After talking party frocks last week, it got me thinking about shoes… Whether you’re looking for the finishing touch to that outfit, or a fancy pair to jazz up your existing outfit that you’re re-wearing, here’s a few of my favourites to start off your shopping!
Mirror, metallic and holographic effects are big news this season and if you buy a pair like these (or in rose gold) you’ll be bang on trend and ready to bring any old outfit right up to date. You know I love my Gwendas
Second up for the classicists amongst you, or if you’re looking to replace your favourite go-with-everything black heels that just won’t make it through another winter, this Ted Baker pair will sort you out. In a classic but on-trend pointed court style, they also have the most subtle gold detailing that nods to the season but will wear well for a few more yet.
Lastly, my favourites… this season’s party shoes are all about the thin two strap (ankle and toes) and a return to the thin stiletto, but I can’t think of anything more uncomfortable. Still hankering after a blockier style to toughen up a pretty party dress, I love the winter berry shades of this Topshop pair and the structured bow adds a touch of femininity.
Which pair is your favourite readers? (Or have you spotted a pair to top these three?)
Where previously I had always thought that knee high boots were the way forward, for seasons now ankle boots have been striding to the forefront of fashion. A few of you have mentioned looking for the perfect pair this season so I thought I would do a round up of a few I have seen, (courtesy of a shopping trip with Francesca for the perfect ankle pair.) Of course you’ll need them in brown and black, or why not try a mid greige shade to work with either tone?
Before I share this lovely find, I just wanted to thank you all for your good wishes on Friday and over the weekend for our move… I’ll write more soon, but it went so well and we are very settled already and happy our new home – I cant believe we’re in and it’s ours!
You guys might have noticed me mentioning budget finds recently. Today’s find isn’t strightly budget, but it’s a great update for your wardrobe and not a bank breaker either. I love geometric deisgns and these organically inspired pieces made of wood and perspex from Wolf & Moon give a nod to nature for autumn with a colourful update. The earrings pictured are £22-35 and the other pieces from £22-50. I also love that they’re not mass produced or readily available – its lovely having something that not everyone has! Check out the whole collection (and previous collections) at Wolf & Moon.
Now that the weather is getting a bit cooler, I’m already changing my wardrobe choices and embracing the layers that an english spring or autumn requires. I’ve got my leather jacket out (happily, very on-trend this season) and also started layering on the large, cosy scarf that I bought for travelling to South Africa and barely took off all holiday. Having realised how much I love it, I realised I needed to buy some more similar styles to cheaply perk up my outfits as I navigate the new season fashions, not to mention keep me warm.
Increasingly, I’m wearing more Khaki green (courtesy of my Parka obsession,) so this camo print Whistles number would be a great all-year round wardrobe staple.
I love a bit of leopard but prefer a more subtle take – particularly when translated into bold colour like this New Look scarf, instead of traditional animal print tones. This one is striking and looks voluminous enough to be warm too.
Trumping them all however is this tribal/nomadic print ASOS collection scarf with coloured border and fun pops of neon pink poms. What’s not to love and who said winter clothes have to be dreary??
Last weekend I went to Cambridge and popped into the new Cambridge Satchel Company shop on Rose Crescent. I fell in love with the satchels, which although I have seen before, are currently available in sugary sweet pastel shades of vanilla, coral, lilac and mint. Called the Chelsea collection and named after the Chelsea Flower Show the colours were so perfect for summer that I was sorely tempted.
I also had fun talking to Alex, one of my lovely readers who works there and getting far too excited over the personalised leather embossing you can add to yours. I watched a few lucky people’s new bags being personalised with the nifty press they use too. I do love a gold monogram…
I have become unreasonably obsessed recently with just one thing, Gwenda pointed courts from Topshop
Lets be honest, they are dead ringers for the equally covetable French 75 stiletto from my favourite brand Whistles, but at an infinitely more affordable £58 and in a wider range of colours, Gwenda is a must buy. Pointed courts are ridiculously on-trend right now and look set to stay so into the next couple of seasons. The bang on trend brights, metallics and this graphic floral print (mostly) in strokable suede are just perfect for summer nights and winter brights.
You all probably appreciate my penchant for brights by now and so it’s not a surprise that I wandered into Fossil recently attracted by the multitude of bright coloured accessories they stock. In the past Fossil brought to mind chunky brown leather bags which were great quality but lacking directional style. Recently they have really upped their game keeping shapes more streamlined, styles less clunky and the colour and prints spot on bright.
All items available instore and online from Fossil.co.uk
What started with an obsession with the friendship bracelets (my sister bought me the top one shown here for my birthday,) lead to a lust for this arrow print blue and green wallet and the realisation that the brown leather saddle bag (all shown above) has the potential to be a real classic wardrobe staple. If you haven’t already you really should check out the jewellery, with scores of sparkly and enamelled quirky charms perfect for adding to a chain or bracelet, and how cute is that big spot bag?!
Last week when I was in London I wandered down Regent Street and passed & Other Stories, the new-to-the-UK store by H&M and COS. Any of you interested in fashion will have already heard the hype but now I have experienced the store and collection for myself I feel ready to share it here.
Hands up, although I love the aesthetic of COS, it’s usually the accessories I’m more drawn to and that was exactly the same in & Other Stories. Although it’s supposed to be a midway point price wise between H&M and COS, I found that applied to the fashion, but not the accessories. That said, the quality was fantastic and I felt the bags were worth to £65 for a large clutch or £100 for a leather bag. Shoes were similar with leather flats from £45 ranging up to around £100 for more detailed heels or wedges.
Accessories were similarly covetable with chunky stylish jewellery to give everyday outfits a fierce touch and price points were lower here.
However, by far my favourite aspect of the store was the beauty department. Stocking some Scandinavian brands alongside their own body range and extensive make up selection (which had a brilliantly wide colour range for darker skins,) the best bit was the way you could try everything. Stools sat in front of mirrors with clean brushes and make up remover for you to try every shade and product available from foundation through to eyeshadows and lipstick. Even better, next to the bath and body products were two huge sinks, running water and paper towesl so you could try them too – Such a brilliant idea that makes you so much more likely to make a purchase if you’re confident in your selection. Eye shadows were £7, lip colours £12 and face bases £15.
Overall, I’d say it’s more of a buy in person store for me, but if you like any of the (leather) shoes and bags and decide to order online, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the quality and finish.
Part of spring for me is getting ready for warmer weather. The seasons and good weather are so unpredictable here in the UK that I hate to miss out on unexpected warmer days because I didn’t have my summer items on standby. Most people have summer clothes hanging around ready to be worn, but a few well chosen accessories can have you covered in all situations, season ready and raring to go.
First up choose a hat, not only will your skin thank you for it, but in one form or another, they’re going to be big this year. Fashionista’s are wearing a baseball cap with city tailoring, but for more casual everyday wear choose a big straw floppy hat for seventies chic.
Pick up some inexpensive sunglasses early in the season and keep them in your bag. Nothing says spring time sunshine like that feeling you get wearing your favourite pair. I’ll be investing in some Ray Ban Aviators, plus some fun coloured Wayfarers (all ASOS)
Go big or go home. Chunky jewels never go out of style and appeal to the colour crusher in me. J.Crew makes the ultimate examples but ASOS has some great styles (Floral Bug Necklace) for a lot less. Use them to brighten your outfit when the weather fails you.
*I’ve had a bit of a play around with the design of Florence Finds this weekend, installing a new header and some new blog buttons on the right, so you can easily find me in all my usual social haunts online. I really felt like I wanted a more cohesive feminine yet modern colour palette, that better represented the blog. Have a click around and let me know what you think – I hope you like it!
For a long while now, I’ve been coveting these Ash ankle boots. I knew I would get tons of wear out of them and (ignoring that the suede isn’t all that spring appropriate,) they are perfect while the weather remains chilly. I wanted to find that perfect mink/greige shade too that would work with greys but not look out of place with warmer toned items. I almost ordered them online but really wanted to try the fit so went in search of them this Saturday. I was unsuccessful but stumbled across 2 other takes on the trend that I loved.
The Whistles pair above I bought and actually returned, as they were a little too smart for what I wanted them for. They were however ridiculously soft and comfy. Office eventually came up trumps with a great take on the Ash pair at less than half the price. I’m wearing them with my coloured skinnies this spring and later I’ll be pairing them with a summer dress for a festival vibe. And at a high street price I won’t be precious about treating the suede with a scotch guard then getting on with wearing them whatever the weather, instead of worrying about potential rain!