Friday, December 19, 2014

New Orla Kiely Fragrance and Bath Items at Nordstrom

I'm so excited that Nordstrom is now carrying Orla Kiely fragrance and bath items, so if you're still shopping for Christmas, these would make wonderful gifts. Plus, Nordstrom is still offering free shipping by Christmas Eve. My favorites are down below. Shop the entire collection here.

These mini sets are SO adorable. They're a great way for you to sample different scents before you purchase a full-sized one. The packaging is also a bonus.





Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Haul + Review: Orla Kiely for Target Large Cars Roller Suitcase

The luggage featured here is currently on sale at Target for $143.99 (originally $179.99)! Plus, Target is offering free shipping for the holidays!

I'm finally getting around to writing about this awesome Orla Kiely suitcase from Target. Overall, I absolutely LOVE this piece and I'm looking forward to travelling with it. There are, however, some pretty negative reviews about this suitcase online, which puzzles me a bit because I don't know what people are looking for. In my opinion, the quality and craftsmanship are on par with other suitcases you'd find at the same price point. It seems well made, has plenty of storage, and features the coveted car print that's difficult to find (but will be easy to spot on the airport carousel)!

The front has one large exterior zippered compartment.

Back of the suitcase.

Side carry handle.

It is lightweight (under 10 lbs according to this tag), but it felt sturdy in my hands.

Both my husband and my mother bought me this suitcase, so that's how I ended up with two. No, I didn't keep both (although it was tempting)! This actually gave me the chance to inspect each one and decide which one I wanted to keep. That's the one major con I see with this Target line - the pattern placement is very inconsistent. You almost have to compare several to see which one you like the best, which is inconvenient if your local Target is out of stock and you have to order online.

I opted for the one on the right because the pattern is more horizontally aligned. Also, the first row of cars starts right at the top, instead of being cut off like the one on the left.

There's an Orla Kiely logo tag on the back.

Another close-up of the cars.

A retractable handle.

A top carry handle.

Double zip closure with a place for your lock.

Bottom of the suitcase with 360 degree spinner wheels.

The wheels left something to be desired from my husband. He felt they were a bit cheap and wouldn't hold up well after extended use. They are made of plastic, but seem to be fine to me. I guess only time will tell.

There's a car-printed nylon lining inside the exterior zippered compartment.

The same lining continues inside the suitcase, where there's plenty of compartments to keep your things organized.

The zippers have a navy blue faux leather pull.

This suitcase comes with a bonus shoe bag in the same material and print as the lining. It fits my size 7 shoes perfectly.

It was unraveling a bit, but that's an easy fix.

Now all I need is some place to go!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Orla Kiely Kids Around the World Bedding

My dear husband bought, my son...a set of Orla Kiely kids bedding in the Around the World Print. My son turned two on the 14th...of October. So yes, this post is a bit late (but better late than never, right?) My son isn't quite old enough to use this bedding yet - it's in a "single" size, which is about a US twin size, and he's still in a crib. I'm still debating when to transition him to a toddler bed (honestly, I'm just not quite sure I trust my little mischief monkey to stay in his bed at night - he would most certainly climb out of bed and run amok in his room). I'm nonetheless excited for the day when I can finally put my son in a toddler bed...with Orla Kiely bedding :)

The bedding, as with most Orla Kiely home items, comes packaged in a super cute and reusable box. I already have plans to use mine to store some of my son's artwork that he brings home from daycare.

What I love about this packaging is the Car Print!

What's tricky about this bedding is the sizing, which doesn't follow the same sizing for most standard sheets and comforters in the US. This particular bedding is a "single" size, which is 135 cm x 200 cm (or approximately 53" x 79"). Most twin size comforters in the US are 68" x 86". I ran into this same problem when my husband bought me the King Duvet Set in the Scribble Stem Print for my birthday a few years ago - that set was 106" x 92", but standard king size comforters in the US are 110" by 96". These aren't huge differences, but they're still enough to make my comforter look a bit odd - the imperfect fit makes my comforter bunch up in certain spots, so it's never completely smooth. It does bother me a bit sometimes, but the prints make up for this minor inconvenience.

The same Car Print continues inside the box.

This Around the World Print was used in Orla Kiely's Resort 2013 collection. The included pillowcase comes in the same pattern.

The sheets are made from 100% cotton that feels soft and not scratchy at all. They are also machine washable. I've had my Scribble Stem Print sheets for a couple years now, and they've held up quite well through many cycles in my washer and dryer. There's no fading and they've maintained their softness, so I'd imagine these sheets will wash and wear the same. 

I'll post updated pics when my son is finally using these sheets in his toddler bed :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Orla Outfit of the Day

Orla Kiely for Uniqlo Peplum Top
Level 99 Tanya High Rise Skinny Jeans

Happy Monday, everyone! It's been a busy past couple of weeks trying to do some last-minute Christmas shopping, grading a bunch of homework, tests, and projects before the end of the semester, spending time with friends and family, and of course chasing around my little boy :) I'm definitely looking forward to next week when I'm finally on vacation and I can relax a bit. I hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead - only 10 more days till Christmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Orla Kiely Sale at Target

Starting today, all Orla Kiely yoga equipment, water bottles, and luggage are 20% off at Target! On top of that, you can also save 30% off Orla Kiely travel accessories through December 20 with Target's Cartwheel app.

With Christmas quickly approaching, now's a great time to pick up any last minute Orla Kiely gifts for your friends or family :)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Free Orla Kiely Notebook from MILK Books

MILK Books' latest 12 Days of Christmas promotion features a special treat for Orla Kiely fans. Starting today, the first 200 orders that includes an Orla Kiely product will receive a free Orla Kiely notebook! Just enter the code FREEORLA at checkout. These photo books are beautiful and make wonderful Christmas presents for any Orla Kiely fan and collector!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Orla Kiely Warehouse Clearance Sale in London

Orla Kiely is having a warehouse clearance sale in London starting today through Sunday, December 14. Can't make it to this sale? The UK website is also having a sale on a wide selection of past season items. My favorites are below. Shop the entire sale here.

On sale £110.40/$173.57 (originally £138)

On sale £60/$94.33 (originally £75)

On sale £110.40/$173.57 (originally £138)

On sale £60/$94.33 (originally £75)

On sale £147.20/$231.42 (originally £368)

On sale £99.20/$155.96 (originally £248)

On sale £126.40/$198.72 (originally £316)

On sale £91.20/$143.38 (originally £228)

I wish I could be at this sale in London! I've never been to one of these warehouse/sample sales before. I imagine it'd be so much fun rummaging through all the items and rediscovering past prints that you weren't able to get the first time around. If any of you have been to one of these sales and care to share your experience and thoughts, please do! I'd love to hear about it!