#JanuaryJoy: Refresh your Style

Hello Readers!

HNY to you all. 2014 was certainly a blur but I enjoyed the pace of the final two weeks where I had the time off work to spend with Hubby and son. Returning to work on Monday was a big struggle!

I know I didn’t recap what I wore in December but I’m sure you were all too busy enjoying your festive periods to care anyway 😉 Thank you to all those of you that joined in with #fffestivefun – it was lovely to see your interpretation of the daily prompts.

January can be a bit of a mixed bag. With the Media serving up initiatives like Dryathalon (all for good causes though), the inevitable return to the norm (be that work, school or just regular life after the buzz of Christmas) and the fact that it can be so long until Pay Day for some, it’s not surprising that January is often billed as a depressing month.

However, fear not! This month’s What to Buy features some great pieces that you’ll mostly find in the remains of the Sale, and as some of you may be on a budget, nothing exceeds £40. Coupled with Rebecca’s #JanuaryJoy, we can make this years Jan a bright one!

A Classic Jumper

My love for J Crew knows no bounds and although my American boss doesn’t know what all the fuss is about (“It’s like M&S isn’t it?”… erm No!), the Tippi Jumper is one of my favourite pieces. Bracelet length sleeves and a close enough fit to be worn smart or casually, the Tippi is a good alternative to a T-shirt for the Spring. These two colours are reduced in the sale and are actually great Spring colours. Uniqlo and Gap are also good places to find really good alternatives, also in Merino Wool.

J Crew / Uniqlo / Gap

An Oversized Knit

These are everywhere and since the winter months firmly still with us, you’d get a lot of wear out of it. I wear mine either as a Jumper dress for work or with faux leather leggings for easy weekend wear. I especially like the camel H&M style – not a massive lover of a polo neck, this is loose enough to be cosy and not make me look too top heavy.

H&M / H&M / M&S / Topshop

Something Lilac

This notorious “Granny” shade is set to be big for SS15. Ranging from the palest purple to something more Neon Parma Violet, it would be a good time to pick up one of these pieces to add to your wardrobe as a nod to Spring, but at AW14 sale prices.

New Look / Clarks / H&M / ASOS

Sparkles

The Magpie in me will never die and anything Sparkly always cheers me up. The F&F flats above have a whiff of Tabitha Simmonds about them. For £7 just click and collect with your weekly shop. Also, I’ve mentioned this shirt before, and now it’s in the sale 😉

H&M / F&F / Zara / Monica Vinader

Lace

Again, lace was big on the SS15 collection catwalks and you could easily nod to the trend early with something you pick up now. Granted, the lace seen on the Runways was beautiful pastels and whites, but really, lace is lace right and these colours are much easier to wear in January…

Next / Next / Whistles / Zara 

So what do you think readers? Will you choose something here to brighten up your Jan? My Month has kicked off with our Renovation Project starting at home – meaning we’ve had to move out for a while. I’ll be back later in the month with “How I Wore” January but please forgive any less than salubrious places that my outfit post pictures are taken from. #realliferules after all 😉

Erin xx

Spotted: Monsoon x Pippa Small

I’m a real sucker for jewels and in recent years have moved towards buying pieces of real jewellery from favourites like Monica Vinader occasionally and building a collection that will last a lifetime, instead of frittering 10 and 15 pounds away here and there on inexpensive but poor quality costume pieces. I’m sure prolific accessory buyers would end up spending the same amount when totted up.

I have always loved Pippa Small’s pieces on Astley Clarke but they are way beyond my usual price point for purchasing so when I saw that Monsoon had collaborated with Pippa to make a capsule collection I was immediately interested. The collection also benefits the Turquoise Mountain Foundation (a minimum of £5 per piece is donated to the foundation) which employs craftsmen and women in Kabul, Afghanistan. Made of aquamarine and kunzinte, and 18K gold plated, the pieces are sure to be treasured for years to come.

What do you think readers, would you fork out a bit more for real materials instead of costume pieces?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: For a night out [26 weeks]

One of the hardest things about being pregnant has been trying to retain a feeling of being fashionable. So many maternity styles are either standard (i.e. stripes or tunic tops,) or not my style at all (empire line swingy or full dresses,) that it’s hard not to feel that you have lost all of your personal style. I was pretty excited to find these trousers and snapped them up for my birthday dinner, to make up a spring-appropriate pale and interesting outfit.

Jacket: French Connection (non-maternity and old)
Vest: H&M (non-maternity)
Trousers: Isabella Oliver Messina trouser (Size 10)
Bag: Mulberry
Shoes: Topshop Gwenda’s
Necklace: Monica Vinader




I know a lot of people don’t want to splash out on maternity clothes but I think it’s worth it. You wear the items you buy in much heavier rotation when pregnant as there’s nothing else you can wear. Plus I want to enjoy this amazing period of my life rather than feeling rubbish about myself because I don’t feel good. It’s worth thinking ahead too, I’ll be wearing these for a few months after baby arrives I imagine, with their comfy elastic waistband and a few months of summer yet to go.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Colour block trousers

I’m really excited to share today’s outfit – when the weather turned colder last weekend I needed to bring my winter coat out of hibernation but after submerging myself in spring/summer trends I was craving colour, not wintery darker shades. the Reiss trousers throughout this post were a sale purchase – I always try to shop smart in the sales and I had an inkling these would work right through to the summer ahead. I’ve been desperate to get them out since, so decided they could work with my winter coat.

I actually bought this pale swing coat from Reiss in the sale last year but haven’t worn it much for fear of getting it dirty – I’m finally feeling less precious/more sensible about it now! It’s very warm and I love the swing shape to it. Although admittedly better with heels, I wore this shopping and needed flats for walking.


Coat: Reiss

Reason number 2 for loving this outfit? This lipstick. Can we all just take a moment to enjoy its fiery red colour? I’ve been fancying myself an orange toned red (New Years resolution #2 – Experiment more with lipstick) for a while now. I bought this only the day before with the trousers in mind and it is fabulous – it stays on all day too without drying my lips out which is a major feat in my book.


Lipstick: MAC Matte lipstick in ‘Lady Danger’, Earrings: Monica Vinader at Astley Clarke

The ankle length trousers felt quite chic and I couldn’t imagine them with heavy winter shoes so opted for last summers nude ballet flats from Dune.


Leopard spot belt: Banana Republic, Red Trousers: Reiss, Jumper: Warehouse, Ballet Flats: Dune.

I’m seeing a lot of chunky knits paired with more tailored bottom halves this season, like pencil skirts, so I thought the slim tapered trousers would work well with a Warehouse jumper that I love the shape of and lends the wintery edge to the pants.


Bracelet: Odille, Smokey Quartz Cocktail ring from Santorini

I should give a shout out here to Michelle from Pocketful of Dreams. I have her to thank for introducing me to coloured trousers – when she wore a blue pair to my house last season and prompted me to buy some similar jeans. I’m often inspired by women’s style that I see around me so I hope you guys reading gain some inspiration from my outfit posts too.

Let me know if you liked it as always 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

My Christmas…

Good morning readers!

So, how was it? I feel like I’ve been away for ages and I’m dying to have a good catch up with my girlfriends! That has to be a good sign that I’m enjoying Florence Finds.

I couldn’t kick us off into the post-Christmas/pre-New Year lull without sharing some of the lovely gifts I received this year and I’m hoping that you’ll be wanting to share one or two (or maybe the whole list like me!) of yours?

  • From Pete… the Monica Vinader Green Gold Quartz earrings – AstleyClarke.com.
  • It’s not quite the Macbook from my fantasy gift list 😉 but I’m loving getting to grips with my new Apple Magic trackpad mouse – I’m a sucker for new technology!
  • I was so excited to receive the Laura Mercier Illuminator I mentioned in my beauty gift guide, but it’s so pretty I don’t want to spoil it by using it!
  • I don’t normally get cleaning products for Christmas, but this was a stocking filler from Pete as I love my other e-cloths and he completely wrecked slightly damaged mine during the decorating… e-cloth + painting = upset Rebecca.
  • M&S biscuit tin
  • Now my hair has gone back to being short and sassy (read completely unsalvageable with a bobble on rainy days,) I needed a rain hat and think I’m going to look very Inspector Gadget in this trilby from Ted Baker
  • GAP socks, always.
  • Another hat which I asked for, a classic bobble, although mine is pink, of course. Accessorize Bobble hat
  • My genius Mum found me a handbag hook… Accessorize handbag hook.
  • Burning in my office right now? A Jo Malone fig and cassis candle
  • For perfect at-home manicures, Leighton Denny Miracle drops – watch out for a DIY coming up on this soon.
  • My favourite winter moisturiser… Origins Have a Nice Day spf15 face cream
  • Super thrilled with this one (after buying no less than 3 as gifts for other people!)Design*Sponge at Home book
  • And another great present – I totally missed out on Downton Series 1 and now I can catch up… did you see the Christmas special?!

Of course it wasn’t all about gifts, I had a wonderful few days at my home for Christmas Day, lots of lovely food and drink 😉 rest and relaxation and a bit of sale shopping already… more of that to come soon!

Share your favourite gifts by leaving a comment in the box… as always I can’t wait to hear what you’ve received!

Lots of ‘welcome back’ love,
Rebecca
xo

Florence’s Fantasy Gift List…

Before we move onto something serious this afternoon (and totally at odds with this tongue in cheek collection of lust-worthy and shamelessly material must-haves,) I thought it would be fun to put together a no holds barred, money-no-object list of ‘I wants’ and then I’d like to hear yours.

It’s always lovely to be treated to something you couldn’t normally splurge on, or perhaps treat yourself to something for a special occasion, but as my father-in-law says (and I don’t always necessarily agree with,) ‘the fun’s in the looking’, and boy did I have fun creating this list 😉

Feast your eyes ladies 🙂

  • The penguin hardback classics are popping up everywhere with their quirky cloth bound covers but it’s the The F Scott Fitzgerald collection I’m lusting after, with the deco foil designs in metallic shades to glam up my book case.
  • Monica Vinader is a recent obsession of mine, particularly the faceted slices of semi-precious stones she uses for lobe candy – (from Astley Clarke.)
  • It wouldn’t be a Christmas list without a design classic and for my new office, how about this corian and walnut desk from The Conran Shop. Its stylish lines would surely provoke constant inspiration?
  • I’m already thinking of spring and pastels will be a big trend, so have a finger party with a stack of candy coloured bands and nuggets of pretty stones from Astley Clarke, made with the Stacking ring creator. (Spend over £100 on stacking rings and get a £25 gift – Enter RING25 at the checkout.)
  • There’s nothing more luxurious than shearling and this jacket is super soft, a stylish shade and insanely warm. Liora Mid-grey shearling jacket, Reiss.
  • For the (techy) love of my life, this beautiful iPad sleeve by Mulberry. Only the best for my baby 😉
  • To make life with Florence Finds even easier, a Macbook Pro would be a practical but stylish addition to my stocking please Santa, for swift on-the-move editing and lots of Skype face time conversations with everyone from Gemma, to Laura in Canada and my sister in Birmingham.
  • And the Red onion haircalf quilted Bayswater. Need I say more? A steal at £1,924.

Just to humour me, and because I know no-body wants to be in work anymore, drop a comment into the box below and leave me your fantasy festive wish list for some fun on the countdown to the holidays 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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