whim·sy/ˈʰwɪmzi, ˈwɪm-/ Show Spelled[hwim-zee, wim-]
noun, plural -sies.
1. capricious humor or disposition; extravagant, fanciful, or excessively playful expression: a play with lots of whimsy.
2. an odd or fanciful notion.
I loved this dress Mim wore on holidays (sigh, January seems so long ago) - it reminds me of Madeline books and 1950s movies set in Paris (like the Pink Panther, except more stylish). Retro prints definitely fit in to the category of 'whimsical' and while there's not a lot of summer left, I'm going to try to add a few more prints to the family's wardrobe. Stay tuned for pictures of Arch in an Hawaiian shirt!
The shoes (top pic) are my latest op shop find: $10 and brand new. I love them cause they're a bright pinky-red; they're decorative (so cute flower on toe) yet practical (platforms may be in, but flats will always be more practical); and fun - Archie is very taken with the papery flower on the front, chasing after my toes like a cat might.
The fabric covered letters come from the anthropologie store. I have the first initial for each person in the family (so yes this is contradicting my previous statement that decorating with single letters was silly). It was too hard to fit everyone's letter in to the one photo so I've used the trusty partnership of "MS" to show you what they're like. They'll look great I hope above each bedroom door, or above each bed.
and finally, if you can't be bothered dressing with whimsy or decorating with whimsy, then maybe just embrace a bit of whimsy yourself. For example, today I unintentionally wore a dress inside-out to school drop off (with a tag hanging off the bottom hem). And yes I did get out of the car, walk in to the school and talk to several people. Now if that isn't being a bit "odd and fanciful", then I don't know what is?!