Tired of wearing the same old hair bow day after day? Its time to get creative, take a leaf out of the wild & gorgeous book and start making your own hair accessories to ensure that you stand out from the crowd in all the right ways.
Good bye gros grain hair clip, HELLO hairband made out of clothes pegs and pipe cleaners….
Here are some ideas from the Wild & Gorgeous creative team.
CLOTHES PEG & PIPE CLEANER CROWN
You will need…
* Plain hair band
* Clothes pegs in assorted colours
* Pipe cleaners in assorted colours
* Glue gun
Take a plain hairband and clip on 9 plastic or wooden clothes pegs. In between each clothes peg glue on a matching sparkly pipe cleaner and bend around to create a crown like oval shape. Voilà, you are the clothes peg queen! You can also get creative and use multi coloured pegs and pipe cleaners to create beautiful rainbow crowns. We also used clothes pegs and maple leaves to make a lovely autumn crown in warm reds.
WRAPPING PAPER BOW
You will need….
*Christmas wrapping paper
*Plain hair band
*Fine wire or string
This is a great hair bow to make a statement. Not for the shrinking violet but perfect for standing out from the crowd especially when there is so much discarded wrapping paper lying around after Christmas! Take a sheet of wrapping paper and cut it into the shape of a large rectangle. Now scrunch it gently in the middle and using fine wire or string attach it to the hair band. One fixed in place gently use your fingers to fan the bow out to achieve full volume at the outer edges. And voilà!
DISCO BAUBLE HAIR BAND.
You will need….
*Small Christmas tree baubles
*Plain hair band
Why let the Christmas tree get all the glory? When dismantling the tree, we suggest you slip a few spare baubles into your pocket to make this fabulous disco bauble party crown. Take a handful of small baubles – we used silver mirrored ones and fix them to a plain hair band using a glue gun. Feel free to embellish with tinsel.
This is the easiest of all. Simply nab a piece of tinsel and wrap it round to create a circular crown that will add sparkle to any party outfit. Easy….!
And one for the boys…
FEATHERED TOP HAT
You will need….
*Dad’s best top hat
Cut a dash in our brilliant embellished top hat. Simply glue a few colourful feathers to one side of an old top hap and wear at a jaunty angle. If possible select a hat that isn’t so big it completely obscures you face.
When was Meli Melo launched and what was the inspiration behind the brand?
The brand was launched in 2005 . I wanted to create a brand that evoked understated luxury. I didn’t want a LOGO that shouted out for people who only buy bags to show that they are following trends, More for people who loved something beautifully made and wanted to be asked WHERE IS THAT FROM? More for a strong confident woman than a follower
You live in London but grew up in Italy. Has that affected your aesthetic at all?
Absolutely the brand is completely a result of that chic Italian aesthetic with the incredible quirkiness that only the british do so well!
Who wears Meli Melo and who would you most love to see with one?
I have been so lucky to see such great empowering girls wearing the brand from Sienna Miller to the Duchess of Cambridge to Olivia Palermo and chic mother Alice Naylor Leyland. I would love to see Michelle Obama wear a bag!
Which is your current favourite bag?
The Hetty bag. The perfect drawstring and cross body with a chain detail. Makes you look cool yet sophisticated and different from the crowd
What is the future for Meli Melo?
We are going to be branching out into other product categoeries.. shoes ..sunglasses!
How do you like to dress your children?
I love the fun factor of dressing .. tutus and a pretty soft cardigan and plimsolls so they look as children should look!
Do they have any favourite outfits from Wild & Gorgeous?
This month, we are delighted to team up with the fabulous brand Merci Maman to offer you the unique chance to win £200 to spend at jewellery designer Merci Maman plus £200 to spend on Wild & Gorgeous goodies. Christmas sorted!
Below, the interview of Béatrice de Montille, founder of Merci Maman.
1.What inspired you to start Merci Maman?
After moving to London in 2003, I worked in sales and marketing at Danone and Del Monte. After having my second child in 2007, I was looking for a flexible arrangement to balance work & family life but unfortunately, big corporations were not able to offer it. For me, the best solution was to start my own company for more flexibility and freedom. I was looking for a personalised birthday gift for my daughter. The only place I was able to find it was a shop in France but the owner told me she wouldn’t ship it to the UK. That’s why I decided to create a UK-based platform that would ship stylish personalised jewellery and gifts worldwide. Two months after I had this idea and just a few weeks before Christmas, Merci Maman launched!
2. You started your business from home. How did you get Merci Maman out of the kitchen and onto the high street?
I started selling my hand-engraved jewellery and gifts at school fairs and my first customers were very positive about the range and the style. Word-of-mouth started working it’s magic and soon after sales started to come in from outside my neighborhood. Then in 2010 I was very lucky to join Not On The High Street as one of their first sellers on their market place. Merci Maman became a national brand selling all over the UK! In 2014, the brand took an international path when the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing a Merci Maman necklace engraved with her son’s name, George Alexander Louis — a gift from her sister Pippa Middleton.
3. What have been the key highs, the lows and the turning point of your journey?
The day I saw the picture of Kate wearing our necklace. I remember it as it was yesterday!
This year, Merci Maman was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category! We had the honour of meeting Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace in July. This came as an amazing 10th anniversary gift for the brand, a royal seal of approval, as we celebrated 10 years of business this October with friends, influencers and customers at The Résidence de France in Kensington Palace Gardens in London.
4. What do you think you do best?
Merci Maman holds love, joy and friendship at the heart of every design. From the very beginning, I wanted to be extremely customer-focused, efficient and professional. Our dedicated team of 30 follows our 5 key success factors; quality products with a clean DNA, 100% customer satisfaction, constant innovations and developing new collections, an exceptional and trusted delivery experience and strong values that allow our team to grow as individuals.
5. What do you want your customer to feel when they wear Merci Maman?
Merci Maman — ‘Thank you Mummy’ — is a nod to our French roots and the original celebration of the mother and child bond. Every gift is personalised and hand-engraved with elegance and precision using our cursive French-style handwriting, making the gift-giving and receiving experience extra special. The hand-engraved message allows you to keep your loved ones close at all times and creates a unique sentimental value for the wearer, a true treasure to cherish for a long time.
6. What does the future hold?
Plans for Merci Maman are very ambitious, as we want to become the destination brand for personalised jewellery in Europe. We have established a strong presence in the UK through our website mercimamanboutique.com and are still growing strongly. We opened our second workshop in Paris last year and are already planning to open a third one in Berlin in 2018. We are also working on investing in new countries and plan to translate our website in Spanish and Italian.
7. If you were to pair one piece of Merci Maman with one style from Wild & Gorgeous what would it be and why?
We love the partywear collection for girls from Wild & Gorgeous. Glittering knits and fun-filled tutu’s are the perfect combination for any occasion! We’d pair this with our Pastille Bracelet. The single charm will shimmer alongside the sequins and add a personalised touch with a hand-engraved name or date. You can choose form 18 different braid colours to perfectly compliment your outfit and with it’s adjustable size, it’s ideal for mummy and her mini to match!
We started back in 2007 as a charity project. We came up with the idea to make a duvet cover to raise awareness and money for homeless youngsters in the Netherlands.
2. How do you keep coming up with such great ideas?
Before SNURK I used to work as creative (writer) in advertising , so coming up with ideas has always been ‘my thing’. And before that I was a kid with a big imagination.. always cooking up weird ideas and plans, haha. Basically, what I do is I always keep my ears and eyes open in daily life. There is inspiration everywhere around me. Being surrounded by 2 young kids and a great city like Amsterdam also helps.
3. Do you have favourite design and why?
The astronaut will always be special to me. It was our first children’s bedset and we released it the day before our youngest son was born. The pictures of the Astronaut on our Facebook page went viral and within a few days, our webshop exploded. It was crazy busy. Every online design blog was writing about it…even news sites. It meant our breakthrough and the Astronaut kicked off a voyage for SNURK that went beyond our dreams.
4. What does the dream future hold for SNURK?
If things were to stay exactly as they are now I would be totally happy, as we are in a great place, surrounded by great people, the result of ten years of hard work! But of course I can’t help dreaming (big) and I do have dreams of our new line of clothing Horizontal Wear becoming the world’s most favorite sleep & lounge wear.
5. If you were to choose a favourite product from Wild & Gorgeous what would it be and why?
I am a boys Mum so: the planet jumper. I love navy colored clothing, and I love simplicity with fun details …and well I’m a a sucker for Space themes. 😉
Wild and Gorgeous have been making beautiful clothes for gorgeous children for 10 years. And for years we have been asked by mums, aunties and god parents to create something for them. Well this season we have done just that with a capsule collection of knitwear designed for women.