The inspiration behind the new Inspired Collection - Part two
I've had such a lovely response on social media about the first few pieces in the new collection and if you missed it, you can read all about them in my previous post :) Today's blog features the final pieces in the collection and the inspiration behind them. Don't forget, if you'd like to pre-order your favourite before they go on sale on Thursday 30th March, you can sign up here (and get yourself a little discount in the process!) or just drop me a message!
So, let's begin with this statement piece, the Elizabeth hair vine.
Elizabeth was named after my friend Liz, who is a hairdresser and make-up artist. I met Liz a few years ago at the salon she used to work in and we became friends instantly. Liz has set up a successful business herself and, when I decided it was time to leave my job, she was one of the first people I spoke to about the prospect of being self-employed. She was quick to reassure me that it would all work out and we worked together on a few little projects, and will be working on more in the near future! She helped me to see the positives, celebrate the small successes and taught me that building a good relationship with your clients is essential and building those relationships with you, as a bride, is the most important (and enjoyable) part of my job
Why you'll love it: The Elizabeth vine is a real statement piece, with its silver beads, blush pearls and crystals. It looks lovely worn to one side or could be worn around an up-do, making it really versatile. It also compliments the Becky pins, so you could pin those at either end of the vine or coordinate your bridesmaids accessories with your own!
Becky and I met through my husband and she is a real character. Always full of fun, thoughtful and caring, she's always there with a bottle of Prosecco or a cup of tea if I need cheering up, and every girl needs that in her life! She has an infectious laugh and the crystals in these pins remind me of her sparkle.
Why you'll love them: They are big enough to stand out in an intricate up-do without overpowering it and come in sets of 3 or 5. They would look great with the Elizabeth hair vine and would be a great option for bridesmaids too! Perfect for you if you're looking for pins that are a little more intricate than plain pearls.
The Leanne vine was inspired by my friend, Claire. As I already had a Claire in the collection, Claire suggested I used her middle name for this vine, which features intricate branches of gold wire and Swarovski pearls. I originally posted this vine on social media as a "work in progress" and had such a lovely response so I think it's going to be a popular part of the collection! Claire and I bought our first homes in the same building almost 11 years ago and we are still good friends to this day. The use of only two materials in this vine is a reflection of her down to earth nature, which is contrasted by the intricate detail in the branches.
Why you'll love it: This vine would be great for anyone as it's so versatile. It would be perfect for you if you're looking for something delicate and intricate without too much fuss. It will also be available in silver too if gold isn't your thing!
Nikita was a student of mine many years ago and she is now a teacher herself, although working with pre-schoolers rather than teenagers! She came back to help out the department after she left and we became friends as a result. Nikita is an inspiration to many; she was diagnosed with a brain tumour a few years ago and, even after several surgeries, she has fought on, not allowing her condition to stop her from achieving her dreams and meeting every challenge with a positive attitude. I've learnt so much from her and I was so excited to see her text recently with a picture of her engagement ring :) I named this pin after her as I could see it standing out against her dark hair.
Why you'll love it: It's big enough to make enough of a statement without taking over your hair do. Perfect for you if you're looking for a smaller accessory for your hair or you could order two, having one made as a mirror image, to give the effect of a comb in your hair.
This pin was named after my friend Vita, who has always been really complimentary of my work and has given me good advice about the things that I know I'm not so good at, such as bookkeeping and accounting. She has come along to craft markets to support me and recommended me to friends and colleagues, for which I'm really grateful. Vita's Sapphire engagement ring inspired this pin, with its single blue Swarovski crystal, gold wire and sweeping pearl vines.
Why you'll love it: It's a subtle way of including your "something blue" into your hair accessories and would look lovely pinned to one side of your hair. As with the Nikita pin, you could order a second pin as a mirror image if you'd like more detail and it will also be available in silver.
This tiara didn't have a name going in to our photo shoot so when Hazel from Hairoics, who styled all the hair and did the make-up for this shoot, joked about naming one after her, we decided that this would be the one. Silver vines, combined with Swarovski pearls combined in to flower shapes and clear crystals, this is a really intricate tiara that will look beautiful in all hair types and colours.
Why you'll love it: The Hazel tiara makes a real statement and is perfect for you if you want something that sits securely in your hair. Perfect for all hair lengths, styles and colours.
I started with my mum, so now I'll end with my nan. I named my business after my nan as she was such a character. The legacy of this business will be the personality and thought that goes into everything that I create, and I hope that these blog posts have given you a little bit of insight into that. The Elsa vine is more an interpretation of my nan; if I had gone with my memories of her, it would have been gold, with coloured crystals and opals, just like the rings she had in her jewellery box. But as much as I tried, I couldn't quite pull it together so this is the result - rose quartz gemstones to mimic the opal that was her birthstone, pearls to add a contrast, crystals for the sparkle she had and a distinctive design that's truly unique.
Why you'll love it: It's uniqueness, with it's geometric-shaped rose quartz gemstones and steady pattern, this could be worn in so many ways, while its colours are muted enough to compliment any hair or dress colour.
I hope you've loved reading about the new collection and how my random thoughts turned in to 14 little pieces of magic. I love that each one has a little story, and I can guarantee that the same amount of thought and attention to detail will go into whichever piece you choose for your own wedding, but will take on your own story. This is the inspiration behind the originals; you will be the inspiration behind every piece that is created as a result and that is what makes them so special.
I'd love to know what you think so feel free to leave a comment, get in touch on social media (just click the social buttons below to join me!) and remember, you can get a list of the full collection, with prices and a discount by clicking here!