Moody Blues

Blue room with dark floors

Although I’ve been talking a lot of baby stuff recently, I’ve been thinking a lot of interiors ideas. Our builder only left 2 weeks before Bea was born, after finishing the kitchen and decking – I promise I’ll be sharing that soon; and with a new baby plus a house that was clean for the first time in about 6 months, I had no taste for returning to renovations. However, now I’m living in the house everyday, I’m getting more and more fed up with our living rooms heavy cream walls and peachy curtains (from the previous owners) and ready to change it all. Dare I say it, I don’t think I want another grey room, dispute it being a favourite of mine, but luckily inky, dramatic, moody blues are where it’s at in interiors right now and I thought I’d share some inspiring images I’ve been looking at for ideas.

Period living room with marble fireplace

This particular image with the fireplace is exactly what we are going for in our more formal living room. I think these blues really lend themselves to a sense of formality and period grandeur, don’t you?

Traditional style bedroom

Navy bedroom with bright accents

It seems to work equally well with bright accents and colour pops though – which is perfect for me as I always come back to colourful accents.

Dusty blue, lilac and copper room set

This (relatively) paler shade with lilac and copper makes for a more feminine combination…

Aerin Lauders home

And I love darker shades framed by a bright white and light room when you are coming into them, like this shot of Aerin Lauders home.

What do you think readers? Could you take the plunge with dark walls? Or would you consider it as an accent? See more over on my Pinterest board Moody Blues


What to Wear… Aztec

Recently, I’ve seen a real trend for Aztec prints and patterns on the high street and I really love it. You all know I’m a sucker for a print, but I also love a drapey knit to cocoon myself in and so when I saw this Aztec Cape I was sold.

Aztec Cape, Warehouse – £30

When I read all the feedback on Friday about fashion posts, a few of you mentioned missing seeing what various items look like on me, a real person, not a model. I haven’t done an outfit post for a while for various reasons, but it made me think it was time to bite the bullet and get them going again. I wanted to wear this as soon as I bought it so immediately dragged Pete into the garden to snap it and share with you all.

Aztec Cape, Warehouse // Jersey Top, M&S (old) // Skinny Jeans, New Look // Belt, GAP (old) // Boots, Office (old)

It’s an absolute steal at £30 and perfect for layering on in colder weather over a jersey top as I’m wearing it here or a blouse or shirt. I even think a heavier polo neck (making a comeback this year) would work in colder weather. I also think it’s a great transitional piece if you’re pregnant or post-baby and wanting something to wrap around a bump or tummy.

I hope you like it readers, and enjoy the return of What to Wear 🙂


What to Wear: The new colour block…

Today’s What to Wear is something I saw and just immediately loved. I’ve already featured it in this post, about the Bric-a-bloc new take on colour blocking trend and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that the colour way feels fresh and new, and is a little bit 70’s with the neutrals and orange.

Skirt – Whistles // Organic Cotton Tee – Zara // Foldable Hat – Christys // Bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs // Sandals – Dune (old) // Bangle – H&M // Nails – Nails Inc: Toes – Flouro Portobello Road and Fingers – Strawberry scented sheer Henley Regatta //

The Whistles skirt is so easy to wear. I was in San Francisco when these were taken and wore it for a walk on the Embarcadero, breakfast, a spot of browsing in the farmers market then a longer walk to see the Sea Lions at Pier 39. It’s cool and has a really lovely drape to it, didn’t crease in my case, and works just as well with a white vest or later in the year I’ll be teaming it with a slouchy navy jumper.

For now however, I thought it was just begging to be paired with straw and I bought this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag in Macys during an awesome ‘Girls weekend’ promotion giving 25% off. Result. A bright flouro coral, I didn’t think it would work with orange but seems to take on an orange hue when the two are together, then looking pinker when I paired it with the coral and pink items I brought with me.

Look out for more about the hat… it was possibly my favourite and most useful holiday item, keeping my face out of the sun for the whole 12 days.


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 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,

[Friday Frock] What to Wear: When you’re 30…

This morning, I’m cheating a bit and putting myself inside this week’s Friday Frock. I was beyond grateful when you all helped me out with suggestions for a birthday frock and was initially going to buy Ted Baker‘s Banilo. I mentioned that I was also looking for a dress for a wedding and although I loved Banilo, it just didn’t seem quite right. Then I tried this baby on…

Raul – Ted Baker

It was pricey (although I got 20% off with a voucher I had) but come on, look at her! Just to illustrate the twirling, I couldn’t resist making this:

Beautiful no?

As you read this I’m already wearing it again. I’m at a wedding today and pairing it with nude heels, a cream pashmina and my metallic Lily. Plus, the colour means it’s as easy to wear in winter (I’m thinking New Year?) with black accessories as I did here, rocking it up a bit.

Hope you like it readers, and have a FAB-ulous weekend 🙂


PS There’s 30% off selected Ted Baker formal wear (and 20% off mens) until April 28th!

The Blues…

After my collection of inspiration last week featuring pink as an accent colour for my newly decorated grey rooms, I also wanted to explore blue. I already have a bit of blue, albeit subtle, in the aforementioned rooms and I find it a calming colour. I also love flashes of unexpectedly bold or bright turquoise, sea and peacock blues but find it can be a bit cold when used en masse.

It was hard to find images that weren’t of blue rooms or walls, (although a few have sneaked in here,) but where blue was the accent, be that with soft or hard furnishings, art work, flooring or accessories, but I’ve gathered a collection that I love and am slowly honing my vision for the two rooms.

Let us begin the tour…

I love this bright turquoise chair in an otherwise neutral room. And who doesn’t want one of these gorgeous SMEG retro fridges? I love the pop of blue against this elegantly rustic kitchen.

Clearly, most of us don’t have artfully distressed walls, but the subdued blue upholstered bed frame is easily reproducible, or perhaps you like your blues soft – perfect for a classic bedroom in duck egg and dove grey.

I’m looking for accents and am completely in love with this pair of lamps against the dark backdrop and warm natural woods. Or how about a vibrant silk cushion – super cheap and striking against this shades-of-grey high design living space

It’s all about the dining chairs again with these velvet upholstered numbers looking very elegant. I wish I had a dining room this chic…

How about accenting the walls like in this simple bathroom with grey-brown walls and a band of turquoise above picture rail level? And I love how the print in this image stands out against the walls of a similar shade.

I wish I had the confidence to use a rug with a pattern like this one, (or just be lucky enough to find one!) or maybe artwork is the answer like these graphic prints.

Or for a bit of rustic chic, if that’s more your thing, I love the pop of this bright blue shelf laden with finds, or the coloured glass of these old blue bottles filled with toning blooms.

Now it’s time to hear your thoughts. Is blue a better accent for you?


What to Wear: [Basics] Whistles Tailored Cigarette Trouser

I’ve got a couple of What to Wear posts coming at you this week, basically covering my wardrobe of outfits taken to London this weekend. I travelled down straight from work then changed for dinner, wore a day and evening outfit on Saturday, then another day outfit on Sunday. I was pleased with how well all the pieces mixed and matched so I thought I’d share it with you later.

However, first of all, a basic wardrobe staple that I purchased recently (when the 25% off Whistles with Grazia offer started – which is running until tomorrow, code WH20SS12, so make the most of it!) and have filled a chic hole in my wardrobe.

I think the majority of women will say that they find trouser shopping a nightmare, whether it’s leg length (for the record mine are rather short so most trouser legs require shortening) thunder thighs or hip/waist ratio problems, we all have our crosses to bear and so when I find a pair that suits I’m pretty pleased. Something I have wanted for a while now however is a pair of slim tailored trousers that finish at the ankle, a perennially chic length that works just as well with a weekend jumper as a blouse at work, perfect with heels or flats… and I found them at Whistles.

Yellow stripe jumper and Mia navy tailored trousers, Whistles

I have tried similar trousers on but the high street’s version of a cigarette pant, i.e. slim all the way down but not ‘tight’, seems to have in recent seasons been all about the ‘peg leg’ – a style I find most unflattering. If not peg leg, then some have been ridiculously slim cut, straining in completely inappropriate places and more resembling a legging. I knew I’d get a lot of wear out of this item so I decided to try Whistles with the offer, as they have a few similar styles in – the Justine at £95, the Mia at £110 and a couple of others. I tried both of the first two and opted for the (very fine) wool blend ‘Mia’, which with the discount were very reasonable I thought considering the quality. I just love the fit. This air is navy but both the Justine and Mia come in black too.

I’ve included two shots of this particular trouser in action, a bit of a dodgy one (above) in the hotel room (apologies for the appalling lighting) showing my work appropriate outfit pairing the trousers with my GAP pointed flats and a blouse. Then Sundays outfit with them worn again with the flats and my Whistles yellow stripe jumper (also seen here.)

I’ve also introduced a nifty little feature you can see below with some extra images of the outfits. I figured it might not be everyone’s cup of tea seeing several images of the same outfit so have just included two main ones here. However, if you want to flick through some others (with/without jackets etc,) then click on the gallery below. Let me know if you like it, or you’d rather just se them in full as I usually do. 🙂


Friday Frock O’clock

Good afternoon ladies!

What a week, I feel like I need a lie down!

First though, your final bit of delicious style for the week and my chosen Friday Frock. This week, it’s from Whistles, firstly because I LOVE the Whistles wisteria print and am THRILLED that they have reworked it into a dress that is different to the signature Whistles style. I was ready for something fresh and different and this is it.

Secondly, I’m looking for a few frocks myself at the moment. I have not one, but two Florence Finds Afternoon Teas coming up, it’s my thirtieth in just over 6 weeks and I have a wedding to attend shortly after, so I’m pretty pleased to have found a solution to at least one, if not more of those!

And thirdly, the most important bit for all of you reading. It’s the biannual 25% off at Whistles discount in association with Grazia. Go out, pick yourself up a copy and get choosing your favourite pieces with a fabulous discount. Or shop online with by using the code WH20SS12. I wait for this one every season, so will be doing some serious damage this weekend!

I hope you have an equally fun time!


Spotted: Whistles SS12

It’s not a secret that I am a big fan of Whistles, and this season, I am loving the early press releases of their collections. Full of pieces that are easy to wear (read: loose shapes and chiffon pleats) there’s also a healthy dose of colour interspersed among the navy that I love.

First up, my key seasonal piece – the laser cut out leather top. You’ll be seeing a lot of this in the ad campaigns I suspect (ditto leather on the whole this season) and I think it’s one of those pieces that will go a long way in your wardrobe, seasonless and a style staple for years to come. Expect long waiting lists and sell out success.

Next, my favourite, the floral prints. I was a little underwhelmed by Whistles last season, mainly due to the lack of colour and as a big fan of brights my prayers have been answered. Although I’m not sure I’m brave enough to rock the tailoring in fuschia, the yellow print dress virtually has my name on it. Check out the sample of print here that translates into this fabulous jumpsuit too.

Your sartorial fashion crises solved for any summer formal events? The dresses. There’s not a season goes by without me buying a Whistles dress, although I have also been known where possible (and Whistles often do it) to buy the top and skirt in one print then wear together or separately, particularly when it comes to a more casual look. The jumpsuit featured here has been tipped for the top of the style charts but I am head over heels about the scallop edged cream dress. Come to Mama.

Lastly, global prints. Although I’ll admit when I first clocked these I wasn’t that keen, I’ve now scoured the collection images 3 or 4 times and each time I get more and more enamoured with the look. There is something very nonchalant about the shapes. Did I mention those sunglasses – chic.

I’m also loving the styling in these images. Often absorbed by the clothes themselves, I am actually kind of wishing I was the model in these shots with her grown-up look and simple style. All in all, Whistles SS12 is a winner for me..

What do you think readers? Are you a fan of Whistles or could this collection convert you?


Spotted… Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Well hello there readers! And what treat I have for you today 🙂

My recent decor dilemmas have been leading me to some serious research in the name of trying to make my dreams and designs come to life. We’ve got the blank canvas, it’s just about how we add the finishing touches to the rooms to convey some real style and gloss.

However, my problem is that the trend I’m most in love with – which encompasses bold geometric designs, sophisticated trellis patterns and bright colour palettes just doesn’t seem to exist in the UK. So when I stumbled across Caitlin Wilson Textiles (via Oh Happy Day!) I was thrilled to spot that she ships to the UK.

Recently launched in October, Caitlin Wilson Textiles is the eponymous project by Caitlin Wilson, a San Fancisco based interior designer. With a love of colour and pattern, (snap!) I was instantly drawn to her range of bold but seriously sophisticated prints.

Because I’m generous like that, I just had to share the find with Florence’s friends. (Even though I’d secretly like to keep it all to myself!) Now you can add some chevron style to your home with cushions or I’m thinking Peking-ese prints for curtains in my particular project. Although I’m already mentally adding an accent of pattern to every room in the house!

Do you like?


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