Burberry SS13 and Mulberry SS13

I’m going in with the big hitters this morning for your viewing pleasure, 2 of the shows I looked forward to the most, Burberry and Mulberry.

The Burberry invite was amongst the most talked about with it’s iconic London skyline laser-cut pop up, highlighting the brands heritage. You couldn’t help but wonder what they had in store at the show itself…

Images via London Fashion Week, by Catwalking.com.

This is one of the few shows I have watched live – Grazia streamed the show (you can watch most of the shows at London Fashion Week but don’t get the full effect as the music is overlaid with something akin to elevator music.) It was a full audio-visual treat then to see the models walking the catwalk in time to the haunting yet stirring music. (Can anybody tell me who sings the opening track?) I’ve chosen a few key pieces here but would encourage you to head on over to Grazia and watch the full show. It’s mesmerising.

The Burberry SS13 finale, Image: The Daily Mail

With typical wit and English eccentricity, Mulberry put on their show in an English garden complete with pastel layered cakes and gnomes for decor. The collection was heavy on the leather with unusual shapes lending structure to shell tops, over sized (or as Mulberry call it, ‘Borrowed from the Boys’) car coats and motorcycle jackets. There were 2 beautiful prints – one oriental looking blossom print and another lizard print. As you would expect from a heritage brand, the whole collection exuded luxe appeal.

Images via London Fashion Week, by Catwalking.com.

Almost the star of the show was the new introduction to the Mulberry family – Willow. A tote bag in thee sizes with a clutch bag that is zippered to the front and completely removable, it fast went to the top of my lust-have list in expensive shades of tan and cream leather. Join the queue ladies!

The ‘Willow’ – Image credit: Mulberry blog. Watch the catwalk show here.

So ladies, what do you think – any favourites here? Have you seen the collections or shows and if you had to pick a giant fashion icon from these two for SS13 which would you choose?


The best #LFW invites…

I thought I would do a little round up of the London Fashion Week invites this afternoon. Always a stationery geek and because they hint at the colours, patterns and prints for the coming season it’s been fascinating (for me at least) to watch the invites appear on Twitter over the last week or so. The day one of these drops on my door mat I will feel like I have made it! This year, one of the most talked about was Burberry’s laser cut pop up London skyline invite, with the House of Holland iPhone case cover a close second, (both below.) You’ll have to scroll down however to see my favourite.

House of Holland via @CocosTeaParty

Matthew Williamson via @FashionFoisGras

Bora Aksu invite via @StyleColumn // Clements Ribero via @HayleyLeaver // Burberry via @TheLFWDaily // Moschino colour blocking via @Jess_Forbes // Issa London via @IssaLondon

Sass and Bide via @Jo_Greasley

Faster Pass by @MarkFastKnit

And my absolute favourite? The gorgeous Mulberry invite… The show is tomorrow and I would practically give my right arm to be there… well, maybe. 😉 I wonder if this means we’ll see more painterly prints and lots of pink and green?

Painting via @Mulberry_Editor

You can read more about the collaboration between Winsor and Newton and Mulberry to create the invitations here.

What do you think readers? Have I missed any you thought were particularly cool?


PS More London Fashion week invites here on Stylist.

What to Wear: Legs Eleven…

Today I’m sharing not one, but three new purchases, all (relative) sale bargains but primarily my favourite discovery, these GAP high waisted wide leg trousers.

Blouse, Whistles (sale) // Jeans, GAP (sale) // Bangle, Banana Republic // Wedges, ALDO (old) // Satchel, Mulberry Harriet

Although it may look like I am an impulsive shopper, in fact, I very often shop in the opposite way. I either go looking for an item that I realise my wardrobe is missing (my current obsession is the perfect Breton t-shirt,) or simply to pick up something I have found online. For some time I have been meaning to buy new jeans – the last pair I bought was over 12 months ago, and I tend to buy a pair every couple of years. It goes without saying that every single pair I own is therefore rather, ahem, snug. I hate jeans shopping, the lack of consistency, the way every shop has different shapes and sizes, necessitating trying on. So I have to psych myself up for it and had failed miserably thus far.

Last weekend while in Bath, I wandered into GAP and picked up a couple of pairs. These were the wild card and I expected to buy the skinnies, but it turned out they didn’t have my size in that style and I fell in love instead with these high waisted wide legged numbers.

Although they necessitate heels, I love the slightly retro feel – the higher waist, longer length and wide leg are all flatteringly leg-lengthening and they are super comfortable. On this particular occasion, I had been to meet Michelle, for a Dream. Find. Do. planning meeting and ran into the house in my work clothes, swapping my ankle length trousers for these and some wedges. I felt summery but ‘a-chance-of-showers’ appropriate. And suitably stylish of course 😉

The best part about them is the price. Down to £16.99 in the sale they had a further 25% off, bringing them down the almost £12. I should have saved them for Thrifty Thursday! The thing is, *whisper it* I hate spending money on jeans which is ridiculous, particularly as cost-per-wear they earn their spot in the wardrobe many times over. I would never normally splash out on a pair in a trend led style for example. maybe I should do it more often!

Do you like?


PS Frankly, I don’t care if my bum looks big in them 😉

What to Wear: Carrie does Denim.

Those of you who are particular Whistles aficionados or perhaps dedicated followers of fashion, may remember this skirt, the Carrie skirt by Whistles. It was a sell-out and I was lucky enough to snag one, but then actually haven’t worn it very much since. For no good reason at all, I couldn’t quite decide what to pair it with and so it was to sit in my wardrobe waiting to be let out until I finally picked up one of my Summer lust-haves, the chambray shirt, in the Dorothy Perkins Sale.

Shirt, Dorothy Perkins Sale // Skirt, Whistles // Bag, Mulberry // Necklace, Zara, Tiffanys // Shoes (old), ALDO

For a trip into town on a breezy day, the somewhat flimsy skirt seemed a bit more anchored and appropriate for the possibility of showers.

Nails (top image): Rimmel (312) Ultra Violet and Ciate Caviar manicure in ‘Rainbow’

I paired them both with my go-to summer wedges… I really must look for another pair but they are insanely comfortable, and a touch of neon with my current favourite Zara necklace (also available in neon Coral) and not in the sale.

The skirt is so much fun to wear, particularly on a breezy day as it billowed and flipped up so prettily. It was the perfect partner to my trial Ciate nails Caviar manicure nail – ridiculously girly and full of fun.

My other quandary has been with my Bayswater, quite a blue-ish fuschia that I have so far chickened out of pairing with some of my other cooler toned pink wardrobe staples. I think it works quite well here though.

So have you been wearing any of last year’s key pieces again? I’d love to hear how…


What to Wear: Whistles Wisteria print…

Today’s what to wear is really just an excuse to share one of my favourite frocks this season. Already featured as a Friday Frock of course, Florence Finds fashion and these ‘What to Wear‘ posts in particular, are just about showing you what they look like on a real person, not a stick thin model. Hopefully you’ll find them useful as Whistles themselves use very slender models indeed for their promotional and online stock shots.

Whistles Wisteria print dress // French Connection Connie Jacket // Shoes – Mulberry (SS’11) // Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs (AW’10)

A long time fan of Whistles, I fell in love with this print instantly and was delighted to see it adorning something other than one of their signature dress styles. I love this shape of dress, it’s flattering and super easy to wear, plus it’s perfect for those occasions when you want to live a little in your dress and I don’t know, eat or something. 😉

On this particular occasion I wore it to dinner on my 30th birthday, which was a Thursday and Pete and I headed to Australasia in Manchester. Because of the glorious yellows and lilac’s in the print I accessorised with my yellow Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag with the strap tucked in to make an oversized clutch and some fabulous Mulberry wedges that I picked up in the My-Wardrobe.com sale last summer. I like the retro T-bar style with school shoe-like buckles teamed with a very grown up sky high wedge. Of course as it was absolutely freezing, I threw over my ‘goes with everything’ nude French Connection Connie Jacket.

The Wisteria print is available in a Jacket (love), trouser, (double love) and top as well as this dress. And while we’re on the subject, there’s a £15 voucher for Whistles in this month’s Elle magazine too.

Lots of floral love,

What to Wear: Spring time stripes

This morning’s what-to-wear is a basic item, but it’s fresh and spring like with its nautical stripes and more importantly given the abysmal weather we’ve been experiencing of late, it’s on the warmer side of spring appropriate clothing.

It’s also (whisper it) a bargain.

Jumper // Jeans – Citizens of Humanity (old) // Flats – Dune (old) // Bangle // Bayswater //

I spotted this striped jumper in H&M a couple of weeks ago and pounced on it. I do like loose clothes, they’re flattering, comfortable and easy to wear (aside from the regular jeans I’ve paired it with here, I’ve teamed it with my cobalt blue jeans and of course the pink trousers too already.) I’d been keeping my eyes peeled for a couple of summer sweaters as we’re heading off on holiday soon and the San Francisco weather could be quite cool when we arrive stateside, so I don’t want to be caught out.

I love the bell shaped sleeves, the over-sized shape (I’m wearing a medium,) and the cute gold buttons on the shoulders of this jumper. For a bargain £19.99 I snapped it up in a hurry. Perfect for shopping! I also added to my enamel bangle collection with the cream and grey pyramid bangle I’m wearing here, also a bargain £6.99.

Totally not the point of this post but the star of the pictures, is my rather lovely birthday (and forthcoming anniversary!) present from Pete too, my gorgeous hot fuschia Bayswater. I’m loving the colour pop against the navy and cream outfit.

Form an orderly queue then ladies with a crisp £20 in hand…


PS, Want to see more ways to wear this jumper? I featured it in my Paris packing tips for Michelle over on Pocketful of Dreams.
PPS, big thanks to my sister for stepping in as my photographer for these shots. I think she did rather well 🙂

What to Wear – The PenDo Edition

This morning, I thought I’d do a what to wear with a difference… This is what real women wear. Women that I’m proud to call my friends.

Last weekend I went away for the night to Leeds for the long-awaited Do-of-Pen. Penny, our music guru here at Florence Finds, had organised a meet up for some lovely ladies who chat on Twitter and when the day dawned, of course, it was all about what to wear. I often go for fashion forward choices in my own what to wear posts, partly because I love to experiment, but partly because I feel obliged to practise what I preach. However, that doesn’t stop me from looking forward to every night out to see what people are wearing and this one was no exception! I thought I’d do a round up of what everyone else wore and maybe it would give you some ideas on how to switch up your accessories, make an unexpected colour pairing or just provide a damn good nosey!

The outfits are in colour order, as we (unintentionally) created a fabulous rainbow, of colour (and personalities) that worked beautifully together 🙂

Anna (Any Other Wedding)

  • French Connection nude dress
  • Black tights
  • Feather necklace – similar here
  • Black heels – similar from Zara

Penny (Bad Penny Says)

  • Pink dress, (similar at ASOS)
  • Leather jacket – similar at H&M
  • Unicorn earrings. Yes, Penny is that cool.

Me: (The only one I have a photo of and it wasn’t taken on the night!) Remember the Friday Frock? Check in here for the dress details and the tights are Topshop, finished with Mac’s ‘Lady Danger’ orange-red lipstick and orange nails.


Kirsty (A Safe Mooring)

  • Red Dress – H&M
  • Pink Tights – H&M
  • Glitter Boots – New Look (Now out of stock)

Gemma (Prettiest Hobo)

Bex (Olive Dragonfly)

  • Green Dress – Oasis
  • Glitter boots – as above.
  • Earrings – A wedding gift but find similar at Carat

Amy (Field and Fallow)

  • Turquoise dress
  • Yes, that is a bow, and yes, it was worn in Amy’s waist length hair, a la Gaga! Courtesy of Gemma’s hair skillz.
  • Leopard flats

Laura (A Parliament of Owls)

  • Zig Zag beaded bag
  • Navy asymmetrical dress
  • Nude patent platform heels
  • Crowned with FAB-ulous hair we were all frankly jealous of.

Lucy (Lucy Stendall)

  • Black dress with beaded neck detail. get the look on your LBD by adding a statement beaded bib necklace like this one.
  • Lucy’s look was all about the glamour – very Audrey Hepburn: Red lip and liner flick.

So ladies, we’re going to do a SATC-esque commenting effort now… which lady are you?


PS Manchester next?

Saturday Survey…

Happy weekend folks!

I’ve decided I need to get to know you guys a little better and as a result I’m going to run a little series of mini surveys here on the blog over each weekend until…. well until I found out enough I guess!

In return, I’ll post a selection of things I’m loving around the web this weekend, like a little treat for completing the Survey. 🙂 All you have to do is copy and paste the text of my five questions into the comments box and fill in your reply.

I can’t tell you how grateful I will be and hopefully you will all reap the benefits by me learning how I can improve the blog for you in the coming months.

Five Things…

Dashing Magazine is out now – put your feet up and have a read this weekend, it is only their second edition but you wouldn’t know it – it’s a joy to browse.

Want more pretty? Have you seen the new Mulberry SS12 ad campaign? Giant ice creams, Brighton Beach and pastel shades. Super sweet.

I’ve been focusing on interiors after last weeks Kitchen renovation and fell in love with this image by Elise Blaha from flickr.com. Look out for the post that it inspired next week.

A little behind the scenes styling video, sneak previewing the H&M spring summer collections – If you like your fashion affordable you can’t do much better…

Bangles seem to be everywhere this year and I’m loving the shades from Banana Republic.

Now it’s your turn…

Five Questions
1.How did you find Florence Finds?
2.How often do you visit Florence Finds?
3.What is the most common time of day for you to visit?
4.If you had to choose one area of the blog (i.e. menu bar categories… home, fashion etc,) which is your favourite?
5.(The hard one) – How would you describe Florence Finds in one sentence?

Just copy and paste these five questions into the comments box and add your responses. Thanks so much in advance!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Spotted: The Mulberry Harriet

I try to be democratic on Florence Finds, and cover clothes for all budgets, but sometimes Florence must imitate life and reflect something I have been coveting beyond all reason, beyond financial sense.

Today, that lust after item is one of my all time favourite brands, Mulberry. Going from strength to strength and even seeing sales rise despite the recession, it’s not hard to see why when they produce such stylish yet classic bags.

Today, I’m sharing my favourite from the recent early collection releases… The Mulberry Harriet bag.

Ok, they’re astronomically expensive, but there are times in life when you need a treat, a windfall perhaps, a work bonus or inheritance, hell even a lottery win. Particularly when the weather is like it has been recently, some online window shopping is most definitely allowed.

I’m not sure I’m 100% on the sludgy green colour, although I imagine it would look fabulous with neutrals, but I am in LOVE with the satchel in navy spongey patent. And could that shade of nude-beige look anymore luxe?

No, I didn’t think so either.

So just close one eye, squint a little and block out the price, then tell me your favourite. Let’s lust after them together…


Florence’s Fantasy Gift List…

Before we move onto something serious this afternoon (and totally at odds with this tongue in cheek collection of lust-worthy and shamelessly material must-haves,) I thought it would be fun to put together a no holds barred, money-no-object list of ‘I wants’ and then I’d like to hear yours.

It’s always lovely to be treated to something you couldn’t normally splurge on, or perhaps treat yourself to something for a special occasion, but as my father-in-law says (and I don’t always necessarily agree with,) ‘the fun’s in the looking’, and boy did I have fun creating this list 😉

Feast your eyes ladies 🙂

  • The penguin hardback classics are popping up everywhere with their quirky cloth bound covers but it’s the The F Scott Fitzgerald collection I’m lusting after, with the deco foil designs in metallic shades to glam up my book case.
  • Monica Vinader is a recent obsession of mine, particularly the faceted slices of semi-precious stones she uses for lobe candy – (from Astley Clarke.)
  • It wouldn’t be a Christmas list without a design classic and for my new office, how about this corian and walnut desk from The Conran Shop. Its stylish lines would surely provoke constant inspiration?
  • I’m already thinking of spring and pastels will be a big trend, so have a finger party with a stack of candy coloured bands and nuggets of pretty stones from Astley Clarke, made with the Stacking ring creator. (Spend over £100 on stacking rings and get a £25 gift – Enter RING25 at the checkout.)
  • There’s nothing more luxurious than shearling and this jacket is super soft, a stylish shade and insanely warm. Liora Mid-grey shearling jacket, Reiss.
  • For the (techy) love of my life, this beautiful iPad sleeve by Mulberry. Only the best for my baby 😉
  • To make life with Florence Finds even easier, a Macbook Pro would be a practical but stylish addition to my stocking please Santa, for swift on-the-move editing and lots of Skype face time conversations with everyone from Gemma, to Laura in Canada and my sister in Birmingham.
  • And the Red onion haircalf quilted Bayswater. Need I say more? A steal at £1,924.

Just to humour me, and because I know no-body wants to be in work anymore, drop a comment into the box below and leave me your fantasy festive wish list for some fun on the countdown to the holidays 🙂


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