Published On: Sun, Jul 30th, 2017

Amazon, Paperchase and more: The best accessories we want this week


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FLIGHT OF FANCY

Serpui bag, about £198, Almasanta (almasanta.com)

The perfect summer holiday handbag, this is made from woven straw embroidered with a colourful, tropical design, and the chunky chain straps are removable, turning it in to a clutch bag. It’s just big enough for all the essentials: phone, keys, credit cards and lipstick.

PURE AND SIMPLE

Botanics organic rosehip skincare range, from £6.99 each, Boots (0345 070 8090, boots.com)

Boots’s own brand Botanics targets skin concerns using natural, plant-based, sustainably sourced ingredients. There are six ranges available, and this organic, rosehip-based collection is one of our favourites – great for all skin types, especially ones prone to sensitivity, there’s a product for your entire facial routine, from a hot cloth cleansing balm to a nourishing oil.

LEST WE FORGET

Poppy pin made from brass shells from the Battle of Passchendaele, £39.99, The Poppy Shop (poppyshop.org.uk). All profits go to The Royal British Legion

It’s never too early in the year to show your support for The Royal British Legion, and this pin is much more special than your standard paper poppy. To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium, during which over 60,000 British troops lost their lives, this badge has been made out of melted down brass shells found at the battle sites. 

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

Tassel door stop, £25, Monsoon Home (08448 110 069, monsoon.co.uk)

Add colour, texture and embellishment to you room with this boho door stop, which features tassels and Aztec-style embroidery. It’s heavy enough to keep your door open or closed, and also comes with a handle for moving around the home.

EASY RIDER

Townie Go! Bosch electric cruiser bike, £1,950, Electra (electrabike.com)

Take some of the legwork out of your bike ride by investing in this chic electric bike. Featuring a Bosch Performance System, it’ll make short work of steep hills, and with four power options, from eco to turbo, you can make your ride as challenging or as leisurely as you like.

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SEVENTH HEAVEN

Ted Baker iPhone 7 case, £34.95, Proporta (01273 808846, proporta.co.uk)

You’ll never lose your phone at the bottom of your handbag again with it housed in this graphic protective case. This folio-style case has a geometric tile-print design, and the cover flips over the front of the phone to protect your screen from damage.

TIME FLIES

Watch, £155, Olivia Burton (0207 426 0413, oliviaburton.com)

Statement but stylish, this fashionable watch is the bee’s knees. The grey dial, rose gold plated case and bracelet-style strap is a pretty, feminine colour combination, and the 3D bee on the large face is finely detailed.

HIVE AID

Fusion manuka honey sachets, £745 for a pack of six, Manuka Doctor (01455 895959, manukadoctor.co.uk)

We all know the health benefits of manuka honey (it’s anti-bacterial, and so can help with your body’s wellbeing), and these one-portion sachets are the easiest way to get a bit of the sweet stuff in to your diet, whether added to hot drinks, smoothies or cereal. They also come in a variety of tasty health-food flavours, like turmeric and lemon and ginger.

FADE TO GREY

Roberts Radio Revival portable DAB digital radio, £160, AO.com (0344 324 9222, ao.com)

Arguably the most desirable radio we’ve ever seen, Roberts Radios are retro yet timeless in design, high quality and come in a big range of colours (we love this dove grey shade). Sturdy and easy to use, you can tune in to DAB, DAB+ and FM stations and has a battery life of up to 120 hours, so can also be used outside of the home.

THE IN TRAY

Trays, £35 each, Liberty London (0207 734 1234, libertylondon.com)

Just because an object is simple in function doesn’t mean it has to be boring in design, as these trays prove. Liberty’s intricate prints from their archives will never fail to impress, and these will be a timeless addition to any kitchen cupboard.

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GREEN LIGHT

Set of six cactus tea lights, £10, Paperchase (paperchase.co.uk)

As long as it’s still summer, there’s be cactus-shaped trinkets to buy. These cute mini candles would make a kitsch addition to a conservatory or a lovely gift to brighten up a student’s room.

ICE, ICE BABY

Ice tray, £12, Natural History Museum Shop (0207 942 5494, nhmshop.co.uk)

The Natural History Museum is celebrating the world’s biggest mammals at the moment, not only with the imposing skeleton of a blue whale in the entrance hall but also a fascinating whale exhibition. Fortunately, you can fit a whale in to your freezer with this fun rubber ice tray.

BLUE MOON

ASHK Jewelry turquoise necklace, £39, Bijou Bijou (0203 769 8797, bijoubijou.com)

This striking necklace hangs big and bold halfway down the chest, and is handmade from brass and turquoise beads. The celestial design will look particularly eye-catching against a simple white summer dress.

GAME ON

Fire 7 Kids’ Edition tablet with case, £99.99, Amazon (amazon.co.uk)

Combine education with entertainment with this child-friendly tablet, allowing them to access hundreds of age-appropriate apps and games, and it also comes with features like parental controls and one year of Fire For Kids Unlimited.

With 16GB of storage and an eight-hour battery life, it will keep them occupied for ages. It comes in a colourful protective case, but if they do manage to break it within two years, Amazon will replace it for free.

CLEAN LIVING

Method anti-bac cleaners, £3 each, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose

Household chores can be made that little bit more bearable by using these new naturally derived anti-bacterial sprays by Method. Using biodegradable lactic acid instead of harsh synthetic chemicals, they still kill 99.9% of bacteria, and come in three fresh fragrances. For a cleaning product, they even look good, too.

BEAR NECESSITIES

Organic cotton baby’s sweatshirt, £26, Mori (babymori.com)

Made from super-soft organic bamboo cotton, Mori’s baby clothing is as kind to the natural world as it is to your little one’s skin. From every purchase of their new Panda collection (which includes t-shirts, joggers and babygros as well as this cute jumper), £1 will be donated to help adopt endangered pandas in China.

CHARMED LIFE

Bag charms, £25 each, Made By Wave (madebywave.com)

Update a simple summer handbag quickly and easily by looping one of these cute charms around the handle. Handmade with beads in Indonesia, it’s a unique little accessory. There are also fun avocado and papaya shaped versions.

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MASKED BALL

Pack of eight party masks, £7.50, Dazzle & Fizz (01483 849009, dazzleandfizz.co.uk)

For superheroes young and old, make these paper masks an essential party accessory, table decoration or gift. With stylish decorations for a whole host of other themes, Dazzle & Fizz should be your one-stop shop any time you throw a children’s party.

NORTHERN SPIRIT

Durham gin, £27.50, Durham Distillery (07809 238481, durhamdistillery.co.uk)

The creator behind this gin, Jess Tomlinson, became the UK’s youngest female head distiller at just 25 years old, and she’s used her skills to create some interested blends for Durham Distillery, like a strawberry and pink pepper liqueur. If you prefer a more classic G&T, though, this one is delicious, handmade with juniper, celery seed and pink peppercorns – plus you’ll be supporting independent local brands.

BUDDING TREND

Wall mounted test tube vase, £48.90, Made By Hand Online (07866 894201, madebyhandonline.com)

A unique way to display flowers, this vase, designed to be mounted on the wall, is made from a piece of wood (choose from ash or yew) and five test tubes, allowing a single stem to be placed in each. It has been handcrafted by Kent-based designer Hannah Dowding.

ROCK ON

Fordable rocking chair, £345, WAWA (0207 729 6768, foldingrockingchair.co.uk)

The humble deckchair gets even more relaxing with the inclusion of rocking feet, creating the perfect way to recline in or outside this summer. It comes in a range of colours and prints and, even better, it folds up into a compact size for travelling or storage.

BORN TO RUN

Mini Miss KG shoes, £80, Kurt Geiger (0845 257 2571, kurtgeiger.com)

These shiny unicorn trainers from Kurt Geiger’s girls’ range are the most fun footwear we’ve seen in a long time, and perfect for little princesses everywhere. Now if only they did them in adult sizes…


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