Friday, 30 January 2015

UPDATED: Poll Results: See Your Winners! & A New Engagement for Kate

It's time for our poll results!

Best Coat

Thousands of you voted for Kate's best pieces from 2014 and it was incredibly interesting to see your favourites. We begin with my favourite poll - coats. The Duchess has a fabulous collection of coats in her wardrobe and made several fabulous new additions last year. It was tough to choose the best one, however, we have a very clear winner.


The bespoke Alexander McQueen coat dress Kate wore in Belgium proved a very popular choice with readers. There's several interesting aspects to the garment including a distinctive peter pan collar and drop waist.


It's interesting to look at the results to determine other possible contenders for the 'Best Coat' title. The Séraphine maternity coat and cerise Mulberry coat Kate wore in New York are our runner-ups. The Mulberry is particularly noteworthy as it sparked quite the debate as to whether or not it was an appropriate sartorial choice for a visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.


Kate's least popular coat of 2014 was the Erdem 'Allie' coat she debuted during the tour and wore again for the Tour de France launch. The bright grass green isn't the most striking shade, and perhaps one of the factors which contributed to low votes. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!


Best Gown

There were just three options in our 'Best Gown' poll and they were all stunning and judging by the votes it was a very close call for our readers.


Winning with just over a hundred votes more, the power blue Jenny Packham gown is our poll topper. There was so much to love about this dress: the wrap style, the split, and of course, it was something of a departure for Kate who tends to select very safe choices (a wise policy for someone in her position). It was great to see her having fun and experimenting a little with fashion.


In second place we have Kate's favourite off-the-shoulder Jenny Packham gown, and in third, her black lace DVF 'Zarita' gown. I do hope we see a few gown appearances this year too :)


Best Dress

Our 'Best Dress' poll had had the largest number of options to choose from with an array of new frocks making their debut this year. Yet it was a piece which the Duchess has had in her wardrobe for a few years now which was chosen as your favourite; The bespoke champagne lace Alexander McQueen  Kate wore for The Queen's Garden Party.


A look at the results.


The least popular dress was equally as evident as the most popular. Coming in with a meagre 13 votes was the Hobbs London animal print shirt dress. I must admit it isn't a piece I'm fond of either.


Best Separates

As with our gown poll, the separates poll had just three options.


Kate's bespoke icy-blue McQueen suit is our winner. It was a very appropriate choice for Trooping the Colour and the style and cut of the suit worked very well for the Duchess.


In second place we had the McQueen military-style blouse and skirt, and in last place the Hobbs London 'Emilia' top and Jenny Packham skirt. The latter wasn't popular when Kate wore it and it's an example of having great individual pieces not working well together.


Best Hat

There simply are not enough social occasions nowadays where one has the opportunity to spot a great hat. This is not a problem for the royals, though, and it's one of the best aspects of following their style. Kate's most popular hat of 2014 was the Jane Taylor fleur-ruffle beret she wore in Belgium (given the fact the coat dress won the 'Best Coat' poll it's safe to say it was Kate's most popular look).


The results show several of Kate's hats were popular choices.


The hat which received the lowest number of votes is the Lock & Co. 'Fairy Tale' hat.


With thanks to all of you who took the time to vote; the polls are always so much fun. What are your thoughts on the results? Did your favourites win?

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For those having Kate withdrawls, the Palace has announced a new engagement for Kate. On February 12 the Duchess will visit the home of Ben Ainslie Racing and the 1851 Trust in Portsmouth.

1851 Trust
More from the press release:

'The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust, will visit Portsmouth to see the progress on the new home of Ben Ainslie Racing and the 1851 Trust and view an art project by the local community.
 Kate will also attend a reception at the Spinnaker Tower to meet Portsmouth community members involved the Ben Ainslie Racing project and to view exhibits destined for the Visitor Centre for the Trust at the team’s Portsmouth headquarters, opening in July 2015.'

We expect it will the first of several engagement Kate will have in February.

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As you all know, William, Kate and George are currently on holiday in Mustique. It turns out the Middelton family didn't arrive until a few days after the Cambridges. No doubt they are all soaking up the sun and having a great time together. Interestingly, the photos which were reportedly taken at the airport still haven't surfaced, but the annual family trip made the cover of this week's Hello! Magazine.

Hello! Magazine

Speaking of the Middletons, James has given an interview to The Young Director (a new app and lifestyle digital magazine. When asked if it is frustrating that his work is often overshadowed by his sibling he said:

'Yes, it does get frustrating. I work incredibly hard - just like every other person in business and work. And aside from the fact of - yes, I am the brother of someone very important - I am, at the end of the day, just James.'

You can read more from the interview and see shots from the accompanying photoshoot here.

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Before we sign off for today, we leave you with a look at several gowns from Elie Saab's Spring 2015 Couture Collection. He's not a designer we've seen Kate choose but one I know many of you are fond of (I do LOVE to see designers' latest offerings) and one one which firmly falls in the category of 'We Wish Kate Would Wear'.

Elie Saab

We'll be back with a 'Kate Loves' post! :)

Friday, 23 January 2015

The Cambridges Jet to Mustique, Vote for Kate's Best Hat & More!

Hello, dear readers,

William, Kate and George woke up on the Caribbean island of Mustique today, kicking off their annual holiday to the paradise location with the Middleton family.


The royals were spotted arriving in St. Lucia en route from London. There's speculation photos were taken at the airport, but it remains to be seen if/when these will be published. However, it's possible Hello! will have an exclusive once again this year. Below we see Kate and Prince George arriving for last year's vacation...

Hello! Magazine

According to one passenger Prince George was very well behaved on the flight and occupied by a toy giraffe. It's been suggested by the informative Prince George Pieces, he may have been carrying one his grandfather Prince Charles received as a gift during an engagement.

It's a particularly special year in Mustique as Carole Middleton's 60th birthday will be celebrated on the island. No doubt Pippa will have very exciting party plans in the offing to mark the milestone birthday. It's a great opportunity for William and Kate to enjoy time in the sun with Prince George and the Middletons before their second child arrives in April.


More from royal reporter Victoria Murphy:

Victoria Murphy Twitter Feed

Early reports suggested they are once again staying at Aurora Villa.

Mustique Island
The stunning property boasts three bedroom suites, a pool, sun deck and sun lounges and staff including a butler, chef, maid and gardener.

Mustique Island

Not a bad place to spend a week or two!

Mustique Island

However the Mail Online claims they chose Villa Rocina.

Mustique Rocina

More from the Mail Online:

'It is understood that the family – accompanied by a team of Scotland Yard bodyguards – have taken over Villa Rocina.
Designed and built in 1971 in the style of a Caribbean plantation, it boasts its own 30ft pool as well as stunning views. 
Guests have only to walk a few feet from their garden to snorkel in the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea in front of the house.
Each bedroom has its own en-suite bath and dressing room, and the property has an air-conditioned gym for guests who can tear themselves away from the sun and sand. 
Four members of staff – a chef, a butler, a housekeeper and a gardener – will be on hand throughout the family’s stay to tend to their every whim. '

It looks like the perfect spot for relaxing family dinners with a spectacular view.

Mustique Rocina

We hope they all have a wonderful time!

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For our second topic tonight, we're asking you to vote for 'Kate's Best Hat of 2014' (once again, tour hats are excluded as we held a poll for tour pieces last May).

Our first option is the appropriately green Gina Foster hat Kate wore on St. Patrick's Day. The talented milliner described the hat as "a hard shell beret with a large bow".


The Duchess wore her popular Lock & Co. 'Fairy Tale' hat for a wedding in March.


In Normandy, Kate teamed her cornflower-blue Alexander McQueen coat with her £295 black Sylvia Fletcher 'Salsa' fascinator.


Kate chose a pretty new hat for the Queen's Garden Party by Jane Corbett. It was specifically designed to match her bespoke McQueen lace dress.


At Trooping the Colour, HRH sported an icy-blue Jane Taylor hat.


The Duchess chose the 100% woven straw 'Sweet Delight' hat by Lock & Co. at the annual Order of the Garter ceremonies. It remains available for £875.


In August William, Kate and Harry travelled to Belgium to commemorate WWI. Kate chose the understated, elegant Fleur-Ruffle beret by Jane Taylor.


For her first official state role, the Duchess chose her dove-grey Jane Taylor hat.


It was a repeated black Jane Corbett hat for Remembrance Sunday.


And for Christmas Day Kate brought back her popular £245 'Betty Boop' beret by Lock & Co.


Vote for Kate's Best Hat of 2014
 
pollcode.com free polls


Finally, an update on Kate's popular L.K. Bennett 'Darwin' jacket. The brand has updated the jacket with a new season piece called the 'Casper' shearling jacket.

L.K. Bennett

More from the product description: 

'A shearling coat is a key investment for AW14 and Casper is exemplary. An update on last season's Darwin jacket, Casper has been made from the finest sheepskin and lining with sumptuously soft shearling, perfect for staying snug and stylish on cooler days.'

Fans of the brand may be interested to know there's still an ongoing sale on the US/Canada website with 40% off with the code '40SALE'.

L.K. Bennett
Have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Kate in Beulah London for Weekend in Bucklebury!

Hello again, dear readers,

We're back with a brief post as the Duchess of Cambridge features on the cover of German newspaper Bild today.

Bild

Kate was photographed leaving local spar store Peach's in Bucklebury, Berkshire. The Duchess spent the weekend at the Middletons' Georgian mansion Bucklebury Manor. As we know Kate is incredibly close to her family and enjoys spending as much time as possible with them and they are obviously a very central part of George's upbringing.

Bild

The owners of Peach's were invited to the royal wedding in 2011. Shopkeeper Hasmukh Shingadia revealed before the wedding Kate regularly pops in for her favourite Haribo sweets and William is partial to mint Vienetta ice cream: "We've really got to know Kate. She is caring and she is not like a celebrity".


One excited onlooker spotted Kate, Pippa and Prince George in a traffic jam on the M4. She said Kate spotted her and waved: "She's stunning in real life". Below we see a very blurry pic taken by the royal fan (with many thanks to Ashley Marie). She also noted Prince William was travelling behind them in another vehicle. 

JB_85 via @LiveLoveLaughr

The Duchess looked stylish in Beulah London's 'Delaney' sweater.

Beulah London

The cosy knit is adorned with the brand's signature white love hearts. It is described as a "front panel jacquard crew neck jumper". It was on sale in grey reduced from £250 to £125 before selling out.

Beulah London

Beulah shared this snap on their instagram account several months ago. A perfect choice for a growing bump.

Beulah London Instagram

James Middleton's girlfriend Donna Air also wore the popular garment.

Beulah London Tumlbr

There are several other similar items on sale at Beulah London at the moment including the 'Twilight' sweater and 'Amala' scarf.

Beulah London

It's nice to see Kate spending time with her family and enjoying normality. We'll be back with our polls post next :)