My Grateful Heart

 

Sunday morning I was sitting out on my verandah ….

… having a coffee and I couldn’t stop thinking about an experience I had on Thursday in the boutique. This experience is exactly the reason why I do what I do.

Last Thursday a client I hadn’t seen for awhile (and wondered why) walked into the boutique. Immediately I could tell she had been through something by the beautiful coloured scarf that lit up her face, wrapped neatly around her hair.

She didn’t actually say “Here I am, I have had breast cancer”. “I have been through a horrific ordeal.”

All she said was I need some new outfits to treat myself because “my shape has changed” as she ran her hands down her chest.

As I showed her different tops in the boutique, and we discussed her favourite colours and styles she loved, she then proceeded to tell me she had just finished her last treatment of chemotherapy. She wanted to treat herself before she started ray treatment. 

I don’t know what the words are to explain when someone tells you something like that. Is it sadness or empathy. I just wanted to find this lady something nice, because she deserved it. 

I gave her my time. I wanted to find something for her that would make her happy and represent her new start. Because that feeling when you have something new and something that is yours is indescribable. 

I just kept picking things up as we walked around the boutique showing her different styles and new colours. I asked her about her style, what she liked, what length sleeve, what shaped top…. what reflected her. 

She walked out of the boutique with two new outfits that truly made her happy. Two new tops and two new pairs of pants. 

I turned to Caity (my beautiful shop assistant) at the counter and all I could say was “wow”. 

What this lady had been through, she still had the most beautiful personality. Bubbly and like nothing had changed for her. And even though she had experienced something life changing, she still remained that wonderful, pleasant person I know. 

That afternoon, the lady came back into the store and handed me a little square box of ferrero rochers.  

“I want to give you these because I enjoyed my shopping experience with you so much. Thank you!”

I had tears in my eyes. Because she was the one that had been through this experience and she was buying ME chocolates.

Because she had enjoyed her experience with us so much that morning. 

I hugged her, and then she was gone. 

My grateful heart. If only she knew the experience she gave to me and the emotion she brought to the boutique. 

❤️❤️❤️


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Night Quip 2019

 

AG QUIP - NIGHT QUIP


What a wonderful idea to introduce night quip for Gunnedah, thankyou to Emily and the team for organising such a fantastic night. Our street was filled with locals and visitors and it was so nice to see!

It has never been more important to support our local communities and shop local than right now and we feel so appreciative that the Gunnedah council is encouraging this.

 

JAASE - Our New Label

 

JAASE


Introducing our new label -- JAASE

Jaase has a story much like ours. They are a family ran and operated business by Mother and Daughter who have an appreciation for prints and fabrics and all things beautiful!

Their value for fashion immediately drew us to their label. <3

Discovering the beautiful styles they offer is a dream come true! We are delighted to share with you the very special pieces that start our new journey with JAASE!

Call in to the boutique to feel their quality and try on your favourites! We have been all day :) xx

 

MS Fashion Parade

 

MS Charity Fundraiser


We were absolutely delighted to be asked to help raise funds for our Gunnedah MS Incorporated! Supporting local is very dear to us and where we can we always love to help out our amazing community!
What an afternoon it was! With over 80 guests, we were stoked with the support from our local community and can honestly say how very proud we are to live in Gunnedah!
Enjoy scrolling through the photographs from the day! <3 x

 

Mother's Day

 

Being A Mother


With Mother's Day almost here, I wanted to share with you a little from my own personal experience in hope that you find inspiration for your own Mother's Day celebrations!

Mother's Day for me, is honouring that special person who gave up everything to raise me, and it wasn't until I had my own children that I realised how much I took for granted throughout my childhood - mostly my parents. 

When I became a Mother, I felt and experienced all that it takes to be someone's Mum. The incredible love and those warm, fuzzy feelings when they smiled at me, their dependency on me and knowing that they totally need and rely on me, the sleep deprivation, tantrums, fun, tears and happiness beyond words. It made me appreciate my own Mother and how hard it was for her too. 

Mother's Day originated in 1914 and was created to honour the "person who has done more for you than anyone in the world" by Anna Jarvis. Her intention was to hold a day where people could show appreciation and honour to their Mother's all around the world through expression of love and gratitude. To pause for a day to recognise the incredible care and responsibility shown by being a Mother. 

Now when I look at my mum, I know she wants to talk to me and kiss me and be there for me, but, unfortunately she can't. As much as this saddens me, the lessons and life experiences that she taught me, has given me the courage and strength throughout my life to never take any day for granted and to appreciate all that I have. Everyday I am in awe of the amazing person that she is, and even though her memories have faded, she still teaches me incredible lessons that I will remember for the rest of my life. 

Each Mother's Day I take the time to recognise what my Mother has done and given for me, and I appreciate the person she made me so I can be there for my own children and grandchildren, the same as she is there for me. 

From my family to yours, I hope you celebrate this Mother's Day with those who love and honour you and take the day to appreciate that special Mum in your life who gave everything for you!

Tana xx

Nanny | Wander + Collect-21.jpg
 

Fashion Parade

Let’s Get Creative
With Fashion!


We decided to change things up this year and hosted our annual Hospital Auxiliary Fashion Parade in store! What an afternoon of happiness and fun!

We had the beautiful Caity from Blush & Blooms Co giving a little demonstration on her make up artistry, stunning dresses designed and paraded by our in house designer Julie Smee, and a parade full of amazing fashion perfect for this summer - not to mention a delightful afternoon tea!

Each year we keep saying it, but we honestly can’t thank our beautiful, loyal clients and incredible team enough! It is you that makes our job the most amazing environment to be in! You inspire us everyday, so thank you! ! !

Tracie + Tana

xx

Sam Snape Live Instore

A G  Q U I P
T U E S D A Y

The smell of a sizzling BBQ filled the boutique, as Willow & Fli housed Gunnedah's solo acoustic artist Sam Snape! Client's were treated to a relaxed, fun filled evening of great music and wonderful company! :)

Spring Summer Launch

 

A Weekend Of Fun!

We couldn't wait to share our Spring/Summer 2018 collection with our beautiful clients this past weekend! Spread over two days, our girls were entertained with amazing food from our in house chef Julie Scott :), why they enjoyed the latest in beautiful styles, colours and materials from all over the world! Thank you to everyone who joined us Saturday and Sunday, you really did fill our weekend with love, laughter and happiness!

xx

 

Gunnedah Show Fashion Parade

T H E
G U N N E D A H
S H O W

Take a look at these cuties strutting down the catwalk at the Gunnedah Show last weekend! They were parading our latest fashions in the boutique from stunning Winter designs right through to a hint of Spring.. Yes that's right - Spring!!!

We hope you enjoy the gallery of all the styles modelled at this years Gunnedah Show Fashion Parade. A big thank you to the organisers for inviting us to host this years Fashion Parade, and a big thank you to our team at Willow & Fli. Tracie, Tana, Julie, Lynnie, Jenny, Chris, Karen, Kristie, Juliette, Kayla and Caity, make up our Willow & Fli team and we would be lost without you!! You are everything!

xxo

Melbourne Cup Fashion Parade

D a y  o f
F a s h i o n

T H A N K  Y O U !

Really, really! From the bottom of our hearts we are truly grateful for your continued loyal support! Our fashion parade was an amazing success and we can not achieve something so wonderful without you! To everyone who joined us this Saturday and to everyone who dressed up, you truly are the reason our boutique is the most wonderful place to work! We love each and every one of our clients and are so humbled by the overwhelming response to our events!

So thank you so much!

Tracie, Tana, Lynnie, Jenny, Caity & Tay

xxx

OakTree Village

Styling Session

We shared a delightful morning styling session with this gorgeous bunch of ladies at Gunnedah's OakTree Village this Saturday! Our guests were enlightened with fashion advice and styling tips by Tracie, with Lynnie and Chris being our stunning models for the morning! A big thank you to Kathryn from OakTree Village for allowing us this wonderful opportunity and for supplying the hall and exquisite brunch that one can imagine!