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.

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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

Jun 122013
 

Today we share a dual post, one updating the EACH fundraiser a number of royal bloggers have been working on, coupled with an amazing giveaway. Our other topic is an advancer on the activities surrounding Kate’s christening of the new Royal Princess cruise ship from Princess Cruise Lines.

We begin with updates on Thursday’s christening of the Royal Princess cruise ship by Kate.

Royal Princess

Royal Princess

The ship arrived in Southampton last week. It is an enormous vessel.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises

Kate will be the ship’s “godmother,” joining other royals and notables, including Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and Audrey Hepburn. Princess Diana named the original Royal Princess in November of 1984.

Princess Cruise Lines

Princess Cruise Lines

More from the Daily Mail:

The Queen launched her namesake, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, in 2010, and the Duchess of Cornwall christened the same cruise line’s Queen Victoria back in 2007

A few pertinent data points:

  • the christening ceremony will be live streamed at Princess.com (this relates to the ship christening only as as as I know, not Thursday’s other events)
  • the event starts at 11:15am Southampton time, 6:15am EDT, 3:15am PDT
  • the ceremony will be opened with music from the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth and The Pipe Band of 1st Battalion Irish Guards will open the event, it is a traditional part of British ship-namingceremonies
  • festivities include British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield singing her hit, “Unwritten”

This will be the largest ship in the Princess Cruise fleet.  Kate will be given a tour of the ship by Captain Tony Draper, he is from Scotland.

A beneficiary of Thursday’s events is one of Kate’s patronage, EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices). More from EACH:

Joining a small number of staff and representatives will be over 100 EACH supporters from across Cambs, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, all helping to raise more than £50,000 in donations.

Two children who benefited from the care and support offered by EACH will be part of the function, they will hand Kate the scissors she will use for the ribbon cutting.

EACH (East Anglia's Children's Hospices)

EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices)

Izzie and Charlie Rowbotham lost their brother George to a brain tumor. More on the family’s feelings about EACH, this is what Izzie, Charlie and George’s mother shared:

We’re all very excited about meeting The Duchess of Cambridge and very proud and honoured to be representing EACH. We’re very passionate about the work EACH does with children and their families, having experienced the difference that it makes first hand. We feel that by being given opportunities like this we are able to share memories of our gorgeous little boy George.

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Word of the role EACH will play in Thursday’s activities makes it perfect for an update on our Baby Cambridge Fundraiser benefiting EACH. As explained in earlier posts, a number of royal bloggers thought the birth of William and Kate’s first child was something to celebrate; raising money for one of Kate’s charities felt like a splendid way to honor the occasion. EACH is the recipient of all money raised, and we have made lots of progress since launching in late April. We are at 81% of our goal.

JustGiving.com/BabyCambridgeFundraiser

JustGiving.com/BabyCambridgeFundraiser

But we need your help to get us closer to our goal.

As we have shared, there are many ways to help out with fundraising efforts. We would be ever-so-grateful for any donation, every $2 or £2 helps. If you have been able to donate, we hope you will think about posting one of our graphics.

BabyCambridge.net

BabyCambridge.net

If you aren’t able to donate there are lots of other ways to help out, we would love it if you would consider sharing one of the other amazing graphics available on your blog or Facebook page.

BabyCambridge.net

BabyCambridge.net

They have all been created by the one and only British Royals, you can look at them and/or download any you like at BabyCambridge.net.

One of the ways we have been trying to draw attention to the Fundraiser and boost donations has been through a variety of contests and promotional events. That brings us to our newest giveaway: one lucky person will win this enormous, emerald-cut citrine ring from StyleRocks.

StyleRocks.com

StyleRocks.com

Kate fashion followers know how fond she is of citrine earrings. Below, the Duchess at Cheltenham in March.

Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

And her citrine drops have been noted on almost too many occasions to enumerate.

James Whatling/Splash News

James Whatling/Splash News

So when StyleRocks offered to donate a prize to help our EACH fundraiser, citrine seemed like a natural fit.  The ring measures 13mm wide by 18mm long, its retail value is $1000.

StyleRocks.com

StyleRocks.com

StyleRocks is a remarkable jewelry store that lets you design your jewelry online. Everything the company offers is fully customizable.

StyleRocks.com

StyleRocks.com

Using the site is very easy, just start with a piece of jewelry or stone that you like and begin customizing. Let’s say you are thinking about a necklace and you like the color pink. Voilà! Here are three different styles I came up with in about 30-seconds: a princess-cut pink sapphire, a cushioncCheckerboard style and an emerald-cut style.

StyleRocks.com

StyleRocks.com

Think of the potential for any of the following rings. Once you decide if you would like sterling silver, 9K or 18K gold then you can start pondering what gemstone or pearl you would want used in the setting-the possibilities are endless.

StyleRocks.com

StyleRocks.com

Actually, the possibilities are not really endless, the number of jewelry combinations at StyleRocks is 3.4 trillion.

The company was started by Pascale Helyar-Moray, who came up with the idea for an online customizable jewelry site when she was pregnant herself. When given an opportunity to select a jewelry gift to celebrate the birth of her twins she couldn’t find anything online she really, really loved. Pascale had long thought about designing jewelry, the difficulty she encountered proved the genesis of her successful company.

The company  has been showcased everywhere from Australian Vogue to the Telegraph. It’s not unusual for customers to share pictures of their jewelry, sometimes as soon as they open their packages.

StyleRocks Pinterest

StyleRocks Pinterest

Donating such a gorgeous ring isn’t the only way StyleRocks is helping our fundraiser for EACH. Pascale created a special group of jewelry she dubbed the ‘Cambridge Collection‘ and is donating 10% of all sales from this Collection to the fundraiser.

StyleRocks.com

The Cambridge Collection StyleRocks.com

And every shopper is given a chance at checkout to donate $2 to the Fundraiser simply by ticking a box on the checkout page.

StyleRocks.com

StyleRocks.com

We’re very appreciative of everything StyleRocks is doing to help. Now, back to that stunning ring and how you can enter to win it.

  • For one entry sign up for the StyleRocks mailing list by visiting the company’s site, look for the “subscribe” box on the lower right side of the StyleRocks home page. You will see a drop down menu asking how you got to the page, how you heard about StyleRocks, be sure you tell them how you got there from the choices available (via What Kate Wore).
  • Post a comment here telling us the piece of jewelry from the Cambridge Collection you like the most

You must complete both Step 1 & Step 2 to enter the contest.

The contest is open anywhere in the world that StyleRocks ships, which is just about the entire world. To see a complete list of countries, click here and scroll down to the ‘Where do you ship?” information.
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  • For a second entry follow StyleRocks on Facebook
  • For a third entry follow StyleRocks on Twitter
  • For an additional entry, post about the contest on your own Facebook page or Twitter account
  • If you refer a friend to the contest you will also receive another entry.
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