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.

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“.



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 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.



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 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:


Congratulations Cathleen Plaza!



Nov 242012

Kate repeated another favorite today, bringing back her red LK Bennett Ami coat in support of Wales’ rugby team, known as the Red Dragons. The Duke and Duchess were at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to watch the match against New Zealand’s All Blacks team.

Michael Steele / PA Wire

Above we see Kate arriving at a reception for the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust just prior to today’s match.

Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust

The Trust supports players seriously injured during their careers, Prince William is patron of the organization. The couple spent time speaking with former players and Trust officials before today’s game. More from Wales Online:

Philip Harris, 59, who was partially paralysed down his left side after being injured in a game, said he believed the royal couple’s appearance represented a firm pledge to support the trust.

Mr Harris, from Brynamman, near Swansea, said: The Duke was very inquisitive, he was very caring and interested in all of us here today.

He is dedicated to this great cause, he has shown that today. To get somebody of his stature to support us is incredible.

This is a great charity, it has brought us comradeship and friendship as well as emotional and physical support. We would have been lost without it, so to have Prince William here has meant a lot to us.

The game is a fierce rivalry, ceremonies beforehand show how enormous Millennium Stadium really is.

Ed Morris Twitter Feed (@EdMorris6)

Many will recognize Kate’s red coat, worn last November for the trip Kate and William made to UNICEF’s Emergency Supply Centre in Copenhagen.

© UNICEF 2011

The focus of that trip was to focus attention on the humanitarian crisis in East Africa, there is still an immense need, you can learn more or donate to UNICEF’s East Africa Children’s Crisis Appeal by clicking here. Continue reading »

Oct 102012

We saw another Christmas coat from Kate today as she made her solo visit to Newcastle and Stockton.

Weir Photos / Splash News

Prince William was scheduled to make the appearances with Kate but changed his schedule so he could attend the funeral of Olga Powell, the longtime nanny he and Prince Harry shared.

Kate’s first stop was the Newcastle Civic Centre, crowds gathered early to have a glimpse of the Duchess.

Newcastle City Council Facebook Page

Fans didn’t seem to mind the cold as they awaited Kate’s arrival, many came with flowers and other gifts for the Duchess.

Newcastle City Council Twitter Feed

We are fortunate that WKW friend Alyssa Phillips was on the scene, she shared these photos with us.

Courtesy of Alyssa Phillips

Glimpses of Kate’s frock peeking out beneath her coat have also provided an opportunity to finally identify that piece, more on the dress shortly.

Gathered inside the Civic Center, volunteers from multiple local initiatives, including many who worked on the London 2012 games. Among those she met, Newcastle’s Street Rangers (left) and Will Hardy (right), one of the City’s inspirational torch bearers, he was selected to give flowers to Kate.

Newcastle City Council Facebook Page

Kate also met students from the Percy Hedley School, the school specializes in working with students who have physical and communication challenges, many with cerebral palsy.  In this picture from the Percy Hedley Sports Twitter feed the Duchess is shown trying her hand at Boccia.

Percy Hedley School Twitter Feed

The next stop on the agenda was Elswick Park for a Fields in Trust function, that organization is the only group in England dedicated to preserving open recreational spaces in perpetuity. Prince William is a Patron of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields, some may recall the Jubilee visit he, Kate and HM made to Vernon Park in Nottingham this past June for a Fields in Trust event.

My Nottingham Facebook Page

Again, there were large crowds eager to see the Duchess, I couldn’t resist sharing the look on this little girl’s face.

Weir Photos / Splash News

Kate’s then traveled to meet with representatives of Keyfund at the Gateshead Youth Council, that group was chosen as a beneficiary of William and Kate’s wedding Charitable Gift Fund. Below, Kate leaving Gateshead.

Jo Taylor Twitter Feed

The final appearance on the schedule was at CRI Stockton Recovery Service, located in Stockton-On-Tees. Again, crowds gathered early.

Amy MacLaren Instagram Feed

Photographer Dave Charnley of Charnley Photography shared this image of Kate as seen in his viewfinder as she headed into the CRI building.

Dave Charnely Twitter Feed (@CharnleyPhoto)

The purpose of this portion of the trip was to meet families working with Action on Addiction’s M-PACT program, “Moving Parents and Children Together”. Kate is a Patron of Action on Addiction. Below, Kate meets with people at CRI.

Lee Johnson Twitter Feed (@LeejTees)

Kate very much seemed at ease throughout today’s activities, not at all fazed by undertaking the obligations alone. That confidence and comfort zone are evident in this picture shared by the BBC’s Caroline Alton.

Caroline Alton, BBC Twitter Feed

Clearly the day’s events were a success for the Duchess and those individuals and organizations she was on hand to showcase., she seemed to relish meeting people and learning about the places and people she visited.

Underneath the coat Kate wore a dress that hadn’t been positively identified, previously it was noticed when Kate and William made their trip to Copenhagen last November. That appearance was for a visit to UNICEF’s Emergency Supply Centre with Princess Mary and Prince Frederik of Denmark, the function designed to draw attention to UNICEF East Africa Crisis.

Jan Grarup/UNICEF

While not visible in the picture above, today’s photos and word from St. James’s Palace Kate was wearing a Whistles dress led to confirmation it is the label’s Sophie Rae dress.

Whistles/Splash News/Whistles

Back when the Denmark trip was made several savvy WKW Facebook friends suggested the dress was the Sophie Rae, it turns out they were correct. The piece is 100% silk, the color is called ‘burgundy,’ although it looks like a brighter hue in many photos. It features a deeply veed neckline, what some call a ‘granddad collar,’ a below-knee length and significant fabric gathering at the waist and shoulder.


It appears the body of the dress is lined while the sleeves are not.

Kate also wore the aubergine coat made by an independent dressmaker, it was first seen on Christmas Day at Sandringham. (Our original post is here.)

Ian Jones/Splash News

This is the coat described as being made by an ‘independent dressmaker,’ I wonder if it was another design originated by Kate and brought to life by one of the Queen’s seamstresses. Kate accessorized that day with a Jane Corbett hat.

Today’s accessories included the Kiki McDonough Citrine Drop earrings we’ve seen so often, and we also saw the Alexander McQueen suede belt again.

Splash News

The Aquatalia black Suede Rhumba Boots returned as well.

Courtesy Alyssa Phillips/Aquatalia

As of this writing both Neiman’s and Bergdorf Goodman have the boots available in a mix of sizes and colors with the Espresso more readily available than Kate’s black, Aquatalia looks to have multiple sizes in both colors.

One additional note, Kate will be attending the October 23 reception at Buckingham Palace for Team GB athletes, coaches and others. The function is hosted by the Queen and Prince Philip. More on the function from the Royal Blog:

The monarch and her husband Prince Philip will host a garden party at Buckingham Palace on October 23 in honor of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic stars, with all medalists among the 350 invited guests.

A source said: “The queen is very proud of what the amazing athletes achieved in our wonderful summer of sport and wanted to personally thank them.

“It will be a fitting finale to a truly spectacular year of sporting success for Britain.”

Despite the formal setting, organizers insist the event will have a more casual feel – and the Olympians will attend wearing their Stella McCartney-designed Adidas tracksuits.