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!



Dec 262012

William and Kate joined the Middletons yesterday for Christmas services at St. Mark’s Church. Below we see Kate, Carole and Pippa outside the church.

Jesal Parshotam / Splash News

Yesterday’s Christmas observance included Communion and carols. Many will recall that Kate and William elected to spend part/all of the holiday with Kate’s family at their home in Berkshire, instead of joining the Queen and other Royals at Sandringham. The Middleton gathering was expected to be lower key and more relaxing than the annual Sandringham festivities.

Jesal Parshotam / Splash News

Kate opted for pieces some will remember seeing previously, including her Celeste coat by Hobb’s.

Kind Courtesy of Jesal Parshotam

The coat is wool crepe accessorized with studded leather fastening straps at the cuffs and matching belt.

Hobbs ‘Celeste’ Coat

Previously we saw Kate wearing the piece when she visited Liverpool in February of this year.

James Whatling/Splash News

Yesterday the Duchess accessorized with patterned black hose.

Jesal Parshotam/Splash News

We also saw Kate’s trusty Aquatalia Ankle Boots, known as the ‘Ruby Dry’ at Rusell & Bromley in the UK, called the ‘Regal’ at Aquatalia, and the ‘Royal’ at Nordstrom & Bergdorf in the USA. Aquatalia no longer offers the espresso brown suede (they do have black and red suede), Nordstrom has the brown suede in a few sizes, as well as the black and espresso brown leather in almost all sizes. This particular shoe runs $398.

Aquatalia ‘Royal’ Ankle Bootie

Kate also wore a bright red scarf, we believe it is the same worn during the 2011 North American Tour (left), many thought it was a Hugo Boss piece.

Canadian Heritage Flickr/Hugo Boss/Jesal Parshotam-Splash News

The closest thing we have found in the company’s current line of scarves is a deeper red, essentially a maroon version.

Kate carried the red Gucci logo bag seen most recently at the rugby match in Wales on November 24th (our post is here), an older Monogram Canvas Horsebit Shoulder Bag/Clutch. It is from the company’s 1921 Collection, it’s clear she has owned the bag for many years.


The company no longer offers this piece in its logo canvas, a contemporary version in leather is available from Gucci for $1580.

Kate also sported the Kiki McDonough green amethyst earrings first seen on Christmas Day 2011 (shown below) when she wore them during the traditional walk home from church at Sandringham.

Mirrorpix/Splash News

Kate still looks a little peaked, hopefully she can continue to rest and enjoy time with her family.


One other item of a royal nature, a wedding date has been announced for Sweden’s Princess Madeleine and British-born banker Christopher O’Neill.

Swedish Royal Court

The couple will wed June 8 at the church inside the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Apologies for the tardy nature of the post, I have been out of town every day since Christmas Eve, trying to play catchup when I have time in the office. Additionally, I wanted to be sure I was comfortable using these photos. It turns out some UK publications are publishing them (the SkyNews story here) and others are not (the Daily Mail story here). As this was a public church service and the photographs were taken from an area actually cleared for the media by law enforcement, I have elected to publish them.