What to Wear – The PenDo Edition

This morning, I thought I’d do a what to wear with a difference… This is what real women wear. Women that I’m proud to call my friends.

Last weekend I went away for the night to Leeds for the long-awaited Do-of-Pen. Penny, our music guru here at Florence Finds, had organised a meet up for some lovely ladies who chat on Twitter and when the day dawned, of course, it was all about what to wear. I often go for fashion forward choices in my own what to wear posts, partly because I love to experiment, but partly because I feel obliged to practise what I preach. However, that doesn’t stop me from looking forward to every night out to see what people are wearing and this one was no exception! I thought I’d do a round up of what everyone else wore and maybe it would give you some ideas on how to switch up your accessories, make an unexpected colour pairing or just provide a damn good nosey!

The outfits are in colour order, as we (unintentionally) created a fabulous rainbow, of colour (and personalities) that worked beautifully together 🙂

Anna (Any Other Wedding)

  • French Connection nude dress
  • Black tights
  • Feather necklace – similar here
  • Black heels – similar from Zara

Penny (Bad Penny Says)

  • Pink dress, (similar at ASOS)
  • Leather jacket – similar at H&M
  • Unicorn earrings. Yes, Penny is that cool.

Me: (The only one I have a photo of and it wasn’t taken on the night!) Remember the Friday Frock? Check in here for the dress details and the tights are Topshop, finished with Mac’s ‘Lady Danger’ orange-red lipstick and orange nails.

 

Kirsty (A Safe Mooring)

  • Red Dress – H&M
  • Pink Tights – H&M
  • Glitter Boots – New Look (Now out of stock)

Gemma (Prettiest Hobo)

Bex (Olive Dragonfly)

  • Green Dress – Oasis
  • Glitter boots – as above.
  • Earrings – A wedding gift but find similar at Carat

Amy (Field and Fallow)

  • Turquoise dress
  • Yes, that is a bow, and yes, it was worn in Amy’s waist length hair, a la Gaga! Courtesy of Gemma’s hair skillz.
  • Leopard flats


Laura (A Parliament of Owls)

  • Zig Zag beaded bag
  • Navy asymmetrical dress
  • Nude patent platform heels
  • Crowned with FAB-ulous hair we were all frankly jealous of.

Lucy (Lucy Stendall)

  • Black dress with beaded neck detail. get the look on your LBD by adding a statement beaded bib necklace like this one.
  • Lucy’s look was all about the glamour – very Audrey Hepburn: Red lip and liner flick.

So ladies, we’re going to do a SATC-esque commenting effort now… which lady are you?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS Manchester next?

My Month…

It’s nearing the end of January (and it hasn’t been that bad after all with Florence to help you through now has it?) So it’s time I shared a bit of ‘behind the scenes’ info in the shape of my Instagram snaps for January.

  • Wardrobe rehab – watch out for more on this coming soon, Florence’s tips on how to clean up, clear out and get ready for the new fashion .
  • Healthy Eating with English Apples
  • My Friday Frock with animal print Topshop tights.
  • Red and orange nails – (my sister wearing Leighton Denny and Me wearing Nails inc.)
  • Shopping for boots, J.Crew and leather at The Outnet.
  • Bertie shoes for work and play, in the sales.
  • Walking in the Elan valley, Wales.
  • Michelle (the mastermind behind these party ideas) and her friend Jayne at Pete’s party.
  • Healthy (fat free) frozen yogurt with blind eye brownie bits 😉 for a desperate chocolate treat.
  • Tabby… posing for you all with her spotty tummy.
  • And lastly a sneak peek of Pete’s party, more to come soon!

So, what were the highlights of your January? Have we made it more bearable?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS Pop back this afternoon for a Real Room makeover!

Friday Frock O’clock

This week’s Friday frock is an outfit I have chosen and in fact wore, last night.

For Pete’s birthday, we headed back to Stock Restaurant, the venue for our wedding reception and believe it or not, we haven’t been back since. I wanted to go somewhere special and it means a lot to us so seemed the perfect choice, and who doesn’t love Italian food?

It’s very rare that I dress for my husband, so to speak. Thankfully he’s (nearly always) complimentary but for this particular evening I just wanted something a little girly and to look pretty for him. Less fash more pash. 😉


Straight Cut Dress, £34.99, Mango.

When I came across this simple Mango dress it was right up my street. I like clean design when it comes to clothes and the block colour is striking enough. (It’s actually a delicious coral pink although it looks red here.) In an ideal world I would pair it with some oversized spot tights but time constraints meant I nipped into Topshop and found these striking animal print tights – I chose them because I hate when patterned tight have a 10 or 20 denier backdrop to the pattern, it’s so unflattering and these really stand out because of the nude colour. I carried a clutch not dissimilar to this one from Oasis, but mine is a back patent Kate Moss for Topshop from donkeys years back that has become a wardrobe staple of mine. Teamed with some patent bow peep toes, it seemed dressed up enough for a special evening out but pared down enough to acknowledge the Thursday-night-school-night choice of evening.

Better than all that, it was a bargain too. I wasn’t complaining as I’ve got three outfits to work my way through for the weekend and I can see this coming out again and again.

Happy Friday Folks!

Do share you thoughts on my outfit and of course any lust have items you’ve splurged on come pay day!

Love,

Rebecca

xo

PS… Head on over to my Twitter feed or Facebook and you can see an Instagram pic of me wearing the said ensemble. 🙂

Tights Please!

One of the requests I have received since Florence Finds launched was for a tights round up, which couldn’t really be any more up my street. I wear a lot of skirts and dresses, so tights in the winter are pretty much an essential and I have a range of coloured ones alongside my trusty black opaques.

I love pairing a grey dress with my fuschia pink tights or turquoise legs for a pop of colour – it never fails to cheer me up on a miserable day and there are loads of wintery ribbed or patterned numbers available – more so than ever this year I think.

I’ve also included some party numbers, a few more unusual pairs and some favourites of mine…

…walk this way(!)

*Row one: Cable Knit ochre tights – Topshop, Pumpkin (orange) ribbed knit tights – Topshop, Red lace tights, Topshop, Bottle Green tights, H&M.
Row two: Turquoise 120 Denier tights – Topshop,100 Denier Opaques (purple) M&S and Aubergine Cable Knit tights – Dorothy Perkins.

Feeling bold? Why not go for a pattern? I’m particularly loving the gold lurex stars from Henry Holland and the variety of polka dots on offer.


*Star Tights by Henry Holland – Topshop, Multispot tights (small dots) – Topshop and
Oversized Spot tights by Pamela Mann.

Seam back tights always look classy but you can have a little fun with them too – Pamela Mann’s ‘Love’ tights are definitely on my ‘want’ list…


*Bow Backseam tights, Red Heart seam tights and Love tights (Pamela Mann).

Looking for something different? The picture doesn’t do these tights justice but I love the multicoloured fleck in these black wool tights from Urban Outfitters. Embellishment doesn’t usually come cheap but these Limited tights are only £15, or why not go Rock’n’Roll with tattoo tights? (Usually not my thing at all but they look fabulous on!)

*Black with multi-coloured speckles – Urban Outfitters, Tattoo Tights – Topshop and Embellished (sequin back) tights – M&S Limited.

One of the best places to shop for tights is online… and hence the ‘Tights Please‘ title! Tights please are an online tights retailer and have literally every type of fancy-pants hosiery you could possibly imagine, for treats, every-day colours or just standout statement style. Go check ’em out.

So let’s hear your thoughts… seen something you fancy here? Or are you already a tights convert?

Lots of warm-and-bright-legs-for-winter love,
Rebecca.
xo

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