Kate and Pippa’s Stylish Spring Weekend

This weekend saw the sun come back to raise all our spirits, and it proved to be another stylish weekend for the Middleton sisters, who showed us great ways to wear bold colour and pretty pastels. Whilst Kate was seen in a beautiful new dress from Emilia Wickstead, Pippa was rocking the same Issa dress that Kate wore for the engagement announcement in a gorgeous raspberry shade, showing that the Duchess isn’t the only person who retrieves things from the back of her wardrobe.


Kate’s beautiful dress was from Emilia Wickstead, well-known for designing many aristocratic wedding dresses. In a very soft powder pink shade, this showed that the trend for pleats is not going away anytime soon, and that this ultra feminine trend is a great look for spring. This is not one of Kate’s High Street looks, this dress costs a whopping £1,200. But this is a look that can be replicated on the High Street as many stores have included pleats as part of their recent collections.

Pleats on the High Street

Grey pleat dress £27 


Vivi Boutique Pleat panel dress £30 

Linea Pleated dress £80 

Pippa looked equally fabulous at the weekend, wearing a dress that is very familiar to most Kate and Pippa watchers. This is the famous Issa dress, this time in a fetching raspberry shade. Pippa actually wore this dress long before the royal engagement, so she is hardly copying Kate’s style, as has been suggested by some of the glossies.

Pippa’s dress is  a timeless classic that is ultimately flattering on most body types. I love the pretty rose fascinator that she has teamed it with, and that she has kept other accessories to a minimum with this look. All the emphasis is on the dress, the deep plunging v neckline, the ruched waistband and the full skirt.


Jigsaw Tiny Graph Print Dress, Red £87.50


Mango Asymmetrical Long Sleeve Dress, Red £34.99 


Issa Volcano Dress £385 

Issa Silk Jersey dress £495 





Happy Anniversary William and Kate

A year ago I was sitting in a caravan in Wales ignoring the sunshine outside, with my eyes glued to a telly screen. I wasn’t alone. Millions, if not billions of people around the World were sitting in apprehension, waiting for the moment when Kate Middleton would step from her car and reveal her wedding dress to the waiting world.

That moment, when it was revealed that the dress was Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, made the fashion world gasp in delight. The dress was everything we dreamed it would be and more, which are words that could be ascribed to Kate, now the Duchess of Cambridge, herself.

Of course, the wedding was a retailers dream, with merchandise of every variety emblazoning everything from Poundland to Liberty. With the 1st anniversary, we are facing the first special occasion in what promises to be a very special Royal year. New items related to Kate and William have, of course, been released. Here are just a few of the gifts and collectors items for lovers of William and Kate.

BARBIE Collector Royal wedding dolls £99.99

Cath Kidston Royal Stan Pocket Oil Cloth Across Body Bag, Red

Fulton Union Jack Garden Print Umbrella

Jonathon Aston Crown Tartan Print Stockings

Jon Richard Kate Engagement Ring










Duchess of Cambridge – More ways to get the look!

I am a huge fan of the Duchess of Cambridge, and when browsing on websites I often find myself saying “doesn’t that look like the dress Kate wore for…” Kate’s  style influence seems to be everywhere, from the longer sleeves, more ladylike looks, popularity for the shades of deep red and blue, and an abundance of wrap dresses. Here is a quick look at some of the Kate lookalikes I have found recently, along with a link in case you decide to treat yourself..after all, it is the weekend! Doesn’t that look like Kate’s Issa dress? Remember the purple Issa dress that Kate wore on her tour of Canada…then look at this for a dead ringer. Can you believe this comes from Bon Marche, a high street chain that has recently upped its game with some pretty stylish Autumn additions. The shade is slightly deeper, more Magenta than purple, but still a pretty stylish lookalike.

Bon Marche plain knot front dress Magenta £35 


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Doesn’t that look like Kate’s wedding dress? There have been numerous copies of Kate’s Sarah Burton designed wedding dress, but unless you are planning on getting married yourself there will not be many who would copy that look.But there are a whole host of dresses that have keyed into the key themes of lace and satin bodices, with full skirts. And some have been subverted with black the shade of choice, rather than white or ivory. I really like this Debut dress from Debenhams which definitely has a Kate feel.

Doesn’t that look like the Beulah London Dress?

The Beulah London red evening dress was a welcome sight for Kate watchers, as it signified another evening gown to view. This was a very retro feeling dress, complete with 1970s style wrap effect and billowing sleeves. There are so many versions of this sort of dress on the market at the moment, and monsoon has three of the best in a variety of colours.

Monsoon Keiko maxi dress

Monsoon Sapphire dress £180 

monsoon Jacqueline dress £70