Will and Kate Arrive in India

It has begun! Today is the first day of William and Kate’s tour of India, and we have already seen Kate model two different outfits. So let’s take a quick look, shall we?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Mumbai today, April 10, 2016. This is the first royal tour for the couple in two years. They were welcomed at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel where they laid a wreath in memorial for the victims of a terrorist attack on the hotel in 2008. All pictures in this blog post are courtesy of the Daily Mail.

The couple arrived 20 minutes ahead of schedule on a British Airways flight from London with part of the 11-strong entourage that will accompany them on their seven-day trip to India and Bhutan plus a large security detail. They are pictured arriving at the Taj Palace hotel

Will and Kate arrive at the hotel.

Tribute: The Duke and Duchess placed a wreath of white lilies between 32 burning candles, with the message: 'In memory of those who lost their lives and those injured in the senseless atrocities at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Willam, Catherine'

A picture of the wreath they placed in memorial at the hotel.

Kate arrived at the hotel wearing a lovely bespoke Alexander McQueen dress. I thought it was appropriate for her to wear McQueen, one of the most famous British fashion designers, to represent the UK fashion industry as her first big outfit for the tour. Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen was also the designer behind Kate’s wedding gown. I am not sure if red is considered an appropriate color for laying a memorial wreath in India, but they most likely have different standards about that than we do where I am from in the U.S.

Plenty of thought: The Duchess blended Indian colour with British couture as she chose an Alexander McQueen dress for her arrival

The Duke and Duchess have left their children, Prince George, two, and 11-month-old Princess Charlotte, behind in the UK

Warm welcome: Kate is expected to showcase a number of Indian designers with her choice of outfits during the couple’s tour, but she played it safe with one of her favourite fashion houses for the country’s first sight of her. Locals gave the couple an enthusiastic welcome

Kate also wore her Temple of Heaven earrings, which she wore a few days ago to a reception at Kensington palace for young people from India and Bhutan. Here is a picture of her wearing the earrings today.

She also wore £1,495 earrings by Temple of Heaven

And here is a picture of her wearing the earrings at the reception.

Kate wore Gianvito Rossi patent-leather pumps with her McQueen dress.

Kate wore a pair of Gianvito Rossi courts (pictured), with a pointed toe, costing £445

Here is a similar pair from Gianvito Rossi:


Kate finished the look with a Russel and Bromley clutch.

Theme: Kate wore a red, paisley-themed outfit with a shirt split at the front over a black underskirt, borrowed heavily from Asian tradition

After arriving at the hotel, the royal couple had a quick outfit change before visiting the Oval Maiden in Mumbai, where they watched children play in a cricket match.

Looking relaxed: After leaving their hotel, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to Mumbai's Oval Maidan, a Grade 1 recreation ground in the south of the city for a game of cricket with some of the city’s many thousands of street children

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

First of all, I really like the dress that Kate wore. I think it is pretty and colorful. I like the shades of pink/raspberry and light blue. But it looks really, really hot in Mumbai so I think it would have been appropriate for Kate to put her hair up before watching the match. As a woman with hair longer than Kate’s that’s the first thing I would have done. Plus, if Kate had pulled her hair back we could get a better look at the earrings she wore which were definitely not the Temple of Heaven earrings she wore with the McQueen dress.

Quick swap: Kate changed out of the Alexander McQueen dress she was wearing earlier in the day and into a more summery, relaxing outfit

This dress is a bespoke piece by Anita Dongre, an Indian designer from West Mumbai. According to Anita’s twitter, this piece is a Mughal inspired tunic. This is what the tunic originally looked like during Lakme fashion week, but as the piece is bespoke it was reworked a bit to suit Kate’s taste and needs. Specifically, Kate’s version appears to be considerably shorter.

The blogger “What Kate Wore” thinks that Kate may be wearing Mint Velvet shoes. I am not sure how practical wedge heels are to watch a cricket match but Kate famously ran on a beach in Australia in wedges so she must be steadier on her feet in heels than I am! 😀


My goodness, Kate didn’t just watch a cricket match, she played with kids through an obstacle course while wearing a dress and wedge heels. I would probably break my ankle if I tried this!!!

Kate Middleton and Prince William begin their seven-day tour of India and Bhutan, in pictures

Kate Middleton and Prince William begin their seven-day tour of India and Bhutan, in pictures

Kate Middleton and Prince William begin their seven-day tour of India and Bhutan, in pictures

Kate is known for being really sporty, though. So maybe it doesn’t bother her? Looks uncomfortable to me, but she seems to be enjoying herself! It’s nice to see her happy. She always seems happiest when she is playing sports. See more pictures from the Telegraph here.

Watch this space for more updates on William and Kate’s tour! Tonight, the Cambridges will attend a Bollywood star studded gala where Kate will wear a formal evening gown and I will be sure to write a post about that, so stay tuned and follow My Frugal Lady on Facebook!


The Frugal Lady

How to Dress Like a Princess for Prom for $100

Prom season is almost upon us, which means many young ladies will be searching for the perfect prom dress. Unfortunately, I never went to a prom myself. But if I had I would have probably looked to European royal ladies for inspiration. I think we all would like to look like a princess for a day, but most of us do not necessarily have a royal budget. So here are some of my favorite royal ladies wearing their best gowns along with a guide for where to find similar gowns for much less. Whether you are going to a prom, a formal wedding, or a romantic date every woman deserves to look and feel like a princess. 🙂

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

By now, most people who follow the British royal family will be familiar with Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge’s love of lace. This Alice Temperley black lace overlay dress has been one of her favorites for years. Here she is wearing the gown at the Natural History Museum in London in December of 2013.

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And here is a close-up of the lace details on her dress.

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This particular Temperley gown is no longer available although when it was available it probably sold for about $8,000-$9,000. However, I have found a gorgeous lookalike dress by Miusol for under $100. It comes in sizes small to 3X and you could get the black version that looks exactly like Kate’s or a red version for something a little different. It also has amazing reviews.

Miusol Women’s Floral Lace 2/3 Sleeves Long Bridesmaid Maxi Dress, Black, Large

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

On April 30, 2013, Crown Princess Maxima became Queen Consort Maxima of the Netherlands when her husband, Willem-Alexander, was inaugurated as king. For King Willem-Alexander’s inauguration, Maxima wore a gorgeous cobalt blue gown and matching cape by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau.

Here is a look at the gown without the cape.

I love this color and the lace overlay detailing of the bodice and sleeves. Maxima’s gown was custom made for her, so there is no way to really put a price tag on it. But this pretty gown looks similar to Maxima’s iconic inauguration gown and it is under $100.

Sizes 2 through 16 can be found via this link:

Babyonlinedress Navy Blue Long Prom Lace Dresses Evening Gowns with Sequins

Crown Princess Victoria

Princess Victoria of Sweden is one of my favorite royal ladies. I think she is going to be an amazing queen. I also think she is very fashionable. I think this look is one of Victoria’s best. She is wearing a gown by Pronovias and a hair accessory by Jenny Packham, one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favorite designers. The gown is an unusual color, it can appear teal or green depending on the lighting in the photo.

But I especially like the lace detailing on the neckline of this gown. It makes the sweetheart neckline seem a little more modest but still youthful.

And the hair accessory is so great. It looks regal, but not as formal as a tiara.

Here is a pretty green lookalike gown for under $100. I think it’s very elegant.

Find it here for under $100 in sizes up to a 16. It has multiple color options as well.

Ever Pretty Womens Empire Waist Open Back Formal Black Tie Dress 16 US Green

If you would like to wear a pretty hair comb to accessorize I like this one at Nordstrom.

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Princess Madeleine, who happens to be Victoria’s little sister, has also worn some pretty amazing gowns. I guess style must run in the family, and it helps that she is married to a billionaire. 😉 Here is Madeleine wearing a gorgeous Elie Saab gown. It has a retro 1940s feel with some amazing beaded work throughout the gown. This is a couture piece and probably cost about $8,000-$10,000.

Princess Madeleine

When it comes to reasonably priced beaded gowns, I think that Adrianna Papell is the best way to go. This beautiful gown is on sale right now. It goes up to a size 14.

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And this Adrianna Papell gown looks a lot like Madeleine’s gown as well. It is also on sale and is available up to size 14.

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Princess Beatrice of York

Some ladies may prefer wearing a shorter dress for a school dance. I personally love this gorgeous Nicholas Oakwell couture white organza dress that Princess Beatrice wore to a Serpentine Gallery party. It has a lovely princess-y 1950s vibe. If you have ever watched West Side Story, you’ll know that Natalie Wood’s character, Maria, originally objected to wearing a white dress to a dance. But when she realized that probably no one else would be wearing white, she changed her mind because she knew that she would be the only one in a white dress so she would stand out more. So maybe white would be the right way to go if you want to make a bit of a fashion statement?

I also like the way that Beatrice styled her makeup with this dress. The red lipstick with subtle eye makeup completes the retro look.

Here is a pretty dress from ASOS that reminds me of Beatrice’s. It’s only $114 and is available in limited sizes.

Find it here:


The same company also makes some pretty dresses in plus sizes. This dress is similar to Beatrice’s and it is available up to a size 20.

Find it for $116 here:


Princess Sofia of Sweden

Next, we have Princess Sofia of Sweden. Like Kate Middleton, Sofia was also born a commoner. She was lucky enough to find an Orlando Bloom lookalike who just so happened to be a prince. 🙂 She marred Prince Carl-Phillip last year. Carl-Phillip and Sofia are expecting their first baby any day now.

I like the raspberry color of this gown that Sofia wore at the Nobel Peace Prize banquet in 2014.

I think that this lace dress from Modcloth is a similar color. Very feminine.

It is available in sizes 2-10 here:


The same company makes a similar dress in a 3/4 sleeve version available in sizes 8-20.

It is available on sale for $87 here:


Queen Mathilde of Belgium and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Speaking of Princess Sofia, at Sofia’s wedding to Carl-Phillip last year two very fashionable royal women showed up to the wedding ceremony wearing the same color. This pretty, icy light blue was also worn by the Queen Mother and Princess Diana on multiple occasions. Maybe because it photographs well? Or maybe it is because this is the color that Cinderella is associated with? Whatever the case, this color seems to be universally flattering on ladies with various hair colors and skin tones.

This dress comes in a ‘sky blue’ color that is reminiscent of the gowns that both Mathilde and Mary wore to Sofia’s wedding last year. It comes in sizes 2-18.

Find it here on sale for $89:


I hope that these royal ladies inspire you when shopping for your prom or special occasion dress. Don’t forget to ‘like’ My Frugal Lady on Facebook! 🙂


The Frugal Lady

Duchess of Cambridge 2015 Diplomatic Reception

A few months ago when Kate was seen driving in the back of a car with William to Buckingham Palace for the annual Diplomatic Reception hosted by the Queen the press were quick to point out that this was the first time that Kate was seen wearing the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara, also known as Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara. However, since we only got a couple of pictures of Kate in the back of the car, we didn’t really get a chance to see what her dress looked like.


At the time that these pictures came out the press was quick to point out how similar Kate’s gown was to one that Diana wore as if she was trying to look like Diana on purpose. They called her a “copycat” and said she was trying too hard to be like Diana. Here is a side by side comparison from the Telegraph to show you what I mean:

It turns out that there were documentary filmmakers at the reception who captured footage of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and William and Kate for a documentary film called “Our Queen at 90” that will premiere on Easter Sunday, March 27th. Thanks to the Daily Mail, we now have one screen grab (as of the writing of this post on March 18th, 2016) of most of Kate’s dress the full view of her tiara. Here it is!

Kate Royal Banquet
STRICTLY EMBARGOED: FOR PUBLICATION FROM SATURDAY 19TH MARCH 2016 From Oxford Film and Television OUR QUEEN AT 90 Sunday 27th March 2016 on ITV Screen grabs shows: Her Royal Highness The Duchess Of Cambridge and His Royal Highness The Duke Of Cambridge Prince William attending the Diplomatic Reception hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace November 2015 She has broken almost every royal record in the book. And now Her Majesty The Queen is approaching a new landmark. To celebrate her 90th birthday, this historic documentary has enjoyed privileged access to the Queen and to those who know her best during the year in which she has become our longest-reigning monarch. We hear from the Prince of Wales and his sons, about the way she has inspired them. We hear from those whom she has warmly welcomed in to the Royal Family, including the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge – giving her first interview since her marriage. We meet leaders, celebrities and ordinary people all over the world whose lives have been touched by the most famous woman on Earth. Meanwhile, back at the Palace, it’s just business as usual…. © ITV For further information please contact Peter Gray peter.gray@itv.com This photograph is © ITV and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme OUR QUEEN AT 90 or ITV. Once made available by the ITV Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the Transmission date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be syndicated to any other publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Picture Desk. Full Terms and conditions are available on the website http://www.itvpictures.com

Now that we have a clearer picture of Kate’s gown we can make a better comparison with Diana’s gown. Besides the fact that they both have some lace I think they are pretty different. Kate’s is blue with lace paneling on the bodice and lace short sleeves while Diana’s is white and totally made of lace with long sleeves.


Kate’s gown for the reception is a bespoke piece from Jenny Packham, one of Kate’s favorite designers. I also recognize Kate’s bag. It’s the same one she wore when she went to a James Bond film premiere with William and Harry in October and is also made by Jenny Packham.

Since Kate’s gown was bespoke it cannot be purchased and it appears that her bag has also sold out. But here are some looklikes.

Edie Parker bag from Saks Fifth Avenue would be a nice splurge.

See it here:


This cute beaded and embroidered bag by Santi from ShopBop is also a nice option and is considerably less expensive. I like that there are beads of various sizing because it gives the bag a mosaic look.

Get it here:


Or this bag is a steal at just $35 from Charming Charlie. It has the same boxy structure and metallic, sparkly embellishment that Kate’s bag has (but WAY less expensive).

Find it here:


As for the dress, Kate tends to gravitate towards light blue in everything from dresses to coats to aquamarine jewelry. The Queen Mother is also known to have favored this color. This gown by Adrianna Papell is $200 dollars and looks like Kate’s style. This gown is available in sizes 0-12 and comes in this “seafoam” color or a blush-y pink.

Find it here:


Or if you want to splurge I think that the lace paneling, short sleeves, and A-line silhouette make this Burberry gown from Saks Fifth Avenue look very similar to Kate’s reception gown. This gown is available in limited sizes.

Find it here:


Kate and Diana both wore lace gowns that had scalloped necklines and I think that this dress by Tahari is similar. It is also reasonable being only $280. This gown goes up to a size 16, which is really nice.

See it here:


I can’t wait to see this documentary when it premieres on Easter. The Queen deserves to have a fabulous 90th birthday celebration and it is great to see her children and grandchildren being interviewed about her.


The Frugal Lady

Kate’s Royal Tour of India and Bhutan Fashion Predictions and Suggestions

Hello ladies! I know what you’re thinking, “long time no see” right? As I mentioned in my last post, my laptop broke and I was MIA for a while. But now I have a brand new laptop and I am getting all situated setting up my blog and picture files on the new one, so I think I am officially back in business now. Yay!

Anyway, for my first blog back on the scene after what I like to call “the laptop crisis of 2016” I have decided to do something I have never done before. This post is dedicated to predictions and suggestions for what Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge may wear for her highly anticipated royal tour of India and Bhutan in April.


So without further ado, here is my take on what we may see Kate wear during the tour based on what she normally wears and her favorite designers. I also make some suggestions for what I would like to see Kate wear that might help change her public image a bit considering the ongoing scrutiny and controversy that has been surrounding the Cambridges in the press over the past month or so.


Business Casual/Professional

The exact schedule for what Kate and William will be doing on their tour has not been released just yet. So far the palace has only given us this press release. But I am assuming that there will be occasions where it will be necessary for Kate to wear business casual or professional clothing. In the past Kate has struggled with this dress code a bit, like when she wore a cocktail dress, clutch bag, and pumps to visit a women’s prison last year. Commentators remarked that she was overdressed for the visit. They made similar remarks when she wore a lace Dolce and Gabbana cocktail dress to visit a museum early in the morning with the president and first lady of China. So I think it would be great if Kate could get some simple blazers to wear for more professional meetings and events that she might go to during the tour.

Maybe something like this tweed blazer by L.K. Bennett? Bennett is one of Kate’s favorite brands.

See it here:


Or maybe this simple white blazer by Michael Kors.

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I also think that Kate would look good in the type of peasant blouse that Queen Rania likes to wear with a skirt or trousers during working engagements. I like the pink/peachy color of this one by Vince Camuto.

See it here:


But what I would really, really love to see Kate wear is a great pant suit or skirt suit. Something like this short sleeve blouse by Reiss, another Kate favorite.

See it here:


With these Reiss trousers in a light blue/gray that Kate likes.

See it here:


And the matching blazer. A pantsuit like this is very modern and professional. It’s the type of outfit that Kate should wear if she needs to give a speech or attend a meeting.

See it here:


Or maybe something like this Tahari pearl boucle skirt suit? I think Kate would look really pretty in something like this. Although it does look very much like the Chanel skirt suits that Diana would wear after her divorce, so Kate may not want to wear something so similar. I think that she could still get away with it though because other royals like Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie of Luxembourg or Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco wear skirt suits like this all the time so it’s not just a Diana thing. Many royal women have worn boucle skirt suits.

See it here:


I also like this purple pantsuit by Tahari. I think the color is a little less harsh than maybe a black suit would be. And depending on how many events they have scheduled in one day Kate may not be able to do too many wardrobe changes and I really prefer it when royal women wear color when they meet children. Children seem to like it better when they meet a princess or queen who is wearing pretty colors.

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Princess Victoria of Sweden, Princess Mary of Denmark, and Queen Rania of Jordan all love Prada bags. I think this classic black Prada bag would be a great investment for Kate’s professional wardrobe. She really only wears clutch bags during royal engagements and a lot of fashion and royal bloggers and commentators have said that they wish Kate would wear another style of bag during official engagements. I think something like this is perfect for business casual/professional dress.

See it here:


I really like the structure of this Michael Kors bag for business casual. I like the soft pink color for Spring. I think Michael Kors is a more affordable choice for those of us ladies who may be shopping on a budget.

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And also this gray Michael Kors bag.

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But if Kate still wants to wear a clutch, which seems to be her preference, I like this patchwork piece by Michael Kors. Pathwork is very ‘in’ right now, but it’s a neutral color so it isn’t too flashy. Kate is very understated in her choices of bags and shoes.

See it here:


And finally, to complete the professional outfit I am sure Kate will most likely stick to her beloved L.K. Bennett pumps. She has so many simple black pumps they are all starting to look alike, though. I think it would be nice if she bought this pair with a quilted pattern on traditional black patent leather pumps. It adds some unexpected texture to her shoes while still being relatively simple.



Bennett has a new style for Spring/Summer 2016 and I think it’s pretty cool. It’s called the “Rillata” heel and it has a neat cutout pattern. Again, this adds some texture or pattern to what is otherwise a pretty basic pump. I think Kate might like this.


I think my favorite is this version in black and white. It would go with everything.


Taj Mahal

There is one portion of the royal tour that has been confirmed by Kensington Palace. William and Kate will definitely be going to the Taj Mahal where they are certain to take a picture in front of the iconic building. Lots of presidents, prime ministers, celebrities, and foreign dignitaries have visited the Taj Mahal. In fact, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden visited before she married Prince Daniel.

But the press are undoubtedly going to compare William and Kate to Diana’s visit from 1992. She was there with Prince Charles, but they were so terribly unhappy in their marriage that they were attending separate engagements throughout the tour.

The Taj Mahal is universally acknowledged as a monument to love. It is a mausoleum that was commissioned in 1632 by emperor Shah Jahan to be built for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Originally there was to be a second Taj built across from the Taj Mahal that was supposed to be exactly, perfectly alike to the Taj Mahal that is seen today and that is where Shah Jahan wanted to be buried so that he would always be across from his wife for all of eternity. But the second Taj was never built because Shah Jahan’s son wouldn’t allow it so when Shah Jahan died his son just had him buried in the Taj Mahal next to Mumtaz. It’s actually a really fascinating story.

By posing in front of the greatest monument to love in the world all by herself without her husband, Diana was making a public statement on the state of her marriage and how lonely she felt.

When Diana was about to pose for this picture, photographers later commented that they didn’t understand why she was wearing a bright red and purple outfit. But Diana did this intentionally so that her clothes would contrast against the light white color of the Taj behind her.

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai was probably thinking along the same lines when she wore red for this picture below.

And Oprah wore a really bright orange and green ensemble as well. Presumably for the same reason.

When Kate takes her picture I am hoping that she wears something colorful as well. I think Princess Victoria’s picture turned out really nicely but in general it would probably be a good idea for Kate not to wear white so that she stands out more in the picture. Recently Kate wore a skirt and top by English brand Eponine, a relatively obscure fashion designer who specializes in clothing inspired by the 1950s and 1960s. You can see pictures of Kate in the outfit here. I have checked out other designs on Eponine’s website and I think it is a safe bet that Kate may wear more of their clothing for the tour because it is all so colorful and I think that something by Eponine may be perfect for the picture with the Taj Mahal.

For example, I like how colorful this dress is. It’s nice and bright like colors you would see in a Bollywood film and I think it would contrast well against the Taj Mahal.

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And this red dress looks like Kate’s style.

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If you would like to see more of Eponine’s clothing visit their website here.


And now here is the REALLY fun part to write about. 🙂 I am not sure if Kate is going to a gala while she is in India, but if she is these are some of the jewels and gowns that I would love to see her wear.

First comes Kate’s wedding tiara: the Cartier Halo tiara. I would like to see her wear this again but if she does I think it would be nice for her to wear the earrings that her mom and dad bought for her as a wedding present. The swirly part of the earrings were made to look like the tiara but the acorns were incorporated into the design because they match Kate’s coat of arms. You can see an explanation of why acorns are used in her coat of arms here.

Here is the Cartier tiara. Simple and delicate. Princess Margaret used to wear it.

And the earrings which I do not believe she has worn since her wedding day.

Since I am imagining her going to a gala in India (there could be a dinner in Bhutan,too) I think it is very possible that Kate would try and incorporate Indian culture into the dress she would wear for the dinner. For example, when Kate attended the Chinese State Banquet at Buckingham Palace she wore red because red is culturally significant to China. Similarly, Diana wore a dress designed to look like a sari when she was in Thailand which you can see here.

So I’m thinking that maybe Kate could wear the Cartier Halo tiara with her matching earrings with something like this Oscar de la Renta gown that was “designed in close collaboration with Indian artisans” and is inspired by the structure of a kaftan.

See it here:
The Oscar de la Renta gown has beautiful silver metallic embroidery that would look great with the tiara, earrings, and these sparkly Jimmy Choo pointed toe pumps and matching Jimmy Choo clutch.
Here are the shoes:
And here is the clutch:
Oscar de la Renta also makes a similar gown in yellow. Kate doesn’t wear this color often but she once wore a yellow cocktail dress on her tour of Australia and I think she looked really pretty in the color.


For Kate’s first state banquet (for the president of China) she wore the Lotus Flower tiara. The tiara was worn by Queen Elizabeth II’s mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. She used to wear it across her forehead in a bandeau style back in the 1920s or 30s (picture on right) but it can also be adjusted to be worn in a more traditional way. You can look closely at this picture of Kate and see that they added brown padding to match her hair on the bottom of the tiara so that it sits properly on her head. She is most definitely going to use this tiara again and like her wedding tiara, this piece was also worn by Princess Margaret when she was young.

Now, when Princess Diana first married into the royal family she was given an amazing emerald suite by Prince Charles who has famously good taste in jewelry. Check out this article on the jewelry he has given Camilla and you will see what I mean. In this next imagined outfit I am putting together I would love to see Kate wear the Lotus Flower tiara plus Diana’s emerald earrings and matching choker. But the problem is I am not quite sure what happened to the emeralds after Diana’s death because I am reading conflicting information from different sources. According to her will, Diana wanted William and Harry’s future wives to inherit her jewelry but unfortunately some people sold her belongings after her death and hid portions of her will and other nasty drama so I don’t really know where these emeralds are.

But if there was a way for Kate to wear the Lotus Flower tiara and Diana’s emerald choker and earrings I think it would look awesome with something like this green gown by Elie Saab, who is a royal favorite with people like Queen Rania of Jordan and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie. I like the fact that it has one shoulder because it reminds me of the style of a sari. Kate has the height to pull this off really nicely.

See it here:


If Kate is going to attend a gala dinner or banquet in India another great tiara option would be the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara. It was most famously worn by Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II during the early years of her reign, and then passed down to Diana on her wedding day (although Diana decided to wear the Spencer tiara for her wedding instead, she often wore this piece throughout her time as Princess of Wales and it is very closely associated with her).

I don’t think Queen Elizabeth liked it very much because she didn’t wear it often. Diana once complained to a friend that the way the pearls move when she moved her head bothered here so maybe that’s why.

Kate has only worn this tiara once but she was in the back of a car and this is the best photo we have of the event. Considering that Kate is the Duchess of Cambridge I think that it would be very appropriate for her to wear the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara again.

And if she did I would love to see her wear it with a dress like this strapless gown by Carolina Herrera. I think it’s a real princess-y gown and looks like something that Audrey Hepburn used to wear. Kate loves this shade of blue so I bet she would love this gown.

See it here:


Since the gown has black beading and embroidery I would probably pair it with these black Louboutins called “So Kate.” I’m thinking that maybe they named these pumps after Kate because they are precisely her style. 😉

See them here:


And a nice black clutch would work well. I like this one by Gucci because it has a little extra “bling” and I think the suede is pretty.

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Keeping in mind that Kate has her famous sapphire engagement ring I would love to see her wear the King George VI Victorian Sapphire Tiara Suite. I don’t think that is very likely because the Queen has never let anyone else borrow this suite (that I know of), but then again she hasn’t been seen wearing it in quite some time so it could happen. The suite comprised of earrings, necklace, bracelet, and a pendent that can be worn as a brooch was given to the queen by her mother and father when she was still a princess as a wedding gift when she married Prince Phillip in 1947 and then the Queen had the matching tiara commissioned in 1963. This is pretty rare because Her Majesty is famously frugal when it comes to jewelry and hardly ever buys anything for herself. I suspect that the suite holds sentimental value to her since it was given to her by her beloved father before his death and she decided she wanted a matching tiara.

If Kate could wear the sapphire suite I would probably make it the center of attention and opt for a more understated gown so that the large jewels can really stand out. I like this dress by Monique Lhullier who always makes very pretty, elegant dresses.

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Kate has often worn Alexander McQueen and even had Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen design her wedding gown so maybe she could wear a McQueen clutch. This one is a true work of art (and also really expensive, but she’s a princess and she can wear it more than once, right? 🙂 ).
See it here:
Dolce and Gabbana?
Like I said before, the complete schedule for William and Kate’s tour of India and Bhutan has not been revealed yet so I am not sure what kinds of clothes Kate will need. But based on the fact that Kate has been wearing more Dolce and Gabbana over the past year I could see her wearing some of these pieces if not on the royal tour than maybe for other events in the future this Spring.
I think this dress is particularly ladylike. I like the poppies and daisies.
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I would probably wear these D and G yellow pumps to match the yellow bits in the daisies.
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In the past when Kate has been seen wearing D and G she mostly wears their lace dresses. Dolce and Gabbana have made some pretty lace dresses this season in white. I like this one and can imagine Kate buying this for sure.
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There is also this one. I bet you guys that she has purchased this dress already, it has Kate written all over it.
See it here:
And for those who say that they wish Kate would wear something besides a clutch, D and G has made some gorgeous bags this season. They have a citrus-y theme going on right now. You can seem lemons on this embroidered “lunch box” bag that can also be worn with a crossbody strap. I really like it. But the only problem is that I just noticed that is has snakeskin on the handle and strap. Kate just got a lot of bad press for wearing possum fur gloves on her vacation to the French alps so I am not sure if she would want to wear snakeskin. (Sidenote: possum fur gloves? I never even knew there was such a thing. Go figure.)
See it here:
I also think that this colorful D and G bag would look really nice with one of the white lace dresses. I think it’s fun.
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One last piece by Dolce and Gabbana is this pretty green dress with a feminine daisy pattern. It’s appropriately modest but still bright with some flowers for Spring. I could see Kate wearing this.
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There is one part of the official press release by Kensington Palace that says that William and Kate will see “Indian efforts to relieve urban poverty”. The press interpreted this to mean that Will and Kate will visit the ‘slums’ of Mumbai with some media going so far as to say that they will see the same places that were featured in the movie “Slumdog Millionaire.”
I don’t really have any fashion suggestions for this part of the tour. I think the most important thing is that Kate (and William) dress down in simple clothes. Nothing too designer, nothing too fancy. And that they show the people they meet respect and sincere interest and empathy. They don’t want to be overdressed because they will risk looking pretentious, but they also want to be down to earth and personable without being patronizing. Here are some royal ladies who have done that really well.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark
Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Diana, Princess of Wales. This was around the time in the 90s when she was doing a lot with the Red Cross’s Anti-Landmine Campaign.
And Prince Harry, too. He is very much his mother’s son.
And here is Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden when she went to India. She visited a project supported by Swedish aid agency, SIDA. Victoria always lights up around children and is very sweet.
William and Kate just need to show the world that they really care. I hope that they do well on this tour and that they can stifle some of the negative press attention that they have been getting this past month. With the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations quickly approaching it doesn’t seem fair that the press has decided to focus on bad PR regarding William and Kate instead of focusing on the Queen’s milestone birthday. Watch this space as I will be blogging throughout the royal tour to see if any of my predictions were correct.
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The Frugal Lady

Throwback Thursday: Kate in Australia

In anticipation of the Cambridge’s official tour of India, I would like to look back on a pretty white with blue floral pattern L.K. Bennett dress that Kate wore when she, her husband, and baby George visited Brisbane on their official tour of Australia. It has become one of her most popular looks.

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Kate’s L.K. Bennett dress that she wore during her visit to Brisbane in April of 2014 has since sold out. However, I have found a lookalike dress for those who may want to replicate Kate’s floral look for Spring. L.K. Bennett has produced a new dress that is very similar in it’s silhouette with the floral design concentrated in the waist giving it a figure flattering shape. However, this floral dress is multicolored, as opposed to just blue and white. I am thinking of writing about some predictions for Kate’s tour of India in April and I say this dress may be a safe bet. It looks like something that Kate would wear so I would be surprised if she already purchased it and has plans to wear it this Spring. Once Kate wears a dress it sells out within 48 hours so if this is  dress she may wear and you like it, too I recommend ordering it now before it sells out.

L.K. Bennet Multicolor floral dress

You can find it here:


I personally love how colorful this dress is because you can mix and match it with accessories of many different colors. The pattern has shades of orange, blue, and black in it so you could wear black shoes or a bag, or add some color with orange or blue accessories. I hope that Kate does wear this dress. I think it would look great on her, especially if she wore some colorful accessories.


The Frugal Lady

Kate’s Christmas Fashion, 2015

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! After spending the day with my family I was curious to see what Kate wore to the annual Christmas day church service at Sandringham. Luckily for me, the Daily Mail identified Kate’s outfit which makes my job a little easier. 😉 Here is Kate at St. Mary Magdalene Church with the rest of the family.

British Royal Christmas 2015

Kate xmas

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Kate is wearing a long, forest green (some call it ‘moss green’), belted coat by Sportmax. Sportmax is a luxury brand and their coats run on the expensive side. I cannot find the same exact coat Kate wore because it sold out already (!) but here is a similar double breasted “Maine” coat by Sportmax in a pretty teal-green.

Sportmax teal-green

You can find it here:


However, if you would like to ‘get the look for less’ here are some alternatives. Various shades of green-from forest green to olive- are really popular this season. A good green coat is still neutral enough to wear with many different outfits but it will stand out in the crowd of people wearing black coats. It’s a little different but still elegant.

First, this funnel neck basket weave coat by Ralph Lauren is 45% off. It has knit cuffs and cool little belts to fasten the front. It comes in a light camel color as well as a green shade called “Loden” as you can see in the picture.

Ralph Lauren Loden

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Then, this Via Spiga double breasted coat is really affordable-under $100 depending on what size you get with sizes up to a 14- and it also has a neat military style with large gold buttons. It comes in olive and a bunch of other colors like the navy one in this picture.


Find it here:


This Lucky Brand military style wool coat is comfy and casual. It’s currently on sale for $99.99, so it’s a good price, too.

Lucky Brand military wool coat

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This long wool blend trench coat by Vince Camuto is also really lovely. The picture shows it in a more purple-y wine color but it also comes in an olive color that looks really similar to the one Kate wore on Christmas day. Plus, it is also on sale.


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I also found this fabulous belted, double breasted coat by DKNY on clearance for $120. It’s a lovely piece.

DKNY green coat

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But if Money Were No Object…

Then this is the dream coat I would buy. A Burberry macrame lace trench coat in deep bottle green. Sigh…..

Burberry green lace coat

See it in all its glory here:



Any royal watcher will know that Kates LOVES a good pair of boots. She usually opts for Stuart Weitzman but the Daily Mail identified Kate’s boots as Aquatalia boots. Much like her Sportmax coat, they are a luxury brand. Here is a better picture of her boots from yesterday morning.

Kate Christmas 2015 full picture

From looking at the picture I think Kate is wearing the “Raine” weatherproof boots which would make sense considering that it was raining on Christmas morning and at one point it looked like Kate was walking through wet grass. I found a pair on sale for 33% off. 🙂 Yay!


Get them here:


Or, if you would like a lookalike pair of boots without spending the cash, I would really recommend Nine West. I have always loved their shoes and I think they make really sturdy boots. I always love a good knee high boot for the fall/winter since they work well with a cute dress or coat but cover more of your leg than pumps or ankle boots do. When you wear them with black tights (as Kate does) it keeps you a little more covered if you are walking in the cold. These particular boots are in a classic style so you will be able to wear them for a few years which I think is important. It’s ok to buy earrings or a blouse in a more trendy style but coats and boots should be more classic so that you can wear them for more than one year. At least, that’s my philosophy. If I can wear a coat or pair of shoes for at least three years I feel like I really got my money’s worth. Kate has been wearing the same style of knee high boot since she was a student at St. Andrews. I think that was at least ten years ago. So if you by a good pair of knee high boots you know they are not going out of style by next year and they would look dated. The same thing can be said for a good pea coat or trench coat, it’s classic. These Nine West boots come in brown and black and the heel is a bit shorter.

Nine west brown boot

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As I mentioned before, Kate is usually a fan of Stuart Weitzman boots. This is her favorite pair which also happens to be one of Angelina Jolie’s favorites. It’s called the “Reserve” boot.



These pairs of Nine West boots looks sooo much like Kate’s Stuart Weitzman boots. They are practically identical but the Nine West boots are a fraction of the price. Check it out!

Nine West Tiberia


Nine West T boot



Finally, I’d like to write about the pretty brooch Kate wore yesterday because I believe it was the first time she wore it (I could be mistaken so feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). I am a big believer in brooches, you guys. ESPECIALLY during the winter time. I love the way a sparkly brooch looks on a coat or pinned to a scarf. I think they are lovely. Kate’s pretty brooch is actually an oak leaf and upon closer inspection you can see little acorns on it. This is special because the Middleton coat of arms that was made for Kate before her wedding day had acorns and an oak tree incorporated into it. Kate’s parents even gave her acorn earrings to wear on her wedding day because of how symbolically significant they are to her and her family. Here is a picture of Kate’s brooch on Christmas day, 2015:

Kate XMas 2015 brooch

And her wedding earrings:

Kate wedding earrings

If you would like to have a pretty, sparkly brooch to decorate your new forest green coat I would recommend something like this crystal brooch. So pretty!

Crystal Brooch leaf

Find it here:


Or maybe something like this?



Kate was also wearing a favorite pair of Kiki McDonough earrings. If you would like to learn more about that, I wrote an entire post dedicated to her McDonough earring collection that you can read here:


Cheers and Merry Christmas!

The Frugal Lady

Kate’s Favorite Kiki McDonough Jewelry

The Duchess of Cambridge’s love of Kiki McDonough jewelry has been widely reported and I can see why. This brand exemplifies Kate’s style: simple, elegant, classic yet modern. Here are some of Kate’s favorite earrings from the brand and where to find them in case you are thinking of treating yourself to some bling. 🙂

First, the “Grace” white topaz and diamond stud earrings in 18k yellow gold are one of Kate’s favorite pairs of earrings and she has been seen wearing them at multiple official events. Here she is wearing her “Grace” earrings in Australia with baby George:


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Kate Middleton Grace earrings

And again in 2011:

Kate Getty Images Via Daily Mail Grace Earrings

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And on many other occasions. She seems to really love them! So here are the Grace earrings in the same exact style as Kate wears.


Find them here at Neiman Marcus:


Or, if you want to try something a little different, the “Grace” earrings also come in lemon quartz and diamonds.


Get them here also at Neiman Marcus:


Green peridot:


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Or citrine:


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Citrine happens to be one of the duchess’s favorite stones. She has a couple of pairs of McDonough citrine earrings that she wears all of the time. The first pair are from the “Eternal” line and are citrine pear-drop earrings in 18k gold. Here she is wearing them at Investec Derby Festival in 2011.

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And on baby George’s christening day.

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I have most recently seen Kate wearing this pair on a visit to the Towers Residential Outdoor Education Centre on November 20th, 2015.

Towers Residential Outdoor Education Centre

Here is a close-up picture of the “Eternal” earrings in Kate’s favorite citrine stone.

Kiki citrine

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But they also come in blue topaz which I really like as a December baby since blue topaz is the birth stone for the month of December.


Find them here:


And a second pair of citrine earrings that Kate loves also comes from the “Eternal” collection but has a tear-drop style with diamonds for extra sparkle. Here is a picture of Kate wearing them at the Cheltenham Racecourse in March of 2013.

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And here is a picture of her earrings:

Kiki McDonough citrine

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But the cool thing about these earrings is that the charms (in this case citrines) can be removed interchangeably with other stones. The collection has lots of different options to choose from and you just change the drop charm depending on what color you want to wear to coordinate with your outfit. You can collect all of the different colors available. I have seen Kate wear citrine and green amethyst but she may have more colors we just haven’t gotten a good picture of yet since her hair often covers her ears making it difficult to see her earrings. Here are some other colors!

Blue Topaz


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Lemon Quartz


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A darker Amethyst

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And Topaz



And finally, I am going to finish this post with a pair of earrings that Kate is reported to have received as a Christmas gift from her husband, Prince William, in 2011 during her first Chirstmas celebration at Sandringham as a member of the royal family. The earrings are green amethyst diamond drop earrings in 18k gold from Kiki McDonough’s “Classics” collection. Here is a picture of Kate wearing them to morning church service at her first royal Christmas four years ago.

Kate Christmas earrings

And here is a close-up of the earrings. Like the earrings from the “Eternal” collection these earrings have removal drops that you can switch with drops of different colors.


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You can also get citrine drops:

Oval Citrine


Or amethyst

Oval Amethyst

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And blue topaz

oval blue topaz

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Maybe Kate will get some new ‘bling’ for Christmas this year? Watch this space! 🙂


The Frugal Lady

Kate’s Houndstooth Reiss Coat

Yesterday December 10, 2015 the Duchess of Cambridge made a visit to The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster, Wiltshire on behalf of one of her favorite charities, “Action on Addiction.” According to its official website, Action on Addiction is “the only charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional education, support for families and children and campaigns.” It is one of the first charities that Catherine became patron of after her marriage. Diana, the Princess of Wales also did work with mental health, addiction, and other topics that Kate seems to be interested in supporting.

For the visit Kate wore a houndstooth coat by Reiss, one of her favorite coat designers. Kate seems to be a fan of the pattern as she also recently wore a Ralph Lauren houndstooth shirt dress a few months ago. Here are a few pictures of her in her coat yesterday:

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Reiss no longer sells Kate’s coat but they have recently made a very similar style. This coat has a removable self tie waist so you can wear it with or without.

Reiss Coat

Find the Reiss coat here:


I also found some cool lookalike coats. This coat from ModCloth is currently 25% off so it’s only $75. I think that’s a real bargain for a coat! It’s also really versatile because you can wear the collar up around your neck when it is colder or fold it down depending on your mood. I also like the large buttons.

Carefully Chosen Coat in Houndstooth

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Finally, I found a beautiful houndstooth belted coat by Calvin Klein. Who doesn’t love Calvin Klein clothes? I have always had really good experiences with this brand and I know that a Calvin Klein coat will be of good quality. Plus, it’s also on sale for a really good price.

Calvin Klein Houndstooth coat

See it here:


If you would like to know more about Action on Addiction you can find info via www.actiononaddiction.org.


The Frugal Lady

Kate’s Seraphine Maternity Coat

Hi Guys! This is just a quick post to let you know that I have found a maternity coat on sale that the Duchess of Cambridge wore when she and William visited New York in December when she was pregnant with Charlotte. It’s a pretty purple winter coat by Seraphine. Here is a picture of the duchess wearing it in New York:

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And here is a picture of the coat:

Seraphine Purple Coat

You can get it on sale via “A Pea in the Pod” Maternity:



The Frugal Lady

Christmas Gift Ideas Part 2: Royal Ladies and Their Favorite Things

To help us all get into the holiday spirit, here is the second installment of “Christmas Gift Ideas” inspired by royal women’s favorite things. In case you are shopping for a lady this year and need some regal ideas. Or, you could be a lady yourself who wants to conveniently share this blog post with your family and friends as a not-so-subtly hint about what you may like to receive this Christmas. 😉



Princess Victoria Wedding day
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – JUNE 19: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland, and her husband Prince Daniel, Duke of Västergötland, are seen after their wedding ceremony on June 19, 2010 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  1. Princess Victoria of Sweden’s Cameos

First of all, like many ladies I am obsessed with jewelry. I received a beautiful gold cameo necklace surrounded by pearls as a Christmas gift when I was 17 and it is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. So when Princess Victoria of Sweden married her longtime love, Daniel Westling, in 2010 I was surprised to see her wear a gorgeous cameo tiara on her wedding day. Each individual cameo on her tiara on surrounded by pearls just like my cameo necklace which made me feel pretty special that I had something that looked royal, too. 🙂

This particular cameo necklace has been a traditional wedding tiara for many Swedish royal brides including Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia. Apparently, this tiara was actually a gift from Napoleon Bonaparte to Empress Josephine so it has a long and romantic history. There are earrings to match, which you can see both Victoria and Silvia wearing on their wedding days, along with a necklace that Silvia is wearing in the more recent picture.



I love cameos because they add a touch of old fashioned romance yet they never go out of style because they are classic, elegant, and regal. Most royal families throughout Europe have cameos in their jewelry collection so it is an appropriate gift for a lady that likes a more classic or vintage style.

Here are some pretty cameo earrings. They are sterling silver and created white sapphire on sale for $32. Picture is a link.


I also really like these cameo earrings with dangling pearls.


They can be found via this link:


Or, if you wanted to splurge, Dolce and Gabbana has made some great cameo jewelry this season including these gold-plated, faux pearl and resin clip earrings.

Dolce and Gabbana Cameo earrings

And you can find them here:


And they have a matching necklace to go with it!

Dolce and Gabbana Cameo necklace

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I really, really love this beautiful Del Gatto carnelian pendant that can also be worn as a brooch. I like that the lady in the cameo has a little diamond necklace. So pretty.


Get it here:


Diana Mario Testino

2. Princess Diana’s Perfume

Like most women, Princess Diana experimented with many different perfumes throughout her life. But according to her former butler, Paul Burrell, Diana’s favorite perfume after her divorce was 24 Faubourg by Hermes. Here is the official description for the fragrance:

“A novel composed by Maurice Roucel in 1995, 24, Faubourg is an invitation to travel, with the sun as its destination. A sparkle of white flowers in the top notes, the radiance of a floral heart enveloped in irises, woods and mystery, while vanilla and ambergris set the tone for the sillage.”


It would make a beautiful gift for anyone who loved Diana or for ladies who just enjoy elegant perfumes. You can find it here:



3. The Duchess of Cambridge’s Favorite Makeup

According to numerous sources like Women’s Day, Kate really enjoys using Urban Decay’s ‘Naked’ eye shadow palette. And she’s not the only one. “Naked” by Urban Decay has long been a favorite go-to eyeshadow palette for many celebrities. The pigments are neutral but long lasting. And it has 12 different colors which leaves room for some experimentation. It’s a really great palette.

Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow

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According to the makeup artist who helped Kate with her makeup for her wedding day, Kate really loves Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick in “Bronze”. I love it too and have used it myself in the past. But I didn’t know at the time that it was a bronzer so I used it as eye shadow and it was a really pretty light, shimmer eye shadow. So it can be used as both. Bobbi Brown also makes some lighter, pink shades for their shimmer bricks that can be used as a contouring blush or as eye shadow.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Bronze

You can find the shimmer brick here:


And finally, Kate loves Bobbi Brown’s “Crystal” gloss and wore it on her wedding day on top of her lipstick to give her lips some shine. One great tip that makeup artists have suggested when using this clear gloss is that you should use lip liner and lipstick as normal and the take this clear gloss and use it right in the middle of your lower lip to give the illusion of fuller lips. You can also use it all over your entire lips over lipstick as a way of toning bright or dark lipstick. Finally, this “Crystal” gloss can be worn by itself without any lipstick at all.

Bobbi Brown Crystal Gloss

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4. Queen Elizabeth’s Lipstick

If you are looking for a good lipstick to go with Kate’s favorite clear gloss, according to an article by the Telegraph the Queen uses Clarins lipstick and has been seen applying it in public. She carries it with her in her handbag and will touch up her makeup in full view of photographers. See the article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/10987809/Whats-inside-the-Queens-1000-handbag.html

The lipstick that the Queen appears to be using is this one. She has always favored darker shades that flatter her fair skin.


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5. Princess Mary’s Favorite Coat

And finally, I think that Crown Princess Mary of Denmark’s favorite Diane Von Furstenberg wool coat would make an excellent gift. Mary has such impeccable style and this coat has a great classic, simple silhouette that she has worn numerous times. Very chic.


And lo and behold, I have found the same exact coat for sale for 25% off in black AND red! Score!

Diane von Furstenberg

Here it is in black:


Diane Von Furstenberg red

And in fire engine red, which is a really great festive color for the holidays:


I hope you have enjoyed the second part of the series dedicated to holiday gift ideas! Cheers! 🙂

The Frugal Lady