The Fash Flash: Smokin’

It can’t have escaped your notice that flats are having a moment… whether it be ‘flatforms’, brogues, moccasins, low heeled loafers or the trend I’m tackling today, Smoking slippers.

Admittedly, it’s not a trend I’m 100% on board with – like everything in fashion there are some representations of the trend I like and others I’m not so keen on. Particularly for the ladies amongst us with shall we say longer feet, I think it’s key to look for one with a shorter upper, more akin to a ballet flat and that’s the style I prefer.

Given that it’s London Fashion Week as of today and there will be heels galore clicking across the pavements around Somerset house, I couldn’t help but let myself round up a few alternative options, imagining them on tired feet or tucked into bags running between shows.

When it comes to this style, the more embellishment the better, with glitter and embroidery or animal prints and think opulent with velvets, metallics and animal hair.

Have you bought into the trend and which is your favourite here?


PS! In case you’re on a shoe mission right now –
30% off women’s court shoes at Kurt Geiger.

Spotted: Dune Shoes

I realised the other day that I don’t write much about shoes or handbags, and whilst I’m more of a fan of the latter, the former is infinitely more accessible. When it comes to bags, I make only 1 or maybe 2 purchases a year at a much higher price point, but with shoes (sorry Mr Louboutin, you know I love you really,) I just can’t mentally justify paying so much for something so impractical and less wearable. I mean, you wouldn’t buy a Mulberry handbag and then drag its beautiful bottom along the streets after you would you?

I digress. Whilst in Leeds a couple of weekends ago, I popped into Dune because the window looked so appealing and was pleasantly surprised. After what I would call a dry couple of seasons (I just can’t get on with the current trend for platforms so high they resemble stripper shoes) Dune has come up trumps again with some beauties for work and play. Even better there is 20% off everything at Dune from 4pm today, through until 12pm Friday 16th March. So it’s worth checking them out.

Here are Florence’s picks.

I think Dune have done particularly well with the neutrals this year but I included my favourite bright and bold pair for when nothing but a bright heel will do (and you’re feeling brave enough for that fierce platform.) It might seem out of character for me, but I find if you’re a fan of brights then neutral shoes make getting dressed a whole lot easier and they work beautifully with this seasons pastels too.

There is also a good selection of heels that aren’t hideously unattractive in the mid-heel range, perfect for those of you who are heel shy – both day and occasion appropriate pairs like the grey ones above, which would work well for a wedding.

My favourite are the brogues, preferably in the nude patent and the also nude patent bow fronted ballet flats. I can see those working with a lot of outfits this year.

Have you spotted any favourites amongst my selection? Don’t forget to go and peek at the Dune website and if there’s anything you have your eye on, make the most of the 20% off for the next 3 days with the code VIP15 from 4pm. That’s 2 hours of browsing time… 😉

Happy Shopping!

[Bridal] Style Steal: Dune v Choo

Obviously, Florence Finds isn’t about weddings or bridal style, although there are lots of ideas here that you might want to incorporate into your big day, from beauty and hair to fashion. However, knowing that plenty of you reading are planning weddings or will in the future, when I saw this style steal I just had to share. And with Mahj’s wedding gracing Florence‘s pages, there couldn’t be a better time right?

One of the ever popular wedding shoe styles that I saw when I was working in the industry were a pair of Jimmy Choo platform heels. Metallic and super sparkly, they were neutral enough for bridal but infinitely wearable after the big day. Of course not everyone can afford a pair of Choos so when I saw this pair I thought of all those people. Here at Florence Finds, style is for everyone and you can get the look at a fraction of the price in Dune.

Dune – Bornio Metallic Platform court shoe £99
Jimmy Choo Clue – £395
(And the peep toes I mentioned above? Ailsa)

So there you have it, from me to you, a bridal style steal 🙂


PS Part 2 of Mahj’s wedding coming right up at 1.30pm!

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