I don't have an Automobile of Car category on the blog.  I'm not sure there's the necessity for one given that I don't have a driver's license.  I'm not even sure I know all the lingo that goes with talking about rides with Top Gear's chat pretty much going over my head (except when they're making bigoted jokes).  I do however have the ability to squeal "Ohhhh myyyy god!  So cuuuuuuute!" when I leave the front door to find the Orla Kiely Citreon DS3 parked outside ready to take me around shows at London Fashion Week.  I may have jumped up and down like a lunatic causing the driver Pete much embarrassment because he's used to driving big mahussive Bimmers and Mercs and couldn't quite understand why I was squealing over what essentially is quite a feminine car…


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See this tight embarrassed smile? 


Beyond the visual effect of the print (and yes, it does stop people in tracks on the street…), it's all in the details inside the car that make the car even more squeal-worthy.  Because I'm a yokel who doesn't drive much or sit inside cars in fact, I cooed things like "Oooh…cream leather seats!"  "A light!"  "Look at the dashboard!"  "Oh my god the printed carmats!" – again, all emphasising the fact that I'm a car ditz who gets easily excited and that it has been beautifully thought through and it's not just Orla Kiely slapping a print on a car. 



If the gearstick that I was learning how to drive with back when I was errr….16 was this, I'm SURE I would have taken to driving in a more positive way.  Actually if I had a car like this when I was 16, I may even have passed my test (I actually never attempted a test – I concluded that I'd be a danger to myself and others on the road…). 



I spent half an hour flicking this on and off.  Did I not say that I was a car yokel? 




I'm also chuffed I got the untempered all-over printed green acorn version of the car as the print in the models that are being sold I think are slightly more restrained but no less deets-less in terms of the interiors. 

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Now, let's all point at Susie in her temporary printed ride and be thankful she's not the one who's driving it…

Comments (30)

  1. LOL!!! poor bloke. he does look a smidgen uncomfortable.
    have fun getting driven around!!!!!

  2. Micheal M says:

    Citroens are super cool (especially that one) although I think they should’ve reworked a D series for you in the pattern, now that would’ve just been mind blowing!
    I do rather like the kitsch-ish features like the orange study light feels very house+car

  3. margief says:

    oh wow. im not the biggest fan of orla kiely prints but this car is definitely one id swap my fiesta for. Even the headrests are stiched in her print! love it

  4. SACRAMENTO says:

    I am not into cars either, but I wouldn´t mind having this one. Sooooooooooooooo unique!!!

  5. Alice says:

    hehe! What a fantastic car! A lot of time and thought must have gone into that for sure. Love the print, not surprised it stops people in their tracks. Just makes me even more desperate to learn how to drive…in about a year. 🙂

  6. edoardo says:

    Wow, strange post, really, but I love these car so glamourous!

  7. Valeria says:

    a car like this may be only of a british man!!
    it’s very strong!

  8. A boy from a town no one has ever heard of says:

    How much did you get paid for that massive and obvious advertising?
    Sorry, for telling you, but that post of yours certainly makes me leave your blog immediately. Seems like you lost your independency and objectivity. You not be sad about that. But I AM!

  9. Crystal says:

    I miss my car! It’s no where near this adorable, but still… Oh, this reminds me of the knit Smart Car cover Magda Sayeg did for the Roman Arts Festival.
    Some cars have so much personality!

  10. susie_bubble says:

    A boy: this is NOT an advertorial as most bloggers have to declare if it is a paid for advertorial. I was in a rush posting this but basically the car is being lent to me for three days with a driver for lfw. No payment whatsoever – in any case, I loved the car which is why I agreed to it. if it was a car I didn’t like, I would have said no. What’s not to like about a car that has a green acorn print!
    Your point about an independent voice is one that I will address soon enough but please understand that I am NOT pulling the wool over anybody’s eyes.

  11. Oh that boy from nowhere has a big mouth and so much brain. Like, for advertising a car, let us talk about colors and cute gadgets, it should work with the girls. And since they’ll be all hysterical with the color, they probably won’t realize they’re being scammed.
    Phew. Thank god this guy is here to save us. That was close.
    Don’t bother Suzie. I doubt many of us ever had a doubt about your integrity.
    And btw, totally unreatedly, I’m GUTTED because you totally should have won the bloglovin stuff. I’m considering creating a special prize (for best car commercial?). ^_^

  12. Joanna says:

    I want that car! The pattern is so unique and amazing!

  13. Meanz says:

    It’s so cute! Even though I drive, I don’t know a lot about cars either, but I know that I would love to drive this car.

  14. r says:

    Oh poor he ! got caught by sus’s cam

  15. Rachael says:

    Awwwww that is amazing!!! I love the detailing on the head rest covers!!!!!

  16. Rachael says:

    Just realised i pasted the wrong link meant to post one to my own blog not mumford and sons!!!! 🙂

  17. Ruby says:

    Prints and some more like Bingo at LFW

  18. terry says:

    It’s amazing what ruffles the feathers of some people. A post about a car with a print to most people is amusing, interesting or just moot. Ya know, that car will never go to places like the US, so people in other countries can see things they otherwise would never see, including those of you from towns no one has ever heard of…

  19. That has to be one of the kookiest and best designer collaborations I’ve seen in a long time! What an exquisit interior…I’d want to sleep in there x

  20. Claire says:

    (I actually never attempted a test – I concluded that I’d be a danger to myself and others on the road…)
    Hah. Me too.
    The gearstick and headrests ARE particularly fine. I’d imagine the lamp-light may become irritating, though.. especially if it started to lose it’s rigidity.

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  23. Kb says:

    I eventually passed my test on my 4th attempt and since then my trips have been sporadic. I was actually afraid of touching the sides of the Blackwall tunnel and had a trail of cars behind me. I guess you’re too busy to try now, but I wouldn’t give up especially when there are cars like this! No one wants to drive with me for the same reason!

  24. carolyn says:

    wow i am not a car person at all but that one is darn cute!

  25. Beyond the visual effect of the print (and yes, it does stop people in tracks on the street…), it’s all in the details inside the car that make the car even more squeal-worthy. Because I’m a yokel who doesn’t drive much or sit inside cars in fact, I cooed things like “Oooh…cream leather seats!” “A light!” “Look at the dashboard!” “Oh my god the printed carmats!” – again, all emphasising the fact that I’m a car ditz who gets easily excited and that it has been beautifully thought through and it’s not just Orla Kiely slapping a print on a car.

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