Friday Frock O’clock

I’m never sure how I feel about style steal looks that appear on the high street of designer collections. It always seem a little bit naughty but there’s no denying there’s a market for it and at the end of the day, all high street fashion is influenced by the catwalk collections from top designers.

Already featured online in a couple of places and in Look Magazine, I couldn’t help but share this dead-ringer of a dress by River Island. I’m a huge fan of la Beckhams’s ‘Victoria’ collection, (you can read all about it here,) so I’m seriously considering making a purchase of this copy cat frock.

Pay day has been and gone, if you’re not spent up already do share your favourite lust-have items this week by dropping a comment in the box below – especially the bargains; We love a bargain frock here at Florence Finds 😉


Spotted: Whistles SS12

It’s not a secret that I am a big fan of Whistles, and this season, I am loving the early press releases of their collections. Full of pieces that are easy to wear (read: loose shapes and chiffon pleats) there’s also a healthy dose of colour interspersed among the navy that I love.

First up, my key seasonal piece – the laser cut out leather top. You’ll be seeing a lot of this in the ad campaigns I suspect (ditto leather on the whole this season) and I think it’s one of those pieces that will go a long way in your wardrobe, seasonless and a style staple for years to come. Expect long waiting lists and sell out success.

Next, my favourite, the floral prints. I was a little underwhelmed by Whistles last season, mainly due to the lack of colour and as a big fan of brights my prayers have been answered. Although I’m not sure I’m brave enough to rock the tailoring in fuschia, the yellow print dress virtually has my name on it. Check out the sample of print here that translates into this fabulous jumpsuit too.

Your sartorial fashion crises solved for any summer formal events? The dresses. There’s not a season goes by without me buying a Whistles dress, although I have also been known where possible (and Whistles often do it) to buy the top and skirt in one print then wear together or separately, particularly when it comes to a more casual look. The jumpsuit featured here has been tipped for the top of the style charts but I am head over heels about the scallop edged cream dress. Come to Mama.

Lastly, global prints. Although I’ll admit when I first clocked these I wasn’t that keen, I’ve now scoured the collection images 3 or 4 times and each time I get more and more enamoured with the look. There is something very nonchalant about the shapes. Did I mention those sunglasses – chic.

I’m also loving the styling in these images. Often absorbed by the clothes themselves, I am actually kind of wishing I was the model in these shots with her grown-up look and simple style. All in all, Whistles SS12 is a winner for me..

What do you think readers? Are you a fan of Whistles or could this collection convert you?


Saturday Survey

Happy Weekend readers!

This weekend I’m getting away for some R&R with Pete for the start of his 30th birthday celebrations next week. While I’m away, I hope you guys will get a moment to comment on the Survey series I started last week. This week we’re focusing on fashion and don’t forget this is your chance to have your say and tell me what you would like to see here on Florence Finds. Thank you so much for stopping to fill it in and I hope you enjoy my five things this week 🙂

Five things:

Firstly, a new addition to the site… the subscribe button in the right hand side bar. Here’s where you can sign up to receive a weekly round up email into your inbox once a week (we won’t bombard you with email junk I promise!) and keep up to date with all of Florence’s posts. Gemma’s going to be taking care of this and let me tell you, the draft round up she prepared was brilliant – don’t miss out on exclusive Florence news and firsts, sign up today 🙂

My two latest lipstick purchases – Mac’s ‘Lady Danger’ (matte orange-red) and ‘Impassioned’ (intense neon coral pink)

I found a new online magazine to fall in love with… 91 Magazine. There seem to be more and more online mags popping up but what I loved about this one was its heavy lean towards interior style and the crafting theme throughout. This is no glossy full of aspirational style, but affordable, DIY and achievable inspiration. Go take a look!

Started a bit of new season wardrobe reassessment and was pleased to find how much nude and faded neon I had ready to wear!

Did you enter the Mr & Mrs Smith Giveaway yet? Entries close at Midnight on Sunday – look out for the winner on Monday!

Five Questions:

  1. Within the Fashion category (in the menu above) which is your favourite type of post? (i.e. New collections from individual designers or shops; The Fash Flash – round ups of pieces for a specific trend or Outfits?)
  2. How much would you normally spend on clothes in a month?
  3. Quality or quantity? (Do you prefer trend led disposable fashion at lower prices or classic well made pieces and fewer of them? Do you ever splurge on designer/higher end goods?)
  4. Have you bought anything featured on Florence Finds?
  5. Would you want to hear about discounts and offers (and if so how – on the blog/twitter/facebook/emails?)

Just copy and paste these five questions into the comments box and add your responses. Thanks so much in advance!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Friday Frock O’Clock

This week I had a bargain dress in mind for Friday Frock O’Clock but it’s still not available so instead, I went to the opposite end of the spectrum and decided to share a dress that I have been lusting after and will probably never buy. (I’m ever hopeful)

I just love how chic this is, a classic-with-a-twist shape, a statement colour and the fact that expensive though it may be, this dress would live in your fabulous frock repertoire for many a year to come… I’d love to see it worked with a leopard heel.

*Pink Fond sleeveless dress, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania at My-Wardrobe.

So this week’s Friday Frock O’Clock is dedicated to the dress that you can’t buy this week but would truly love to. It might be a designer gown you’ve fallen in love with*, or it might be a dress you spied somewhere like Pinterest and can’t find the designer for. Or maybe it’s not even that expensive but your pennies are being directed elsewhere at the moment. Either way, drop a link into the comment box and let’s spend the rest of this afternoon drooling over the dress candy.


*Let’s face it, that was just your free pass to head on over to the likes of Net-a-Porter or My-Wardrobe and search for something gorgeous if you didn’t have something in mind already.

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