Lilly Isabella is a lifestyle and design business born out of a desire to create an alternative approach to modern living. My core ethos is to adopt an authentic, original and environmentally friendly approach to designing your home, personal style and life.
My style is brave and eclectic, mixing the past with the present to create a truly unique look for today's world. I search out artisan pieces, sumptuous vintage materials and cutting edge designs. Some of the objects and clothes I use are from the high-street, some are vintage finds and some are bespoke pieces that I design and have made. The combination is original and charming.
My design process is driven by three core elements: function, theme and individuality.
Budgets can be stretched as my passion for up-cycling and flea markets can often result in truly precious finds.
Welcome to my world - doing my own thing, in my own way, without harming others.
I am passionate about the environment - we already have so much why pollute our world further? Therefore all of my designs are either recycled or up-cycled. I also adore the glamour of a bygone era - why compromise on quality when you don't have to? Very often vintage materials and items are true works of art - made to last and made with love.
Clothes, shoes, jewellery, handbags, artwork - a wonderfully curated selection of extraordinary items built up over the years.
Some items are new, some are vintage and some are barely used but all are beautiful, different and bursting with personality, just waiting for someone to love and cherish them.
If you would like to browse the items in the detachment sale, you simply need to visit my ebay page.
You can also visit my facebook page for the latest inspiration or instagram - all of the links are below.
Lilly Isabella has also launched her own label - designed and made with love. Quirky, eccentric and for life, a little bit like me!
My range includes: playsuits, sundresses, maxi dresses, summer coats, cocktail dresses, garden parasols and soft furnishings. All items are made to order and can be tailored according to your requirements and the lead time is 2-3 weeks.
The coat in the picture opposite, is part of the Spring/Summer range from the Lilly Isabella label - hand-made from vintage fabrics by local, artisan dress makers and designed by me.
The Lilly Isabella own label range is made by artisan dressmakers from the finest vintage fabrics. The designs are unique, eclectic and quite simply, beautiful. Click below to see our Spring range of clothes:
I wanted to share the reasons for my detachment sale with you all, as I think it might provide some food for thought and context.
For many years, I have had a toxic relationship with money. I have earned and spent enormous amounts, mainly on superficial, material things, to try and fill a void, that was never to be spoken of.
One day, I opened my eyes and saw the impact my addictive behaviour, was having on myself and my family. So, I decided to 'walk into the cave and face the fear'. I went into my own form of financial rehab. The first thing I did was write a brutally honest blog about it:
I then sat down with my husband, came clean (although he had already found my hidden debt but was waiting for me to be able to face it) and worked out a financial recovery plan, as well as some 'safety rules' to help me stay on track.
Christmas approached and I realised this was a risky time for me. So, I decided to embark upon a 30 day challenge in my nikdavis facebook group, entitled 'confessions of a financial addict'. This daily vlog kept me focused and shared the lessons and tips, I was learning going through this process, to help myself and others, who may also be in a similar situation. The vlogs can be found in the group - just click on the financial addiction topic button on the right of the page to see them or please do feel free to message me and I can send them to you.
During all of this time, I turned to others for inspiration and support. One of my main sources was Brené Brown, as her work on shame and vulnerability was in many ways, life saving for me. Her very first TED talk on vulnerability was transformational and I would urge you to watch it, no matter what addiction or baggage you may carry - it can only help, I promise:
Another significant source of inspiration was Gabby Berstein and her book 'The Universe has your back', her TED talk is also here:
Following this initial stage of my financial rehab, I finally found myself able to enter the 'detachment' phase. The process whereby I could start to let go of my addiction to material things.
And so, each day, I add 2-3 new items to my ebay page and also add 'editors picks' to my facebook page www.facebook.com/eccentricandunique and on my instagram feed: www.instagram.com/lillyisabellastye.
So far I have raised £900 - an amazing feeling as I was actually able to buy my husband a present for valentines day out of this money rather on a credit card - one of the most liberating feelings I have had for a while!
All of the items for sale have been brought because they are beautiful but for me, not actually required - I have accumulated hundreds of dresses, shoes, bags - you name it, over a 20 year plus spending addiction habit.
I would like others to enjoy the beauty of the things I have purchased but do not need myself. I am using the proceeds of this sale to fund my grand adventures, whatever they may be.
I am extremely grateful to all of you that have supported me in this venture and to those of you who have purchased some of my items, I hope they bring you much joy.
Please do feel free to share this story far and wide - not just to support the sale but also to share the story, which I so hope will help someone else too.
With much love
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