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Kelli Miller believes anything is possible if you follow your dreams.
Miller, the owner of Sugar Blossom Design, a handmade jewelry business that specializes in bracelets, was recently part of the 2nd annual Oh Canada Gift Lounge and Benefit Cocktail Party at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, which was presented by Lilyfield Cakes and organized and hosted by Lilyfield’s owner, Heather Stewart.
The two-day event, which was held at The Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel, was a benefit for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights and while not directly associated with the awards, Miller said the trip proved to be a great experience.
"It was really fun. It was neat to be part of something like that," said Miller, who lives in south St. Vital.
Miller, 29, said the gift lounge portion of the event gives a select group of Canadian artisans and manufacturers the chance to introduce their products and services to the influential L.A. market, including actors, media and industry professionals.
"You hear stories of celebrities being photographed wearing one of these items and businesses becoming successful. If someone like Beyoncé is seen wearing one of your pieces, you could blow up overnight," Miller said.
However, Miller’s passion for jewelry is more long-term, as she has had a creative eye and a love for taking things apart and putting them back together since she was a girl.
"Sugar Blossom Design started as a hobby in 2009. I first got the idea when I was in Toronto studying fashion communication at Ryerson University when people would literally ask to buy bracelets off my wrists," Miller said, noting she enjoyed meeting celebrities such as actress/comedienne Catherine O’Hara and reality television star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola.
"When I was young, if I didn’t like something I would take it apart and remake it. I’ve always been a really artistic person and I used to love drawing and painting. Lots of people stop being creative as they get older, as there’s this perception that life gets in the way, and they think they can’t do it forever. But if it’s something you love doing, there’s no reason you can’t follow your dreams," Miller said.
The recent event wasn’t Miller’s first jet-setting experience, as the Dakota Collegiate alumnus was an international model as a teenager.
"It was fun and a cool way to see the world. It gave me a taste of what the fashion industry was like," she said.
In terms of her current product line, Miller’s main items are handmade "feminine, bohemian-style" bracelets, which can often be stacked on an individual’s wrist to suit their personality." Miller joked that the materials she uses are a trade secret, but she sources materials from across the world.
As far as the future is concerned, Miller wants to continue working hard and branch out into the wholesale market in the spring.
"I believe in my product and I’m so happy so many people love it. It’s so rewarding, as I’ve created it from the ground up," she said.
For more information, visit sugarblossomdesign.com