#JanuaryJoy: Refresh your Style

Hello Readers!

HNY to you all. 2014 was certainly a blur but I enjoyed the pace of the final two weeks where I had the time off work to spend with Hubby and son. Returning to work on Monday was a big struggle!

I know I didn’t recap what I wore in December but I’m sure you were all too busy enjoying your festive periods to care anyway 😉 Thank you to all those of you that joined in with #fffestivefun – it was lovely to see your interpretation of the daily prompts.

January can be a bit of a mixed bag. With the Media serving up initiatives like Dryathalon (all for good causes though), the inevitable return to the norm (be that work, school or just regular life after the buzz of Christmas) and the fact that it can be so long until Pay Day for some, it’s not surprising that January is often billed as a depressing month.

However, fear not! This month’s What to Buy features some great pieces that you’ll mostly find in the remains of the Sale, and as some of you may be on a budget, nothing exceeds £40. Coupled with Rebecca’s #JanuaryJoy, we can make this years Jan a bright one!

A Classic Jumper

My love for J Crew knows no bounds and although my American boss doesn’t know what all the fuss is about (“It’s like M&S isn’t it?”… erm No!), the Tippi Jumper is one of my favourite pieces. Bracelet length sleeves and a close enough fit to be worn smart or casually, the Tippi is a good alternative to a T-shirt for the Spring. These two colours are reduced in the sale and are actually great Spring colours. Uniqlo and Gap are also good places to find really good alternatives, also in Merino Wool.

J Crew / Uniqlo / Gap

An Oversized Knit

These are everywhere and since the winter months firmly still with us, you’d get a lot of wear out of it. I wear mine either as a Jumper dress for work or with faux leather leggings for easy weekend wear. I especially like the camel H&M style – not a massive lover of a polo neck, this is loose enough to be cosy and not make me look too top heavy.

H&M / H&M / M&S / Topshop

Something Lilac

This notorious “Granny” shade is set to be big for SS15. Ranging from the palest purple to something more Neon Parma Violet, it would be a good time to pick up one of these pieces to add to your wardrobe as a nod to Spring, but at AW14 sale prices.

New Look / Clarks / H&M / ASOS


The Magpie in me will never die and anything Sparkly always cheers me up. The F&F flats above have a whiff of Tabitha Simmonds about them. For £7 just click and collect with your weekly shop. Also, I’ve mentioned this shirt before, and now it’s in the sale 😉

H&M / F&F / Zara / Monica Vinader


Again, lace was big on the SS15 collection catwalks and you could easily nod to the trend early with something you pick up now. Granted, the lace seen on the Runways was beautiful pastels and whites, but really, lace is lace right and these colours are much easier to wear in January…

Next / Next / Whistles / Zara 

So what do you think readers? Will you choose something here to brighten up your Jan? My Month has kicked off with our Renovation Project starting at home – meaning we’ve had to move out for a while. I’ll be back later in the month with “How I Wore” January but please forgive any less than salubrious places that my outfit post pictures are taken from. #realliferules after all 😉

Erin xx

What to Buy: December

Morning Readers!

I’m back again with the last “What to Buy” of 2014. I find December such a magical time. In years past, my Hubby and I would always go on holiday in the first week of December and come back around the 16th/17th, and whilst the winter sun was welcome, we always lamented missing the build-up. Working in a big city makes things very festive with brass bands and Carolers welcoming you at the station when you arrive in the morning, not to mention the Christmas Lights, and I always feel I ought to dress according to the season. Here then, is my round-up of things to buy, not only for the cold weather (wow, the temperature has REALLY dropped), but for the magic too 😉


Blue Skirt / Silver Skirt / Foil Sweatshirt / Gold Trousers

Subtle, or a bit more in your face, something with a little bit of bling is a sure-fire way to light up the season. As I mentioned back in my November “How I Wore” post, this skirt is a really nice way to introduce the trend, and I also love these trousers. Available in limited sizes on line, when I went in-store, there were plenty. Wear with something red to really get into the Festive spirit!


Trousers / Dress / Jacket

Who doesn’t like a little bit of sequin at Christmas time? From dainty embellishment to full on glamour for your Christmas Party, there’s something for everyone out there. The magpie in me is drawn to these trousers, but I also love this throw on coat. Perfect for office to after-work drinks!


Jumper / Shirt

Nothing says Christmas more than red. I always used to wear something red on Christmas Day, a tradition I picked up from my Mum whose favourite colour it is, and it’s something that has stuck with me. I’m in love with the Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Jumpers and one in Red is firmly on my Christmas list – I tend to wear the Mens small as I like the fit better. If you aren’t one for wearing a lot of red in your wardrobe choices, then a nice introduction with a red lip or nail is a good idea.

Winter Boots

Lace Up Boots / Fur Lined Boots

Rebecca started my thinking about these with her post on the delicious Ugg’s, but I have also found some other options for something that is essential over winter. Warm, partly stylish, but practical feet, especially when there are children in tow, are a must. I really like these Ilse Jacobsen ones, as well as these Zara Fur Lined bikers – a very good deal for leather at under £100.

Novelty Clutch

Pink / Yes No / Washing Powder / Chocolate

Honestly, you can’t sneeze without seeing these in all the shops. They are a fun way of updating an outfit if your budget doesn’t stretch to something new for your Christmas Party. I’d quite like Santa to bring me a Kate Spade license plate one 😉

So are you feeling Christmassy yet? I’d love to see if any of you wear any of the above as part of the #FFFestiveFun challenge 😉 You won’t see me and what I’ve been wearing at the end of December, as in usual FF style, there won’t be any posts between Christmas and New Year, but I look forward to 2015 and seeing what will be around in the store to share with you all. So, all that remains is to wish you all very Merry Christmasas, and healthy, happy and prosperous New Year’s!

Erin xx

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,


Triple Temptation: Trans-seasonal Scarves

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??

Have you spotted any great scarves readers?


Friday Frock O’clock

Today’s frock is the first one I have been excited about in WEEKS and I’ll tell you why…

Midi Frill sleeve dress £40, ASOS.

Years ago, around the time I started University, I found a gorgeous dress in the Topshop Unique section for a bargain £40 (although that was a lot for me back than,) in the sale. It was teal and made of super light silk, with a v-neck and seventies style frill sleeves. The edge of the neckline was satin ribbon and one day whilst ironing it I just touched the ribbon and it shrivelled into nothing causing a hole in the front of the dress. I was devastated and it took me years more to part with it – always with the vain hope I would some how figure out a way to fix it.

This dress is so similar in style from the front and the shape is so flattering – highlighting your naturally slimmest part at the bottom of the ribcage. It also has the addition of a sexy key hole back and a lovely length. It’s elegant and thoroughly grown up, just what you need as a wardrobe staple. Team with killer heels and this one will take you from work drinks to the Christmas party and everywhere inbetween, I promise. And in a twist of fate, it is also £40!

Happy weekend readers. I have big news for you next week!


Friday Frock O’clock

Denim Pinafore Dress £23, ASOS.

Is it me, or is ASOS on fire right now?

I never used to shop at ASOS, or if I did, it was more like you would in a department store, looking at brands they stock instead of their own range. I perceived it as too young and poor quality but I’ve realised once you get past the gazillion bodycon lycra-esque dresses, there’s some pretty up tot he minute items on there and you can’t fault the prices for a fashion fix. I really love ASOS Collection – their more ‘cutting edge’ London designed selection and it’s from there that this week (and last week’s) dress hails from.

I’m a real fan of dressing down at the weekend and am having a love affair with denim. Whilst you won’t find me getting back into my dungarees from my teenage years, there was something sweet about this pinafore dress that I loved and given the cool weather we’ve been having, I loved the idea of layering up with a long sleeved tee underneath. It’s a youthful look but I think with some ankle boots or preppy flats it could work all summer long and for £32, why not try the trend?

Happy weekend readers! I’m driving down south for a bit of wedding prep with Jess and hoping for glorious weather. I hope you enjoy it too 🙂


Friday Frock O’clock

ASOS Prom dress in Fluro jacquard, £85

I spotted today’s Friday Frock on Pinterest a little while back and knew I had to share it with you all. It just about sums up how I’m feeling right now – bright, fun and a little bit cheeky! The super bright floral manages to take a little of the sweetness off the prom style and I’ve always been a fan of an off the shoulder neckline – it’s insanely flattering and just a little bit flirtatious 😉

I have a summer ball to go to this year and rather than buy a long dress I’m thinking about this one. I can totally see it worn whilst sipping pimms on a sun dappled lawn, then twirling on the dancefloor later. I also love how ASOS have styled it up with of-the-moment perspex bright heels and the chunky diamante necklace – right up my street.

Happy weekend readers! We’re out celebrating with our close friends Jess and Andy who just got engaged (Congratulations guys!) and I can’t wait!


Triple Temptation: ASOS 50% off 50

This week I got a newsletter from ASOS about a spring event – 50% off 50 key pieces. I’m not usually inspired by the selection but this time I clicked through and found 2 items I loved at total steal prices. Even better I could totally see them together so I decided to included a third item (the shoes) and create a triple temptation outfit.

ASOS Metallic PRIOR Pointed High Heels £45 // T-Shirt with Tiger Print in Foil £18, now £9 // Trousers in Geo Jacquard £45, now £22.50

My love affair with metallics and pastels shows no signs of waning so this outfit is right up my street. The sugary pastel tones in the shoes and trousers are given a futuristic edge by the addition of the mirrored metallics and the copper foil tiger tee is just the right amount of quirk to give some necessary cool factor.

What do you think readers?


PS It’s a two post day!

Friday Frock O’clock

This week ladies, instead of me helping you, I need YOUR help.

ASOS petite One shoulder corset dress with feather detail – £85

I am approaching a very big birthday. Ahem. More to come on that particular subject but for now, despite having lots of pretty frocks in my repertoire, I just can’t get past the fact that I need a spectacular one for this occasion. I’m going to a wedding the week after too, so it can do double duty, but for now, my eyes are on the prize. I need a fabulous frock.

You might be wondering why I’m asking you to find one when I have posted this feather skirted number today. This is my nemesis dress. The one I wanted, and I waited, God only knows why, only to find my size is no longer available. I have done myself out of the perfect party frock.

Your mission readers, should you choose to accept it, is to find me a new frock. Links in the comments box please, all suggestions gratefully considered. Or else I may be wearing a bin bag to dinner. 😉

Yours, a frock-less Florence

Fash Flash [Basics]: Little April Showers…

This week the weather has turned on us and we’re all left reaching for the coats and boots all over again. I refuse to listen to the people who are saying how bizarre this weather is though, many of my memories of late snowfall have been freakishly cold snaps in April and of course the traditional weather right now is April showers and sunny spells in-between. It’s enough to leave a girl unsure as to whether she’s coming or going, and when it comes to planning your outfits, it’s all about layering.

One eternally chic wardrobe staple however is the mac, perfect for spring showers and something every girl should have in her wardrobe. It’s an investment so don’t be afraid to spend some money, or if you prefer to wear your clothes to death consider looking for washable fabrics you can throw in to the machine. Here’s my edit of where to snap up a mac for spring.

  1. Black trimmed mac – MANGO £79.99
  2. Hobbs NW3 Wentworth Trench £189.
  3. Double breasted (short) trench, MANGO £49.99 (also available in navy and red)
  4. Cream raincoat, Oasis£48
  5. Full skirted navy trench, OasisNow £50 (from £80)
  6. Cotton trench coat, Burberry Brit at My-Wardrobe.com £595

If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop to try a few different styles, or want something a little more fashion forward, Zara comes up trumps again. The generous collars are very high-fashion and there are plenty of clever details like leather trims and swing backs if you don’t need a belt.

Of course, I can’t resist a splash of colour and there is simply nothing better on a rainy day than a pop of bright colour to cheer you up. All of these Macs are from ASOS and I’d go for any of them in a heart beat, but I’m really coveting the yellow 🙂

Yellow plastic rainmac – £40 ASOS, red rain mac – £199 Lacoste, green pleated swing mac, £50 ASOS

Spotted anything you like here then ladies?

Here’s to staying stylish despite the English weather…


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