How I Wore: March

Hello there Readers!

Well wasn’t that a blustery weekend!? I really wish all the days could have been like Friday which was a perfect Spring day  here but no. Torrential rain, hailstones,l and galeforce winds prevailed. Oh well, at least there was Chocolate! And Roast Lamb. I think I prefer the latter…

On to “How I’ve Worn” March. The month has seen me return to work after 10 months Mat Leave. That went fast! I can’t deny its busy of a morning (understatement), and I’ve been pretty slack at taking daily photos, but my return to work outfits have mostly consisted of dresses which has been quite liberating after months of “one up one down”, plus they are a no-brainer of a put-together outfit.

  

Topshop Dress / Ash Boots

H&M Jumper (old) / George Skirt (old) / R&B Boots

I’ve also worn a fair bit of green. Don’t ask me why, I’ve just been drawn to it. Especially Khaki. Oh, and flat shoes. My  Apple Watch tells me I now walk around 14,000 steps a day, and that’s just my commute to and from the office now we’ve moved to basically Shoreditch. Any walking between meetings is extra. Heels are firmly in my bag to change in to these days!

  
Something new for me though has been on the beauty side of things – I introduced a darker lipstick into my make-up bag and I must say I’m rather liking it. Definitely one for more reds/oranges (Nars Red Sqaure being my favourite), this wine colour is really growing on me. The lipstick itself is also amazing. Very hydrating and good colour – from a brand I didn’t know. One to try if you are in the market for a new lippy. There’s a fab range of colours. 

You’ll also see in the picture above my Mothers Day gift from all three of the guys in my life. An initial for each of them on different metals (Silver for R, Gold for C and Rose Gold for O). A very thoughtful, and unexpected, gift 🙂

I’ll try and be better for April. I’m hoping that Spring will finally, well spring, so I can relegate the Opaques and boots for bare ankles and no socks at least!

Enjoy the last couple of days of the month and I’ll be back next week with my roundup.

Erin xx 
 

How to Wear: January

Good Morning Readers

I hope you have all had good January’s. Mine has been interesting to say the least. Little did I think that it would include a four day hospital stay for Pneumonia! I’m feeling a lot better now, but it did take me, and my whole family by surprise. The one good thing that came out of the experience was that I actually got a chance to read (not much else to do in hospital!) so I’ve made a good dent into one of my New Year Goals.

Due to that stay, and the week preceding my admission when I wasn’t feeling well at all (I thought I had the flu), I’ve not really been wearing anything that exciting. I did make a couple of cheeky purchases though.

One was a fantastic pair of jeans from a boutique local to me, Quattro Rich. They are a pair of Twist & Tango jeans and the perfect burgundy red colour – something that will go very well with a lot in my wardrobe. Not proper ‘denim’ but more of a heavy cotton twill, they are so flattering on the leg. Quattro Rich stock a lot of Twist & Tango bits (these jeans have unfortunately sold out) but it’s always worth giving Ivy and her team a call to see what they have, as she does offer a mail order service. The best bit about these were that they were a sales bargain – thank you January.

Another item I got was actually some underwear. I have to admit it’s been a struggle finding underwear to wear that’s comfortable whilst nursing. I have been massively put off nursing bras since I had a bad bout of Mastitis in the Autumn (I partly blame the fact I got it on a bad fitting bra I had from a well-known Mother & Baby retailer, even though they measured me. Turns out they measured me hugely incorrectly!). Since then, I have been wearing some vests from H&M which have been great, but lacking in support. I was then looking for something of a similar ilk, and came across this vest. What can I say – life-changing! Not only does it give you good support and good access, plus feels so nice on – the straps are so comfortable – it slims your silhouette so clothes look better on. A miracle in a vest! Granted, they aren’t the cheapest option around, but for something I have worn EVERY DAY, the cost-per-wear is low. Once I’m wearing something other than jeans and a sweatshirt again, I’ll post a picture of the difference it makes underneath clothes. Really, I can’t recommend these enough if you are nursing, or about to be as I know some of you are.

Finally, I had my first outing in a new pair of boots. I succumbed and bought a pair of Topshop Magnificent “Sock” boots. I own a fair few midi skirts and dresses, plus cropped jeans/culottes, and had read that these would be perfect to update them for winter. The reviews weren’t wrong. Very comfortable with a good heel hight (I had to size up but I often do in Topshop shoes), they are great boots – perfect Cognac brown colour and a modern toe shape. The purchase was made all the more sweet as I had a credit note burning a hole in my purse. Win Win.

Apologies again that there aren’t more pictures of me. I am on the mend, and come the end of Feb, I’m sure I’ll be back again in full health. I’ll be back soon with what to buy in February… Until then!

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 😉

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

Save or Splurge? Winter Weather Boots

November is flying by and already I’m thinking about my next capsule wardrobe. As I said I would update it in December I’ve already been looking at some warmer updates and evaluating how well certain pieces worked for me, what did and didn’t get used etc. One of the (few) things I promised myself I would buy was some warm, flat winter boots for walking in the cold and potential snow and I was particularly drawn to the new water resistant, (and they do some waterproof) UGG boots as mine have seen better days. They would be perfect for my lifestyle right now.


F&F double buckle boots £25 (Suede version £35) // UGG Sutter £240

Then I happened to spot a very similar pair in Tesco which looked pretty good for the very reasonable price tag. If I’m honest I’m inclined to splurge on this particular item as I know they will be in my wardrobe for years to come and do me good service, but if you want a quick update or are needing to spread the pennies thin right now, these could be the answer!

What do you think readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Florence’s Favourites: The Sanctuary

I’ve been a long time fan of The Sanctuary products, so when I recieved a box full of ‘Spathroom Essentials’ from The Sanctuary, in the midst of the building site that passes for our patio whilst surveying the kitchen wreckage, I couldn’t have been happier. The products have a really luxurious feel without being mega expensive and do the job too so I couldn’t wait to start using them.

I cannot tell you what a godsend it felt like to have an excuse to pamper instead of clean or DIY or decorate, especially while pregnant!

I particularly loved the 5 day moisture hand lotion. My hands are taking a real beating at the moment and this stuff really works to moisturise and soothe.

If you asked me what my favourite body scrub is, hands down I would have told you it was this one, the Sanctuary Salt Scrub. The smell is divine, (as is that of the body butter,) so paired with the bath soak and a scented candle it sounds like my idea of heaven right now.

And for the face? You know I love a good diy spa sesh, and this thermal detox mask is right up there with the best of them when it comes to keeping breakouts at bay or putting an end to an untimely bout of troublesome skin. The therapists facial oil is hydrating, leaves my skin velvety soft and miraculously not greasy at all.

So guys, do you use Sanctuary products? And do you have any favourites?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products were provided by The Sanctuary, however as you can see from previous posts I am a long time fan and happy to recommend their products.

PS. Previous Sanctuary posts…
Sanctuary Therapists facial Oil
DIY Pampering pedicure
Beauty: Tried & Liked (Thermal clay mask)

Triple Temptation: Spring Boots

*I’ve had a bit of a play around with the design of Florence Finds this weekend, installing a new header and some new blog buttons on the right, so you can easily find me in all my usual social haunts online. I really felt like I wanted a more cohesive feminine yet modern colour palette, that better represented the blog. Have a click around and let me know what you think – I hope you like it!


Spiral suede boot, Ash @ Atterley Road// Kir Royale Suede Boots, Whistles // Untouchable ankle boots, Office

For a long while now, I’ve been coveting these Ash ankle boots. I knew I would get tons of wear out of them and (ignoring that the suede isn’t all that spring appropriate,) they are perfect while the weather remains chilly. I wanted to find that perfect mink/greige shade too that would work with greys but not look out of place with warmer toned items. I almost ordered them online but really wanted to try the fit so went in search of them this Saturday. I was unsuccessful but stumbled across 2 other takes on the trend that I loved.

The Whistles pair above I bought and actually returned, as they were a little too smart for what I wanted them for. They were however ridiculously soft and comfy. Office eventually came up trumps with a great take on the Ash pair at less than half the price. I’m wearing them with my coloured skinnies this spring and later I’ll be pairing them with a summer dress for a festival vibe. And at a high street price I won’t be precious about treating the suede with a scotch guard then getting on with wearing them whatever the weather, instead of worrying about potential rain!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS – It’s a two post day!

Triple Temptation: Tribal Accents


DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen at My Wardrobe £310 // PENTRA – Western Style Fabric Ankle Boot, Bertie £83 // Maison Scotch Navajo print sleeved Mac coat at Atterley Road £185

I’ve noticed tribal inspired embroidered panel details cropping up everywhere recently and although at first glance it seems to be more of an autumnal feel, I’m imagining it channelling South Western America with Native American Indian details against a desert backdrop and teamed with faded t-shirts, skinny jeans and tasselled bags. I totally fell in love with this Mac but in actual fact, I can see the boots having massive longevity worn all through summer with cotton sun dresses, at festivals and the like, and then with warm toned knits through to autumn. (There’s also a great navy jacket at a lower price point right now in M&S with shoulder panel detail like the first one here.)

Do you like it?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS. It’s a two post day 🙂

Florence’s favourite: Facial Exfoliators

I am somewhat of a creature of habit when it comes to skin care. I love my Eve Lom cleanser, don’t vary my moisturiser or sunscreen choices much, and even have my favourites with haircare and cosmetics, but today I have a new ‘find’ to share with you all.

One thing I have always been a fan of is exfoliators. I love the feeling of smoothness you get after using them and the idea of sloughing away all those dead cells. Now that I use Eve Lom I actually don’t use exfoliators all that often as the muslin cloth exfoliates for me daily. However when I needed a boost I used to occasionally use Dermalogica’s daily microfoliant. I’ve had that for years though so when I spotted this No.7 micro-dermabrasion exfoliator, I thought I would give it a go. Reporting to be so effective you should wear extra sunscreen, I was hoping for big things.

I prefer my exfoliators to feel like they are doing something and this one came out as a granulated paste, with an almost sand like texture when rubbed in. I was really pleased with the results too. Super smooth skin, as promised, and although I expect some level of tightness in the skin after exfoliating, it wasn’t overly uncomfortable.

I’m so happy with it, I binned the Dermalogica. My skin has cleared up massively in recent weeks, (more on that later,) so I was really keen to make the most of it. Add to that the fact that I’ve been thinking about stepping up my skin-care in view of my recent big-three-oh birthday and I think this product is worth a try if you want to do the same. At £11 I didn’t think it was too expensive either, just over a third of the price of the Demalogica.

Have you tried the No.7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion exfoliator? Or have you got a favourite you can recommend here?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear – The PenDo Edition

This morning, I thought I’d do a what to wear with a difference… This is what real women wear. Women that I’m proud to call my friends.

Last weekend I went away for the night to Leeds for the long-awaited Do-of-Pen. Penny, our music guru here at Florence Finds, had organised a meet up for some lovely ladies who chat on Twitter and when the day dawned, of course, it was all about what to wear. I often go for fashion forward choices in my own what to wear posts, partly because I love to experiment, but partly because I feel obliged to practise what I preach. However, that doesn’t stop me from looking forward to every night out to see what people are wearing and this one was no exception! I thought I’d do a round up of what everyone else wore and maybe it would give you some ideas on how to switch up your accessories, make an unexpected colour pairing or just provide a damn good nosey!

The outfits are in colour order, as we (unintentionally) created a fabulous rainbow, of colour (and personalities) that worked beautifully together 🙂

Anna (Any Other Wedding)

  • French Connection nude dress
  • Black tights
  • Feather necklace – similar here
  • Black heels – similar from Zara

Penny (Bad Penny Says)

  • Pink dress, (similar at ASOS)
  • Leather jacket – similar at H&M
  • Unicorn earrings. Yes, Penny is that cool.

Me: (The only one I have a photo of and it wasn’t taken on the night!) Remember the Friday Frock? Check in here for the dress details and the tights are Topshop, finished with Mac’s ‘Lady Danger’ orange-red lipstick and orange nails.

 

Kirsty (A Safe Mooring)

  • Red Dress – H&M
  • Pink Tights – H&M
  • Glitter Boots – New Look (Now out of stock)

Gemma (Prettiest Hobo)

Bex (Olive Dragonfly)

  • Green Dress – Oasis
  • Glitter boots – as above.
  • Earrings – A wedding gift but find similar at Carat

Amy (Field and Fallow)

  • Turquoise dress
  • Yes, that is a bow, and yes, it was worn in Amy’s waist length hair, a la Gaga! Courtesy of Gemma’s hair skillz.
  • Leopard flats


Laura (A Parliament of Owls)

  • Zig Zag beaded bag
  • Navy asymmetrical dress
  • Nude patent platform heels
  • Crowned with FAB-ulous hair we were all frankly jealous of.

Lucy (Lucy Stendall)

  • Black dress with beaded neck detail. get the look on your LBD by adding a statement beaded bib necklace like this one.
  • Lucy’s look was all about the glamour – very Audrey Hepburn: Red lip and liner flick.

So ladies, we’re going to do a SATC-esque commenting effort now… which lady are you?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS Manchester next?

What to Wear… Zara Cape

I’ve thought long and hard about doing these types of posts, so I really hope they don’t come across as self obsession or gratification. I figure that if I’m going to have any kind of credibility in making fashion observations and offering style advice then I really ought to be putting my money where my mouth is and sharing a few of the outfits that I have put together. I could have made a mood board, but again, it’s against everything that Florence Finds is about to add any falsity to this or veil the reality, so it’s just me, my clothes, images taken by my iPhone and hopefully a little inspiration for you all.

You won’t see too many of these by the way, mainly because the majority of my time is spent in front of the computer, at work, or in my PJ’s but if I’ve got an outfit or new purchase that I’m particularly pleased with then you might see it shared here.

So, first up, my absolute favourite 2 new purchases – my Zara cape and boots.

Cape – Zara
Cream lace shoulder sheer(ish) Blouse – Warehouse
Whistle necklace – Whistles (2010)
Tailored Navy Shorts – Whistles
Boots (Burgundy leather, black suede and cream snakeskin toe) – Zara
Bag – Coach (2009)

I’m having a borderline obsessive affair with these boots and haven’t taken the cape off. I’ve wanted a cape for so long and this colour, with the texture and the modern line to it, is just perfect. That the boots seem to go with everything in my wardrobe is a bonus and they are super flattering with the leg-elongating v-front. The photos really don’t do them justice so please head over to the site, if not just to dribble over their perfect-bootie porn 😉

Get thee to Zara ASAP and make your purchases. You won’t be disappointed.

Love,
Rebecca
x

PS – it’s three post Thursday 😉

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