Saturday, 26 October 2013

Kate Photographed Shopping at Zara Home

Following Prince George's christening and last night's 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala (how beautiful was Kate's Jenny Packham dress?) Kate was photographed out and about shopping in Chelsea today.

Popsugar

Accompanied by a protection officer, Kate looked relaxed as she left Zara Home. Popsugar have a selection of additional photos from the shopping trip available on their website.

Popsugar

William and Kate recently moved into Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace, and undoubtedly interior decorating is still ongoing with Kate adding the finishing touches. It was reported Prince George's godmother, interior designer, Emilia Jardine-Paterson has been helping the Duchess decorate her new home. It is reportedly decorated in neutral tones with a number of stunning pieces from The Royal Collection. Zara Home offers a wide variety of products and like their clothing the quality is very good at affordable prices.

Zara Home

I rather enjoyed looking through Zara Home's Christmas Inspiration Lookbook. Yes, it's almost that time of year again :), and perhaps the Duchess is stocking up early? I'm sure she's planning to host dinners for family and friends at Kensington Palace during the party season.

Zara Home

Kate looked casual and comfy in a cardigan and skinny jeans; both are thought to be Zara pieces. Kate teamed the look with a smart blouse by UK brand Jack Wills. The Duchess purchased the £79.50 'Debarn' blouse in September 2012 at the company's London store.

Jack Wills

Jack Wills shared the news on their Twitter page shortly after Kate purchased it, and the item is now sold out.

Jack Wills Twitter Feed

Jack Wills was launched in 1999 in Salcombe, Devon, designing British heritage-inspired goods for the university crowd. They continue to be influenced by the best of British, from history and culture to sporting and country pursuits. The brand takes pride in using the finest quality materials, techniques and design to deliver a distinctive connection between the old and new.

Jack Wills

The brand is quite a youthful one and many of their looks would not be particularly in keeping with Kate's signature style, but their shirts and blazers are very similar to pieces the Duchess has worn. Below we look at the Aberthaw and the Austerberry blazer; both pieces are available for roughly £180. A Very nice alternative for Kate's Ralph Lauren hacking jacket. The brand has a substantial sale underway at the moment.

Jack Wills

Kate wore her Mint Velvet plimsolls.

Mint Velvet

The Duchess carried her trusty Mulberry Polly Push Lock Handbag.

Mulberry

The most notable aspect of today's look was Kate's jewellery; she accessorised with citrine drop earrings and a new pendant which is thought to have been a gift to mark the birth of Prince George. If we look closely we can see a little boy figurine and gold discs. The always informative My Small Obsessions believes it may be a piece by Monica Vinader and shared close ups comparing Kate's pendant to Ms. Vinader's designs.

Monica Vinadar

Another possibility is Robinson Pelham (with thanks to WKW FB friend Trisha), a favoured jeweller of the Middletons. Robinson Pelham made Kate's wedding earrings which were a gift from Carole and Mike Middleton. Below we see the Little Boy Pendant which retails from £155 to £400.

Robinson Pelham

We'll update the post when it is positively identified. I expect it was a gift to celebrate the arrival of George, possibly from the Middletons. Speaking of the little Prince, two more christening portraits are due to be released in Sunday's UK papers. Perhaps we'll see one with the godparents?

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

58 comments:

  1. I can see all the ladies here flooding the Jack Wills shop in town. Most of them won't look nearly as well as the Duchess, however!

    I wish we could see what she carries in her handbag. :3

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  2. Sarah from Calif.26 October 2013 at 01:42

    Oh my goodness Charlotte! I really want you to take a break. Remember a walk in the Irish countryside, a hike in Scotland, a tour in Bathe or something calming. Hang out at the beach with a picnic lunch and your boyfriend. Cheese, salami, crackers etc.......
    Many of your stateside friends want to be where you are at so "stop and smell the roses "
    Most of all thank you for your devotion to this lovely blog and for the smiles you put on our faces.
    P.S. I wish I had those shoes. They look sooo comfortable :)
    You don't need to post this I'm mainly thinking about you. Hugs:)

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment Sarah, I whipped up this post in twenty minutes and it's always enjoyable to take ones head out of the books and take a look at royal news :)

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  3. Terrific post. Saw on Twitter earlier today, a student saying that the official opening of her uni campus "in 2 weeks" would be by Catherine. Bit vague but didn't know if you'd seen it. It is in Stratford, East London (not Stratford on Avon)

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  4. Sarah from Calif.26 October 2013 at 01:56

    Okay Charlotte, I'm just being a second mom. I have been showing everyone at work all the latest pictures . They think I'm nuts buts that's okay I have my Blogger friends!!!:):)

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    1. I think everyone has been discussing the pictures. Little George has captured the nations attention :)

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    2. Sarah from Calif.26 October 2013 at 02:19

      Oh yes he has. A very handsome and charming little chap!!!! I really would love to scoop him up and cuddle him but , I would probably get myself in a lot of hot water if I tried. :) enjoy your weekend.

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    3. Jean from Lancs.26 October 2013 at 14:14

      Join the queue Sarah.
      The picture with his hands out looks like an invitation to us all to give him a cuddle.

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    4. Sarah from Calif.26 October 2013 at 23:21

      Haha Jean , everyone would need to hold me back. Seriously he is scrumptious :) as delicious as chocolate .

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    5. Ladies, I'll queue up for a cuddle! He is an absolute doll! Jean, I agree...any baby with outstretched arms is an open invitation for a cuddle and lots of kisses! Those chunky cheeks are begging for kisses! Surely it wouldn't be such a big security breach right?

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  5. fantastic post Charlotte! Her outfit is comfy and cute and perfect for fall! I love her necklace and hope we get a positive ID and better picture of it soon! That zara home decor is gorgeous!

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  6. How gorgeous does she look???Love her simple chic and classy look. And how slim is she in those jeans?? Seriously,she is my inspiration. Thank you Charlotte for all the hard work you have put in this week with the Christening update and the Women's Gala event. You need a relaxed and blessed weekend :-))
    Thanks chica for this fabulous update!xoxo

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  7. Charlotte, thank you for your posts - every time I see a new one it's "yipee'!!" - thank you :)

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  8. Marci in Salt Lake26 October 2013 at 03:44

    Charlotte, kudos to you, as ever. Your post is all the better for being whipped up in only 20 minutes. Wow. I love the pictures; thank you for blowing up the charm on the necklace. It's intriguing. That is such beautiful decor at Zara Home, thank you for including that shot. I agree with you: the Jenny Packham inky-blue dress is one of the Duchess' best looks ever. And she also looks so good at her most casual, shopping in jeans. Did I ever approach looking that good? Not a chance, sigh. Still, I'm glad she does!

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  9. What a nice surprise post! Kate looked good, but she looks tired. Maybe she had a late night. I hope she has more dates added to her schdule soon.

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    1. I agree...she does look very tired! But nothing unusual I guess with being a new mom and having a lot of commitments & engagements to fulfill!

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  10. Charlotte nice post i love the pics your good on making people smile just like me and my other ladies on fb she kooks fresh and classy whatever she looks good your are so fast good looking blog im sending you my love and suppport to your blog ha been market i love too make it on my boss magazine if not alright i will put you i the best picks on the blog spot about the duchess kate

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  11. Hey Charlotte,
    I have to say I absolutely love your blog. You always have all the most up to date information. I saw these pictures on popsugar first and as soon as I did I popped right over here because I knew you would have the full post. Kate look lovely and I'm still looking for those shoes lol. Keep up the good work. :)

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  12. she didn´t wear the ring??? first time?

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  13. Jean from Lancs.26 October 2013 at 11:27

    Catherine looks fantastic. I've always loved her hair down, but have to admit that pulled back, as in this photographs, makes her look more beautiful than ever..
    Looking forward to more pictures of the Christening.

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  14. where is her engagement ring? http://www.popsugar.com/Kate-Middleton-Shopping-London-Zara-Home-32265158?slide=5&image_nid=32265166

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    1. She doesn't always wear the engagement ring especially when she is out running errands. It just the wedding band sometimes

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    2. Pauline Oak HIlls26 October 2013 at 18:31

      She had her engagement ring on but turned in. If you looked really close you will see two bands. I beleive she very seldom removes the engagement ring except when she is at home and taking care of George.

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    3. It's there - there is the platinum band next to the gold wedding ring - the sapphire and diamonds has either swung round or she's turned it to the inside of her hand...'new my royals' has a lot of photos - on the fourth one day she is holding/pulling her cardigan and you can clearly see it.

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    4. Pauline is correct. It turned and you can see the two bands in the close up where she's holding her sweater.

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  15. As much as I enjoy those gala dressed up looks of the Duchess, my guilty pleasure is these casual streetshots. Having said that I still don't understand why people would want to copy her looks literally from head to toe? To me it's a nice blouse but really nothing too special I bet there are tons of alternatives in each's closet. just my 2 cents. :)

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  16. About the christening photos. I am totally perplexed as to why anyone would think those are good photos. When I saw them I wanted to cry. Honestly. I think they are a dismal failure. So much more could have been done with such a golden opportunity. The photos are dull, lifeless, stifled and staged even for "formal" portraits. The background colors are depressing. The photo of William, Kate and George has a shadow/line going from the top of George's head and up Kate's neck to the left. Her head is at such an unnatural angle as to be somewhat clownish. This is the work of a "royal" photographer? There is so much wrong with these photos that I don"t even know how to list them all. What a missed opportunity. They should have at least commissioned someone with more experience for such a hefty historical moment. YIKES. Shades of Paul Emsley's portrait of Kate all over again. spooky. I certainly would not want them anywhere in my home. Yes, George is animated in the one with with the three of them.but in the large group picture he is scrunched down and blends into Kate's dress. The photographer should have caught that. And, again, in the one with George's arms up the photographer should have caught that shadow and angle of Kate's head. wow.
    Those, unfortunately, IMHO are now part of posterity and not in a good way. ughhhhhh.

    The one good thing about them is this. After years of being chastised by the media (unrightfully so, IMO) as "waitey-Katie", Kate certainly is at the very prestigious center of things now isn't she?
    What a visual of that is the large group photo. There she is front and center with everyone surrounding her. Good for you Kate. Patience is a virtue. Love prevailed triumphantly. :) Now, Just please learn how to choose better portraiture personnel. please. :)

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    1. Jean from Lancs.26 October 2013 at 17:44

      I don't believed "posed" photos are ever as good as those taken "on scene" so to speak--that's why I wrote on the blog on the day, that with the exception of the one of just the three of them, I preferred those taken outside the Chapel Royal.
      I suspect the problem is that when the Queen is present they are only allowed a short time to take the photos and the Duke of Edinburgh is reported to get quite irritated if they take too long. The official wedding photos also were not as good as those taken of the action.
      However--whether a "good" photo or not the one of the four generations will probably still be trotted out when we and indeed all those photographed are long gone.
      I'm not a judge of a good photo--but I was very happy to see all these; they all looked happy and as a record of an historic occasion, it is not surprising that most people were happy too.

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    2. Pauline Oak HIlls26 October 2013 at 18:33

      @Anon 17:13
      The phontographer who took these photo is not a royal photographer but one who is a renoun Hollywood photographer. He has many pieces on display at the meusem tht Kate is patron of.

      And just a quick question are you a professional photographer?

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    3. Perhaps the old adages, "Haste makes waste" and "Anything worth doing is worth doing right" might mean something to our dear sweet Pippa once she looks closely at these photos as she does look quite pregnant in the large group photo. :) In addition to all the other mistakes in the photos. uh-oh.

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    4. I didn't see any "mistakes"... although I would rather not look at Camilla to be perfectly honest. The irony is a bit much but oh well..... :(

      Personally, I thought the photos were lovely; they were formal without being stiff. I know that some people were disappointed that HM didn't hold George, but I thought it was great to see a father holding his son in a formal portrait. I'm sure they have one of the Queen holding him, but they just didn't release it (maybe they didn't want it to look like a copy of Queen Victoria with her heirs).

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      Regarding "depressing" background colors...actually, they're a lot lighter and brighter than if the photos were taken at BP where the coloring tends to be darker and dramatic. I toured CH a few years ago and I must admit that it was a nice combination of warm and formal. The guide said it hasn't changed much since the Queen Mother's day because that's the way Charles likes it.

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    5. Sarah from Calif.26 October 2013 at 23:33

      Good grief !!!!!!! Anon.17:13
      Perfection is a task master.

      I am so thankful to see this part of history played out in front of me.

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    6. To Anonymous 26 October 2013 17:13

      I totally AGREE with you in reference the christening photos. I, also, was surprised at the poor quality.

      On other notes, the baby is absolutely so cute; and Catherine has quickly lost the baby pounds, and looks fantastic.

      Oh, how I'd love the chance to visit Kensington and Buckingham palaces; and I'm sure that I'd absolutely love fishing at Balmoral.

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  17. I popped over to pop sugar and am astounded how much she resembles her earlier self - before she was engaged. I can't figure why; or what is different about her make-up. Not meaning to sound catty, I'm just wondering why she wears those same blue skinny jeans, that she's been wearing since she went to Canada. She just changes up the top. Is this okay in the UK? Is this normal? Any idea's?

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    1. Hello,

      Kate wore J Brand jeans during the Canada tour and the ones worn above are by Zara.

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  18. Hi fellow Kate fans!
    I've enjoyed the posts over the last few days ever-so-much, but have had difficulty posting a comment on the blog-hopefully I'll get it right this time! :o) thanks Charlotte for all the work you put into the blog-it's my little bit of sanity from being a mom to 2 boys! ;-)
    I've been wondering if the Duchess is still nursing Prince George? As a nursing mom myself, I couldn't help thinking that the beautiful outfit she wore to Prince George's christening wasn't exactly suited to nursing a baby...does anyone else have any thought on this?

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    1. Hello Caryn,

      Thank you so much for commenting :)

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    2. Caryn, Good question about whether Kate is nursing George or not. I thought the same thing when she was playing volleyball and then when she wore the blue gown. I don't think at three months she would have not been sloshing all over the place during basketball if she was still nursing. And, that would have been very uncomfortable jumping up and reaching, stretching like that. Perhaps she just did the first week for the colostrum if she nursed at all. It doesn't seem, given the recent activities and photo ops that she is nursing George.
      Kudos to you for persevering. :)

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  19. I don't see why she cannot still be nursing. With both my children I nursed for over 6 months but things settled down within a month or so and meant that I could ditch the pads and go back to normal, even pretty tops and dresses.

    If she is still nursing I suspect she will be doing so privately - not in front of the royal family at an event - and if G has, at 3 months, slipped into a pattern she will be able to work around that in terms of events, timings and expressing if necessary. She won't necessarily need 'easy access' clothing.

    Either way - she looks amazing and is clearly loving being a mother which is wonderful to see.

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    1. Joy, I have to agree. I nursed all 4 of my children and by the time they were George's age, all were on a schedule and my body had acclimated to what they needed. I wore "regular" clothing (not nursing tops) every day. So, I think she could still be nursing.

      I think your right that she does look fabulous! Motherhood suits her well!

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    2. I agree with you that she looks amazing! And you are both lucky that your babies got into a feeding routine-I haven't been so lucky with either of my boys :o) I also thought that she looked tired in these photos, which would suggest that she is still getting up at night to feed little George...was just wondering how she plans everything with nursing and going out, etc., as I'm sure you''ll agree it takes a lot of organisation and determination!

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  20. In my opinion she is still nursing, based on her figure and her fatigue. It looks like she's still doing nighttime feedings, IMHO, although I imagine she must be juggling a lot with her return to engagements and is perhaps supplementing with bottles, formula or no. Bless her (and William)--it is a precious and challenging time. What a gorgeous little boy! I loved seeing the video of him in Kate's arms, leaving the chapel post-christening; he was leaning back in her arms but his eyes were moving all about, so observant! He will be one special child for sure.

    Thank you, Charlotte, for all these fabulous, up-to-date posts! :)

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  21. Charlotte, thank you so much for this great coverage! I want to thank you especially for including the bit about Kate's dear friend Emilia Jardine-Paterson assisting Kate in decorating Apt. 1A of KP, and for showing some pictures from the Zara Home collection. I literally had to pick up my jaw off the ground when I saw those images, since I remember reports from earlier this year about how Kate was concentrating on cream-taupe-beige-light neutral palettes for wallpaper, bathroom fittings, cushions, etc. The Zara Home color scheme is right on those reports, and isn't it awesome to see Kate bringing her hi-low touch to Palace furnishings, too!! You've done an extraordinary job!

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    1. Thank you very much Lauren, I'm a huge fan of all things Zara myself :)

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  22. I love Kate's casual look! I really LOVE her shoes! They look so comfy and cute! I might have to look into those. :) Glad to see her out and about having some down time after a busy week. I'll be interested to see the identity on the necklace. Such a lovely piece and gift.

    The Zara home decor....LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! I'm heading to check out the website after I post. I'm disappointed that I didn't make that a stop off while shopping in London this past summer.

    Thanks for the great update! Charlotte, hopefully you can rest up after all your work the past couple days!

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  23. Love this casual look but it looked like she was a bit chilly. Nice to see the photos of the items from Zara Home. I'm not terribly familiar with the brand but I may have to check them out!
    On a related note, I think one of the biggest public services that Kate could do right now, that would benefit millions more people, especially women, than all of her charities put together, would be to address the issue of how she so rapidly lost her baby weight and the diet and fitness routine she follows, both pre-baby, during pregnancy and post-pregnancy.
    The reason I'd like to see her do that is that, first of all, she has acknowledged in the past (in Ireland during the run-up to the wedding) that she was on a fairly strict diet, which many believe to be the Dukan Diet that her mother was following. So she has talked about her diet and eating in public before.
    Second, while she is athletic and did not gain that much during pregnancy, going public with her diet and fitness plan would put the spotlight on nutrition and fitness in a way that nobody else and no other celebrity can do.
    The weight didn't just melt off or magically disappear in just six weeks. She worked at it. She ate sensibly. She followed some sort of fitness plan. Yes, she was nursing and nursing burns calories but she had to work to get back to where she was before she became pregnant. And she has all the time, the best facilities, chefs, dietitians, in which to regain her pre-baby body. But I'm sure there would be some good tips and information to be gained from her nutrition and exercise regimen, even for those of us who don't have access to all those luxuries.
    If she would go public and become a champion for healthy eating as a way to maintain health and to lose weight, and for exercise as a way to do those same things, that would be so powerful and it would make such a real difference in the lives of millions of UK residents.

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    1. I agree with you. However, sadly, I would tend to think that making a real difference in the lives of others is not high on her or her husband's priority. That has been made clear over and over again. Most people have stopped hoping for that, at the moment.

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    2. Portia, that's really unfair and unwarranted, but if you truly feel that way then why bother following a blog devoted to her? Perhaps you could devote that time to making a difference in your own community.

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    3. Umm.. I do. You know nothing about me or what I do. Please don't attack me personally royalfan. We are all here to express our opinions. If you don't like mine I am fine with that. I certainly don't agree with YOU most of the time. But you will NEVER find me attacking you.

      This blog is not meant to be for royal psychophants . If it were Charlotte would have made that clear at the outset. It is for people who are interested in following Kate - it may be as a distraction (as Betsy pointed out), it may be because they admire her, it may be because they are hopeful that she will ultimately contribute even if they are not actual fans of hers. Whatever it is, it is not FOR YOU to say who should or should not follow this blog. Please leave it to Charlotte.

      Please don't bully other posters who have differing opinions from yours. Respect people. You claim that you are a big royal fan.. right ? Act with class, then.

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  24. Betsy, please remember that Kate has lived a very privileged life. She was practically groomed for this position. She went to great schools, participated in athletic activities that built her muscle tone, has had good nutrition etc. Now she enjoys even more privilege, she does not have an 8-5 job, she doesn't have the stress regular people experience. It doesn't mean that she doesn't have difficult
    moments, who knows what are things that cause her stress but it is not survival stress that many people deal with. I'm interested in Kate as a hobby and on a very superficial level. She is not the
    answer to our problems. Her fashion, her activities, her life -is just an enjoyable distraction. Live your life to the fullest, be healthy and appreciate the blessings that you have been given.





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    1. Seriously, what else can we blame Kate for?

      Eating healthy and staying in shape isn't about money or privilege. It's about smart choices, discipline and self-respect. It costs a lot more to eat junk and fast food than to eat a modest, well balanced diet. And there are plenty of free options when it comes to exercise.



      Also, if Kate did make it personal and share her secrets, it would turn her into a Weight Watchers rep similar to Sarah Ferguson. It's one thing to support a cause, but it would be seen as too self-promotional if she made it about herself.

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  25. Hi Charlotte,

    Love your site and the thoughtful commentary. I think the necklace might be by Merci Maman. See what you think?

    http://mercimaman.co.uk/cart/necklaces/mix-and-match-personalised-gold-plated-charm-chain-necklace

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    1. Hello,

      Thank you so much for sharing the link. It has definite similarities, I've passed the link on to Anna (who is a royal jewellery expert) and she's contacting various jewellers asking them. Many thanks again :)

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    2. It's a pleasure to try to help! Thanks again for having this blog with its insightful, tasteful commentary :-)

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  26. Love keeping up with Kate et al. She looks fantastic and the baby is a "doll."
    Her event clothes are always chic and appropriate. BUT, I for one dont think she should be going around town in skinny jeans. She's a duchess 24/7 and not just for dressing up. She's 30 (not a teenager), wife of a prince and mother of a future king - even when shopping she should dress the role, at least some what. If she wants to wear pants then how about a pantsuit or a skirt once in a while.

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  27. Melanie from California1 November 2013 at 15:41

    For those who cannot get ahold of Mint Velvet Plimsolls, Keds now makes a suede shoe in a similar color. The shoes are called Champion Suede, and the color is Graphite. They retail for $60.

    http://www.keds.com/store/SiteController/keds/championsuede/prod2710010/catId/cat610203/stockNumber/WH48116/skuId/***5********WH48116*M100/subCatId/cat2060409/showDefaultOption/true/productdetails

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  28. What a fantastic blog I have ever seen. I didn’t find this kind of information till now. Thank you so much for sharing this information.

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  29. Wow! the dress is amazing. Even i prefer Zara clothing. They have trendy stuff in their stores and every outfit is eye catching.

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