The first proper Winter’s day had me a little (very) excited yesterday. Bright blue skies and icy, frosty windows (our boiler has broken!) had me routing around for all my favourite winter wardrobe items and I managed to pull them all together in one outfit. Layering is always my favourite way to stay warm as I just can’t bear feeling the slightest chill.

My Pollyanna tweed and fur

Furry gilet (old but similar here) / Tweed jacket, J.Crew (similar here) / Cashmere two tone jumper, Hero / Nobody high waist skinny jeans, Hero / Wedge boots, Ash

Here’s to more sunny, frosty Winter days!

L x

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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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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 do love a hat. I don’t really know much about them, how to wear them or even if they suit me but I wear them regardless. I was asked recently by a really good friend if I could do a post on hats. She really wants to buy one but can’t decide on style.  So I’ve dug deep into the archives of my wardrobe to show you what I have (some of these are about 12 years old!).

The ones that I’ve been wearing this Winter are the bobble hat (4) for everyday and the shooting hat (2) if I want to step up the style stakes. The wax (5) is perfect for handsfree rain cover.

Winter hats

 

Here’s my pick of where you can buy similar…

1. The Baker Boy…this Marks and Spencer, wool herringbone baker boy hat £15.60 would like great with a leather jacket.

2. The Fedora…besides the fact that I have a super-large head, I like the masculinity of this man’s hat. Mine isn’t available any more but I love this one from Really Wild. Or this gorgeous burgundy one from Accessorise is a great price (£29).

3. The Faux Fur Pill Box…mine is from Helen Moore (£40). See the selection here.

4. See my post on bobble hats for some of this season’s picks.

5. The Wax…mine is from an Australian brand that I bought in a shooting shop near by. They’re not available online but here’s a similar one from Joules (£24, 95).

6. The beret…For a pop of leopard, this Lily leopard angora beret, £18 from Monsoon is lovely.

What’s your hat style of choice?
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Most weekends these days are spent ferrying children to and from parties, running errands and meeting up with friends. Sometimes it’s a necessity to catch up on chores too which is never exciting. I love being busy and it’s great to be sociable but sometimes it’s nice not to have any plans. I am also guilty of clock watching and working out what time we have to be somewhere, when we are going to eat, where we’re going to eat etc.  It can get hectic and not all that relaxing. Maybe this is just life with children (most of the time it feels like I’m still learning this) I don’t know, but this weekend I’m going to make a concerted effort not to and the plan is, that is there is no plan.

But it would be lovely to…

1. Go for a long forest walk finishing off with rhubarb bellinis at The Pig. We are so lucky to live only a short drive from the New Forest so try as often as can get out there.

This Weekend New Forest

2. Bake. Maybe some festive baking…mince pies, sausage rolls?

3. Catch up with Red Magazine and do some more Christmas planning.

This Weekend Red Magazine

4. Go for a hot chocolate at our favourite bistro, Thyme & Tides in Stockbridge.

Thyme & Tides

What are you up to this weekend?
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At the weekend when the temperatures dropped, the first thing I reached for was a cosy, woolly, bobble hat. Only I didn’t have one to reach for. Disappointed, I decided this would have to be a very sensible Winter investment and so here is my pick of some of the nicest ones I could find. The featured image (above) is my favourite, from Hush Homewear, £35.

Boden bobble hat

Boden Cable Knit hat available in red, blue or cream.

Fendi bobble hat

Fendi Alpaca beanie £190 from Harrods.
Whistles bobble hat

 

Cable stich hat from Whistles, £35.

I also happened to be in John Lewis at the weekend and tried on this lovely green one from Whistles.

Which is your favourite?
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A Foundation Wardrobe…

Building a successful wardrobe starts with a great foundation, a solid core that you can build around. In these cooler months, I love the feel a soft tee under a cosy jumper or a soft, jersey dress with black opaques.

My wardrobe has to work on so many levels and although I rebel against anything ‘mumsy’, the fact is that sometimes you have to be practical.

I discovered Baukjen just after having my first daughter, as they are the sister company of the great maternity wear company, Isabella Oliver. Baukjen have some of the best key pieces no wardrobe should be without. Excellent quality, great colours and flattering shapes.

Baukjen Long-Sleeve T-shirt

The Essential Long-Sleeve Tee in Berry Melange, £39. This will work perfectly for layering with a leather jacket and scarf or neutral jumper.

Baukjen rouched jersey dress

Ruched Jersey Dress in Dark Grey Melange, £99. This would look great with black opaques and suede boots or add a chunky belt, scarf and biker boots.

Baukjen Pink Coco shirt

The Coco Shirt in Lipstick Pink, £99. Great colour pop to brighten up a dreary Winter day. Looks great dressed down like this or with tailored trousers for a more formal look.

What are your wardrobe essentials?
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Styling the Tweed

After deciding I would be more frugal and creative with my wardrobe (see yesterday’s post on wardrobe reinvention), I thought it would be good share a couple of ways I’ve styled my tweed coat. This tweed coat has been another wardrobe investment. Purchased three years ago, it’s by a company called Really Wild. The one I have is no longer available but this is the same coat in a different tweed.

Really Wild tweed

Juniper Overcoat in Fern Sand

This particular shape works really well on me because I need to accentuate my waist –  the high waisted pockets do this perfectly. I also don’t like coats that feel as though they swamp me, so by having the pockets higher up means less bulk further down around my troublesome thighs (I hide this well!)

Really Wild Tweed

I live in the Hampshire countryside where hunting, shooting and fishing are the norm so pulling on the flat brown suede boots is an easy outfit choice. But equally I love mixing the traditional style of the coat with a more modern outfit.

Really WIld Tweed Coat

Boots by Ash. Leopard print scarf from Warehouse (8yrs old now). Pink jumper in the sale from Vila. Jbrand jeggings.


Tweed Coat & Boots - Really WildReally Wild Tweed

Brown suede boots also from Really Wild.  Taupe leather bag from Anya Hindmarch.

Have you tried tweed?

 

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