Thursday, 13 August 2015

Yosa Turns 1 (&Giveaway) and #Passion4Fashion Linkup

Well i can't quite believe it. A full year has rolled around since i launched Yosa the online statement accessories boutique. I'm in shock! Where has the past year gone?! Just like when my little boys birthday arrives, I've come over all sentimental, what can i say i'm a big ol shumshy softie.
My baby business is 1 year old. And what a year it's been!
Having run a business previously (something entirely different however), i kinda knew what i'd be in for. Lots of hard work and late nights, blood, sweat and tears. I knew there would be up's and down's, which of course there has been.
But the thing that's resonated with me is, surprisingly, how super proud of myself i am and my husband Salvatore, is proud of me too, which fills me once again with the warm and fuzzies.
The other thing that has really struck me is how, even if i'm having a low day and there's some negativity buzzing around me, you ladies pick me up. I don't know why i didn't realise it sooner, as blogging does the same thing, but in regards to Yosa, it really has spurred me on.
From the thank you emails and cards, to the tweets and Instagrams, your words and photos lift me up and truly make my day.
Yosa Customers are quite simply, the nicest ladies there are.
The other thing we have developed over the last 12 months is the Yosa Community.
Yosa was launched for the pure and simple fact of fabulous accessories. Not long after we launched I soon saw that it was actually much more than that. I realized that part of the reason why i love this trade is seeing other women looking and therefore very importantly, feeling fabulous!
Empowering women is something i feel very strongly about, whether that be complimenting the pretty barista who has just made your morning coffee, or complimenting a colleagues new coat or shoes. A simple compliment can really go a long way as to how we feel.
Confidence boosters always help.
And if fabulous accessories helps encourage women to feel confident and amazing with themselves, then i think that's bloody fantastic.
If you don't know much about the Yosa Community, its basically showing some love.
Tweet us or Instagram us and we will share the love. And excitingly our customer lookbook/gallery is currently undergoing a huge overhaul to house all your wonderful, gorgeous pictures.
Each month we also have out Yosa Cover Girl which has received the most wonderful reception. Once a month we choose one of our customers photos to adorn our front page with links back to their social media channel of choice.
Its just a great way to share the love.
I love seeing Yosa items on our customers, so to have them on the front page as our cover girl, just makes me so happy.
Yosa
So i thought, instead of boring you all with photo's of me, yet again, i would share some photos of Yosa's gorgeous customers..
Take a look:

Gorgeous Katie Portman of blogs Pouting In Heels and To Dream of Dresses


  Stunning Jane of Blog My Midlife Fashion

The Pink Everyday Clutch given as a gift to this pretty young lady

Lovely Tracey of Blog The Naughty Forty Diaries
absolutely rocking the popular Heritage Collar

This Canadian/Italian Beauty is Angie of blog Reasons to Dress

 Here we have one of my most recent customer (and a real lovely lady!) Jacqueline of Blog
Petite Silver Vixen, wearing the Oceanic Collar , which is now sold out but try this here

 Linda of Blog A Labour Of Life was one of my first customers! She wears the Neon & Pearl collar, which she rocks and remixes it all the time! So great to see.

Michelle of The Joy Chaser showing off her free gift. Did you know all Yosa orders receive a gift from us to you? Michelle rocks her gifted earrings! :D


My blogging BFF Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb rocking the Golden Bib and just this week showcasing the Tough Cuff, which i luff :D


 Mother/Daughter style here! We loved accessorizing Donna of I Wont Wear Sludge Brown blog and her stunning daughter Ashleigh
Donna wears the Show Stopper and Ashleigh wears the Starlet

 Rachael wears The Multi red and mint blooms so perfectly

 Sally blogs at Sally Akins and took her Leaves of Teal necklace on her holibobs, and looked absolutely perfect!




I also had the absolute honour of appointing Yosa's first Brand Ambassador Vicki
 of blogs Honest Mum and Mummy's Got Style.
What can i say, this woman is a complete inspiration.
 Driven, gorgeous and confident. 
She is a fabulous ambassador for the Yosa brand and i am so thankful 
to have her on board promoting Yosa!



So my lovely Rachel The Hat Readers, if you've got a spare half hour go check out all these beautiful women.

And of course it wouldn't be a 1st year business birthday without presents would it?

So Yosa will be giving away a £30.00 gift voucher for one lucky reader.. be sure to enter!

Thank you all for your support over the past year, i can't even begin to tell you how much i appreciate it, and i hope you'll stick around and give Yosa a chance for your accessory needs!

Giveaway is open internationally ladies!

Let me know in the comments what you would get if you won!

In the mean time if you would like to partake in supporting a small business and gift yourself some gorgeous accessories then take a look!
And have some Free UK shipping with code: FREEUKSHIP
And half off ALL international orders with code: HALFINTSHIP

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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36 comments

  1. Congratulations on your achievement.
    Merci
    www.chic-on-thrift.blogspot.com

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  2. I love your earrings. They remind me of D&G´s . As I said . more beautiful everyday.
    happy weekend, Rachel
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  3. Congrats on reaching the year milestone in your business, so exciting! :)

    Thank you for the link up!



    Away From The Blue Blog

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  4. Congrats on one year! That is an exciting milestone! So fun to see all these gorgeous ladies modeling your jewelry! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  5. So many beautiful pieces adorning so many beautiful people. Congratulations Rachel, and here's to many more years. Keep going
    Laurie x

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  6. Rachel CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I can't believe it's a year either since you launched Yosa, that's so amazing. I'm so glad to have part of your new venture - thank you so much for featuring me this week(!) - and it's wonderful to see all these lovely ladies wearing your jewellery.

    And thank you the giveaway!! I think I'd take ages to decide what I'd get if I were to win, but I'm rather crushing on the Simply Collection at the moment. The drop chains and the triangular outlines necklace are all totally gorgeous! Here's to many more years for Yosa :))

    Thanks also for hosting the linkup, happy Friday to you

    Catherine x
    Not Dressed As Lamb

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  7. aww congrats! Time flies when you're having fun:) I love your tassel earrings with your red lips!! perfection.
    elle
    Southern Elle Style

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  8. Congrats on your 1 yr. anniversary. Gorgeous women and they all look amazing in the jewelry. I also really love your red tassel earrings. They add a great pop of color!
    Thanks for hosting the link up.
    Betsy
    http://www.twopeasinablog.com

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  9. Rachel huge congratulations on your first year and WOW what a year! Thank you for featuring me too - completely love all my Yosa statement necklaces and earrings. Whenever I put them on I feel instantly 'done' xx

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  10. I love what Catherine is wearing - more power to Yosa's 1st!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  11. Congratulations on Yosa's 1-year anniversary! What an accomplishment. Loved seeing how your accessories have been styled by your customers.

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  12. Congrats on your business's 1 year anniversary! This is a great post featuring a lot of stylish ladies!

    Alice
    www.happpinessatmidlife.com

    Would love to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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  13. Congratulations Rachel! Yosa is a treasure trove of gorgeous accessories. So many beautiful women wearing them too! xxx

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  14. I love the pop of red!!!!!!!

    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.com

    I'd love for you to come join my very first fashion link up today. :)

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  15. Congrats! :) I love the Matador Tassle Earrings!!! :)

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  16. Congrats, I love the teal leaf one for myself and the gold necklace Catherine is wearing..Do you convert to US currency on the site? Love your look and the ladies are lovely!
    Jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Hi Lovely Jessica, no it is just in GBP on the site BUT if you pay via the paypal tool at the end it lets you see how much it is in dollars and the conversion rate. To give you a rough idea:
      The golden Bib which is the once Catherine is wearing is approx $21 and the leaves of teal is approx $24
      Half price International shipping is approx $4.50.
      Hope that helps, and it would be SO lovely to see some Yosa goodies on you Jessica!
      Rachel x x

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  17. Congratulations!! Love the blog and thanks for introducing me to some great blogs and brands. Just visited the Yosa site and couldn't help purchasing 2 lovely bangles ooops xx

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    1. Aww thats wonderful! Lovely to meet you and your order will be with you super quickly, shall get it sent out asap!XXX

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    2. Looking forward to receiving it and will post on Instagram :) xx

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  18. Hi Rachel, Congratulations!
    Thank you for this fab link up and introducing me to some lovely bloggers.
    Accessories are SO important, I totally agree...Boring basics can be brought to life with a fab pop of colour.
    Here's to many more years of success.
    Samantha
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    Fake Fabulous

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  19. Happy 1st Birthday Yosa. I absolutely love your stock as does my mum and daughter. We all proudly sport Yosa and thanks for the mention xx

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  20. Congratulations such lovely collection xx

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  21. Congrats on one year! I'm loving your tassel earrings!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  22. This is the first time i have checked out Yosa. Wow! Some great piece here.

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  23. Congratulations on one year of your business and thanks for having this giveaway!

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  24. Congratulations on such a successful business, Rachel!! And such a generous giveaway :) I wish you many many more years of success- your items are gorgeous and I can't wait to get my hands on one of those beautiful statement necklaces. xx

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  25. Congratulations!! This shop is gorgeous. Thank-you for this generous chance. :)

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  26. I love the Simply Yosa collection - especially the
    Triple Drop Chain necklace! Congrats on 1 year!!!
    ~ Kim Pincombe Cole

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  27. Congrats on one year!! I love your collection. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

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  28. your IG links don't work so I couldn't follow!!

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    1. Thanks Ruth.. All fixed! (typo my end sorry, i missed the A out of instagram haha!)

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  29. Rachel! This is so exciting!! Congratulations!! All the women featured are just so gorgeous. You must feel so proud. Well, I'm proud of you. Right on!!

    Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

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  30. Congratulations! It's so good to see so many lovely ladies wearing your collection. Lots of luck with the future success of your biz x

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  31. Congratulations on your milestone - love the Shopstopper Necklace, and the Ombre Rope and Gem Set especially

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  32. Thank you so much for featuring me, Rachel. What a group of fabulous ladies to be in. Congratulations on Yosa's 1st anniversary. May it be the first of many.
    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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