Going To The Chapel And We’re……….

It was a great surprise to find out that we didn’t have to wait long to find out some of the details for the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle after yesterdays engagement announcement.

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Kensington Palace have confirmed the wedding will take place in May at St Georges Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The Palace confirmed the coupe choose it as their venue as it is very special to them, having spent much time there during their relationship. The proximity to Windsor Castle is also believed to make it much easier for the Queen and Prince Phillip to attend the wedding. It is likely to be easier to control security in Windsor as well then it is in London for all the politicians, foreign dignitaries and celebrities that will attend the wedding.

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The chapel, which seats 800 will be very familiar to regular Royal watchers, it was the site for Prince Edwards wedding to Sophie Rhys Jones and for Harry’s cousin, Peter Phillips wedding to Autumn Kelly.

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It has not been announced if the weeding will ne televised but the palace have advised that the coupe are looking at ways to make the public feel a part of the celebration.

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The Palace also confirmed that Meghan will be accompanying Harry on her first public engagement this friday!  She will undertake a number of engagements in Nottingham including her first walkabout, so it will be lovely to see her interact with local members of the British public and how they will react to her after some of the negative online reaction. They will then visit events associated with partonages Harry has long been passionate about including a ‘fun, upbeat event that will highlight the work to smash stigma that can still exist around HIV’ and a visit to Nottingham Academy to meet mentors from the Full Effect program established by the Prince in 2013.

It has been announced that Meghan will not be continuing her work with the United Nations but will be starting afresh as a Royal with new causes and patronages. I think its quite natural that she will get involved with issues Harry has long championed such as working with HIV patients and veterans. Given her cultural heritage and their mutual love of Africa it is likely she will eventually get involved with Harry’s charity work there, however I think in an attempt to ‘British’ her up a bit, the focus will exclusively be on local British charities and issues for the next several months. Once she has chosen a few organizations to work with I would also expect to see her take on a patronage that promotes the empowerment of women.

Are you looking forward to seeing Harry and Meghan on Friday?

 

Kylie XO

 

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Diamonds For Kate

It’s a diamond fuelled week for the Royals, with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stepping out in a diamond print Kate Spade dress the day after the big announcement was made regarding her brother in laws engagement to Meghan Markle.

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Kate was out to visit the Foundling museum in London, which explores the interesting history of the Foundling hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. The hospital was founded in 1739 by philanthropist Thomas Coram to care for babies at risk of abandonment. Today the charity continues as Coram, among their programs is a creative therapies program which uses music and art to enable vulnerable children to express themselves and make sense of their world.

Kate, who was an art history major at the university of St Andrews has been a long-term patron of similar program The Art Room, which works in British schools to use art as a therapeutic tool to help children facing emotional difficulties thrive and visited Inner city arts at Skid Row in LA during her first Royal tour where she painted a snail.

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Upon arrival the press immediately greeted Kate with questions regarding the engagement of Harry and Meghan. She responded with ‘William and I are absolutely thrilled. Its such exciting news. Its really a happy time for any couple and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment’

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Kate then toured the galley before taking part in an arts and crafts class with the children. She wore a new Kate Spade diamond dress from Kate Spade. Items in the same print have been found in a skirt, jacket and pants but the exact dress has not yet been located, giving some hope that it may be in an upcoming collection, will be music to the ears of replikaters who have found this year to be increasingly difficult to source available and affordable replikate outfits. She accessorized with her Gianvito Rossi ‘Gianvito 105’ Royale Burgundy suede pumps and a cranberry colored suede Mulberry clutch. She wore her familiar diamond and sapphire drop earring which previously belonged to Princess Diana and were remodelled for Kate and gifted to her by William after their engagement.

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Reminiscing of Paris With Megan Hess

As much as I use the #britishatheart I am just as obsessed with Paris. Paris was my first love and as I child I dreamed of visiting, climbing the Eiffel Tower, seeing a show at the Moulin Rouge and visiting endless patisseries. So, it seems did fashion illustrator Megan Hess. It is the opening statement in her new book ‘Paris through a fashion eye’. A guide book with stunning illustrations, it is a must have for any fashionable lady.

Megan Hess Sex and the City book cover

If you cannot place the name Megan Hess, you are probably already familiar with her work. Her big break came in 2008 when she illustrated the front cover of Candice Bushnells new book. What was this book? None other than sex and the city, it was Megan who first gave a face and a look to Carrie Bradshaw.

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Since then Megan has illustrated for everyone who is anyone in the fashion world. Her clients include Prada, Vanity Fair, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Yves Saint Laurent, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She has also gone on to produce her own fashionable lines of scarves, coffee cups and cushions which are available through her website along with a range of her prints.

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Her books are my favourite products. Previously I have purchased The Dress: 100 iconic moments in fashion, in which two of the Duchess of Cambridge’s gown are featured and Coco Chanel: The illustrated world of a fashion icon.

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My favourite though is the newest, Paris through a fashion eye which was released this week. Broken up into chapters such as do/play, shop, sleep and eat/drink it covers all the stylish shops, bars and cafes that would be a must visit on the trip itinerary of Carrie Bradshaw herself. Browsing through the illustrations of the Eiffel tower, bottles of champagne, the peonies, the chic ladies on bicycles, I am instantly transported back to Paris, to the carousel just near the Eiffel tower or sitting on the Champs Elysse eating French onion soup with the Arc de Triomphe in full view. There are plenty of new places suggested though that will be on my wish list for next time, the Ritz club, the Dior Museum and Coco Chanel’s apartment.

 

Whether you are dreaming of your first trip to Paris or a seasoned visitor you will find something in Paris through a fashion eye to inspire your own case of wanderlust.

 

Kylie

Spring Days At Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers

Last weekend, on a very hot early spring day, the husband and I made the 3-hour round trip to Toowoomba to enjoy their annual Carnival of flowers event. The carnival of flowers is a ten-day event held each September with various food, wine, market and music events held each day, with a stunning floral backdrop as the city’s parks and private gardens all explode with colour.

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Queens Park

I had really wanted to go the first weekend, when Queens Park comes to life with a food and wine festival, the grand floral parade and side show alley featuring all your show favourites but we were both ridden with bronchitis so attended the second weekend. The second weekend features the annual polo match and local markets.

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Visitor Information Center

The first stop in Toowoomba was the local visitor information center where even the toilets were dressed up in their festival best! This is a must stop as it is not only the cities public parks and gardens that put on a show but also the citizens of Toowoomba themselves who enter each year into the Chronicles garden competition. At the visitor information centre, you can get a map of all the private garden winners so you can stop by the overall best or see the winners from a category of interest, with categories including best Australian native garden, best display of flowering annuals and bulbs, small garden/courtyard, floral garden and acreage garden among others.

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Queens Park

The next stop was Queens park where we enjoyed the local country markets featuring beautiful handmade crafts and wooden furniture before enjoying ice cream and a Devonshire tea from the local country women’s association while a 1920’s jazz band played in the background. The botanical gardens within the park contain the biggest floral display within the city and there is also a look out for a complete park view.

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Queens Park

The next stop was Laurel Park. The park contains family friendly floral displays such as train made from topiary clipped hedges, a Chinese garden and gardens beds with flowers grown in different shapes for the children to hunt for, such as a round garden bed containing a knife and fork out of flowers and Big Ben clock hedge. Devonshire tea can be enjoyed at the local croquet club and their perfectly manicured lawn lies within the park, they are missing a prime opportunity for promoting the sport by not having games of croquet running.

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Laurel Bank Park

Finally, we took our map and headed to some of the private gardens in the area. For anyone who loves to head to open homes on the weekend when they aren’t looking to buy a house, the carnival provides the opportunity for you to enter private properties, back yards and gardens and it is inspiring to see what some people have managed to do with their space in a city garden. I left with lots of ideas that I am wanting to implement in my own home but these will need to wait for 8 weeks until we are in our new home in Sydney.

I would recommend staying overnight and having the opportunity to attend some of the events one day such as the food and wine festival, garden tours or one of the progressive food tours then enjoying visiting the many private gardens and homesteads the next day.

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Onto the fashion, I was wearing the girls wanna have fun dress from Australian designer Review which is currently on sale and the Admire bag in black. If you are into vintage inspired ladylike looks you should definitely check out the brand. They currently have an extra 30% off sale items as well.

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On a personal note, my Instagram account @theladywallace has fallen victim to the recent bug which has been randomly deleting accounts. Last night I lost my entire account. I have started another one which is @theladywallacediaries so I hope you will follow me their if you are interested in what I get up to each day. Thank you also to everyone who had such kind words to say about my old account and I hope to connect with all of you again soon.

 

My Afternoon With Paul Burrell

On Wednesday, this week I had the absolute pleasure of heading to the Palazzo Versace Hotel on the Gold Coast for a charity fundraiser high tea which was also attended by a very special guest speaker, Paul Burrell, former butler to the late Princess Diana. A controversial figure within Royal watching circles, whilst I understand he is not everybody’s cup of tea, he did show me how to pour the perfect cup in case I ever have the pleasure of hosting her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for tea.

The high tea was in support of Young care, an organisation which helps young people with high assisted living needs exit or avoid admissions to aged care facilities.

There were two events on the day. The Royal afternoon tea and conversation with Paul Burrell was the main event however prior to that there was a VIP event for only 12 people which I attended.
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Nervously ushered into an elevator we had no idea where we were going until we ended up in Paul’s very own room, the hotels Imperial suite, a luxurious three-room suite which boosts possibly the best view on the Gold Coast. With mellow music coming from a guitar player/singer in the corner and Versace staff circulating with trays of champagne and cucumber finger sandwiches, Paul Burrell emerged into the lounge. Just as synonymous with Diana to me as her ‘boys’ Princes William and Harry, Kensington Palace or that pearl and sapphire choker, it is quite a thrill when he appears, almost like catching up with an old friend as his image is so familiar. The presence of Diana lingers around him, almost to the point you expect her to pop through the door at any second.

Much like a cocktail party on an episode of the Bachelor, everyone breaks off into small groups where we wait for our own private ten minutes with him where we can take a photo, have him sign a copy of his bestselling biography ‘A royal duty’ and ask a few questions each.
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My first impressions of Paul Burrell, he has a smile which is larger than life, he radiates warmth and personality, he is slightly embarrassed when you ask him for a hug but always obliging, he is skilled at putting people at ease and calming their nerves, he effortlessly drawers you into conversation. His sunny disposition and megawatt smile are what directly led to him getting the job as the Queens personal footman after only two years of service at Buckingham Palace. That and an uncanny knack at being effortlessly able to pinpoint someone’s needs and fulfil them before they ask. Summoned to see the Queen from the breakfast table one morning as she was interested in the ‘footman who always smiles so much’ he thought the only thing a footman could be summoned for at this time of the day was to walk the Queens beloved corgis. Slipping 2 sausages in his back pocket he went to see the Queen. ‘Would you like to walk my Corgis?’ she asked, ‘of course’ he replied. Out in the gardens of Buckingham Palace the Queen peeked through the curtains as her 8 corgis, normally terrors to control were enthralled and chasing down the footman, or his two sausages at least. Upon his return, the Queen commented ‘They do seem to love you, I think I will keep you’ and promoted he was to be one of two of the Queens personal footman.

In a world where we are so used to seeing commentary from friends and family of Diana’s or the Royals being split firmly in two different camps and loathing the other side, it is surprising to see someone talk about both the Queen and Princess Diana with the same love and affection. But he does. Possibly the only member of Diana’s camp who didn’t want to cheer during Charles Spencer’s eulogy inside Westminster Abbey, he wanted to tell people to stop clapping, to look at the Queen, that the Queen was heartbroken. Always respectful of the entire Royal family he cannot be baited to speak poorly of even Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. When asked of his opinion of Camilla and Charles’s relationship he simply replies, ‘I can never speak warmly of Camilla, I am Diana’s man, she was not my mistress, she was somebody else’s mistress, Diana was my mistress and it is with her my love and loyalty will always lie’. In fact, I kind of get the feeling that he wishes people would stop mentioning both Camilla and Diana in the sentence. That he does not want Camilla to become as synonymous with Diana as her boys, Kensington Palace and her style. That he hopes when we focus our discussion on Diana we will focus on her legacy, her charity work, the way she changed the Royals and the world, her sons and grandchildren and not be fixated on the parts of her life which brought such pain and heartache.
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It is surprising how little gossip and scandal he does discuss. When he talks of Diana he discusses their friendship, her charity work, her love for her sons all peppered with personal memories of their day to day interactions with one another. Topics such as previous lovers including Hasnat Khan and Dodi Al Fayed, preparing for her funeral, her divorce with Charles only come up when he is asked directly and ask him we do constantly. When asked if he wishes that Diana had never married Charles he replies it is impossible ‘it was Diana’s destiny to marry Charles, to have those two boys, to change the monarchy and the world today, to pave the way and go through the hardships she did to create a better life for her boys and grandchildren, it was her destiny’.
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Ushered from the private event to the foyer outside the ballroom for the afternoon tea we are greeted by doorman dressed as Queen guards and trumpeters announce the event officially open. Walking into the ballroom we are greeted with candle light and over 5000 flowers, mostly roses in tribute to England’s rose. My own outfit, a dress from Australian brand Review, covered in a rose pattern blends in with the décor.
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After some on stage introductions Paul joins our table for a traditional afternoon, the menu includes delights such as English cucumber finger sandwiches, candied lemon and sultana scones served with balsamic strawberry jam with cream, guava and passionfruit mousse and finishes with a chocolate dome etiquette smash, so called as it contains a small take home guide book on etiquette.


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Halfway through the tea Paul takes to the stage for an hour presentation where he talks of his life pre-Royals, how he was studying a hospitality and hotel management course and dreamed of working at sea with Cunard cruise line. He applied to Cunard at the same time he applied at Buckingham Palace. In a secret, he only found out from his younger brother on the day of his mother’s funeral, his mother had received two letters on the same day, one from Cunard and one from Buckingham palace, both offering him employment. She took the letter from Cunard and tossed it on the fire telling his younger brother that if he went far away to sea they would never see him again. It seems just as much as he believes it was Diana’s destiny to marry into and change the Royal family and touch people the world over by becoming ‘the people’s princess’ it was just as much his destiny to enter a life service with the Royals and to be there for Diana, the princess needed her rock. He talks of her work, their trips overseas, her joy at connecting with the common people and making a real difference on issues such as land mines, her legacy of her sons and grandchildren. Through William, he feels the Monarchy is in safe hands and will flourish in the future. He advises he has no inside special knowledge but he sees Harry being happy in a way he hasn’t seen since before his mother’s death and he predicts another Royal wedding next year. I’m sure we all have our fingers crossed for that one! He addresses the charges of theft of Diana’s personal items and the intervention by the Queen which stopped the trial, the only time the Queen has intervened in such a legal matter. He says his favorite memory is of Diana, in her robe, her hair in a towel, playing her piano, finally having a moment to live her life like she doesn’t have cameras pointed on her at every second.

What did I learn most from my afternoon with Paul Burrell? A little kindness goes a long way, life is precious and can change at any second, a sunny disposition and a smile can get you far in life and the importance of a thank you note, in fact I am off to write one now.

Kylie XOXO

Inside My Wardrobe- A Tribute To Pippa Middleton On The Weekend Of Her Wedding

 

This weekend, author, philanthropist and sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton, will wed her fiancée, hedge fund manager James Matthews in a private ceremony which will include official roles for Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the wedding party, followed by two lavish wedding receptions for the couple. Pictures have already leaked of a stunning glass marquee on the Middleton family property, filled with cherry blossoms which is sure to be an ultra glamorous setting for what is sure to be THE event of the year.

To celebrate Pippa’s wedding I have complied all the images off Instagram I have shared in the last 2 years of my outfits inspired by that other fabulous Middleton!

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The first and my favourite Pippa outfit is this dress which was co designed by Pippa and Tabitha Webb with proceeds going towards the British heart foundation, a orgaisation Pippa is a patron of. There was also a scarf available in the same print. I received both as birthday gifts.

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The next dress is one that I  wear very regularly through spring and summer. A navy floral tea dress which was available from British retailer Next, it has been seen on Pippa on multiple occasions, including the first day of a family trip to Spain to celebrate her 30th birthday. I bought my dress off eBay for $10.

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The next dress  was available from Anthropolgie and seen on Pippa during an outing to the Invictus games she attended with her brother James to watch a game of ‘murder ball’  wheelchair rugby which Harry took part in. I was lucky enough to be online at the time the ID was made and was able to purchase one before it quickly sold out.

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In her book Celebrate, which looked at various British holidays and celebrations throughout the year, Pippa was pictured in a yellow daisy dress from British retailer Next.

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Pippa regularly wore dresses from US designer Tory Burch long before her sister the Duchess of Cambridge did. Pippa looked stunning in the ‘Talley’ dress in June 2014 when she watched the Aegon tennis championships at the Queens club.

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The next two purchases were inspired by my christmas trip to London. When Pippa appeared in a christmas column of Waitrose magazine wearing these exceptionally festive outfits, a purple sparkly jewelled neck boucle dress from high st store Zara and a snowflake sweater from Celtic co, I knew I had to have them in my luggage! This Zara dress remains a favourite today which I regularly wear to work and it never fails to receive multiple compliments.

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What do you think of Pippa’s style? Have you purchased any Pippa outfits? I look forward to seeing all the pictures of Pippa’s wedding in a few hours and seeing what you think of her dress.

Kylie XO