Monday, June 30, 2014

Orla Kiely + Gilt Haul: Huckleberry Bag

I received my Patent Leather Huckleberry Bag over the weekend, a gift from my Mom that she purchased from!

Patent Leather Huckleberry Bag
Gilt price $239, originally $398 (but my Mom also used a $25 off coupon for joining If you're not a Gilt member yet, you can join here and receive $25 off your first purchase also!)

This bag is super pretty, and very unique! It's shaped just like a binocular bag, complete with lid and turnlock closure.

The inside features a jacquard stem print lining, one pocket, and attached key ring.

The inside has just enough room to hold a wallet, cell phone, keys, and some sunglasses.

This bag is SUPER pink, with even brighter neon pink stitching, which I think is great for the summer. My only concern is the front perforation, which looks like it wasn't punched in all the way (see picture above), but seems like an easy enough fix if I take a toothpick and poke the rest out.

There's an adjustable strap, but even on the shortest setting, this bag is meant to be worn long over the shoulder, or as a crossbody purse.

The strap detailing continues along side the purse all the way to the bottom, which has gold "feet".

The back of the purse features the same perforated design.

What I'm Wearing:
Juicy Couture Top

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Orla Kiely Sale on Gilt

Today is the last day for the Orla Kiely sale at, and there's still quite a few goodies left! If you're not a member yet, click here to sign up and get $25 off your first purchase.

I was super excited for this sale because it features many of the handbags currently on sale at, but they were of course in stock AND the prices were better. I finally snatched up the Linear Stem Backpack, as well as the Textured Leather Iris Bag. My Mom took advantage of the $25 off first purchase offer and bought the Patent Leather Huckleberry Bag for me as a gift because...well, just because. She's awesome. Thanks, Mom!

Don't forget you can also click here for $25 off your first purchase. Do you plan on buying anything from this sale? Or have you already indulged yourself? :) Happy shopping!

Linear Stem Backpack
Gilt price $119 (originally $189)

Textured Leather Iris Bag
Gilt price $179 (originally $298)

Patent Leather Huckleberry Bag
Gilt price $239 (originally $398)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Orla Kiely Summer Sale

Today, several of my favorite retailers launched their summer sales, but the one I'm most excited about is the Orla Kiely sale, which features 30% off mainline and etc bags, 40% off resort bags, and up to 60% off clothing. Below are my picks from this sale. Happy shopping! :)

On sale $199.20 (originally $428)
I love how the Orla Kiely site is now including past season clothing. And with items up to 60% off, there are some good deals to be had (if you can find your size that is!)

On sale $249 (originally $498)
I'm still in love with this dress.

On sale $334.60 (originally $478)
I love the "truffle" color and subtle elephant print of this skirt. From afar, it looks like a classic Orla Kiely pattern, but up close, you can see the fun elephants. I like the black waistband, which is a great way to cinch in your waist. I think if worn high on your waist, this skirt would look great with a trendy crop top. 

On sale $297.50 (originally $425)
This rhino-printed skirt would pair well with a simple black tank and make a great evening party outfit. Or pair it with a bright top for a pop of color, and it transitions quickly to a fun summer day outfit.

On sale $74.20 (originally $102)

On sale $299.60 (originally $428)
I typically go for purses with a signature Orla Kiely pattern, so I'm surprised by how intrigued I am with this croc embossed leather bag. Aside from the logo on the reverse side, there are no tell-tale signs that this is an Orla Kiely purse (unless of course you open it up to see the classic stem print lining). But I still love the overall design. Maybe it's the simplicity or the chain strap that remind me of those classic Chanel flap bags, or maybe it's because after recently cleaning my purse closet, I realized that I had plenty of patterned purses with hardly any simple classic ones, but I'm smitten with this bag.

On sale $334.60 (originally $478)

On sale $128 (originally $160)
I'm so excited shoes are included in this sale, but so bummed that they no longer have the Milly Shoe in my size. However, I noticed in the last email I received from the Orla Kiely Mercer Street store, they wrote "orders placed by telephone are always welcomed!" I wonder if this means I can call their store to place an order and have it shipped to me in Florida. I hope so! Maybe that means I can snatch up some things I wanted from this sale that are already sold out on the website. Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Orla Kiely Bath and Fragrance

I recently got a few Orla Kiely bath and fragrance items, which are my first ever, so I'm excited to share my thoughts on them with you (and yes, I painted an Orla Kiely accent wall in my house - more on that in an upcoming post!).

First up is this Earl Grey Diffuser. It has a very strong, clean, almost spring/outdoorsy scent that diffuses quickly, which I really like. Currently, this diffuser is only sold from the Orla Kiely UK site, but if you live in the US you can also find it at Beauty Habit (plus, you can find the Earl Grey Scented Candle on the US site).

The diffuser comes in a 100-ml glass with a classic grey and black acorn print, befitting the name. Even when the liquid runs out, you can still refill the glass with other fragrances, or simply recap it and put it on display, which is what I plan on doing.

Now, onto the bath items! I got a shower gel and hand cream, both in the bergamot scent. They are both currently sold on the UK site as well as Beauty Habit if you live in the US.

This shower gel almost feels too luxurious to use. I have a problem when it comes to having items that I consider really special - I never want to use them because I want them to last forever! But I'm getting better at that because I don't want my things to go to waste, especially with something as nice as this shower gel. It makes a very nice lather in my loofah, and has a scent true to what's described on the back of the bottle (see below). And even though this is not an exfoliating scrub, it left my skin feeling extra smooth and soft. 

I absolutely love hand creams. I think it's so important to apply at least twice a day to keep your hands, and especially cuticles, looking nice and moisturized. It also helps your manicure look that much better. I've used hand creams from Sally Hansen, Cath Kidston, and Neutrogena, but of course, I think this one's my favorite, not only because of the absolutely adorable print and packaging, but because it leaves my hands super soft and has the most amazing light scent that lingers for a long time. It has a nice thick consistency that absorbs quickly. I also love how it feels so lightweight and non-greasy, but manages to keep my hands feeling soft and moisturized, even after washing.

If you're interested in any of these items, now is definitely the time to buy as Orla Kiely is running a special 20% off sale on selected home and fragrance items, and the items shown above are included! Check out the sales on both the US and UK sites.