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Confessions of a Non-Shopaholic

February 16, 2009

Shh!!!  Don’t tell anyone but somewhere between my late 20s and now my early 30s, I realized that I didn’t enjoy shopping as much as I used to. Crazy right?  That’s pretty much unheard of coming from a woman.  Aren’t we supposed to love to shop?  LOL, isn’t it encoded into our DNA?   Years ago I’d do some serious damage on my credit card but life threw me a curve ball financially and I soon had to rein in my spending habits, shop smarter and as I matured, become a more discerning consumer.

I love originality and creativity and will always pick that over the conventional choice.  What bothers me the most  sometimes about my shopping experiences is finding something original, which defines my individual style without breaking my budget.  Imagine my joy when I found Faith Boutique.  I discovered Faith Boutique this past summer after being invited to an artisan showcase at Mambo Lounge.  Faith Boutique is the brainchild of Safina Ruda and sells a unique mix of women’s jewellery.  Faith Boutique works with their clients to develop their signature look, teaches them how to buy the right clothes for their bodies, how to edit out what doesn’t suit them, update their wardrobe with pieces they already have and to stay away from fads and maintain an aura of personal style.  I thought, “Finally, this is what I’ve been searching for!”

After seeing their jewellery on display I got Safina’s contact information and arranged to meet her a few days later to purchase a beautiful pair of sterling silver white Swarovski pearl earrings.  Safina was kind enough to meet with me during my lunch hour to make the exchange.  I especially loved that my earrings were packaged in a signature Faith Boutique jewellery box and nicely tied with white ribbon, ready to go.  A few weeks ago when thinking of a wedding gift for my sister, Faith Boutique was at the top of my list so I got in touch with Safina.  With only a week before the wedding, Safina was kind enough to offer me a Faith Boutique Style-Me-Fabulous Consultation in order to find the perfect jewellery to accessorize my maid of honour dress.

One of the aspects of the Style-Me-Fabulous Consultation are a few questions which help guide Safina to perfecting your look.  Based on my answers I was presented with a detailed summary of proposed pieces & prices. A few MSN messages later, she found the perfect earrings and necklace.

In the spirit of sisterhood, my gift to my sister was a pair of the same pearl earrings I had, so that we would each have a pair.  It was an emotional moment and although she didn’t wear them on her wedding day (believe me when I say that she TRULY wanted to), she absolutely fell in love with them.

I can’t say enough about Safina.  Not only is she knowledgeable and professional.  She’s also friendly and personable, which speaks volumes to me.  I have and will continue to recommend Faith Boutique to all my friends.

For more information on Faith Boutique, please visit

Right now Faith Boutique is offering a complimentary 25% off any of their services for Nia’s Piece readers. Simply use the promo code, “NIASPIECE”.

Here’s a pic of me in my maid of honour dress with accessories styled by Faith Boutique.


Thanks again Safina!


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