Spotted: Baukjen Pre-Fall 2014

As I’m already thinking post-baby clothes I was pretty excited to be able to legitimately consider the new Baukjen pre-fall collection that landed in my inbox last week. I’m looking for comfortable yet stylish clothes that I can wear around the house and out for baby groups and lunches with friends (whenever that happens!) and more than anything ease of wear. There’s a lot to be said for a capsule collection (I’ve talked about restricting seasonal clothes to a specific colour palette before to make getting dressed super easy,) and this capsule collection is perfect for late summer and early autumn days. These are my picks from the collection and they also act as great casual outfit inspiration.

What do you think readers? You can see the whole collection here.


Florence’s Food: Christmas Cocktail

It’s time to start winding down for the Christmas period at Florence Finds. Apart from the fact that I’m so full of cold that I can barely muster the energy to write this post, I know you guys have better things to do than read FF at this time of year. I hope you’re all enjoying time with your loved ones, finishing off the shopping and feasting, because that is what Christmas is all about. As a result, there will be just one post today and tomorrow – come back for a festive What to Wear and Friday Frock combined.

In the meantime, something that is not entirely medicinal and very festive… over to Phoebe.

Orange and Clove Brandy.
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a cocktail and all the spices that we associate with the smells and tastes of Christmas. Phoebe sent in this recipe after you guys requested it last week, when I resurrected her mince pies post. I’m planning on taking this home to my in-laws and making the cocktail version for Christmas Eve drinks after carolling around the village Christmas tree 🙂 It’s super easy too!

700mls brandy (I used Morrison’s ‘The Best’ as I had NO idea about Brandy!)
3 cloves (I used 6)
2 cinnamon sticks
Zest of 1 orange
250g caster sugar

Place all the ingredients into a sterilised glass bottle and keep tipping the bottle daily until the sugar has dissolved (about a week.) It is Christmas in a glass.

Festive cocktail
50mls Orange and Clove Brandy
175mls of ginger beer

These are soooo yummy. I had a Christmas party and served them, and they went down so well. Everyone seemed a bit “ewww brandy??” at first but they went down a treat and sooo easy to do!


Have you got a favourite Christmas Cocktail?


Friday Frock O’Clock

This week’s frock was going on these very pages the second I clapped eyes on it. Each week, sometimes I have to actively hunt for a suitable Friday Frock that I love. It can feel just like those days you go shopping and there’s just nothing you can find that you like or looks good on you. Othertimes, I’ll be doing something different, stumble across a blinder of a frock and that’s the post done and dusted without a second thought. This was one of those dresses. Warehouse have really got their prints nailed this season and this is the kind of dress that I would buy to wear for days out, events or just getting dolled up at the weekend, then next year, I would transfer over into my work wardrobe to be paired with flats and a cardigan.

Multi fluro animal print dress, Warehouse, £70

It’s animal print but subtly done I think, the colours are great to take you through to autumn now. The cream backdrop but predominantly neutral and orange shades in the pattern mean you won’t feel ridiculous if you wear it somewhere this season, even if the day’s weather is less summer, more monsoon!

Well done Warehouse.

Happy weekend readers!


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.


Friday Frock O’clock

All I’m thinking about right now is my holiday so when I stumbled across this Seafolly dress I fell in love. I have to admit, I NEVER spend a lot on Summer clothes, you get to wear them so little and when you do, they get ruined by sea water, pool water or suncream.

Seafolly Coral gladiator maxi dress – £99

If you’re a little more confident that you can take care of them however, this could be the perfect reason to invest in a stunning beach to bar dress like this one. With care, you’ll still be wearing this in years. It’ll look equally good with heels and chunky jewellery in the bar as flip flops on the beach, or in the city for that matter sight-seeing. The colour is perfect with a tan and I love the way it has been styled here with flats and a raffia bag. It’s probably the top end of what I’d stretch to price wise, but I can see it having great longevity and being 100% worth it!

Have you started thinking about holiday dresses yet?


Real Rooms: Bex’s Study ‘refresh’

This afternoon it’s an office make-over for a newly married couple, which cleverly combines the colour of the moment grey, with holiday ‘finds’ and subtle splashes of orange. I love how it has all come together and I’m looking forward to hearing what you all think of it!

Take it away Bex!

This room was a bit of a dumping ground for a long time since moving in here three years ago, even more so with all of the ‘wedding stuff’ we had to store (boxed vases being the bulkiest items). We never really used this room to its full potential, especially given its good size. It had always had a daybed for extra guests, (useful when both sets of parents came to stay) and a desk for Nik’s computer, bookcases for all his textbooks and notes while he was still a student and a wardrobe which contained overflow from my own, oops, and some fancy dress items! The room was then added to with coats, wellies, boxes of things waiting to be sorted, a very underused exercise bike (aren’t they all!) and all the other bits and bobs we unceremoniously shoved in there whenever we had to tidy up the rest of the flat if guests were coming. It also housed my collection of framed prints that I used to sell at craft & design fairs around Scotland but have recently had little time for. (These have been re-homed for sale in a local cafe.)

All of the above resulted in this ‘before’ monstrosity…

All images courtesy of Bex Photo

Surprisingly, the plan to tackle this room was something I decided on honeymoon, where I was inspired to re-decorate using some of our African souvenirs as a starting point. This spurred me on through the boring sorting and organising of all that stuff as I started to think of how we could make the room useful and look nice, somewhere we would actually like spending time. It actually became the perfect project to keep me busy after all the wedding frenzy of the months before!

We had a few items from our honeymoon which gave me the basis of what kind of style we wanted, including framing some of my own pictures taken on safari, so I started a Pinterest board for ideas and colour schemes (which inspired the grey walls/white furniture plan). We decided we wanted a modern room with white furniture to match the existing Hemnes Daybed and to set if all off against grey walls. We didn’t want to go too dark on the walls as the window is tucked into a corner and we didn’t want it to end up ‘dingy’. Moving the mirrored wardrobe helped to reflect some of the light back into the room rather than being wasted in the corner. We decided on a Valspar colour, Windswept, from B&Q. Since the room has been finished, I have also made a Pinterest board detailing some of the items in it and where they were from if you like the look of anything.

So here is the ‘after’ with our stripped back room…

All images courtesy of Bex Photo

I tried not to go for green accents again, as in most of our other rooms, so we decided to mix it up a bit more and we had a multi-coloured painting from the Masai market in Nairobi. We also purchased a Masai beaded necklace so I thought I would incorporate more orange into the room with some sunset pictures.

All images courtesy of Bex Photo

Luckily the orange colour worked well as most of the African safari pictures had an orange tint to them anyway. I really liked the thought of having them all black and white but decided to make it a bit different by leaving three of them in colour.

All images courtesy of Bex Photo

The frames were Neilson frames from Hobbycraft and were £17.99 each so it was pretty pricey all together but I’m really pleased with the overall result! Mounting and printing them ourselves saved money so it was approx £174 in total. I love the fact they look good but also remind us of our amazing time on safari on honeymoon.

All images courtesy of Bex Photo

The cushions were from M&S, The White Company (15% off thanks to FF!) and Slumber Slumber. Nik sold most of his old books and recycled his notes so we could downsize in the bookcase department. We replaced 3 bookcases just one from Ikea and filled the bottom shelves with cupboards to try to make it look less square and boxy, and to hide some of the uglier books. I took the old lime green file boxes my Mum had donated when she moved and painted them grey with left over wall paint.

All images courtesy of Bex Photo

The unusual string balls were bought by the side of the road in Nairobi and were the main inspiration for re-doing the room. Nik’s conditions when agreeing to buy three was that we had to know where we would put them and I convinced him on my ‘African honeymoon study’ idea. They’re supposed to be light-shades but I just removed the metal hangings from inside as I liked the way they were hung from the trees in bunches like this in Kenya.

All images courtesy of Bex Photo

I finally got round to framing our degrees and diplomas to keep them safe and out of the way. We didn’t want them to be too ‘in your face’ so we hung them high up along the ceiling. In retrospect I wish we had stuck the map a little lower but it’s difficult to judge when one of you is holding up a huge sheet of plastic to the wall.

The amazing map of the world wall sticker is also from and came with coloured dots to mark the places we’ve been. We now want to try and go to more places in the middle of the big black areas to make the dots more obvious and spread out – probably not the usual way to choose places to travel to but it could be fun! We’ve mostly stuck to the coast before due to our love of scuba diving but would love to try travelling in more different places in the future.

I hope you’ll agree it was quite a transformation! We now spend so much more time in there, I particularly love my new snug corner on the daybed where I can curl up under my knitted throw with a good book while Nik’s working on his computer.

I have been dying to share this with the Florence Findettes because I need a little help. We have decided to keep and display our large apothecary jars we used at our wedding but have no idea what, if anything, to put in them. Please help!

Great job Bex – I particularly love how you have managed to make all this things I always want to buy on holiday that then look out of place in cold grey england work so well together, particularly the safari photos and cohesive splashes of orange. The map is a great way to nod to the travel theme in a chic way and I love your certificates placed so high like that – genius idea!

Do leave Bex a comment if there’s something you like or if you want to ask her anything, I’m sure she’ll be around to help you out!


PS You can find Bex at her blog The Olive Dragonfly and on twitter @OliveDragonfly. You can also see more of Bex’s stunning photography on her photography website: Bex Photo.

Friday Food: Ruth’s Real Jaffas

When Ruth got in touch with me recently offering a recipe for Florence’s Friday food I immediately looked through her suggestions and was totally over excited about this home-made jaffa cake recipe.

Home made I hear you say? Is that not a bit of a faff? Well, I’m a big fan of the humble jaffa and in general anything made from scratch is better than the shop bought version. However it might have just been the fabulous imagery of the orange jelly and thick chocolate that swung it… either way, Thanks Ruth!

Hello fellow Florence readers, Ruth here from Crafty Little Maker! Following Rebecca’s deliciously chocolaty cake recipe last week I’ve decided to continue with a recipe for another *slightly* unhealthy weekend treat. I found the recipe for homemade Jaffa Cakes by Simon Rimmer on the BBC Food website and they are much more satisfying than just picking up a packet from the shop.

Makes 12

135g packet orange jelly
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
125ml boiling water
2 eggs
50g caster sugar
50g plain flour
Butter for greasing
200g dark chocolate

1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease the cake tray with the butter.
2. Chop the jelly into small pieces then mix with the marmalade and boiling water until the jelly has dissolved.
3. Pour the mixture into a large dish to form a 1cm layer of jelly then transfer to the fridge to set.
4. Meanwhile, beat the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy then sift the flour into the mixture and combine.

5. Divide the mixture between the 12 wells in the cake tin and bake in the oven for 10 minutes until cooked through. Once cooked leave in the tray to cool.
6. Once the jelly has set cut 12 small discs and place one on top of each cooled cake.
7. Bring a pan of water to boil. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and allow to melt in a heatproof bowl over the water.
8. With the cakes still in the tray, pour over the melted chocolate and allow to set before eating.

These didn’t last long in my house so they must have been good… have fun making them!

Ruth x
(Crafty Little Maker)

Friday Frock O’Clock

Sometimes Friday Frock has to be a flight of fancy and whilst I’m pretty sure not many of you would be rushing out to purchase this Issa dress it doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy looking at it. Doesn’t it just make you dream of tropical beaches and Caribbean glamour?

Image: Issa @

Issa, famous amongst fashionistas for many a season before The Duchess of Cambridge immortalised one of their dresses in her engagement announcement photocall, have used their classic wrap waist here in a gorgeous fresh tropical print. I’m having a real thing about orange at the moment and I love it teamed with this cornflower blue and imagine the wrap waist will be infinitely more flattering (if that’s even possible,) in the maxi length.

Do you like readers? What are you craving this Friday?

Happy Friday 🙂


PS Don’t forget to come back and take part in tomorrow’s Saturday Survey again over the weekend and thank you so much to all of you who took part last week.

Festive Friday Food – Rachel’s Plum and Orange cake

In part due to the funeral I’ve been at today, and in part due to lack of a wi-fi password at home(!) today’s Festive frock is somewhat waylaid… Please pardon the interruption to normal service and pop back tomorrow instead for a festive message. Xo

This morning festive Friday Food is brought to you by Rachel. When not found reading, Rachel is often baking and I was delighted to receive her recommendation which thoughtfully noted the contrast between the clean, fresh tastes in this cake and the majority of Christmas foods. It’s a welcome alternative over the Christmas period. I know I’m going to be trying it out. Thanks Rachel!

Image Credit: Let her Bake Cake

Plum and Orange Cake from River Cafe Cookbook Made Easy by Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers.

Plum filling:
500 g ripe plums
50 g caster sugar
juice and zest of one orange
1 vanilla pod

150 g unsalted butter
150 g caster sugar
2 eggs
85 g self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
100 g almonds, finely ground

Almond topping:
30 g unsalted butter
25 g brown sugar
zest of one orange
50 g flaked almonds

Preheat the oven to 180C / Gas 4

  • Halve and stone the plums and put in an ovenproof dish with the sugar, the orange juice and rind. Add the split vanilla pod and bake for 20 minutes. Cool. Scrape in the vanilla seeds.
  • Grease a 25cm round spring-form tin, lined with parchment paper, with extra butter.
  • Soften the butter and beat with the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one by one. Fold in the flour, baking powder and ground almonds.
  • Pour into the tin [it will be a thin layer] and push the plums and their juices into and over the cake. [I put a baking tray underneath in case any juices escaped.] Bake in the oven for half an hour.
  • For the topping, finely grate the orange rind. Melt the butter and stir in the sugar, zest and flaked almonds. Spread this over the half-baked cake, lower the heat to 160C / Gas 3 and bake for a further 20 minutes. Cool the cake in the tin.

Image Credit: Let her Bake Cake

It really is easy. I have a slow gas oven and these timings are good for me so adjust as your oven. Also don’t put the topping in too early as otherwise it will all sink in – it’s still delicious but doesn’t look so lovely. This cake will last for a good few days – so easy to make in advance and then keep nibbling on any leftovers.


Just Festive Frock to go before home time readers and the holidays beginning 🙂

Happy Festive Friday,


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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