During a week celebrating the wonders of women, both International Womens Day and Mothering Sunday, we have been busy behind-the-scenes chatting to three super women about how they’ve juggled work, motherhood and family life during the pandemic. Today we introduce you to Florrie Thomas, Stylist, Contributing Fashion Editor at Harper’s Bazaar U.K, Co-Founder of @andfinally selling Vintage dresses on the side @florrievintage
What is the most special piece of jewellery you own and why?
This is incredibly hard to choose but, unsurprisingly, it has to be my engagement ring. It was made by one of my closest friends and is really the ring of my dreams. It makes me happy whenever I look at it. A close second would be some pieces my mother has passed down to me.
Has your mother passed down or given you a piece of jewellery and if so what was the meaning behind it?
Yes! These are the other pieces I truly cherish. For our 21st and 30th birthdays my mum gave my sister and I treasured pieces of her jewellery she no longer wears. They mean so much to me, both to have such a special piece of hers but also because they are so familia. For example, a ring my father gave her that she would wear every day when we were young that has so many happy memories wrapped up in it. Wearing them is the same feeling as smelling the perfume she’s always worn.
From the SB collection which piece have you fallen for most and why?
I’m completely in love with the chunky gold bracelet. I love to mix together all sorts of jewellery but, when it comes to metals, I tend to mainly wear gold and I particularly love slightly chunky pieces. They can still be very much for every day, but can pull outfits together through their simple but statement nature. Sophie has cleverly designed it so it’s both classic but feels modern too, and I like the idea of wearing it with everything, both layered with more delicate pieces or simply on its own.
How has being a working mum been during lockdown – did you come up with any tricks that helped you cope?
I only had Romy in November, but being freelance and on ‘self appointed’ maternity leave hasn’t felt like truly stopping work at times! However, I have tried to only work on projects that truly excite me and assign set time in the day to check my emails. Saying that I would LOVE for her to nap a little longer, as time for anything else right now is proving rather sparse…! Being a new mum in lockdown has been hard but I’m so lucky to have so many friends going through the same and a wonderfully supportive husband and family.
What would you say has been your biggest success to come out of lockdown?
It’s got to be having a baby! When my freelance work became very quiet in March and April I realised that in lots of ways I was lucky to be able to lie in a dark room with morning sickness rather than brave a photo shoot or press appointment. As a fashion stylist, shoots can be quite physical so it would have been hard to be as busy as usual. And whilst 2020 was a grim year in so many ways for us all, I feel incredibly fortunate that it was the year that gave me my little girl. In other ways I think lockdown has taught me to love and appreciate the little things in life. The idea of going to a friends house for a cup of tea is now indescribably exciting! And the thought of a party?! I can’t even begin to control my excitement!
If you were to design a piece of jewellery to wear now and give to your child/children later down the line – what would it be?
They are very traditional really, but I love the timelessness of charm bracelets. So I think perhaps a modern twist on this. The idea of collecting pieces overtime appeals to me and each charm having a story that you hand down to your child.