Since we love shopping for everything from apparel and beauty products to culinary products – we thought adding a Shop Talk section would be fun. In this section we will bring you new stores from all over the world (online and brick & mortar), interviews with shop owners, unique boutiques, and other times we may just have fun and just do a little shop talk!

If you are like us, you can never have enough accessories. We find ourselves always grabbing a great pair of earrings or that next statement necklace to compliment an outfit or create a new look. One of our favorite new online accessory resources is Funky Bijou (click here to go to the site), because they have funky and fun pieces at an affordable price. Recently we had a chance to speak with the owner, Monique Dundas, about the site and 2014 trends.

Tell us about the website?

I founded Funky Bijou out of a need for great affordable fashion accessories. I noticed there was either the option to shop at “fast fashion” stores (think Forever21), where the items were cute and on trend, but not exactly the best quality, or higher end specialty stores, where the items were way over- priced. At Funky Bijou, I try to find great affordable pieces with just a little edge that any woman would love to add to her accessory collection. I also work directly with Fashion Jewelry designers, to find one of kind pieces that really stand out. I am really passionate about finding amazing things for the store, and I love seeing my customer find pieces that they fall in love with. 

What are some of the hot jewelry trends for 2014?

  • 2014 has shown us a good mix of trends. One that I’m really having fun with is the Glam-Rock trend. So, we’re seeing lots of metal fringe, tassels, thick chains and chokers. 
  • Another is word jewelry. I’m seeing lots of “love” necklaces as well as customized nameplate jewelry. These are a pretty cool way to make a statement.
  • For summer, we’re going to see a lot of braided friendship bracelets. Paired with distressed denim; these are going to be a fun way to bring out your inner beach girl.

Which celebrity or celebrities do you feel have the best accessory game?

I personally am in love with Rihanna’s accessory game. She loves to play with super edgy pieces one day and then very simple and demure pieces the next. 



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Felice "Swanky Girl" Sloan

Felice is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food, beauty, and fashion.


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