Thursday, January 09, 2014

It all started with this Orla Kiely bag


When I spotted this at Target I just loved it. I do love Orla Kiely's simple design and color choices.  She is an Irish fashion designer based in London.

So I thought...I will buy this an put all the things we need when we are in the car...that we have forgotten...because we forgets a lot.  A LOT!

And because I have said a gazillion times...Man!  My hands are dry!  Dang! I wish I had some lip balm! Shoot!  Look how hairy my sweater is!

Not kidding.

So I bought one bag and filled it up.  Daily I would think of something to add to it.
And then I thought, wouldn't this make a cute Christmas gift?  And so I bought three more.  One for Emma and one for Melinda and one for Shelby (Patrick's girlfriend).

I was thinking about the gift maxim:  want, need, wear, read.

This was the need.

I thought it was a pretty fun idea. But maybe that's just me being a dork.


That little ball is the Eos we were talking about yesterday in the comments.



This is called Baby Lips.  I happen to like this a little better.
It's medicated. With Medicine. Dr. Rescue.

Katie must have ten Eos and five Baby Lips.

And now you know why her lips a surviving the POLAR VORTEX.

I thought you might like this.

Encourage one another,


  1. Orla Kiely is an awesome name! Orla. I have never heard it before. Is the last name pronounced "Keeley"?

    And how have I never seen the "want, need, wear, read" gift giving strategy? That's just about what we do (-: And I do not think that is a dorky gift. Love the bag. Would use the stuff. It doesn't get any better than that.

    But my "I forgot bag" would have to be much bigger. We forget EVERYTHING. I am, after all, the woman who makes sure she has four sets of keys every spring. Because I lose and forget even more when spring hits. Go figure!

    Sounds like it is still mega cold there today...stay warm, dear Donna.


    1. I say her last name with a long "i". I do not know if it is correct.

      Last night Katie had a gift exchange at her volleyball coach's house. I drover her 25 minutes to the party, she forgot gift, I drove home to retreive the gift, brought it back....

      I could have driven to Chicago!!!

    2. Jen hatmaker did a blog a couple of years back on Christmas gifts for her kids -- something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read. I really like the thought. It was harder to put it into practice than I expected..

      I love little bags of stuff in the car. Scott does not. Alas.

    3. I love the name, too, Donna and Diane! Is that Lancome mascara, Donna? My daughter loves her Eos lip balm!

    4. Yes Camy. The young girls got drug store mascara picked out my Katie. This is an old one of mine. My eyelashes are sparse (sp) and sensitive. I get the expensive stuff.

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    6. I began to guess about pronunciation and then figured I was wrong. by the way, LOVE Lancome mascara.

    7. Anonymous1:39 PM

      I had a Great Aunt on my father's side named Ora, but they pronounced it as if it had the "l" in it. This is the first time I have ever heard of another person with that name, although I am sure there are others. What fun! jep

  2. I think it was a great idea Donna !! A fantastic gift idea. You know where to send mine

  3. I don't know about Baby Lips but must try it out next time I'm in the States. Where do you find it?

    That is a darling bag. LOVE it. I pack around a similar bag, (not as cute!) but in my book bag -- when you don't have a car you find yourself carrying around the "what if" stuff. Umbrella, book, lotion, advil, travel tooth brush. I love to be prepared :-)

  4. Baby lips can be found at Target and I imagine Walgreens, CVS.

    1. yay! I wondered if it was a Sephora product, in that case I might be able to find it over here. I'm well stocked with EOS and hope to be up in Alaska in March - it goes on the list :-)

  5. I love your gift idea and you chose great products!! My girls love both of those lip products. :)

  6. Great idea! I have most of that stuff in my car, one is in the glove box, one in the box between the front seats, one in the cup get the idea. Need to get a cute bag! The Duchess of Cambridge has worn a couple of Orla Kiely dresses--I had no idea you could get her stuff at Target.

  7. Anonymous1:23 PM

    Heck yes I'd take that gift! It's great! The bag is darling.

    While I was shopping in the Walmarts today I grabbed some eos lip balm in mint. I like it. Ya know, I don't know why I have never grabbed one before because Kris is constantly stealing my chap stick. He wouldn't think about putting this cute little eos lip balm in his pocket. Perfect.

    Sarah P. from Iowa
    P.S. Twice a month I am responsible for bringing snacks to Sophia's preschool. I forget every.single.time. I drop her off at school then run to the store and buy something. I used to have visions of me bringing cute little snacks specially made for the kids...nope, they get a bag of oreos instead. : )

    1. Sarah P I'm thrilled you tried out the Mint - it's my fav!! :-)

      it works great!!

  8. Anonymous1:50 PM

    The wallpaper behind the lady from Betty Magazine on the video looks so familiar to me. Maybe you have that on your Pinterest Board Donna. What a lovely person Orla is…hope she has continued success. And, your bag idea is fantastic. I am like Di and Susan and need a much bigger tote which I lug along with me and my purse. It is made out of what looks like upholstery material with symbols of Wyoming things on it…cowboys, big horn sheep, bucking bronc etc. It is manly enough that my husband does not mind carrying it around for me at times like doctor visits. Isn't that funny!!! The gift philosophy is spot on as far as I am concerned…want, need, wear, read! Yes! love and prayers, jep

  9. Those are such thoughtful gifts. Needful things, too. I bought my daughter and my soon-to-be daughter-in-law Eos for Christmas. They love them. Alas, I didn't buy one for myself. Sigh.

  10. Anonymous4:13 PM

    I didn't know Target carried her prints, good maybe I can afford one as opposed to the Garnet Hill totes and bags of hers. Love her stuff. Karen F.

  11. I didn't know Baby Lips had a medicated version; I don't love their regular products, so I'll try that!

  12. Love this little bag! Such creative gifts you gave. My daughters and I love EOS and Baby Lips, too.

  13. Anonymous12:32 AM

    Adorable bag! I am in Target so (dangerously) often, I can't believe I've never seen it! So sorry Christmas is just past as I can't wait to put the Want, Need, Wear, Read gift philosophy into action. What a fantastic idea!

    Mary Z

  14. So cute! I used to pronounce it Keely but Orla herself says Kylie apparently.....

  15. Love the gift idea!! And of keeping these things in the car! Very handy.

  16. I think the bags are cute and a great gift! My daughter got me started on the EOS and I now have many flavors. I found vanilla, which I like, but I think my current favorite if blueberry. My daughter found it for me at Target.

  17. Always love to hear your thoughts Donna

  18. It is so good to read your blog posts again! I have been away for far too long. I'm going to try to do better but my battle with depression isn't going very well. Please remember me in your prayers. By the way, your little idea for things for the car is perfect!


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