Sunday, 9 December 2012

Crown and Glory

Crown and Glory is a hair accessories website set up by the lovely Sophie King in early 2011, the website offers a wide range of bits and bobs for your hair and was set up by Sophie, a Photographic Art graduate when she had the idea of creating hair accessories you wouldn't find on the high-street. Sophie's business is going from strength to strength, now being stocked on many websites and boutiques in the UK, Japan and Dubai. 

I originally found out about Crown and Glory after reading Amy's blog. I loved the flower crown Amy was wearing, so immediately went to check out the website, I now have two products from Crown and Glory and am lusting after a few more. 

I really liked the creativeness to the hair accessories and the fact that if your wearing one of Sophie's products, you're sure to stand out from the crowd! So I contacted Sophie to ask if she would do a short interview and she kindly agreed. 

Here's what Sophie had to say... 

 1.       Can you tell me a bit about Crown and Glory?

Crown and Glory specialises in trend led, handmade hair accessories. Each item is designed and produced here in the UK, with low product runs and wearability in mind to ensure you stand out from the crowd.

2.       What made you decide to start your business?

It was a bit of an accident, really. A hobby that once simply paid for itself, gained some online exposure and now is not only my only source of income but will be employing someone in the very near future. If I think back to this time 2 years ago and you told me Crown and Glory would be where it is today, I never would've believed it!

3. Can you describe your personal style and do you feel it is atoll reflected in the products you sell?

100%, yes. My own personal motto is 'done up like a dog's dinner since 1988' While some days I can be 1970's hippy and other days rainbow unicorn queen, Crown and Glory started because I'd always had a penchant for hair accessories, but at the time, they were such an afterthought to high street jewellery lines - poorly made, lacking in quality design - so I started to make my own. 

4. Does anything in particular inspire you when deciding on items to make and sell on your website?

While I'm inspired by the trends I like, and definitely consider what is available on the high street at that time for girls to wear them with, the final decision comes on whether or not a piece can survive on a night out - and trust me, they take some battering! 

5. Where would you like to see Crown and glory in the next 5 years?

I envisage Crown and Glory to have a studio, full of design and product teams, a PR team, full of fun, laughter and light. Concessions in main high street stores and stocked by the world's best fashion boutiques. The Holy Grail of achievement would be seeing one of my pieces in Vogue magazine.

Huge Black Glitter Bow 

Sky Blue Glitter Heart

These images only show a small selection of what is available so go on check out the Crown and Glory website here there are some some amazing products and it's definitely worth a visit if you're looking for something a little different to jazz up your barnet :-) and if you can resist buying something for yourself, I think  a product from Crown and Glory would make a great Christmas gift. 

*All images featured (apart from my own 2 own images at the top) are from the Crown and Glory website, permission was given to use these images. 

Thank you Sophie :-).  

Until next time. 

Jacqui xx

Saturday, 8 December 2012



I have been seriously busy with uni work and not had time to do anything apart from spend time with my laptop or the Mac labs at uni, due to many deadlines I have literally not been near a shop (mad xmas eve shopping on the cards for me) but anyway on a small, I emphasize on the small, break from uni work, I had a quick browse on ASOS and found a few good things, including the dress I'm wearing today. Now its midi length, my first piece of clothing in this length as I have tried a few midi dresses in the past but have decided against them, as its quite a awkward length and I never really feel like it suits me but anyway when I tried this dress on I did really like it, so think I may be a midi dress convert. The dress is only £28 and is available in 5 colours, I may have to invest in the red one, seeing as the festive period is upon us :-).  

Dress - ASOS
Coat - Topshop
Hat - H&M (old)
Boots - Topshop
Bag - Vintage
Watch - Casio (gift)
Blue Stone Ring - Gift
Organge Stone Ring - LLYMLRS Shop
Silver Bracelet - Gift
Bronze Bracelet - Cheap Monday, Urban Outfitters

Until next time

Jacqui xx

Sunday, 2 December 2012

My love for the world's best t-shirt


Just thought I would show you what I wore last night, I was out for my friend, Emma's birthday and took a quick few photos, actually before I got ready, just when I was trying the outfit on, as I knew (as ususal) I would be rushing out the door at the last minute. I've spoke about the world's best t-shirt in a previous post (topshop roll sleeve) well now I have the black one to :-), how exciting! Anyway I got this gold skirt from Marks and Spencers about 2 years ago and just rediscovered it the other day (love when that happens). I really like this skirt but think its quite a pretty style, I thought by adding the black Topshop roll sleeve t-shirt and a statement necklace, gave it a tough edge and made the look a bit more to my style, as I'm not overlay girly in the way I dress.  

T-shirt, Boots, Necklace - Topshop
Skirt - M&S
Socks - ASOS 

Hope you're all having a nice weekend.

Jacqui xx