Kate’s Favorite Things

When Oprah still had her talk show, I was always interested in seeing her “favorite things” episodes because I liked seeing what cool new gadgets or items she liked to use to see if I could try it for myself. Although I write about various royal women and sometimes other celebrities whose fashion I admire, some of my most popular blog posts are ones that I have written about the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton). I can see through my WordPress  stats that the blog posts that I have written about her favorite makeup and cosmetics and posts I wrote last year about Christmas gift ideas are the ones most visited. I think people might really like to know specifically what Kate’s favorite things are. So I decided to write this blog post about some of Kate’s favorite things with either info on stuff that she loves and wears all the time that is just now available again or info about new stuff that these designers have made for the Fall 2016 season. If this post proves popular, I may make this into a series of blog posts on a few other women as well.

 

Bobbi Brown Makeup

So as I wrote about in my blog post about Kate’s makeup and cosmetics, Kate really likes Bobbi Brown makeup. Most of the makeup products she wore on her wedding day were by Bobbi Brown and people on Twitter have reported seeing her shopping at Bobbi Brown makeup counters for years since before she even got married. It has been five years since Kate got married and the way she does her makeup really hasn’t changed too much, leading me to believe she still favors Bobbi Brown. But I have noticed that the way Kate grooms her eyebrows is different. In pictures before she got married and when she was still a University of St. Andrews student, her eyebrows were thinner. But as eyebrow trends have changed now to favor thicker or more defined eyebrows Kate has also filled hers in more. This especially started to change when Kate did her Vogue cover.

So here are a couple of great eyebrow products by Bobbi Brown that I can imagine Kate using. This cool little compact has a nice brush and two different colors of powder for when you want to lightly fill in your eyebrows.

 

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As a woman who has naturally thick and sometimes unruly eyebrows, my personal favorite eyebrow product is this eyebrow gel that you brush on with a wand that looks similar to a mascara brush. It keeps your eyebrows in place so nicely.

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Bobbi Brown also has some really pretty makeup palettes this season. This is a great time to buy some new makeup because lots of makeup brands put together gift pallets in anticipation for the holidays. This one has both eye shadows and blushes. I can tell you that the eyeshadows in this palette look like ones that Kate wears. They are also nice neutral colors that I think would be flattering to women with any eye color.

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Here is another makeup palette that I really like. The brushes that come with it are lovely.

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And finally, this eyeshadow palette includes all of the colors that Kate likes.

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According to the makeup artist who worked with Kate before her wedding day, one of Kate’s favorite products is the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick. This set includes the shimmer brick plus a really lovely, soft brush to apply it as bronzer or blush. I have also used the shimmer brick as eye shadow in the past.

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Kate’s Favorite Kiki McDonough Citrine Earrings

Kate’s favorite jewelry designer is Kiki McDonough. I have written a blog post dedicated to her jewelry before that was popular. The earrings that Kate seems to re-wear the most are her citrine pieces. I think Kate must really love citrine. For a while her favorite citrine earrings were sold out. But now they are back!

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Kate’s second favorite pair of citrine earrings are neat because they are actually interchangeable. The citrine pieces can come off of the diamond hoops and be exchanged for different colored stones.

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Kiki McDonough earrings are expensive. So here are a couple of similar earrings I found for less.

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Karin Herzog Face Treatments

When it comes to skincare, Kate’s favorite products are by Karin Herzog. Here are some examples of her skincare regime.

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These are just some of Kates favorite things. I may do a follow up post with some more of her favorites, so stay tuned and don’t forget to like My Frugal Lady on Facebook!

Cheers!

The Frugal Lady

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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

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Daily Mail

Coat

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:

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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.

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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:

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Boots

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!

Aquatalia

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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.

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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

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Jewelry

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

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Or maybe something like this?

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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:

https://myfrugallady.com/2015/12/19/kates-favorite-kiki-mcdonough-jewelry/

Cheers and Merry Christmas!

The Frugal Lady