Hello-Hello, it is wonderful to be back blogging again, this week has been simply insane with work at the Princess and volunteer commitments. We couldn’t be more grateful for the Consort’s ease in stepping up to share his wit and wisdom with all of you. 🙂
We begin with a look at the official engagement photos of Kate Middleton and Prince William, something most readers may well have seen already. There are two pictures, here is the more relaxed setting.
The Prince is wearing a Turnbull & Asser shirt, and it turns out he actually borrowed the sweater he is wearing from photographer Mario Testino, as the pictures were being shot. Nor is Miss Middleton’s blouse fresh off the rack, more about that in a moment. But first, here is the more formal photograph.
On the right you see the dress worn by Miss Middleton, it is the “Nannette” style by Reiss, a company we hadn’t previously heard of until this week. Here is more from the company’s blog:
“The Nannette dress that Kate is wearing comes as part of our core dress offering that we are renowned for. While this particular style is not currently available, there will be a version coming out mid January as part of our SS11 collection.”
Miss Middleton is wearing white topaz earrings by Links of London. If we’re not mistaken, it looks like she chose the Hope Egg Earrings.
They make a lovely symbol, representing “hope and new life”.
Perhaps the most charming part of the engagement photo story comes via The Telegraph:
“Middleton insisted on dressing herself for the shoot – despite several assistants being on hand with a selection of designer clothes to style her – and chose a cream, silk blouse from high street chain Whistles for one of the portraits. The £95 blouse is over two years old, having featured in the retailer’s autumn/winter 2008 collection.”
The bride to be also did her own makeup.
When the big day comes next April most discussion will be about The Dress. As they have done previously when it comes to high profile gowns, Women’s Wear Daily asked designers to come up with sketches showing what they might create if asked by the bride to design her gown.
First, a Gucci design that we found attractive.
J. Crew’s design offers a scooped back.
Next, a sketch from Elizabeth Emanuel, best known for designing Princess Diana’s frothy wedding gown.
Below left we see a Badgley Mischka gown, and on the right, a Jason Wu design.
The Tommy Hilfiger design is seen below left, and the sketch, below right, Lela Rose.
There are loads more sketches to look at, click here to see them all. We’re guessing our Royal Correspondent, the Queen Bee herself will have some insight on the dress at some point down the road.
Another noteworthy engagement we learned about courtesy of Miss Coterie Books, that of Lauren Bush and David Lauren.
Above the couple is seen at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball last month. Apparently Mr. Lauren proposed to Miss Bush last Friday at the Met, which happens to be where they went on their first date. Of course, Mr. Lauren is designer Ralph Lauren’s son, while Miss Bush is the niece of former President George Walker Bush, granddaughter of President George Bush.
Miss Bush is also known for her philanthropic work via the Project FEED bags, although now there are things other than bags sold to raise funds for those in need. Below left, Plumpy the FEED 5 Bear, and on the right, the FEED USA Lunch Tote.
We leave you with several Sales & Savings opportunities, this isn’t intended to be a comprehensive look, merely markdowns at a few shops we are aware of; we start with J. Crew. Generally the retailer’s online factory outlet is open only Friday-Sunday, but it will be open (in a virtual sense) through the 20th.
Additionally Crew is taking 30% off all Factory prices and off ‘regular’ sale merchandise, use promo code MUSTHAVE at checkout to receive the discount.
Tory Burch has started its winter sale, promising savings “up to 50%’.
Neiman Marcus is taking an additional 30% off all regular and sale-priced cashmere through the 18th.
Talbots has taken markdowns on a sizable amount of fall/winter merchandise, and is also doing 40% off all full-priced accessories through midnight tonight. Use promo code PRESENT to receive the discount.
A number of Lilly stores are offering excellent deals right now, check with your local shop to see what kind of fiscally friendly price points are available.
A final item of note today, the always delightful Preppy Southern Princess is doing a fun little contest; one lucky winner will receive one of our Lilly Pulitzer photo albums.
With that, we say g’bye until next time, we are off to supervise
The Consort the elves here at The Prepatorium as they get all of those orders out the door.
10 responses to “Royal Engagement Photos, Sales & Savings”
I love that Kate is humble enough to style herself and do her own makeup! I also love that those earrings are affordable! Also thanks for mentioning the giveaway!
There’s pretty much nothing I like more than a nice review of wedding dresses:).
I am fascinated by the royal wedding. I am old enough to remember when Princess Diana walked down the aisle. I hope William and kate’s marriage is happier. Also, it just occurred to me that if Lauren Bush takes her husband’s last name, she will be Lauren Lauren. Tee Hee!!
So, is her name going to be Lauren Lauren then? That’s pretty interesting!
Happy Holidays! xoxo
Thanks for all the inside info on the photo shoot. Still say you, QBS, and I should have been there 😉 Just love Kate, don’t you? She so reminds me of Princess Di, but thankfully Kate has more self-confidence than the Princess had upon entering that world. Xoxo
I can’t wait to see the royal wedding and just how stunning Kate will be!
get this- not only were her two outfits off the rack, they are two years old! she keeps getting better and better and I am DYING over the earrings!
I also secretly hope that Lauren Bush really becomes Lauren Lauren- I am sure her FIL could come up with a pretty neat monogram for her!
Thanks for the heads up on all the sales! 🙂
So excited about your giveaway with Southern Preppy Princess! I blogged about it here: http://thepursuitofspreadinghappiness.blogspot.com/2010/12/pictures-worth.html
Hope all is well during this busy holiday season!
Thanks for sharing all of these photos- Kate looks gorgeous! And I can definitely see her in the Gucci gown- it’s striking all covered up!