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Showing posts with label accessories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label accessories. Show all posts

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Toolkit or hair clip?!

Leatherdos review

This is a very important hair clip. The moment I came across this hair clip with built in tools, I knew that I had to have it. I am a big fan of functional fashion, and this pretty much ticks all the boxes. I wasn't alone since after finally finding and ordering it on Animi Causa, I received an email telling me that there would be some delay in shipping due to unprecedented demand. But I really didn't mind waiting for such a nifty little item.
I've been obsessed with Swiss Army knives, penknives and multi-tools since I was a tiny child. My Dad gave me my first Swiss Army knife and I wore it attached to my Brownie Guide culottes, until I was told I wasn't allowed to bring a knife with me (which is fair enough really). It's not so much that I am really into any of the specific functions of tools or knives, it's more that I love being prepared for anything. I love the idea that with this hair clip, I could saw up some twigs or bits of string, I could repair my own glasses (another piece of functional fashion), or I could measure something tiny in the forest!
Another thing I adore about this hair clip is the fusion of unfathomable bad-assery (yeah, that's a word now, I decided) and something inherently innocuous and 'feminine'. The pictures on the website show it as a Kippah clip (to fix the skullcap traditionally worn by Jewish men to the crown of their heads), but the glowing reception this hair clip has received online has mainly been from women as far as I can tell. This simple hair clip is so much more than it seems, and for some reason that resonates with me.
I've tried out the little saw, the ruler and the small screwdriver, and they are all great. I've not tried using it as a trolley coin yet, and I'm a little skeptical about that part, since it is a US-designed product. I don't know if it will work in a UK trolley. Follow me on Twitter and I'll keep you updated! For now, I shall stop waxing lyrical about a hair clip, but suffice to say I think it's awesome. Can you tell?

pale wrist veins
red hair don't care
hair clip with tools

This hair clip can be purchased at Animi Causa, which does free worldwide shipping. I was not paid to review this product, not was I sent it for free, but hey, Animi Causa, if you wanna hit me up, I 'ain't gonna say no!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Top Ten: Brooches and Pins!

Now, I love a good brooch; I think the right brooch can really complete an outfit. When I think of accessorising an outfit, I always think of necklaces, but deep down, I've always been a brooch-lover. When I was a teenager, my bag straps were always covered in button pins, and these days I often have one on my coat. This post is going to be a round-up of some of the brooches that have caught my eye recently. I think I'm going to have to start adding a brooch to my outfits more often!!
1.
rustic pine cone brooch
This simple pine cone brooch from cabin + cub design would make a lovely lapel pin. I've always loved collecting pine cones.
2.
constellation brooches
I love all of these beautiful constellation brooches from ShadeOfABonsai. I'd wear one to accent a dress, like Katie of Skunkboy Blog!
3.
woodland deer brooch
I love the detail in this deer brooch by Layla Amber via Hannah Zakari. It's all the best bits of a mounted deer head, without the death and... lack of wearability.
4.
plane pin brooch
Anyone who knows me will be well aware of my obsession with aeroplanes. I love this little red brooch by Hug A Porcupine via Hannah Zakari because it is so stylised. It reminds me of the vintage toy planes that hung from my Grandpa's workshop ceiling.
5.
paper plane brooch
Ahhh, and another beautiful little aeroplane brooch by stoicandpariah on Etsy. This one is unbelievably whimsical, don't you think?
6.
twin peaks brooch
I actually own another Twin Peaks inspired brooch by Kate Rowland via Hannah Zakari. I got it from a dear friend for my birthday, and I love it to pieces, but I kind of want this one too now! I love anything Twin Peaks themed, to be honest...
7. nerdfighter brooch
Another brooch (this one's definitely more of a lapel pin though) that I own. I am a self-confessed nerd and Vlogbrothers fanatic, so I was very pleased when Dan bought me this "Nerdfighter Pin" for Christmas last year. Sometimes I wear it to work in the library. It seems fitting.
8. tatty devine swallow brooches
I am in forever-love with practically everything made by Tatty Devine, and these brooches are no exception. I love that they come in pairs. I know that the nautical look goes in and out of fashion all the time, but I'll never stop loving it!
9.
Sylvia Plath Brooch
These Women In History Brooches by nappyhappy on Etsy are just PERFECT. My absolute favourite is the Sylvia Plath one (middle on the bottom row), but then it would be, I suppose! If I owned this brooch, it would be a struggle not to wear it EVERY day!!
10.
moonstone brooch
And finally, (this one is definitely out of my budget, but it's beautiful nonetheless!) this gorgeous moonstone brooch by CharlotteBezzant on Etsy. Moonstones are my absolute favourite semi-precious stone, and this piece has obviously had such careful and skilled craftsmanship go into it, that I just wanted to share it with you!
So there are my top ten brooches and pins! I wish I had enough money to own each and every one of the brooches shown above; they are all things of beauty!! I hope you enjoyed seeing this array of pretty things. The next "Top Ten" post will be for hair clips and accessories, so stay tuned!