If you’ve been following along on Showroom‘s social media then I bet Fabienne’s beautiful face is already familiar to you. As I hang out in my family home on this balmy Toronto night she’s at the shop, representing #teamshowroom and working on YCL Jewels, her line of delicate, pretty, heartfelt jewellery that I can tell you feels so, so special to wear.
Admittedly I don’t know much about crystals. But love seeing them through Fabienne’s eyes as powerful little tools that can be used to help manifest our dreams and create more warmth, positivity, and physical well-being in our lives. I mean, who wouldn’t like to tap into magic like that?
Later this month Fabienne (along with our friend Caroline from Wilde Flora) is hosting an an evening of exploration into the uses of crystals for your space and life. In this workshop the ladies will explain the properties of various crystals, demonstrate the benefits of using particular crystals to support life situations and feng shui interior spaces, and each participant will be led through the process of intuitively selecting a crystal for themselves and guided through a meditation. It’s going to be a beautiful, bountiful night so if you’re in the Brisbane area on August 12th I’d recommend checking the details out.
And now… on to the interview!
Q: How would you describe your personal style?
When I choose my outfit for the day, I always follow the rule ‘simple is best’. I try not to overthink things & always choose what I feel comfortable in (with the odd ‘crazy high heel’ exception here & there). In winter I tend to opt for slim fitting blue jeans, ankle boots, a plain top with a crop jacket or blazer, paired with a bold scarf. Being a jewellery designer, I also love to accessorise; if I feel that my outfit needs a lift, I always do this through my jewellery. In summer you’ll find me in a long maxi dress, shaped with a belt, a felt hat, some cute flats & a bright lip.
Q: What’s your biggest style challenge?
Dressing for my shape. It can be difficult finding jeans for small, shorter-legged women who have a bit of booty. Some jeans may fit my legs but are too long for me, or some fit the booty perfectly but are to big around my waist. Researching different designers & labels, trying on & not being afraid to spend a litter more money on quality jeans is the way to go. Veronika Maine are my go-to label for jeans!
Q: What are your go-to beauty products?
RMS Living Illuminizer for that year-round radiance & glow, Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm to keep my skin fresh & dewy & RMS Lip2Cheek balm, as a blush, to pop some colour into my cheeks.
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Q: What inspires you lately?
Unexpected moments of beauty & trust; a lady bug landing on my shoulder, unintentionally stumbling into a hidden garden, the blessing of sitting next to a wise tree… I feel naked & more sensitive to these moments as I grow, moments that some time ago I would have been blind to.
Q: What do you love about your business?
Creating is something that is embedded within me & using my hands daily to create designs that have been inspired by moments, scenery & beauty, for the women of YCL, is the most sacred facet of my being & business. I love that I am able to wake up everyday & do what I am most passionate about; I do what enlivens my spirit. Also having a business that is online & in store at Showroom Brisbane, means I have best of both worlds. Connecting & engaging with my online community, physically, is so rewarding & fulfilling, as we’ve all grown together.
Q: What’s your greatest challenge as a creative entrepreneur?
Following my intuition, everyday. Going against the grain some days can be confronting, especially when it is so common for societal stereotypes, of who you ’should be’, fearfully push many people off their path & into something that is not authentic & true to them. Simply affirming to myself that I am happy & I trust where I am in my life & business & remembering why I first began YCL Jewels & the message I am sharing; all of this creates resilience, drive & excitement for future endeavours, expansion & growth.
Q: If you could jet off anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Prague, so I could pretend I was back in the Middle Ages; even just for a day.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
‘Authenticity Breeds Abundance.’