Friday Frock O’clock

Mint Bird Print Flippy Dress – Topshop

After a few months in the fashion wilderness it feels like the dress is back on top, hence me resurrecting Friday Frock. Perhaps it’s me too, after an ages in skirts and tops, fresh bright prints seem right for spring.

Speaking of prints this one is beyond pretty, with a soft grey on mint colour combo and a floaty feel with dropped waist and frilled skirt. I wouldn’t wear it the way the model has – I think it needs some heels, either tougher ankle boots or super pretty courts to make a more polished look.

See you next week readers, it’s going to be a big one ­čśë


The Fash Flash: Animal Magic

I couldn’t help but notice on my recent shopping research trips that there’s a huge trend right now for animal prints. Whether quirky and oversized or delicate smaller prints, I love the fun factor┬áthese motifs┬ábring with them and how easy┬áthey are┬áto incorporate into your wardrobe. Team a printed blouse or graphic jumper with jeans and you’re all set, or try a subtle touch with your accessories.

  • I love the humour in this Cat and Mouse print blouse – Hobbs NW3
  • A subtle (if possible) take on flamingos in another easy neutral shade – Pink flamingo jumper – Dorothy Perkins
  • For those who like to keep their style simple, stick with neutral shades and a classy motif. Cat jumper – Hobbs NW3
  • Remember the swallow print dress featured as a Friday Frock? Warehouse have resurrected it in blue this season and I love the midi-length to this dress. Skylark Midi-dress – Warehouse
  • Birds are everywhere again this season but are leaning towards tropical or cute, like this pair of owls… Owl belt – Hobbs NW3
  • You can’t get more graphic than this eye popping blue flamingo jumper (also in cream) – Dorothy Perkins
  • You’ve got to love a bumble bee and this pretty enamel pair will work hard to brighten up your wardrobe… Honey bee earrings – Hobbs NW3
  • And this is the one Florence loves… the Pink Toucan scarf – Dorothy Perkins

What do you think readers? Is this a trend you’ll be trying out? – I love it, hope you do too!


Laura Ashley SS12 Preview

Last week saw Florence Finds taking a trip to London to pop into the Laura Ashley press day for Spring/Summer 2012. As a massive Laura Ashley fan, I was beyond excited to go and see what they had in store for us next year.

And I was not disappointed!

Clap your eyes on the glamour of my personal favourite… the Twilight Tones collection.

Navy has been so overlooked in interiors of late and I’m seriously obsessing over the patterns, the luxe look of the fabrics, mirrored accents for added glamour and the slick of silver to bring it all together.

Although the bedroom room sets were gorgeous, I was particularly taken with this trend as a living room idea. It’s cosy for winter and fresh for summer, what more could you ask for?

My other favourite (as it’s my blog I’m allowing myself two!) was the Manor Born collection and specifically this stunning archive bird print with an updated colour pallete for 2012.

I want, need that chair!

For me, Laura Ashley has really stepped up to the mark in recent years, always keeping in tune with interior fashions, yet making them really desirable for the average home. Let’s face it, you might want to stay on trend, but you also want something that will work for a number of years, not look tired or even worse, like a huge (expensive) mistake, in a couple of summer’s time.

Off The Wall epitomises the trend for retro style but with a modern twist and if you love brights I don’t think you’ll find this one going out of fashion for a long time to come.

The other thing I love about these prints is that they’re equally at home in the summer when they look fresh and bright, or winter when they lend warm colour to the darker months.

Or if brights aren’t really your thing, the Glasshouse collection still has that retro look – although, less pop art/sixties, more mid-century modern (a Florence Finds favourite) and the lines of the Marsden range (coffee table in the foreground below and desk behind) could easily be mistaken for a design classic.

I was also really impressed with the interior design service Laura Ashley offer. I think there are so many people who find a redecoration or renovation project a really daunting prospect and if you’re forking out a pile of cash, who wouldn’t? At only ┬ú150 for 2 rooms or ┬ú200 for a whole house, the cost isn’t prohibitive and the designers have got some really creative ideas. I don’t mind saying that I had noted the service before but thought, well, if you’re just looking to recreate the looks seen in the stores of catalogue, why would you need a designer? But if you want to integrate it with your own purchases, or perhaps love Laura Ashley but don’t want your home to look like everyone else’s, check out the way they’ve approached the upholstery on these chairs…

Of course, the Laura Ashley you all know and love is still there too, chic boudoir glamour, country style comforts and accents. I loved the lilac and mauve tones they’ve been bringing in for a couple of seasons which work beautifully with greens and look fresh in glamorous or rustic schemes.

There’s also still a strong sense of heritage to the brand with designs like this cushion (above) using an archive floral print set in up to date ways against the hessian backdrop.

So lovely readers, are you excited to see Laura Ashley‘s new offerings? Seen anything here that you can’t wait to use in your home? All the looks shown here will be filtering through to stores from January 2012 and I’ll keep you posted on my favourites as they arrive. I know I’ll be using them in my renovations ­čÖé


PS Have you seen the new Laura Ashley blog?

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