28 November 2013

gold leaves

COLLABORATION: Orla Kiely x Uniqlo

Oh how I love a good high street collaboration. Particularly when beautiful designs like this iconic print by Orla Kiely get married up with my beloved HEATTECH by +UNIQLO UK. So not only am I warm, but I was also able to blend into this golden background on a recent autumnal walk by the Thames. My parents used to enjoy telling everyone that I loved to colour coordinate everything and clearly I now seem to be taking this to a whole new level: colour and shape coordination. Either way, I have learnt that although I don't like the cold, autumn encapsulates the majority of my favourite colours: gold, yellows, greens and browns. Basically, I seem to like dressing up like I am a tree. I really need to branch out. That wasn't a deliberate pun, it honestly just came out. Oh my, maybe I am a tree! Moving on...

I loved wearing my Orla Kiely x Uniqlo HEATTECH turtle neck. It was perfect for a crisp walk along the Thames with buddies +Asad and Raj. It's a pretty recognisable print now but I still like how simple yet striking it is. A print that I think can go with any style, for any age, at any time; all of which plays testament to Orla Kiely's talent in design. This is my first Orla Kiely piece [for a very reasonable £12.90] and I'm sure I'll be incorporating more of her prints into my life in the future.

wearing | turtle neck (Orla Kiely x Uniqlo), cardigan (+UNIQLO UK), skinny jeans, tutu coat, boots (+Topshop), scarf (Accessorize) & backpack (present, handmade by the Textile Anarchist)

check out the rest of the Orla Kiely x Uniqlo range here
watch Orla's Google+ hangout QA with Carrie Harwood of WishWishWish blog here

all photos of me are by the lovely +Asad, remaining photos are by me

I think this walking by the Thames thing is becoming a tradition. Asad and I last did the full walk back in February on a crisp Sunday afternoon [when we also made a bunch of silly gifs]. He tells me it's a great running route and to be honest I should use this stretch of the Thames more often as it's so easy to get to. At this time of year, just before sunset [we timed it pretty well], the river and Bishop's park look great. Families, friends, boaters, dogs are out in their hoards and everyone is very relaxed. After our walk, we warmed up with a cuppa [Jasmine tea for me] in a cute cafĂ© and headed back home to face/avoid Sunday blues in preparation for a new week. I love these walks. They are a great way to clear your head and catch up on the week/weekend's shenanigans, which for me adds a lovely end to any week.

where | Thames Path, Fulham Football Club, Bishop's Park, Putney Bridge

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