Triple Temptation: One Piece


All from Topshop

Recently I’ve been thinking about swim wear. I’m a firm believer that those who are young (and old if you feel like it!) should wear a two piece bikini, for no other reason than that you can! After all, as with many other fashion items, it’s one of those situations where you might feel self conscious at the time, but in 5 or 10 years time, odds are that you’ll look back and wonder what you were worried about.

However, this summer we’re spending a week in Cornwall with Pete’s family. There will be lots of beach time and the possibility of quite a bit of beach activity, body boarding, surfing and generally running about. As a result I’ve been thinking that for practicality’s sake (and in the interests of not flashing my in-laws,) a one piece might be the best way forward. Whilst these may not be the most sports appropriate, they have erased all feeling that swimsuits are not stylish with their digital prints, mirrored embellishment and my personal favourite, the red on pink colour block.

So what do you think readers? Can I convince you?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: The new colour block…

Today’s What to Wear is something I saw and just immediately loved. I’ve already featured it in this post, about the Bric-a-bloc new take on colour blocking trend and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that the colour way feels fresh and new, and is a little bit 70’s with the neutrals and orange.


Skirt – Whistles // Organic Cotton Tee – Zara // Foldable Hat – Christys // Bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs // Sandals – Dune (old) // Bangle – H&M // Nails – Nails Inc: Toes – Flouro Portobello Road and Fingers – Strawberry scented sheer Henley Regatta //

The Whistles skirt is so easy to wear. I was in San Francisco when these were taken and wore it for a walk on the Embarcadero, breakfast, a spot of browsing in the farmers market then a longer walk to see the Sea Lions at Pier 39. It’s cool and has a really lovely drape to it, didn’t crease in my case, and works just as well with a white vest or later in the year I’ll be teaming it with a slouchy navy jumper.

For now however, I thought it was just begging to be paired with straw and I bought this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag in Macys during an awesome ‘Girls weekend’ promotion giving 25% off. Result. A bright flouro coral, I didn’t think it would work with orange but seems to take on an orange hue when the two are together, then looking pinker when I paired it with the coral and pink items I brought with me.


Look out for more about the hat… it was possibly my favourite and most useful holiday item, keeping my face out of the sun for the whole 12 days.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Fash Flash: Bric-a-Bloc

This morning I’m sharing a micro trend that I have seen all over the high street from French Connection to Reiss and Whistles. Block colour has remained big this season but its happening in a new way, with the colour literally being blocked within one piece. Showing up again in a muted palette of neutrals combined with desert shades of clay, burnt orange and bright tangerine, is seems new and fresh for summer when the SS trends can start to lose some of their appeal as we all get ready for something new.

Here are a few of the pieces I have found… I’ve already bought the skirt from Whistles (pictured here with the matching shirt – the range in this pattern is exclusive to Selfridges stores) as a summer wardrobe refresher and given the colour palette it’s going to work brilliantly into Autumn too.

Do you like?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Pink and Navy

Ok, so, in all my enthusiasm last week (for pink, obvs,) I kinda forgot that it was February. Cold, wet, windy and all-around miserable February. After last week’s Fash Flash, I headed straight out and purchased the H&M pink trousers (£14.99) and congratulated myself with Sushi – stuff that cheap never fits me properly. Then I got it home and promptly wore them on the couch. As you do.

Not satisfied with the couch alone, I wanted to wear them at the weekend and found myself thinking, hang on a minute, how am I going to wear these without looking like an idiot in February? Tricky. My couch ensemble was perfect for a summer day, not the back end of winter. It’s not even March yet people!

But then I thought, wait a second, I think you guys must be having exactly the same problems. Victoria mentioned trans-seasonal outerwear dilemmas on Facebook and it’s London Fashion Week. That means the whole of the fashion-world-at-large rocking this season’s trends on the streets of London, despite the weather and (hopefully) avoiding the season in-appropriate fash-victim look.

So here’s how I did pink trousers in February…

Surely the easiest way to do brights is teamed with neutrals. In my book, navy counts as a neutral and it’s also a blinder of a colour teamed with pink, so on went the cozy. My striped top was a nod (or perhaps encouragement) to spring and then of course my trusty GAP parka in (another neutral in my book,) khaki. Topped with a sludgy blue scarf, I was wrapped up and ready to go.

My other reason for wanting to bring the trousers out? I really wanted to wear my new Belle Sigerson Morrison boots. I looked high and low all of last year for spring/summer grey boots and finally found the perfect pair a few weeks back from The Outnet. They were no where near as bargainous as the H&M trousers, although that depends on whether you look at the final price or the discount, but I worship at their dove grey uppers.

A couple of other new bits I’m particularly loving right now? A chunky gold link bracelet I found in Banana Republic last week in the sale – a bargain and something I can see myself wearing again and again, layered up or on its own. The nail polish was my final uber-bargain. One of a set of four from H&M for £2.99 – this one is a pale pistachio green, and the pink on my toes also came in the packet along with a lemon yellow and lilac. Perfect for SS12’s pastel trends.

So what do you think guys? How are you making your new spring purchases work while the weather stays grim? Look out for a bit more fashion and beauty this week on Florence Finds – we’re giving a nod to #LFW with some related posts and then some serious anti-fashion for good measure!

Pop back later for this month’s Book Club,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: Whistles SS12

It’s not a secret that I am a big fan of Whistles, and this season, I am loving the early press releases of their collections. Full of pieces that are easy to wear (read: loose shapes and chiffon pleats) there’s also a healthy dose of colour interspersed among the navy that I love.

First up, my key seasonal piece – the laser cut out leather top. You’ll be seeing a lot of this in the ad campaigns I suspect (ditto leather on the whole this season) and I think it’s one of those pieces that will go a long way in your wardrobe, seasonless and a style staple for years to come. Expect long waiting lists and sell out success.

Next, my favourite, the floral prints. I was a little underwhelmed by Whistles last season, mainly due to the lack of colour and as a big fan of brights my prayers have been answered. Although I’m not sure I’m brave enough to rock the tailoring in fuschia, the yellow print dress virtually has my name on it. Check out the sample of print here that translates into this fabulous jumpsuit too.

Your sartorial fashion crises solved for any summer formal events? The dresses. There’s not a season goes by without me buying a Whistles dress, although I have also been known where possible (and Whistles often do it) to buy the top and skirt in one print then wear together or separately, particularly when it comes to a more casual look. The jumpsuit featured here has been tipped for the top of the style charts but I am head over heels about the scallop edged cream dress. Come to Mama.

Lastly, global prints. Although I’ll admit when I first clocked these I wasn’t that keen, I’ve now scoured the collection images 3 or 4 times and each time I get more and more enamoured with the look. There is something very nonchalant about the shapes. Did I mention those sunglasses – chic.

I’m also loving the styling in these images. Often absorbed by the clothes themselves, I am actually kind of wishing I was the model in these shots with her grown-up look and simple style. All in all, Whistles SS12 is a winner for me..

What do you think readers? Are you a fan of Whistles or could this collection convert you?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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