Saturday, August 29, 2015

50% Orla Kiely Kitchen Items

A few of Orla Kiely's kitchenware items have been marked down to half off on the US site. I'm admittedly a bit spoiled after having found so many ceramics from Burlington for up to 90% off, BUT if you don't have a Burlington store near you or you haven't had much luck finding any of these pieces in your store, these are still really good buys. See what's available below :)

On sale $42 (originally $84)

On sale $27 (originally $54)

Abacus Flower Salad Bowl - Large
On sale $29 (originally $59)

On sale $56 (originally $112)
This piece I actually want to splurge on. I have had a few people email me telling me they've had luck finding this piece at Burlington, but I've been searching for months now and haven't been able to find it (yet).

Poppy Meadow Butter Dish
Blue and Brown
On sale $22.50 each (originally $45)

Abacus Flower Milk Jug
Brown and Red
On sale $20 each (originally $40)

Flower Stem Mug
Blue and Poppy
On sale $7 each (originally $14)

Flower Tile Mug
Grey and Poppy
On sale $7 each (originally $14)

Orla Outfit of the Day: Black and Yellow

Free People Polka Dot Tank Top
Forever 21 belt
LC Lauren Conrad Scalloped Necklace

This bag has recently become my latest obsession. I've actually had it for several months, but only recently started using it as an everyday bag. I think I just always felt it didn't hold everything I needed (which includes diapers, wipes, and snacks for my son), but one day I just decided to try to fit everything in this bag and to my pleasant surprise, there was enough room for everything (even my iPad!) So this quickly became my go-to purse. Also, the nylon material makes it very low-maintenance and I find that's a plus when you're running errands or chasing after your toddler son.

Nail polish color: Essie St. Lucia Lilac

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far!

20% off Orla Kiely at the Container Store

Today is the last day for the Container Store's 20% off Friends and Family event. Just use code SUMMER20 at checkout. They have a great selection of Orla Kiely cake tins and canisters, and there's free shipping when you spend $75 or more. Check out the pieces below, and shop the entire collection here.

On sale $43.20 (originally $54)

On sale $43.20 (originally $54)

On sale $43.20 (originally $54)

On sale $23.99 (originally $29.99)

On sale $23.99 (originally $29.99) 

On sale $10.39 each (originally $12.99 each)

Friday, August 28, 2015

New Orla Kiely Animal Canisters at Amara

Orla Kiely has continued to expand her collection of animal-themed home accessories with the addition of the Elephant, Owl, and Hen canisters. You can purchase them individually in the large size (27 cm x 13 cm) for $12 each, or buy an entire set for $40. Each design is SO cute, so I'd probably end up getting the set of three :)





Extra 10% off Orla Kiely Sale

Now through September 1, 2015, save an extra 10% off sale items. Just enter the code EXTRA10 at checkout. See below for a few my favorites, and shop the entire sale here.

On sale $139 (originally $278)

On sale $238 (originally $398)

On sale $118.80 (originally $198)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Orla Kiely AW15 Mainline: Sixties Stem in Spruce and Black

This season's Sixties Stem Punched leather collection features the colorways Spruce and Black, the former being a gorgeous shade of green. I'd been waiting for Orla Kiely to release another set of green leather bags, and I'm so happy this collection is finally here. The Sixties Stem is such a great classic print, and Orla Kiely has added a few new styles to keep the collection fresh. However, there are a few elements from this line that I don't particularly like. For example, all the handbags are unlined, which you can see in the photo below.

I personally like the Jacquard Stem lining that's included in most of Orla Kiely's pieces because I think it adds a bit of structure to the bag and it's just a nice addition to help protect the leather.

Another thing to note - most of the handbags include a leather top handle, by why oh why did Orla Kiely choose cotton webbing for the shoulder straps?! 

Upon first seeing this collection, I thought how beautiful and luxurious these bags were, especially with their darker hues and rich leather. But then upon closer inspection, I found that the shoulder straps were just cotton webbing and I felt it made the overall look seem...cheaper. And I hate to say that about this otherwise beautiful collection, but just think how much nicer these bags would look with a leather shoulder strap.

Other than these two quibbles, I still think this collection looks great and the Spruce colorway is such a beautiful shade that will look fabulous in the fall/winter months ahead. What do you think of this collection? Do you like the changes that have been made?

Sixties Stem Punched Burdock Bag
Let's start with one of the newer styles - the Burdock Bag, which to me combines the look of the Willow Bag and the Juniper Bag. There are two front pockets and the usual interior pocket with attached key ring.

Sixties Stem Punched Caraway Bag
Another new style is the Caraway Bag, which looks reminiscent of the Peggy Bag. This is probably my favorite from the collection because I think I could easily switch out the cotton straps for some leather ones. Also, the leather top handles look large enough to possible carry over the shoulder, so I might just get rid of the cotton straps altogether and just wear it as a shoulder bag (although I do love the option of wearing it as a crossbody).

Sixties Stem Punched Mini Bay Backpack
Another new style that debuted this season is the Mini Bay Backpack (see the Spot Square version here). I'm happy to see that all straps are made of leather on this bag, and they are also adjustable. I'm curious if they could be attached together to make one shoulder strap so you could have the option of wearing it as a crossbody bag as well. If so, then this bag is definitely at the top of my wish list!

Sixties Stem Punched Ivy Bag

Sixties Stem Punched Juniper Bag
The second picture is what the bag looks like unfolded. I have the Buttercup Stem Printed Nylon Foldover Tote (outfit here), and sometimes I do fold it over and wear it as a shoulder bag, but other times I unfold it and just carry it by the top handles. It's nice that this Juniper bag also has those options.

Sixties Stem Punched Poppy Bag

Sixties Stem Punched Big Zip Wallet

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Haul + Review: Orla Kiely Egg Cups

I recently purchased these Orla Kiely egg cups from - where else - Burlington. Now, I didn't need them at all, but I couldn't resist how cute they were.

They were $2.99 each, which (if the compare at price is correct) is 70% off retail, but I still felt they were quite pricey. Considering many of the larger items I've scored from Burlington were under $3 and retail for much more, I was expecting these egg cups to only be about $1.

They are dishwasher and microwave safe, and made in Thailand.

I've had several people tell me that these are actually espresso cups, and while I'm sure they can perfectly serve as such, I'm pretty sure these are in fact egg cups as I've seen many photos such as the one above where they are used this way. I have even seen them listed on websites as egg cups. I myself will never use them for their intended purpose (maybe shot glasses, although I don't drink too much either), so for now they are just being used as decor in my kitchen.

I've only been able to find these two prints - the Linear Stem and Scribble Stem.

They have a greenish-brown print, and the background is white.

Super adorable and I'm sure I can find many uses for them, but I'm happy with them just sitting as decoration on my kitchen counter and shelves.