Mum on the Run – How to use a bag (Orla Kiely of course) to pull a look together

It was all about the bag today – no, not me, the patterned one above. I have been a little remiss of late in changing my bag i.e. I have been using the same one since before Christmas, so I decided to break the habit today and use this Orla Kiely one which was a present from my hubby a few birthdays ago.  I love the print and the colours are great for pulling a look together.

For those not familiar with Orla Kiely, she is an Irish designer based in London who, as you may imagine from the print on the bag, does the most lovely retro style clothing.  One of her pieces of clothing is something which is definitely on my wish list (ps – note to Mr SG, if you are reading this, hint hint!) 

I also wore some Whistles trousers, my Warehouse sparkly jumper and Jigsaw shoe boots.

The trip to the dentist went well, although our eldest found it necessary to come and switch my music down just before we left, which also coincided with her just getting out of bed.  Apparently she had meant to come and turn the music down earlier but had fallen asleep again before managing to get out of her bed.

What I want to know is this: Why is it impossible to wake a teenager up?  I have even been given lessons in how to do it (by said teenager) but I still get it wrong. Apparently she doesn’t like a loud voice – which is all well and good but she doesn’t respond to quiet tones. One of her friends’ Mum’s wakes her daughter up by going “Come on sweetie, it’s time to get up now.” When I do that I am met with the retort “There’s no need to be sarcastic.”  Sometimes I just leave her as long as possible in the hope that she will wake up naturally – which she eventually will – at about 11am – at which point I am in trouble for letting her waste her day.  I give up. That aside, she is the perfect daughter.

This post has gone totally off track – it was meant to be about this amazing new brand of bracelets called La La Rocks, made by a local jewellery designer and which are now being stocked in Harvey Nichols in Birmingham and Manchester. It was also going to be about how Buy-My-Wardrobe is holding its first even outside of London, in  Birmingham, and how I am going to be the Stylist at the event but time is running out so that will all have to wait until tomorrow….. 



  1. schoolgatestyle
    February 15, 2012 / 7:18 pm

    I'm a huge Orla Kiely fan – must be something about being Irish! My sister has about 6 of her bags and I have 2. Gorgeous quality and beautiful prints. Lovely choice today 🙂

  2. StyleGuile
    February 15, 2012 / 7:32 pm

    I have a purse too – and a notebook!! Building up to the big stuff though! Would love to see pics of your bags.

  3. Anne
    February 15, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    Hi Beth! Love your bag! I have one too. Great for adding a pop of colour to any outfit! As for waking teenagers I gave up on that years ago! My blood pressure rose every morning at the thoughts of getting them all up!! Now I tell them it is their own fault if they are late,and try to ignore the grumpy moods:)~Anne

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    February 15, 2012 / 9:02 pm

    Oooo…envy! I'd love a purse. Must remember to put on the birthday list for later this year. I posted a pic of my winter OK bag on the blog on Friday – eBargains. Had been looking for ages for a dark more subtle patterned OK bag and got it at Christmas. My other one is the blue pear tote – more spring/summer. Will have to incorporate it into an outfit some day soon 🙂

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    OKAY, your pink door rocks my world!! i love it!!!!love K

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    I think that it's almost the same pink as your logo! We love it too, despite having had a pink front door now for about ten years!

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