Friday, 27 November 2015

Kate to Visit Action on Addiction Centre, Exclusive Black.co.uk Discount & Kate Related Black Friday Deals

Good evening, dear readers,

We're back with updates on the Duchess and Black Friday deals from Kate's favourite brands and retailers. First, Kensington Palace announced an addition to Kate's calendar earlier today. On Thursday, 10 December, Kate will visit Action on Addiction's Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster, Wiltshire.

Action on Addiction

More from the press release:

'Her Royal Highness will meet the course tutors and examiners and participate in a tutorial group discussing their training, before joining a ceremony to celebrate the graduation of students from the Foundation and Honours degree programmes accredited by the University of Bath.
 It has long been recognised that the addiction treatment field suffers from an inadequately trained workforce. The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies, inpartnership with the University of Bath, contributes to raising standards in the field of addiction treatment by training addiction counsellors to a higher standard than ever before. It is the only charity-owned and operated centre of its kind in the UK.'

The Duchess has been patron of Action on Addiction since 2012 and has carried out a number of engagements in support of the organisation since. The engagement will offer her the opportunity to see the centre's work providing education and professional training for those working in addiction and related fields.


Also today, the Duchess is supporting a major fundraising appeal to expand the Children's Intensive Care Unit at St Mary's Hospital where George and Charlotte were born. The More Smiles Appeal is hoping to achieve £2 million of the £10 million needed to help care for more than 300 extra children each year.


Kate received such excellent care at the hospital and is delighted to support the appeal. Speaking of her experience the Duchess said:

'The thought of your child in an intensive care unit is harrowing for any parent. The commitment to expand and transform the Children's Intensive Care Unit at St Mary's Hospital will vitally guarantee more space to treat more children and support more families.
 As someone who was so brilliantly cared for by St Mary's, I am delighted to support the Children's Intensive Care Appeal, and commend the important work of all those involved in the project.'

Dr Simon Nadel, Children's Intensive Care Unit consultant and clinical lead, said: 'Our More Smiles Appeal will enable us to upgrade our facilities and offer our exceptional care to even more patients. We are most grateful for the Duchess of Cambridge's support and warm wishes.'  If you would like find out more about the campaign or donate please click here.

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Now, time for a look at a few of the plethora of Kate-related Black Friday sales and savings opportunities out there, beginning with our friends from luxury gifts and accessories brand Black.co.uk.  This year they are offering the largest discounts ever, with 20% off on over 500 items plus an additional 10% discount code exclusively for readers of the blog: HRH10.


We begin with a look at the ever-popular Black Bow Gloves. Below we see the Duchess wearing them in New York last year; for a 2013 visit to Child Bereavement UK; and Remembrance Sunday in 2011.


The short black gloves with side bow are available in satin lycra, ensuring a snug, flattering fit. They are also available in white at present.

Black.co.uk

A stylish pair of gloves is a fantastic stocking filler, whether you're opting for something decadent and Downton Abbey-inspired, such as the Long Black Satin Gloves, a pair of Houndstooth Cashmere and Leather Musketeer Gloves, or the eye-catching Leather Driving Gloves.

Black.co.uk

A classic scarf is the ultimate accessory for many of us, including the Duchess, who has shown time and time again how a striking scarf can transform an outfit. Take a look at the Tartan and Check Double Faced Cashmere Scarf, the Black and Ivory Houndstooth Scarf, the Vestry Red and Black Cashmere and Silk Scarf, and the Black to Ivory Cashmere and Silk Wrap.


Black.co.uk

The chic Midnight Navy Poncho is made of luxurious Italian cashmere and offers fantastic versatility, looking just as good with jeans and boots as a cocktail dress. We also see the Black Roll Neck Knit Cashmere Poncho, the Black and Grey Cashmere Poncho, and the Houndstooth Cashmere Cape.

Black.co.uk

There's a variety of hats and beanies in stock. Three of my favourites are the Belgravia Two Tone Fedora, the Cream and Caramel Cashmere Beanie and the Navy Cable Knit Cashmere Beanie.

Black.co.uk

Not forgetting our male readers, there's a selection of dapper accessories available, including the Two Tone Blue Check Tie, the Black Leather Quilted Gloves, the Black Swarovski Crystal Studded Bow Tie, and the Brown Check and Blue Reversible Cashmere Scarf. Having recently seen Spectre, I noticed there's very much a James Bond feel to the men's collection.

Black.co.uk

To see the full collections click here.The discount code is valid until 30th of November.

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Kate favourite Really Wild Clothing are offering 20% off their Autumn/Winter Collection, 10% off accessories and 15% off Spanish boots. The brand recently launched a gorgeous new website. 

Really Wild Clothing

Kate's popular Spanish boots in chocolate suede are included in the sale, discounted from £295 to £250. Among the classic pieces also included are a selection of the brand's shawls and wraps of which Kate is a fan. A selection of timeless coats, including the Heversham Coat in Purple Boucle are reduced too.

Really Wild
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Email subscribers receive a 25% discount with the code CyberWeekender at Azuni London.

Azuni London

Kate's £25 Athena Small Stone Drop Earrings remain available in aqua chalcedony and in several other stones.

Azuni

There are a number of beautiful collections on offer including the Etrusca, inspired by the archaic period of Etruscan Art, and Valise-style earrings and pendants simplified to create a contemporary look. Below, the Etruscan Pink Chalcedony Circular Earrings, the £35 Inverted Teardrop in Rose Gold Earrings and the Amethyst Disc Bracelet.

Azuni

The code CyberWeekender is valid until Monday. A reminder it is case sensitive with a capital 'C' and 'W'. 

Azuni London

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Beulah London are offering 25% off selected items including classic dresses, scarves and separates. Below we see the Elina Sleeveless Crepe Tulip Dress, the mint Leieila Dress, the evergreen Silene Dress.

Beulah London


Beulah London

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L.K. Bennett are discounting shoes and boots by 25% with the code SB25. It's an excellent opportunity to get Kate's Sledge pumps or other footwear on the site. Kate's Cayla Dress is reduced from £250 to £175 on the UK site and reduced by 30% with the code Thanks on the US website.

L.K. Bennett

At Ralph Lauren it's promo code Turkey20 for 20% off selected merchandise. Glancing at the website, Kate's Silk Austin Shirtdress is reduced from $1595 to $959.

Ralph Lauren

At Nordstrom there's an extra 25% discounted on an array of designers and brands, including several Aquatalia styles.

Nordstrom

Kate's Dune Imperia Wedges are discounted from £85 to £51.

Dune

There's up to 65% reduced at the Outnet on an array of well-known designers. There's quite a bit of stock from several Kate brands including Erdem. Below we look at the designer's Reesi Frayed Coat, Fay Dress and Merete Metallic Broderie Anglaise Dress.

The Outnet

There's up to 60% off at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Neiman Marcus are offering $50 off purchases of $200 with promo code Thankful. Several pairs of Kate's Kiki McDonough earrings feature, including the Grace, Citrine Drops and Green Amethyst Diamond Earrings.

Neiman Marcus

A look at ShopBop's promotions. The code GOBIG15 takes over $50 off the L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps.

ShopBop

The Temperley London Beau dress (an update of Kate's Emblem dress) is discounted from $995 to $696.

ShopBop

At Bobbi Brown, get one of the holiday gift sets shown below for free with orders over $50.

Bobbi Brown

There's up to 50% discounted at Matches on a number of brands including DVF, McQueen and Christopher Kane.

Matches
Our royal Christmas Gift Guides page is here. Please share your Kate-related bargain finds in the comments section. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! :)

44 comments:

  1. Can anyone tell me where this dress is from? I just saw it on my pinterest board this morning. Haven't seen it before...and I thought I'd seen everything! Is this a pap shot that isn't being released? A fake image? Looks old, but she's wearing a ring. http://lolobu.com/look/2332

    Thanks!

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    1. This was a Stella McCartney dress purchased in the summer of 09 for Prince Phillips 90th birthday.

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    2. Thank you! It's interesting how much her style is changing.

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  2. Nicole from France27 November 2015 at 10:47

    I love it, unfortunately, this is just the kind of cloth the duchess seems not to wear anymore! I do not know why, as it is both young looking and stylish, different from those "vintage" dresses she now weaars with hardly a piece of jewel ! I must say I most enjoy reading this blog, and all the details about cloths, jewels, shoes and so on ... and also the comments are quite interesting, with different opinions, and that also helps me not to loose my English, thank you al !

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    1. Ah, Nicole, :)
      To be able to read, write and speak a second language is such a blessing. You "text" English beautifully.

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    2. I think this dress suits her as well; if I remember rightly, there was some criticism at the time that it looked creased. The colour, fabric & style makes a refreshing change from the clothes that we are now quite accustomed to seeing her wearing. Madonna had worn the same dress!

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    3. ooh, that is not a good endorsement to me, but I do like the dress on Kate.

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  3. Thank you for letting me know about the Neiman Marcus sale. There are a few things I've been wanting from them.

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  4. Julia from Leominster27 November 2015 at 13:26

    I had mixed feelings about that burgundy velvet dress - I loved the richness of the material and did think it was very becoming on Kate, but something about the hem didn't seem quite right. It may just be it didn't photograph well.

    Looking forward to the coming engagements - it's been a wonderful and active autumn and good to see Kate catching up with her patronages.

    Lots of lovely things to buy. I did splurge on one of those Really Wild scarves last year - although in a different colourway - and like it very much.

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  5. Hello everyone,

    I've been asking around and we can expect to see photos of George and Charlotte within 2/3 weeks. I'm sure they are both absolutely adorable and have grown so much since we last saw them.

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    1. How wonderful! :) You are so knowledgeable, and accurate with what you report, regarding the cambridges!
      thankyou!

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    2. We get our own inside scoop. How cool is that?

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  6. Charlotte,

    You are so helpful in your suggestions as a reminder of what your readers/posters can use, and possible buy on Black Friday ( possibly gifts for Christmas too). Peoples' mind can also be what to buy for who? Yes selfishly, start from your own self. Any way, remember there are also others to buy for. When the men in my family were younger, it used to be fun to shop for them. Here, I got you these ( well my own taste/which typically starts from comfort and practicality, and then compare prize/or chase sale). Now that they are grown, it takes me forever to shop for men because they had me return items immediately over the last few years. The latest solution, have them window shop on line and e-mail it to me, and I do the purchasing.

    It seems you have had male readers/lately officially posters. I hope you will have time to include some items for men as well. Another idea, if you can now and then include names of designers of William's clothes, ties, watches etc. Is he not a part of Kate's life, and may be she helps style him too.

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    1. Haha, like how to copy Williams beaded belt? :P A selection of blue sweaters? :P

      Nah, I'm just joking around. He's charming in his non-fashion interest.

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    2. Charlotte,
      I just noticed the men's products. Did I miss what you posted for the men? It shows how much my vision automatically searches for what I can get, or think of having for my self, women's products. You have indeed provide a link for the men. My apologies.
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      Of items you posted, the number one thing I know I will get in the immediate future is Bobbi Brown lipstick in burgundy or bronze. I like lip stick and used different makers from department stores, but never Bobby Brown. I hope it has enough moisture too.

      Thank for everything you do. The Shopping Guide in boxes with a gallery so well prepared by you is very professional.

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  7. I have a leiela dress from Beulah. i wore it for a wedding this summer and the dress is so amazing and soft. Yes it was a huge investment but its good quality and the dress is timeless and will be always in a dressing.
    The prices are great for Bobbi Brown !
    Regards

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  8. For those with babies and tots in their surroundings, the kids stores are having black friday sale as well. These 3 brands that we have seen on George, for example:

    http://www.rachelriley.com/
    http://www.petit-bateau.us/
    http://www.neckandneckusa.com/

    Might be a good time to make some big buys for christmas? What do I know :P

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  9. Hello Rebecca,

    You have a keen observation. That beaded belt might go for the history books, souvenir or end up in a museum. By now, it seems synonymous with William. I have forever been curious of his navy blue suits “uniform” if they are designed by the same designing house or/person. Otherwise, his khaki pants look good and sturdy/ chinos for British?
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    Oh talk about baby and kids shopping. The little girls out fits can be so cute, an adult can be tempted to buy them and play dolls. People who buy for girls probably get carried away and spend more; they are too enchantingly charming. The boys, can make you feel like giggling. I recently saw the tiniest complete three piece suit with a shirt and tie next to the cashier's desk. I was so amused, and told the clerk near by, aren't they cute? I bet you she was probably exhausted piling up clothes on a cart. She turned around, had a huge smile and said, "oh boy, aren't those adorable"? It probably fits a slim six months old or a slim one year old.

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  10. Tammy from California27 November 2015 at 17:46

    Charlotte: You are SO CUTE to give us all the Black Friday sales. What a thorough job you have done here! Thank you!

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    1. No fighting the crowds and your selections are awesome. Thanks Charlotte.

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  11. I think it was Kate’s first visit to Action on Addiction organization in 2012. They made a nonalcoholic shake, named it The Duchess, and offered it to her; she seemed to enjoy it with a straw. If I remember the recipe, it is fresh banana, ice cream, and almond extract and ice/all ingredients shaken in a blender. I wanted to make it and forgot. I will try it with trial and error, except unless some one knows and shares the exact recipe.

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  12. Kate's visiting the town I live in!!!! Warminster!! Typically I'm working that day but I've given my mum strict instructions to go!! Lol!!

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    1. Wow, that's great! Too bad you're working!! What a bummer!! Your mum have to give us all the info afterwards!!

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    2. wow. I would be so excited. I would take a vacation day off though, not to be a bad influence. :)

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    3. Haha, Anon 00.23 I waas gonna say that as well :P

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    4. I've used up all my holiday:( don't worry I'll share my mums excitement on the blog !!

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    5. How exciting, anon in Warminster! (my comment below was meant for you)

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  13. How exciting!

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    1. My How exciting comment @21:35 was supposed to be a response to our Warminster anon 19:47.

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  14. My favorite item from above is the Ralph Lauren black and white houndstooth dress. The classic pattern and silk material is stunning.

    And in the photo that features Kate's black gloves, I absolutely LOVE her black hat. It's not too big, but it makes a statement.

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    1. That photo really showcases the style of the gloves nicely, how classy, yet flirty. :)

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    2. Good point, Anon 23:47. :)

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  15. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/27/how-kate-middleton-revolutionized-the-royal-christmas.html

    The bluhare family takes Christmas very seriously and I have to say it should be all about the kids on Christmas. Christmas should be fun for little kids. They can do the tradition and pomp when they're older. With Kate all the way on this one.

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    1. Not wanting to argue with you bluhare, but how will the kids learn about the traditions and "pomp" if they aren't exposed to it? I remember as a kid always sitting at the "kids" table during holiday dinners, it was usually much more fun than the adults table where they were mostly arguing about politics :) And I know many families that open their presents on Christmas Eve and then spend all day on Christmas playing with their toys.

      I did read this article and wondered why William and Kate can't figure out a way to incorporate both families and both traditions together. I mean, this is a typical holiday quandary, how to make sure each set of in-law's get time with the children, but this article made it sound like William's family was kind of getting frozen out and the Middleton's would be getting all the fun, present opening time.

      Again, not wanting to argue but if all the royal family traditions are going to fall by the wayside after the Queen dies then what remains special about it at all?

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    2. I think that could come when they're a bit older, 1604. George is 2-1/2 and Charlotte is only a baby. Neither one have any appreciation for pomp or tradition right now -- especially around Christmas. I think they should be able to enjoy it like any other child of their age. Maybe with a little interlude to watch great granny's speech, though.

      I could see the royal Church/Christmas lunch thing when they're a bit older and able to sit through something like that.

      On the other hand, no one said they weren't going over for presents Christmas Eve with great granny!

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    3. Whoa, Anonymous at 16:04, I couldn't agree with you more in what you said. We open our gifts on Christmas Eve so we can peacefully go to church on Christmas morning. And I also have such fun memories of the kid's table. There was so much interaction overall that that didn't seem like a snub at all. Those are some sweet memories and traditions my siblings and cousins have in our families today.

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    4. pomp and circumstance will even be in heaven from what I've read in the Bible. So it must be a good thing. :) Here on earth it is easier, I think, for the children to enjoy pomp and circumstance better if they are brought up with it. All of my children LOVE pomp and circumstance. It teaches tradition, heritage, self-control, respect and joy at tasks done right and more. They still have oodles of "free" time to do other kid stuff.

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    5. Well, in reading between the lines of this article, it isn't purely complimentary towards Kate (or Carole). But perhaps I should just be inspired by the thought that it may be a merrier Christmas this year. Previously, there was a lot of criticism directed at the thought of any change from the familiar Windsor traditions. Personally, I believe that W&K are more than capable of balancing a respect for tradition and creating their own Christmas footprint.

      I saw these pictures earlier today and I do admire the way other royal families are less formal on family occasions. A Queen perhaps, but very much a grandmother...

      http://royalista.com/72531/norwegian-royals-attend-a-traditional-christmas-service/

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    6. I think they will balance that just fine also RF.
      Kate has a keen interest in tradition as exemplified by the outfits she has chosen for George, the heritage repeat of photos. Infusing some very thoughtfully considered change is a good thing IMO. They are going to be King and Queen (consort). Making intelligent choices for change, unapologetically is a good attribute I think. I am sure they sought counsel and approval of the other senior royal's before acting on their decisions though as a consideration to loved ones. But they were bold enough to present change in the first place.

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  16. Just found out that my great (x's 6) grandparents were from England. My great (x's 6) grandmother from Almondbury, Yorkshire, circa 1718, and her husband, Thiel, from Sussex around that time also. See, no wonder I am so passionate about all things English, including this blog. :) They migrated to Virginia. Their four sons help settle parts of Virginia and Western Virginia and there was actually a book written about those four boys. I have already googled Almondbury and learned so much. There is a landmark building there that is still in use today and was built prior to 1613 (can you imagine?). My great,,,,, grandmother no doubt had seen that building and perhaps had even been in it. neat. :) I had never even "known" her before today, so pardon my exuberance. :)

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    1. That *is* exciting! I don't blame you. :)

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    2. Thanks, RF, :)

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  17. I wonder if George and Charlotte get any Christas gifts mailed in from the public and, if so, if they get to keep them or what. Anyone know?

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    1. I believe they are donated to charity.

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