Friday Frock O’clock

Right now, ASOS has 25% off dresses. When they’re already well priced, that means super bargains are there for the taking. Instead of outdated wintery styles as you so often get in mid-season sales, there are some dresses perfect for stocking up on for summer holidays and events, so I thought I’d pick 4 favourites today.


Embroidered cutwork dress // Origami heavy satin dress // Open back dress // Graphic floral maxi dress

Happy Friday readers,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock


Coast Thalia dress – £250

This weeks dress is a fantasy dress. Pretty as a picture and sparkly enough to make a little girl want to play dress up, I totally fell in love with it. I thought it might be the solution to some events I have coming up in the next few months but unfortunately due to my larger than previous bust, it’s less than flattering. That along with the price tag means it’s a fantasy item for this season, but I still love looking at it…

Have you seen anything recently that is out of budget or not as good on you as it is on the hanger? Do share – make me feel better! ;)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock


Mint Bird Print Flippy Dress – Topshop

After a few months in the fashion wilderness it feels like the dress is back on top, hence me resurrecting Friday Frock. Perhaps it’s me too, after an ages in skirts and tops, fresh bright prints seem right for spring.

Speaking of prints this one is beyond pretty, with a soft grey on mint colour combo and a floaty feel with dropped waist and frilled skirt. I wouldn’t wear it the way the model has – I think it needs some heels, either tougher ankle boots or super pretty courts to make a more polished look.

See you next week readers, it’s going to be a big one ;)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Save or Splurge Style…

For a while now I have been thinking I should do a series of similar items that differ in price, but all too often after spotting things I then forget where I saw them.


Whistles Meghan brushed fur dress £125 // ASOS Animal print shift dress £40

These two shift dresses aren’t exactly the same but there’s more than a trace of similarity with spring appropriate colours and an animal print type pattern in a flattering shift style. And if you’re watching your spending like me, I think it’s a very good substitute for the pricier Whistles splurge dress.

What do you think? Save or splurge?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Festive Fashion

Today is the last post I’m going to write before Christmas, and may be the last of 2013, (although it’s likely I’ll pop in at some point to reveal January Joy 2014!) So I thought I’d do a sort of outfit post in preparation for Christmas.

This year we’re spending it with my family and we like to dress up for the festivities. On Christmas eve we’ll go out for dinner and I will have worked most of the day, so I want something suitably sparkly but comfortable too. This loose knit is from Whistles but I picked one up in Oasis that was very similar and half the price. Team it with black skinnies, a statement sparkly necklace and some modern suede pointed courts and you’re all set for a cosy night in or out. (Thanks Jess for the outfit inspo!)

On Christmas day we go to family friends for drinks after opening presents, stopping at a couple of different houses before we head back to cook dinner. The day starts glamorously, although I like to wear something that allows for lots of nibbles and Christmas dinner so this loose embellished t-shirt style is perfect, (as well as being worn for my work Christmas party and coming out again for New Year.) I love a sparkly pair of earrings, and as it’s Christmas, my favourite glittery shoes have to come out, even if they’re so high they get kicked off as soon as we’re sat at the table! A bright red-orange lip keeps it modern and come 5 o’clock you’ll find me back in my PJ’s ready to watch the Strictly Christmas Special and a bit of Downton.

I hope your Christmas is full of magic and sparkle and you spend it with at least some of the people you love, if not all. I’d love to hear what you wear for Christmas and what your plans are if you get a moment to comment?

If I’m not back before, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock: The Christmas Party edition


Black sequin Dress – Mango // Red checked dress – ASOS // Sequin Shoulder Navy dress – French Connection

I know it’s not really ‘Christmas yet’ but when it comes to Christmas parties, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you have had yours already. Mine is on the 7th and as a result, finding something to wear has been on my priority list for a while. Whilst I’ve been looking, I’ve spotted quite a few dresses and thought I’d do a little selection for various occasions as the dresses are quite different. In reality, we all have different styles and budgets and I personally tend to wear the same dress for each occasion listed above, as different groups of friends are involved and it gets better wear out of the dress.

First up, this classic black sparkly number would be perfect for a work or office party. It’s acceptable to flash a little leg but you won’t get the obligatory leering as your chest is well covered up. Pair with patent pointed courts for extra polish and a sparkly clutch and see how many times over the years you come back to this one at the back of your wardrobe. I can totally see it on Christmas day too with a jumper layered under and flats or boots.

The wild card, I couldn’t help but choose this cheeky checked number in the most festive of reds. I’m imagining it with comedy bauble earrings, a slick of crimson lipstick and a cocktail in hand. It’s a cooler look so teaming with ankle boots looks fresher, or even a pair of brogues. Add tights and a parka for Christmas Eve at the pub or Christmas carols on the green. At £44, I don’t think it’s too much for a season specific dress either.

Lastly, my favourite, this one is also for all the pregnant ladies looking for something festive this year. In my favourite forgiving t-shirt silhouette it would gracefully disguise or skim a bump up to about 6 months or more I think, and work for all of the occasions above. From my point of view, I think it’s going to be a great option to allow all the indulgence that Christmas brings and cover a bit of post-christmas bulge when it’s time to glam up again for New Year. ;) Although it’s on the pricey side, look out for a friend with a student discount card (15% off) or wait for the sale for a small discount usually just before Christmas. I have bought several of these dresses in similar styles over the years and still have them all, so they’ll definitely go the distance.

And if you’re breast feeding (I always get asked for pregnancy and BF dresses during the party season,) this looks like a possible option and forgiving of the mum-tum.

Now it’s your turn readers, pick a favourite here and tell me what you’re wearing this Christmas!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Style Saver: Re-working the LBD

Good morning readers! Today I’m excited to introduce a new regular contributor to Florence Finds, Michelle. Lots of you will know Michelle already, either as the founder and creative force behind Pocketful of Dreams, the event design house she co-runs,  or as my one-time partner in Dream Find Do. Michelle has already guest posted from time to time here, so it was natural for me to take things one step further and ask her to contribute regularly. This lady has style by the bucketload and we have similar taste, so I know you’re all going to love what she has lined up. Michelle will be our new lifestyle contributor, so you’ll be hearing from her every couple of weeks or so on a variety of topics, all of which will – in true Florence Finds fashion – add a little style to your life. I hope you’ll all give her a warm welcome and enjoy her posts! – Rebecca x

Florence Finds, Michelle Kelly, Pocketful of Dreams

Hello Find-ettes, I am beyond excited to be writing for Florence Finds and hope you enjoy my musings on all things lifestyle. I’ll be sharing all sorts of finds, from fashion items I’m currently coveting through to seasonal updates for your home. There may be a moodboard or two thrown in for good measure as well!!

Today I’m sharing a little style conundrum I’ve been facing recently and that’s how to take the little black dress from drab to dazzling. With a number of events coming up including two awards dinners and two Christmas parties, all with a ‘cocktail-wear’ dress code, I have that “nothing to wear” feeling.

Given that these are work events I’m loathe to spend money on new dresses but have plenty of LBD’s hanging in my wardrobe that rarely get worn as I’m a colour lover nowadays. So I’ve been thinking about how I can make the LBD work harder by adding some carefully chosen accessories for a hint of colour and punch.

Here’s my picks to style up the little black dress…..

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Attitude
I could see this outfit working just as well with a leather biker jacket for a night on the town, but as cocktail wear there’s a few subtle edgy pieces to give it that hint of sass.

1. J Crew Citron Stone Necklace £150 2.  Coast Leather Box Bag £65 3. Senso Perspex Heels £40 from Coggles

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Classic with a twist
Cobalt blue is such a striking colour and I love how it works with black, this lace sleeved top would be a great way to change up a black cocktail dress worn over or underneath with just the sleeves and neckline peeking through. The addition of a leopard print clutch would stop it feeling too matchy-matchy and provide a funky twist on a classic style.

1. Ted baker lace sleeve top £99.00  2. Nelly Earings £22.95 3. Dune Leopard Clutch £69.00  4.  Coast Celita Ankle Strap £80

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Unexpected
This is possibly my favourite look of all three, it’s simple and sophisticated with plenty of punchy colour. I’ve chosen two shades that work great together an ochre yellow and a deep red, with hints of gold, I feel these moodier and warmer colours work really well with black. It’s unexpected yet striking.

1. ASOS collar necklace £30.00 2.Ochre Asymmetric clutch £109.50 3. Ted Baker Neevo pumps £112

Let me know which one is your favourite and do share your own style ideas for funking up the little black dress.

Michelle xx

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Triple Temptation: The Christmas Jumper


Polar Bear £16 // Heart Reindeer £18 // Penguins £32

Already, I’m getting excited about Christmas, and more than any year before I’ve noticed Christmas jumpers making a comeback. This is one trend it’s worth finding a bargain for and you won’t get much on the cost-per-wear front, but fortunately the supermarkets and high street are coming up trumps.

I’d love to see any great Christmas jumpers you’re coveting?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

Despite the fact I have more than enough house stuff on my to-do list, my wardrobe is also something I’m having to pay some attention to. In spring I had a massive wardrobe clear out, thinking that I would update all the autumn/winter pieces I gave to charity in the coming season. Little did I know I would move house and be flat broke! Both my casual and work wardrobe have suffered and I’d usually turn to Whistles for a few reliable work dresses but can’t find much I like, particularly at a good price point. I did however stumble across this one from French Connection.


French Connection Fast City Block dress

I like my work clothes to be fairly covered up so there’s nothing to distract from the matter in hand, so the speak! My room is perpetually cold and something comfortable is a bonus, so this jersey number fits the bill whilst remaining flattering. I often spend 10 hours at my desk and this will look as good as it feels.

Where do you get your work clothes from readers, and does anyone know when the next French Connection discount event is?

Happy weekend readers,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear… Aztec

Recently, I’ve seen a real trend for Aztec prints and patterns on the high street and I really love it. You all know I’m a sucker for a print, but I also love a drapey knit to cocoon myself in and so when I saw this Aztec Cape I was sold.


Aztec Cape, Warehouse – £30

When I read all the feedback on Friday about fashion posts, a few of you mentioned missing seeing what various items look like on me, a real person, not a model. I haven’t done an outfit post for a while for various reasons, but it made me think it was time to bite the bullet and get them going again. I wanted to wear this as soon as I bought it so immediately dragged Pete into the garden to snap it and share with you all.



Aztec Cape, Warehouse // Jersey Top, M&S (old) // Skinny Jeans, New Look // Belt, GAP (old) // Boots, Office (old)

It’s an absolute steal at £30 and perfect for layering on in colder weather over a jersey top as I’m wearing it here or a blouse or shirt. I even think a heavier polo neck (making a comeback this year) would work in colder weather. I also think it’s a great transitional piece if you’re pregnant or post-baby and wanting something to wrap around a bump or tummy.


I hope you like it readers, and enjoy the return of What to Wear :)

Love,
Rebecca
xo