Orange Crystal Barrette: French Pleat.

I recently was lucky enough to win a beautiful hamper of hair goodies from Stonebridge Hair, for completing the 100 Pleats in 100 days challenge. One of the items that I just couldn’t wait to try out was this beautiful barrette studded with clementine-coloured crystals. 

The back of the barrette:

My initial thought was: “that is so pretty! But what is going to go with orange crystals?!” 

The answer was easy, as I saw when I put on my cognac coloured boots from Clarks, the barrette crystals tone in nicely with the exact shade of brown leather that I favour for boots and bags. Paired with a deep green Phase 8 dress and cognac coloured opaque tights, I thought it worked pretty well. 

I’ve been out on the town thrice now recently wearing this exact ensemble:


I’m afraid that this particular barrette is now sold out, but there are plenty of other pretty barrettes to choose from here.


Quick post : Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Mr Selfridge and Hair clips. 

Are you going to be tuning in to Mr Selfridge tommorow night? I know I will – I’m hooked now! The beautiful clothes, the drama, the very clever way the staging captures the symmetry of the art and design of the era, (last week’s Dolly Sisters scenes illustrated this beautifully) the hairstyles, the handsome, suave men…I could go on and on! 
What other reason could there be for watching? 

Well, maybe because you could win a beautiful hair clip? 

I’m sooooo lucky! I won this beauty! From Stonebridge Hair, and you could too. 

Check this out: 


Squeee! It’s fabulously flutterly flattering, dahling!! You can join in too with some Stonebridge hair clip fun, by checking out Mr Selfridge on ITV on Friday nights at 9pm (that’s tommorow!) or even on catchup, and snapping a quick pic with your phone if you see a hair clip that you think might be a Stonebridge one! Check out further details here. You could win a gorgeous Stonebridge hair clip too! I shall be tuning in again tommorow night. Can’t wait to find out what happens next. 

Now, I was lucky enough to win this Stonebridge butterfly hair clip for entering the Mr Selfridge game, and I have also been lucky enough to receive an amazing Stonebridge hamper of hair accessories for completing the “100 pleats challenge”, but this post is not sponsored, I just genuinely wanted you all to have the same chance at winning a beautiful and well made hair accessory. I genuinely think Stonebridge are a great little company, with gold standard customer service, and well made products. 

Well, good luck, and enjoy watching out for those fabulous hair clips! X

Start with Art: Things I hate

Came across this graffiti wall art today. 


Well, I don’t normally condone graffiti, but this did tickle me! 

I’m wearing the Cadre Handmade Medium French Claw, in a simple French pleat. It was very kindly gifted to lucky me by Stonebridge Hair as part of a gorgeous hamper of delicious hair accessories for completing the 100 Pleats in 100 Days Challenge. I think the beautiful grey of the Pearl Mosaic colour of the clip is perfect for the concrete wall background! 

The 100 Day Challenge has now ended, but you can join in with some new Stonebridge hair clip fun, by checking out Mr Selfridge on ITV on Friday nights at 9pm (that’s tommorow!) and snapping a quick pic with your phone if you see a hair clip that you think might be a Stonebridge one! Check out further details here. You could win a gorgeous Stonebridge hair clip! I shall be tuning in tommorow night. Good luck. X

Quick post: look what the postie brought round! 

Oooh a parcel! 

From Stonebridge Hair for completing the 100 pleats in 100 days challenge! 

What’s inside?    
  Beautiful packaging….

It’s like Christmas all over again! What a lovely, and generous reward for completing the 100 Pleats Challenge. And it’s as if Claire and Melissa at Stonebridge knew my hair and personal taste to a “T”! Everything is so beautiful, and such good quality. I just love all the pretty clips, and will be experimenting with them in the next week. Watch this space for more pleats featuring these beautiful new clips over the coming week. 

100 Pleats in 100 Days Stonebridge Hair French Pleat Challenge. Day 100! Voila. 

Well. Here we are then. 100 pleats completed.

There were times when I didn’t think I’d make it to 30, let alone 50 or 100 pleats. There were moments of ennui. Moments of being rather ill, and not feeling like taking photos. Moments of busy family life putting silly fripperies like pleats on the back burner. Moments of feeling like a complete and utter pillock for taking photos of the back of my own head! For crying out loud! Especially when trying to get a Ted or an Elf in the background too.

But more than these moments were those moments of making myself smile, or even chuckle aloud with silly ideas for pleats and posts that amused me. Moments of immense personal pride when I realised I’d met the 1000 view milestone. Moments of camaraderie and inspiration between fellow Pleaters. Moments when I realised that other people; lovely people; people like your own good self, were actually reading what I was putting “out there”.

So – would I do it again?

You betcha!

So, I thought the last pleat should be a bit of a showstopper. A hair equivalent of a firework, if you like.

But , you know, family life. Christmas, family birthdays, other commitments. So. We have the best I can do under the circumstances. As many Stonebridge hair accessories as my hair could carry. And a special helper with “100” sticker duties. It’s a bit silly. And a bit fun.

Wanna see?


So, thankyou so much, friends of Experimentsinstyle, (that’s YOU!) for reading along and being here with us. I wouldn’t have got to Day 100 without knowing you were there reading along all the silly trials and tribulations. The pleats that didn’t work. And the ones that did.

Huge thanks also to all the team at Stonebridge Hair, whose idea it was in the first place, and whose encouragement and generosity is amazing. Especially half way through, when it truly seemed that I might give up. Especial shout out to Claire, who must have done an amazing amount of work behind the scenes. You guys are the gold standard of customer service.