to decorate / orla kiely for method

I just can’t get enough of Orla Kiely. Sadly, I did not have enough time to peruse the London flagship because someone refused to use my phone and insisted on looking for wifi. The store closed by the time we were done.

Orla’s latest collab with Method is super affordable. They have four $3.99 products – two hand soaps, one dish soap, and one all-purpose cleaner. The hand soaps have different fragrances. Orla Kiely for Method is available online via (and should really spellcheck “Keily”) or at Target stores. You can print a $1 Target coupon to make the deal even sweeter. I used a plain Method gel cleanser bottle next to my kitchen sink for ages and regretfully just replaced all of my soap dispensers with Muji.

The Bed, Bath, and Beyond collab I posted about earlier is also out but doesn’t sound as successful or affordable.

to decorate / orla kiely for bed, bath, and beyond

In more Orla Kiely news, Apartment Therapy reports that Orla is collaborating with home store, Bed Bath & Beyond. The line is expected to launch in May.

Speaking of Orla, you know how I mentioned in my Orla x Uniqlo review that it felt weird wearing prints that I own housewares of? I’m taking about 80% of what I bought back and not looking back.

to shop / orla kiely for uniqlo review

I visited the 34th Street Herald Square Uniqlo for this launch — it’s become my favorite Uniqlo because it’s deserted compared to the Soho and Fifth Ave location. I was pressed for time, so I did my usual overbuying buy-now-think-later. On top of that, a friend wanted a few things but was out of town. I wasn’t sure what her size was so I grabbed both sizes. While I was there, I got a text from another friend asking if I needed anything from this collab. Great minds think alike :)

It was a dreary week. Cheerful Orla prints is just what was needed. Don’t be fooled by the dresses… they were made of a stiff cotton.

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to shop / sneak peek at orla kiely for uniqlo

I can’t believe I didn’t hear about this earlier! Orla Kiely for Uniqlo is launching on Monday, February 20th. I previously blogged about Orla here. I love a good Orla print, although I will admit, I’m more of an admirer than collector.

Here are some photos I’ve mustered up online from the Orla Kiely tumblr and the Uniqlo JP site. They don’t have clothing yet, which based on SugarRockCatwalk, looks very promising. Click through for more pics there. I hope there is a good amount of cotton products vs. polyester.

It also looks like JP has a Laura Ashley collab going on right now… I hope they make it to the states!

to read / marimekko, orla, and gwyneth

My dad surprised me this week and bought my mom a Kindle, so she didn’t have to weight lift massive hardcovered books. He surprised me more when he insisted that I needed one. I am more often than not behind on email and didn’t respond for days. In his impatience, he went ahead and bought me one anyways.

I rarely buy books. Partially, because I rarely read books. I blame lack of time (and I adore my RSS feeds). I bought a few fun books lately that I wanted to share: Orla Kiely’s Pattern and Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook, My Father’s Daughter. I also recently purchased a Marimekko “mook” which is affectionately known as a Japanese magazine+book. I’ve been a huge fan of Orla Kiely, Gwyneth, and Marimekko for years. These books could never come across on the Kindle, or would be difficult to view on the iPad.

I saw the Orla book in a department store boutique in Taipei – which reminded me to purchase it once I got home. If you love Orla and want the book, don’t wait. The first time I ordered it from Amazon, my order got cancelled because they ran out of stock. I scoured other booksellers online and placed another order. That one got cancelled too. I re-checked Amazon and was ecstatic to see that they restocked. Orla and Gwyneth’s books arrived on my doorstep in 2 days. Thanks, Amazon Prime!

Pattern has six chapters on Orla’s life, inspiration, color, print, collections, and home. The book is filled with beautiful images. I like all the color interpretations of the stem print and especially the home products. I still regret returning most of my ceramic mug stash from the Target collab. It is one of the best home collabs to date and I reasoned that I didn’t have much kitchen cabinet storage. All of the ceramic products go for a lot on eBay these days. BIG regret. Like Marimekko, I don’t own many Orla products. I prefer to gawk at the prints instead and wait to invest on something I love.

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