Wednesday, 24 July 2013

MONKI haul

I only heard of the brand Monki when I started reading blogs and always admired the clothes - they were unique and interesting and unlike most English brands. However, it only took me until earlier this year, and their HUGE summer sale (which is still going on!) to actually make a purchase. And I'm so glad I did. I'd saved up quite a lot of money and so went for a big splurge and I am in love with (most of - a few things had to be sent back because i didn't need them or they didn't fit) what I bought!

Now I've worn a few of the items already and so they are a little creased, I apologise! But I hope you like the post anyway! I also apologise for the not so brill pictures, I just haven't figured out quite how to take flattering photos of me wearing the clothes yet - I'm working on it!

I know this isn't a piece of clothing but this is the box that my clothes came in (which shows just how much i bought...). How amazing is it? I think it's adorable and such a nice touch. And I know that this isn't the only type of box that Monki sends out, if you watch this video of Zoe's, she shows how amazing the box she got was! Hopefully the greatness of the packaging will further encourage you to have a little venture onto the Monki site ;)

Now onto the actual clothes!

Now I know jumpers are the complete wrong thing to buy from a summer sale but I just love this type of knit - the type with two different coloured threads that looks slightly speckled and is completely oversized (if that makes any sense at all?). I have actually wanted one like this for a while but most of the ones I've found have been too expensive, however this one was £12 (in the sale) which I thought was a very nice price! I also particularly liked the huge pocket on the top left of the jumper. It's too big and droopy to actually put anything in it but it's a nice little detail. 
Annie knit in blue (£12)

Again, not the most obvious thing to buy for summer but I don't own any items of clothes of this colour and I just love it. I feel that this mint/pastel shade of green is super bright and it really reminds me of spring. Now I know it's summer but I also think it'll be a nice colour to wear in the evenings when it just starts to get a little cooler. Overall I'm super happy with this jumper and I can't wait to wear it when the weather starts to get a bit cooler (although i don't particularly want the sun to go away any time soon!). 
Pam knitted top in light yellowish green (£12)

When I saw this shirt on the website I immediately thought this was a demin shirt and denim could quite possibly be my favourite fabric. I have, in the past, rocked the double denim look before and I really think it could work with different 'shades' of denim. I already have a denim shirt but it is a much lighter blue and is smaller (read: tighter) as it's a very old purchase. As a result, and because I knew how much use I would get out of it, I decided I would treat myself to a new one. However this is in fact a blouse but I still think it could pass for a denim shirt. It is much 'smarter' than the one I already have and is baggier. It's darker and much softer (due to the fact it is a blouse). I absolutely love it. It looks great undone with another top underneath and done up under a jumper with the collar just poking out (my favourite way to wear it). Out of everything I've bought, this is my most worn and most loved.
Friday blouse in blue (£18)

I believe this design was created from an outside designer for Monki's use and I love it. I really like the palm tree design and I think it is super summery and perfect to wear out at night when the weather is still warm. I took it on holiday and it was great for keeping cool. I wore it tucked into both a maxi skirt and a waterfall skirt and it fitted great with both. It is very sheer but the pattern on the front means that you can still remain dignified if just wearing a bra (i.e. without a vest underneath). It is slightly short in length but not so much that you call it cropped - just a warning for those with long torsos!
Olga palm blouse in black (£12)

Blazers are items of clothing that I used to have to wear everyday for school and they slowly became the bane of my life. However, I do think they are nice to wear when you want to look a little smarter for an occasion - for example, an evening meal, a family celebration etc. Therefore I decided to get this one because it is slightly snazzy (due to the shine of the fabric) and it's different to any of the ones I used to have to wear for school. I like that it's slightly longer to your usual blazer length as it makes it a little more casual and less constricting than your average suit blazer.
Sara blazer in black (£25)

Now I did mention that I really loved this palm tree print so I couldn't really pass up on getting it on a t-shirt as well as a blouse could I? Obviously this is much more casual than the blouse so will be easier to wear on a more everyday basis. I really do like this print and think it's just great for summer!
Agnes top in white (£5 - bargain or what?!)

I have a lot of t-shirts. Too many if I'm honest and I certainly don't need to be buying anymore. However, in order to justify this one, I don't actually own any tops of this colour. I prefer my tops to be baggy and whilst this isn't as baggy as I'd hoped it is a really nice top and great for just wearing on those days where you want to be casual/lounge around the house. I'm not sure how well you can see it in the picture but the pink is slightly speckled with white (the description on my delivery note says the colour is 'yellowish pink' so i think the speckles are actually meant to be yellow but they appear white to me, not that i'm fussed, just thought i'd inform you!) and this is just my favourite type of 'finish/effect' on tops - it saves them from being too plain.
Jenny tee in (yellowish) pink (£8)

Now this is one of the items I was most excited about arriving because of the see through strap. How unique? I certainly haven't seen any vests like it before! I do really like wearing it but just a warning, it does stick to the skin when you get too hot and if you 'perspire' (if you get where i'm going...) so do keep an eye on it! I actually wore the denim shirt (mentioned above) over the top and so avoided any awkward situations but I did feel it (uncomfortably) sticking to my shoulder. I still plan on wearing it and I might take it away with me at the of the month when I need to be covering up over a bikini.
Olymphia singlet in white (£5)

This was the first item to enter my basket and as soon as I saw it I just knew I had to have it. I love wearing dresses made that are made from 'jumper' material and I think they are so cute to just wear round the house with bare legs. I personally would never go out without wearing leggings/tights/trousers (some form of coverage for my legs) but round the house, that's a whole other story! This is so cute and comfy and I just love to curl up in it! It's super soft and just really nice to wear! 
Precious knitted dress in blue (£12)

When I was younger my parents used to call me the bag lady because I would just buy a new bag even if I didn't need a new one. But they are my weakness. And this one was no exception. I have actually been looking for a bucket bag like this for a while now and I particularly liked this one due to the two zips going round on either side - they add a little extra something. The bag is super big inside and can hold a lot. I took it away with me to Turkey earlier this month as my carry on bag and it fitted everything in it, including a huge hoodie so it's definitely great for carrying everything you need in it. I just really love it and I'm really glad I bought it!
Ariel bag in black (£12)

I did also buy a pair of earrings in the sale (for only £2 can i point out!) but unfortunately I wore them a couple of times before taking pictures (blogger probs) and they have actually both broken slightly. They were hoops with chains of gold, silver and rose gold hanging off them and some of the chains have come off. They are still wearable but I didn't think I'd photograph them if they were broken. I don't think it's Monki's fault, I think it's just that I kept getting my hands, hair etc caught in the hoops and accidentally tugging them. There isn't anything that a bit of superglue can't fix!

Anyway, that's the end of my little haul. I hope you enjoyed it and perhaps seen something you like? I'm not sure how many of these things are left in the sale but there is still plenty of items in the sale that are worth checking out! And not only clothes/accessories in the sale, but in the main shop too! Monki has a really great variety of clothes and I'm already looking at more things I want to buy!

One last thing I wanted to say about Monki before I leave is their excellent customer care! I actually had to call up their customer service number because I wasn't sure if I'd left it too late to return my clothes so wanted to know whether it was worth me returning them or if I was too late. Anyway, the girl I spoke to was super friendly and super helpful and even said 'have a good evening!' at the end of the conversation. To me, those little things just make me smile and make me love a brand even more! Just thought I'd share that little bit of 'feel good' at the end of my post :)

I'm off to bed now as I am super duper tired even though I've done absolutely nothing except go to the gym all day... Hoping today has been alright for everyone else and for those of you still working, only 2 more days until the weekend! 


  1. I wish we had monki where I live! Soo jealous of you :p I lovee the black blazer and those cosy jumpers in the beginning!!

  2. absolutely love the first jumper. Still yet to buy anything from monki though


  3. Love the bag! Great haul!

    Check out my blog and follow if you like. :)

    Deepti. x


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