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    Creatively Squared #cs_bright // Our Faves

    This past week, we combined forces with Creatively Squared and @erinsummer_ over on Instagram to bring you a BRIGHT challenge. We asked you to get light and joyful and bring us some creatively styled bright images. In return, we were giving you a chance to win 1 of 3 x $100 gift vouchers to use on the RO website just for spreading your creative wings! 

    Some GORGEOUS entries came through, and it truly made us smile each and every day seeing everyone's fabulous posts. We thought we'd give a special shout out to some of our favourites. 

    In no particular order, here are some of our faves:

    A gorgeous photo styled with florals by @ofmixednotions

    This one is just too adorable - looks a bit like me opening my eyes at 6am... Pic by @tashakellyie

    How amazing and creative is this lion constructed entirely from feathers by @minimarshmallows_mum?!

    Absolutely loving these Minnie Mouse vibes and BRIGHT-smack-you-in-the-face (in a good way) colours from @ishyvi

    Some sound Monday advice that will keep you golden by @casacreativity

    The sweetest photo by @karenbakercreative celebrating her 9 year anniversary with her partner! 

    We love these rich, delicious painting details from @mycolorfulsquares

    Just another pic that's off the adorable-richter-scale by

    Fool me once, shame on you vodka. Fool me multiple times, well it really should have clicked by now that I'm not a professional dancer... Pic by @thecalmandthechaos

    Home is where the heart is. A gorgeous bright house inspired by iconic San Fran architecture by @ishyvi

    BOO! Our final mention is this adorable popcorn ghost by @assheseesit. How fitting for Halloween tomorrow, I'm not sure whether we could call this cute little guy spooky though! 

    We'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who entered, you flooded our feed with joy for the week.
    Check back tomorrow to find out who our 3 lucky winners are.
    This was an extremely tough decision, and you're honestly ALL winners in our eyes - we mean it!

    Which pics are your faves? Let us know in the comments below!

    Top 5 Tips To Launching A Successful Business // Ten Daily

    Top 5 Tips To Launching A Successful Business From Someone Who’s Actually Done It

     That's your cue, Skye!

    Our fabulous Chief Dreamer Skye recently chatted with Ten Daily to give her Top 5 Tips to launching a successful business. This interview covers her key takeaways from her chapter in the recently published "The Secrets of Succesful Entrepreneurs Exposed" by Dayle Beaumont, focussed on Skye's entrepreneurial wisdom and the Ruby Olive journey. 

    Read the full article by Gillian Wolski below:

    Do you have a business idea brewing in the back of your mind? You’re not alone. About 15 percent of Australians aged 18 – 65 currently call themselves entrepreneurs.

    Unfortunately, two-thirds of them won’t make it past three years before they throw in the towel.

    It’s a jungle out there.

    Giving your fledgling idea a better chance of success might mean taking cues from someone who’s nurtured their own into a strong, healthy and profitable business.

    Skye Anderton is one such person. Her bold and colourful jewellery brand Ruby Olivehas grown from a small market-stall operation to being stocked in over 150 stores. Not only that, she’s got a Telstra Young Business Person of the Year award under her belt, and is a Tedx speaker. 

    Anderton told ten daily her top five tips to getting a business off the ground from scratch. She touches on everything from getting to know your target customer and processing feedback, to the importance of backing yourself every step of the way.

    Oh and then there’s her pick for the most underrated yet valuable part of running a business. It’s probably not what you think ...

    Pens and notepads at the ready?

    Mindset is key

    Getting your head in the right space is essential when you start a business. There's so much judgement and criticism especially in the early stages when you have nothing to show for it.

    It's a brave move to jump into the unknown, so many people just can't relate to why you'd leave the seemingly consistent employment world to do such a thing.

    It's important to surround yourself with people that are positive and uplifting too, as business is a massive roller coaster of emotions -- high highs and incredibly low lows. Sometimes you'll need to dig deep in order to pick yourself up and keep moving forward.

    It's also so important to act with confidence. If you're not confident in your abilities, how can you convince your potential customers?

    Who is your customer and what message are you giving them?

    Get clear on who your customer actually is and what message you want to give them. Find out as much about them as possible and where they 'hang out'. Are they on Instagram or on LinkedIn? Do they visit a specific kind of blog, watch certain TV programs or are they attracted to a key influencer?

    Once you've worked out exactly who your specific audience is start moving in those circles ... and yes, you need to get specific – for example: Women aged 30-40, interested in healthy eating choices for their kids, who prefer wholesome organic food, but don't have time to cook it as they lead busy lives, they are also influenced by other mums in private Facebook communities.

    It's important to constantly be trialing your message and listening to feedback -- especially in the early days. It's important that your marketing message is clear and in line with the audience you are wanting to attract.

    Don't be afraid to pivot in messaging and audience at the beginning when you're still working out where you fit in the marketplace.

    Be more than profit

    Sure, everyone dreams of a juicy profit when you start a business but I think it's important to find out exactly WHY you want to start your business in the first place.

    People buy from people and/or products they feel connected to. If you can make a connection with someone based on how your product or service will positively impact their lives, or the lives of others, it's going to leave a much more lasting impression which in most cases increases profits as a result.

    Learn, learn, learn

    The more you learn, the more you improve, the more you improve, the more you can succeed. Continuing to learn and staying up to date with what's going on in your industry and related industries is essential in order to evolve.

    Listen and learn from mentors, customers, podcasts, speakers, and books. Be a sponge and take in as much as you can.

    Business is about evolving continuously, and making small improvements every day.
    Systems and processes

    This is such an underrated part of running a business. By documenting in an organised fashion every aspect of your business it means that you can constantly be strategising alternative and more improved ways to do things.

    When you have great systems and processes, it's much easier to remain calm when problems arise, such as a staff member falling ill and not able to work for two months.

    Skye Anderton is one of 14 entrepreneurs featured in award-winning technology entrepreneur and author Dale Beaumont’s new book, The Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs Exposed, out now.

    Celebrating Amazing Women // Meet Kate!

    One of our FAVOURITE perks about doing what we love is having the chance to meet the gorgeous people within our community. If you've been following Ruby Olive for a while, you may have noticed that we put frequent call outs for our customers to come and be our models. The reason for this is because well, who else looks better in our jewels than YOU! The real people behind our brand. 

    Kate wears the Contrast Striped Edge Necklace in Multi $85

    Pictured above is the gorgeous Kate, who quickly shot up her hand to be our most recent customer model. Kate has been a customer of ours for a while now, and we thought she'd be perfect to come and have a play with our upcoming (and unreleased!) jewels. We got to know a little more about Kate, and found out what a lovely, and kind soul she is. 

    Read on to find out more about Kate's story, and how she found her way into our colourmad world in a very bittersweet way...

    RO: Tell us a little bit about yourself?

    K: I'm a mum, 41, 3 kids, a qualified accountant but currently work as a tutor at UQ through the Business School.

    RO: Why did you say YES! to being a RO superstar model?

    K: There was no other answer! Yes was a definite. I saw the post that Skye put on Facebook and I thought absolutely! I'd love to do that.  

    P.S. The post Kate is talking about above was posted in our private Facebook group, where we often put callouts for customer models, ask for design opinions, hold exclusive sales, and early releases of new collections. Click HERE to join! 

    Kate wears the Wonderland Flat Disc Necklace $45

    RO: How did you find RO?

    K: A few years ago after my second child was born, I suffered from severe post natal depression. A girlfriend of mine encouraged both of us to do a TAFE course where we made some jewellery, and my love of resin jewellery developed. Meanwhile, another girlfriend of mine found someone wearing some RO one day and asked her where she got her piece from, and she said it was Ruby Olive. My girlfriend told me about this and the rest is history... 

    RO: What does being part of the RO Community mean to you?

    K: It's a great place to share people's ideas for what they're wearing for the day, and how they put jewellery into their everyday lives. It's really great to see people dressed up, and dressed down. It's great to share. 

    RO: What's your signature style?

    K: My signature style is definitely jeans and a nice top, as says Styling You! My signature style is green too, green is what I love. I absolutely love the colour green in dresses, tops, or jewellery... 

    RO: What's your go-to Ruby Olive piece?

    K: That's definitely my Mod Squad Ring! I wear it all the time, it's firmly on my finger. 

    RO: What's something you're passionate about?

    K: I am passionate about my family, my husband, my 3 children. Within that, I love reading and I love teaching my children to read, following reading websites, and finding out about books. I absolutely think it's the key to all of learning. 

    RO: What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?

    K: My dad always used to say to me that you can't have the good without the bad, and that applies to everything.

    RO: What's your best life hack?

    K: Best life hack - dry shampoo!  For sure.

    RO: If you could go anywhere in the world for 2 days, where would you go? 

    K: I would DEFINITELY go to Paris! I love Paris, I've been there before. I studied French at school, and I love all things Parisian. 

    RO: What's your drink of choice?

    K: Skinny cappuccino in the AM, and oh it could be anything in the PM... love a nice glass of wine! 

    RO: Tell us a funny story about... your kiddies! 

    K:  Oh there's so many, one particular one... My 6 year old daughter said to me, "Mum, I really want to be a mum and have children when I grow up" and I said "well you can! What's wrong?" and she said "well mum, I do NOT want a man to put his penis inside my vagina!"

    RO: Cats or dogs?

    K: DOGS!  

    A big HUGE thanks to the lovely Kate for joining us on set and taking the time to let us get to know her a bit better. You can view all of Kate's gorgeous photos across our website and on our social media channels! Watch our video interview with Kate here: 

    Who would you nominate as our next SUPERSTAR customer model?

    Help Us Support Our Farmers!

    Help us support our farmers

    Sure, we design jewellery, but what is Ruby Olive really all about?

    PART 2

    We're passionate about supporting our community.

    When we say community, we mean all the various groups, charities,
    networks and people that hold special places in our hearts.
    And not just locally... we're talking communities felt globally.

    And when we say support, we mean not only acknowledging and
    cheering on
    but when we can, financially giving too.

    Over the last few weeks we've been touched by some of the
    heartbreaking stories from our wider Australian community
    of farmers affected by the drought. These are the farmers that are
    providing the food for our families and they themselves are struggling
    to survive, many of them are having to kill their own livestock as they
    can't afford to feed them. 

    We asked our own RO Community (via our FB Group - click here to join)
    what they thought was needed and what we could do,
    and there's been lots of ideas bounced about.

    After reading through everyone's suggestions as well as the charities
    that had been recommended, we were absolutely impressed with
    a female founded charity from Chinchilla called Drought Angels (thanks
    Karen from our group for that tip). Drought Angels supports farmers
    affected by natural disasters and offers them practical and financial
    support during hardship (see link below for more info). 

    So between now and Friday 7th September, we'll be donating
    $10 from every earring pack to Drought Angels
     to support
    those families affected by the drought.

    BONUS DONATION: Buy 3 full sets, and we'll donate an
    additional $10 (i.e. buy 3 sets, and we'll donate $40). 

    The perfect Christmas stocking fillers perhaps? Wink wink!

    THANK YOU for helping us, help the farmers. 

    Ruby Olive Chief Dreamer


    Colour Me HAPPY!

    Sure, we design jewellery, but what is Ruby Olive really all about?

    PART 1

    We're about smiles on faces... 

    Our primary mission is clear and simple - we want to put more smiles on faces! Your faces, you friends faces, the faces of people that see you walking tall and proud down the street and the faces of the people who work with us, making and selling our products.

    Your smile is the most beautiful thing about you... seriously, we mean it! And it's by FAR the prettiest thing you can wear. 

    When you smile, you look more confident and feel positive. 

    A smile is a REALLY powerful thing... and lots of fancy pants scientists have done lots of fancy pants research on how a smile can create positive feelings which leads to increased endorphins, which leads to... yep, you guessed it... greater happiness. 

    POW! Oh yeah baby, get me more of those endorphins!

    Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing a little more about our story, who we are and what makes us tick. 

    Big thanks to the following people for their amazing photos:

    Top to bottom:
    1. Skye Anderton (Chief Dreamer) - Ruby Olive Jewellery
    2. Rosemary Slade (Content Editor) and Shelly Horton (Lifestyle Journalist & News Commentator) - Super Fast Diet
    3. Margarita Shoebridge (Dream Fulfilment Specialist) - Ruby Olive Jewellery 
    4. Dayle - @artfulcitystyle 
    5. Madison Sturgess (Communications Manager) - EnergySpark International