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

Friday Frock O’clock

Yesterday I headed into Manchester city centre to meet my Mum for a spot of shopping. I’d had in mind to purchase a skirt I had seen back in Bath a few weeks ago from Marks and Spencer and also to pick up the polka spot chambray shirt in GAP that I instagrammed from there too. (Anyone who saw and wanted it, it’s gone down to £24.99 in the sale.)

While I was in Marks and Spencer I spotted this dress, which really caught my eye for it’s simplistic yet graphic design.


Bodice prom dress, Marks and Spencer

The nude backdrop gives the dress a cut out look and the whole feel of the dress is much more expensive than it’s £45 price tag. I can really see this going the distance right through from now (It’s a pretty light fabric for warmer evenings,) all the way to Christmas parties and working day to night with ease if you layer up with a jumper on top or a shirt underneath. I know I always go on about items working hard, but when you’re on a budget or saving the pennies I think it’s a really important consideration and a perfect way to make a dress work hard. I don’t believe in saving things for best. At this price there’s no need and if you don’t wear it, you’ll have gone off it in a couple of seasons, so you might as well enjoy it now!

Happy weekend readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

This week ladies, instead of me helping you, I need YOUR help.


ASOS petite One shoulder corset dress with feather detail – £85

I am approaching a very big birthday. Ahem. More to come on that particular subject but for now, despite having lots of pretty frocks in my repertoire, I just can’t get past the fact that I need a spectacular one for this occasion. I’m going to a wedding the week after too, so it can do double duty, but for now, my eyes are on the prize. I need a fabulous frock.

You might be wondering why I’m asking you to find one when I have posted this feather skirted number today. This is my nemesis dress. The one I wanted, and I waited, God only knows why, only to find my size is no longer available. I have done myself out of the perfect party frock.

Your mission readers, should you choose to accept it, is to find me a new frock. Links in the comments box please, all suggestions gratefully considered. Or else I may be wearing a bin bag to dinner. 😉

Yours, a frock-less Florence
xo

What to Wear: Spring Pastels

This weekend, after the hectic dash I made to London for the Florence Finds meet up (more on that later), Sunday was about being a day of rest. We headed to the allotment in the morning then I spent the afternoon blogging, tidying, and just enjoying being at home. Come the early evening it was still balmy and light so we headed off to the local pub for a drink outside.

These pictures were as much about my outfit as the backdrop, the Magnolia trees being out on my local streets literally stop me in my tracks every day, just to stare at the shell pink flowers and the cherry blossom is out in full-on fluffy force too.

One of the nicest things about the weather getting warmer is peeling back the layers or getting to wear lighter ones after the winter, so it was lovely to be able to step out in just my lightweight French Connection pale pink jacket. (Also seen here and here.) I teamed it with a new t-shirt, possibly a future ‘find’ from Zara – a lovely soft grey in organic cotton that isn’t ridiculously see through.


Neutral accessories were the order of the day and I wore my nude ballet flats with my jeans and for the first time, swapped one of my winter bags for this cream Marc by Marc Jacobs tote. I’ve had it for probably 5 years now and it still looks great. Perfect for warmer weather.

The thing that tied it all together though? I think it was the scarf. Another old item, it had all the pastels in that I was wearing on a cream backdrop but with the blue, just tied in my jeans nicely 🙂 I love it when an outfit comes together!

So what were you wearing in the sun this weekend?

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

Friday Frock O’clock

This afternoon’s Friday Frock is a slight departure from the norm, a little out-of-left-field, if you will. In fact, today’s frock is not a frock, but a jacket.

Waterfall Jacket – French Connection, £155

There are two reasons for this. Number one, I believe in great quality, investment basics that form the backbone of your wardrobe. They might not be cheap but they should be infinitely wearable and I think this jacket is just that. And secondly, *whisper it* I just didn’t fancy writing about a frock today.

I bought this jacket last week, for the Christening I attended. I couldn’t find a season appropriate dress that I wanted to buy, and so I opted for a long time favourite from my wardrobe. I actually call it my engagement dress as it’s really that old – I wore it for several occasions when we were telling people about/celebrating our engagement and as such it’s in lots of happy pictures.

I’d seen a jacket in Warehouse that I liked the look of but when I tried it on the quality was appalling – a nice shape, but unlined, crumpled and the lapels wouldn’t sit right due to the poor construction. I was deflated but decided to keep looking for something similar. I eventually happened across this one in French Connection and it is beautiful. Just the right shape, it hangs beautifully, is cleverly tailored and bang on trend in a nude tone.


Just so you’re all not wholly disappointed in me, here’s a snap of said jacket and outfit, in action so to speak. (Maybe this can count as the ‘friday frock‘?) I think it’s going to look awesome with my pink trews 😉

Happy Friday Folks – come back tomorrow for the Saturday Survey and a very special sneak peek of what’s to come next week…

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

The Fash Flash… Think Pink

Just recently, I have seen an absolute onslaught of pink hitting the shops, and I’ve also seen it popping up all over the blogs, adorning the most stylish ladies and just generally making me want to wrap myself in it from head to toe. Pink used to be just a little bit un-cool, but it can certainly be done…


L-R Top Row: Fuchsia Dress, Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere in Pink on Pink on Pink, Camel and Neon. Bottom row L-R: Bubblegum jumper and striped skirt, Hot Pink Blazer and bobble hat, Emily again in pink pants and khaki jacket.

So I thought I’d do a little round up of items in the shops that you can combine into your outfits at home:

So come on girls, tell me what you think? Is pink for you? Or will you be sitting this trend out?

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

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…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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