Aug 262013
 

We are back with something I know readers will enjoy, an opportunity to win a pair of the stunning Aquatalia boots Kate is known for wearing so frequently.

But first, a spot of background on why we’re doing the giveaway: Aquatalia has generously donated another pair of Rhumba boots to help us boost awareness and $$$ (or £££ or €€€, whatever currency works where you are) for the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser. The fundraiser is being done by royal/fashion bloggers with all proceeds going directly to one of Kate’s patronages, EACH, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. Below, a little one receiving care at an EACH hospice.

East Anglia's Children's Hospices

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

Here we see Kate visiting another EACH facility in March of 2012.

Courtesy EACH

Courtesy EACH

We are wrapping up our primary fundraiser efforts, and would be ever-so-grateful if you would consider donating even $2 or £2 (anything you can) by visiting our Just Giving page. We have exceeded our goal, but would love to put a little icing on the fundraising cake, so to speak.

JustGiving.com

JustGiving.com

Now we move on to the really fun part of today’s post, the boot giveaway. Below we see the Duchess sporting her Rhumba boots on a trip to Saint Andrews University with William in February of 2011.

Mirrorpix/Splash News

Mirrorpix/Splash News

For that engagement in Scotland Kate paired her Rhumbas with a Luisa Spagnoli dress/jacket.  Below we offer a better look at the boots.

Aquatalia/PA Wire

Aquatalia/PA Wire

Kate has been a fan of Aquatalia for some time, here she wears another pair of the brand’s boots.

Splash News

That is the style known as the ‘Royal,’ in the UK it is sold as the Ruby Dry at Russell & Bromley, where Kate purchased her pair. Below you see the updated Royal, now renamed the “Royalty“.

Aquatalia

Aquatalia

It is identical to Kate’s pair and last year’s Royal, with one exception: the hardware. Below we show the Royalty and the Royal side-by-side. The materials, construction, upper, everything is the same, the hardware is just a touch more distinctive.

Aquatalia Royalty

Aquatalia Royalty/Royal

Saks now offers the Rhumba as well as other Aquatalia styles; Nordstrom continues to offer a selection of Aquatalia footwear, they still have a solid selection of the Royal available in the leather version (and it is on sale!), but only a very limited range of sizes in the suede style worn by Kate, and just large sizes in the black Rhumba. And Zappos also offers a solid selection of Aquatalia.

The change in seasons means Aquatalia is launching its Pre-Fall 2013 collection, offering new designs across the board. We’ll look at a few from the “Marvin K.” group, a line targeted at those “seeking a bit more adventure in their footwear”.  Below, new smoking-style shoes, both in soft suede: on the left we see the Adrianna, and on the right, the Angelica.

Aquatalia By Marvin K.

Aquatalia Adrianna/Angelica

Dressier styles include the Lucianna pump and Lauren t-strap pump, both with 4″ heels. (Eep!)

By Marvin K. Lucianne/Lauren

By Marvin K. Lucianne/Lauren

More casual fall shoes from the standard Aquatalia line, the Alicia in waterproof suede, and the Alanna.

Aquatalia

Aquatalia Alicia/Alanna

Both are from Aquatalia’s Sacchetto collection, a group that sounds comfy but also looks über-stylish.

Developed in Italy, our unique Sacchetto collection molds to the foot and offers unmatched flexibility while maintaining shape….the lining gently encloses the foot like a glove. We also add a high tech compression-resistant cushioning which is sewn directly into the lining and foot bed for a supportive fit with every step.

The result is the most comfortable and lightweight fashion shoe ever to meet your feet.

Below we see the Paige style from this collection.

Aquatalia

Aquatalia

Also from the Sacchetto line, the Urla in weatherproof stretch suede.

Aquatalia Urla

Aquatalia Urla

And the the Utopia2 Stretch Mini-Wedge.

Aquatalia Utopia2

Other Sacchetto styles include the Silly and the Stelli.

Aquatalia Silly/Stelli

Aquatalia Silly/Stelli

There are also new boots to enjoy this fall, below we show the Opulence (left two pair) with a 2″ stacked heel, and the Open (right two pair), the Open has just 1″ heel.

Aquatalia O/Open

Aquatalia Opulence/Open

On to our giveaway. The prize is a stunning pair of Aquatalia Rhumba boots in this fall’s newest color, anthracite.

Aquatalia

Aquatalia Rhumba

The Rhumba now comes in six colors: taupe, anthracite, espresso, wine, navy and black.

Aquatalia Rhumba

Aquatalia Rhumba

This pair offers all the great design and construction elements found in Kate’s Rhumbas, beginning with that stretchy suede upper that is weatherproofed, making for a more comfortable fit. There is an inside zipper, slip-resistant rubber sole, and 2.5″ walking height (3.25″ stacked leather heel with 0.75″ platform). Like all of Aquatalia’s footwear, the boots are made in Italy.

The contest runs from Monday August 26 through 11:59pm on September 2nd. We will announce the winner on the 4th. This particular giveaway is open only to residents of Canada and the 48 states of the Continental US and the District of Columbia. Here’s how to enter:

1) Click here to sign up for Aquatalia’s mailing list. (This step is required to enter the giveaway.)

2) For additional entries, use the widget below to:

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Congratulations Cathleen Plaza!

Aquatalia

Aquatalia

Apr 262013
 

For today’s engagement at Warner Brothers Studios Leavesden Kate wore a Topshop dress.

Adam Binnie/Waterford Observer Twitter

Adam Binnie/Waterford Observer Twitter

Prince William and Prince Harry were also part of the day’s events, this image comes via the BBC’s Sophie Sulehria.

Sophie Sulehrai, BBC

Sophie Sulehrai, BBC

Kate’s polka dot dress seemed in keeping with the majority of the day’s more lighthearted activities.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Once inside the studios the three were welcomed onto a Harry Potter set, all eight films were made here.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Trying out props from some of those movies was clearly a high point.

Via Rebbecca @Beck_WatfordObs /Gordon Rayner

Via Rebecca Perring-Waterford Observer/Gordon Rayner-The Daily Telegraph

Warner Brothers has made a £100 million+ investment into Leavesden Studios, an immense facility housing a permanent production facility as well as the Studio Tour.

Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

Today was the official inauguration of the studios.

Sophie Sulehria/BBC Twitter

Sophie Sulehria/BBC Twitter

Prince William was acting in his role as the President of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), below a portion of his remarks:

“The journey to today began most obviously with the now legendary story of an aspiring author – J K Rowling – translating her phenomenal imagination onto paper in the form of the Harry Potter series.

New BAFTA scholarships were announced today, the Prince William scholarships will assist those doing graduate-level work in film studies.
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Below, the young royals on the Diagon Alley set from the Harry Potter Films.
Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/ PA Wire

Chris Jackson/WPA Rota/ PA Wire

There was plenty of the back and forth ribbing between William and Harry, here is one of William’s salvos as shared by Max Foster from CNN:

Max Foster, CNN

Max Foster, CNN

There were 500 guests on the Making of Harry Potter Tour from the charities for which William, Kate and Harry serve as Patron.

Warner Brothers You Tube Video

Warner Brothers You Tube Video

The sets and costumes were obviously high points for everyone on the Tour, royals and guests alike.

Warner Brothers Studio Tours

Warner Brothers Studio Tours

All eight of the wildly successful films Harry Potter films were shot at Leavesden. Kate looked short in contrast to Rebeus Hagrid.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Here we see William and Harry giving Mr. Weasley’s flying Ford Anglia a try.

Warner Bros Studio Tour

Warner Bros Studio Tour

William can be seen trying out the Batmobile, Kate had a look at Batman’s costume.

Rebecca Perring/Waterford observer Twitter Feed

Rebecca Perring/Waterford observer Twitter Feed

William also seemed to like Batman’s means of getting around.

Valentine Low/The Times Twitter

Valentine Low/The Times Twitter

Naturally there were baby comments, Richard Palmer from the Express shared this one:

Richard Palmer, The Express

Richard Palmer, The Express

Harry Potter author JK Rowling joined the royals, it was the first time she had seen the studios. She was also in polka dots, and a pair of what could be the LK Bennett Sledge pumps Kate is so fond of. (Or is the platform too high for these to be the Sledge?) a pair of what savvy commenters have pointed out are the Jimmy Choo Cosmic, something yours truly should have recognized.

Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Warner Brothers Studio Tour

The Tour looks like something almost anyone would enjoy, other films produced at Leavesden include Sherlock Holmes, Inception and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. As the trio was departing Kate posed for photos with a few youngsters.

Sophie Sulehria/The BBC

Sophie Sulehria/The BBC

There was also more serious business on the day’s agenda, Harry, Kate & William chaired a meeting of their Charities Forum in the Great Hall set used for the Potter movies.

The Duchess was in a polka dot dress from Topshop.

James Whatling / Splash News

James Whatling / Splash News

Many think she wore the Polka Dot Skater dress in a tall size.

Topshop at Nordstrom

Topshop at Nordstrom

While others think it was a piece from Topshop’s maternity line, the brand’s Florence dress.

Topshop Maternity 'Florence' Dress

Topshop Maternity ‘Florence’ Dress

To be honest, I cannot tell which dress it is. The ongoing debate over which frock Kate is wearing is indicative of how similar they are. An observant WKW Facebook friend noted that the dots on Kate’s dress are spaced at regular intervals, the dots on the white version of Florence dress are not symmetrical, they overlap at points.

Topshop

Topshop

However… that is on the US site. The Florence dress on the UK site is shown with dots that are symmetrical, so I think it could be either at this point.

What To Expect

What To Expect

Many will recognize Kate’s black jacket.

mmmm

Many of us first noted Kate wearing the jacket as a ‘going away’ piece atop her blue Zara dress the day after the couple’s wedding, almost two years ago.

PA Wire

PA Wire

She has worn it on several occasions, including a Gary Barlow concert in December of 2011.

Splash News

Splash News

Kate accessorized with her black Episode angel pumps, the UFO black suede clutch and Annoushka pearl drop earrings.

Splash News

Splash News

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We have significant news we want to share, no doubt it will please many of you who saw our Tweets and/or Facebook mentions about what we mysteriously referred to as #BCF.

Drum roll……

EACH

Baby Cambridge Fundraiser

It stands for the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser, a joint effort from a coalition of royal bloggers raising money for EACH, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, one of Kate’s patronages. We’ll have more about this on Monday including a fabulous giveaway.  We hope readers who are on Facebook will join the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser page…..

Baby Cambridge Fundraiser Facebook Page

Baby Cambridge Fundraiser Facebook Page

And if you are on Twitter we hope you follow BCF on that site as well.

BCF (@Royal Fundraiser) Twitter Page

BCF (@Royal Fundraiser) Twitter Page

But more importantly, we hope you will consider making even a small donation, be it £1, $2, every little bit helps a very worthy cause.

Kate’s next engagement is Monday, she will spend part of her 2nd wedding anniversary visiting the Naomi House Children’s Hospice.

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