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Bev’s Bespoke takes you on journey through jewellery

 

Beverley Catline and Natasha Laughton of Bev’s Bespoke.

Don’t be surprised if Bev’s Bespoke is soon known for the best handmade costume jewellery around.

That’s the goal of the mother and daughter duo of Beverley Catline and Natasha Laughton.

If the display I saw at their recent launch event is just a taste of things to come, they are already well on their way.

Bev's Bespoke

Beverley started making jewellery almost five years ago after struggling to find unique gift for a friend’s birthday. She was already proficient at knitting, crochet, needlework, embroidery and even making greeting cards so jewellery became yet another creative outlet.

Once Natasha saw just how much her mother was able to produce through experimentation, she came up with the idea to launch Bev’s Bespoke. Natasha has taken on the business side of the things while her mum focuses on making gorgeous pieces.

Bev's Bespoke

The collections shown at the launch conjured up dreams of far off places and as it turns out, this was the plan.

“The Safari Collection, the Maldives Collection and the East Asia Collection are the first of our many collections where our pieces are inspired by travel and images from those places. We try for the colours and materials chosen to reflect this. It allows our consumers to live vicariously through the Bev’s Bespoke lifestyle,” Beverley says.

Bev's Bespoke

 

Bev's Bespoke

So far the pieces are made mainly of seed beads, pearls and Swarovski crystals. Other items will be included in upcoming collections. While some materials are sourced locally,  many are carefully chosen when Beverley travels.

Beverley says her inspiration can come from “almost anywhere”.

Bev's Bespoke

 

Bev's Bespoke

“I can be working on a design and another one (or several) will pop into my head. It can also come from looking at a design and wanting to do something different with it,” she says.

It is clear that Beverley has a passion for what she does.
“It’s relaxing and allows me to be as creative as I want to be. That’s a win-win! It’s also quite satisfying to see something come together from just an idea in my mind,” she says.

Bev's Bespoke

Bev's Bespoke

Bev’s Bespoke specialises in custom-made pieces. If you want a bracelet or necklace adapted to suit your particular style, be sure to reach out.

Bev's Bespoke

 

Bev's Bespoke

Another local brand to get to know: J. Riviera.

The Barbadian Designers Making Sure We Rep This Independence

 

Scrolling through my Instagram I couldn’t help but notice that some tridents and blue and yellow combos were popping up.

As we all know, Barbados is celebrating its 51st anniversary of Independence this November. It’s not usually a big commercial period but it’s good to see some designers are making sure we can rep our country in style.

I want to add to this list so if you or someone you know has Independence-inspired pieces, drop me a line.

Ashlar Designs has some bags in the works.

 

Bay & Bim has trident jewellery.

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Bead Gang sold out of these bracelets but it seems more could be on the way.

 

J’aime Crochet has swimsuits, several of them!

Choose Happiness, Choose J'aime Crochet😍

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Klutch Appeal’s trident clutches are available by order only.
Odboih is also in on the action.
Suga Apple Swim has you beach babes covered.
Daresque is another swimwear option.

Reflecting On Curls Nite Out Summer Edition

Do you.  Take risks. Silence those inner voices. 

No, this isn’t some random cheesy motivational post. But it is a different kind of event recap. I knew Curls Nite Out wasn’t going to be just a hair event but I don’t think I quite expected these themes to come through so strongly.  I don’t know if it was planned but that was what I got from quite a few presenters, regardless of the topic.

Melinda Belle of Astrape Finance,  Renee Crichlow of REAC Fitness and Christian Gibbs stand out in my mind as some of the most inspirational presenters.

Melinda Belle of Astrape Finance
Melinda Belle of Astrape Finance

Melinda talked about the importance of not letting fear hold you back, forgiving yourself for past mistakes and coming up with a plan to move forward.

Renee Crichlow of REAC Fitness
Renee Crichlow of REAC Fitness

Renee spoke about  how you need to stick to your goals and not attempt things half-heartedly, about not putting junk in our bodies and minds the same way we  (hopefully) don’t put junk in our hair.

Christian Gibbs demonstrating her twistout routine while Shawna Rowena Morgan lends some assistance.

Christian shared how people started complimenting her hair when she started rocking it with confidence. You can see a clip of her presentation here.

I decided to highlight these because many of us find it difficult to silence the voices whether we want to try a new hairstyle, start an exercise regimen or make an investment. Doing what you want, when you want and how you want is super hard for many of us but these ladies reminded us how important it is to do what is right for you.

I’ll also be posting a video clip from Renee on Facebook along with one from image consultant Shawna Rowena Morgan whose presentation I really enjoyed. If you need help knowing which hairstyles and colours suit your complexion and face shape, she’s the girl you should check out.

Marcia and Lisa of L&M Touch of Class
Marcia and Lisa of L&M Touch of Class

It wasn’t all super serious though. Marcia and Lisa of L&M Touch of Class had lots of advice for the ladies considering Sisterlocks while Khadijah of Blvcallure demonstrated crochet braiding. There was also a make-up demo by Alphaeus Designs.

And last but not least, there was stuff to buy and awesome new curlfriends to meet.  What more could a girl want in just three hours?

Cupcakes from Bite of Love
Sugar Dream Inc. and these trinkets that look edible but definitely aren't. Yes, that's a Tea Time biscuit.
Sugar Dream Inc. and these trinkets that look edible but definitely aren’t. Yes, that’s a Tea Time biscuit.
Jewellery from Fontaine Creations
Luna Designs
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Soaps, scrubs and body washes from Eden’s Choice. I got Vanilla, Cinnarose, Ocean’s Kiss and Oatmeal and Honey soaps.
And yes I got me some jewellery because I can never help it. I love these bold pieces by Ashlar Designs.
And yes I got me some jewellery because I can never help it. I love these bold pieces by Ashlar Designs.

I had a fabulous night even though I was quite under the weather and I’m already looking forward to the next event!