Friday Frock O’clock


Red floral print skater dress, Warehouse £48

It’s been rainy this week in Manchester and I feel like Autumn is in full swing. I spotted this dress a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be perfect for kicking leaves with a coatigan and scarf on an autumnal sunday and I’m thinking it could do my favourite double duty trick and work hard at work too.

The colours are spot on for autumn, the florals keep it sweet and the black lace shoulder panels mean it could work for night too. It would look lovely with darker red suede vintage style heels…

What do you think readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Winter Florals


Marks and Spencer printed trousers // Top, French Connection // Heels, Kurt Geiger // Necklace, Banana Republic (old) // Box clutch, Zara

A while ago I shared my printed trousers that had a distinctly summery vibe. I also told you that they were going to remain top of the trends for Autumn and that I already had the perfect pair to share with you. Well here they are, with a summery vibe… you’ll definitely be seeing them again, re-worked for cooler weather as the season progresses.

I found these in M&S of all places (yup, I had quite a haul in there that day, snapping up this sparkly everyday jumper and my tribal skirt.) not Autograph or Limited, just the standard collection. In a moody winter floral print of purples and pinks on black and with a tuxedo style side stripe they feel much more expensive than they were.

In an of-the-moment cropped length I chose to pair them with super high strappy Kurt Geiger heels I bought only a week ago in the sale – a bargain marked down to £31.50 from £150! For so long, evening heels have been all about the peep to or full court shoe that these suddenly felt very modern and fresh.

The trousers and heels do all the talking, so I kept my top half fresh with a simple white silk t’shirt style top and a modern box clutch for added evening sparkle.

Find your pair of Winter floral printed trousers from Marks and Spencers.

What do you reckon readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Florence’s Florals… The Seasonal Series [Autumn]

I don’t normally butt in on Becky’s posts these days – having been here from the beginning of Florence Finds, you have all gotten to know her and her inspiring floral posts at the beginning of each month. However, this is Becky’s second to last post as she is expecting a baby in October! As a result, Becky would like to go out with a bang – so please help her with her request in the comments box today. 🙂

Hopefully, this won’t be the last you hear from Becky as she has agreed to bring us some insights into her first few months of motherhood and I’m really excited to have an authentic voice to bring a little bit of what is such an important part of women’s lives and clearly on the radar of many of my readers in one form or another. I can’t wait! But for now I’ll hand you over, for this month’s instalment of Florence’s florals.

Afternoon everyone, you’re not really due this post until September but as things are going to be a little different for me very soon, I thought I’d post Part 3 of my Seasonal Series early so that my final floral post before I head off on maternity leave can be a readers request. To do this of course, I need your help in the form of feedback. Just let me know what you’d like to see/know/learn about flowers in the comments box and I will try to oblige next month.

Back to today, and Part 3 of the Seasonal Series. You can find Part 1 and Part 2 here.

Hopefully you’re all enjoying some warmer weather at last (fingers crossed) but as soon as the kids go back to school, my thoughts turn to Autumn colours and dare I say it (whispers) Christmas. Unless you’re planning a wedding, there’s no need to think about these seasons yet. Instead, I suggest that you bookmark the page to refer back to for some seasonal inspiration once you’ve finished lusting after the new berry shades in the fashion and interior magazines.

The flowers marked with an * are the ones that you should find readily available from your local florist. The others are certainly available but you’re likely to have to order them a few days in advance.

Late Autumn/ Winter (November & December)
Amaryllis* // Anemone // Chrysanthemum* // Crab Apple // Cotinus* // Cymbidium Orchid* // Euphorbia // Hellebore // Holly* // Hyacinth // Hydrangea* // Hypericum* // Ilex verticillata* // Ivy berry // Misteltoe* // Nerine // Oak leaves // Paperwhite Narcissi // Physalis // Pussy Willow* // Ranunculus // Rosehips // Snowberry* // Spruce* // Skimmia

Winter & Early Spring (January & February)
Amaryllis* // Anemone // Blossom // Contorted Hazel // Daffodils* // Forsythia* // Freesia* // Guelder Rose // Hellebore // Hyacinth* // Iris* // Lilac // Muscari // Narcissi* // Pussy Willow* // Ranunculus* // Snowdrop // Tuberose // Violet

As you can see, there are lots of beautiful flowers and foliage around for even the darkest winter days so there’s no reason not to have seasonal flowers all year round.

As always, I love hearing about your favourites and please don’t forget to let me know what you’d like to see here next month.

Becky

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