Tag Archive: Uniqlo

Jan 01 2012

Winter Warmers: Great Coats At January Sale Prices

I always find getting my winter coat one of the most stressful shopping experiences, that is after finding the most perfect pair of jeans – but I have tracked down some beauties in the January sales. From the classic duffle coat, which is my new favourite – I quite like the Paddington Bear look, to another classic the Pea Coat that was seen on the runways at Stella McCartney and YSL. I have also added in some bright coats to brighten up any winter morning, as well as some chic two-tone coats perfect for office.

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If you are after a classic, while still being a little quirky you can’t go too wrong with a duffle coat – these are my top three duffles:

1. Lands’ End, Wool Duffle, £110 down from £180, Landsend.co.uk

2. Uniqlo, Wool Duffle, £39.90 down from £89, Uniqlo.com

3. Vicky Smith, Women’s Winter Duffle Coat, £39.99 down from £59.99, Amazon.co.uk

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Everyone needs to have a colourful coat in their wardrobe. How about this gorgeous blue maxi from Reiss or the cute 60s dolly coat from Oasis – there is so much choice this season.

1. Oasis, 60s Dolly Coat, £35 was £45, Oasis-Stores.com – I just adore this pastel colour, the swing silhouette and that adorable Princess collar and large buttons.

2. Reiss, Belted Raglan Sleeve Sapphire Coat, £195 was £345, Reissonline.com

3. Wallis, Pink 1923 Fur Trim Mohair Coat, £75 was £150, Wallis.co.uk – brighten up your winter days with this gorgeous coat that has been spotted on Daybreak presenter Kate Garraway.

4. Warehouse, Mustard coat, £35 was £45, Warehouse.co.uk

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For a shorter coat style the Pea Coat is a perfect solution. I have selected some varying styles from faux fur collars to a boxy shape – as well as something a little colourful. All will look perfect dressed down with jeans – my favourite has to be the Tartan print from ASOS.

1. ASOS, Tartan Pea Coat With Faux Fur Collar, £34 down from £85, ASOS.com

2. Dorothy Perkins, Red Short Pea Coat, £35 down from £45, DorothyPerkins.com

3. Dorothy Perkins, Fur Collar Boxy Pea Coat, £40 down from £59, DorothyPerkins.com

4. New Look, Collarless Pea Coat, £18 down from £44.99, NewLook.com

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Two-tone and monochrome coats seem to be around every year but the two I have chosen will look amazing for the office or a smart function.

1. Debenhams, Principles by Ben de Lisi, Black Colour Block Coat, £89.10 was £99, Debenhams.com

2. French Connection, Colour Block Wonderland Coat, £97.50 was £195, FrenchConnection.com – you can’t go wrong with a military coat mixed in with a retro two-tone vibe.

Happy shopping!!!

Aug 22 2011

AW11 Press Day: Uniqlo The Art Of Science

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I have had these pics from the Uniqlo for a while now, to be honest I completely forgot about them as I did a post on the Save Japan t-shirts and the rest of the pictures were left untouched. But I just had to share as the concept of the press day was an art installation and a science lesson all rolled into one, an education on Uniqlo’s technology for autumn/winter.

#1 Ultra Light Down

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This collection is amazing for people like me who are generally always cold as each garment is made from 90% pure goose down and 10% feathers. I am talking padding and warmth without the bulk, yes you can wear padding without looking like Michelin man, as there are styles that are fitted for a great silhouette. The line features gilets, jackets, parkas and coats from £39.90 in a gorgeous selection of colours, of course my favourite was this pink one *looks more red in this pic though*.

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#2 Heattech

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This is the science lesson that fascinated me most, as the Heattech functional fashion is made from milk protein fibres, I know crazy right but apparently they help to lock in the heat. I love a basic layer, and this line is great for wearing on their own or layered, oh and they are super soft. There are lots of different styles and cuts in a range of colours, and prices start from just £9.90. When I saw the collection it reminded me of my ski base layers but with a lot more fashion, as you can get really nice striped ones.

#3 Denim

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I have to admit I have never thought about getting denim from Uniqlo, I don’t really have a reason why, but I am definitely going to have to give it ago for my up-coming denim challenge. This installation was my favourite as it could easily double as piece of modern art, and all it is overlapped jeans.

I loved the fact that the women’s jeans have an emphasis on ‘shape, cut and design’ for the perfect fit, and will have to put the line to these to the test. I am also intrigued by the pair which uses Heattech, this could be a great idea for added warmth during the winter months. Prices start at £39.90.

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#4 Cashmere and Merino

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Knitwear for me is one of the reasons I shop in Uniqlo, it is always such amazing quality and most of all they do such great winter staples in amazing colours. For this autumn/winter they have a colour spectrum of 25 shades, from pastels and jewel tones to bold primary colours like this pillar box red. Choose from over five different wools, cashmere, merino, lambswool, merino cashmere and new light wool, which has the most gorgeous over-sized smock styles.

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I do love it when brands take me on a journey for their press day, I loved what Uniqlo did, and I even came away with a little science knowledge!!

 

 

May 27 2011

Charity: Uniqlo Save Japan Tees

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I don’t think many retailers could get the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Lady Gaga, and Victoria Beckham to design a t-shirt in aid of charity, well that is what Uniqlo have done for the SaveJapan initiative.

The 10 celebs and designers have collaborated with Uniqlo to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross and the recovery efforts in north-eastern Japan, and I love all of their quirky designs.

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My favourite two designs has to be the simple-yet-effective message from Victoria Beckham ‘Sending Love And Hope'; and the butterfly motif from Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively, with the message ‘just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly’.

Also involved with the project are Orlando Bloom, Cyndi Lauper, Charlize Theron, Alber Elbaz, Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow. The Fashion Unites For Japan tees go on sale globally on June 25, priced £12.99 each, and the initiative is expected to raise about 100 million yen, that is around £757,000.

Seriously great cause, great designs and an easy way to do your bit.

May 16 2011

Daily Shop: Uniqlo Goes Pirate Crazy

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This week the fourth instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean movie hits the cinema and I love that Uniqlo has added to its quirky t-shirt collection with its latest Disney collaboration. The line of tees includes womens and mens styles for £12.99, featuring Jack Sparrow, the pirate ship, the compass, the skull and crossbones, and swords, click here to see the whole collection.

My favourite from the women’s collection has to be this purple boat round-necked cropped t-shirt, £12.99. But for men, it has to be the Jack Sparrow t-shirt, which comes in olive and white.

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Apr 21 2011

Retro Crush: Uniqlo Care Bears Collection

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Care-a-Lot, far above the clouds, comes to the high street

I am a huge fan of Uniqlo’s graphic tees and quirky collaborations, I loved the Disney Project, the Agyness and Emily Deyn collection, and now the Japanese store have brought back my adorable furry friends, Care Bears, from my childhood back to life. *Thinking of digging out my teddy’s for a special photoshoot*.

From FunShine Bear to Love-a-Lot Bear, and even Grumpy Bear to spice things up, this Uniqlo UT Collection is super cute. I have to admit I have purchased two tees, which I will work with my denim skirt, and when I gain confidence *and shed some weight* with denim cut-off shorts. For only £7.99, this is a great excuse to cheer yourself up, buy, buy, buy!!!

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I picked up these beauties above, with them only being £7.99, I just couldn’t choose one!!

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FunShine Bear


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Love-a-Lot Bear

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Grumpy Bear

There are more to choose from, around 20, so check them all out at Care-a-Lot land via Uniqlo here and buy your favourite.

I hear the next collaboration is with Barbie – oh please let that be true, as I will certainly have to pick up each and everyone of them.

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Jan 03 2011

Love: Uniqlo Disney Project – Bring Me Mickey

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I am sure I am a bit late on the uptake of this limited edition Disney collection at Uniqlo, but I just had to share. I have always been more Barbie than Disney, but there is something about Mickey ears that really makes me smile on clothing.

My favourite piece from the line is has to be the Jacquard Mickey Cardigan, £29.99, check out the Minnie and her bow – super cute, warm and cosy, and has been added to my online basket as I type this!

Close second and third on my hit list has to be this Fleece Hoodie in bright pink, £24.99, and this adorable Graphic T, which is a bargain at £6.99. There is also a flannel shirt which caught my eye but I felt that was a step too far.

May 23 2010

Weekend Review: Grace Kelly, Princesses And Elephants

Busy weekend with cultural stops across London and a lot of Elephant stalking. As my mum was in town it was the perfect excuse to take in a few exhibition. First up was the Grace Kelly: Style Icon exhibit at the V&A, followed by the Enchanted Palace aka Kensington Palace, and in between tales of the Elephant Parade, cream tea at Selfridges and a cute buy from Uniqlo.

Grace Kelly: A Style Icon

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This exhibition was always going to need to do a lot to impress me – as I loved Grace Kelly in movies High Society and Rear Window. To me she is one of the true style icons of the great Hollywood era. I have to admit I was a little disappointed, I loved what was there – but for me there just wasn’t enough.

I liked the fact that they broke her wardrobe into three sections, The Actress, The Bride and The Princess, which made for a great time line of her style. The Actress focuses on her work from the ’50s, The Bride centers from when she met Prince Rainier of Monaco until their marriage in 1965, and The Princess showcases her exquisite taste thereafter. But I left feeling like I wanted more.

What I did like was the fact that it wasn’t just her love of Dior, Chanel and Givenchy that were on show, there were also outfits designed by her costume designers off High Society, Helen Rose and Rear Window, Edith Head.

When I expressed on Twitter my disappointment I was greeted by very strong views, of course many people loved this collection of her outfits as it is nice to see inside such an icons wardrobe, and don’t get me wrong I will recommend everyone to see it as her dresses are amazing, but even when you enjoy something you can still be disappointed.

It was nice to gain an insight into what clothes she liked, her love for draped, flowing chiffon gowns were evident throughout the three main areas. There was also her famous Hermes ‘Kelly’ bag from 1955, and one of my favourite sections were her sunglasses and brooches.

If you love Grace Kelly, clothes, and old Hollywood glamour then I would say check it out, the exhibition runs at London’s Victoria & Albert until September 26. I would also suggest that you book in advance as it was packed. Check out more information on the V&A website.

Enchanted Palace

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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this temporary exhibition at Kensington Palace as it has basically been put together while they undertake a £12m renovation of the palace. To be honest I was very pleasantly surprised they’ve created a wonderful installation using the best in fashion, design and performance and challenged visitors to find the seven princesses who one lived inside its walls.

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I had such fun, even as an adult it is good to use your imagination once in a while and this exhibit certainly does that. There were so many highlights, like Princess Margaret’s dress (above), to the gorgeous Vivienne Westwood creation to represent the story of Princess Charlotte (below).

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What I loved was the interpretation of the palace’s hidden stories, from the rebellious princess who ran away, to the sad queens who lost babies and the young heir who escaped her overprotective mother.

For some this experience was too much I think some just remember that it was Diana’s home for so long, and they expected that this would be a tribute to her. If that’s what you’re expecting please don’t go as you’ll be disappointed – this exhibition was full of drama, cultural poet, interaction and some gorgeous designs. Full marks to the Royal Palaces for commissioning such a beautifully imaginative concept.

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This dress worn by Diana, Princess of Wales is displayed in the finale room of the tour, the Room of Dancing Princesses. A gorgeous end to such a sublime experience. The Enchanted Palace runs until August 20, find out more at the Kensington Palace website.

Elephant Parade

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Pic: Ziggy by Matthew Williams (in Selfridges)

This is kind of one of my obsessions at the moment, The Elephant Parade. There are 250+ life sized baby elephants painted by established and emerging talent from the art and design world, a few fashion designers and celebrities, and they are all dotted across London until late June.

So when I say I saw 19 in a day I feel like this was an achievement!! It was fun finding them, photographing them, not quite understand them, getting frustrated with people sitting on them, perching on them for a cigarette and even doing the annoying I need to be in every picture I take. To display all 19 on this blog would be OTT even for me, so here are my favs and I will posted all of them on my flickr *as soon as I figure that out*.

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Pic: Little Moo by Turdsak Pironkraipak

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Pic: Heaven's Haathi by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosia

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Pic : Seymour by Emma Elizabeth Kemp

If you spy any of them roaming the streets of London do me a favour and tweet me a picture @fashionnbarbie. I’ll be very grateful.

Find out more about the Elephant Parade at their website, and if you find one you love and need in your life they’re auction them all off for charity or you can buy mini replicates at their shop.

Finale

To top off the day Mum and I had a very nice cream tea in Selfridges Yellow Cafe, anyone done with shopping on Oxford Street such check out this gem of a cafe on LG. It does the most superb cakes, and a divine cream tea – the fruit scone were perfection.

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The day wasn’t really about shopping, but I couldn’t resist this Runaway tee, £12.99, from the Agyness and Emily Deyn collection for Uniqlo – perfect to team with leggings.

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Such a good weekend!!

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