What even IS a push present?

We don’t often get time to blog, because we’re all such busy bees at #teamalyssa, floating around talking to our customers, packaging up lovely orders, working on new designs and sitting at the work bench creating- but we wanted to take a little minute to draw your attention to the recent craze of ‘push presents’ which we have found ourselves getting on board with more and more over the past few months… you may have seen this phrase floating around online amongst new mums, mums to be and couples who are expecting! So we wanted to get involved in our own sparkling way and enlighten our customers!
 
Question- What even IS a ‘push present’?
 
Some of you are probably thinking “what is a push present?”- that just sounds so bizarre!
 
But in a nutshell, a push present is basically a special gift that a father/birthing partner gives to the mother to mark the occasion of her giving birth – but friends and families also give push presents too!
 
The present may be given to the mother before, after or during (eeek!) the birth of a new baby. Amazing idea right?!... We knew you would agree!


 
 
Popular Push Present Ideas
 
Push presents may have started off as an American tradition, but in recent years they have become more and more popular right here in the UK. Traditionally, the push present would be a ‘keepsake’ as an expression of love and devotion… However, we have been searching the big world wide web for push present ideas, and the following items are found to be popular ideas:
 
  • Make-up/perfumes
  • Nappy cakes (yes, you heard right!) These are basically lots of goodies stacked up into the shape of a cake and wrapped in pretty cellophane and ribbons
  • House items i.e. a coffee machine (for all the late nights and early mornings ahead of you!)
  • Spa breaks (because we all need some time to ourselves, don’t we!)
  • Clothes/handbags
  • Jewellery (Of course! We may have mentioned this last, but it’s certainly not the last idea you should think of!)
 
 
The reason we’ve been so interested in the idea of push presents is because so many of our customers have been coming to us over the past years asking for ‘new mum’ gifts. Either the new mum has been getting in touch herself, her spouse, birthing partner, friend, sister and aunty…the list goes on really! It only seems right that we start taking an interest in creating pieces which could be the perfect gift for a new mummy, huh?!
We have several gorgeous pieces in our online collections, which are ready to order for fast delivery (basically, you won’t have to wait 9 months for this!) and they won’t break the bank either- we know how expensive a new baby can be!


 
 
Push Present Ideas from #teamalyssa
 
We sell a wide variety of push present ideas on our website in our ‘new mums’ collection that would be the perfect keepsake idea; but here are our top 5 pieces:
 
 
Mummy and Baby Angel Feather Necklace – This gorgeous piece is available either in sterling silver, or in rose gold plated silver. We love both of them! If you wanted to add another feather or two (wink wink!) we can also do this for you upon request at an additional price… Perfect for an expanding family! http://www.alyssasmith.co.uk/mummy-and-baby-silver-feather-pendant


 
Guardian Angel Sterling Silver Pendant- This necklace is perfect as a symbol of protection for your new family. It is believed that we each have our own guardian angel to look over us, and this is a lovely thought to wear on your person every day. http://www.alyssasmith.co.uk/guardian-angel-pendant
 
Twink Cluster Necklace- We have chosen this necklace because it has three lovely silver stars hanging together from the same chain- which could symbolise the new parents and the new baby too. But if your family isn’t symbolised by three stars, don’t worry- we can tailor this necklace for as many or as fewer stars as you’d like- you could even have 6 or 8 stars hanging together on the chain! If this is something you’d like to find out more about, then do get in touch with us and we will be more than happy to tailor this necklace to create your family portrait! http://www.alyssasmith.co.uk/twink-silver-cluster-necklace


 
From Little Acorns Silver Necklace- This is one of our favourite necklaces of all time, and not just for new mums either! Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. This is so true and can be applied to all aspects of life! http://www.alyssasmith.co.uk/from-little-acorns-pendant


 
Mini Infinity Necklace- This is a beautiful necklace of ours, simple but so lovely to wear every day. As most of you will know, ‘infinity’ means forever, so is a lovely symbolic gift for a new mum from a loving partner. http://www.alyssasmith.co.uk/infinity-mini-silver-pendant


 
 
If these gorgeous pieces do not appeal to you (for some bizarre reason) or you feel that you’d like something extra special and personal- perhaps with the babies birth stone set into it somewhere… then you could always ask us to make your lovely ideas and designs through our bespoke service! This is where we would create exactly what you had in mind, especially for you!

        
 
What isn't there to LOVE?!
 
Do let us know if you need any help choosing a gorgeous piece, or would like us to make you something unique, and have a great day!
 
Whatever you do and wherever you go, don’t forget to sparkle!
 
#TeamAlyssa xoxo
 
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Title- Push Presents
Publisher- Alyssa Smith
Editor- Alyssa Smith
Co-written by- Jade, Apprentice extraordinaire
Date- 27/10/16
 
 
 

Love of F1

It was in 2010 that I first met Alyssa. While employed at a well known low cost airline (who are known for their orange colours), I saw a young girl one in the building lunchtime with a stand trying to sell some jewellery in the canteen.

I still remember seeing a picture of Suzi Perry on that stand, wearing one of Alyssa’s pieces & recall one of my colleagues at the time not knowing who Suzi Perry was (someone who wasn’t a viewer of MotoGP or The Gadget Show at the time) which lead me to try and explain who she is.

I never really spoke to Alyssa in depth though, but being a twitter user, later that day I did tweet Suzi Perry to say that I had met someone who designed jewellery for her. I’m now glad I sent that tweet, if it wasn’t for that, Alyssa would never have seen and responded to me through twitter and we wouldn’t have become friends over the last 5 and a half years.

The biggest thing I’ve seen with my friendship with Alyssa in that time is how she has built up her business and brand and, with the introduction of the Smith&Perry motorsport collection over the last few years, all the work that Alyssa & Suzi have done for the Promise Dreams charity through this collection.

This takes me back to when I was a young boy. My first memories of Formula 1 are the name Ayrton Senna. I was only 4 years old in 1988 when Senna won his first World Championship, so I do not remember much about the races in that period, or indeed, through his career. The two things that always stick in my mind from seeing races at that time are hearing Murray Walker saying the name during his commentary and seeing the famous yellow helmet in the white and red Marlboro sponsored McLaren. He instantly become my sporting hero, and I will always hold the Brazilian in high regard as one of my icons.

I can easily recall watching races from the mid 90s, always being excited when the Monaco GP came around every year, and I can remember some specific races from that era. For example the 1994 Spanish GP when Michael Schumacher was stuck in 5th gear in his Benetton, being awake really early to watch the end of season flyaways in Japan & Australia in 1994/1995 too, as well as the 1995 British GP when Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher collided again.

Formula 1 is the reason I went into Engineering, and studying Aerospace Engineering at university. Harbouring thoughts of being the next Adrian Newey! Being quite technically minded from a young age, I always enjoy the technical aspects of Formula 1 and have done so for 25+ years I’ve been watching and following the sport. I’m working in aviation at the moment, but do still harbour those dreams of one day working in the sport I love.

As the years have gone on, I have immersed myself more in the world of Formula 1. Reading and understanding the history, of those drivers long gone and the cars they raced, names like Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt & Francois Cervert. Wishing I could have seen these drivers race, in some of those iconic Team Lotus & Tyrrell cars of the day, which were magnificent machines with groundbreaking engineering from the likes of Colin Chapman.
 

Now it is a different era. Since the 90s I’ve always had a fondness for Ferrari. There is just something so iconic about the brand, and the history of how Enzo Ferrari founded the company and went racing, with so many beautiful cars bearing the famous prancing horse. So much so that yes, I have made the pilgrimage to Maranello and visited the museum. This lead to me becoming a fan of Michael Schumacher during the late 90s and early 2000s, seeing him breaking all sorts of records in an utterly dominant era with Ferrari was watching something special.


I have become more and more neutral the older I have become. Not just to teams, but to drivers. No matter who is racing, I have utmost respect for all those drivers and all those teams that go racing. Whereas I do recall the 2001 Spanish Grand Prix, when Mika Hakkinen with such a massive lead going into the final lap before his clutch failed giving Michael Schumacher the win, I leapt up and cheered at my drivers’ main rival not finishing the race! Now when I watch races, it’s much more of an immersive experience. Watching on TV, while following live timing and team radio and keeping an eye on twitter at the same time to live tweet and post about the race as it happens. It’s always interesting to see a race using all this technology and to spot things which may not be seen on TV.

In recent years, the use of social media has provided me with some amazing opportunities within the Formula 1 and motorsport world. Through twitter this has meant being able to interact with many of the TV & radio presenters over the last few years during Formula 1 coverage and it is always an honour whenever I do get a mention during practice coverage. That all started while being out of work, and spending my time tweeting in while I was unemployed & spending race weekends watching F1 practice sessions. As the years have gone on and with my regular tweeting, it has been nice to have been able to meet many of the media, some of which actually recognise me now!, and for them to take the time to continue to read out my comments or ask my questions. I hope that with my years of watching F1 and the technical knowledge I have gained over the years of watching the sport (as well as with my experience as an engineer), I have been able to provide interesting topics of discussion during Friday practice sessions.

That is only part of what I have been able to do within the F1 world in the last 5 years or so. Through twitter I was part of a fan panel in F1 Racing Magazine in 2011 to debate the future of the TV coverage in the UK when it was announced Sky had acquired rights to the sport. I was also able to attend a special screening of the Senna movie in 2011 which was attended by a number of prominent Formula 1 people, including the late Professor Sid Watkins, and also to attend a number of fan forums, including one at Williams.
 



One of my highlights was in 2014, being in the audience of Sky Sports F1 Show. It was the first show after the Monaco Grand Prix, where the late Jules Bianchi scored Marussia’s first (& only) points finish. Not only was it great to see Jules in the studio and hear him talk about that race, but it was also quite surreal for me. On turning up at the Sky studios, I was greeted with a gift from Ted Kravitz, a Sky Sports “Ted’s Notebook” with a note inside from Ted thanking me for the tweets and to keep them up. On leaving the studio after the show, I managed to get a photo with Jules as he was leaving too, he was kind enough to stop for me, and I was able to congratulate him on his points finish and wish him good luck for the rest of the season.

Social media and twitter especially, has opened so many of opportunities within the Formula 1 world and other forms of motorsport. Being able to discuss the sport I love with fans from all over the world, as well as becoming somewhat known and recognised by people within the paddock itself, especially through attending events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which has lead to me being able to meet so many of my sporting heroes too.

It was also through twitter that I was able to win a competition last year run by Aston Martin Racing to have my twitter handle on one of their V8 Vantage GTE AM cars during the Le Mans 24 Hours and to be given an opportunity by Prodrive to take possession of the crash damaged front wing of that very car which bore my name! (which is currently being kept in storage while I try to decide the best way to display this)

It was also through social media that Alyssa contacted me one day back in 2013, asking for my help and to tap into my knowledge for Formula 1. I was being asked about track layouts & helping to make sure that the tracks Alyssa had produced for her designs were accurate and recognizable to motorsport lovers! That’s when I first heard about the Smith&Perry collection, long before its launch. It has been an honour to have played my small part in helping with this collection since its inception through my knowledge of Formula 1 and all the good work this has lead for the Promise Dreams charity.


Even after 3 years I still get the all sorts of requests for help and advice from Alyssa, and running new designs by me to make sure they look right to a motorsports lover, or picking my brain for any new ideas I can assist with. Seeing the collection grow from a handful of race tracks into 3D helmets and race cars has been great.

I know a few things about what’s coming up in the Smith&Perry collection, but I’m sworn to secrecy! I’m sure motorsport fans will love all the new introductions and I’m glad to have played my small part in helping out.

My thanks go to Alyssa, not only for being a good friend, but for also giving me the chance to put all that F1 knowledge in my head to good use, and also to Suzi Perry, who indirectly brought us together!

As for Formula 1, I’ll keep holding on to that dream of mine and keep tweeting away about the sport I feel so passionate about as well as posting many of my musings on my blog, and no doubt you’ll see me around at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Autosport International, or Silverstone armed with a camera snapping away at cars too.

 

Amit Mandalia

 

Twitter: @amit_mandalia

https://amitmandalia.wordpress.com

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Social Media makes our sparkly world go round!

Hi there! *waves*
 
For those of you who are new to Alyssa Smith Jewellery, or have never met me before- my name is Nat! I am part of #teamalyssa and I help run and update our social media pages. Social media is an absolutely huge part of ASJ, and it definitely makes our world go round…and round…and round!!
 
I started working with Alyssa in July 2015 (nearly 1 whole year ago) having started off as a very loyal customer (why would you wear any other jewellery?) This was way back in 2011 when Alyssa had not long started her business.  I was absolutely thrilled when I was asked me to join the team, and I’m now loving my position as a Social Media Chitter Chatterer, and getting to know you all on a daily basis!

Did you know I originally found Alyssa and her Jewellery on social media!?
 
It was in 2011 that I first got addicted to social media, and in particular- twitter!  I religiously checked my timeline to see all the happenings in cyber space.  I loved that you got to hear information straight from the person Tweeting and not any made up rubbish like what is sometimes published in the papers or gossip magazines. I loved finding new people to follow whose content was entertaining and funny.  Well known TV personality and writer, Dawn Porter (as she was then) was one person who was exactly that and was one of the first people I followed.  One of the days that I was performing my daily timeline scanning ritual I noticed a post about a necklace that Dawn was wearing. It was of the word “TOTES” which I thought was amazing! And hilarious! Totes, for those of you left scratching your head in a daze, is short for TOTALLY!
Dawn mentioned the girl who had made it…so I started following the account of @alyssajewellery
 
This is a great example of how social media can really work for a business and has been a winning formula for Alyssa Smith Jewellery.  If Dawn hadn’t tweeted those pictures of her Alyssa Smith necklace, I may never have found Alyssa! As it turns out, all was well in my world, and thanks to Dawn (@Hotpatooties) I now have the best jewellery collection ever (although my bank balance would be a lot healthier if I hadn’t – haha!) as well as a fabulous friend and now boss!

 
 
This kind of referral system is fantastic for small brands like ASJ as it obviously maximises how many potential customers we can reach every day. 
 
Having an online presence via social media really does help us to be found when you search online for something.  We have built ourselves a fantastic platform to show you all our new products, share funny stories and listen to yours, find out what kind of jewellery you would love to see us make for you all in the future, launch competitions and fun giveaways for our followers, and of course- try and entertain you with everything sparkly! We’re a funny bunch, even if we do say so ourselves!
 
But surely a business is just a business, even on social media?
Well that is where you’re wrong! For us, our social media pages aren’t just a platform to sell on or showcase our products to the masses. Social media is the place where we feel like we can connect to anyone in the world. We can listen to all of your suggestions, get to know you all, keep up and AHEAD of trends, and we even have groupies- who have come together and become actual friends, not just online friends…. through their mutual love of our jewellery! People who didn’t know each other and come from all ends of the country have been brought together by our jewellery- and we’ve been out and about meeting lots of you too- it’s great!
 
When I first started following Alyssa of course I loved the jewellery but more than that she was great at engaging with her followers.  She replied all the time which was a novel experience as celebrities almost never reply- which makes you read what they say but not engage with them.  I also remember the feeling I got when she retweeted one of my tweets for the first time.  She made me feel really important.  This is the way we still continue to run our social media pages at ASJ and engaging with our customers is one of our top priorities – and I’m so excited that I now get to talk to all of our customers too!
 
Eat, Tweet, Re-tweet, Repeat!
 
Social media is an essential part of any business, especially a retail brand.  It is our best tool to get information to you, our customers, quickly and efficiently although being restricted to 140 characters (on Twitter) for a serial chatterer can be tricky!
 
Even at the weekends and over Christmas when our physical workshop is closed, we’re STILL AROUND on social media where we can often reply to you within minutes! And in our opinion, this is the best bit about social media- you don’t have to wait ages for someone to get back to you via email or phone- and we’re even known to talk to our customers overseas in the middle of the night!
 
99.9% of the time, our social feeds are filled with sunshine and rainbows (of course!), but on the rare occasion that we get any negative feedback on social media, our responses are open and honest and we can always resolve matters quickly.  It’s the best way for the ASJ brand to have transparency and build great relationships with you all. We’re known for our fantastic customer service, and we’re always trying to continue to improve this too!
 
Let the sun shine, let the sun shine baby!
 
One of the most important aspects of ASJ is Alyssa herself and her personality, which always shines through on her social media pages…  She is like no one else I have ever met. She is very driven and passionate without end about her jewellery and the business as a whole. I feel I have gone with her on a long journey – from her early days to where she is now (mega jewellery stardom)!  How else would you get to have this much insight into someone’s life and achievements and really feel you have got to know them when you have never even met them?  Alyssa’s personality and customer interaction through the social media pages is what has encouraged me to come back again and again (and again…and again…)! 
 
With each purchase I felt I was not just getting a stunning piece of jewellery but also getting a piece of Alyssa too! We want to make you all feel this special every time you engage with us through all means of communication.  This (and obviously the stunning sparkles) has helped Alyssa to grow and maintain her followers on twitter to a current 17k and Facebook likes to 16k. Amazing!
 
We hope you love engaging with us on social media, and don’t forget that if there’s any jewellery you would love to see us launch in the future… we would love to hear about it!
 
If you are not already connected with us on social media, why not??? Haha… Only kidding - you can find us here… pop over and say hello!!!
 
Lots of love and sparkles
 
Nat xoxo
 
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Title- Social Media makes our sparkly world go round!
Publisher- Natalie Uff
Position- Social Butterfly
Date- 18/05/16
 

 

Race for life 2013

Thank you to everyone who took part and helped us raise lots of money for cancer research! We raised nearly £1000!

At Alyssa Smith Jewellery, we are committed to making a difference in the world- sometimes in a small way by providing you with sparkles to make you feel wonderful or putting sweeties in our parcels to make you smile, and sometimes in a bigger way!

This is one of the bigger things we are doing. This July we are running 'Race For Life' in aid of Cancer Research. When I say 'We', I mean the team at Alyssa Smith Jewellery and lots of our wonderful, loyal customers, fans and friends! We all want to try to make a difference as cancer is more than likely to effect the life of someone we know and love, and we want to do anything we can to help.

The Race For Life 'Just Giving' page has been set up and run by our fan club owner, Alicia Newman from Wales, (she is SO lovely!) and we would be so grateful if you could take a minute to sponsor us anything you could possibly spare! If you could encourage your friends to sponsor us as well, that would be even better!

    

The link to click to sponsor us is here - http://www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/alyssa - groupies

We also hope that you will show your support by purchasing one of our special silver ribbon charms or necklaces, designed by Alyssa and her customers and at a very special price. £5 from each one sold will go to our Race For Life charity fundraiser, and we hope to raise lots of money!

Thank you so much for reading and do check back to keep an eye out for how much we have raised so far! Lets hope we can make this a yearly thing!


Best wishes

Alyssa x

Sparkles for Smiles

My first blog post of the year, and very much overdue I am afraid to say! Life just takes a hold and before you know it, half a year has gone, and you've forgotten to blog. So much to say and so little time, don't you agree?! So this year, I've decided to make the effort to blog a little bit more, and let you all see inside the life and runnings of Alyssa Smith Jewellery. It is afterall, such a magical and fantastical place, and I can think of nothing better than sharing our stories and exciting happenings with you all!

So here go my first shennanigans of 2015!... There is something I've been meaning to start for a while now, and even though we're a few months into the year, today seemed like a really good day to begin.

Do you ever go into a coffee shop or gift shop and you're greeted with a big, friendly smile and lovely service? (I'm using these two places as an example, but obviously there are sooo many other places!) How did it make you feel when that person was nice to you? I bet it made your day, or at least made you stop and think how nice it was?.... See the thing is, a smile and good service doesn't cost a thing, and I've come across some lovely people in the past, all in various places and from different walks of life- just doing their job, but doing it SO well!

We are quick to moan when people are grumpy and give us bad service, but when someone gives you exceptional service, they are rarely rewarded (other than by tipping perhaps) because one might just assume that they are just doing a job that they are paid to do. Which is obviously correct, but it got me thinking....

...And it all started at one of my favourite places- STARBUCKS! Yes, as most of you are very well aware, most mornings, I do require a naughty drink of the coffee, add syrup, add more coffee, add more syrup variety, and there is always a certain person working in my local starbucks in the mornings who greets all of the customers with such a lovely smile, and chats away to them (remembering their names!) even when the queue is out of the door and meandering around the corner.... (see, for me, this would be a mega stress trigger and i'd be messing absoutely everyones orders up!) ...and do you know what? It's almost like there is nothing that is too much bother for her. This lady remembers things about peoples lives- what they do, where they work, what drink they have, what they said they were doing at the weekend, and so much more... and I just remember thinking to myself that Starbucks were so lucky to have someone like that work with them. Not only making your mornings more 'buzzy' and lively with a yummy coffee, but also because you walk away from that place feeling like a person who matters- like someone has taken notice of you, rather than being just another 'order number'.

So I recently decided to start a new inititive, and I'm calling it Sparkles for Smiles. Or #Sparklesforsmiles if you want to pick up on the hash tag and start using it on social media.

Throughout 2015, I'm going to be looking out for people who give me exceptional customer service at work, and then I'm going to be sending them Sparkles for Smiles to their work, to say thank you for brightening my day! Random acts of kindness in the sparkliest form possible! ...So if you receive something like the below to your place of work this year, you will know why! :-)

My Sparkles for Smiles look something like this, and I'm happy to announce that the first person to receive their Sparkles for Smiles will in fact be the girl mentioned above from Starbucks, who has inspired this entire initiative to happen..



I will keep blogging as and when more Sparkles for Smiles happen, and in the mean time, why not think about how you can brighten someones day with a random act of kindness, or just a lovely smile at work... you never know who's day you might be making!!

Best wishes

Alyssa x

The Extraordinary Days of Alyssa Smith Jewellery

This Blogging malarky seems to be slightly addictive, especially when I have so much to share with you all! So here comes my second blog post! 

2014 has been a great year for Alyssa Smith Jewellery so far, and I've had the chance to meet some really well known faces! In January, I was lucky enough to meet our Chancellor, George Osborne at an event with the Federation of Small Businesses, where I took part in a video for them and the Government. Whilst speaking to George Osborne, he happened to notice the piece of jewellery I was wearing (my favourite Horse & Carriage necklace!) and asked me if the piece was rose gold.

As it turns out, George was absolutely correct, and I was absolutely shocked that someone like him (you know what I mean!) could identify rose gold! So... I hi-fived him!



...To cut a long story short, the hi-five didn't seem to go down too badly- so I am now delighted to be making him some cufflinks! (I feel another blog post coming on when they are finished!)

I was also lucky enough in March 2014 to go for a breakfast meeting at the Houses of Commons to meet the leader of the opposition, Ed Milliband. A select few members of the Federation of Small Businesses (including myself) went along to speak with Ed, to let him know about the problems small businesses are facing today.







It was a really great morning- I feel that we got a lot of messages and concerns across to the leader of the opposition, and I feel so proud to have been a part of being able to speak on behalf of so many small business owners like myself around the UK. 

But you know... one thing led to another, and never one to miss out a bit of sparkly self-promotion, and I ended up making Ed Milliband some jewellery too! You can check this out below! Very proud of this gorgeous tie slide, even if it was one of the hardest things I have ever crafted!



 



I was very honoured and excited to have been chosen in March 2014 to go to the Federation of Small Businesses Annual Conference in Manchester,where I was part of the FSB Next Generation Campaign. This is where I was able to personally give Ed Milliband his tie side- which he was abslutely delighted with, and even wrote me a hand written thank you letter, expressing how much he loved it!

He even mentioned me and his tie slide in his speech! Click the video below to watch it. I must admit, I did do a little dance when I saw this!!! You will need to forward to 5 minutes and 10 seconds in to the speech.



Below is a photograph of a few of us from the Next Generation Federation of Small Business group on stage at the annual conference-



It's all very exciting isn't it! I am absolutely loving all of these opportunities to spread the word of Alyssa Smith Jewellery further afield every month, and am overjoyed with the bespoke projects it has all lead to!

Have a wonderful and sparkly week and thanks for catching up!
Alyssa x