Triple Temptation: Gwenda

I have become unreasonably obsessed recently with just one thing, Gwenda pointed courts from Topshop

Lets be honest, they are dead ringers for the equally covetable French 75 stiletto from my favourite brand Whistles, but at an infinitely more affordable £58 and in a wider range of colours, Gwenda is a must buy. Pointed courts are ridiculously on-trend right now and look set to stay so into the next couple of seasons. The bang on trend brights, metallics and this graphic floral print (mostly) in strokable suede are just perfect for summer nights and winter brights.

Which colour will you buy?


Triple Temptation: Spring Boots

*I’ve had a bit of a play around with the design of Florence Finds this weekend, installing a new header and some new blog buttons on the right, so you can easily find me in all my usual social haunts online. I really felt like I wanted a more cohesive feminine yet modern colour palette, that better represented the blog. Have a click around and let me know what you think – I hope you like it!

Spiral suede boot, Ash @ Atterley Road// Kir Royale Suede Boots, Whistles // Untouchable ankle boots, Office

For a long while now, I’ve been coveting these Ash ankle boots. I knew I would get tons of wear out of them and (ignoring that the suede isn’t all that spring appropriate,) they are perfect while the weather remains chilly. I wanted to find that perfect mink/greige shade too that would work with greys but not look out of place with warmer toned items. I almost ordered them online but really wanted to try the fit so went in search of them this Saturday. I was unsuccessful but stumbled across 2 other takes on the trend that I loved.

The Whistles pair above I bought and actually returned, as they were a little too smart for what I wanted them for. They were however ridiculously soft and comfy. Office eventually came up trumps with a great take on the Ash pair at less than half the price. I’m wearing them with my coloured skinnies this spring and later I’ll be pairing them with a summer dress for a festival vibe. And at a high street price I won’t be precious about treating the suede with a scotch guard then getting on with wearing them whatever the weather, instead of worrying about potential rain!


PS – It’s a two post day!

Monday Must-Have: Snakeskin Stiletto

This mornings must-have is a shoe that I am seriously coveting. I can imagine it with nearly every outfit I could plan for the coming season and it seems both modern and classic – The French 75 Snakeskin Stiletto by Whistles. The fact that it shares a name with my favourite cocktail only adds to it’s desirability in my mind.

There’s another reason for me choosing an item from Whistles today. You have until tomorrow at midnight to take advantage of the 25% discount in association with Grazia that Whistles run twice yearly. I know Whistles can be a bit pricey for many of you and 25% is a hefty discount (I always take advantage and save a significant amount when it is on,) so if there’s an item you’re lusting after ladies, then now is the time.


Whistles SS13 Preview at LFW

This afternoon I am unfortunately going to lose all facade at ‘cool’ (not sure I ever did that all that well anyway,) that my LFW coverage may have reflected upon me and go a little bit fan-girl on you all. I’m going to give you all a sneak peek inside my trip to The Savoy to preview the Whistles SS13 collection.

Those of you who read Florence Finds will know that I am a huge Whistles fan. I buy consistently from their collections each season, throughout the season and have been doing since round about the time that Jane Sheperdson, Whistles CEO took over and turned the brand around in 2008. Many a time you guys ask where something I’m wearing is from and rather embarrassingly, the answer is often the same, Whistles.

Whistles Jane Sheperdson wearing a leather sweatshirt from the SS13 collection

I suppose now would be a good time to explain why I’m so passionate about the brand then? I love fashion and I like to work the trends but I have a life to live. I’m a GP and part of that involves dressing smartly, professionally but not appearing intimidating to the patients that visit me from all walks of life, with all manner of problems. For work, in Whistles I feel quietly put-together, comfortable that I am not selling out on my own style, but also not frightening any old ladies! The cut fits me perfectly, right through from the dresses to the trousers and the quality is remarkable. I’ve never had a Whistles item lose its shape, fray, had embellishments fall off or the garment feel flimsy. And when it comes to out of work, the pieces are equally at home amongst the in-laws on a family day as out with the girls to be cooed over and stroked as they should be.

So, given my obcession with the brand, you can imagine how excited I was to preview the SS13 collection. And if I told you that (removing all fan girl behaviour and looking objectively on,) it was in my humble opinion the best collection yet would you be intrigued?

There were 5 rails of clothing hung in the showroom of the Whistles suite at The Savoy and I immediately made a bee-line for a rail that seemed like Florence Finds in clothing form, with neon piped edging, a water-colour neon brights print on a fine broderie anglaise and a coral lace formed the bulk of the pieces, contrasted with tougher leather including a pair of leather dungarees.

As an aside, leather featured heavily throughout Fashion Week, if you have ever doubted the longevity of a leather purchase, now is the time to fill your wardrobe – you’ll be wearing it all season!

As I made my way around the rails, each collection of designs had 2 or three items that I wanted, no, needed in my wardrobe. Joking aside, that elusive perfect lace skirt? I’ll take the electric blue thank you. An updated Geometric print? The navy on white lattice felt modern and fresh.

Your summer events wardrobe? Of course Whistles has the usual selection of signature dress shapes, but I was sold on this tangerine maxi with layered top detail. And a statement piece that works with everything? You couldn’t go wrong with a laser cut white leather shell top. (Also seen in dress form on Virgina here, below right.)

Whistles have also extended their bags collection and have a new range including up to the minute pouches, flat clutches, shoulder bags and bigger satchel style bags perfect for work or play. All the bags are named after famous roads.

And did you know Whistles now do shoes? A Capsule collection for AW12 is available now featuring basic items every shoe wardrobe needs with the classic Whistles twist of on-trend style that has many a wardrobe mile in it. Look for the classic stilleto and the block heel boots, both making their way towards my wardrobe this season I feel. Whistles will launch the full shoe collection in SS13.

So what do you think readers? Are you in-lust already? I’m thinking that we could just skip Autumn/Winter and just start wearing Whistles SS13 already?


*Thank you to Virginia, Chinazo and Kyley for arranging my invitation and showing me around the collections, and to Jane for allowing me to take her picture.

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