Friday, April 29, 2011

Kate: A McQueen evening dress

Looking beautiful again (but how thin?!)...

Royal wedding: Travelling in style

In a Rolls Royce...

And a horse-drawn carriage...

Then leaving Buckingham Palace in a convertible Aston Martin.

Volante DB6 MKII in Seychelles blue

The royal kiss(es)!


Here comes the bride (in McQueen)!

Wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen.

Earrings are diamond-set stylised oak leaves with a pear shaed diamond set drop and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the centre.

Tiara by Cartier.

Shoes are by McQueen.

Bouquet designed by Shane Connolly. The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:
Lily-of-the-valley: Return of happiness
Sweet William: Gallantry
Hyacinth: Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: The emblem of marriage; love.
Nails: Blended colours including Bourjois "Rose Lounge" and Essie's #423 "Allure."

Hair by James Pryce and Richard Ward of London's Richard Ward.

A glimpse: The Beckhams

Here they are, arriving at Westminster Abbey for the royal wedding. David looking very handsome and a pregnant Victoria looking smart with a simple ponytail and interesting hat by Philip Treacy. 

William and Kate: The royal wedding details

It's just been announced that
"Prince William thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge and Miss Catherine Middleton on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge." (source)

The schedule: 

8.15 - 9.45am The main congregation arrive at the Westminster Abbey
From 9.50am Governors-General, Prime Ministers, Diplomatic Corps, and other distinguished guests arrive
10.10am Prince William and Prince Harry leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey, to arrive at 10.15am.
10.20am Members of Foreign Royal Families arrive at Westminster Abbey
10.20am James (Kate’s brother) and Carole Middleton (Kate’s mother) leave London’s Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey, to arrive at 10.27
10.25am Selected members of the Royal Family leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey, to arrive at 10.30am
10.35am Senior members of the Royal Family leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey, including: Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
10.38am The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey
10.40am The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey
10.48am The Bridesmaids and Pages leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey
10.51am Kate Middleton, accompanied by her father, leaves the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey
11.00am The service begins
12.15pm The carriage procession of Prince William and Kate Middleton, with a Captain’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by The Queen’s Procession leaves Westminster Abbey for Buckingham Palace
12.30pm The Bride’s Carriage Procession arrives at Buckingham Palace
12.40pm Members of the Royal Family and Members of Foreign Royal Families arrive at Buckingham Palace
From 12.40pm Other guests for the Reception arrive at Buckingham Palace
1.25pm The Queen, Prince William and Kate Middleton and together their Families, appear on the Balcony at Buckingham Palace
1.30pm Fly Past by the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Source: Marie Claire UK

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kate Middleton goes shopping

A week before the wedding and she's out shopping on her own in London... 
This outfit is simple and stylish - another Issa dress! - I like this look. 

Dress by Issa

Apparently she bought a couple of items (in a size 8) at Warehouse, including these and a tropical bird print dress.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kate Middleton style: Pre-wedding fashion diary

Kate has been looking very stylish since the engagement (and we all know it will get better!). She looks really good in the navy blue suit - I've got to start wearing more navy! - and I love the Burberry coat. And in all of these photos she is carrying a small clutch. Big bags seem to be out.

Skirt suit: Amanda Wakeley. Shoes: LK Bennett.

Not that it matters but this is one huge umbrella.

Love this Burberry trench. My next Burberry is going to be in this colour ("nude", according to Burberry - see below)! Feminine and cute - classic with a twist!

The colour looks slightly different but I think this is the one she was wearing? Would you buy the same one, if you could?

Very bright. This outfit is ok.

Sorry, I don't mean to criticise but this is my least favourite look. I definitely don't like the boots. The coat is so-so. 

Looking very nice in a velvet coat.

I don't particularly like this outfit, either - definitely not the tights (so unflattering) - but what does it matter when you have a nice smile, glossy hair and a Prince by your side?

Don't miss the royal wedding on Friday, 29 April 2011! 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chanel bag favourites - Spring 2011

I don't know why I torture myself like this every season. But I've done it again and I've picked out my Chanel bag favourites.

Actually, this is my top favourite. I saw this bright bag when I was in and out of the Chanel boutique for the earrings recently. I'm now regretting that I didn't buy it there and then - my bag instincts are usually pretty good :-) Looks heavy but... L-O-V-E.

I definitely like Nicky Hilton's choice, too.

This beige one reminds me of Louis Vuitton's speedy bags, which I don't (want to) own because they are too 'common', in my opinion. This would be a good alternative. I also want a Chanel bag for summer (the three that I have are all black) and the colour is spot on. However... is it a bit boring? Not elegant enough? My heart is not pounding (hard enough) at the sight of this...

So simple and practical - is it really Chanel? I prefer this to the beige one above but generally I like my Chanels to be more ladylike...

Do you like the new Mademoiselle bags? I wouldn't mind the one Blake is carrying here.

And here is Blake looking gorgeous. Lucky girl.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Back to Bobbi basics

How important is concealer to your everyday make-up routine? I go through phases, depending on the foundation I'm wearing. At the moment, as I'm into the natural look, I use MAC's Face and Body foundation in C3 (in summer I wear C4), so I need to wear concealer. I was getting bored and dissatisfied with the ones from Laura Mercier and MAC so I've switched back to Bobbi Brown.

It's a bit of a hassle having to apply two layers but I stick to what they advise: I pat on the pinkish corrector in Bisque first (this neutralises the bluishness), then the concealer in Warm Beige. A lot of the Bobbi girls I used to work with loved Bisque, even though they were lighter skinned. It's definitely worth a try, if you're not familiar with it.

Top: Bobbi Brown's corrector in Bisque and concealer in Warm Beige.
Bottom: Also from Bobbi the concealer kit in Natural.

I usually prefer to use Laura Mercier's secret brightening powder to set concealer but I had to get one of the new concealer kits, which includes Bobbi's recommended powder in pale yellow. The colour of this concealer is Natural, which is a bit darker - for summer.

What's your favourite concealer?