“ Brand: John Lewis / Type: Girls' dress up - Accessories „
This tiara came in a pack with a wand from John Lewis, I paid £5 for the set a couple of months ago after hunting down that freakish Marmite chocolate for my uncle and discovering that Selfridges had stopped selling it. I came away without the chocolate, but decided to buy a few bits while I was there as I don't visit John Lewis as often as I'd like. Obviously it was uber girly Hollie I had in mind for it, and the set was a big hit - with the tiara being absolutely the favourite of the two and worn on a daily basis!
It's a headband style tiara - in fact it IS a headband just with a plastic butterfly shaped front piece to create the tiara, it's very clever actually as Hollie just has to put the thin band on as she would a normal headband and the tiara will automatically sit in the correct position at the front of her head. The tiara is moveable to a small degree so can accommodate a variety of head shapes and sizes - Hollie's head is, I'd say, an average size for a five year old and it fits her fine but I've also seen her three and eight year old cousins wear it (and the three year old has a seriously huge head!) successfully so it's pretty versatile. The one Hollie has looks to be slightly different in design to the one in Dooyoo's piccie, the butterfly shaping being the same but the headband looks like it has changed shape.
The headband and tiara are made from a shiny silver plastic and look really great. I love the design of the tiara as vibrant pink feathers have been stuck to it, while the butterfly wing shaping at the top is an excellent touch and really makes the tiara stand out from those bought in Poundland (of which we have a few!). There are a few sequins dotted on the tiara but these are oddly a different shade to those used on the wand, this doesn't matter to Hollie in the slightest but it irrationally irritates me as coming as a set I'd expect the embellishments to compliment each other! Nothing has fallen off and looking at the tiara now I can tell that nothing is likely to fall off for the foreseeable - this is in stark contrast to the wand which lost every single sequin and all its feathers within two weeks of buying it!
Hollie tells me the headband is comfortable to wear and doesn't dig in behind her ears or catch her hair as she removes it. Her hair is bizarrely flyaway sometimes and she mainly wears it loose at home so I've noticed it tangles in the pointed butterfly wings sometimes, this is a nuisance but could easily be solved by her wearing her hair up - she chooses not to so has to suffer the consequences! There's no telling some (willful bordering on insolent) five year olds! Not that she looks willful or anything less than innocent while wearing this cute little tiara! It looks fantastic worn with one of her Disney Princess dresses and enables her to really get into the role - when she wore the tiara to school recently even her teacher said how lovely it was (in a grown up sensible voice to me, not the gooey gushing 'oh aren't you beautiful' voice reserved for her class of five year olds!).
The headband itself doesn't feel overly strong to me, however the tiara has a large surface area which holds the band into a certain shape and prevents stress building up on the thin plastic. I tend to warn Hollie not to pull it apart too widely when she's putting it on or taking if off her head, it doesn't feel in imminent danger of snapping but you can tell it's not going to last forever. Actually it's been remarkably durable considering it's either being played with or is thrown into an overflowing toy box/slung under the bed/left in the garden* and generally not being very well cared for at all! (*Delete as applicable, dependent on Hollie's mood that day!)
I'm happy with my purchase and would definitely recommend the John Lewis Butterfly Tiara to anyone who has a little girly girl to buy for, Hollie absolutely adores it and for me that's the main thing. The packaging of the wand and tiara set is attractive enough that you could buy it as a Christmas pressie for a family friends little girl, or as a stocking filler for your own little princess - it's sure to be gratefully received, and considering the hike John Lewis prices have taken recently I'd say a fiver is a bit of a bargain.
Last time we went to visit my boyfriends parents, we ended up going shopping in the town. One store his parents wanted to visit was John Lewis (I believe they were after a new toaster). Department store shopping is boring for little kids, so they gave my daughter a tenner to spend in the toy department, and one of the items she picked out was this Butterfly Tiara, which cost her £4.
Now, it's easy to see why a little girl would want this - its a super shiny silver colour, with a large butterfly smack bang in the centre . The butterfly has swirly looking antennae, and the tiara is further decorated with pink crystal effect plastic gems, and a length of light pink fluffy feathery material. There are grips on either side of the tiara to affix it to a hairstyle.
My daughter will quite happily wear this for hours on end, and I must say it looks very pretty . It does however have some rough edges on the plastic which could have done with being rounded down more, and in all honesty it seems very fragile - I do think that if this were left on a floor and stepped on, even with a childs foot, it would snap and break very easily
My daughter has other accessories she wears with this - princess costumes, fairy wings, magic wands, and plastic shoes. I do think a tiara is an excellent addition to any dressing up box for a little girl, however I don't really think this tiara is any more decorative, or better made, than something I could pick up in the £1 shop . So, although this looks very pretty, I do think you could find something just as good for a couple of quid less, and am therefore deducting two stars .
John Lewis Butterfly Tiara
My little girl has begun to love anything and everything to do with princess' and often dresses up in her princess and fairy dressing up clothes, twirling around the living room like a ballerina or giving her special princess wave. For this reason, for Christmas, my sister-in-law bought her a few princess items including this beautiful butterfly tiara from John Lewis. Usually I don't like checking the price tags of gifts bought for any of us, though my sister-in-law, ever the forgetful woman, left the receipt in the bag! I was quite surprised, actually, of just how decent a price this tiara was considering it is a John Lewis product, though the £3.50 price tag is certainly a nice price. My little one has a few other tiara's from pound land and although only £1.00, it really shows and more often than not, they break after only a short while. With this tiara from a reputable company at a slightly higher price, would it hold up better?
The answer to that is yes!
The tiara itself is a soft plastic material which is covered in a silver sparkly effect. On the front of the tiara is a lovely silver butterfly shape with little sparkly pink gems (not real of course!) all over it, with slightly different ones at the sides. The base of the tiara is covered in pink fluffy feathers which finished the look off perfectly.
After a few months of constant play, the tiara is certainly holding up well. The feathers have the usual wear though nothing drastic, and in the main, the tiara still looks as good as new.
I think that the tiara would fit children from the age of perhaps two and a half up to maybe five. My niece tried it on and she is six and although it fit her fine, it did look a little small on her head.