Jul 032013
 

We are back with a few updates and IDs on things Kate has worn.

Our first item involves recent images of the Duchess on the cover of Australian magazine “Who,” you can see them in the upper right corner of the magazine.

Who Magazine

Who Magazine

The story is described this way on the magazine’s website:

KATE MIDDLETON: COUNTDOWN TO BABY:
While her husband Prince William fronted on their behalf at a friend’s high-society wedding alongside his brother, Prince Harry, the duchess has enjoyed some last-minute beauty treatments and visits to her favourite shopping haunts as they count down to the birth of their first child.

I don’t have a copy of the magazine, but a friend shared a few pictures of the story. The photos are all identified as being from June 19th, when Kate was going to the Rossano Ferretti hair spa in Mayfair, obviously a change from the Richard Ward salon, although no one knows if it is a permanent switch or not. Both Carole and Pippa Middleton have previously gone to Rossano Ferretti.

As initially suggested by HRH Duchess Kate blog, it’s been confirmed Kate was wearing another piece from Séraphine, the brand’s White Maxi Skirt.

Seraphine

Seraphine

The piece is 100% cotton with a smocked, stretchy waistband, the company notes it can also be worn as a dress. It is available in both white and aqua at Séraphine, the piece is $69.

Many noted Kate is carrying an older Russell Bromley bag, My Small Obsessions shares these photos of the bag.

My Small Obsessions Facebook

My Small Obsessions Facebook

As of this writing I do not know the maker of Kate’s cardigan, although it is a style readily repliKated for those so inclined.

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In other news, advance preparations have been made at St. Mary’s Hospital for Kate’s arrival. Paul Harrison of Sky News shared this photo of the parking restriction notice near the entrance to the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s.

Paul Harrison/Sky News (@SkyNewsRoyal)

Paul Harrison/Sky News (@SkyNewsRoyal)

Media positions have been blocked out and assigned.  Royal photographer Mark Stewart shared this photo on Twitter.

Mark Stewart Twitter Feed (@RegalEyes)

Mark Stewart Twitter Feed (@RegalEyes)

Some of the comments emanating from those who cover the royals have been entertaining, below is one from the aformentioned Mr. Harrison of Sky News.

Paul Harrison/Sky News (@SkyNewsRoyal)

Paul Harrison/Sky News (@SkyNewsRoyal)

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We also want to update you on the latest Baby Cambridge Fundraiser news and thank some of our generous sponsors for their donations. Our new auction is underway, offering one lucky bidder three different pieces by Séraphine.

Séraphine Auction Fundraiser on eBay Giving

Séraphine Auction Fundraiser on eBay Giving

The lot has two dresses and a wonderful changing bag/nappy bag.  Many will recognize that dress on the left, the Renata Wrap Dress with tie, initially featured in this post.

Séraphine

Séraphine

The second frock is the brand’s Royal Blue Knotted Dress.

Séraphine

Séraphine

The company is one of many running a promotion tied to the impending birth, this one can be seen on the iconic London double-decker buses.

Seraphine

Séraphine

The banner asks the question many have been discussing:

Séraphine

Séraphine

Entries from those correctly guessing the baby’s name will be eligible to win a £1000 Séraphine wardrobe, more can be read here.

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A number of media outlets have begun publishing columns looking back at Kate’s pregnancy, or looking at what’s ahead. Following are a few links:

British Vogue’s The Royal Baby Waiting Game is an interesting read.

“True to form, Kate has born the scrutiny immaculately. And silently. Even when she emerged from a three-night stay at the King Edward VII hospital, following acute Hyperemesis gravidarum, she managed to smile and wave.

In fashion terms, Kate’s pregnancy has been remarkable for its lack of maternity wear.

I enjoyed the piece. (Be aware of at least one factual misstep, a reference to Kate’s pink Trooping the Colour coat as being by Emilia Wickstead, when it was an Alexander McQueen.)

The Christian Science Monitor asks What’s A Royal Baby Worth? The answer: $376 million for the British economy.

The firstborn of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge is due in July. During that month and until the end of August, British retail sales will get a £243 million ($376 million) boost, predicts the Centre for Retail Research (CRR). Its report, published last month estimated that Brits will spend an extra £62 million ($94 million) on alcohol and £80 million ($121 million) on souvenirs and toys in two months.

The Telegraph reports Duke and Duchess of Cambridge give Royal consent to baby memorabilia.

While some could accuse companies of cynically attempting to cash in on the birth of the future heir to the throne, St James’s Palace has welcomed the souvenirs as part and parcel of the celebrations of what is expected to be one of the biggest celebrations of the year.

A spokesman said: “The Birth of the Duke and Duchess’s baby should be a joyous occasion, and we recognise there is a long and happy history of people producing souvenirs to mark Royal occasions.”

And my most recent Parade column is Three Maternity Ensembles, Three Distinct Messages.

Her outfit seemed to convey this sort of message: “I may be pregnant, but I don’t need coddling and I intend to stick to my schedule, thank you very kindly.”

We’ll be back in a few days.

Nov 212012
 

We wanted to share a few quick updates with you today before the Thanksgiving mayhem (and ensuing shopping frenzy) takes hold here in the USA.

We start with a look at photos taken by Kate during the trek she and William made to the rain forest in Sabah, the visit was part of the couple’s Jubilee Tour. Below, an endangered Borneo Orangutan outlined against the sky.

©HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, 2012 DukeandDuchessofCambridge.org

The photos were released today on the official Duke and Duchess of Cambridge website, most of the images were captured in the Malaysian jungle this September. Below, Mount Kinabalu, the highest point in Borneo, the picture was shot on a flight to the Solomon Islands.

©HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, 2012 DukeandDuchessofCambridge.org via The Daily Mail

Kate has long been an avid photographer, she took these photos with her own camera, a Canon PowerShot G12.

Many readers will remember the Borneo excursion, the area they visited is part of the Royal Society’s South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP). (To see our original post, click here.)

PHOTO: Samantha Siow Twitter Feed (@SamanthaPSiow)

Kate’s photos are showcased on the newly overhauled Royal website, it includes a “Life in Pictures” section.

DukeandDuchessofCambridge.org

Yesterday St. James’s Palace released photos from this section of the site in a post titled “A working day in the life of Flight Lieutenant Wales,” designed to show an average day at work for Prince William.

PHOTO: SAC Faye Storer MOD, Crown Copyright, 2012 via The Daily Mail

More from the Telegraph:

When they are on shift, they are expected to remain at “Readiness State 15″, meaning they aim to be airborne within 15 minutes of receiving a distress call. At night the time gap is 45 minutes because of the extra time needed to plan night-time sorties.

Together with photographs showing him relaxing, he is also seen making a single bed in a bare room as every shift “lasts 24 hours, and crew members stay on base close to the aircraft overnight”.

PHOTO: SAC Faye Storer MOD, Crown Copyright, 2012

The newly revamped site is well worth a visit, there are multiple areas readers are likely to enjoy, including the as wel Below, an image from a segment focusing in the Prince’s Charities Forum.

DukeandDuchessofCambridge.org

To visit the new website, click here.

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Also today, a quick word about my visit to LK Bennett’s newest US store, located in a Detroit suburb.

LK Bennett

As you would expect, the shop is beautiful.

LK Bennett Facebook

As lovely as everything is, yours truly was more interested in what was *inside* the store as opposed to any architectural or decorating details.  It didn’t take long before we were engaged in what any sane person might call a SledgeFest; we called it delightful.

What Kate Wore

I tried on multiple pair of the now-iconic Sledge, they are fabulous. I am still sorting out the proper size, not to mention color (I am leaning toward the black) before buying my first pair.  I tried many just a few other pair (cough-cough), including the Shilo, as well as the Harper.  Again, all are very comfortable, I can see why Kate loves her shoes from this retailer.

Obviously there is more than shoes to occupy one’s mind.

LK Bennett Facebook

The clothing is every bit as beautiful as anticipated, I tried several things on and they fit like a dream.

I have to say that one of the very nicest things about my little reconnaissance mission (it was all in the name of blog research, really-truly-honestly) was meeting Andrea, a WKWer from Ohio, along with Lindsey from the LK Bennett store, I had to snag a picture of Lindsey, she is so incredibly helpful.

Lindsey

Lindsey is also wonderful about sharing info on new styles, upcoming specials, and she is more-than-willing to hunt down anything you are looking for, find it at another store, etc..

For those not familiar with Somerset, it is a lovely place to while away some time, I have been going there since it opened in 1969. LK Bennett is sandwiched between Kate Spade and Tory Burch, I’m not sure it gets much better than that for those who enjoy a spot of retail therapy now and again. In the same wing, Lilly Pulitzer, Brooks Brothers, Tiffany, Saks, and Neiman Marcus.

WKW MEETUP ALERT: I want to share a heads-up for everyone in Michigan, northern Ohio and even Ontario: Lindsey is putting together quite a soirée at the store on Thursday, December 13th. I will be going, I hope other WKWers can come too, it seems like a golden opportunity to connect and meet each other! The party is an evening affair, 7-9pm, we’ll have more info in the next week or so to post here and on the WKW Facebook page.

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We also have an update on our Links of London Giveaway. (Below, one of the prizes, Kate’s Hope Egg Earrings and a matching Hope Pendant.) The deadline for entries is midnight tonight, click here to enter.

Links of London Hope Egg Earrings and Hope Pendant in White Topaz

As a special bonus Links is doing something lovely, they will be emailing everyone who signed up for their mailing list with info on a special discount:

  • The entire Hope Collection will be 15% off, and there will be free ground shipping on orders over $100, as well as free express shipping on orders over $300
  • This special offer will run from Friday, the 23rd, through Monday, 11/26

One final note, we now have a section on the blog showing Kate’s calendar of appearances, it can be viewed by clicking the tab at the top of the blog titled “Calendar“.

 

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