Top 5 Spring flats

If there is one part of my wardrobe I am really struggling with at the moment it’s shoes. Urgh…totally done with boots, it’s definitely ankle bearing time now but I’m starting to feel that ballerina pumps are just a little, well, dated now. I want something that’s up to date, easy to wear and that will make a bit of a statement. So here are my top 5 flats for the Spring that are up for consideration.

1. Gold perforated skaters / 2. Leopard skaters / 3. Sequin slippers / 4. Pointy slingbacks / 5. Pink points

So today I’m off on a personal shopping trip with one of best, BEST friends. But this is no ordinary shopping trip. We are wedding dress shopping! So please forgive me if I’m a little distracted today.

Ooh but which ones should I go for?! I not entirely convinced about the skaters but I’m half-way there…
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My Pollyanna Spring stars and stripes tops

Daffodils, blossom, the hint of blue skies and longer evenings. Spring is definitely here. Although I’m still not quite ready to pack away the chunky knits and layers just yet, I’m definitely ready for some sunny style and where better to start than the trusty Breton. I have to say that since I bought my first Becksondergaard scarf in January, I seem to have developed a new love of star print too. Definitely going to be up there with go-to tops for everyday, trans-seasonal style.

Here are 7 gorgeous new season tops to get the Spring fashion juices flowing…

My Pollyanna Spring Stars and Stripes My Pollyanna Spring Stars and Stripe

1. Boden
2. Hush Homewear
3. The White Company
4. Hush Homewear
5. Baukjen
6. Topshop
icon7.Attterley Road
What’s your pick, stars or stripes?

 

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There definitely seems to be a sense of change in the air, especially as this week has been a pretty big one for me.

Kicking off with a big family party that involved seeing cousins and extended family that I don’t really see from year to the next to celebrate my (not so) little brother turning 30.

Uncle Tom

Then with the new blog, new hair and what feels like a whole new lease of energy it definitely feels like a change is happening.

New blog

It’s an exciting time of the year as the first signs of Spring start to emerge and gradually it feels like the days aren’t quite so short anymore.

My inbox has been clogged with new season collections this week  too – I’m so looking forward to frolicking in new season craziness really soon. But for now, here is to a restful weekend.

Russian dolls My Pollyanna

Happy Weekend!

…and thank you for all the kind comments here and on Twitter about the site, they’re all truly valued and appreciated. L x
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Olivia Palmero boyfriend jeans

I know I may be a little late to party with boyfriend jeans but in the past I’ve always felt they didn’t have a place in my classic (sometimes conservative) wardrobe. But oh how that has changed. Not to put too fine a point on it but I’m going to chuck it out there now that Spring 14 is going to be the season to take the plunge.

So embarking on a new – although I’m not sure you could really call boyfriend jeans new – trend means checking out how others are styling it. Spending a lot of time trawling the internet for fashion inspiration and following my favourite bloggers is definitely one my favourite things when it comes to creating content for My Pollyanna, so without question I knew I’d find some great ways to style the boyfriend jean. And it’s fair to say they didn’t let me down.

The Online Stylist blogged recently about the new Baukjen collection which includes this fab pair – reckon this will be my first stop.

Baukjen boyfriend jeans

Blogger Wendy Gilmore at Thank Fifi pairs her with this super stylish statement coat.

Thankfifi boyfriend jeans

Emily Schuman from Cupcakes & Cashmere colour pops hers with neutral stripes and hot pink heels.

Emily Schuman boyfriend jeans

Have you found the perfect boyfriend jeans – any tips on where to look?
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Boden Spring 14 Collection

Despite the dreary weather I am definitely sensing that Spring is within touching distance. Now that the sales are drawing slowly to a close it’s exciting to look at all the new season collections coming in. If you’re feeling gloomy, and let’s face it it’s hard not to with this weather and the natural lull after Christmas, then Boden is always a great place for a bit colour and sunshine.

Their new season collection has some great pieces and I’ve picked out some that are great for the beginning of the season when it’s still a bit chilly. These pieces are great injections of colour to liven up your transitional Winter into Spring wardrobe.

The French Knot jumperBoden knotted jumper

The Paddington DressBoden pink dress

The Evie Knitted Dress in NavyBoden navy stripe dress

Bistro Crop TrousersBoden tartan trousers

Navy Modern Stripy TopBoden stripy top

The Sophie Lace TopBoden Lace top

The Polperro JumperBoden stripy jumper

 Are you thinking about the new season yet?

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Possible wardrobe addition

When it comes to these cooler months it has to be said that I’m a bit of a wimp. I love it being cold and dark outside BUT I have to be warm. I’m contemplating a new addition to my AW wardrobe and thought I’d embrace the colour of the season – pink. I’ve always loved pink and now I can wear it feeling current and up-to-date, I like it even more. So I’ve combined keeping warm with being on-trend and put together my pick of pink jumpers.
Pretty in Pink

1. Mint Velvet at John Lewis £69 / 2. Ted Baker at John Lewis £99 / 3. Topshop £38 / 4. Topshop £43 / 5. Jigsaw at John Lewis £149 / 6. Jonathan Saunders at Net-a-Porter £495

Mixing pretty with utility

As I’m dressed down most of the time I would contrast the soft, fluffiness of the pink by pairing one of these jumpers with khaki jeans and short brown boots. Not forgetting a big cosy scarf.Khaki print Scarf Oasis £20 / Boots Belstaff £465 / Khaki jeans H&M £25 / Bag Michael Kors ‘Skorpios’ £660

How will you be pretty in pink?
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This week I have been inspired by Nina Garcia after reading her book ‘The Style Strategy’ about staying chic and saving money. Since boxing up and putting away all my Summer clothes I feel like my wardrobe needs a boost, an injection of new life. The plan – to mix things up a bit. Re-energise and re-invent my wardrobe.

Since changing my mindset and buying fewer items over the past few years, I have a great collection of some classic pieces that won’t date and go out of fashion – mostly because they were never in fashion in the first place! This does, however, leave things a little bland. What I feel I need is something to give a boost, that will change the way I see what I already have before I go and buy anything new.

There is a great quote from from the book…[quote]Being chic isn’t about the most expensive dress or the latest trend. It’s about being you.[/quote]With this in mind, I’m going to critically evaluate what I already have and have the confidence to mix things up. It’s easy to fall into the trap of always putting the same outfits together. So I’m going to change my wardrobe around a little and hang things next to each other that I don’t normally wear together. [new_line][new_line][quote]Make the most of what you have. Be creative, be innovative, be confident. Nina Garcia[/quote] Do you need to reinvent your wardrobe?

(featured image from ninagarcia.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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