I first fell in love with the Finnish design house Marimekko when Anthropologie started to carry some of their pieces a while back. As someone who loves pattern and color, Marimekko is right up my alley with their graphic, colorful prints. A couple of years ago, I snatched up a couple pieces from their collaboration with Banana Republic, so you can imagine how excited I was when Target announced this year that they would be jumping on the Marimekko bandwagon and doing their own collaboration. I will be honest, though, because when I flipped through the Target look book a week before the line launched in stores, I was a little bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I loved the prints, but most everything was swimwear/beachwear and despite the fact that I am an L.A. girl, this doesn't really fit in with my lifestyle, as I don't hit the beach/pool very often!
So when the Marimekko line finally hit the shelves at Target, I refrained from buying anything. I was prepared for the line to sell out immediately because this is often the case with Target collaborations, but apparently others felt the same way I did about the collection and the items didn't exactly fly off the shelves. I eventually caved, however, when Target offered an extra 18% off of all apparel on tax day. I sprang for this top and the matching shorts. (I won't be wearing them together, but I thought they would be fun separates.)
You will notice that I am back at my favorite wall in Pasadena, which is located in the parking lot of an arts school. I was appalled to see that people were actually using the parking spots near the wall for parking cars! Oh the humanity! As a result, I only had a small section of the wall with which to work, but luckily the colors of the portion of the wall that was not obscured by cars matched my ensemble, so it was all good.
Shirt: Target for Marimekko here
Skirt: J. Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bag: Clare V. foldover clutch more Clare V. options here
Sunglasses: Prada Round "Baroque" Sunglasses