Posts Tagged ‘ Summer Outfit Ideas ’

UNIQLO x Marimekko

Japanese retailer UNIQLO joins forces with Finnish design house Marimekko for a new summer capsule collection inspired by the joy and optimism of Nordic midsummer.

Dubbed “Joyful Summer” the UNIQLO x Marimekko collection features seven bold prints designed by four Marimekko designers (Fujiwo Ishimoto, Maija Isola, Maija Louekari and Annika Rimala). The designs combine Nordic style and Japanese elements rendered in juicy shades from the Marimekko archives.

Marimekko is a longtime favorite of mine so the second this collection launched I was adding to cart.

Founded in 1951 by Armi Ratia it was one of the worlds first lifestyle brands. Ratia had a remarkable ability to capture the spirit of her time. She presented the world with her much-welcomed vision for optimism and personal joy.  The journey began with a simple dress in captivating prints. A bold and carefree celebration of individuality, the dress became an instant classic. Over the years, the Marimekko dress has remained an empowering uniform for independent women everywhere, always current yet true to its original concept.

Since then, Marimekko designers have created some 3,500 print designs. These designs have graced everything from dresses and bags to ceramics, fabrics, and more. Proving their timeless appeal, the iconic prints have been reborn time and again in thousands of imaginative color palettes. And each year, new pieces of printed artworks are introduced to an ever-evolving collection.

UNIQLO and Marimekko have teamed up several times over the years but I think this may be their best collection yet.  Ligh,t airy and perfect for summer these silhouettes are instant classics.

What I’m Wearing: UNIQLO x Marimekko Open Collar Short Sleeve Shirt | UNIQLO x Marimekko Denim Long Skirt| TOPSHOP Belt| TOPSHOP Woven Shoes| Tommy Bahama Basket Handbag|

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Spice up Your T-Shirt Game with a Patterned Tee

There is nothing like an easy, breezy and totally versatile t-shirt on a summer day, but plain and graphic t-shirts aren’t the only game in town!  An easy way to breathe new life into your summer wardrobe repertoire is to add in a patterned tee.

There is something about a patterned tee that feels a bit more “grown-up” than it’s little sister the graphic tee. Patterned tees have all the style of a blouse but all the ease of a t-shirt. Perfect for upping the chic factor of a casual look or a great companion to an office look when worn with some high-waisted paper-bag style trousers.

When shopping for one make sure to keep it chic and sophisticated.  Stay away from prints that look like anything you would find on a playground.

Florals, botanicals and scarf patterns are the world you want to be sitting in when it comes to this trend.

I look for colors that will easily combine with other pieces I already have in my wardrobe and that have a luxe feel to them- of course anything with a retro vibe is always a good idea.

I snagged this patterned tee for $4 at TJ Maxx last week.  The print reminded me of a classic Hermes scarf and the color palette works with just about everything in my closet.

It’s an effortless and pocket friendly way to change things up!

What I’m Wearing: Zara Printed Tee- found a TJ MAXX | MODCLOTH Skirt | Free People Boots | TOPSHOP Belt | Scotch & Soda Bandanna | Dooney & Burke Flap Bag | CHLOE Sunglasses |

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Summer Camp Chic

Summer Camp Chic

I’ve been feeling totally nostalgic lately and my current yearn is for the good old days of summer camp and I’m craving a big ol’ serving of the good old days with some Summer Camp Chic fashion.

Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been in full camp binge mode with “Killer Camp”, “Addams Family Values” and “Troop Beverly Hills”. Or it could be because my husband and I have been creating mini day escapes to the mountains.  We pack a lunch, fill the back of his pickup truck full of blankets and pillows and lay there all day lazily soaking up the scent of pine trees in the cool breeze. It could also be my yearning for simpler stress free days full of sunshine, laughs, adventures and fireside s’mores moments of bliss.

All I know is that I can’t stop thinking about Summer Camp- so this week I indulged my youthful spirit by creating an outfit to help fuel my summer camp passion with playful pieces that harken back to childhood summers at sleep-away camp.

This retro inspired summer camp chic look delivers a kumbaya feel-good kick to your summer style complete with a Camp Councilor-esc tee. So light that nostalgic fire,  weave up a friendship bracelet and don’t forget to check out the cutie in cabin 14.

Summer Camp Chic

Summer Camp Chic

Summer Camp Chic

Summer Camp Chic

Summer Camp Chic

Summer Camp Chic

Summer Camp Chic

Summer Camp Chic

Summer Camp Chic

What I’m Wearing: Farm Rio Mixed Liberty Skirt | Kaeraz “Having a Crisis” Tee | Chloe Suede Ankle Boots | Marc Jacobs Limited Edition Saddlebag | TOPSHOP Belt | Vintage Scarf|

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