I love the excitement of a new catalogue. I'm not sure how other companies do their launches, but I love the way my company does it. In January, we all go to Vegas for our Leadership conference, where the new catalogue is released. When they pass out the catalogue, we are not allowed to look through it all at once. Together we turn it page by page and hear the stories behind each piece. It's so exciting! Each catalogue seems to get better and better so it's getting harder to pick my favourites, but I did manage to select my top 5 items from the Spring/Summer 2018 catalogue.
The Roamer necklace is in my top 5 because it's versatile. It can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet, although I've only ever worn it as bracelet because it's so comfortable. It's stretchy and can easily be wrapped around your wrist. Plus the bright green is a great spring color! It also has a cute little bird tag made out of upcycled bleached denim, which is a cute reminder of how we recycle so many things in our company. Adding the Roamer necklace to your arm party gives it an unique look.
Do you remember Hypercolor t-shirts from the 90's? I do, I had a few t-shirts that changed color with heat. I remember blowing on them to make them change colors. Our designer found some fabric that will change color with heat and put in in our jewelry, so cool! Our Chameleon skinny has the material for an interlayer and it changes from purple to pink with heat. I wore it when I was in Costa Rica with Color by Amber a couple of weeks ago and it was so fun to see it changing colors! Where I live in Northern Alberta, I can only get it to change with a blow dryer right now, but I'm hoping eventually we'll get enough heat to change it when I'm outside! Check out this video to see how it changes.
One of my favourite necklaces is the Perfect necklace. Silver is a colour that goes with so many things in my wardrobe;I could probably wear the Perfect necklace everyday! So I was quite excited to see the Perfect skinny added to our collection this time. I love the silver leaf design and now I'm hoping to see some earrings to match as well in the future! The Perfect skinny is part of our Designer Skinnies 2.0 collection, adding a little something extra to our current skinnies.
Actually, everything with the firefly interlayer is gorgeous, but I picked the cuff to be in my top 5 because it has the most interlayer! I love the colors, the black and gold is so pretty, and the embroidery gives it such a delicate look. But I also love it because of the story behind it. The firefly interlayer is made in Pakistan, and named after a group of women who are empowering women by providing them with a way to make their own income. Pakistan is a very male-dominated society and men usually control the money. Partnering with a cell phone company, has enabled the money made from this interlayer to go directly to the women. I feel like the story behind the interlayer makes the Firefly cuff even more beautiful!
You can read more about the work we're doing in Pakistan in this blog.
My number one choice has nothing to do with the actual piece (although I do like it) but it has everything to do with the story of the interlayer behind it. This is because I actually got to help pick this interlayer out when I was in Peru with Color by Amber. Our designer asked me if I wanted to go with her to pick out an interlayer (which is a rhetorical question because who wouldn't!), and as we walked down the row of artisans with their work spread out, we both were drawn to the colors in this one. I couldn't wait to see what jewelry they put in it for this catalogue! Holding this necklace for the first time, brought such a warm feeling inside, because I could remember the face of the artisan who made it. I know exactly who you are supporting when you purchase this, and in my eyes, that makes the Love stone necklace beautiful! This is the artisan who made the interlayer. The interlayer is also in the Dreamy Earrings.If you'd like to read more about my trip to Peru with Color by Amber, check out this blog.
So those are my top 5 items, but truly there are so many beautiful items with amazing stories behind them that you need to check everything out in our catalogue. I would love to hear what your favourites are!