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 😉

Metallics

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!

Sequins


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!

Red

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

Regent Street 24/7

Oxford Street is the place that seems to get the most mentions when it comes to London’s shopping scene, but I have always preferred Regent Street. It’s the place that I always make a beeline for when I head south as it houses some of my favourite stores that you simply can’t find anywhere else. So when I was approached by the Regent Street Online hub to share my favourite stores on Regent Street it was easy to accept.

The  Regent Street Online hub has everything you need to plan a trip; Check on your favourite stores, special discount days or events and restaurants located there. Get involved via Regent Street 24/7, the social media hub which groups Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and other social media activity. Just sign in with your prefered social media account and join the community!

My favourite feature has to be the community page of listed stores and each of their social media access points – find your favourite store on Pinterest and tweet them when you buy something!

I’m hoping you guys might be able to also share your favourite haunts in the area and perhaps a new find for me to stop at next week when I’m in the big smoke! So here are my must-visits on Regent Street, where are yours?

1. Top of the list – Anthropologie. I love this store and when it finally came to the UK it was worth a visit to London in itself. The interiors accessories, books and jewellery are incredible – I lose hours in there every time I step over the threshold. Fortunately there are lovely sofas for Pete to park himself on and wait. 😉

2. Zara Home. Similar in style to Anthro, but at a price point more reminiscent of its fashion sister, Zara Home is my first stop when I want a fresh take on interiors and well priced luxe or world inspired accessories.

3. Banana Republic. Now we have one in Manchester I can get a fix sooner, but for years the Regent Street store was a go-to destination for me for work wear, costume jewellery and bags.

4. With all this shopping you’re bound to work up an appetite and my first stop is always the Regent Street Food Quarter. If you’re new to London and want to meet friends or eat something more substantial for lunch than a Pret sandwich, this is the place. Along Heddon Street, this little route detours off the main drag onto a pedestrianised street lined with restaurants and bars – equally good for a post shopping cocktail. I like Tibits, but Aubaine is also a favourite and The Living Room is always a reliable choice.

5. Another brand reaching our to Regent Street from the U.S. is Coach and I love that buying a handbag here means you won’t see it on everyone’s shoulders.

6. Finally, a newcomer and a soon-coming. & Other Stories, the new store from founder’s of H&M and COS promises the former’s well priced fashion forward staples, and the latter’s streamlined aesthetic, so I’ll be checking it out next week and reporting back. And need I mention the soon-comer? J.Crew, I cannot welcome you to Regent Street soon enough. 😉

So now it’s your turn. Where’s your favourite Regent St hangout?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

*This post is sponsored by Regent Street Online.

What to Wear: Zara Leopard shirt

Today’s What to Wear (and part 2 of my London packing) is an item that I just had to have. I saw it on a shop assistant in Selfridges and instantly fell for the discreet leopard print and fierce but subtle stud detail on the collar and cuffs. It’s a steal from Zara at £29.99 and I took it away with me to London last weekend, wearing it to travel down straight from work that day (seen here) and then again the next day in a quirkier and more trend led ensemble for a day out sight seeing in London town.


Leopard shirt with appliqué collar, Zara £29.99

The work outfit really isn’t anything tricky, but for the weekend and cool East London I decided to try it with my H&M pink trousers (also here) and trusty leather jacket, teaming them with my silver glitter Converse for ultimate comfort when pavement pounding.


Blouse, Zara as above. Trousers, H&M. Jacket, Whistles. Bangle, Banana Republic

Later on, the weather was kind and the afternoon got a little warmer, so after popping back to the hotel to drop off some shopping, I switched my leather jacket for the French Connection nude one I bought recently as it is lighter. It also turned out the Converse weren’t so comfortable so I also swapped to my pointed flats again and had a whole new outfit!


Jacket, French Connection. Blouse, Zara as above. Trousers, H&M. Pointed flats, GAP.

Deviating slightly from the blouse to my capsule wardrobe for the weekend, the only item not covered in the outfits above and in this post that I took with me were pair of navy tailored shorts. I wore them both evening, first with the blouse and tights and patent heels, and then the following evening for a friend’s birthday party when I teamed them with a navy loose fit tee, the nude jacket, tights heels and a statement necklace, as seen in the gallery below.

As always, let me know your thoughts. I should also issue a disclaimer, ’tis Zara, not I that should be blamed for the damage that blouse will do to your credit card, although I think it’s a minor dent for such a cool, but wearable item. 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Saturday Survey and Sneak Peek

Happy weekend readers!

Once again, I’m canvassing opinions from you all and remain ever grateful for the time you spend replying to my questions. As always, if you’d like to feed something back that isn’t covered then please email me on hello@florencefinds.com I love to hear all your thoughts on Florence Finds, good or bad. 🙂

Firstly, Five things…

I mentioned my latest nail polish find from H&M in this weeks What to Wear post, but just had to share the ice-cream sherbet colours with you properly. I can’t find the set online to link to, but you can find all 4 in store for £2.99. We love a bargain here at Florence Finds, so we do 🙂

I’ve been busy accessory buying this week as I treated myself to this yellow and nude enamel bangle from Banana Republic which I’ve been coveting for an unreasonable amount of time.

At the same time I stumbled across something I wasn’t really looking for… that elusive statement necklace. This one is chunky, bright, bold and lady like all at the same time and I snapped it up without hesitation, also from Banana Republic. Soon to be seen in a WTW!


How beautiful is this clear confetti balloon from Bon Bon Balloons on A Diary of Lovely

On a more serious note… you’ve all been a little quiet of late. I don’t know if it’s half term or what, and I’ve certainly noticed that commenters doesn’t = readers, there’s more of you every time I look around, but why so quiet readers? Then I was catching up on A Safe Mooring and the lovely Kirsty just so eloquently explained everything I was thinking. Thanks Kirsty 🙂

Bonus Sneak Peek
This week you get a bonus… a sneak peek at what’s coming next week. And my goodness, this has been a long time coming. Some of you will know instantly what you’re about to see, others will be intrigued. You’re all going to LOVE it!

Five Questions
1. Do you have a favourite type of recipe to see on Florence Finds? (meals, baking etc)
2. Have you participated (ie read the suggested book) in Florence’s Book club yet and if not why not – what kind of books would you like to see featured?
3. How do you prefer to see beauty covered on Florence Finds? (ie tutorials, new products, recommendations and reviews?)
4. What kind of Travel do you want to see covered? (ie UK short breaks, City breaks, hotel reviews, destination guides, longer trips?)
5. (The hard one) It’s the weekend… what am I likely to find you doing?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Saturday Survey…

Happy weekend folks!

I’ve decided I need to get to know you guys a little better and as a result I’m going to run a little series of mini surveys here on the blog over each weekend until…. well until I found out enough I guess!

In return, I’ll post a selection of things I’m loving around the web this weekend, like a little treat for completing the Survey. 🙂 All you have to do is copy and paste the text of my five questions into the comments box and fill in your reply.

I can’t tell you how grateful I will be and hopefully you will all reap the benefits by me learning how I can improve the blog for you in the coming months.

Five Things…

Dashing Magazine is out now – put your feet up and have a read this weekend, it is only their second edition but you wouldn’t know it – it’s a joy to browse.

Want more pretty? Have you seen the new Mulberry SS12 ad campaign? Giant ice creams, Brighton Beach and pastel shades. Super sweet.

I’ve been focusing on interiors after last weeks Kitchen renovation and fell in love with this image by Elise Blaha from flickr.com. Look out for the post that it inspired next week.

A little behind the scenes styling video, sneak previewing the H&M spring summer collections – If you like your fashion affordable you can’t do much better…

Bangles seem to be everywhere this year and I’m loving the shades from Banana Republic.

Now it’s your turn…

Five Questions
1.How did you find Florence Finds?
2.How often do you visit Florence Finds?
3.What is the most common time of day for you to visit?
4.If you had to choose one area of the blog (i.e. menu bar categories… home, fashion etc,) which is your favourite?
5.(The hard one) – How would you describe Florence Finds in one sentence?

Just copy and paste these five questions into the comments box and add your responses. Thanks so much in advance!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Banana Republic Manchester

I happened to visit the Trafford Centre recently and got ridiculously excited to see that Banana Republic have opened their doors there. Banana Republic is a store I love to visit when I’m in America – mainly for work wear but I really like their casual but modern and clean styles for off-duty dressing too.

The new store is classically Banana Republic in style, spacious, light and lots of marble flooring with a sweeping staircase up to menswear.

I’m actually a bit disappointed as I wanted to share some of the new collection with you today but frankly, the images on the site aren’t up to much and some of the things I really wanted to share weren’t even on the website.

However, taken from the look book, here are some of my favourites…

Banana Republic Manchester

The Carole dress was displayed instore with a fab little khaki green jumper over the top which had sequinned shoulder panels, showing perfectly how to take a dress that works well in warmer Autumn days (– will we be getting any of those?) because of the colour palette, into cooler days. This is a great secret to making your wardrobe work – I know lots of people would shy away from spending so much on a work dress, but consider it as a skirt and a dress and you have a piece that works for a large part of the year. Think courts for the Winter in the office as well as a chunky boyfriend cardigan over the top with a big scarf, belt and flat boots for the weekend.

The thing I was most excited about was the Belle Capelet. A modern take on a cape and perfect for this weather when it doesn’t seem to know if it wants to rain or blow a gale or shine, it looks really chic. I may have to make a purchase!
(Click the link to see a little video of the Banana Republic buying director telling us why she loves the Belle Capelet.)

The other thing worth mentioning, particularly if you’re a fan of the fifties/sixties look, is that Banana Republic have launched a Mad Men Collection. Inspired by the TV series it’s got some gorgeous shift dresses and a hefty dose of leopard print to make for some serious glamour.

Do you shop at Banana Republic?

Love,
Rebecca.
xo

PS I also spotted this Mac which I thought would be great for a guy… they never want to wrap up anyway and this is perfect for showers and looking hot smart.

PPS. There’s 25% off trousers at the moment online only at Banana Republic.

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