Friday Frock O’clock

There’s just one more week left of August, one week of summer, until September rolls round and the new season begins in ernest.


Leopard Jacquard Skater Dress

As such I’ve chosen a transitional dress…

I couldn’t go with colour this week, the brights of summer seem gone even though the weather is warm, but I’m ready for new fashion all the same and this fits the bill. While the seasons and styles may be changing, monochrome and animal print are eternal 😉

So, what’s everyone doing this weekend? I’m planning a social marathon ahead of the most exciting wedding of the year next week… Jessica’s!

Happy weekend folks,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock


Second Female Lima Jumpsuit, £90 Atterley Road

This week’s Friday Frock is a special safari edition. You all know I love a jumpsuit and this one seemed perfect to round off Africa week. Sometimes you need a stand out item in your wardrobe and whilst I love a statement piece I’m not really into the associated effort or feeling trussed up like a turkey. This feels special but really easy to wear, comfortable and despite the knock-out print it doesn’t feel overly loud.

I rarely wear low cut tops but the wrap over top is teasingly low on this jumpsuit and as everything else stays covered up, there’s no hint of looking  tarty. I also quite like a loose outfit. I guess some people could say it’s unflattering, but I think this hints a little at the curves that lie beneath 😉

Either way, although I wore it only once in South Africa (because everywhere was much more casual than I expected,) it felt appropriate and more than a little bit fun.

Happy Weekend readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: Atterley Road

Recently, I’ve been looking towards a more grown up, streamlined and simplistic style for my Autumn/Winter outfits. I don’t know what has prompted the changed, but  I feel more like inventing my own take on the trends than slavishly following them. Maybe it’s the advent of the cooler months resurecting my favourite styles and colours that makes me veer towards my signature style, but viewing a lot of the high street collections just hasn’t been doing it for me like it did early in the year as the spring summer collections flooded in. I’ve been looking for less pieces of higher quality and with serious wardrobe miles in them. Enter Atterley Road.


Shirt, 0039 Italy // Skirt, Jiqsaw // Necklace, Made // Shoes, Whistles // Ring, Made ~ All @ Atterley Road

Have you seeen the adverts for Atterley Road, ALL over the internet recently? It was through one of those ads that I clicked through to the site and found a really great concept – designed to feel like shopping on your favourite high street (a London-ism for sure,) but online, there’s an edited selection of pieces – ‘the best of brands you know and love – with new labels you’ll grow to love.’ Snappy style guides are regularly produced addressing fashion trends people like you or I need – a collection of knits for the wintery weather, your work wear wardrobe sorted or a capsule collection of key pieces every girl needs. And I think the selection is impeccable.


Dress, Fillipa K // Scarf, Whistles // Boots, Jigsaw // Bag, Jigsaw ~ All @ Atterley Road

You’ll find my favourites like Whistles, NW3 by Hobbs and Hunter, and cooler labels like IRO, Ash and Des Petites Hauts. As I was doing a bit of window shopping I thought I would put a couple of outfits together to solve some of my own dilemma’s right now and demonstrate the breadth and quality available.


Top and Belt, Des Petits Hauts // Jeans, 7 for all Mankind // Earrings, Made // Satchel, Jiqsaw // Ballet flats, French Sole

There isn’t a huge selection, but that’s because they have done the legwork for you. Need a work skirt? Find the perfect pencil style easily. Statement dress or weekend, reassuringly, dresses are the largest section and there’s all the finishing touches too, including jewellery, bags and shoes. 🙂

I can see I’m going to be spending a lot of time on the Atterley Roadsite and quite possibly a lot of money! Have you heard of Atterley Road and do you like my outfit choices?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’Clock

This week’s frock was going on these very pages the second I clapped eyes on it. Each week, sometimes I have to actively hunt for a suitable Friday Frock that I love. It can feel just like those days you go shopping and there’s just nothing you can find that you like or looks good on you. Othertimes, I’ll be doing something different, stumble across a blinder of a frock and that’s the post done and dusted without a second thought. This was one of those dresses. Warehouse have really got their prints nailed this season and this is the kind of dress that I would buy to wear for days out, events or just getting dolled up at the weekend, then next year, I would transfer over into my work wardrobe to be paired with flats and a cardigan.


Multi fluro animal print dress, Warehouse, £70

It’s animal print but subtly done I think, the colours are great to take you through to autumn now. The cream backdrop but predominantly neutral and orange shades in the pattern mean you won’t feel ridiculous if you wear it somewhere this season, even if the day’s weather is less summer, more monsoon!

Well done Warehouse.

Happy weekend readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Fash Flash: It’s a Prints Parade

Every single season, whilst devouring the fashion pages of the magazines and picking out the trends that I want to wear, I stumble across things that I initially think I won’t ever try. Sometimes that remains true but more often than not I end up falling for the trend. Today’s Fash Flash is quite out-there, high fashion if you will and although I didn’t need my arm twisting because I fell for it at first sight, I think a few of you may need more persuading. The printed trouser.

Seen in wide legs (for the tall people,) of-the-moment pyjama pants (a step too far even for me I think,) and my favourite incarnation, the slim straight leg cigarette style capri pant, these trousers were printing the pins of everyone at the various fashion weeks around the globe, from fash-types on the street, to celebs and editors. Just in case you’re feeling dubious, I rounded up a few examples of how you can work the look in a totally wearable fashion…

Clockwise from top right:

So, here’s the Florence Finds round up of where you can pick up a fashion forward puchase at high street prices.

Clockwise from top left:

  • Set to be a cult print this season – The Wisteria Print Trousers – Whistles
  • For a softer take on the trend – Grey Floral print trousers – Zara
  • Super chic monochrome, work them with brights… Black and white animal print trousers – Mango
  • Channel the fifties desperate housewife – Floral Print Trousers – Warehouse
  • For riviera chic and a more subtle nod to prints – Ditsy floral print trousers – Oasis
  • And Florence’s favourite? It’s going to be a short lived trend when it’s this powerful and this omnipresent, so pick up what is not only my favourite of this selection but also the biggest bargain – black and brights oversized floral print – H&M (12.99!)
Time to share your thoughts on the trend – can the street style images convince you this is a trend worth taking notice of? Or is it too much for even Florence’s fashionistas to take on?
Love,
Rebecca
xo

My Month…

It’s nearing the end of January (and it hasn’t been that bad after all with Florence to help you through now has it?) So it’s time I shared a bit of ‘behind the scenes’ info in the shape of my Instagram snaps for January.

  • Wardrobe rehab – watch out for more on this coming soon, Florence’s tips on how to clean up, clear out and get ready for the new fashion .
  • Healthy Eating with English Apples
  • My Friday Frock with animal print Topshop tights.
  • Red and orange nails – (my sister wearing Leighton Denny and Me wearing Nails inc.)
  • Shopping for boots, J.Crew and leather at The Outnet.
  • Bertie shoes for work and play, in the sales.
  • Walking in the Elan valley, Wales.
  • Michelle (the mastermind behind these party ideas) and her friend Jayne at Pete’s party.
  • Healthy (fat free) frozen yogurt with blind eye brownie bits 😉 for a desperate chocolate treat.
  • Tabby… posing for you all with her spotty tummy.
  • And lastly a sneak peek of Pete’s party, more to come soon!

So, what were the highlights of your January? Have we made it more bearable?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS Pop back this afternoon for a Real Room makeover!

Friday Frock O’clock

This week’s Friday frock is an outfit I have chosen and in fact wore, last night.

For Pete’s birthday, we headed back to Stock Restaurant, the venue for our wedding reception and believe it or not, we haven’t been back since. I wanted to go somewhere special and it means a lot to us so seemed the perfect choice, and who doesn’t love Italian food?

It’s very rare that I dress for my husband, so to speak. Thankfully he’s (nearly always) complimentary but for this particular evening I just wanted something a little girly and to look pretty for him. Less fash more pash. 😉


Straight Cut Dress, £34.99, Mango.

When I came across this simple Mango dress it was right up my street. I like clean design when it comes to clothes and the block colour is striking enough. (It’s actually a delicious coral pink although it looks red here.) In an ideal world I would pair it with some oversized spot tights but time constraints meant I nipped into Topshop and found these striking animal print tights – I chose them because I hate when patterned tight have a 10 or 20 denier backdrop to the pattern, it’s so unflattering and these really stand out because of the nude colour. I carried a clutch not dissimilar to this one from Oasis, but mine is a back patent Kate Moss for Topshop from donkeys years back that has become a wardrobe staple of mine. Teamed with some patent bow peep toes, it seemed dressed up enough for a special evening out but pared down enough to acknowledge the Thursday-night-school-night choice of evening.

Better than all that, it was a bargain too. I wasn’t complaining as I’ve got three outfits to work my way through for the weekend and I can see this coming out again and again.

Happy Friday Folks!

Do share you thoughts on my outfit and of course any lust have items you’ve splurged on come pay day!

Love,

Rebecca

xo

PS… Head on over to my Twitter feed or Facebook and you can see an Instagram pic of me wearing the said ensemble. 🙂

The Fash Flash: Animal Magic

I couldn’t help but notice on my recent shopping research trips that there’s a huge trend right now for animal prints. Whether quirky and oversized or delicate smaller prints, I love the fun factor these motifs bring with them and how easy they are to incorporate into your wardrobe. Team a printed blouse or graphic jumper with jeans and you’re all set, or try a subtle touch with your accessories.

  • I love the humour in this Cat and Mouse print blouse – Hobbs NW3
  • A subtle (if possible) take on flamingos in another easy neutral shade – Pink flamingo jumper – Dorothy Perkins
  • For those who like to keep their style simple, stick with neutral shades and a classy motif. Cat jumper – Hobbs NW3
  • Remember the swallow print dress featured as a Friday Frock? Warehouse have resurrected it in blue this season and I love the midi-length to this dress. Skylark Midi-dress – Warehouse
  • Birds are everywhere again this season but are leaning towards tropical or cute, like this pair of owls… Owl belt – Hobbs NW3
  • You can’t get more graphic than this eye popping blue flamingo jumper (also in cream) – Dorothy Perkins
  • You’ve got to love a bumble bee and this pretty enamel pair will work hard to brighten up your wardrobe… Honey bee earrings – Hobbs NW3
  • And this is the one Florence loves… the Pink Toucan scarf – Dorothy Perkins

What do you think readers? Is this a trend you’ll be trying out? – I love it, hope you do too!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’Clock

This week’s Friday Frock is all about the leopard and a taste of things to come next week. Leopard prints are absolutely everywhere this season and I think when a trend is massive like this there’s only one thing to do. Embrace it.

Warehouse-Leopard-print dress
*Warehouse Leopard print knit dress, £45

The potential barmaid look to this dress is softened by the looser shape and angora mix lending a bit more of the kitten and less of the sex-appeal. Team it with leather as shown here however and I won’t be responsible for the consequences!

At a bargain £45, you also won’t be feeling disappointed if you aren’t brave enough to wear it to death or leopard doesn’t live on next season.

Long live leopard.

Got a frock you’re lusting over? Drop a link or comment in the box below and let’s all see spots 😉

Love,
Rebecca.
xo

PS. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about ‘Friday Frocks’… read more here.

Friday Frock O’Clock

Just a little reminder this afternoon that it’s still 20% off at Whistles in association with Grazia Magazine.

Get your copy now and get shopping.

In view of this, this week’s dress is a Whistles number, the Adele Double leopard spot dress. I love the print and the flippy skirt. 🙂

So what’s your Friday Frock going to be?

Love,
Rebecca.
xo

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