My first accessory collection launched last week so I thought I'd give it a little introduction. Naively, I'd never considered designing a collection before and just assumed that the majority of people would want bespoke pieces, however it's very difficult to visualise the end result and it seemed silly that, as someone who sells hair accessories, I had nothing to buy in my shop! Daft, I know!
The Secret Garden collection was inspired by both the current soft pastel trends we're seeing in the wedding world at the moment and the fact that we moved to a house with a garden and I have grown to appreciate nature a little more! The collection consists of 5 hair vines, 2 hair combs, 4 sets of hair pins, a tiara and 2 buttonholes. The emphasis is on soft colour and subtle sparkle, incorporating colours and elements from the beautiful flowers that have inspired each piece. The beauty of each piece though is that, as I make each one personally, they can all be adjusted to incorporate extra details, meaning that you have a starting point to help visualise your final piece.
On a side note, I offer 3 options for hair accessories. The first is the ready-made pieces, available to order in my shop. The second option is where you get to design your own accessories - you can come to my studio, pick out the beads, pearls and crystals that you like and together we can design a shape that suits you and I will put it together for you - there will be a blog post featuring a lovely bride who did just that very soon! The final option is to make your own by booking a hair accessory party, which is a great idea for any creative bride-to-be! And if you don't have a clue where to start, take a look at my simple guide to hair accessories for tips and tricks.
But today I'm going to focus the spotlight on the Secret Garden collection, so here it is!
The Hair Vines
I'm a big fan of hair vines purely for their versatility and I would even go as far as to say that they are overtaking the tiara as the go-to wedding hair accessory. They can be worn as you would a head band or tiara, or they sit beautifully around up-dos, set to one side or even weaved through plaits; whatever your style, there will be a hair vine to compliment it! The 5 that I've designed for this collection vary in length and vary in colour and sparkle.
First up are the two smallest vines in the collection, measuring around 22cm each, Heather and Bluebell. Inspired by a train journey I took to Edinburgh to see my brother a few years ago, the Heather vine echoes the views of the beautiful purple fields. Bluebell is inspired by the Bluebell woods in Weston, where I live, and features light blue jade beads and pale blue crystals. These pieces would look lovely set to one side or around an up-do.
Gypsophila features pure white pearls with subtle vines of pale green crystals to add interest. The simplicity of the colours highlights the structure of the vine and showcases the little flowers and branches.
Peony is one of the longest vines in the collection and would look lovely worn instead of a tiara. Inspired by the soft pinks of Peonies, this vine features pale pink pearl flowers, pink jade beads and silver elements. This piece was one of the most time-consuming to make due to the small crystal ferns.
Cherry Blossom was inspired by the avenues of Cherry Blossom trees that bloom in the Spring around Weston. When we first moved here over 10 years ago, our lasting memory of the town as we drove through it were the pretty pinks of the blossoms and it still makes me smile when I see them today. This is one of the most intricate vines as it consists of several tiny branches created using ivory pearls and pink jade beads, which give a soft look to the vine. The pale green crystals add a touch of sparkle and look absolutely beautiful next to the sheen of the pearls and the milky tone of the pink jade.
The Hair Pins
I hadn't intended on creating statement hair pins as part of the collection. I started off wiring a few pearls but I just felt that it lacked character. By creating something that makes more of a statement, these hair pins could be worn individually or clustered together. Each pin is sold individually or in a set of 3 or 5, making them a great option for coordinating your bridesmaids - they could wear one each while you have a set clustered together in your hair.
Lavender features lilac crystals and two small pearls and was designed to compliment the Heather vine and Thistle buttonhole. Daisy features ivory pearls, subtle silver elements and a gold coloured daisy and comes in 3 colour options - pure ivory, pale blue or blush, which were inspired more by the range of Marc Jacobs "Daisy" perfume bottles (my signature perfume!) than the flower itself! Fern was named after the silver ferns that make a statement, complimented by pink pearls and silver plaited wire and Lily features pink jade and smoky champagne gold crystals. The sprays coming off Lily were inspired by the stamen of Lilies, which were my late nan's favourite flowers.
The Hair Combs
Both hair combs were designed as a result of their hair pin counterparts. The Fern comb features the silver fern leaves, pink pearls and silver plaited wire detail and the Daisy comb incorporates elements from the blush pin, with a little more sparkle. Perfect for coordinating your bridesmaids!
There's only one tiara in the collection but it sure is a statement piece! Snowdrop would be perfect for a winter wedding with its ivory pearls and silver details. It has a subtle sparkle to it with small silver-green crystals.
I hadn't intended on creating buttonholes as part of the collection but I stumbled upon a couple of vintage brooches that would have gotten lost in a brooch bouquet. Thistle features a feather brooch adorned with crystals, surrounded by crystal thistles, lilac vines and a white flower to add a pop of colour. Sunflower features a brass filigree flower brooch circa 1930. The emerald green and pale yellow topaz vines combined with gold coloured flowers and crystals are a nod to the vibrant colours of sunflowers. As these pieces feature vintage brooches, they are completely unique and won't be replicated.
I hope you love the new collection and have enjoyed reading a little more about it. Which piece is your favourite? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think!