Guest Post: My Top 5 Most Wanted Summer Accessories

Another guest post for you, this time from Emma of House of Handmade. Emma makes the most exquisite faux fur wraps using the softest, silkiest fabric I have ever seen. Now this post was scheduled to be with you two weeks ago whilst I was away being busy with climbing fells and saying hello to sheep as I passed by but blogger decided to ignore my scheduling demands so here it is today instead!

It may not feel like summer with our changeable skies but that's typical of the British summer every year, so rain or shine lets make the most of summer and we're predicted warmer days to come - hooray to that! I absolutely love this list Emma has put together and thanks Emma for highlighting some small businesses that I wasn't already aware of. Links to House of Handmade can be found at the end of this post


My Top 5 Most Wanted Summer Accessories

The summer has come and we’re faced with the predicament of how to polish off our outfits while wearing less than the usual amount of clothes. This is the time that well planned accessories can make or break an outfit!

So to take the pain out of searching for that special something to make your summer party outfits pop, I've been looking on the web and through my various social media feeds to find my top 5 accessories for summer.

As an independent designer myself, I know it’s important to find unique pieces that are reasonably priced and well made, so here are my 5 most coveted items for this season…

Over the last year we’ve seen floral headbands galore, so it’s time to see a different take on the classic headband. Rouge Pony use feathers and flowers with leather bands to create a festival favourite. I love the tan leather against the bright red roses of this festival band, and think that the luxe velvet flowers will take you through to hit on the Autumn/Winter 14 texture trend. 

An Instagram crush of mine @LAURABUSONY, makes beautiful necklaces with metals, gemstones and semi-precious stones. They aren’t your usual twee affair; instead she takes inspiration from Aztec and Egyptian designs, creating interesting shapes. The Golden Dawn necklace is on my most wanted list as I love the shape of the hand extended into the quartz. This American designer is on the up with an ever expanding collection of jewellery.  Despite the hefty price tag, I think her designs will continue to become even more popular. 

Another Instagram favourite (@PAULINE_BENU) and an example of festival fun is the beautiful new leather jewellery by independent designer Pauline Benu. I’ve had my eye on her work since seeing her stall at the Renegade Craft Fair last year and I’m sold on her fruity summer designs. Check out this necklace which will have you going bananas! 

I’m a bit obsessed with printing at the moment and Rosita Bonita has developed a clever way of printing her designs onto leather to create stunning pieces of jewellery. These earrings caught my eye on Instagram (@ROSITABONITAUK) as part of a set with an Egyptian scarab necklace. The earrings based on lucky horseshoes are bold enough to make a statement on their own and would add extra detail to your up-do. 

I’ve been a big fan of Zoe Larkins since I saw one of her handmade leather brooches perched on the beehive of Amy Winehouse. I love the way she manipulates leather which has expanded to different fashion and home ware products. I’ve always been a fan of her signature style with bold colours and intricate leather pieces stitched together. Plus her Frida Kahlo brooch is always a winner for summer with the tiny flower details. 

Emma Bosanko is the designer/maker behind accessories label The House of Handmade and makes vintage inspired pieces with faux fur and florals. For more information on her work check her out on www.thehouseofhandmade.com or at @THEHOUSEOFHANDMADE via Instagram. 


1 comment

  1. Hello! Loving the leather head piece and the Frida brooch. Gorgeous things. xxx


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