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…


Style and the City: Paris

It’s turning into quite the travel Thursday but do not fear this is actually a (shhhh!) Fashion post. Read on for the full explanation!

This afternoon I’m hoping you can all help me to help a friend of Florence Finds out, Michelle from Pocketful of Dreams. Michelle is heading off to Paris very soon and recently asked the readers of her blog for tips on where to go, or what to see and do. Like all of us, she’s looking for those little known hideaways, cute shops, pretty patisseries and knock-out cool bars to sample a cocktail.

Moodboard by Pocketful of Dreams; Image credits: paris2london.tumblr.com, chictopia.com, thecherryblossomgirl.com

Of course, that’s exactly what we’re about here at Florence Finds so I said I’d help her out by posting her shout out and Michelle is going to return the favour by covering her fabulous travails on her return. I can’t wait to hear all about it.

In the meantime, I was inspired to help Michelle with her packing and (after you have left your comments!) please head on over to Pocketful of Dreams and have a look at the Parisian city break solutions I dreamed up for her…

Au revoir!


Packing for a mini-break

This morning we have another guest post… remember Rachie’s travel review of the Marbella Town House hotel? Well this morning, you get to see what she took with her.

I love this post. What could be better than being super nosey inside the bag of someone who is very stylish, (seriously, check out the outfits!) Even if you’re not jetting off anywhere (nope, me neither 🙁 ) it’s worth a read just to snoop on her favourite lip balm, book, heels.

So without further ado, give it up for Rachie and her holiday wardrobe!

I can’t deny that the Mr and I love our holidays and I think I have got my packing down to a bit of a fine art – taking mostly (!) the essentials. I thought I would share what I took for a short break.

For the plane…

Bag: I always take a roomy bag for the plane and I found this one in Topshop. It holds loads and is a nice neutral colour so you can use it for walking around too as it goes with loads of outfits.
Scarf: Another necessity for me just in case it gets a bit chilly and you can use it as a pillow too! I took this one from River Island.

We were only flying short haul so no huge makeup bag for me. I took:
My favourite lip balm which is this one – Kiss Me, Philosophy. It’s non sticky and lasts ages and it’s SPF 15.
My trusty Kiehls Moisturiser as the air can get very dry
Wet wipes for freshening up.
A mirror – mine was a gift from Monsoon.
A small deodorant
Passports: My passports go in this gorgeous little bag – another gift from Anya Hindmarch which is a perfect size and you can fit other travel documents in it too.
My iPhone preloaded with music and my fave American drama serial. (I’m watching The Good Wife at the moment)
…and a book (Mine was One Day)

I couldn’t resist stocking up on make up and magazines in Duty Free!

For the beach…

Beach bag from Rib and Hull at Etsy: I always take a beach bag that can fold up in my suitcase and I love this stripy one.
A hat: My hat is from Tk Maxx. I adore the little flowers on the side.
Bikini: Mine is Melissa Odabash at The Outnet. It’s such a flattering shape and colour. Definitely a classic.
Evian Atomiser Water Spray: So useful for when you get a bit hot.
UV hair protector from Charles Worthington,
Batiste dry shampoo to give my hair a bit of oomph when it dries.
High factor suntan lotion. My one is Boots Soltan Invisible dry touch transparent sun care spray. I always go for the clear spray ones which are a godsend if you are pale like me as they dry instantly so no sticky crème on your hands.
Hair bands.
Sunglasses: Mine are Chanel. They are such a classic and I love them
Flip flops: My beaded ones are from Pepe Jeans.

For the evening…
I’m sharing two looks in the evening. First up is this easy to wear dress from Zara teamed with French Connection tan wooden sandals which go with everything. I also added a feather necklace and my gold clutch both from Accessorize.

My other look is a silk jumpsuit from NW3. It is perfect for holidays because it’s so light to wear. I teamed this with Reiss heels, earrings from Oliver Bonas, and again my gold accessorize clutch.

Hope you enjoyed a look at my holiday packing list!
Rachie xo

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