Fashion Friday [Frock]: Philli Wood for Warehouse


Textured dress with cable knit print – Philli Wood for Warehouse

I had a frock all lined up for this Friday but then I got the press release through for this collaboration between Philli Wood and Warehouse in association with the British Fashion Council’s Colleges. Winner of The British Fashion Council’s Colleges Council design competition, ‘Philli’s collection is inspired by the oversized modern parka, keeping key features such as the welt pockets, drawstrings and orange linings, and a bold cable knit print; all in a techno palette of neon orange and pink.’ As they happen to me some of my own favourite details and colours, I couldn’t help but share them here today.

The collection goes live this morning and you can get in there first here.

Happy friday readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock: Readers Choice

Last week, I chose a dress for Friday Frock that I LOVED, but there weren’t many comments. I know I have said this in the past and a few of you have responded that you don’t have time or perhaps even inclination to comment, but it’s the only way I get any feedback on what I’m doing. Recently I have wondered if Friday Frock has run it’s course and floated the idea on Twitter. The general concensus was that 1. people were watching what they spent and I often choose higher end dresses, and 2. perhaps my choices had become predictable. I must admit, I find it very hard to choose and promote a dress I wouldn’t personally wear, so there must be a contingent of you that my choices don’t resonate with. As a result, this week and every few weeks from now on I’ll be putting together a readers choice selection of dresses, including why you chose them. I actually had more than three this week so will share them in the coming weeks and I hope you’ll send them in as and when I put the call out. Let me know what you think of the new feature!


Charlotte Prom dress – Monsoon


Zip detail ruche dress – Jigsaw


Mexi Floral Dress – Topshop

Time to cast your votes ladies :)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

This week’s Friday Frock is a stunner I tell you, a stunner.


Reiss Fallow crepe open back column dress £225

Oh to have somewhere to wear this beauty.

It’s got more than a hint of the Victoria Beckhams about it, with the modern clean style, an immensely flattering cut and streamlined peplum.

There’s also currently up to 30% of selected items at Reiss.com in the mid-season sale online only, so do you and have a little look if you’re a fan.

It’s been a busy week for me – I’m currently in the Lake District on a course and looking forward to getting back to Manchester, Pete and the new house :)

Enjoy your weekend readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock


Red floral print skater dress, Warehouse £48

It’s been rainy this week in Manchester and I feel like Autumn is in full swing. I spotted this dress a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be perfect for kicking leaves with a coatigan and scarf on an autumnal sunday and I’m thinking it could do my favourite double duty trick and work hard at work too.

The colours are spot on for autumn, the florals keep it sweet and the black lace shoulder panels mean it could work for night too. It would look lovely with darker red suede vintage style heels…

What do you think readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock


Leather shift dress £120 Oasis

After this weeks leather lust, I thought it was only appropriate for Friday Frock to be a little bit on the wild side. For a few seasons now, along with my eternal quest for a perfect leather skirt, I have quite fancied a leather dress. I like the idea that it could be multi-functional – with a jumper layered over, you’ve already got yourself a skirt, or with a shirt layered underneath perhaps it would be work-appropriate. From that angle, it’s also a cost effective purchase and I can easily see it on a night out.

On the other hand, leather has eternal sexual connotations. Is a leather dress a little bit too eighties wild child or power dressing man eater? How do you get the balance right?

I’d love to hear what you think readers. I chose this dress because I felt the price was right and I liked the cut and V neck style, but I don’t know if I’ll be brave enough to make this purchase…

Happy weekend – it’s our last one before the move so expect lots of packing snaps in Instagram!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

Today’s frock is the first one I have been excited about in WEEKS and I’ll tell you why…


Midi Frill sleeve dress £40, ASOS.

Years ago, around the time I started University, I found a gorgeous dress in the Topshop Unique section for a bargain £40 (although that was a lot for me back than,) in the sale. It was teal and made of super light silk, with a v-neck and seventies style frill sleeves. The edge of the neckline was satin ribbon and one day whilst ironing it I just touched the ribbon and it shrivelled into nothing causing a hole in the front of the dress. I was devastated and it took me years more to part with it – always with the vain hope I would some how figure out a way to fix it.

This dress is so similar in style from the front and the shape is so flattering – highlighting your naturally slimmest part at the bottom of the ribcage. It also has the addition of a sexy key hole back and a lovely length. It’s elegant and thoroughly grown up, just what you need as a wardrobe staple. Team with killer heels and this one will take you from work drinks to the Christmas party and everywhere inbetween, I promise. And in a twist of fate, it is also £40!

Happy weekend readers. I have big news for you next week!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday [Bridesmaid] Frock O’clock

Last weekend was Jessica’s wedding and I missed sharing a friday frock with you all as I was running around like a headless chicken, picking up last minute items, decorating the marquee, practicing my walk down the aisle and preening Jess, (In another life I should have been a nail technician…) I hope I can make it up to you all today by sharing my outfit.

Fortunately Jess and I agreed that something grown up and elegant was what she wanted her bridesmaids in. All three of us are married ladies (and two are mummies,) so it seemed more appropriate to look for a thoroughly grown up dress. We’re all pretty different shapes and sizes too so it needed to be flattering for everyone (the usual bridesmaids issue,) and I was really hoping for comfortable, for eating and dancing.


Dreamy photography by the lovely Julia West of Julia and You, my hair (which I loved) by Cassandra Rizzuto

In the end, once Jess decided on peach as her colour scheme, I spotted this. Luckily we all loved it, including Jess, as it was the first and the last dress I saw in an appropriate shade and style all summer. I ended up accessorising with a beaded sparkling headband, crystal deco style earrings, a matching bag and a grey enamel floral cuff that I can’t find a picture of online anywhere. Unusually, I went for sandals, as a full shoe wouldn’t have been appropriate with the dress and managed to keep my almost 5 inch heels on all night.

When Jess is back from honeymoon I’ll share all the details – I can’t wait. But for now, you can see a sneak peek of the wedding on Julia’s blog. I hope you liked it – I loved every minute.

Have a fabulous weekend readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

There’s just one more week left of August, one week of summer, until September rolls round and the new season begins in ernest.


Leopard Jacquard Skater Dress

As such I’ve chosen a transitional dress…

I couldn’t go with colour this week, the brights of summer seem gone even though the weather is warm, but I’m ready for new fashion all the same and this fits the bill. While the seasons and styles may be changing, monochrome and animal print are eternal ;)

So, what’s everyone doing this weekend? I’m planning a social marathon ahead of the most exciting wedding of the year next week… Jessica’s!

Happy weekend folks,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock


Khaki shirt dress, H&M – £24.99

Whilst I was browsing around for a friday frock this week I found this and couldn’t help but think of Becca (who is going on her safari honeymoon next month) so this one is for you!

I remember how hard it was to dress appropriately for safari without looking like a ranger-wannabe-safari-victim but I think this would do the job nicely and do double duty on other parts of the holiday – city sight seeing or with heels for night, then once again in the office back at work. At a mere £25, it’s a hardworking dress.

I hope you have a great weekend readers – I’ll be sadly returning from Cornwall tomorrow but ready to start the countdown to Jess’s wedding!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock


Ted Baker – BELLETA – Scallop detail dress – £159

I feel in limbo right now when it comes to fashion. In the last week, my concious has shifted from being disinterested in fashion, fed up of sales and with adequate clothes for the ongoing warmer weather, to curiosity over what’s in store for AW13.

For some reason I keep getting that September feeling already. The back to school vibe that makes me want a new school coat and shoes. Maybe it’s my sister moving in and starting a new job, maybe it’s the odd rainy day breaking through, but already I’m wanting to buy Autumn fashion, knowing it’s too early yet and I should enjoy the last of the summer.

Todays frock felt right to bridge the gap. Perfect with tanned legs for an occasion ensemble, it’s the type of dress that after a few formal outings I’d start wearing to work with opaque tights and flats come the cooler months. Red looks great in the summer teamed with navy or nude, but even better in the winter layered with berry shades and black.

What do you think readers? Have a great weekend!

Love,
Rebecca
xo