What to Buy: November

Morning Readers!

I’m finding it really hard to believe it’s November already – October seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye. Also, I’m not sure about you, but the unseasonably warm weather has slowed my thinking about Christmas. Just last week I was in our garden hosting a Halloween party for 12 toddlers, none of which had coats on. However, true to it’s word, November is certainly feeling more wintery, so here are my picks of what you should be thinking about buying this month.

A Christmas Jumper

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Bird / Bauble / Snowflake / Metallic
Now I know it may sound premature, but I ALWAYS leave it to the last minute and never get my hands on the one I want. I remember last year seeing a Sweatshirt with Christmas Puddings strategically placed in Primark in November, and regretting not buying it as soon as I saw it on Holly Willoughby during Celebrity Juice. FAIL.

But… I’m not normally one for the “Novelty Jumper” so here are some that are Christmas themed, yet still tasteful (in my opinion). Thanks go to a very good friend of mine who pointed out the Joules ones to me ;)  I really like the Bauble one as it has a hint of Markus Lupfer about it without the price tag. The Snowflake one also comes in a more festive red, but I rather like the Navy for subtlety and the Bottle Green one well, this doesn’t just have to be for Christmas!

Moody Florals

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Trousers / Dress / Jumper / Skirt
I’ve noticed a fair few painterly dark and moody floral prints around, and being one of the trends for this AW there are some really nice ways to wear them. From some statement trousers (I LOVE THESE!) to a really easy to wear skirt that could be dressed up or down, now the weather is getting colder, something of this print would really transform your wardrobe. The tiny caveat in the above choices is the Jumper, but the floral embroidery on the sleeves and shoulders was just too beautiful not to include here.

The Blanket Coat

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Navy / Green / Multi-Coloured
Call it what you like – a coat, a poncho or a wrap – the “blanket coat” is a big statement for this season. Now, you could pullthis off by belting a large cozy scarf having draped it round your shoulders, but for some ready to wear versions, these are my High Street favourites. The checks bordered with grey marl is my favourite, perfect to wear over denim or black trousers, but the tassels and colours of the Per Una version take this trend to the letter.

Slogan Sweatshirt

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Kiss / Ciao BellaFeline /  Feminin
These aren’t going anywhere fast, and if you haven’t dipped into the trend already, now is the time to do so. There are some great versions available on the high street, meaning you can take your pick from something that perhaps is personal to you, to something a little more tongue in cheek. So easy to wear, they are the perfect finisher to your weekend uniform.

Over the Knee Boots

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Zara / Russell Bromley
Seemingly everywhere at the moment, the new wave of these boots is much easier to wear. A flat, or small block heel, the lust-worthy Stuart Weitzman 5050’s are still probably among the most coveted, but there are some brilliant (and most importantly) affordable high street alternatives. This Zara pair is amongst my favourites available at the moment.

So, will any of the above items be on your shopping lists this month?

Erin xx

25% off Whistles with Grazia


Bea Cashmere zip knit, Whistles

I wasn’t going to mention this discount this year but then, as I so often do, I decided to buy something rather last minute before the discount expires and thought some of you might appreciate the reminder! I wasn’t going to spend any money on knitwear for my capsule wardrobe (coming right up!) but every year I do always buy a great quality piece of knitwear so when I saw this one I couldn’t resist. It’s a nice change from the grey/navy cashmere I already have and ticks the box for another big AW14 trend… brights with black. You can’t immediately see but it also has zip sides perfect for breast feeding access!

Head on over to whistles.co.uk to see if theres any thing you don’t want to miss and use the code WH25AW14 for 25% Off with Grazia UK. You have until midnight 6th October – that’s Monday!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS. Did I mention the jumper is called ‘Bea’?! ;)

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?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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 ;)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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!)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

*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.

Love,
Rebecca
xo