At House of Coco we believe that if it ain’t got bling, it don’t mean a thing! So when we stumbled across SommerSparkle, an award-winning online boutique bringing a selection of beautiful, unique jewellery and accessories, our inner magpie was over the moon.
SommerSparkle believe everyone has a right to feel special and ‘add a touch of sparkle to their lives’, they want to help women feel fabulous and look amazing, so much, that they feel like a million dollars and are brimming with confidence and sparkle with joy. Here, we spent some time with the founder Pamela to find out more…
Can you tell us a bit about your brand and your journey to getting where you are today?
I started out in business, following an accident which caused limited use of my right hand. It all began with a bracelet I had bought. I received some lovely compliments and felt really good, and so good I wanted to make others feel just as special, thus SommerSparkle was created. SommerSparkle is all about celebrating life and making people feel special by adding a touch of sparkle to their lives.
What has been your highlight since launching the brand?
Whenever I place a smile on someone’s face because they love their piece of jewellery, is reward in itself. Although. winning a Couples’ Choice award from WeddingWire for 2 years in a row was a momentous occasion.
Who is involved in the business?
Ultimately it’s me, although my son helps a lot with technical elements, so I am able to focus on the creative and marketing side
What product has been your best seller?
The Premium Flower Hair decoration is our best seller
Describe the brand in 3 words?
Celebrate Your Life
How do you juggle work and social life?
I admit it’s quite hard to juggle as I don’t count my business as ‘work’ because it is a joy to me. It is a work in progress and I try and switch off in the evenings and on Sundays. Turning my phone off after 9pm helps tremendously.
You are obviously a creative person, when your creativity is lacking what do you do to get it back?
I take some time out and search within. This could be in the form of meditation or prayer and reflection. I also do something completely different, for instance doing a workout, listening and dancing to music or watching a movie, I find humour also medicinal. Then I re-group before returning to the task at hand.
What sets your range apart from anything else that is currently on the market?
I only stock pieces that I would recommend or wear, many of our pieces are handcrafted, unique and of limited availability. We provide pieces for every Special Occasion from Christenings, to Prom, Weddings and other occasions.
Who/what inspires you?
I take most of my inspiration from within, however there is so much beauty to be seen in the world. Take nature, for example it can be so breathtaking and even hearing the birds sing can be inspiration in itself
Are there any sources you go for support with running your business?
I read a lot and I am also a member of the Female Entrepreneur Association which is very supportive
What are your plans for the brand in 2016?
We would like to reach a wider audience across the globe
Are there plans to expand outside the world of jewellery and accessories?
Not right now, but who knows what happens in the future
At House of Coco we love to travel, tell us about your favourite place on the planet?
Mauritius, it is where my parents were from and I love the beaches there
If there’s one business owning activity you could get better at, what would it be?
Accept, that I don’t have to do everything myself
For others aspiring to run their own company, what advice would you give?
I want to say to anyone, “yes you can achieve, you can turn your life around, pick yourself up and push through those boundaries. If you have a dream, keep going you never know how many people you will help and inspire along the way. “Be Bold, Be Beautiful, Be You.”