Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thursday Purseday: Orla Kiely Textured Leather Iris Bag

Happy #ThursdayPurseday!

What I'm Wearing:
J. Crew Factory necklace

Spring/Summer 2014 Collection
Retail $298

Front of the purse.

Back of the purse.

Double zip closure.

Gold hardware.

Each corner has a diagonal stitched detail.

The strap is adjustable on both sides so it can be worn as a crossbody or over the shoulder.

The bottom of the purse has no "feet."

Contrasting brown zipper that matches the fabric underneath the perforated stem.

Inside features a stem jacquard lining.

One side has a zippered pocket with Orla Kiely logo.

The other side has two small pockets with attached key ring.

A closeup of the perforated stem on the front.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Orla Kiely Kids Bedding and Bath

I'm super excited that Orla Kiely has made her first foray into children's bedding and bath, which launched today. So far, I only see this line available on the UK site, but hopefully they'll be available for purchase from the US site soon. My son is still sleeping in a crib, but I'd love to get him some Orla Kiely bedding for his room once he's old enough to transition to a toddler bed! Many of the designs are old classics that have been used in previous collections for clothing and purses, but there are a couple new designs. Check them all out below or click here to shop the entire collection.

£80-£90 (approximately $137-$154)
My absolute favorite! I've always loved this car print - I have a travel tote and beauty case with this same design. I wish the Orla Kiely travel bags were still available online, but since they aren't, this bedding is the next best thing!

£80-£90 (approximately $137-$154)
Super cute as well! You might recognize the print from the Resort 2013 collection.

£80-£90 (approximately $137-$154)
I never got a chance to get anything with the Birdwatch print, so I'm happy Orla Kiely created bedding with this fun design.

£4-£25 (approximately $4-$43)

£4-£25 (approximately $4-$43)
To my knowledge, this is a completely new design. I've not seen this ship print in any recent collections, so I'm excited for its debut.

£35 (approximately $60)
Another item with this new ship print.

£35 (approximately $60)
And a classic!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Scalloped Edges: Clothing, Shoes, and Accessories

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I love anything with a scalloped edge. It's dainty, cute, and fun. Here are some clothing, shoes, and accessories I found recently, all adorned with this feminine design.

$59

On sale $19.99 (originally $36)

$198

$110

$78

On sale $24.99 (originally $29.95)

$68

$175

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review + Haul: Orla Kiely with People Tree Dresses

Before I get into my review, I must first comment on the adorable packaging from ModCloth.

This is my first purchase from ModCloth and every single detail in the packaging is absolutely adorable.


Both dresses came attached with a People Tree tag, with a short description of the company and the process behind making these dresses.



I got a size UK8 in both dresses, which is about a US4 or size small.

The dresses are made with organic cotton in India, and are machine-washable, which is a great plus.

A closeup of the prints. Each is a version of Orla Kiely's Flower Girl print, which I believe is from the SS12 collection. I also have the Jeanie Bag in this print, which is probably one of my favorite patterns.




For reference, I am 5'3", 110 pounds, 32A bust, typically a size XS in tops, 0-2 in dresses, 25-26 in jeans.

Both dresses are made with soft organic cotton, although the material on the black dress feels a bit thicker and more substantial, probably due to the dyes needed to create the larger pattern. Again, both dresses are a UK8, the smallest size available at ModCloth. They do fit but...I still think a UK6 would've been better. They feel fine around the waist, which has a fold over detail on the front and elasticized in the back, but the bust area could be taken in a bit (then again, I do have a small bust, but I'm wearing my most padded push-up bra and there's still some extra space). In the photos above, you can see that it sits a good inch away from my side (you can see it more in the first photo of the pink dress). There's also slight gaping in the back (again, more noticeable in the pink dress). I love the cutout, which has perfect placement as my regular bra does not show through. My bra is also easily concealed by the thicker straps, making this a super easy dress to throw on. I would say it'd look great belted, but then that would take away from the cutout in the back. I also appreciate the modest neckline and the knee length, making me venture to say that this dress, when worn with a cardigan or blazer, would be work appropriate. However, I can't decide if I'm going to wear this to work yet (I'm a high school teacher) simply because the print is very loud and fun. I'll probably wear this dress for weekend outings and date nights. 

Aside from the slightly larger fit, the only con I can think of is the fold over waist detail on the pink dress. It came with a thick crease that multiple presses with my iron couldn't get out. Maybe after wearing and washing, the crease will naturally fade. It's not noticeable at all, except of course to me because I'm just a stickler for details like that.

Overall, I LOVE these dresses and I'm looking forward to wearing them on casual outings with my friends or dinners with my husband. The pink one is still available at ModCloth, but in limited sizes. The black one is sold out, but you can still purchase it at People Tree. There's actually even more dress styles featuring this print, all adorable, so check them out here!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review + Haul: Orla Kiely Tilda Sunglasses

$69.99 at Costco (retail $245)
I recently wrote about how I'd discovered that Costco sells Orla Kiely frames. I finally got around to opening a membership and purchasing a pair, specifically the Tilda Sunglasses in Bone (Costco has the Grace Sunglasses available for $69.99 as well). My membership fee with taxes was about $55 and the sunglasses with taxes was about $75, bringing my grand total to $130, which is a great price considering these sunglasses retail for $245.


The sunglasses come with an equally cute case.


And a lens cloth. Honestly, I was probably just as excited about the case as I was about the sunglasses. Orla Kiely is great about all the little details, even when it comes to packaging.

Side note: When I purchased these sunglasses, the cashier noted how they matched my purse (seen above). I told her I collected this particular brand, and she said she'd never heard of it. I tend to get that a lot, but then people will always compliment how cute the prints are.

The color of these sunglasses is listed as "bone." The top portion with the stems is more opaque white, while the rest of the frame is more of a see-through white. The lenses have a dark blueish-black tint.



This is my first pair of polarized lenses. I'm honestly not entirely sure I see a difference, but my husband swears by polarized lenses and thinks it's the only way to go.

An Orla Kiely logo on the inside.

One of the reasons I love these sunglasses is the fun stem print at the top, which up close appear to be navy blue.

Although the sides appear black in the photos above, they are actually a dark navy blue, matching the stems on the front.

They're very comfortable on and do not slide down my nose. They also sit far enough away from my eyes so my eyelashes don't brush up against them when I blink (I tend to have this issue with some of my other sunglasses). They are also a good size - just the right amount of oversized without being cartoonish.

I love the retro shape and how they add just a hint of fun to any outfit.