UPDATE ~ www.theaccessoryqueen.co.uk

Posted on July 24th, 2013
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The Accessory Queen was founded just over 7 years ago after searching for affordable leather handbags in jewel colours for the owners’ personal consumption! She came across a fabulous supplier but needed to buy 8!

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She took the gamble and promptly took them to her local gym to sell. After an amazing sell-out, realised the gap in the market and continued buying and selling expanding to other venues and even peoples homes.

The natural progression was to the costume jewellery market and continued her philosophy choosing unusual and vibrant styles.

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The shop opportunity came her way in the shape of a good friend having a spare room on her first floor of her interior design business.  This small room expanded over the next 18months to where it is today and now occupies a three story Georgian building in the heart of the historic Berkshire town of Newbury.

In August 2011 The Accessory Queen decided it was time to introduce her King to the shop so the AK range of gorgeous men’s gifts and accessories was introduced and has been extremely popular.

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As the hard economic times continued in 2012 & 2013 it became apparent that as much as we all try to fight it the days of the independent retailer on the high street were sadly numbered!

It was time for a serious re-think and there are a couple of exciting projects in the pipeline. However the expansion and development of the website was a natural starting point.

We hope this website brings everything the discerning lady or gentleman needs to accessorise themselves. We will help to keep you up to date with all the latest trends and styles we find.

We hope you enjoy our website as it continually grows and expands.

WonderWrap

Posted on November 25th, 2011
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Ladies I think I’ve got the accessory find of the season … the WonderWrap.

As the manufacturers say they are ‘Made with imagination’ and really do give you a sophisticated finishing touch.

These signature Wonder Wraps can be worn in many unique ways, be it creating a belt top, a backless dress,or you could keep it simple and style as a shawl. These wraps have one sleeve to give you a unique look, this is versatile and chic.

So what are they made from? Super soft viscose fabric, which means they are warm in the winter and cool in the summer … endless looks all year round. 

They are available in a stunning range of colours so that means there’s an image for everyone!

I don’t know about you but I think they are great and already have a couple in my wardrobe.

THE APPRENTICE

Posted on November 17th, 2011
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We had a very interesting trainee at The Accessory Queen recently, no other than Chris Wright who does the breakfast show on Newbury Sound. 

Chris spent a morning with Sarah Lovell, owner of The Accessory Queen and her colleague Nicola finding out a bit more about the business and to attempt several tasks including creating a window display, making some jewellery and even modelling this season’s latest fashion, the Wonderwrap.

The fine work of making a bracelet took Chris quite a time but Sarah, who has a keen eye for detail and very high standard inspected Chris’s work very closely and said it passed the test!A customer wanted to find out more about the Wonderwrap and to provide extra customer service Sarah and Nicola normally model some of the clothes and accessories, Chris had to do that to secure the sale – it worked!

Finally Chris put some autumnal items in the window display before having a tour around the new Accessory King upstairs at the store in Northbrook Street.

The result – Chris was HIRED!

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We are back!

Posted on November 17th, 2011
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We’re sorry it’s been a while since our last post but rest assured WE ARE BACK!!!! 

We’ve got so much to tell you about and information on new trends, lots of new products and a whole new range to tell you all about. So this is the place to be for all your ladies and men’s fashion news and updates.

The latest jewellery trends for the coming party season.Exciting new Men’s range including socks, cufflinks, scarves, belts, and much more.

A new trend in wallets for men and women in the 21st century.

Beautiful Eel skin Leather products.Hilarious gift cards.

So watch this space over the coming days and weeks and we will get you all updated!

www.theaccessoryqueen.co.uk

HOLSTER: ‘Glamming’ up your outfit this summer.

Posted on May 10th, 2010
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Some of the great fashion dilemmas of the summer are how do you ‘glam up’ your beach outfit and what footwear to wear with your beautiful summer outfits whilst maintaining a bit of glamour and keeping cool & comfortable.

A few years ago we were doing the rounds at the many trade shows we go to looking for that something that is a little bit different. It is often the case that so much of the products we see just don’t give us that extra special ‘wow’ factor that we are looking to bring to you all. Suddenly we walked around the corner and there it was…..Holster

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In my opinion the most glamorous piece of practical summer footwear we have found so far and considered the Rolls Royce of Jelly Shoes!  They don’t just bring that added bit of glamour to the beach they make heads turn with any summer outfit.

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We have been involved with Holster for several years now and they always are one of the most asked for items once the new seasons’ stock starts coming in. They certainly don’t hang around for long.

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The press coverage has been quite phenomenal as well. In the last twelve months they have appeared in The Sunday Express, YOU, Grazia, London Lite, Easy Living, Now, and on several TV shows including GMTV. It really has been a product that has appealed to a diverse range of people.

I’ve have several pairs and often when they go missing find they have sneaked into my older children’s collection! I’m always getting comments on them when we are out and every season end up deciding I must order more next season!

Last year they brought out their latest product the Holster diamante studded rubber welly.

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Who said wellies had to be boring and my midnight navy blue ones certainly turned a few heads in the winter.

www.theaccessoryqueen.co.uk/categories/Footwear/Flip-Flops

Products from around the world: Branche d’Olive just in.

Posted on April 30th, 2010
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Some of you may not realise that The Accessory Queen is not just about fabulous accessories.

Since the beginning we have made it our aim to source for our customers the most elegant products from around the world that we can find.

With Branche d’Olive we are really confident we have achieved that aim for you.

When the Branche d’Olive Bouquet Aromatique first entered the UK market it was a relatively new concept in home fragrance. It also meant,certainly for my house anyway, that it was very soon going to be time for the light to go out on scented candles.

But how does it all work?

Basically if you want to scent your house all day every day all you have to do is place the rattan sticks in the bottle and let them soak up the glorious essential oils. This stylish little product operates quite simply by capillary action and the sticks will draw the scent from the bottle and it will gently scent the room. It is safe to be left open and the fragrance will last up to two months and maybe even longer depending on where you leave it.

You can see from the photos that the elegance of the product is carried on with its’ distinctive packaging.

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Branche d’Olive create beautiful fragrances for the home in a variety of elegant scents.

~ Rose Accienne

~  Bamboo Lotus

~ Fleur de Cassis (blackcurrant flower)

~ Garrigue (a citrus cologne reminiscent of Eau de Sauvage)

~ Lavende (lavender)

~ Vanille & Pamplemouse (vanilla & grapefruit)

~ Orange Confite

~ Le Vert (green tea) .

The bouquet aromatique’s are available in the more popular 200ml size but there is also a 100ml size available.

Another great feature is that if your bouquet aromatique has run out you don’t need to buy a whole new set. All you need to do is simply pour in one of the new refill bottles and the existing sticks will continue to work. Before you know it everything will be back to normal and smelling fabulous.

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Our customers just love the subtle but distinctive aromas and very quickly decide on their favourites and just keep coming back for more.

See our complete range of home frangrance products

Leonie Saliba accessories just in!

Posted on April 15th, 2010
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Words just do not do justice to this amazing collection from one of London’s boldest new designers, Leonie Saliba.

Each piece is quite simply striking and fabulous!

We have been so looking forward to receiving the new collection and now at last it is here and it certainly hasn’t disappointed any of us.

Leonie Saliba’s collection brings an exciting new edge to fashion accessories. I believe it is perfect accessory for the person that wants something that makes a statement and is really beautiful.

These are just a few of the fabulous products in the new Leonie Saliba collection.

I have actually had to issue a “hands off” for now to some of my princesses so we still had some of the pieces to show on the web page!

And as if the jewellery wasn’t stunning enough for us … COMING SOON ….. a selection of Leonie Saliba handbags … and believe me they are just as striking and just as beautiful as the jewellery and starting to get a bit of a following! Watch the AQ buzz!  for more about them in the very near future.

Visit our Leonie Saliba Page

Lucas Jack – Unique, Ethical and Highly Wearable!

Posted on March 21st, 2010
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~We are so excited to have been trying on and modelling this week some of the amazing new designs from London jeweller, Lucas Jack, that we just had to tell you a bit more about the brand.

~The Lucas Jack brand has to be jewellery that stands out for its colour and uniqueness but at the same time be highly wearable.

~All the Lucas Jack jewellery is plated with 18 carat gold and then brushed to give it a rich satin finish. Another nice feature is that none of this gold is mined but is sourced from recycled scraps and none of the scraps are bought from Africa where the mining conditions are often poor to say the least.

~As I mentioned we’ve all been wearing the latest jewellery this week and think if you decide to buy some you will agree it is quite simply beautiful jewellery that you will fall in love with and want to wear as often as you can.

~Not only are the products beautifully designed and stylishly made but as is often the case there is a really interesting story behind the brand.

~Lucas Jack was created in 2006 by Nick Bartley when he decided that his corporate banking job was just too dull to spend the rest of his life doing. So by taking the name from his 3 year old nephew and best friend, Lucas Jack Bartley, he launched the Lucas Jack brand with the very clear and simple objective of creating consistently beautiful, wearable and affordable jewellery. Nick is a self-taught jewellery designer and with each collection he sets about creating jewellery that is of the highest quality and yet easily affordable.

~In the last twelve months the profile of the Lucas Jack brand has increased significantly and just a couple of examples are given below.

~Cheryl Cole arrived for one of the X- Factor shows wearing the Lucas Jack Angel Cuff in blue chalcedony and rose quartz resin. She completed the perfect look by wearing the Lucas Jack Eclipse Earrings in brushed blue chalcedony resin.

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OK! Magazine February 2010. Featuring Eclipse Earrings in Blue Chalcedony, with matching Keira Necklace, also in Blue Chalcedony.

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There is a great selection of the latest Lucas Jack items

STEAM CREAM, coming soon!

Posted on March 7th, 2010
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This is the best beauty news we’ve heard in ages. This super duper anti-ageing cream may be made from all the expensive ingredients but only costs £9.50!

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It’s the latest in skincare innovation using steam infusion to give extra hydration and it’s packed with pure essential oils that left our skin looking amazing.

It also comes in limited edition tins that are the perfect handbag size and small enough to take on the plane with you!

If you haven’t tried Steamcream yet you must! The moisturiser is sensational. It’s almost as if it’s been whipped – what a luscious treat!

We just love this genius multi-tasking moisturiser that you can use on the face, feet and everything in between !

So last year ~ slow and steady progress

So NOW ~ fast acting formula

SO WHAT MAKES STEAM CREAM SO GREAT?

Steam has been recognised for its benefits to skincare for centuries. Which is why pure, unrefined steam goes directly into the cream. The result is a soft, luxuriant and glossy cream. Steamcream breaks down immediately on contact with the skin to disperse each ingredient directly to the areas they’re designed to benefit.

The power and energy produced by bubbling steam melts and fuses the ingredients together at a speed that defies most traditional cream-making methods. The force and intensity allow the ingredients to emulsify instantly, producing this beautifully textured light and glossy cream. The emulsion is held together very loosely and gently, allowing the cream to break down immediately on contact with the skin for maximum benefit.

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STEAMCREAM refreshes areas of the skin that other creams find hard to reach.

In most creams, the emulsifying process is what holds the ingredients tightly together. It can also stop creams breaking down. Because of this, each ingredient struggles to enter the skin individually. It stays as a blend, moisturising the skin’s surface yet preventing its real benefits from reaching deep into the skin’s molecular structure.

Steamcream creates a cream that forms a gentle and loose emulsion. This looseness allows each ingredient to break back down to its purest form, penetrating the skin where needed. The orange flower water, oatmeal infusion and glycerine hydrate and moisturise deep into the skin. The almond and organic jojoba oils combine with cocoa butter to seal in their goodness, softening the skin’s surface.

The process is topped off with a fragrance created from a natural blend of pure essential oils selected for their toning, soothing and healing qualities.

THE ART WORK

Steamcream comes packaged in a cleverly designed flushed lid tin. Made from aluminium, each tin is decorated with eye-catching and constantly changing graphic-art images. Build up your collection and swap with your friends! Each design is run as a limited edition print, giving Steamcream an ever-fresh and changing image. Once sold out it provides a uniquely collectible piece of art.

Steamcream just sinks into your skin plumping it better than many ‘cutting edge’ comparatives and is why every leading beauty editor is trying to get hold of a pot!

True innovation is really rare but you can have this in a simple but extremely effective product that is Steamcream.

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This super duper anti-ageing cream may be made from all the expensive ingredients but only costs £9.50!

Welcome to the first AQ Buzz blog post!

Posted on February 15th, 2010
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Hello everyone and welcome to the very first entry on the brand new Accessory Queen blog .

We are really excited to now have an easy way to keep you updated with all the latest fashion trends, ideas and products.

Hopefully as you get to know us you will see that everyone at The Accessory Queen is passionate about fashion and accessories!
Whether it be gorgeous jewels for your neck, wrist and fingers, from the colourful and chunky to delicate and sweetly understated, leather and vegetarian-friendly bags in delicious rainbow hues, or scrumptious organic and vegan body treats, they all make us weak at the knees and wanting more

We really do understand the value a different pair of shoes, bag or piece of jewellery can make or break that all important outfit.
We can offer to help you with your style dilemmas and help you create your own look to make you look even more polished and perfect!

We meticulously monitor the catwalks well in advance of an upcoming season and narrow down the trends we believe will suit our customers the most. We then bring you a range of colours and textures in our costume jewellery and handbags so you have the best options for your chosen outfit.

Finally once you have made that all important decision on what beautiful item you need at The Accessory Queen we believe the experience shouldn’t end there. Everything you decide to purchase gets the Royal treatment and  comes with our complimentary gift wrapping. We’ve asked our customers regularly what they think about it and without exception they love it. In fact it’s amazing that many of our clients say it is right up there amongst the main reasons they come back time and time again.

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The Accessory Queen and her Princesses are always delightful and helpful and are waiting to answer any of your questions. Why not put us to the test and email us on info@theaccessoryqueen.co.uk

www.theaccessoryqueen.co.uk