ‘Razzle Tassel’ and ‘Betasselled’ necklaces.
Image: Betasselled necklace in silver/neon yellow
Colour and combinations of colour are always an inspiration to me. On a recent trip overseas I was in awe of the colour of the beautiful Summer sky and that blue became the inspiration for the new blue colour in our So Jackie O necklace.
I am always looking at bead shops and beads online for different bead styles.
I also discuss with my stockists about clothing trends and colours for the coming season to see if they have any colour preferences for necklaces.
Finally, I never design anything that I wouldn’t wear! Our necklaces and accessories have to be easy to wear while still making a statement.
Are there things you find difficult about the business?
As a Mum still working my day job, there are times when I wonder if I have taken on more than I can manage. A dear friend however set me straight and introduced me to the concept of the ‘Portfolio Career’ where the way of the future is apparently to have different business interests alongside your occupation. This concept does seem to suit me, as I still enjoy my day job, but also want to have some interests in other areas.
To give me the time needed to focus on design and business development, I have outsourced the production of our range. This has been a positive step and has provided employment for others.
Is there any advice that you would give others thinking of starting their own business?
There are 2 pieces of advice I would give:
Firstly, be true to yourself. Don’t be influenced by what others around you are doing. You cannot remain focussed on your own goals if you are constantly looking over your shoulder at what others are doing.
The second piece of advice is to surround yourself with people like you!
Everyone that I have chosen to work with including stockists, photographers, models and graphic artists are people I respect and admire and who seem to work by the same code of ethics and principles I have. I always work on the principal that you treat others as you would like to be treated and that seems especially important in the business world.
And finally do you have a favourite piece from your range?
I am quite girlie so I would have to say that the ‘So Jackie O’ necklace is a particular favourite. My other favourite is the ‘Betasselled’ necklace – I have had so much fun with the colour options in this necklace. And it is so versatile – it is one that can be worn to Saturday morning sport with the kids and still looks great when heading out to lunch with girlfriends.
We have a brand new design on the way and I think it may take the spot as my favourite. It will be released towards the end of October, so stay tuned – it is stunning!
The finer details:
Website: www.ILoveThatNecklace.com.au (Online soon!)
For Stockists and Private Showing information email: info@ILoveThatNecklace.com.au
It’s coming..! The race that stops a nation, the raceday that inspires women to dress up in their finest, adorning themselves with glorious sparkling tassels & draped in shiny beads, it’s Melbourne Cup time pretties….!
Hop onto ‘I Love That Necklace’ Facebook to see the latest stock or email Leisa personally to have a chat to her about the styles featured in this article,
*screams, go, go, go you good thing…….and ‘I Love That Necklace’ rounds the corner to the last straight and looks like she’s going to be first at the post, by golly, she’s done it, ‘I Love That Necklace’ is a winner here today folks………and Ed get’s carried away, but all with good intention ;-) ..!!!! – Ed
September 22, 2015
Outback Traders | Western & Urban Lifestyle Store
Boots n Hats
Australian Western & Urban Lifestyle Store.
Outback Traders are suppliers of quality Boots & Hats.
They are a store for connoisseurs of western fashion and have been around the traps since 1991
Outback Traders traditional market is the cattle industry (working cowboys) Country people, Rodeo, Horse enthusiasts and of course country music fans.
That’s how it all began.
These days Outback Traders wants to share their passion to broader audience.
The company’s founder Allan King is excited about the opportunity of sharing his love of cowboy and latino fashion with all the various sub-cultures in urban society as well.
“I think everyone should have a pair of cowboy boots in their wardrobe” he says. “And it’s so good to see hats making a comeback too. We will be adding fedoras and other crossover styles to our inventory in the coming weeks.”
Outback Traders are excited about the opportunity that lies in taking Western Boots, Hats & Latino Fashion
to the various sub-cultures in the city! Woo Hoo…..!
We’ve been working behind the scenes with OBT on their new exciting website which is finally launched!
The brand had an inspiring story behind it, it’s not all about the hard sell of a large corporation but rather the earthy footsteps of one man in and his dream, hopes and relationships forged over many moons on his journey’s through our beautiful country and beyond.
Ariat | Western Style
Outback Traders have a relationship with Ariat stocking a beautiful range of footwear at the best prices for men, women and kids.!
Ariat boots are handcrafted from premium leathers and are designed with authentic detail. Set your own standards in the arena, at the ranch, on the job or on the town in Ariat western footwear.
With superior craftsmanship, unparalleled performance features and an assortment of outsole and toe styles, Ariat delivers a variety of boots for western life. . Advanced footbed technology delivers performance, protection and stability
Visit Outback Traders today and discover Ariat boots
American Hat Company | Celebrating 100 years
One of our Outback Traders favourite hat manufacturers is the American Hat Company who are celebrating their 100th year of designing & producing their much loved cowboy hats of the finest quality & craftsmanship.
The quality and craftsmanship combined with good old fashioned service and family values are just one of the reasons OBT stocks the products as well as Allan’s own personal experience with the Hat Co, having stepped foot into the factories where the hats are designed and spoken with the hat makers and got to know them as a family.
Allan says Australians could learn something from the way American’s & Mexicano people treat one another in these family owned company settings, they look after one another, treat one another with respect.
Allan is the founder of Outback Traders and a great friend of our Rant story– Ed
FIND OUTBACK TRADERS
Outback Traders are celebrating their new website…!…..
FREE SHIPPING! Celebrating their new website and the transition from land (or the trusty truck) to the digital space, they are shipping for free!!!
Valuing your support since 1991, lets make it another 20 odd years with this great visionary and hard working entrepreneur ……Thankyou!!!…..From Allan King……..
September 4, 2015
Ruby Red Industries | Vintage & Styling
Ruby Red is a girl with a lots of pearl’s on her string and a love of all things vintage.
Who is Ruby Red in the Vintage & Styling sense and where did it all start?
I’m a Brisbane girl that moved from the big smoke to the not so sleepy town of Toowoomba six years ago. I discovered a town coming out of it’s cocoon at the time with a decent music scene and a growing art scene. It was during this time that two women were starting an artist run gallery. I expanded from stocking my vintage fashion in some local stores and joined forces with them in the space to start “Old Fangled Beauties” a little retro vintage store.
Then the industry grew when a number of local fashion outlets and my store were all part of a bi monthly fashion market in a large photographic studio that featured a runway to showcase each stores wares. I then found myself in the role of model stylist and runway co-ordinator.
What is it about Ruby Red Industries and the Vintage element?
Well I have my collection of both small and large vintage treasures that adorn my home and bring a beauty and comfort to my life on a daily basis so I thought it might be about time I put my good eye for finding little beauties to good use and help others in their quests to find these no longer produced items.
So Ruby Red Industries Vintage is a treasure trove of all things vintage, retro, quirky, rare, classic and collectable. It’s the realisation and beginning of a bigger dream I’ve had for a number of years.
What services do you offer for with your vintage shop & styling?
RETRO SHOP & STYLING SERVICES
Ruby Red Industries offers a range of styling services including event, home interiors, shop fronts to fashion and model styling for photographic shoots and fashion parades.
– Online Store, Markets and Rummages
– High Tea Hire
– Styling & Photographic Shoots
You can find vintage homewares, my collection of vintage fashion, and furniture on my online store and I also have a small collection of vintage books and vinyl. In the future when I find the right space, I have plans for combining all of this into one shop with an Espresso Bar.
Ruby Red Industries can be found to be organising Rummages and Pop up Shops as a regular thing, as well as attending large markets in Brisbane such as the West End markets. Whether you are local or anywhere else in Australia I can still help you to find your vintage desires.
High Tea Hire
High Tea Hire
I offer furniture and homewares both for purchase or hire for events and pop up shops that employ my services so when you get me you get my unique styling services which are naturally drawn to the use of vintage furniture, prints and decorative items.
I also have a love and passion for repurposing and giving new life to discarded items, you will recognise this in my styling for creation’s such as hung art works and planter boxes used in indoor and outdoor green spaces.
Ruby Red Industries also offers a range of styling services for personal home interiors, shop fronts and event styling.
Styling & Photographic Shoots
Styling & Photographic Shoots
Whether it be for an event or for a fixed shopfront or venue, I thrive on creating beautiful spaces from nothing. I am able transform an unusable, bland and awkward area into an inspiring, comfortable, and functional space.
A number of local cafes stock the potted succulents that I create, this has now spilled over to being commissioned to create one off stylised potted plants for individuals and local shops.
Ruby Red Industries offers a number of different commercial services including fashion shoots…. article coming up soon..!
If you need some magic for your space, event or fashion shoot give Ruby a holla! email@example.com
Find Ruby Red Industries | Vintage & Styling Services
Need some vintage magic?….Look at Ruby Red’s passion and ye shall find!
November 9, 2014
Alice in Arcade Land
This delightful local Toowoomba vintage store is stacked full of retro goodness from the minute you step into the front door. The shelves are filled full of old trinkets that make for gorgeous presents at any time of year.
And then there’s the vintage clothing from night gowns to evening and everything in-between including accessories from hats and gloves to shoes belts and wigs!
The pics in this post are from a rendezvous at Alice in Arcade Land working with professional pin-up models and a really fun collection of young women, all who heard the call and came to do a shoot with the most amazing little retro vintage store on the Darling Downs, and for those who are from out of town a worth while drive from Brisbane if you’re looking for a fabulous outfit for a special occasion or for a gift that you will find hard to to find anywhere else.
Rant Magazine would like to thank the models involved and so we are adding some links to this feed so you can find them if you’re looking for pin up models.
Absolutely amazing high quality vintage garments. Every time I visit the store I am greeted by wonderful friendly service with a smile :) nothing is ever too much trouble and as well as offering gorgeous one off statement pieces.
Mel’s family owned business is able to provide competitively priced services for garment adjusting, mending and garment care expertise!
As a lover for all things vintage I find Alice in Arcade Land exceptionally priced with garments I haven’t been able to come across in years!
A true treasure and a must see! You won’t be disappointed :)
Angie Leigh – Confessions of a Vintage Spendthrift Find Angie on FaceBook
Our first model is a professional pin up model who has a most gracious personality, a lovely soul to spend time with. Find Miss Ruby Rae on Facebook!
Find Alice in Arcade Land
October 26, 2014
Warwick Rodeo with Outback Traders
We caught up with Allan King from Outbacker Traders at the Warwick Gold Cup Campdraft and Rodeo which is held on the the last weekend in October 2014.
We went out to visit the Outbacker Traders to see what the were all about. The tent was really surprising, we were expecting maybe an annex from the side of the truck but the large 20m tent housed a store as big as the size of a store in any urban setting, adorned with a western flavour, but filled with fashionista’s from all warps of life, and from all the surrounding towns including the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
One of our conversations was with a stockbroker and his partner who just love to wear the western style, end of story, they don’t own animals they collect retro cars and wear hats and boots and just love the western style, they live it everyday.
That was fun, but then after snapping a few photo’s of the store and the lovely staff whom we think are pretty cool for young folks and then we headed for the action down in the arena. We even caught up with the Canadian, Australian and Warwick Rodeo queen’s, how lucky we’re we. *insert huge smile, they girls were lovely.
Great to watch and such a lovely crowd, and yes mostly everyone wore a hat and cowboy boots….. except me who wore a cowboy hat that was given to me on arrival, a lovely Bull Hide brand straw hat that I haven’t taken off my head lol… I just love it, it’s such a great style burnt slightly on the edges, curves down over my eyes and up at the sides…… I just love it, look out I think I might even wear it to work….. But on my feet I wore a comfy pair of heels and that well was a little bit strange in the landscape. I guess I’ll have to replace my Ariats that I killed when I worked as a strapper at a thoroughbred stud, see you never know what Editor’s have got up in their lives now do you. ;-)
Conversations ran wild and rough on a steamy bed of dirt and sweat as we waded through crowds, a valley of hats and a sea of boots, but through the experience we came out a little more knowledgeable, a little tanned and a lot more keen on getting our hands on some more shirts for our partner.
I’m pretty sure this next hat is the Hat my partner ended up bringing home, it suits his rockabilly hair because it doesn’t mess it up and the retro style was exact the style he loves, thanks Allan you’ve made Mick a happy man
Established in 1991, Outback Traders has become one of the Australian Outback’s well-known and established icons. They specialize in providing quality Western Apparel, Boots and Hats. We are told from a good source that Outback Traders are making some changes to their business structure so folks hold onto your hats, the rains are com’in.
The man Allan is a living legend, he has over 25 years of experience in selling western fashion and travelling this wide land. We are looking forward to reading his book one day.
Some of these cowboys travel from show to show after the prizes and the notoriety, we love their amazing dedication to the sport and would even participate in the mull race if they had tame one in the future.
Outback Traders western wear can be found at
October 6, 2014 • Sticky Post
BUS IN THE SKY
Hey everyone, tomorrow I’m heading to Sydney for this thing with work. Anyway that got me thinking as I started to get my things ready for the trip. It’s only a day trip btw, but I need to pack a bag to carry on the plane, and in this case a briefcase. So as I cleaned out the unnecessary items out of my bag, I came across loads of bobby pins, and that got me thinking about my hair extensions…. Has anyone ever traveled on an airplane with clip in hair extensions? … I wonder if any of you have had an experience of this nature yourself?
Tomorrow will be an early start, up at 4am, bound for Sydney for an adventure with my job. I’m packing my laptop for the workshop and my camera in case I get some time after the meeting to snap some pic’s. While I was looking for feedback on wearing metal hair extensions I came across this cute little video on hair and makeup and thought some of you girls might appreciate another tutorial. So sit back and enjoy this cute little video by Alex Marie…and if you like her video here is the link to her Utube pages.
Love your life. Do your thing!
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September 20, 2014
Stunning beaded designer gowns with glorious matching accessories, your sure to drop jaws when you make your entrance wearing a gown from NB Style, Toowoomba
NB Style carries the most amazing range of designer frocks. Spring is here girls and we are heading into racing season as well as formal time. NB Style carries the most extensive range of stunning fascinators and glorious hats, we wanted to bring home several of them, we so fell in love with the little black and white one on the table down the page, tiny little white embroidered flowers, the shape, Oh Devine! We can’t tell you how much we love this girls style, Sonia really knows how to bring outfits together for your body shape and style. We had the pleasure of spending an evening with Sonia as she is fitting FAST FIRMS (Law Marketing Firm) for a photography shoot and we are so excited, our dresses are just beautiful.
Sonia DeWit works very hard to bring Toowoomba the most beautiful collection of gowns you have laid eyes on and right now she has a range of gowns on sale, so if your looking now is a great time to find a special dress at a special price.
Exclusive Fashion Boutique
NB Style is an exclusive fashion boutique which offers a wide variety women’s of designer fashion and accessories hand selectedby owner Sonia DeWit such as George, muccia by Melanie Cutfield, Moss and Spy, Pianura Studio, Twin-Set, Et Compagnie, R867
NB Style is the exclusive stockist of Belanci & Paris Hilton shoes with a great selection of stock to choose from.
NB Style stocks formal and bridal wear as well as many fashionable accessories to enhance your look.
Why we love this store
Beautiful Style from a stylist who knows how to make you look your best.
Love your life. Love designer styling.
Where are they?
417 Ruthven St,
(07) 4638 1777