(Image via @melindabuttle on Instagram - awesome host third from the left!)
This week's series of celebrating amazing women is a little bit different. We haven't had the chance to sit down with this amazing woman, but we're extremely excited to be celebrating her nonetheless. We're thrilled to announce that the FABULOUS Maggie Beer, (along with the hilarious Claire Hooper), will be adorned in our jewels on the upcoming series of The Great Australian Bake Off on the Lifestyle channel.
I just about fell off my chair when I received an email to say that Maggie Beer would be wearing our Paradiso Artisan Flat Necklace, and asking whether we could create some custom matching earrings. The response was a quick... ummm, YES! We've long adored Maggie and think she is utterly fabulous. We've often thrown around Maggie's name when daydreaming of people we'd love to see in our jewels.
If you've never heard of Maggie, she's an Australian household name best known for cooking up delicious creations as a TV chef, and for her range of delectable goodies that you can eat at home. Maggie also does fabulous work improving the quality of life (and food) of the elderly through her charity the Maggie Beer Foundation. Maggie's awesome style is just the cherry on top of many reasons deeming her so outstanding!
Ruby Olive jewellery is an excellent fit for Maggie, you may not know this but she is close to 6ft tall! For this reason, she loves her jewels BIG and BOLD. We think our jewels complement her perfectly, and we can't wait to see more of our favourite pieces being worn by Maggie and Claire throughout the series. This necklace in particular is a standout, as each bead is hand poured and unique. All of these necklaces are individual, just like their wearer!
If you love all things baking, (and fabulous style) be sure to tune in to the upcoming series of the Great Australian Bake Off. We'll certainly be watching out for our jewels in amongst the sweet treats created by the contestants. Be sure to drop us a message if you see some RO out in the wild.
P.S. Join in on the excitement over on Facebook!
We’re so lucky to be surrounded by such awesome women and the beautiful Moana is certainly no exception. I first met Moana many years ago at a business event and very serendipitously we started working with her amazing daughter, and mum of three young boys, Molly. We invited Moana along to our last photoshoot to take some snaps with her daughter for Mother’s Day and she was so fabulous that we just kept snapping away. Before we knew it she had modelled all of our new French Twist necklaces...and how gorgeous does she look!
(Moana and her daughter (and our Model) Molly at our Mother's Day photoshoot)
Moana is one those people that oozes positivity and always has an authentic smile on her face, so it’s no wonder she’s made it her life mission to help empower other women to glow from the inside. She’s like a one-stop-empowerment shop as she helps women be the best version of themselves, both in life and style. Moana is a Life Coach, Personal Stylist and Beauty Therapist and works with people on a holistic level.
She believes your wardrobe and personal style is only part of process and that you need to be in-tune with your mind and heart as well.
Thanks for jumping in front of the camera Moana, we absolutely LOVED having you around.
You can see the full collection of NEW French Twist Necklaces that Moana modelled HERE.
Celebrating a wonderful life!
Back in 2010, after living in the UK for almost a decade and when my business was just a few scribbles in a holiday sketchbook, I started thinking seriously about what I would name my little startup. I didn’t want to call it my name but I knew I wanted it to be meaningful. I searched high and low for ideas but nothing was being ignited in that crazy head of mine. Randomly one day however, it came to me. It was meaningful, it was catchy and it was reflective of what I wanted this business to be (ie: about colour)...and it was sitting there right in front of me. It was a name that I had said and heard so many times growing up and it was a name that held so much love in my heart. It was the name of my gorgeous Grandmother - Ruby Olive.
I told my grandma back in 2010 that I wanted to name my new business after her...and her response was a lovely ‘Awwww, that’s nice’.
I sent her gorgeous branded postcards with her name and clippings from magazines and newspapers which featured her name, and even years later after I’d launched in the US, won some fancy awards and been on TV, I still don’t think she really ever comprehended how many people actually knew her name.
My Grandma was my last living grandparent, and I consider myself so lucky that she was in my life as long as she was. She was able to meet my boys, and my boys got to know their GG or ‘GREAT’ grandma - as they called her (they’d always emphase the GREAT). As my boys got older, so did grandma. When grandma was not well it was so touching to see my eldest (6) treat her with such kindness. He’d kiss her gently on her forehead, hold his little hand around hers and give her sweet smiles….followed by a one way dialogue on Lego, giant snakes and monster trucks. Clearly she had no idea what he was talking about, but it was her beautiful twinkling eyes that told him that she was so happy he was there by her side.
Grandma wasn’t well for quite a while, infact over the last year she experienced quite a few TIA’s (mini strokes) and began to get worse and worse, never really recovering. Late last year I heard her utter what I believe were a few softly spoken pleasantries but she hadn’t spoken anything conversational for some months.
In March we were told she ‘didn’t have long, maybe days, maybe a week’, it wasn’t nice to hear, but it didn’t come as a surprise. She ended up hanging on about 15 days...no food, no water, nothing but morphine to keep the pain at bay. Awful really. (Made me think about the argument for Euthanasia...but that’s a whole other discussion for another day).
As my dad said in her Eulogy a few weeks ago...
’Today is a celebration of a wonderful woman’.
And indeed she was a wonderful woman. A kind, thoughtful and gentle woman. A woman who would do anything for her family and made the BEST sponge cakes and sweet treats, and we certainly can’t forget the never ending jar of Monte Carlo cream biscuits that used to live in her pantry. She was a woman whose garden was full of the strongest scented roses in the most amazing array of colours. A woman whose hands were so incredibly soft from the 60 years of milking cows as a dairy farmer’s wife.
A celebration it certainly is.
I write this post, just before Mother’s Day, to pay tribute to not just my grandmother but to all the mums, grandmothers, great grandmothers, step mothers, god mothers and all the other wonderful women who have touched our lives in amazing ways but are no longer physically with us. What they have left behind are the special memories and stories that deserve to be celebrated.
Big heartfelt cheers this Mother’s Day to those very special women xx
Have you got a story or a memory of someone special that you’d like to share? I’d be truly honoured to hear it (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment it below).
In memory of my beautiful grandma, Ruby Olive, I've launched some little earrings cards (see images below) and 10% of the proceeds of each earring sale will be donated to The Australian Alzheimer’s research foundation.
The handwritten message on the front of these little cards are thanks to a beautiful mum and artist, Annie Love, who started hand lettering as a form of therapy after one of young boys passed away. You can find out more about her heartfelt story of grief HERE.
Big thanks to our very own Shaelah Ariotti for the original artwork.
This week in our third instalment of celebrating AMAZING women, we're introducing you to the lovely Maria of Ivy and Bird.
Maria is a gorgeous friend of ours, and we often wonder if there's anything she can't do! Maria is the owner and founder of Ivy and Bird, which was born out of a desire to create that perfect piece of clothing or jewellery, all hand sourced or created by Maria herself.
Apart from running her business, Maria is a busy Mumma and all round wonder woman. Maria practices all things beauty from makeup to nails, and often does our hair and makeup for Ruby Olive photo shoots. She also cooks the best Greek food you will find around town. We caught up with Maria to find out a little bit more about her passions and what makes this amazing woman... so amazing!
(Maria wears Carousel Sideshow Fringe Necklace $48)
RO: Maria! You have so many amazing skills and seem to be a master of all trades... What are you most passionate about?
Maria: That is probably the hardest question I've been asked, because as you know I just can’t narrow my list of loves down to just one or two! My first love was beauty, brows and nails. Beauty really was my first love and it's become my forever passion.
RO: How would you describe your style?
Maria: My style changes everyday depending on how I feel and what I have on... but if I had to pick an exact answer I would say my style is feminine and eclectic..
(Maria wears Art Series Long Striped Pod Necklace $65)
RO: What's something interesting, or cool that we don't already know about you?
Maria: Ha, okay here is one that gets everyone laughing... I was a dancer and singer at Johnny Young Talent School through my teenage years, and yes, I met Johnny Young!
RO: What does living boldly mean to you, and how do you choose to live boldly?
Maria: Living boldly to me is about being able to live everyday as a creative…. I live boldly by bringing my business ideas to life without boundaries.
RO: What are the top three things, or 'rules' you choose to live by?
Maria: I have three rules that I always live by...
1. The universe is always watching, so be kind in everything you do
2. Always work with true passion in your heart
3. Be grateful!!!
We're taking Maria's advice and feeling very grateful to be surrounded by such awesome women. Thanks so much for sitting down with us Maria, and keep being the superstar you are! You can find and follow Maria on Instagram @ivyandbird