Mar 032015

We are back with a few quick updates and then something I think you will find to be a fun departure from our standard posts.

We begin with news that once again Kate proved herself to be a very savvy shopper; we’re talking about her purchase of the Madderson London dress worn for January’s Art Room opening.

Splash News/Splash News/Ben Stevens, i-Images

Splash News/Splash News/Ben Stevens, i-Images

Label founder Sara Madderson tells Evoke Ireland (similar to People, I think) that Kate actually purchased her dress when it was on sale, and discounted by 50%. More from the Evoke story:

Now Madderson has revealed that sensible Kate Middleton bought the navy Naomi shift dress for half-price in their online January sales. ‘It was on sale at half price when her Royal Highness wore it. I felt bad about that because it was on sale when she purchased it so it wasn’t as expensive a dress as everyone was making out,’ reveals Sara.

And although the Duchess was five-months pregnant when she wore it, the dress was from Madderson’s womenswear collection and not from their maternity range.

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Dec 302012

We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season, it seems like a good time for a few updates and a little giveaway!

Our first update involves word that Kate and William joined the Queen and other Royal Family members at Sandringham the day after Christmas. More from Rebecca English in her Daily Mail story:

William and Kate arrived at Sandringham House, the Queen’s private estate in Norfolk, early on Boxing Day just in time for Prince’s annual pheasant shoot.

The couple were driven the 155 miles from Kate’s new family home in Berkshire to East Anglia, a journey which takes around three and a half hours, by their Scotland Yard police protection officers.

William, 30, then joined his grandfather and other relatives for a morning’s hunting while Kate, who is in the early stages of pregnancy, opted to remain at the house with the Queen as it was pouring with rain.

It’s unclear where Kate and William will spend New Year’s Eve. Kate was seen out and about today in Berkshire, where her parents live. A young woman named Jade Sinclair noted on Twitter that she saw Kate as she popped into a convenience store at a service station to buy a little something to nibble on.

Jade Sinclair Twitter Feed

Kate wore a skirt, boots, sweater, wide belt and scarf.

Jade Sinclair Twitter Feed

Thanks to WKW Facebook friend Ashley Marie, along with Caitlin 5670 and Royal Kate Debate on Twitter for letting us know Kate was out and about. We will update the post if we learn anything definitive about Kate and William’s New Year’s Eve.


Other tidbits that may be of interest:

We will be repeating our “Best of 2012″ polls as well, they begin this week.

Two quick sale tips:

  1. Our friends at Links of London have an enormous sale underway, with some pieces 50% off. This includes things in many collections, including pieces from the Sweetie line, like this bracelet
  2. Kate’s Aquatalia ‘Regal” bootie is on sale at Amazon, almost 33% off. (I saw none in the espresso suede, but they are available in the leather.)


And now to our giveaway, with thanks to the good folks at Cornelia James. Many will remember Kate wearing a distinctive pair of gloves on Remembrance Sunday.

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She was wearing the Cornelia James Pure Wool Glove with Side Bow. The photo below includes another color on the right to better show the bow detail, that detail really makes these a lovely accessory.

The gloves come in a wide range of colors, and are priced at £52, roughly $80 at today’s exchange rate. The company tells me they are crafted from wool that is made at a mill in Yorkshire, then transformed into actual gloves at the Cornelia James atelier in Sussex.

Kate wearing gloves by the brand makes perfect sense, the company has held a Royal Warrant since 1979.

We are glove manufacturers by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen. Our association with the Queen goes back to 1947 when Norman Hartnell, who had been asked to make the young Princess going away outfits following her marriage to Prince Philip, asked Cornelia to make the gloves that she would wear.

The Queen has a style which is beyond fashion. An abiding memory of a Royal visit is the gloved hand waving at the window of the great black car and we are proud to have provided the glove on so many occasions. God Bless Her Majesty!

Kate’s gloves are also made in satin; in fact, Cornelia James manufactures them in satin for other resellers. We show them below in ivory.

Cornelia James

Cornelia James offers a broad variety of styles, including the Vorlauf Ski Mittens.

Cornelia James

The cashmere pashmina scarves look more-than-snuggly.

Cornelia James

We learn more from a Telegraph story about the company, the quotes are from company owners/employees Genevieve and Andrew Lawson:

“It’s not as glamorous as you’d think,” jokes Andrew. We post the gloves to the Palace via Royal Mail. Once, before the Queen was going on a tour to Korea, we got an urgent call saying that her glove order hadn’t arrived. I had to whizz up on the back of my motorbike and deliver them to the back door of Buckingham Palace.”

Every so often, Her Majesty posts gloves back to Lawson’s workshop for repairs. “It’s never anything major: “just a few stitches here or a small tear there,” she explains.

You can get to know the brand better by visiting the company’s website. You will also find Cornelia James on Twitter, as well as Facebook.
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NOTE: Giveaway is over, congratulations to Heather B!


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Nov 152012

We have a delightful surprise to share this morning: we are doing an amazing giveaway with (are you ready?) Links of London.  And this isn’t just any giveaway, our friends at Links have put together an incredible array of prizes for not just one, but two lucky winners!

Most readers are well aware of Kate’s fondness for Links of London, she has been seen wearing their products on too many occasions to enumerate. Who can forget the Duchess choosing the Links Hope Egg earrings for that iconic engagement portrait?

We have seen Kate sporting the earrings on multiple occasions, like the North American Tour.

Links of London

Kate fashion fans are also familiar with another Links favorite Kate wears frequently, her Effervescence Bubble earrings, first spotted at the 2011 ARK dinner accessorizing her stunning Jenny Packham dress.

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The sterling earrings feature exquisite lavender iolite stones atop clusters of bubbles, this is another pair we have seen the Duchess wear frequently.

Links of London/Rebecca Naden,PA/Canadian Heritage

Yours truly has been a Links fan for years and years. One of my favorite things is browsing their collection of charms, I am something of a nut for these, and don’t want to publicly acknowledge how many charm bracelets I have. (Ahem.)

Links of London

In my own defense, with prices starting at only $35 for some charms, this is not an item that wreaks a hardship on one’s pocketbook.

It turns out other Royals are fond of the bracelets and charms offered by Links, Anna of My Small Obsessions posted this montage of pieces that Sophie of Wessex was seen wearing, a selection of charms and one of the brand’s Friendship Bracelets.

My Small Obsessions Facebook Page

I am also fond of a number of things in the Effervescence Collection, the Ring holds a lot of appeal, as do the Pearl Grey Earrings.

Links of London Effervescence Collection

It was great news to see that Links has partnered with Lauren Bush’s FEED Project, the charity has donated more than $6 million dollars and 60 millions meals to those desperately in need of the assistance. There are six bracelets in the Links FEED collection, donations from the sale of each bracelet pay for either 50 school meals or 500 days of clean drinking water for one child.

FEED for Links of London

Links and FEED have also teamed up to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Links of London

The FEED NYC Relief Fund, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, will support organizations providing emergency meals and relief to hard-hit areas of the city. 100% of the donations to the fund will go directly to local food banks and emergency responders in NYC. As part of this initiative, Links of London will match an additional 10% of proceeds from the sale of each FEED Leaf Green Cord bracelet, which was designed to help children who were affected by natural disaster, to be donated directly to the FEED NYC Relief Fund.

Back to our contest, when Links of London asked if readers might be interested in winning a pair of the Duchess’s favorite earrings you can imagine my reaction, I almost jumped out of my chair. To be more specific about the prize, one lucky lady (or gentleman) will win a pair of the Links of London Hope Egg White Topaz earrings, valued at $470.

Links of London Hope Egg White Topaz Earrings

And the Hope Pendant White Topaz!

Links of London Hope Pendant White Topaz

The pendant makes one elegant style statement, more from the product description:

Encrusted in gemstones, the Hope White Topaz pendant is a celebration of colour, life and rebirth….cool and sophisticated with a classic white shirt or dazzling for glamorous evenings.

That is one “wow” piece of jewelry, it retails for $395.

As if that isn’t enough, Links is also awarding a Second Prize of the Effervescence Bubble Stiletto Earrings, valued at $270.

In addition to the earrings the winner will also receive the Effervescence Big Bubble Necklace.

Links of London Effervescence Big Bubble Pendant

More on the necklace:

This Effervescence Big Bubble Pendant is a bold and confident look for everyday wear or a statement piece for evening. Bubbles of sterling silver form a voluminous pendant to create a sophisticated, but versatile statement piece.

This piece sells for $335, making the Second Prize anything but second place.

Ready to win those remarkable prizes? It’s easy to enter:

  1. Sign up for the Links of London mailing list by clicking here
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling us the Links of London piece of jewelry you would most like to see Kate wearing (other than the Hope Egg earrings/pendant or Bubble Effervescence earrings/pendant showcased here).
  3. For an extra entry, tweet this and let us know you did: “Hope I win the @WhatKateWore @Links_of_London Kate-inspired giveaway!”
  4. For another entry, share this on your Facebook wall and leave a comment telling us you did.

There are a few other important notes to share:

  • The contest is only open to US residents in the contiguous 48 States who are 18 years of age or older.
  • You must sign up for the Links of London mailing list to enter.
  • The winner’s name can be used for promotional material.
  • The Grand Prize winner will receive a pair of the Hope Egg Earrings and Hope Pendant . both in White Topaz, retail value $865
  • Second Prize Winner will receive a pair of the Effervescence Bubble earrings and Effervescence Big Bubble Pendant, the retail value for this prize is $550
  • The contest runs until midnight Wednesday, November 21.

Good luck and happy Links style stalking!