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

What to wear: The British summer

A while ago when I shared the skirt in todays post, I thought it would turn out to be pretty useful. In actual fact I have worn it none stop and with a multitude of different items. Todays ensemble isn’t unexpected – in fact I’m wearing French connection head to toe – something I often feel lacks imagination (not in others you understand, but I am my own harshest critic on what I offer as inspiration here.) Sometimes I just want to wear a particular item and that takes precedent over styling the outfit as a whole. In this case I really wanted to wear my yellow shirt and my brogues – being pale blue suede, despite being in my wardrobe for a couple of months now, they haven’t seen much daylight for fear of then getting drowned in a dirty puddle.


Blouse, Skirt and Brogues, all French Connection // Bag, GAP // Sunglasses, Rayban (old)

This weekend was a really laid back one for me, with little planned ahead we were free to meander into town stoping here and there for coffee and lunch and this was the perfect outfit. Given the weather, I haven’t worn this shirt much at all but the sun was shining and it just seemed like a yellow day. Pairing it with my go-to summer skirt was easy.


For me the brogues are what make the outfit though. Another item I’ve shared previously, I know a lot of people find brogues difficult to wear. Even though I’m tall, my legs are relatively short for my height so I have to be careful not to make them look shorter by cutting them off with flats. The problem with brogues is that you don’t see the top of your foot, which would normally give the illusion of elongating the legs. To my mind there are 2 solutions… suck it up and work a bit of masculine tailoring (I’m thinking slouchy pleat-front trousers and a chunky knit,) or bare as much as you dare with a shorter skirt. Obviously this look falls into the latter camp. 😉


I’ve been meaning to share my bag here too for a while. A sale purchase from GAP a few weeks back, I was thinking ahead to my holidays and a beach bag when I snapped it up, but since then I haven’t been able to get enough of the ikat print, fresh blue shades and the super cute little pom tassels on the zip. It’s the small things in life that make you happy right?

Happy Wednesday readers.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Tribal

One of the big trends I haven’t really dabbled in so far this season is the tribal trend, mainly because I haven’t seen anything I really liked. That was until I spotted this skirt, in Marks and Spencer.


Skirt, Marks and Spencer Limited Collection // Tee, French Connection // Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs // Necklace, Zara // Jelly ballet flats, Jimmy Choo (old)

Despite the fact that I don’t feature Marks and Spencer very much, that is mainly because of the online image quality, not because I’m not a staunch supporter of the brand. I wear M&S underwear, love their interiors products and buy several pieces from the Limited and Autograph collections every year. I think this summer has been a bit dry if I’m honest but when I popped in last week I left with three different clothing pieces and 2 sets of underwear. Very happy with myself indeed.

I can see how a skirt like this, all pattern and colour might scare some of you and I say, if in doubt team it with neutrals. I love fresh whites with brights like this – it just feel so summery and I actually wore this last Friday to work with a crisp white shirt (incidentally also an M&S Autograph purchase) with tan and yellow heels.

Of course, me being me, I had an abundance of brights to team it with, but kept the whole look grounded with a simple white T’shirt, tucked in to streamline the look. It dressed the smarter shape of the skirt down and then I picked out and complemented the bright palette with my coral neon edged straw bag and a yellow neon necklace. Perfect for shopping with my sister and an evening cocktail.

Incidentally, the print is also available in a dress if you’re looking for one. Will you be wearing tribal this summer?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Neon

So, I’ve been talking a lot about neon fashion lately. First the Fash Flash a little while back, then I got all excited about neon skirts. Today I’m sharing probably one of my favourite looks so far,and what do you know, it’s neon!


Shirt, French Connection // Shorts, Reiss (old) // Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs // Wedges, ALDO // Sunglasses and Bangle, Banana Republic

Clearly it’s a holiday look, and massively helped by the weather and slight tan. I totally fell for this longer back silk shirt from French Connection (Shhhh! It’s in the sale!) a while back and figured it would be perfect for holidays. It’s cool and comfortable but obviously has a touch of fashion about it in the colour.

I’m not going to lie, Neon is a hard cookie to crack and I think I like it best with neutrals. It depends on the neutral of course and in this case I think it went particularly well with my city shorts. (Yup, they’re the same pair I wore all around Yosemite – that’s double duty dressing for you!) A bit of height from the wedges stopped my legs looking too short and of course, I had to wear my neon edged Marc by Marc Jacobs bag.

Looking back at the photos I love the whole look. Summer in the city eat your heart out. Not feeling so brave? Whack on a whopping great pair of sunglasses 😉

Tempted?

love,
Rebecca
xo

Wanted: Summer Fashion and Timeless Classics

So, it’s sale time and that awkward time in between (fashion) seasons. Already I’m thinking about the next season and making sure I don’t buy anything that will be totally out of fashion come September, but I’m also thinking about getting my wear out of summer purchases so far.

As much as I love fashion though, my personal style is not dictated by it. You’ll notice there hasn’t been an influx of pastels on these pages for example as my much loved shade of mint green just doesn’t suit me at all. Right now, I’m leaning towards more personal pieces and I thought I would round up the items on my radar today.

Sequin (Iro) Jacket and Red Clutch // Gold Sequin Jacket // Olivia Palermo in French Connection Jacket // Sequin Jacket and shorts

I’ve always been a huge fan of sequins and when given a modern look in oversized dresses, sharp shouldered or slouchy jackets and modern matt or irridescent metallics, I know I’m not going to be able to resist. The Iro jacket (top left) has to be my favourite here but it’s worth noting that Olivia Palermo is rocking a French Connection one in the shot above so I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled in the sales.

Green lace // Yellow puff ball // Neon Maxi // Pink lace // Yellow straight

I know neon isn’t everybody’s cup of tea and when I posted the neon fash flash, a lot of you said you felt it was hard to pair with your skin tone. I for one love it and I think now is the time of year to try it because it always looks better with a bit of warmth to your skin – go heavy on the bronzer! These neon skirts are a great way to try the trend as the neon isn’t close to your face so it’s easier to wear. I’m loving the way it works with neutrals, particularly grey and in a dressed down look and the maxi skirt seems so unexpected and modern in neon yellow rather than a boho floral for a change.


Chambray and Wayfarers // Chambray with glitter skirt // Open chambray with grey tee // Open chambray shirt over tee and skirt // Chambray with statement necklace

My biggest fashion quest right now is for the perfect chambray shirt. A bit of an Americanism I think, chambray is a lighter, thinner denim-like fabric (please correct me anyone who can define it better!) and I’ve been seeing a lot of it on the style blogs. Whether you’re brave enough to pair it with jeans and do double denim, dress it up with a skirt or down as a layering item, it just looks so useful. I’d love to hear if you have found one too – I missed out in GAP earlier in the season and haven’t seen anything that’s just right since.

Now it’s your turn! Have you got a specific item you’re lusting after at the moment, that’s perhaps a classic or unexpected piece? Or are you just loving the looks I’m sharing here today/ I hope you’re inspired!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Fash Flash: Go Neon

Its a bit of wild card for the majority of you I suspect but today I’m all about the neon. Inspired by last week’s friday frock, there’s so much of it about in the shops and a lot of it at a really reasonable price point so I thought it was worth a round up.

I’m going to start bold in the hope some of you may feel bright enough to take this one – don’t forget, it’s only half a step away from those brights you’re all loving right now…

Flo’s Top Tips:

  • Wear with a (fake) tan.
  • Choose a bright colour that works for you and your skin tone, then try something in that colour of neon.
  • Tone down your make up and channel a bronzed goddess with golden eyes and heaps of bronzer and highlighter.
  • Choose nude accessories to balance it all out.

If you’re not feeling so brave, try just a pop of neon against an otherwise neutral outfit. I think a blindingly bright clutch or even manicure against a white tee and dark denim is nothing short of fabulous….

  • ASOS Flouro skinny belt
  • ASOS perspex clutch
  • Neon Green cracked Cambridge Satchel Company leather satchel – Exclusive to ASOS
  • Pink studded purse, McQ Alexander McQueen on Net a Porter
  • NEON nail shades, American Apparel
  • Nails Inc Neon nails shades
Come on then, as always I love hearing your thoughts on the trends I share here and today is no exception.
Blinding Fluro Love,
Rebecca
xo

Found: Kiss Her by Bianca Hall

Twitter is a wonderful thing, not least because it’s a place for discovery. Today’s ‘find’ actually found me via twitter, and as I quite often look up my new followers to discover who’s really behind the obscure/interesting/plain weird name, @kissherlondon caught my eye.


Sweet Dreams cushion £75 // Night Night cushion £95 // Pillowcase set £29

What I found more than caught my eye. I was full on drooling in no time at all over the neon, (I seem to be having something of a moment over neon) typography and full-on colour in the Kiss Her range by Bianca Hall. One of the things I’ve been looking for since my grey decorating project has been some bright editions to my neutral backdrop and I just love the cushions and their retro circus-like typography.


‘Silence is Golden’ £120 // Lucky £69 // ‘Kiss and Tell’ £49

Those of you who enjoyed Zoe’s colourful home tour last week will no doubt be swooning over the print… head on over to the Kiss Her site to look at the full range as I could have included every single one of them and there are some monochrome and paler ones for the colour shy amongst you.


‘Silence’ and ‘Trust me’ Neon signs, made to order £570

Lastly, if you want to add some rock’n’roll chic to your abode, you’ll have to beat me to the front of the queue for these super-cool neon signs. They’re not cheap but they’re an incredible statement and I am IN LOVE. Le Sigh, to quote Mahj.

So, do you like readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: Zara Spring Drop

If you aren’t aware that Zara is possibly the hottest place to shop on the high street right now, then where have you been? Although my round up of the SS12 collections has been quiet for a while, that is because Zara has been saving the best until last and a week or so ago, it all landed with a thud online and in store at Zara.

Easily the fashionista’s favourite, it’s not hard to see why. I’m not doing my favourite picks from what’s in store because the turnover is so quick – in my experience with Zara it’s better to just hold your breath and visit frequently. But I couldn’t resist sharing these Look Book images because I am loving the neutrals and, you guessed it, those bold shots of colour.

It’s a little bit J Crew-esque with primary brights, a shot of neon, peachy faded brights and those statement necklaces. There’s a lot to be keeping your eyes peeled for in store. My other tip for scoring Zara goodness is to shop online. You’ll often find items online that never come into store, or are much later in doing so and of course, it’s much comfier shopping at your desk, and less time consuming for us busy ladies.

However, aside from the clothes, the one thing that Zara are really knocking out of the park right now on a super trend level, is their footwear. From perspex heels (made wearable for the office,) to pastels shades (with matching metal toe caps,) mirror-like metallics to chunky heels and summer ready sandals, there is something here for everyone and more often than not at a very attractive price point. Lots of the heels come in at around £29.99. I think I should be on commission!

So, have you spotted any favourites here? Or maybe you’ve already snapped up some Zara finds?

Drop me a comment below and share the Zara love,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Saturday Survey

Happy weekend everybody!

I’m having a relaxed one and hopefully spending some QT with Pete. We went to a wedding last night and now I’m nursing a bit of a sore head with a long to-do list to get started on! Later on my Mum and step-Dad are coming over – we’re treating them to dinner at Alberts for his birthday, then tomorrow I’m cooking Fish Pie for Mother’s Day and my sister is coming over.

This week it’s just one question for you, but first, five things from me to you 🙂

Five things…

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The new Dashing magazine is out!

A little sneak peek of my dining room make-over coming up on the blog next week…

And speaking of sneaky peeks, last month I shared a favourite corner in my home on Getting it Swoonworthy. It’s an antique scandanavian cupboard which I use to display my accessories, and you can peep inside it here.

My new nail crush? Neon and nude. Get it here from Nails Inc


Image Credit

Saturday Survey.
There’s really only one question on my mind this week, and it seems appropriate given that it’s Mothers Day tomorrow.

I’d like to know where you are in terms of having a family?

Are you…

  • Not in a relationship
  • In a relationship but not married
  • Married without kids
  • Thinking about starting a family
  • Already a parent

I hope it’s not too personal a question…

What are you doing and what did you get your Mum for Mother’s day?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: Bobbi Brown Neon and Nudes

This week, with all the #lfw tweets, blog posts and online articles flying about, I’m certainly feeling the excitement of new trends that spring brings. Of course that doesn’t just extend to fashion but also beauty, as models are sent down the catwalk with striking looks and sometimes extreme styles. The trick is, how to translate this to the high street?

I don’t cover every cosmetic house’s new collections, just the ones that appeal to me, Florence Finds is after all an edited collection of things I love and hope you will too, so you’ll understand why I’m sharing this look. It’s right up my street. Allow me to share the Bobbi Brown Neon and Nudes collection

Usually known for wearable subtle looks, this one is no exception when it comes to wearability, but is significantly less subtle. I love Bobbi’s lip colours and the three additions within this collection could well be winging their way directly into my make-up bag. Look out for Neon Pink, Atomic orange and a ‘perfect nude’ to balance the eye shades that are part of this collection. Not normally a fan of nude or a pale lip, even I might be tempted to try this one out.

A full on bright lip needs a pared back face and Bobbie has created two softer blush shades to work with, not fight against, the lip shades. Add to that the super user friendly felt tip ink liner and you’re good to go.

Of course, neon lips aren’t a look everyone wants to rock, but if you prefer the focus on your eyes there are two lovely (and more subtle than they look in the palette) shades – bluebell and ultra violet. Personally I think the most wearable item in the collection also easily makes it into the must-have list for every woman’s make-up bag – a palette of classic nudes for every occasion.

Lastly, check out the bright and juicy glosses – perfect for spring and again, a lot more subtle than they look

There’s even a how-to video…

So can Bobbi convert you? I’d love to hear about your favourite neon brights for lips – drop a comment in the box below and share your top buys.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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