Etsy : TheWhimsyThrift
Etsy : TheWhimsyThrift
No one ever wants to wish the sunshine away. Especially all of us in the British Isles that never usually really experience a summer.
But, the highstreet dictates that August means Autumn with the bombardment so far of leopard prints, silky satin midi’s and less basket bags than we’ve seen for quite some time!
And so we follow, lured in by the refreshing feeling of the “new” and I have to say having worked in retail for more years than I care to remember, I still feel so ready to move the old stock on and bring in the new and the exciting.
In my non working life this equates to loving the gentle ease of the charity shops adding in old bobbled jumpers and in this case a cotton midi in brown paisley. I know right – DELICIOUS!
At first, yes, a 1970’s brown paisly midi skirt may not seem your go to transitional skirt, but look at her! She’s gorgeous! I love this little bag too, she’s got the sweetest handle, she is destined for my little Etsy shop – but I had to give her a spin first to make sure she was adorable. She is.
Teddy was far more interested in the ferns which hold a lot of treats if you’re a little puppy.
The little shirt is so pretty! A sheer cotton with a scalloped edge peter pan collar and tiny skinny bow at her neckline.
Yes, metallic green tiny block heeled ballet pumps,YES.
If this post is anything to go by I think I might enjoy the forthcoming autumnal weather. Imagine those shoes with thick black tights! Ugh I need a lie down.
Fin x x
I found this cute little dress in a charity shop for around £3 and there was just something about it that made my heart sing.
I am sat here outside the most beautiful independent store in Exeter called Lorna Ruby I worked here for many years and it is home to some of closest friends like this gorgeous human Gemma who is the store VM and owner of Cabinet Jewellery, THE most beautiful jewellery collection possibly in the world.
The weather has been so beautiful and this sweet little 90’s dress is so loose and comfy I actually managed to look summer cool rather than sweaty grossness.
Ring Alex Monroe
Bracelet Cabinet Jewellery
‘E’ Brooch Willow Hilson Vintage
Teddy is my style sniffer dog.. how else do you think I find all the bargains?
But good grief it is EXHAUSTING work for a fashion forward puppy.
Fin x x
She was destined for my little store The Whimy Thrift, but…she didn’t quite make it.
(cameo appearance by my very sexy clothes dryer, I know i’m so good at this..)
She made it to me and my little wardrobe and we have been dreamy friends ever since.
This is one of my finds from my visit earlier this year at Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair in Bristol, after much rummaging I saw her glowing on the rail and grabbed her like a crazy women. I may or may not have squealed and hugged her, maybe.
(Stray hair has come to help out the sexy clothes dryer to help ruin my shot. Sweet.)
These little black plastic circle earrings are clip – on and I swear the only pair of clip on earrings that have ever been comfortable. A perfect match for the little dress no?
I have a few different ways I wear this, shoes in particular change it up so much.
We have my favourite style of shoe, the mary jane..
Or I sometimes go for my tan clogs ..
These Bally brogues are one of my all time great charity shop finds.
It’s the endless possibilites of a garment that makes me the happiest, that I can and do spent hours styling something, gives me the biggest thrill.
What else is a girl to do when living in a building site than to twirl?
Fin x x
English weather is not just an obsession of mine, it’s a joy. It is no secret the the Brits like to discuss ( not just moan ) about our changeable weather, weather chat for us is more than it seems, it’s our awkward social saviour.
Often when we chat about the weather it is our stilted way of warming ourselves up (excuse the pun) to be bolder and braver in conversation. Because once we get going it’s great, we just have to recall a season past or current fail of our climate and we feel eased into the real deal of conversation.
I am next level with this, when I speak about our weather it’s truly because I love, love, every season and all its micro seasons within. I’ve always been the same, since I was very small and weird.
Today’s halceon drift of early summer made me so happy, so rare is it for us to have truly hot weather (ever) on a bank holiday.
I genuinely think part of my love of weather is because I do so love changeable things and I love the challenge of how I will meet said rain storm, deep snow, or in this case heatwave sartorially. A little vapid maybe but nevertheless I feel giddy when I think WHAT will my outfit of choice be???
Lightweight summer dress for the snow storm….add in thermals, roll neck, thick tights and oversize cardigan, with beret and ankle wellies..D-R-E-A-M-Y.
Heatwave? Well a 1960’s yellow, blue and white daisy (my favourite flower) print summer dress, with front zip, mandarin collar – sleeveless and naturally in the lightest cotton. Perfect!
As I was at home for the day with my little pup whom I love so very much, there were few accessories other than him needed.
An attempt to control my mop of hair with a black braided barette being the only additon. Apart from my daily staples of best love engagement ring and favourite tiny bracelet from Cabinet Jewellery
Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair is an amzing country wide affair, which brings together vintage sellers and enthusiasts alike to buy and celebrate all things old! So when it came to Bristol recently I couldn’t wait!
I arrived just as the doors had opened as I was so excited to see what treasures I could find..
I enjoyed leafing through the racks of the fine gowns and cases of jewels, but being the little thrift troll that I am, the real joy came from searching though the baskets of weird bags, rails of sale items and poorly little dresses needing zips or darns and the broken jewellery that made my heart squeal at the thought of what it could look like freshly mended.
I honestly could have spent so much money, I did indeed spend more than I intended, heart achingly there was so much I wanted Iand had to leave behind, it was filled to the brim with beautiful treasures.
I’ll do a seperate post on how I styled the little bits I treated myself to..most of which was destined to be sold in my little shop
Well….I may have kept one or two pieces for myself….
Whimsy Thrift oh how I love thee!
I would like to introduce my very own little shop. She’s a tiny space in a vintage co-operative which houses many traders selling their antiques and uniquecollections.
I sell clothing and accessories, pretty little bits all vintage or thrifted and I love it.
I go down there as often as I can and make it look as pretty as possible. It’s a dream come true to curate my own little shop, even if it doesn’t have any walls!
These little shoes are made in Italy and behind are little painted jugs made in England (sigh).
I’ve just added more stock in for spring/summer. Silk florals and polkadots, lace ruffles in sugar pink and peach. Even though the weather on this day was pouring with rain my little shop sung sweetly of an Audrey Hepburn Roman Holiday.
Tiny hand painted vases and glasses, trinket dishes and cut glass tea plates…
The teeny mint green sugar bowl is filled with vintage apricot rose buttons!
And there you have it! My little shop updated and ready for another busy week (I hope!).
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.
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.