I’m delighted to be working alongside the lovely team at Kelso Races again this year and look forward to judging the best dressed Lady on Ladies Day, Sunday 26th May, Kelso Racecourse.
To be selected for one of the best dressed, you’ll need to present yourself around the Photo Wall at some point between 12-2pm. We’ll be looking out you! There are some great prizes for the winners. Not only is there best dressed Lady, but also Best dressed Couple, Best dressed Hat and newly introduced, Best dressed Male. More finer details will be released around the judging and prizes in the near future, just keep posted on social channels.
So, what to wear…? Ahh, so many options this season. Florals, neons, organzas, silks, two pieces… it’s a jungle on the high street! To get you into the dressing up mood, i’ve created a little board of inspiration. <<< Click on the link to get the pdf with shopping links, leading through to all the online stores presented.
Hopefully i’ll of narrowed down the craziness of the stores and you find something you like. It may just inspire you into something you weren’t even thinking of! I’ve left the accessories out for now… as dress should come first… but I personally have been known to get a few head pieces organised prior to finding the right dress! (My wedding day for one!)
If you’d like a full copy of this file, please drop me a line email@example.com and i’ll flick it over to you. Or if you would like any help with how to style a dress for Race Day, or to assist with an Upcoming Event, please do get in touch…
Please remember i’m available every Tuesday 12-2 to drop in and shop, or I have a weekend set aside to get all my lovely customers ready for spring summer.
Written by Claire Paterson at Concise Marketing March 2019.
In 2014, Lauren Jamieson returned to the Borders with her husband and young family after living in Brisbane, Australia for 9 years, where she worked in advertising and latterly, as a personal stylist. On coming home, Lauren immediately noticed the distinct lack of colour she’d grown accustomed to seeing throughout the clothing stores in the Sunshine State.
From her time spent working as a stylist, Lauren had developed a love of colourful, statement jewellery. When her middle child, Nell, then just a baby, broke one of her favourite necklaces, Lauren picked up a ball of cotton yarn she’d bought for a craft project and instinctively began to form it in to a necklace. From there, an idea was born. Lauren realised there was a gap in the market for bright, easy to wear, and most importantly child friendly, neckwear that could transform even the simplest of outfits in to something special.
After experimenting some more with different neckwear designs and styling and wearing her own creations, Lauren used her advertising skills and her natural talent for photography to promote her neckwear on social media. She very quickly gained a loyal following of people who instantly fell in love with her colorful, unique and wearable designs. This success led to Lauren launching The Colourful Edit. Although starting out as an accessories brand, the company has since grown to encompass not just neckwear, but now includes personal styling and colour analysis, branding for small businesses and photography projects – everything from commercial photo shoots to wedding photography. All the services Lauren offers her customers have the same underlying principle – “Editing life with a Splash of Colour.”
Commenting on the success of The Colourful Edit Lauren said: “Since making my very first necklace, I’ve been overwhelmed with how people have really embraced my designs. Colour plays such an important part in how we look and feel and I love being able to help people enhance their individual style through colours that not only work well together but compliment their own natural skin and hair tones. My skills seemed to be a natural fit with other creative areas too and was a natural next step to combine my love of design with branding and photography.”
Since launching her business, Lauren has secured a number of local stockists for her neckwear, as well as allowing customers to order via her on-line store. Lauren as also enjoyed bringing her designs to a number of successful ‘Pop-Up-Shop’ events across the Borders. Last Christmas saw Lauren open the doors to her own bespoke Christmas Market, ‘The Colourful Edits’ which showcased other small borders businesses alongside her own accessories. The event was such a hit with customers that another one is in the pipeline for later this year.
The brand has ventured further afield too, exhibiting at trade fairs including The Scottish Trade Fair and Country Living Magazine Fair in Glasgow, where Lauren’s designs caught the eye of stockists from across Scotland who now sell The Colourful Edit creations in their stores.
This week will see Lauren travel to London to exhibit her neckwear’s at The Country Living Magazine Fair taking place at Alexandra Palace from 28th – 31st March. This is the first time the brand has ventured South and Lauren hopes that visitors to the Fair will be just as happy to embrace colour in the way her customers in the Borders have!
Closer to home, The Colourful Edit Studio opened its doors in February. Located in Channel House, Galashiels, the Studio gives Lauren a base from which she can easily provide her customers with an opportunity to browse the huge range of styles and colours available, create their own bespoke neckwear or enjoy a colour analysis session and take advantage of Lauren’s expert styling advice.
Reflecting on her business journey to date, Lauren said “As soon as I launched The Colourful Edit, the support of my customers across the Borders has been amazing. Word of mouth and people just wearing my designs has meant my brand has really grown organically and has gone from strength to strength. I love what I do and I hope to still be to colouring in the necklines and styling women for years to come!”
The Colourful Edit Studio is open every Tuesday in Channel House, Galashiels from 12 - 2pm. Special Monthly Weekend openings are announced on social media channels. All other sessions are by appointment only.
For The Colourful Edit on-line store visit: www.thecolourfuledit.com
So, this week will see me travelling down to London to Alexandra Palace to showcase my accessories at the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair. The event runs over four days (Mothers Day included!), and is open to the public. As you all know, my accessories have grown so organically over the last four years and I've been very blessed by everyones support. As a very busy mummy, you can imagine the planning that goes into getting organised for such an event. I am so appreciative of my family, friends, makers and all the shakers spreading the colourful love. We have couriered down NINE boxes of stock to London. And they have arrived safely (phew!) I'm rolling out the new brand look and feel while we are there! So here's the visual.
Hope you like??!! Taking the bonny lasses of the Borders down with me! It's all very exciting! Let's just hope there are no airline delays! xx
Check out the Spring Fair video below;
I thought I’d just write to you all (hi!), let you know what’s been going on, and explain the next wee whiles happenings - keeping you up to date on all things over at Camp Colourful!
DIARY DATES - LOCAL EVENTS
17th November - Selkirk Pop Up Shop
24th November - The Colourful Edits - Winter’ 18
30th November - St Peter’s Farmers Market (supporting our School)
1st and 15th December - Styling Diary Open and booking up!
10th December - Cut off for Guaranteed Christmas Orders
I hope you are all enjoying the cooler weather and darker nights?? I’m feeling like we are approaching Hygge mode in the Jamieson household. Snuggly cosy blankets, relaxing by the wood burner, sipping mulled wine… ahhhh sounds blissful! Oh, and then I remembered i’m a MAKER and all those thoughts jumped out the window! Ha!
It seems to be the busiest time of the year for us lot, the creative makers and shakers. There seems to be sooooo much going on. I’ve had a few changes in the schedule for the festivities…
I was planning on attending the Country Living Magazine Harrogate Show this Christmas, and reaching out further with the Brand, but had to make a decision to pull out, based around the family circumstances (see below*) at the time. I have been lucky enough however, to move my spot to Alexandra Palace, in LONDON for the Spring Fair instead. So not all bad!! I’m sure there will be some tickets going for attendees if you fancy coming with me!
*Mac, our son had been very poorly on return from our holiday. It transpired he was chronically anaemic, which came out of nowhere for us. Never have I known such a worry of a time and the strength of a family (and support) unit. I’m so pleased to say he is back to full health after a worrying 6 weeks. Thank you for all your support - it has really mean the world to us.
So, around the time we were being blue lighted in an Ambulance to Sick Kids (awful!), I was pulling my work favours out of the hat. I was due to shoot Sean and Sarah’s wedding the very next day, but I just couldn’t do it. I called the truly amazing Carol at Carols Creations and burst into tears… I needed a photographer, a good one, who could capture a wedding… tomorrow… Roll on an hour and we had cover in the form of the wonderful Cat Topham. I’ve never had to let someone down for work (I can’t stand pikers!), so I was very upset making the call to Sarah. But she clearly understood - such a beautiful person. And I’ll be forever thank full to friends and fellow creatives who tried to help out. Becky and Maria too x
So yes, it’s been a little mad. But we are all feeling much brighter and better and ready to roll again!
For a while now, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with starting a little social/business gathering of lovely brands. This Christmas I’ve decided to host my own Market. It’s called ‘The Colourful Edits - Winter’ 18’ and it’s a local trends affair with fun demos from talented Borderers, food and drink, and wonderful gifts to buy. It’s on Saturday 24th November at Darnick Village Hall. You can come to the morning session, ,or the afternoon session. My hope is that we get enough of you to fill the hall with festive feelings and fuzziness. You can find out more information here; www.thecolourfuledits.co.uk
I’m also hosting a Selkirk pop up shop THIS Saturday - 17th November - if you would like to pre-order by person anything bespoke, or collect something for a loved one. I will have all my Gift Vouchers available too. So if you’d like to organise Colour Analysis sessions, or Personal Styling - pop in for a chat!
My online shop is keeping us all going (my dad has become my ‘post office runner man’). I’m offering FREE DELIVERY on all orders from 25th November - 10th December this festive season (My dad isn’t included BTW!). Keep an eye out for your code, coming soon.
What else is going on? Well, I have a few styling sessions in the diary (1st Dec and 15th Dec), including my 30th Colour Analysis session this year. It’s been so lovely meeting lots of new clients and keeping in touch with their wardrobes and new confidence. I you would like a slot - please contact me.
All stockists are nearly stocked up (they will be by next weekend!), for the Christmas run. If you would like anything in particular though, please do message me or order online via bespoke ordering.
I think that’s all for now. Thanks again or all your support, orders and kind words.
Here are the wee folk who keep us on our toes EVERY DAY IN LIFE!
I thought I'd catch you all up in a blog rather than a mass statement/post on social media... lots and lots happening over at The Colourful Edit.
Continually, a massive thank you to you all for supporting the brand and embracing COLOUR! My lovely stockists are kept busy and my online shop is keeping me very busy through the week. I think since adding in PayPal as a payment option, it all seems a little easier. Lately I've been posting to London, Glasgow, New York and Ireland. And Duns. (Thank you Duns xx). I wondered what; a) you thought of my online shop, and b) whether you would like to see anything added in, or the path to purchasing a little clearer. I'm always up for constructive feedback - so feedback away!
STOCKIST. I have a new Melrose Stockist announcement to make... I will now be stocking my wares in 'Love Scottish Candles', owned by Lesley Landels. I met Lesley a few years back and she has been a keen supporter of my brand and is looking forward to adding in some colour to her already lovely store. We are both crazy mums who have started something a little different amidst the chaos of parenting, so lots of support and mutual respect happening here :) I would like to thank the lovely Tania at Bank House Living for having me for the last year and a half, so lovely and supportive - I wish the girls all the best with their new direction.
POP UP SHOP. My Autumn/Winter pop up shop is this weekend - Saturday. The pop up shops are really the best way of introducing yourself into dressing your neckline, with advice on styles and colour and of course special discounted prices. They are normally fun and you will normally walk out with more than you came in for! This Saturday we will have chunkier styles for Autumn as well as the old classics. See them before they hit the stockists... You can also chat to me about bespoke orders - and we can design one especially for you. The details of this event are; SATURDAY 10-4pm. 1 Tower Street, Selkirk.
CHRISTMAS! There, I said it.
Well - SAVE THE DATE - Saturday November 24th for something very exciting!! I'm hosting a little something, something featuring some very talented people - that will prove to be epic! Ha!
Thats all I am saying at present! I will be announcing very soon... so watch this space! xxx
ALSO CHRISTMAS... I will be taking The Colourful Edit down to Harrogate for the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair. It's a four day event of selling to the public (29th November - 2nd December). Which means making and shaking until then! I have about 30 tickets to give away, so If anyone from the Scottish Borders (or beyond) is intending on visiting and would like some, please let me know. I'll also be popping them on my page in the next few days!
In other news... phew (no wonder I'm slightly losing the plot), I've been so blessed and busy with my Styling, Branding and Photography. I have now styled over 60+ people since starting back in the Borders, worked on creating a handful of local upcoming Brands and shot four Weddings to date... next one is at the end of this month. It's all go go go!
GROWTH. I was very excited yesterday to hear I've also been accepted into the AllBright Academy. I applied as I am really focussed on growing the business, but also getting the right advice from experts in the field. I'm absolutely delighted to be involved. Here is a little background on what I'll be up to;
AllBright is the network for working women in the UK.
Founded in 2016 by Debbie Wosskow OBE (Founder of LoveHomeSwap) and Anna Jones (Former CEO of Hearst), AllBright supports women at all stages of their careers, with a particular focus on skills, start-ups, and space.
The AllBright Academy leverages an immersive, digital, cohort-driven curriculum, an outstanding faculty of experts, and diverse and flexible course offerings to help female founders and aspiring founders build and grow their businesses. The AllBright Fund promotes the most-promising and innovative female entrepreneurs in Britain, connecting them with a community of angels and investors. And The AllBright, the UK's first of-its-kind members' club for working women, opened in March 2018 -- providing a unique environment for women to connect, create, and collaborate.
Together, these pillars create a broad and inclusive ecosystem that enables women to thrive.
Underpinned by a robust, year-long programme of high-profile events, and an engaged and active community, AllBright is making the UK the best place in the world to be a working woman.
Pretty cool hey!
LOVES. The kids are all well and delicious. Mac started School. I'm still not over it. Nell is performing roly polys EVERYWHERE. Quinn doesn't listen to a damn word ha ha (phase hopefully), she's a wee cracker. Hubby is great. We are going on a wee family holiday this month to RELAX, then we'll all be right back into it. I've also been following a detox programme (after I was sick of feeling crap with that silly post viral fatigue syndrome thing), anyway, it has actually changed my life - it's called Fit Healthy Happy Mum and is run by this gorgeously crazy Aussie lady Sharni and her hubby Julius. I'm at week 7 and have had no sugar, dairy or wheat for the duration. I feel like a new woman! I'm totally obsessed with coconuts however. Coconuts and almonds.
Always in muck!
But still very cute X
So yes... I think that is all for now.
Have a super week and hope to see you at the pop up xoxo
JULY... 'Happy Birthday to Meeeeeeeeee' said The Colourful Edit!
I really just want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart <(Oscar speech to follow!)>... who has supported my colourful journey in every way. Hubby, Parents, Siblings. From my family and friends holding my babies, offering coffee (wine), and listening to my questions... When I’ve had orders to get through, my helpers and makers rallying around me... to the quiet stylish ambassadors looking fabulous and spreading the neckwear love, my wonderful stockists embracing new trends, to my startup small (and growing like mushrooms) business clients for taking a chance on the un-norm, for all my personal clients holding their shoulders back whilst rocking their new wardrobes, to my bride and grooms with my captured art printed and hung on their living room walls... it’s been quite a journey! I blinking love my job!
Last month saw my 100th online order via my website - it’s only been live a year, without any paid advertising, so really chuffed at that. London, Liverpool, Oz and NewYork (!)... All new customers!
People often ask how I juggle work with raising three little full-time (Col's the main bread winner, I like to add the pickle, salami and hot sauce). This year has been much more balanced with Colin working locally however. (Not entirely sure how we got through the two prior!). There’s so much going on in my head most days 😂 I do try and live life like a child (with my three beautiful little kids), and look at things with an open heart. I always follow ‘effectiveness through creativity’, something I picked up from my old agency. And I never watch the news (or the TV for that matter!). But basically, I have to be organised (yup - you were right mum), always kind, roll with the punches, say please and thank you, accept that I may not get much rest, understand that it’s me/house looking good, keep all my receipts (argh), and believe that I can go out and be proud of what I achieve.
And to CELEBRATE our Birthday, I'm giving away THREE £50.00 gift vouchers which can be redeemed in a stockist, against a styling session, or against a 'capture' photo session.
To be in with the chance to win, you simply need to like (and share with friends if you see fit) my pages on social media, style yourself up in a Colourful Edit neckwear (clothes optional! (actually clothes are preferred!), take a PICTURE - a selfie or get a friend to snap you, then tag me* on facebook or instagram @thecolourfuledit #thecolourfuleditisthree and be in with a chance to WIN one of the vouchers :) WINNERS ANNOUNCED 1ST AUGUST 2018.
Any questions, ask away! xx
(*permission to share imagery across my brand platforms granted - thanks! I'll probably make another brand book to go out to market if that is ok :) )
I had the absolute pleasure and privilege of capturing the wedding of Louise and Paul on Friday. It was a beautiful occasion of family, love and laughter and all the kids just made it very special.
Here are some of my favs...
Venue: Kingsknowes Hotel, Galashiels
Flowers: Flower Expressions, Selkirk
Cake: Heavenly Cakes by Mama
Hair: Laura Lauder at Chic Hair, Galashiels
Make Up: Sarah at L.A Beaute, Galashiels
Piper: David Sanderson
THE COLOURFUL EDIT - FESTIVE TRADING
THANK YOU KINDLY FOR ALL OF YOUR CUSTOM IN 2017
IT’S BEEN A WHIRLWIND!
I’M TAKING A LITTLE ‘TIME OUT’ TO SPEND WITH THE FAMILY,
RETURNING IN MARCH 2018
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ORDER AN ACCESSORY,
PLEASE VISIT ONE OF MY LOVELY STOCKISTS OR ORDER ONLINE.
SEE YOU ALL IN MARCH FOR AN EXCITING LITTLE POP UP!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS XOXO
Order fresh new styles straight to your door... xx
EVERYONE! I'm popping together a new brand book for stockists and I would LOVE to feature your faces! Please send me in your snaps of you wearing your neckwear's - through FB message, or hashtag #thecolourfuleditstyle over on Insta. Love to see how you are all styling them up - whether it's daywear, nightwear, casual wear, sporty wear.
(Legal stuff: Permission to use pictures is assumed with receipt of image) xx
2017, how did that happen! Happy New Year Everyone!
2016, how unbelievably busy, rewarding, crazy and challenging! I am so thankful to all of you for supporting my business dreams, showcasing my handmade accessories beautifully and generally just being a great at spreading the love for my brand.
Highlights would have to be - seeing all my lovely customers in their neckwear's and styled outfits. Being asked to speak at Abbotsford House in front of 90 other Business Woman in the Scottish Borders - about how I turned ‘my’ passion into ‘my’ business! And, to top it all, creating lovely relationships with new brands, brides and clients... Oh, as well as opening my online store.
So the plan for the year ahead…
As you know, the business isn’t the only thing expanding! We are adding to our wee family in February, so I am officially ‘signing off’ for a wee rest and recoup! Until the fun really starts!
I will continue to fill up the shelves of the stores that stock in, and you can always come through my online shop to place any orders or make contact. New collections are coming soon online, and overseas delivery options too.
A wee change for my local home grown lasses and lads… This will be my very last month in my Galashiels store, Kid’s Threads. I would like to just say a big thank you to Kari-Ella and to all of you for supporting the brand - you have been awesome. But with end of an era news, comes start of a new chapter news - I’ll be moving to another local store in the near future, so watch this space!
For all my lovely clients with vouchers, please still get in touch and we can get a session penciled in. Everything else - Photography, Branding, Bespoke Accessories & Styling - well, I'll be stopping to take a little breather until the Summer of 2017.
Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 is a yellowy green - which doesn’t really suit my complexion anyway! Ha Ha! So best I avoid you all!
So I hope you have all had a lovely break and an exceptional start to the New Year! I wanted to ask a favour... If you happened to receive a new neckwear for Christmas, can you please send in your pics to me, or hashtag #thecolourfuledit on instagram. LOVE THEM! #thecolourfuleditstyle
So... after a few months of planning and getting all organised, I'm happy to announce that my online shop is now LIVE.
For the initial phase, we'll have the Abby, Ruby and Macca, plus Bunting for your perusal and purchase... with more to come down the track - collections, seasonal colours, new designs.
Shipping will be Mainland UK for the initial phase of launch, but my International friends, please don't worry, in early December we will make this an option for you too!
So - feel free to have a wee look, hopefully you will see something that takes your fancy!
So I received a wee email yesterday letting me know my application had been successful for showcasing The Colourful Edit Accessories in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. I'm so pleased that I'll be showing off up in the city and look forward to creating bespoke collections in the upcoming months...
Excited to announce that The Colourful Edit will be showcasing at Glasgow SECC this September at Scotland's Trade Fair. It'll be a busy few months of planning and organising and packaging my products so that potential traders may scoop them up for the Christmas run. Wish me luck! :)
As you may know, I do a little bit of voluntary work for Energise Galashiels.
Recently, I was involved in sprucing up one of the local shop windows on Douglas Bridge, a local area where we host a lot of vacant shops. I decided to pull in the local students at Galashiels Academy and we collaborated to make it a little promo for their upcoming Fashion Show, headed up by the fabulous Pamela Inglis (Art Teacher).
The girls came down on the Sunday and did a little parade along the bridge, wearing my colourful Abby designs. They will also be walking down the runway this Tuesday wearing a few bespoke creations - all of which will be available to purchase, after the show.
Here's some snaps from the shop frontage...
The Fashion show will be held this Tuesday 21st June - tickets available at the School Office.
Every Tuesday, I intend on writing or sharing a little something something to make me smile. It may be a new local haunt, a travel destination, an experience, a hair or make up trend, photography tips... ooooh, you are in for a treat! :)
Drumroll.... Welcome to 'Trendy Tuesday!'
This week I'm starting with something I know really well. My fabric neckwears... Abby, Ava and Ruby.
The Galaday* is coming up and with it means traditional black and white dress code (if you are a traditional type of guy or gal!). I've popped a few designs together to spruce you up and make you stand out from the crowd of rosettes... you may despise the Galaday, but simply just like black and white - a real monochrome lover, so these too would work into your wardrobe!
Here's how I'd wear them...
All these styles will be available for purchase from tomorrow, at Kids Threads/Eden - my Galashiels stockist. If you would like to place an order for a bespoke design - for example a 'blue, black and white Ruby' - then please do so through by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or through a private message on Facebook.
Cut off date for Galaday designs - Saturday 25th June xoxo
*Galaday - Celebration of the town that is Galashiels.
My time working with Simon Harper, Advertising Photographer NZ was one of the highlights of my career in Advertising.
I learned so much about photography, the ins an outs of running a creative business, exceptional client service delivery and how to handle high pressure situations. Mainly though, I made a great friend and a mentor who I kept in touch with. I miss you dearly Simon. Life isn't quite the same on this side of the camera now that you are gone. Thank you for the opportunity.
Only wish we'd had instagram back then ;)
Lauren worked for me as my Producer back in 2005. Her role included duties associated with commercial photography such as; day to day running of business, organising props, scouting locations, booking models per brief, styling, setting up lighting, preparation of backdrops and direct client communications at all times.
Lauren's mature, friendly, outgoing personality was a positive advantage when dealing with clients, whom she related with extremely well. She is cooperative and flexible, willingly attending after hour shoots as well as location photography around New Zealand.
Lauren demonstrates a natural ability in relating to clientele, showing understanding, compassion, good humour and respect, whilst at all time being professional.
I found Lauren to be totally trustworthy, reliable and resourceful. It makes natural sense that Lauren now has her very own company - she was meant for this. And I wish her all the very best and look forward to one day working together again.
Simon Harper, Managing Director, Harper Photographics Ltd
Well, what a weekend. We gave away our little sister at the weekend, to her wonderful fiance Pete (and welcomed our new brother into the family!). In typical big sister/little sister style, I was recruited as the planner, stylist, photographer, designer - oh, and dress holder (aka bridesmaid). Lucky I had mumma bear as my right hand woman!
Here's how it went xoxo