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10% discount for knowitall.ch readers!

A new online necklace business, selling hand-made beaded necklaces has just opened in the region.

Called Le Joli Collier, the business has been launched by Selena, a local entrepreneur passionate about designing necklaces with a difference. She told knowitall.ch,

“The story of 'Le Joli Collier' began on a trip to Venice some years ago where I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a bead shop selling some of the most original and captivating beads I had ever seen. Having bought some of these beads, I felt inspired to use them in a way that would showcase their beauty. And so the idea of creating necklaces was born.”

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LolsDesigns pendants and necklaces (Fr. 45.- to Fr. 120.-)

10% discount for knowitall.ch reader on all orders made before the end of April 2016.

If you are looking for something special to complement your outfit, or are searching for an unusual, distinctive gift to offer a friend or loved one, then you should take a look at the range of handmade wire crochet jewelry being created by Laura Hall, founder of LolsDesigns.

Using thin gold, silver or plated metal wire, Laura has produced a range of delicate, open pieces, which are light and easy to wear.  In contrast to the Granny blankets and doilies that are often associated with crochet, Laura's jewelry has a unique contemporary feel to it, which is also very feminine. To add that extra special touch, many of the pieces are adorned with semi-precious gemstones such as amethyst, hematite, amazonite and rose quartz, with beautiful colors that will match almost anything you wear with them!


Last month, we were reminded once again what amazing talent exists in this region amongst our entrepreneurial readers, for example a poster created by local mom, Evelyne Cave (currently listed on page 692 of Know-it-all passport® 2015/2016).

Brought up in Geneva in English and French, Evelyne remembers only too well how confusing it was when being taught the letters of the alphabet that “a” is for apple in English, when the same object starts with a “p” (for pomme) in French.

So when she moved abroad with her husband and started to raise her own expat family of young children as bilingual speakers, she resolved to find a solution by creating her own bilingual illustrated poster of the alphabet using not only the same letters but also the same sounds for each letter in English and French.

Evelyne told knowitall.ch, “I thought it would be helpful for other families in the same situation so I enlisted the help of an illustrator. As you can see the pictures are beautifully drawn by a children's illustrator, Rebecca Price.”

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What an opportunity to find something so special and visual to put on your wall at home or work! There aren’t many places where you will find such a selection of rare high-quality original vintage posters in one place.

Are any of the following places on your radar?

  • Gstaad
  • Jungfrau Bahn
  • Jura
  • Chamonix
  • Mont Blanc
  • Villars
  • Valais
  • Vallée de Joux
  • Les Diablerets
  • Mürren
  • Les Avants col de Sonloup
  • Engelberg
  • Murau
  • Sainte Croix
  • Lenk
  • Lausanne
  • Caux sur Montreux
  • Davos
  • Arosa
  • and many others

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Gallery 123 (un deux trois) in Geneva specializes in all printed posters since advertising became a popular art form. Look at posters from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Whatever your style, you will find one to suit you. A great souvenir for those who are living here or a great gift for those moving away. Don’t regret not writing this sale in your diary and taking the time to visit!

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The catalog will be available with prices from Tuesday, 2 February, 2106.

The sale will take place from 12h on Wednesday, 3 February, 2016.

You are invited also to the vernissage will take place on Wednesday at 17h.

Galerie 123 (un deux trois)
4, rue des Eaux-Vives
1207 Genève 
+4122 786 16 11

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An experienced lifestyle and portrait photographer has set up business in Lausanne, and she is offering knowitall.ch readers a 10% discount on all bookings made before the end of April 2016!

Newly arrived in Switzerland with her husband last year, Hannah Shan has decided to make a fresh start in her new country of residence and pursue a lifelong passion for photography instead of her usual line of 9-5 work. Brought up in the Philippines, with a photographer for her father, Hannah has had many years of experience learning from a real professional!

Hannah told knowitall.ch, “I love taking natural-looking photographs, capturing real moments in natural light, and telling stories through my photographs. So, in my new business, Hannah Shan Photography, I am offering lifestyle and portrait sessions for families, couples, maternity/pregnancy, babies and children, individual portraits, business portraits, and events."