Fash Flash: Summer Shoes

There were some murmurings on Twitter recently about work appropriate shoes for summer and it can’t be only me who has been feeling stifled in shoes during these warmer days.

I’m in the market myself for some smarter sandals that are work appropriate so thought I’d have a look for some options – the bonus is that many of these are in the sale or will soon go in, so there are bargains to be had!

Obviously, ‘work appropriate’ is a relative term and really depends on your place of work. I am lucky enough to be pretty flexible about what I wear but I appreciate some offices may be much more formal and other places more accepting of trend led styles.

Tips for keeping it work appropriate:

  • Check your work policy about open toed shoes
  • Choose Tan for a classic look that goes with your whole wardrobe or modern neutrals (white/nude/khaki/navy/animal print/metallics)
  • A low wedge can look smarter than the same shoe when flat soled.
  • Done right, a block colour can lift a conservative outfit and not look casual.
  • Look for good foot coverage – i.e. wider straps and formal details for fastening
  • Avoid ‘thong’ or flip flop toe post styles
  • Unless you work in a high fashion environment, avoid ‘flatforms’.
  • Avoid woven or punched leather and canvas finishes.

Dawn orange suedette flat £45 (also available in white) // GAP two band tan leather sandal £29.95 (also in black) // Kurt Geiger London Dahlia gold sandals £99 (also in nude or leopard calf hair) // Flexi-P calf hair blue sandal, Steve Madden at Dune £32 (also in B&W animal print)

Flats this season are all about the wide strap which is lucky as it’s a little more office appropriate if you are allowed to get your toes out. Metal plaque details also up the smart factor.

Maximilla navy low wedge Nine West £99 (also in white, black and nude) // Baylee6 gold low heel court, Anne Klein at Kurt Geiger £65 // Amber blue suede low wedge, Carvela £65

If you feel better with a little lift, but can’t face a proper heel, the mid or low heel is also bang on trend and wedges work really well for summer. Peep toes are perfect for a bit of cooling ventilation too.

GAP tan wedge £45 // Silver wide strap heels, Office £60 // Unice leather wedge heel, French Connection £95 // Gia buckle heel navy shoe, Whistles £185

For higher heels, look for a block heel or wedge and again those wide straps to kept the look fresh and modern, although I take my hat off to anyone with the patience to wear a pair like this to work when it’s hot!

Have you seen any work summer shoes readers?


Spotted: 25% Whistles discount with Grazia

It’s a quick fashion heads up today to alert you all to the 25% discount at Whistles that is currently running. You need the voucher that can be found in Grazia magazine to shop instore, or online at whistles.co.uk with the code WH25SS14. 25% isn’t to be sniffed at and given that Whistles is at the pricier end of the high street, it’s a substantial saving to be had.

Lucky for me, Whistles is a major champion of my favourite loose shift style like this jade green number and there are some styles I could still wear but as sods law would had it, I’m loving the full skirted nipped in waist look with cropped jumpers. Fortunately there are tons of gorgeous accessories (hello shoes, bags and sunglasses,) and the whole range features sugary sweet pastels grounded with black and white.

Get shopping ladies ;)


Save or Splurge Style…

For a while now I have been thinking I should do a series of similar items that differ in price, but all too often after spotting things I then forget where I saw them.

Whistles Meghan brushed fur dress £125 // ASOS Animal print shift dress £40

These two shift dresses aren’t exactly the same but there’s more than a trace of similarity with spring appropriate colours and an animal print type pattern in a flattering shift style. And if you’re watching your spending like me, I think it’s a very good substitute for the pricier Whistles splurge dress.

What do you think? Save or splurge?


The Fash Flash: Leather

This season, leather is one trend I am determined to get on board with, as it has passed me by for several seasons past while it has been building it’s fashion credentials. Leather is often an investment but the fact that it has been persisting through the last few years (even into summer seasons,) is backing up it’s promise of longevity and so I’m ready to make the leap. I thought I’d round up some of my favourite pieces on the high street now, both budget bargains and higher end luxe items. One last thought for you; If this is a trend you want to try, then buy now as you’ll get your wear out of the piece throughout the season and really feel the cost per wear.

Whistles Joni leather hoodie £350 // M&S Autograph panelled leather skirt £149 // Warehouse drape jacket £140
Leather pony effect skirt, Topshop £220 // Leather box effect tee, Topshop £95
Carrie Leather legging, Reiss £495 // Topshop Leather and denim mix tee £55 // Onyx quilted burgundy leather jacket, Reiss £495

I’m totally in love with that burgundy Reiss jacket, but for a more affordable take on the trend and a double check in the fashion boxes for the blush shade too, you can’t go far wrong with a Topshop ‘box effect’ Tee. Warehouse also wins for wearable style with it’s waterfall style soft looking jacket. What I really want however is a skirt, and again, I’ll be trying to find that Topshop number up there for affordability and style in one.

Have you got any leather items or have you seen any you’re lusting after?


Triple Temptation: Trans-seasonal Scarves

Now that the weather is getting a bit cooler, I’m already changing my wardrobe choices and embracing the layers that an english spring or autumn requires. I’ve got my leather jacket out (happily, very on-trend this season) and also started layering on the large, cosy scarf that I bought for travelling to South Africa and barely took off all holiday. Having realised how much I love it, I realised I needed to buy some more similar styles to cheaply perk up my outfits as I navigate the new season fashions, not to mention keep me warm.

  • Increasingly, I’m wearing more Khaki green (courtesy of my Parka obsession,) so this camo print Whistles number would be a great all-year round wardrobe staple.
  • I love a bit of leopard but prefer a more subtle take – particularly when translated into bold colour like this New Look scarf, instead of traditional animal print tones. This one is striking and looks voluminous enough to be warm too.
  • Trumping them all however is this tribal/nomadic print ASOS collection scarf with coloured border and fun pops of neon pink poms. What’s not to love and who said winter clothes have to be dreary??

Have you spotted any great scarves readers?


Triple Temptation: Spring Boots

*I’ve had a bit of a play around with the design of Florence Finds this weekend, installing a new header and some new blog buttons on the right, so you can easily find me in all my usual social haunts online. I really felt like I wanted a more cohesive feminine yet modern colour palette, that better represented the blog. Have a click around and let me know what you think – I hope you like it!

Spiral suede boot, Ash @ Atterley Road// Kir Royale Suede Boots, Whistles // Untouchable ankle boots, Office

For a long while now, I’ve been coveting these Ash ankle boots. I knew I would get tons of wear out of them and (ignoring that the suede isn’t all that spring appropriate,) they are perfect while the weather remains chilly. I wanted to find that perfect mink/greige shade too that would work with greys but not look out of place with warmer toned items. I almost ordered them online but really wanted to try the fit so went in search of them this Saturday. I was unsuccessful but stumbled across 2 other takes on the trend that I loved.

The Whistles pair above I bought and actually returned, as they were a little too smart for what I wanted them for. They were however ridiculously soft and comfy. Office eventually came up trumps with a great take on the Ash pair at less than half the price. I’m wearing them with my coloured skinnies this spring and later I’ll be pairing them with a summer dress for a festival vibe. And at a high street price I won’t be precious about treating the suede with a scotch guard then getting on with wearing them whatever the weather, instead of worrying about potential rain!


PS – It’s a two post day!

Monday Must-Have: 25% off at Whistles with Grazia

I’ve been a little slack at promoting this one as the offer was first published while I was on holiday last week, but it’s that time again – Whistles bi-annual discount in association with Grazia magazine.

To access the discount you need to purchase a copy of Grazia and then either use the coupon when shopping in store or the code when shopping at Whistles online.

The offer is on until next Friday 8th March so get it while you can ladies! (And if you have already shopped from the offer, or have your eye on something, please do share in the comments box below! Nothing like a bit of Monday morning retail therapy!)


*See my pre-season preview of the Whistles SS13 collection here from London Fashion Week last September.

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.


Spotted: Atterley Road

Recently, I’ve been looking towards a more grown up, streamlined and simplistic style for my Autumn/Winter outfits. I don’t know what has prompted the changed, but  I feel more like inventing my own take on the trends than slavishly following them. Maybe it’s the advent of the cooler months resurecting my favourite styles and colours that makes me veer towards my signature style, but viewing a lot of the high street collections just hasn’t been doing it for me like it did early in the year as the spring summer collections flooded in. I’ve been looking for less pieces of higher quality and with serious wardrobe miles in them. Enter Atterley Road.

Shirt, 0039 Italy // Skirt, Jiqsaw // Necklace, Made // Shoes, Whistles // Ring, Made ~ All @ Atterley Road

Have you seeen the adverts for Atterley Road, ALL over the internet recently? It was through one of those ads that I clicked through to the site and found a really great concept – designed to feel like shopping on your favourite high street (a London-ism for sure,) but online, there’s an edited selection of pieces – ‘the best of brands you know and love – with new labels you’ll grow to love.’ Snappy style guides are regularly produced addressing fashion trends people like you or I need – a collection of knits for the wintery weather, your work wear wardrobe sorted or a capsule collection of key pieces every girl needs. And I think the selection is impeccable.

Dress, Fillipa K // Scarf, Whistles // Boots, Jigsaw // Bag, Jigsaw ~ All @ Atterley Road

You’ll find my favourites like Whistles, NW3 by Hobbs and Hunter, and cooler labels like IRO, Ash and Des Petites Hauts. As I was doing a bit of window shopping I thought I would put a couple of outfits together to solve some of my own dilemma’s right now and demonstrate the breadth and quality available.

Top and Belt, Des Petits Hauts // Jeans, 7 for all Mankind // Earrings, Made // Satchel, Jiqsaw // Ballet flats, French Sole

There isn’t a huge selection, but that’s because they have done the legwork for you. Need a work skirt? Find the perfect pencil style easily. Statement dress or weekend, reassuringly, dresses are the largest section and there’s all the finishing touches too, including jewellery, bags and shoes. :)

I can see I’m going to be spending a lot of time on the Atterley Roadsite and quite possibly a lot of money! Have you heard of Atterley Road and do you like my outfit choices?


Whistles SS13 Preview at LFW

This afternoon I am unfortunately going to lose all facade at ‘cool’ (not sure I ever did that all that well anyway,) that my LFW coverage may have reflected upon me and go a little bit fan-girl on you all. I’m going to give you all a sneak peek inside my trip to The Savoy to preview the Whistles SS13 collection.

Those of you who read Florence Finds will know that I am a huge Whistles fan. I buy consistently from their collections each season, throughout the season and have been doing since round about the time that Jane Sheperdson, Whistles CEO took over and turned the brand around in 2008. Many a time you guys ask where something I’m wearing is from and rather embarrassingly, the answer is often the same, Whistles.

Whistles Jane Sheperdson wearing a leather sweatshirt from the SS13 collection

I suppose now would be a good time to explain why I’m so passionate about the brand then? I love fashion and I like to work the trends but I have a life to live. I’m a GP and part of that involves dressing smartly, professionally but not appearing intimidating to the patients that visit me from all walks of life, with all manner of problems. For work, in Whistles I feel quietly put-together, comfortable that I am not selling out on my own style, but also not frightening any old ladies! The cut fits me perfectly, right through from the dresses to the trousers and the quality is remarkable. I’ve never had a Whistles item lose its shape, fray, had embellishments fall off or the garment feel flimsy. And when it comes to out of work, the pieces are equally at home amongst the in-laws on a family day as out with the girls to be cooed over and stroked as they should be.

So, given my obcession with the brand, you can imagine how excited I was to preview the SS13 collection. And if I told you that (removing all fan girl behaviour and looking objectively on,) it was in my humble opinion the best collection yet would you be intrigued?

There were 5 rails of clothing hung in the showroom of the Whistles suite at The Savoy and I immediately made a bee-line for a rail that seemed like Florence Finds in clothing form, with neon piped edging, a water-colour neon brights print on a fine broderie anglaise and a coral lace formed the bulk of the pieces, contrasted with tougher leather including a pair of leather dungarees.

As an aside, leather featured heavily throughout Fashion Week, if you have ever doubted the longevity of a leather purchase, now is the time to fill your wardrobe – you’ll be wearing it all season!

As I made my way around the rails, each collection of designs had 2 or three items that I wanted, no, needed in my wardrobe. Joking aside, that elusive perfect lace skirt? I’ll take the electric blue thank you. An updated Geometric print? The navy on white lattice felt modern and fresh.

Your summer events wardrobe? Of course Whistles has the usual selection of signature dress shapes, but I was sold on this tangerine maxi with layered top detail. And a statement piece that works with everything? You couldn’t go wrong with a laser cut white leather shell top. (Also seen in dress form on Virgina here, below right.)

Whistles have also extended their bags collection and have a new range including up to the minute pouches, flat clutches, shoulder bags and bigger satchel style bags perfect for work or play. All the bags are named after famous roads.

And did you know Whistles now do shoes? A Capsule collection for AW12 is available now featuring basic items every shoe wardrobe needs with the classic Whistles twist of on-trend style that has many a wardrobe mile in it. Look for the classic stilleto and the block heel boots, both making their way towards my wardrobe this season I feel. Whistles will launch the full shoe collection in SS13.

So what do you think readers? Are you in-lust already? I’m thinking that we could just skip Autumn/Winter and just start wearing Whistles SS13 already?


*Thank you to Virginia, Chinazo and Kyley for arranging my invitation and showing me around the collections, and to Jane for allowing me to take her picture.