Snow bunny…

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I find for me, most days can be brightened by the donning of a pretty dress.

So when the onset of a sunday snowday stopped plans in their tracks for me I obviously thought that it was the perfect back drop for me to pop on one of my prettiest vintage lace numbers. I hadn’t had a chance to wear this so obviously below zero temperatures was the perfect moment.

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Thanks goes out to the -1 temperatures and my sweet friend for making me laugh (she thought I was crazy! ha!)

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If the dress says party time then well….

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Dress, shoes and bobble hat all thrifted vintage.

 

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A little shop update..

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After the longest time of procrastinating my little shop is starting to take shape.

It is far from perfect and I don’t know if anyone else has ever experienced anything similar when starting an online shop – even one as small as mine – but whenever I have taken pictures of my stock, I have felt that it hasn’t represented me or the way I had hoped it would look. Which is so frustrating and feels so inconsistent.

In a sense my personal style is the same. I am split into two ways. For example on the one side I hate owning more than I need, anything I buy always needs to be fit for purpose and I feel I must have bordered on seeming callous at times as I rarely keep anything unless I completely adore it or it is truly sentimental.

Then there is the other side of me and this side LOVES EVERYTHING.

I see the potential in every shoe, belt and dress, I dream about putting outfits together all day every day, with stripes and florals and lace and beading all of which must make me look like a total loon when i’m thrifting, trolling around charity shops with armfuls of mismatched goodies.

 

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Silk shirt, Mohair tank and Woven bag all available @thewhimsythrift

I’m telling you this I think so that you understand a little more about me, my evolving style and the process I go through when choosing treasures for my shop.

Or maybe also a little selfishly, I think to perhaps excuse my little shop and I somewhat, while she and I find our feet and of course some perfect little shoes too.

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Today i’m a size 16

 

 

Working in retail for a long time now I have handled many different styles of clothes and I have helped to nurture the confidence of many different women. The one thing – and I include myself in this – that most of these women had in common was there “number”…

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Whether we blame it on THE media…your media, your mum, dad, mean girl at school that left her mark, we are all aware of our body type and size, the things we don’t like and the hangups we carry around with us, including that magic number that we often hold onto no matter what. On top of the emotions linked to our size, the labyrynth of womenswear sizes on the high street leading us down our own yellow brick road of trials and mistakes doesn’t help us in the slightest.

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I have adivsed so many women that fit is a far better guide when choosing an item than a printed label can ever be, but it’s hard you know?! It’s so hard to let go of the size you think you ‘should’ or worse ‘could’ be. Even though we all know that every store and every brand sizes differently, it can be really tough to accept that we may be two or more sizes bigger than we usually are.

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When I go thrifting, I am exposed to such a random range of items with all manner of sizes. Vintage sizing is in general cut much smaller than our current ready to wear styles of fast fashion, which has made me reasses sizing completely and has definitely made me far less precious about what size I think I am. The benefit of being exposed to all these exciting and varied treasures has been that when I see something I love, I grab it, no matter what the label tells me.

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I have very limited dressmaking skills (see NONE) but I know that I can try and take a treasured find in or up, I can see the potential in items and how they could work differently if belted or layered and it opens up a world of new styling possibilites. The dress I am wearing in these pictures is a size 16. I am usually a 10-12, but it is an amazing silk mix, heavy weighted with amazing monochrome print, I loved the potential it had.

Knowing that with a few tweaks and some key accessories you can turn something into an amazing individual outfit makes me so excited! It also gives some respite from seeking trends in high street stores, with it’s traditonal sizing which can make you feel flat and uninspired. Wherever you shop, take a risk, try sizing up, try shopping in the mens or childrens departments, don’t focus on being a “perfect 8,10,12…” focus on being so excited and comfortable in what you choose to wear each day that it lifts you up, so there is no number to hold you back.

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Stares off dreamily into the distance trying to remember the last time she was a size 8……

(also avoiding the mountain of paperwork behind her..bleurgh)

 

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The Whimsy Thrift

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It has been a long time that I have thought about trying… trying out a blog, maybe trying out styling and maybe even selling sweet little clothes and accessories, but for every small dream that came to mind, my mind found ten reasons to march those hopes right out of ever being a reality.

I spent years putting all my energy into other peoples dreams and aspirations and happily so, I loved helping visions come to reality. But the dreams wouldn’t disappear and I would fall alseep every night planning outfits and have so many ideas going around I felt that my brain I could explode!

By and by the time presented it’s self to me to finally give a little space to let my hopes and dreams breathe, terrified, full of doubt I have begun to take small steps toward all the little hopes i’d dreamt of.

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And so The Whimsy Thrift was born, she has a little Instagram page, her very own Depop shop and even a treasured space at a local vintage trading co – operative, my own little teeny shop space that I can curate exactly as I please, without compromise, that in it’s self is a dream come true.

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I have no great expectations other than the sincere relief it feels to tentatively step forward to try and do something just for me.

Got to be worth facing a little fear right?

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