Some Fabulous for your Friday

I’m doing a whole lot of reasearch right now on different projects I’m planning and I’ve seen some beautiful things I wanted to share with you all. So here’s some fabulous for your friday. Fabulous finds from around the web…

Flower on wall Giclee Art Print, Silso on Etsy

Bright Pastel Ceramics from Mia Blanche (via Decor8)

Bathroom by Greg Natale (via Oh Joy)

Donna Karen pre-fall ’13

Julia Childs quote chalkboard print, via Lily and Val on Etsy

Your Friday Food: Chocolate cake glazed donut holes, via How Sweet it is

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

This week, I bring you the first of many party dresses. It’s time to start thinking about office parties, Christmas Parties, New Year’s Eve and even Christmas weddings. You can absolutely never ever go wrong with an all over sequinned dress and this one from MANGO has my favourite style of boat neck, cap (slightly on the fierce side) sleeves and a rather lovely belt too.


Sequin velvet dress – MANGO £79

It reminds me of Gwyntheths kick ass red carpet come-back when promoting Iron Man and if we can all look that good, well, then I’ll consider my job done 😉

Happy weekend readers,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

Yesterday I headed into Manchester city centre to meet my Mum for a spot of shopping. I’d had in mind to purchase a skirt I had seen back in Bath a few weeks ago from Marks and Spencer and also to pick up the polka spot chambray shirt in GAP that I instagrammed from there too. (Anyone who saw and wanted it, it’s gone down to £24.99 in the sale.)

While I was in Marks and Spencer I spotted this dress, which really caught my eye for it’s simplistic yet graphic design.


Bodice prom dress, Marks and Spencer

The nude backdrop gives the dress a cut out look and the whole feel of the dress is much more expensive than it’s £45 price tag. I can really see this going the distance right through from now (It’s a pretty light fabric for warmer evenings,) all the way to Christmas parties and working day to night with ease if you layer up with a jumper on top or a shirt underneath. I know I always go on about items working hard, but when you’re on a budget or saving the pennies I think it’s a really important consideration and a perfect way to make a dress work hard. I don’t believe in saving things for best. At this price there’s no need and if you don’t wear it, you’ll have gone off it in a couple of seasons, so you might as well enjoy it now!

Happy weekend readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

I’ve always thought that people who go for a tough look in their fashion tastes are trying to cover something up… some insecurity or self doubt that studs and biker boots might cure. That said, there’s always a day when we need a little extra armoury against the world, like fashionable cotton wool to protect ourselves against life’s daily stresses.

One of those items that everybody needs in their armoury is a little black dress and whether you’ve got a bit of a cold and have to attend an event, or you’re feeling mentally under the weather this is the dress that will have you looking fierce and fabulous, whatever is on the inside.


Taka Darwin Dress, Tresori Matinee necklace, Tain heel and Indra bracelet,all at AllSaints

Being black of course it will be flattering (and I even suspect this is a transitional dress that would work equally well in pregnancy or in the months following having a baby,) being knee length and suitably covered up across an expanding chest area. Ok, it’s not the most summery of dresses but you could make it more seasonal with a nude jacket and shoes or work a monochrome look for an event. More importantly, it gave me a good excuse to highlight the AllSaints sale which has now started and to whip up a bit of a kick-ass outfit, in case you should be requiring one. I have totally got my eye on that necklace.

There’s a few other sales that have started late, notably Monsoon, Accessorize, Zara, MANGO and The White Company.

Happy shopping this weekend readers and do share what you have bought on the Florence Finds facebook page, Tweet me @FlorenceFinds, or pop on here and leave a comment.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Fash Flash… Party Dresses

Ok, so, not having ever been an office worker, the whole office Christmas party has rather escaped me in the past. However the season is fast approaching according to my lovely twitter informants and I thought it was high time I did a little round up of festive frocks.

First up, the glitter gang. I love a sequinned frock, really I do, and I have walked into several shops of late open mouthed and squealing with excitement to see yet another sequinned dress. And therein lies the problem. They are everywhere.

Now, if you’re the type of person who dresses for yourself and hang the rest, then this is still the dress for you. But if there’s a remote whiff of self doubt there and the sight of someone in the same dress will send you straight to the bar loos with tears in your eyes, choose something else. Once the dress for the super confident, sequinned dresses are now for the masses, be warned.

All that said, there are some stunning examples and I have included a few here, chosen for their qualities aside from style (which is a given on these pages!) Despite the above I’ll be struggling to take my own advice and not make a purchase.

For those who don’t suit a high neck, which all the current sequinned dress offerings seem to have, try this V-neck champagne sequin dress from Dorothy Perkins. If you’re not one for tight numbers, this one-sleeved seventies sleeve number from Warehouse is low key luxe. Or, if you want an investment, this classic black strapless tube dress from French Connection will take you from Christmas eve to New Years eve, office party to birthday party and girls night out.

Want to do festive sparkle but not fancying the glitter factory explosion of an all-over sequinned dress? Nail the tribal trend with this beaded Warehouse number, or be super stylish in black and gold chevrons, also Warehouse. If you’re feeling a little bit more rock chick, the lines of this panelled dress from French Connection are super flattering and it’s an edgier look that will last beyond Christmas.

Next, a colour that’s just perfect for Christmas, but also happens to be bang on trend right now. There’s something about red (well, it did inspire a song…) that makes it a statement of confidence, no matter how you are feeling. I also like that when a dress is red, you can wear a simpler shape, something more demure and still look super sexy like this Warehouse midi dress. Ted Baker have also come up trumps with a flirty ruffled number and classic-as-you-like, preppy self-striped frock. I love.

Black is always a winner, and although it’s not a colour I wear, there are some really great black dresses around at the moment. My advice would be to steer clear of anything too classic and mix it up with sheers, try leather or this super fun polka dot number by Topshop Dress Up. Chiffon and sheer pleat dress, Mango. Embellished sleeve dress, Topshop.

Now, I know this is supposed to be party ‘frocks’ BUT, something occurred to me while I was putting this together… is the reign of the party dress over? There are so many other options right now, and separates are a massive trend – I’ve never been tempted to overlook the dress but shorts and jumpsuits are all I can think of when it comes to rocking a trend right now. So, if you’re not a frock girl or want to stay right at the front of the trends, here are my picks for festive style…

Polka dot jumpsuit, Whistles.
Print jumpsuit, Ted Baker.
Sequinned shorts, Warehouse.

And yes. My top choice of shop to get your sparkling festive fashion needs sorted if you’re short on time? You guessed it. Warehouse.

So, let’s hear about your party dresses, or if you have spotted something here that you’ll be seeking out for party action. Tomorrow we’ll talk party accessories from heels to handbags to complete your look 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

Today, Black is Back.

You won’t see many black dresses on these here pages, mainly because I have a massive aversion to black. I know that so many women are completely addicted to it, it’s slimming, it’s classic, it’s work wear… I know, I know, the list goes on. I don’t even mind seeing other people in it, honestly. But when I wear it, I feel funereal.

However, being Halloween, I decided to look for a little black dress because I know there are tons of gorgeous ones out there (I even see them sometimes and think… I would so wear that, if I wore black,) and they are so popular. I intended to find a work-wear dress, maybe something for day wear… and then I found this baby.

Seriously? Once I caught sight of her ruffles? I was toast.

I strongly suspect that you have to be of epic proportions to look good in this dress, all legs and magnificent height, but the picture above is enough to sell it to me! Ted Baker always do amazing party dresses (with amazing prices!) and there’s never a season that I’m not lusting after one of their creations.

So, it’s Friday, time for you to share your favourite frocks – a black theme this week. Anything you’re lusting after, purchasing or wearing, let’s while away the last couple of hours of Friday by leaving a comment we can all look at before the weekend!

Love,
Rebecca.
xo

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