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.


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?


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.



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.


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.



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.