How to throw the best royal wedding viewing party!

If you aren’t lucky enough to be heading to Windsor on May 19th, the next best way to join in the fun is to gather a group of girlfriends and host a royal wedding viewing party. Read on to find out how to throw the best one ever….

Decide on the dress code

Depending on your time zone and your group of friends, your dress code might be replikate, British morning dress or even a pyjama party- just don’t forget, head ware- fascinator, hat or tiara is compulsory!

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Get over the top on the British decorations

Stop by the Middleton family business party pieces to shop their best of British range to pick up fabulous union jack decorations including bunting, cups and flags.

Worried about shipping not arriving in time? Stop by Etsy where you can buy some decoration packs you can instantly download, such as this one by the royal hamster which includes bunting, place cards, cupcake flags and invitations.

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Fresh flowers will make a wonderful addition to your decorations. Take inspiration from the flowers Harry and Meghan have chosen for their big day and decorate with white roses and peonies.

Add the best British food

Think traditional British high tea fare like cucumber sandwiches, miniature cakes and scones. Now is the time to dust off your copy of Celebrate by Pippa Middleton and turn to the spring section for some wonderful cake and sandwich recipes fit for any tea party.

You might also like to make Prince Williams favourite treat, a chocolate biscuit cake or take inspiration from Harry and Meghan’s lemon and elder flower wedding cake by making champange and elder-flower cupcakes.

Add the drinks

Champagne is a must to toast the happy couple but also make up a festive jug of Pimms punch, its sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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No British inspired gathering is complete without tea. My favourite is the wedding breakfast blend from Fortnum and Mason but your favourite blend of Earl Grey or English breakfast are also fine choices.

Add the fun

Invite Harry and Meaghan to your shindig or instantly download this 20 piece British photo booth party pack to entertain your guests and ensure you have some great photo keepsakes of the day.

Don’t forget the take home gift

A little gift box with a biscuit from Biscuiteers royal wedding box makes a memorable take home gift or make your own biscuits with a Queen Elizabeth cookie cutter. Throw in a pretty or novelty tea bag like these royal family ones and your guest will be looking for an invitation to come back for Princess Eugenie’s wedding later this year.

Share with me any other hints or tips you have to make your party memorable!

Kylie

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Inside My Walk In Wardrobe/Dressing Room

What is a repliKater to do when she has a large and beautiful collection of Kate inspired clothing spilling out of every closet in the house and an underutilised guest bedroom. The answer was simple and obvious- create a beautiful walk in dressing room where my collection could be displayed and enjoyed every day, not just on the day I happened to be wearing that item. The application was a bit more difficult. It took about 6 months of research and planning to come up with a practical solution that suited my needs and lifestyle but in the end, I created the perfect space that suited all my needs and come in at well under $500. Read on to see my dressing room and hear my tips on how to create your own……

The idea for my dressing room was planted about 12 months ago when I had a team from Australian Womans Day magazine come to my home for a photo shoot to accompany an article on repliKating. At the time, we had emptied out the spare room temporarily and 2 stylists created a walk-in wardrobe.

About 6 months later I began to take the idea a bit more seriously and had two IKEA systems recommended to me. The first was the stolmen system. This system offered mix and match shelving and racks you could piece together to suit your needs using a tension-mounted pole system that you install inside a closet or against a blank wall. This system was quite budget friendly and left all your clothing displayed which I loved but seemed quite labour intensive to get up initially and would put a lot of holes in the walls which we couldn’t do as renters, who need to move interstate every 3 years for my husband’s work.

The second Ikea system I considered was the Pax system. Again, you could mix and match to suit your needs, but this system pieces together traditional wardrobes which would leave my clothes hidden away (out of sight, out of mind) and would be difficult to move and we are due to move at the end of the year.

Finally, I settled on using simple clothing and shoe racks, with a bed side table for hosiery, a full length portable mirror and a feature piece which is my stunning dressing table, given to me as a 5th year wedding anniversary gift in December last year (5 years is the traditional wood for gift anniversary). If you can create a permanent space though I would highly recommend considering either IKEA system.

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Below are my tips for creating your own walk in wardrobe space;

  • Do your research so you can pick the perfect solution for your needs. Know exactly how many shoes, bags etc. you need to store and are you likely to add more in the future so need a system you can add to. With my simple shoe racks, I can just keep adding them on top as needed. Select your budget. What are your living circumstances? Is it possible you will need to move in the next 6-12 months or can you make your room a bit more permanent and solid
  • Matching coat hangers go a long way towards making everything look prettier and neater and saves a lot of room.
  • If using portable racks such as mine you will need to come up with an alternative option for heavier items like winter coats. The bedroom I used had a small built in robe where I have my coats and gowns hanging.
  • Pick one feature item. If you are using a smaller space, a large vintage full body mirror or a large fashion illustration would be perfect. If you have the room you might want to think about adding a small lounge or day bed near a window so you can also use it as a sanctuary to hide away, drink tea and read. I love my room so much I will use any excuse to be in there for 5 minutes. The inclusion of my dressing table also means I have a little desk space so I also like to use the room to blog and study. I feel really inspired to write about Kate and repliKating when I am surrounded by her clothing.
  • Decorate according to your tastes. This room is 100% yours so whatever your obsession is, go for it, no need to worry about upset partners/flatmates is your tastes are wildly different. Paint the walls pink, put up your pictures of Audrey Hepburn or Paris or, like me, fill it with little collectables and trinkets associated with Kate Middleton.
  • Even if you can’t create a full room wardrobe like mine, you could probably use a little extra space. You could look at adding a portable rack or two, or some shoe racks to your existing bedroom where you can have a few of your favourite things out on display.

My Royal Wedding Memorabilia

Earlier this week I posted on Instagram a really lovely gift that I had received from a follower, a copy of the official Royal wedding program from Will and Kate’s big day. Since then I have been flooded with requests for looks inside and it appears many people have missed out on seeing the ‘my story’ snaps I added to Instagram so I will be adding pictures of each page at the bottom of this post. First though, lets take a look at my other Royal wedding memorabilia.

William and Catherine Figurines, Hamilton Collection

These wonderful fashion figurines are part of the Hamilton collection which was sold via the Bradford exchange. They have a whole range of fashion figurines featuring Kate pre wedding, in gowns post wedding and with a baby George. Unfortunately no figurine has been made with charlotte. Whilst the figurines are no longer sold directly from Bradford exchange, they are constantly popping up on Ebay so keep an eye out there if you are interested in starting your own collection of Kate figurines.

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Royal Wedding Fashion Illustration

I am a huge fan of fashion illustration in general and love the work of Brittany from Replikate It. Keep an eye on her Etsy store around special occasions such as Royal tours and you usually find new art work pop up for sale. I’m not sure what she has planned yet but she told me she is in the process of working on something special for the 20th anniversary of Diana this year.

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Royal Wedding Earrings

My lovely copy of the custom-made acorn earrings that were gifted to Kate on her wedding day by her parents were bought on my trip to London a little over a year ago from the Kensington Palace gift shop. They are the loveliest copy of these earrings I have come across and can be bought directly from the Historic Royal Palaces shops at Kensington Palace or the Tower of London or purchased online here; http://www.historicroyalpalaces.com/acorn-drop-earrings.html

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Illuminum White Gardenia Petals Perfume

The perfume that Kate wore on her wedding day has proved to be the single most difficult Replikate for me to get my hands on as it is not in stock or shipped to Australia. I was able to purchase a small bottle on Christmas eve from Fortnum and Mason department store and was extremely lucky as it was the last bottle they had in stock. I had hoped to purchase 1-2 of the large bottles. I’m not really sure what I will do when it runs out, maybe plan another holiday to London?!?!?!

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Jo Malone Products

Probably the easiest way to add a touch of the Royal wedding into your own home and daily life appears to be through the use of the Jo Malone products that Kate used in Westminster abbey as they are reliably in stock and available world-wide. In an effort to have Westminster abbey resemble a British garden wedding Kate transformed the chapel through the bringing in of trees and flowers and the use of Jo Malone Orange blossom scented candles and hand washes of grapefruit and lime, basil and mandarin.

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Official Royal Wedding Program

My newest Royal wedding memorabilia has been recently gifted to me by a lovely follower on Instagram. A local London lady who loves near Buckingham Palace, she wondered down on the day of the wedding and was able to score a couple of the programs. I feel incredibly privileged that she offered to send me this as I truly would not have been able to get my hands on one otherwise and truly cherish it.

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I would love to do a follow-up post in April over the Royal wedding anniversary  so if you have any memorabilia you would like to share or were lucky enough to be there on the day please get in touch via the contact form or send me a message over on instagram.

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Inside My Wardrobe- Kate & Kylie Love Houndstooth!

The Duchess of Cambridge has long been known to be a fan of houndstooth print, being snapped wearing it as far back as early 2007 when she was dating William and having several pieces of clothing in houdstooth print she has worn on official Royal outings. Today I am showing you my Royally inspired houndstooth wardrobe which includes ASO items and a much cheaper inspired by Replikate.

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The first houndstooth item I added to my wardrobe was the Reiss coat Kate wore in December 2015 to visit Action on Addiction’s Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Wiltshire, England. The coat was on a half price sale at the time and quickly sold out online. Luckily I headed to London mid December and was able to find the coat in store at Reiss, Covent Garden. It was the first souvenir of my trip to London.

The next houndstooth item I added to my wardrobe was a midi skirt which was inspired by the Le kilt  skirt Kate wore. I fell completely in love with Kate’s look but needed to find an alternative as her skirt came with a price tag of over $900. I saw this houndstooth midi skirt featured on Replikate Facebook site, My take on Kate Middleton from British brand Simply be and with a price tag of under $30, thought it was perfect to pull of an inspired by look. I got lots of compliments whenever I wear this outfit.

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Lastly I added the Ralph Lauren Houndstooth dress Kate wore back in September 2015. As soon as the first photos of Kate emerged in this dress I knew I just had to have it so I stayed up late waiting on the ID. Unfortunately it came with a price tag of over $1500 so I wasn’t able to add it to my wardrobe for another few months, when I purchased one at a significantly reduced price on eBay.

I’m interested to know how many of you have made Kate inspired houndstooth purchases and what you have bought?

My Favourite Royal Moments of 2016

2016 was a great year for Royal watchers, with multiple tours from our favourite Royals and a multitude of festivities planned in honour of the Queens 90th birthday, there was no shortage of the Royals being out and about. In today’s post I’m taking a look back at my top 5 Royal moments of 2016.

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5. The Cambridge’s at Christmas

With the announcement that the Cambridge’s would be attending a private christmas with the Middleton’s and not be releasing a christmas portrait there were many of us who thought we would not see the family at all, however those who stayed online with hopes of a morning church appearance were heavily rewarded when the cambridges not only attended church with the littlest members of the family in tow but when Kate wore a $20 faux fur mini slot through collar from online retailer ASOS which was still available. A big shout out to Gemma from Food, Fash & Fit,  who so quickly made the ID and the christmas of everyone who was able to purchase it!

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The christmas appearance was also significant as it was the first time Prince George and Princess charlotte had attended the christmas day service with their parents which was not expected until the children were a few years older.

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4. Kate appears on the cover of Vogue

There aren’t many things that stay a secret in todays technological age without at least a few whispers or rumours leaking first but Kate’s collaboration with Vogue and the British National Portrait Gallery was a complete surprise when Vogue released the first images.

The collaboration came about as the gallery was holding an exhibit of portraits commissioned by Vogue in their 100th anniversary year. After many years of attempts to have Kate pose for the cover of Vogue she finally agreed, in support of the gallery of which she is a patron and to support the art of photography and portraiture which she has a long-term interest in. The photos were a wonderful collection of images which showcased her private country life and not the ball gown and glamour images many of us would have expected of a Royal featuring in Vogue.  What was most inspiring was to see how Kate’s confidence since becoming a Royal has grown to not only enable her to take on a projet such as this but to drive it so it remains true and authentic to herself and her personal style and life.

 

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3. The Queen turns 90

Last year provided many specials moments in celebration of the Queens 90th birthday, from the release of special portraits with the Queen and her heirs, the 90th birthday spectacular held at Windsor castle, a documentary where we found out what Kate gave the Queen for christmas her first year as a Royal and the fabulous street party held at Buckingham Palace.

 

2. Kate hikes up a mountain and still looks perfect

Proving she was a great choice to star in this years London marathon ad as she is definitely fit enough to run one, Kate was left with not a hair out of place and barley broke a sweat during a 3 hour hike to a remote monastery during the Royal tour of Bhutan whilst Will appeared out of breath.

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1. The Cambridge’s take a family vacation to the snow

My favourite Royal moment of 2016 was right at the start of year when they surprisingly released images taken on a private family vacation to the French Alps which was the first time the children had seen snow. Showing how much the children had grown and what a cheeky, playful and affectionate relation ship Will and Kate have, I think these photos are my favourite ever of the two as a couple.

 

Well that wraps up my favourite Royal moments of 2016. With Kate’s first appearance of the year scheduled for Tuesday  and with her taking on extra patronages as the Queen scales back i’m definitely looking forward to seeing whats in store for 2017!

 

A Middleton Style Christmas

There have been many news reports this week that suggest the Cambridge family will not be attending the Queens Christmas celebration at Sandringham but will be celebrating privately at Kate’s family estate in Buckleberry. Thanks to Kate’s sister Pippa’s event planning book Celebrate, we have a bit of insight into how the Middleton family celebrates Christmas, through the book itself and some publicity interviews Pippa gave at the time of the books release. Read on to find my top tips on how to add that Middleton touch to your own festivities.

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Stir Up Sunday Weekend

Stir up Sunday weekend traditionally occurs on the last Sunday before the start of the advent calendar, so the last weekend in November. It is a terrific time to get everyone together for some quality family time and get prepared for the busy Christmas season which will  follow.

Traditionally the weekend is used to make the Christmas pudding however it can also be used as a time to make a variety of Christmas crafts such as home-made cards and crackers or Bon bons. In her book Celebrate, Pippa recalls the best thing about Christmas was the anticipation and she remembers spending her December weekends as a child making cards, decorating the tree and making brandy butter and peppermint creams. These are traditions Kate will likely continue with George and Charlotte.

Make Edible Gifts

Do you have family and friends that your just not sure of what to give them for gift? Do you have in-laws that seem to have everything already? Surely this is a dilemma that Kate must have felt her first Christmas as a royal in 2011. During the documentary made to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday, Kate revealed that for her first Christmas at  Sandringham she gave the Queen a jar of homemade chutney  and the next day it was on the table for the Royals to use. A homemade edible gift will make a thoughtful and personalised impression and Pippa’s book is jam-packed full of recipes for edible gifts including gingerbread stars, peppermint creams and her grandmothers chutney recipe.

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Stick To A Traditional Colour Scheme

Pippa has stated that she prefers a Christmas table of rich reds and evergreens with touches of gold as it makes her feel very nostalgic of her childhood so it’s fairly safe to assume that is the colour scheme Carole Middleton will have the house decorated in this year. She has also said that around Christmas bowls of walnuts, clementines and shiny gold wrapped chocolates popped up around the house. If you are not familiar with Emma Bridgewater pottery you should definitely take a peek right now during the  Christmas sale. They have beautiful glass bowls etched with the words walnuts and clementines as well as beautiful Christmas pottery in colours of red and green decorated with wreaths, holly and robins to add that traditional touch to your Christmas table next year.

Keep One Meal Simple

Pippa has stated that her family always has a good breakfast of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and plenty of coffee and a proper sit down roast dinner with all the trimmings at night but their lunch is a simple ploughman’s style meal in the afternoon so that the family can make the most of the daylight hours. Whether you choose to make your main meal lunch or dinner, keeping the other meal a simple help yourself ploughman’s buffet allows you to spend extra time with friends and family and allows you to enjoy a traditional Christmas ham.

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Don’t Forget To Have Some Family Fun

As mentioned the Middleton’s choose to have their main meal at dinner instead of lunch so they can make the most of the daylight hours and have some family fun and its important that we all do that as well, which can be easy to forget amidst the busyness of meal planning, cooking and trying to find the perfect gifts. The Middleton’s spend time together at Christmas by going on a long family walk after lunch and then enjoying post dinner games such as bouchon. They also  put together a jigsaw on christmas day which Pippa has said brother James always steals a piece of so he can be the person who always puts the last piece of the puzzle in, which she says annoys her greatly to this day! William and Kate are famed for their competitive streak and this seems to be a trait Kate shares with her Middleton siblings! A little more unusual tradition the family have though involves their father Michael Middleton who enjoys sneaking off and surprising the family every year by emerging in elaborate costumes, Pippa stated that a few years ago he came out dressed as a sumo wrestler which the family found quite funny.

However you and your family are chosing to celebrate this holiday season I hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday season!