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Crystal Couture's Ladies Fashion Blog including Info about Shoes, Handbags & Accessories,  especially for Weddings, Proms, Red Carpet Events and other Evening & Special Occasions.

You can visit the blog at: http://www.iwantcrystalcouture.blogspot.com

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International Shoppers

If you are an International Visitor from Europe or the USA you will find a Great British Pounds to Euros & Pound to US Dollars converter on the back pages of most of the Shopping Sections (Wedding / Prom, Evening, Elite Collection, Best Sellers, Shoes by Colour, Bridal Boots & Handbags, Clutchbags) as well as a UK to European and US shoe size converter link, on the Testimonials page.

Up Coming Events:

May 2012 - Crystal Couture will be attending the Wedding Exhibitions / Bridal Fayre at St Davids Hotel & Spa in Cardiff, Wales, UK on 13th May.

April 2012 - Crystal Couture will be attending the Wedding Fayre at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, UK on Sunday the 29th of April.  We will be there from 11.30am to 4pm if you want to pop by.

April/May 2012 - You can win a pair of Crystal Bridal Shoes "Cinderella Slingbacks) in the months edition of Perfect Wedding Magazine.  See the latest edition of the magazine for more info or visit their website. 

February 2012 to May 2012 - Discounted Bridal Shoes Sale / Discounted Wedding Shoes Sales / Discounted Ladies Evening Shoes Sale - Crystal Couture are Offering up to 30% off in their Spring Sale - You can get up to 30% of their Wonderful Designer Luxury White or Ivory Swarovski Crystal Bridal Shoes / Wedding Shoes / Ladies Evening Shoes / Red Carpet Shoes / Prom Shoes & Special Occasion Shoes.

Crystal Couture / IWantCrystalCouture / IWantWholesale will be attending the prestigious White Gallery Designer Bridal Exhibition in London. 

May 2012 - The Event is on 20 - 22 May in Battersea Park, London - For more info about the event please see http://www.whitegallery.com/ . If you would like to make arrangements to meet us at the event please email sales@iwantcrystalcouture.com .

April 2012 - Crystal Couture Launch their new Vintage or Traditional Bridal Shoes / Wedding Shoes Collection called "Lilly & Lace" Colection.

This collection consists of 6 Designs of Vintage or Traditional White or Ivory Bridal Shoes for £125 or Under.  Four of the Vintage Bridal Shoes are shoes for under £100, available at the very reasonable price of just £75. 

You can find out more about my Vintage Or Traditional White or Ivory Bridal Wedding Shoes in my Wedding Bridal Shoes section or on my Vintage Traditional Bridal Shoe Blog http://vintagebridalweddingshoes.blogspot.co.uk/

March 2012 - Crystal Couture will be attending the glamourous and luxurious Bridal Exhibition in the Celtic Manor Resort.

February 2012 - Crystal Couture will be attending the Wedding Fayre/Exhibition at Debenhams in Oxford Street, London, England. 

January 2012 - Crystal Couture is at the Wedding Exhibition in St Mellons Country Club, Cardiff / Caerdydd, Wales - 26th January 2012.

January 2012 - Crystal Couture / IWantCrystalCouture was a Finalist for the Best Shoe Category at the Wedding Ideas Awards 2012

For more info about the events please see the following Links:

http://blog.weddingideasmag.com/2012/01/the-wedding-ideas-awards-2012-the-final-countdown/ - Wedding Ideas Awards Count down.

http://www.weddingideasawards.com/ - Wedding Ideas Awards

 

Sep 11 - Launch of Christmas Gift Certificates / Gift Vouchers so that men can get something she really wants this Christmas (ideal for Christmas Gifts or Gift ideas for Wives, Girlfriends, Mums, Daughters, Sisters & Friends):

Crystal Couture Gift Certificates

You can find out more by visiting the specialist Gift for her (Gifts 4 Her) website at http://www.gifts4heronline.wordpress.com

 

Recent Events:

 

April 2012 - Crystal Couture Shoes & Accessories Featured in Perfect Wedding Magazine 

Wedding bridal shoes and accessories

March 2012 - Crystal Couture Prom Jewellery / Jewelry & Accessories featured in Prom Magazine

 

Prom Magazine Feature on Pink Sparkly Accessories

 

Sept 11 - Crystal Couture was at a Wedding Exhibition on Oxford Street, on Saturday (24th September) where they were displaying shoes and bags from the New "Elite" collection.  Please email if you require more info about the Elite Designer Luxury Shoe and Bag Collection.

2011

Ask The Experts:

Yona / Crystal Couture is Featured in Your South Wales Wedding Magazine:

Best foot forward

Q. I'd love a pair of original shoes on my wedding day. Is it complicated and expensive to have a pair of bespoke shoes made?

A. Yona Armstrong says: Buying a pair of bespoke shoes isn't a complicated process at all. All you need to do is take your time finding a good designer who has plenty of styles for you to choose from.

Ask the Expert - Wedding Shoes

http://www.yoursouthwaleswedding.co.uk/asktheexpert.cfm?Expert_Grouping_ID=27

News:

Apr 2012 - You can win a pair Crystal Couture Crystal Bridal shoes in this months edition of Perfect wedding magazine.  Please be sure to pick up a cop or to visit their website for more info.

Feb 2012 - Crystal Couture's New "Elite" Collection ZigZag bag spotted being worn by Cheryl Cole. 

You can buy this bag for £110 via our "Elite" Collection Section - http://www.iwantcrystalcouture.com/shop/zigzag-clutch-bag-swarovski-crystal-covered-designer-luxury-bridal-clutches-from-crystal-coutures-elite-collection-for-2012/

or via my Accessory Pages. 

You can see February's issues of Prom Magazine for more info:

Crystal Coutures ZigZag Clutchbag spotted being worn by Cheryl Cole

 

Feb 12 - Crystal Couture Sparkly Pink Bangle & Earrings set featured in Prom Magazine:

Prom Magazine Feature on Pink Sparkly Accessories

Sept 11 - Crystal Couture attended the British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate (BBEH) in Sept 2011

We took on many more stockists and also had great feedback & interest in the New "Elite" 2012 collection.

Crystal Couture at BBEH

Mar & Jun 2011 - Crystal Couture attended the Award Ceremony's for the Welsh Woman in Business Awards & Bridal Buyer Awards and made it as Finalist in "Best Shoe Collection of the Year 2011" at the Bridal Buyer Awards, and also Finalist in Best Newcomer and Best Manufaturer catagories.

Oct 2011 - Crystal Couture Take on First Stockist in Australia

Sept 2011 - Crystal Couture Takes on stockist 15 September 2011

April 2011 - Crystal Couture Takes on Stockist number 10

Sept 2011 - Crystal Couture secures its first international Stockist in Republic of Ireland -

 

 

 

Apr 2011

Crystal Couture launch Gift Certificates

You can now buy gift Certificates for prices ranging from £50 to £1,000 for your loved one for that special occasion.  These gift certificate come rolled up and wrapped in a bow and gift wrapped.  They make ideal gifts for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings and Valentines day for Wives, Girlfriends, Sisters, Mothers, Daughters and mums.

Crystal Couture launch New High End Swarovski Crystal (AB) Range of Clutchbags, as well as Other Wedding Accessories including Wedding Jewellery Sets & Fascinators - Feb 2011 - See Accessories http://www.iwantcrystalcouture.com/accessories/

Feb 11 - Crystal Couture becomes a finalist for Welsh Woman Mean Business Awards 2011. 

http://www.wwmb.co.uk/awards

Selected in 2 Categories: Best Newcomer & Best Manufacturer.

The finals are in March 2011.

Jan 11 - Crystal Couture shoes are Featured again in Vogue Magazine in the Jan/Feb edition. 

Feb 11 - Prom Magazine & Prom shoe competition:

Crystal Couture Features in Februarys issue of prom magazine as well as on the prom magazine website.  You can also take part in a competition to win a piar of white prom (bridal shoes) worth £225.

http://www.prom-magazine.com/competitions/win/perfect-prom-peeptoes/

Awards:

Crystal Coutre / IWantCrystalCouture from Cardiff has recently been recognised by some of the Bridal Industries most prestigous Award Shows including:

Bridal Buyer Awards - Finalists in the "Shoe Collection of the Year" Category 2011

& Wedding Ideas Awards 2012 - Finalists in the "Best Shoes" Category.

Bridal Buyer Awards 2011 - Crystal Couture Finalist of 2011 Best Shoe Collecxtion of the Year Finalists of Wedding Ideas Awards Welsh Women Mean Business Awards

Crystal Couture has been selected as finalist for Bridal Buyer's 2011 Shoe Colection of the Year (http://www.bridalbuyer.com/story.aspx?storycode=6513180) & as Finalists in the Wedding Ideas Awards 2012 in the Best Shoes category.

http://www.weddingideasmag.com/home/the-awards/2012/927-wedding-ideas-awards-2012-your-nominees-are-here.html.

Owner & Designer Yona has also been a Finalist in Welsh Women in Business Awards for Best New Comer & Best Manufacturer Categories.

 

Bridal Shoes / Wedding Shoes / Ocassion Shoes Stockists:

Bridal Shoes / Wedding Shoes / Ocassion Shoes Stockist News:

Crystal Couture Takes on its first Southern Hemisphere Stockist in Australia - Oct 2011

Crystal Couture Takes on 6 Stockist at BBEH / Britihs Bridal Exhibition Harrogate in Sept 2011

Crystal Couture secures its first international Stockist in Republic of Ireland. Sept 11

Crystal Couture Takes on Stockist number 10 - April 2011

 

Places where we have Bridal Shoes / Wedding Shoes / Ocassion Shoes  stockists:

Australia, Motherwell / Scotland, Glasgow / Scotland, Kent / England, Essex / England, Republic of Ireland / Eire, Surrey / South East England / UK, Barnsely / Yorkshire / North East England / UK, Ascot / Berkshire / South East England / UK, Bournemouth / South Coast / South England / UK, Newport / Gwent / South East Wales / UK, Stockton on Tees / North East England / UK, Cardiff / South Wales / UK, Swansea / South West Wales / UK, Llantwitt Major / South Wales / UK

Places where we have Bridal Shoes / Wedding Shoes / Ocassion Shoes  on display:

Debenhams, Oxford St, London - Wedding Services Section

Debenhams, Trafford Centre, Manchester - Wedding Services Section

Rowberrys Wedding Shop, Swansea

Debenhams, Swansea - Wedding Services Section  (now moved on

House of Fraser, Bristol (now moved on)

Debenhams, St Davids Arcade, Cardiff (now moved on)

 

 

Press Releases:

Jan 2012

Crystal Couture Finalist in Wedding Ideas Awards 2012

A Caerleon wedding shoe designer is celebrating after being selected as a finalist in the Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards 2012.

Yona Armstrong, 35, set up her online wedding shoe company, Crystal Couture just over two years ago.

Now the company is building on its success by being selected as a finalist in the prestigious Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards 2012, which take place on Friday, January 13, 2012.

More than 10,000 brides from across Wales and the UK have voted for their favourite wedding companies in the awards which are now in their sixth year.

Crystal Couture is up for the title of Best Shoes amongst a five strong field of well known and established companies.

Mother-of-three Mrs Armstrong, said, “It’s so exciting to be selected as a finalist in the Wedding Ideas Awards 2012.

“It’s fantastic that my designs are being recognised and appreciated, particularly amongst such an established field.

“These awards are important because they are voted for by brides and I feel honoured that people have taken the time to vote for Crystal Couture.”

Crystal Couture’s luxury wedding shoes and accessories decorated with Swarovski crystals have garnered huge interest from retailers and attracted customers from around the world.

It has recently launched a new Elite collection of exclusive shoes with Italian leather soles and intricate designs.

Crystal Couture shoes are on display in high street giants Debenhams featuring in stores at London’s Oxford Street, Cardiff, Swansea and Manchester’s Trafford Centre.

The company has also featured in Vogue and other fashion magazines.

The latest accolade of being selected as a finalist in the Wedding Ideas Awards 2012 adds to the list of previous award nominations last year when Crystal Couture was a finalist at the Bridal Buyers Awards and Welsh Women in Business Awards.

The winners of the Wedding Ideas Awards 2012 will be chosen by a panel of expert judges from the wedding industry and announced in a ceremony in London on January 13, 2012.

Mrs Armstrong said, “I love creating beautiful shoes and accessories which help to add something to a special day and am working hard to expand my business and producing new designs for customers such as the recently launched Elite collection.

“This is a great start to 2012 and I can’t wait to see what the next 12 months will bring.”

Aug 2011

Bling on her Toes:

Yona Armstrong added stones to her wedding shoes by hand and barely 18 months on, she is the boss of Crystal Couture, her luxurious jewel-embellished footwear and bag range!

Bling on her Toes Pics

The idea behind the Crystal Couture concept really was simple. “I have always loved shoes, handbags and anything that sparkles, and when I couldn’t find a wedding shoe that excited me I just knew there was a gap in the market for something special,” explains owner/designer Yona Armstrong. Her fully crystal-covered shoe is the most popular, available in a closed or peep toe. “I try to have something in the range for everyone and there are many different styles available. There are various heel heights ranging from 1in to 4in and some flat ballet pumps. My shoes is that they are comfortable without compromising on the wow factor.” - For more see Full Article from Bristh Bridal Exhibition Harrogate (BBEH) on Link 

http://www.bbeh.co.uk/bling-on-her-toes/6516605.article

BBEH Pict 2 - Bridal Shoes

 

Apr 2011

Crystal Couture was featured in the Western Mail and Echo in April, as part of a FS4B press release & Featured Business feature.

 

Mar 2011

Crystal Couture Up For Two Business Awards

A CAERLEON wedding shoe designer, who launched her company just one year ago, has been shortlisted for two business awards.

Yona Armstrong, who runs online company Crystal Couture, has been shortlisted for Best Female Business Newcomer and Best Woman in Manufacturing at the Welsh Women Mean Business Awards 2011.

The winners will be announced at an awards dinner in the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel on Friday, March 11.

Mother of three, Mrs Armstrong, 34, said, “It’s so exciting to be shortlisted in two categories in the Welsh Women Mean Business Awards and to be among such a strong field of female business leaders and entrepreneurs.

“After only a year in business, I can’t quite believe the progress we have made although I always knew that most women have a love affair with glamorous shoes so we should be on the right lines."

The latest accolade comes only weeks after Crystal Couture was selected as a finalist in the Bridal Buyers Awards 2011 which take place later this month.

Crystal Couture is up for the title of Best Shoe Collection amongst a field of well known and established companies from across the UK.

Mrs Armstrong’s designs of luxury wedding shoes and accessories decorated with Swarovski crystals have garnered huge interest from retailers and attracted customers from around the world.

Crystal Couture is already on display in high street giants Debenhams featuring in stores at London’s Oxford Street, Cardiff, Swansea and Manchester’s Trafford Centre.

It has also featured in Vogue and other fashion magazines.

Now the Marshfield based company is hoping to build on its success by scooping a top business award.

The Welsh Women Mean Business Awards recognise and celebrate women who have shown extraordinary creativity, determination, dedication, courage and entrepreneurial skills. 

They are specifically targeted at women owner / managers running small and medium-sized enterprises.

Mrs Armstrong said, “I love creating beautiful shoes and accessories which help to add something to a special day and I can’t wait to see how far Crystal Couture can go.

“It has been such an exciting 12 months and I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring.”

For more information, see www.iwantcrystalcouture.com

2010

A WEDDING SHOE THAT’S SOMETHING BLUE… 

Brides searching for something blue need look no further thanks to the latest innovative wedding shoe designed by Crystal Couture. The Welsh company has created the ‘Something Blue Bedazzled’ shoe, a satin stiletto with a blue glittered heel available in aqua, baby blue and royal blue.The almond toe shaped shoe, which is available in white, cream and ivory satin, is a glamorous answer to the something blue for the big day. 

The new shoe is the latest design from the Marshfield-based company which has already made its mark with its luxury range of wedding shoes decorated with Swarovksi crystals.

The woman behind the brand is mum-of-three Yona Armstrong, who devised the idea while pregnant with her youngest child, and it’s already been snapped up by House of Fraser in Bristol, the Trafford Centre in Manchester and Debenhams in Swansea, who will be stocking them from October. 

Yona said, “The motivation behind Crystal Couture was a desire to make wedding shoes that were truly glamorous and not just a plain, traditional shoe with a low heel.

“The shoes I design are handmade with that all important bling factor thanks to the intricate and delicate decoration of stunning Swarovski crystals. “There is something for everyone, including a range of bridesmaid, flower girl and occasion shoes, which are guaranteed to add that extra sparkle to the special day.” Crystal Couture offer a range of bridal shoes and boots in a variety of styles, colours, heel size and fabrics. The current best seller is the Crystal Slipper, a white or silver satin shoe covered in crystals with a 2 - 4 inch stiletto. Hot on its heels is the Crystal Snow Drop white satin peep toe shoe with pearlised crystals around the platform and heel. Other favourites include the Bridal Satin knee length or ankle boots which are perfect for a winter wedding and the Twinkly Star shoe, a satin shoe with star shaped crystal embellishment and an ankle strap. Heel sizes range from a modest half an inch to a vertiginous four inches and shoes are available in sizes 1 – 9. As well as selling shoes and boots, Crystal Couture also offer matching crystal clutch bags      

 

2010

CRYSTALS ARE A GIRLS BEST FRIEND - 

New Welsh company Crystal Couture is wowing women with its luxury range of wedding and occasion shoes decorated with Swarovski crystals.

Designed by company MD Yona Armstrong, the shoes are guaranteed to bring glamour and some added sparkle to that special day.

The motivation behind Crystal Couture is a desire to bring unique, luxury and on-trend shoes to a wide market while remaining affordable. Mother of three, Yona who is based in Marshfield, came up with the idea to launch Crystal Couture when she was at home looking after her first two children Jessica, 3, and Ellie, 15 months.

She knew she didn't want to go back to her old career as a PA in a building society and had always harboured a dream to design wedding shoes. Now less then a year after that dream became a reality, Crystal Couture has taken off, attracting the attention of high street retailers Debenhams and House of Fraser.

It is also receiving more than 600 hits per day on its website. And in-between launching and running the fledging business, Yona has had a third daughter, Isabella, born just four weeks ago. Newport born Yona, 33, said, "I can't quite believe how well everything has turned out because it has been such a busy time both professionally and personally.

"I clearly remember the day when I decided to start designing wedding shoes as I had morning sickness and was at home trying to look after my two daughters. "As happy as I was, I knew that something was missing and I had always wanted to start my own business. "I know that when I was looking for wedding shoes I was really disappointed with the lack of glamorous styles available and thought this was a gap in the market.

"Like many women I love a bit of sparkle so began designing shoes embellished with crystals and got a positive reaction from family and friends. "Now I had the idea, the next step was about making it a reality." After months of research and designing prototypes, Yona launched Crystal Couture at a wedding show in Cardiff International Arena last September. Despite being so nervous she couldn't sleep the night before, Crystal Couture made six sales on the day and generated lots of interest and excitement from visitors.

"It was such a great feeling and consolidated my belief that I had the right product," said Yona. Since then the Crystal Couture range and profile has grown rapidly. Along with wedding shoes and occasion shoes, there are now prom shoes, bridesmaid shoes, bridal boots and clutch bags all with the distinctive Swarovski crystals either on the shoe or the heel.

The range can currently be found in House of Fraser, Cabot Circus, Bristol and Debenhams, Trafford Centre, Manchester.It will be also be in Debenhams, Swansea from October 2010.

Yona hopes to increase availability of her product in as many high end shops as possible, as well as expanding the online side of the business which is attracting consumers from all over the world. She said, "I love creating beautiful shoes and accessories which help to add something to a special day and I can't wait to see how far Crystal Couture can go." For further information on Crystal Couture please visit www.iwantcrystalcouture.com

 

Jan/Feb 2011                         

Attire Bridal Press Release!

Up & Coming Stars - See Page 77!

http://www.attirebridal.com/image_upload/magazines/AB21_LR.pdf

Jan 2011                   

Caerleon shoe designer up for national award:

Argus Picture 2

A CAERLEON wedding shoe designer is a finalist in the Bridal Buyer Awards 2011.

Yona Armstrong, 34, set up online company Crystal Couture just over 12 months ago.

But her luxury wedding shoes and accessories, decorated with Swarovski crystals, have already won her huge interest from retailers and attracted customers from around the world.

For more on this story see following Link:

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/gwentnews/8821607.Caerleon_shoe_designer_up_for_national_award/?ref=rss

Oct 2010                

Caerleon woman’s sparkling shoes are wedding hit:

Argus Picture

A CAERLEON wedding shoe designer, who only set up her business a year ago, will see her creations hit London's Oxford Street.

Yona Armstrong, 34, set up her online wedding shoe company, Cyrstal Couture, last year.

Her designs of luxury wedding shoes and accessories decorated with Swarovski crystals cost between £50 and £250 and have attracted customers from around the world....

For more on this story please click ont he following link:

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/8494856.Caerleon_woman___s_sparkling_shoes_are_wedding_hit/?ref=rss 

 

Aug 2010                   

Mum’s the word when it comes to business:

Yona Picture

By day Yona Armstrong is a devoted mum to her three young daughters. She loves spending time with them, being a mum and watching them grow.

But once Jessica, three, Ellie, 15 months, and eight-week-old Isabella are tucked up safely in bed, Yona becomes a businesswoman whose luxury range of wedding shoes are being snapped up by brides across the world....... Please click link for full story.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/showbiz-and-lifestyle/style-and-shopping-in-wales/2010/08/17/mum-s-the-word-when-it-comes-to-business-91466-27073952/E

Stunning Crystal shoes for Weddings, Proms, Hen nights, Evening, Summer Ball, Christmas Ball, ladies racing days, sweet 16, Pageants red carpet events and other special Occasions.

Crystal or plain Satin bridal Shoes, Lace Wedding or Leather Wedding boots, Kneee length, Ankle length or Thigh length Bridal boots or evening party boots.

Plus Bridal handbags, prom handbags, Ladies Evening clutch bags (prom clutch-bags), small evening clutch purses and matching crystal accessories for weddings, prom /proms, summer balls, fresher balls, brides, bridesmaids, flower-girls, mother of the brides.