Showing posts with label seraphine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label seraphine. Show all posts

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Kate to Team Up with The Queen, Valentine's Day Seraphine Giveaway

Hello-Hello Duchess Kate readers,

We're back with news of another new engagement for The Duchess of Cambridge (one always finds it's a bit like buses with engagement announcements, you could wait and wait for one and then several come along together). The Queen, accompanied by Kate and other members of the Royal Family, will host a reception for the Dramatic Arts at Buckingham Palace on Monday, 17th of February.

The reception will commence at 6 p.m. BST. Approximately 250 guests will attend the reception including directors, playwrights and actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, better known as 'Sherlock' to those of us in the UK. (If I was Kate, I would be seriously starstruck). Helen Mirren who won an Oscar for her portrayal as 'The Queen' will also be there. The Queen and The Duchess of Cambridge will greet guests before moving to the Ballroom for a series of short performances before meeting guests in the State Rooms.

It's wonderful to see Kate teaming up with The Queen again. One always gets the impression they enjoy their engagements together and it's a terrific opportunity for the Duchess to learn from the very best. Watching Her Majesty interact with the public provides an excellent insight for HRH.

Many of you have got in touch this week enquiring about whether or not Kate will be joining Prince William at the BAFTA's on February 16. Unfortunately the Duchess will not be accompanying her husband to this event. I know, I know, we would have loved to see Her Royal Highness at the British Oscars (Think of the fashion possibilities). Perhaps another year?

We're seeing William and Kate taking on more solo engagements since the arrival of Prince George. I presume this is done to ensure one of them is with George as often as possible. We're also seeing the couple teaming up with senior royals, including Kate's engagement with The Queen and of course, Prince William is joining Prince Charles for a series of engagements to highlight the illegal wildlife trade, a cause they are both extremely passionate about. We'll see the Cambridges together throughout the tour in April for almost a month!

Speaking of Prince William, it has just been announced he has gone on a hunting weekend in Spain.
The Sun

To say the timing couldn't be worse is an understatement considering his role as a key speaker in next week's illegal wildlife trade conference. He and Prince Harry are said to be frequent visitors to the estate where they shoot stag and wild boar.

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

Richard Palmer offers this:

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

One can only hope the conference is not overshadowed by this, but it was undoubtedly a very bad move.

Richard Palmer Twitter Feed

In other news, there's been plenty of excellent discussion regarding a Daily Mail article by Katie Nicholl: 'Out go the short skirts, on with the tiaras: It's Kate's regal makeover by order of the Queen'. I was personally cautious regarding several elements of the story including references to 'a lot more tiaras'. I cannot see Her Majesty loaning Kate a number of tiaras to take with her during the tour. The Papyrus tiara she wore the annual Diplomatic Reception? Absolutely. The Cartier Halo Tiara Kate wore for her wedding? Quite possibly. But 'you can expect to see lots more tiaras'? I genuinely don't believe so.

The story also mentioned The Queen offered Kate the personal services of her personal dresser Angela Kelly. This has been reported to be false and a couple of royal commentators have speculated the tour will be quite casual, with formal events thrown into the mix. For such a lengthy tour, one would imagine the Duchess will need a dresser to accompany her, but Ms. Kelly's involvement seems to have been nothing more than a rumour.

Judy Wade Twitter Feed

Is the Duchess going to opt for longer hemlines? I don't think we're going to see Kate's signature style change greatly during the coming tour. The climate may dictate certain choices but overall we'll most likely continue to see a mix of high street with designer pieces and some very special bespoke items from Jenny Packham, Alexander McQueen and Alice Temperley.


Next up, to mark Valentine's Day we have a lovely giveaway to share, courtesy of the lovely folks at Kate's go-to maternity brand Séraphine.


The Duchess ordered several dresses from the brand to see her through her pregnancy and the months that followed in style. Séraphine founder Cecile Reinaud discussed her delight upon discovering Kate was a fan: "The Kate effect is huge and we have been enjoying a 400% growth in sales since it became public that Kate bought Séraphine dresses back in April 2013". Below we see HRH in the £46 fuchsia Jolene Dress for the first official portrait of Prince George taken by Michael Middleton.

Michael Middleton

The Duchess wearing the Jolene Dress in Blossom Print.


The brand is not only favoured by royals including Kate and Zara Philipps, but well-known stars including Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet and Gwen Stefani.


Back to our giveaway, one lucky reader will have the opportunity to win the Claret Knot Front Dress. The pretty frock is remarkably similar to Kate's Jolene Dress, with the addition of longer sleeves making it more appropriate for evening wear and the ideal choice for a romantic Valentine's Day date with your other half. The dress comes in four colours and the winner may choose which one they prefer. Sizing generally runs from 6-18 although this may slightly differ with varying colours. Below we see the Claret dress in red.


More from the product description:

'Séraphine's knot front maternity dress is an elegant option and a staple for any maternity wardrobe. Exuding opulence, without compromising on comfort, this dress is made in a soft silk-like jersey. The stunning front knot creates ultra-flattering gathers over your bump, with a chic V neckline that works perfectly for nursing.'

The dress also comes in black, purple and blue - a great maternity version of Kate's engagement dress.


How do you enter:

  • There are TWO steps to take before entering. Firstly leave a comment sharing which colour you would like to win.
  • The second step is liking Séraphine via Facebook or following on Twitter.

It's worth noting, several of our readers who are not expecting have purchased Kate's dress to wear as everyday pieces. With many thanks to Séraphine for this giveaway and best of luck to all our entrants. It closes on Monday!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Séraphine Royal Maternity Lot, Royal Baby Memorabilia + Kate's Birthday Gift to William,

Our next Baby Cambridge Fundraiser activity is the Royal Maternity Lot - an eBay for Charity auction. The lot includes three stunning items from royal favourite maternity brand Séraphine. As always 100% of the proceeds go to Kate's patronage East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

The first item in the lot is one readers of the blog will be familiar with: the Renata Wrap Dress with Tie. The mock wrap design creates pleats across the bust area and the pull aside V-neckline is perfect for breastfeeding. The dress comes in sizes 8-18 and the winning bidder can choose their own size.

The dress is described as:

'This gorgeous mock wrap maternity dress is an essential for your maternity wardrobe. In a pretty navy polka dot print with a chic side bow detail, the dress is perfect for any occasion. The above the bump side tie highlights your empire line and flatters your bust and growing bump. The short sleeve dress also comes in blue.'

The Duchess wore the navy spot dress during a recent shopping trip and teamed it with a pink cardigan. 

Woman's Day

The second item in the lot is the elegant Royal Blue Knotted Dress. As you can see it's remarkably similar to Kate's Issa engagement dress. The £49 dress exudes opulence without compromising on comfort in soft silk-like-jersey.


The Séraphine Tote Changing Bag  is the ultimate accessory for mothers and mothers-to-be. Made in wipe clean faux leather with subtle brushed gold hardware, this stylish piece is deceivingly lightweight and waterproof.


The £75 bag is a lifetime investment that transforms effortlessly into a chic work bag to carry your laptop and other possessions long after toting around your baby's luggage. The waterproof piece comes with a detachable changing mat and five roomy interior pockets.


The Duchess has bought several maternity dresses from the brand, since she was linked with the company in March. Below we see Kate on the cover of WHO magazine wearing the Séraphine White Maxi Skirt.

WHO Magazine

Séraphine has stores in Kensington and Hampstead, and concession stores in John Lewis and Peter Jones (two of Kate's favourite haunts) and has been worn by a number of celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry and Jessica Alba. Below we look at four stylish dresses from the Luxe Collection.


Shoppers can receive up to 50% off a wide array of items in the Summer Sale.


To celebrate the royal birth Séraphine are offering a £1,000 wardrobe to the person who correctly guesses the baby's name. You can enter by clicking here. The retailer has launched an ad campaign on London buses with the words 'Is it a girl? Is it a boy?' (the question on everyone's lips) between July 1st and July 15th.


Many thanks to Séraphine for their generous donation and best of luck to all bidders! :) The auction can be viewed here.


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have given their seal of approval to memorabilia being produced to celebrate the birth of their baby. The royal birth is expected to generate £243 million in the coming months and not surprisingly £80 million of that sum will be spent on souvenirs according to experts (almost £200 million was spent on royal wedding souvenirs).

St James's Palace released this statement:

'The birth of the Duke and Duchess's baby should be a joyous occasion, and we recognise there is a long and happy history of people producing souvenirs to mark royal occasions.'

Let's take a look at a selection of memorabilia already hitting the shelves at retailers around the globe. Harrods have released a £20 Royal Baby Mug and a £30 Commemorative Plate to mark the occasion.


More from the products description:

'It has never been a more exciting time to be a loyal royal subject. With Her Majesty's Jubilee, the Royal Wedding and now, the Royal baby. Celebrate this joyous occasion with a piece of fine English bone china.'

One of Kate's favourite jewellers, Links of London have produced a Hope Royal Baby Charm.

Links of London

There are a number of commemorative items available at John Lewis including Trollbeads and Gingerbread Biscuits.

John Lewis

The Royal Baby Pillow is a nice item for those who prefer practical items over commemorative pieces.


The most adorable items I've seen so far are the M&Co Perfect Princess and Prince Charming Sleepsuits. The exclusively designed pieces range in sizes from newborn to nine months and retail for roughly £12. If any of you have a baby or know someone who is expecting, it is a lovely little gift. Both sleepsuits come with matching caps with a crown design. I also thought the Little Dlivery Keep Calm Romper was a fabulous little piece. :)

M&Co/Little Deilvery

Even Krispy Kreme are getting in on royal baby fever - selling limited edition doughnouts with pink or blue centres. Judith Denby, head of marketing said: "Customers have no way of knowing what centres they will get when they buy them in store, but judging by the poll we've been running pink ones are outselling blue ones by a long way."


What do you give a Prince for his birthday? No doubt Kate has plenty of experience choosing the perfect gifts for William and for his 31st birthday on June 21st the Duchess reportedly gave her husband a Montblanc Fountain Pen.

More the Daily Express's brief article:

'She gave the game away in Peter Jones, her favourite Chelsea emporium, where she told an assistant that she was looking for "a really beautiful pen for a man who is left-handed".'

A Montblanc pen retails for roughly €750, perhaps we'll see the Prince using it in the near future?


It's the first of July and somewhere in St Mary's Hospital, near the Lindo Wing where Kate will give birth, parking has been suspended for "EVENT SO601866" (the royal baby's arrival). The suspension across four parking bays guarantees Kate and her protection officers have plenty of room to park when she goes into labour. The parking suspension will also make it easier for relatives to visit once Baby Cambridge is born. It really could be any day now, couldn't it?

Sky's Paul Harrison shared this photo.

@SkyNewsRoyal Twitter Feed


For those of you who use Google Reader, you may have heard it is shutting down today. Users are being advised to switch to Bloglovin (the blogs page is here if you wish to follow). I have a special 'Kate Loves' post planned next! :)

Friday, 18 January 2013

Maternally Kate: Maternity Wear Possibilities

It's been a while since we had a fashion-related post and following this week's announcement Kate is expecting her first baby in July, I thought it a good time to take a look at maternity wear possibilities for the Duchess beginning with well-known brands she may choose. Since Kate's hospitalisation in December a number of you have shared their pregnancy stories and I hope this post will give expectant mothers some interesting style ideas!

Blossom Mother and Child is a one stop retailer for all your mother and baby needs with three locations in London, including the fourth floor of Harrods.

Blossom Harrods

The brand's own line Blossom was created in 2004 after customer demand for a more versatile wardrobe during pregnancy. Below we look at the Blossom Mary Pleated Maternity Shirt (currently reduced from £125 to £62.50), the £105 Tabitha Pussybow Blouse and the £79 Tiffany Pencil Skirt.


Blossom stocks a number of designer maternity wear collections from Kate favourites such as M Missoni.


We know Kate loves Anya Hindmarch bags, and perhaps the designer's Remedies Case used for storing baby medication or simply for smaller items could be a future piece for the Duchess.



British brand Isabella Oliver seems an ideal choice for Kate. The brand received a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the International Trade Category in 2010 and their maternity signature detailing (wrapping and ruching) has become a standard for the wardrobes of pregnant women everywhere. Below we look at the Gathered Detail Maxi Dress which was worn by Bones actress Emily Deschanel, the Tie Knot Maternity Dress and the Lulu Lace Maternity Dress, a perfect choice for Kate who often opts for lace pieces.

Isabella Oliver

Three other very 'Kate' items are the Lizzie Dress, the Everyday Blazer and the Urban Ruched Top. I particularly like the blazer and think it could be a staple piece in Kate's maternity wardrobe for engagements.

Isabella Oliver

Casual wear looks from Isabella Oliver's tips section.

Isabella Oliver

Kate is regularly photographed wearing her J Brand jeans and I expect she will invest in maternity wear by the brand such as the Mama Jeans shown below.

J Brand

Séraphine is a maternity brand favoured by celebrities and the fashion elite, with concession stores in John Lewis and Peter Jones and an ultra trendy flagship boutique in Kensington, the chic brand would be another ideal choice for the Duchess. No doubt she has passed the boutique countless times during shopping trips in Kensington.

Séraphine Kensington

Actress Angelina Jolie wearing the brand's Classic Straight Leg Trouser.


Next we look at Séraphine's Black Lace Cocktail DressShift Dress and Berry Colour Block Dress. All three pieces are quite fitted and perfect for evening occasions.



Finally we look at British brand Tiffany Rose which provides glamorous and on-trend maternity wear for future mums with special occasions in mind. The lace collection includes a selection of dresses very much in keeping with Kate's signature style.

Tiffany Rose

It is also entirely possible Kate will opt for bespoke pieces from her favourite designers such as Alexander McQueen and Alice Temperely for official events during her pregnancy. Actress Kristen Bell is currently expecting and wore a Jenny Packham soft lilac-chiffon empire gown with beaded shoulders and train from the S/S 2013 Collection to the Golden Globes. We could see Kate choosing a similar piece in the coming months.

Jenny Packham Facebook

 A number of readers have suggested guessing the baby's name in a future post I'm planning at the moment with history on royal names which may influence William and Kate's decision.

We conclude tonight's post with news from royal correspondent Richard Palmer on when we can expect to see Duchess Kate next.

Richard Palmer Twitter

Kate's Favourites