The first item in the lot is a gorgeous pair of Seville Suede Boots by Really Wild.
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Readers of the blog will already be familiar with the chocolate boots and may recall the Duchess was photographed wearing them during a shopping trip in February. Kate has a fabulous collection of boots, but these are by far one of my favourites. Versatile and wearable, they look excellent with skinny jeans and a cape (as demonstrated by Kate) or dressed up with a skirt and a crisp white shirt.
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The £295 boots are described as:
'Incredibly elegant and narrow fit which tapers to the ankle. Hand-made in Spain from high-quality Chocolate Suede. Leather Sole, Full-Length Metal Zip on the outside with tassel detail at the top.'
The Seville Suede Boots come in sizes 36-42 and in two calf widths Standard and Wide Calf. The size and calf width chart can be seen below.
Kate has a long association with Really Wild. Not only is she a huge fan of the country-inspired apparel but she actually modelled for the Berkshire based brand in 2004 at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace. At the time it was one of the only posed photos of Kate and according to the company's managing director, Dylan Williams stimulated a broader appeal for the "country sets". The brand appeals to people of all ages including those in their 20s and 30s who want a twist on a very British country style.
Two of the many items Kate modelled at the fair are currently on sale including the Fallow Long Coat in Fawn (reduced from £525 to £325) and the Madrid Suede Buckle Boots (reduced from £295 to £195).
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There are a wide selection of items in the sale with significant reductions including the Cotton Fitted Shirt in Plain White (reduced from £75 to £59), the Pleat Skirt in Moss (reduced from £135 to £75), the Tweed Shift Dress in Moss (reduced from £275 to £95) and the Yattendon Overcoat in Cerise (reduced from £425 to £150) it's a particularly fetching colour!
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Two very popular Kate items are also back in stock: The £49 Lindsey Cap in Ivy Dogtooth the Duchess wore whilst volunteering with the scouts in the snow in March.
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And the £65 Outback Hat in Olive that Kate wore to watch William play football on Christmas Eve 2011.
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A look at a selection of gift ideas.
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So many amazing pieces! And there's more to come when Really Wild launch their new collection in mid-July. To get all the latest updates and for further information and offers you can sign up for the newsletter or follow via Facebook and Twitter.
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Completing the lot, not one but two pairs of Kate's Azuni London earrings. The lucky winning bidder will win the Disc Stud Earrings With Drop Stone in Aqua and Amethyst.
The £25 earrings are described as:
'Old meets new with these unique, antique style stud earrings. Textured 24kt matt gold plate finish with semi precious stone drops. Disc measures 10mm and pear shaped stone drops are 7x10mm.'
The Duchess has worn the striking earrings several times, most notably during the royal tour in Tuvalu last year.
A look at the very pretty packaging the earrings come in.
Azuni London founder Ashley Marshall started his career as a chef, working in some of London's top kitchen's before taking his talent and flair for experimenting with unusual textures and stones to South America where he immersed himself in Native American culture. His unique approach to design developed during his travels followed by three years of study at Sir John Cass Jewellery and Silversmithing University in London.
Kate's earrings come in a variety of colours.
With summer upon us, a vibrant piece by Azuni transforms an outfit, whether you opt for a simple white summer dress or a floral print tea dress as Kate did during the royal tour in Tuvalu. For those of you who prefer a neutral palette or darker colours injecting a pop of colour into your wardrobe with a statement necklace, bracelet or ring is a fabulous way to brighten up your look. If you're hoping to achieve this, take a look at the elegant Athena Collection.
Azuni is very much a unique jewellery brand; here's a look at the spectacular colours and designs available in the Solar Collection.
Gold is another trend this season and Azuni have it covered with their £54 Cleo Triple Disc Sun Pendant. The shimmering triple disc pendant is plated with 24ct gold on a hand textured brass base.
Other affordable gold pieces include the £45 Luna Crater Bangle, the £19 Simple Crater Disc Stud Earrings and the £19.50 Three Stone Stacking Bangles.
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Bidding for the Royal Favourite Lot starts at £25 with all proceeds going to Kate's patronage East Anglia's Children's Hospices. The total value of the items is £345/$533, so it is an opportunity to grab a bargain and support a very worthy cause. Best of luck to all prospective bidders! :)
Many thanks to Ashley from Azuni and Fiona from Really Wild for all their help; two wonderful brands to work with!
East Anglia's Children's Hospices re-evaluates how much they will need to raise each year in donations in order to continue providing vital services and support to children and their families at a time when they need it most. Last week we heard that they need to raise even more this year, at £16,000 per day. Following some discussion we've decided to raise our goal from £3,000 to £5,000. It's almost double what we've raised so far but we've received so much positive support we believe it is achievable.
Continuing with our fundraising efforts, we wanted to get our readers more involved which is why we're launching the 'Do Something Special Challenge'. With only weeks until the birth of Baby Cambridge, it is the perfect time to give back and support a worthy cause, set a personal goal or take on a whole new challenge.
Dash described the challenge eloquently on the Baby Cambridge Fundraiser website:
'Now that Kate has officially gone on maternity leave (and we all already miss her), let's use this time to GIVE BACK on a personal level. In July, we challenge you to Do Something Special in honour of William and Kate's first child.'
The BCF directors have pledged to get involved too. From losing weight to working extra shifts at work and donating the earnings to EACH, or reconnecting with a family craft, there are so many ways to get involved. Friends and family can sponsor you by donating £1 each to the fundraiser when you reach your goal. Personally, I'm giving back by volunteering with a listening service for children under 18, to provide a support service for children at risk.
There is much we can all do, wherever we live around the world, whatever age we are and I can't think of a better way to do it than supporting EACH along the way.
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Check out the Official Do Something Special Page for more suggestions and information on how you can get involved and please share your pledges with us! If you wish to donate, you can do so by visiting our Just Giving Page.
We'll be continuing with our 'Kate Loves' series and a number of royal baby posts next. As always, thank you for reading! :)