What to Wear: The perfect summer short

You might have noticed we’re having a bit of a holiday theme this week as I’m currently in Cornwall enjoying the sea views. Today I wanted to share something that made me ridiculously happy, the perfect summer short. Like many of my outfit posts, I’m not claiming that this is revolutionary or super stylish, but it’s been a good few years since I have found a pair of shorts that feel flattering, are just the right length and really comfortable so I thought you guys might be interested.

Of course, they’re from good old Gap and actually a touch longer than they appear on me, as I have turned them up an inch. I do have some denim cut offs but they are in the realms of cheek skimming which is not a look I would sport anywhere other than in my own garden, or perhaps on holiday far far away. I really dislike the very top part of my legs and whilst I have slimmed them down a bit and toned up (courtesy of the 30 day shred) I still prefer them well covered. These shorts are the perfect length to show off enough leg that it’s flattering, and no more!

There are a ton of colours available, although you might have to track them down online (or as I did, in the GAP outlet – These cost me just £10) and I was also pretty pleased to finally add some mint to my wardrobe. I love mint but it doesn’t love me and looks pretty bad next to my face. Here’s a top tip if you have a similar shade predicament – wear it on your bottom half and away from your face, it’s much more flattering.

The shorts are also stretchy and give a little for a slouchy fit with no unattractive digging in when you sit down. Run, don’t walk reader, I hope you can track some down!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

It’s white hot out there folks and as a result I’m going a little left field. Not a frock today but my favourite alternative, the playsuit…


Jacquard Playsuit – Warehouse, £40 (from £60)that Mango dress I posted? Well, I had my heart set on that floral number but it had sold out everywhere. I even resorted to looking online for a larger size to have altered and had my sister scouring Birmingham and Mum in Liverpool. Once I resigned myself to the fact it was gone, I had about a week to find something else and no time to do it in. I spotted this on the Warehouse website, walked into store and found it had been reduced that very day. Even better, it fit like a glove. Apologies for the indoor rubbish photo but I was having too much fun to get a proper one while we were out! 😉 (Jessica’s dress, entirely hen appropriate I thought, was from French Connection in case you’re wondering.)

Fate, no?

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend readers – I’m off to Glasgow!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Wear it Two Ways: The Go Everywhere Dress

Remember a little while ago I shared three dresses that I thought would work for every occasion in your wardrobe this summer? Well, I went on to buy this one, from Atterley Road and today I thought I would share how I wore it.


Second Female Guess dress, Atterley Road

As I type, I’m actually wearing this dress at home with the same belt that I wore it with in the first photo, on holiday. It’s an oversized style and without heels it could look a bit too big for the day so a belt gives it a completely different look. It’s thin and cool for summer and the open back detail adds a little extra something which is more subtel when belted and worn with a jacket and scarf layers.

Back home on a chilly May evening I headed to a party, throwing on a leather jacket for a little edge and wearing peep toe boots. Had it been warmer I probably would have worn some super strappy sandals but in even colder weather I have worn it with tights and boots too. As you can see it’s quite the multi-functional piece.

So ladies, I hope I’ve inspired you to find that perfect multifunctional piece and alos reminded you that spending a little more for the right item doesnt necessarily mean you’ll go short in the wardrobe department.

Wear. It. Everywhere.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock


Second Female Lima Jumpsuit, £90 Atterley Road

This week’s Friday Frock is a special safari edition. You all know I love a jumpsuit and this one seemed perfect to round off Africa week. Sometimes you need a stand out item in your wardrobe and whilst I love a statement piece I’m not really into the associated effort or feeling trussed up like a turkey. This feels special but really easy to wear, comfortable and despite the knock-out print it doesn’t feel overly loud.

I rarely wear low cut tops but the wrap over top is teasingly low on this jumpsuit and as everything else stays covered up, there’s no hint of looking  tarty. I also quite like a loose outfit. I guess some people could say it’s unflattering, but I think this hints a little at the curves that lie beneath 😉

Either way, although I wore it only once in South Africa (because everywhere was much more casual than I expected,) it felt appropriate and more than a little bit fun.

Happy Weekend readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: The South Africa Edition

For a while now I have been thinking that it would be fun to do a feature of what I wore every day of a holiday, so for a break from the travel posts I thought I’d share my outfits in SA, day by day. Putting together a packing list or ‘holiday wardrobe’ isn’t the easiest thing to do and I thought you guys might like to see how I’ve worn the same things in different ways throughout the holiday and I’ve included some tips on things to think about or remember when you are planning what to take away with you. This trip wasn’t all glamour so please don’t get too excited about what’s in store, it’s really more of a real life insight and hopefully you like it!

If you’re going to be sightseeing, a lightweight showerproof jacket and a cosy scarf are invaluable and will serve you well day after day…

If you’ll be walking a lot, especially out of the city, don’t forget some trainers or casual white pumps that will go with everything whilst giving you stable footing off the beaten track…

Stick to a key colour palette (mine was yellow, navy, and coral/red with neutral basics mixed in and a big dose of stripes.)

Invest in a couple of key accessories like these metallic flats to keep your outfits on trend.

You’re on holiday so ditch the formality and go for relaxed casual style and clothes you feel comfortable in…

Be prepared in certain parts of the world (and depending on your activities) to put together an outfit that covers your arms and legs. Sometimes it’s function over form!

Make your wardrobe work harder by re-wearing and layering. Neutrals work best for this as they will go with so many pieces (and in my book, navy and white stripes = neutral basics!)

Always pack a new bikini for a poolside pick me up 🙂

Don’t forget a cross body bag for all your essentials and some inexpensive costume jewellery (I always go for a bangle, hoop earrings, studs, a chunky necklace and a fine chain,) that will take you from beach to bar with ease.

I hope you enjoyed the insight 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

*PS I haven’t included my Safari outfits here as we barely took any photos of each other and I was just layered up to the max wearing all of the above on the chilly morning and evening drives!

Some of the items featured have previously been blogged about here:

Wear it Two Ways: Lace Skirt

Today’s Wear it Two Ways is all about an item that I had been looking for for quite a while before I found it, and this post illustrates why – because I knew it would have so much versatility.

The skirt is from Whistles – first spotted in the SS13 preview at The Savoy that I attended at London Fashion Week last September. I picked it up in the recent sale and there are still some around if you like it. I love the contrast darker blue waistband, sporty style and pockets. Who doesn’t love a pocket?


Top, GAP // Skirt, Whistles // Necklace, Banana Republic (old) // Shoes, Dorothy Perkins

The first time I wore it was almost as soon as I bought it – We headed across to see my sister in law and niece to celebrate their birthdays. I wnated to dress up and look nice but with young kids around needed to be a little bit practical too, so opted for a striped tee (GAP) and flats. This was a few weeks back too when the weather was super-cold, so tights were obligatory as was my trusty parka. A chunky necklace upped the ‘party’ factor.


Top, Whistles // Skirt, Whistles // Earrings, Whistles //  Shoes, Sam Edleman (old) // Coat, Zara (old) // Bag, Zara (old)

More recently I was out for dinner and tried it with another top from Whistles, with cut out lace inserts across the shoulders. It didn’t look quite right left out even though it’s a structured T-shirt style, so I tucked it in and went for a more streamlined look with animal print courts and my favourite sparkling box clutch.

The shoulder detail would have competed with a necklace so I went for chunky drop earrings and neon bright nails to finish it off.

You can see the top in action previously here and the coat here.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Wear it Two Ways: Printed Pants

Months ago, I shared these pants, (a complete find in the bog-standard section of M&S) and boasted that I could see myself wearing them right through winter and into next spring. Today the proof is in the pudding.

In truth, I have worn them countless times. For many evenings out but also in the day. The easiest way is with a darker toned top (just like the evening ensemble here,) but I have also ventured into the realms of print on prints, with my trusty polka dot chambray shirt from GAP.


Lace insert top, Whistles // Trousers, Marks and Spencer // Clutch, Whistles // Patent Platform Court Shoes, M&S

Fortunately printed pants are going precisely nowhere this season, great news for me as these have really gone the distance – look out for some for yourself in paisley, bright or geometric prints. Footwear is key – choose ballet flats for Parisian chic, pointed courts for evening glamour, or brogues for a casual, quirky look.


Parka, The Kooples // Shirt, GAP // Pants, as before // Brogues, French Connection // Bag, Mulberry

Are you wearing printed pants yet?

Have a great Monday readers,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS See my printed pants worn here (in Cornwall,) and here (at London Fashion Week)

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?

Love,
Rebecca

Friday Frock: What to Wear for The Biggest Night of Your Year

Today I’m signing off for Christmas, not before sorting out one last sartorial dilemma however! Florence Finds will be back to normal service on 2nd January and in fact I have something rather special to brighten up your January. In the meantime I’m making no promises and will blog as and when I have something to share, so keep your eyes on Twitter, Facebook or check back here when you have a bit of down time. You can also follow my Christmas on Instagram. (This is a web link if you don’t have Instagram on your phone.)

When I wrote the title to this post, I was alluding to your New Years Eve dress. If you’ve got somewhere to go, then your frock has to be something special for this most celebratory of nights. In fact, my biggest party of the year was a 30th Birthday for one of my good friends. A super stylish lady, I wanted to make an effort and found the perfect dress in the ASOS sale.


La la Lashes // Midi Dress with Holographic Embellishment (On Sale at £72 from £120!) // Faux Panther Clutch Bag // Shoes, Nine West (old) // Nails: ESSIE ‘Leading Lady’.

I had swapped my usual Zara clutch with my Mum to complete a wedding outfit for her the same weekend and used this Faux Panther Clutch of hers instead. I loved the slightly wild look to the decadent muscular panther clasp with subtle sparkle collar detail.

Of course, aside from the sparkle, the talking point of this dress is the back, or rather lack of. (And before anyone asks… I went without.) Teamed with a vampy blood red lip and Christmas nails, I felt super glamorous.

Of course, no party is complete without glowsticks and eye lashes. These lashes are by La la Lashes – the lash itself is quite a subtle effect but they are dusted in fine glitter and as a result when the light catches your lashes and with every blink, you get a subtle sparkle – they’re a cheap way of upping the glam factor if you don’t have a new dress to wear 🙂

Happy weekend readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Print Purrrfect

I find it much easier to dress for work and formal occasions that I do to dress for the weekend and strike a balance between fun and casual. My other weak point is layering. Why does it matter? It doesn’t I suppose, but there’s something much more interesting about an outfit with several components than a simple jumper over jeans. From a purely practical point of view, it’s often the warmer option too.


Jumper, J.Crew // Jeans, J.Crew // Shirt, GAP // Brogues, French Connection // Necklace, J.Crew // Nails, Orly ‘Rio’.

I’ve a big fan of leopard print accessories, but when it comes to larger expanses, I’ve never really taken the leap. Traditional shades of caramel and brown leopard print can look to obvious and the colours don’t suit my skin tone as well as this snow leopard jumper.


Jeans, J.Crew // Nails, Orly ‘Rio’.

It’s a weekend outfit, (I was going to see Becky and meet baby Connie) so I just threw a few things into my new Alphabet bag and put my brogues on. A bit of everyday sparkle to dress things up for meeting a friend and I was good to go!

What are you wearing right now?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS! After weeks of tropical brights in Florida, I wasn’t quite ready for greys and oxblood for my nails. This violet shade by Orly was perfect for winter brights but acknowledges the shift in seasons.

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