Nov 142013
 

We are back with another fabulous giveaway to share. It is from our friends and sponsors at Links of London. The response to our previous contests with this incredible jeweler have been so positive it seemed like a grand idea to do another one.

The timing is ideal as we head into the holiday season, it always gets me to thinking about trinkets that Santa might hide under the tree.  How about the charms that Links offers? These treasures can go on a bracelet or be worn on a pendant.

Links of London

Links of London

The holiday charms are darling.

Links of London

Links of London

Who wouldn’t love a bracelet from the company’s new Star Dust Collection?! The sterling silver mesh bracelets come in a variety of colors including rose gold, gold, silver and grey. They’re accented with glittering CZs and have magnetic clasps.

Links of London Star Dust Collection

Links of London Star Dust Collection

There is no shortage of elegant earrings, these are merely a sampling of all the different styles.

Links of London

Links of London

The brand’s continued partnership with Lauren Bush Lauren and her FEED project is helping provide food and drinking water for children living in areas with high rates of HIV/AIDs, or regions with ongoing war/conflict. There’s nothing better than buying or receiving a gift that you know is helping others. The Links of London collection of FEED bracelets may be seen here.

Links of London

Links of London

Some of the niftier items at Links can be found in the new Hope Watch collection.

Links of London

Links of London

The timepieces have understated leather straps and mother of pearl faces. This pair showcases shimmering pave crystals.

Links of London

Links of London

Finding one of these in my stocking would be divine.

Back to our primary mission, the wonderful giveaway. First, a quick refresher for newer Kate fashion fans: the Duchess has shown her fondness for her Links of London Effervescence Bubble Stiletto earrings.

Links of London/Rebecca Naden-PA/Canadian Heritage

Links of London/Rebecca Naden-PA/Canadian Heritage

You can see them quite well in this image from the June 2011 ARK Dinner, her first formal engagement following her marriage to Prince William.

Splash News

Splash News

As well as her Hope Egg earrings, worn in one of the couple’s engagement photos and on numerous other occasions.

PA Wire/Links of London

PA Wire/Links of London

Our Grand Prize winner will receive a pair of the Hope Egg earrings, just like those worn by Kate. These currently sell for $470.

Links of London

Links of London

As if that isn’t enough, Links of London is also awarding a Second Prize of the Effervescence Bubble Stiletto Earrings, valued at $270.

Links of London

Links of London

Here’s how to enter, please note that Items 1 and 2 must both be accomplished for you to be entered:

  1. Sign up for the Links of London email list by clicking here. Even if you have previously signed up, you will need to do so again. (But you won’t be getting two copies of the company’s email.)
  2. Look at the Hope Watch collection and leave a comment telling us which watch you would like to see Kate wearing.
  3. For a second entry follow Links of London on their just-launched US Twitter feed. Click here to visit their Twitter page; head on over and say “Hi”! (Leave a comment telling us you followed and your Twitter user name.)

Entries are open until midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 20. We’ll announce the winners shortly after that. Good luck to everyone!

Nov 012013
 

Today we have several quick tidbits to share, what we often call ‘bits and bytes’. We begin with updates to Kate’s Calendar:

  • Thursday, Nov. 7: Kate and William will meet volunteers who are supporting London Poppy Day.  This is part of the annual Poppy Appeal, the event will take place at Kensington Palace.
  • Sunday, Nov. 10:  Kate’s participation at Remembrance Sunday was never confirmed, I’ve not seen confirmation that she will or won’t be taking part this year.

Kate is shown at Remembrance Sunday in 2012 (left) and also in 2011 (right).

Splash News

Splash News

At the top of the news list, a fourth official photo was released of Prince George’s christening last week, shown here on the cover of People‘s special issue. It is by far my favorite of the four images.

People Magazine

People Magazine

Special commemorative issues of magazine are in abundance, this is the cover of Hello! Canada.

Hello! Canada

Hello! Canada

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Kate was out and about last Friday, seen shopping at Zara Home. We don’t have a license to post any photographs (they can all be seen here, at PopSugar), but can share what Kate wore.  The Duchess was in her skinny jeans and a blouse purchased more than a year ago, the ‘Debarn’ by British-based retailer Jack Wills.

Kate Jack Wills Debarn Blouse product Pic

Jack Wills

At the time of the purchase Jack Wills tweeted about the purchase, and even shared a photo of an employee in their Glasgow store wearing the blouse.

Jack Wills Glasgow

Jack Wills Glasgow

It looked like the Duchess was in another garment that was purchased more than a year ago, the Zara Long Cashmere Cardigan we showed in this post.

Zara

Zara

Kate was also wearing her Mint Velvet sneakers.

Mint Velvet

Mint Velvet

And carrying her Mulberry Polly Push-Lock handbag.

Mulberry

Mulberry

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There was sad news for Collette Dinnigan fan this week, with word she is closing down the majority of her business. The designer shared the news in a handwritten note via social media.

Collette Dinnigan Facebook

Collette Dinnigan Facebook

More from the Sydney Morning Herald:

By year’s end Australia’s most internationally acclaimed fashion designer will have closed her eponymous boutiques in Sydney, Melbourne and London and stopped producing the high-end bridal and evening attire on which her reputation has been built and which she now sells worldwide.

Kate wearing a Collette Dinnigan design in 2007.
SplashNews.com

SplashNews.com

Back to the Herald story:

Unlike the long list of those in the industry who have hit the skids, Dinnigan insists that she is not in financial trouble. The business is profitable and there is no debt, she says.

Rather, the 48-year-old’s time was the crunch point. She needed more of it after giving birth to her second child last November, a son, Hunter, who joins nine-year-old Estella and husband Bradley Cocks, whom she married in mid-2011.

Below you see the designer with a model on the catwalk at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

Collette Dinnigan Facebook

Collette Dinnigan Facebook

As one might imagine, the response on Twitter and Facebook from fans was vocal. Ms. Dinnigan used those channels to thank people for their support.

Collette Dinnigan Facebook

Collette Dinnigan Facebook

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It is boot season and we have a few updates on specific styles. The Zipkin boot by Stuart Weitzman is back in stock; we show the Duchess wearing it in Denmark for a UNICEF event.

Mirrorpix / Splash News

Mirrorpix / Splash News

The boot looks like it is available in all sizes from 4.5 through 11.5 on the Weitzman website.

Splash News/Stuart Weitzman

Splash News/Stuart Weitzman

We want to update everyone on another pair of boots, the Bally shown below.

eBay/SplashNews.com

eBay/SplashNews.com

Intrepid WKWer Lucy got in touch with Bally about the footwear, she was told the boot’s style name was the “Thrall,” it was from the spring/summer 2007 collection. Since our original post on the boots we have been told about a number of repliKate options. Below left, the Cole-Haan Air Cara at Nordstrom ($299.90), the original boots are in the center, and the Naturalizer Larissa is seen below right, it is on sale for only $56.99 at 6pm.com.

Nordstrom/eBay/6pm.com

Nordstrom/eBay/6pm.com

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A reminder about our Aquatalia by Marvin K. giveaway: entries close at midnight tonight (Friday, Nov. 1, 2013), you can see the nifty prize being offered and learn how to enter here.

Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 1.13.42 PMWe will announce the winner early next week.

Oct 242013
 

We have something fun to share amid all of the christening news and tonight’s gala at Kensington Palace!

Over the years our friends at Aquatalia have been more-than-generous in partnering with us on giveaways, and we’re back with another one. This time it is for something entirely different, the winner gets to select any pair of shoes from the “Marvin K.” collection. Below we see an elegant pump from the line, the ‘Carrie‘.

By Marvin K. 'Carrie'

By Marvin K. ‘Carrie’

Marvin Krasnow, known as Marvin K., started the brand in 1989 with his late wife, Joy. Below we see Mr. Krasnow in a formal photo, and enjoying a visit to Nordstrom.

Aquatalia.com/Aquatalia Facebook Page

Aquatalia.com/Aquatalia Facebook Page

(Many Kate fashion followers know that Nordstrom stocks a healthy selection of Aquatalia footwear, including Kate’s Rhumba boots.)

More on the Marvin K. line:

The Fall 2013 Collection answers the needs of the fashion consumer who craves comfort without sacrificing her fashion sense. Inspired by the modern muse who is effortless and directional in her approach to fashion; Marvin K. appeals to a new generation of Aquatalia consumers who seeks a bit more adventure in their footwear.

There is a sizable group of wedges. Below we see the Gatsby, and the Gina.

Aquatalia 'Gatsby' and 'Gina'

Marvin K. Aquatalia ‘Gatsby’ and ‘Gina’

Another style of pumps, this is the Bubu.

Marvin K. 'Bubu'

Marvin K. ‘Bubu’

Two more styles, the Lucianna pump and Lauren t-strap.

By Marvin K Lucianne & Lauren

Marvin K. Lucianne & Lauren

A different take on the classic smoking shoe: on the left, the Adrianna, and on the right, the Angelica.

By Marvin K. 'Adrianna' and 'Angelica'

Marvin K. ‘Adrianna’ and ‘Angelica’

There are a number of booties in the Marvin K. Collection, including the Fiona and the Gabby.

Marvin K. 'Fiona' and 'Gabby'

Marvin K. ‘Fiona’ and ‘Gabby’

Repeating the details, one lucky winner will win a pair of shoes/boots of her choosing from Aquatalia’s Marvin K. collection.  Here is how to enter, please note the first two bullet points are required to qualify for the prize:

  • Sign up for Aquatalia’s mailing list by clicking here
  • Leave a comment telling us the name of your favorite Marvin K. boot style
  • For an additional entry follow Aquatalia on Facebook (if you already do just leave us a comment saying that)
  • For an additional entry follow Aquatalia on Twitter (if you already do just leave us a comment saying that)
  • Share the contest on your social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.(and leave comments letting us know you did)

Other particulars:

  • You can leave a single comment listing us the different ways you qualified, it’s not necessary to do a separate comment for each item.
  • Entries will be open until midnight on Friday, November 1st

We’ll see you later today with our post on the official christening photos (they are being released at 5pm EDT) and the 100 Women in Hedge Funds dinner at Kensington Palace.

 

 

 

 

 

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