This week, the Duchess of Cambridge released a special video message in support of Children's Mental Health Week. The touching message was recorded during Kate's private visit to Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School last week. Click to read the full story >
On Thursday, The Duchess had two engagements. She first visited the Emma Bridgewater pottery factory who designed two exclusive mugs for Kate's charity, EACH. Later in the day Kate visited the Cape Hill Children’s Centre as part of Children’s Mental Health Week. Click to the read full story >
Emma Bridgewater announced that the mugs will dispatch as earlier as next week. They are now available for pre-order >
WHAT'S NEW IN KATE'S CLOSET
This week, Kate debuted two new pieces from her closet:
Below are my favourite repliKate finds of the week ...
This week I have reviewed two pairs of shoes from opposite ends of the price spectrum. The first is a repliKate of Kate's beloved LK Bennett 'Sledge' pumps, and the second is a product review of the Stuart Weitzman 'Minx' wedges.
I bought these repliKates of the Sledge heels over a year ago from Payless, who aptly named the style "Kambridge".
I usually don't buy non-leather shoes so I hesitated to purchase these at first but with a price tag under $29 it was hard to resist. When they arrived, I was pleasantly surprised with both the quality and fit. Being a size US 5, I struggle to find shoes for my tiny feet and these fit like a glove! They have a 4" heel with a 1/2" platform but they are very sturdy and comfortable. They don't pinch my toes and I can stand and walk in these with no discomfort. I loved them so much that I bought another pair in black patent. Due to their popularity, Payless have now made the Kambridge available in more colour options and fabrics. I now have my eye on the navy suede pair :)
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I received these 'Minx' wedges as a gift from a fellow repliKater so that may bias my review :)
Despite seeing the Minx wedges on the feet of the Duchess of Cambridge, I initially had no desire to purchase them because I never buy shoes with ankle straps. I am only 5'2" and ankle straps have the effect of visually cutting my legs at the ankle, so my legs appear even shorter than they are. However, when I was gifted with a pair and slipped them on my feet, all my "short-leg" concerns disappeared. These wedges are a neutral colour and they blend in with my skin tone, hence the ankle strap issue does not apply. I normally wear a size US 5 but found the size US 4.5 to be an excellent fit. Despite their heel height, they are lightweight and comfortable. They have a well formed footbed and the straps don't rub against my toes. If you are a wedge lover, I say these are a must-have in your closet. The neutral colour goes with everything!
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This week, Jenny Packham showcased her Fall 2015 collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. Packham stated that this line up of 'experimental' dresses took inspiration from paintings by Spanish artist Raimundo de Madrazo Garreta, who often portrayed the elaborate fashions of the 19th century.
'This season I was in Madrid and I went to the Prado museum. I was absolutely overwhelmed by the really beautiful and classic paintings; lots of them of coquettish society women really dressed up. I think what I came back with was the idea of color and texture,' Packham explained.
View the full Jenny Packham Fall 2015 collection. Which do you think Kate may wear?
John Lewis has announced that their exclusive Somerset by Alice Temperley boat print dress will be restocked in May. So don't pay the over-inflated prices on eBay, and hold out for when it returns in a few months.
For those who love the Peid A Terre 'Imperia' wedges and want to add to their collection, Dune London has discounted the red colourway by over 50%. Credit to Kate Middleton Style for the sales tip. SHOP >