Friday Frock O’clock

Firstly, after a brief absence from the blog I wanted to say a humongous thank you to all of you for your birthday wishes and to Gemma for taking the reins for a wee while so I could take a break – it really made yesterday extra extra special. 🙂 There’s loads more to share with you but for now, it’s on with the show, with Friday Frock.

Last week, whilst I was browsing MANGO, this simple but stunning dress caught my eye. It strikes me as the perfect dress. Not only is it both stand-out-from-the-crowd bright – an almost neon shade, but it’s also lace, both bang on in terms of current trends.

Red Lace dress – MANGO £59.99

Look a bit further however and this is the kind of dress you’ll never regret giving wardrobe space to. Perfect with opaque tights and black accessories in winter, it will be equally at home this summer at a wedding with nude accessories, or on holiday with leather flip flops and a cross body bag. I like to get my money’s worth from clothes and can’t see this one going wrong at any occasion.

Have a bright and beautiful weekend readers 😉


PS. Do not fear, I have an onslaught of What-to-Wear type posts to share the birthday shenanigans with you all, including THE dress, purchased yesterday. You’ll just have to wait a little longer… 😉

What to Wear: Modern Florals

I may or may not have gone a little bit mad in Zara recently. My excuse is that my wardrobe needed some new season life injecting into it… with a holiday, 2 afternoon teas, my birthday, a couple of big nights out and wedding all on the horizon, I’ve been all about finding the right outfit.

I wasn’t looking for this dress when I stumbled across it. I went into the changing rooms at Zara with about 4 times my allowance of clothes and this was one of the 4 items I left with.

Zara dress // French Connection Jacket // M&S Autograph Shoes (old) // Kate Moss for Topshop clutch (old)

I love floral prints, particularly the kaleidoscopic graphic take on them that we’re seeing this season, a completely bang up to date and grown up version. This dress is super flattering with the focus on the centre of the silhouette, which gives the illusion of narrowing your curves.

The other flattering part of it is the racer-esque cut-away neckline. Remember Kate Winslet wearing this Stella McCartney dress last year and the athletic and toned silhouette she cut on the red carpet? Aside from her mind-blowing curves it was down to the dress, so when I spotted this one, I thought it might be just as flattering.

Obviously, I wore mine with my go-to jacket of the moment from French Connection , and some really old heels that I have from Marks and Spencer Autograph of all places. With racy straps and a zip front in sexy snakeskin, they seemed an appropriate match, without too much of a pattern clash.

The dress is a bargain £49.99 and an a super comfy stretchy cotton, perfect when you’re heading out to stuff your face for dinner 😉

Do you like?


Spotted: 20% off at French Connection!

I hope you’re all having a great Easter weekend so far and having some quality relaxation time?

I love a bargain and get lots of them sent to me to promote on Florence Finds but I tend to only share the rare or significant ones. After all 20% is 20% right?

So when this little discount popped into my inbox last week I though there might be a few of you looking for an occasion dress for summer parties and weddings, which French Connection does really well, who might benefit from the code.

Garden Flowers dress // Pearl Queen Jacket // Tiarella Patent Ankle Strap Courts // Betty Braid Clutch

Just head over to the French Connection site and use the code SUNDAY20 at checkout to get your 20% off! The discount is online only and runs until midnight tonight.

Happy Shopping!


Friday Frock O’clock

This week’s frock is something special. Something that I idly looked at whilst browsing for a frock idea and was instantly hypnotised by. French Connection have released a new premium collection that I’ll admit I was a little sceptical about. Already famous for their embellished dresses in flattering looser styles (which I happen to love) I wondered how they would improve on that and make these dresses of the premium title and price tag.

How wrong I was though. With a strong twenties theme, loose tie waists, embellishment from neckline to hem and mermaid-esque amounts of shimmer, I was really blown away by the whole collection and I have to say, the Pearl Queen dress could almost pass for a Jenny Packham gown with its deco detailing.


Perfect occasion wear, perhaps you have a wedding to attend, would wear it to your own reception an evening dress, or like me, have a fabulous birthday approaching… I couldn’t possibly.

But for now, it’s Friday afternoon… treat yourself and see the shimmer up close in this promo video. I warn you, you should hide your credit card before you watch it.

Lots of Friday love and enjoy your weekends everywhere 🙂


Friday Frock O’clock

Good afternoon ladies!

What a week, I feel like I need a lie down!

First though, your final bit of delicious style for the week and my chosen Friday Frock. This week, it’s from Whistles, firstly because I LOVE the Whistles wisteria print and am THRILLED that they have reworked it into a dress that is different to the signature Whistles style. I was ready for something fresh and different and this is it.

Secondly, I’m looking for a few frocks myself at the moment. I have not one, but two Florence Finds Afternoon Teas coming up, it’s my thirtieth in just over 6 weeks and I have a wedding to attend shortly after, so I’m pretty pleased to have found a solution to at least one, if not more of those!

And thirdly, the most important bit for all of you reading. It’s the biannual 25% off at Whistles discount in association with Grazia. Go out, pick yourself up a copy and get choosing your favourite pieces with a fabulous discount. Or shop online with by using the code WH20SS12. I wait for this one every season, so will be doing some serious damage this weekend!

I hope you have an equally fun time!


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?


PS Manchester next?

Friday Frock O’clock

I’m never sure how I feel about style steal looks that appear on the high street of designer collections. It always seem a little bit naughty but there’s no denying there’s a market for it and at the end of the day, all high street fashion is influenced by the catwalk collections from top designers.

Already featured online in a couple of places and in Look Magazine, I couldn’t help but share this dead-ringer of a dress by River Island. I’m a huge fan of la Beckhams’s ‘Victoria’ collection, (you can read all about it here,) so I’m seriously considering making a purchase of this copy cat frock.

Pay day has been and gone, if you’re not spent up already do share your favourite lust-have items this week by dropping a comment in the box below – especially the bargains; We love a bargain frock here at Florence Finds 😉


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?


Friday Frock O’clock

This week’s Friday frock is an outfit I have chosen and in fact wore, last night.

For Pete’s birthday, we headed back to Stock Restaurant, the venue for our wedding reception and believe it or not, we haven’t been back since. I wanted to go somewhere special and it means a lot to us so seemed the perfect choice, and who doesn’t love Italian food?

It’s very rare that I dress for my husband, so to speak. Thankfully he’s (nearly always) complimentary but for this particular evening I just wanted something a little girly and to look pretty for him. Less fash more pash. 😉

Straight Cut Dress, £34.99, Mango.

When I came across this simple Mango dress it was right up my street. I like clean design when it comes to clothes and the block colour is striking enough. (It’s actually a delicious coral pink although it looks red here.) In an ideal world I would pair it with some oversized spot tights but time constraints meant I nipped into Topshop and found these striking animal print tights – I chose them because I hate when patterned tight have a 10 or 20 denier backdrop to the pattern, it’s so unflattering and these really stand out because of the nude colour. I carried a clutch not dissimilar to this one from Oasis, but mine is a back patent Kate Moss for Topshop from donkeys years back that has become a wardrobe staple of mine. Teamed with some patent bow peep toes, it seemed dressed up enough for a special evening out but pared down enough to acknowledge the Thursday-night-school-night choice of evening.

Better than all that, it was a bargain too. I wasn’t complaining as I’ve got three outfits to work my way through for the weekend and I can see this coming out again and again.

Happy Friday Folks!

Do share you thoughts on my outfit and of course any lust have items you’ve splurged on come pay day!




PS… Head on over to my Twitter feed or Facebook and you can see an Instagram pic of me wearing the said ensemble. 🙂

Friday Frock O’Clock

Sometimes Friday Frock has to be a flight of fancy and whilst I’m pretty sure not many of you would be rushing out to purchase this Issa dress it doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy looking at it. Doesn’t it just make you dream of tropical beaches and Caribbean glamour?

Image: Issa @

Issa, famous amongst fashionistas for many a season before The Duchess of Cambridge immortalised one of their dresses in her engagement announcement photocall, have used their classic wrap waist here in a gorgeous fresh tropical print. I’m having a real thing about orange at the moment and I love it teamed with this cornflower blue and imagine the wrap waist will be infinitely more flattering (if that’s even possible,) in the maxi length.

Do you like readers? What are you craving this Friday?

Happy Friday 🙂


PS Don’t forget to come back and take part in tomorrow’s Saturday Survey again over the weekend and thank you so much to all of you who took part last week.

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