What to Buy: December

Morning Readers!

I’m back again with the last “What to Buy” of 2014. I find December such a magical time. In years past, my Hubby and I would always go on holiday in the first week of December and come back around the 16th/17th, and whilst the winter sun was welcome, we always lamented missing the build-up. Working in a big city makes things very festive with brass bands and Carolers welcoming you at the station when you arrive in the morning, not to mention the Christmas Lights, and I always feel I ought to dress according to the season. Here then, is my round-up of things to buy, not only for the cold weather (wow, the temperature has REALLY dropped), but for the magic too 😉


Blue Skirt / Silver Skirt / Foil Sweatshirt / Gold Trousers

Subtle, or a bit more in your face, something with a little bit of bling is a sure-fire way to light up the season. As I mentioned back in my November “How I Wore” post, this skirt is a really nice way to introduce the trend, and I also love these trousers. Available in limited sizes on line, when I went in-store, there were plenty. Wear with something red to really get into the Festive spirit!


Trousers / Dress / Jacket

Who doesn’t like a little bit of sequin at Christmas time? From dainty embellishment to full on glamour for your Christmas Party, there’s something for everyone out there. The magpie in me is drawn to these trousers, but I also love this throw on coat. Perfect for office to after-work drinks!


Jumper / Shirt

Nothing says Christmas more than red. I always used to wear something red on Christmas Day, a tradition I picked up from my Mum whose favourite colour it is, and it’s something that has stuck with me. I’m in love with the Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Jumpers and one in Red is firmly on my Christmas list – I tend to wear the Mens small as I like the fit better. If you aren’t one for wearing a lot of red in your wardrobe choices, then a nice introduction with a red lip or nail is a good idea.

Winter Boots

Lace Up Boots / Fur Lined Boots

Rebecca started my thinking about these with her post on the delicious Ugg’s, but I have also found some other options for something that is essential over winter. Warm, partly stylish, but practical feet, especially when there are children in tow, are a must. I really like these Ilse Jacobsen ones, as well as these Zara Fur Lined bikers – a very good deal for leather at under £100.

Novelty Clutch

Pink / Yes No / Washing Powder / Chocolate

Honestly, you can’t sneeze without seeing these in all the shops. They are a fun way of updating an outfit if your budget doesn’t stretch to something new for your Christmas Party. I’d quite like Santa to bring me a Kate Spade license plate one 😉

So are you feeling Christmassy yet? I’d love to see if any of you wear any of the above as part of the #FFFestiveFun challenge 😉 You won’t see me and what I’ve been wearing at the end of December, as in usual FF style, there won’t be any posts between Christmas and New Year, but I look forward to 2015 and seeing what will be around in the store to share with you all. So, all that remains is to wish you all very Merry Christmasas, and healthy, happy and prosperous New Year’s!

Erin xx

Friday Frock O’clock

Ted Baker – BELLETA – Scallop detail dress – £159

I feel in limbo right now when it comes to fashion. In the last week, my concious has shifted from being disinterested in fashion, fed up of sales and with adequate clothes for the ongoing warmer weather, to curiosity over what’s in store for AW13.

For some reason I keep getting that September feeling already. The back to school vibe that makes me want a new school coat and shoes. Maybe it’s my sister moving in and starting a new job, maybe it’s the odd rainy day breaking through, but already I’m wanting to buy Autumn fashion, knowing it’s too early yet and I should enjoy the last of the summer.

Todays frock felt right to bridge the gap. Perfect with tanned legs for an occasion ensemble, it’s the type of dress that after a few formal outings I’d start wearing to work with opaque tights and flats come the cooler months. Red looks great in the summer teamed with navy or nude, but even better in the winter layered with berry shades and black.

What do you think readers? Have a great weekend!


Monday Must-Have: Christmas nails

Chanel, Malice // Essie, Sssssexy // Topshop, Jem glitter topcoat // Butter London, Knees Up metallic red laquer

December is here and right now, all I want for Christmas is a festive red nail.

I usually shun red, feeling it’s a vintage shade and doesn’t work for me, however, I recently re-discovered its merits. For me, Christmas means red, in all its festive glory and here are a round up of my favourite shades available right now.

I’d love it if you would share your favourite shade of red this morning… tell me which one I need!


Friday Frock O’clock

I spotted todays dress whilst out shopping with my Mum and Sister yesterday, in AllSaints. The reason for choosing it for this weeks frock is that it bears a striking resemblance to a McQ by McQueen dress that I lusted after last summer but was way out of my budget. If you’re still loving digital prints then this is a good alternative and the capped sleeves with bubble skirt give the dress a strong shape guaranteed to make you feel fierce.

Opium Dress, AllSaints £175

I spotted the blue version and still prefer it, but the orangy-red tones of the other print are certainly season appropriate.

This is the 50th Friday Frock I have posted on Florence Finds, so do share any frocks you have purchased or are lusting after this week – something celebratory perhaps 🙂


What to Wear: Sexy Boyfriend Jean

I don’t mind admitting, I haven’t bought a new pair of jeans for a couple of years now. There are 2 reasons for that. Firstly I am ahem, a bit heavier (still, yes, I know!) than I would prefer to be and kept convincing myself that I should wait and lose some weight before buying another pair. (Flawed logic, as if I lost weight I wouldn’t need new jeans… I’d be able to fit into the numerous pairs I already have.) Secondly I cannot stand shopping for jeans. It’s boring, frustrating and often soul destroying trying to pour yourself into yet another pair that don’t flatter, aren’t the right shape for you (what is that shape anyway, anyone who knows, do share,) and make you feel worse than when you started. So it was with relief that I managed to purchase this pair, the first I tried on, on a trip to GAP.

Jeans, GAP // Top, Marks and Spencer // Scarf (old), GAP // Ring, Accessorize // Nails, Mavala // Shoes, Clarks

I love the current trend for flashing a bit of ankle in cropped trousers and the slightly slouchy ‘boyfriend style’ of jeans that are on-trend right now feel like the ideal weekend alternative. I thought it was going to be a nightmare finding the right pair, but knew GAP did a style they call the ‘sexy boyfriend‘ and thought I would give them a go. In an up to date paler distressed wash than I would usually go for, I was pleasantly surprised by the fit and snapped them up.

It feels good to be back in jeans again, even if not for virtuous reasons and I’ve worn them non-stop ever since, often with my other recent purchase, these ponyskin, leopard print slipper flats – an absolute steal and from Clarks of all places at £39.99. They feel well made and smart with cushioned insoles and I still can’t believe that Clarks quality comes with serious style credentials. Who knew?

I teamed the jeans and leopard print with an unexpected flash of red on my nails – I don’t usually wear red as I associate it with a vintage look that I rarely aspire towards, but for some reason right now it feels fresh, particularly on short nails and when rocking a bejewelled fox ring that is equal parts cute and quirky.

Have you got any favourite jeans to share or have you tried the Sexy Boyfriend from GAP?


Friday Frock O’clock

This weeks Friday Frock was love at first sight. I’m a sucker for lady like styles and killer dresses… this one ticks all the boxes.

Fluid Pleat Dress, Karen Millen

I love the delicate yet striking neckline detail, the squared off yet feminine shoulders and the softly pleated skirt, not to mention that accent colour-of-the-season shade of brick red.

I can imaging myself wearing this to London Fashion Week, mingling with the fash-erati then heading to meet fellow bloggers at an aftershow party. We all have to dream, right?

Happy weekend readers. I’ll be raising a glass to you all 🙂


PS Wondering where Friday Food is? This week, we’re having a bit of a change around, to accommodate the launch of Dream. Find. Do. Keep your eyes peeled later on today!

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: Pick up a Peplum

Consider this your first heads up for the coming Autumn Winter ’12 season… Peplums are going to be HUGE. Happily they’re already in the shops and I fancied trying out the trend, particularly when I spotted this one when I did the Zara spring drop post a couple of weeks ago.

I nipped into store to pick it up and then wore it to the Florence Finds Manchester afternoon tea, so I decided I should probably share it with you all.

Top – Reiss (old) // Skirt – Zara £39.99 // Shoes – M&S Autograph (old) // Necklace – Shop sale accessories

I just love how feminine the shape is, that unabashed celebration of your female curves, with a nipped in waist and flared out frill over the hips. Granted, it could be tricky to wear if you’re a true english pear, but I actually think if you’re prepared to flaunt it and have the waist to balance out a fuller bottom half, it’s a killer look.

I paired mine with an old silk top I have from Reiss in fresh white as I love Red and white together, then my zip fronted snakeskin sandals from M&S Autograph. The necklace was a sale find in Warehouse recently that is slightly broken but you can’t really tell, a bargain at £6!

It’s a little creasy as it’s a linen mix, so not one for perfectionists on that front, but it’s actually really comfortable too, as the skirt itself has some stretch in it, great for if you sit down a lot at work like me.

So, do you like a peplum and will you be trying out the trend?


Friday Frock O’clock

Firstly, after a brief absence from the blog I wanted to say a humongous thank you to all of you for your birthday wishes and to Gemma for taking the reins for a wee while so I could take a break – it really made yesterday extra extra special. 🙂 There’s loads more to share with you but for now, it’s on with the show, with Friday Frock.

Last week, whilst I was browsing MANGO, this simple but stunning dress caught my eye. It strikes me as the perfect dress. Not only is it both stand-out-from-the-crowd bright – an almost neon shade, but it’s also lace, both bang on in terms of current trends.

Red Lace dress – MANGO £59.99

Look a bit further however and this is the kind of dress you’ll never regret giving wardrobe space to. Perfect with opaque tights and black accessories in winter, it will be equally at home this summer at a wedding with nude accessories, or on holiday with leather flip flops and a cross body bag. I like to get my money’s worth from clothes and can’t see this one going wrong at any occasion.

Have a bright and beautiful weekend readers 😉


PS. Do not fear, I have an onslaught of What-to-Wear type posts to share the birthday shenanigans with you all, including THE dress, purchased yesterday. You’ll just have to wait a little longer… 😉

Friday Frock O’clock

This week’s Friday frock is an outfit I have chosen and in fact wore, last night.

For Pete’s birthday, we headed back to Stock Restaurant, the venue for our wedding reception and believe it or not, we haven’t been back since. I wanted to go somewhere special and it means a lot to us so seemed the perfect choice, and who doesn’t love Italian food?

It’s very rare that I dress for my husband, so to speak. Thankfully he’s (nearly always) complimentary but for this particular evening I just wanted something a little girly and to look pretty for him. Less fash more pash. 😉

Straight Cut Dress, £34.99, Mango.

When I came across this simple Mango dress it was right up my street. I like clean design when it comes to clothes and the block colour is striking enough. (It’s actually a delicious coral pink although it looks red here.) In an ideal world I would pair it with some oversized spot tights but time constraints meant I nipped into Topshop and found these striking animal print tights – I chose them because I hate when patterned tight have a 10 or 20 denier backdrop to the pattern, it’s so unflattering and these really stand out because of the nude colour. I carried a clutch not dissimilar to this one from Oasis, but mine is a back patent Kate Moss for Topshop from donkeys years back that has become a wardrobe staple of mine. Teamed with some patent bow peep toes, it seemed dressed up enough for a special evening out but pared down enough to acknowledge the Thursday-night-school-night choice of evening.

Better than all that, it was a bargain too. I wasn’t complaining as I’ve got three outfits to work my way through for the weekend and I can see this coming out again and again.

Happy Friday Folks!

Do share you thoughts on my outfit and of course any lust have items you’ve splurged on come pay day!




PS… Head on over to my Twitter feed or Facebook and you can see an Instagram pic of me wearing the said ensemble. 🙂

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