Orla Kiely for Uniqlo

Well hey there Ladies!

How you been? 

We are are surviving on coffee and sugar rushes over here. Neo has had a cold and has been waking up 3-4 times a night for the past 5 nights.  Add a dog with serious night time issues in to that equation and that’s me right now…The only word that comes to mind right now is SLEEP!

I would literally give my right arm for a full nights sleep with the added bonus of a lie in… oh the joys! If anyone would like to offer up their babysitting services that would be greeeat! He’s cute, doesnt really answer back (much), and can tell you he’s done a poop.  Jobs yours if you want it;)

Dress:  Orla Kiely for Uniqlo

Shoes: Seychelles: Modcloth (last year)

Tights: Tesco

Hat and belt: New Look: Last Year

When i found out that Orla Kiely was doing a collaboration range with Uniqlo, i knew i would be wanting a piece (or two, or three!) I didn’t realise until the day i clicked on to Uniqlo how actually wonderful they would be. She has kept her signature 60’s style and enviable trademark prints in each item.

Being a hard working mum/lady with a small budget i have never been able to purchase an actual Orla Kiely dress from her wonderful collections. Heck, in all honesty i’m too stingy and Β£200 is a lot of money for me to part with for 1 item. So when collaborations  like this happen, i love how it opens  up the designer doors to even the  tightest   thriftiest people. Coming in at just under Β£20, these dresses are AWESOME.

Being super dooper tired, you know when you just wanna throw something comfy on but still look half decent? Well this dress was just that and lovely and comfy to boot. And also an added bonus, they are some of my favourite Autumnal colours. Pretty much perfection in this tired girls eyes. 

Please excuse the dust on my hat… how awful! Rachel The Hat needs to invest in a hat box!!

Ok lovely ladies, have yourselves a lovely week! xxx


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  1. September 23, 2012 / 4:19 pm

    I succumbed to the new collection from Uniqlo but resisted the dresses and went for a top ( with red apples and pears on) and several scarves/stoles (Christmas presents for friends!). Tempted now to get a dress after all as it doesn't look as short as I thought it would be…roll on bankruptcy but with a lovely Autumn wardrobe!!

    • September 24, 2012 / 1:45 pm

      i like a decent length on a dress/skirt and at 5ft 6" this is great for me. i didnt feel like i was going to indecently expose myself at all!:) its such a great collection isnt it!xx

    • September 24, 2012 / 5:01 pm

      Glad to hear it's not indecent (I'm 5ft5 and a bitish..) as I succumbed again today (too much succumbing going on!) and ordered one of the dresses… Love your style and blog!

  2. September 23, 2012 / 4:33 pm

    I took that dress in and out of my basket 4 times on the website last Friday! Decided that there was no stretch of the imagination in which I was size 4-6 (the XS was the only size left in that model) so went for the blue spotted one. Also a top and blouse and a stole (same idea as Lovely Treez above), couldn't believe how reasonable the items were- a good friend of mine has 4 Orla Keily bags so I've been admiring for a while!) The dress looks lovely on you- just out of interest, what size did you go for- I went for an S, but wasn't sure on sizing!

    • September 23, 2012 / 4:37 pm

      Hi Kezzie! I went for a large but really i should of gotten the Medium as when its not belted it is rather large! Medium for me would have been perfect, but i am bigger than you i think ( im a sz 12 usually) I also bought another which is a Medium which is perfect for me, but would fit a size 10 well also i'd say… Not sure that really helped, but hope it made sense!x x

  3. September 23, 2012 / 4:52 pm

    Gorgeous colors on you, perfect for fall πŸ™‚

  4. September 23, 2012 / 4:55 pm

    Oh gosh, you look utterly beautiful in these photos! xo

  5. September 23, 2012 / 4:57 pm

    Hi Rachel! Love the autumn colors of your outfit! You're looking pretty chic for a tired mama. πŸ™‚ Hope your little one gets better soon!

  6. September 23, 2012 / 5:43 pm

    Beautiful colors! You rock that hat and I LOVE Orla Kiely!

  7. September 23, 2012 / 6:41 pm

    Oh my goodness me, you must be exhausted, but you don't look it at all!

    Love the uniqlo/orla kiely dress on you – I am so in love with this collection!

  8. September 23, 2012 / 8:55 pm

    Love love LOVE that dress. Love those coloured tights too i may pluck up the courage one day?? Your so pretty my sis, those photos are stunning πŸ™‚

    Love ya x x x x

  9. September 23, 2012 / 9:29 pm

    For a lady without sleep, my goodness you look fabulous (will you look fab for a woman *with* sleep too). Love your new dress and the wonderful tights with it! Thanks for linking up to Visible Monday.

  10. September 23, 2012 / 9:30 pm

    Sorry about your lack of sleep…you could never tell it because you look great in these pictures! I LOVE these shoes and Seychilles shoes are so comfortable. This whole look is great…you did a fabulous job with the styling!

  11. September 23, 2012 / 9:34 pm

    WOW! you have Orla Kiely dress! Anyway, the combination of clothes is just so fabolous, I love it! The colours and everything!
    PS: I'm following you πŸ™‚ you have really nic blog!

  12. September 23, 2012 / 9:37 pm

    your linking photo was so adorable…i just had to stop by and tell you so!!!

  13. September 23, 2012 / 9:46 pm

    WOW!! Your use of color is fabulous and I love the hats, shoes, everything!! So nice to meet you. Is that an H&M hat in your header? I have one from them that looks almost, it not, identical. Love it.

    • September 24, 2012 / 1:48 pm

      Hi Jean, nice to meet you too! im not sure where he hat is from as the whole thing was done my a very talented lady who blogs over http://www.mygirlthursday.com.
      It is a great hat though!!haha!xx

  14. September 23, 2012 / 9:54 pm

    I love this and I love how you've styled it! I wish I'd ordered some stuff. X

  15. September 23, 2012 / 10:09 pm

    Girlie, sleep deprivation must do you good because you look STUNNING. Absolutely breathtaking. I just about gasped when I saw these photos; you look like a beauty straight out of the 60s. I just can't say enough about how good you look. Just perfect and beautiful. And also, you are losing some pounds, missy, and it shows! Good going!


    • September 24, 2012 / 8:49 am

      Thanks lady! and yes the pounds are slowly but surely shifting. Have been strict with myself and its working (apart from on weekends! my major down fall!)6lbs to get to my goal weight for now… πŸ™‚ xxx

  16. September 23, 2012 / 10:23 pm

    Beautiful pictures,love your dress and shoes πŸ™‚ thanks for linking up to creative Monday's ….

  17. September 23, 2012 / 10:24 pm

    You look beautiful in this dress Rachel!! You'll be pleased to know that I've chose the same one (eeek, sorry, but it's my fave print and colours!) but I had to track it down on eBay where they are now going for Β£40. There's nothing left on the Uniqlo site. I still figure it's worth it for some Orla. I ordered a scarf as well. So excited! It looks lovely on you. I have some Orla, but only in bedding and towels. The bedding was one of my best bargains, a double with the car print for Β£8. The poor shop was closing down, which was very sad, but what a bargain for me!! xxx

    • September 24, 2012 / 8:48 am

      yay we can be twinsies and i can take inspiration from on you how to remix it! xx Dont you just love Orla!

    • September 26, 2012 / 10:39 am

      I really really do… x

  18. September 23, 2012 / 10:30 pm

    Great outfit. Love the colors and how you tied everything together. Found you on Sunday Style.

  19. September 24, 2012 / 3:21 am

    Love the colors of this outfit. I'm quite a fan of the tights. I'm so happy it's finally fall so I can wear them again. The color of yours are so cute.


  20. September 24, 2012 / 9:34 am

    Love it – just wished I had not read this blog, it could be expensive! Now I must get going….got some shopping to do;)

  21. September 24, 2012 / 11:58 am

    I LOVE this dress on you, I bought some stuff from the collection too and I can't wait for it to arrive!

    Maria xxx

  22. September 24, 2012 / 1:13 pm

    I love this outfit!! That dress looks so great on you. Love it with the tights & those amazing shoes. xo

  23. September 24, 2012 / 1:51 pm

    Great colors in this look! I have to say I really love Uniqlo; it's a bummer that there aren't very many Uniqlo stores, though I've heard that they're about to become an e-tailer this fall! I'm really excited about it. πŸ˜€

  24. September 24, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    That is such a beautiful dress! I hope Neo feels better soon! Xo

  25. September 24, 2012 / 3:06 pm

    That dress is adorable…I'd wear it in a heart beat! And I adore hats, and keep saying I want to wear them more. I love your look!

    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life
    I'm giving away a beautiful Soft Surroundings top!

  26. September 24, 2012 / 8:25 pm

    This looks straight out of the 60s! Gorgeous Rachel!

  27. September 24, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! I'm loving the colours of this outfit. Perfect for fall!

    Et tu, tutu?

  28. September 25, 2012 / 1:37 am

    Hope Neo is feeling better. I too am living on coffee and sugar πŸ˜‰

    Love the print, the tights, and the shoes. Such a cute fall look.

  29. September 25, 2012 / 4:34 pm

    Nice! Huge OK fan but had no idea about the Uniqlo collection. Love the colors in this outfit.

  30. September 25, 2012 / 7:28 pm

    I love when great designers create affordable collections! This outfit is wonderful, thanks for linking up to Sunday Style πŸ™‚

  31. September 25, 2012 / 10:21 pm

    I love it all! The floppy hat that matches the rights, the too cute dress, those shoes!!! Gorgeous πŸ™‚


  32. September 26, 2012 / 12:55 am

    woah i can't believe they're so cheap! grab as many dresses as you can and run, those prints are so pretty. and seriously i'm never going to take my full nights of sleep for granted anymore- i can only imagine your pain!

  33. September 26, 2012 / 12:56 am

    also love those booties!! they warrant a comment all on their own

  34. September 26, 2012 / 10:43 pm

    In love with the dress and shoes!

  35. September 27, 2012 / 4:43 am

    I love O.K. designs, but you're right, they are indeed very pricey. However, I am just about going bananas over your beautiful dress at the low cost! You lucky girl. And honestly, when I saw these pictures on IG I instantly just thought, "that dress isn't even a O.K. dress, it's a RACHEL dress!" Big time. That design and those colors was made for you. πŸ™‚ And don't fret about your hat, doll, we've all got some dusties lurking around! hehe
    P.s. I think I wore my booties on the same day as you. Twins!

  36. September 27, 2012 / 6:47 pm

    Loving your hat and your colored tights! I am going to try to incorporate them this year into my fall wardrobe. Wish me luck! I found your blog at The Pleated Poppy What I Wore Wednesday link up. I have found many inspirations on your blog. I am now following you and can’t wait to see what’s next. Feel free to stop by my blog when you get a moment http://theserenasaga.blogspot.com


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