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