New Year, new you, no thanks.

IMG_8161

We are now creeping and peeping into February a month of which for many is a relief as January for a lot of people is a month of redemption. That feeling this year in particular of seeking a “renewal, better, cleaner, slower more authentic self” seemed rife amongst all of us who chose to be a part of social media.

But along with all the new gym memberships, resolutions to quit drinking, never eat another cookie again (me) and declare on as many accounts that we hold that we are no longer to be slaves to our apps and its accompanying blue light.

Phew, no wonder people hate January. I mean think about it?

December is a month of excess, we are all striving for the ultimate indulgence, gifts, time off from working so hard and that time spent treating our favorite folk to things they long for and allowing ourselves to live with a little less conscience. No wonder anything other than that would feel a bit gloomy.

I love January, yes for the fresh start it heralds, but also because I have never really been overly excessive at Christmas, I treasure all the tiny things which bring me festive joy – most of which are free – although I never turn down a box of Thornton’s or an adorable pair of shoes, I have found so much happiness in twinkle lights and baubles.

So January to me is another excuse to continue the love and generosity we are so united to live by in December.

IMG_8158

I’m kind to myself (a relatively new concept) I don’t quit anything, but I naturally adore pairing things back, so spend many happy hours curating my closet and auditing my life. I try and spend time in hot baths, dog walks, movies, I hibernate and I enjoy the grey gloom we Brits constantly moan of.

Why? Well a styling challenge of course! Ways to bundle up without looking like the Pillsbury Dough Boy, cute boots with tights and socks, wooly hats, mittens!

IMG_8163

 

Trying to find the small joys has been such an important tool for me, I don’t achieve it all the days nor do I think anyone should. But I refuse to start a New Year with a strong of punishments and gloom.

IMG_8164

So here’s to being exactly the same as we were just a few weeks before, but making enough room for us to grow and breathe in our shiny New Year.

X

The £5 dress…

IMG_6704

I can’t believe I actually walked away from this little dress when I first saw her wafting in the summer breeze as part of a cute window display.

Well, to be fair I had already hit four charity shops hard and got some great finds, so that may have just influenced me slightly.

IMG_6618

She’s a little Laura Ashley number, not super old I don’t think but she fits like a dream and is one of the few things I have bought over recent times which makes me feel complete and pretty when I wear her.

IMG_6715

This beautiful summer has shown me one thing, the only thing I need the whole summer long is a pair of Salt Water Sandals.

Comfy, yes, lasts forever, yes, cute as little buttons, heck yes. I just need them, will I be wearing them with socks as it gets colder? Sorry, but YES!

 

IMG_6525

Oh yeah I always need my Teddy of course..

IMG_6562

Is it a bird…is it a plane…

IMG_6515

Nah it’s just Ted and I both wistfully looking into the distance…thinking about biscuits…

(Always twirling in pretty dresses..)

IMG_6666IMG_6642IMG_6717

Fin x x

No.1)

 

IMG_5106

IMG_5262IMG_5263

IMG_5250IMG_5153IMG_5204IMG_5174IMG_5106

IMG_5260IMG_5141IMG_5140

I found this skirt in a charity shop when a sweet friend and I were thrifting the other day to cheer ourselves up.

Boy did it work! She was a little big but I knew that my poor excuse for sewing skills could take her in enough to be just perfect. Plus I figured if anyone is THAT close to me that they can see my wonky seams we have bigger issues to work out.

Like an abstract painting she’s bold in such a cool way and weirdly doesn’t feel too loud and scary to wear which, I know, doesn’t make sense because that skirt is practically screaming with colours and print.

I paired the skirt with my fiances plain cotton t – shirt, thrifted bag, earrings and shoes and even though I was adding in further colours into the mix, keeping the shapes simple and the colours neutral meant they don’t compete with the loud tones of the skirt.

Ok. Black dream sandals. £2.99. Good grief.

Again, because these little sandals are dainty and strappy they pick out the black in the skirt without looking too heavy.

In future I will definitely wear trainers or boots with this skirt, but again it’s about proportion. A cool pair of high top trainers and a button up shirt, cowboy boots and a long sweatshirt, a massive slouchy jumper and cute ballet flats. Each combination balances out the skirt and the level of femininity or masculinity.

Et Voila! There you have outfit number 1 of my magic thrifted finds. I hope you like it!

Fin x x

Inspiration all the days.

Here are some amazing ladies that inspire me all the time for their amazing styling and lovely lovely warm personalities…

http://www.ashleyording.com/

ashley2

Although not active on her AMAZING blog so much these days, her instagram is gorgeous and honestly I have been besotted with her style since finding her blog maybe 8 years ago! She can sing, ballroom dance, wears the most incredible vintage dresses, go follow her she’s amazing!

http://www.pinkvintageheart.com/

Next up we have the beautiful Leigh…

pinkheart4

 

pinkheart2

pinkheart3

Second up, is a new treasure! I only just found her and I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without her inspiring style. She wears almost all vintage and Oh. My. Gosh. The way she puts her outfits together are amazing. Simple and chic but totally unique her adorable sense of style makes me so excited! Total girl crush right here!

Last but not least the incredible Rebecca Ramsdale her style is so cool, seriously cool.

REBECCA7

She puts together feminine cuteness with androgenous tomboy styling. It’s perfect. In additon to this super cool little loves blog and instagram she has a brilliant Youtube channel. She is so so sweet and just the most adorable personality, she’s the kind of sweetheart that you just think “be my buddy!”

rebr2rebr3

There are a million more that I swoon over but these three should just keep you going for inspiration and make your styling dreams come true!!

WT x

Time travelling..

blogtime

An unexpected part of my new job has been to model some of the stunning new arrivals.

I can’t really express in words how amazing every part of that is.

I’m in no way confident in front of the camera, and having recently put on a tonne of weight I do a lot of breathing in! But my lovely boss has a way of directing me so that we not only have such a giggle we get such lovely pictures.

The clothes I get to wear make my heart leap, above the beautiful sage green Ossie Clark dream dress, with incredible collar and covered buttons and balloon sleeves.

Below an original 1940’s Princess coat in the palest mustard. The shoes real snakeskin platform heels from the 1940’s which were bespoke made for their original owner.

blogtime3blogtime4

Below are the most adorable 1920’s silk embroidered pyjamas, the work that went into these was truly incredible. They were in amazing condition and paired with these little flapper shoes (that i’m saving up to buy!) I felt amazing.

blogtime2

Ok.

So this dress.

Original 1940’s Christian Dior, which had it’s skirt completely reconstructed from duchess satin, as the oringal silk was almost compleley rotten. The way it was constructed is just beautiful. Tiny hook and eye fastenings, little cap sleeves, it was so heavy and I felt a gazillion dollars.

FLDU7264

Add in an amazing sequin perch hat and those killer heels again (i’m pretty short!) and that beautiful dress was just glowing in the afternoon light.

Dreamy.

ESBH4523

My true self – no elegance to be found!

JLRQ6149

All dresses, accessories and much more besides are available now at, www.willowhilson.com

WT xx

Snow bunny…

DSC_0505

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.

DSC_0508

 

DSC_0507

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

DSC_0509DSC_0512

DSC_0517

DSC_0511

If the dress says party time then well….

DSC_0513

Dress, shoes and bobble hat all thrifted vintage.

 

x x

A little shop update..

DSC_0481

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.

 

DSC_0493

DSC_0494

DSC_0497

DSC_0503

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.

xx