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.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RepliKateIt

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- My Royal Tour Of Paris

 

Never have I been more excited about any Royal tour then the upcoming mini tour the Duke and Duchess are planning in March to Paris. In the lead up to this exciting event I am sharing some pictures, memories and of course replikates from my own Royal tour of Paris (or vacation as non Duchesses in training call it!)

In December 2015 I was lucky to be spending a wonderful two weeks visiting London and Paris over Christmas and new year. After arriving in Paris on the Eurostar and checking into our hotel that was marvelously positioned just near the Arc De Triomphe and the Champs Elysees we headed to a local Parisian bistro to sample the local cuisine and much to the amusement of the French locals we ordered escargot. It actually wasn’t to bad, tasting mainly of garlic and butter and I can be seen enjoying it below in one of my favorite Kate accessories, a Temperley lotus leopard print scarf that Kate was seen wearing at the Brisbane airport at the conclusion of the Asia and Pacific tour.

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Our first full day in Paris was spent exploring the city and visiting many well-known sites including the Arc De Triomphe, strolling down the Champs Elysse and stopping at Laduree for the most amazing macarons, the Eiffel Tower and the most amazing shopping mall I have ever been to, Galeries Lafayette. I can be seen enjoying the sights below in my Tory Burch Bettina coat that Kate wore during the mini tour of New York.

Completely accidentally I stumbled across a coat seen on Kate whilst shopping at Galeries Lafayette, which I had to buy as it had long been a favorite of mine and it is my favorite souvenir of the trip. Can you guess whats in the shopping bag here at this picture taken at the Moulin Rogue?

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That night I wore my Seraphine Vanessa dress to see the show at the Lido which was perfect for the middle of winter weather.

The next evening we had a booking for restaurant 58 and returned to the Eiffel tower for the most wonderful experience. When we visited the Eiffel tower on our first day we were informed the wait time to go up was 5 hours plus and nobody wants to waste a precious day of a vacation in Paris  waiting in line, with a restaurant booking though the wait was only half an hour so I would highly recommend making a booking. The food, atmosphere and views of Paris were amazing and it is really a must do experience!

The next day I wore my brand new replikate purchase from Galeries Lafayette, Kate’s Seraphine Marina coat she wore upon arrival in New York and visited the former home of that first Royal IT girl, Marie Antoinette at the Palace of Versailles.

The next day was New Years eve and we had a wonderfully full day visiting the Louvre, strolling over the many beautiful bridges of Paris and placing our own love lock on one and wandering through the Christmas markets.On this day I wore the Reiss Rubik coat that Kate had been seen wearing a few times earlier that month that I had picked up from the Reiss Covent Garden store the previous week in London.

Whilst Will and Kate won’t be in Paris to see the many tourist spots I am hoping for just one picture of Kate with the Eiffel tower in the background and am looking forward to seeing if she wears any new French designers or how she will use fashion to pay homage to the visited country as she has done during previous tours. Where in Paris would you like to see Kate visit?

 

 

Inside My Wardrobe- The Perfect Red Dress Replikate for Christmas & Valentine’s Day

Last year when I received an invite to a semi formal Christmas function I immediately knew that the red Preen Finella dress Kate wore in Canada would be perfect. Not having the dress I turned to the tailor who had previously made me a copy of a Jenny Packham gown to recreate the look. Having received another event invite for a function the same week as Valentines day I knew the red dress would be perfect again. Read on to see how I styled the dress for each occasion.

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Christmas

When Kate wore her dress in Canada she styled it with an elegant up do, the Soru baroque earrings, red shoes and clutch and added a very occasion appropriate maple leaf brooch. I loved how the brooch added a bit of sparkle to the outfit and showed again how skilled the Duchess is at making personalised little touches to pay homage to her hosts. I knew I definitely wanted to add a brooch to my outfit but a maple leaf would not be appropriate for the occasion. I started to look for sparkly similar sized Christmas brooches and came across a large variety and finally settled on a snowflake one. Feeling that red shoes and a red clutch would be a bit difficult for me to pull off I planned to use my Anya Hindmarch  clutch that I had in my wardrobe that Kate has used previously. A glossy black evening clutch with a charming little bow I thought it was the perfect choice.

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The weekend before the event I headed off to Sydney to have a family catch up prior to christmas and also meet up with the wonderful @lauraupton for our own replikaters tea party. We meet up for a wonderful high tea at the Langham hotel where Laura surprised me  by bringing along a beautiful sparkly bow brooch that she thought would match my clutch perfectly which was so thoughtful of her.

 

The day of the event I took a picture of Kate’s up do from a reception in Canberra when she wore the white  Lela rose dress peplum dress then had my make up done at Napoleon Perdis. All I needed was to put on my Soru earrings and a quick spray of Illuminum white gardenia petals perfume Kate wore on her wedding day and I was event ready.

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Valentines Day

For the Valentines week event I chose to change-up my accessories to be a bit more occasion specific. I wore a copy of her Kiki McDonough Lauren earrings I purchased off etsy, used a red clutch and took shoe inspiration from the Prada cut out heels Kate wore with the black version of the Preen dress by wearing a replikate pair by Nine West. I wore Jo Malone peony and blush suede for a romantic scent.

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The Best Valentine’s Day Gift Guide For The British At Heart & Duchesses In Training

So ladies, this is one post to hand over to your husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends or yourself if you plan to buy a little Valentine’s day treat for yourself  (don’t worry, I plan to as well, go on, we deserve it!). Today I will be looking at the best Valentines day presents available for those who are British at heart or Duchess’s in training.

Jo Malone

Jo Malone is my go to favorite British company to buy perfumes, scented bath products and housewares such as candles. For Duchesses in training you can’t go past the orange blossom candle which Kate used inside Westminster Abbey during the Royal wedding to give the church a lovely English summer garden smell. You could also go the traditional route and give red roses, albeit in the form of a Jo Malone cologne. If you are buying for someone who is more of a peony lover like me there is also a wonderful range of products in the peony and blush suede scent.

http://www.jomalone.com.au/

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater is a wonderful British company that make earthenware products at their factory in Stoke on Trent. The best products they sell for Valentines day are their range of Mr and Mrs products, pink hearts or for something really special, they have a selection of tea pots, mugs, plates and bowls that you can have personalized with your own romantic message.

http://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk/en/uk/page/home

Replikateit Fashion Prints

If you have not yet come across Brittany’s wonderful range of fashion illustration prints on etsy, get ready to discover a whole new way to indulge your Kate fashion obsession! I have several of her wonderful single fashion prints hanging in my bedroom and you are still able to purchase her poster prints through her etsy shop

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/RepliKateIt?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Quaintly & co British Lifestyle Subscription Boxes

My top pick for an ultra romantic Valentines day gift for the British at heart is a subscription to a British lifestyle box from Quaintly and co. What the lucky recipient will get is a monthly delivery filled with all British soured artisan products with each box curated around a theme. Past themes have included tea time, British baking and Sherlock homes. They have a range of plans in place from single box buys to ongoing subscriptions.

http://www.quaintly-uk.com/

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?

What’s In My Lush Valentine’s Day Shopping Bag?

If you are a regular follower of my Instagram account you will know that I am a big fan of Lush bath products and of baths in general! My love affair with Lush started with their very cute range of fantastic selling bath bombs and grew as I found out that they do not conduct any animal testing on their products and they are a British company and as you all know I love anything that’s British.

I stopped by my local Lush store on the weekend to pick up some bath products from the new Valentine’s day range. Here is a closer look of what is in my Lush shopping bag.

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The first bath bomb I used was the citrus smelling yellow and orange ‘over and over’ bath bomb. A delicious mix of uplifting orange and lime smells filled the bathroom as the outer layer dissolved into a little explosion of pink which ended up being the colour of the bath. Full of cocoa butter it left my skin very soft and nourished. I added to the decadence of the bath by enjoying some salted caramel ice cream as well.

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Next up is the lady bird bubble bar. So cute I was almost scared to use it, I will be going back to stock up on these. They are designed to be run under the tap and last 2-3 baths each, filling the bath with scent, oil and bubbles. It has a delicious candy smell and is packed with peppermint and germanium oil for a fresh and nourishing feel.

Roses were naturally used extensively in the valentine’s day range and I purcased the sex bomb bath bomb and the rose jam bubbleroon. With the similar floral scents they were very complimentary when used together. The bomb was full of jasmine which is both highly relaxing and an ancient aphrodisiacc. The bubbleroon range are inspired by macarons, with the two halves being held together with a shea butter icing, remove one side and use with a bath bomb to add bubbles, then for a later bath use the butter centre and other bubble bar side to make their own decadent bath.

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Lastly I bought the lover lamp bath bomb. It has a delicious vanilla scent and is full of cocoa butter to leave your skin soft and nourished. The little hearts pop out of the bomb as well, filling the bath, leaving you floating in hearts!

I looking forward to sharing with you some more of my Valentines day plans soon!