Winter pastels? Trust me. There’s no one more surprised than me at this sudden fashion u-turn. If I told you it just happened by chance, would you believe me? Whilst organising and sorting out my dressing room on Saturday, I found a few hidden gems that I’d completely forgotten about and, without even trying, a new outfit was created. 

I’ve never embraced pastels, choosing to wear bright, primary colours instead. However, a couple of summers ago, I bought this River Island lilac bag on impulse and started a pastel collection. I’m quite a traditional girl at heart when it comes to colour. Usually, I’d assign pale lilac, pinks and blue hues to summer but nestled in my coat collection was this Warehouse dress coat. 
Funny thing is, I don’t wear pink and this coat was certainly an impulse buy. I bought it back in May from Claire’s House, one of my favourite charity shops on Allerton Road, Liverpool. The shop was brimming with designer and high street clothes, but as I’m not a lover of designer names, I came out with this pale pink Warehouse coat. Considering it was in immaculate condition, I bought it for the bargain price of £9.99.
As you may have seen on Instagram, I was lucky enough to visit York on Sunday to experience Afternoon Tea at Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms (blog post coming soon!) With Storm Desmond battering northern England, I put aside this People Tree dress as the sensible option. As chance would have it, I hung it next to my Warehouse coat and some serious outfit inspiration kicked in! 
Outfit Details
// Black stripe dress :: c/o People Tree //
// Pink coat :: Claire’s House Charity (originally Warehouse) //
// Statement necklace :: c/o Balsamik //
// Lilac bag :: River Island //
//Pom pom loafers :: Primark //
I do love having a good sort out. It’s a great feeling when you rediscover something you’d forgotten about. Although it doesn’t beat the feeling of adding a new item to the collection, it can spark a sudden streak of creativity and a whole new outfit! 
 Are you a fan of winter pastels?
 *Please be aware that this post contains gifted items*

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Who could have imagined that a 9-5 office job would kick start my creative enthusiasm for blogging? I absolutely adore having my life back in the evenings, especially with the light nights, who wouldn’t? With these 9-5 hours comes time to do what I enjoy: blog, meet friends for tea, read, paint my nails, join in with Twitter chats- you name it! If anything, it’s my life that keeps me from blogging as much as I’d like these days! 

Today, I’m sharing an outfit post featuring a brand I adore (I never use that word lightly, it’s far too twee- even for me), but it’s true. It takes a lot for a brand to capture, firstly, my interest and lastly, my high expectations for quality. For me, clothes have to offer real value for money- please don’t read cheap here. Price tags are irrelevant, I’m not interested if something costs £200 or £2. I’ve had expensive clothes shrink with the first wash and inexpensive clothes that have lasted for years. I define quality by price per wear.  With that said, I’m happy to share with you one of my favourite brands for value, People Tree!
I’m a long time fan, it’s been well over a year since I bought my first People Tree dress and I’ve acquired many pieces since. They are my go-to dress, they wash so well and are perfect for so many occasions. So, when I heard about People Tree’s Super Summer Sale, naturally I wanted to share it with you. People Tree hold a sale twice a year to generate funds for new orders for new seasons and there’s some real gems to find! (Trust me, I’ve scoured the sale!)

When People Tree got in touch, I didn’t want paying (this isn’t a sponsored post) nor did I want commission, so I requested a piece from their sale. Orla Kiely, in sale? Oh, hello! You saw my wallflower dress here, now my collection is complete with this Orla Kiely Birdwatch dress! If you’ve been eyeing up a sale item, you can take an extra 10% off with the code DOTSALE10. 
Last weekend, John and I fancied a drive out in the sun. Originally, we planned to go to Southport but after sitting in the Ormskirk traffic (for what felt like an hour), we decided to park up and explore my old university stomping ground. Ormskirk has changed so much since I was a student at Edge Hill, one of the better improvements is the abundance of charity shops. We spent a few hours simply mooching, it was my idea of heaven. Although I didn’t buy anything (buy less, spend less, remember), I can’t wait to return in August for a sassy thrifty blogger meet up with Charlotte, Rachelle and Jenni. 


// Orla Kiely Birdwatch Dress :: c/o People Tree //
// Peter Pan collared blouse :: H&M (old) //
// Necklace :: H&M (old) //
// Sunglasses :: Orla Kiely for Boots Optician //
// Satchel :: Brit Stitch //
On the way home, we put the roof down on the car and took the scenic route. We were rewarded with fields of giant daisies (I’m sure there’s an official name for these, but for now, we’ll call them daisies). Throwing abandon to hayfever, we pulled over and walked among the daisies before trying to capture some outfit shots!
Are you a fan of People Tree? 
Will you be shopping in the sale?
(Remember, Polkadot Pink readers can bag an extra 10% discount with code DOTSALE10)
As always, much love,
Donna x
*As mentioned, People Tree sent me an item of my choice in return for a blog post to advertise their Super Summer Sale. When I received the email, I’d already downloaded the app and scoured the sale so naturally, I was happy to share!*
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Returning from Gdansk: city of clear blue skies, bright sunshine and unforgiving minus temperatures, has made me long for the warmer climates of the UK and some of Gdansk’s sunshine to call our own. Whilst I was away, the fabulous Lisa of Lala Faux Bois took over the reigns and shared with us a gorgeous pattern clashing, polka dot outfit. This month, I’ve shared 2 outfit posts, compared to last month’s 8 – I have some catching up to do! 

So, I’m pleased to be sharing the Wallflower Tea Dress from the new Orla Kiely with People Tree range. As you know, I adore the iconic prints of Orla Kiely and love that the Irish designer has chosen to collaborate again with People Tree, a company that places sustainability and fair trade at the core of its brand. When People Tree got in touch offering me a piece from the new Spring Summer 2015 range, I decided to choose this tea dress with pops of red, pink and subtle notes of grey. 

The collection consists of two vintage inspired prints and a colour palette of soft green, grey and summer pink. The first print, Birdwatch, is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock but the second, the one I chose, is an iconic print that has evolved season after season. What’s more, each and every item is made from 100% organic cotton. You may have noticed, the dress is PINK, definitely a colour that I’ve avoided in the past. I’m trying to be more girly and if pink can’t make you feel pretty, what colour can?

Outfit Details
// Wallflower Tea Dress :: c/o Orla Kiely with People Tree//
// Lilac Bag :: River Island //
// Nude Courts :: Deichmann //
// Watch :: Olivia Burton //
Although I won’t be wearing this dress until the warmth of Spring/Summer arrives, it’s definitely an investment piece to bring out year after year. As Orla Kiely says, ‘Invest in pieces that you love that will last. Think about what you are buying.’ Wise words, indeed and something I eternally strive for. With the high street spending ban in full flow, there’s still time to ponder over my money spending strategy for when I’m free. 

As always, much love,
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*Item sent for review, all opinions my own.*


Can you believe we’re midway through September and the sun is still shining? I adore September, especially when there’s a hint of an Indian summer around the corner. As a teacher, it’s always been a time of fresh beginnings, but the change of August to September feels almost as sudden as new year. With this confused weather brings time to re-evaluate the autumn wardrobe, dust off long since forgotten boots and to create new outfits with pretty dresses. 
This year, I’m intent on adding key pieces to my wardrobe, pieces that will last more than one season, and here’s my favourite so far. Enter this beauty of a collared shift dress. Ladies, I present to you Zandra Rhodes for People Tree.
Zandra Rhodes’ eclectic style and iconic prints are legendary so you can imagine how excited I was to hear learn of her collaboration with People Tree. The Autumn/Winter 2014 capsule collection features patterns from Rhodes’ graduation prints from the 1960s. Featuring a galaxy of hand drawn stars, the dress I’m wearing was inspired by the 60’s craze for flags and pop art.  The collection comprises of three styles: bodycon dresses, oversized print tees and collared dresses. There’s something for everyone. 

Star prints and 60’s collar detail, it’s fair to say I’m absolutely smitten with this dress. What’s more? It’s made with People Tree Fair Trade 100% certified organic cotton, not only do you get great quality but you also have the satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting ethical fashion. You can catch the first lady herself in this video as she journeys across India to meet the producers of her People Tree collaboration. 

Outfit Details
// Shift Dress :: c/o People Tree //
// Wedge boots :: Topshop (old) //
// Satchel :: Cambridge Satchel Company //
// Faux Leather Jacket :: Jane Norman (25th birthday present) //

I’m wearing this outfit tonight for a murder mystery themed blogger event in Manchester. Although I have just spent the past hour trying on every dress, skirt and co-ord in my wardrobe. I keep returning to this dress. I’ve got a feeling this will be a firm favourite for years to come. 

Are you a fan of People Tree?
What’s your favourite piece for autumn so far?
As always, much love,
*People Tree kindly sent me this dress after I contacted them to express my undying love for the Zandra Rhodes collection. Smitten opinions all my own.*

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