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1001 ways to be Romantic February 09 2017

 1001 ways to be romantic this valentines day

Stumped on what to do for your girl (or guy) this weekend? Or maybe you're just a little tight for cash still since Christmas here's some unique and different and even some (none monetary) ways to be romantic this valentines day. Some of these ideas are from the cool book 1001 ways to be romantic by Gregory Godek.

1001 ones to be romantic

1. Donate to a Charity She/He loves

  • this shows you know what she (he) likes
  • you're thoughtful
  • you're thinking of others
  • you're helping out those less fortunate
  • she'll (he'll) love you even more for this! 

2. Pick up a bouquet of Flowers 

  • seriously any girl loves flowers
  • even if she says she doesn't care about flowers
  • it just goes a long way that you made the extra effort

3. Do something really out of Character

  • Are you always late? --- be on time
  • Not creative? --- hand make her a card
  • Forgetful? --- Write down something she mentions she loves in the next few days (her favourite food? chocolate bar?) and give it to her on V-day
  • Routine is watching TV every night? --- Go out for Dinner instead
  • Two left feet? --- Go out for a dance lesson

4. Act out different fantasies of meeting each other for the first time

  • meet in a bar after work
  • meet while grocery shopping
  • meet in line, waiting at the bank
  • meet at the movie theatres concession stand

5. Surprise them for lunch at their work

  • show up with a packed lunch or take them to a restaurant down the street 
  • they'll love that you went to the effort of coming to their work and surprising them

6. Watch old romantic movies

  • pour some wine
  • dub the sound and make up your own speaking lines to the characters
  • snuggle under the blankets
  • make some popcorn and put your favourite toppings on it (parmesan cheese, lime, butter?)

7. Put a heart sticker on your watch (or fit bit) on valentines day before you go to work

  • every time you look at your watch and see the heart, text your loved one a reason why you love them, or that you're thinking of them

8. Ask each other quirky questions

  • If you could be a comic strip character, who would you be? 
  • If your name were to appear in the dictionary, how would you define yourself?
  • What song title resonates with your personality?
  • If you had three wishes what would they be?

DOWNLOAD THE WHOLE LIST OF QURIKY QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR LOVED ONE ON VALENTINES DAY

9. Tuck a little gift into the zippered pocket of her purse

  • they'll be super shocked and delighted when they reach inside and find a sweet gift

10. Write a little note on the mirror in their car

  • do it the night before so they'll see it when they head to work

I hope you have the most wonderful valentines day! 

PS if you want to show yourself some self love, or want to get your lady a gift she'll love these custom made gift sets by me and three other local designers are the perfect gift to give! 

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3 of the best commercials from super bowl 2017 (all the feels and some funnies!) February 07 2017

 3 of the best commercials from superbowl football 2017

THE FIRST TIME IN 6 YEARS WE DIDN'T WATCH THE SUPERBOWL

Did you watch the superbowl? Unfortunately our TV was being super weird so it was the first time in 6 years my husband and I haven't watched the superbowl! I know, it was really weird, especially since Tristan watches football religiously. Like I'm talking every Sunday, dog and him on the couch watching their games. 

BUT WE DID WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS AND OF COURSE THE COMMERCIALS

So here's 3 of the best commercials in my opinion from this year's super bowl plus a bonus fun ad that were my favourites from the super bowl this year. What are some of your favourite ads from this year's super bowl?

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMEN

This Audie add with the Dad narrating gets me right in the feels! Oh my gosh, talk about stepping it up and making some big changes in the gender equality. Good for audi for trying to do something about it. 

CHASING DREAMS

I dunno what it is with the car commercials this year, but they are KILLING it. Honda made this commercial about chasing dreams and the amazing places they lead! I love this as an entrepreneur this one totally resonated with me. 

WE ACCEPT 

With everything that is happening all across our world right now, I just loved that Air b and b did this commercial. #WeAccept. This goes right along with Canadian's new hashtag #DiversityIsOurStrength and #WelcomeToCanada

GIGGLES GALORE

And this commercial from Skittles was just a super awesome fun laugh!

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Jewellery: A Valentines day Love Story (and wicked gift ideas) February 03 2017

valentines day gift set for the unique indie fashionista

Looking for some inspiration for Valentines day? Gift ideas? Or things to do? 

ROMANTIC COMEDY

For a movie marathon with your best friend on the couch, eating popcorn, wear this pretty in pink necklace to be your knight in shining armour. 

valentines day gift sets handmade in toronto canada

GIRLS NIGHT

When you're headed out on the town with your entourage, slip on this flirty necklace to feel even more attractive. 

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DINNER DATE

A candle lit meal while wearing this sexy bralette, earrings and putting on this lipstick is all you need to feel confident this valentines day.

romantic dinner for valentines day lovely bralette gift set

 

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This Video Is Giving Me All the Feels, The World Is Still Full Of Beautiful People February 01 2017

denmark video the world is still full of beautiful people, we have more in common then we think

THE WORLD IS STILL FULL OF BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE 

With so much hate, blame, racism and islamophobia going on in the world, this video is giving me so much hope and all the feels. Grab a tissue box. We're all more a like then we initially think. 

From the creators of this amazing Denmark video. "We live in a time where we quickly put people in boxes. Maybe we have more in common than what we think? Introducing All That We Share."

 

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Why I Don't Have 10K Followers on Instagram (AND I'm Happy About it!) January 31 2017 2 Comments

what does the K beside instagram followers mean? why i'm okay I don't have a K beside my followers

I'm okay with not having 10,000 followers, in fact I'm kind of happy about it for these 3 reasons in this article. 

WHAT THE K MEANS BESIDE SOMEONE'S INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS MEAN? 

Ever wondered what the K was beside someone's Instagram followers account? Have you ever looked at someone's feed and been like 'wow! They have 10,000 followers. How'd they do that?' Next time you look at someone's feed and see that they have a little K beside their numbers, check out their engagement. This is after all the ONLY thing that matters on Instagram.

  • engaged followers = engaged customers
  • # of likes divided by # of followers gives you engagement rate
  • engagement rate between 2-4% for major brands is really good!
  • brands that have 10,000 followers but only 100 likes... that's a 1% engagement rate
  • advice for those accounts, CULL their followers 
  • only have followers who are actually engaged with your product or service

If they have 10,000 followers but only 100 likes on average for each post... you have to ask yourself, is this engagement good? What about the other 9,800 people who are following them? 

3 REASONS WHY I'M OKAY WITH NOT HAVING A K BESIDE MY FOLLOWERS ON INSTAGRAM

Here's some reasons why I'm okay with not having a K beside my numbers, and why I purposely go through my Instagram followers every 6 months to get rid of "dead" beats... AKA people who just do follow for follow and who aren't even interested in what I've posted. That's actually hurting my account stopping others from seeing my posts who really want to! 

1. Algorithm Drag

- more followers that aren't engaged drag down your algorithm spot

2. Not Showing up

- you're not showing up in the people's feeds who are actually interested in you

3. Photos aren't getting the likes they deserve

- being dragged down in the algorithm means people aren't seeing you, means less likes, means even futher down the algorithm, it's a vicious cycle. 

TAKE A MINUTE RIGHT NOW AND FIND OUT YOUR ENGAGEMENT RATE

Find your worst liked photo and your best liked photos on Instagram in the past two weeks.

  • find your worst amount of likes on a photo
  • find your most amount of likes on a photo
  • find the engagement rate for each photo (# likes / # of followers) 

What was your engagement rate for each photo? Do this with a few more images. Do you find a pattern between each of the best engaged photos? Was it the time of day you posted? Or was it the content? What are your followers diggin' that you're puttin' out? What sort of content is it? This is a great way to find out what your target market is vibing on your account!  

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Does Your Instagram Need a Boost? Some New Ideas/Content? January 30 2017

instagram need a content or new idea boost? get in on the instagram challenge strarts february 6th

EVER WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND YOU NEED THAT COFEE FIX

Ever wake up in the morning and you just NEED to have that coffee fix. You can't get through the morning without a cup of coffee. You need that boost to kick start your day, to get the creative juices rolling and things a tickin'! Instagram is kind of like that and every now and then we need a that cup of coffee AKA new content ideas. Sometimes we need something to kick start our Instagram accounts. We need a little boost.


I CREATED A FREE INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE

I created a free Instagram Challenge for every entrepreneur and small business owner (http://bit.ly/HJinstaChallenge) to take part in starting on February 6th. There's a 17 page free guide with ideas and content for 7 whole days. I know! It's going to be crazy fun! Every day is a different theme, a different idea. We start February 6th!  

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MAKE SURE TO CHEER EVERYONE ON USING THE HASHTAG

Make sure to cheer everyone on using the hashtag #HJinstaChallenge. Having cheerleaders and genuine comments is an awesome feeling in this sometimes lonely entrepreneurial life. I really hope you'll join me to help kick start or boost your Instagram account back to life with some fresh new content ideas. 

Have the most lovely day! See you over on Instagram #HJinstaChallenge

GRAB THE GUIDE TO START THE CHALLENGE

 


I Didn't just go to San Francisco For the Flowers January 28 2017

san francisco leaders retreat rising tide society

I DIDN'T JUST GO TO SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE FLOWERS...

I went to learn how to be a better leader for all the creative entrepreneurs that are part of the Rising Tide Society. Huge thank you to Laura & Rachel Photography for being EVERYWHERE all retreat and taking all these amazing photos. 

the rising tide society toronto caledon chapter

IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE RISING TIDE SOCIETY IS...

If you don't know what the Rising Tide Society is, it's a movement that started in the United States with an idea in a coffee shop and now has over 350 local chapters across the world including New Zealand and Germany. To bring entrepreneurs out of their isolation and once a month meet with like minded creative entrepreneurs. It's a community that is truly making waves across the entrepreneurial landscape and changing the norm of how things were done before. 

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OVER 150 LEADERS OF DIFFERENT LOCAL CHAPTERS ACROSS THE GLOBE GATHERED

Over 150 leaders of different local chapters across the globe spent two days in San Francisco. We discussed some really hard, soul wrenching stuff. Race, discrimination, bullies, loneliness, weaknesses, judgement, being authentic and staying true. Things got real. Really Real. I'm talking ugly crying real. 

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP IS AMAZING AND REWARDING BUT...

Entrepreneurship is amazing and rewarding and from the outside sometimes can seem like an absolute dream working for yourself. But in reality being an entrepreneur is tough. It's messy. It's lonely. It's hard. The Rising Tide Society was created out of these needs. It's a safe place for creatives to feel welcomed, loved and inspired. It's about sharing, evolving, inclusion, diversity, educating and above all else lifting each other up. There's a great quote by JFK that "A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats". We want to do this for other entrepreneurs. We want to break down the barriers to enter for entrepreneurs. 

a rising tide lifts all boats by JFKjenn kavanagh and hattie dunstan at an 80's dance party entreprenurial life at rising tide society honeybook headquarters

Yes there was an 80's themed night and yes Jenn Kavanagh photography and I nailed it! 

san francisco marina area leaders retreat honeybook headquarters

THIS COMMUNITY IS MAKING SO MANY WAVES

This community is making so many waves and has so many positive impacts on so many of us. Natalie Franke fearlessly has embodied all that is the Rising Tide Society and has partnered with honeybook a start up tech company in San Francisco to help us keep everything free in the RTS community. She believes so much in what the RTS movement stands for she moved half way across the country so she could further the Rising Tide Society's goals and passions.

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I LEAD A LOCAL CHAPTER IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA

'm so proud to lead a chapter of RTS here in the greater Toronto area. Everyone deserves to be lifted up, celebrated and empowered. The Rising Tide Society is opening doors, changing the landscape and empowering others while making waves one day at a time. 

honeybook office in san franciscorising tide society leaders from all over the world

WANT TO LEARN WHERE YOUR LOCAL MEET UP IS?

Here's a link to the all the local chapters. We meet every month, usually the second Tuesday of the Month. So if you're a creative entrepreneur and you're looking for kinship, free education and collaborations check out the website here. http://www.risingtidesociety.com/join/ to find your local chapter and start making your own waves.  

rising tide society meet up map local chapters where can i find a meet up?

SIGN UP FOR MY FREE 7 DAY INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE. IT STARTS FEBRUARY 6TH!

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Join Me For My Instagram Challenge (17 page FREE guide) January 27 2017

 

FREE Instagram challenge - 17 page guide from Hattie Du on Vimeo.

YOU'RE INVITED

to join me in my free Instagram Challenge #HJinstaChallenge. Whether you need some fresh new ideas or a boost to your Instagram or just looking for something fun to do join me and others on this FREE 7 days challenge. 

GRAB THE GUIDE TO START THE CHALLENGE

Starting on February 6th, 2017 I'll be providing content, photo ideas and marketing tips and tricks to help grow your following and help convert them into customers by fostering genuine relationships! 

Sign up above and I'll send you the whole guide on February 3rd so you're ready to go on Monday February 6th, 2017. 

THE DETAILS

  • 17 page guide
  • a week's worth of content posting for Instagram
  • tips and tricks on what to post
  • cheerleaders to cheer you on
  • use the hashtag #HJinstaChallenge to cheer others on

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • everyday for the 7 day challenge an email sent straight to your inbox 
  • ideas on what to post each day
  • you get to keep the 17 page free guide
  • new followers
  • engaged followers
  • a boost to your Instagram lull

THE CHALLENGE STARTS FEBRUARY 6TH 

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UP to 75% off Prior Collections Sale (WEDDING LINE INCLUDED!) January 20 2017

up to 75% off sale fashion jewelry handmade in toronto canada

STARTING SUNDAY JANUARY 22nd, 2017

You'll be able to browse my online shop for items up to 75% off! This is the biggest sale EVER! I need some room in my studio for the new bridal and spring 2017 jewellery collections that will be released in March! 

UP TO 75% OFF 

Yes, you read it right. I know, I know, I know. I NEVER have sales. BUT I'm launching TWO collections this Spring, Bridal and Everyday for 2017 and I need the space with all the workshops I've been hosting too! I'm really excited to get these previous collections out of the studio and into new homes and on to new necks so I keep designing one-of-a-kind, unique jewellery for 2017! 

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT SIGN UP HERE TO GET NOTIFIED

You won't want to miss this sale, so sign up below to make sure you're the first to get notified about it! 

 

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Instagram sales Low? Here's 14 Possible Reasons January 19 2017

14 reasons why you're not making sales on instagram

1. Haven't created a relationship

Let's be real, Instagram is a fun and playful platform. If you don't build that trust, and start a relationship you're not going to get very far and you might as well market on a different platform. 

2. Haven't built trust 

Bottom line, people want to work with who they trust. Just like in person at a brick and mortar shop if you don't trust that sales person you're not going to buy from them. 

3. No curated and beautiful over all feed so people are not clicking the follow button 

You have 8 second to get people to click that follow button. Pretty feeds are A MUST

4. URL is not being utilized

It's the only clickable space on all of Instagram. Utilize it. 

5. profile isn't telling your target market who and what you do 

This is a no brainer, but SO many people under utilize this. Or they just don't know how. Trust me I was like that 18 months ago. I couldn't figure out how to make my profile work for me. 

instagram profile curated nice feed

6. No location on profile

How will people know where to find you or estimate shipping or book you for a wedding without knowing where you're based?

7. There isn't a brand presence

Who and what is behind your brand? NOT just your logo. You're so much more then just your logo. 

8. Not listing under your industry

Tell Instagram what you do so you can get found! 

9. Hashtags are not utilized for your industry

Use hashtags. They're your new best friend. They'll help you gain new followers and find like minded people! 

10. Not giving back to the community (you get what you put in)

Comment and like back! It's all about community on Instagram. That's what the whole platform was built on. 

11. No theme to Instagram feed

You gotta be more then just a few photos. What is the YOU behind your Instagram. 

12. Target market is getting lost and confused 

You're target market has got to be interested in what you're putting out. If they don't get it, you've already lost them. Be clear in your message. 

13. It's all sell, sell, sell and not enough courting future customers

Don't shoot to the masses and always be selling. No one likes that. Build trust. Build a relationship. Then sell. 

14. Dark photos that are not consistent

Light photos are proven to do better on Instagram. 

INSTAGRAM SALES LOW?

After you've read the 14 possible reasons I hope you'll look a little harder at your social strategy. I've said it once and I've said it again... Instagram is not a selling, yelling to the masses about your product type of platform. It's about selling a lifestyle. A fun and quirky way to share your life through a series of photos with your friends. Don't fight the definition. Join it. Embrace this platform and make it convert for sales for your business!

ASK ME ANYTHING

Have some questions about marketing effectively on Instagram? Or want me to take a look over your Instagram feed and branding and give ya some tips?

I'd love to help! Send me an email below

 

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What To Wear To the Chalet this Winter? (and Still Look Cute) January 15 2017

 3 outfits to wear to the chalet this winter by hattitude jewels

WHAT TO WEAR TO THE CHALET THIS WINTER?

Every wonder what you should pack on your winter vacation? Or what to wear on your winter getaway. Ever wonder what to wear to the chalet this winter, but still look cute? Here's some great outfits for inspiration for your winter trips and get aways while still looking super chic and cute! Of course if you take a close look you'll find my one-of-a-kind unique vintage jewellery scattered throughout the images. I think accessories make every outfit! So don't forget yours even when you're going on vacation to the chalet this year. 

This outfit with it's faux fur line burgandy jacket, leather choker, mixed print hat and gloves and wicked lace up ankle boots is perfect for

GRABBING HOT CHOCOLATE AND SNOW SHOEING 

 clothing outfit perfect for grabbing hot chocolate or going snow shoeing cross country skiing

 

 This outfit with it's anmial print sweater, light pink lipstick, bold statement locket necklace, cozy tights, and warm socks is perfect for wearing when your at the winter chalet and 

COZYING UP BY THE FIRE AND READING A GOOD BOOK

 winter style outfit for cozying up by the fire and reading a good book

  

This velvet blue top, with mustard wool sweater, and cool velvet 70 inspired bell bottom pants with dark bold lipstick (all the rage right now!) with a long Hattitude iridescent statement necklace is perfect for

EATING DINNER BY CANDLE LIGHT WITH SNOWFLAKES FALLING OUTSIDE

 CLOTHING outfit for eating dinner by candle light with snow flakes falling outside in the winter

 

I hope you found some inspiration from this outfits next time you're a little stumped on what to pack for a winter holiday get away vacation. I think as long as you have your unique handmade Hattitude jewellery from Toronto Canada and some bold exciting lipstick you can't go wrong when travelling to the chalet this year. 

WANT TO DESIGN A PIECE OF JEWELLERY YOURSELF?

I'm hosting a workshop where you design it, I'll build it. You dig through the treasure bins, look up ideas, get creative with the mannequins and design a piece of jewellery with my help in the studio. I'd love to host you for this workshop in Caledon, Ontario. You can find out more information here ---> JEWELLERY WORKSHOP

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7 tips for mastering flat lays for Instagram January 03 2017

7 tips for mastering flat lay images for instagram by hattitude jewels hattie dunstan

70% OF INSTAGRAM USERS HAVE SEARCHED FOR A BRAND ON INSTAGRAM

It is more important then ever for entrepreneurs to have our brand presence on Instagram be on point! Your voice, your brand, your colours, what makes your company special and your company's values needs to be spoken through each of the images and captions of your Instagram feed.

7 tips for mastering flat lay photos for instagram social media

 

MORE USERS THEN EVER BEFORE ARE SPENDING MORE TIME ON MOBILE DEVICES THEN DESKTOPS

So making beautiful flat lays and creating awesome images for our social media accounts is a top priority. As a jewellery designer from Canada, I'm constantly doing flat lays for my social media accounts. Since it's all about capturing the perfect image of my one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces, I've spent a TON of time practising and mastering the flat. I hope these tips will help you capture photos of your best flat lays too. 

HERE'S 7 TIPS FOR MASTERING INSTAGRAM FLAT LAYS

1. WHITE BRISTLE BOARD

White bristol board will become your best friend. Unless you use a different colour for your Instagram feed other then white. Some people use dark images for their feed and they make it totally work for them (we go over the different feels and colour combos in the Instagram101 workshop). Usually light and bright photos are proven to get more likes on Instagram which in turn will help you pop up higher in the algorithm so more potential customers will see your images.7 tips for mastering flat lay images for instagram social media

2. NATURAL LIGHT

Natural light is what it's all about. If you can get that natural light going even taking iphone photos look like professional SLR photos. For the first year of growing my account my ENTIRE page was iphone photos. You don't need a fancy camera to grow your brand and presence you just need some natural light. 7 tips for mastering instagram flat lay photos for social media

3. PROPS

Props are key to any Instagramers account. People love seeing consistency, which is why colours for your brand is so important (we also go over having a branding board in my Instagram 101 workshop). I always suggest to start collecting a prop box. (More on the prop box in the workshop)

7 tips for mastering instagram flat lay photos for social media

4.LAYERS AND DEPTH

Layers and depth make an image come to life. When you're creating a flat lay it's important to ad layers and depth. This makes the image feel real and often people on Instagram like close up shots with depth to them. Try crumpling a t-shirt instead of laying it completely flat to give your photo some height depth, or stack a bunch of photos to cast shadows to again create some depth to your images. mastering instagram flat lays for social media

5. EYES GO LEFT TO RIGHT TELL A STORY

Eyes go left to right so choose the object you want to focus on and centre your props that go with your story. If you're showing a photo of your desk, lay the objects on your bristol board or on your desk space that would go with the story you're trying to tell. If you're showing people your agenda asking them to book appointments with you try styling with a canister of cute pencils (depth and height) with your computer and a coffee mug or a pair of glasses. Make the most important object (the planner), what you're talking about in your caption the first thing they focus on, then as they head left to right with their eyes, the next most important thing.... but sometimes it's okay just to make things look pretty. 7 tips for mastering flat lay photos for instagram social media

6. THREE OBJECTS

Three objects seems to be the magic number for me. I'm not saying this is the case every time, but for some reason if I have more then three things in my photo it's too busy my eyes don't know where to go. Start with your main focus, then slowly add in your props and objects until you find just the right amount. 

7 tips for mastering instagram flat lay photos for social media

7. DON’T BE AFRAID TO CROP

Don't be afraid to crop your photo... aka leave things out of the image. You don't have to give EVERYTHING away. Your followers get the gist of it, this also helps point their eyes onto what the focus is in your image by not allowing them to get lost on every single object in your shot. 

8. BONUS TIP

TAKE DIRECTLY ABOVE the flat lay you've created. Flat lays look best when the photo is taken directly above. 

mastering flat lay images for instagram

 

WE ONLY HAVE AN 8 SECONDS ATTENTION SPAN 

In my generation we have an 8 second attention span. My nephew's generation (he's 15) only has a 6 second attention span. That means we only have 8 seconds to get them to click follow or engage them to click to your website from your Instagram account. That is NOT very long. That's a lot of pressure on those first few images and the over all look and feel of your Instagram feed. It's important that your captions, your first 9 photos, your branding colours, your hashtags, your feed, your story telling, your community are all working for you and that you know how to market effectively on Instagram.

78% OF CONSUMERS MAKE PURCHASING DECISIONS THAT ARE INFLUENCED BY A BRANDS SOCIAL MEDIA.

If you want to learn more about my Instagram101 workshop where we go over growing your brand, making a beautiful feed, keeping your current customer engaged and attracting new customers, you can head over here -----> http://bit.ly/INSTAGRAM101hj I also give away all my tips and tricks on how I went from 500 followers to over 3500 followers in just over a year. 

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5 THINGS THE FIRST 9 PHOTOS OF YOUR INSTAGRAM FEED SHOULD HAVE December 28 2016 10 Comments

 5 things the first 9 photos of your instagram feed should have by hattitude jewels

WHAT SHOULD YOUR FIRST NINE PHOTOS OF YOUR INSTAGRAM FEED INCLUDE?

I get asked this a lot in my Instagram 101 workshops. So I thought I'd do a blog post on what I think every entrepreneur and business should have in the first 9 photos of their Instagram feed (sometimes I push this to 12 photos). 

 5 THINGS the top 9 photos of your instagram feed should include

1. A selfie

2. Lifestyle Image

3. Product Image or Service Image

4. Behind The Scenes Image

5. Something Your Target Market Enjoys

1.  A SELFIE

I know, I know. I always hear groans when I say this in my workshop. BUT it's so true. Every time I ask in the course what gets the most likes on your Instagram feed, everyone always says photos of themselves. 

WHY DOES A SELFIE GET THE MOST LIKES?

Humans are curious by nature. We want to see the person behind the lens. We want to see the person behind the creations or the person behind the service. I'm not going to book a photographer for my wedding if I don't know what they look like, or if I can't get a feeling for who they are. With so many different competitors out there for EVERY industry we all need to find our unique voice and we need to make sure our customers can hear it and visualize who is talking. This will make them want to buy from us, or book our services. This is our sales platform. So make sure to give your sales platform a face. If you have a team in your business, instead of a solopreneur, give your team a face. Introduce them to the Instagram world. After all, Instagram by definition is "a fun and quirky way to share our lives through a series of photos with our friends". What does this mean? You want to show yourself to your "friends", your followers on your Instagram. You want to build that trust and let them hear your voice. Having a photo of yourself in your top 9 images is one of the most important aspects.

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2. LIFESTYLE IMAGE

Give your audience a peek into your life. Again humans are curious by nature. Let them into what book you're reading in your down time, what your cat looks like, or what your cooking for dinner that night. I know, I know people often think well who cares about that? But again, you are building a relationship with your friends and followers. You are building trust and showing them you're a real person and you'd be a great person to work with. These lifestyle images also help spark conversation. Again this builds trust, shows your personality and helps beat the new algorithm. We talk about the algorithm in the workshop and even set up Instagram pods for those interested.  

3. PRODUCT IMAGE OR SERVICE IMAGE

Of course you have to have a few product images sprinkled within your top 9 photos. If you're a hair dresser, make sure you have some up dos, a florist, make sure you have a bouquet, wedding photographer make sure you have a professional photograph of a wedding, jewellery maker, make sure you show your latest jewellery product. Sometimes I would get so carried away with building trust and showing behind the scenes I would forget to post products! So this is HUGE. Don't forget to post what you're trying to sell! 

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4. BEHIND THE SCENES IMAGE

This is so important. A lot of entrepreneurs forget to show their grass roots. I can't stress this enough, humans are super curious by nature. We love knowing how things are made, or done, or little tricks. Humans love the inner workings of knowing how something happened. Again the whole curious by nature thing. Showing behind the scenes (Instagram stories is a great resource for this, and yes we go over Insta stories and how to use them properly for your business in the workshop) is a great way to get people invested in your product or service. 

5. SOMETHING YOUR TARGET MARKET ENJOYS

This is something that's a little more hard to always keep in your top 9 photos. Find something that your target market (who you're specifically trying to sell to) also enjoys doing. This keeps them interested and makes your feed not all "sell sell sell". One of the biggest mistakes I think entrepreneurs and businesses make is trying to sell ALL the time on Instagram. You need to woo people, show them your brand, your style, your voice. Build a relationship and trust with your customers and then start to sell to them. Let them know you're not always trying to sell them to. Offer to give them advice, tell them interesting things you think they would enjoy. Don't always be that business or company who is sell, sell, sell. 

ASK ME ANYTHING

Have some questions about marketing effectively on Instagram? Or want me to take a look over your Instagram feed and branding and give ya some tips? 

I'd love to help! Send me an email below

 

DOWNLOAD MY FREE GUIDE ON THE BIGGEST MISTAKES ENTREPRENEURS MAKE ON INSTAGRAM 

To view more of our unique, handcrafted & one of a kind jewellery handmade in Toronto Canada click here. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/collections/all

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P.S. ARE YOU A CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR AND WANT TO UP YOUR INSTA GAME? 

My next in person Instagram 101 workshop and my online (live) video Instagram workshop are an awesome way to up your game and really effectively market on Instagram. We talk all about making your Instagram a party to sell more products or services, branding, the first 9 photos of your feed, how to make engaging captions, how to research and use local hashtags for your industry, create a cohesive and beautiful feed and a styling session at the end! Check it out here INSTAGRAM 101 for more information or you can quickly purchase it below. 

 

 

 


3 OUTFITS TO WEAR THIS NYE (for all types of parties) December 27 2016

 3 outfit ideas to wear for new years eve by hattie dunstan of hattitude jewels

new years eve party outfit ideas

EVER STRUGGLE WITH WHAT TO WEAR ON NEW YEARS EVE? 

Here's 3 great outfit ideas to ring in 2017, for you to wear on NYE for all different types of parties. For the downtown NYE party, the classy NYE party, and the house party, here's some inspiration. I hope this helps motivate you to rock it this new years eve and accessorize your outfits with some Hattitude jewellery.

MY FAVOURITE ACCESSORY FOR THIS YEAR

My favourite accessory for this year's NYE, is of course some party earrings. Bonus points if they're dangly, long and have tassels on them. 

downtown nye party outfit ideas

DOWNTOWN NYE PARTY 

Perfect for:

- dancing all night
- staying out late
- getting kissed at midnight

classy new years eve party outfit ideas, what to wear on new years eve?

CLASSY NYE PARTY

Perfect for: 

- flirting with the cute guy
- eating from the buffet
- drinking champagne

what to wear to a new years eve house party?

NYE HOUSE PARTY

Perfect for: 

- grabbing beers
- watching the ball drop
- hanging with friends

To view more of our unique, handcrafted & one of a kind jewellery handmade in Toronto Canada click here. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/collections/all

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P.S. ARE YOU A CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR AND WANT TO UP YOUR INSTA GAME? 

My next instagram 101 workshop is Monday January 16th. (In february 2017 I'll have been teaching them for a whole year). We talk all about making your instagram a party to sell more products or services, branding, the first 9 photos of your feed, how to make engaging captions, how to research and use local hashtags for your industry, create a cohesive and beautiful feed and a styling session at the end! Check it out here INSTAGRAM 101 for more information or you can quickly purchase it below. 

 

 


WE CUT AND DECORATED OUR CHRISTMAS TREE December 18 2016

cutting and decorating the christmas tree with melvin the beagle dog

TRISTAN AND I CUT OUR CHRISTMAS TREE TODAY

Tristan and I went and got our Christmas tree from Hockley Valley Tree Farm in Caledon today. It was a little chilly (-8) compared to yesterday which was a lovely 0 degrees. I love when your house smells of Christmas after you put up the tree! Scroll down for the finished decorated Christmas tree and of course our puppy dog, Melvin warming up by the fire! 

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DECEMBER IS WHIZZING BY

Tristan and I usually get our tree at the beginning of December but this year December just got away from us. Can anyone else relate to this? The end to 2016 is just whizzing by and I want to hold on to it for as long as I can. The memories and moments out of this year were some of the best of my life. Can you believe Christmas is in 7 days! If you're like me and still have a few last minute shopping to do, don't panic! I'm here to help you! You've still got 2 more days (Sunday & Monday) to shop online to ensure delivery in time for Christmas in my jewellery shop. The best part is all the gifts are one-of-a-kind and special. They also come gift wrapped. 

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NEXT TWO DAYS RECEIVE A FREE CHRISTMAS GIFT FROM ME

Also because I'm in the Christmas spirit today since we decorated our Christmas tree, for the next two days when you purchase online you'll receive a special gift at check out. Over the next two days I'll include a one-of-a-kind ring as my gift to you this Christmas! YAY!

yellow tassel earrings one of a kind handmade in toronto by hattitude jewels 

 To view more of our unique, handcrafted & one of a kind jewellery handmade in Toronto Canada click here. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/collections/all

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P.S. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A GIFT FOR YOUR SISTER, BESTIE OR MOM 

the "you design it, I'll build it" workshop is always SUCH a hit. The next one is January 29th, 2017 so it's the perfect gift to give someone this holiday season. Check out what it's all about here HATTITUDE WORKSHOP

or you can quickly purchase it below. 

 

 

 


5 GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR THE GARDENER IN YOUR LIFE December 11 2016

5 great gift ideas for gardeners by hattitude jewels

Christmas is 14 days away. 5 great gift ideas for the Gardener or florist, or flower wild child. 

1. FLOWER TOTE BAG 

How cute is this floral tote bag? Made in Montreal by TBL Boutique. I love that it's Canadian AND that it has a zipper. #winning

floral tote bag 5 great gift ideas for the flower/gardner/florist lover in your life

 

2. FLORAL EARRINGS

These earrings are handmade by me using repurposed vintage ceramic pieces from the 1940's. Every piece has a history and tells a story. I love these bold fashion party earrings.

vintage turquoise flower handmade by hattitude jewels in canada

 

3. FLOWER WALL PRINT

This pretty floral painting is painted by Elemenopeedesign from Burlington, Ontario. I love that you can just instantly print it off from a local print place and grab a frame from home sense or winners and instant gift! 

floral cool wall print handmade in canada 5 great gift ideas for the gardener/florist/flower lover in your life

 

4. FLORAL PILLOW

This awesome floral pillow is a watercolour print. I just think it's such a pretty print. Isn't it beautiful? I think it'd be the perfect for the flower lover in your life. 

flower decorative pillow 5 great gift ideas for the gardener/florist/flower lover in your life

5. FLORAL SHIRT

This sweet floral shirt with the peek a boo arms would be perfect to modernize a wool skirt for the winter. I love the two different textures from local Toronto designer Copious. Wouldn't a flower child love this shirt as a gift?

copious fashions floral shirt 5 gifts for the gardener in your life this year

 Don't forget there's only 14 days left until Christmas. If you're thinking about ordering online, order by December 19th to ensure delivery in time for putting under the tree! Complimentary gift wrapping included. 

MORE HATTITUDE FLORAL INSPIRED JEWELLERY

If you're looking for more Hattitude floral inspired gifts. Here's some below. 

flower jewellery handmade in canada by hattitude jewels vintage inspired

 To view more of our unique, handcrafted & one of a kind jewellery handmade in Toronto Canada click here. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/collections/all

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P.S. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A GIFT FOR YOUR SISTER, BESTIE OR MOM 

the "you design it, I'll build it" workshop is always SUCH a hit. The next one is January 29th, 2017 so it's the perfect gift to give someone this holiday season. Check out what it's all about here HATTITUDE WORKSHOP

or you can quickly purchase it below. 

 

 

 


DECEMBER SHOPPING HOURS AT THE STUDIO December 08 2016

hattitude jewellery studio show room in caledon ontario handmade shop local christmas gifts

STUDIO SHOPPING HOURS STARTED YESTERDAY

It's December so I'm now offering Studio shopping hours. Every Wednesday in December from 6-8pm in the evening in caledon, you can come and browse my 'exclusive secret' collection, AKA all the items I don't get a chance to list online. I'd love to help you pick out the perfect gifts for those you love. 

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THANKS FOR SHOPPING SMALL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON 

When you choose to shop local and support small business owners you are helping them put food on their table, pay their bills, raise or start their families, and keep our local economy strong. You are putting smiles on the faces of product makers and sending good wishes into their hearts.  

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I APPRECIATE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU

for supporting my small business and choosing to shop small this holiday season.

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IF SHOPPING IN YOUR PJ'S IS MORE YOUR THING

You can always order online but don't forget to order by December 19th to ensure your gift arrives in time for Christmas. CLICK HERE to go shopping. 

hattitude jewellery studio show room in caledon ontario handmade shop local christmas gifts

 To view more of our unique, handcrafted & one of a kind jewellery handmade in Toronto Canada click here. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/collections/all

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IT LOOKS LIKE CHRISTMAS THREW UP IN MY HOUSE December 08 2016

 it looks like christmas threw up in our house in canada

Christmas at the Forages happened last weekend! We are getting our tree this weekend, but last weekend we cut out snowflakes, decorated the fireplace and now our house kind of looks like Christmas threw up in our place. We love it! So cozy. 

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 To view more of our unique, handcrafted & one of a kind jewellery handmade in Toronto Canada click here. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/collections/all

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P.S. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A GIFT FOR YOUR SISTER, BESTIE OR MOM 

the "you design it, I'll build it" workshop is always SUCH a hit. The next one is January 29th, 2017 so it's the perfect gift to give someone this holiday season. Check out what it's all about here HATTITUDE WORKSHOP or you can quickly purchase it below. 

 

 

 


THE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE IS HERE December 04 2016

christmas catalogue for hattitude jewellery is here 2016

T'WAS 21 DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS

I just released the Hattitude jewels Christmas catalogue. All the jewellery in the catalogue is lovingly handmade in Canada by me, Hattie Dunstan. I create every piece using repurposed vintage brooches, earrings, and other odd items I find. Some of the pieces repurposed are over 100 years old. I love taking family heirlooms and creating custom pieces into some more modern for you to wear. Every piece has old world charm and a history with a story to tell. 

CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE

The jewellery in this catalogue make the perfect gifts for the woman who loves to feel unique and special. The woman who loves to open a thoughful gift from someone she loves. The woman who likes to dress up on date nights.

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CUSTOM WORK USING FAMILY HEIRLOOMS 

Let me know what you think of the Christmas Catalogue. You can also contact me for a custom item like breathing new life into a family heirloom and making a modern piece of jewellery to wear. 

 To view more of our unique, handcrafted & one of a kind jewellery handmade in Toronto Canada click here. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/collections/all

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P.S. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A GIFT FOR YOUR SISTER, BESTIE OR MOM 

the "you design it, I'll build it" workshop is always SUCH a hit. The next one is January 29th, 2017 so it's the perfect gift to give someone this holiday season. Check out what it's all about here HATTITUDE WORKSHOP

or you can quickly purchase it below. 

 

 

 


T'was 23 days before Christmas December 02 2016

studio shopping hours for hattitude jewellery by hattie dunstan

T'WAS 23 DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS

T'was 23 days before Christmas, when all through the town, 
every person was thinking, about what to do now?
The people were thinking, about their gifts with care, 
should they buy local, and feel all prepared? 

The jewellery was made all pretty in different shades, 
while custom pieces were still being handmade. 
The studio shopping hours were ready to go,
6-8pm every Wednesday in Caledon for show. 

When out of the blue you thought ah yes,
I want to avoid the congested mall crowds and all of the jest,
Shopping hours I shall head to in a flash, 
Not a moment to lose, I must dash!

You're thinking so hard about what to give and receive, 
ah-ha that's easy, one of a kind gift it will be. 

one of a kind purple pink earrings on pine cone by jenn kavanagh

STUDIO SHOPPING HOURS ARE BACK THIS YEAR

We took a hiatus last year since my husband and I were moving, but studio shopping hours are back. Come browse all the pieces that arn't on the online shop and try them on in person. I'd love to help you pick out the perfect gifts for your loved ones. 

studio hours for hattitude jewellery come get your shop on!

 To view more of our unique, handcrafted & one of a kind jewellery handmade in Toronto Canada click here. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/collections/all

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P.S. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A GIFT FOR YOUR SISTER, BESTIE OR MOM 

the "you design it, I'll build it" workshop is always SUCH a hit. The next one is January 29th, 2017 so it's the perfect gift to give someone this holiday season. Check out what it's all about here HATTITUDE WORKSHOP

or you can quickly purchase it below. 

 

 

 


20 THINGS TO DO THIS HOLIDAY SEASON November 30 2016

20 things to do this holiday season

THERE IS SO MUCH WARMTH EVERYWHERE THIS TIME OF YEAR

From the tips of my toes to the tip of my head, love and warmth is everywhere. I love this time of year. Here's 20 things I think you should do this holiday season. Have some things to add to the list? Tell me about them in the comments. 

1. build a snow man

2. make a snow angel

3. go tobogganing

3. drink hot chocolate cookie and hot chocolate hattitude jewellery 20 things to do this holiday season

4. have a bonfire

5. make candy cane smores

6. snuggle in a blanket with your loved one by the fire

7. kiss under the mistletoe

8. cut down a christmas tree cutting down a christmas tree in canada hattitude jewels 20 things to do this holiday season

9. decorate a christmas tree

10. go skating

11. donate to a food bank or toy drive

12. make hot apple ciderdrink hot chocolate hattitude jewels 20 things to do this holiday season

13. boil cinnamon sticks & orange peels on the stove for a delicious smelling house

14. make sugar cookies

15. make chocolate chip cookies

20 things to do this holiday season hattitude jewellery earrings and cookies for santa box

16. go snow shoeing

17. build a gingerbread house

18. make maple syrup taffee in the snow

19. watch Home Alone (and of course Home Alone 2 RIGHT after)

20. play board games with your family

 To view more of our unique, handcrafted & one of a kind jewellery handmade in Toronto Canada click here. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/collections/all

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P.S. IF YOU'RE A CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR OR SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

from the Caledon or Toronto area and want to get in on my next Instagram 101 workshop in January 2017. Here's the link to find out what it's all about. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/products/instagram-101 We talk branding, how to make a killer (and clickable) profile, how to make a cohesive and beautiful feed, how to make delightful and engaging captions, how to search and use local hashtags for your industry and all my other tips and tricks on how I went from 500 followers to over 3400 followers and customers in 16 months! If you're a creative entrepreneur who wants to step up their Instagram selling game or who is struggling and just not sure what they're 'doing wrong' I'll see you in the January workshop! 


IT'S THE BEST TIME OF YEAR #CANADIANMAKERS November 29 2016

canadian makers gift guide hattitude jewellery handmade in canada

IT'S MY FAVOURITE TIME OF YEAR

It's my favourite time of year! Isn't it just so magical? The cuddling, the fires, the music, the lights, the trees, the decorations, the family time. I get little goosebumps just thinking about it all!

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photos by Jenn Kavanagh Photography

AS MUCH AS I LOVE SHOPPING FROM ALL SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

As much as I love shopping from all small business owners, it's especially important to me to shop from #canadianmakers because of how much more our dollar can stretch. I worked with kbarlow design to design this amazing (not to toot our own horn, but come on, IT IS!) Canadian makers guide. www.canadianmakers.ca

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I FEEL SO LUCKY TO BE AMONGST SUCH CANADIAN TALENTS

I feel so lucky to be amongst such Canadian talents for this holiday season! Please help us share and spread the word about our holiday gift guide! Thank you so much for supporting local makers this season!

christmas earrrings by hattitude jewels

photo by Jenn Kavanagh photography

canadian makers gift guide from rising tide society

BY PURCHASING FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

By purchasing from local businesses you are helping someone put food on their table, pay their bills, start or raise a family and keep our local economy strong. Thank you for choosing to shop small this season.hattie dunstan of hattitude jewellery photo by jenn kavanagh photographyearrings by hattitude jewellery handmade in toronto canadian makers

photo by Jenn Kavanagh photography

canadian makers gift guide of rising tide society makers

 To view more of our unique, handcrafted & one of a kind jewellery handmade in Toronto Canada click here. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/collections/all

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P.S. IF YOU'RE A CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR OR SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

from the Caledon or Toronto area and want to get in on my next Instagram 101 workshop in January 2017. Here's the link to find out what it's all about. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/products/instagram-101 We talk branding, how to make a killer (and clickable) profile, how to make a cohesive and beautiful feed, how to make delightful and engaging captions, how to search and use local hashtags for your industry and all my other tips and tricks on how I went from 500 followers to over 3400 followers and customers in 16 months! If you're a creative entrepreneur who wants to step up their Instagram selling game or who is struggling and just not sure what they're 'doing wrong' I'll see you in the January workshop! 


TWO OF THE BEST HOLIDAY ADS THIS YEAR November 18 2016

2 of the best holiday ads so far this year, all the feels, tear jerkers

TWO OF THE BEST HOLIDAY ADS THIS YEAR

Who doesn't love watching holiday ads this time of year? I love it! The holiday ads are so on par. Here's two of the best holiday ads so far for 2016. 

I love the first one because of the awesome super hero Mrs. Clause who gets things done and saves the day for Santa. I love that the little boy writes a letter to her instead of Santa about his sister's gift. This one I was definitely tearing up at the end of! I dunno what it is about this time of year that gives me all the feels, but I truly love love love it! Christmas for the win!

 COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS - THE BEST GIFT OF ALL

The second one, come on? Two teddy bears, as old people, travelling through an airport. For the holidays. AND those camera angels! Also is it me or do airlines usually put out the best holiday ads EVER? Oh man tissue box please.

 

Which holiday ad/commercial do you like best?

THROW BACK HATTITUDE JEWELS CHRISTMAS AD

These ads make me want to make a beautiful ad for Hattitude jewellery this year. Since my jewellery is all one-of-a-kind made from recycled vintage pieces (old brooches, scarf clips, buttons and other oddities) they're all eco friendly and unique. Every customer always gets so many compliments on the jewellery whenever they wear them. What would I do for my video ad? Want to see a throw back to one I did a million years ago? SO fun to see how I've grown (even my website is a different website!) over the years. 

Shop Local this year by Hattitude jewellery from Hattie Du on Vimeo.

 To view more of our unique, handcrafted & one of a kind jewellery handmade in Toronto Canada click here. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/collections/all

hattie hatittude jewels toronto canada independent designer

P.S. IF YOU'RE A CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR OR SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

from the Caledon or Toronto area and want to get in on my next Instagram 101 workshop in January 2017. Here's the link to find out what it's all about. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/products/instagram-101 We talk branding, how to make a killer (and clickable) profile, how to make a cohesive and beautiful feed, how to make delightful and engaging captions, how to search and use local hashtags for your industry and all my other tips and tricks on how I went from 500 followers to over 3400 followers and customers in 16 months! If you're a creative entrepreneur who wants to step up their Instagram selling game or who is struggling and just not sure what they're 'doing wrong' I'll see you in the January workshop! 


3 FESTIVE FASHION OUTFITS TO WEAR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! November 17 2016 1 Comment

 3 festive fashion outfits to be the best guest this holiday christmas season

STRUGGLING ON WHAT TO WEAR TO YOUR HOLIDAY BRUNCH THIS YEAR?

Check out my inspiration below for 3 festive fashion outfits to wear this holiday season. Long party earrings custom crafted by Hattitude jewels, with a great open cardigan and plaid skirt are the staple for eating brunches this year. These earrings were handmade in my studio from 1970's vintage pieces. No one will ever have these earrings, so you know you'll always be unique. 

what to wear to a holiday brunch

BIG QUESTION I GET EVERY YEAR, WHAT TO WEAR TO AN OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY?

This is the perfect outfit because its flattering and still appropriate to hang out with your office colleagues. Because of the high neckline with this dress, it's the perfect necklace to wear with it, Dancing Free choker. The little bootie heels add the perfect amount of height. The leather jacket totally ups your cool factor. The choker, custom crafted by me completes the outfit like any accessory alway does. It's one of a kind so no one will ever have the same piece of jewellery and I guarantee you'll get so many compliments on it! 

what to wear to your work party this holiday/christmas year?

WHAT SHOULD YOU WEAR TO YOUR FAMILY CHRISTMAS DINNER?

What should you wear to your family dinner for Christmas this holiday season? It's perfect for chatting with your grandma, meeting your future in-laws, and definitely relaxing around the fire after dinner with your food coma. This fun floral velvet cranberry skirt is the perfect accent, paired with my floral necklace I custom crafted out of a vintage brooch. It's one of a kind and I promised you'll get so many compliments on it! what to wear to family christmas dinner

 To view more of our unique, handcrafted & one of a kind jewellery handmade in Toronto Canada click here. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/collections/all

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P.S. Want the perfect gift for Christmas? You asked, so here it is! I now do gift certificates! Check it out! Link below for more info! 


3 TRENDY CHOKER STYLES YOU CAN WEAR WHEREVER November 03 2016

AS A FASHION DESIGNER AND JEWELLERY STORE OWNER

As a fashion designer and jewellery store owner in Toronto and Caledon, I'm always trying to see what's trendy and what's hot. So this season I completely fell in love with the 1990's style.

BOLD LIPS, VELVET SHIRTS, CHOKER NECKLACES

Bold lips, velvet shirts and you got it, choker necklaces. Here's my take on how you can wear these 3 chokers wherever!  

WHETHER YOU'RE SITTING IN A CLASSROOM, MEETING A CLIENT FOR LUNCH

Where you're sitting in a classroom, meeting a client for lunch, or running errands on the home front Here's 3 ways you can rock and style some fashionable trendy chokers made right here in Toronto Canada. They're all one-of-a-kind and created using vintage upcycled materials by designer Hattie Dunstan. 

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A LITTLE BOY LOST HIS LIFE, HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW October 18 2016

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MY FRIEND JILL TRAGICALLY LOST HER 2 YEAR OLD SON THIS YEAR 

A little boy, named Jude lost his life. Here's what you need to know about this tragedy and how we can help. He tragically died in his sleep from the Influenza B virus, also known as the flu virus. So Jill and her family started a campaign and website saying "Lets Talk about the Flu" and it's going viral. It's tackling a tough issue in a day and age where there are many anti vaccine people and when our herd immunity has begun to be lost. You can read below her excerpt on what she is sharing on social media as well as links to her website for more information about the flu and flu shots.

HERD IMMUNITY IS THE GENERAL IMMUNITY TO A PATHOGEN,

Herd immunity is the general immunity to a pathogen (like the flu virus) in a population based on the acquired immunity to it by a high proportion of members over time. Meaning when people stop getting the flu shot our herd immunity goes out the window and for people who are pregnant, who have low immune system, have had organ transplants, people who have cancer, the elderly and the young, people who depend almost entirely on the herd system we are the ones who suffer the most. Some of us even lose our lives. 

JUDE LOVED SUPERMAN, LIONS, PENGUINS, MICKEY MOUSE...

Jude loved Superman, lions, penguins, Mickey Mouse, peanut butter sandwiches, their dog (Guinness), trucks, and stories. He was head over heels for his family and excited for absolutely everything. He ran, rather than walked, everywhere with purpose and enthusiasm, and he gave the best hugs.

FOR JUDE FOR EVERYONE GET THE FLU SHOT

ON MAY 6TH, 2016 JUDE DIED SUDDENLY DURING HIS AFTERNOON NAP.

No one could explain it. On August 24th, we finally had our answer. Jude died from influenza B, and with that conclusive answer, it is now believed that Isla and Thomas also had the flu that week, and we can trace it back to 'a nasty bug' going through a kindergarten classroom.

Because this would be my first question, yes. They were all vaccinated. But as we know, the flu shot is an educated guess and immunization works best when as many people as possible participate. Jude didn't die because we didn't vaccinate him. He died because there aren't enough people around us doing the same, and there was no protection for him when his shot failed.

 

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HERE'S HOW YOU CAN HELP OTHERS, JUST LIKE JUDE

We can all do better. For more about the flu, the flu shot, and other things you can do to help prevent the spread of the flu, please check our website and join our social media campaign. It's easy! Get a shot, take a picture, and tag it to #forjudeforeveryone and #flushot. Show people that you've done your part to keep us all healthy.

Let's do better. For Jude. For Everyone. http://www.forjudeforeveryone.com/GET YOUR FLU SHOT

6 YEARS AGO I HAD A DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT.

It saved my life, but it left me with little to no immune system. Which is why the winter months, the sick months, the flu and cold season scares me every single year.

organ donation, transplant, cystic fibrosis 

LAST WINTER I'M LUCKY I DIDN'T END UP IN THE HOSPITAL OR WORSE...

Last winter I spent 4 months sick, huddled away from the world, unable to work or even walk my dog for more then a few metres. I had shingles, and then was diagnosed with H1N1 influenza A/B. I was sick for months. From January until pretty much April I was out for the count and it was horrible. I rely on others to get the flu shot, to be proactive so that people in my similar situation won't get the flu.  

MY LIFE DEPENDS ON YOU, YES YOU, BEING PROACTIVE.

The flu shot is science at it's finest. Vaccines have irradiated polio, almost wiped out measles and many other diseases that people used to die from all the time, which are now almost none existent in our modern world. It's pretty amazing that we were able to do this. But I rely on YOU, yes, YOU to be proactive and get the flu shot. 

THE FLU SHOT IS AVAILABLE AT PHARMACIES NOW

So I know some of you out there who honestly just forget to get your flu shot and that's okay, here's your friendly reminder. So when you're walking home from work one day and you pass the corner pharmacy and you were debating getting one, think of Jude, think of me, think of your pregnant co-worker or that man receiving chemotherapy you ran into at the grocery store and pop on into the store. You can save a life or two or three. Let's bring back herd immunity. #ForJudeForEveryone 

NOT INTO THE FLU SHOT? HERE'S WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO. 

There is still other stuff you can do if you opt out on the flu shot (to each their own!). Check out Jill's site on all the other things you can do to help stop the spread of the flu and protect our community. 

http://www.forjudeforeveryone.com/what-else-can-i-do/

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THE CLICHE IS TRUE, OUR WEDDING WAS THE BEST DAY EVER September 04 2016

the cliche is true hattie dunstan and tristan forages wedding was the best day ever

OUR WEDDING REALLY WAS THE BEST DAY EVER.

I know everyone always says that, and I never actually dreamed it to be true! But the cliche is SO true. It was wonderful. It does not get better surrounded by all the people you love to celebrate and marry your favourite person ever. It was just so, so special.

WE GOT MARRIED AT MY CHILDHOOD HOME IN CALEDON, ONTARIO.

We walked out the front doors together hand in hand and down the steps. We didn't do a lot of thing traditionally because we're not a traditional couple and I like to be original (hence the one-of-a-kind jewellery line!) It was one of my favourite memories walking out the front doors with Tristan and headed down the aisle hand in hand seeing all the smiling (and some crying) faces at us.

OUR VENDORS WERE AMAZING, OUT OF THIS WORLD. 

We got so lucky. Our vendors, some of my greatest industry friends made our wedding one of the best days and I cannot even begin to thank each and every single one of them. They went above and beyond everything we could have dreamed of. From the coordinator, Catherine who let us just enjoy our day and be stress free, to our photographer, Alana who captured every moment, every memory, every smile. Our day was perfect. Thank you. 

VENDORS for these photographs

Photographer: Alana of 1486 photography
Wedding Coordinator: Catherine, The Creative Details
Hair Piece: Blair Nadeau Millinery
Florals: Amira @ Coridaner Girl
Dress: Chez Thrift (altered a lot)
Grooms outfit: mix match of stores, top shop, banana republic, and saks fifth avenue
Veil: mom's wedding veil
Father of the bride cuff links: handmade by me out of grandfather's army uniform
Bridesmaid dresses: custom crafted by Copious Fashions
Bridesmaid gifts: Jewellery handmade by Hattitude Jewels
Wedding Rings: designed and crafted by Kathryn Rebecca Designs

Here's to happily ever after. Part 2 of our wedding of our Reception coming soon! Have a lovely week. 

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P.S. IF YOU'RE A CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR OR SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

from the Caledon or Toronto area and want to get in on my next Instagram 101 workshop. Here's the link to find out what it's all about. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/products/instagram-101 We talk branding, how to make a killer (and clickable) profile, how to make a cohesive and beautiful feed, how to make delightful and engaging captions, how to search and use local hashtags for your industry and all my other tips and tricks on how I went from 500 followers to over 3300 followers and customers since last summer! If you're a creative entrepreneur who wants to step up their Instagram selling game or who is struggling and just not sure what they're 'doing wrong' I'll see you in the September workshop! 


5 PODCASTS YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO WHILE WORKING FROM HOME (HINT THEY'RE NOT ENTREPRENEUR RELATED) September 01 2016

THESE PODCASTS ARE AMAZING. THEY'RE THOUGHT PROVOKING,

Mysterious, love filled, and scientific. These are the best 5 podcasts to listen to while you're working from home.

THE PODCASTS ARE NOT BASED ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

As a creative entrepreneur it's important to expand your horizons and take time to listen to things other then entrepreneurial and business podcasts. Sometimes it's hard to turn off our business brains but it's so important and healthy for us to take time for ourselves, including listening to things other then how to make our biz better.

THESE ARE MY FAVOURITE PODCASTS OF ALL TIME.

I'm kind of obsessed with Radio Lab. I would love to hear your top 5.podcasts. Please email me or tell me in the comments!  

1. THE RHINO HUNTER BY RADIOLAB

I FOUND THIS PODCAST SO INTERESTING. I'TS INCREDIBLY CONTROVERSIAL AND I CAN SEE BOTH SIDES TO IT. THEY DO A GREAT JOB PRESENTING IT.. AUCTIONS THAT KILL FOR SPORT BUT SUPPORTING THE AFRICAN WILDLIFE RESERVES IN RETURN. AT WHAT COST DOES THE GREATER GOOD OUTWEIGH THE BAD?

2. THE LIVING ROOM BY LOVE AND RADIO

THIS IS ONE OF THE FIRST PODCASTS I EVER LISTENED TO. IT'S ABOUT A WOMAN WHO PEEKS INTO THE LIVES OF HER NEIGHBOURS WHO NEVER CLOSE THEIR CURTAINS, FROM SEX, TO LOVE, TO LOSS. THEY BECOME HER FRIENDS AND THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW HER. IT'S A TOUCHING STORY AND STILL BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES. 

3. PARASITES BY RADIOLAB

AS SOMEONE WHO HAS HAD AN ORGAN TRANSPLANT AND DEALS WITH IMMUNE SYSTEM BALANCES, I FOUND THIS INCREDIBLY INTERESTING TO HEAR. IT'S ABOUT THE HOOK WORM PARASITE SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR HUMAN IMMUNE SYSTEMS AND A PARASITE POTENTIALLY CURING "ALLERGIES & ASTHMA" AMONG OTHER IMMUNE DISEASE AILMENTS.

4. BIGGER THEN BACON BY RADIOLAB

I'M FASCINATED WITH SCIENCE AND DOCTORS AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO CREATE BETTER MEDICINE.  TO LEARN FROM SHRIMP IN THE OCEAN WHEN THEY CLAP TO CREATE BUBBLES AND TO BREAK THROUGH THE BRAIN BARRIER FOR CANCER RESEARCH WAS FASCINATING. ALSO SUPER COOL THAT IT WAS DONE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TORONTO

5. POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST BY LOVE & RADIO 

A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT FLUFF STORY THAT GIVES YOU MYSTERY, LAUGHS, TEARS AND ALL THE FEELS. 

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P.S. IF YOU'RE A CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR OR SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

from the Caledon or Toronto area and want to get in on my next Instagram 101 workshop. Here's the link to find out what it's all about. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/products/instagram-101 We talk branding, your first 9 photos in your feed, curating your colours, attracting new customers, hashtags, the algorithm, insta stories and all my tips and tricks on how I went from 500 followers to over 3300 followers and customers since last summer. 

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HOW TO KEEP SHIPPING PACKAGES EVEN IN THE POSTAL STRIKE? August 30 2016

A POTENTIAL CANADA POST STRIKE IS BUILDING

and it's bad news for local and small businesses. A lot of us ETSY sellers rely solely on shipping our packages across the country! It saddens me so much that we all rely so heavily on a monopoly company that at a whim they could strike and thousands of small businesses are out for the count!

THERE ARE OTHER SHIPPING OPTIONS

to ship packages in Canada but the problem is they're always a lot more expensive if you use the big freight companies, sometimes up to 15% more expensive. When you're shipping a small package even that 15% increase can really hurt product makers selling smaller items.

PHOTO BY WEE THREE SPARROWS PHOTOGRAPHY 

INCASE THIS DOES HAPPEN, HERE'S THE BEST SHIPPING ALTERNATIVE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO USE

CHIT CHAT EXPRESS 

is a company that is actually more affordable in a lot of cases then Canada post. The down side they only have a couple offices, so it's not as convenient to walking to your local post office. They have offices located in Toronto, Markham, Richmond, Pickering, Mississauga, Halifax. So if you live close to any of those, Chit Chat Express is your go to during this strike and maybe even after the strike since most cases Chit Chat Express is cheaper! 

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR HATTITUDE?

IF they do intend to strike we will do everything in our power to get your shipment out, even if we have to drive it to you! Please be patient with us as we only will make weekly runs to Chit Chat express due to the distance. 

PHOTO BY ARYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR HATTITUDE PACKAGE NOT GETTING TO YOU

I WILL NOT be shipping Hattitude packages by Canada Post until the strike is over, so you can shop away and be content knowing your package will arrive safely by Chit Chat Express. 

LET'S HOPE THIS STRIKE DOESN'T LAST TOO LONG

and that small businesses can resume their regular policies and shipments. It's even affecting my online shopping habits as I'm worried my products will get lost in the mail! Although my husband would probably be happy about the online shopping reprieve! 

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P.S. IF YOU'RE A CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR OR SMALL BUSINESS OWNER

from the Caledon or Toronto area and want to get in on my next Instagram 101 workshop. Here's the link to find out what it's all about. http://www.hattitudejewels.com/products/instagram-101 We talk branding, your first 9 photos in your feed, curating your colours, attracting new customers, hashtags, the algorithm, insta stories and all my tips and tricks on how I went from 500 followers to over 3300 followers and customers since last summer. 


EVER WISHED UPON A STAR? | MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION August 26 2016

 

EVER RUBBED A MAGIC LAMP? HOW MANY GENIES HAVE GRANTED YOUR WISH? 

Ever wished for a fairy godmother? Or wished upon a star? For 6,281 kids they have met their fairy godmothers and their wishes have come true thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation. 

WHEN I WAS ASKED TO BE APART OF THE HAVE A HEART INITIATIVE,

which is raising awareness and funds about local charities I was honoured to be apart of it! Since transplant and cystic fibrosis charities usually take up a lot of the spot light in my world, it was nice to give back to another great charity. As someone who grew up with Cystic Fibrosis I know first hand how many of my friends have been granted gifts because of this organization. It's pretty special and I'm happy we could help! 

THE MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION'S GOAL

is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions giving them hope, strength and joy. Every sick kid deserves something to brighten up their day, even if it is as small as an ice cream cone, so let’s collectively blow out this candle and make their wishes come true. 

Cone by @Sweetsammiesca
bracelet by @Hattitudejewels
styling by @lovebylynzie
photo @elizabethkaye

EVERYONE INVOLVED WITH THIS SHOOT DONATED $75 TO THIS CHARITY.

We would love if you wanna do the same!? Visit the the link here https://makeawish.ca/about-us/our-story! Or, help spread awareness by sharing this image or another using the hashtag #HaveaHeartInitiative.

I'M ALSO DONATING ALL THE PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF THIS BRACELET

on top of our $75.00 to the Make a Wish Foundation. We would love if you could do the same. https://makeawish.ca/donate

 

 
 
  
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how to make your glass wooden antique cabinet more modern? August 22 2016

SINCE WE MOVED LAST JANUARY

We've had a lot of DIY projects that have been waiting in the back wings that I've been wanting to get done this summer. Painting and spray painting and wall papering! I finally got around to doing this glass cabinet. I love updating and making this antique cabinet feel more modern. Feels so good to get one thing check off the never ending list!

IN BETWEEN PAINTING DIY PROJECTS AND HATTITUDE I'VE BEEN TRYING TO FIND SOME TIME TO RESEARCH OUR TRIP TO SCOTLAND!

I can't wait to be heading to the highlands and see a castle up close and personal! I'm obssessed with the outlander book series by Diana Gabaladon. Have you been to Scotland? Tell me everything! Where did you go, what were your highlights? I'd love to hear everything.  

 

 
  
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BACKYARD SUMMER GARDEN PARTY | FLAMINGO THEMED WEDDING PARTY August 04 2016

WE HOSTED A BEAUTIFUL BACKYARD OUTDOOR WEDDING SHOWER

We hosted a beautiful backyard outdoor wedding shower for 32 people for dinner last weekend. It was a flamingo themed meets vintage wedding shower celebrating some of my favourite people. It was so much fun to build an inspiration board around our "flamingo summer garden party" theme and get inspired for our fun garden party.

I LOVE SOME OF THE PHOTOS I CAPTURED OF MIKE AND CHRISTY AROUND THE POND AT OUR HOME IN JUST NORTH OF TORONTO. 

MY COUSIN, IS GETTING MARRIED!

My cousin, Christy is getting married! That's her and Mike above. She's one of my best friends and was my maid of honour 4 weeks ago at my own wedding. I feel so lucky to be standing up with her on her special day come this October. She's been like an older sister to me, since I only have brothers so it was super special to host a shower with my grandmother, my sister in law and my mom for her and Mike this weekend. 

I TOOK SOME PHOTOS OF CHRISTY AND HER FIANCEE AND THE WEDDING SHOWER DETAILS.

Christy and Mike had no photos together. I am by no means a photographer, although I hang out with A LOT of them, so I tried to get all artsy with my DSLR... did it work? haha They're so happy!

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS, YOU HAVE SUCH A HARD JOB.

Man oh man, photographers, I applaud you. You have such a hard job! So many images, you have to catch them just right, you gotta be quick setting up manual, so many things to think about and then of course your hand gets tired, and you have to keep looking at all angles and lines in the frame all the time. GEEZE. They are worth their weight in gold, especially for the great ones. 

SOME OF OUR DECOR WAS ANTIQUE PLATES

and mix matched vintage silverware and plates. It was really special using my grandmothers silverware, my mom's silverware and my fance silverware too! 

mix matched vintage plates.

WE HAD CUTE LITTLE DETAILS, LIKE LEMONS AND ORANGES FOR POPS OF COLOUR.

My mom hand picked the flowers from her garden and made the bouquets, we had mix matched chairs, lace table cloths, a candelabra right in the centre, green candles and one of my special favourites picked right from the walk way, grape vines right down the centre. 

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE PARTS WAS THE THEMED SUMMER FLAMINGO PARTY.

Flamingo's were EVERYWHERE. Small touches of them, from the cake, to the card, to the games, to the straws. 

HERE'S CHRISTY AND I ENJOYING THE DAY TOGETHER. 

MY BROTHER TAKING PHOTOS OF EVERYONE AT THE DINNER TABLE TOGETHER. 

THIS DINNER PARTY MADE ME WANT TO OPEN UP A VENUE SPACE AND RUN ONE FOR SPECIAL EVENTS! 

Add it to the other million business plans I write each year! ha 

Are you throwing parties this year? What type have you thrown? Interested in throwing a Hattitude trunk show? Hostesses get up to $150 in FREE jewellery. Click here to read the blog post on WHO SHOULD HOST A PARTY?  

 
  
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5 reasons why I'm going to cheat on SNAPCHAT with INSTAGRAM stories | The death of snap chat August 03 2016 3 Comments

the death of snap chat and the rise of instagram stories

IS THIS THE DEATH OF SNAPCHAT? HERE'S 5 REASONS WHY I THINK SO...

Here's 5 reasons why I think I'm going to start using INSTAGRAM STORIES instead of SNAPCHAT. Why am I going to end my love affair with snap chat and start using instagram stories? Read below to find out! (especially from a business point of view) 

1. LETS BE REAL, GOING BETWEEN TWO, THREE, FOUR DIFFERENT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS IS EXHAUSTING

and takes a lot of time out of your day. INSTAGRAM stories allows access to the fun 'snaps' and behind the scenes for instant engagement that we all love without leaving our favourite app instagram. So they're already winning by not making us leave the app. 

2. INSTAGRAM STORIES LETS OUR CUSTOMERS WHO ARN'T AS ENGAGED WITH US START ENGAGING WITH US AGAIN.

It endears you even more to the world by showing them the real you. The STORIES are right at the top of the page, they're hard to miss, they're entertaining, they're quick. They show our customers a fun side to your business instead of always having to curate and have the perfect feed. 

3. INSTAGRAM STORIES ARE SUPER USER FRIENDLY.

I don't know about you guys, but I spent a whole 2 weeks figuring out SNAP CHAT and I would constantly see posts on Facebook about "still don't understand how this SNAPCHAT thing works" from people in my generation. INSTAGRAM STORIES is straight up easy.  

4. YOU CAN SEE WHO IS VIEWING YOUR STORY, EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT FOLLOWING THEM!

Everyone loves those little like numbers going up, lets be real! We love it. On INSTAGRAM STORIES you can actually see who is viewing your STORIES. This is a super cool feature! On SNAPCHAT you can only see who is viewing your stories if you're following them. 

5. YOU CAN ACTUALLY FIND COOL NEW PEOPLE ON INSTAGRAM THROUGH THE STORIES.

You can find cool new people through searches, the home feed, name tags and hashtags. SNAP CHAT is a wicked place to grow your business, but ONLY if you post on other social sites that you are actually ON snap chat. This can be time consuming and super annoying to get new followers. 

SO FAR INSTAGRAM STORIES HAS MY HEART AND IT'S NOT EVEN BEEN 24 HOURS.

BUT COME ON LETS TALK HONESTLY FOR A SECOND...

I only go on snap chat for those filters. So INSTARAM if you really want to kill snap chat, get on the filters band wagon. Deep down we're all a bunch of 6 year olds. I literally laugh out loud every time a friend snaps me a filter. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Let me know in the comments! Will you be giving up SNAP CHAT? Expaning and start using INSTAGRAM STORIES? What's your take? Follow me on instagram @hattitudejewels or on snap chat (for maybe another week?) @hattitudejewels 

Have a lovely Wednesday! 

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HOST A JEWELLERY SHOW | GIRLS NIGHT OUT | TORONTO, CALEDON July 24 2016

WHO SHOULD HOST A JEWELLERY PARTY?

Everyone! When you host a jewellery show, you'll get a treasure trove of FREE accessories. Most hostesses receive up to $150.00 in free jewels! 

CAN WE TAKE AWAY THE PRODUCT FROM THE PARTY RIGHT AWAY?

The items are ready to take home that day. No shipping. No waiting. No worries. You can even wear the jewellery home that evening or have it specially gift wrapped. 

WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT? 

We accept all major credit cards, cash or cheque. 

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

I come and set up in your living room, kitchen or porch. Where ever you would like. Usually the hostess has 10 girlfriends over for a night of wine and cheese, or an afternoon of tea while getting styled. 

 

 

 
  
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CUSTOM WEDDING JEWELLERY | CALEDON, TORONTO | BRIDESMAID GIFTS July 23 2016 1 Comment

WHY CUSTOM WORK?

We believe since you only get married once, you should feel magical! Be special, be unique and be one-of-a-kind. We love working with brides to create the perfect jewellery for her wedding day. We'll sit down, chat, and choose from the vintage treasure bins the perfect piece to match your style and wedding dress. Your accessories will be one-of-a-kind just like your wedding!

WHAT'S THE CUSTOM PROCESS?

I usually send you an email with a list of questions about your bridesmaids, their style etc. (if you're designing gifts for them). If its for the bride, we'll have a consultation in the Caledon studio (just outside Toronto), via email or a skype phone call, where we can pick and choose the materials to custom fit your style and taste. You can come back to the studio to pick up your pieces or have them mailed to you. 

DO YOU MAKE GIFTS FOR BRIDESMAIDS? 

YES! It's one of my favourite things to do. I love helping the bride touch on each of her girl's personalities and creating and designing something so special just for her bridesmaids. They mean so much to the bride and I want the bridesmaids to see how much their bride loves them through a custom gift she helped design!

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Bring (or email me) photos of your wedding dress, or bridesmaid dresses and we'll create a custom and one-of-a-kind piece just for you and your bridesmaids. What bride doesn't want to be one of a kind on her wedding day? It also makes a really unique gift for your bridesmaid that they'll treasure forever knowing you helped design and create something specially for them. 

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

I usually ask 8 weeks for designing a bridal party and 3 weeks for designing a bride's jewellery. Of course we can always do rush orders. 

WHAT IF I DON'T LIVE NEAR TORONTO?

No problem! We've got you covered. I often email and do google hang out or skype phone calls with our customers who are international. Email is the preferred method by a lot of our clients so we can send photos of the vintage pieces to choose from back and forth. In the age of technology our resources are endless!  

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? 

Cost depends on pieces used and the intricate design you choose, but usually custom work is about the same price as on the website based on which design you like. 

DO I STILL GET THE NICE PACKAGING?

Absolutely! We love our packaging and want you to enjoy it too. We also offer bridesmaid gift packaging for your girls to feel extra special. Our two bridesmaid bridal packaging to chose from say "I couldn't say I DO without you!" and "Thank you for being my bridesmaid"

I LOVE WORKING WITH BRIDES AND BRIDAL PARTIES

I hope to work with you in the future and be a small part of your special day. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions! Click here, or email me Hattie@hattitudejewels.com. Have the most lovely time planning your wedding! 

To learn more about Hattie, the designer behind Hattitude Jewellery, visit the ABOUT page, click here. 

 

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husband and wife first dance | caledon, wedding | albion hills conservation area July 21 2016

TRISTAN AND I GOT MARRIED ON JULY 9TH AND THE CLICHE IS TRUE!

It was the best day of our lives. and YES i bought my dress to go with my necklace! I'm a jewellery designer and of course it had to be the perfect piece. I wanted to wear a statement necklace and I wanted my accessories to pop! My dress was plain up top with a party at the bottom. Beautiful lace and pearls details along the train. Oh i also had a train can you believe it? Neither could I.

MY DRESS WAS A LOT MORE TRADITIONAL THEN I THOUGHT IT WOULD WEAR.

I also wore my mother's veil which was super special and had me in tears many times throughout the morning getting ready (ugly cry tears) and my friend Blair Nadeau's vine hair piece, she custom made for me. Check out her work here

OUR FRIEND NATHAN FERRARO PERFORMED DURING OUR FIRST DANCE AND IT WAS MAGIC. 

I'll never forget our first dance. We actually danced to the whole song and I loved every minute of it. Nathan's voice and the way he song You send me, by Otis Redding was chillingly beautiful. You can watch our first dance below! 

IMG_0616 HT WeddingDance HD from Hattie Du on Vimeo.

MY FRIEND ALANA OF  1486 photography CAPTURED OUR DAY AND I SERIOUSLY AM IN LOVE

with the sneak peeks she released. This girl has talent and grace and everything else surrounding her and falling off of her in every step she takes. Thank you for capturing our day. I can't wait to see the final photos! Check out some Alana's work here. 

WE GOT MARRIED AT MY CHILD HOME AND WALKED OUT THE DOORS HAND IN HAND 

of my parents front doors. It was seriously everything I had ever imagined and yet so much more. It was the best day of my life. We then headed over to Albion Hills conservation area where I can't wait to show you the details from our reception! 

 

 
  
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