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 

Spotted: Secret Linen Store Kids!

You all know I love the Secret Linen Store. Modern designs and great quality at competitive prices. Now I’m very excited to say they have extended their talents to kids bedding and it’s just as inspired as the original range.

We’re not yet at the stage of needing ‘big bed’ linen but when we do I have already shuddered at the thought of character emblazoned kids bedding or pretty pretty ditzy florals and cliched cars and space ships. These designs feel fresh, modern and on trend enough to keep stylish parents happy, while in bright and striking colours that kids will love too!

I love the stylish grey stripes and fun teal bubbles!

What do you think readers? Would your big kids like these?


Wear it Two Ways: Emerald

This year, What To Wear is getting a re-vamp. The point of me sharing outfits on Florence Finds has always been twofold. Firstly, it encouraged me to try new things, and I hoped it inspired you guys reading to take more risks with fashion and step outside of your comfort zone a little. Most of all I hope it gives you a little voyeuristic pleasure and inspiration for brightening your day with new sartorial choices.

However, this year I have got new objectives. Too many of my purchases were one hit wonders and I end up turning to the same key pieces over and over again. So What to Wear is now becoming Wear it Two Ways. For each post I’ll be showing how I have worn one key piece (sometimes old, sometimes new) in two different ways. I’m hoping it will inspire me to get more wear out of my purchases and you to mix up your wardrobe a little. ;)

The purchase in this case was a Reiss (sale purchase) jumper. Emerald green in colour, wooly and warm but with enough little details, (like the centre back seam and side split hem,) to make it wearable in other ways. First up I ventured into what is apparently a big trend this winter, tartan. It was perfect for a winter walk in snowy Wales a couple of weekends ago.

Jumper, Reiss AW12 // Shirt, Abercrombie & Fitch // Jeans J.Crew // Wellies, Hunter (Original Gloss)

Of course there’s nothing unexpected about this look, but I thought I might feel a bit fuddy duddy and didn’t at all. I think it’s the shade that’s so versatile however as it’s just bright enough to work with a whole different colour pallet, and up the glamour.

Jumper, Reiss // Skirt, Hobbs (old) // Belt, Whistles (old) // Shoes, Pied a Terre (old)

This look was a product of colour pairing inspiration from Pinterest, and a vintage inspired silhouette. The contrast of thick wooly jumper and layered tulle with sequin embellishment completely changes the feel of the jumper. It’s a great winter date night look (that would be just as good with some black suede ankle boots,) thanks to the nipped in waist from a skinny belt and feminine silhouette.

So let me know what you think of the new feature and which look you prefer – will you be getting more wear out of your knitwear now?


Interior Inspiration: Emerald City

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It’s safe to say, green has never been top of my choice of colours for decorating. Yet the striking nature of most green interiors means that I have been mesmerised by some of the rooms I have collected here to inspire you today.

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Historically, green conjures up period interiors, beautiful stately homes and cosy country log piles. If you’ve got enough light (or want to work with a lack of it instead of fight it,) green can look elegant and even magical.

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A complete contrast however is the modern look. Emerald looks amazing in a black and white setting of mixed with patterns and prints blended in fabrics and accents like this pendant light shade.

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I fell in love with this tropical room with a colonial feel, brass accents and that lush velvet sofa against a backdrop of greenery.

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I think my favourite way to see emerald however is as a stand alone accent in a room. A piece of art maybe, luxurious fabrics or painted statement pieces of furniture.

I’m not sure I’ll be rushing to decorate in this shade… green isn’t a colour on my usual decorating palette, but the images are inspiring none the less. Have I inspired you today?


The Fash Flash: Green with Envy

There’s something about emerald that for me just makes me think of couture… there’s something so elegant about a vivid emerald green gown. Yet when done top to toe with a car coat, printed pants and a striped knit, it looks clean and modern.

Lace back dress // Emerald gown (Zac Posen) // velvet burn out gown // J.Crew modern green outfit

It’s all very well day dreaming about couture, (wouldn’t you just die to wear that Zac Posen gown?) but when I’m planning outfits I always look for inspiration in how people are wearing certain styles or themes on the streets. Colour used in an unexpected way… interesting shapes and patterns.

Ski knit and green coat // Modern green dress // J.Crew printed pants // Jade jacket // British racing green jacket

Despite my love affair with emerald, the fashion world doesn’t seem to be sharing in my passion for the shade. However I have sought out a few pieces in green (of many shades,) that are spring appropriate for you.

Printed pants and sequinned skirt, J.Crew* // Skinnies // Light knit // Scarf // Cable knit jumper* // weekend stripe dress // Oxfords* // Puma classics* // Lace dress*// Trophy Wife nail colour //  Body Warmer // Hunter boots

The thing about green is that it’s so fresh and springy. I’m just getting to the stage of wanting to invite spring into my wardrobe but nobody wants to look like a fashion queen in season inappropriate attire. The rich tones of these teals, emerald, grass, jade and apple greens make them perfect for the promise of warmer weather but not out of place in the wet and blustery gales we’re having. I’m particularly loving the J.Crew take on shades of green in sequin metallic skirts and exotic patterns teamed with chambray and casual neutrals.

Have you found any green items to take your fancy lately? Do share them in the comments box!


*Florence’s favourites ;)

Monday Must Have: Paperfashion

Image: Emerald Beauty by PaperFashion

At the moment, I’m in the process of updating our hanging decor – I’m looking for prints and images to update various spaces around our home. The two priorities are our bedroom and living room. Where we once had quite a retro industrial feel to the images, with photos of salvaged objects and archival drawings of butterflies, I’m feeling the need to change things up and moving towards more use of colour. In our bedroom I’d like some more feminine images with fashion illustrations and watercolours and one of my favourite illustrators is Katie Rodgers of PaperFashion so I thought I would share her work with you today.

The other reason for choosing this particular image is that this week, I’m following a bit of a theme for Florence Finds. Every year, Pantone announces a ‘colour of the year’ and this year it is Emerald. I have to say, although in design circles the announcement is thought to be very influential, I have been following the choices for the last couple of years and have never noticed them spark a huge trend. This year is no exception, however it has stolen my heart completely. I realised that I wear quite a bit of emerald green and am drawn to striking interiors where it is the main colour. So this week I’m going to share some Emerald (or just green) fashion choices, how I wear it, and how to decorate with it. I hope you like it. :)

Happy Monday readers!


PS! If you like Katie’s illustrations you can buy them here in the PaperFashion shop. Shipping from the US is only $6 :)

Friday Frock O’clock [Halloween Edition]

It’s only 5 more sleeps to Halloween and in honour of one of my favourite celebrations (or should I say ‘frights’,) I just had to choose a Halloween appropriate frock.

Etta Dress, Reiss – £195

Those of you who follow Florence Finds on Facebook will have seen that I was originally thinking that todays frock would be black (of course,) and either lace and gothic or sparkly and vamp-ish. However, when I clapped eyes on this number all I could think of was the Wicked Witch of the West and the Emerald city. In Emerald green sequins and with a Navy tulle overlay this is the perfect halloween dress (red glitter shoes, green facepaint and a witches hat optional,) that will also work all through the party season.

This Friday, share your Halloween outfits (I’d love you to tweet me them @florencefinds, or on Instagram @Rebecca_Norris) and I’ll share them on Facebook, or show-and-tell your pumpkins and Halloween decor. Do you celebrate Halloween and what are you doing this year?


Friday Frock O’Clock

I can’t lie, all I’m thinking about right now is Autumn/Winter fashion. I’m still getting to grips with the big trends and styles to share with you but I am seeing a lot of green. Where green hasn’t been a favourite colour of mine in the past I’m suddenly falling hard for this gorgeous shade of emerald and spied this Dylan Scalloped hem dress on the website yesterday.

The dress is actually in the Whistles Outlet (yes, they have an outlet store online) and has been marked down to £95 due to a defect in the hem as a result of the styles effect on the fabric. I can’t vouch for whether that is an issue but I’m going to be ordering one myself to find out. The double scalloped edge and the sleeves with the classic Whistles shape just look so very lovely I thought.

It’s my first personal venture into Autumnal fashion, what do you think?

Have a lovely weekend readers,


Spotted: The Mulberry Harriet

I try to be democratic on Florence Finds, and cover clothes for all budgets, but sometimes Florence must imitate life and reflect something I have been coveting beyond all reason, beyond financial sense.

Today, that lust after item is one of my all time favourite brands, Mulberry. Going from strength to strength and even seeing sales rise despite the recession, it’s not hard to see why when they produce such stylish yet classic bags.

Today, I’m sharing my favourite from the recent early collection releases… The Mulberry Harriet bag.

Ok, they’re astronomically expensive, but there are times in life when you need a treat, a windfall perhaps, a work bonus or inheritance, hell even a lottery win. Particularly when the weather is like it has been recently, some online window shopping is most definitely allowed.

I’m not sure I’m 100% on the sludgy green colour, although I imagine it would look fabulous with neutrals, but I am in LOVE with the satchel in navy spongey patent. And could that shade of nude-beige look anymore luxe?

No, I didn’t think so either.

So just close one eye, squint a little and block out the price, then tell me your favourite. Let’s lust after them together…


What to Wear [Basics]: Parkas

This morning it’s back to basics because aside from the fashion pieces in your wardrobe, I know that every woman needs the basics - a great pair of jeans, the perfect white shirt, black patent courts… the list goes on. Today’s What to Wear is not my most fashion forward choice but has certainly been inspired by that off-duty model look in slouchy jersey pieces, biker boots and leggings. The Parka.

Parka: Gap – now £35, Scarf: M&S, Fingerless gloves: M&S, Jeans: Warehouse, Jumper: Warehouse, Boots: Pied a Terre, Bag: Coach.

I’m actually only recently getting into outerwear. Before now I’ve always found it prohibitively expensive for good quality pieces and hated the fact that thin or synthetic fabrics don’t actually keep you warm. I’ve broken all my rules of ‘buy well and buy once’ and no to ‘synthetics’ with this cinch waist parka in 100% classy polyester. The reason I went for it however is that it’s light weight and throws on over winter woolies nicely without adding extra bulk. The sheen of the fabric also emulates a rather more expensive silk version I saw once.

I’m looking forward to mixing it up with some dressier pieces, a glitter skirt perhaps with a thick wool jumper. I’ll keep you posted…

In the meantime, this is a timely post for Kirsten, who asked me on Twitter the other day ‘to find me a stylish warm parka.’ so I added some high street and online finds to my own. I can’t vouch for the warmth Kirsten but I hope you like the variety of styles here :)

  1. Topshop Dark Khaki Waxed Parka with black faux fur trim. (Hurry! This one is down to £40 from £98 and there are only Size 10′s left.)
  2. ASOS Parka with leopard faux fur trim
  3. Whistles Brigitte Wool Parka
  4. Navy Villa Duffle Parka – ASOS (Bargain of the century at £35)
  5. ASOS Parka with detachable fur lining
  6. Miss Sixty Grey Parka – ASOS

Are you a fan of the Parka? I’d love to hear what you think of this weekend chic favourite…


PS Apologies for the picture quality, this was an iPhone indoor capture in desperation during all the wet weather pre-christmas and also pre-haircut ;)