What to Buy: June

Morning Readers!

June is here and I’m so pleased to say that Bubba No 2 is as well (at last!). Oscar Theodore arrived on 27th May almost two weeks late. It’s wonderful (but tiring I’m not going to lie – you definitely forget!) being a new Mum again.

Calum couldn’t be more in love with his younger brother. It’s so lovely to see, not least because I’m an only child so watching this sibling relationship develop is one of the things Rich and I are looking forward to most.

Anyway, back to What to Buy this month. Summer should be well and truly upon us as we move through the month (I hear that it starts today so fingers crossed!) so here’s a selection of things to get you set for the warm days and nights that are (hopefully) ahead.

Espadrilles

Dune // Kurt Geiger // Mint Velvet // ASOS

Typically reserved (by me anyway) in the past to a beach shoe, the straw-soled espadrille seems to be everywhere. The most-coveted Chanel and Valentino styles are out of most of the “mere-mortal leagues” but these are some great alternatives. Go for leather to dress things up a bit or keep it casual in canvas. I like the Mint Velvet wedge versions for something a little smarter too (and for height). This H&M version is a good cost-effective substitute to them though.

The LWD

Topshop // & Other Stories // Mango // Topshop

I kind-of touched on this in May but summer wardrobes aren’t complete without a “little white dress”. Pick a casual one or something a little more dressy, there are plenty to be had. Take care with white though. True pure bright white only suits certain complexions (dark hair, dark eyes, olive to black skin – think Jessica Alba; or dark hair, blue eyes, fair skin – think Courtney Cox). Ecru or off white is universally flattering though. I love these TopShop dresses for ease of wear (sold out online but I have seen in stores), and this & Other Stories one is lovely to dress up or down. Mango of course is a great go-to for one with plenty on offer, including this dreamy maxi number. Flat sandals and a denim jacket and you’re good to go.

Khaki Topshop // Dorothy Perkins // Karen Millen // Etoile Isabel Marant via The Outnet

THE shade of the summer it seems, Khaki doesn’t have to be reserved for cadets! It’s actually a great neutral and works well with denim, black and white – a hard-working wardrobe all rounder! The trousers from good old Dotty P’s are so comfortable – a good buy in my post-pregnancy state. I’ll be wearing them with stripes no doubt. I also REALLY like the Topshop All in One.. And so it seems does everyone else. Limited stock available but a great drapey, soft fabric. Pick one up if you can.

Snakeskin

Clarks // Gap // Topshop

Now again in my mind this is a great neutral (and I’m talking about the “grey/nude/brown snakeskin here) that works well on accessories (and even looks great with Khaki). I had a jacket in snakeskin print from Zara from a couple of seasons ago and it really does lift a black dress or pair of jeans. I’ve seen a few things of late that would be worth second looks at to update your existing wardrobes. From lifting a pair of jeans to jazzing up a white summer dress, these pieces would work well. I especially love the Gap Bucket bag (THE shape of the season) and the TopShop Glads (not available on line but I’ve seen in store).

PomPoms

Anthropologie // East at John Lewis // Mango

It’s good to have fun with fashion and Pompoms are fast becoming de rigeur in terms of updating your look this summer. I remember spending some of my school holiday days making these in brightly coloured wools with my Mum and Nana, tightly winding the wool around cardboard circles and snipping it. Not sure what became of the Poms we made but I’d use them now to decorate gifts. Here are some ready made Pom-tastic things that have caught my eye. The straw tote is VERY cute. Beach anyone?!

I hope that I’ve given you some inspiration for the month and I’m looking forward to sharing How I Wore June later on now Oscar is safely with us. Let’s hope sleep deprivation won’t take over too much… :/

Have good months all!

Erin xx

Monday Must-Have: Snakeskin Stiletto

This mornings must-have is a shoe that I am seriously coveting. I can imagine it with nearly every outfit I could plan for the coming season and it seems both modern and classic – The French 75 Snakeskin Stiletto by Whistles. The fact that it shares a name with my favourite cocktail only adds to it’s desirability in my mind.

There’s another reason for me choosing an item from Whistles today. You have until tomorrow at midnight to take advantage of the 25% discount in association with Grazia that Whistles run twice yearly. I know Whistles can be a bit pricey for many of you and 25% is a hefty discount (I always take advantage and save a significant amount when it is on,) so if there’s an item you’re lusting after ladies, then now is the time.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear… Zara Cape

I’ve thought long and hard about doing these types of posts, so I really hope they don’t come across as self obsession or gratification. I figure that if I’m going to have any kind of credibility in making fashion observations and offering style advice then I really ought to be putting my money where my mouth is and sharing a few of the outfits that I have put together. I could have made a mood board, but again, it’s against everything that Florence Finds is about to add any falsity to this or veil the reality, so it’s just me, my clothes, images taken by my iPhone and hopefully a little inspiration for you all.

You won’t see too many of these by the way, mainly because the majority of my time is spent in front of the computer, at work, or in my PJ’s but if I’ve got an outfit or new purchase that I’m particularly pleased with then you might see it shared here.

So, first up, my absolute favourite 2 new purchases – my Zara cape and boots.

Cape – Zara
Cream lace shoulder sheer(ish) Blouse – Warehouse
Whistle necklace – Whistles (2010)
Tailored Navy Shorts – Whistles
Boots (Burgundy leather, black suede and cream snakeskin toe) – Zara
Bag – Coach (2009)

I’m having a borderline obsessive affair with these boots and haven’t taken the cape off. I’ve wanted a cape for so long and this colour, with the texture and the modern line to it, is just perfect. That the boots seem to go with everything in my wardrobe is a bonus and they are super flattering with the leg-elongating v-front. The photos really don’t do them justice so please head over to the site, if not just to dribble over their perfect-bootie porn 😉

Get thee to Zara ASAP and make your purchases. You won’t be disappointed.

Love,
Rebecca
x

PS – it’s three post Thursday 😉

Friday Frock O’Clock

We’re going full on glamour this week, with this stonkingly sexy dress from the geniuses over at Reiss.

I feel it’s a little out of keeping with the season… October and November, what with Halloween and Bonfire Night, are kind of snuggly jumper months with boots and the like, but I’m hoping to have a very fancy party to attend shortly and as such will need a fancy dress. This has got fancy written all over it, don’t you think?

Reiss Cecille Halter Dress
*Reiss Cecille Grey Halter – £225

Thigh splits seem to be all the rage at the moment and there’s not much call for them day to day but if you’ve got it flaunt it I say – this would look fabulous with a toned pair of pins. 🙂

I’m also in awe of the 70’s vibe and the print – it’s described as a ‘smudged moth print’ but I think it’s got more than a hint of the snakeskin look to it and (now that we’ve done leopard love) that’s my new favourite print crush. Very Bond-tastic.

Ok, so now it’s your turn. As will be customary, the point of Friday Frock O’Clock is that you all post a frock that you’re seriously coveting. As it’s the first week, I might widen the net a little to any lust-after fashion item. Or maybe you’d like to share something you’re actually wearing this weekend, then we all get to while away the last couple of hours of the working week doing a little dress perving instead.

You know you want to…

Love,
Rebecca.
xo

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