So last year it was all about the pink coat and it looks like it’s not going anywhere. Pink coats are here to stay. So in the last of this week’s Winter coat collaboration with Shop Formula here is the Dree Bouclé Belted Coat in Maple sugar by Won Hundred.

Won Hundred pink coat

Won Hundred pink coat

I couldn’t wait to get this one on. A lovely sugary, pastel pink it will lift your spirits on any Winter’s day.

Styled with another classic ensemble, the denim shirt, black super skinnies and red wine suede chelsea boots*.

Won Hundred pink coat

Again, Shop Formula have styled in a more formal way which works brilliantly for the office or even a Winter wedding. Making another really versatile coat.

Shop Formula Won Hundred pink coat

All of the coats that have been featured this week are available to buy online from Shop Formula – take a moment to check out the rest of their collections too. It’ll definitely be one to add to the favourites bar.

Shop Formula winter coats

Thank you to Shop Formula and here’s to some crisp winter days.

Have a great weekend, L x

(*also available from Hero)

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Today in my Shop Formula collaboration I’m featuring this grey blanket coat. Don’t judge it on it’s name – it’s gorgeous.

Great plains grey coat

Great plains grey coat

I was completely cocooned in the softest wool-blend fabric that, like the green coat from Monday, I didn’t want to take off.

Great plains grey coat

If I’m being completely honest, if I’d seen it on the peg I’m not sure it would have made it into the fitting room with me but just goes to show how wrong you can be!

I’ve styled it with a very classic combo of skinny jeans and a grey cable knit cashmere jumper. Not the most dynamic, I’ll be the first to admit but a classic all the same.

Shop Formula Great plains grey coat

I love the way this coat can take the outfit from dull and boring to fun and adventurous. Shop Formula have styled it here with the same super skinnies and killers heels – another very versatile coat. Tick.

This is a super easy coat that’s perfect for the school run or thrown over a dress and a pair of opaques.

What do you think?

Lx

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The leaves are starting to change, the days are shorter and there was a distinct chill in the air this morning. Autumn is on. it’s. way. And I for one, am really pleased. Time to put away those summer tees and sandals and start thinking fine knits, ankle boots and coats.

This week I am delighted to be featuring a Winter Coat collaboration with Shop Formula. Shop Formula are an online boutique known for their great mix of established brands and emerging labels. I was initially drawn to the online store because of it’s classic, wearable fashion as well as trend-led pieces – the perfect combo.

Today is the first in a series of three posts this week where I have styled three coats picked by Shop Formula and all available to buy online.

Baum und Pferdgarten green coatBaum und Pferdgarten green coat

The only way that I was going to style these coats was exactly how I would wear them. The variation in my lifestyle of doing the school run and my blogging (and now shop) work means that I can’t afford to be precious about my clothes but I also want to look smart – it’s also a must to be comfy and warm. I live in jeans and jumpers in the autumn and winter, so they had to work within all these parameters.

Baum und Pferdgarten green coat

I was a little concerned at first about the cropped sleeves but I love the way the colour pop comes through.

Not that I needed it for warmth on the day that we shot these photos but you could feel how cosy it was and despite the 20degree weather I didn’t want to take it off. That was the warm and cosy box ticked. It was perfect with these jeans too. Winner.

Baum und Pferdgarten green coat

// styled with yellow jumper, Topshop (old). Seven for All Mankind skinny jeans. Seven Boot Lane ankle boots* //

It wasn’t heavy either so would make the perfect throw on as the temperatures start to drop.

Shop Formula have dressed the Baum und Pferdgarten coat up with super skinnies and killer heels to give a completely look.

Shop Formula green coat

 So, are you ready for Autumn?

L x

(*a little heads up…these Seven Boot Lane boots are coming soon to Hero)

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MiH Jeans

March turned out to be a really busy month but so exciting in so many ways and just as I thought life was resuming to normal, in dropped an invitation to MiH Jeans AW14 Press Day. This meant a trip to the MiH Jeans HQ to preview their Autumn Winter 2014 collection.

If you’ve read any of my early posts, you’ll know I am a huge fan of premium denim and MiH are one of my favourite brands. To have this opportunity was a huge pleasure and personal highlight of my blogging journey. Not to mention being in the same room as the founder Chloe, I needed to pinch myself on several occasions.

MiH are one of the original British premium denim brands. Chloe’s father, Tony Lonsdale, dubbed the ‘Blue Jean King’ lead the denim revolution in the 1970’s by being the first to import US denim to the UK and selling it and the MiH Jeans in his legendary Jean Machine stores.

MiH Jeans

Once the logistics of the family were sorted in the morning I made my way on the train to London, in my leopard heels. Which in itself was a novelty, if a little challenging at times. Here’s my blog post last week on what I wore.

The offices in Shepherd’s Bush were stunning. An old Victorian school house with enormous windows and grand high ceilings. It was a beautiful light space and the perfect setting to show case the collection. After a coffee and introductions to the team at MiH, SJ showed me around piece by piece.

IMG_4069 MiH Jeans

Starting with the pre-collection which I believe will be released really soon and moving on to the body-con jeans – incredible!

MiH Jeans

Beautiful, luxurious fabrics for everyday wear, I spent most of the time creating my AW wardrobe. SJ suggested these coats…

MiH wool coat

Instead of black, this leather biker is a lovely ‘Forest Green’. Black is a really draining colour for me so this little find had me going back twice to try it on, just to be sure…!

MiH leather jacket

I’m taking the wool one and the leather one and the winter maxi, the navy velvet jacket, the mohair jumpers, the softness denim shirt, the silk shirt…yep, that should be Autumn Winter sorted.

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I don’t know if it was because I was born in the Autumn or it is my fond childhood memories of kicking  leaves and eating roast lunches but I love this season. I love the dark evenings and watching the rain on the windows when it’s warm and cosy inside. It’s something I’m trying to pass down to my children so they can have similarly fond memories.
All change
It’s not just my wardrobe that gets a bit of an overhaul when the season moves on. I like to add and take away a few bits in my living space too. I enjoy change and I find it refreshing to see new things in the room (this usually means they have come out of storage!) – little tweaks can have a big impact.
Change in scents…
Updating the scent of your home is great for making a change. Fragrances can evoke such strong memories and emotions and it’s lovely to walk into a home with a welcoming scent. Here is a couple of gorgeous candles from the True Grace range from Amara that are great for Autumn in classic Sandalwood and Black Lily.
Home scents
Wrapping up…
You can’t have Autumn without a blanket or throw. They add wonderfully warm texture to your room and are great for cosying up on the sofa. Wrap up with these lovely blankets also from Amara.
Snuggle up

1. Lexington £295 / 2. Avoca £92.50 / 3. Bronte £79.55

All from Amara.

How will you will be snuggling up this season?

(images www.amara.com)

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If you have been following My Pollyanna for a while, you will know that I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for Audrey Hepburn (herein referred to affectionately as AH). I just love the way she carried off elegance and timeless style so effortlessly. A feat I endeavour to achieve!

Apart from being slightly intimidated by ‘high fashion’ it also doesn’t suit my lifestyle. So for me, fashion and style is about working out ways that I can stay current, look good and feel confident. I also like to buy pieces that will stay relevant and can be worked in different ways throughout the seasons and hopefully years – investment pieces.

Along with dark sunglasses, one of the accessories that AH refers to as an essential part of her wardrobe is The Scarf.

[quote]The (Preferably Hermes) Scarf – Invest in one and tie it every which way. AH[/quote]
How to tie a Hermes scarf
Scarves are so versatile and in this ‘in-between’ season they provide an essential cover up without having to reach for the coat just yet.

A Hermes scarf is a true investment and with their classic equine patterns and vibrant colours they are sure to last forever. But there are some great high street versions too. Here is my pick…

The Silk Scarf - Audrey's Way

1. £29 Monsoon / 2. £28 Oasis / 3. £69.95 Barbour  / 4. Matthew Williamson / 5. £169 The Dressing Room

Which is you favourite?
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The Summer had been great. Glorious weather, picnics, ice-creams and lazy mornings. But for me, it had also been quite a testing and trying time.  All sense of routine and structure had completely gone out the window. It felt like everything had been thrown up into the air, got muddled together and I was stood underneath it all trying to catch it as it fell. In other words – chaos.

Now the weather has changed and school is back, I can feel a sense of calm and control being regained. A huge part of this was getting my wardrobe cleared and ready for the new season. Sounds frivolous but having a clutter-free space for my clothes and having them clearly organised inspires confident dressing and increases self-esteem.

My video demonstrates how to organise your wardrobe into sections and by colour, so this is hints and tips on how to syphon out unnecessary pieces and create new space for new items.

Start with holiday wear.

Strip out bikinis and swim wear. Pair bikinis up and store them in re-sealable sandwich bags. This keeps them together in pairs and stops them getting tangled. It’s also really easy to pack them when you go away. Do this with swimming costumes too.

  Bikini storage

With pool cover-ups, summer dresses, shorts and floaty tops fold, store away and label in a box. Do the same with wedges, sandals and flip-flops.

Clear all trace of summer.

Be ruthless and realistic. I have made the mistake all too often of thinking I might wear something, for it just sit in my wardrobe for the whole season taking up precious space. Clear as much as possible. It may feel a little empty but with inevitable shopping, it will soon fill up!

Clean out.

If you have time, it’s a great opportunity to get the hoover and marigolds out and give the space a good clean.

Hangers.

Hangers are so important for making it easier to choose outfits. Aesthetically it is easier to choose your clothes when everything is at the same height. Choosing the right hangers will also prevent damaging your clothes.

I love wooden hangers but if you’re short on space, go for rubber coated hangers that are kinder on more delicate fabrics and use up less space in your wardrobe.

Wooden hangers

To hang or to fold?

As I rule I tend to hang as much as I can but will always fold chunky knit jumpers, jeans and everyday vest tops.

Have you had your Summer clear out yet?

 

(Featured image source: Pinterest, The Coveteur)
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UPDATE 20/8/2013:

The Best Orange Dress…In Action.

What I forgot to mention is that this little treasure was found in Tesco!

Tesco shift dress

Worn with Christian Louboutin leopard heels, Tory Burch black leather clutch and Massimo Dutti black jacket.

As an Autumn Winter staple this dress will serve you well. The ‘go-to’ dress for work, dinner out or just on one of those ‘dressy’ days’. It will be great with black opaques and boots or with a trench for rainy days. With it’s classic silhouette coupled with the exposed zip, it’s quite unbelievable that it owns it’s £20 price tag.

I bought it just this week and had to share it. Reminds me of a certain VB….can’t wait to have an excuse to wear it.

It also comes in teal, plum and in black.

What do you think? Could it be the bargain of the season?

You can click here to buy this dress on-line.

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