Friday Frock O’clock

This week’s Friday Frock is a stunner I tell you, a stunner.

Reiss Fallow crepe open back column dress £225

Oh to have somewhere to wear this beauty.

It’s got more than a hint of the Victoria Beckhams about it, with the modern clean style, an immensely flattering cut and streamlined peplum.

There’s also currently up to 30% of selected items at in the mid-season sale online only, so do you and have a little look if you’re a fan.

It’s been a busy week for me – I’m currently in the Lake District on a course and looking forward to getting back to Manchester, Pete and the new house 🙂

Enjoy your weekend readers!


The Fash Flash: Leather

This season, leather is one trend I am determined to get on board with, as it has passed me by for several seasons past while it has been building it’s fashion credentials. Leather is often an investment but the fact that it has been persisting through the last few years (even into summer seasons,) is backing up it’s promise of longevity and so I’m ready to make the leap. I thought I’d round up some of my favourite pieces on the high street now, both budget bargains and higher end luxe items. One last thought for you; If this is a trend you want to try, then buy now as you’ll get your wear out of the piece throughout the season and really feel the cost per wear.

Whistles Joni leather hoodie £350 // M&S Autograph panelled leather skirt £149 // Warehouse drape jacket £140
Leather pony effect skirt, Topshop £220 // Leather box effect tee, Topshop £95
Carrie Leather legging, Reiss £495 // Topshop Leather and denim mix tee £55 // Onyx quilted burgundy leather jacket, Reiss £495

I’m totally in love with that burgundy Reiss jacket, but for a more affordable take on the trend and a double check in the fashion boxes for the blush shade too, you can’t go far wrong with a Topshop ‘box effect’ Tee. Warehouse also wins for wearable style with it’s waterfall style soft looking jacket. What I really want however is a skirt, and again, I’ll be trying to find that Topshop number up there for affordability and style in one.

Have you got any leather items or have you seen any you’re lusting after?


Friday Frock O’clock

With the weather warming up and summer officially beginning today, it seems like an apt time to talk about my love for a little white dress.

L-R: Lemine £129 // Iris £47 // Pam £195 – All from Reiss

Before I got married I had a thing about white dresses. I loved them, but I always felt like people would think I was desperate to get married if I wore white. Looking back it seems really silly now, but as a result it was rare that I wore white. I’m naturally olive toned in the skin department and being dark haired, I think white works really well for me. The only thing I don’t love is the pesky marks you get on white clothes when you pair them with sunscreen. (Has anybody found a formulation that doesn’t do that?)

Rather aptly, as their sale started this week, Reiss has got some great white dresses. I’ll leave it to you guys to guess which is my absolute favourite but I have to say, I’d wear any of them in a flash this summer. 😉

Happy weekend readers!


Wear it Two Ways: Emerald

This year, What To Wear is getting a re-vamp. The point of me sharing outfits on Florence Finds has always been twofold. Firstly, it encouraged me to try new things, and I hoped it inspired you guys reading to take more risks with fashion and step outside of your comfort zone a little. Most of all I hope it gives you a little voyeuristic pleasure and inspiration for brightening your day with new sartorial choices.

However, this year I have got new objectives. Too many of my purchases were one hit wonders and I end up turning to the same key pieces over and over again. So What to Wear is now becoming Wear it Two Ways. For each post I’ll be showing how I have worn one key piece (sometimes old, sometimes new) in two different ways. I’m hoping it will inspire me to get more wear out of my purchases and you to mix up your wardrobe a little. 😉

The purchase in this case was a Reiss (sale purchase) jumper. Emerald green in colour, wooly and warm but with enough little details, (like the centre back seam and side split hem,) to make it wearable in other ways. First up I ventured into what is apparently a big trend this winter, tartan. It was perfect for a winter walk in snowy Wales a couple of weekends ago.

Jumper, Reiss AW12 // Shirt, Abercrombie & Fitch // Jeans J.Crew // Wellies, Hunter (Original Gloss)

Of course there’s nothing unexpected about this look, but I thought I might feel a bit fuddy duddy and didn’t at all. I think it’s the shade that’s so versatile however as it’s just bright enough to work with a whole different colour pallet, and up the glamour.

Jumper, Reiss // Skirt, Hobbs (old) // Belt, Whistles (old) // Shoes, Pied a Terre (old)

This look was a product of colour pairing inspiration from Pinterest, and a vintage inspired silhouette. The contrast of thick wooly jumper and layered tulle with sequin embellishment completely changes the feel of the jumper. It’s a great winter date night look (that would be just as good with some black suede ankle boots,) thanks to the nipped in waist from a skinny belt and feminine silhouette.

So let me know what you think of the new feature and which look you prefer – will you be getting more wear out of your knitwear now?


Friday Frock O’Clock

After the success of last years, I’ve been on the look out for a great knitted dress again this season. The kind of thing that would be great for a relaxed Christmas day or a spot of shopping, or just catching up with friends. Warm and cosy, a bit of sparkle was preferred but not essential. Yesterday I finally found it – this silver grey bubble hem dress in Mint Velvet.

Grey bubble hem beaded dress, Mint Velvet, £89

It’s got a lovely soft feel and would look just as good with knee high boots as a pair of heels. I love how easy to wear this is and how comfortable it would be for an expanding waistline after festive feasting too 😉

Happy weekend readers,


PS This weekend’s deal not to miss? Enjoy 30% off Women’s Shoes and Handbags until Monday with Reiss in store and online. I’ll be buying the Yves Glitter heel court shoes.

Friday Frock O’clock [Halloween Edition]

It’s only 5 more sleeps to Halloween and in honour of one of my favourite celebrations (or should I say ‘frights’,) I just had to choose a Halloween appropriate frock.

Etta Dress, Reiss – £195

Those of you who follow Florence Finds on Facebook will have seen that I was originally thinking that todays frock would be black (of course,) and either lace and gothic or sparkly and vamp-ish. However, when I clapped eyes on this number all I could think of was the Wicked Witch of the West and the Emerald city. In Emerald green sequins and with a Navy tulle overlay this is the perfect halloween dress (red glitter shoes, green facepaint and a witches hat optional,) that will also work all through the party season.

This Friday, share your Halloween outfits (I’d love you to tweet me them @florencefinds, or on Instagram @Rebecca_Norris) and I’ll share them on Facebook, or show-and-tell your pumpkins and Halloween decor. Do you celebrate Halloween and what are you doing this year?


Friday Frock O’clock

The warmer weather towards the end of this week has really turned my attention towards cooler dressing and for the first time in a long time, I thought of a maxi dress. Once a style staple there seems to have been a bit of an absence of maxi’s in stores recently, or maybe I haven’t looked because I’ve been tired of them. Today I really wanted to find one that worked for stylish and casual occasions, perhaps even work. You know how I love a one-dress-does-it-all situation!

Reiss Athena Dress – £117 (down from £235)

Todays dress is from Reiss, in inky black and off white with a really unusual pattern, a not quite maxi, midi hem line and a really flattering silhouette. I love the slight rise and fall hem and it feels modern whilst also being classic enough for a formal occasion. It would work as easily at work with a blazer as at a summer function.

And if I was wearing it, I’d be feeling fierce, but also doing some obligatory twirling 😉

Big Friday Love,

Spotted: Reiss AW12 Look Book

This afternoon, I’m back to looking ahead at the forthcoming Autumn/Winter fashion season and after posting the Whistles look book I thought I’d also share styles we’ve got to look forward to from Reiss. I’ve loved trying to pin down the trends for the coming season for as long as I have loved fashion and can remember as far back as being in my mid to late teens collecting the September issues and making lists of must-have items. Reiss doesn’t have to be your thing particularly (although it’s hard not to find something you love here) but use these images to start picking out the trends you’ll be rocking as the evenings draw in and a chill hits the air.

Here are my pick of the trends to look out for and my favourite looks for the Reiss AW12 look book.

  • Red is going to be a big accent colour this winter and I am falling in love with emerald green all over again.
  • Choose mannish tailoring and structured shapes in coats and collars
  • Cinch in that waist – whether it’s skinny or waspishly wide, you’ll need a statement belt.
  • The other accent colour to watch? Purple. Be warned.

  • Pastel shades and the aquatic theme stay big with iridescent metallics and shades of cornflower and powder blue with mint and aqua.
  • Silhouettes are covered up in midi and maxi skirts, long sleeves and mere flashes of flesh at the ankle and waist. Want to bare more? Go sheer.
  • Black? It’s back.

See anything you like here readers? I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Reiss this season is appealing to me more than ever before, so I can’t wait to start wearing some of these trends.


Fash Flash: Bric-a-Bloc

This morning I’m sharing a micro trend that I have seen all over the high street from French Connection to Reiss and Whistles. Block colour has remained big this season but its happening in a new way, with the colour literally being blocked within one piece. Showing up again in a muted palette of neutrals combined with desert shades of clay, burnt orange and bright tangerine, is seems new and fresh for summer when the SS trends can start to lose some of their appeal as we all get ready for something new.

Here are a few of the pieces I have found… I’ve already bought the skirt from Whistles (pictured here with the matching shirt – the range in this pattern is exclusive to Selfridges stores) as a summer wardrobe refresher and given the colour palette it’s going to work brilliantly into Autumn too.

Do you like?


Spotted: Reiss Bags with 30% off

This morning I was going to put together a piece on work bags for summer wear, hard working carry-alls that will look chic in the office and just as sweet at the weekend. I got side-tracked however by this fabulous offer at Reiss. For someone who is a huge fan of handbags, (yes, I’d actually take a Mulberry over Louboutins,) it takes a lot to impress me in the bag department, but for the last couple of seasons I’ve been sorely tempted by Reiss and their gorgeous leather goods. The level of detail is fantastic and the look is very luxe. The prices can be a litle more than you might be used to paying, although I always think it’s money well spent in a bag as you use it every single day. Which leads me to my reason for sharing today… there’s 30% on selected bags at right now! (All prices below with 30% already removed.)

So here’s my selection for work, or play, in summer appropriate shades.

  1. Let’s start off with my absolute favourite. Strongly remininscent of an Anya Hindmarch design that I regularly lust after and with enough quirk about it to take you from office to bar, yet still be taken seriously in the boardroom. ‘Barney’ striped cream leather and canvas bag – Reiss £157
  2. I couldn’t miss out Reiss’s longstanding classic – The ‘Bleeker’ and it’s not hard to see why, when you clock her timeless lines. Bleeker in ‘natural’ – Reiss £192
  3. I love the slouchy slightly 70’s look to this woven leather bag and the monochrome colours mean it looks super stylish day to day. Fancy it for weekend? You can also pick them up in a very on-trend metallic silver.) ‘Vida’ weave shoulder bag in black and cream – Reiss £185
  4. If you want something casual, for a summer city break perhaps or just in your city this summer, you can’t go wrong with the hard working and hard wearing denim and tan leather detailing on this shopper. ‘Riviera’ large denim shopper – Reiss £136
  5. If you like a shoulder strap or satchel style, this dove grey bag is perfect for wearing for work or the weekend and will be just as good in winter due to its neutral tones. ‘Barton’ light grey satchel – Reiss £174
  6. Couldn’t miss out this luxe-looking quilted purse a great treat for yourself or for a special friends birthday… ‘Gena’ quilted leather wallet – Reiss £62
  7. If you’ve got a summer wedding to attend then how about this clutch? With that gorgeous woven leather again and goes-with-everything cream, it’s a bargain that you’ll use for years to come. ‘Faye’ weave clutch bag – Reiss £118
  8. Ditto this satin pleated clutch in an on-trend cornflower blue which I had to include, simply because it’s Gemma’s favourite colour 🙂 ‘Tiffany’ mid-blue pleat clutch bag – Reiss £55

So, can I tempt you ladies? Do share your favourites!


PS! It’s a three post Thursday!

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