Will and Kate’s India and Bhutan Tour Highlights

After a whirlwind week, Will and Kate’s tour of India and Bhutan is over. This blog post will be dedicated to Kate’s fashion moments from April 11-16. For my blog post on Kate’s arrival in India and her first few outfits visit here. I also wrote a separate post on her Jenny Packham gown from the ‘Bollywood Dinner’ which you can find here. 🙂

April 11, 2016

On April 11, Will and Kate spoke with tech entrepreneurs, visited India Gate, and paid respects to Mahatma Gandhi. The first photos I saw of this event were of Kate and Will meeting with a man who invented a machine that automatically makes dosa for breakfast in the morning after you pour batter into it. I think it must be set on a timer like when you time your coffee at night before you go to bed and then it just brews itself automatically in the morning. Dosas are kind of like Indian crepes. William tried to make one himself but then when he offered it to Kate she didn’t want to try it. Some people in India are saying that this came across as rude, as you are not supposed to turn down food when your host offers it to you. But I suspect that it may be because Kate doesn’t like to be photographed eating because that can result in some really unflattering pictures. Heaven knows the press have had a field day with Camilla whenever she eats something. They always print the most unflattering pictures of her afterwards.

William was shown the 'dosamatic' machine which makes pancakes, crepes, dosas and omelettes when automatically loaded with batter

Not so keen: After trying his creation, William offers Kate a bite, however the famously slim royal waved the food away with her hand

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at an event to meet aspiring young entrepreneurs in Mumbai on the second day of their tour

Kate wore a white midi-dress by Emilia Wickstead for 1,700 pounds for the first events of the day. That translates to more than 2,000 US dollars which I honestly think is a bit overpriced for such a simple dress. I like the collar and the overall shape and structure of the dress and I think it is an appropriately modest length although the fake pocket flaps on the busts may have been better if they were positioned on the skirt of the dress itself. I like dresses with real pockets in the skirt and think it can be really cute. My first impression of the dress was that Kate probably chose white to keep cool in the Mumbai and New Delhi heat. However, the dress is actually wool-crepe, so it is debatable as to how cool (temperature wise) the dress could actually be. She accessorized with an oatmeal/almost nude Mulberry clutch and light pink/almost nude Rupert Sanderson pumps.

This dress by Warehouse from ASOS has a similar Peter Pan collar and looks kind of like Kate’s but the flap pocket detailing is on the skirt. It’s only $47.

Find it here:

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I’m pretty sure these are Kate’s Rupert Sanderson pumps. But all of her shoes look alike so it is hard to tell sometimes.

See them here:

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These Michael Kors pumps look very, very similar and are a fraction of the price.

See them here:

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Like many other fashion bloggers, I would really, really love to see Kate experiment a bit more with her shoes and bags. She has dozens of nude or basically nude colored clutches and pumps. A clutch bag is not always appropriate for day wear and sometimes an outfit needs a splash of color. I understand that Kate had to pay respects at India Gate, which is the Indian equivalent to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, so she may not have wanted to be too loud with her fashion on this day. But it would have been fine to wear a navy blue bag and shoes or maybe even just a darker shade of pink. Not too bright, just enough that the color picks up well on camera and it contrasts against the white dress. Otherwise, the outfit looks too washed out.

Maybe something like these navy pumps by Charles David Pact? These are under $100 and are still a ‘safe’ color for Kate if she didn’t want to be too colorful.

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Or maybe this shade of pink from Christian Louboutin. It would have photographed better than the light pink pair that Kate wore that basically just looked like all of her nude shoes.

See them here:

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By now most people who have been following the Cambridges know what happened at India Gate. Kate’s dress flew up as she was walking and while she was trying to place the flowers. I won’t sugar coat it, this was pretty embarrassing. And a so called “Marilyn Monroe” moment couldn’t have happened at a more inappropriate time. I admit that I have had a sudden gust of wind blow my skirt up before. It is really embarrassing. The queen always takes certain precautions with her wardrobe. She wears weights in her hems, but she also has her dresser, Angela Kelly, make slips that go underneath her skirts that are the same color as her skirt. It is important for Kate to wear a skirt that is fitted more closely to her body when she is going to be outside the way the queen does and she should also have weights sewn into her hems. And always, ALWAYS wear underwear because Kate has been photographed without underwear while working at an official event. Most royal women have had their skirts fly up once or twice by accident, but Kate has had it happen too often over the past five years so something needs to change. The Indian press was deeply offended and it reflects badly on the Queen.

Happy Birthday, Gran! Kate and William use a sword to cut a special cake for the Queen at a party to celebrate her 90th in New Delhi

At the very end of the second day of their tour, Will and Kate attended a garden party in honor of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Kate got a chance to cut a cake with a sword, which sounds like fun. 🙂 Then she and Will mingled with the 2,000 guests that included people from the realm of academia, business, politics, and the military. Kate wore a Temperley London crop top and skirt by Alice Temperely. To my knowledge, Kate has never worn something like a crop top and maxi skirt quite like this before and I like it when she tries something different. I like the black embroidery on the white dress, but again I wish she would accessorize differently. A red clutch and red shoes would have contrasted well against the stark black and white of this ensemble or really any other color would have worked for that matter. The black and white is a blank slate kind of like the white Wickstead dress she wore earlier in the day. Kate has so many black and nude clutches and purses she really doesn’t need to buy any more.

The Duke and Duchess will meet hundreds of guests from Indian society at the official garden party  celebrating the Queen's 90th Birthday

Here is the top:

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And here is the skirt:

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Personally, this is my favorite dress from the Temperley Spring 2016 collection. I think Kate would look pretty in it if she wore a shell underneath or added some fabric to make it less low-cut.

See it here:

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April 12, 2016

Art class: The Duchess of Cambridge sat cross-legged as she drew pictures with some of the street children helped by the charity

A picture of a house drawn by the Duchess of Cambridge during her visit to a children's centre run by the charity Salaam Baalak in Delhi

Playtime: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed a game of the traditional table game Carrom with street children in New Delhi

The events from the morning of April 12 have been some of my favorite from this entire tour not so much because of what Kate wore, but because of the activities that took place. I love children and have worked with them off and on for years so I loved being able to see Kate sit on the floor and play games and draw with the children. I would love to see her do this more.

Will and Kate visited Salaam Baalak Trust. This organization won the National Award for Child Welfare in 2011. This is a description of the organization from their website:

Salaam Baalak Trust is an Indian non-profit and non-governmental organization which provides a sensitive and caring environment to street and working children in Delhi, India.

We help nurture their dreams and make them realize that their fate can be crafted by their own heart, their own hands and a firm resolve.”

For the occasion, Kate wore a maxi dress by Glamorous, a British Label, that cost about $80. I think it was appropriate for Kate to wear something less expensive since her other clothing choices for the rest of the tour were pretty expensive, by and large. She wore the maxi dress with brand new Russell and Bromley flats. I’m glad to see she wore some flat shoes for this event because watching her play cricket in wedge heels made my feet hurt in sympathy pain! 🙂

Relaxed: Kate wore flat cream pumps underneath a long burgundy ethnic style dress with a belt tied around the middle

I’ve never been one to wear maxi dresses, mainly because I am only five feet tall and any maxi dress would drag on the floor on me. But I think they can be fun for some women who can pull it off. There is a bohemian free spirit vibe going on with this dress. I found one in a similar style by London Times on sale for $50. I live in the south so long sleeves like Kate’s aren’t really practical for the Summer.

Find it here:

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Formal: Prince William (left) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he and wife Kate arrive for lunch in New Delhi

The Duchess of Cambridge smiles during a photo opportunity at Hyderabad House in New Delhi

Later that same day, Will and Kate met with the Prime Minister of India, Naranda Modi to have lunch. Kate changed into a Temperley London dress in a really pretty jade color. I think that this color really suits Kate and it is a color I would wear myself. I also like that she wore her hair up and I wish she would have worn it up more throughout the tour in general. However, I don’t think the bodice of the dress is fitted properly. As it turns out, the dress was originally completely transparent in the front with the original model showing off some serious cleavage. So Kate’s assistant helped her add ‘modesty panels’ to the dress so that it would be appropriate for her to wear for this lunch. I believe that in placing these modesty panels the dress lost some of its original structure and pulled on her bodice in an unnatural way. So I would love this dress if it had been tailored properly to fit her better around the chest area.

Duchess of Cambridge attends a meeting with Prime Minister of India Narenda Modi in  Hyderabad House

Kate was also sporting some new Kiki McDonough earrings. McDonough is one of Kate’s favorite jewelry designers. The press are reporting that these earrings may have been a ‘push present’ given to Kate after Princess Charlotte was born. But while Charlotte’s birthstone is an emerald, these earrings are green tourmaline and amethyst.

Red carpet welcome: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted with a ceremonial welcome as they arrive at Tezpur Airport in Assam, India, on day three of the Royal visit to India ahead of their visit to the world's largest one-horn rhino park

After their lunch with the Indian Prime Minister, Kate and Will flew to Assem where they were greeted with a campfire celebration.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William watch dancing by the fireside during a Bihu Festival Celebrationat Diphlu River Lodge on day 3 of the royal visit to India and Bhutan

Kate arrived in the same dress she wore to lunch with the Prime Minister but she quickly changed into a maxi dress by Anna Sui. The dress’s design was inspired by mid-century Scandinavian styles. I felt like there was a lot of pattern going on in one dress. Kate chose to wear Wedges, which quickly became muddied. I wish she would have worn some sensible sandals.

See it here:

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When it comes to shoes, I would have opted for really simple black sandals because of how busy the print is on the dress. I also probably wouldn’t have worn anything too expensive. Something like these H&M sandals for $14.99.

See them here:

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April 13, 2016

On April 13, Kate and Will took a Safari tour of Kaziranga National Park. They got to feed baby elephants and rhinos with giant bottles, which is basically my dream. It’s just too gosh darn cute!!!

Animal doctor: Kate nurses a baby elephant back to health at a sanctuary helping animals who have been injured, displaced or orphaned

The sanctuary provides emergency care and rehabilitation to wild animals that have been injured, displaced, or orphaned in the wild

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives in Pan Bari Village, Assam, India, during day four of the royal tour to India and Bhutan

Kate wore an embroidered dress by Topshop and wedges. Again, I kind of feel like sandals or flats of some kind would have been more practical but maybe Kate’s ankles are just stronger than mine are!

The dress that Kate wore is no longer available but here is another embroidered smock dress by Topshop for $68.

See it here:

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Then William and Kate went on a safari. It felt a little bit more like a vacation than an official tour to me at this point but that may be because William was originally scheduled to give a speech on poaching on this day but for some reason he didn’t. Maybe he ran out of time or something happened but I think if William gave a speech it would have felt more like an official visit and not just a vacation. I would have liked to hear some informational facts and figures concerning what Kaziranga does to help these animals. Unfortunately, the day after William and Kate’s visit a rhino was killed by poachers close by to where the royal couple went on their safari.

Kate wore a blouse that was given to her by RM Williams during her tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014. She also wore one of her favorite pairs of earrings. Citrine drops by Kiki McDonough. Here are the same pair with blue topaz instead of citrine.

See them here:

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Kate wore some flats this time, though. She wore these Sebago Bala shoes.

See them here:

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April 14th, 2016

On April 14th, the Cambridges flew to Bhutan. They were greeted by Princess Chimi, the sister of the King of Bhutan, and her husband.

Kate wore an Emila Wickstead coat that she has worn before and probably purchased in 2012. I like the color of the coat. It’s a pretty soft yellow like buttermilk. But alas, she chose a beige clutch and nude heels. I have already established that I would like to see Kate experiment with her shoes and bags. But I will also add that I think this coat would have looked lovely with a pretty brooch. Kate was not loaned any jewelry by the Queen for this tour and it is not exactly clear why. But Kate does own at least one brooch of her own that she could have brought with her. She was last seen wearing it at Christmas.

The brooch is an oak leaf with little acorns on it because Kate’s family crest has acorns incorporated into the design. The brooch, being entirely diamonds with no other colored stones, may not have showed up well against the light yellow coat but it still would have added a little extra sparkle. In general I wish Kate would wear more brooches. She has a very large collection of coats and dress-coats that would look great with some pretty brooches. But I am of the opinion that as a duchess and future Princess of Wales Kate should wear more diamond jewelry than she does especially when she is representing the Queen abroad. She has been royal for five years now so I think it is a good time for her to start wearing more jewelry. Maybe William should buy her a new brooch as a gift for their five year anniversary?

After arriving in Bhutan, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with King Jigme and Queen Jetsun. Kate changed into an interesting outfit. It wasn’t traditional Bhutanese clothes; rather, it was a skirt made in London by unidentified designer using fabric made in Bhutan coupled with a top made by Paul and Joe. I like the top, although the skirt had an awkwardly placed slit in the front that kept blowing open. I think that maybe it could have been designed differently to avoid that from happening. Or, Kate could have just worn traditional Bhutanese clothes. I don’t see anything wrong with that.

That night, Will and Kate attended a reception with the King and Queen. Kate wore a Tory Burch dress and a pretty orange shawl, a color she never wears. I thought she looked good in orange and would like to see her wear this color again especially in the fall.

Coincidentally, Drew Barrymore wore this same exact dress on the same day that Kate did.

I think I like this dress a little better with the added orange shawl.

April 15th, 2016

On April 15th, Will and Kate went on a hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery in Bhutan.

So Kate wore a blouse, a waistcoat, skinny jeans, boots, and the citrine earrings I wrote about earlier. I’m not a hiking kind of a girl, but keeping in mind how incredibly hot it was in Bhutan and how difficult this particular hike is claimed to be (Prince Charles visited the Tiger’s Nest but never made it to the monastery, he only got half way) I am not so sure this outfit is right for the occasion. Throughout the tour I followed what royal reporters were saying on their Twitter pages and apparently I am not the only one to question this choice. Camilla Tominey, a royal editor for the Sunday Express who went on the hike with a press pack to photograph the couple, said “Having just done this hike, may I humbly suggest that Kate’s leather waistcoat is a tad misjudged. May also want to put her barnet up. #hot”

Kate’s ability to hike up a mountain with her hair down while wearing a leather jacket and not breaking a sweat after hours in the sun led the Huffington Post to question “Is the Duchess of Cambridge Human?” 🙂

After the hike the Cambridges attended another reception. Kate wore a Beulah London red poppy gown. The blue poppy is the national flower of Bhutan.

April 16th, 2016

The Cambridges saved the best for last. On their final stop on their tour, Will and Kate flew from Bhutan back to India to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra. I would love to visit the Taj one day. It is not only a monument to love, but an architectural masterpiece.

I absolutely love this dress by Naeem Khan. Truth be told, he is one of my all time favorite Indian designers. I wish that Kate would have worn one of his gowns for the Bollywood reception. He is fantastic. I believe that he has been compared to Oscar de la Renta and Valentino. Here is a link to an article from Vogue showcasing his pre-fall 2016 collection. I think it is so lovely and although it cannot be purchased yet I just love looking at the various pieces he has put together.

I think Kate chose this particular dress because the pattern is reminiscent to the famous engravings that decorate the Taj. It was a great choice. (I wish she wore blue shoes to match, but I’m gonna let that go. 🙂 )

I don’t believe that this dress is available anymore. But upon closer inspection, you can see that the dress on the model is shorter than Kate’s. It looks like the designer added an extra layer of design for Kate to make it come to her knees. I would absolutely wear this dress and I hope Kate isn’t afraid to wear it again because it was used for the iconic Taj Mahal photo. I’d love to see her wear it again with her hair pulled back and her sapphire and diamond earrings that match her ring.

So that’s all folks! I hope that Will and Kate will continue to fulfill more royal duties. Now that Her Majesty has turned 90 years old and the Duke of Edinburgh will soon be 95, it only makes sense that it is now the time to pass on more responsibilities to the younger generation.

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Cheers,

The Frugal Lady

William and Kate at Bollywood Gala

For the much anticipated “Bollywood Gala”, which may be the most glamorous event during the royal tour of India, Kate wore a custom, bespoke cobalt blue gown by Jenny Packham. Packham is one of Kate’s favorite designers and she often wears her creations for evening events. According to Simon Perry of People Magazine, this gown was hand beaded in India.

Here is a video of the very first glimpse of Kate and William arriving on the red carpet.

Here is one of the best images I have seen so far of Kate’s gown. This picture is from Filmfare’s twitter page. I really like this gown. This color suits Kate, the designer is appropriately British in keeping with Kate’s role as a representative of the British fashion industry, yet the gown is also inspired by Indian fashion which is what I was hoping for. The beading is lovely and it is appropriately modest. I also like that Kate has her hair styled up and away from her face.

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Here is a close-up of Kate so you can see her earrings. According to Daily Mail journalist Rebecca English they were designed by Indian jewelry designer, Amrapali.

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It seems that Kate is holding a clutch bag that was probably beaded and designed to match the dress. So I am going to say that it was probably designed by Jenny Packham as well although I don’t know that for sure yet.

I cannot find the same exact earrings that Kate is wearing. They may not be available anymore. But just to get an idea of what this jewelry designer is like here is a similar pair by Amrapali. Even though this particular pair of earrings is on sale they still cost a pretty penny.

See the collection here:

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William and Kate got to meet some really famous Bollywood stars like Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit, among others. Many of these actresses were wearing fabulous gowns as well. Unfortunately, the venue seems to have some lighting issues. Maybe it is just in the pictures I am seeing so far but the pictures have a strange red glow to them. Even the pictures of Kate on the red carpet were overly lit with camera flashes that seemed to be blinding William and Kate. I hope we get better pictures soon, but here are a few that I have found so far.

The people in the middle of this photo are Aishwarya Rai and Sharukh Khan, two of the biggest stars in India. This picture is a perfect example of that weird pinkish red glow that I was talking about. I hope that the lighting didn’t ruin all of the photos.

The best pictures so far are of William and Kate from Getty images. So here are a few more!

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The reception took place at the same hotel that William and Kate are staying at tonight. Here are a few pictures from the hotel’s twitter page that show what some of the decorations were like for tonight’s event. I always think it’s neat to see these details.

And if you are curious about Jenny Packham, Kate’s go-to designer, here is a similar gown by Packham.

You can find this gown and others like it from Packham’s collection here:

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Watch this space for more updates on the royal tour and don’t forget to like My Frugal Lady on Facebook! 🙂 I may update this post as more pictures are uploaded by royal photographers.

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady

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:

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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! 😀

Update

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!

Cheers,

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.

Find it here:

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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.

Find it here:

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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.

Find it here:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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! 🙂

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady

Wonder Woman’s Perfume

She may not be a princess in real life, but Israeli actress Gal Gadot is portraying the most famous Amazonian goddess warrior princess of all time: Wonder Woman aka Princess Diana of Themyscira. To say I am excited is an understatement. I am a big Superman fan and even named both of my dogs in honor of the Superman comic books, but we have had numerous Superman movies AND Batman movies but no Wonder Woman film even though the Wonder Woman TV series in the 70s was really popular and Wonder Woman is one of the three most important founding members of the Justice League. I personally feel that is pretty unfair and we ladies are long overdue for a Wonder Woman film.

Picture from Gal Gadot’s social media, a sneak peak of Wonder Woman in her stand alone film which will premiere in 2017.

Wonder Woman is making her big screen debut today in Batman Vs Superman before she gets her very own stand alone film next year. (I have not been able to see B vs S yet, so please no spoilers in the comments section!) So, in honor of this major moment of cinematic history I would like to write a short blog post dedicated to the favorite perfume of the actress behind Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot’s fashion is not very well known just yet although I am sure we will see more of it now that she will be walking so many red carpets. However, I did manage to discover this short little interview on Youtube. In it, Gal divulges that her signature scent is Gucci Bamboo. I thought it was really great that she did not hesitate to name her favorite perfume since many women (especially women in the public eye) tend to be more tight lipped about what their favorite perfume is. But because I love perfume and write about it often, I decided to look up Gal’s favorite perfume.

Gucci Bamboo’s notes are official described as “Top notes of bergamot. Heart notes of casablanca lily and ylang ylang extra-comoros. Base notes of sandalwood.” I love Gucci purses with their signature bamboo handles, and this perfume comes with an equally iconic bamboo shaped bottle. Bergamot is one of my favorite scents and I like that this scent is anchored by the base note of sandalwood. It sounds like it would be a feminine, yet sexy scent. I am definitely going to track this one down and test it out.

Find Gucci Bamboo via this link on sale for a limited time:

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And I am going to finish this post by leaving you with this brand new picture released today of Gal with some of her co-stars (including Robin Wright) in a promo picture from the Wonder Woman film. Those costumes look fierce!

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Cheers,

The Frugal Lady

Bal de la Rose March 19, 2016

The annual Rose Ball (AKA Bal de la Rose) was held tonight in Monaco. This ball has been a yearly tradition since Prince Ranier established it in 1954. It was subsequently popularized by Princess Grace (formerly Grace Kelly) after her marriage to Ranier in 1956. Today it is one of the most highly anticipated social events in Monaco and is primarily run by Grace’s children, Prince Albert and Princess Caroline along with Albert’s wife, Princess Charlene.

Here is a picture of Grace and Ranier at the Rose Ball. It as from her first year in attendance, 1956. I found the picture on “The Royal Forums” and it looks like it may have been scanned from a magazine or newspaper. The forum user named “Flowerpower” put her watermark on it so that explains why it looks this way. I don’t normally post pictures with watermarks but this one is rare and I thought my readers might like to see it.

I also found another picture from Grace’s first Rose Ball on pinterest. Again, it was probably scanned from a magazine so apologies for the poor quality but this is the only picture I could find in color. Grace looks beautiful, as always. I am not sure what the ball’s theme was in 1956 but her gown almost looks Grecian inspired plus she has a lace shawl draped on her shoulder.

Every year the Rose Ball is focused on-you guess it-roses. Lots and lots of really beautiful and fragrant roses. Plus the Rose Ball is always given a unique theme each year. Before Prince Albert got married his sister, Princess Caroline, was responsible for overseeing the organization of the ball and for picking the theme. The Rose Ball is a charity ball with all proceeds going to the Princess Grace Foundation. The foundation is described thus:

“The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a non-profit, publicly-supported charity, headquartered in New York City and established 34 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor his wife, Princess Grace’s [Kelly] legacy. Our mission is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.”

The ball is always held in the Sporting Monte-Carlo Club ‘s Salle des Etoiles or “the room of the stars” in English. The room was given its name due to the fact that it has a retractable roof that allows you to see the night’s sky during the ball if the weather permits. Have I mentioned that Monaco has the most billionaires in residence in the entire world, yet? 😀

EY Salle des étoiles

Here are some pictures of last year’s Rose Ball. The theme was “art deco”. In this picture you can see brother and sister, Prince Albert and Princess Caroline, arriving together. Princess Charlene stayed home with her four month old babies because one of her twins was sick. I like that Princess Caroline had her hair done in a retro, 1920s kind of way.

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Here is Pierre Casiraghi and his wife, Beatrice Borromeo. Pierre is the grandson of Princess Grace and son of Princess Caroline (Caroline chose not to give her children titles). Beatrice’s gown was GORGEOUS last year and I think she did a fantastic job sticking with the Art Deco theme.

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And here is Charlotte Casiraghi. She is Pierre’s older sister and a real star in Monaco and among royal watchers. She was wearing a pink and black couture gown by Chanel last year as she often does. I like the way pink and black look together because it is very French but this particular dress doesn’t feel very “art deco” to me.

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For Rose Ball 2016, Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel (a close personal friend of Princess Caroline) helped to choose the theme and decorations. This year the theme is “Cuba” as you can see in these pictures just released this afternoon of people preparing the tables and decorations for the ball. Get ready for lots of pictures!!! 🙂

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A picture of the stage area.

A guest poses on a vintage Pontiac outside the venue.

I am very interested to see how the royal ladies will interpret the “Cuban” theme into their gowns.

The first ladies to arrive were Charlotte Casiraghi and her little sister, Princess Alexandra of Hanover. This is the first time that Alexandra has attended the ball so this must be her big debut.

I think that Princess Alexandra looks very age appropriate tonight. She is 16 years old. I also think that it is sweet that the sisters walked the red carpet together. Charlotte has been very maternal towards her little sister since Alexandra was born and I have seen lots of pictures of Charlotte holding her and hugging her. Charlotte is 29 and Alexandra is her half sister which is why she has a title and Charlotte does not. But even though there is a bit of an age difference the sisters seem very close.

I like that Alexandra didn’t wear too much makeup or try and wear a dress that was too sexy for her age.

Now Charlotte…..I don’t really know what this cape thing is on top of her dress. I also feel that the dress is a little bit too tight and ill fitting for her and the material makes it look kind of like a night gown. I am pretty disappointed . I don’t want to be unkind at all, she always looks beautiful. She is probably one of the most naturally pretty royal women around. I just don’t like this dress and I don’t think it suits her at all.

The more I look at Charlotte’s dress the more I dislike it. It kind of reminds me of Halloween costumes that I would wear as a little girl if I was pretending to be a princess. And why in the world is she wearing those shoes? To be fair, it’s possible that she didn’t know how to interpret the theme. I do not know who designed her dress yet since these pictures were just released a few minutes ago online but I think it’s a safe bet that Karl Lagerfeld dressed both Charlotte and Alexandra.

Moving on, here is a picture of Pierre and his wife Beatrice. Now THIS is a ball gown. Wow!

I love the color, I love her necklace, I love it all.

Next, we have Andrea Casiraghi (Pierre and Charlotte’s brother) and his wife Tatiana Santo Domingo, who just so happens to be a billionaire from one of the richest families in Colombia.

As far as the Cuban theme goes, I think that Beatrice comes closest to that with her bold red dress. I am not in love with Tatiana’s dress. I think maybe there is just a little too much going on. I like the lavender color so maybe if she removed the black jacket I might like it better?

The information I am seeing right now indicates that Princess Charlene didn’t attend again this year. I am not sure why. But Princess Caroline is there with her brother, Prince Albert. They just arrived.

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I think Princess Caroline looks elegant as usual. I don’t really see a Cuban theme incorporated into her dress but that’s ok.

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It’s a shame that Princess Charlene isn’t there with her husband, Prince Albert. And I wish Princess Stephanie would attend as well. But I think it is nice to see the family continuing the tradition that Prince Ranier and Princess Grace started more than 50 years ago.

Cheers!

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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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.

Cheers!

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:

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Or maybe this simple white blazer by Michael Kors.

See it here:

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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:

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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:

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

See it here:

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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:

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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:

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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.

See it here:

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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:

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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.

See it here:

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And also this gray Michael Kors bag.

See it here:

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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:

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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.

 

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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.

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

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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.

Gala

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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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.

See it here:

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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.
See it here:
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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Finally 
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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Cheers!
The Frugal Lady

Annick Goutal Perfume for Spring 2016

I am a bit of a perfume junkie, and I love nothing more than to research the various perfume houses of my favorite royal ladies. In my opinion, Annick Goutal makes some of the very best perfumes in the world and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece agrees as she proclaimed in a magazine interview that she loves their scents. Princess Diana is rumored to have experimented with their perfumes as well. Their scents are worn by countless movie stars and celebrities. However, Annick Goutal perfumes are harder to find, meaning that their scents are not overexposed and are still unique. When I was in college I knew quite a few girls who all wore the same scent and I think it is nice to find something unique to become your signature scent so that it feels more special. I think most women want to wear something a bit different and extraordinary.  Annick Goutal specializes in niche perfumes. But unlike some other high profile brands, their scents are not too heavy or overpowering.

I was very happy indeed to see that Annick Goutal has created a brand new scent for Spring 2016. It’s called “Rose Pompon” and it is getting great reviews. It comes in their iconic perfume bottle but this version is a pretty pink color in keeping with the theme of one of it’s main notes: rose centifolia. The scent also includes notes of blackcurrant, raspberry, and pink pepper. It’s perfect for Spring and oh so French. Annick Goutal has recently created a Youtube channel that showcases some neat videos when they introduce a brand new scent. Here is the explanation for “Rose Pompon” by Annick’s daughter, Camille who took over her mother’s business when she passed away. There are subtitles in English.

 

There are only five Annick Goutal boutiques in the world. Two in New York, one in London, one in Paris, and one in Tokyo. But you can find Rose Pompon here via Neiman Marcus’ website.

If you have never experienced Annick Goutal perfume before I would also highly recommend that you try one of their most famous scents: Eau D’Hadrien.

Eau D’Hadrien is an iconic scent that comes in a perfume and cologne and is worn by so many celebrities it has to be one of Hollywood’s favorite fragrances. Famous public figures who wear this scent include Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah, Celine Dion, and Steven Spielberg. Famous royals who are rumored to wear this scent include Prince Charles and Queen Noor of Jordan. In one of the videos that Camille speaks in on the official Youtube channel for Annick Goutal she describes how her mother, Annick would speak to Arabian princesses about perfume so this perfumery has been favored by royalty since its inception. You can find Eau D’Hadrien here.

I don’t know about you guys, but I am feeling so ready for warm weather to arrive and a nice fresh fragrance would be a great way to begin the Spring season.

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady

P.S. My laptop recently broke, which is a big bummer for a blogger. 😦 But I am hoping to get a replacement soon and am working on some longer blog posts for shoes for Spring and makeup trends so don’t forget to ‘like’ My Frugal Lady on Facebook for updates when a new blog post is published and I will get those finished ASAP!

Mette-Marit’s Rockstar Princess Shoes

A long time ago I saw pictures of Crown Princess Mette-Marit on a visit to San Francisco and I fell in love with a gorgeous pair of edgy heels she was wearing by Valentino. Recently I also noticed Crown Princess Mary wearing the same Valentino shoes and I came to the conclusion that they were a royal favorite. But they are not cheap, averaging about $1,000 a pair, so I was hoping to find a less expensive alternative. Well, I was browsing in my local mall doing some research for a blog I am going to write on shoes for Spring 2016 when I saw a pair of shoes that I was convinced were the same ones by Valentino that I admired on Mette-Marit. But when I picked them up, much to my delight, I realized they were actually made by Arturo Chiang and are a fraction of the price. But unless someone were to examine your shoes really closely they would never be able to tell the difference because they look so much alike. When  I came home I found a link for them on line and I wanted to share them with my lovely readers. 🙂

Here is a picture of Mette-Marit wearing the heels I love. I like them because they are a good t-strap, which makes them easier to walk in in my opinion, and they have the edgy design along the strap that gives it a rock and roll vibe while still being modest. They are called “rockstud heels” and are perfect modern princess shoes. Contemporary but elegant.

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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark also has a pair of Valentino rockstud heels and she LOVES them. She has worn them many times.

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These shoes are also popular with movie stars such as Reese Witherspoon. Here are some pictures courtesy of the Daily Mail of her dressed casually in jeans and wearing a pair of rockstud heels. She actually has multiple pairs in many different colors but I think these were the clearest pictures. I don’t normally post paparazzi pictures on this blog but I am making an exception with these just because I like seeing that these shoes can be worn casually, not just with business casual or professional clothing. I think it helps illustrate how versatile these heels are. Mary even wore them to a semi-formal event with a lace dress in the picture above.

So now that you have seen some ladies wearing these cool shoes here are some examples of Valentino rockstud heels and where to find them. Here are some black and white ones:

Find them here for $1,100:

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And here is a light pink version similar to what Mary wears.

Get them here for $1,000:

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And they are available in lots of other colors, too.

And here is the lookalike pair by Arturo Chiang for only $89.99. Pretty similar, aren’t they? I think they look the most like Mary’s pair that she wears all the time. They come in two colors, “adobe”-which is sort of like a nude, this is the adobe color in the picture below- and black. I’m thinking I need a pair! They are so reasonable and look so similar to the Valentino ones!

Find them here:

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Stay tuned for my larger blog post on cool shoes for Spring/Summer 2016! And if you haven’t seen it yet I have written a post on handbags for Spring that you can find here. I’m also putting together a Spring makeup post with new trends for 2016 so please remember to ‘like’ My Frugal Lady on Facebook for all of our new articles and other cool things. ❤

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady