Sunday, 12 April 2015

Allow me to introduce you to some of the stars of our new Holly&Lil Cards

Holly&Lil 'old' card version 2014/2015

Every year or so we decide the time has come to 'freshen up' the images on our cards.   Usually i take your wonderful pictures and cut the dogs out and place on a white background.
The picture above shows the last version of our cards 2014-15. 
This year I decided to break with tradition and use real dogs, in real locations wearing our collars.  So many people think the collars too beautiful for anything but Special Occaisions; a shame.  I hope these glorious dogs will show how Holly&Lil fits in to your daily lives and enhances it!  I asked each owner to give us a bit of information on each dog so you can get to know the new stars of our cards. 

Here is the delicious gorgoeous Amoortje.
Everyday dog collars
Amoortje looking on in Red Brightside everyday dog collar quite majestically.

H&L "Tell us a bit about Amoortje your Chihuahua please Catherine"
Amoortje - officially Amortentia from Appleville" must be the best behaved chihuahua on this planet. She is always such a good girl, always in a good mood and is quiet even when her housemates are being noisy. She is sweet and loving, and never demanding. No surprise she always gets picked to come on holiday to the mountains with us. She is born in the Netherlands (Purmerend, near Amsterdam) out of two lovely UK chihuahuas; her breeder is a dear friend of mine. She was named after a potion in one of the Harry Potter books, a potion that makes one fall hopelessly in love with someone. And yes, the name suits her perfectly
''How did you first discover Holly&Lil?''
Years ago, I went to Crufts and among the variety of shops I was amazed to see the Holly&Lil stand with the most gorgeous collars and leads I had ever seen. I bought several sets of collar&lead also in the following years. What is so great is that you can adapt the style of collar to the personality of the dog. I bought a pretty gold one with chili peppers on it - I guess you can understand that is not meant for the best behaved chihuahua in our house ;-) Hmmm, that would be Tweety Pie: very pretty but hot to handle. Being a professional photographer, I like to take pictures of my own dogs as well as the many dogs I photograph for the belgian dog magazine I work for: "Woef". Beside dogs, I take pictures of human models as well. Beauty is a passion of mine, and to help models start their portfolio is fun.
If you want to take a look (and like the page if you like) you can find some work at 


I hope you enjoy meeting darling Dylan, she is a go anywhere, try anything, bundle of Joy dog! Carl her owner takes wonderful pictures - I hope you agree...
Dylan a gal who always walks 'in' the Brightside dog collars

H&L "Tell us a bit about Dylan your Chocolate Labrador please Carl" 
Dylan is 7½ years old. She likes biscuits, sleeping, biscuits, ear tickles and biscuits. Children love how calm and cuddly she is; we always tell them she's half dog and half bear.
H&L "How did you first discover Holly&Lil?"
We have friends who used to live in Bermondsey St, so found Holly&Lil by happy accident. Hardly a walk goes by without someone asking us where we got her collar.

do also check out Dylan 'in action' here
Holly&Lil just for lap dogs? . . .I dont think so...


Here is the delicious Theobald - his owner Beatrice takes such wonderful snaps of him.  I adored this snap of him looking at leaves in his Orange Brightside collar.

Holly&Lil Brightside dog collar
The lovely Theo looking on in his Holly&Lil Brightside collar

H&L "Tell us a bit about Theo your Dachshund please Beatrice?" 
Theobald is a miniature wired dachshund, born in 2009. He was born as a single puppy, therefore he is a little bit afraid of big, black dogs. As he is a real male, he does not like other males. But he likes female little dogs very much. He has a very good nose and he loves to play with intelligence toys, squeals and to dig for mice. He loves to be together with his owners, to walk in woods and fields. He is an esthete and he is very picky with food.

H&L "How did you first discover Holly&Lil?" 
I found the wonderful Holly & Lil collar, when I have been on a business trip to Berlin, in a wonderful dog store, called "Feinspitz“. Since this time, I watched for this extraordinaire collars and in the meantime I have about 7 different ones.

This is the wonderful Gordon and Josephine.  This picture is just divine and sums up how a Holly&Lil collar can add that final touch of glamour to your dog everyday.
Gordon is wearing a UK Dog harness
Josehpine is delicious in her Red Bow Dog Collar.

Gordon and Josephine
Gordon and Josephine - now Poster Dogs at Holly&Lil 2015
H&L "Tell us a bit about Gordon and Josephine please Thomas" 
Gordon is a 2 year old english bulldog, blue, that my son Vincent bought during his stay in UK in Stamford. Josephine is a 3 year old giant Schnauzer that I bought during my stay during 2013 in UK. Both live in perfect harmony with another bitch also english bulldog, ( chocolate ), purchased from the same breeder in UK. We live in Geneva and this is why the picture you have received was having the famous mountain Mont Blanc as background. All our dogs are wearing with pride beautiful collars and harnesses from Holly&Lil.
'How did you first discover Holly&Lil?' 
 It is thanks to the Burghley Horse Trials event (2014) that we discovered your nice shop.


This is the wonderful Marvin - wearing his Holly&Lil Pirate Dog Collar (12mm to 38mm).  He is local to our shop and an absolute TREASURE!

Pirate Dog Collars

H&L "Tell us a bit about Marvin your Italian Greyhound please Claire" 
After nagging my husband for over 10 years I finally got my dog! Marvin is a teeny tiny 17 month old Italian Greyhound who I think is dog perfection. He has a character that I can safely say is uniquely his own. When you throw a ball or stick in the park he just looks at you as if to say "do you think I'm that stupid? You fetch it"! He has 2 settings, completely mental, running and chasing birds, squirrels or as big a dog he can find, or lying on me or a sofa fast asleep. He loves to eat roast chicken, and will patrol the front of the oven whilst I'm cooking and if I'm not careful, counter surf to make sure he gets his share. He's a very gentle soul and likes nothing more than cuddling up under a blanket, especially on dark winter days as he absolutely hates the cold and rain! He really is a most devilishly handsome chap, and my proudest moment was when he won best pedigree dog at the Bermondsey festival dog show last year! I cried!
'How did you first discover Holly&Lil?'
I first discovered Holly and Lil almost 5 years ago when I was looking to move to the area, I swore there and then that the day I got my dog he'd be wearing Holly and Lil, and true to form, the minute I got him off we went to shop. I adore his pirate collar and matching lead, the irony of teeny tiny Marv being the pirate does make people laugh. Marvin loves going to the shop as he can tear around, although he does tend to always have a pee in the shop!!