Style Saver: Re-working the LBD

Good morning readers! Today I’m excited to introduce a new regular contributor to Florence Finds, Michelle. Lots of you will know Michelle already, either as the founder and creative force behind Pocketful of Dreams, the event design house she co-runs,  or as my one-time partner in Dream Find Do. Michelle has already guest posted from time to time here, so it was natural for me to take things one step further and ask her to contribute regularly. This lady has style by the bucketload and we have similar taste, so I know you’re all going to love what she has lined up. Michelle will be our new lifestyle contributor, so you’ll be hearing from her every couple of weeks or so on a variety of topics, all of which will – in true Florence Finds fashion – add a little style to your life. I hope you’ll all give her a warm welcome and enjoy her posts! – Rebecca x

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Hello Find-ettes, I am beyond excited to be writing for Florence Finds and hope you enjoy my musings on all things lifestyle. I’ll be sharing all sorts of finds, from fashion items I’m currently coveting through to seasonal updates for your home. There may be a moodboard or two thrown in for good measure as well!!

Today I’m sharing a little style conundrum I’ve been facing recently and that’s how to take the little black dress from drab to dazzling. With a number of events coming up including two awards dinners and two Christmas parties, all with a ‘cocktail-wear’ dress code, I have that “nothing to wear” feeling.

Given that these are work events I’m loathe to spend money on new dresses but have plenty of LBD’s hanging in my wardrobe that rarely get worn as I’m a colour lover nowadays. So I’ve been thinking about how I can make the LBD work harder by adding some carefully chosen accessories for a hint of colour and punch.

Here’s my picks to style up the little black dress…..

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Attitude
I could see this outfit working just as well with a leather biker jacket for a night on the town, but as cocktail wear there’s a few subtle edgy pieces to give it that hint of sass.

1. J Crew Citron Stone Necklace £150 2.  Coast Leather Box Bag £65 3. Senso Perspex Heels £40 from Coggles

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Classic with a twist
Cobalt blue is such a striking colour and I love how it works with black, this lace sleeved top would be a great way to change up a black cocktail dress worn over or underneath with just the sleeves and neckline peeking through. The addition of a leopard print clutch would stop it feeling too matchy-matchy and provide a funky twist on a classic style.

1. Ted baker lace sleeve top £99.00  2. Nelly Earings £22.95 3. Dune Leopard Clutch £69.00  4.  Coast Celita Ankle Strap £80

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Unexpected
This is possibly my favourite look of all three, it’s simple and sophisticated with plenty of punchy colour. I’ve chosen two shades that work great together an ochre yellow and a deep red, with hints of gold, I feel these moodier and warmer colours work really well with black. It’s unexpected yet striking.

1. ASOS collar necklace £30.00 2.Ochre Asymmetric clutch £109.50 3. Ted Baker Neevo pumps £112

Let me know which one is your favourite and do share your own style ideas for funking up the little black dress.

Michelle xx

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A Swoon Worthy Competition…

Ok, so yesterday you were all bowled over by Kimberley’s house renovations so far and I introduced you to Swoon Worthy, her blog that records her renovations in progress.

Today, I’m introducing you to another Swoon Worthy find… Swoon Worthy Homewares.

The ever-so-clever Kimberley decided to take matters into her own hands when she (like me) got more and more frustrated over the lack of American style fabrics available in the UK. I imagine this must have been even more of an insult given that she is herself American! And I’m very glad she did, because today, Kimberley launches Swoon Worthy Home Wares upon the world and I wish her every success.

You’ve all heard me moan about the fact that finding the lovely fabrics so readily available in the States are nigh on impossible to find in the UK. Believe me, I have tried. It’s part of the reason why I have no curtains in my lounge or in my dining room – because I just haven’t been able to find what I want here.

I love the simplicity of a bold geometric pattern which I see over and over again in American design and while I can try and be satisified with the offerings we have here, I’m just not. I’ve spent the past 5 years frustrated by this so I decided that if I am having these frustrations, there are probably others out there that have the same issue, right?

We love a go-getter here at Florence Finds and Kimberley has taken this pressing matter into her own hands, importing some nothing short of deliciously chic fabrics from The US to start her own line of home accessories, beginning with cushions.

And even better, today, you have the chance to win not one, but two Swoon Worthy Home Wares cushions!

You can find the full details of how to enter below, but please do spread the word… tell your friends, post the competition on Facebook, tweet about it and let’s all give Kimberly a roaring Florence Finds start to her new venture 🙂

Competition Rules:

Giveaway: 2 cushions worth £60!

Mandatory:
1.  Visit http://www.swoonworthy.co.uk/ and then leave a comment HERE on which two cushions you would like if you won.

Optional for additional entries:
1.  Follow Kimberly’s blog Swoon Worthy and within your comment, let me know how you are following (Email, Google Connect, RSS, Blog Lovin’, etc.).
2. Follow Swoon Worthy on Facebook and post a link to the giveway.  Then leave a separate comment to let me know you have.
3.  Follow Swoon Worthy on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway.  Then leave a separate comment to let me know you have.

Open to UK residents only.
Winner will be announced on Monday, 20th February.

So what are you waiting for? Get entering!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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