Triple Temptation: Boden Coats


Sienna (stripe) coat // (Mint) Pea Coat // Cape

For the first time in what feels like forever, I am REALLY excited about he coming seasons clothes. I think it’s a combination of not being in maternity clothes/post natal and the fact that the summer has been so poor I almost feel like just moving onto crisp autumn days and cosy sweaters for chilly weather, but either way, I’m desperate to start shopping!

As it’s no capsule time yet, I’m trying to control myself, but instead I’m preparing – scouring ally he new collections and deciding what I want and then what will all work together as a great capsule. What I may have to make an exception for is a coat. ever one knows the best ones go early and this year I’m int he market for a new one. Boden’s new catalogue is fab but the coats and accessories are the standouts for me and although I don’t think these pictures do them justice, the options are brilliant. This cape is waaaay more vibrant than the stock image and the Peacoat I’d choose in Navy. Theres also a couple of amazing coatigans.

Have you got your eye son a new coat? I have no doubt Erin will have some amazing options to share soon too!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Buy: October

Good morning readers! Today I have a new regular contributor to introduce to the FF team! Erin is a regular commenter and old friend of mine who always impresses me in the style stakes. She will be taking the fashion helm here at FF and writing 2 monthly posts, the first one sharing her must buy’s for the coming month and the second showing how she wore them. I’m super excited that she is joining the team and I hope you’ll give her a warm welcome and enjoy her posts. Take it away Erin! PS Happy Birthday!

When Rebecca asked me to guest post on Florence Finds about fashion and style, I was over the moon. I love to indulge my fashion passion when I can and although I don’t work in that field at all, I like to keep an eye on trends and pieces to help influence my own wardrobe.

October is one of my favourite month’s of the year, not least because it’s my birthday month (actually very apt as it’s today!), but it also heralds the start of the cooler weather and the countdown, dare I say, to Christmas. There are a few AW14 trends I’ve been looking at trialing this season, and October is the time to invest or dip into some of them, because if you are anything like me, when the time comes and you DO decide you want something, it’s almost always sold out.

Here’s my roundup of the key items I believe you need to think about buying now, before it’s too late.

Faux Fur

Striped Coat // Shoe Clips // Gilet // Stole

There’s no getting away from it, Faux Fur is everywhere. From huge teddy-bear coats to subtle keyrings, you can choose your involvement level! I love the stoles from Helen Moore, and Topshop have a great take on a Boxy gilet – perfect to put over jeans or a dress for those in-between days.

Anything Burgundy

Ballet Pumps // Tunic // Skirt // Boots

Burgundy (or Wine, Oxblood and Maroon as I’ve seen it described) is THE colour of the season. From boots and bags, to jeans and evening dresses, you’ll find it everywhere. Now is the time to buy a piece that you love that will take you through the season. These Clarks boots are wonderful – I love the pony skin and leather combination for added interest.

Loafers


Metallic // Snakeskin // Classic

I owned my first pair of loafers when I was in Secondary school. They were a flat black patent mock croc pair from Next and I wore them to death. I’m so pleased that these are now one of the shoes of the season. Anything with tassels gets my vote! From Metallics, to Snakeskin or plain, there’s plenty to choose from – just make sure you buy a pair you know you will love and they’ll work very hard for you. Wear with cigarette trousers and a slouchy knit, or an a-line skirt and slim polo, there are plenty of options, with or without Opaques!

Jewels

Shirt // Shoes

It’s no secret that I’m a huge magpie and so I adore all the jewelled bits that are around. Pick up a shirt like this H&M one as a nod to the trend, or go all-out with something like these pumps that are sure to dress up even the plainest of outfits. I’ve actually just bought these and can’t wait to wear them with jeans and dresses.

A Coat!

Navy & Leather // Pink Stripe  // Red Check

It probably sounds obvious, but buying a coat now, and not when it gets really cold, is a must. I always get to the point where I’ve not bought one and then panic; of course nothing is left in my size that I like. There are some beautiful ones around this season, from dressing gown style to more structured pieces, but I’m really loving the checked styles, especially this M&S one which would look gorgeous over denim or all black, and also anything Black & Navy, THE colour combination of the season. This one from H&M ticks that box, as well as the leather one too. A good investment!

Will any of the above items be on your October list? I’d love to hear.

Erin xx

Find Erin on Twitter @ErinLauraWalsh or Instagram @ShoeQueen79

Spotted: AllSaints AW12

Usually as the first few months of the new fashion season progress, I would be writing round ups and reviews of brands and stores that are inspiring me. This year you may have noticed the absence of shopping round ups, but the truth is I really haven’t been that inspired by whole collections, instead picking and choosing from different stores.

That was until I fell in love with a necklace in AllSaints and ended up stalking the website. I signed up to their email alerts and every one that dropped into my inbox had me lusting after a new purchase. I hold my hands up, I haven’t bought anything from AllSaints in years, feeling it was often of dubious workmanship, overpriced and unsuited to my tastes but since looking again recently I really feel that has changed.

The bad news is the price hasn’t changed. These are still big ticket luxury items for the average person but the quality is now directly proportional. I’ve seen incredibly stylish outerwear (a couple of military inspired coats,) lovely ankle boots both for smart and casual wear, covetable accessories in leather with embellishment and lots of chic leather pieces. I thought I would feature a round up of my most lusted-after items and see what your thoughts were. I’ve arranged them roughly into outfits although a lot will mix and match and I’m rather hoping Santa might be reading this – I’ll take the lot pretty please ;)

When did you last look at AllSaints and have I made you look again?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Fash Flash: AW12 Coats (first look)

It’s still too warm to be giving even a passing thought to coats but my head has been turned already so I thought I’d start the blog ball rolling and hear your thoughts on coats this year.

I’m honestly not a ‘coat’ person. I know some people really look forward to a winter coat purchase but for years I have struggled to find the right ones, or perhaps to justify the cost of a coat as there never seems to truly be a one-style fits all solution. Maybe I’ve let go of the quest for a does-it-all garment and embraced the joy of choosing a coat for every situation, either way, I’ve identified 3 key styles that I’m ‘desperately’ in need of this year and lusting after already. Co-incidentally, all of todays selections come from Zara, who are literally on fire in the outerwear department this season, but aren’t they always?

Remember this post and my wear-everywhere GAP lightweight parka? It has remained as useful as I claimed it was and I’ve worn it non-stop this summer, particularly in the constant showers. Now I can’t imagine being without one so I’m on a quest for a warm winter version to keep wrapped up in at the weekend or on the run around town.

Now I have a properly grown-up job, I want a properly grown up coat (I have been known to do home visits in my leather jacket which causes the occasional raised eyebrow!) The minimal slim car-coat styles with collar embellishment and detailed sleeves are calling out to me, along with voluminous cocoons for a striking silhouette.

I can’t deny, I’m a city girl, yet at the weekends I’m often found tramping around the local water park and nature reserve in less than clement weather. I’d love a Barbour but for occasional weekend wear I can’t justify the cost, so thought I’d buy a cheaper version and see how much wear I get out of it. This one is just as chic for the girl-about-town as getting out of town.

So what have you got in mind this winter for your outerwear? Don’t worry, this isn’t the last post you’ll be seeing, merely a teaser. Look out for more detailed fash flashes coming soon ;)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Shop the Sales: Coats

I could dedicate post upon post to what the sales have to offer this year, but I think that might be a little bit tiring for you all (read ‘boring’) so, instead, I’ll be focusing on a few key items and stores that are particularly worthy of consideration this year when you hit the sales.

First up, I always think the sales are a great time to purchase a coat. They are usually massively reduced, so whether you want a bargain because the pennies need to stretch further this year, or want to make a killing on something rather fancy that you’re spending Christmas money on, it’s a great time. Add to that the fact that you will still get at least another 3 months wear out of it, just this year, and it’s an even better purchase to feel smug about.

So here’s my round up, broken down by cost, and please do share any coats you’ve recently been lucky enough to buy or have bestowed upon you for Christmas!

  • Car Coats have been everywhere this season and I think require a certain je ne sais quoi, but if you think you’ve got it, this colour blocked number will take you right through to spring and beyond. Red Car Coat – Oasis £50 £38
  • My sister bought this steal of a coat in the sales and it looks great on, if a little boring in the picture. Smart, with with a bit of interest in the colour it’s a flattering shape for curvier girls. Double breasted reefer texture (burgundy) coat – Oasis £95 £65
  • I bought a parka last month and haven’t had it off. Dress it up or down and this one is perfect for that off-duty model look. Ted Baker Hooded (parka) jacket with tie waist £159 £111

  • You’ve got to love the detail in this Whistles Emely D-Ring Coat in classic camel brought up to date with the tangerine detailing. £350 £175
  • Feeling seventies? Get some Disco fever – just as good with jeans as a frock, in this Reiss Jillie faux fur jacket (as seen on Cheryl Cole) £245 £145
  • And my old favourite the cape, previously seen on Florence Finds, but not at this price – Alice Temperley Black Riviera Cape from My-Wardrobe.com £325 £227

  • For a quality pop of colour, I love this DKNY Pink Double breasted wool coat from My-wardrobe.com £587 £410
  • If you’ve got a boss to impress, hell, anyone to impress, you can’t go wrong with this uber luxe longline (yet slim) coat from Jaeger – The Warwick – Camel full length wool and angora coat £550 £380

So, any favourites for you here? Or have you got a steal to share, please let us know!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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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