Saturday, 12 April 2014

Hollyhawk Review and Giveaway

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I often find myself browsing the seemingly endless pages of handmade goods on Etsy. On one of my latest searches, I came across these stunning handmade leather cuff bracelets that really caught my eye.

Established in 2006, Hollyhu6tawk is run from beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Holly always loved designing, working with her hands, and creating. After graduating design school, she turned her passion into this amazing online shop. Specializing in 100% handmade leather cuffs, accessories, and wallets, Holly continues to work towards perfecting style with both function and quality.


I was offered a leather wrap bracelet and a pair of antique brass earrings to review. They arrived quickly, were packaged in such a way that made for easy delivery and was wrapped in decorative paper.

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Beautiful neutral design.

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The elastic and button closure.
The bracelet is beautiful! Each cuff has a handprinted, original piece of artwork on it. In my case, I chose the tree silhouette print. I liked this one because it was neutral with just a hint of colour, so it will pair easily with almost anything. Since it has a button and elastic closure, it fits perfect with most wrist sizes (according to the product page up to 7" circumference). If you need a bigger size, that's no problem either. She can also do custom orders to mix and match prints and leather colours, if you see a couple that you like. So far I wear this more for casual occasions, going out with friends, shopping and the like, but I can also see me wearing it with a dressier blouse, or to add an edge to a girly dress. The leather was nice and soft against my skin. I appreciated that I didn't have to break it in to soften it, too!
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The earrings are a light weight brass, which is perfect since I am not a fan of the heavy one's that make my ears ache. I could wear these all day, and even took a nap with them in by accident, without any problems. I love that in both pieces you can see that she draws her inspiration from the beauty in the nature around her. The only part of these earrings that I didn't like was the kidney shaped wire earring hooks. I just found them a little hard to put on, but that could have just been my inexperience with this particular closure. I think I am simply more accustomed to the classic earring hooks.

Overall, I would recommend Hollyhawk for anyone who loves nature inspired jewelry and accessories! The leather cuffs are stand out, and with such unique designs there is something for both men and women alike. Shipping is available to several countries (USA, Canada, UK, and more!) for very reasonable rates.

To receive 5% off Any 1 Item  use coupon code "HI5HOLLY" OR to receive 10% off your purchase of Any 2 or more items, use code "BUY2ORMORE" at checkout!

To stay up to date on new designs, future sales and promotions, you can connect with Holly on Etsy, Facebook and Twitter.

To Buy: Cuff Bracelet | Earrings

** Giveaway **

Prize: One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to spend at Hollyhawk
Eligibility: Canada (excluding Quebec), USA, EU, Australia, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland, 18+.
Entry Period: April 7, 2014 - April 22 11:59pm EST
Rules: See Rafflecopter for full terms and conditions. By entering you agree to these terms.

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A winner will be chosen at random, and will be contacted by email. You will have 48 hours to respond to the notification email before another winner will be selected at random. The winner will be announced in the rafflecopter form once they have confirmed/responded to my email.   
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I received sample products in order to conduct my review. As always, opinions are 100% honest and my own. 

75 comments:

  1. It's near impossible to choose, I love all of the Bird print cuffs and the Oxblood cuff, but I really like the 'Leather Cuff Wrap Bracelet in the Twiggy Print in the Brown & Celadon Green-those are two of my favorite color combinations that I've been wearing lately. The Squid print wallet is very cool-I wish their was a squid cuff. Raine buzzyngabe(at)yahoo.com

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  2. I like all the leather cuff bracelet wraps. don't know which one I like the best though, they are all so awesome

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  3. What a lovely collection of items! And Hollyhawk is practically my neighbour - she's in Victoria which isn't far from me. The cuffs are fabulous but my favorite product is a wallet with trees: "Leather Wallet Long, Phone Case with Wrist Strap & Zipper Pocket Olive Taupe, Pine Tree Print" I'll have to keep my eye out for Hollyhawk products next time I visit Victoria!

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    1. You should come and say hi if your ever in Victoria, you can find me Sundays @ The Bastion Square Market, from May to end of September... http://www.facebook.com/BastionSquarePublicMarkets
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  4. What gorgeous stuff Hollyhawk has! I love all the leather, especially the turquoise cuffs. My favourite, though, are the Earrings with Hand Printed Pine Trees in Sienna Brown Leather & Antique Brass Circle. The jewelry is simply beautiful.

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  5. I love all of her things! It was hard for me to just pick one leather wrap, each one was even more beautiful!
    I would love to have the Long Reversible Necklace with the Large Compass/Sun Print on Antique Brass.

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  6. My favorite item is the wallet with Winter Sky blue, lark print. I learned that the leather on the cuffs is already soft.

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  7. I learned from your review that after design school, Holly turned her passion into her Etsy shop, which I adore now that I've seen it. I love nature-inspired jewelry more than any other. My favorite piece from her shop is the Long Necklace Reversible with Oblong Feather / Leaf Print on Antique Raw Brass.

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  8. I love Holly's stuff. The cuff leather bracelet, purple or teal with feathers, is my favourite! I bought some leather earrings for my mom and she loved them! Can't wait to order more. Her craftsmanship is impeccable! 😄

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  9. Wow, I really love her stuff -- so cool! My favourite piece would be the Leather Cuff Wrap Bracelet, Florance Print in Brown & Asparagus, Adjustable Size.

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  10. I love Hollyhawk! I bought a wallet in 2008 which I still use- I love it!
    Also bought red earrings twice, which I've loved- but lost now.

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  11. wallet with winter sky blue is my favourite in this :)

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  12. I love "Antique Brass Earrings with Hand Printed Wispy Oblong" and I learned that their earrings are lightweight and made of brass. My wife would love those. :D

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  13. I really like the Earrings with Hand Printed Pine Trees in Sienna Brown Leather & Antique Brass Circle. It's nice to know from your review that the earrings are made of brass so they are light weight.

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  14. Love the brass chevron earrings. I also love that the cuffs have interchangeable attachments.

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  15. I really like the Leather Wrap Bracelet Cuff, Florance in Brown & Burgundy,, but I like almost all of the cuffs.
    The cuffs are handpainted and original. That's very neat.

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  16. I love Hollyhawk designs and products! For my favorite item I picked the Leather Wallet Long, Phone Case with Wrist Strap & Zipper Pocket Latte Brown, Pine Tree Print!
    I learned that Hollyhawk makes nature inspired jewelry and accessories and they are available in Canada, USA , UK and more! They are gorgeous!

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  17. I love the Leather Cuff Wrap Bracelet, Bird on a Wire Print in Black & Mediterranean Turquoise. But basically everything in the shop is gorgeous. In the review I learned that she can also do custom orders to mix and match prints and leather colors. That's pretty cool!

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  18. Really like the Brown Leather Cuff would go well with any steam punk outfit, or ya know going to the mall

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  19. You have some beautiful designs and pieces in your store! Really glad I found your site. Thank you for this opportunity to win :)

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  20. I really liked this shop and I favored it as well....loving the Leather Wallet Long, Phone Case with Wrist Strap & Zipper Pocket Chestnut, Brushwood Print - SALE - see Listing for Coupon Codes... and how cool that I can change the Additonal INTERCHANGEABLE Snap-on Front Closure for Leather Wallet as well...

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  21. Such a lovely things! Nearly all are beautiful for me! I vote for the Brown Leather Cuff. Cool Cuff.

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  22. Brown Leather Cuff is too cute.

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  23. I love the Leather Billfold Wallet (Zipper Pocket) in Pine Tree Print, the colors are so great together. I really love the pine tree print and my boyfriend would absolutely love this! I like so many items in the Hollyhawk shop because there are so many unique items.
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  24. Really love the earing - great look!

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  25. When looking at the etsy shop the Leather Cuff Bracelet Wrap, Wilderness Pine Tree Print in Brown & Hunter Green - jumps out at me. It reminds me of the wonderful summers I had working at camp. The fern print is also fun.
    sonflower277 at gmail

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  26. Beautiful shop! I really love nature inspired jewelry and my favourite piece is probably the brass earrings with tree print. I'm glad to know that they were light enough that they didn't make your ears ache! I also love all of the leather work! When I can't be out hiking or in the park, having things like the leather wallet and phone case to look at every day is a good compromise :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!! mbrigham7 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I definitely wanted to make the earrings light weight, I'm not a fan of heavy ones either...
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  27. My favorite is the brown leather cuff, unisex buckle wrap. I learned that Holly graduated design school. I love the store :)

    username0865 at gmail

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  28. I love the long leather wallet with the pine tree print. I often like to go out without a purse, but end up with pockets full of all the crap I need to shop (phone, keys, credit and loyalty cards, gift cards, id, money, etc) ...this is a great size to keep all of those things on my wrist, and out of my pockets!

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    1. It is pretty handy when you just want to pop out, but not bring a purse.
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  29. There are so many beautiful items! It is hard to choose my favorite! I do like the leather cuff bracelet, I think my oldest daughter would LOVE it!

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  30. I love all of the cuff bracelets! It's so hard to pick just one favourite. Plus the fact that it's a Canadian company is a huge bonus. I love to support our artisans!

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  31. I really like the Antique Brass Earrings with Hand Printed Treedom Oblong. I can think of some great outfits to go with these earrings. In the review I found out that they have reasonable shipping rates.

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  32. I like Leather Cuff Bracelet Wrap, Twiggy Print in Black & Turquoise .

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  33. My favourite is the Leather Cuff Bracelet Wrap, Wilderness Pine Tree Print in Brown & Hunter Green :)

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  34. I would really love the Leather Cuff Bracelet Wrap in Lark Print (Brown & Wisteria Purple). Purple is my favorite color and I'm a huge bird watcher! Perfect. I also learned from your review that the leather is pretty soft against the skin (which I was originally worried about), and that the bracelets fit most wrist sizes.

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  35. I really like this purple tree cuff bracelet! https://www.etsy.com/listing/62709670/leather-cuff-bracelet-wrap-tree?ref=shop_home_active_1

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  36. Leather Wallet Long, Phone Case with Wrist Strap & Zipper Pocket Olive Taupe, Pine Tree Print is my favorite. All the products are unique and creative, I'd love to shop them all. Nice prints are utilized for all products to make them outstanding.

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  37. I like the Leather Cuff Bracelet Wrap, it's so pretty and can match with any everyday outfits. :)

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  38. The earrings are incredible! I love them all but the Leather & Antique Brass Earrings with Hand Printed Leaf in Sienna Brown are my favorites. I love that you said they were light weight.

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  39. My favorite is the Black Leather Cuff, Unisex Buckle Wrap.

    By the way, at Like/Comment in RC you didn't insert the link to the FB post we're supposed to like/comment on.

    My e-mail: blackasphodel(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I don't have any problems with kidney shaped wire earring hooks and I like the button and elastic closure on the bracelets.

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    2. Oops! Thanks for letting me know about the missing link...all fixed. :) I loved the button and elastic closure too...super easy to put on and comfortable to wear. I think I just have to get used to the kidney shaped hooks...this was only my second or third time wearing them.

      Thanks for entering, good luck!

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    3. Thanks for noticing and for the fix!

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  40. Hi! Nice shop! I learned that most of the goods are handmade with leather. My favorite item is the Antique Brass Earrings with Hand Printed Pine Tree Rectangles. Thank-you!

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  41. Oh wow, I just love this: https://www.etsy.com/listing/119280334/leather-wallet-phone-case-with-wrist?ref=shop_home_active_1
    What a cool combo- a wallet or an iphone holder! I'm about due for a new wallet.

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  42. My favorite is definitely the Black Leather Cuff Wrap Unisex, Stitched. I learned that the cuffs are handprinted and have elastic closures which is great!

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  43. I have a cuff and a wallet. Love this gal's stuff!

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  44. The item I like the best is the antique brass leaf shaped earrrings. They have painted trees on them and look just beautiful.

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  45. So many cute pieces! i love the leather wallet!

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  46. Beautiful items in this shop.. can't quite decide my favorite but really love the wraparound leather bracelets. It's awesome that the designer works with nature as I do myself making different types of jewelry. I hope I win!!

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  47. Love all the different prints of the leather cuff wraps! This artist is very creative.

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  48. I love the Leather Cuff Bracelet Wrap, Arrow Print in Black & Turquoise. It's definitely my favorite. I've been a fan of her shop for a few years now, but I had no idea that her brand has been around since 2006.

    Suzanne Gregg on RFC.

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  49. My favorite item on the etsy site is the Long Necklace REVERSIBLE with Oblong Feather . So pretty! I learned that she's based in Canada and does a lot of leather work.

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  50. I love the brown cuff with the Florence design in brown and burgundy. The turquoise cuff was also really pretty and a great spring color.

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    1. Sorry, I forgot to add what I learned which is that she does custom work as well.

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  51. My favorite item (today) is Pair of Leafy Leather Barrettes Sienna Brown, Dusty Sage. There are so many cool designs. I learned it is possible to get 10% off purchase when you get 2 or more items. Nice!

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  52. Their leather cuff bracelet is nice. I like the purple one best.

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  53. I really love the leather wallets, love all the different tree prints....can't decide if I like the tree or fern print best. If I win I'll def use my certificate towards purchasing one of these (if it's allowed to use it towards an item worth more than the certificate and pay the balance) as I really love these. I enjoyed learning about her pieces in your review and that each is an original hand printed piece. Love the cuff and earrings you got. They are both lovely pieces! And love that the artist is from BC Canada....one of my dogs is from BC Canada! Thanks for the wonderful review, for introducing me to this etsy store and for the chance to win

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  54. I love everything in her shop you can tell that she draws her inspiration from the beauty in the nature around her as you stated in your review.

    Two of the cuffs I would love to get if I win are the Leather Cuff Wrap Bracelet, Roses Print in Black & Red,

    Leather Cuff Wrap Bracelet, Twiggy Print in Brown & Fuchsia



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  55. So many amazing pieces in the shop it's hard to pick one favourite but I did, it is the Leather Cuff Wrap, Tree Silhouette Print in Brown & Chartreuse Green. What I learned is that Hollyhawk is also Canadian. Yay!

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  56. There are so many beautiful items in the shop (which I learned is Canadian :) ) - my favorite item is the Black Leather Cuff Wrap Unisex, Stitched,

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  57. I like the Long Necklace REVERSIBLE with Oblong Feather. It is a long necklace with two hand printed designs, one on each side of the brass pendant using indelible (permanent) ink. The patina, which gives the metal an antique mottled finish, has also been hand created from raw brass.

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  58. I like the Leather Cuff Wrap Bracelet, Roses Print in Black & Red, Adjustable Size. It has my two fave colours black and red!

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  59. I like the twiggy pain leather cuff in blue and purple. I like that even though its leather it looks girly. Great colors too.

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  60. I think my favorite is the bird on a wire cuff bracelet. I love that they are all original designs and artwork and not something I'd find at a big box store. That the earrings are lightweight is a bonus. Sometimes cool earrings are impossible to wear due to their weight.

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  61. I learned that the leather on the cuffs is already soft.

    I love https://www.etsy.com/listing/53475439/leather-cuff-wrap-bracelet-twiggy-print?ref=shop_home_active_10

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  62. I love the Leather Wallet Long Brown, Latte Brushwood Print. I don't carry a purse, I use wallets or clutches like this. I like that I would have room for everything I carry. I never get one that doesn't have a space for my credit card so was too happy to see this has space for them. Having the wrist strap was icing on the cake. I think you hit the nail on the head with what a women wants and needs with this one.

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  63. The review was great these pieces are wonderful and made with some nice materials like brass and leather. and I love love the antique brass wispy oblong earrings!

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  64. i really like the leather wallets with the interchangeable clasps!

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  65. learned that their earrings are lightweight
    I love https://www.etsy.com/listing/85694791/leather-wrap-bracelet-cuff-florance?ref=shop_home_active_18

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  66. I like the leather folding wallet! Also the earrings. I love the bracelets, but somehow I never manage to wear the ones I have.

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  67. I like the leather wrap cuff, bird on a wire. Love anything with birds on it!

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  68. I really love the feathery earrings,

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