Uniqlo/Marimekko collaboration

Sometimes theres just a coming together of two favourite brands that you cannot ignore. This happened recently when Uniqlo announced that their next designer collaboration would be with Finnish design house Marimekko.

For those not familiar with Finnish design house Marimekko, their style is bright, fun and vibrant and having started in the 1950’s has a very retro feel.  They create fashion and homewares and their fabrics are often used within interior and retail design projects.

The collaboration itself is a range of 6 different prints repeated into dresses, tops, trousers, bags and shoes with all the price points sitting within Uniqlo’s affordable set pricing structure.

After visiting the store and trying on a few pieces (being a Japanese brand I find Uniqlo clothing can come up a little on the small side) I settled on two t-shirts and a dress. I could of bought lot more but was strict on myself as my wardrobe is already bulging at the seams.

This is what I bought…

Dress – £19.90

Uniqlo Marimekko fashion range via www.AlwaysaBlueSkyGirl.com / Blueskygirlie

The print itself is named Polle (Horse) and is based on an image the Marimekko design team took of what they describe as the “round hoof prints left by a plump small pony.” so I’m already in love this print!  This is a comfortable slightly A-line fit, t-shirt dress and I went for a small which would fit a 10-12 fine. Its sizes run XS – L, is 100% cotton and costs just £19.90. Oh and did I mention it has pockets!!!

T-shirt – £12.90

Uniqlo Marimekko fashion range via www.AlwaysaBlueSkyGirl.com / Blueskygirlie

A boxy shape, I went for a size medium for a slightly roomy fit. It has all its print to the front, is available in sizes XXS – XL, is 100% cotton and costs just £12.90.  The Pompula (pompom) pattern depicts flowerpots. According to Marimekko, its been used as flowers are a warm way to remember friends, family and loved ones on different occasions.

T-shirt – £12.90

Again a boxy shape, I went for a size medium for a slightly roomy fit. It is white with just the print on an oversized chest patch pocket featuring that aforementioned plump pony print! It is available in sizes XXS – XL, is 100% cotton and costs just £12.90. Perfect with jeans and trainers I loved the cute simplicity of this tee.

All the items are all beautifully made and fantastic quality for the price.  Sizing can be a little confusing and I’d recommend a try on session but as ever Uniqlo has come up trumps.  It even comes in its own lovely paper carrier bag…

The range is available now in selected Uniqlo stores now and online here.

Suns out…Sunnies on!

I do love a pair of sunglasses.  I have quite a lot of them and use them as you would jewellery, changing the style to suit my fashion look.  I like to have a some cheap and cheerful pairs which I add to when new trends occur and one or two more premium ones in classic styles that wont date. 

When www.discountedsunglasses.co.uk recently asked if I would like to choose a pair from their range I immediately fell in love this this Michael Kors pair. Sporty and cool looking they are very different from the normal cats eyes styles I go for, but at the same time very classic looking. They were also discounted from £84.00 to just £49.99!
 
There have some lovely little details such as the Michael Kors name in silver simply on the side and an MK logo on the inside base of each arm.  The quality shines through and you really notice it when wearing them in bright sunshine – the glare protection is amazing.  And best of all I couldn’t believe I could get a pair of Michael Kors sunglasses for under £50!
 
I styled them with skinny jeans, a bright tee and my favourite Cath Kidston ‘Cloud’ trainers for a laid back casual look.  What do you think?michael kors sunglasses outfit via Always a Blue Sky Girl styling blog
  
michael kors sunglasses outfit via Always a Blue Sky Girl styling blog 
I love this t-shirt.  Look at the back detail… michael kors sunglasses outfit via Always a Blue Sky Girl styling blog   
T-shirt – La Redoute
Sunglasses – http://www.discountedsunglasses.co.uk*
Jacket – F&F
Jeans – Dorothy Perkins
Trainers – Gola at Cath Kidston

I’ve been wearing them quite a bit as its been lovely and sunny here in the UK.  I think they work just as well with a more formal look too…

michael kors sunglasses outfit via Always a Blue Sky Girl styling blog  
 
Jacket – M&Co.
Skirt – Monsoon
Sunglasses -www.discountedsunglasses.co.uk*
Sandals – Matalan

Do you love them as much I as do?  So far I’ve hardly took them off!  Check out the rest of the range and grab yourself a designer bargain here.