Friday Frock O’clock

Truth be told I haven’t done a lot of shopping recently. I’ve been living in the same cool and easy pieces because it is way too hot to be spending a day shopping and hanging around in changing rooms. It’s also that difficult time of year when the shops turn into a sale wasteland, you’re pining for some fresh fashion inspiration, yet the new stock looks dark and miserable. I had resigned myself to not finding anything when I decided to check Zara out and found this in their new season collection.


Zara Bird Print Dress – £45.00

Oriental prints are making a slow comeback in fashion right now and there’s going to be a lot more of them in the AW13 colections. I’ve never worn a lot of red but I love the vibrant shade of this dress and the fresh white cranes or storks with their nod to the Orient, yet no hint of the fancy dress about them.

At £45 I think it’s a bit of a steal. Run, don’t walk readers…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’Clock

I know the weather has gone rubbish again and I know summer feels like it may have already become a distant memory, but right now, all I’m thinking about are summer days and holidays. I do love a maxi dress but find them all a bit samey with too much jersey shapelessness and unforgiving ‘cling’ so when I spotted this one it felt just right. I love the colours and print (unusually for me as I’m not much of a ditsy florals girl,) but the boho draped style and unusual cut make it a winner for me. And of course it could be dressed up or down…

For now I’ll be dreaming of distant summer evenings when I can wear this to drift out for candle-lit twilight drinks.

Have you guys spotted any dresses that you’re hankering after but feel it’s too soon to buy? Happy weekend readers.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS, I may be even more in love with the model’s haircut than the dress…

Friday Frock O’clock


Cape sleeve dress, Zara

After a few monochrome and rather serious weeks of frocks, there seemed nothing more appropriate to round off a week of glorious sunshine heralding the spring than a dress as bright as the sun has been.

Yellow is a huge trend for this season and I love this super modern, sleek and chic take on it from Zara. The clean silhouette teamed with superhero-esque cape sleeves would make a stand out style statement at any function you have to attend in the coming months. I’m imagining it with mirror metallic silver stilettos and a slick of a fuchsia lip for a futuristic look you can barely tear your eyes away from.

Have a fantastic weekend readers,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Transitional Rotations

Just a quick post this afternoon because as you read this I’ll be in London, preparing to go to the Cosmo Blog Awards. It’s set to be quite the event and hopefully I’ll have something exciting to share with you when I get back – keep your fingers crossed please!!

In the meantime, it seemed like an opportune moment to share my ‘other’ London Fashion Week Outfit – Day 1. (What I wore on Day 2)


Dress (seen as skirt) Zara // Jumper – Whistles // Heels – Nine West // Bag – Mulberry //

I always find ‘dressing for London’ tricky. That may sound odd, but every time I’m there, I’m on a mad dash to get as much done as humanly possible. I usually have appointments, often an evening engagement and might travel down and/or up on the train on the day so versatility is key, never mind the fashion fear of having to look representative of the stylish life I aspire to share with you all. It’s a complete nightmare involving heels, cool clothes to avoid getting sweaty on the train/tube, emergency flats and usually a hefty dose of compromise.

This was one such compromise although it’s also a great reminder to utilise your summer outfits over again as layered items for Autumn where appropriate. I still haven’t gotten over my love for this digital print dress (seen here and here before,) and the weather was lovely enough to allow me to wear summery styles. That said, I wanted to keep it a bit more muted to lend the dress-as-a-skirt to autumn. Enter my favourite jumper right now, my Whistles (did I mention they have 25% off right now?) ‘Angel’ jumper – Navy, slouchy, and scattered with sequins, it looks great with everything from jeans to fancy skirts like this one.

Finished with my lilac sky high heels, I was ready for Any Other Party.

Big thanks to Gemma for taking the pics :)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

This week I was determined to include a sales purchase, but I got distracted with the Zara look book and considered a tribal jumpsuit and a sports chic number, (both still big trends if you’re interested…) before this printed back detail dress caught my eye.

You know I love colour, and I’m increasingly drawn to toning shades in painterly patterns, plus this reminded me of the back detail you all so admired on my white Zara dress.


Zara Printed Dress, a bargain £39.99

It’s utterly sophisticated, bright and summery, perfect for an event or you could even wear it in the day with a jacket or cardigan.

Happy weekend folks,

Love
Rebecca
xo

PS, Wondering about a bra? Try this one.

What to Wear: Holiday layers…

Over the last few months it’s fair to say I’ve been working my way through new trends, trying them out and sharing them with you, along with making quite a few new purchases. However, come this time of year my spending habits tend to shift away from fashion, for a couple of reasons. Of course, the sales are looming and unless it’s a good quality basic or essential I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of, it feels foolish to splurge with the sales around the corner. This summer has been so poor, a lot of the high summer trends just aren’t worth attempting, (tropical prints in the rain anyone?) and before we know it the Autumn/Winter’12 trends will be filling the rails. As a result, I’m doing what any normal girl does, recycling. So you’re going to be seeing a few of the items I’ve already shared in different combinations or for different occasions over the coming weeks. I hope it inspires you to reconsider your classic items alongside this seasons new pieces and extends your wardrobe that bit further into the Autumn, a little like this print clash I shared earlier in the week.

This morning’s what-to-wear is a bit of an exercise in holiday versatility. I do enjoy honing a holiday wardrobe down to the bare, hardworking essentials but honestly, it’s not because I love planning outfits, it’s altogether more mundane than that. Firstly, I HATE washing when I get back from holiday. The only think worse is washing all the items that you didn’t wear or need. Secondly, I hate taking a huge case. Its a pain to lug about and who wants to go over the luggage limit? Particularly when there’s shopping to be done when you get there. ;)


Dress (seen as skirt) Zara // Jumper – Florence and Fred // Wedges (old) – Aldo // Bag – Mulberry //

So, although you have already seen today’s main items, this amazing £12 steal of a summer jumper from Florence and Fred at Tesco, layered over this digital print bodycon dress, from Zara. I just added a pair of casual wedge heels in tan leather and a metallic bag, keeping it neutral as there was already a lot going on with the skirt. A pearlescent skinny belt picked out the lilac in the skirt and toned with the jumper to give the top half some shape and smarted up the outfit.

I wore this on the first evening we arrived in San Francisco. I was tired and it was really quite windy but we wanted to make the most of the first evening and headed out to explore the Embarcadero. I knew I wouldn’t want to change again for dinner and we wanted something quite casual, but of course, it was the first night of holiday, so I wanted to look nice. As you do ;)

A good friend of mine does this all the time and I’m always inspired by the flexibility she gets out of her wardrobe by layering, so I was pretty pleased to pull it off with this outfit. Packing wise it’s a double score. The jumper got worn again for sight-seeing the next day and the dress came out for a night out in Vegas. And I had less washing when I got home ;)

Hope you like it readers, and it inspires you to look at how you can combine and get more out of your wardrobe…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

[Friday Frock] What to Wear: In Vegas

Sometimes you just have to dress for the occasion and today’s frock comes straight at you, literally right between the eyes, from Vegas baby.

I had a preconception about what Las Vegas would be and I don’t think I hit far from the mark so today’s choice was perfect. I have a real weakness for white dresses. In the same way blondes can make black look glamorous, I love contrasting white with my darker skin and hair, so come summer in the season of white gaining ‘cool’ status again, I was looking forward to finding something that would be wearable for me.


Lace back dress – Zara £35.99

I’m also a firm believer in choosing one focal point if you’re going to bare some skin. Since body-con is no longer a taboo, in recent years I’ve tended to bare my legs with short dresses in looser styles, but my favourite part of my body, the part that never lets me down come extra pounds or not, is my back. So I totally fell in love with the sweeter-than-sweet crochet back to this otherwise rather racy dress.

You know what they say, ‘What happens in Vegas…‘ and I think this is exactly the kind of dress to sum that phrase up. It took me from dinner to bar to the roulette tables and beyond… ;)

Find it in Zara for £35.00. I teamed it with metallic accessories, sky-high heels and modern jewellery, (the earrings were a £3 bargain from Miss Selfridge,) and of course a touch of neon on my nails. Nothing else would do in Las Vegas.

Have a great weekend readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Modern Florals

I may or may not have gone a little bit mad in Zara recently. My excuse is that my wardrobe needed some new season life injecting into it… with a holiday, 2 afternoon teas, my birthday, a couple of big nights out and wedding all on the horizon, I’ve been all about finding the right outfit.

I wasn’t looking for this dress when I stumbled across it. I went into the changing rooms at Zara with about 4 times my allowance of clothes and this was one of the 4 items I left with.


Zara dress // French Connection Jacket // M&S Autograph Shoes (old) // Kate Moss for Topshop clutch (old)

I love floral prints, particularly the kaleidoscopic graphic take on them that we’re seeing this season, a completely bang up to date and grown up version. This dress is super flattering with the focus on the centre of the silhouette, which gives the illusion of narrowing your curves.

The other flattering part of it is the racer-esque cut-away neckline. Remember Kate Winslet wearing this Stella McCartney dress last year and the athletic and toned silhouette she cut on the red carpet? Aside from her mind-blowing curves it was down to the dress, so when I spotted this one, I thought it might be just as flattering.

Obviously, I wore mine with my go-to jacket of the moment from French Connection , and some really old heels that I have from Marks and Spencer Autograph of all places. With racy straps and a zip front in sexy snakeskin, they seemed an appropriate match, without too much of a pattern clash.

The dress is a bargain £49.99 and an a super comfy stretchy cotton, perfect when you’re heading out to stuff your face for dinner ;)

Do you like?

love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

Well hello readers!

Welcome to the (almost) weekend.

I’m excited about this one… really really excited, because it’s the Florence Finds afternoon tea in Manchester this weekend, my home town, and I can’t wait to see you all there!

That calls for a very special dress for this week’s Friday Frock, yes please, so here it is, by Zara.

I’ve been stalking the pages of Zara for some time, wanting to share with you one of their fabulous dresses, but there hasn’t been anything to take my fancy. Until now.

Remember the Topshop SS12 trends? Remember their ‘Under the Sea’ reference to aquatic shades of blue and green, silky fabrics and ethereal mermaid-esque shimmer. Well here it all is, in grown-up girl dress form perfection.

Now I’ll be stalking Zara for it to actually be released.

Swoon with me?

Love,
Rebecca
xo