Busy Busy Bees 0
Thanks to our wonderful customers we have had a really encouraging start with the website. It has been a very worthwhile journey and at times a steep learning curve but we have learnt lots. During the course of the year we've updated our collection with more jewellery, summer bags and baskets. We have a keen eye for something a little bit different and we LOVE bright and striking colours. We've done really well with our rainbow tees and sequin lips both of which have been sold out several times and it becomes a race to restock them. They've appeared far and wide on instagram thanks to some wonderful bloggers and our happy customers. It's brilliant to see our items being enjoyed. We never thought in a million years that clothing would become our big success so we have some exciting plans in the pipeline for Autumn 2018. Watch this space, we will be very busy little Bees this summer.
We've been out and about trying to meet other business owners, joined the wonderful DiscovHer which pools resources and business brains (we should between the group have an answer to almost any problem!), we've attended an Instagram for Business workshop hosted by Tring Buzz which was invaluable and made lots of friends along the way. There is always more we can do but we are slowly but surely starting to feel like we own a business rather than messing around in each other's kitchens. We still do a fair bit of messing about which can often be seen on Instagram stories...but thank goodness they are only saved for 24 hours.
That's it for now, but there is plenty more to come and we are really excited about Autumn. We've been buying and we think you are going to like it!! Spending money is the EASY bit and it's really fun too.
- Annie Porter
The Bees 0
Queen Bee: the leader of the pack, she doesn't have to be the prettiest, but because of her confidence everyone wants to emulate her, and what she has they want too!
Queen Bee Collective is the collective ideas of good mates Teresa and Annie who live in the same Buckinghamshire village, with a shared passion for fashion, interiors, and all things that make you feel good... (We also share a deep love of Ryan Gosling, but who doesn't)! Also very much part of the team and at every meeting are our beloved dogs Roxy and Minnie.
It all began 3 years ago selling homeware, xmas decorations and some scarves we picked up in Lisbon...we printed some flyers, borrowed a friend's barn and held a 'Christmas Pop Up' sale which was brilliant fun. It was a welcome flashback to our working lives, pre kids, when we both worked in fashion and retail in London. We were hooked - hunting out more stock and new suppliers and we popped up again. What a great feeling to be doing something for ourselves after years of just being Mums. The concept of Queen Bee was born.
A few months on and here we are with our boldest move yet - it feels a little daunting but as true Queen Bees we decided our time to shine is now! It's been a whirlwind and we've learnt everything as we've gone along which has been a really exciting and interesting process.
We have put together a collection of things we both equally love and would wear or buy ourselves - whether it's a necklace or a mug - we are passionate about finding gorgeous things at an affordable price. A treat for yourself or the perfect gift for a friend or daughter. Whilst we hanker after the designer look we enjoy nothing more than finding a more realistic version on the High Street and are often quite competitive about it! But we really feel life is to be enjoyed, in this ever competitive world where we all feel we are not as busy, or clever, or pretty as someone else... It's time to stop comparing yourself to others and just be happy being who you are.
Our collection is evolving all the time and we hope you will be a part of our journey as our little brand grows...this is just the BEE-ginning.